Monday, May 12, 2008

G.U.E.S.S. Homeschool Science Fair Sponsors: Please Steal This Post

most of this post is brought to you by my beautiful and brilliant friend, Lydia - is the homeschooling mom of two amazing and delightful children, Benny (Irene's age) and Sadie (4 1/2). This post is brought to you by her - you can see the original here - and i'm going to put a few comments at the bottom too.

The G.U.E.S.S. Homeschool Science Fair took place on May 5th in Norfolk VA, where smart young scientists shared their research and conclusions with their peers, their families, and the judges. Fun was had, friends were made, hypotheses were proven, and prizes were awarded! Thank you to all the sponsors of the G.U.E.S.S. Homeschool Science Fair!

If you would like to help thank these generous sponsors by boosting their links on key search words, please steal this post, links and all, and republish it to your blog. When you’ve done this, email and let us know, so that we can add you to our “Science Fair Bloggers” and give you some links and traffic too! You’ll get a link on Little Blue School, Homeschooled Twins, and on the homeschool science fair web site. Need the code? Click here to get the .txt file with all the links in place.

Moore Expressions is a homeschool bookstore in Virginia Beach, VA. They sell used and new homeschooling curriculum, host a support group, and publish a newsletter called the Bayith Educator. They are the premier source for homeschooling books in the Hampton Roads area.

Art of Dance Academy is a dance and theater school on the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. They offer “Tiny Tots” toddler dance classes, youth classes for ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop, and adult classes too. Most importantly, the host the famous summer princess dance camp.

Norfolk Karate Academy offers classes in Tang Soo Do (Korean karate) and Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Brazilian grappling and self-defense). With classes for children, teens, and adults, it’s a great way for anyone to get in shape and kick things in a socially acceptable way!

Nauticus is Norfolk’s maritime museum and home of the USS Wisconsin battleship. The hot new exhibit is Seabots: Pilots of the Deep! Have you seen it? Nauticus is in the process of setting up a Homeschool Advisory Group to talk about homeschool science programs at the museum.

Mariner’s Museum has amazing programs for homeschoolers learning about maritime science, history, and even pirates! Their next homeschool open house is on May 15th and features a class in pirate lore. Visit Mariner’s Museum for historical exhibits and educational programming. offers homeschool curriculum packages to take the guesswork out of selecting materials that compliment each other to create a whole year of learning for your homeschooler. Three collections are available for each level, and individual books are for sale too.

Brooks Systems offers standalone software and web applications that check legal compliance in all municipalities in all fifty states, and create truth-in-lending documents for residential lenders. Using Brooks for your automated mortgage compliance, you can be sure your loans are safe.

Dr. Bernard Nebel has written two books to help homeschool teachers integrate learning in different areas of the curricula into one living breathing learning experience. His new book, Building the Foundations for Scientific Understanding, is a science curriculum for K-2.

Young Chef’s Academy is a marvelous kitchen classroom with amazing cooking classes for kids. Go ahead - cover yourself in flour! Most amazing of all: their summer camp offerings are themed around the Olympic Games. Cook for the Gold with Camp Can-I-Cook in Norfolk this summer.

Mad Science is Hampton Roads’ premier provider of science enrichment classes for children. Summer classes include “Crazy Chemistry” and a space camp developed with NASA! New homeschool science classes are being offered in Norfolk and VA Beach, with more planned for fall.

eScienceLabs creates boxes of joy for science loving homeschoolers. In each kit is a complete science experience — from individual lessons to full years of high school labs. Hands-on science kits are the answer to your laboratory woes. Everything is in there: test tubes, goggles, and fun.

Folkmanis Puppets makes the most delightful animal puppets available outside Santa’s workshop. Meet their most unusual creations like llamas, Chinese dragons, ostriches, flying squirrels. Unusual materials create realistic textures, and they all move in very realistic ways. Irresistible.

Book Exchange is the largest used bookstore in Eastern Virginia. Unlike most musty and confusing used stores, this one is clean, bright, inviting, and has a huge selection of used homeschool books.

Thank you for your help in promoting these homeschool-friendly sites. They took a risk on sponsoring us in the first year of our science fair, and we appreciate their support.

if there were a way that I could live in Virginia (preferably right next door to lydia), and still be close to my family, i'd do it in a heartbeat. well, i suppose it would be important for rob to be able to telecommute for his job too b/c he really likes it - *I* really like his job too. but, back to this - when i first read one of lydia's posts about Mad Science, i was very envious. irene has just really started truly enjoying science and science projects and she participated in the school science fair, so i've been looking for different science things. so, i was excited for lydia and benny and sadie and all the people in virginia, but sad for us here. well, guess what? yesterday, while we were at Art In The Garden, there was an area for kids - several fun free things (free is good!) and the Mad Science folks ere there!! irene and rhys both had fun with them. they got to do a few different things with them and i got a brochure. i don't think that any of the science camps will work for us this year, but hopefully at another time we can do them.

and Folkmanis Puppets puppets! we LOVE them! rhys has a lion by folkmanis and irene has a fairy ballerina and a few other small fairies by them. truly, everything that lydia said about them is true - they are delightful and lifelike and so fun to play with and pretend with.

Book Exchange sounds just like the kind of place the kids and i could spend hours and hours. the only used bookstores i've found around here so far are not really kid friendly and don't have so many kid books.

there is not a sponsor on the G.U.E.S.S. list of sponsors that i'd not be pleased to patronize. Lydia and her fellow homeschoolers that put the Science Fair together did an amazing job and the businesses that sponsored them are really wonderful! The pictures of the kids show how much fun they had.

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