Monday, November 14, 2011

Moms' Meeting TONIGHT!

Come on out to the Mall Deli
at 6:00pm for
food and fellowship!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Nature Reach Field Trip

Mark you calendars for Wednesday, November 30 at 9:00am. I have set up a field trip to Nature Reach at PSU. It will last about an hour.

As far as cost goes, the website said $3 per student and free for attending adults; however when I spoke to their coordinator, she said they have received several grants making it possible to offer free programs for this year. She said donations are always welcome, though.

The field trip will consist of a presentation discussing the classification and adaptation of the species they have in house along with interaction with some of the animals. The presentation will be geared toward elementary aged students, but all families are welcome! The trip is limited to 30 people total, so I will need RSVPs to make sure that we do not go over that number.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask here or on our Facebook page!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Kansas Government Information Site

My librarian husband wanted me to let you all know about this site:

Kansas Government Information

Hope it is helpful to some of you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Car Maintenance Field Trip


Car Maintenance Basics

Randy's Auto Repair
Thurs., Oct. 6th
@ 4:00pm

For ALL students near the
age for driving.

Come on out and learn to:

change a tire
checks fluids
learn about the different warning lights

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fire Station Field Trip Reminder

Remember, Robin needs to know by September 11th if you are going to the Fire Station Field Trip on September 15th at 2:00pm. 

The Fire Station is located on West Fourth.  (My apologies for anyone who was reading the sidebar and saw East Fourth.  That was my mistake.)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Governor Bownback to be at the Fort Tomorrow Aug. 31!

Brownback has a planned trip to the Fort in Fort Scott, Kansas to name another 5 of the 25 most notable Kansans in the states 150 years of statehood. Susan and Abi plan to attend in period dress for the occasion.

According to the Kansas Historical Society website this visit is planned for 10 to 11 am at the Fort. I am not aware if it's in one of the buildings or out front, but if you would like to see and maybe shake hands with the Governor plan to be there. The staff will surely know.

Rondi Anderson

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Family Day at PSU

Pitt State Family Day is always full of fun activities, but this year they are including a few educational opportunities with the fun! Registration is required by Friday, September 16th!

PSU Family Day Schedule
September 24, 2011

2:00-3:00pm - FREE pictures with Gus, Kids Games

3:00-5:00pm - Educational Fun
 *Technology for Kids - Hands on technology projects with PSU students!
 *Nature Reach - Tour Nature Reach and interact with different kinds of animals!
 *Planetarium - Tour the current night sky!

5:00-6:30pm - Kids Tailgate

PSU vs. William Jewell kick-off at 6:30pm.

Cost is $5 per child ages 12 & under and $7.50 per adult. This includes educational fun activities, tailgate dinner, and a free gift for each child. Football game tickets must be purchased seperately.

Click here to register!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Constitution Day Poster Contest

Fifth Annual Constitution Day Contest Rewards

Kids for Knowledge and Creativity

What does The Constitution mean to you?

To help commemorate Constitution Day – recognized this year on September 16^th – students all around the
nation will once again have the opportunity to participate in an annual poster contest that allows them to  visually express what The Constitution means to them. The Constitution Day Poster Contest <> is open to students in grades k-12, and they can enter by designing a poster to be used to advertise and celebrate Constitution Day.

The Constitution Day Poster Contest <> is sponsored by, which publishes “The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It.” Since 2008, has teamed with the Gov Doc Kids Group <> , a national organization that promotes better understanding and use of federal information and publications for students.

Constitution Day Poster Contest

details are available at the website.

Entries must be postmarked by midnight, October 1, 2011, to be considered for this contest.

Categories in the competition are grouped by grades: Kindergarten-Grade 2; Grades 3-4; Grades 5-6;  Grades 7-8; Grades 9-12. One winner in each category will be awarded a $50 savings bond, and the grand prize winner will also receive a bicentennial coin set.

Previous contest winners may be viewed at the website.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Letters about Literature Writing Contest

Calling all students grade 4-12! Write a letter to an author whose book has changed your life and be a winner!

Student submissions to Letters About Literature (LAL), a national reading and writing initiative sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and in Kansas by the Kansas Center for the Book in the State Library of Kansas, are now being accepted.

To enter, readers write a reflective letter to an author, living or from the past, describing how that author’s  work somehow changed the student’s view of the world or him/herself. The project has three competition levels: Level 1 for students in grades 4-6; Level 2 for students in grades 7-8; and Level 3 for students in grades 9-12.

Winners on the state level each receive a cash award from the Kansas Center for the Book as well as a $50 Target gift card. National winners will receive a $500 Target gift card. The libraries of national winners and runners-up will receive cash grants from Target in the names of the winners.

Target sponsors Letters About Literature as part of its national reading initiative, “Ready, Sit, Read!” which is aimed at fostering love of reading among children at an early age.

<> for participation guidelines.

Consider how Letters About Literature might fit into classroom activities or enhance programming for children, and use the entry coupon on the reverse side of the form to enter. Feel free to download and photocopy—one entry form is required for each student. If you have questions contact Roy Bird at the State Library, 1-800-432-3919,>.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fire Station Field Trip

Hello everyone,

I spoke with Brad Hill, a fire fighter with the Pittsburg Fire Dept. and arranged a field trip to visit there on Thursday, September 15, 2011 @ 2:00 p.m.

It's the location on west fourth street near the bypass. Mr. Hill said parking was available to the west of the fire dept.

I'm supposed to call back on September 12th to verify the field trip and to try and let them know how many children to expect. Please let me know if you plan on attending and how many children, also.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Meeting TONIGHT!

Don't forget!!!

Potluck and Planning
at Rene's tonight!

Find details Here.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

AWANA Club in Pittsburg

AWANA Club is a Scripture memory,
Christ-centered ministry in which
the children are encouraged to
hide God's Word in their hearts
through experiencing the caring
of godly adults, earning fun rewards,
and playing exciting games.

The main goal is to help the
children come to know, love,
and serve God.

Anyone interested???

Trinity Baptist Church 
has its start-up REGISTRATION night
on Sunday, August 14th at 5:30pm

Free hot dog and dessert.

The club meetings will be on Sunday nights
from 5:30-7:00pm this year.
First official night is August 21st.
Questions?  Call the church office:

Do you have a heart to serve children
and win them for Christ?
Consider serving as a helper
or a listener.

Come join the fun!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011



August is just around the corner!

With its entry, comes a new school year

and a new year to be a part of 


Our start-up meeting will be at Rene's house
again this year.  Thank you, Rene and Family!

For the group's success,
it is CRITICAL that as many members come
to this beginning meeting as possible.

Monday, August 22nd  at  6:30pm

This event is for the WHOLE family.

Dads will need to watch the kiddos
during the planning portion of the meeting.

Potluck Dinner:

Please bring

a main dish

a vegetable


a dessert.

Rene will be providing table service.

Bring your calendars to plan
for this year's events.

We will need to schedule as many ideas as possible, as clearly as possible in order to insure a worthwhile year for all.

You can help make this successful by coming prepared with ideas and by helping to keep the conversation limited to this venture during the planning part of our meeting.  (Let's try to stay off the bunny trails as much as possible!!!)

Be praying about your family's needs and ideas of what our group could do to fulfill those needs and what  your role in helping those ideas come to life can be.

Specifically be praying about how the group will function next year and for new leadership to step up.  Pray about whether or not you might have a part to play in that. 

I plan to step down from coordination of activities and from information dissemination.  I have decided to cut back on some of my activities outside the home.  I will do my part to organize a few specific activities as a 
participating mother.

Thank you all, and I look forward to
seeing you on the 22nd of August.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

This is SO cool!

CHEA Friends:

Check this out!

 Robert sent this to me today.
It is a free handwriting sheet site
where you can enter your own 
copywork choices and get a 
penmanship worksheet made.
It does print, d'nealian, and cursive!

I just used it and it is AWESOME!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cinco de Mayo Celebration


Come to Schlanger Park

on Thursday, May 5th

at 5:00pm

for a Mexican Theme Night.

Bring Mexican dishes and desserts  for a potluck dinner.  
Bring drinks to share.

Bring your own table service.
Robin will provide cups and ice.

We will begin eating at 5:45pm.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting.
(The shelter is not reserved due to expense.)

  Park Activities include:
sand volleyball, tennis, basketball courts, frisbee, horseshoe set, etc.
You will need to bring your own balls or frisbees.

Also, if anyone would like to research traditional Mexican games to play, like Mexican jumping bean races, etc., then that would be a fun option.

Those who are interested can prepare a Spanish song to sing or something to share about the holiday.  Those who want to can dress with a Mexican theme. 

We hope to have Spanish children's music to play.

If the weather is bad, we will cancel.

(Thank Jennifer for her wonderful ideas and plan!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Coming Up-Next Week!

Moms' Meeting Monday night, 4/18
at Ron's IGA

Game Day for All Ages on Thursday, 4/21
at Trinity Baptist Church

Thursday, April 14, 2011

CHEA Teen Boys-Tonight!

at Randy's Auto Repair


Don't forget!

Sunday, April 10, 2011





We're the only ones who can make it happen!!!

Call Jennifer if you can help her
organize the event or if you
can bring something!

Don't be shy!
Just jump in!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

CHEA Game Day!


Trinity Baptist Church (Elm & Washington)

Bring games!

Bring drinks and snacks to share!

Be there or be !

Please R.S.V.P. to Lezlie
via email so we can
know who to expect!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Moms' Meeting TONIGHT!

Come to Ron's IGA coffee shop at 7pm tonight!

Let's try to get something planned for the youngers.

Reminder:  next teen night April 7th at Lezlie's.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mom's Meeting Date Moved

Due to Spring Break

the Moms' Meeting will

move from the 3rd to the 4th Monday

this month.

The Meeting will be held

on March 28th

at Ron's IGA Coffee Shop

from 7-9pm.

Come prepared to set up a few times 
for the younger students to meet.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Teen Gathering

Come one, come all!!!

Come to Girard Bible Church

on Thursday, March 3rd

for a time of fun and games.

Time:  6:30-9:00pm

We are going to be able to use the kitchen, the gym, and the high school room which has ping pong,
foosball, pool, music, Wii games, and other things.  Should be lots of fun! 

Bring a snack to share!
Bring your favorite game to play!


From Pittsburg: 
Go North on Highway 69 through Frontenac heading towards Franklin.  At the intersection of Hwy 69 and Hwy 47 (there is a traffic light here), turn left heading West on Hwy 47, and go all the way into Girard (about 7or 8 miles) to the 4-way stop.  At the 4-way stop in Girard, turn right heading North on Summit (this is also Hwy 7).  You will go about 3 blocks and then you will come to a kind of "Y" in the road.  At the "Y", you will want to turn left onto Northern Ave.  Be aware that you will be crossing a lane of oncoming traffic when you go left at the "Y", so just be careful.  The oncoming traffic does not have to stop.  Follow this road around the curve, and the church will be the second driveway on the right side of the road.  It is a long white building with a gravel parking lot.  You will want to park towards the North end of the lot where the big bus is parked, as the door you will be using will be on that end.

MPE 2011 Homeschool Conference & Curriculum Fair

It's that time of year again! We begin looking back on this year and wondering what we can do to improve next school year. Homeschool conferences provide a great opportunity for evaluating teaching methods and planning the next year along with getting great deals and ideas for curriculum! If you have not attended a homeschool conference, I highly encourage you to do so.

Midwest Parent Educators host a conference & curriculum fair each year in the Kansas City area. Information for this conference is found below:

"Building on the Foundation"
April 8-9, 2011
KCI Expo Center

A kids program is provided throughout the conference for ages 5-12. Those 13 and up are allowed to attend conference sessions. Nursing babies are always welcome.

Early bird registration is due March 25 and runs $35 per person (spouse and older children are free). Registrations sent in after this date or those at the door are $45. If you wish to attend only the curriculum fair, the fee is $15 per person (spouse is free).

Additional conference information can be found here: MPE Conference Overview 2011.

My husband and I are planning to attend again this year and would love to have fellow CHEA families join us!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Moms' Meeting TONIGHT!

Moms, come meet with us at the Mall Deli at 6:00pm!

Food and fellowship!

Or just get a drink!

Bring your calendars and
concrete ideas about what
we should accomplish this semester.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

February Teen Night Canceled

Moms of Teens,

Due to the weather, we will be canceling the teen get together at Robin's. 

We will just try for the March date as scheduled. 

I know the teens are disappointed but it is not worth anyone getting stuck or hurt.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Teen Game Night Rescheduled

Due to the weather, we're moving the teen get-together to next week, Feb. 10th.
  Still from 6:30-9:00pm at Robin's.

Irish Dancers Performance

On Fri., Feb 4th at 7:00pm at Memorial Auditorium there will be an Irish Dancers Performance.

Read more about it HERE.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Importance of Reviewing

I like to read homeschool blogs.

Yesterday, one of my favorites,
I'm Nobody! Who are You?,  Daisy was focusing
on the importance of reviewing learned material.

She also gives great ideas on HOW
to accomplish this review in 
various fun ways.

Check it out HERE!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Kansas State Birthday - top 150 books

Below is the news release and the list of 150 books that the State Library has compiled for the state's birthday.  My Librarian sent it to me and suggested I post it here.  There is a link you can go to in order to see the booklist in the news release.


State Library Releases List of 150 “Best” Kansas Books

    Topeka: It appears that over the years, authors have been prolific in writing about Kansas or using Kansas as a setting for their books. Nearly 300 titles were submitted as potential candidates for the Sesquicentennial-celebrating list compiled by the State Library of Kansas.

As a lead up to Kansas’ 150th Birthday, the State Library solicited recommended books throughout most of 2010. The grassroots project encouraged book title suggestions from anyone—individuals, authors, booksellers, and publishers. Criteria for nominations was simple: a significant aspect of the book must relate to Kansas, its culture, its heritage or be historical in nature; and the book must have a recognizable Kansas author. The book may be fiction or non-fiction, any genre, and suitable for readers of all ages.

“This was an interesting project for us, and unlike anything we’ve done in the past,” said Joanne Budler, State Librarian. “Nearly 300 book titles were submitted—some more than once. We spent a great deal of time checking to assure titles and authors were correct, as well as making certain the book met the criteria for our list.” 

“We also confirmed all titles were in print and available through Kansas libraries, so readers may have their local library request a book through interlibrary loan if necessary,” Budler explained. “Kansas libraries have been sharing resources for years; this is one more opportunity to employ this service. In addition, the Kansas Courier service moves books quickly and economically between libraries.”

“To read more Kansas history on a specific topic, check with your school, college or public library," added Budler. “Literally hundreds of books about Kansas and Kansans have been published, with scores more titles published each year.”

The list in alphabetical order by title accompanies this press release. The complete list is available at: and 

Although the Library’s services have changed and adapted over the years, it is the library’s mission to serve the citizens of Kansas. In early statehood years, the Library offered traveling library materials to reach rural Kansans. Later, as a ready resource to the executive and legislative branches of state government, the State Library has served as depository of legal and historical documents. Today, with new technology and access to expansive databases, the State Library of Kansas offers more information than ever to the citizens of Kansas. Visit our website,

Sent by: Janie Rutherford, Communications Coordinator, State Library of Kansas

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

World Record Lincoln Farewell Address

Hi fellow home educators. I received another letter from the Fort but this time regarding a Lincoln's farewell world record reading. I thought I'd pass the info on and let you decide what you all want to do.

Hope to see you and your group this weekend at Fort Scott National Historic Site.
For your (and the home school group) information, we are also participating in the world record

for simultaneous reading at 11:00am on Friday, February 11 by reading Abraham Lincoln's Farewell Address as he departed Springfield IL for Washington DC and his inauguration as president.
More information can be found at:
If your group cannot come back to Fort Scott NHS to participate with us, you can organize your own group reading to help try to break the world record.  All the information you need is at the website.
But if you can join us on Feb 11, please plan to arrive by 10:45am for last minute instructions.
Again, look forward to seeing you this weekend!


Historian, National Park Service
Fort Scott National Historic Site
Old Fort Boulevard
Post Office Box 918
Fort Scott KS 66701-0918

620-223-0310 (work)
620-223-0188 (fax)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Encampment Schedule!

CW Encampment 2011

The above link is press release from The Fort. If you can not see it please let me know. It is stored on Google Docs and is approved to all with the address. It's a first for me to send out to others and I'd like to know how it works. I can email it also.

The weekend is being planned by the Holmes Brigade and is to have a whole bunch of civil war military re-enactors.

To me the chaotic moment when the two hotels occupants spill out into the parade grounds would be interesting, the raising of the 30 foot by 50 foot flag, the statehood b-day cake and the music concert. What do you think? Also, a picnic lunch on the grounds is fun and cheaper then going out or we could go to MacDonalds! I'm not hoping for a balmy 33 degrees like is predicting. I can ask if we can use the Grand Hall for eating.

Cost for children is free. Sixteen and older is $3.00. For those that would appreciate it I can pay for  admission early so there is no exchange of money on their sabbath. Let me know ahead of time.

Several of my children are acting as civilians/volunteers this weekend with a couple waiting to see what CHEA members plan to do.

Let's Talk!

CHEA Friends--
Please leave ideas of what
you are interested in and join
in the discussion on comments.

If we all are posting, then we
can know each other's needs
and maybe we can figure out
which direction to head with
the group activities.

Having a group means


Thank you!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Kansas Day Activities.

For ideas at home here is a helpful site.


I've emailed the Fort and am waiting to learn when the activities are on the 29th. From our children I have heard that the Rangers are not in charge of this days programs, but have invited a troop of soldiers for an encampment and to do the program. Some of my children have been asked to be civilians for the day. I'll post more as soon as I learn of it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

YMCA Swim Team Opportunity

The YMCA swim team is inviting anyone who is interested to check out the team.  They are swimming on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4-6 pm.  New swimmers are encouraged to come on as many of those days as they can. (our family just does part practice on Wed and full practice on Fri)  Because of a fundraiser the team did, there are NO FEES through the end of March--you need only be a Y member. (Reg. fees will resume in April)  So this is a great, no-risk chance for anyone who might be interested in swimming on the team this summer.  There really is no minimum age, but kids must be able to get from one end of the pool to another without hanging on to the side or touching bottom and be willing to follow instructions. 
I'm happy to answer any questions, so folks can email me.  Thank you for your help!

Field Trip Ideas

I finally was able to get my computer turned on and get to my list of ideas! Praise Jesus!

Anyway, here's the list I had come up with:

Greenbush Observatory - Greenbush, KS
PSU Planetarium - Pittsburg, KS
PSU Nature Reach - Pittsburg, KS
Greenbush Rainforest - Greenbush, KS
Big Brutus - West Mineral, KS
Cosmosphere - Hutchison, KS
Little House on the Prairie - Wayside, KS
Crawford County Museum - Girard, KS
Crawford County Historical Museum - Pittsburg, KS
Reptile World - Joplin, MO

I have more detailed information on each of these if we decide we are interested. Please check out the links I've provided if you want to know more about each place.

If you were not at the meeting, please do not feel overwhelmed by these last two posts! They are just ideas and discussion starters for spring field trips. We aren't trying to do them all now.

Don't forget to post your thoughts on these ideas or the ones in the previous post in the comments section!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Moms' Meeting Summary

We had a great time tonight.  It was fun to get caught up.  Two friends are expecting babies in May only 10 days apart.  And we met a new friend tonight!  I'll send out a couple of prayer requests via email.

The next Moms' Meeting will be Monday, February 21st @ the Mall Deli @ 6:00pm.

New opportunity for the CHEA Teens:  We will be implementing a Teen Night on the 1st Thursday of each month.  The teens will get together to play games from 6:30-9:00pm.  The host teen(s) will provide plates, cups, silverware, and drinks.  The visiting teens will bring snacks to share.

I will post the locations for each get together for the next few months in the left sidebar, so that it will remain easy to find.

KANSAS DAY on January 29th!!!  Kansas will be 150 years old.  There will be some activities at the Fort in Ft. Scott that day.  Rondi will be looking into details to pass along.

Many good ideas were brought up for possible Field Trips:

Wilderness Trails in various locations.
Joplin Audubon Center
Springdale Jones Center - ice skating and various other fun activities
Diamond - George Washington Carver homeschool day in the Spring
Prairie State Park
Roller Skating
Greenbush activities (ropes' course, other educational sessions like movie making)
Hollister Gun Range

***Please contact Naamah if you have an interest in a particular field trip.  You can work with her to make it happen.  She will need plenty of help with whatever options are chosen.

Another suggestion was the youth get together at the Pittsburg Public Library on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-6:00pm.  Apparently they have a chessboard on the floor of a room and play life-size chess.  FUN!

As always, there is always the option of initiating a get together for shooting hoops at the Y or a park date.  A suggestion for a Chess Tournament was thrown out for the guys and a possible Tea Party or something else fun for the girls.

Lots of fun ideas!  If you want to see one or more of them happen and you are willing to help, please contact Lezlie or Naamah.

Robin gave us the scoop about getting great deals from a couple of sites:
Ask her if you have questions.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

First Moms' Meeting 2011


To make it nice and easy on everyone, we are going to have our 1st meeting at the coffee shop in Ron's IGA.

We will meet next Monday evening, Jan. 17th at 7pm.

      We can discuss the best night for us to meet at that meeting.  If you cannot be there, you may vote via email.

Please bring your calendars.

Please bring any activities/ideas you want to make happen for the semester.

I have one idea so far I would like to implement for the teens.

I would like to see more activity in the group, but it takes all of us to make that happen.