April Homeschool Newsletter

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MCESA is committed to consistently providing resources, leadership and support for the educational needs of all homeschooling families.

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AFHE - Homeschool Convention


The AFHE Convention Committee is hard at work preparing the 2016 AFHE Convention for you! We have chosen speakers who will encourage and equip you, covering topics that include early education, getting started, homeschooling high school, teaching children with special needs, a vision for why we homeschool, practical nuts and bolts sessions on a variety of subjects, and so much more! 

You'll find the exhibit hall filled with hundreds of great vendor booths offering a wide array of quality products, resources, curriculum, and services. It is sure to be a fun weekend overflowing with inspiration and ideas as we come together to learn and grow.

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First Time Attendee

Is this your first time attending the AFHE Convention? We have a special discount admission offer for the first 500 people who have never before attended. Just $25 per individual or married couple! For the price of a one-year membership you and your husband or wife can attend this year. And, if you're not already a member of AFHE, we include a free one-year membership that runs through next June. 

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Considering Homeschooling

Free Pre-Convention Mini-Conference 

Thursday, July 14, 2:30-5:30 PM

New to homeschooling? Join us for a free pre-convention mini-conference. If you know someone who is thinking about homeschooling or who is new to homeschooling, please share this opportunity with them. We will present three talks designed specifically for those who are considering educating their children at home. No registration required. Free of charge. (Does not include admission to the AFHE Convention.) 

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Thursday Ticketed Seminars

High School & Special Needs Tracks

Thursday, July 14, 2:30-5:30 PM

 In addition to our free pre-convention "Considering Homeschooling" mini-conference, we are offering two additional tracks on Thursday ... one for Homeschooling High School and the other on Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs. Each of these additional tracks is just $10 per person (adult) to attend. If you aren't able to attend the whole convention, this is a great way to get a sampling of some of the great workshops that will be presented during the convention.

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Covenant Homeschool Resource Center


Registration for 2016-2017 classes will open in late April.

If you would like to register for classes currently being offered, please contact our office to find out which     classes still have openings.

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June IOWA Testing Registration is now open!

June IOWA Testing 2016
June 7th and 8th – 3rd-8th Grade
June 9th and 10th – 3rd-12th Grade
For more information, see our registration form below.


Testing for 1st and 2nd graders and testing with accommodations is available.   Please give us a call at (602) 277-3497 for more information.

PSAT Testing is in October.  Registration for the PSAT opens after June Testing.

For questions regarding testing, please contact the CHSRC office at
602-277-3497 or testing@chsrc.org

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June 7th-11th: Iowa Testing Sale! During our June Iowa testing week 10% off new books* and 20% off used books
*Due to our distributors agreement we cannot discount new Bob Jones or Berean Builders during this sale.

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Homeschool Classes at Arizona Science Center


Arizona Science Center offers a variety of home school opportunities for students from September through May.

Classes are 90 minutes long. There are extended classes, which are two hours long, and noted in the class description. Classes that will be taught by a state certified educator are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Pricing per child

  • Arizona Science Center Members: $15 
  • Non-members: $20 

Some classes may include additional fees.


Homeschool  Program

Sci-Fi Reality

April 8, 2016 For Grades 2-5

April 15, 2016 for Grades 5-8

9:00am - 3:00pm

Join us for a day filled with blasts from the past and technology of the future during this fully integrated experience!

Day of Schedule:
9–9:15 a.m. – Arrive in main Lobby of Arizona Science Center, check in
9:30–11 a.m. – Phone Home Class
11:15–11:45 a.m. – POPnology Traveling Exhibition and Gallery Exploration
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. – Lunch (bring your own)
12:15 – Gather in main Lobby of Arizona Science Center
12:30-1:45 p.m. – Star Wars LittleBits Class in CREATE
2–3 p.m. – Giant Screen Film
Phone Home: Learn about the evolution of communication, from Morse code to modern cell phones. Create your own Morse code transmitter, then dig in and dissect various communication devices.
Giant Screen Film: Secret Ocean 3D–Secret Ocean 3D introduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control, and takes them to remarkable and vibrant environments such as the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini.
LittleBits: Using CREATE's LittleBits Pro Library, you will make, tinker, hack and invent a new device, robot or prototype for their favorite Star Wars character. Learn how to use simple electronics to make a Star Wars R2D2 bitRobot or a Podracer!
POPnology: Did the producers of Star Trek invent the smart phone? What science fiction tool or experience today will become reality tomorrow? POPnology takes us from fantasy to reality – the driverless car, gaming stations and tomorrow’s toys, robots, drones, 3D printers – and so much more! POPnology examines the past, present and future of technologies that have been, and continue to be, inspired by popular culture.
For questions, email homeschools@azscience.org


Constellation Exploration  

This class will introduce students to basic astronomy and learn about the stories and legends that inspired the constellations we know today. Students will also create their own take-home constellation boxes. Classes available on April 12 and April 14, 2016. Recommended for grades 2 – 5.

Additional $5 per student

April 12, 2016

April 14, 2016


Paint a Planet

Uncover the chemistry behind the coloration of planets and other space objects. Students will then design and create their own planet using special painting techniques. Recommended for grades 2 – 5

April 26, 2016     9:30am - 11:00am

April 26, 2016     1:30pm - 3:00pm

April 28, 2016     9:30am - 11:00am

April 28, 2016     1:30pm - 3:00pm


Space Science 

The solar system, comets and the moon are all discussed as the students take their journey through space. Students are able to weigh themselves on planet scales as they learn more about gravity and mass of each planet. A comet is even made with the ingredients necessary to form a dirty snowball. Recommended for grades 5 – 8

April 19, 2016   9:30am - 11:00am

April 19, 2016   1:30pm - 3:00pm

April 21, 2016   9:30am - 11:00am

April 21, 2016   1:30pm - 3:00pm


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Homeschool Science Fair

May 21, 2016

$5 registration fee

Students will display their experiments and display boards to their peers and other Arizona Science Center guests.

Please plan to arrive at Arizona Science Center by 8:30 a.m. to set up displays. Students will have approximately one hour to give presentations to each other and/or provide peer review. Arizona Science Center opens to the public at 10 a.m. at which time students will be able to present their projects to guests, if they so choose.

The science fair will end at 11 a.m. with a “participation” awards ceremony, then displays can be cleaned up and taken back home.

Visit website for information:  http://www.azscience.org/Learning/homeschoolers?type=Event&galleryId=2740

Deadline to register projects is April 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. 

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Game and Fish Outdoor Expo


Spend the day outdoors Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 during the annual Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, on Carefree Highway, just west of Interstate 17. 

Admission and parking are free!

There will be plenty of hands-on fun for all ages. Check out the huge kids fishing tanks and take home a free photo. See live wildlife, learn target archery and try other shooting sports in a safe, supervised, controlled environment on the range. 

Don’t miss the always popular cowboy mounted shooting competition or the off-highway vehicle exhibits. Give kayaking a try at the "Lake Paddlemore" kayaking pond. Learn about boating and how to stay safe on the water.

Visit with more than 150 exhibitors, including outdoor recreation and conservation groups, government agencies and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services.

Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Outdoor Expo is easy to find, located on Carefree Highway, about 1/2 mile west of I-17 in Phoenix. Visit www.azgfd.gov/expo for more information.

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As You Wish - Homeschool Classes


 Sunflower Mug

April14, 2016


  • Thursday, April 14
  • 10am to Noon
  • Home School Children

Home Schoolers can stop in anytime between 10 am and Noon and create this Sunflower Mug!  We’ll give you a lesson plan to follow and you’ll learn basic pottery painting techniques including, one coat backgrounds and fleckling.  It’s a great way to put a little art in your day!


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We are running one more Mike's Mighty Mites social group before it gets too hot for the park. Your child will get to paint and decorate a wooden race car, followed by racing it down the steep sidewalk hill. Each child will get to take home the car they make, plus they will earn a small golden trophy for their creative efforts and willingness to get along with the other kids. Sign up for this fun group before all the cars are reserved!

Date and Time: Saturday, April 16th from 10:00-11:00am
Location: Desert Storm Park, 1701 E. Georgia Avenue, Phoenix 85014
Cost: $20 per child (includes all supplies)

Email: liz@artplayhealing.com

Artplay, LLC
1130 E. Missouri Avenue
Suites #350 and #210
Phoenix, AZ 85014

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Flip Dunk Sports




4pm-close everyday!!

Buy 1st hour & get second hour FREE!!

Must mention "SHOWERS" at register 

"Going Bananas" Super Summer Camp

Ages: 5 & Up

May 31-August 19

Weekly Camps/ Full or Half Day

Preschool "Wiggles & Giggles" Camp

Ages: 3 & 4

June 1-August 19

Weekly: Mon, Weds, & Friday


Summer Tumbling Camp

2 week sessions

$120 Tuesday/Thursday 1-3pm

session 1: June 7, 9, 14, 16

session 2: June 21, 23, 28, 30

session 3: July 5, 7, 12, 14

session 4: July 19, 21, 26, 28 

Summer Cheer/ Tumbling Clinics

pre-register: $30/ Day of: $35

learn stunts, jumps, cheers, dance

Clinic 1: May 11th  6-8pm

clinic 2: June 8th 6-8pm

clinic 3: July 6th  6-8pm 

Full Force Summer Cheer Options

Open to everyone 7 & up

1 or 2 day a week option

once a week: $70 per month

twice a week: $120 per month

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We Make History


Enter a world of fascinating, bigger-than-life characters from Disney, sci-fi, comic books, cartoons and more as all join together for a wonderful evening of dance and costume!

When:  The evening of Saturday, April 9th a social time shall commence at 6:30 and the Ball at 7. Festivities shall last until 10:30 or so.

Where:  Mesa, Arizona (Southeast corner of Center St. & 1st Ave. Please see webpage.)

What to Wear:  Dress like your favourite character from animated movies, sci-fi films, Disney, classic TV, comic books, cartoons, historic novels.... Let it go!

Music & Dance:  Expect an exciting and eclectic mix from several centuries.

Passes:  In advance, by mail, we request $15.00 each per pass though there is a special family rate which you may learn about at www.frozenball.com. The advance special is good for all orders received by Wednesday, April 6th.  For passes at the door the evening of the Ball we shall request a donation of $30 each to support the mission of We Make History.

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Discovery Zone


DiscovEARy Zone Hearing Loss Prevention Exhibit 

Join us for DiscovEARy Zone (DZ), a free, 60-minute interactive and educational exhibit designed to teach children and parents about the ear, how we hear, sources of sounds that are dangerous to our hearing, effects on listening to sounds that are too loud for too long, and how to protect our ears and hearing throughout our lifespan. Includes guided educational activities, interactive computer games, giant displays, hands-on activities, and much more! The content is geared toward 4th and 5th graders, but children of all ages are welcome to participate.                  
WHEN: April 13-15, 20169:00 am-5:00 pm

WHERE: Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix 85004 
COST: Free

CONTACT: Brittany Swiger, discovearyzone@gmail.com

WEBSITE: http://discovearyzone.com

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Heritage Square


New! Early Phoenix – Homeschool Days at Heritage Square 

April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Cost: $5 

A Child’s Life in 1900 – Homeschool Days at Heritage Square Phoenix  

April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm   

Explore the history of Phoenix from a child’s perspective. Our homeschool days are reserved especially for home educated families.

Visit: Heritage Square, 113 N. Sixth St., Phoenix, AZ 85004  http://heritagesquarephx.org/events/  

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Challenger Space Center



Homeschool Day

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016       10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

We are offering a unique event on April 27th that stimulates STEM leaning through hands-on workshops and a simulated space mission.

There is no registration for this event, we will take all walk-ins the day of the event, families and students can pay the general admission at the door.

**Only the Simulated Space Mission and workshops require registration**

Date: April 27th | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Cost: General Admission - $6 for children (4 years and older, 3 years and under are free) $8 for adults  

Workshops - $15.00 each

Simulated Mission - $17.50 per person

Here's what is included in your general admission: tour of the museum, liquid nitrogen show (3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.), light show (12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.) 

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Spring Writing Activity