Next Year’s State Conferences!

Start saving your pennies folks because the statewide homeschool organizations are announcing their dates!

CHN – California Homeschool NetworkSept. 7-10, 2017 at The Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove, CA
Early Bird Registration is now open. This is the cheapest you can buy tickets!

HSC – HomeSchool Association of California
July 27-30, 2017 at Hyatt Regency San Francisco AirportTickets are not on sale yet. They usually start after Thanksgiving.

CHEAofCA – Christian Home Educators
July 13-15, 2017 at the Pasadena Convention Center
Tickets are not on sale yet.

These conferences are a bit pricey but you have plenty of time to plan and budget for next year! Big state conferences are not a “must have” to homeschool well but they are just about as fun as a theme park vacation weekend and the feed your soul with much more. I highly recommend trying one out at least for a day!

Hi-Desert Nature Museum – Yucca Valley

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your younger kids that won’t cost much, check into the Hi-Desert Nature Museum! There always a lot going on there that homeschoolers can definitely use.

Brown Bag Lunch Lectures aren’t really meant for homeschooled kids but they sure are interesting! If your kids think the subject is interesting, take them, but to be respectful of others, sit towards the back of the room so you can scoot out and visit the other parts of the museum if they are being disruptive to the other guests.

The “Framed: Step Into Art” Exhibit closes on September 24, so be sure to go see it!

And for some great music, be sure to get tickets to see “Encelia Chamber Ensemble & Friends” on October 8 & 9.

Printers Fair in Los Angeles

The International Printers Museum in Los Angeles is hosting it’s 8th annual Printers Fair on October 1st! Check out their website HERE for details on the fair.

The museum is only open on Saturday’s but they are open by reservation Tuesday through Friday. It also looks like they have some wonderful interactive tours! If you’d like to book one and invite people to join you to make the minimum number of students, we’d be happy to promote your tour for you here and on Facebook. Just send us an email about it to info@californiadeserthomeschoolers.com

 

Calico Ghost Town’s 50th Calico Days!

Calico Days at Calico Ghost Town
October 1 & 2, 2016

This looks like loads of fun! Did you know they do school tours as well? Even if you can’t make it to Calico Days, consider making a day of Calico Ghost Town. It’s all my favorite parts of Knott’s Berry Farm (from when I was a kid) without the high ticket price and crowds!

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Dino Fest & Homeschool Days at the Natural History Museum

This looks like loads of fun for Dino-loving people! The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles has announced Dino Fest on September 24th & 25th. Check their site for details about the day’s offering. Tickets run from $5 to $12 per person. There is a parking fee as well. You can pre-order tickets online.

This year’s “Homeschool Days” have also been announced! These events are free but there is a charge for parking. Get there early and explore. Bring a lunch and then wander the Rose Garden!

Thursday, September 29 – The Wonderful World of Pterosaurs
Wednesday, February 1 – The Art of Science
Monday, April 24 – Plants and Pollinators
Tuesday, June 13 – Extreme Mammals

Don’t want to drive to LA? Post to a local group, or grab a homeschool friend, see about maybe renting a car for the drive. Get there! It’s so worth it!

 

Banning Stagecoach Days & Rodeo!

This looks like a lot of family fun! And you know that means “education” to homeschoolers! Check this link for details and tickets, Banning Stagecoach Days, September 9 – 11, 2016.

How can an event like this be “education”? That’s easy! First of all, events like these are full of local history. They tend to hark back to the early days of the city and what the city was known for. I’d start by looking into when and why Banning was founded. Here’s a good place to start, The City of Banning’s History page.

The stagecoach was a big deal until the railroad replaced it, find out why! And look at the San Gorgonio Pass and its role in the area. Gilman Ranch is a great place to visit while you’re down there. Check their site for when their open and the cost.

Knowing something about local history ties you to the place in a special way. Learning local history as a child through events like Statecoach Days and small museums shows kids that history isn’t just about dead presidents and wars in far off places. It’s personal and we’re a part of it. Just like those pioneers that came to this area long ago, or the Native Americans that lived here before that, we can add to the history of the area, not by building an empire or fighting a battle but just by living our lives and leaving traces of those lives behind through our homes, our families, our journals, and even our toys!

Civil War Reenactment – Huntington Beach

Want to escape the heat of the desert and need a legitimate excuse to drive to Huntington Beach? How about Southern California’s Largest Civil War Reenactment?! This a great event for the whole family.

September 3rd & 4th at Huntingbeach Central Library

Afterwards, you can drive north through Buena Park and stop at Farrell’s for ice cream before you head home!

Malki Museum’s Fall Gathering – October

Mark your calendar’s for the Malki Museum’s Fall Gathering. Details are in the photo below and on their website.

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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

Desert Rocks’ Special Offer for Local Homeschoolers!

Desert Rocks Indoor Climbing Gym in North Palm Springs has a great new offer for local homeschoolers! Bring the kids for some indoor climbing fun on weekdays between 11am and 1pm for a reduced rate. See the flyer below for details! This is a great deal for those just wanting to try it out or see what this climbing thing is all about. For those that decide they’d like to make a regular thing, Family Memberships are available that allow you to use the gym anytime of the week! For some Public Charter School members, Desert Rocks is a vendor. Check your school, or ask Desert Rocks staff if you can use your school funds to pay for your child’s membership. The homeschooler drop in rate does not qualify.

Indoor rock climbing is a great sport! It builds strength, balance, and confidence in a relatively safe environment. For homeschool parents, it’s a boon! Older kids can climb and play while Mom’s can tend to babies. There are inherent dangers in this kind of climbing, so we do need to stay on top of the kids so that they don’t get hurt, but the staff at Desert Rocks is there to help us learn what is safe and what isn’t. It’s indoors, clean, friendly, AND has a bathroom. What else can a family ask for?! Tell your friends and pick a day for your homeschool group to gather there.

If you’d like some special instruction for you and/or your kids, Desert Rocks staff will offer extra help on Thursday’s during the homeschool time. The more people that show up for this time, the more they will be willing to offer extra things for us, like climbing instruction and maybe even a Mom’s group! My kids have been climbing for about a year now and just recently I gave in and tried it myself. I love it! It’s a great family activity that we enjoy several times a week.

My kids have been climbing for about a year now and just recently I gave in and tried it myself. I love it! It’s a great family activity that we enjoy several times a week. I hope you’ll join us!

Desert Rocks HS Flyer