Monthly PE

A group of homeschooling moms have decided to organize a monthly homeschool PE gathering. Anyone is welcome to join them. They’ll be meeting on Mondays (usually the first Monday of the month) from 3-5pm.

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Monday, August 5th:

Basketball at the indoor court of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints* off of Viewpoint and 89A.

Monday, September 9th:

Kickball at Stoneridge Park off of Lantern. From Hwy 69, turn on Stoneridge Drive (behind Sam’s Club). Take a L on Slow Creek. Turn left on Bluff Top. Take first left on Lantern.

Monday, October 7th:

Soccer at Pronghorn Park in the Pronghorn Ranch neighborhood off of 89A and Viewpoint in North PV.

Monday, November 4th:

Volleyball at the outdoor or indoor court at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints* building on Long Look in PV. From Glassford Hill, turn East on Long Look Dr. Cross through Windsong, second church on the right after Windsong.

Monday, December 2nd:

Dodge Ball at the indoor court of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints* off of Viewpoint and 89A.

*Church locations chosen based on the organizer’s religious preference. This is a non-denominational, non-educational-method-specific PE group. Anyone and everyone of different backgrounds is invited and welcome.

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Sequoia Choice and REACH

Last week I attended a meeting put on by Sequoia Choice that introduced their REACH program to us.

Sequoia Choice, a distance learning Charter School backed by AZDL, will be starting up a REACH program in Prescott this year. REACH will be a day for homeschool kids to get together with each other and participate in elective classes (on Fridays…and it’s a drop off). In order to participate in REACH, the child has to be enrolled at least PT in Sequoia Choice classes…either using their AZDL curriculum options (2 core classes of Science, Math, Language Arts, or Social Studies) or Williamsburg Academy or Williamsburg Intermediate. http://sequoiachoice.wix.com/reachaz Also, if you’re enrolled in their program, they will also reimburse you $150/semester for extracurricular activities including things like gymnastics, piano lessons, or other PE/ARTS qualifying thing. The catch is that it is a charter school so they have to do benchmark testing 4 times a year, state testing on the grade level it corresponds with, and abide by common core standards. Otherwise, you enroll your child in their school and they pay for your child’s curriculum (as long as the curriculum meets state standards) and REACH program.

 

So far, the REACH classes/courses haven’t been decided yet, and that’s what the meeting was for…to find out what we need here.

But we spouted off a bunch of ideas:

Classes for elementary, middle, and high school kids.

Art classes

Choir/Music

Ballroom Dancing (other dancing)

Orchestra/band

Drama

Foreign Language (Latin and Spanish were the main interests)

Math Enrichment

Science Labs

Writing Enrichment

Vo-Tech classes like computer classes, welding, wood working, etc.

Business classes

College Prep, Internship, Life Skills

Overnight family field trips

If you are interested and want to have a say about what classes are going to be covered this year, then contact Karen (who will be the REACH coordinator here and main teacher at first). I’m sure she’ll be looking for teachers/mentors for these classes, too. I’m sure the teachers will be paid for them.

Karen’s phone number is 928-308-2668.

The first day of class will be Aug 16. Located at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane, Prescott. They will allow homeschool kids to attend REACH classes 2-3 weeks before committing to a Sequoia Choice enrollment.

Definitely something worth thinking about.

K12: Arizona Virtual Academy

I figured that since I’ve been spotlighting other school-at-home options, I should include this one. This is the first one I found out about. It’s been around for a while and it’s another great option for getting a school education at home. I have a friend who uses this with her children. She says the early grades do require quite a bit of parental supervision and time, but as the child gets older and becomes more independent in their learning, she just needs to check in with them to make sure they are on task.

So, check it out!

Arizona Virtual Academy

Arizona Connections Academy

A few days ago, I received a direct mail advertisement from Arizona Connections Academy. My first thought was how much homeschooling must be growing for homeschool academies to be advertising via direct mail. My other thought was that some others might be interested in learning more about this.

They will have an in-person information meeting on Thursday, Aug 1, at 6:30 pm at Starbucks on 351 N. Montezuma St.

After a brief review of the website, it looks like it provides full public-style instruction in all core classes and many electives. There are also a couple dozen activity clubs your child can participate in. It’s basically set up as a distance-learning/online charter school. There is no cost for curriculum or activities (as far as I can tell). Your child will periodically have a review session (once every two weeks) to monitor progress and learning. Regular assessments will be taken and it will follow core curriculum guidelines. Your child can learn at his/her own pace and (possibly?) take subjects according to their own level.

Once again, another great opportunity for home-based education! Really, there are SO many options out there, it’s hard to keep track of all of them!

Sequoia Choice REACH Kick-off Meeting

Dear Prescott Area Home-Educators:

We are very pleased to invite you to attend the rescheduled:

Sequoia Choice Arizona Distance Learning

REACH Kick-Off Meeting

This Coming Thursday, July 25th

 7:00 PM

 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

1202 Green Lane, Prescott

 Come meet our Prescott REACH Coordinator, Karen Norris,

learn about the exciting opportunities for the Greater Prescott Area home-educators,

and help plan the ideal REACH program you want for your children!

Please feel free to invite your home-educator friends

to come check out this magnificent program!

This is a flyer I received from a homeschool friend of mine. You can learn more about Sequoia Choice here or the REACH program here. Basically, it’s an AZDL (Arizona Distance Learning) program that gives you a teacher/mentor to help you and your child stay on top of their homeschooling. They also provide field trips and other organized learning activities. K-12. Please come if you’re interested!