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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

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Classical Kids Events



Kids Forum - Bethel
DATE(S): Jan 12, 2015
TIME(S): 3:30-5:15
LOCATION: The Blue Cottage at 17 Long Meadow Lane in Bethel, CT
AGES: All ages
DESCRIPTION: For more than a decade, Classical Kids has organized this monthly gathering that allows students of all ages to present some of the subjects they study at home. This forum is a time for kids to share their insights and inspire each other. Children are invited to share any of their ongoing work; for example, a child may recite a poem, share a book report and illustration, or share something interesting about a history subject. Children studying music are welcome to bring their instruments to play.

Student presentation running time suggestions:

  • Children Pre-K-K: 2 minutes
  • Children Grades 1-6: 6 minutes
  • Children Grades 7-12: 12 minutes

Each Forum will include one presentation that is 15 minutes in length. A presentation with this duration must be reserved in advance. Children of any age are eligible for such a time slot, but only once per child per school year, please. To reserve such a slot for your child, please contact Diane Speed at email address below.

This fall, the Kids Forums will be held in a smaller space, so seating is limited. We're holding the Forum in a space in a cottage on the Speed's property.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

The Classical Kids homeschool group welcomes all homeschoolers regardless of race, creed, or religion.

For tips and suggestions of how to best prepare your child for a presentation at the Kids Forum, see document: Preparing Your Child for the Kids Forum, in the CK Publications area of the library. The link is listed below.

This Classical Kids - Bethel event appears in Kids Activities & Athletics of the Classical Kids website. It also appears in the Classical Kids event listings.

WEB SITE: http://www.classicalkids.net/library_list.cfm?CAT=18
RSVP: Contact Diane Speed via email: dspeed@salientcomm.com
COST: Free
POSTED: by Diane Speed on Sep 29, 2014

Creative Arts Fair - Bethel
DATE(S): Feb 9, 2015
TIME(S): 3:30-5:15
LOCATION: United Methodist Church at 141 Greenwood Ave in Bethel, CT
AGES: All ages
DESCRIPTION: This fair is an opportunity to celebrate the many creative interests in our group. Past fairs have included displays of paintings, drawings, pottery, photography, sculpture, collage, knitting, poetry, Lego creations, and more! Displays about artists, types of art, or related topics are also welcome.

About participating:

  • There will be no judging or prizes for projects in the fairs, only recognition for participation.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to view the other displays and ask questions.

    RSVP: Please RSVP today. Please include the names and ages of your children, and your contact information.

    Contact Janet Perlman at email address below.

  • RSVP: Contact Janet Perlman via email: catsandmath@aol.com
    COST: Free. Donations for church accepted.
    POSTED: by Diane Speed on Dec 11, 2014

    Homeschooling Fundamentals Workshop - Bethel
    DATE(S): Mar 15, 2015
    TIME(S): 1:00-4:00 PM
    LOCATION: The Blue Cottage at 17 Long Meadow Lane in Bethel, CT
    AGES: 21 and older
    DESCRIPTION: The decision to homeschool is a daunting one. Parents ask themselves, "Am I qualified to be my child's teacher?" They often worry about missing essential topics or even entire subjects that are critical for a thorough academic plan. Few newcomers to homeschooling are aware of the wide range of options now available -- options that make it feasible for parents to provide their kids with a world-class education.

    This workshop provides essential information that empowers you to create an effective, workable educational plan. It also gives you concrete tools for effective homeschooling:

    • The Trivium. Using this ancient model of cognitive development to inspire your child and enhance his or her intellectual capabilities.
    • Great books. Using "great books" as the core of your homeschool curriculum. Plus: "Living books" vs. textbooks.
    • Developing a love of learning & child-led learning. Games and projects for learning as alternatives to worksheets.
    • Reading. Establishing good reading habits in your household.
    • Developing writing skills in your student. The limited role of grammar, handwriting, and dictation in developing your child's "voice" in writing.
    • The home-educator as manager. Goal-setting and end-of-year assessments.

    Other topics that will be addressed:

  • transitioning to homeschooling from school
  • homeschooling multiple children
  • schedules
  • scope & sequence
  • motivating your child.

    This workshop will provide essential information and peace of mind when making an educational plan for your student.

    Space is limited. Your payment secures your spot in the workshop.

    About the facilitator
    Diane Speed, founder of the Classical Kids Network and homeschooler for more than a dozen years, created and will present this workshop. To read her complete biography, use link below.

    RSVP: Contact Diane Speed at email address below or 203-744-2321

  • WEB SITE: http://hscollegebound.com/hs-fundamentals.htm
    RSVP: Contact Diane Speed via email: dspeed@salientcomm.com
    COST: $89 - includes printed materials. Couples $150.
    POSTED: by Diane Speed on Nov 30, 2014

    Science and Technology Fair - Bethel
    DATE(S): Apr 13, 2015
    TIME(S): Fair 3:30-5:45
    LOCATION: United Methodist Church at 141 Greenwood Ave in Bethel, CT
    AGES: All ages
    DESCRIPTION: For the sixth year in a row, we will gather at for a Science and Technology Fair. Demonstrations and displays of any science discipline, scientist, or scientific achievement from a scientific or historical perspective are welcome.

    Need some ideas to get started? Astronomy, Botany, Physics, Meteorology, Chemistry, Robotics, Electronics, Environmental Science, Computer Programming . . . the possibilities are endless!

    About participating:

  • There will be no judging or prizes for projects in the fair, only recognition for participation.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to view the other displays and ask questions.

    Please feel free to contact Janet at email address below with questions about the event. Please include the names and ages of your children, and your contact information.

    Please RSVP by April 1, 2015.

  • Due to space limitations, there is a sign-up list for this event.
  • Classical Kids members will have first chance at reserving space.
  • Any unclaimed spaces will be offered to the greater home schooling community after March 30th.
  • Signing up means that you intend to participate. You don't need to know what you will be displaying until we get closer to the date.
  • If you change your mind at a later date, just let us know so that we can allow someone else to move into that spot.

    To RSVP the Fair, contact Janet at email address below.

    This Classical Kids event appears in Kids Activities & Athletics of the Classical Kids website. It also appears in the Classical Kids event listings.

  • RSVP: Contact Janet Perlman via email: catsandmath@aol.com
    COST: Free. Donations for church accepted.
    POSTED: by Janet Perlman on Aug 22, 2013