June 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


The World of Giant Insects

May 28, 2016 - Sep 5, 2016

Arizona Science Center’s latest featured exhibition, The World of Giant Insects, transports you into a bug’s life getting up close and personal with interactive animatronic critters.

Stand under a giant Desert Locust as it springs to flight. Watch as the Chinese Praying Mantis spreads its menacing limbs or sit alongside a fat and squishy Lime Swallowtail Caterpillar munching on vegetation as it prepares to transform into a butterfly. Have you ever wondered what a mosquito’s mouth looks like? At 40 to 120 times life size, you have the ability to get up close and see for yourself.

This exhibition will amaze both adults and children, providing a unique and educational experience for the whole family that is not to be missed. With every aspect of the exhibition designed in collaboration alongside prominent entomologists to ensure scientific accuracy, and utilizing technology to create life-like movements and gestures, you will truly feel like you are being transported into another world. 

The World of Giant Insects is a production of Kokoro Exhibits, sponsored locally by APS and is located in Sybil B. Harrington Galleries.

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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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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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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 Home School Resource Center

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 Summer Hours and Events at CHSRC 


Open: Tuesday - Fridays 9:00 am-4:00 pm.  

Saturday June 11th 9:00 am-4:00 pm: Bookstore open plus The Balance Homeschooler Workshop! 

CLOSED: July 4th- July 11th 

In celebration of Independence day, each year we give our staff members a well deserved break during this week!


Pre-Convention Sale: July 12th, 13th and 14th  9:00 am-4:00pm.  

CLOSED: July 15th and 16th

Come visit our booth at AFHE's Homeschool Convention! 

Open all Saturdays  July 23rd-August 31st!!!

 Starting July 23rd, we will be open Tuesday-Saturday! 


Post-Convention Sale: August 18th-20th 9:00am-4:00pm. 

We will return to our regular hours in September.

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Arizona Used Curriculum Sale -June 18th

Saturday June 18, 2016

9AM - 2PM

Grace Chapel

8524 E. Thomas Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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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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book sale

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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Summer Teen Volunteering at the Library 

Beginning April 1, teens will be able to apply for summer volunteer positions at their local library. Teen Summer Volunteers are an integral part of the Library's success during our busiest time of year; our annual Summer Reading Program.

Essential functions for selected teen volunteers will include: registering children, teens and adults for the online Summer Reading Program; helping prepare crafts and materials for children's programs, photo copying, cutting paper, cleaning books, straightening shelves and public areas, and helping staff as needed.

Who can volunteer?

Teen volunteers must be between the ages of 12-17, self-motivated, friendly, fun-loving and interested in working with the public.

When and where can teens apply?

Applications for Summer 2016 will be accepted beginning April 1. Information will be available on the Phoenix Public Library website.

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National Homeschool Honor Society Info 

Your child could qualify for the National Homeschool Honor Society!

Eta Sigma Alpha National Honor Society Omicron Beta Chapter is a National Honor Society open to homeschooled students in 7th - 12th grade.  ESA is a student-led organization that highlights scholarship, leadership, and service.  Eta Sigma Alpha Omicron Beta Chapter holds their meetings at Covenant Home School Resource Center on the 3rd Saturday of every other month during the school year. Members also participate in monthly service projects.  

Due to the Stanford Test being discontinued by the publisher and the PSAT and the SAT being revised, the following test scores will be acceptable for the required test score for membership in Eta Sigma Alpha:

          Old SAT - 1800

          New SAT (March 2016) - 1200

          PSAT - 1200

          PSAT 10 - 1200

          PSAT8/9 - 1200

          ACT - 26

          Iowa (ITBS) - 90% composite score 

All testing must be done in a group setting with a non-parent administrator of the test, and the test used for admission into ESA must be less than one year old.  No online tests are accepted. 

It's not too late to get your child tested for admission into ESA for next school year. Covenant Home School Resource Center is doing Iowa testing in early June.

An online application will be available in August for students with eligible test scores that wish to join ESA next school year.  For more information about Eta Sigma Alpha Omicron Beta Chapter, you can visit https://www.homeschool-life.com/az/esaomicronbeta/ or 

email  Cindy Tappendorf, ESA Advisor.     

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2016-2017 Classes at CHSRC 

As the current school year comes to a close, we are very excited to continue serving the homeschooling community with various services including our supplemental classes. You can "meet our teachers" by visiting our website.  You will also find specific information about our classes.  To register please complete the online registration form.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to e-mail us or give us call at (602) 277-3497

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Phoenix Children's Museum

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Join Children's Museum of Phoenix for the 2016 Summer Camps! Children ages 5-8 will experience fun-filled days bursting with educational activities and imaginative play!

Visit the website and view the many summer camps available.

215 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Contact: Laura Marrocco
Ph: (602) 253-0501
Email: lmarrocco@ChildMusPhx.org
Website: www.ChildrensMuseumOfPhoenix.org/camps

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first free friday

Target Free First Friday Night 

Thank you Target for continuing to support Target Free First Friday Nights, bringing the Museum experience free of charge to thousands of Valley children and their families!  

Our next Target FREE First Friday Night is 

Friday, June 3 | 5:00-9:00pm

Come Play and Learn!

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Free Admission for Educators June and July 

Attention educators! The Children's Museum is FREE to educators and one guest June AND July! All you need to do is show your ID badge or other proof of employment as an educator to take advantage of this fantastic offer!

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SEA LIFE Arizona Summer Adventure Camp

Dive in to summer camp at SEA LIFE Arizona! Discover amazing ocean creatures, enjoy hands-on activities and participate in exclusive experiences. SEA LIFE Adventure Camp is for kids age 7 to 12 years old and is $200 plus tax per Camper. Our 1-week June and July sessions are Monday-Friday from 9:00am - 3:30pm. Select which session works best for you and enjoy 5 days of fun ocean-themed activities!

Available sessions:
June 13-17
June 20-24
July 11-15

    Our June and July camp sessions will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm and will be taught by our SEA LIFE staff. Parents, please provide a sack lunch for your child that does not require refrigeration.

    To hold your child’s place in SEA LIFE Arizona's Summer Adventure Camp $200 must be paid one week from booking. Places are limited to 25 children per camp and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Book now to avoid disappointment!

    To enroll call us at 877-526-3960

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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, josefinaralon@yahoo.com

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    Desert Botanical Gardens

    Homeschool Program Learning Labs


    Regular Price: $20.00

    Member Price: $15.00

     Explore the Sonoran Desert with a scientific lens. This program allows children and parents to discover the wonders of the desert through nature walks, experiments and art activities. Led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors, this is a perfect way to enhance your homeschool lessons. Upcoming topics include desert snakes, Arizona butterflies, and natural desert food. These programs are designed for children ages 6-10, although children 5-12 are welcome.

    Cancellation Policy
    Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the program. Cancellations made within 10 business days will incur a 30% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed programs or after the program start date.

    A waiver of liability is required for all children and family programs.

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    Summer Day Camps


    Looking for a day summer camp for your student, here are just a few different day camps available. MCESA does not independently evaluate or endorse camp programs. When choosing a camp for your child, we recommend that you call or visit the camp to interview staff and/or seek references from other parents.

    Here are a few websites that offer Summer Day Camp opportunities:




    ASU/Central Arizona Writing Project
    Arizona State University’s three campuses: Tempe, Polytechnic and West
    480-965-3224 • english.clas.asu.edu/yawp
    YAWP (Young Adult Writing Program). Grades 3-12 (grades 3-8 at West). Non-evaluative environment in which young writers can explore the power of writing. Staffed by K-12 English teachers. 2-week half-day sessions June 6-17; second session in Tempe only June 20-July 1. $300.

    Valleywide • mathnasium.com
    Summer Math Camp. Ages 5-18. Math enrichment through instruction and games. Sessions vary by location May-Aug.

    As You Wish Pottery Painting Place
    7 locations in Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe
    What Color is Your Fun? Ages 5 & up. Learn different techniques for canvas and pottery painting. Daily sessions June 6-July 22. $20/per class.

    Children’s Learning Adventure
    Valleywide • 844-330-4400 • childrenslearningadventure.com
    Learning Adventure Passport. Ages 5-13. Explore traditions, cultural games and foods. Half- or full-day sessions May-Aug.

    Valleywide • 877-217-9528 • childtime.com
    Summer to Discover Camp. Ages 6 weeks-5 years. Weekly themes and activities that  include science, art, sports, nature, cooking and music; includes field trips, educational experiences and healthy meals and snacks. Each camper gets a new backpack with a T-shirt, water bottle, activity pad, and stickers.

    STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology & Math)

    Bonanza Educational, LLC
    Valleywide • 480-658-0515 • camps.bonanzaed.com
    Building Bonanza! Grades 1-7. LEGO builds, stop-motion animation, engineering, art projects. 4-day half- or full-day sessions May 23-July 25. $99-$395.

    Bricks 4 Kidz
    Valleywide • 480-717-7573 • bricks4kidz.com/arizona
    LEGO Engineering Camp. Ages 5-13. Robotics, movie-making, LEGO motorized model building. 1-week half-day sessions May 30-Aug 5. $165-$225.

    Valleywide • 480-405-2734 • codakid.com
    Kids Coding and Game Design Camp. Ages 6-15. Camps include Modding for Minecraft with Java, 3D Game Design, App Development and more. 1-week full-day sessions May 30-Aug 8.

    Valleywide • 480-993-7339 • coderdotnew.com
    Learn to Code – Summer Coding Camp. Grades 6-12. Build your own web application. Learn Ruby, HTML, CSS and JavaScript. 2-week half-day session June 6-22. $699.

    Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
    Arizona State University’s Tempe and Polytechnic campuses, Chandler Tech Shop
    480-965-0100 • outreach.engineering.asu.edu
    Grades 1-12. Camps in gaming, app development, engineering, physics, solar energy, robotics, coding, LEGOs and more. 1- to 3-week full-day sessions. June 6-July 29. $150-$645.

    Mad Science
    Valleywide • 480-222-2233 • madscience.org/scottsdalenephoenix
    Summer Camps. Ages 6-11. Themed science camps include experiments and take-home projects. 1-week half- or full-day sessions June 6-July 22. $232 & up (full day).


    Arizona Food Allergy Alliance
    Kiwanis Park Recreation Center
    6111 S All-American Way, Tempe
    Camp Ye bik’ehgo. Ages 3-12. Educational songs/cheers, food allergy and anaphylaxis education, mobile video arcade (for older children), art, Lego party, fire truck party, magic show, storytime, crafts, wave pool, swimming and more. 9am-12:30pm June 15-17. $79 ($59 if registered before May 15).

    ASU Department of Speech and Hearing Science
    Coor Hall on ASU campus
    975 S Myrtle Ave, Tempe • 480-965-2373 • shs.asu.edu/spell
    Summer Program for Elementary Literacy and Language (SPELL). Grades K-2 (completed). Designed to boost oral language and literacy skills. Taught by certified teachers, speech-language pathologists and graduate students. 4-week half-day session May 31-June 23.

    Cancer Support Community Arizona
    360 E Palm Ln, Phoenix • 602-712-1006 • cscaz.org
    Kid Support Kamp. Ages 7-12. Teaches children tools to cope with a cancer diagnosis for themselves or someone in their family. Each session covers a new topic to give children age-appropriate information about cancer, promote discussion about what they are feeling and teach coping skills. 2-week session (Mon-Wed-Fri 10am-noon) June 13-24. Free.

    Lauren’s Institute for Education
    1305 South Gilbert Road, Gilbert • 480-621-8361 • laurensinstitute.org
    L.I.F.E. Summer Program. Ages 3 & up. Themed programs and activities. 2-, 3- or 5-day half-day sessions June-July.

    Lindamood Bell Learning Processes
    10617 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale • 480-922-5675 • lindamoodbell.com
    Grades K-12. One-to-one intensive instruction based on the student’s learning needs. 1-week half-day sessions June-Aug.

    Phoenix Sunrise Summer Fun Camp
    Ahwatukee • azcampsunrise.org
    For ages 3-7, who have or have had cancer and their siblings. 1-week session May 31-June 10. Free.

    SEEDs for Autism
    1345 W McKinley St, Phoenix • 602-253-4471 • seedsforautism.org
    SEEDs Summer Program. Social outings include bowling, yoga, golf, and movies. Learn about art, photography, painting, ceramics, story telling, science, jewelry and computers. 3-week half-day sessions June 6-Aug 3. $200.

    The BISTA Center
    10231 N 35th Ave #113, Phoenix • 602-926-7200 • bistacenter.org
    Grades K-12. Academic and math/reading readiness with a focus on enhancing social/communications skills. For children with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities; siblings welcome.

    The H.E.A.R.T. Center
    21152 N 22nd St, Phoenix • 480-584-6151 • theheart-center.com
    Adaptive Recreation Camp. Ages 7-17. Activities include horseback riding, aquatics, rock climbing, sports/fitness, arts, dance and more. 1-week session June 6-10. $495.

    The Reading and Math Clinic
    1840 E Warner Rd #119, Tempe • 480-456-0500 • azreadingclinic.com
    Ages 5-18. One-to-one multi-sensory instruction for reading deficits. Hourly sessions May-Aug.

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