Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Check out the fun these kiddos had decorating gingerbread houses. Many thanks to Jamie Byerly for sharing her gingerbread skills!! :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Class Dismissed independent film

Hi moms, Would you be interested in watching this new independent film together sometime this winter/spring? You can view it here: http://classdismissedmovie.com/about-the-film/ We need to pay $75 for the private viewing fee and have somewhere to watch it with a projector.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Local tutor

Kristin Heimer is a local tutor and will have some tutoring openings for local students this winter, and thought there might be some homeschoolers who would be interested in a little extra help of that sort for their kids. All her information can be found at her website: http://mccooktutor.weebly.com/ Kristin said even though her listed hours are after school, for homeschoolers anytime after 10 a.m. weekdays could easily be worked out. She has an associate's degree in Bible.

Why homeschoolers love to homeschool

Hi everyone! I found this blog  and had to share the URL. If you are like me and sometimes feel frustrated or burnt out by homeschooling, maybe one or two or 50 of these reasons others love to homeschool will remind you why you're doing it. It was refreshing to me. -Kerri

Thursday, December 11, 2014

History of Christmas tree EKA class

Hi everyone, So far, we only have two signed up for the Enterprise Kids Academy class tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 12, 1-2 p.m. at McCook Community College's Weeth Theater). Please sign up as soon as possible if your child would like to attend! Children will learn about the history of the Christmas tree and will decorate their own tree to take home. Check out the previous post on how to register ... you can call the Center for Enterprise or go online to centerforenterprise.com. There, click on "register online," then click on calendar to take you to the class on Friday, Dec. 12.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Gingerbread Galore!

Hey folks, hope your December is off to a great start! We are gearing up for a fun day of building and decorating gingerbread houses. I hope that you will join us!! Please sign up via the survey below, it is really important that you sign up so we have enough gingerbread for all (Jamie is making it herself - Props to Jamie!!!!). Cost will be $10 per family and we are asking that you bring candies to share.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

History of the Christmas Tree — Enterprise Kids Academy

The next Enterprise Kids Academy class will be Friday, Dec. 12, 1-2 p.m., at McCook Community College’s Weeth Theater. Children will learn about the history of the Christmas tree and will decorate and take home their own miniature Christmas tree! Jamie Mockry, who heads MCC’s food services and owns Keystone Floral, is teaching the class, which is $15 per student. For more information, or to register, call 845.8122 or go online to centerforenterprise.com.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Art lessons!!!!

Hey fellow Schoolmarms, an Art Educator in the area has proposed the idea of having art lessons made available. Please take our survey and share your thoughts! We really want to hear from you, it gets lonely here on Blogger ;)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Enterprise Kids Academy's Friday class focuses on Van Gogh, sunflower art

            Marcia Bauerle, an award-winning mixed-media collage artist and certified art teacher from Imperial, will teach the Enterprise Kids Academy’s class this Friday, Nov. 14, 1-4 p.m. at McCook Community College’s McMillen Hall, Room 213.
            Students will explore the structure of a sunflower, including a brief understanding of Fermat’s spiral, Fibonacci numbers and inflorescence.
            They also will learn more about Vincent Van Gogh, including the rich artistic climate of France in the late 19th century, historical significance of the invention of paint tubes, Van Gogh's famous paintings, and ultimately, his sunflower series. They will view sunflower art by other artists as well.
             Participants in this class, which is geared for kindergarten through sixth graders, will produce their own 2-D piece of sunflower art using their choice of medium. Possibilities, dependent on skill level, interest, and desire, include crayon, colored pencil, oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic or paper collage. Parent participation is encouraged.
            For more information, or to register, call 308-345-8122 or go online to http://enterforenterprise.com. Click on the middle purple tab on the right, “register online,” then under “courses,” click “calendar.” This will take you to the November calendar. Scroll to Friday, Nov. 14, and choose the Enterprise Kids Academy art class.
            Enterprise Kids Academy is MCC’s Center for Enterprise’s new endeavor to support our youth and their families with quality learning opportunities. With enough financial support and participation from the community, Area Account Manager Lena Koebel said the Center for Enterprise will host one class per month indefinitely.
            “I am thrilled we can bring incredible learning opportunities to McCook that kids otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience in their hometown,” she said.
            Look for more information on the Center’s December offering on the Center for Enterprise’s website and on this blog. This class will be on the history of Christmas trees. Students will decorate their own tree to take home.  
            For more information on Enterprise Kids Academy, or to suggest future classes, please contact Koebel at 308-345-8124.

About Marcia Bauerle
            Using hand-painted papers and pieces of life, Bauerle creates stunning collage works in which composition, design, and balance are essential elements. Notable series in her body of work include images of sunflowers, aerial landscapes, views from U.S. Highway 6, and postcard-sized abstracts.
            She teaches courses at Mid-Plains Community College, and paints whenever life allows. Her work has been featured in Nebraska Life Magazine and has been included in gallery shows and competitions throughout the Midwest.  
            Her work currently is available through the Noyes Art Gallery in Lincoln.
            Learn more about her, or connect with her at http://marciabauerle.com



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Enterprise Kids Academy art class!

Friday, Nov. 14 is sure to be a fun-filled day for homeschoolers!

The next Enterprise Kids Academy will be an art class from 1 to 4 p.m. This will be right after Learning Labs and lunch.

Stay tuned for more information on this art class!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hope to see you there!!!

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How about those Learning Labs?!?

So, November is just around the corner....EeeeeK! Where has the time gone? With the end of the year quickly approaching it is time to sort of re-evaluate the Learning Labs. Where should we go from here? We are so curious to hear your thoughts.... 

Do you like them? 
How can we increase involvement?   
Should we continue on in the Spring? Say January - April 
If so are you willing to teach... We need your help ;) 
Is once a month working? 
Is Friday still working for those interested? 
Please share your ideas... :)

If you'd prefer not to comment below, feel free to email us at mccookhomeschool@gmail.com

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I promise this is the last post on Fun with Food!

The Center is continuing both "Fun with Food" classes. It would be nice if people could register by today (Thursday) so the instructor has enough materials for all the kids, but no one will be turned away if they show up tomorrow. Also, for the younger class (k-2), preschool aged kids are welcomed and encouraged to enroll. We have a few 3-year-olds who have enrolled. You can enroll by calling the Center for Enterprise at 308.345.8122, or do so online at www.centerforenterprise.com. Questions/concerns can be directed to me at 308.737.5776. -Kerri Long

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sign up by today (Oct. 22) for Enterprise Kids Academy: Fun with Food

Due to very low registration for the Enterprise Kids Academy: Fun with Food class (only two have signed up — one in each class), the Center for Enterprise needs to have everyone signed up by today, Wednesday, Oct. 22. If significantly more students aren't signed up, the Center is canceling this class. We have lots more amazing educational opportunities in store for the coming months. If you want to see these classes continue each month, we need participation. Let me know if you have any questions! Kerri Long 308-737-5776

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Enterprise Kids Academy Fun with Food at Community Hospital This Friday

Hi, everyone! This Friday's Enterprise Kids Academy's "Fun with Food" class is being held at Community Hospital of McCook's Prairie View Room. It is listed on the flyer, but I wanted to call your attention to it. Our last class was held at McCook Community College. Also, as you see on the flyer, the kindergarten through second grade class is 1 to 2 p.m. and the third through fifth grade class is 2 to 3 p.m. Parents who have children within these two age groups can enroll both children in the same class if they wish. Again, for more information, or to register, call 308-345-8122 or go online to http://enterforenterprise.com. Click on the middle purple tab on the right, “register online,” then under “courses,” click “calendar.” This will take you to the October calendar. Scroll to Friday, Oct. 24, and choose the class in which you wish to enroll your children. Enterprise Kids Academy plans one class per month indefinitely. To learn more about upcoming classes, please call Lena Koebel, area account manager, at 308-345-8124 or koebell@mpcc.edu

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Register for Enterprise Kids Academy: Fun With Food!

Hi everyone! To register for the Oct. 24 Enterprise Kids Academy Class: Fun With Food, go to the following link: https://register.centerforenterprise.com/wconnect/XPage.awp?&Page=XWelcome.htm Scroll down to Oct. 24 Enterprise Kids Academy: Fun With Food. You can choose the K-2 or 3-5 class. I hope to see you there as our children learn about nutrition and make some yummy food!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Next Enterprise Kids Academy class is Oct. 24

Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 24, for the second Enterprise Kids Academy! This class will focus on nutrition. Children will learn about healthy foods and will make their own yummy, healthy snack. There will be two classes, one for the younger children and one for the older ones. Cost for this class is only $5! Stay tuned — we will post more on the classes and how to register soon under the Enterprise Kids Academy tab!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Register for zoo animals class!

Hi everyone, If you want to enroll your child in the zoo animals (Riverside Discovery Center) class, it's super easy! Go online here, create an account, and pay with a debit or credit card:


Voila! We really hope for at least 10-12 homeschool kids so we can continue to have these classes monthly.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Thank you for checking out McCook Area Homeschool Happenings! 

We are a group of homeschoolers who want to enrich our children's educational experiences through guest speakers and teachers, field trips and spending time with other homeschool families. 

This blog will serve as a one-stop shop for homeschool happenings in McCook and surrounding communities. 

We hope you will stick around! Please feel free to ask questions and post your homeschooling events within our neck of the woods.