Every Kid in a Park

Hey fourth graders!
See America’s natural wonders
and historic sites for free. All year!

From the forests in Alaska to the marine sanctuaries in the Florida Keys. There is so much to see and do.

Every Kid in a Park is a nation-wide endeavor to provide free access to any fourth grader to more than 2000 federal land and water sites.

There are 7 federal agencies involved: Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, National Park Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Every Kid In A Park Logo

That means there are more than 2000 federal land and water sites to be visited!

Better still, your fourth grader can take his or her siblings and up to three adults when visiting these great places.

Some states, like Wyoming, New York and Indiana, also honor the pass. Check your state parks to see if they are participating.

In Wisconsin, 2 park trails and areas are accessible with a Every Kid in a Park pass. These trails are the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

State Parks in Wisconsin

National Parks in Wisconsin

Go to www.everykidinapark.gov after Sept. 1st, 2016. There are instructions for the fourth grader (must be in in fourth grade or age equivalent during school year 2016-2017) to follow steps to download and print-out their own pass. Passes are good through August 31st, 2017.

There also is a link for educators — teachers and youth group leaders — to download for their group in preparation for a field trip.

Why fourth graders? Because research shows that kids ages nine to 11 are beginning to learn about the world around them. They’re open to new ideas, and they are likely to connect to nature and our history. The pass will be for fourth graders every year. Over time, every new fourth grader can get a free pass to explore our country.

Your child can take you amazing places! With the pass, fourth graders can bring family and friends on adventures free for a full year.

Let the year of fun and learning begin!

PARTICIPATING AGENCIES: These agencies support Every Kid in a Park. Learn more about their conservation work and find activities by visiting their websites.

The National Park Service turns 100 in 2016.

Happy Birthday, National Park Service!

As a proud partner of the National Park Service Centennial, Humana is encouraging Americans to get out and enjoy nature this summer. Take a 360° tour of Joshua Tree National Park as part of the “Bring the Parks to You” program.

Learn more at http://www.findyourpark.com.

Gloria Homeschool Choir 2016 Auditions and Concert Schedule


The Gloria Home-School Choir is an organization of home-schooled singers ranging in age from 12 years and up. Their purpose is to glorify God through skillful and artistic music presentations while teaching students the art of proper singing and musicianship. The director is Dennis Baldridge; accompanist, Jane Baldridge.

Learn more about the Gloria Choir.

Gloria Choir is now accepting new applications for the 2016 Christmas concert season!

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Below you will find a link to the application, a tentative schedule with potential dates to save for the rehearsals and performances.

The typical age is 12 and up, but younger students with exceptional music abilities will be considered on a case by case basis.

It is expected that choir members will be able to sing on pitch.

Dues will be the same for 2016 ($15/student, $40 maximum per family).

What to expect at your audition:

  1. Sing the melody of a well-known hymn (your choice) with piano accompaniment.
  2. You will be asked to vocalize on “la” from low to high to verify your singing range.
  3. You will be asked to sing back several short melodic phrases to test your vocal matching and tonal memory.

(Yes, you may practice before you come!)

Tentative Choir Schedule:

Rehearsals – Thursday evenings, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, starting October 13th through Dec. 8th


December 9, 2016 Friday Gloria Choir Concert Location TBA 7 pm & 9:00 am ? (WRCO)

December 10, 2016 Saturday Gloria Choir Concert Location TBA 6:30 pm

December 13, 2016 Friday Gloria Choir Concert Location TBA 7 pm

December 15, 2016 Friday Gloria Choir Concert Location TBA 6 pm

Please let Dennis and Jane Baldridge know by September 8th, 2016 if you are planning to participate.

Applications are available at this link:

All potential new members will be contacted to schedule their audition before rehearsals begin so mail/e-mail your application soon.

Dennis and Jane Baldridge

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Driftless United Athletics Soccer Opportunities – Viroqua

Join Driftless United Athletics for the following soccer opportunities in Viroqua!


Click the image for the link to DUA’s summer soccer page!


Hosted by Driftless United Athletics
5, 2016
am to noon for ages 13-18
Polo and Ebbetts Baseball Fields
Ben Lawton Dr.
and Johnson St., Viroqua

TetraBrazil Soccer Camps offer American players the opportunity to experience first-hand the kind of soccer training that has made Brazil the most successful soccer nation in the world. The TetraBrazil Soccer Academy will teach your child more than just techniques and tactics. Each member of the TetraBrazil coaching staff will bring an authentic taste of the flair, passion, and creativity of Brazilian soccer to our camps. Typical sessions include: Brazilian Warm Ups, Fast Footwork, Individual Skills, Combination Plays, Brazilian Moves, 1 v 1 Attacking, Speed Training, Crossing & Shooting.
Or, print a registration form here: http://driftlessunitedathletics.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016-Tetrabrazil-flyer.pdf


(also led by TetraBrazil Coaches, along with local coaches!)
12, 2016
9:00 to 11:00 am, ages 5-9
9:00 to 12:00 noon, ages 10-13
8:00 to 9:00 a
m, additional optional skills intensive for ages 10-13
Registration Form


*NEW in Fall 2016–U8 Teams for ages 6-7
U8 to U14 (ages 6-13) Registration Forms

High School Registration Forms ***Register by August 1st to SAVE $15.

Contact DUA’s new administrator, Sofya Hundt, at hundt@frontiernet.net.

See you on the field!

Driftless United Athletics



Any “A” Will Do at Noah’s Ark Waterpark for Free Admission During “A Days”

Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, WI, as the self-proclaimed “America’s largest water park” is a favorite summertime treat for families. Many deals and discounts will help you squeeze more fun into your visit. By far, one of the most popular is Noah’s Ark Waterpark’s “A Days” which is a reward for excellent behavior, preparation and achievement for students.

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Any “A” or equivalent grade in any subject on a recent 2016 report card will get a student – from Kindergarten through College – in for Free during A Days at Noah’s Ark Waterpark.

(More details below.)

Noah’s Ark is proud to announce 2016 “A Days” Sunday, June 12th, Monday, June 13th, and Tuesday, June 14th 
(Regular Park Hours:10 am to 6:30 pm)

Noah’s Ark Waterpark
1410 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-6351
Get Directions

The weather forecast
may have ups and downs, but don’t let that scare you away. Sometimes when the skies are cloudy and the temps are cooler, the lines for the rides are shorter!

There’s lots to do at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. More than 25 attractions await you, from the water coaster, Black Anaconda, to drifting down Adventure River or splashing around one of the Kiddie Areas, Noah’s Ark is pure family-fun.

{You also may want to check out the
special summer ticket deal of $10 per person that Wisconsin Dells neighbors, Mt. Olympus Outdoor Waterpark have going on until Labor Day 2016.)

What qualifies for a student’s free admission during A Days?

Any A will do!

Show up on the designated days with an official student report card or transcript.

The document must show at least one A grade or the equivalent of an A grade from the most recent 2016 version that they can obtain.

Homeschoolers need to have a “bona fide” report card or transcript showing a grade equivalent to an A. Many parents have used forms found on websites like Donna Young or forms that they use for their record-keeping. What is important is that the document is real and unaltered; it cannot be copied or transferred to another individual or hand-created by the student.

You are only permitted to attend once on the A Days promotion. The report card acts as the admission ticket, so it is valid for one use only. To prevent multiple uses or device transfer, they need to stamp the actual paper report card or printed screenshot with name. Students get in free when presenting their most recent report card featuring any A in any subject!

You must follow the dress code and other rules of the park. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the park.

Noah’s Ark has over 250 trained and licensed Lifeguards stationed throughout the park to help you have a safe day. They even help you get on rides and provide “splashdown” assistance. Life jackets are available at the wave pools at no charge and are required in the wave pools for those under 48 inches tall.

Parents and relatives will have to pay regular admission in order to enter the park. Children under 48 inches tall are $28.99, Children age 2 and under are free. Seniors age 55 and up with ID are $28.99. (There is no discount for those who will not be getting wet.)

Veterans and active or Reserve Military get FREE admission during Military Days June 1-30, 2016. Plus, Military Family members get half off admission during June 2016. Just bring your valid Military ID.

Parking has gone up in price again, and this year will cost you $10 for the day. Or you can get Preferred parking closer to the gate for $15. There are handicap accessible spaces.
Noah's Ark Waterpark

Get your report card and your swimwear, and head out to Noah’s Ark Waterpark for some fun!

Journey Through Time in Prairie du Chien

“Journey Through Time” May 14 – A one day open house / showcase of Prairie du Chien, WI historical sites.13174095_500503733472278_1405808408854247970_n
More than a dozen historical venues in Prairie du Chien, many not usually open to the public, will open their doors for free or reduced admission as part of the Wisconsin Historical Downtown Open House event.
Historic and Interesting Site Tours include: Fort Crawford Hotel; Fort Crawford Cemetery; Old Crawford County Jail / The Dungeon; Old Firehouse at the Local Oven; The Knowlton House, Fort Crawford Museum; City Hall artworks, Zion Evangelical Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Saint Gabriel’s Holy Family Parish Catholic Church and the former Saint Mary’s Academy grounds (now known as Wyalusing Academy) will all offer free tours. The Villa Louis will be open for a discounted admission. Some sites may have limited tour hours.13164440_500466256809359_1571293694188394019_n
Other activities include: Horse drawn carriage rides from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. starting at Peoples State Bank parking lot, Salsa Saturday demos at Nelson True Value, tulip lollipop children’s craft station at the Pickett Fence, 200th anniversary commemorative cannon firing at The Fort Crawford Museum every ½ hour (11 am-4 pm), food vendors, demos and live music at Driftless Edibles, popcorn sampling and souvenir photo ops at The Local Oven, period displays and Gordon Peckham historic photos at The Knowlton House, “Wind in the Barley” live band on the corner of Blackhawk Avenue and Beaumont road, vintage postcards and 1818 root beer at Check’s Antiques and more.
Saturday evening will include a special showcase of Mark Twain and “The Laughing River” at the Dousman House. Jim Post, a well known Mark Twain impersonator, will take the stage for one showcase of his Mark Twain show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door and the historic Dousman House will open at 6 p.m. that evening. Seats are limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the following downtown merchants: The Pickett Fence, Driftless Edibles, The Planted Tree and Peoples State Bank.
Tour site maps and other activity information for the event can be picked up at The Knowlton House on May 14. Also the event activities will continue to be promoted online at http://www.facebook.com/mainstreetpdc. For more information, please call 608.412.1995 or email mainstreetpdc@gmail.com.

Great Teachers Sale April 6-13, 2016

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Compass Classroom is having their big Spring Sale until April 13th.

They call it the Great Teachers Sale!

There are significant discounts on homeschool curriculum.


Compass Course Subscriptions

  • Four NEW Free Resources!

Mr. President

Mr. President

Historical dramatizations of an episode in a particular President’s life or administration, without using his name. Each is about 30 minutes long. You are given a chance to guess the president at the end of the show!

Democracy in AmericaDemocracy in America

Fourteen, 30-minute historical dramatizations bring to life important sections of Alexis de Tocqueville’s examination of American liberty as he observed it firsthand. The book upon which these dramatic excerpts are based was published in 1835 and 1840.

The Great Teachers Sale only lasts until April 13th.

Go grab some deals now!
(DISCLOSURE: This post does contain affiliate links. I appreciate your support.)

Dance Concert brings Words from Seuss to Gatsby to Life

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Dance Repertory Company (DRC) has delighted the Winona community with quality dance productions, featuring local dancers in classical and contemporary works for more than four decades.

The DRC is the pre-professional performance group of the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA). Company members participate in rehearsals, technique classes, and stage performances.

For the annual spring concert this year, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Dance Repertory Company presents a production inspired by literature, entitled Words in Motion.  Inspiration for this year’s program includes:

  • Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go, The Butter Battle, and The Sneetches
  • A quote by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
  • Minnesota author Peg Meier’s book Wishing for a Snow Day

Words in Motion, 
will feature pieces from numerous genres of dance including hip hop, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary ballet and pointe. 

The concert promises delightful choreography performed by an equally delightful company of student dancers.

As a special treat for audience members, Winona’s independent bookseller, The Bookshelf will have a variety of books related to the dance concert available for purchase.

A portion of book purchase proceeds will be donated to MCA to support the dancers and production costs.

Words in Motion will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre.

Read on to learn more about the pieces and what their choreographer has to say about their inspiration and creative process.

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Homeschool Family Camp


Step out of your busy world: Living Waters Homeschool Family Camp is April 25 – 29, 2016

Explore! Discover! Wonder! Worship! Experience hands-on, Christ centered, outdoor education designed especially with the homeschooling family in mind.

It is our goal to provide training and equipping for your family in the fun and relaxing setting of camp.

Take this week to step out of the busy world and refocus on God’s purpose for you and your family.

Remember your creator in the days of your youth… Ecc. 12:1

By exploring God’s Word and God’s Creation you will pause to “Remember Your Creator”.

Your week will include; Meals, Housing, Family Worship, Dynamic speakers for the whole family, Creation based nature programs, Horseback riding, Visit to the farm, Group activities, Free-time, Games, Snacks, and most importantly time together as a family.

Our theme for 2016 will remind campers that we worship the God of all creation. Our God is the Alpha and Omega. The same God who laid the foundations of the earth is the one who knit you together in the womb! The same God chose you before all creation and loved you enough to send His only Son to die on the cross for your sins and mine! We invite you to come to Living Waters, to witness God’s power and glory, and to Remember Your Creator as a family!

Activities Offered

  • Horseback Riding
  • Zip Line
  • Nature Programs
  • Archery
  • Rock Climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Team Sports
  • Board Games
  • Campfire
  • Bible Study

Download or share the brochure.

Nature Programs
Fossil Dig
Explore what fossils reveal to us, we will consider what impressions our lives leave behind on other people.
Evidence for a Creator
An eye-opening hike revealing the intricacy of God’s creation as you explore design and beauty in the woods.
Waters of the World
Discover the amazing water events of earth’s history and how they reveal a loving Creator.
Become a paleontologist as you piece together the evidence to uncover the true story of dinosaurs.
Creeping Things
On the sixth day of creation God made the animals, including the ones that creep along the ground. We’ll enjoy interacting with some of these amazing creatures including some reptiles and amphibians

2016 Costs: Per person rate depending on ages starts at $115 includes meals, lodging for 4 nights and program activities. Ages 3 and under attend for free.

Large Family Scholarships: For families with 4 or more children, call the office for large family scholarships.


Living Waters Bible Camp is a scenic yearround Christian camp nestled in a beautiful valley in southwestern Wisconsin, which displays the wonders of the Lord’s creation. At Living Waters Bible Camp, we are committed to salvation through Jesus Christ, God’s Son, and making everyone complete in Christ from children to adults.

Join us for our next quality training event!

Living Waters Bible Camp
E8932 Reo Ave.
Westby, WI 54667
Phone: 608-634-4373
Email: lwbc@lwbc.org
Web: http://www.lwbc.org

Nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest Announced by Philadelphia Homeschool

Homeschool Art Contest

Philadelphia Homeschool Art ContestThird Annual Nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest sponsored by Philadelphia Homeschool has just been announced and we are excited to share this opportunity with all home educated students in the southwest Wisconsin area!

The PHB Homeschool Art Contest is open to any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the continental U.S. in grades K through 8.

Here are a few details:

The theme for this year’s contest is: “SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY”


All art work must be created from the student’s imagination or through direct observation.  (No copying!  See contest rules for details.)

Entry forms and further information is listed at the PHB Homeschool Blog on this post.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  1. Artwork portrays the theme
  2. Design/Composition
  3. Craftmanship/Skill
  4. Creativity
  5. Aesthetically Pleasing

Entries will be separated into 3 categories:

  • Grades K – 2
  • Grades 3 – 5
  • Grades 6 – 8

Artwork must be on 8.5 by 11 inch paper and can be done in any medium.

Art Contest participants must abide by the Rules.

Deadline:  All entries must be post-marked by Saturday, April 30th, 2016.


Prizes:  1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes will be given for each category.

Sponsors who are donating some fantastic prizes include free Subscriptions to SchoolhouseTeachers.com, free curriculum from Berean Builders, and free magazine subscriptions and videos from Answers in Genesis.

One of the winners from the PHB Homeschool Art Contest 2015. 

Further information about the
Homeschool Art Contest is listed at the
PHB Homeschool Blog on this post.

Go check it out and get your artwork ready!

P.S. Look for the PHB Homeschool Writing Contest later in the year.

If you’d like to check out past year’s winning artwork, please click on the following links:

Give Me Twenty Reading Readiness Challenge for Pre-schoolers

Book It!
shines a spotlight on establishing a reading routine for young readers and families by issuing the Give Me Twenty Challenge each spring and fall.

The goal of the challenge is to build reading-readiness skills and develop an at-home reading routine over an eight-week period.

The Give Me Twenty challenge is open to anyone who has a preschooler.

Parents can do this with their own children or it can be done in classrooms or child care facilities.



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How does it work?

1. Read to your child(ren) for at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week during the 8 weeks of the challenge.

2. Keep track of how much reading is completed. You may use the reading activities included in the challenge.

3. Prizes! When you complete the challenge you can enter to win prize packages.


Here’s the link for the information you need to register and get started:
Spring Give Me Twenty Challenge


The Kissing Hand, written by Audrey Penn is the featured partner for the Book It! Spring Give Me Twenty Reading Challenge.