Calling all student scientists!

NASA needs your help! They are looking for students and citizen scientists to help gather information for the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21st. There’s an app you download that will take you through the steps. What a great way to teach hands on science!  Check out this link for more information!

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-invites-you-to-become-a-citizen-scientist-during-us-total-solar-eclipse/

 

 

~ Christina

Summer Reading Kick Off Event

Hi everyone!

5 area libraries and BISD are hosting a huge summer reading kick off event Saturday, June 3rd from 10am-1pm at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Center.  The event is free and will have an animal petting zoo, free books for children (while supplies last), a big vehicle exploration zone, a giant slide, an obstacle, plus arts and crafts and more!  For information, you can call 817-427-6818.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1320166931395645/

State Fair Homeschool Tickets

Hi everyone!  It’s that time of year to submit your requests for your FREE homeschool tickets to the State Fair in the fall.  Words of advice…follow the directions exactly, do it before the deadline, and just know they won’t come in the mail until right before the Fair starts.  In the past, homeschool days have been on Thursdays (which has usually been the half-price food days too) and your teacher ticket is good anytime.  🙂

2017 Home School Ticket Request Guidelines

***Please Note:  The deadline date for making your request has moved to the middle of May****

All requests must be made in writing. No requests made by phone or e-mail will be accepted.

You can submit a request anytime between March 1, 2017 and May 12, 2017.

The program is for K thru 12th grade. To be eligible, Kindergarteners must be 5 by September 29, 2017. We do not have a ticket program for children younger than Kindergarten/age 5. 

The program is for families living in Texas within a 100 mile radius of the Fairgrounds.  Each family must submit individually to avoid duplicate requests.  We do not accept requests from home school groups or associations.

Your request letter should include your name, mailing address, email address and phone number(s). The letter should be computer printed or neatly hand written for clarity. Including an email address and daytime phone number is necessary for us to contact you in the event you neglect to include all required information.

Include BOTH the ages and grade levels of each student as they will be when the Fair opens on September 29th, 2017. Name of student is not necessary. Requests without this information will be returned unfilled.

We can send one teacher ticket per family. If you would like a teacher ticket, please include that request in your letter. There is no such thing as a principal ticket.

Include a business size (#10– measures 4 1/8” X 9 ½”) envelope with one first class stamp ($0.49 postage). Please DO NOT address the envelope in any way as we will print address labels. The envelope must be business size because of the length of the tickets.

All requests must be POSTMARKED AND COMPLETE by the deadline date of Friday, May 12, 2017.  Incomplete requests and requests arriving after this date will be returned unfilled.

Mail your request to:

State Fair of Texas
Attn: Lisa Boubel
PO Box 150009
Dallas, TX  75315

If you have any further questions, please contact Lisa Boubel at 214-421-8737 or by e-mail at specialevents@bigtex.com

Free Texas Parks & Wildlife Lesson Plans

I happen to really love Texas Parks, well all state parks in general.  We’re one of those families that when we are on the road we try to visit as many as we can.  Aside from the great Junior Ranger programs the parks offer, Texas Parks offers a wide variety of free lesson plans, printables, etc. for all grade levels.  I will say it does take a bit of browsing since there are so many, but what another great way to get out of the house!  When you look at this link, also notice the “Keep Texas Wild Lesson Plans” link on the website for even more lessons.

Here’s the link!

http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/resources/resources/lesson-plans

 

Happy Homeschooling!

~ Christina

Pokémon Go! and Field Trips

Okay so if you’re like me and have noticed an unusual number of people all gathered in groups in random places like malls, parks, corners of the street all staring at their phones then chances are they are all playing Pokémon Go!  What is it you ask?  In short, it’s a new app backed by Microsoft and Google that incorporates the Pokémon characters and the use of GPS to capture loose Pokémon characters .  The object of the game is to collect Pokémon by locating them on the GPS and around Level 5, you begin to use the ones you’ve captured to earn a status in the Pokémon world through duels. The main thing that has drawn attention to this app is the amount of walking kids and adults alike are suddenly doing.  If you are on social media, you’ll notice a lot of these Pokémon posts include the thousands of steps one took while hunting.  It’s reminiscent of Geocaching, except on a virtual level.  On the educational side, what a great way to learn map skills, technology skills, and I’ve even discovered a majority of the check in points are informative/historical in nature.  Soooo, if you love it or have a kiddo that does, it hasn’t taken long for companies to get on board.  I stumbled across an advertisement from the Dallas Arboretum (on Facebook) bragging about their Pokémon collection and inviting people to come out and hunt.  In my opinion, what a great way to combine 2 fun things and as a mom with an older kiddo this is perfect.  Here’s the arboretum info…

https://www.facebook.com/dallasarboretum/

 

Happy Hunting!

Christina

 

 

Want to learn more about homeschooling?

Happy summer!  I can’t believe it’s already July and I already feel so far behind 🙂  Tomorrow (7/7/16) is a great opportunity to learn more about homeschooling or just learn more about the groups and things to do that are offered in your area.  The Center for Home Education is having an open house tomorrow and the opportunity to check out the campus, meet the teachers, and learn about the fun things that go on there is happening.   If you aren’t familiar with the Center, they offer classes K-12, and extra curricular things like theatre, cooking, music, etc. in a college campus type setting. The ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 10:30, tour starts at 11:00.  Oh did I mention they’ll have a real military truck there!  It’s going to be a blast.  I’ll be there with more info regarding our crazy, fun, social middle school group!  For more info, here’s the link!

 

http://centerforhomeeducation.com/

 

Happy Schooling!

~Christina

Barnes and Noble Teen Book Festival, June 10-12

Hi everyone!  Check out this free weekend event going on at B&N this coming weekend geared towards 13+.  All stores will have various teen authors and fun events, games, trivia, prizes, free books and more.   There’s even a development workshop on Sunday teaching kiddos how to write a log line and create a spark page.  It’s all FREE!  Check out the link below to find out which author will be where and more…

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/b-fest-teen-book-festival?st=SEM&sid=BNB_DRS_Book+Festivals_00000000&2sid=Bing_e&sourceId=SEBiS138085

 

~ Christina

State Fair Homeschool Tickets

It’s almost time to send out the requests for your 2016 State Fair Homeschool tickets.  This will be our 4th year to take the benefits this offers to our family.  Each HS student (K-12) is eligible for a ticket and the family will receive 1 free teacher ticket.  They host homeschool days on Thursdays, which also happens to be Senior Discount day which is a great time to bring the grandparents.  Oh, and did I mention it’s not crowded?!

Here’s the info and be sure you follow it precisely or you won’t get them AND FYI they aren’t mailed until right before the fair starts.  It’s a long time to wait and my first year I thought they weren’t coming, but they do, at the last moment, every year 🙂

Need State Fair curriculum ideas?  Here’s the link!  http://bigtex.com/educators/

 

2016 Home School Ticket Request Guidelines

***Please Note: Requests must be submitted between March 1st and before the deadline date of May 15th, 2016.

All requests must be made in writing. No requests made by phone or e-mail will be accepted.

The program is for K thru 12th grade. To be eligible, Kindergarteners must be 5 by September 30, 2016. We do not have a ticket program for children younger than Kindergarten/age 5. 

 The program is for families living in Texas within a 100 mile radius of the Fairgrounds. Each family must submit individually to avoid duplicate requests.  We do not accept requests from home school groups or associations.

Your request letter should include your name, mailing address, email address and phone number(s). The letter should be computer printed or neatly hand written for clarity. Including an email address and daytime phone number is necessary for us to contact you in the event you neglect to include all required information.

Include BOTH the ages and grade levels of each student as they will be when the Fair opens on September 30th, 2016. Name of student is not necessary. Requests without this information will be returned unfilled.

We can send one teacher ticket per family. If you would like a teacher ticket, please include that request in your letter. There is no such thing as a principal ticket.

Include a business size (#10– measures 4 1/8” X 9 ½”) envelope with one first class stamp ($0.49 postage). Please DO NOT address the envelope in any way as we will print address labels. The envelope must be business size because of the length of the tickets.

All requests must be POSTMARKED AND COMPLETE by the deadline date of Friday, May 15, 2016.  Incomplete requests and requests arriving after this date will be returned unfilled.

Mail your request to:

 State Fair of Texas
Attn: Lisa Boubel
PO Box 150009
Dallas, TX  75315

If you have any further questions, please contact Lisa Boubel at 214-421-8737 or by e-mail at specialevents@bigtex.com