Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Nature Art at the Park

Work in progress.

The JCSHG Art Club met at the park on Thursday to learn about and explore nature art. Members began by discussing what nature art meant to each of them. Some examples of nature art they shared were creating beautiful sketches, paintings, and sculptures inspired by art and making art with objects found in nature. Then they had the chance to create some nature art themselves.
Hammering a print.
There were several stations set up around the park to explore. At one station they made “real” leaf prints by placing leaves found at the park on paper then putting a paper towel over the lead and hitting it (gently or not) with a hammer to get a print. Many of the children experimented with leaves, clover, and other plants. At another station, sketch paper, charcoal, colored chalks, and pencils were provided for nature-inspired drawings. The favorite station of the day, however, was the painting and collage table. There were several paints for the kids to use to make prints with natural materials and glue to make collages. Some of them even painted rocks and arranged them in the rock area to create lovely temporary art.
Nature drawing.
At the end of the meeting the members shared their art with their friends then discussed ideas for future Art Club meetings. Everyone is looking forward to future Art Club meetings to learn about and create new art.
Temporary art: A flower.

Creative juices flowing.
--by Billie S.
--photos by Evie M.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Introducing Art Club!

Some of the string art our kids created.

Art Club is off and running. We had our first meeting on May 22 where we learned a little history about string art and then we made our own. Any member of JCSHG can join Art Club. We have some fun projects set up for the next four meetings including nature art, learning about line, fun with pastels, and anime art. Come find your creative side!

--by Evie M.
--photos by Penni C.

Getting ready to begin.

Finished artwork.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sock Hop!

The family dancin'.
This Sunday afternoon we had 11 of our families get together for a 1950s-style Sock Hop at the North Jefferson City Cedar City Room. The room was decorated with records, balloons, and streamers and our snack table had a "Malt Shop" sign above it.

JCSHG Malt Shop.
Kids and grownups danced to a variety of 50s-inspired music. Several wore poodle skirts and other attire reminiscent of that time period.

The Chicken Dance.
They did the Chicken Dance. The kids played Musical Chairs. And all the kids got to participate in the Cake Walk--taking home all sorts of sweet treats.

Musical Chairs.
We look forward to doing another Family Dance in the future!
Dancing with Grandma.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weapons, Fingerprints, and Patrol Dogs


Our March field trip took us to the Missouri State Highway Patrol headquarters last Wednesday. Ten of our families gathered for a tour of the museum and a viewing of a Bill Nye video about seat belt safety. We viewed lots of interesting artifacts, including old patrol cars, uniforms, and weapons. We learned about the capture of Bonnie and Clyde. We got to scan our fingerprints into a computer to learn about fingerprinting. Some of our kids used a computer to go through a driver safety course while others learned about railroad crossing safety. Each family was given a bag to take home with coloring books, pedestrian safety games, bicycle safety info, and a flyer with tips for kids for being safe and handling emergencies.

--by Evie M.

Checking out historical weapons.

Driver safety course.

Patrol dog.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Come wine and dine with us!

On Tuesday, April 1, we will have a fundraiser at Colton's Steak House. The restaurant will generously donate a portion of that evening's sales to our group which we will use to fund a field trip to Kansas City this fall. Let's show our support. The fundraiser is from 4 till 8 p.m. We hope to see you and your friends and family there!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Things I Learned Backstage . . .

Yesterday, I and 13 of my fellow homeschooling parents and kids took Backstage Kitchen Tours of our local Chik-fil-A. The owner, Tom Van Voorn, conducted the tours. He opened this Chik-fil-A just three weeks ago. Here are some things I learned Backstage:

  • Chik-fil-A's founder, Truett Cathy, opened his first restaurant in 1946.
  • At age 92, Cathy opened his "dream restaurant"--Truett's Luau--in Fayetteville, Georgia, in December last year. 
  • It took five years for Van Voorn to bring this location into operation.
  • Chik-fil-A does several studies before determining a location for a new restaurant. These studies include soil samples and demographic studies.
  • Van Voorn originally planned to open one restaurant in Columbia, Missouri, and two in Jefferson City, all within a month.
  • The price for the property in Columbia kept going up, so Van Voorn abandoned that idea. The original location for the second restaurant in Jefferson City was to be across from St. Mary's Hospital. St. Mary's upcoming relocation to a new facility changed those plans.
  • Construction took longer than expected. They went through several framing companies--some didn't show up to work and others didn't follow the blueprints.
  • The day before the Grand Opening, Van Voorn found out he needed a separate license to sell ice cream. Thankfully, it only cost $10 and was easy to obtain.
  • Chik-fil-A conducts what it calls the First 100 at each Grand Opening. In short, these 100 people camp out for the 24 hours before the official opening and receive one Chik-fil-A meal per week for a year.
  • This location's First 100 included people from as far away as Utah.
  • The First 100 event at this location occured on one of the coldest nights of the year.
  • Van Voorn provided a big tent and heaters to help keep the First 100 warm.
  • After being on and off the phone with his attornies and Chik-fil-A's public relations department, Van Voorn was told at about 9:30 p.m. to bring the First 100 inside for the night.
  • They stayed till 4:30 a.m. when they were ushered out so the restaurant could be cleaned and ready for the television and radio crews arriving at 5:15 a.m. for the 6 a.m. opening.
  • This location served 4,700 people on its Grand Opening day.
  • This location currently employs 101 people.
  • Seventy percent of its business is from the drive-thru.
  • All the food served at Chik-fil-A arrives fresh at the restaurant, except the chicken, which is frozen.
  • The chicken is all hand-breaded on-site.
  • The biscuits are made fresh every morning.
  • Lemonade is made fresh, on-site, every day from Sunkist lemons. Between five and 10 cases are cut and squeezed.
  • They use about 400 pounds of sugar every day--for sweet tea and lemonade.
  • Salads are prepared fresh after you order them.
  • A 500-pound tank behind the building provides the carbon dioxide for the fountain drinks.

These Backstage Kitchen Tours are free for the asking. They are limited to five people at a time and last five to 10 minutes.

Thanks, Tom and Chik-fil-A!

Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 Parents' Meeting

Yesterday we held our third annual Parents' Meeting. Seven of our families participated. Here is a sampling of what we did:
  • Reviewed 2013--events and finances.
  • Welcomed two new volunteers: Sue as Service Projector Coordinator and Evie as Art Club Coordinator.
  • Discussed several things we would like to do this year--including field trips, service projects, Art Club, Quest Club, Kidsfest, the July 4th parade, and a FUN trip to Kansas City.
  • A Q&A especially for those new to homeschooling.
We laughed a lot, came up with some great ideas, and got to know each other a little better.
We are looking forward to another great here at JCSHG. We hope you will join us!