Backyard Bees of North America

Check out the Bees in Your Backyard blog to learn more about the bees you see everyday. They post pictures and info about individual bees and their habits. And while you’re at it, check out their new Backyard Bees of North America poster:

The backyard bees of North America poster displays over 130 different bee species, each pictured at 5x their actual size and grouped together roughly by family (except for the cuckoo bees). This poster is 24″ x 36″ and will ship in a 2″ x 26″ poster tube.

Opting Out of SAGE Tests

If you are dual-enrolling your child and have questions about opting out of SAGE testing, here are a few answers:

1. Do I have to opt out every year?

2. My principal won’t accept the opt out. What now?
State law says they have to. Use this opt out form:

3. My teacher said my son would take an alternate test that will count against my son if I opt out. Why?
State law allows that if a teacher is using SAGE for grades, that teacher can administer an alternate test to opt-out students and grade them on it. It should be pencil and paper if you have opted out of all computer adaptive tests. The teacher may not penalize your child for opting out by grading his/her test and applying it to your child’s grade, but not using SAGE test results for other students.

4. Our principal said Sup. Menlove’s letter from last year is no longer valid. Is it?
Of course it is. Make them show where the superintendent rescinded it.

Part-time and Dual Enrollment

With the new laws passed this summer, personalizing your children’s education just got easier. Do you have a 5th or 6th-grade age child who wants to take band or orchestra at the junior high? A new law states that parents can enroll their children in any grade they wish to, unless the school or district can give an adequate reason why it would not be appropriate for the child. This is perfect for those who dual-enroll their children, or who want to split their children’s education between home or online school and some classes at the local school. Also, yearly notarized homeschool exemption forms are no longer required, and children in online or public school can opt-out of year-end standardized testing. As before, children who are entirely homeschooled are not required to turn in progress reports to the state or district or take any standardized tests.

Be aware that some schools may not yet be aware of these changes, so you will have to mention the new laws when registering your child part-time.

Spring Planting Festival – May 10, 2014


10am – 3pm at Walden School 

(4230 N University Ave, Provo)

Class Schedule (All Classes are FREE)

10:30 – Aquaponics – Logan Lyons (Owner of Woodhead Gardens)

11:30 – Identifying and Using Wild Herbs – Learta Moulton (Author and Plant Identification Expert)

12:30 – Gardening in the Utah County Climate – Caleb Warnock (Author of Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency, Backyard Winter Gardening and The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast)

12:30 – Yoga for Kids – Farrah Petersen (Ashtanga Yoga Instructor) in a fun and energetic flow will help children shift from restless to relaxed while learning breathing techniques and mindful meditation.

1:30 – BeeKeeping – Leroy Heaton and Sam Wimpfheirmer

1:30 – Medicine from the Kitchen – Nick Zemp (Master Chinese Herbalist)

Utah Opera Presents: “Who Wants to be an Opera Star?”


To attend, please sign up here.


Utah Opera is thrilled to be hosting a special performance of our elementary school program “Who Wants to be an Opera Star?” for homeschool students.

This event will begin at 10 AM on Friday, May 23 in the Utah Opera Production Studios at 336 N 400 West Salt Lake City, UT 84108.

We will be filming this performance. Children of all ages are welcome, though we ask that parents walk into the hallway with noisy kiddos during the performance.

Any questions can be directed to Tracy Hansford at 801-869-9091 or