Friday, December 28, 2012


What a whirlwind of a month December was for everyone at Constellation Academy!  Our first STARSHINE GALA NIGHT EXHIBIT was a great success - just look at all the wonderful works our families' homeschool students displayed!

There were plenty of imaginative log homes made by our Primary K4, K5, and Grade 1 students at the culmination of their My First Little House picture book studies based on the Laura Ingalls Wilder books!

Our Elementary students also studied Laura Ingalls Wilder in the full version of Little House in the Big Woods.  During our history study of the lifespan of Laura, we spent time on the inventions of Thomas Edison.  Students researched a different invention by him, wrote a report, and created their own 3-D model of the invention!

The Intermediate level students were immersed in the Middle Ages, creating a lapbook of the various topics studied of about the time as a compliment to the setting of our literature study of Marguerite de Angeli's The Door in the Wall.

They also created a number of art projects including mosaics, stained glass, and tapestry work.

A lovely project detailing the many herbs and spices used in medieval medicine . . .

PLUS - Cindy Mann, our sewing class teacher, displayed the work of budding seamstresses this semester!

Onstage, each group of homeschool scholars received a Certificate of Completion for their records, and took a bow for all their hard work - further documented in the comprehensive notebooks they compiled during the study.

But wait - there was more!

As a grand finale, the Parable Players performed a historical play about the pilgrims of Plimoth Plantation and the events leading up to the celebration of the first Thanksgiving.

The play was enhanced with their excellent performance of two Bell Choir selections.  Bravo Awards were given to all!

Fellowship, celebration, and refreshments followed with farewells til January when our new classes begin!


Beginning the week of the 21st of January, Constellation Academy classes with Miss Kathy start up again for the second semester.  There will be only three classes this semester.

CIVIL WAR DIARIES - Monday 1pm-3:30pm Intermediate Level; Tuesday or Wednesday, 1pm-3:30pm Elementary Level - Explore American History with Civil War Diaries - first person studies using primary sources, drama, and art to create a "you are there" experience.  Language arts and writing skills will be employed as a lapbook is created each week to document the studies.  Students will participate in a Civil War Ball with their family, and represent Constellation Academy at Vineland's Founder's Day in May - in costume - portraying some of the men and women of the Civil War.  They will culminate their studies onstage in Performance Portfolios and displays of their "diorama" project at the June Starshine Gala Exhibit Night.  Then - we'll close out the semester with a family trip to Gettysburg!

WRITERS ON THE WAY - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday mornings 10am-11:30pm - Choose which day is best for you!  Elementary and Intermediate students in a focused writing class for skill building in research, writing, and vocabulary usage.  Students will keep writing journals, learn editing secrets, and publish their work on our Writers on the Way blog HERE.  By June, we'll be publishing a Literary Magazine with the best of their best work!  NOTE:  There will be a short 6 week break mid-semester.

THE WORLD OF BEATRIX POTTER - Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday mornings 10am-11:30pm March-April - a SIX WEEKS ONLY class for K4, K5, and grade 1 students in the middle of the semester while the WRITERS ON THE WAY take a break.  Storytelling, dramatic play, and art are the primary vehicles used to explore Miss Potter's tales and the life and nature lessons they teach.   
For more details about these classes, or to copy and download a registration form, click on the Classes with Miss Kathy tab HERE.

There is a materials fee for each class which covers basic raw materials.  Miss Kathy's personal fee is via "love offering" as affordable per child/family each week - similar to music or tutoring lessons.  Contact Miss Kathy at Constellation Academy for more information HERE.

May you and yours welcome in this New Year 
with joy and gladness 
and fresh vision 
for all your homeschooling goals!

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