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(Immediate) VCHS CHRISTMAS PLAY: MY GOOD PAGE - THE STORY OF GOOD KING WENCESLAS AND HIS PAGE

(Immediate) SINGLE PARENT HOMESCHOOLER SEEKING TO RELOCATE, LOOKING FOR WORK

(Immediate) REACH HOME LEARNERS GROUP SEEKING MEMBERS

(Immediate) HOUSEHOLD TOXINS WEBSITE

(Immediate) UN WEBSITE FOR CHILDREN & TEENS

(Immediate) LATEST CREATING MEMORIES NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE

(Immediate) INTERESTED IN SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP?

(Immediate) INTERESTED IN PERFORMING COMMUNITY SERVICE?

(Immediate) FREE MINDSPRINT TRIAL RUN FOR HOMELEARNERS

(Immediate) JUAN DE FUCA REC SEEKS HOMELEARNERS' INPUT

(Immediate) GRADE 5 SKIING PROMO

(Immediate) 'YOUTH AGAINST RACISM' RECRUITMENT

(Immediate) TSUNAMI WEB-LINKS

(Immediate) REMINDER ABOUT CHEAP SEASON'S PASSES

(Immediate) BABYSITTING COURSE FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

(Immediate) 2 NEW RETAILERS GIVE HOMESCHOOLER DISCOUNT

(Immediate) COFFEE FOR DANCING

(Immediate) HOMESCHOOLING COURSES WITH MARTY LAYNE

(Oct 14) 6TH ANNUAL TEACHER'S GARAGE SALE

(Oct 14-Nov 4) THE WORDSMITH'S ODYSSEY: A YOUNG WRITER'S FICTION WORKSHOP

(Gen Info) NEW LINK AND SOFTWARE OF INTEREST TO HOME SCHOOLERS

(Gen Info) EDUCATIONAL PUZZLE-MAKING MADE EASY

(Gen Info) HISTORICAL VICTORIA NOVEL: WHITE JADE TIGER

(Gen Info) 4CATS ARTS ACADEMY

(Gen Info) CHRYSALIS CREATIONS' COURSES

(Gen Info) MATHEMATICS MAGAZINE

(Gen Info) EVERYDROP COUNTS - CRD RESOURCE PKG

(Gen Info) LEARNING FRENCH CAN BE FUN!

(Gen Info) FREE STATISTICS CANADA LEARNING RESOURCES BULLETIN

(Gen Info) SCHOLARLY LECTURES SOLD ONLINE

(Gen Info) INFO ON THE RECENT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON

(Gen Info) FOR ALL HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP CONTACTS

(Gen Info) HOMESCHOOL CLASSES AT CEDAR HILL REC

(Gen Info) CAMP HOMEWOOD





VCHS CHRISTMAS PLAY: MY GOOD PAGE - THE STORY OF GOOD KING WENCESLAS AND HIS PAGE


Attention: Victoria Homeschoolers,

  I would like to invite you to a special matinee performance of Peacock Puppets and Players new play “My Good Page – The story of Good King Wenceslas and His Page” on Friday, December 1, 2006 at 1:15 PM in the theatre at Church of Our Lord, 626 Blanshard St. at Humboldt.  It is suitable for ages 5 and up and runs about an hour in length.  Tickets are $2 and can be reserved by calling 595-2428.  Please see the description below for more information. 

  Hope you can come!

  Heather Murray
Production Manager


    My Good Page tells King Wenceslas story.

  “Christmas is a time of lights and laughter, mysteries, dreams and stories.  A time to gather close and wrap familiar tales around your mind like a warmed winter robe.  I want you to listen to an old time legend. No talking snowmen or flying candy canes here. This story is a true piece of man's history - as true as the winter day is short and its nights are cold and stark.”

  So begins the narrator in the latest play offering from Peacock Puppets and Players entitled “My Good Page – The Story of Good King Wenceslas and His Page”.  Based on the famous Christmas carol, the live actors and puppets bring the seasonal tale of courage and goodwill to life from the perspective of the page named Stephen.  The action is interrupted occasionally by a group of puppet carollers who ensure that the audience will be humming their way home. 

  Public performances of “My Good Page” will take place on Saturday, December 2 at 2 PM and 7 PM and Sunday, December 3 at 2 PM.  There will be a special matinee for school classes and homeschool families at 1:15 PM on Friday, December 1.  All performances take place in the Cridge Hall Theatre at Church of Our Lord, 626 Blanshard Street at Humboldt in Victoria. 

  Tickets are $5 with a $20 maximum per family and can be purchased from Christian Book and Music Centre in Victoria, Abra-Kid-Abra in Oak Bay, The Cloth Castle in Langford, The Lighthouse Gallery in Bastion Square, or at the door.  Admission to the Friday matinee can be arranged by calling 595-2428.

  “My Good Page” marks the third production for Peacock Puppets and Players after “Three Gifts for Three Daughters – A Legend of Saint Nicholas” and “The Dragon’s Gift”.  The plays, written by local Victoria writer Sandy Gilmour and managed by Heather Murray, are performed in a style of traditional storytelling and are suitable for audiences age 5 and up.  The company is composed of amateur actors and puppeteers from the area.

  The newest play takes place in the 19th century, when a descendant of King Wenceslas’ page arrives in the castle courtyard that is home to Donkey and Peacock, two amusing character puppets well-known to earlier audiences.  The young fellow, named Stephen after his ancestor, recounts the family legend made famous by John Mason Neale in 1853, when he chose King Wenceslas as the subject for a children’s song to exemplify generosity.  For a tune, Neale picked up a spring carol originally published in 1582 in a collection of Swedish church and school songs. It quickly became a Christmas favourite.

People of today may wonder whether Good King Wenceslas truly existed.  Wenceslas was the Duke of Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) in the 9th century.  As the song indicates, he was a good, honest, and strongly principled man.  Wenceslas believed that his Christian faith needed to be put into action in practical ways.  He became Bohemia’s most famous martyr and patron saint.  His picture appeared on Bohemian coins, and the Crown of Wenceslas became the symbol of Czech independence. Peacock Puppets and Players wishes to acknowledge the generous donation of performance space by Church of Our Lord and invites you to start your Christmas season with this noble tale of generosity, loyalty, and perseverance… and head home humming!


SINGLE PARENT HOMESCHOOLER SEEKING TO RELOCATE, LOOKING FOR WORK


I am in Vancouver but considering relocating to Victoria. I am a single mother of a 6 and 11 year old. We are a home school family. I am seeking work that I can do that is child friendly enough to bring the children with me. I have in the past done excellent house keeping work , word processing , courier job , yard work and all worked out well to bring the kids. Being home schooled our schedule can be flexible.

please email us at
breeze2006@uniserve.com thank you and have a great day. Thanks


REACH HOME LEARNERS GROUP SEEKING MEMBERS


Reach home learners group is back to regular meet ups starting Sept. 16/05.  Join us on the last three Fridays of each month at the First Unitarian Church, located at 5575 W. Saanich Road.  Mornings will include art and science classes, while the afternoon is free time for member's choice.  Last year free time included crafts, board games, guest speakers, outdoor/indoor free play, pet day, science day and seasonal celebrations.  Other Friday activities included field trips, hiking and community service.  Monthly fees, to cover rental space are $20 per family. As part of  the group, if your child participates in group activities (crafts, field trips etc.) outside of classes, parents will be expected to take a turn in planning an activity or supplying crafts etc.   Art and science classes are optional and fees are paid directly to the instructors in accordance with their individual registration policies.  For more information on classes, see below.  For more information on joining the Reach group, please contact Michelle at mjwille@shaw.ca

Art - 4Cats Arts Academy Joey Simon is bringing her wonderful, lively and enriching art classes to the Reach group!  "Each month is dedicated to a specific artist. Lessons will focus on the history and work  of each artist through hands on learning.  Each class level will participate in age appropriate art activities in the style and spirit of that artist."  Classes will be one hour in length at a cost of $38+gst/student/block of three Friday classes each month.  Two classes offered, one for 3-7yr olds and one for 8-12yr olds.  For more information on Joey Simon and her classes, please visit http://www.4catsartsacademy.com
Registration for Reach members can be made by emailing joey@4catsartsacademy.com

  Science - Wonderment Series Szara Turpel is bringing her new Wonderment Series, hands on science classes to the Reach group! "Explore the hows and whys of our world in this fun and hands on science class for home learners. Through experiments, projects, games, art and more, the learner gets a hands on and whole learning experience to explore this monthly thematic series.  Part  of the Wonderment Series, the classes are created and taught by Szara Turpel, a home schooling Mom of three, with her B.Sc. in Biomedical science."  Szara's teaching (learning) philosophy is one in which the student is their own teacher; all others are simply guides; and that leanring is done best  when hands on and practical; keeping it fun, interesting and open. Class will be one hour in length at a cost of $40/student/block of three Friday classes each month. Two classes are offered, one for 5-7yr olds and one for 8-12 yr olds. For more information on Szara Turpel and her classes, please visit http://www.wonderment.ca 
 Registration for Reach members, please contact Szara at 744-9632 or email wondermentseries@hotmail.com


HOUSEHOLD TOXINS WEBSITE


This is a link to a Marketplace video dealing with household toxins. As homeschoolers, I thought this might be of extra concern, as a lot of us probably incorporate household chores into our schooling. If anyone is interested, we'd be happy to share what we've done to eliminate toxins from our home.

WATCH THIS to see how chemicals may be affecting your family! http://www.cbc.ca/consumers/market/media/cleaners_rm_030311.ram


UN WEBSITE FOR CHILDREN & TEENS


The following is a UN website created for children/teenagers. You can view this site in many languages including French.

http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/index.html


LATEST CREATING MEMORIES NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE


Hi and Happy Spring!

The new edition of my newsletter Creating Memories is now available online by clicking here:

http://members.shaw.ca/seachangepublications/spring05.pdf

It takes a little while to load, so don't give up.

I'm going to be offering some workshops for kids and parents in May - art and hand sewing oriented. I'm compiling an interest list, so please email me if you're interested.

Art - tissue paper creations/collages
v Hand sewing - making a doll in Waldorf style and making finger puppets out of felt

Happy spring, Marty


INTERESTED IN SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP?


Four Seasons Musical Theatre is currently exploring the possibility of offering a two-week intensive theatre workshop over the summer. If you are interested in this fabulous summer camp alternative, please call Sabrina Miller at 418-1193 for more information.

To learn more about Four Seasons Musical Theatre, visit their website at http://www.fourseasonsmusicaltheatre.com


INTERESTED IN PERFORMING COMMUNITY SERVICE?


The Priory would like to hear from homeschool families interested in performing community service. Our family has been volunteering with them since the Fall, and have enjoyed the experience tremendously. There are a variety of volunteer situations, depending on the age/interest/availability of the volunteers. My son is 10, and both he and I have learned a great deal through our work with The Priory. It's a great way to make a difference.

If you would like to explore this opportunity, please contact Joanne Smids, The Priory's Coordinator of Volunteer Services, at 370-5797 or via email at Joanne.Smids@viha.ca


FREE MINDSPRINT TRIAL RUN FOR HOMELEARNERS


With the tremendous feedback we have received from home-schoolers all over the country, we have decided to offer our program on a trial basis for 30 days to families within your group. If there is any interest in trying the program absolutely free (no credit card information is required), please contact me directly, all that we ask is for some feedback about the program: Success? Suggestions? Etc?

The information that I would need from the people testing out the site would be:
Name:
Phone:
E-mail:

Included in this email is a basic description of our program to refresh any memories. I appreciate the help. Anyone should feel free to contact me.

***MINDsprinting is a specially designed K-12 supplemental education program that: assigns lessons (based upon a student's starting skills and subsequent achievements); and conveniently delivers them over the Internet. For a fraction of the cost of leading non-Internet tutoring programs. It's perfect for enrichment and remedial purposes for children and adults

Anyone with Internet access and a printer can use MINDsprinting's self-paced Math and Reading Comprehension programs (its core curriculum has been honed over 20 years). Programs are provided in a "worksheet" format; the same format used by the largest provider of tutoring services. But they charge $80-$110 per program per month [$1,200 p/yr]); small group tutoring programs typically cost $500+ per month ($6,000 p/yr); while MINDsprinting's efficiencies allow it to charge $15 per program per month ($180 p/yr)!

Students begin by taking a FREE interactive Assessment Test per subject that analyzes their skill levels and determines the appropriate starting point in the program (e.g. the Math Test identifies the highest skills mastered, individual lower skills not mastered, and then MINDsprinting creates a specially tailored program and e-mails a detailed Test report to the designated party).

MINDsprinting is simple to use: a parent, instructor or student logs on, enters his/her password, and clicks on the printer icon. The student does the printed assignment. A parent/instructor corrects it (using the printable Answer Key), reports the results by filling in 2 blanks, and MINDsprinting does the rest! Soon the website (and math program) will soon be available in Spanish and French.

Students enjoy MINDsprinting's incentives and rewards: great prizes, printable Achievement Awards, and most important, improved self-esteem. Parents enjoy being involved in their children's education (for as little as 5-minutes, 3-days a week) and the many user-friendly features MINDsprinting provides, including current Progress Reports and Transcripts that are easily printed or e-mailed to teachers, friends, and family. http://www.mindsprinting.com


JUAN DE FUCA REC SEEKS HOMELEARNERS' INPUT


Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre would like to hear from you!

In an effort to meet the needs of homelearners and their parents, Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre has created a questionnaire meant to help the organization understand what type & format of recreational activities the homeschooled community would most benefit from.

Please go to www.jdfrecreation.com to print off a copy of the "Homeschool Activity Questionnaire". Questionnaires can be faxed back to Jill Shaw, at 474-8624, or dropped off in person at the main reception desk.

Alternatively, please contact Jill at 478-8384, local 2261 if you require a paper copy of the questionnaire.


GRADE 5 STUDENT SKIING PROMO


If your child does like to downhill ski (or wants to learn), I would recommend the following site to obtain free ski passes to the majority of ski slopes in B.C. and Alta.

I think there is a small administration fee (15.00 at one time..maybe it is a little more now) and some verification of your child being in grade 5 or a copy of his/her birth certificate showing the birthdate of 1990.

Check it out if you are interested....or send to a friend.
http://http://www.skicanada.org/


'YOUTH AGAINST RACISM' RECRUITMENT


Thank you in advance for reading this final email regarding recruitment of youth (12-18 years old) for the "youth against racism" group. I appreciate your help in forwarding this email to your contacts and apologize if you get it more than once.

At this time, we are still looking for aboriginal youth and youth of colour who are Canadian born (or came to Canada when very young). It doesn't matter if the youth don't consider themselves to be performers. The important thing is that they want to explore issues of identity and racism. Theatre is one method and the youth have other options for how they'd like to proceed (video, photography, workshops, etc...). Activities will be determined by youth based on their realities and we will examine issues of systemic racism and privilege. This group is not about tokenizing people or their experiences.

There will be a fun weekend session on Sat Jan 15 and Sun Jan 16 from 10am-5pm. After that, the group will meet on Sundays from 3:30-6:30pm from January 23 until early June. The weekend session will be happening at the Fairfield Community Centre and the following meetings will be at ICA.

Please have youth contact me via email or on my cell (885-1310) and let me know if you'd like additional information. I've included the details below. Thanks again for your support!

Take care and happy 2005,
Suki

WANTED: Immigrant, refugee, aboriginal, and Canadian-born youth to form a group that designs and delivers creative, realistic presentations and workshops about identity, racism, and other youth issues. If you're in grade 8-11, please contact us. All English levels welcome-NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
Š CAPP/Planning 10/community service hours (100 hours!)
Š New friends and great experiences
Š Fantastic theatre, leadership, and facilitation skills
Š Theatre experience for your portfolio
Š A place to share your stories and explore issues honestly
Š An opportunity to tell it like it REALLY is
Š Honorarium provided ($100-$200)

Please contact Suki Athwal for more info at 885-1310 or youth@icavictoria.org. Thanks!

Suki Athwal
Youth Program Facilitator
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
(250) 388-4728 ext. 123


 
TSUNAMI WEB-LINKS


Some Tsunami links that you might find useful. The seond to the last link provides current satellite images of the devastation in Indonesia - worth a look. The last link is the Canadian Red Cross.

http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/tidalwave/

http://observe.arc.nasa.gov/nasa/exhibits/tsunami/tsun_bay.html

http://www.fema.gov/kids/tsunami/

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/savageearth/tsunami/index.html

http://www.digitalglobe.com/

http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=000005&tid=003


REMINDER ABOUT CHEAP SEASON'S PASSES


This is a good time of year to remind everyone that Miniature world, Undersea Gardens and maybe Wax Museum have sales. You can buy year passes for something like $5 each. These are good activities for younger children especially.


BABYSITTING COURSE FOR HOMESCHOOLERS


Kidproof is the largest provider nationally of the Babysitter's Course, and recently we've made it available as a Homeschooling program for kids (ages 10-15) that live outside our current class areas.

You can find information on our course at http://www.kidproofcanada.com/courses

http://www.kidproofcanada.com
Kidproof Canada - Empowering Children Through Safety Education!


2 NEW RETAILERS GIVE HOMESCHOOLER DISCOUNT


Comics & Games (on Goldstream Road in the Green strip mall) and also the Dollar Store located in the same strip mall are both offering home schooling families a 10% discount on all things purchased for home learning. Just let them know your home schooling.


COFFEE FOR DANCING


If you drink coffee, like fair trade and organic coffee, ($15 lb) perhaps you'd be interested in ordering coffee to support a former homeschooled dancer. If so please email me, Marty Layne, seachangpublications@shaw.ca or call 477-0173, and I'll give you the scoop. Orders need to be in ASAP.


HOMESCHOOLING COURSES WITH MARTY LAYNE


RECORDER LESSONS WITH MARTY LAYNE
Private recorder classes or group instruction can be arranged for children and/or adults. Beginners, etc. Fun and easy instrument to learn how to play. Please contact Marty 477-0173

INFORMAL SING ALONG TIME
Sing along time for the whole family - time will be set depending on interest. Held at the Gordon Head Rec. Centre. $4 drop in fee per family. If you are interested, please call or email me 477-0173 or seachangepublications@shaw.ca.

INFORMAL SONG CIRCLE
Sing along time for the whole family - time will be set depending on interest. Held at the Gordon Head Rec. Centre. $5 drop in fee per family.

Call Marty: 477-0173
Email: info@martylayne.com
Marty is available for other workshops or classes. Just call.

Are you new to homeschooling?
Done it before but need new ideas?
Are you bewitched bothered and bewildered?
Do you have questions/concerns about homeschooling?

Marty is available for consultation, fees are reasonable, and/or to help you develop a learning program. Her humour, warmth and honesty make her easy to talk to.

Marty is the mother of three sons ('77, '79, '82) and one daughter ('85). Homeschooling her children led her into all sorts of situations she didn't expect including writing a book, Learning At Home: A Mother's Guide To Homeschooling, starting a publishing company, Sea Change Publications, and recording a music CD, Brighten the Day - songs to celebrate the seasons.


6TH ANNUAL TEACHER'S GARAGE SALE


Sell and buy!
Find great deals at the Teachers’ Garage Sale!


When: Saturday October 14th, 2006 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Where: Willows Elementary School, 2290 Musgrave St. Victoria, BC.

Who: All teachers, retired teachers, student teachers, TOCs, administrators, SSA‘s, parents and others who work with elementary and preschool children are welcome to attend.

Why: The purpose of the Teachers' Garage Sale is to provide a formal opportunity for teachers to sell or give away teaching materials. This may take the form of a retired teacher selling twenty years of collected resources and treasures or a simple cleaning out for those who may be teaching different grades or subjects.

In order to cover advertising costs, tables are $5 each.
Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and clean-up.

Help to pass the torch by sharing your knowledge and resources

For more information please contact Katy 380-2899 or email teacherswap@shaw.ca or visit http://www.members.shaw.ca/teacherswap.html


THE WORDSMITH'S ODYSSEY: A YOUNG WRITER'S FICTION WORKSHOP


4 Saturdays | October 14 to November 4 | 9:00 a.m. to noon
 Instructor: Judy LeBlanc | Cost: $160

Flaubert said: Even the slightest thing contains a little that is unknown. We must find it. To describe a blazing fire we must remain before that fire until it no longer resembles any other fire. That is the way to become original.

In this workshop create a protagonist strong enough to plot the Hero/Heroine's Route, defeat the Dragons of Dull Prose, transcend the Cliffs of Cliché, and find the story jewel. With the allegiance of your companions and your teacher you will perform the courageous act of revision and bring the story home. Best suited for wordsmiths who are serious about their craft. For youth age 16-19.

LOCATION:  All courses will take place at VSW Headquarters, a quiet and friendly space, which is conveniently located downtown in Suite 306 at 620 View Street (Central Building).

To Register Call: 595-3000

Judy LeBlanc has a background in youth work, and has been teaching creative writing to teens for six years. A chapbook of her short stories was published by Reference West, while her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in various magazines such as Focus On Women and Other Voices. She has just completed a second novel.

http://www.victoriaschoolofwriting.org/short/courses.html


NEW LINK AND SOFTWARE OF INTEREST TO HOME SCHOOLERS


Hi.

I have a couple of things that may be of interest to you and your members.

1) I have a free Educational Resource site "Cool Safe Links For Kids Parents and Teachers"  which also includes links to many homeschool resources. I could also add a link to your site if you wish.

2) I have an educational device "The Sum-Thing  © " Which is a unique type of abacus. It was given "Recommended Resource" status by the BC Ministry of Education in 1995. I am offering these for sale at discount to any home school educators. 

Best Regards!

Terry: Hand © ®
Karscot Distributors / Fun Zone   (Established 1993 online since 1996)  We respect your confidentiality!
6303 Invermere Rd.,
Nanaimo, BC. V9V 1K9 Canada.
Tel: 1 250 756 9821
Fax: 1 250 756 0361
Email:  terry@karscot.com Webpage: http://www.karscot.com "Anyone who is willing to sacrifice their essential liberty in exchange for a little temporary safety, deserves neither liberty nor safety.".... ....Benjamin Franklin


EDUCATIONAL PUZZLE-MAKING MADE EASY


If anyone enjoys designing their own puzzles for education, pleasure or both, the Discovery school site, http://discoveryschool.com has a puzzle making function under favourites (oops, it's American, so favorites). It's free and easy to use.


HISTORICAL VICTORIA NOVEL: WHITE JADE TIGER


Last year, when I heard local author Julie Lawson speak at Bolen Books, I learned about a historical-fiction-fantasy novel that is relevant to Victoria's Chinatown.; it's called White Jade Tiger. We haven't read it yet but it's the story of a girl who goes on a tour of Chinatown with her class when, going through a door, she suddently finds herself in a china town of the late 1800.

Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award at the BC Book Prizes, White Jade Tiger is a wonderful young adult novel now taught in may schools throughout B.C.

Jasmine is not sure she likes the idea of being stuck in Victoria while her father goes to China for a year. But on a field trip to Chinatown, she explores a curious shop in Fan Tan Alley and accidentally passes through a half-hidden door. She finds herself in Victoria's Chinatown of the 1880s where everyone is busy building the great Canadian Pacific Railway. Mistaken for a Chinese boy, she is soon caught up in a race through the Fraser Canyon to find a lost tiger amulet with her new friend, Keung, before its powers are revealed to the wrong owner. Julie Lawson has also included a historic chronology of the Chinese settlers in B.C.


4CATS ART ACADEMY


Hello. My name is Joey Simon. I homeschool my 6 yr old son, Jet and are part of Wondertree. I also have twins that are two. I was wondering if you would mind posting that I run an art school in Fairfield and run special home learner classes. The classes are based on montessori philosophy as I have trained as a Montessori teacher. The idea is that they are not simply craft classes. Each month we study a different artist and incorporate the medium of that artist into our curriculum. How in depth we go depends on each child and their interest. Part of Montessori is that children are ready for real and truthful adult information and enjoy learning in this manner. From my experience, I would say I agree. My degree is in psychology with a minor in art history.

The 4Cats Arts Academy is an art school for young people aged 3 to 12. Each month is dedicated to the study of a specific artist. Lessons will focus on the history and work of the artist. Each class level will participate in age-appropriate art activities in the style and spirit of that artist. 2 Locations - Fairfield and Langford.

July - Langford- Frida Kahlo, Fairfield - Monet
July will remain as regular summer schedule, once weekly, 75 minute classes /$45 per month (4 classes.)
A special second Jackson Pollock (splatter painting) class will only be available in July in Langford and again in the fall.

August classes will be ran as summer camps rather than once weekly classes (with a few exceptions):
August classes are $45 for the weekly session (3 days - 2hrs per day).
There are only 10 spaces available per week, per studio.

August in Fairfield - Andy Warhol - silk screening, pop art fun!!!
August in Langford - Claude Monet and impressionists. Lots of outdoor painting fun!

*** Fall registration now accepted***
Please feel free to call for details.

Joey Simon
4Cats Arts Academy
Victoria, BC
414-0326
joey@4catsartsacademy.com
web: http://www.4catsartsacademy.com


CHRYSALIS CREATIONS' COURSES


Are currently offering some courses that may be of interest to your home schooling community or to individual home schooling families. The courses are either working directly with the children, or designed to empower and inspire adults to bring art to their children.

The courses offered are...
Adult Workshops:

* Experiencing Colour -An introduction to Wet on Wet Watercolour painting for adults to inspire their artistic work with children. (We will deepen our awareness of colour through movement and Wet on Wet Watercolour painting, explore colour stories to enhance your child's painting experience, discuss materials and preparation, and discuss the importance of creativity for you and your child.) 5 hour workshop

* Inner Journey into the Soul - Through movement, painting, creative writing, journalling, and singing, we will explore and work to connect to our authentic selves. Minimum length for this workshop is a Weekend Retreat.


Children Workshops:

3 hour workshops:
a.. Exploring the Magic of Colour - Wet on Wet Watercolour Painting for 4-5

b.. Images from Nature - Wet on Wet Watercolour Painting for Ages 6-8

c.. Soul Moods through Colour - Wet on Wet Watercolour Painting for Ages 9-12

4 hour workshop:
a.. Drawing the Human Face - Black and White drawing for adolescents for Ages 13-16

All of the courses begin with a short session in Eurythmy, a gentle form of movement, to experience the mood of colour spatially, facilitating entering the spirit of the work in a vitalized and relaxed manner.

The workshops can also be tailor-made for the interests and needs of your particular group.

Please let us know if this is of interest to you. We will be glad to send you our brochure outlining specific course details, prices, and possible dates.

"Chrysalis Creations"
http://www.chrysaliscreations.ca
shannon@chyrsaliscreations.ca
(250) 825-4580
Shannon McGill, Artist and experienced Teacher
Christina Viebke-Wallace, Eurythmist and long-time Waldorf Teacher


MATHEMATICS MAGAZINE


Visit http://www.MathematicsMagazine.com

Selections from Mathematics Magazine for Grades 1-12

Mathematics Magazine for Grades 1-12 is a monthly publication for students and teachers since 2001. We offer 20 problems per grade, 10 having the solutions and 10 proposed for the next issue. The web site offers free selections from the issues presented on the printed version.

Grade 4 Issue 1/2005
Do you know the names of the polygons with 3, 4, 5, ..10 sides? Can you solve problems with parentheses? See some examples.

Grade 7 Issue 1/2005
When a number is divisible by 8? Can you solve problems using radicals, or problems using modulo combined to greatest common factor and the least common multiple? see examples.

Grade 11 Issue 1/2005
Can you calculate composite functions? Here are a few sample of problems with solutions.

Jokes
Why did the cube cross from the second to the third dimension?
The second dimension was too square.

Mathematicians with Extraordinary Powers of Memory
John Wallis occupied himself in finding (mentally) the integral part of the square root of 31040, Von Neumann could multiplying two eight digit numbers in his head with very little effort. A. C. Aitken could instantly give the product of two numbers each of four digits.

Subscribe and read Mathematics Magazine for Grades 1-12 a monthly publication for students and teachers. You can read twenty problems per grades, a short theory, related to that grade and other math related subjects.

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EVERY DROP COUNTS - CRD RESOURCE PKG


Capital Regional District Water Services has an innovative teaching resource that will give grade two students in the Victoria area a better appreciation of the value of clean, safe drinking water.

Every Drop Counts is a curriculum-based teaching resource, which includes 15 lesson plans designed to help educate students about the CRDs water supply, quality and why water conservation is important. The resources available with the Curriculum-Based Teaching Resource are:

Water Curriculum website
2 Videos
Musical CD
Book
Map of Water Supply System
Household Guide to Water Efficiency and
CRD Consumables.

The supplement supports the Ministry of Educations grade two prescribed learning outcomes. Each lesson addresses multiple curricula (e.g., in the Fact vs. Fiction English language arts lesson, science content will also be learned). The resource may be signed out from School District 61, 62 or 63, or from the CRD Water Services Department at 479 Island Highway.

For more information please contact:
Deborah Walker
CRD Demand Management Coordinator
CRD Water Services
TEL: (250) 474-9697 (E-MAIL: dwalker@crd.bc.ca


LEARNING FRENCH CAN BE FUN!


Learning a language can be fun! Grammar is necessary but board games, acting, songs, stories... make it so much more interesting!

I offer private lessons and group settings. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced students.

One of the classes I plan to offer is a "French fieldtrip". I would take a small group of children out into an environment to learn the language .We would go somewhere like a Bakery, Park, Forest, etc....or do activities like experiments, baking, etc... Each group could be age or level specific. Classes start in January.

For more information, call Aurora Valentiny - 598-8320, or aurora_val@hotmail.com I live in the Oak Bay area, but can come to your home for private lessons.

Brief Bio:
I believe that motivation is a key factor in integrating a language, so my method alternates between techniques and playfulness, using everyday experiences to increase language awareness. My objective is to provide a good grammatical basis within a stimulating environment.
-first language: French
-country of origin: Belgium, Europe
-French Studies at the University of Namur
-experience in teaching French as a second language to children and teenagers


FREE STATISTICS CANADA LEARNING RESOURCES BULLETIN


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This bimonthly bulletin presents free information and teaching materials available on Statistics Canada's Learning Resources website.

In this issue:
1. The Consumer Price Index and You! (secondary)
2. Census at School: Canadian results and new learning activities (Grades 4 to 12)
3. Human Activity and the Environment: 2004 update on energy
4. Canadian Agriculture at a Glance: 8 new lessons (secondary)
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SCHOLARLY LECTURES SOLD ONLINE


Clear DayThe Teaching Company is a company that records lectures of world class scholars and sells them online. We have a series of their math DVDs and are very pleased. This might interest some of you with older children/teens so I thought I'd pass along the website...
www.TEACH12.com


INFO ON THE RECENT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON


There was a total eclipse of the moon Wednesday night (October 27th), October is always a great time to see an eclipse because the moon seems so big. Also, there won't be another total lunar eclipse anywhere in the world until 2007!

You can see more info at this website, where they have everything from times to photo tips, to explanations, to links to webcasts around the world:

http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/LEmono/TLE2004Oct28/TLE2004Oct28.html

Here's another website which has a beautiful photo of a lunar eclipse and a very clear explanation, with many other links:

http://www.planetary.org/news/2004/lunar_eclipse_1015.html

Finally, if you live in Victoria and want to check what the Observatory in Saanich says about the eclipse (and a special Hallowe'en event too), check them out here:

http://www.hia-iha.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/cu/events2_e.html#lunar

Keep your fingers crossed for good weather!


FOR ALL HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP CONTACTS


I've recently typed up the original Submission to the Royal Commission on Education which Vicki Livingstone of the then CHEA of BC presented to the Commission in 1988 when they were touring the province getting public input regarding the new School Act draft. It's a really great read - "very empowering", as one of our past directors put it a couple of weeks ago. :) It is broken into several pages on the site, but you can also get the whole thing in a printer-friendly format, as well. You can find it under "Resources" from our main menu, called "1988 Submission". The direct link is http://www.bchla.bc.ca/1988submission.html


HOMESCHOOL CLASSES AT CEDAR HILL REC


Does everyone know about the homeschool classes at Cedar Hill Rec ?  Tuesdays from 1 to 4 they have three hours of gym time, then a clay class, then tennis. On Thursdays they will be offering two hours of clay class then tennis lesson. I've put two of my kids in the Tuesday class to check it out.  Phone them if your interested.


Camp Homewood
Camp Homewood is on Quadra Island, across from Campbell River. They are a Christian camp and have activities year-round. Check out the facilities etc. on their website: http://www.homewood.bc.ca.






















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