Thursday, April 19, 2012

Map Reading Badge

Circle time.
We held our second monthly Quest Club meeting on Tuesday with 26 kids from 10 families participating. Welcome to the three new families joining us this month!

Participants introduced themselves, telling their name and age and if they were working on any badges at the moment. Then they voted for the sash as their club's uniform for pinning badges on and to work on the First Aid badge at next month's meeting.

Students were then divided into two groups. One group went on a treasure hunt, following a map and using compass directions to find the treasure. Meanwhile the other group explored different kinds of maps and discussed the difference between a map and an atlas. Maps explored included: globe, topographical maps, a hiking trail map, street maps and road maps. Then both groups had an opportunity to begin making a map of their own--of their room, house, or yard.

To wrap up the meeting, the students all came together to share some of the things they learned at club that day.

Join us in May to work on the First Aid badge! Dues are only $10 per family for the year. Join our Yahoo! group for more information.

In June we will have our first badge pinning ceremony. Those wishing to participate need to turn in information on their completed badges by the May 15 meeting. JCSHG will pay for any group badges earned; participants will pay for other badges earned. Badges are $1 each.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Making the park a cleaner place

Taking a break from picking up sticks.
Seven of our families participated in our park-cleanup service project this morning. We picked up sticks and trash at Memorial Park and then enjoyed a picnic lunch and some playtime together. Thanks to all who came out! Stay tuned for details on our next service project.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Geology Rocks!

Last Thursday approximately 50 homeschooled students participated in Missouri River Regional Library's monthly homeschooling program. This month's theme was "Geology Rocks!"

Homemade fossils.
Students rotated through four stations.
Station #1: Sedimentary rocks and fossils. Here students layered different materials into a see-through container to see how the different layers of sedimentary rocks might come together. They also examined several pictures of fossils found in Missouri and made a "fossil" by pressing a shell into clay.

Station #2: Metamorphic and igneous rocks. Here students learned that igneous rocks are formed when molten magma cools and were able to observe a mock volcano and discuss how that lava turns into rocks. Then they learned that metamorphic rocks are formed by heat and pressure. They demonstrated this by making their own edible metamorphic "rocks" from Starburst candies.

Making a metamorphic "rock."
Station #3: Rocks in everyday life. Here students discussed assorted items, guessing whether they were rocks or minerals. They then discussed rocks and minerals used in art and architecture, such as the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and Mt. Rushmore. Finally, students made their own art using minerals--chalk drawings.

Chalk drawings.

Station #4: What's that rock? Here our resident geologist had several assorted rocks available for the students to examine and to ask questions about. Students were also able to question him about the rocks they had brought from home.

Resident geologist.

Please join us next month for a program on emergency preparedness. It will be held at the MRRL Art Gallery on Thursday, May 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. No reservations are required. It is designed for ages 6 and up, but younger students are invited as well. We hope to see you there!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ask anything, explore everything!

Circle time.
That's what our kids chanted last Thursday. It's the motto of Quest Clubs.

We held our first Quest Club meeting last week with eight of our families. We gave the members an overview of the club, had them each introduce themselves, fielded questions, had a snack and then spent the rest of the time working on our group badge of Paper Crafting (with an emphasis on paper manipulation).

After a brief read-aloud selection about the history of papermaking, the club members were able to make one of three paper chains: a classic ring chain, a cut-out chain, or a woven chain.

Members will be able to complete the rest of the requirements for the Paper Crafting Badge on their own. Our club will pay for any group badges its members earn. Members may also work on any of over 1200 badges listed here.
Some completed chains.

Quest Club is for children ages 3 to 18. Our group charges a fee of $10 per family for year to cover supplies and photocopying. (There is no membership fee to join JCSHG.) Our next meeting will be April 17 and the group badge we will be working on is Map Reading.

And we just may have a treasure hunt. . . . Join us at Yahoo! groups to learn more.