ImaginOn Launches Homeschool Rally Junior Edition Programming for 2018-2019

Homeschool Rally Junior Edition Racecar Program 2018We are thrilled to announce that Spangler Library downstairs at ImaginOn has officially launched its Homeschool Rally programming for children ages 5-11 for the 2018-2019 school year! Here's a listing of what's coming down the pipeline.

If you homeschool independently and/or are part of a homeschool community or collective, we would love to see you at our upcoming events! (Please note: In response to parent feedback after the success of last year, this year we are capping at 50 and requiring registration (which will open 30 days before each event). 

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Homeschool Rally Junior Edition: All the World’s a Stage! Puppetry and DramaRama

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, The Round

Homeschooled children ages 5-11 will explore arts activities. This month, school aged kids and tweens will read books, play games and do activities themed around theatre! Develop reading and comprehension skills by using scripts adapted from children's literature to increase your presentation and public speaking skills. From 11:00-12:00 we will focus on puppetry—from shadow puppets and finger puppets to marionettes and Muppetry—and everyone in the workshop will make his or her own paper bag puppets to take home! From 12:00-1:00 we will focus on acting games and improvisation, so come prepared to be silly! These back-to-back programs will have a (very) slight break in between, so please feel free to bring a snack; you are welcome to join for just one program, or we’d love you to stay for both. This year we are requiring registration and capping at 50, so sign up now!

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Homeschool Rally Junior Edition: Special Needs & Service Dogs

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 11:00am-2:00pm* (Note the time expansion)

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, The Round

Homeschooled children ages 5-11 will explore STEM & arts activities. This month, school aged kids and tweens will read books, play games and do activities themed around special needs and then will be invited to participate in Paws to Read. From 11:00-11:45, we will focus on the deaf experience with a member of the North Carolina Hands and Voices chapter and a member of the Cued Speech Transliteration program. Children in attendance will have an interactive, multi-layered experience learning basic American Sign Language as well as observing cued speech and learning more about how deaf children experience music and language, and we’ll end with a Q&A where you can ask questions to a deaf adult! From 11:45-12:15, we will have open stations and some special tools like Visual Simulation Glasses and a Beep Ball to explore what it’s like to live with certain disabilities. From 12:15-1:00, we will be learning about Braille and the blind experience, and we will end with a bonus hour of Paws to Read, where children can boost reading skills and confidence by reading to a certified therapy dog. These back-to-back programs will not have a scheduled break, but you are welcome to join for just one program, or we’d love you to stay for it all. This year we are requiring registration and capping at 50, so sign up now!

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Homeschool Rally Junior Edition: Music, Masterpieces, & Matisse

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, The Round

Homeschooled children ages 5-11 will explore STEM & arts activities. This month, school aged kids and tweens will read books, play games and do activities themed around Henri Matisse and musical instruments. From 11:00-11:45, based on the Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club lesson, discover the math in music by making your own music with wacky instruments. Then use your hands and feet to create a musical medley that makes a cool beat when put together as a group! From 11:45-12:00, join Miss Rene for a guided Art Tour of the ImaginOn building, and learn facts about the framed artwork throughout our building that was created by famous children’s book illustrators. Then, from 12:00-1:00, we will read Henri’s Scissors, and then you will have a chance to use your artistic flare to create a cut artwork masterpiece in the style of Henri Matisse. These back-to-back programs will not have a scheduled break, but you are welcome to join for just one program, or we’d love you to stay for it all. This year we are requiring registration and capping at 50, so sign up now!

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Homeschool Rally Junior Edition: Buildings & Birds

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, The Round

Homeschooled children ages 5-11 will explore arts activities. This month, school aged kids and tweens will read books, play games and do activities themed around buildings and birds! Develop reading and comprehension skills by using scripts adapted from children's literature to increase your presentation and public speaking skills. From 11:00-12:00, discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities, and experiments. Join us as we build with Kapla planks, Strawbees and other materials! From 12:00-1:00, come explore the characteristics that make birds unique. Discover why birds have different shaped beaks, play a round of "Bird Olympics", and learn to identify some of Charlotte's backyard birds by just their songs. These back-to-back programs will have a (very) slight break in between, with room for a Green Tour of the building to learn about its construction from renewable materials. Please feel free to bring a snack; you are welcome to join for just one program, or we’d love you to stay for both. This year we are requiring registration and capping at 50, so sign up now!

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Homeschool Rally Junior Edition: Forensics & the Five Sensational Senses

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 11:00am-1:00pm* (Note the date change)

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, The Round

Homeschooled children ages 5-11 will explore arts activities. This month, in honor of Sherlock Holmes’ birthday on January 6, 1854 and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on January 9th, school aged kids and tweens will read books, play games and do activities themed around forensics and the five senses! Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Not me, not you; then who? From 11:00-12:00, Learn about forensics, otherwise known as the art of using clues, to complete a story. Police departments use forensic science to solve crimes. Work with other homeschoolers to finish writing a collaborative mystery! From 12:00-1:00, we'll investigate and test your five senses with activities like scent matching, sound effect identification, optical illusions, and a jelly bean taste test. These back-to-back programs will have a (very) slight break in between, so please feel free to bring a snack; you are welcome to join for just one program, or we’d love you to stay for both. This year we are requiring registration and capping at 50, so sign up now!

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Homeschool Rally Junior Edition: Motion & Space

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 11:00am-1:00pm

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, The Round

Homeschooled children ages 5-11 will explore arts activities. This month, school aged kids and tweens will read books, play games and do activities themed around movement and motion from 11:00-12:00 and outer space from 12:00-1:00. Details on both to come! These back-to-back programs will have a (very) slight break in between, so please feel free to bring a snack; you are welcome to join for just one program, or we’d love you to stay for both. This year we are requiring registration and capping at 50, so sign up now!

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Homeschool Rally Junior Edition: Geodes, Stone Soup, & Rock Painting

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 11:00am-1:00pm

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, The Round

Homeschooled children ages 5-11 will explore arts activities. This month, school aged kids and tweens will read books, play games and do activities themed around geodes, stones, and rocks! From 11:00-12:00 we will be talking about Geodes. What is a Geode? How do you know if you have a Geode? We are going to find out the answers to these questions with hands on research with real Geodes! From 12:00-1:00, we will read the book Stone Soup by Heather Forest and discuss the value and importance of generosity. Then we will participate in the Kindness Rocks initiative (http://thekindnessrocksproject.com/one) by painting bright, positive messages of love and caring onto handheld stones that you can then hide around Charlotte for strangers to find and brighten their day. The goal of this program is to inspire others through random acts of kindness. Let’s share kindness with those around us! These back-to-back programs will have a (very) slight break in between, so please feel free to bring a snack; you are welcome to join for just one program, or we’d love you to stay for both. This year we are requiring registration and capping at 50, so sign up now!

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Homeschool Rally Junior Edition: The Power of Poetry & Colorful Chemistry

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 11:00am-1:00pm

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, The Round

 

Homeschooled children ages 5-11 will explore arts activities. This month, school aged kids and tweens will read books, play games and do activities themed around poetry—in honor of National Poetry Month—and colorful chemistry! From 11:00-12:00 we will host a Poetry Slam. Roses are red, your poems are too. If we show you how they’re written, could you read us a few? Discover several different forms of poetry and learn to create your own to share with us. And then, science time! What do purple cabbage juice, magic markers and your spice cabinet all have in common? Colors and chemistry! Join us from 12:00-1:00 to explore acid-base indicators, chromatography, and more in this hands-on science program. These back-to-back programs will have a (very) slight break in between, so please feel free to bring a snack; you are welcome to join for just one program, or we’d love you to stay for both. This year we are requiring registration and capping at 50, so sign up now!

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Homeschool Rally Junior Edition: The Science of Speed: Mini-Car Racing Competition

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 11:00am-1:00pm

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, The Round

 

Start your engines! With the Huntersville Soap Box Derby, all the upcoming NASCAR races taking place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the 25th annual Speed Street celebration, Charlotte is going NASCAR-happy! This month’s Homeschool Rally is our second annual build-your-own-miniature-car Speed Racing Competition! Construct your own racecars out of materials such as toilet paper tubes, dowels, spools, and rubber bands, and then test them out to see if you’ve got what it takes to win the race! This year we are requiring registration and capping at 50, so sign up now!

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Questions about our Homeschool Rally Junior Edition programs? Contact Becca Worthington, Children's Librarian, bworthington@cmlibrary.org or 704.416.4632.