December Homeschool Newsletter

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Children's Museum of Phoenix

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Saturday, December 3rd 

Saturday, December 10th 

8am to 9am

 Join us for what has become one of the

Museum's most beloved events of the holiday season!  

Meet & Greet with Santa himself! 

Photo opportunities 

(Great for those holiday cards you'll be sending this year!)

$20 Members (Members always enjoy free Museum admission)

$30 Non-members (Museum admission included)


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Snow Much Fun Day Activities

December 10, 2016

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

20 Tons of Snow!!!!!

Snow Activities are FREE with paid Museum admission of $11.00 per person.


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Gingerbread Workshop
 12/03/2016 To 12/16/2016 

Start a new family tradition! Decorate your very own Gingerbread House in this creative and edible program! The Museum will provide the gingerbread, a candy buffet, and hot cocoa. The best part about it, we'll clean up the mess! Admission to the program is $30 for members (group of 4), and $35 for non-members (group of 4). Space is limited. 


Saturday, December 3rd
10:00-12:00, 11:30-12:30, 1:30-2:30 and 3:00-4:00

Saturday, December 10th
10:00-12:00, 11:30-12:30, 1:30-2:30 and 3:00-4:00

Friday, December 16th 
4:00-7:00 (Members-Only Night) 

Price: Admission into the program is $30* for members and $35 for non-members (plus paid Museum admission). Program admission covers a group of 4 people. Admission of $11 per/person for non-members is not included in the program cost. 

Age: All Ages

Available Seats: 15 session

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target free


Friday, December 2 | 5:00 to 9:00 

Join us First Friday Night when the Museum is open FREE to the general public from 5pm to 9pm. This evening of play is generously funded by Target.  

Tonight, we will be offering our Giant Gingerbread People program! You'll decorate your very own giant gingerbread person in this creative and edible program. Admission to the program is $10 for members and $12 for Non-members for each cookie purchased. 

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Covenant Home School Resources Center

Find great gifts at CHSRC!

For all of December in addition to our already discounted used books,
we are having 10% off all Master Books products and YWAM readers.

Save an additional 8.6%, as a non-profit we do not collect sales tax!

In celebration of the Christmas season, CHSRC will be closed from 
Dec. 17th-January 9th

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AFHE Events


2017 AFHE Senior High
Graduation Ceremony

Mark your calendars and join us for a very special evening honoring Arizona homeschooled students graduating from senior high in a formal, reverent, cap and gown ceremony. Admission is free for friends, family, and the homeschool community to attend.

The 25th annual AFHE Senior High Graduate Recognition Ceremony will be held:

Graduation Registration

Registration for the 2017 AFHE Sr. Grad Ceremony will open November 19, 2016.* The registration deadline is February 10, 2017.

Friday, May 26, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Dream City Church
13613 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85022

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Chandler Children's Choir Auditions 

Does your child love to sing?  Schedule an audition with the Chandler Children's Choir. Now in its 9th season, the Chandler Children's Choir excels in choral education, using a fun and inspiring program of sight-singing and vocal instruction, classic repertoire, and varied performances at East Valley venues.  Boys and girls ages 7-18  may audition. No experience necessary. Schedule audition through the website. 

WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm 

WHERE:  Arizona Music Academy, 1700 E. Elliot Rd, Suite 11, Tempe 

CONTACT:  Melanie Hunter,, 480-699-9846 ext 2 


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Educational Resources from the Chandler Museum 

The Chandler Museum, a division of the City of Chandler, offers a variety of curriculum resources to homeschool groups and educators including field trips, lesson plans, outreach trunks, and public programs. See how the museum can supplement your child's learning. Access these resources in the "For Teachers" section. 


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winter formal

Homeschool Winter Semi-Formal

 This will be a wonderful evening for your 13-19 year old teen to dress up, spend time with friends, have their photo taken, dance, eat, and be merry! 

WHEN: December 6, 6:30-9:30 pm 

WHERE: Seville Country Club, 6683 S. Clubhouse Drive, Gilbert, 85298  

COST: $30 per teen 


CONTACT: J. Michelle Miller, 480-223-7496,

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Homeschool Chorus and Band 

Two classes that you do not want to miss are this chorus and/or band class. It is uplifting and fun to sing with fellow homeschoolers. The band plays lots of movie songs that are fun! This chorus class requires no previous experience. The band class is for intermediate players, but I have more information available for beginners. 

WHEN:  Every Friday, starting Jan. 6 at 9:30 am 

WHERE:  620 E. Mesquite, Gilbert 

COST:  $90 per semester  (Small additional fee for band) 


CONTACT:  Josefina Wilson 



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Plans are underway for AFHE's first-ever Special Needs & Gifted Learners Homeschool Conference geared toward encouraging and equipping parents who are teaching children with special needs and/or are gifted learners. Mark your calendars and watch for details on the website (coming soon) and in the enewsletter as they become available. 

WHEN: Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2017 

WHERE:  Grace Chapel, Scottsdale

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West Gate Events

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - The only real outdoor ice skating rink in the Valley opens at Westgate and its part of a slew of winter events happening at the outdoor entertainment venue.

The rink operates for seven weeks from Nov. 22 - Jan. 8.

There are also horse-drawn carriage rides that are free to all.

There is a snowfall that happens twice nightly and Santa Claus is on-hand to listen to Christmas wishes and pose for photos.

On Tuesday, Nov. 22 for the opening of the ice rink, Westgate will host the Holiday Tree Lighting, turning on a 33-foot holiday tree. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Times for all of the events are below:

Skate Westgate Icebreaker & Holiday Tree Lighting
Tuesday, Nov. 22: 6:30pm – midnight

Nov. 23 through Dec. 18
Sunday – Thursday: 5: p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 5 p.m – midnight

Dec. 19 through Jan. 8
Monday – Sunday: 3 p.m. – midnight

Pricing (includes skate rental and two-hour skate session)

General admission (ages 7 and older): $13 single admission

Military & students (with proper ID): $10 single admission

Seniors (62 and older with proper ID): $10 single admission

Children (ages 4 – 6): $10 single admission

Children (under 4): Free with purchase of adult General Admission ticket

Group rate is $8 single admission (group of 15 or more)

Socks and gloves: $4 each

For private ice rentals, contact Maria at 623-521-2074.

FREE Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Nov. 25 – Dec. 24:  Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Pick-up and drop-off destination at WaterDance Plaza.

FREE Westgate Nightly Snowfall
Nov. 22 - Dec. 31 (excludes Thanksgiving Day)
7 p.m. and 8 p.m. (twice nightly)
Location: Fountain Park

FREE Visits with Santa Claus
Nov. 22 -  Dec. 24 (except for Thanksgiving Day)
Location: Fountain Park

Fridays and Saturdays: Noon - 8 p.m.
Sundays: Noon – 6 p.m.
Select weekdays from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Christmas Eve: Noon – 5 p.m.

Every child who visits Santa receives a free gift and free downloadable photos.

For Santa’s full schedule, visit

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Flip Dunk

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Gorilla Claus is coming to Flip Dunk!!

Date: Sunday December 4th

Time: 4-6pm

Cost: $25 pre-register/ $35 day of

You don't want to miss this!!

Call 602-277-0067 to register

~Picture with Gorilla Claus

~ Holiday treat

~Open Jump

~Holiday Cheer

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flip camp


Ages 5 & Up

Pick your days or  full week

Half & full day options available  



Dec. 19-23 & Dec 26-30

Ages 3-4 (Potty Trained)



~Pick your days or go all week

$85 week/ $35 per day

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 4pm-close everyday!!

2 hours for ONLY $14+tax!! 

Must mention "HOLIDAYS" at register 


1515 E. Bethany Home Road Phoenix 85021


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Glendale Glitters

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Get into the holiday spirit in downtown Glendale 

 Featuring 1.5 million LED lights, this holiday display is a family-friendly event that features entertainment, food, handcrafted gifts, a winter wonderland area for kids and special visits from St. Nicholas. Also enjoy a countdown to the lighting ceremony. Other holiday-themed events are scheduled in downtown Glendale every Friday and Saturday night, 6-10 p.m., through Dec. 17. The lights will be on display 5-11 p.m. each night through Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.

Details: 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26. Downtown Glendale, 58th Ave. and Glendale Ave. Admission is free. Free shuttles are available. 623-930-2299,

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The Nutcracker at Ballet Arizona


“The Nutcracker”

First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1892, Tchaikovsky's fairy-tale ballet is a holiday tradition for families around the globe. Ballet Arizona's annual "Nutcracker" is a true spectacle staged with 260 costumes, 25 backdrops and 200 pounds of falling "snow."

Details: Friday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 24. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. $25-164. 602-381-1096,

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Arrowhead Mall - Carriage Rides

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Carriage rides with Santa

On Saturdays, enjoy a free carriage ride with Santa, songs from the Deer Valley High School Carolers and other holiday festivities at the Village at Arrowhead Shopping Center in Glendale. The shopping center is located on the southwest corner of 67th Avenue at Loop 101.

Details: Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 17. 20050 N. 67th Ave., Glendale. Free. 480-664-3004.

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Phoenix Zoo

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Join the Phoenix Zoo at the Valley’s brightest holiday tradition:
ZooLights presented by SRP!

This year, ZooLights shines with millions of lights, a three-story lighted tree, hundreds of glimmering light displays, lakeside Music-in-Motion shows and more!

Polar SlideTM | Stingray Bay | Carousel and Camel Rides | 

Photos with Santa Claus | Snowfall Nightly at 7 p.m. | Festive Food & Drinks |

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D Experience®

Now – January 8, 2017
5:30 – 10:30 p.m. nightly

Animal viewing is limited during ZooLights.

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Desert Botanical Garden

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NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - DECEMBER 31, 2016

Eight thousand hand-lit luminaria bags and thousands of white twinkle lights will set the Garden aglow this winter for 21 magical evenings. Join us for this Southwest holiday tradition that features the sights and sounds of nine entertainment ensembles, including the return of Simply Three. Enjoy dinner at the Garden with family and friends and stroll the paths with a warm cup of cider or cocoa, as you celebrate the season at this year’s very special Las Noches de las Luminarias.

General Public
Adults: $30 | Children: $12.50 (3-12) Children under 3 admitted free.


  • Order online at
  • Call 480 941.1225 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily)
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily)
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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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Salt Dough Ornaments

salt ornament


  •  4 cups all-purpose flour
  •  1 1/2 cups water
  •  1 cup salt  


  •  Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  •  Combine the flour, salt and water; mix well and knead for 10 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface.
  •  Cut into desired shapes and make holes for hanging. Bake for 30 minutes; allow to cool
  •  Decorate with poster paints or tube paints. Allow to dry and spray with clear polyurethane on both sides to preserve. Use ribbon or yarn pieces to hang. 
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