The Phoenix Foundation Squawkcast

Squawkcast: Ep. 33 with Audio

Join squawk hosts Jill Mann and Diana Stinn for TEA and a chat about homeschooling.  Today’s show comes to you from Edmonton, Alberta.

Date: July 29, 2014
Time: 30:50  minutes

Show Notes

1. Welcome and Intro

2. Nest News

(A) Bro20140730-121801-44281828.jpgoches – Thank you! Check out the artist who created these lovely pieces – – You can see our video of the event here.

(B) Chopshop done and how we thought it might translate to organizing your homeschool space – 1. Minimize  2. Organize and designate  3. Make a plan to share  4. Make it your own

(C) Office switch-a-rooney


3. Flown the Flock – Farewell to Sandie Myles – Lunch on August 15 at noon. You are welcome to attend but please RSVP.

4. Bird Brains – (A) Tea  (B) Tech rules for your homeschool  – Appadvice –

5. What’s Hatching – (A) August 13 is Stay and Play plus an Open House  (B) August 20- is Splash Water Fun Day plus Kinder Open House. Both start at noon. There will be food and fun! (PLEASE THE DATES – WE MADE AN ERROR ON THE PODCAST!!)



With Thanks!

Phoenix would like to thank Jill Mann and Diana Stinn for their hard work over the last ten years. We had this little brooch designed to commemorate our hatching and ten year anniversary.

Here’s the video from the day we picked them up.

Thank you to Shaz at War Horse Studios for her clever design and beautiful craftsmanship. We will wear them with pride!



TEA with Phoenix

At our last admin meeting, we talked about how we could enhance people’s initial experience at Phoenix. You see, we are all homeschoolers and we remembered what it was like to make the decision to homeschool. We were terrified! And we bet that some of you feel that way too.

Someone suggested that tea was their Grandma’s solution to every stressful situation. We laughed and recalled the many times we had each been soothed by a simple cup of tea. So we decided that this year, we would offer every family that came in for a meeting some warm tea and cookies.

Turns out there was also science behind our decision.

I am currently reading a book called ” Sensation – the New Science of Physical Intelligence” by Thalma Lobel. I was drawn to the book because so many families who decide to homeschool have kids with sensory issues.

It turns out, the opening chapter is all about tea . . . well, sort of.

” In 2008, at Yale University, a student named Laurence Williams and his well-known professor John Bargh recruited forty-one students for a psychology study.” The participants were handed either hot or iced coffee to hold before they completed a task. The task was to read a description of someone and characterize them. The people holding the warm coffee were more likely to see the description in a positive manner than the iced coffee holders.

This first experiment kicked off a string other experiments over the years and all confirmed the same thing – that your physical sensations have influence over your mental states and behavior.

So when we offer you tea this year, know that we are trying to influence your experience. We want to make it pleasant – full of warmth, guidance and loads of caring!

We are open August 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM until Oct 21 (Fall break) to help and assist you. Give us a call (403-265-7701) or pop by for . . . TEA! ;-)