The Circus Comes to Calvert

Calvert recently received quite a treat – a visit from the circus.

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus uses Calvert curriculum to educate the children of the performers and other circus employees. Each unit has one teacher for all the children. The Blue Unit, headed up by Mary Kettles, came to visit Calvert recently. Everyone had a blast, and we learned some things about each other, too.

“Wow, a real office building!” exclaimed one of the younger kids. We were glad to provide such excitement.

Calvert circus students

Who wants to visit the Warehouse?

If the circus is your life, boxes can be pretty exciting.

Look how high the ceilings are!

Learning about Calvert Technology… and getting slinkies.

Next, we learned about THEIR school.

The oldest student, in eleventh grade, shows the young ones how it’s done.

We learned about the names of their ponies, llamas, donkeys, and goats.

One student showed off her Calvert-earned knowledge of Hawaiian volcanoes.

The whole gang, plus Calvert’s CEO with a clown nose.

We got prizes from the students! Thanks so much for coming to visit us. We hope you come back very soon!

The day was a great success, and although a few Calvert employees thought about running off to join the circus, everyone had a fun, educational day.

Wondering how one teacher uses Calvert for all 14 (!) students? Read Mary Kettles’ first-hand account of how she uses Calvert in a one-room school setting in Calvert at the Circus: A School Like No Other.

The 2nd Annual Calvert Virtual Science Fair

calvert science fair logoThe Calvert Virtual Science Fair is back! It is time for students to gear up for another exciting opportunity to show off their scientific and creative skills. Any student enrolled in a Calvert or Verticy program in grades 1–8 is invited to participate. There will be grade-level and grand prize winners for the most outstanding projects. The grand prize is an Amazon Kindle.

The Top Five Reasons to Participate in the Virtual Science Fair

  1. To show off your student’s creativity and critical thinking skills in relation to scientific research and experiments

  2. To inspire learning and reinforce the importance of science in the 21st century

  3. To join a community of other students and young scientists

  4. To share and celebrate the accomplishments of your student in a Virtual Science Fair Exhibit Hall

  5. A chance to win an Amazon Kindle!

science experiment with tubesLast year, our successful first year with the science fair, Calvert and Verticy students from all over the world participated, including students who attended brick and mortar schools, public virtual charter schools, distance learning programs, and international schools. Students are not distinguished by Calvert and Verticy, only by grade level. There is only 1 grand prize winner, but we recognize excellent student scientists by each grade, as well.

Visit the Calvert Virtual Science Fair website to see last year’s winners and to learn more about registration, guidelines, and rules.

Important Dates

  • Registration is open until March 16.
  • Projects must be submitted between April 2 and 13.
  • The winner will be announced on April 30.

We are looking forward to this year’s virtual exhibit hall!

Shh… It’s a Secret Sale

whispering familyWho doesn’t enjoy a juicy secret? We’ve got a really good one… a 30% off sale on your entire Calvert or Verticy curriculum order.

Here’s the details: If you order one of our homeschool curriculum options between now and February 29th (Leap Day!) you receive a pretty major discount. Here’s the two options:

  • 30% off if you pay in full: Use code FEBCAL12.
  • 20% off if you use our four-month payment plan: Use code FEBCAL212.

It’s our biggest sale of the year to reward you for buying early. The sale is off your entire order, regardless of what you buy.

Want the full Verticy curriculum? 30% off.

Want only the Phonics/Spelling course to practice after school? 30% off.

Want to try one of Calvert’s Enrichment courses? 30% off.

To take advantage, call our friendly, experienced Client Services team at (888) 544-7116, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Eastern time. They can answer any questions you have about the curriculum, placement, extra services, and the meaning of life.

Well, maybe not that last one.

You can find more information on the Verticy website. We are looking forward to having you (or keeping you!) as part of the Verticy family.

Share Your Child’s Creative Expression: Submit to Calvert Connection!

I have the best job in the world because I get paid to read.

One of the projects that makes my work so enjoyable is reviewing the Calvert Connection, a quarterly online magazine that showcases the accomplishments of Calvert and Verticy students. The submissions of our students are so refreshing, so uncontrived, that each issue reminds me of the Pablo Picasso quote:

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.

Our daily existence adds so much needless complexity to our lives. It is a wonderful thing to spend a few minutes looking at our world through the eyes of a child. Sometimes, the view is innocent; sometimes we are reminded that children, especially, are affected by the tragedies that surround us.

child artwork and creative writing Verticy LearningA child’s artwork is not merely an exercise in manual dexterity, or a test of skills mastery. It is a mirror of their psyche. What are they thinking? How are they absorbing the messages that prevail in their world? Many times, children do not discuss those topics which are uppermost in their minds, but take one look at their writing or their drawings and you have an instant window into their concerns and their joys.

Never was this more evident than in the months and years following 911. My son was nine years old. Instantly, his artwork was filled with imagery of burning buildings and ominous airplanes. Not only were his creations a clue to me what was going through his mind, it was a catalyst to discuss his concerns. He painted. We discussed. He released.

You may be surprised to hear, that as an editor, when I read through the Connection submissions, I don’t care about grammar. I don’t care about punctuation. I am moved by heart. I am touched by the love a child has for her horse. My spirit is lifted by the use of color and the juxtaposition of beloved objects.

Our children’s creations are often pure emotion on paper. When engaged in the creative process, children shouldn’t worry about being judged and it is important that we don’t critique for mastery and expertise.

sample issue of the Calvert Connection the student magazineHere is a venue for expression that does not need to be graded. So, if you are enrolled in Calvert or Verticy, I encourage you to encourage your children to submit their work to the Calvert Connection. The next issue comes out in February, so if you submit by the beginning of February, your child could be published in the next issue. Click on the image to the right to see a sample issue! Instructions for submission are on the last page of the sample.

Poetry doesn’t need to rhyme.
Paintings don’t need to be pretty.
Drawings don’t need to be accurate.

Children become adults and will spend their lives being graded, and judged, and expected to follow the rules. Let them have the freedom of expression that is inherent in the creative process. It can even be a no-cost proposition. Anything can be used creatively.

For a fun challenge, try using only what is at hand. Glue, magazine pictures, string, leaves. My son and I used to take Sunday trips to the local quarry to collect rocks. We brought them home and rearranged them dozens of times to make sculptures.

Shhhhh. We are all actually learning something in the process. What better way to learn about our environment and recycling than through a found-art project?

Here are a few links to get your family motivated:

Uses of Art Therapy

Art in Education

Inspiration from Italy

Is it Art? Is it Recycling?