March is all about entrepreneurship!

Welcome to March, GBCH Friends!

February was a lot of fun with students participating in the Centuries of Excellence: Black History Student Exhibition, creating music, working on their oratory skills, and participating in a step dancing workshop. It was wonderful to see them come alive, stretch themselves, and show what they are made of.

This month we will turn our attention to Business! Students will have the opportunity to develop a product, think about marketing, and study the great entrepreneurs that have come before them. Wonderful speakers, activities, and an outdoor market await us in this month’s activities.

Also this month, our oratory students will finish learning to recite MLK’s Mountaintop speech and record a video to submit to the Lincoln Oratory Project. Each session they are improving and becoming more confident in their speaking and stage presence. We hope that you will be able to join us for the debut of their final project. Stay tuned!

In closing, we are excited to have you join us for all of March’s activities and special events. Cheers to a safe and blessed month.

Blessings,

Ja’Near Garrus

GBCH Director


Group Meeting: 3/11

Club Day: 3/18

Students will review the concept of entrepreneurship, parts of a business plan and share information about different entrepreneurs.

In addition, students will hear from entrepreneur Tony Jackson, owner of TRUST, Inc., a Christian clothing company (www.trusttk.com).

We will start out the meeting with a speaker, Naima Winston, followed by Centuries Club and Maker’s Club. 

Naima Winston is kidpreneur, speaker, and Baltimore native best known for her participation in The Food Network television shows Kid Baking Championship and the Sweetings Holiday episode. We are excited to have her speak to our students and share how she turned her passion into a business.

Maker’s Club Activity: No-Sew Face Masks

Entrepreneurship Day: 3/25

We are looking forward to our entrepreneurship market day on Monday, March 22nd at Meadowood Regional Park. Please bring something to “sell.” In the past, we have had students sell t-shirts, hair bows, necklaces, lemonade, snacks, bookmarks, and stem kits. Each student will be given GBCH currency to buy and sell with.

We are sure to have a great time and learn from each other!

February Events

Happy February, GBCH Friends!
This month we will turn our attention to culture with the celebration of Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and performance art through our programming. Please take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Centuries of Excellence: Black History Student Exhibition. This special event will allow your child to showcase themselves in Oratory, Dance, Music, or Art. In addition, it is an opportunity to involve your family and friends in supporting your student and our homeschool community. Also, we anticipate great fun in our group meetings as we study hip hop and its origins in spoken word traditions, followed by a Centuries Club on HBCUs and STEP Dancing, and finish out the month with a dance workshop. Please remember there is a parent’s meeting tomorrow (Tuesday 2/2) at 6 pm.

Blessings,
Ja’Near Garrus
GBCH Director


Group Meeting 2/8

For the group meeting, we will delve into the historical context of Oral traditions in the African American Culture. The group activities will focus on how those oral traditions branched into different musical and performance art forms such as jazz, spoken word, and hip hop, which we will focus on.


Club Day 2/15

Materials needed to prepare: Tin can, coffee can, storage container, or cake panFabric or Balloons, small or average size for tin cans and a punch ball-sized balloon for large items, Rubber bands, Tape, Colored paper, and markers to decorate
(optional)Chopsticks or pencils (to create drum sticks)

Starts at 1pm
Centuries Club:HBCUs, Stepping, and Polyrhythm
Maker’s Club:Creating an African Drum


Experience 2/22

January Events

Welcome back, GBCH Friends! I hope that you have enjoyed Christmas and New Year with your families and were able to unplug and refresh.

We have come to our annual S.T.E.A.M. month! January’s activities are all about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! We will integrate these concepts throughout our activities and focus on engineering especially this month. Great speakers and activities are in store and we are excited to see how the students interpret what they are learning into their own projects. 

Also this month, we are starting a new Oratorical program. Students 3rd-8th grade will have an opportunity to learn oratory skills by reciting one of the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. culminating in a video presentation that will be part of the Oratory Festival. Don’t forget to sign up by this Friday!

Group Meeting 1/11

At this meeting, all age groups will focus on the Engineering Design Process. Students will be introduced to the STEAM acronym and focus on the “E”, engineering, and discuss what engineers do and the types of projects that involve engineering skills (ex. building bridges, designing robots, recycling systems). Students will learn the 5-step engineering design process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve/Reflect).

Club Day 1/18

Experience:

We will be joined by two engineers, Tamyra L. Paschal and Kiwitta I. Paschal, from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas. 

We will hear about engineering as a career, the preparation required, their work on airplanes and various opportunities available within the field.

Centuries Club:

Children will learn about African-American architects and civil engineers who have designed various public spaces across the United States.

Maker’s Club:

In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday children will reflect on Dr. King’s legacy of peace, justice, and equality, and use what they have learned about the engineering design process to build a monument, museum, park, or other structure in honor of Dr. King. Children may use materials of their choice.

STEAM Fair 1/25

Our month will conclude with our annual GBCH STEAM Fair! 

During our virtual science fair, children will present a science topic of their choice or conduct a demonstration to show the group. 

Older students should use the scientific method or engineering design process as a guide for presenting their information. 

Presentations may be live, pre-recorded, PowerPoint, a project board or other mediums of choice. 

December Activities

Happy December!  What an eventful year 2020 it’s been and despite it all, we are blessed and thankful to celebrate the birth of our Savior!  This month’s activities promise to be festive and fun.

December 7th: Christmas Around the World

This is how I.. Celebrate. We will explore how other cultures and/or countries celebrate Christmas around the World through music and games.

Moms, join us for our annual Christmas Tea.  We are looking forward to lively conversation and games, followed by an ornament craft.  Have your favorite tea blend, sandwiches, and/or pastries on hand!

December 14th: Club Day @ 1pm
 The Club Day meeting will begin with Centuries Club, spotlighting Dr. Karenga, best known as the creator of the Kwanzaa holiday.  

Following Centuries Club, students will create a Christmas plate or Mug for Maker’s Club. 
December 21st: KWANZAA Celebration @1pm
 Join us for a GBCH & GPCH Kwanzaa celebration on December 21st @ 1pm!

November: This is how I…Serve

Happy November!  
This month we will focus on the importance of serving and the many ways to serve.  We will highlight community service providers, enjoy talks by guest speakers, and get creative with puppet making and baking.

No RSVP’s are necessary for meetings, only special events.  As a reminder, all events will happen at the same Zoom link. In addition, please take note of the group meeting start times.  We will stagger the start times of the group meeting again this month.  

Finally, we will prepare for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees. The sale of this tree will benefit the programs at Kennedy Kreiger. 

Stay involved and we look forward to your participation!!

Blessings,
Ja’Near Garrus
Director
November 9th: Group Meeting

Age Group: 3-5 | Starts at 1pm
Come dressed as a service provider! Students will learn the sign language for “service”, watch and listen to an animated version of Last Stop on Market Street and show their sign language for service when they see any acts of service or service providers in the story.

Age Group: 6-9 | Starts at 1:40 pm
Come dressed as a service provider! Come prepared to tell or show the group the way(s) the service provider helps/serves others and state two ways they can personally serve others. They will select a service person/provider to whom they will write a thank you note.

Age Group: 10-14 | Starts at 1:40 pm
Bring a quote about service to the meeting and be able to share why you selected the quote and what it means to you. Other activities will include a service-related game and brainstorming and taking action on a community service project as a group.
November 16th: Centuries Club and Baking Experience
The group meeting will begin with Centuries Club, spotlighting the life and work of Edna Lewis, a famous African-American chef and author, noted for her farm to table southern cuisine.

Following Centuries Club’s focus on Edna Lewis, children will participate in a virtual baking class led by Ms. Kimberly Asman, a dietician with Weis Markets. She will briefly discuss what it means to be a dietician and then guide the children through a 30-40 minute lesson on baking Edna Lewis’ Apple Crisp dessert. 
November 23rd: Guest Speaker and Puppet Making Workshop

The Club Day meeting will start with a guest speaker, Dr. Tramaine P. McMullen, MPH.  She will discuss with the students: what is public health, how does it impact our society, how do public health scientists serve others, and the careers available in the field.  Students can ask questions during the last portion of the presentation.

Maker’s Club: Puppet Making Workshop
The speaker will be followed by a puppeteering workshop.  During the workshop, students will make sock puppets and learn the elements of a story (ex: setting, characters, conflict).  If time permits, students will show their puppets and share a short story about their puppets.

Festival of Trees

Call for Submissions!  

 Students, we invite you to submit a Christmas Tree design idea for GBCH’s submission to the Festival of Trees by Kennedy Krieger.  

The selected design will inspire the direction of the real Christmas Tree’s decorations and ornaments that we will make as a group. 

Deadline:  October 15, 2020

Please do not put your name on the front of the drawing.
Parents, no helping!  We want to see student ideas.

Please email submissions to homeschoolersgbc@gmail.com under the Heading: Festival of Trees Submission.