May 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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Homeschool Week at Sea Life


SEA LIFE Arizona will be hosting Homeschool Week May 16th - May 20th!

Ever wondered how marine biologists identify different sea turtle species? Join SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium for our May homeschool “Turtle Tracker” lab and learn how to identify sea turtle species! This hands on lab will encourage students of all ages to learn the methods marine biologists use to identify species; including, migratory patterns, turtle shell shape/coloration, and dietary habits.

Classes will be at the following times:

Tickets for this homeschool event will be sold at a rate of $7.50 +tax per person.

For additional information and to reserve your space, please call us at 480-395-7003 or email

Limited space is available. Spaces must be reserved. The selected time slot represents the time of your lesson. Your ticket is valid for all-day entry into the aquarium.

*Upon arrival please be prepared to show your AFHE Member ID card, homeschool group membership card, affidavit of intent to homeschool, or HSLDA Member ID card.

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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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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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Junior High Graduation
Register by June 6 

This very special event honors homeschooled students from across the state who are graduating from junior high. 

WHEN: Friday, July 15, 7:30-9:00

WHERE: Phoenix Convention Center, South Ballroom 

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Covenant Home School 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 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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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

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Home School Foundation


Your donations and attendance at the sale radically help Arizona homeschoolers in need. So clear out items you no longer use and mark your calendars to enjoy great deals, a huge selection of materials, and hourly giveaways while helping others in the process!  Also check out the awesome offerings from our event partners and sponsors. 

WHEN: Saturday May 21 11:00-3:00 

WHERE: YMCA Legacy Foundation Christown (Main Gym) located at 5517 N. 17 Ave. Phoenix, 85015  

DONATION DEADLINE: Curriculum and related-item donations are being accepted until May 7.  Valley-wide drop off locations are available and tax deductible acknowledgements are available upon request.  Contact Carol and she will connect you with your nearest ambassador. 

TABLE SPONSORS:  Do you wish to sell your own curriculum and donate your unsold items for a tax deductible acknowledgement at the end of the sale?  There are a few table sponsorship options still available ($20 for a 6 ft. table).  Table sponsors are paid directly and some may not be able to accept credit or debit cards. 

CONTACT: Carol Gary,, 623-217-1249 


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Tip of the Week from Raising Special Kids

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Does a parent have an automatic right to observe his/her child in the classroom, and do schools have to secure written consent from the parents of other students in the classroom before the parent can observe his/her child in the classroom?

“While the IDEA expects parents of children with disabilities to have an expanded role in the evaluation and educational placement of their children and be participants, along with school personnel, in developing, reviewing, and revising the IEPs for their children, neither the statute nor the regulations implementing the IDEA provide a general entitlement for parents of children with disabilities, or their professional representatives, to observe their children in any current classroom or proposed educational placement. The determination of who has access to classrooms may be addressed by State and/or local policy. However, we encourage school district personnel and parents to work together in ways that meet the needs of both the parents and the school, including providing opportunities for parents to observe their children’s classrooms and proposed placement options.” [Letter to Mamas, 42 IDELR 10 (OSEP 2004)]

“FERPA does not specifically prohibit a parent or professional working with the parent from observing the parent’s child in the classroom. This is because FERPA would generally prohibit a teacher from disclosing information from a child’s education records to other students in the classroom, as well as prohibit a teacher from disclosing information from a child’s education records to the parents of another child who might be observing the classroom. Further, FERPA does not protect the confidentiality of information in general; rather, FERPA applies to the disclosure of tangible records and of information derived from tangible records.” [Letter to Mamas, 106 LRP 15971 (Family Policy Compliance Office 2003)] Accordingly, no parental consent from the parents of other students in the classroom is required before a parent can observe his/her child in the classroom.

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The Children's Museum of Phoenix


Free Museum Play Courtesy of Target!

The Museum is open FREE OF CHARGE from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on the First Friday Night of most months! Thank you Target for your support of this program, bringing the Museum experience to thousands of children and their families. 

Friday, May 6 | 5:00pm-9:00pm

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Celebrate Mother's Day at the Museum! 

Mothers and Grandmothers will enjoy FREE Museum admission on Sunday, May 8th, in celebration of Mother's Day! With special Mother's Day projects in both the Art Studio and Junior League of Phoenix Classroom. 

Sunday, May 8 | 9:00am-4:00pm

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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. Classes that will be taught by a state certified educator are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Pricing per child

  • Non-members: $20 

Some classes may include additional fees.


Stomp Rockets

 Discover the physics behind rocket science! Students will design, build, and launch their own air pressure powered rockets. The class will have an indoor and outdoor component, as the students will have an opportunity to launch their creations. This class is for all ages.

May 10, 2016     9:30am - 11:00am

May 10, 2016     1:30pm - 3:00pm

May 12, 2016     9:30am - 11:00am

May12, 2016      1:30pm - 3:00pm


Water Rockets 

 Students will explore the physics behind rocket science as they design and build their own water-powered rocket. The class will have an indoor and outdoor component, as the students will have an opportunity to launch their creations. This class is for all ages.

May 17, 2016     9:30am - 11:00am

May 17, 2016     1:30pm - 3:00pm

May 19, 2016     Call for times

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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:

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Homeschool Day at Vertuccio Farms


Make plans to participate in Homeschool Day at Vertuccio Farms ... a fun and affordable outing with your kids! 

Admission Includes: Air Pillow, giant jump pad, hay maze, tube slides, pedal carts, farm animals, and one train ride. Additional fees for concessions and peach picking. 

WHEN:  Friday, May 20, 8 AM - 1 PM

WHERE:  Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa, 85212

COST: Just $4 per person with non-perishable food bank donation. 

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Homeschool Day at Scottsdale's Museum of the West

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You're invited to a special Homeschool Day exclusively for homeschooled students ages 6-14. The day will be filled with a series of adventures and discoveries at the museum. Each of the six museum exhibitions will feature an interactive experience designed to encourage children to make choices, engage in conversations, share discoveries, and develop critical thinking skills. Our exhibitions and activities are excellent resources for teaching about the Lewis and Clark expedition, Arizona history, and pioneer living. Children will participate in multi-disciplinary activities that include language arts, geography, environmental science, and mathematics. Bring a picnic lunch to eat in the ramada on the south side of the museum. 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

WHERE:  Scottsdale's Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, 85251 

COST: $5 per person 


CONTACT: - Put "Homeschool Day May 25" in the subject line - note the number of children and adults attending

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Artplay Summer Camp


Once school is done, and the weather is hot, kids will need a way to transition into summer in a calm way. So, we are offering a cool, indoor camping experience at Artplay!

Kids will build their own wooden tripods, covering them with fabric that they will design to create individual tepee-tents. Then, together they will build a mock campfire out of cardboard tubes, tissue paper and a glowing flashlight, followed by storytelling with funny ad-libs. It will be a cool, calm group and the kids get to take their tepee home!

Date and Time: Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day) from 10:00-11:30am
Location: Artplay, Suite 350

Artplay, LLC
1130 E. Missouri Avenue
Suites #350 and #210
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Cost: $30 per child (includes take-home tepee)


Email for reservations:

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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

For more locations and information visit website:


Summer Camps

Special camps are available for after school, winter or spring break, and during the summer featuring the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Astronomy-Based Physical Science Aries Programs. Stargazing For Everyone presents teacher workshops and classroom presentations using the following modules: (1) Exploring the Moon and Stars; (2) Exploring Time; (3) Exploring the Earth in Motion; and (4) Exploring Light and Color.


We Bring The Universe To Your Home School Group.

Schedule a planetarium program, group assembly,
special presentation and activity, a family stargazing night or
a night of stargazing for your outdoor education experience.
For details visit our StarLab or Presentation and Activity page.

"Comet in a Cake Plate"

Bring a comet into your home with this exciting activity.
"Comet in a Cake Plate" is an interactive demonstration modeled after the art piece "Icy Bodies" that was developed by Shawn Lani of the Exploratorium
for the Chabot Planetarium in Oakland California.

"Make a Telescope"

This is a fun activity for all ages.  You build a small refracting telescope that really works!  Use it to view the moon just as Galileo did almost 400 years ago. 

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As You Wish

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Once a month As You Wish Pottery hosts a homeschool social at each of our seven studios. It includes a simple project with an all inclusive price of just $12. We provide homeschooled students with an easy-to-follow lesson plan on painting their project.  Learn basic pottery painting techniques and we also try to focus on a specific design technique in each lesson from using rubber stamps, one coat painting techniques, sponge painting, using stencils etc.  

WHEN:  Typically on a Thursday. Drop in anytime between 10:00 AM and Noon 


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Summer Bowling Leagues at FlipSide - Gilbert


FlipSide holds many types of bowling leagues throughout the year whether you are an experienced bowler looking for some competition, a novice bowler looking to improve your skills,  or a recreational bowler out to have a good time.


FlipSide Summer of Fun Pass - Purchase by April 30

For a limited time only, you can purchase an entire Summer Of Fun at FlipSide Entertainment for just one low price. Just pre-purchase your Summer Fun Pass before April 30 at a price so low it will quickly pay for itself in only a few visits. 


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Homeschool Chorus / Band


WHEN:  Fridays, 9:30 AM, starting August 5 

COST: $85 for the semester - 17 classes 


Homeschool Intermediate Fall Band 

WHEN: Fridays, 10:30 AM, starting August 5 

COST: $85 for the semester - 18 classes 


WHERE: The Woodford Home, 620 E. Mesquite, Gilbert, 85296 for both chorus and intermediate band. 

CONCERTS: Benefit Concert November 4 @ 5:00 PM, Christmas Concert December 16 @10:30 AM. 

CONTACT:  Josefina Wilson,

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Southwest Shakespeare Company Summer Conservatory



No acting experience necessary. The focus of the conservatory will include learning how to act Shakespeare while putting up our show and various other activities such as improvisation, theatre games, movement exercises, voice and speech, and stage combat.

WHEN: Classes and rehearsals begin Wednesday, June 1, 1:00-5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Performances July 15-16.

WHERE: Show performance Mesa Arts Center, Farnsworth Theatre
Rehearsals at Southwest Shakespeare studio 55 E. Main St. Mesa

COST: $485 tuition (20-hour per week, 6.5 week program) 

CONTACT: Clay Sanderson, Director, to request the registration form

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Online Animation Course

Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and homeschool dad, offers a 12-week online animation course for 11-18 year olds.  He also teaches online drawing classes for multiple ages as well. There are 2 levels to the drawing course, but they can be taken in any order. Weekly classes are one hour long with assignments planned for each principle that is covered in class. Personal video reviews are given of the students' assignments for individual learning!  

COST: $300 per 12 week course. Registration fee $50

CONTACT: Kayla Stewart, 661-755-5775,


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Organ Stop Pizza


Teacher Appreciation Week at Organ Stop Pizza Plus a TV Opportunity May 2, 8:20 AM. Come in to Organ Stop Pizza during Teacher Appreciation Week and  during regular get a gift card for a free pizza*. Any size pizza, no limit on toppings. Value up to $20. (*Free pizzas are dine-in only. Can be redeemed immediately or on a future visit until 8/31/16.)  Show your AFHE Membership Card, HSLDA Membership Card, or affidavit of intent to homeschool as your teacher ID. 

WHEN:  May 2-6, during business hours 5:00-9:00 PM 

WHERE: Organ Stop Pizza, 1149 E Southern Ave, Mesa, 85204

ORGAN STOP TV OPPORTUNITY:  Organ Stop is looking for at least 20 kids (plus parents) in the audience to make the restaurant look lively for a 3TV segment Monday, May 2, 8:20 AM. You'll enjoy music and eat pizza and be on TV! Contact Charlotte Shaff, 


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Mother's Day Connect the Dots

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