Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Standardized Testing

Hi All,

Classical Conversations is excited to once again be offering this opportunity to the homeschool community.  You do not have to be a part of a local CC group to participate, however.  Please pass this information to anyone who might be interested.

Classical Conversations (CC) will be offering Stanford Achievement Testing here locally in Tallahassee.  The test will be held May 2nd and 3rd at Four Oaks Community Church which is located at 4500 W Shannon Lakes Dr. #12, Tallahassee, FL 32309.


We will be offering testing for grades 1-12.  The cost is $50 per test if you register before April 3rd and $55 per test after that date.  Registration closes April 10. 

You can register and pay using this link:

Notice a few changes this year:

1.   The contact number listed on the website is CC Testing Services where they can assist you directly with any issues regarding forgotten login, payment, etc.

2.   You must complete a Risk Waiver prior to testing. Please print it, complete your child(ren)’s information and bring with you to testing.  You can print using this link  https://p.widencdn.net/xqvvei


The Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-10) is an excellent norm-referenced test that is widely recognized throughout the United States.  The SAT-10 is a tool that can be used to help measure your child's achievement and progress as well as to help prepare them for future college entrance exams.  The contents of the Stanford-10 are as follows:

Grades 1-2: Word study skills, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, listening, math, environment

Grade 3: Vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, listening, social studies, math, language, science

Grades 4-12: Vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, listening, social studies, math, language, science, study skills

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Word of the South Festival

My name is Kate Kile and I am volunteering with the Word of [South] Literature & Music Festival and I'm hoping you can help me get the word out about a wonderful event for kids.

The Story Pirates from NYC will perform at the festival on Saturday, April 9th @ Cascades Park.     

The Story Pirates will perform 4 original stories written by Tallahassee kids.  Attached is a flyer with more detailed information about the story contest that I have routed through the Leon School Superintendent's office and will hopefully find its way into school newsletters, list-serves & backpacks this week.   I'm hoping to get the word out to as many people as possible which is why I am also reaching out to you today.  Please forward this information within your networks as you deem appropriate.

I'm happy to answer any questions you might have, you can reply to this email or check out the Word of [South] website here for more info about the Story Pirates or the festival:


Thanks so much for your time!


Kate Kile

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tropicana Speech Contest

Dear Parents:

The Homeschool 2016 4H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 in the lower level of the main building at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 4665 Thomasville Road.  The tentative start time is 6:00 p.m., but that may change if we have a large number of participants and need to begin a bit earlier.
Fourth and fifth graders will compete in the combined elementary school division.  Sixth graders will compete in the middle school division. The winners of each division will advance to compete at the Leon County competition held on January 30, 2016 on FAMU campus. 

**If your child is interested in participating in the homeschool Tropicana Speech Contest, please submit his or her name, race, gender, and grade (according to the Leon County School Board) to me no later than 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015.**

You do not need to include the speech title at this time. The enrollment deadline has been set by 4H.  4H requires that the child's race be designated.  The race categories are:  white, black, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian, mixed.  Please make sure to include ALL information.

According to the rules, speeches must be:  *original and student written, *between 2 and 3 minutes, *on a different topic each year the student participates, and *may NOT utilizes visualize aids (posters, costumes, props, etc. -- note cards are not considered visual aids).

Please see the 4H site for information about the contest:
Please forward this information to any interested homeschooling family.  Feel free to contact me at daniellejorden@hotmail.com with any questions.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Wildwood Ballet

If you are looking for a ballet studio, Wildwood Ballet has lots of homeschooling (and non homeschooling) families...
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A message from the studio:
We are so blessed to have such a wonderful, vibrant studio so please remember to tell your friends that we are accepting new students through January. This is the time of year when families are beginning to plan their spring schedules so if you have a friend who you'd love to dance with you or your daughter, refer them to our website or our office. Here's to new dance friends!

Your Wildwood Ballet Family 


Monday, November 2, 2015

Tallahassee Museum

Hello Homeschool Parent!

We would like to tell you about the Homeschool programs that are offered at the Tallahassee Museum.  The Tallahassee Museum offers enriching Home School Programs that follow the Sunshine State Standards.  Our classes are most often offered on Tuesdays, although we do have a few that are offered on other days of the week.  Programs are 1 hour long and focus on a topic of study such as: Martin Luther King Jr., Wilderness Survival, and Florida Panthers!  We offer two age groups, Kindergarten – 2nd Grade (Class time: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM) and 3rd Grade – 5th Grade (Class Time: 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM).   The cost for each program is $7 nonmember and $6.30 for members.  For more information or questions contact our team at registrations@tallahasseemuseum.org or by phone at 850-575-8684 ext. 126 or 141.

We would love to have your student enrolled in our programs!

P.S. If our times and program structure do not meet your needs, please let us know how we can best fit your student’s needs.


Tallahassee Museum Education Department



Saturday, October 31, 2015

Jacksonville Zoo


Free Entry All Month Long at Jacksonville's Top Attractions

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Bring the whole family for Kids Free November in Jacksonville!  This includes the zoo and the Museum of Science and History.

Throughout the month of November, discover all the family fun that Jacksonville has to offer at our city's top attractions! The best part? Kids under 12 get in FREE all month long! Now tell us that isn't something to get excited about, much less plan a trip for!

Let your kids explore, learn something new and spend some quality family time, even when you are on a budget, in Jacksonville! Check out a list of participating attractions below, and trust us when we say our attractions are kid-approved! November is the perfect month to visit Jacksonville as the city host dozens of special sporting, music, cultural and holiday events that are also free to the public.

Because we can't leave out the small print: Valid only November 1 – November 30, 2015.  Up to 5 children (under 12) get in FREE with a general admission paying adult.  No coupon necessary.  Cannot be used for special events or combined with any other discounts/offers.  This offer is not intended for schools, organizations or associations. 

They have a nature unleased program at the MOSH involving hands on  and interactive experience with tornados , hurrricanes!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Spelling Bee

Dear Leon County homeschooling community:

The Spelling Bee for Leon County's homeschooled students will be held on Monday, November 16, 2015, at 7 p.m. The location is Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, 1700 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303 (corner of Tharpe and Meridian, around the corner from Lake Ella). The winner of this competition will advance to the Leon County Spelling Bee.

Eligibility: There are more eligibility rules available on the national spelling bee's website (http://www.spellingbee.com/eligibility), but here are the main ones you need to know for our competition: (1) Only residents of Leon County. (2) Only students who are grades 4 through 8. (3) Only students who were younger than 15 years of age as of August 31, 2015. (4) Only homeschoolers who are not affiliated with another school.
Entrance Fee: There will be a $7 entrance fee to defray the cost of registering with the national spelling bee organization, which you can pay after your registration. I'll send instructions once you register.
Registration: If you want to participate, send me an email (kwcox@hotmail.com) with the following information:
  • Speller's name
  • Speller's street address
  • Speller's age and grade level
Once I receive your registration, I will follow up within three days to confirm and provide any rules, details, study resources, or other instructions. If you don't hear back from me within three days, please follow up by email just in case I missed your registration.
Please let me know if you have any questions at all! I hope we have a great turnout!

Kevin Cox

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Free Math Class at FSU

Homeschooled children, ages 4-11, and their parent(s)
are invited to join us on the following Tuesdays this semester from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in room 3301 of the Stone Building at FSU.

October 20

November 3

November 17

December 1

December 15

We will investigate interesting mathematical problems and work together to understand them.

There is no fee to participate, and snacks will be provided.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Friday, 16 October 2015, noon – 6 p.m.
3000 Commonwealth Boulevard, Suite 1
Tallahassee FL  32303 
Thursday, 15 October 2015, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(Possible overflow to Wednesday, 14 October 2015, based upon demand)
3000 Commonwealth Boulevard, Suite 1
Tallahassee FL  32303


Advance reservations required for Cub Scout Night as spaces are limited.

For information and scheduling contact Christopher Williams or Frank Rupert:

Frank.Rupert@dep.state.fl.us 850-617-0334                                            

Additional information will be provided online at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/geology/ed_outreach/index.htm

The Open House will feature the museum with a dugong skeleton, an extinct mako shark jaw, and other exhibits. One of our drill rigs and extracted core samples will be on site. Geologists will explain both the workings of the rig and answer questions about the cores and some of the cuttings we receive and process. Some examples of offshore geophysical data, including side-scan sonar and sub-bottom profiling, will be on display. There will be a station set up with rocks and fossils from Florida and elsewhere. Microscopes will be available to examine rock and sediment samples with geologists on hand to assist and interpret. For younger guests, coloring sheets highlighting prehistoric life in Florida and sea shells and Play-Doh™ for experimentation with formation of fossil molds will be available. Staff will demonstrate and offer several visualizations of our geoscience work in Florida and provide tours of the new FGS facilities.