Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Some of us started out the year with a beautiful trip to the Eastern Sierras. There are four more opportunities to Explore California with us.
Please check out our new Enrichment Schedules – we had to make some last minute adjustments– so be sure to use the current version.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park Campout Meeting
January 12, in Sage at noon, sign up with Nancy as well on this date. We will plan activities, talk about curriculum, and start a document for a Saturday night potluck.
ERCLC Maker Faire
Saturday, January 23 from 10 am to 2 pm. Our Maker Faire is a celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Come and share a project you are working on, completed, or considering. Hands-on activities for all ages include sewing, Lego Robotics, rockets, T-shirt printing, and much more. Set up is at 9am, activities begin at 10am and the crafts sale at noon. Let your EC know if you would like to share something you are making, or would like to propose an activity.
Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments
ERCLC will be administering optional Winter progress assessments for all grades from January 25th to February 5th.
- Monday/Wednesday: 1/25, 1/27, 2/1 and 2/3 from 9-10:30
- Tuesday/Thursdays: 1/26, 1/28, 2/2 and 2/4 from 9 to noon during their PE/Science class (PE will be cancelled, but science will be an option outside)
- Friday: 1/29 and 2/5 any grades from 9 to noon.
- Wednesday, January 20th from 9:00 to 2:00
Nature Restoration Planting Day
January 30, 9:00-12:00. Bring your work gloves and help with planting and maintenance while learning about native species. For information, contact Jeff at email@example.com
Friday, February 12th from 10:30 to 12:45 at Gateway Ice Center in Fresno. Sign up with Nancy by Feb. 3rd with the number of skaters (non-skaters can come and watch and should not be included on the sign up). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
2015-16 Eleanor Roosevelt Yearbook
Do you take a lot of pictures of your students homeschooling at home, out and about or on field trips? Please consider sharing your pictures with the yearbook. Your family may also like to help make a page.
Make-up pictures for class pages will be 2/1 – 2/4 during lunch in the Baby Redbud room in Visalia and in Fresno on 2/3 at lunch or you may submit your own headshot.
Graduating 8th and 12th graders may be congratulated with special submissions by their families. All submissions must be received by April 1 – no joke! Please send them to: email@example.com
If you have any questions, please contact Bobbi or Sher. To order a yearbook, please see Nancy. Cost is $16.00 and payment must be made when you order.
Poetry and Prose
TCOE offers our students the opportunity to perform poetry in a group setting. If your student would like to recite a poem or their own written prose, please save these dates: March 8, 10, 11, 15, 16 & 17 as we await our assigned time from TCOE. Please contact Bobbi by 2/1 for practice and rehearsal details.
Month 6 (Jan.-Feb.) is Research Month
Research Month is a month to turn your students’ focus to something that interests them. It can be anything—-from anteaters to zebras; from the stock market to nuclear reactors; from bacteria to Maasai warriors. Anything that interests your student can be the focus of their research.
For any age student, start with a research question. What do they want to find out? From that question, you begin looking for answers. Answers can be found in books, of course, but also in documentaries, in magazine and newspaper articles, in hands-on experiments and field trips, and in interviews.
Help your students, in an age appropriate way, track what resources they find and use. This list will become their Bibliography, or Works Cited. Even kindergarteners can recognize that we get different types of information from different sources, and that those sources don’t always agree!
Your research month should culminate in a project or paper that is age appropriate and engaging for him or her. 6-12th grade students are encouraged to write a formal research paper. Students can create posters, dioramas, display boards, maps, timelines, photo albums, videos, blogs, etc….or any combination of these. If you are interested in seeing the applicable Common Core Standards for your students, ask your education coordinator. These papers/projects will be turned into your education coordinator as the informative writing sample for the year.
We will culminate our Research Month with Research Presentation Days in Visalia on:
- Wednesday, February 24 at 12:30 for 6-12th
- Thursday, February 25 at 12:30 for K-6th
(Afternoon classes will be cancelled so we can all enjoy the presentations.) On that day, we invite everyone to come and share what they have learned with a short (no more than 5 minutes) oral presentation. Visual aids are great, but not necessary. This is a great chance for kids to share what they’ve learned, learn about what other students have delved into, and to hone their oral presentation skills.
Plan Ahead for Spring Showcases!
Save these dates to come and enjoy the musical and theatrical talents of our Visalia students:
- K-6th Grade – Join us at the Ritchie Barn for a matinee OR an evening performance, and a BBQ Dinner on Thursday, April 7. Times TBA.
- 6th-12th Grade – Join us at the Rotary Theater on Wednesday, May 11 @ 6:30 pm
The library is in need of a volunteer who could come in once a week to assess returned Science in a Nutshell kits. This would be an incredible help to expedite the availability of kits for circulation.