Homeschool Co-Op in Indian Wells

What is a “homeschool co-op”?

A homeschool coop is a group of homeschoolers coming together in cooperation to provide educational and social activities for their children. They are a private enterprise and can be very formal or informal depending on the leaders of the group and its membership. They can be as simple as a park day meet-up once a week where someone plans some sort of activity each week, to as complex as daily classes and projects. Some offer organized field trips. Some ask for a membership fee. And most involve some level of direct parent involvement.

For those in the Coachella Valley, there is a great co-op available called “Desert Valley Cooperative Learning Collaborative” or DVCLC.  Check out their site HERE for details!

If you don’t have something like this in your area, consider starting one! You can start by creating a weekly park day. It takes some time, but after awhile you will gather a group of like-minded people that might be ready to pool their resources and start offering some fun and educational meet-ups for all the kids. It doesn’t have to start out large and complicated!

Here are a few articles and websites that might help you get started!

“8 Questions to Ask When Starting a Homeschool Co-Op” from The Homeschool Mom

“Starting a Small Homeschool Co-Op” from American Home Education

“How to Start a Homeschool Co-Op” from Eva Varga

Town Council Meeting – Yucca Valley

What’s Jr. High or High School without civics, right?! And what’s a better way to take a look at local government than to attend a town council meeting? It may be far more interesting than a book or website! For those living in Yucca Vally, next week there will be a “State of the Town Address” at the regular Town Council meeting. Take the family and listen to what they have to say. Bring a notebook and take a few notes about what goes on and things you think about while you’re listening. It’d be great if the kids did as well! Then go out for dinner afterward and talk about it. What is the role of government in your town? Do you have a council or a board? Do you have a town constitution? These are things you can look up before the meeting. You can also do a bit of research about your town. When did it become a town or city? What is the procedure for doing that? When I moved to a small town from the city, I was amazed that there were still “unincorporated” areas of our county. I grew up in the city and just assumed the whole country operated the same way. Looking into your own town’s government and policies is a great way to start learning about civics!

From Yucca Valley’s website:

“Join Mayor Leone for the 2016 State of the Town Address being presented on Tuesday, November 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the Yucca Valley Community Center Yucca Room.

Mayor Leone and the Town Council will provide highlights of the past year, as well as a look ahead to upcoming opportunities and challenges.

The State of the Town Address is being held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting. Light refreshments will be served.”

4-H Open House in Morongo Valley

Come be a 4-Her for a day and see what green is all about!

The Hi-Desert Dust Devils are sharing 4-H with the public. There will be booths representing all the projects we offer and an activity to go with each booth. Our cooking project members will be making lunch, supplying drinks and snacks for a nominal fee. *all proceeds go to our club* Several vendors are setting up to help us promote the awesome stuff 4-H brings to our local community.

Thank you, Big Morongo Feed & Tack, Mojave A.R.C., Virginia Neal (Face Painting) and Lon at Tractor Supply for choosing to participate thus far.

We will do some fun stuff, you should come check it out, you won’t regret it.

The Hi-Desert Dust Devils 4-H Club is a local San Bernardino County 4-H Club based out of Yucca Valley and surrounding cities such as; 29 Palms, Landers, Johnson Valley, Joshua Tree, and Morongo Valley.

If you would like more information on the 4-H Youth Development Program you can visit; http://4h.ucanr.edu/ or you can visit our clubs Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1492101744368736/

Saturday, September 3rd, 9AM -2PM
111654 Vale Drive
Morongo Valley, CA 92256-9603

For questions, email Cadi at cadithayer@gmail.com

Homeschool Activity Workshops Starting Soon in Yucca Valley

Our planning meeting this week went extremely well for a first meeting and we’ve got some pretty exciting things lined up!

There is a “Not Back to School” party being planned for the end of August! Details will come up soon as we confirm dates!

Activity Workshops will start on September 7th and run Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm, at the Yucca MESA Community Center on Balsa and Aberdeen. The cost will $30 per family (with one to two children) and $35 per family (with more than two children), per month if you pay in advance. If you’d like to pay each week as you come, the cost will be $6 per child, per day. The fee covers the cost of renting the building. If a parent is offering an activity that requires extra materials, they may ask for a couple dollars extra to help them cover the costs. We’ll be sure to let everyone know if there will be extra costs before you sign up.Parents that are leading an activity for the month will not be charged for their children that month.

Each month we’ll change what we’re offering as more parent offer their time and kids express interest in learning something new. This year we’re going to add a special time for families with preschool age children. I’ll post details each week but to get you excited about coming, I’ll give you September and October’s line-up!

In September, we’ll be offering the following schedule.

10am to 11am – Preschool Storytime & Craft (hopefully presented by some of our older kids)
11:30am to 1:30pm – Cooking with Jordan –  Back by popular demand2pm to 3pm – Fiber Arts with Katie
3pm to 4pm – Beginning Sketching with Michelle

In all of our workshops, parent participation is required. Parents are expected to be nearby and helping if they see a need. There are no drop-offs permitted.

In October, the tentative schedule will be,

10am to 11am – Preschool Storytime & Craft (hopefully presented by some of our older kids)
11:30am to 1:30pm – Cooking with Jordan –  Back by popular demand
2pm to 3pm – Creative Movement with Tiffany
3pm to 4pm – Outdoor Skills with Rhonda and Eli

Shoot me an email at info@californiadeserthomeschoolers.com if you have any questions. More information, as well as event postings that you can RSVP to, will be coming out in the coming week!

Save The Date!

I’ve talked about it for months and I’ve finally added it to the calendar!

LIVE – “Homeschool 101” & “Basic Record Keeping for Private Homeschoolers”

This will be two independent talks. “Homeschool 101” will cover the four legal ways to homeschool in California, including what you need to know to be in compliance with the compulsory education laws in California. I’ll have handouts to help you get started and advice on how to find what works best for your family. If you’ve considered homeschooling your kids, this will be an informative session for you and your family. There will be lots of time to ask questions! Long time homeschoolers are welcome and encouraged to attend and help field questions.

“Basic Record Keeping for Private Homeschoolers” will be for those families that are considering using the “Private School” option of homeschooling. The session will cover what records you need to keep and where to get them, including an easy way to create a “Course of Study” and a basic lesson plan that helps you feel like you are doing all you can to help facilitate your child’s education at home with little expense.

Your speaker, Michelle Huelle, has been a private homeschooler for ten years and has been an active volunteer for the California Homeschool Network for eight years, serving as a Local Contact, Family Expo Registration Committee, Board Member, and on the Legal Team. Her experience ranges from eclectic homeschooling to radical unschooling. And her passion is for helping families discover the joy of homeschooling she found that changed her family’s life forever!

Yucca Mesa Community Center
3133 Balsa Ave. Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Thursday – June 30, 2016
6pm to 8pm

This event is free but a donation of $5 per family will be asked to help cover the cost of renting the room and printing handouts.

The whole family is welcome to come. Mom & Dad, Grandparents, and Kids!

Please email Michelle at info@californiadeserthomeschoolers.com with questions.

If you are on Facebook, please go to the “event” created and let me know you’re coming!
“Homeschool Information Meeting”

 

Grubstake Days! – Yucca Valley

Events like this make living here such a joy! Grubstake Days had become a thing of the past the last few years but a small group of residents decided that just wasn’t right and have revived the weekend festivities celebrating our area’s heritage and bringing back a sense of community. Come watch the parade, participate in horseshoes, cheer on the rodeo, and play at the carnival! There’s so much more too!

Is this homeschool related? Of course, it is! Things like this are what make family memories and that is what home education is really about, building family and community on the small scale and giving our country the strong base to build on and change the world. Where better to learn a bit about our local history than a Heritage Day celebration? Where better to meet the community and know our neighbors than a town parade and pancake breakfast? The best part about this particular festival is that it really is a “local” and “grassroots” thing. The community wanted it. A citizen took charge. And through the glories of human ingenuity and social media, Grubstakes Days has been reborn!

Take the family out this weekend, buy some cotton candy, and show your support. The more people that attend, the bigger it will be next year!

Community Service Project

The Morongo Basin Homeschoolers have been using the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association‘s Community Center for weekly enrichment classes this past “school year”. It’s been a wonderful place for them to gather every week and they hope to keep using it next year. As a thank you for opening up their facility they’ve been looking for an opportunity to help the non-profit group somehow. It’s Spring in the desert and with Spring come the weeds, so they’ve offered to clean up the planters around the property and spiff it up!

Next week they’ll bringing their yard tools and gloves before classes start and digging in. I’m sure they can get loads of work done in an hour or so with so many eager hands there to help!

Does your group rent a facility or meet at a park regularly? Is there something your group of families can do to pitch in and keep the place looking nice for the neighborhood? Contact the facility or the city and see if there is something you can do!