“The Secret Garden” at Theatre 29!

A performance of “The Secret Garden” runs through September 24 at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid! Besides the obvious “performing arts” subject you’d find here, you could also tie this whole month into the performance. History, Language Arts, Art, Science, Social Studies, you name it! Here are some links to a few great lists of things related to “The Secret Garden”. I didn’t even know there was a movie!

Activities for The Secret Garden from The Chaos and The Clutter

For $4 you can buy a Lapbook printables set and unit study from Confessions of a Homeschooler

Of course, you’ll need to get the book somewhere! You can buy the book just about anywhere for under $5 and I highly suggest you have the book in your library instead of borrowing it. It’s one of those books you read over and over again!


Next Year’s (2016-2017) McCallum Shows!

Michelle from the Morongo Basin School District’s independent study program helps us all out by organizing the free McCallum Education Field Trips each year. Reservations will be put in on August 9th this year for the coming school year, so check out the line up below and send an email to info@californiadeserthomeschoolers.com to sign up. She’ll need the name, date, and time of each show and how many people will be attending.

Please remember, these tickets are free to us but the shows cost money to put on, paid for by donations, and seats are limited. If you say you are going, please make every effort to be there or find someone else to take your spot. If we consistently reserve far more seats than we fill, the theater may have to stop offering them to us.

There are no tickets to hold. You just say you’re coming and she will make the reservation for the whole group. On the day of the event, tell the docent at the door that you are with the homeschoolers (they usually can guess!) and they will direct you to your seats. Be sure to come a few minutes early so that you can be ready to watch the show at show time!

The following is from Michelle’s post to the Facebook group and the Education Department of the McCallum. Please email info@californiadeserthomeschoolers with questions and requests!

“Greetings from the McCallum Theatre Institute in Palm Desert CA! The last few days in our lovely desert valley has felt like the hottest place on earth, but before we know it, Fall 2016 will arrive and we will forget all about these scorching summer days and nights.

Accompanying the arrival of fall is the ever-popular field trip series at the McCallum Theatre! Our 2016-17 season will prove to be no exception to our rule of Artistic, Educational, Informative and Entertaining presentations for the young people of the Coachella Valley and beyond!

We begin the season at the end of September with Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China for a total of 4 performances – Tue, Sep 27th at 9:30am & 11am and Wed, Sep 28th at 9:30am & 11am – http://www.cami.com/?webid=2476 (recommended Grades K – 12)

We then present a sweet, funny and thought-provoking play – “Walking the Tightrope” by 24th Street Theatre on Tue, Oct 4th at 11:30am – http://www.24thstreet.org/ (recommended Grades 3 – 12) 

Followed by 4 timely performances of “Rock the Presidents” by Childsplay on Thu, Oct 6th at 9:30am & 11:30am and Fri, Oct 7th at 9:30am & 11:30am – http://www.childsplayaz.org/index.php (recommended Grades 3 – 8)

In November Roseneath Theatre will bring their play “The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh” to the McCallum stage for 3 performances on Mon, Nov 14 at 11am and Tue, Nov 15 at 9:30am & 11:30am – http://roseneath.ca/ (recommended Grades 3rd – 12th)

Soon after the Thanksgiving holiday, we will have the ukulele aficionado Jake Shimabukuro for 2 performances on Tue, Nov 29 at 9:30am & 11am – http://www.jakeshimabukuro.com/home/ (recommended Grades K – 12)

Our last field trip of 2016 will be a visual arts performer from Los Angeles – Miwa Matreyek performing 2 of her solo works: “This World Made Itself” & “Myth and Infrastructure” on Mon, Dec 12th at 11am – http://www.semihemisphere.com/ (recommended Grades 6 – 12)

We are still finalizing booking additional field trip shows for Spring 2017. As a result, we will accept reservation requests for Spring 2017 field trips in December 2016 (date is TBD).

We currently have 1 performance scheduled in March 2017, which is the one-woman presentation of “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” performed by Mona Golabek on Wed, Mar 22nd at 11am – http://holdontoyourmusic.org/play.html (recommended Grades 5 – 12)

We will begin accepting reservation requests FOR THE FALL 2016 PERFORMANCES ONLY on Tuesday, August 9th at 8am, so that you and your students can attend another year of amazing performances presented by the McCallum Theatre Institute.”

June Family Shows at the McCallum in Palm Desert

It’s called “McCallum Theatre Institute’s 2016 Summer Session Festival” and has three shows, June 13, 15, and 17th, 2016. Tickets run from $10 to $15 for each show or $35 for all three. What a great way to start the summer off and introduce the family to the performing arts!

“In 2-1/2 weeks the McCallum Theatre Institute presents 3 unique live shows, allowing our educational partners to cool off at the McCallum with performances that feed the soul and awaken the imagination!

Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3pm – Miwa Matreyek – This is the first time that this LA-based multi-media performance artist has presented her amazing visual art at the McCallum Theatre!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 3pm – The Okee Dokee Brothers – A hearty welcome back to the McCallum stage for one of our field trip favourites!

Friday, June 17, 2016 at 3pm – “Walking the Tightrope” returns to the McCallum after a successful Aesthetic Education Program unit-of-study during the 2014-15 school year.

Tickets are very reasonably priced for family and friends to enjoy an afternoon previewing shows that will be featured on the 2016-17 Aesthetic Education Program.

This is also a sensibly priced opportunity for a really fun afternoon of live entertainment for visiting house guests who feel that it is too hot to sit by the pool and there’s “nothing on any of the 150 channels on TV.”

Go to the site and research the performances so that you know what you’re watching and can answer the basic questions your kids will ask. Look into theater etiquette too. It’s a little different than going to the movies! And, of course, there is always the tradition “after show dinner”. Going out to eat, even just for coffee and dessert gives us a chance to talk about what we liked and didn’t like about the performance while it’s still fresh in our minds.

Summer Youth Theatre – 29 Palms!

“The 2016 Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program is well into the planning stages and staff members are ready for this exciting educational experience in the live arts!

The program will run Monday Through Friday from July 5 through August 7, with two performances of “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” set for August 5, 6, and 7th, 2016. The Youth Theater Program and the performances will all be held at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.

The program will break into two age groups of 30 students each with “Juniors” (7-12 years old) meeting from 10:00 am – 12 noon. The “Seniors” (age 12-17) will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The cost for the Program is $60.00 per student.”

Click this link for more information and registration forms!


A Highlight

I was at Walmart yesterday buying some things for today’s Drama Club and the man in front of me at the register asked if I was doing an art project. I told him no, the stuff was for a homeschool drama club we started. He smiled and said “That’s something the schools don’t do much of anymore, the arts.” I told him that’s one of the great things about homeschooling, when we want something we just create it. He agreed that was pretty cool.
It was refreshing to hear someone’s first response to homeschooling be a positive one. And it made me think . That really is one of the best things about homeschooling. We don’t need to petition anyone or get any bureaucracy to go along with an idea. We don’t need permission at all. We just see what we need and make it happen, either in our own homes, at the park, or wherever!

New Class Starting in Yucca Valley!

The next four week session of “Enrichment Meetings”, hosted my the Morongo Basin Homeschoolers Facebook Group, will start on February 8 and run through February 29, 2016.

The session will include Beginning Sign Language and continue with the a Drama Club!

Daily Schedule
10AM Heather’s Sign Language Class
10:45AM Break (bring a snack if you like)
11AM Drama Club for everyone. The 8 and up kids will have a (non-related hopefully) under 8 partner for this portion of the club! We’ll focus on games and confidence and focus building.
11:30AM Break – This will be when the under 8’s are welcome to go home or play outside with Mom. It will give the older kids time to focus on “the craft”.
11:45AM Older that 8 Drama Class – We’ll focus some improv and acting techniques and other things the kids would like to work on.
12:30 DONE!

$15 for the four weeks per child, if you pay on the first day.
$5 per day per child if you pay one week at time.

For more details about time and place, please fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you!

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A New Round of “Enrichment Meetings” in Yucca Valley!

I’m happy to announce that the Morongo Basin Homeschoolers (on Facebook) are starting up their Enrichment Meetings again in Yucca Valley. The meetings will be on Monday’s at the Yucca Mesa Community Center starting January 11, 2016.

This time we will be having a “This Week in History” topic for the first hour. This will include some kind of small project or workbook page and discussion about something related to history. It will change each week and I’m sure we’ll have lots of fun!

The second hour we will be offering a “Drama Club”! Drama club will be guided improv games, reading poetry, movement, etc. all to promote social skills and teamwork. Even if your kids aren’t interested in acting, I strongly recommend trying out this club.

As always, all the classes are for all ages but geared toward kids from 5 to 12 years old. Classes are $5 per day, per child if you pay at the door each time or you can pay $15 per child for 4 weeks upfront.

More details are available on the Morongo Basin Homeschoolers Facebook page, or you can fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you!

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