Thursday, December 4, 2014

Free Planetarium Show

Free Planetarium Show
December Skies Over Tallahassee

Come downtown to the Challenger Learning Center Digital Dome Theatre and Planetarium and enjoy a free planetarium show on December 6 at 10 a.m."December Skies over Tallahassee" is created and presented by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society. The December sky over Tallahassee will be reviewed including prominent constellations, stars and planet positions.

Stick around for the 11:00am showing of "Let it Snow." This show will be 50% off per ticket for each guest who attends the 10:00am free Planetarium show

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Free Orion Viewing Party

Orion First Flight Viewing Party
TOMORROW | 6:30am - 1:00pm

Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee is hosting a viewing party for the Exploration Test Flight-1 of NASA'S Orion, the new spacecraft that will enable humans to explore further into space than ever before. Join us tomorrow as we celebrate kick-off of the next chapter of space exploration! All activities are free and open to the public. All are welcome; no reservation required.


6:30 a.m. - IMAX doors open - complimentary continental breakfast

7:02 a.m. - Exploration Test Flight-1 launch on IMAX screen
After launch - Demonstrations and hands-on activities

10:30 a.m. - Skype Q&A session in the IMAX Theatre with Hal Murdock, Director of Strategy and Business Development for ATK

11:00 a.m. - IMAX Theatre re-opens for viewing of Orion splashdown

11:30 a.m. - Planned splashdown of Orion
*Please note: schedule subject to change if launch changes.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tropicana Speech Contest

The Homeschool 2015 4H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest will be held on Monday, January 5, 2015 in Room 308 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 31, 2015 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 Thursday, December 4, 2014.  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 with any questions.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Spelling Bee

ear Leon County homeschooling community:

The Spelling Bee for Leon County's homeschooled students will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 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 (, 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, 2014. (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 ( 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, November 19, 2014

2014 Greenville Country Christmas Art Contest

Sponsored by:
Renewed Life Outreach Center
1376 SW Grand Street
Greenville, FL 32344

“Country Christmas” Postcard

1st Place Winners - Blue Ribbon & Twenty-Five Dollars
2nd Place Winners - Red Ribbon & Fifteen Dollars
3rd Place Winners - White Ribbon & Ten Dollars

** Winner’s names and photos will be placed in the Madison County Carrier and Monticello News.**

· To participate, you must be: (1) a student in a Madison County School (public, private, or homeschool) and (2) be in grade Pre-K through 12th.

· Participants must create individual projects; no group entries.
· Student must put their (1) name, (2) teacher’s name, (3) school grade & (4) phone number on the backside of the artwork.
· Paper size must be 4 inches wide by 6 inches long.
· Acceptable Art Materials: paint, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, pens, chalk, glitter
· Images can be vertical or horizontal.
· No computer generated images, stickers or photographs allowed.
· Entries will be judged on art quality, theme, creativity, and originality.
· Limit one entry per student.
· No matting or mounting allowed.
· Four Groups Judged: Pre-kindergarten through Kindergarten, 1st through 3rd Grade, 4th through 8th Grade, and 9th through 12th Grade
· There will be a total of 12 winners: 4 - 1st place, 4 - 2nd place & 4 - 3rd place
· Winners will be announced from the gazebo in Haffye Hayes Park, Hwy. 90, Greenville, FL 32331 on 12/13/14 between 11:30 am and 1 pm.
· All entries will be on display in the American Legion’s Building, 133 Broad Street, Greenville, FL 32331 on 12/13/14 between 9 am and 4 pm.
· All entries, ribbons and prizes must be picked up at the American Legion’s Building between 4 and 5pm on 12/13/14. Also, photos for the newspaper will be taken within that hour.
· Any entries left behind will be thrown away.

To Enter Your Artwork In The Contest, Just Follow These Two Easy Steps:
1. Follow the above guidelines.
2. Submit your artwork one of three ways: (1) mail it to Jerri Peterson, 87 Meadow Drive, Monticello, FL 32344, (2) take it to your school's principal's office, (3) take it to the Madison County Library, 378 College Loop, Madison, FL 32340

**Note - The entries must be received on or before December 7, 2014.**
For more information, go to or call Jerri Peterson at (850)294-2041.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Free Literary Locals Program

Hello Homeschoolers!

The cold breeze has set in and the Knott House could not be more excited for this Fall season! I have contacted you this summer about the literary program called “Literary Locals and Their Homes” on November 15th that will appeal to the creative processes and interests of Luella Knott at the Knott House and Laura Jepson at Lichgate on High. I do hope that your families and friends will be able to attend our program. It’s a light and fun way to work as a team while engaging your literary and creative capabilities. I have attached a flyer with the date and times, as well as the activities that will take place. Please feel free to share the flyer with anyone you feel might be interested in participating in a Poetry and Playwriting exercise. The program is free and open to the public. 

Please feel free to communicate any questions or concerns to me via this email address or at the Knott House at 850.922.2459

Best regards,
Ana Perez

Anairis Perez
Museum Educator 
Knott House Museum | Museum of Florida History 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Family Concert

Free Concert

Dear Homeschool Groups,

Opening Nights Performing Arts is Florida State University’s performing arts series that engages the university, local, and global communities in creative experiences and spotlights Florida State’s commitment to the arts. Education experiences have always been at the center of Opening Nights’ mission, with master classes, performances, and workshops for students of all ages.

We would like to invite homeschool families to attend a FREE performance by The Hot Sardines on November 19 at 10:30 am at Opperman Music Hall. The Sardines perform music from the 1920's written in both english and french – their public performance (which will be that night) sold out in a matter of days and we are thrilled to have a daytime performance for students. The concert will last about an hour and is recommended for GRADES 9-12. 

To attend the performance please register your homeschool group online. CLICK HERE to register and to learn more about the performance.

All the best,


Ashley Kerns
Opening Nights Performing Arts
Florida State University

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tallahassee Museum Homeschool Program


I'm writing on behalf of the Tallahassee Museum to provide information about our homeschool class.  Our classes are $7 per student and run for 1 hour.  They usually involve a live animal encounter and a hands on activity.  We do require registration ahead of time because often times we would be signing people in when it's time for the program to start.  I hope this information is useful to you, and could possibly be put on your forum!


This is a link to more information:


Our themes for the rest of the year are:

October 21st: Night Creatures

November 4th: Drop in the Bucket

November 18th: Mammals

December 4th: Fall Farm Day

December 16th: Red Wolves

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!


Laura Augustine

School and Community Programs Coordinator Tallahassee Museum

3945 Museum Drive

Tallahassee, FL 32310

(850) 575-8684 ext. 115

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra

From the website:


Open Rehearsal

Music lovers are invited to observe the dress rehearsal for a performance of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall and watch our conductor DARKO BUTORAC interact with the orchestra. When available, conductors and artists may speak with to attendees during the break or following the rehearsal.
We invite you to join us 30 minutes prior to the start of the rehearsal for refreshments in the lobby of Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.
2014-2015 Season Open Rehearsal Dates and Times
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014, 12:00noon-2:30pm
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Friday, May 2, 2014, 12:00pm-2:30pm