Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Making Dolls

Art Club members get down to creating their dolls.
It was all about dolls for Art Club on Oct. 16. Christine showed us how to use wire, string, and wooden beads to make dolls. We bent the wire into shape and wrapped clothes onto them, then hot glued a wooden bead to the top for a head, and added hair to complete the doll.

--by Evie M.

Dressing a doll.

A completed doll.

. . . and another one.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Danger: Geologist at Work!

Mr. Schroer
Our Science Club held it’s September meeting at Niekamp Park after one of JCSHG's Park Days. The purpose of the meeting was to expose members to one of many careers in science and nature. Tony Schroer, a registered geologist, talked to the group about a career in geology.
Schroer began by discussing different careers in geology and the schooling needed for each one. He talked about the ones most associated with geology in our culture, such as a volcanologist and paleontologist. He the discussed other types of geologists, from a petroleum geologist to a hydrogeologist, and what they each do on a daily basis. The group had a spirited discussion about seismologists and tectonic plates in our state. They also talked about the formation of volcanoes and how earthquakes occur. ​
Schroer also gave an example of one of the things he does on a daily basis, water remediation. The kids helped him create a water experiment that showed the effects of a pollutant spill on the water table. He then discussed the ways to clean up a spill and how wells are used to monitor the water quality in areas that have been affected by pollutants. They did this by adding water to a clear tub layered with rock and sand with tubes (wells) running from the bottom of the tub to the top. Schroer then introduced the “pollutant,” a black colored dish detergent. The group witnessed how the pollutant spread through the water and got drawn into the drinking-water "wells." He then went on to describe water testing and clean up of affected areas. Some of the members then enjoyed using the “wells” to blow bubbles after the experiment.
Finally, Schroer answered questions and helped identify rocks brought in by members. This led to a great discussion on types of rocks and minerals found in Missouri and how to locate to find them.
--by Billie S. 
Playing geologist

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!