Central Valley Homeschooling

Resources and Information for Success

You Know Your a Homeschool Mom When…

* When a child gets hurt—after seeing she’s okay—you round up some scotch tape to capture some blood and look at it under the microscope!
* You ask for a copier or laminator instead of jewelry for your wedding anniversary.
* Your kids think reading history is best accomplished while lying on the floor with their head resting on the side of their patient dog.
* You don’t mind if your students stand and wiggle while they do their math—because some of them actually think better that way.
* Your husband can walk in at the end of a long day and tell how the science experiment went just by looking at the house.
* You never have to drive your child’s forgotten lunch to school.
* The only debate about the school lunch program is whose turn it is to cook.
* You never have to face the dilemma of whether to take your child’s side or the teacher’s side in a dispute at school.
* If your child gets drugs at school, it’s probably Tylenol or Advil.
* Your neighbors think you are unbalanced.
* Your kids learn new vocabulary from their extensive collection of “Calvin & Hobbes” books.
* Your formal dining room now has a computer, copy machine, and book shelves, and there are educational posters and maps all over the walls.
* You have fruit flies or meal worms growing in a container— on purpose.
* Talking out loud to yourself is a parent/teacher conference.
* You have a teacher ‘in-service’ day because the principal needs clean underwear.
* You can’t make it through a movie without pointing out the historical inaccuracies.
* You step on math manipulative on your pre-dawn stumble to the bathroom.
* The teacher gets to kiss the principal and no one gossips.
* If your student claims that the dog ate his homework, your the one who finds the evidence.
* You can’t make it through the grocery produce department without asking your preschooler the name and color of every vegetable.
* You can’t put your produce in your cart without asking your older student to estimate it’s weight.
* You will not buy mustard without first having your student compare prices, figuring out which one has a better price per ounce.
* You live in a one-house schoolroom.
* Your favorite Christmas gift was a gift certificate to a book store.
* The principal can give the teacher a pat on the behind and it’s not sexual harassment.
* Your kids will readily talk to grown ups and are patient with kids half their age.
* You take the time to look at a tiny spider on a log.
* You must be careful when reaching into your purse, because there are likely rocks or dead butterflies in it.
* You have a line item in your budget for overdue book fines.
* You have to add the words: “homeschool, homeschooler, and homeschooling” to your computer’s spell checker so it will stop marking them as wrong.
* Your house in on the Parade of Homes List—for educational merchandisers.
* When visiting a strange town you see a parking lot full of mini-vans and station wagons and wonder if it’s a homeschooling conference.
* When you see children playing anywhere before 2:00, you wonder if they are homeschooled too.
* Your friends don’t want to help you move because you have so many books.
* Your children never ever leave the “why?” stage.

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June 21, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

At Home Science

Science

I love science. My kids love science. This family loves science too! And they know what they are doing!

Kris is a homeschool mom with 3 boys. She uses the Charlotte Mason approach.

This blog has step by step instructions for at home experiments. Kris uses wonderful photos to document her own boys doing the experiements.

Kris also reviews books for children on sciecne topics. This made me excited. I am always looking for books to get from the library that are worth while. If our family really likes the book, then we buy it.

On the right hand side of At Home Science there useful links for science. Some personal favorites are even there – Tobin’s Lab and Home Training Tools. There were some new names I am not familiar with, I look forward to checking them out. ~ Enjoy

June 6, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling, Homeschooling | , , , | 1 Comment

Lodi’s WOW Science Museum

World of Wonders, a hands-on science museum located in Downtown Lodi, CA.  It is a fun, exciting place where children and adults can learn about the world around them through science!

2 North Sacramento Street · Lodi, CA 95240 · 209-368-0WOW (0969)

Every Saturday and Sunday
Hours: 10am – 5pm

Now Opening Full-Time in June:
Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm

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Admission:

Adults (18+) – $6.00
Seniors (60+) – $5.00
Student (18+, ID required) – $5.00
Children (2-17) – $4.00

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , , , | Leave a comment

Journey to a Gracious Woman

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What a lovely, Godly blog. I have been visiting the Journey to a Gracious Woman for several days and have been uplifted and encouraged by every thing I read.

Christin is a young mama, but the content of the blog is wise and there is much to learn from.  ~ Enjoy


May 29, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling, Homeschooling | , | Leave a comment

# 5 Riverbend Prep

Riverbend

Riverbend Prep in right in my back yard I think. You can see it here.

I have enjoyed this blog. I too use the Charlotte Mason method in homeschooling and an always happy to meet others who do also.

The latest post caught my eye because dinner planning is so hard for me. Leigh had her menu plan up for the week! Yummy stuff too. ~ Enjoy

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling, Homeschooling | , | Leave a comment

Lodi Library

Lodi Library
201 W Locust St
Lodi, CA 95240
(209) 333-5566

May 24, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | Leave a comment

Stanislaus County Library

Modesto
1500 “I” Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: (209) 558-7800
Circulation: (209) 558-7808
Reference: (209) 558-7814
Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Ceres
2250 Magnolia
Ceres, CA 95307
Phone: (209) 537-8938
Hours:
Mon: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tues – Thurs: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri: Closed
Sat 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Denair
4801 Kersey Road
Denair, CA 95316
Phone: (209) 634-1283
Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tues: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed: Closed
Thurs: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Empire
18 South Abbie Street
Empire, CA 95319
Phone: (209) 524-5505
Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tues – Thurs: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat – Sun: Closed

Hughson
2412 Third Street
Hughson, CA 95326
Phone: (209) 883-2293
Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tues – Wed: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thurs: Closed
Fri – Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Keyes
4420 Maud Avenue
Keyes, CA 95328
Phone: (209) 664-8006
Hours:
Mon – Wed: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thurs: 9 a.m. -7 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat – Sun: Closed

Newman
1305 Kern Street
Newman, CA 95360
Phone: (209) 862-2010
Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tues: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wed-Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat – Sun: Closed

Oakdale
151 South First Avenue
Oakdale, CA 95361
Phone: (209) 847-4204
Hours:
Mon & Wed: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tues & Thurs: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat – Sun: Closed

Patterson
46 North Salado
Patterson, CA 95363
Phone: (209) 892-6473
Hours:
Mon – Tues: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thurs: Closed
Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Riverbank
3442 Santa Fe Avenue
Riverbank, CA 95367
Phone: (209) 869-7008
Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tues: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thurs: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Turlock
550 Minaret Avenue
Turlock, CA 95380
Phone: (209) 664-8100
Hours:
Mon: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tues: Closed
Wed – Thurs: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Salida
4835 Sisk Rd.
Salida, CA 95368
Phone: (209) 543-7353
Information Desk: (209) 543-7315
Hours:
Mon – Tue 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wed – Thu 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri: Closed
Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Closed

May 24, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling, Homeschooling | , , | Leave a comment

VHE Swap Meet

Valley Home Educators Swap Meet

Graceada Park
401 Needham Avenue
Modesto, CA 95354

Friday June 12 2009

9:00a – 1:00p

$3.00 admission

No child care

May 24, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , , , , | Leave a comment

Local Teacher Supply Stores

A Brighter Child Homeschool and Educational Supplies!
8095-B Greenback Lane
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Ph: (916) 722-2228

Teacher’s World
10102 Lower Sacramento Rd
Stockton, CA 95210
(209) 476-0525‎

The Report Card
6366 Tupelo Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
Phone: 916-725-5320

The Report Card
9163 E Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 685-8181

May 24, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling, Homeschooling | , , , | 1 Comment

# 4 The Ties That Bind Us

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This blog is just so pretty to look at. I love all the color!

Brenda has several blogs and runs a Homeschool History Buffs Carnival. You can see The Ties That Bind Us here

Her posts are very down to earth (I love the photos of her children in homeschool action) and encouraging.

Brenda is also the founder of Our Lifestyle of Learning. This sites mission is about “helping homeschoolers see that homeschooling is a lifestyle choice and not just curriculum and books.”  ~ Enjoy

May 24, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling, Homeschooling | , , , | Leave a comment

# 3 The Places Between

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I am going to share with you one of my favorite and  often visited by me blogs. I enjoys Jacqi’s encouragement and thoughtful writings. You can read it here.  ~ Enjoy

May 23, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , , , | Leave a comment

Konos Jessica Hulcy

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Please pray for Jessica Hulcy. She was in an auto accident and has been in critical condition at Parkland Hospital in Dallas Texas. You can read more here. Her family writes daily with her progress.

May 23, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , , , | Leave a comment

REG’s Free Family Film Festival is Now Showing!

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REG’s Free Family Film Festival is Now Showing!
When school’s out, kids around the country visit selected Regal theatres for the Free Family Film Festival. It’s a fun-filled nine weeks of movies for kids and parents. Since 1991, Regal has provided this service to the community, and best of all it’s FREE!
Selected G & PG movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. The Free Family Film Festival is safe, lots of fun and a great way for kids to spend a weekday morning in the summer.
Tickets for our 2009 Free Family Film Festival are exclusively available at select theatres’ box office on the day of the show.

Holiday 8 – 6262 N West Lane  Stockton ,CA 95210
209-955-56830

6/09/2009-06/11/2009

Doogal (G)Madagascar 2:

Escape To Africa (PG)

06/16/2009-06/18/2009

Kit Kittredge: American Girl (G)

Star Wars: Clone Wars (PG)

06/23/2009-06/25/2009

Curious George (G)

Journey To The Center Of The Earth (PG)

06/30/2009-07/02/2009

Charlotte’s Web (G)

Igor (PG)

07/07/2009-07/09/2009

Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: Veggie Tale Movie (G)

Bee Movie (PG)

07/14/2009-07/16/2009

Horton Hears A Who (G)

Surf’s Up (PG)

07/21/2009-07/23/2009

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (G)

Inkheart (PG)

07/28/2009-07/30/2009S

pace Chimps (G)

Kung Fu Panda (PG)

08/04/2009-08/06/2009

The Tale Of Despereaux (G)

Hotel For Dogs (PG)

May 23, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , , , | Leave a comment

Disney’s Christmas Carol Train Tour

Disney’s Christmas Carol Train Tour will be hitting the road and will be stopping in Sacramento!

Bring your family and friends to Old Sacramento on June 19-21 to see the Disney Train on the tracks near the California State Railroad Museum.

This Disney family event is for guests of all ages and is free to the public.

Here is the offical site to find out more information

May 23, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , , , , | Leave a comment

# 2 Joyce Herzog

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When I first began homeschooling there where few curriculum vendors, and even fewer that understood and supported homeschoolers. Joyce Herzog has been around many years and can be counted on speaking at homeschool conventions around the country.

Joyce Herzog’s web site can be found here.

Here web site is wonderful. She of course sell the Scaredy Cat Reading System. She also has monthly articles to encourage families. ~ Enjoy


May 23, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , , | Leave a comment

Special Needs and Homeschooling

We have several children in our family that have always been homeschooled AND have special needs.

Homeschooling alone is not easy and requires sacrifice and commitment.

Homeschooling a special needs child can be very hard, but very rewarding.

Unless your child has a major disability such and being in a wheel chair, deafness or blindness, it is very hard when the child is young to get services. Schools fight you every step they can. I don’t know why and I am sure some where there are exceptions to this.

Weather your child has a major disability or something more subtle (although just as hard to live with) educating yourself about not only your child’s disabilty, but knowing your child’s personality, likes and dislikes can be a huge help in having the confidence in navagating daily like and seeking help.

Special needs children need the same education as other children, just a different approach and often times different teaching materials.

Difficulty often comes in finding and then paying for these materials.

Another difficulty is the parents fear that a school will some how do a better job. I can assure you that in may cases they do not. Just visit any disability message board for parents and you will read a daily stream of serious complaints written by parents about neglect and mistreatment and how the parent is helpless.

The parent can fight and fight, all the while nothing changes is the school. The parent spins their wheels complaining and following established protocol for IEP’s and 504’s. After about 7 months of meeting with every school official possible, the school gives in, grants 2 out of 7 requests by the child’s very concerned doctor, therapist, advocate, only to be moved to the next grade shortly there after and the NEW class room is unable for some reason to implement the NEW IEP you find out 3 months in to the school year and the fights start all over again.

Parents, please do not think the school can do better than you teaching at home.

May 23, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , | Leave a comment

Home School Legal Defense Association

Home School Legal Defense Association  (HSLDA)

PO Box 3000 Purcellville, VA   20134 Call (540) 338-5600

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Sacramento Christian Organization of Parent Educators – SCOPE

SCOPE

Our Purpose

To support and encourage one another in our shared conviction to privately and independently educate our children at home.
To edify and nurture relationships for our children and families through the sharing of current information, resources and activities.
To be a voice and Christian testimony in our community for private, independent home education.

May 23, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , | Leave a comment

Galt Library

Galt – Marian O. Lawrence Library
1000 Caroline Ave Galt, CA 95632 (916)264-2700

Monday: Closed Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Friday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday: Closed

May 23, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , , | Leave a comment

Elk Grove Library

Elk Grove Library
8900 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)264-2700

Monday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Friday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

May 23, 2009 Posted by | Central Valley Homeschooling | , , | Leave a comment