Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Totality, Aug. 21, 2017, from a park near Jefferson City, Mo.
August 21--Jefferson City, Mo, was in the path of totality for the solar eclipse. We had nine families (approximately 35 people) gathered at a park to witness this wonderful event. We shared food, fun, and games as well as an audible gasp at the moment of totality. This was truly an extraordinary event made even more special by sharing it with fellow homeschoolers.

--text and pics by Evie M.

One of our families.

Another of our families.

And another of our families.

Solar eclipses are awesome!

Monday, June 5, 2017

May 2017

Three of the families who helped man the Bake Sale table this year.
On May 12, we held our sixth annual Bake Sale. We held it at the Walmart on Stadium and raised $436.52. This money will support our group for the upcoming year, paying for such things as our annual family picnic, annual hay ride, and Quest Club and will help offset the cost of our out-of-town field trip to be held early next year. Thirteen of our families helped out this year by baking goods and/or manning our sales table. Thank you!

Rose H. talking about the Quest Club birdwatching badge while her brother stands by.
On May 22, our Quest Club held a presentation meeting. Five members gave presentations on badges they are earning or have earned. This gave members the opportunity to practice speaking publicly and share knowledge with their friends. The badge topics presented included bird watching and Minecraft. Members also discussed ideas for the next group event.

 --text by Billie S. and Jeannette F.
--photos by Dena H. and Jeannette F.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

March 2017

JCSHG Quest Club held their Badge Ceremony the last week of March. Five members received badges at the ceremony, while nine members earned over twenty badges in all. Later, members voted to work on the Obstacle Course badge for April's group event.

--text by Billie S.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

February 2017

Some of the crew that came to the City Museum.
On February 24, our group headed to the City Museum in St. Louis for a fun-filled day. The festivities included: cave exploring, rides down big slides, climbing, a show, and plenty of interesting things to see. As the day wound down, the children still had smiles and the parents were smiling from exhaustion. Thank you to all the group members for making this field trip possible. It was an incredible experience for everyone!

Some members' edible art.
On February 28, our Quest Club held a group event at park day. The subject was "edible art." Members of Quest Club created and shared wonderful pieces of art they had created using food. Everyone was invited to create their own edible art pies with fruit and candies provided by Quest Club.

--text by Jen M. and Billie S.
--photos by Shannon W. and Billie S.

More Quest Club pics:

More City Museum pics:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 2016

The hayride.
Beautiful weather and great fun were had at our annual Parks & Rec hayride and bonfire on Nov. 11! Thirty-two of our members came out to enjoy tree climbing, wienie roasting, chess playing, creek exploring, Frisbee catching, and so much more. This year we splurged for extra time fireside and made a day of it. Thanks to all who participated, let's do it again next year!

On Nov. 17, our Quest Club held its badge ceremony. Seven members earned badges during the ceremony. Members discussed future group events and enjoyed homemade cookies (made by Ariel) afterwards.

--text by Evie M. and Billie S.
--photos by Evie M. and Billie S.

Enjoying the fire.

Playing chess.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October 2016

The entire Pumpkin Patching crew.
It's fall and that means our annual trip to Fischer Farms Pumpkin Patch. This year 12 families participated on Oct. 5. (That's 17 adults and 27 kids!) From picking pumpkins to the corn maze to the new slide into the corn box, we had a great time. Fischer Farms is open to the public on weekends.

Milking the cow.
That following weekend, Oct. 7 through 9, we had a family campout at Meramec State Park near Sullivan, Mo.  Beautiful weather, cave exploring, hiking, and marshmallow toasting was our entertainment for the weekend.  Some of us also enjoyed hanging out in our hammocks and toasting our toes by the fire!  We hope to plan another camping trip for June.

Hiking at Meramec State Park.
--text and pics by Evie M.

Toasty toes.

Friday, September 30, 2016

September 2016

Lots of good food at the Annual Family Picnic.
Here's what we were up to this month:

Water relay game.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, five of our families met for our Annual Family Picnic celebrating our group's birthday date of Sept. 1. JCSHG turned five this year! The weather was beautiful for our potluck picnic at the North Jefferson City Recreational Area. Everyone enjoyed fellowshipping and hanging out and our younger ones enjoyed the ever-popular water relay game. Next year our Annual Family Picnic will be held in September again, this time at Niekamp Park in St. Martins.

Bean bag toss game.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, our Science and Nature Club met at Runge Nature Center. Shannon W. led the group in an autumn-inspired activity. Club members learned about the chemicals that create the different colors in leaves. Then they collected leaves from various plants and trees and did an experiment to see which chemicals each leaf contained. Later the group took a nature walk to look for signs of fall.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, our Quest Club held another event month at Park Day. Members earning their Dips Badge invited the entire JCSHG group to participate in a dips party. Each family made and brought one or more dips to share. Quest Club events are a great way for the members of Quest Club to share what they are learning with the entire group.

--text by Billie S. and Jeannette F.
--pics by Evie M.