Tri-State Home School Drama Troupe Presents ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis’ Apr. 11-12 in Platteville

The Thinker - Dobie Gillis TV Series

Each episode of the TV Show, “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” found lovesick Dobie sitting on a park bench in front of a bronze reproduction of The Thinker. Speaking directly to the audience, he would explain to the viewing audience his problem of the week — which was almost always girls or money. Picture Credit

Tri-State Home School Drama Troupe – Platteville

‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis’

Platteville High School Auditorium Madison Street
Platteville WI

Friday, April 11 at 7:00

Saturday, April 12 at
3:00 and 7:00 pm

You won’t want to miss this one!

The high schoolers have been having a blast putting this comedy, set in the 1950′s, together!

Hope you will be able to come and see it!Admission is a suggested donation.

Dobie 1st Season Title Card wikipediaThe Tri-State Home School Drama Troupe has been presenting quality drama’s for the Tri State area for over 15 years.

Past dramas include– Anne of Green Gables, Peter Pan, Sense and Sensibility.

The Drama is “the event” of the year for Platteville area High School Homeschoolers.

Director is veteran homeschool mom, Jacquie Schmaedick.


The Platteville Journal ran this article from last year’s production of “The Pickwick Papers” homeschool_play tristate apr2013

Did you know:
The original Thinker statue (1897-1900) known in France as “Le Penseur” was created by the sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).
(Of course you knew that, right?)


{Free, Online} Moms Conference – Starts Mon., Apr. 7th

The Moms Conference – Free & Online all this week…

Here’s a Freebie Alert for all you moms out there!

The Mom Conference is happening online – all week long – and right now, you can register for free.

The conference is happening from April 7th through the 14th and features 30+ Amazing Speakers – on all different topics related to being a mom!

For Moms by Moms
Laugh, Learn, Be Inspired, & Share…

Join us for The Mom Conference
Created By Moms For Moms

Each day of the conference, a new set of 4 presentation videos will be made available on The Mom Conference site for a FREE 24-hour viewing/listening period.

Are you coming?

Register here.

A Mystery Class (and Contest!)

Physical Science???     Driver’s Education???    Spanish???
Vocabulary Roots???     Raising Chickens???
Photography???    Chemistry ???     Mime Lessons???

Our friends at Compass Classroom ( asked us to help put together a contest for Dwane’s new mystery video series.

Dwane needs your help

Apparently after finishing Visual Latin (, the producer said he had to teach a bunch of new classes – more than he could do in one year. So he’s in a dilemma and needs your help.

Watch this video for a special message about what you can do to assist him.

As a bonus, when you vote for one you will automatically be entered into a contest for an Amazon Gift card!

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Visit Hip Homeschool Moms to vote! By voting you’ll automatically be entered to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards. To get more entries, share with your friends and on Facebook (as well as a lot of other things).

Contest Entry:

What do you think?   Donde està el baño?   Leave a comment below.

Homeschool Art Contest (2014)

SW Wisconsin Homeschools:

“Reading and Imagination” nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest hosted by Philadelphia Homeschool Blog. Open to all homeschooled students K-8th grades. The contest Rules, forms, and PRIZES are all detailed in the original post. Entries are due by April 12th, 2014.

Originally posted on Philadelphia Homeschool:

Homeschool Art Contest!!! (2014)

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m hosting my first nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest!  Here’s the details:

For Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades K through 8.

How to Enter:  

1) Read and abide by the Contest Rules.  Please click here to obtain the rules: Art Contest Rules (doc) OR Art Contest Rules (pdf)

2.) Create a work of art according to this theme: “Reading and Imagination”.  Your art work should also meet these requirements:

  • Art work should reflect the theme “Reading and Imagination”.
  • Any homeschooled student in grades K – 8 can participate.
  • Must be on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper
  • Art work can be done in any medium (pencil, marker, crayons, colored pencil, paint, markers, etc.)
  • Art work must be created from the student’s imagination or through direct observation.  (No copying!  See contest rules for…

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Homeschool Events Coming in May

Coming in May: Wisconsin Homeschool Conference, SW Wisconsin Book Fair, Homeschool High School Formal and Fun Event…

WPA’s 30th Annual Home Education Conference

Homeschooling Simplified

May 2 & 3, 2014

Join us May 3 – 4, 2013 for Wisconsin Parent’s Association 30th Annual Home Education Conference held at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh campus.

The conference features:  78 workshops (47 new), Curriculum Fair, Used Book Sale, Family Folk Dance, Graduation Ceremony, Opportunities to Meet Other Homeschoolers, and more . . .

47 New Workshops, 78 Total. Here’s a sampling:

Learn about Media and Scientific Literacy
Build LEGO® City
Decide How You Want to Homeschool
Learn About MOOCs and More
Build an Experimental Aircraft
Do Taekwondo
More listed here:

2014 Home Educators Cooperative  Annual Book Fair

  Not Just a Homeschool Used Book Sale…
2014 Home Educators Cooperative  Annual Book Fair

Used Book Sale
Exhibits and Resource Information
Breakout Sessions & Demonstrations
Door Prizes

Friday, May 9th, 2014

4:00 to 8:00 pm

Viroqua Church of Christ

Free Admission

For all homeschool parents and anyone interested in home education resources.

lease visit:

Homeschooled High School End-of-the-year Formal and Fun Event!

Attention Homeschooled High School Students, their friends – and Parents :

We are planning a fun filled weekend of activities, expressly designed for home educated high schoolers and their friends (in the area of Vernon County and beyond) …

The idea is to start on Friday May 16th with a Semi Formal Banquet (maybe throw in a Senior Showcase/Display or something fun for good measure), then carpool down to the Formal Dance in Gays Mills.

On Saturday May 17th we could have a Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt during the afternoon and a Bonfire later.

The actual specifics along with the time-table and all locations are yet to be determined.  (The only part that is set is the Dance in Gays Mills.)

Contact Driftless Homeschool to be included or to express interest.

Your ideas and help in making this a memorable event for homeschoolers and their friends is encouraged and  needed!

We’re looking for students and parents to help put this together and make the idea a reality.  What do you think?  Contact.

~ This message was posted to the Driftless Homeschool Network, a private members website group providing information to homeschool families. Are you interested in joining? Contact Driftless Homeschool Network to find out more: driftlesshomeschool – at – gmail – dot – com.

More Homeschool & Community Happenings
in and around Southwest Wisconsin are on our GOOGLE CALENDAR… HERE !

Eau Claire Homeschool Book Sale and Rice Lake Christian Educators Conference

Eau Claire Homeschool Book Sale and
Rice Lake Christian Educators Conference

*See our Book Sales, Fairs, and Conferences Page for more!

Chippewa Valley Homeschool
Annual Book Sale & Kid’s Craft Sale
Sponsored by HomeStars
(Homeschool Ministry of Bethesda Lutheran Church)
Saturday, March 29, 2014
9 am – noon
Bethesda Lutheran Church
123 W Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701

50+ vendors with new and used books, curriculum, toys, games, crafts, and misc. educational resources .
There’s something for everyone!!


1st Annual Western Wisconsin Christian Educators Conference:

The Family and Christian Education

Featuring – Stephen McDowell President of The Providence Foundation,
Seen in the Movie “Monumental” with Kirk Cameron

Saturday, March 29, 2014
10 am to 4 pm
Maranatha Evangelical Free Church
3340 South Main Street, Rice Lake, WI

Breakout Sessions – Used Book Sale – Exhibit Hall – Curriculum Fair

Information here:


*See our Book Sales, Fairs, and Conferences Page for more!

Doodle 4 Google Contest

“Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles.”

D4G logoDoodle 4 Google is an annual contest that invites all K through 12th grade students in the US to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign Google’s homepage logo for millions to see.

This year, Google asks students to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme:

“If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”

Fifty state finalists will get an all-expense-paid trip to Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California for a final awards ceremony. One lucky student artist will see their artwork appear on the Google homepage, receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant.

Be sure to get all the young artists in your life doodling soon because entries must be received by March 20th 2014.

Check out for more details.

Doodle 2013 Winner "Coming Home"

Sabrina Brady, Age 17 ~ from the great state of Wisconsin ~
“Coming Home,” 2013 Doodle 4 Google Winner.

Last year’s theme was “My Best Day Ever … ,” and the Sparta High School senior’s winning work — titled “Coming Home” — shows Sabrina running toward her father upon his return from an 18-month deployment in Iraq.

To get your artists’ creative juices flowing, Google is partnering with Discovery Education to offer videos and activities for teachers and parents.

They’re also offering interactive “Meet the Doodler” Connected Classrooms sessions where kids can meet Google Doodlers, learn about their process from idea to Doodle, and ask questions along the way.

D4G Contest

To enter the competition simply download the application form, print it, doodle your version of the Google logo based off  this year’s theme and submit online or by mail. Check their FAQ page, which should answer any questions you may have.

Try the activities listed here to exercise your imagination – whether you enter the competition or not!

Get doodling!

Doodle 4 Google Art Contest

For Who:  All Students in grades K – 12

Assignment:  Doodle a version of the Google Logo based on this theme: “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”

Due Date:  Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Prizes: Artwork displayed on Google homepage and $30,000 college scholarship

For More Information:  Click on this site to read the rules and entry information:

——> Scholarships and Contests Page <——

Americanism Essay Contest

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #13 of Richland Center is sponsoring their annual Americanism Essay Contest.

This year’s topic is “HOW CAN I SHOW MY PRIDE in BEING an AMERlCAN?

According to Jean Birkett, Americanism Chair,  “We have had wonderful essays over the years with many winners at the at the state level. Whether students get a prize or not, I believe that they all gain a great deal from the experience: thinking, analyzing, and expressing themselves as writers.”

Americanism Essay Contest

For Who:
  All Students in grades 3 – 12.  Open to homeschool, public, and private school students, anyone can enter even if you do not live in Richland County.

  Write an essay based on this theme: “How Can I Show My Pride in Being an American.” See the Entry Sheet for word count requirements for each grade level.

Due Date:
  Weds., March 19th, 2014.  Email entry to:


Prizes: Cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division. Winners get to read their essays at the American Legion Auxiliary meeting on Mon., April 7th.

Rules and Entry Information: 

AmLegion Essay Contest Explanation Letter
AmLegion Essay Contest Entry Sheet

For More Information: 
Contact Jean Birkett, American Legion Aux. Unit #13, Americanism Chair.


This is THE Big Annual Homeschool Book Sale for the 5 county SW Wisconsin area.


Here’s the preliminary announcement for those of you who wish to sell your books, curriculum, and educational materials.

More information on information sessions, prizes, vendors, etc. will be coming!

You’ll notice a few changes again this year =)  Please read carefully. Any questions/comments can be emailed to our new dedicated email address:
Feel free to forward this email to others that may be interested as well.
See you at the sale! =)

A)This year’s Book Fair will be Friday, May 9th 2014 at the Viroqua Church of Christ (behind the Fairgrounds). The address is: 825 Nelson Parkway Viroqua, WI. The sale will be open to the public from 4pm to 8pm. Flyers will be sent out later for everyone to print and post in their own communities.

B)This year we need help with prep work, set-up and tear down. Some wonderful families were very generous with their time and help after the sale last year which was much appreciated. This year we need actual commitments from some families or some father/son “teams” to help with set up, tear down and collecting the outdoor signs. Without cooperation the booksale won’t continue to be successful.

C)Set up time will start at 1:00pm. Please do NOT arrive early. Seller’s privilege sale will befrom 3pm to 4pm. The booksale will open to the public promptly at 4pm.

D)Any seller not checked in by 3:30pm will have their table passed to another on the waiting list unless special arrangements have been made. No refunds will be made.

E)Each seller will break down their own table and clean up their own area. All sellers (or family members) will help clean up public areas. We need to be out no later than 9:30pm. We are privileged to have this space to use so please clean up carefully. (Sanctuary, library and kitchen are off-limits.)

F)Some tables are older, well-used tables so please bring a tablecover/cloth if you wish to use one. We will be using a combination of round and rectangular tables. If you have a preference please let me know and I will try to honor it on a “first come, first served” basis.

G)One table per registration. 3 people per table may share. Any more than 3 people sharing a table will have an additional fee for supplies or will need a separate table. Additional tables, if available, maybe requested after May 1, 2014. Any additional tables will be charged at the same rate as your original table.

H)Table fee is $4.00 for table to sell your used books until March 18, 2014 (postmarked no later than 3/18/14). Please send an email to: with the words Book Fair 2014 and YOUR NAME in the subject line to request a table and you will receive an email with further information/instructions. After March 18, 2014 used book tables will be $8.00. Registration closes April 20, 2014.

I)All money/fees from the Book Fair will be used for supplies,advertisement, seminar costs or building/custodian fees only. We can accommodate as many as 40 plus sellers. In 2013 we had 39 sellers register for tables.

J)Hand delivered payments/registration/requests will not be accepted. All payments and due dates will go by the date the envelope is postmarked.

K)If you would like to participate as a business that is specifically related to homeschool education (teaches classes or sells educational items) or benefits/encourages home education/training please contact me at: . We are starting a list of homeschooling family businesses in the area. If you’d like to be a part of that list, would like to display business flyers for the 2014 Book Fair or be a part of the Book Fair in the future, please let us know via email.

*The goal of Home Educators Cooperative is to support, educate and encourage homeschool moms and their families while encouraging homeschoolers of all backgrounds/styles to work together as a community for the benefit of our children and homeschooling.*

“AT THE HOP” 50’s Dance, March 21st, Gays Mills

Grab your blue suede shoes and get ready to rock around the dance floor…

Dance Flyer Header - At The Hop

Click to open the pdf.

We’re goin’ hoppin’…

Music centered around the 1950′s era will be played (with the exception of a few modern favorites) and all music has been monitored for any inappropriate lyrics and content.

Outfits centered around the 1950’s era are encouraged.  (Check the internet for ideas!)

The 50′s era of music and dancing was all about having fun, so don’t be afraid of not having the right dance moves.  You’ll be surprised how easy you can do “The Stroll”, “Twist” and even the “Loco-Motion” like Little Eva.

*** Scroll down for information on a special 50′s Dance Class to be held a week or so before the dance! ***

Please understand that there is a Code of Conduct and Dress to be followed.  Failure to comply may result in expulsion from the dance.

Download the information and print your ticket: Dance Flyer pdf – At The Hop

* By signing, you are giving consent to your child’s participation at the dance and verify that your child has read and understands the conduct and dress codes.  Please present your ticket at the door.


The last Homeschool and Friends Dance in Gays Mills was a Winter Formal attended by nearly 50 young people.  Check out the slide show!

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Any questions or concerns, please e-mail Melanie.

Dance Code of Conduct – At The Hop
Dance Flyer pdf – At The Hop

*Extra* Here’s how to dance The Hand Jive

The original song was created by Johnny Otis, and you can see him singing it on YouTube along with his dancers. While they do more complex moves, the basic hand jive can be done using a simple jazz square foot movement accompanied by the following hand motions:

  1. Crouch down and slap your palms against your thighs twice.
  2. Cross your palms over and under each other, like a referee announcing “safe!”
  3. Make your hands into fists and pound them on top of each other, twice each.
  4. Use your fingers to touch elbows, one at a time.
  5. “Hitch-hike” by making fists with your thumbs sticking out and pointing them over your shoulder, again twice on each side.

There is a lot of room for improvisation and ornamentation in this dance, and there’s no need to follow the steps exactly. However, since they’re so simple and get repeated so many times during the song, it is an easy way to recreate the fifties on the dance floor.  (Source)

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“At The Hop” 50′s Dance

March 21st, 2014
6 to 10 pm
Main Street Community Building,
Gays Mills WI

For homeschoolers and friends (ages 13-20)
$5 Prepay by March 19th or $8 At the door.
Make sure to print out the ticket!


50’s Dance Class

An opportunity to learn some of the great dances from the 50′s era, and as a bonus…have a great time as well!

The dance classes are scheduled for :

Friday, March 7th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 9th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
in the Main St. Community Building
Please do your best to be punctual !
Fee is $3 per person  or $8 per family.

Melanie will teach you some of the most popular dances from the 50’s era.  This will be educational, fun and a great tool for the upcoming dance.

Parents:  You are more than welcome to participate, so bring your dancing shoes : )