Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 Planning Meeting

This Monday we had a meeting to discuss our goals and plans for this year. Seven parents attended. Here's a synopsis of our meeting courtesy of Evie.

Weekly social hour/playdate will continue on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (Please note new time.)

Art/music class will be held once a month. We are looking for a music teacher for vocal and/or instrumental instruction. If you know of anyone who can spare a couple of hours once a month, please let us know.

Quest Club will probably meet once a month. We will have a parent meeting soon to discuss details.

The library homeschool class is once a month--first Thursday at 3 p.m.

Field trips will be held every other month.

Service projects will be done every three months.

Our first service project of the year will most likely be helping at The Giving Tree in March to switch out the winter clothes for summer clothes. 

We had several ideas for field trips: Runge Nature Center programs, geocaching, Capitol tour, indoor rock climbing, Central Dairy tour, and Missouri Wildflower Nursery tour.

Some of the service projects mentioned were: helping at The Giving Tree, local humane society, and park clean-up. If you have more ideas for where we can help out, please comment on this post!

We are going to have a booth at the Fall Festival and possibly the July 4th celebration.

Fundraising: We decided to have a bake sale (probably May 4 and 5) to help raise funds for the cost of having booths at the festivals and to help cover the cost of a banner for our group. We are checking about having it in front of Wal-Mart.

Regarding the art/music class: We decided to divide the group into younger ones and older ones. We would have one group do music while the other is doing art and then switch so everyone has a chance to do both.

We also have business cards and half-sheet flyers if anyone want a few to pass out to people who might be interested in joining our group. Post if you want some!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Holiday Happenings

A puzzle with different woods.
This holiday season, several of our families took advantage of Holiday Happenings at the Runge Nature Center. The Nature Center offers educational events throughout the year and we have found them to be of very high quality. This was no exception.

Holiday Happenings were Dec. 27 to 29, with a different theme each day. Four of our families went on Dec. 28; the theme was forests. There were several displays set up featuring wood, forest animals (including a flying squirrel and a black rat snake), and trees. Crafts included making rubbings, making a cat's eye from cord and twigs, and making twig pencil. A tour of the fire tower on property was available. And there was live dulcimer music for one's listening enjoyment.

Making cat's eyes.
The other days' themes were fish and wildlife.

To learn about upcoming events at Nature Center, consider subscribing to its free email newsletter--Habitat Happenings. You can do that here.