March 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


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.

Pricing per child

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

Some classes may include additional fees.

For all questions and inquiries, please email


Homeschool  Program

Che-Mysteries -. In this hands on chemistry class, students learn to make observations and predictions as they perform their our chemical reactions. Recommended for grades 5 – 8.

March 1, 2016  1:30pm - 3:00pm

March 3, 2016  1:30pm - 3:00pm


Acids & Bases - Students will learn about general difference between acids and bases and their properties in solutions. They will then observe . Recommended for grades 5 – 8.

March 22, 2016  1:30pm - 3:00pm

February 18, 2016  1:30pm - 3:00pm


Teen Science Scene

Color My Universe - You've seen those amazing photos of colorful nebulas and galaxies. In this workshop, teens will take a real picture of a celestial object and use imaging software, like an astronomer, to color a celestial object.

March 12, 2016  10:00am - 12:00pm 

Preschool STEM Classes

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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. 



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:  

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Parenting Camp Expo

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Children's Museum of Phoenix


Get ready for Arizona's Original SANDFEST! Can you dig it? An entire weekend fo beach-filled fun! Dive into the festivities, on Saturday, all ages are invited as we ignite imagination through sand with 2 days of indoor and outdoor sand activities. This community beach party promises kids-only sand play inside and out, giant sand sculptures (crafted by local teams and international experts), food trucks, music and more! Plus, Sunday offers free admission and activites just for granparents and grandchildren visitin together!

Children's Museum of Phoenix

215 N 7th Street, Phoenix  AZ  85034  or call 602-253-0501

Visit website for more information:

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Spring Break Series at Artplay: Bugs Galore!

Tuesday, March 8th from 10-11am: Happy Ladybugs
• Your child will learn all about ladybugs in a creative way with academic tutor Elizabeth Rowley.
• Kids will then decorate a ladybug tub with Miss Liz, followed by releasing 200 live ladybugs in the garden. Kids then can collect some to take home and release in their own garden.

Wednesday, March 9th from 10-11am: Wiggly Worms
• Elizabeth will share fun facts about worms with the group.
• Your child will also create a fun worm habitat with Miss Liz, followed by finding live worms outside in the garden to take home.

Thursday, March 10th from 10-11am: Proud Praying Mantis
• Elizabeth will teach the kids all about praying mantis.
• Each child will then create a container with Miss Liz that will house praying mantis. Kids then can catch a live mantis that they can take home and release into a tree.

Cost: $25 per day (includes all materials and live bugs) Attend one or all days!
Location: Artplay, Suite 350

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

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Ultimate Octonauts Experience - Open March 3, 2016

Explore the amazing world of the Octonauts and play your part helping the crew on brand new underwater missions! Explore a mysterious cave with Captain Barnacles and sound the Octo-Alert to light-up the amazing creatures living inside. Join Kwazii on a thrilling chase to reclaim his long-lost treasure and search the shipwreck for yourself to find the real creatures hiding inside. Help Peso clean-up the coral reef and rescue the creatures in a fun game. Experience this, and so much more in the new Ultimate Octonauts Experience.

Ultimate Octonauts Experience features:
• Explore the amazing world of the Octonauts
• Completely new aquatic animals in dynamic themed displays
• 3D digital talking Octonauts crew members
• A fun game with Peso
• Exclusive, brand new Octonauts animations
Octonauts Ultimate Experience opens March 3, 2016 and will be open to guests for the remainder of the year.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 10am-7:30pm / Sun  10am-6pm    *Last admission is one hour before close


1-877-526-3960               Groups 1-877-526-3960

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Covenant Homeschool Resource Center


Spring Iowa Testing at CHSRC

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

March 17-18 Grades 1st-8th 

(for 1st and 2nd grade please contact the office as space is extremely limited.) 

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

Please Note: June testing will cover 3rd-12th grades

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book sale

March 15th-19th Sale at CHSRC!

20% off used books

10% off new books (except BJU and BB)
James Stobaugh Literature Curriculum will be 20% off (New and used)  

Manipulatives and miscellaneous items priced as marked (as they are already discounted up to 90%!) 

Feel free to give us a call to find out if we have what you need. (602) 277-3497  

We are distributors for Alpha OmegaApologia, Berean BuildersBob Jones, Common Sense Press, MasterBooks and Saxon Math

Buy from us and save on shipping; and even more as we do not collect sales tax!

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James Stobagh Literature on Sale!

(Includes New Books!) 

Save 20%

20% off all in stock NEW and USED James Stobaugh American, 

World and other Literature published by MasterBooks.
(Coupon not needed to redeem offer) 

Offer Expires: March 31st 

For a more detail description of James Stobagh give us a call at (602) 277-3497

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New and Used Curriculum Sale May 21st, 2015 hosted by the AZ Home School Foundation. 

11:00 am-3:00 pm at Chris-Town YMCA

5517 N. 17th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85015

Hosted by the AZ Home School Foundation Ambassador Team; all proceeds go to benefit hurting homeschoolers right here in Arizona.   

Please donate curriculum by May 7th.  Several drop-off locations are available around the Valley.  Contact the HSF to arrange drop-offs.

If you are interested in hosting a table of curriculum to sell, you may rent a space for a tax-deductible donation of $20 with the agreement to donate all unsold items to HSF at the end of the day in exchange for a tax-deductible acknowledgement.  Contact Carol Gary at 623-217-1249 to reserve your table!  

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AFHE Events


2016 AFHE Convention

Make plans to join us for the 33rd Annual Arizona Home Education Convention ... the largest gathering of homeschoolers in the state!  Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 2016. Registration will open mid-March. Details will be updated on the website late February.

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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,


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AZ Game and Fish Youth Day 

Join us for this free and very fun event for all ages. Students will experience a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities such as fishing, geocaching, see live animals while learning about Arizona's native wildlife, listen to engaging presentations, and visit dozens of hands-on educational booths. 

WHEN:  Friday, April 1, 2016, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM 

WHERE:  Ben Avery Shooting Facility, 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd, Phoenix, 85085 



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Living Life Youth Sports



Ages 4-7 on Mondays and Ages 8-13 on Wednesdays

Brought to you by Living Life Youth Sports: Our Physical Education curriculum is built upon research based educational programming.  Our lessons teach healthy eating, healthy lifestyle habits, following instruction, positive social skills with others, goal setting, and movement.  We also incorporate sport specific skill training that coincides with the curriculum to provide variety and interest in sport participation.  Our Homeschool based programs will be run by a coach at various park settings in the East Valley. All equipment is provided.   Waiver signature required.

DATE: Monday Mar 7th for Ages 4-7 and Wednesday March 9th continued on a weekly basis through the end of April
TIME:  11:30AM - 12:15pm
LOCATION:  Emerald Park 1455 S Harris Dr. Mesa, AZ 85204
COST: First class is free to try it out and then it is $5 per child per class after that.  

PAYMENT DEADLINE:  Registration is recommended to get a count

Visit website:

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Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center


 Homeschool Monday

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is proud to this special Homeschool Monday! This exciting class is geared towards homeschool students interested in learning more about wildlife.

Homeschool Monday is all about native animals of the Southwest. Students will receive a guided tour of our wildlife sanctuary, accompanied by an interactive activity.

When: Monday, March 7, 2016
Time: 8am-10am

Location: 27026 N. 156th Street, Scottsdale AZ 85262

Donation: $25 per child; 1 adult free per family

*Recommended ages for the classes are based on the content that will be covered during the session. Exceptions can be made. Please speak with the Education Director at (480) 433-9461 prior to registering your child outside of the recommended ages.

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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  

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Desert Botanical Gardens


The Desert Botanical Garden’s children’s programs provide your kids the opportunity to enjoy a variety of unique experiences while they discover the wonders of the Sonoran Desert in a safe and stimulating environment. We integrate a place-based focus on science, art, music, literature and social studies into all of our programs listed below.

    Early Childhood

    Learn more and register for our Seedlings and Baby Boojums programs.

    Independent Learning

    Learning Labs is a science enrichment program geared toward homeschooling families.

    Family Classes

    Create meaningful memories for the whole family when attending one of the Garden’s desert exploration programs about native plants and animals. Kids, parents and grandparents alike will leave with a shared enthusiasm for plants and animals around us!

    These programs are designed for families with children ages four to 13, although children 17 and under are welcome. Limit 20 people per program. Price includes one child and one adult. Additional participants are 15% off the individual price.

    Garden Camp Adventures

    Fun, hands-on, science-based camps for kids of all ages.

    Teen Programs

    The Teens in the Garden (TIG) program is for 13 – 18 year olds who are interested in a fun and interactive plant-science adventure

    Visit website for more information:

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    Boyce Thompson Arboretum


    Home School Day Tours: March 3 Arizona Tour

    Guided tours offered to public school groups are also available to home-schoolers on special Fall-Winter dates, ranging from $2 - $10 per person. Pre-registered participants will take our Arizona Tour March 3, and our popular Plants of the Bible Lands day for home-schoolers returns on April 7. Pre-registration is required; for more complete descriptions of each day, or to be added to our email list for the 2016-2017 schedule, contact education coordinator lacey at with this as your subject line:

    for details email Lacey at  

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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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    Homeschool Day offers students an opportunity for hands-on STEM learning through workshops designed for multiple age groups and a simulated space mission for 7th grade and above. There are morning and afternoon workshop times available, as well as a liquid nitrogen show to conclude the day. Workshops include:

    Space Place (Grade level: Pre-K - K) - students launch fizzy rockets, construct space helmets, and "hug" a planet

    Destination Space (Grade level:1 - 2) - students explore the nature of light, launch fizzy rockets, and construct space helmets

    NEO landing (Grade level: 3 - 5) - students will simulate a voyage to a Near-Earth Object in space, explore the nature of light, and experience the challenges of being an astronaut

    Spaced out (Grade level: 6 - 8) - students will explore the nature of light, experience life as an astronaut and solve a crisis situation like Apollo 13 astronauts


    Stargazing for Everyone

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    Enjoy a night under the stars or a special tour in our giant indoor planetarium. Learn star names, see the constellations, and listen to stories of the night sky. View the moon, planets, star clusters, nebula, galaxies and more through our telescopes. We encourage you to bring your digital camera and binoculars to enjoy the views from these great locations. The stargazing programs are outdoor events, dress appropriately and bring chairs or blankets for your seating comfort.

    NOTE: All Stargazing Programs start at 7:30pm - Unless otherwise noted. Time and Dates are subject to change - ALL programs should be confirmed by calling the appropriate location.

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    Stargazing Programs

    When:    Saturday May 21, 2016

    Lake Pleasant D.O.C

    When:     Saturday March 19, 2016

    San Tan Mountain Park

    When: FRIDAY March 11, 2016

    Usery Mountain Park

    When: Saturday march 12, 2016 

    For more informaiton, website: 

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    Discouted Educational Products


    We aspire to provide affordable education to everyone. That’s the idea behind Educents.

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    Fun Science Experiment


    How to Conduct the Crystal Growing Experiment

    You could make any shape, really, but we decided on bunny rabbits for Easter. Borax and boiling water are all it takes to grow crystals! And they are so sparkly and awesome.

    You will need:

    • Pipe cleaners
    • Borax (found in the laundry section of stores)
    • Boiling water
    • Wide mouthed jars or other glass containers
    • Pencils
    • String
    • Food coloring (optional)


    1. Bend the pipe cleaner into the shape you want and tie a string to it. Attach the other end of the string to a pencil.
    2. Combine 1 cup of boiling water per 3 tablespoons of Borax. Our jars held 3 cups of water and 9 tablespoons of Borax.  Stir until dissolved completely. Add food coloring, if desired.
    3. Drop the pipe cleaner bunny into the Borax solution, making sure that it is not touching the sides or bottom of the jar. Lay the pencil across the top of the jar.
    4. Let the experiment sit for at least 6 hours, or overnight. You will have beautiful, sparkly crystals all over the pipe cleaner.
    5. Carefully remove the pipe cleaner from the Borax solution and place it on a paper towel to drain, then on wax paper to dry further. 

    Caution:  This experiment should be done with adult supervision. Borax can cause irritation if it gets in the eyes and is harmful if ingested. Avoid breathing Borax dust.

    The food coloring made the borax and water mixture look pretty while the crystals were growing but it didn’t actually color the crystals. The crystals are actually white. It’s the color of the pipe cleaner that comes through.

    Clean up:  Crystals will also likely grow on the bottom of the jars. To loosen them, fill the jar with hot water and use a fork or butter knife to free them.  We loved examining the handful of crystals that came from the jar bottoms.

    The Science Behind the Experiment

    The Borax crystals experiment creates a chemical reaction between two ingredients: Borax and water.

    Solubility is the degree to which one ingredient can dissolve into another. In this experiment, we are dissolving Borax into water.  The solubility increases as the temperature increases, so the boiling water makes the Borax more soluble.

    As the water cools, the Borax separates from the water and settles on the pipe cleaner and the bottom of the jar, forming crystals. More crystals form on top of crystals. Isn’t that cool?

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