Free, the coupon book that pays for itself

Our children are involved in the SAINTS physical education program.  It is a homeschool physical education program that never turns away a child from the program due to financial reasons.  They have fundraisers for their scholarship program.  The “Enjoy the City” coupon books is one such fundraiser.

The “Enjoy the City” coupon books are $20 and are full of many great coupons such as Winn Dixie, Cold Stone Creamery, Firehouse Subs, Pizza Loft, Panda Express, Wendy’s, Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Jamba Juice, Vocelli Pizza, Checkers, Dairy Queen, GFS, local golf courses, Kabooms, and many others.  The great thing is they are basically free!  In the book you receive four $5 coupons for use at Winn Dixie, and the book costs $20.  So, the books pays for itself!  You can use the Winn Dixie coupons at Publix if you choose to as well. Publix accepts Winn Dixie coupons.

Please let me know if you would like to purchase one of these books.  I can accept cash or checks (made out to me or CHAA).

(CHAA stands for Christian Homeschool Athletic Association)

Email or call me to place your order, and I will meet with you to collect the money and give you the book.  These coupons don’t expire until DECEMBER 2013!

Thanks for helping the kids,

For more information about CHAA visit http://chaasaints.org/

Julie Forbess
JAForbess@aol.com

A Pilgrim Letter from Plimoth Plantation for Your Classroom

Article from http://www.scholastic.com newsletter.

Dear Aunt Constance:

I was so grateful to arrive in the New World, but I am now beginning to wish that we had never left home. I know that father had a hard life in England because he was punished for following his conscience and worshiping in the Separatist Church, but I wonder if it could have been as hard as this.

We arrived here just as winter did. It is bitter cold and snow is almost always upon the ground, but God has blessed us with a place to start our new town. There is a fair brook running under a high hill that Father says will offer us protection from our enemies. The men have begun building houses on land, but we must remain on the ship until they are nearer to being finished. I never thought I would still be aboard the ship for so long after we arrived! I suppose it is safer on the ship. I know not what to think of the naturals of this place that are called Indians. The first time some of our men encountered them, there was a fight though by God’s blessing no one was injured. We are on our guard now.

Master Goodman—the one with the dogs—has become quite ill. He was out cutting thatch with Peter Brown when his dogs chased a great deer deep into the forest. They chased after them and were soon lost, and had to pass the night in the wilderness. When they found their way back the next afternoon, Master Goodman had to have his shoes cut off his feet as they were so swollen with the cold. Many of our party have already died, among them Mary’s mother and father. I cannot think how lost I would be in this strange and frightful place without mother and father. I pray that they will not succumb to scurvy and other diseases.

I mean not to be so grim, but I fear that things could get far worse. We are near to scraping the bottoms of the barrels of rice, peas, and biscuit, and the men have had little fortune in hunting. I am worried, though I know that with God’s help we will survive this dark winter.

Your loving niece,
Lizzy

Get out and vote

voteCalvin Coolidge, Thirtieth President of the United States said, “If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government… The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.”

Of the 52 million voter-eligible Evangelical Christians in America, 10 million were not registered to vote for the 2006 Election, and over 20 million who were registered, did not vote. Quite simply, less than 40 percent of all eligible to vote Evangelical Christians in America… voted.

Millions of evangelical Christians, out of apathy, ignorance, or indifference, choose not to vote in election after election. Our absence from the voting booth has contributed greatly to the moral, spiritual, economic, and political disintegration of America.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States said, “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States said, “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressman and government officials, but the voters of this country.”

Too often, Christians are being misled about participation of their churches in the elective process. While pastors and church elders are prohibited from endorsing candidates or parties on behalf of their congregations because of the tax-exempt status of the church, the Internal Revenue Service has specifically stated that “activities intended to encourage people to participate in the election process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a nonpartisan manner.”

“We Christians are commanded by Christ Himself to be ‘salt and light’ to the culture in which we live, and Voting is an important aspect of that duty,” writes David Crowe, the Founder and President of Restore America.

Read more at: http://www.conservativecrusader.com/articles/restore-america-get-out-the-christian-vote

The Broward Homeschool PSG is going to Legoland on Sept 20th, 2012

Ole Kirk Christiansen started making wooden toys in his small workshop in Billund, Denmark in 1932. Two years later, Ole Kirk decided upon a name for his toys and his workshop – LEGO®, a contraction of the Danish words ‘leg godt,’ meaning ‘play well.’ Coincidentally, it was later learned that LEGO in Latin means “I put together” or “I assemble.”

In 1947, the company bought its first plastics injection-molding machine and in 1949 the forerunner to the LEGO brick was introduced, under the name “Automatic Binding Bricks”.

Inner tubes on the bricks were introduced in 1958, which significantly increased the number of possible building combinations. In 1967, the larger DUPLO® bricks for pre-school children were introduced, and LEGO TECHNIC for older children debuted in 1977. LEGO DACTA®, now know as The Educational Division, was set up in 1980.

It was the increasing interest in the fantastic LEGO masterpieces displayed at the factories that triggered Godtfred Kirk Christiansen’s idea of exhibiting the models outside. He originally envisioned just a little garden, where various LEGO models and figures could be displayed, but when work began on the project, it developed and became much larger.

In June 1968, LEGOLAND® Billund opened for the first time on a 9 acre site. All buildings, landscapes and vehicles were built using standard LEGO bricks, and the park’s success exceeded everyone’s expectations – in the first year alone, 625,000 happy visitors were guests at the park!

LEGOLAND Florida is geared specifically towards youngsters ages two through 12. With over 50 family rides, “hands-on” attractions and shows, LEGOLAND Florida provides education, adventure and fun in this second park of its kind in the United States.

In addition to LEGOLAND Florida (opening Fall 2011), there are currently 4 LEGOLAND parks in the world – LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark marked its 40th anniversary in 2008; LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London opened in 1996, and has been awarded the British Government’s top honor for excellence in academic programs, LEGOLAND California opened March 20, 1999  and LEGOLAND Deutschland in Germany opened the Spring of 2002.

Directions
LEGOLAND Florida is located at One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven Florida 33884, just 45 minutes from the Orlando theme parks or downtown Tampa.

From Orlando, take I-4 WEST to exit 55 (US Hwy 27 South). Turn right off U.S. Highway 27 at State Road 540/Cypress Gardens Boulevard. Park is four miles on the left.

From Tampa take I-4 EAST to Exit 27 (Polk County Parkway). Then take Exit 14 to Winter Haven (2nd Toll Booth) by turning east on S.R. 540  and follow eight miles to Hwy 17 North. Turn left to take Hwy 17 North two miles over the bridge to Cypress Gardens Boulevard and turn right. Legoland Way will be on your right.

If using a GPS system, keep in mind that LEGOLAND Florida may not yet be included as a destination. A secondary address for GPS systems is 6000 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven FL 33884.

Field trip Information
We will meet in the  parking lot at 9:30am in the  morning. Bring $12.00 for parking.

Paying by paypal:
$9.50 per child
$26.50 per adult
DEADLINE : September 13, 2012                               
MUST HAVE PAYMENT BY DEADLINE         

PAYING BY CHECK PRICES:
$8.50 per child
$25.50 per adult
BRING A PACKED LUNCH

We will have our own pavilion to eat in.

MAKE CHECKS OUT TO: BROWARD HOMESCHOOL PSG
PLEASE WRITE IN THE MEMO SECTION THE NAME OF THE FIELDTRIP YOU ARE PAYING FOR.

SEND CHECKS TO:  
Broward Homeschool PSG
2231 NW 87 Terrace  Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

WHERE TO MEET: Meet Linda Ward in the  parking  lot. (I will have my black PSG shirt on)

Don’t miss out on these two great homeschool classes !!

Homeschool Novel Writing Workshop for ages 12-16. 

Starts: Thursday Sept 6, 2012- 10:30-12:30pm.

Produce your own novel, practice writing skills, and earn one full English composition credit. 

Learn step-by-step techniques, develop essential writing skills and apply them in a meaningful way. 

Course will involve work in class and at home.   Established writing skills are required in order to be successful. 

This is a year long course with TWO 12 week sessions.  Cost: $200 for each session. 

Parents supply required texts: Learn to Write the Novel Way by Carole Thaxton, and The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus.

Homeschool Photography Workshop for ages 12-16.

Awaken to the joy of photography!

Using a digital camera, students will develop the technical and artistic skills necessary to take interesting and well-composed photographs.   The course includes, essential techniques, elements of design, color and perspective, nature and scenic photography, sharing photographs on Flickr, and developing technical skills.   Students will build a portfolio of work to share.

COST: $180 for a 12 week session. 

Starts: Thursday Sept 6, 2012 at 1pm-3pm.

To register for these classes: pay an online deposit of $25 at www.educationunlimited.webs.com

Classes will be held at Coconut Creek Recreation Center North
Lyons rd and Johnson Rd.

Denise Thompson is an accomplished writer, photographer and FL certified educator
Contact her at 954 757 5186

FREE Homeschool Orientation

Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing.
Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing.

Friday, August 3, 2012

New Presbyterian Ministry Center
1450 SW 3rd Street, Suite 9
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Map : http://goo.gl/maps/aW2VK
AGENDA
  • 4:30  Homeschooling 101
  • 5:00  Homeschool, The High School Years
  • 6:00  Florida Legislative Update
  • 7:00  Pizza, chips, drink – $3.50 each
  • 7:30  Keynote  Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing: Freedomship: Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset
For your convenience, we will have many of our IEW products at this event which will be available for you to peruse and purchase.
Click here to view a flyer for this event.

UN Treaty Moves to Senate Floor—Keep Calling!

This email is a newsletter from Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Please read and get involved. Email follows:

You are all that Stands against a UN Takeover

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

On Thursday, July 26, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by a vote of 13–6. All of the Democrats voted for it. Three Republicans—Dick Lugar (IN), John Barrasso (WY), and Johnny Isakson (GA) voted with the internationalists. Lugar’s vote is no surprise, but senators Barrasso and Isakson should have known better.

Chairman John Kerry (MA) said that he hoped for final passage of the treaty “real soon.” The Senate is planning to go out for summer recess on August 3. It is crucial that we delay a full Senate vote on the CRPD until then to give us the entire month of August to show senators just how dangerous the CRPD really is.

If you project the ratio of 13 to 6 out to the full Senate, we will come very close but we will lose. The goal is to make it absolutely unacceptable for any Republican or conservative Democrat to vote for this treaty.

Senators Isakson and Barrasso need to hear from their constituents in record numbers. They need to know that they have crossed a line by giving away American sovereignty to the UN.

Passage by the committee is Step 1. Step 2 is voting on the floor. And that is it. Only the Senate votes.

We need you to keep the phones in D.C. busy until August 3.

You can read more about the UN CRPD and the threat it poses by visiting our website.

Call your two senators. Tweet them. Post on their Facebook pages. Write them emails and letters. You can reach them at the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121, or use HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox.

Six senators stood for U.S. sovereignty and parental rights. They are Senator DeMint (SC), Senator Corker (TN), Senator Rubio (FL), Senator Lee (UT), Senator Risch (ID), Senator Inhofe (OK). Please thank them for their support.

And then please keep calling the other 94 senators. Share this to your friends and family. American families—and in particular homeschoolers—are the last line of defense against ceding American sovereignty and families over to UN bureaucrats.

For homeschooling families in Florida