HUGE Homeschool Curriculum SALE! 92% off!

The Build Your Bundle Homeschool edition Sale is here – for just one week (July 21-28,2014) you can save up to 92% on some bestselling materials, including some from Cathy Duffy’s top 100 list.
The Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition is ending soon!  Sale Ends at 11:59PM EST on 7-28-14!

Take a look:

Charlotte Mason Bundle has copywork pages, nature study, geography, art, poetry, and lots of extras. And includes Write From History, Sheldon’s New Language Lessons, Handwriting Lessons Through Literature, Fine Art Pages, Grapevine Bible Study, and more!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!
The High School Bundle is enough material for a full year’s worth of curriculum — including Intro to Psychology, World History & Geography, Home Economics, Creative Writing, and Anatomy!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!
The Tot & Pre-K Bundle gives you a complete Christ-centered preschool program, including age-appropriate character-building tools, a stick-figure Bible study, a creation-based coloring book, a handwriting curriculum, and an independent activity guide.
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!

There are also bundles for K-3rd, 4th-6th, Middle School, and even a bundle just for Moms!

And you can bundle your bundles to get one free when you buy two.
Buy More & Save More at the Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!
Check it out while you can, because it’s be gone soon…
Click here to Shop the Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale when it starts!

Henty US History CDs + Free Study Guides

Jim Hodges Audio Books

Educational. Entertaining. Edifying.

You’re going to love this. (Especially if you use Classical Conversations!)
This month only, July 2014, get all five U. S. History related Henty audio books on MP3 file format CDs for $75 (Convention Special Pricing) AND get the accompanying Study Guides – FREE!  (This set would cost you $185 if purchased separately on the website.)
I know…$75 is a lot of money no matter how good a deal it is.  So, if that’s a little rich for you, how about this instead?
Those same 5 titles are available this month as downloads for only $10 each!  Buy one or all of them!

 Here’s the link!

 Henty Books on Tape

The 5 titles included in this month’s sale are:

WolfeWith Wolfe in Canada:
A Tale of the French and Indian War

FlagTrue to the Old Flag:

A Tale of the Revolutionary War

Bayley'sCaptain Bayley’s Heir:
A Tale of the California Gold Rush

RockiesIn The Heart of the Rockies:
A Tale of Adventure in Colorado
LeeWith Lee in Virginia:
A Tale of the American Civil War
If you are using Classical Conversations and studying United States history this year, then this sale would be perfect for you!
In any case, this is a sale you will want to tell your friends about, so please forward this to them.
They will thank you!Here’s the link again.Henty Books on Tape


Or just forward this post by email to your friends to let them know about it.

Exciting Creation Conference Coming to Wisconsin

“The Origin of Life:
The Improbability of
Chance, Mutation, and Natural Selection”
Sponsored by the Society of CreationIf you have ever wondered how evolutionists try to explain the origin of life, you will
want to hear Jay Seegert and Kevin Anderson speak at a creation conference, hosted by
Concordia University Wisconsin and sponsored by the CUS Society of Creation. For registration,
housing, schedule, and program information, visit the website and
click on the Conference link.

Creation Conference June 30 to July 2, 2014, Concordia University Mequon, Wisconsin

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Kevin Anderson (Creation Research Society)
Jay Seegert (Creation Education Center)

“Evolution’s Flawed Principles” Kevin Anderson

Evolutionary transformations are claimed to result from natural selection acting upon mutational change. However, this view reveals an incomplete understanding of natural selection and an inaccurate understanding of mutations.

“The Human Genome: An Icon for Creation Science” Kevin Anderson

Since the publication of the human genome sequence, our understanding of the function and structure of chromosomes has increased dramatically. In light of these new discoveries, evolutionists’ arguments, such as Junk DNA, evolutionary lineages, and Human/Chimpanzee genetic similarity, are now being discarded as erroneous.  The genome exhibits a clear evidence of design, possessing an intricate organization of overlapping genes, dual coding systems, and 4-dimensional informational activity – fully consistent with a recent creation model.

“Evolution: Probable or Problematic?” Jay Seegert

Even though certain aspects of evolution occasionally seem fairly plausible, when you “peek under the hood” to see what actually has to go on inside (in the DNA) we see a very different picture.  Presenting some cutting-edge information about DNA, this presentation clearly demonstrates that molecules-to-man evolution is virtually impossible.

“I ‘Hear’ that Evolution is Impossible” Jay Seegert

Using the human ear as the main example, this topic briefly addresses the origin of “information” and the origin of species, showing that mutations and natural selection are completely incapable of producing molecules-to-man evolution.

Jun 30 – Jul 2, 2014  (Mon-Wed)
Mon 1:00 PM – 4:45 PM*
Tue 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM*
Wed 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
* Optional free video shown in the evenings.

Concordia University
School of Pharmacy Building
12800 N. Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI  53097
Map Link

Conference Schedule  (updated)
Registration Form

Varies depending on how much of the conference you attend and other factors.  The cost is $55 for the entire conference, with reductions for partial attendance or multiple persons  (see web link for details).

Other Speakers:

Dr. Gary Locklair (Concordia University)
Dr. Joel Heck (Concordia University)
Dr. Scott Van Ornum (Concordia University)

Gary Locklair “Positive Creation Evidences”

God created life as matter with teleonomy (information content). All life on planet earth was originally fashioned by God. Since this is true, there should be a number of scientific evidences that can be used as support. What are these evidences and what is an effective way to present and discuss the evidence? From the Law of Biogenesis to probability; from complexity to information theory, there are many evidences to support the origin of life by God’s creative activity. Any evidence can be expressed either as a negative argument against evolution or as a positive argument in favor of creation. This presentation will focus on defining and presenting positive arguments in favor of the creation of life.

Joel Heck

“The Grand Canyon and the Flood of Noah”

The Grand Canyon is often presented as evidence for uniformitarianism and an old earth, but in reality it speaks of a cataclysmic worldwide deluge in the recent past. Belief in a worldwide flood in Noah’s day, based on Genesis 6-9, usually goes hand in hand with a high view of Scripture and a natural reading of the creation account in Genesis 1. Drawing on a week-long trip in the Grand Canyon with one of the world’s foremost Grand Canyon geologists, this topic will present evidence for the flood of Noah as seen in the fossils and sedimentary rock layers of the Grand Canyon with photos and videos taken on site. He who created all life also at one point destroyed most of that life, except for the family of Noah.

Seating is limited, so register today!

For more info or to register:




Summer is upon us…

Two quick things that you should know, now that school is out for the summer:

A lifeguard keeps watch on opening day of the newly renovated McCarren Park Pool on June 28, 2012, in Brooklyn, New York. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Report Card Days at Noah’s Ark Waterpark for 2014 are scheduled for JUNE 15th, 16th, 17th.  As always, I suggest that you check with the park  before heading out, just to be sure.

Watch your children closely, because drowning doesn’t look like you think it should.

Summer at Living Waters Bible Camp

Summer Camps
Living Waters Bible Camp
Westby, WI

Living Waters Bible Camp - Summer Camp

Summer Camp at Living Waters

Kids Camp (Grades: 3-6) 

This classic camp experience will introduce campers to the Good News of Jesus Christ and teach them what it means to be a child of God. Kids Camp is bursting with fun filled activities such as swimming, horseback riding, campfires, crafts, games, meeting friends, and a whole lot more. It will be a week that you will never forget and leave you wanting to come back for more! 
June 15 – 21, 2014 Directors-Rick & Sheri Lucht
July 20 – 26, 2014. Directors-Mike & Renee Melcher

Boys Camp (Grades: 7-9)

Boys Camp is a high energy activity driven week where young men will be challenged to grow in their walk with God. This camp is designed for young men to enjoy the rugged outdoors and captivating Bible lessons that will challenge your heart. Filled with thrilling activities like: capture the flag, paintball, rock climbing, and more Boys Camp is an exciting adventure waiting for you!
June 22 – 28th, 2014.

Girls Camp (Grades: 7-9)

 Girls! Come enjoy a host of activities, from elegant evening events to rugged outdoor adventures, all planned especially for you and your friends. Challenging sessions with caring teachers to help you understand God’s Word for your life, as well as, lots of laughter and fun await you at this camp!
July 13 – 19th, 2014.

Senior High Camp (Grades: 10-12)

The goal of Senior High Camp is to build Servant Leader followers of Christ. This camp offers a variety of on and off site activities designed for you to build friendships, serve in community and grow in your relationship with God. You are sure to go home spiritually challenged, full of stories and experience that will stretch your understanding of God during this incredible week!
July 6 – 12th, 2014.

Family Camp

Exciting full and half week camps where families can take a break from normal life to come relax in the valley while enjoying great activities and excellent teaching together. This is a wonderful opportunity for your family to spend quality time together in a fun, Christ-centered environment.

Take advantage of the Living Waters Kid Kaddie program. Your family will be assigned one staff member to help your family during those times when you need it most like meals, nap times and free time.

Come for a full or half week!
June 28 – July 1st  OR July 2 – 5th, 2014.
Cost: Adult $330 for full week; $165 for half week.

Little Squirts Camp (Grades: 1-3)

Get a jump start into camp! This is a two night introduction to summer camp for “Little Squirts” looking for a chance to experience camp for the first time. Enjoy three days of camp activities like swimming, campfires, singing, games and more!

July 27 – 29, 2014.

K-3rd Day Camp

Our day camp program is a great opportunity for kids to get a small taste of Living Waters Bible Camp. Exciting activities, fun times of learning from God’s word, and new friends make this a camp you and your friends won’t want to miss!

July 28 – 29th, (9 am to 4 pm) 2014.

Adventure Family Camp

This program is geared to families with older children who love adventure.
(Kid Kaddies will not be available for this Family Camp.) Activities May Include: Caving, Climbing, Boldering, Canoeing, Nature Hikes, Camp Store and more.
August 6 – 9th, 2014.
COST: $ 165 per adult, $135 per youth, $ 99 per child, Babies free. Ask about family discounts if you have 4 or more children!

Summers at Tent Camp

Summer Camp at TENT CAMP

Tent Camp is an adventure helping meet the spiritual, physical, and entertainment needs of youth.  It includes * surprise * sleeping in tents (a big one for boys and another one for girls), swimming, mini golf, hiking, basketball, volleyball, water balloon games, capture the flag, whop ‘em, box hockey, carpet pool, four square, lightning, Foosball, air hockey.  They have Bible time, videos, songs, puppets, water slides, campfires, and snacks.

Tent Camp is a Christian Youth Camp near Black River Falls, run by the American Missionary Fellowship.
Each 3 day camp costs only $30 per child (or $20 for age 5 to 7).

All camps begin at 9 am and end at 4 pm – except Teen Camp which begins at 7 pm.

The Summer 2014 Schedule is:

Teens (14+) June 18 – 21
Ages 7 – 9 June 23 – 25
All Girls: Ages 10 – 13 June 26 – 28
Boys Wilderness: Ages 8 – 10 June 30 – July 2
Boys Wilderness: Ages 11-13 July 7 – 9
Ages 5 – 7 July 14 – 15
Ages 11 – 13 July 22 – 24
Ages 8 – 10 July 28 – 30

What to bring: water bottle with name on it, sleeping bag, play clothes, swim suit, towel, jeans for hiking or cool weather, sweatshirt or jacket for evening, flashlight, and other personal items.

Tent Camp is run by Ralph and Connie Schram, and Karl and Charity Lehrke.

You can contact them by calling or by emailing.

Registration Forms can be found at:

Check out Tent Camp on Facebook!

Astronomy Campout

Consider Thy Heavens Campout Michigan 2014

Consider Thy Heavens Campout Michigan 2014 Hosted by

Jay Ryan, the author of “Signs and Seasons,” a classical astronomy textbook for homeschoolers, is planning to have an astronomy camp-out at a state park in Upper Michigan in August, and all homeschoolers are invited.
Please pass this on to the homeschoolers in your area.

Tahquamenon Falls, Upper Peninsula Michigan

Tah-whatever Falls in the U.P. – very nearby where we will be camping this summer. This is the sort of “biblical” night sky we can expect to experience. Share this with your friends and encourage them to join us this August! – Jay (Photo Credit: Michigan Nut Tahquamenon Falls, Upper Peninsula Michigan)

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth His handywork. – Psalm 19:1

Have you ever seen a truly dark sky? The sky as God created it to appear,
far away from city lights? Then how do you know of the glory it declares?
Why not come find out?

Join us for a “Consider Thy Heavens” Campout during 2014.

It’s simple…
everyone makes their own reservations, brings their own food and gear, and otherwise handles their own arrangements. Enjoy a great weekend of fun and fellowship during the day. After dark, we will host an astronomy
constellation tour, from nightfall til whenever, free to all, at no extra
charge. Kids of all ages welcome! Experience the LORD’s sky, and learn
about the importance and relevance of Classical Astronomy in our daily

Michigan, Muskallonge Lake State Park (Upper Peninsula)
Wed-Sun August 20-24, 2014 (waning crescent Moon)

This will be an AWESOME event at a remote site, in the darkest patch of
inky black skies in the eastern USA. These are truly “biblical” skies, such
as most modern Americans have never seen from their brightly illuminated
suburbs. Such skies are only available from remote locations, and require
some extra driving for most people. But if families are willing to drive
20+ hours to enjoy the man-made thrills at Disney World, why not travel a
bit off the beaten path to experience the wonders of God’s glory?

Nonetheless, there are lots of daytime activities for families to enjoy,
such as Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, the Soo locks, and the Great Lakes
Maritime Museum. We’re hoping that homeschool families in Michigan will
turn out for this, along with those in Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and

Summer temps can be downright cool in the UP, so why not beat the summer heat by heading way north? Come for a day, the weekend, or the entire event! And tell your friends!

In addition to your own camping gear and food, please bring:

* some quality binoculars, which can also be used for birding and other daytime activities;
* a red flashlight for nighttime activities, since this will not spoil your night vision;
* a blanket for sitting on the ground after dark, maybe even a good tarp in case the ground is damp.

Please send Jay Ryan an email through Classical Astronomy if your family is interested in participating.

Notes for Muskallonge Lake State Park Reservations

1. Go to
2 Choose “Muskallong Lake State Park” under Park.
3. Select arrival and departure dates. (Parsons will be there Wed Aug 20 through Sun Aug 24, but may later extend the stay)
4. Fill out form as indicated.
5. Under “Find Sites” click on the “On a Map” icon. This will take you to a map of the state park with the campground areas highlighted. Please feel free to stay wherever you wish, but if you would like to stay with the group then click on “section 1”. A new map will pop up that shows the individual campsites. Each campsite is individually described and has photos. We are suggesting that participants consider sites in the area of 36 to 51, working from corner of site 51 on down. The Parsons have reserved 51 and the Ryans are in 50. These campsites can accommodate campers and trailers as well as tents.

6. You will need to provide full payment to reserve the campsite, but there is a cancellation option with a fee. The cost is $18 per site per night. There is also an $8 reservation fee.
7. If you are a Michigan Resident then entrance to this and all state parks is free if you have your license plate sticker. If you don’t, the annual pass is $11. Campers from outside Michigan will need to pay an entrance fee. The daily fee is $8.40, however a non-resident annual pass for all Michigan State Parks may be purchased for $31.10. Consider this option if you also plan to visit other State Parks during your visit, such as nearby Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
8. For more information, search the state website and click under “camping and recreation”.
Some nearby attractions to check out:
Oswald bear refuge
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point
Tahquamenon Waterfall
Birding at Whitefish Point
Birding at Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (National Park Service)
Grand Sable Dunes
The Soo Locks at Sault Ste. MarieMackinac Island

consider thy heavens michigan 2014 campout

Consider Thy Heavens Campout Michigan 2014 Hosted by

Home Education Conference: Finding Joy In the Journey

Finding Joy
In the Journey of Home Education

First Presbyterian Church*
148 N. Park Street – Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Saturday, June 21, 2014 ~ 8:30am-2:00pm


UPDATE — If you were unable to attend the Reedsburg Homeschool Conference, you can still benefit from it.  Recordings of the speakers are available here:

If you were unable to attend the Reedsburg Homeschool Conference last weekend, which was sponsored by Christian Liberty Academy, you can still benefit from it.  Recordings of the speakers are available here:

See the attachment for all of the details and a schedule of the day.

The Metz Family Singers will be providing special music at the end of the morning sessions.

*Note: Although this church group has graciously permitted their building to be utilized for this event, the conference is not sponsored by or affiliated with this congregation.

This one day conference is sponsored by the nationally recognized Christian Liberty Academy home school ministry, and is intended to encourage veteran parent educators in their journey of home-based discipleship and inspire those families who are considering home education for the first time.

Conference Schedule and Details
8:30 am  – 9:30 am Registration/fellowship (Free Admission)
9:30 am – 10:15 am am Opening Message by Calvin Lindstrom
10:15 am – 10:45 am Break and Exhibit Hall viewing featuring materials from Christian Liberty Press
10:45 am – 11:30 am Message by Christian McShaffrey
11:30 am – 11:50 am Special Music
11:50 am – 12:45 pm Lunch break and fellowship
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Final Message by Michael McHugh
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm pm Closing remarks by Pastor Lindstrom
Exhibit Hall Closes 2 pm

There is no need to pre-register for the conference, but if you have questions about the event, you may contact
Mr. Mike McHugh at 1-847-385-2069 or at

Everyone who visits the website to obtain conference information will also be eligible to download a free Ebook!


The conference has FREE admission, will feature musical performances, and three dynamic speakers:

calvinlCalvin Lindstrom is Pastor of the Church of Christian Liberty of Arlington Heights, IL. He and his wife Rebekah are currently homeschooling their four children, and have a passion to encourage others to do the same.  Pastor Calvin will present a message entitledJesus Christ – The Foundation of Home Schooling.

christianmChristian McShaffrey is Pastor of Grace Reformed Church of Reedsburg, WI. He and his wife Kelly are currently homeschooling their six children and are excited about the opportunity to meet and encourage other parents. Pastor McShaffrey will speak on the topic ofRejoicing in our Pilgrim Identity from 1 Peter 1:1-9.

mikemMichael McHugh is on staff with the Christian Liberty Academy where he works as a teacher and textbook author/editor. Mr. McHugh and his wife Karla have been home teaching their seven children for many years. Mike will present a message entitled Christian Education: Do We Love the Things God Loves?

Maps and Directions
Printable Flyer

To learn more about the conference, your exclusive free eBook, and it’s sponsor, Christian Liberty Academy, please feel free to visit

Everyone who visits the website to obtain conference information will also be eligible to download a free Ebook!

Tri-County Athletics Offering Fall Volleyball & Basketball for Homeschoolers

Knights – Girls Volleyball
Flames – Girls Basketball
Blazers – Boys Basketball

Tri-County Athletics offers an opportunity for elementary through high school students to play competitive team sports.  Players come from a variety of backgrounds – public, private, and homeschool students have played on Tri-County teams.   Headquartered in the Westby/Viroqua area, and playing school and church teams throughout the general areas of La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, Richland, and Crawford Counties, Tri-County is already planning the 2014-2015 season with Girls Volleyball and Boys and Girls Basketball.

An Informational Parent Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Grace Church in Viroqua.

This meeting will cover policies, fees, the need for more coaches, and fundraising.

One important change for this year has to do with the fundraising projects to benefit families through reduced player fees.  Parents and players will now be responsible for coordinating and working those projects.  There is an IMPORTANT “fundraiser team” meeting on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10 AM at the Bloomingdale Community Center for everyone interested in structuring the who, what, and where of these fundraising efforts.  Without sufficient parental and player support, there may not be any fundraisers to reduce player fees.  Last year, TCA actually lost money trying to help families with player fees because they reduced more from the fees than was brought in through fundraisers.

If your son or daughter plays basketball there will still be the mandatory fundraising hours at The GYM, working the concession and admission stands.

As always, please forward this to ANYONE you think might be interested in Tri-County Athletics club sports.

Thank you,
Tri-County Athletics Board
Cathie Barton, Scott Benson, Jeff Coon, Rich Maurer, Chad Wagner

Driftless Folk School and the Pump House Upcoming Classes Announced

Driftless Folk School offers experiences in agriculture, natural history, arts and crafts, and traditions of rural Wisconsin and other cultures. DFS presents educational opportunities and inspiring lifelong learning for individuals and families. Class sizes are small. Registrations are limited.


Next 2 weeks at Driftless Folk School:

DIY Photovoltaics – Jon Passi
Sunday Morning Clay – Maureen Karlstad
Illuminated Lamp Making – David Moss
Trout Fishing and Water Quality – VSN
Natural Horsemanship – Michelle Rasmussen
Zero-Energy House – Jon Passi
Copper Chimes with Martha Buche
Scything with Rice Spann
Introduction to Forest Garden Design: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Perennial Crops with Erin Schneider
Food Drying with Attitude with Mary Bell
New From Chick to Chopping Block – Class One: Chickhood with Julie Tomaro

Register and pay for Driftless Folk School classes online.
See all courses here –>


The Pump House Regional Arts Center in La Crosse
Pump House Arts Center - La Crosse  Summer Workshops 2014
Summer 2014 Workshops -

Saturdays, June 14 – July 26 (*No class July 5th)

The Elements of Drawing:
Explore the basic styles and techniques of drawing.
Instructor: Ben Alberti
Ages: 8 – adult; all skill levels welcome

Clay Hand-building Workshop: Create with hand-building techniques such as slab rolling, coiling, pinching, and using molds. 
Instructor: Angela Goede
Ages: 8 – adult; all skill levels welcome

Wednesdays, June 11 – July 23 (*No class July 2nd)
Advanced Elements of Drawing:
Explore several techniques and styles of drawing, while also gaining a more detailed understanding of its more complex elements. Each session will begin with a 20-30 minute demonstration, followed by work-time and individual guidance by the instructor as needed.
Instructor: Ben Alberti
Ages: 16-adult

Cost: $60 (Includes all materials and six studio sessions with an instructor.)

Register online