Friday, October 3, 2014

Manga Mayhem!

Chris presents the history of anime.
This last month, for the first time, our Art Club was lead by one of our students. At the Sept. 18 meeting Chris shared his passion for manga by giving a history of the art form and showing examples. He also demonstrated his skill for drawing anime. Members then passed around books for everyone to try his or her hand at it.
--by Evie M.
Chris draws anime.

Drawing manga.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Union Station Field Trip: King Tut and Science City

Some of our group outside the King Tut exhibit at Union Station.
On September 5, nine of our families (33 people) took a field trip to Union Station in Kansas City, Mo. In the morning, we viewed The Discovery of King Tut exhibit where we watched a film about the discovery of his tomb and then we got to look at and learn about the artifacts they found. So many interesting things to see. We had lunch together and then spent the afternoon at Science City.  There were lots of fun, hands-on things to do. The staff at Union Station were very good to us and I think everyone had a fantastic time. Thank you, Colton's Steakhouse, for making this trip possible!

by Evie M.

Astronaut training at Science City.

Checking out one of the 21 different illusions at Mr. E Hotel in Science City.

Riding the Skybike at Science City.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Member Writes Article for an Unschooling Magazine

Tabitha with the magazine issue.
The September-October 2014 issue of Home Education Magazine (Supporting. Celebrating. Loving the vibrant life that is unschooling.) includes an article written by Tabitha H. The magazine's website says "(one) mother tells of the unpredictable changes that took place when she and her two small daughters chose to take a trip that required they each walk 15-20 miles per day!"

Tabitha's article is "My Journey to Change" and is an account of her and her daughters' experiences and thoughts on the pilgrimage to San Juan de Los Lagos, Mexico.

Tabitha answered a few questions for us about the article.

JCSHG: What prompted you to write this article and submit it for publication?
Tabitha: Well, when I thought about writing for Home Education Magazine we had recently completed the pilgrimage. I have found the stories of the other home- and unschooling families so inspiring. The diversity and excitement that they share is wonderfully uplifting, not so much for me to do what they do, but to fill our lives with fun and excitement. I had already written for a publisher a few times, primarily in the book Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School Tell Their Own Stories. I submitted this idea as an article in the hopes that it would be a unique and inspiring story for others.
JCSHG: What do you hope this article does for those who read it?
Tabitha: I hope that it is exciting! I hope it inspires them to go for the experiences that would feel enriching in their lives!

JCSHG: What was your reaction when you first saw the article in its final/printed form?
Tabitha: Wow! I was so impressed with the presentation! Much more excited then I even thought I would be! I just want to share it with everyone!

JCSHG: Do you have any plans for future articles for this publication or other homeschooling publications?
Tabitha: No exact plans at this time. But I have some ideas for articles I might write. Writing is creative for me so I need to be deeply inspired to have the words and ideas come together. If I do write another article, I will let you know about it!

Congratulations to Tabitha on her article's publication! We hope to see more of her work in print in the future.

--photos by Evie M.

The article is titled "My Journey to Change."

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Apples & Alpacas

Checking out the ducks and geese.
Ducks, geese, beehives, apples and alpacas! Yes, we did it all during our August 28 field trip to Apples & Alpacas in Mexico, Missouri. We saw several breeds of ducks and geese and learned some of the stories about how they came to reside at the farm. Next, we learned a little about bee keeping. Then it was on to apple picking! The kids were each allowed to pick apples to bring home. We then got to meet the alpacas and see some of the products made from alpaca fiber. The farm was lovely. A big thank you to Mrs. Binder for showing us around!

--by Evie M.

Picking Gala apples.

Meeting an alpaca.

Mrs. Binder explaining how her alpaca fiber becomes various products.

Family Picnic Time!

Last Sunday we celebrated JCSHG's third year of existence with our 3rd Annual Family Picnic. Twenty-nine of our members, representing seven families, enjoyed a beautiful, though plenty warm, afternoon of good food and fellowship at Niekamp Park in St. Martins. The kids enjoyed playing with hula hoops and participating in a water relay race. Much water was dumped on each other to help stay cool and at least one adult got in on the fun. We look forward to next year's picnic!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guest Artist Brings Pastels to Life

Garry instructs student on adding highlights to make the apple look three-dimensional.

August's Art Club brought us a special treat. Guest artist Garry McMichael travelled from St. Louis to show us how to paint with pastels on Aug. 21. Students began by creating a color wheel to help them understand how to blend the colors. Next, each student picked out a banana and one other piece of fruit (apple, pear, or orange). They learned that by using shading techniques with different colors their pictures can look three-dimensional. Everyone had a great time and we wish he could join us for every Art Club. Thank you, Garry!

--by Evie M.

Student works on blending the pastels.

Another student works on her piece.

Our students with their artwork.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lines, lines, lines . . .

Art Club met on July 24 to learn about one of the elements of art--line.  Members did four projects using different kinds of lines. The most fun was had with the pieces of paper that already had a couple of different kinds of lines drawn on them and the kids had to make a picture out of what was already on the paper.  It was great to see what different imaginations did with the same set of lines.

--by Evie M.

Members working on their projects.