Sunday, May 31, 2009

Oct. program

Oct. 9 -- Middle Eastern marketplace. Experience shopping in a different culture, in many ways unchanged for hundreds of years. Held in West Des Moines in partnership with the WDM HSAP. Details TBA. Expecting: a session for older and younger kids, $3/student, and a cap of 35 children.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Visit with a Veteran

Considering a visit with a WWII veteran around Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. Not many left, and feel like they ought to be remembered. Other veterans would be interesting, too, but I'm guessing that they aren't available to talk during a Friday afternoon because they're young enough to be working. Three Sisters wants to give the homeschool community what it desires -- leave a comment.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

2009-2010 Programming

On the calendar:

August 28 at 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Monarch Tagging. Presented by a Polk County Conservation naturalist. Catch, tag, and release monarchs on the prairie. $2 per child. Registration opens Aug. 1.

August 28 at 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Monarch Tagging. Presented by a Polk County Conservation naturalist. Catch, tag, and release monarchs on the prairie. $2 per child. Registration opens Aug. 1.

Sept. 18 at 10 and 11 a.m. Renaissance Day. Grades 1 -3 at 10 - 11 a.m.; Grades 4 and up from 11 - noon. $2/kid. Registration opens August 18. Topics include calligraphy, peasant dancing, games and sports, and stained glass. Kids will take home calligraphy and stained glass. If you would like to bring a poster to show everyone what you have learned prior to this program, let us know and we'll provide an easel. There is a playground on the property if you need to occupy one age group while the other is in the program.

Sept. Programming

We're taking definite steps toward Sept. programming, a Renaissance Day. Arrangements will hopefully be done within 24 hours. Please take time to answer the poll in our sidebar.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Programming is a GO!

Three Sisters happily announces a partnership with the West Des Moines Community School District. More details will come in our June newsletter, but I am so excited that I just had to post today. This partnership allows Three Sisters to host higher end presentations at lower costs and in bigger rooms so more people can benefit. Programs for smaller audiences will still be offered at other locations in the metro. Julia has been monitoring the poll now has a new poll question: If you were to attend a large presentation, what time and day works best for you? Vote in the new poll in the sidebar. As always, input is welcomed at

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Homeschool Event for next week

Anyone can buy; only members of SHEEP and HEED can sell.

Homeschooler BUY/SELL/TRADE Event
sponsored by SHEEP/HEED

May 18th 2009 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Westchester Evangelical Free Church
4919 Aurora Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310

Bring bags to take your purchases home.

Friday, May 8, 2009

May News from Three Sisters


May 2009. Happy Spring! Three Sisters says “Thank you” to everyone who came to the Stuff Sale and the Home Learning Resources Conference and Sale. We love finishing our events early in the year!

Event Calendar. We’ve sensed a need for an online homeschool event calendar. There are currently many events that are “open to all,” but notices are not given through an “open to all” website. We’d like to offer a calendar service, probably through our current website, Event submissions will be welcomed and approved through

Programming. We’re also wanting to present free and low-fee monthly educational events to the homeschool community. We’d like to present topics that people can use in their homeschooling. Which subjects do you see a need for? If you’d like to see Three Sisters bring a particular topic, one-time class, or program to the homeschool community in the Des Moines area, drop us a line at by June 5, 2009. After this date, we’ll consider, investigate, and prepare for an awesome 2009-2010! You can also vote for some readily available programming by visiting our blog and taking the poll in the right-hand sidebar. (excuse any typos!)

When and Where. We’d like to eliminate the no-admission retail sales hall and keep the stuff sale and conference. What are your thoughts on dates and locations for this? You can either write a comment here on the blog, or send email. We will carefully consider all input.

Upcoming Des Moines area events:

May 15 – Catching Croakers, 8 p.m. Chichaqua Longhouse, Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, northeast Polk County

May 15 – Family Friday Night, Fascinating Frogs, Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

May 18 – Registration begins for summer reading programs at many local libraries

May 19 – Nature Friends – Birds, 6:30 p.m. Jester Park, Granger

May 23 – Night Hike, 8 p.m. Prairie Flower Campground, Saylorville Reservoir

May 29 – Family Friday Night, Playful Pandas, Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

May 30 -- Mammals of Iowa, 1 pm., Yellow Banks Park, southeast Polk County

June 5, 6 – Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators Conference, Des Moines

June 9 – Nature Tales, 2 p.m. Saylorville Lake Visitor Center

June 12 – Family Friday Night, Feathered Friends, Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

June 13 – Night Hike, 8 p.m. Cherry Glen Campground, Saylorville Reservoir

June 17 – Nature Play Date, 10:30 a.m. Greenwood Park, Mary Miss Pond, Des Moines

June 17 – Nature’s Story Hour/Animal Habitats, picnic lunch at MacRae Park, upper shelter, Des Moines

Until next month,

Cathy and Julia