Hello Marvelous Homeschooling Families,

Have you ever heard a speaker or met a professional who transformed your thinking in some way? Or perhaps they sparked a light under a brand new passion or path in your life? There’s a unique magic in connecting directly with professionals, experts, artists, and authors that transcends the pages of books and lesson plans. These experiences offer our homeschoolers more than knowledge; they provide a glimpse into the passion, creativity, and real-world applications of what they’re learning. Beyond that, perhaps these opportunities spark undiscovered interests and curiosity. This week, let’s delve into the profound impact of hearing from these remarkable individuals, exploring the why behind the value they bring to our educational journey. We are thrilled to showcase three upcoming events that are just a sampling of what you continue to experience at our school.

Exploring Ethnobotany with Daniel Potter & Sierra Monarch Rescue

Join us on a botanical adventure with renowned ethnobotanists Daniel Potter of UC Davis and individuals from Sierra Monarch Rescue. Their wealth of knowledge will unveil the stories hidden within the flora of our region, offering our homeschoolers a unique perspective on the interconnectedness of nature. Through hands-on activities and captivating visuals, this experience promises to plant the seeds of curiosity and wonder.

Imagine a young Jane Goodall attending a similar event where she had the chance to hear from a passionate ethnobotanist. Inspired by their tales of nature’s wonders, she discovered her love for studying primates and the environment, later becoming a pioneering figure in wildlife conservation.

Field Trip: Words Take Wings at Mondavi Center

Immerse yourselves in the magic of storytelling as we attend Words Take Wings at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis. Award-winning author Thanhhà Lại will take center stage, weaving tales that resonate with the hearts of our young learners. This celebration is a gateway to worlds unseen and lessons profound, providing an opportunity to explore literature’s vast landscape.

Picture a young J.K. Rowling attending a similar literary event. Inspired by the author’s captivating words, she found her own voice and passion for writing, ultimately crafting the enchanting world of Harry Potter.

Artistic Expression with Romano Garcia

Step into the realm of creativity with our papier-mâché workshop led by the talented Romano Garcia. Discover the cultural significance of papier-mâché doll-making in Mexico and the therapeutic aspects of this traditional craft. Romano’s expertise not only nurtures artistic skills, but also imparts a deeper understanding of how creativity can be a tool for healing and self-expression.

Consider the impact of a similar workshop on a budding artist. Perhaps it was here that a young Frida Kahlo, exposed to the rich traditions of papier-mâché, found a medium to express her unique perspective and later became a celebrated surrealist painter.

These events offer our homeschoolers an opportunity to interact directly with professionals, broadening their horizons and encouraging them to explore new realms of knowledge. Join us on these upcoming adventures, and let the joy of learning unfold in the hearts of our young explorers.


Kara Parkins, Parent Support Advisor