February 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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Arizona Science Center

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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

Life in a Drop -. All life on our Earth depends on water for survival. Discover the microscopic world within a drop of water using advanced laboratory methods and microscopes. Recommended for grades 5 – 8.

February 9, 2016  1:30pm - 3:00pm

February 11, 2016  1:30pm - 3:00pm


Plant Water - Planet Earth is covered in 72% of water but less than 1% of it is drinkable. In this class, students become water scientist as they work with supplies to design and build a water filtering system. Recommended for grades 5 – 8.

February 16, 2016  1:30pm - 3:00pm

February 18, 2016  1:30pm - 3:00pm


Teen Science Scene

Shark Dissection - With hundreds of different species alive today, sharks are complex predators. Teens will find out how sharks’ bodies are adapted to living and hunting in the ocean. Feel their skin, touch their teeth and dissect a real shark!
Additional Fee: $18

February 13, 2016  10:00am - 12:00pm

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Preschool STEM Classes


Get school-ready with science! Introduce your preschooler to the fascinating world of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). They will learn scientific vocabulary by reading a unique story, experiment with developmentally appropriate science through hands-on investigations, and develop important skills to prepare for success in school and in life.


$15 Members/ $20 Non-Members 

$3 Take-Out Science Kit: Extend your child's learning beyond Preschool Stroller Science with an additional inquiry-based activity parents can do at home with their toddlers and preschoolers. Also includes resources to enhance science exploration between a child and parent.



September - June 2016 *
10 a.m.  Check-in at Information Desk at Arizona Science Center
10:15 a.m.  Class begins (Duration: 60 minutes)?
Ages: Geared towards preschool-age children

Join Arizona Science Center for an exploration in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) geared towards preschool-age children. Every second Saturday of the month, through hands-on experimentation, children will begin to understand key topics in science.  Our child-centered classes provide opportunities for children to deepen their learning connections, practice higher order thinking skills, and build their knowledge about the world around them.

Preschool Science Saturdays support school-ready skills such as problem-solving, communication, persistence, and Families can purchase a special Take-Out Science kit to learn more about everyday science at home for an additional $3! 



Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m. 
Ages: 3–5

Preschool Stroller Science classes are designed to link science, literacy, art and school readiness skills in a fun and meaningful way. With each one hour class, preschoolers will get a take-away tub to explore the lesson at home with a parent or guardian.

Pre-registration is required for Preschool classes.

Contact for more information and inquiries: 602.716.2000 x 219  or earlychildhoodeducation@azscience.orgHomeschool Connections Science Fair

Open to all homeschool students, join us for Arizona Science Center Non-Competitive Science Fair.

When: March 8, 2014

Time:  10:00am to 1:00pm

For project guidelines, event day information and registration visit: http://azscience.org/pdf_assets/home_school.pdf  

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Pueblo Grande Museum

Archaeology for Kids

When:   Saturday, February 6,  2016   9:30am – 12:30pm

WherePueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park, 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, United States (map)

DescriptionChildren ages 7 to 12 can become a Junior Archaeologist and discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Learn how to identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures. Cost is $15; Register>/a> by February 4.

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Drop-In Discoveries

When:  Saturday, February 20, 2016   10am – 12pm

WherePueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park, 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, United States (map)

DescriptionJoin Native Seeds/SEARCH on the back patio for a drop-in informational program about agricultural crops grown by the Hohokam, gardening in the desert, and planting your own three sisters garden. Guest will also have a chance to enjoy a hands-on activity about southwestern seeds.

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Plant Tour of Pueblo Grande

When:  Friday, February 12, 2016    10am – 11am

WherePueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park, 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, United States (map)

DescriptionDiscover some of the edible and medicinal plants of the southwest on an abbreviated walk along the trail at Pueblo Grande. A knowledgeable guide will identify various desert flora and some of the traditional crops (in season) used by the Hohokam. This program is free with paid museum admission. Space is limited; please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot.

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Arizona Scitech Festival Lecture Series

When:  Friday, February 5,2016      12pm – 1pm

WherePueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park, 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, United States (map)

DescriptionPueblo Grande Museum is hosting a lecture series, From the Coast to the Desert: The Relationship Between Environment and Culture, every Friday during the month of February as part of the 5th Annual Arizona Scitech Festival. Join us for one or all of these free lectures, open to the public. Lecture Title: Archaeology and Climate Change: Reconstructing El Niño on the North Coast of Peru Speaker: Gary Huckleberry, Geoarchaeological Consultant As scientists watch the development of possibly the strongest El Niño in almost 20 years, the question arises as to how often such weather events happened in the past and what effects they had on ancient societies. Gary Huckleberry will present on-going research from coastal Peru where scientists are studying geological and archaeological evidence for past El Niños and trying to understand their role in the rise and fall of ancient prehispanic states. These studies that integrate climate change and archaeology provide shed light on current challenges related to global warming.

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Homeschool Day at Heritage Square



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

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

$5 Event Navigation

Explore the history of Phoenix with your kids by engaging in hands-on activities. Our homeschool days are reserved especially for home educated families. These afternoons are designed for children ages 5 to 12, but children of all ages are welcome.

At our homeschool days, your family will –

Take a child-friendly tour of the Rosson House

Learn 19th century chores

Play classic games

Receive a historically themed craft to take home

Four Homeschool Days have been scheduled for spring 2016 and take place on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:30pm. We are also introducing a second homeschool visit titled Early Phoenix for Spring 2016. The new field trip should be on the website shortly. For questions please contact Jennifer Hance, Director of Education by email or at 602-261-8948.

Policies – Please note that Homeschool Days at Heritage Square Phoenix requires a minimum of 10 children over the age of 5 to be registered 1 week prior to the event. Events with below minimum registration will be cancelled. The program can accommodate a maximum of 45 people of any age level. Cancellations made at least 14 days before the scheduled date will receive a 100% refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations less than 14 days before scheduled tour date. Culture passes are not accepted for Homeschool Days at Heritage Square.

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Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest


Artistry, sheer athleticism, cultural traditions

This event showcases a unique sport. Prepare for stunning performances of the men and women who are vying to call themselves World Champion Hoop Dancer. The event combines artistry, sheer athleticism and cultural traditions to create an exciting, colorful and suspenseful competition.


Event Details

February 13 – 14
Saturday – Sunday

Saturday, Feb. 13
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 14
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adults: $18
Seniors (65 and older): $13.50
American Indians: $12
Heard Museum members: $12
College students w/I.D.: $7.50
Children age 4–12: $7.50
Children 3 and younger: $0

Includes museum admission.

Heard Museum  2301 North Central Ave, Phoenix  AZ  85004

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Arizona Museum of Natural History

The Arizona Museum of Natural History (AZMNH) is the premier natural history museum in Arizona. It is dedicated to inspire wonder, respect and understanding for the natural and cultural history of the Southwest.

The Museum is a place for family fun. Where else can you see a flash flood cascading down a three-story mountain inside a museum? See Tom the soft-shelled turtle and a live Gila monster. Experience a real territorial jail, pan for gold in the History Courtyard, and wend your way through the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. Check out the new special exhibitions and experience hands-on adventure for all ages in the Exploration Station. Bring a friend or family member of any age to the museum: there is always something new to discover.

Current/Rotating Exhibitions


 Permanent Exhibitions

 Natural History

Exploration Station &  Sculptures & Public Art

Hours of Operation
Tues - Fri: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 1 - 5 p.m.

Location:   53 N. Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201      480-644-2230

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Scottsdale Museum of the West - Western Spirit Exhibits


ARIZONA OUTLAWS AND LAWMEN: Gunslingers, Bandits, Heroes and Peacekeepers featuring Marshall Trimble

Tuesday,  February 9, 20161:00 PM

3830 N. Marshall Way,  Scottsdale, AZ 

Discover just how difficult it was to bring law and order to the Arizona Territory as Arizona’s Official State Historian Marshall Trimble discusses his latest book “Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen: Gunslingers, Bandits, Heroes and Peacekeepers.”

A practiced humorist, philosopher and storyteller, Trimble shares tall tales of the gunslingers and outlaws, from Texas John Slaughter and Top Gun Jim Roberts to Girl Bandit Pearl Hart and the bad boys of Cochise County. The author of more than 20 books about Arizona and the West and the monthly column “Ask the Marshall” for True West magazine, Trimble has won countless awards and honors. Most recently, True West named him its “2015 Westerner of the Year.” Join Trimble after the event in the museum store where you can purchase a signed copy of his book.

Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.

Our Location

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum
of the West
3830 N. Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Monday

Admission Prices
Adults: $13
Seniors (65+) and Active Military: $11
Students (Full-time with ID) and Children (6-17): $8
Members and Children 5 and Under: FREE

For group rates, please contact Visitor Services: 480-686-9539

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Inspirational Journey: The Story of Lewis & Clark (January 15, 2015 – October 31, 2016)

Charles Fritz chronicled the historic early 19th century expedition of Captains Merriwether Lewis and William Clark.

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Courage and Crossroads: A Visual Journey through the Early American West (Ongoing Exhibition)

The story of America's West in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Children's Museum of Phoenix


Presidents Day | Monday, February 15


You're Invited to Our Fourth Annual Educator Day and Resource Expo!  

Monday, February 15

Museum Hours: 9am to 4pm

Expo Hours: 9am to 1pm

FREE ADMISSION for Educators and one guest - RSVP Required

Early childhood and elementary educators are invited to enjoy a day at the Museum and explore our three floors of interactive and educational exhibits! It's a great way to see how the Museum's hands-on exhibits complement the concepts you're teaching in your classroom!


Stop by the Educator Resource Expo where several organizations will be happy to share information about their products and services that can enhance your student's learning. There will be give-aways and prizes including a drawing for a FREE Museum field trip for your students! 

Website: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=446350ce-ae44-4fd9-aac3-42f87b2a7199&c=bbe4b9a0-35c7-11e3-982e-d4ae528eb27b&ch=bd484140-35c7-11e3-98cc-d4ae528eb27b

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Sea Life Events

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Become a Young Environmentalist!

We're looking for 12 young ocean enthusiasts passionate about conservation and sea creatures to form our 2016 SEA LIFE Young Environmentalist group! The Young Environmentalists are a group of kids ages 6-10 that will be selected to help with conservation messages throughout the year and participate in FUN activities at the aquarium.

What does it mean to be a Young Environmentalist?

•Visit SEA LIFE throughout the year and participate in exclusive activities and events•Receive one FREE SEA LIFE Annual Pass•Receive a Young Environmentalist t-shirt to wear to activities and events

Must enter by midnight on Sunday, February 7th.

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AFHE Events


2016 AFHE Sr. High Graduation 
Calling all 2016 senior high homeschool graduates, we have a very special cap and gown ceremony planned for you! Registration is now open!


WHEN: Friday, May 20, 2016, 7:00 PM 

WHERE:  Dream City Church (formerly Phoenix First Assembly), Phoenix 


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Covenant Homeschool Resource Center


We are open Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm weekly plus one Saturday per month.
In January we are open Saturday the 16th.

Each year we are closed the week of July 4th. We are also closed the last two weeks
in December and the first week in January.

We are authorized distributors for the following publishers:

  • Alpha Omega
  • Apologia
  • Berean Builders
  • BJU Press
  • Common Sense Press
  • Master Books
  • Saxon Math

Come and visit us to browse products from these publishers and other popular curriculum. You are also welcome to place orders over the phone. As a non-profit we do not collect sales tax or shipping cost when you pick your books up at CHSRC.

We have many fun extras including science supplies and math manipulatives. Check out our comprehensive collection of used materials including a $1 bargain wall with treasures awaiting discovery.

Did you know that you can receive a discount on used books by donating your unneeded curriculum to CHSRC?  It is also tax-deductible!

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March Iowa Testing at CHSRC 

Our Spring IOWA testing registration is  now open for 1st-8th Grade!

March 15-16 Grades 3rd-8th    &   March 17-18 Grades 1st-8th

Iowa Testing is a standardized test that allows parents to assess where their child is at academically.  Your student must attend both days of the session you register for in order to complete the testing.  You will find more information and the registration form on our website. If you have specific questions please don't hesitate to give us a call at 602-277-3497

Register by February 16th to avoid a $10.00 late fee

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Glendale Chocolate Affair


 Annual Chocolate Affaire February 5-7
Glendale's Own Cerreta Candy Company Presents the Sweetest Event in Town

Friday, February 5, 5-10 p.m.
Saturday, February 6, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, February 7, noon-5 p.m.

Murphy Park
58th and Glendale avenues
In the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale
    Free Admission

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Valentine's Day Fun Worksheet

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