Monday, June 22, 2015

Curriculum Share Night

Hey Ladies, hope you are all enjoying your Summer thus far :) Just wanted to remind you all of our Curriculum Share Night coming up this Thursday (June 25th) at 7 pm.  It will be held at Grace Baptist Church (where Learning labs are held).  Please bring along any curriculum that you have so that others can browse through it.  This as an opportunity to gain new ideas about the different curricula and methods out there and share what we love about home-schooling.  I (Robyn Smith) will also be bringing some Usborne books and there will be dessert!! Hope to see you there!! :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dancing Leaf Lodge kick off to summer

We had so much fun at Dancing Leaf Lodge in the late summer that we are going back June 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This time will be a little different program. Jan and Les are semi-retired and plan to fully retire soon, so this may be one of the last opportunities your child will have to hear the couple make history come alive through their amazing storytelling and artifacts. This program will be geared toward nature. We'll start with a two-hour program and then have a picnic lunch. Afterward, the couple will lead us on a nature hike where we will learn about native plants and animals. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Please RSVP to Karen Storrs at 308.350.1689 or Kerri Long at 308.737.5776.

Around the World!

Please join us on an "Around the World" adventure on May 8th where we will be visiting Norway, Mexico, Haiti, Austria, England and Australia!!!

 Festivities will be held at Grace Baptist Church here in McCook and will begin at 10 am.  Please plan on bringing a dish to share for our international potluck to follow the event.  There will be no additional charge.  Students are also asked to bring a picture of themselves no bigger than (3x3") for their passport ;).  Please sign up below, we look forward to seeing you there!!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Summer Kids Academy!

Summer is just around the corner! McCook Community College's Summer Kids Academy will have great classes all summer long for children. In June alone, there will be classes offered in SCUBA, edible fruit arrangements, yoga and making enchanted gardens. Click here to see classes and register!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Arbor Day celebration

Would anyone be interested in seeing if our kids can participate in this? Please text me at 308.737.5776. -Kerri

Thursday, April 16, 2015

April Enterprise Kids Academy class: Basics of Electricity

It's electric! We're not talking about the slide, but what's up next for Enterprise Kids Academy! Children will learn what makes a circuit work and recognize that the transfer of electricity in an electrical circuit requires a closed loop; identify materials that act as thermal conductors or insulators; investigate how electricity is generated and delivered; and discover possible hazards that occur around electricity and how to use it safely during the April Enterprise Kids Academy class. The class will be at McCook Community College's McMillan Hall, Room 201, on Wednesday, April 29, from 1-2 p.m. for 4- to 8-year-olds and 2:30-4 p.m. for children ages 9 and older. Jennifer Swerczek, energy education specialist at NPPD is teaching the class, which costs $5 per student. Register at the Center for Enterprise's website,, or call 345.8122.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Art and Music Night!

Art & Music Night is Wednesday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. at McCook Christian Church Soup will be provided following the performances. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Family & friends are welcome to attend. We will have places to display any and all types of artwork; pre-schoolers also are welcome to display their works. A piano will be available. Students are encouraged to share their musical talents, recitation skills, etc. Questions? Text Sarah at 340.1372 or email Create your own user feedback survey

Monday, March 30, 2015

April Learning Labs Sign-Up

The upcoming Learning Labs will be April 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.  We will have special guests, Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, who will share some of their adventures in the Old West with us.  The following labs also will be offered:

1) Poetry
2) PE
3) Health/Science 
4) Crafts

Please sign up by April 3.  There will be a $5 charge per student or $10 per family for supplies.  If you'd like to join us for a little hang-out time afterward, please bring a sack lunch. Hope to see you there!
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Art and Music Night

Homeschoolers who want to show off their art are invited to participate in Art Night.

Sarah Hoyt is hosting the event, which will be held at the McCook Christian Church.

If your children are interested, please RSVP by Friday, March 27.  Date of the event is yet to be

determined, based upon interest.  For questions and additional information, please contact Sarah Hoyt

at 308-340-1372.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

March Enterprise Kids Academy: Fire science

Fire science is the topic for the March Enterprise Kids Academy class!

MCC Director of Fire Science Tim Zehnder is teaching the class Wednesday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at MCC's McMillan Hall Room 213.

The class is free and open to children of all ages.

Students will learn facts about fire — what fire requires in order to burn, how dangerous fires can be and much more.

Please Sign up here 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

S.C.O.R.E camp in Imperial

The S.C.O.R.E camp in Imperial is taking registrations for its summer camp, which is the second week in June. This science-based camp fills up really quickly, so if your child wants to go, you should register ASAP at www.scorecamp.com Registrations began March 1.

If you're wondering what you would do for six hours in Imperial, the online registration has an option for parents to say "yes" to volunteering.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Rowe Sanctuary - Sandhill Crane Field Trip - Date Moved!!

Hey!! We have pushed back the date for the Rowe Sanctuary field trip to April 3rd.  If you would like to join us, please sign up below.  Thanks!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

March Learning Labs!!

The Iditarod begins on Mush.. ahem, March, we thought it would be fun to incorporate that theme throughout the upcoming labs which will be on March 13th.  The labs will include :

1)  Iditarod lab - all about the "Last Great Race"
2)  Poetry lab 
3)  Cooking lab - snacks (not lunch this time)
4)  Science lab

There is a $5 charge per student or $10 per family, fees cover supplies.  Bring a sack lunch to have a little hang out time afterwards.  Please sign-up by the 6th.  Hope to see you there!!

Reminder for Learning Labs: Each student should bring as many poems as they like. These should be written by other authors and can be copied by hand, typewritten, or photocopied. We will have some time to add illustrations and will also be working on the cover for our poetry books in addition to learning about the Iditarod. ALSO they should have written a limerick and/or a concrete (shaped) poem for their books. I've attached the information. Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you on Friday! - from Sarah Hoyt :) 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Around the World" Learning Labs - Prep

We are preparing for our year end (HOLY SMOKES where's the year gone!!!) learning labs - on May 8th.  We will be doing an around the world theme with 6 countries or cultures represented and an international potluck to follow.  If any mom out there is interested in doing a 20 minute session on a country please contact Jamie Byerly or email us here at and we will pass the word on.  

So far, Norway, Mexico and Haiti are taken... so the possibilities are wide open.

Thanks! Hope you all have a fantabulous week enlightening the hearts and minds of your kiddos, what an awesome task!!

Creationism Presenter - February 27th

Carl Kerby a sought after presenter on Creationism will be at McCook E-Free this Friday- February 27th.  The first session will be at 10 am and geared toward 3rd - 5th graders and the second session will be at 2 pm for 6th grade and up.  Please come ready to ask questions!! If you have any questions contact Jamie Byerly.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dissecting class Feb. 27 at MCC

Class geared toward fourth grade through high school students

            For parents who don’t regularly get out their dissection kits to check out an animal’s insides on their kitchen tables (I think that’s most of us), the next Enterprise Kids Academy’s class is a great opportunity for your children!
            McCook Community College biology instructor Rob Bogardus is teaching a dissecting class Friday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Barnett Hall Room 112.
            The cost is $15, which includes a dissection kit. The class is for students in fourth grade through high school. Parent participation is encouraged.
            For more information or to enroll your child in the class, please call 308.345.8122 or go online to There, click on “register online”, then “calendar.” Scroll down the February calendar to Feb. 27, where you will find the Enterprise Kids Academy’s dissecting class.
            Enterprise Kids Academy’s mission is to support our youth and their families with quality learning opportunities.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Rowe Sanctuary - Sandhill Crane Field Trip!

One of the greatest phenomenons in North America happens right here in Nebraska, the Sandhill Crane migration.  Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us for a trip to Rowe Sanctuary in Gibbon, NE on Friday, March 6th. Students will participate in the C.S.I. program beginning at 11:00 to 1:00 pm (approx).  Please sign-up by the 27th of February, so that we can coordinate with the facilitator.  There is a small charge of $3 per student for the 2 hour session.  Please visit their website for more information.  If anyone wants to carpool we can arrange that too!  Thanks!

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February Learning Labs

Hey, please join us for Learning Labs on February 13th 10 am to 12 pm.  The Upcoming LL's include: Poetry, Literature, Science and Show and Tell.

We will also be having a valentine exchange!  If you'd like your little sweetheart(s) to participate, please make sure that they bring a decorated container of some sort (box, bag, oatmeal container... whatever).  We will set the containers out in the lunch room and let the kids exchange during lunch.  We will let you know by the 9th how many valentines your child needs to bring.  Please make sure to sign up by the 6th.

Please remember to bring your autobiographical poem!  Feel free to decorate or illustrate your poetry.  Using a regular size 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of paper is best.  Also, everyone is encouraged to write a haiku (or two) and bring it/them as well!  Below you will find the
 instructions for the autobiographical poems.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

McCook Evangelical Free - Women's Retreat this weekend!

The McCook Evangelical Free Church will be hosting a women's retreat this Friday, Jan 30th and Saturday, Jan 31st. This is open to all women in the community and there are few of sessions geared toward teen girls. For more information check out this brochure.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Free Enterprise Kids Academy class, "The World Around Us"

The January Enterprise Kids Academy class, "The World Around Us," is scheduled for this Friday, Jan. 23 at MCC McMillen Hall room 213. This class is free! McCook Community College international students will share about their native country, language, popular foods, traditions and customs with participants during the hour-long class, which starts at 11 a.m. (Note, this is a time change from the original schedule, which originally was at 9 a.m.). Children of all ages are welcomed to attend. To register, call 308.345.8122; go online to, click on "register online," then on the next page under "courses," click on "calendar," then scroll down to Friday, Jan. 23, "Enterprise Kids Academy." Please disregard the time online; it hasn't been changed to reflect the new time. The next Enterprise Kids Academy, by popular request, is dissecting! This class is for fourth grade through high school students and is Friday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in MCC biology teacher Rob Bogardus's classroom. Please check this blog for more information or contact Kerri Long at 308.737.5776.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hey Everybody, Hope you'll join us for Learning Labs this coming Friday! The labs being taught will be: Writing, Gym, Cooking and a mystery lab (Not sure what this will be). Students are asked to bring their completed Squanto folder to the writing lab (from November, I believe Sarah mentioned this on Facebook) a small mixing bowl and pastry cutter. Please contact Jamie Byerly (308)-340-1406 if you have any questions, Thanks! Hope to see you there!