Advanced Homeschool Geology Classes (Oct)
An introduction to myself: My name is Adrienne McElwain, I run the Crystal Barista rock shop online, and the Crystal Festival Annual Rock Show. I grew up in my father's rock shop (Rockpick Legend Co.) in Salt Lake City. I have offered free geology classes to classrooms across the Wasatch Front for over 15 years, however, as I was homeschooled and I homeschool my children so they can travel the world with me rock hounding and exploring I wanted to give back to the homeschool community. I have taught a variety of geology classes in public classrooms, colleges, preschools, and for Scout Groups. Here i wanted to combine the best of the best, and the most fun of these classes and topics. I have put together in-depth kits for a more interactive experience and chosen to use the platform Zoom for the safest experience for all the children involved. The kits are entirely optional, you are welcome to attend my classes without purchasing anything from me, however, selling these kits even at a deep discount helps me fund doing these classes and will help me to be able to offer more classes in the future. If these classes are popular I will offer them again, and offer more. Thank you!

CLASSES ARE FREE - Purchasing a Kit or leaving a tip allows me to continue to do these and is much appreciated.
*Please note these will be canceled if I do not have a minimum of 5 students sign up for them. Each class is 45 minutes long on Google Classroom. Kits are optional and not required to attend the classes EXCEPT THE CRYSTAL GROWING CLASS, these are put together to be super discounted and better than the geology educational kits you find online with less fancy packaging and more specimens and tools!


Misbehaving Minerals (Minerals that do not follow the rules):
Some Minerals do not follow all the rules! Such as organic minerals, or minerals that do not have their own crystal structure. This is a fun class about all the Misbehaving Minerals! Students should have previously taken the Rocks & Minerals class before taking this class.

History of Gemstones & Why They Are Important:
Many of our precious gemstones have been found to be important to cultures and peoples for thousands of years... but why? Have any rocks changed categories? Where they once were considered important and no longer are, or were not used and are now? This is not only a geology class but an exploration of ancient societies! ***Over $100 In Gemstones in Each Kit!***

Crystal Growing:
Understanding how crystals grow is fun! While most natural crystals are created from gases you can grow crystals at home! In this class we will explore how crystals grow and grow our own crystals! (Please note crystals take days or weeks to grow, but we will be getting them started) this class has a required kit, per student. The kit includes the materials you need to grow your own crystals and follow along.

All About Quartz:
Many of the minerals we know fall under one of only a few mineral families. Quartz is probalby the bets known family as so many of our semi-precious gemstones come from this family such as: Rose Quartz, Prasiolite, Amethyst, Aventurine, Smoky Quartz, Agate, and Jasper! How are all of these related? They are all Quartz! Learn about this amazing family of minerals and how they are all different and yet the same! **$95 in Beautiful Quartz Specimens!**

How Animals use Rocks & Minerals:
Animals use rocks too! For food, for tools, for shelter! How do animals use rocks and minerals? Do they use specific ones? This class is so much fun, as we explore just how the animal kingdom uses rocks and minerals to survive and enhance their lives.


Contact me with questions:
Adrienne McElwain

It breaks my heart to be sending this out, however, I now must make a policy about refunds and canceled orders. I have had several families no show to various classes or trips, sign up for all the trips and then later decide which one they wanted to be on and cancel out the others, and sign up and pay for classes and then ask for refunds because they did not carefully read the information in the google document etc.

Prompt Payment
Please understand, when an order is placed I order the supplies for that class and spend my own money to do that. It can then take 2-3 weeks for those supplies to ship, often internationally, to my house. At which point I spend weeks boxing and sending out orders. I usually do this after my children have gone to bed, instead of having my own downtime.

When orders sit at my house unpaid, or families decide not to join classes and ask me to refund or cancel those orders that money comes out of my pocket and my ability to homeschool my children. I cannot afford to do this! I do these kits at my cost, and sometimes after shipping, below my cost. I call in personal favors and network with mine owners and other rock shop others to provide these kits. I have even networked with some of the great parents here to help provide printables and a friend who publishes workbooks to provide these workbooks to you at his cost (in this case I don't make anything and neither does he, he is paying the shipping cost as a donation to send them to me and I am paying the shipping cost to send them out, or in the case of last Saturday simply donate them to kids).

Please do not place an order if you are unsure if you want it, and please do not ask me to cancel or refund an order. I cannot afford to keep offering free classes and trips if I need to cancel and refund orders due to your family's plans changing. I will not refund orders except in the case of my own mistake, and if I have to cancel orders you will not be allowed to sign up for free classes in the future. I do not want to be forced to stop offering these classes because they are costing me money.

Again, I hate even sending this out. But as I refunded an order this morning, I realize I need a policy in place for this if I am to continue. I do not mind volunteering my time to network, order, pack, ship, and teach. But I cannot afford to have it cost me money that directly comes out of my ability to continue to educate my own children.

Thank you so much for your understanding,
Adrienne McElwain
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