Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. ~Proverbs 22:6

April 2014 Newsletter

eagle landscapeWhen this time of year comes around, many homeschooling families are getting a little tired. We’ve been working hard all school year, and we may have been sick, we may have had personal difficulties, we may have encountered financial challenges, or any number of other possibilities. It’s the perfect time to complain.

But wait! Wait upon the Lord, that is. He knows what we’re going through. He kept up a grueling agenda as he tried to teach the world to love, to believe, to trust, to encourage one another. He got up early and dealt with stubborn, wishy-washy, legalistic people. He had to teach, correct, and heal them. And they kept calling Him, “Master, Master, Master!”

Sound familiar? We have to deal with our own and our children’s attitudes. We have to teach, correct and help them get better when they get sick or hurt. And we keep hearing, “Mom, Mom, Mom!”

But now let’s segue to the next scene. We become strong! We soar high above the mountains of difficulty! We run [errands] and arrive home less weary. We walk [through the day’s lessons] and don’t feel like we’re going to faint.

How does this happen? It happens when we wait on the Lord. Surely if we can wait as long as we have this winter for spring to reveal itself, we can wait for our Precious Lord to renew our strength. We can do this!

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

~Isaiah 40:31 KJV
Julie Mockerman, THEO website/newsletter coordinator

Nominations are being taken for Treasurer and Webmaster/Newsletter Coordinator for the coming year. If you or someone you know is efficient, has a servant’s heart, and is interested, please contact Davine Calkins at or 231.798.7294.


Come eat, dance, and be merry with the Homeschool senior class! All homeschool highschool students are invited to this fantastical night of festivities and fun! The cost is $10 and a professional photo booth will be available for $2.00. All proceeds from the entry fee will go to helping the seniors pay for their class trip to Chicago. April 4, 6:00-10:00 pm, 41 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, above Portabello’s.

The kids really enjoyed playing kickball and soccer last fall. This spring we will again be meeting every Tuesday, April 8th thru May 20th. The cost is FREE. We play at Mullaly Field.
Take Whitehall Rd, turn west on Giles (heading towards the Reeths Puffer Junior High) go down until you get to the blinker light that’s Horton Road. Turn right… (North) and go about 3/4 of a mile down and it is on your right (East). Go in the paved drive towards the back by the football field. We play Sand Lot style. No gear is needed. We run for 7 weeks and whoever shows up, shows up. No commitment. Start time is 1:30 until ? All ages can attend. If you have any questions contact Dee Bradfield (231) 766-2841 or


This spring, our High School students will present “Our Town” by Thorton Wilder
Beardsley Theater in Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
April 24: 7:00 pm
April 25: 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
April 26: 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Tickets sold at Frauenthal Box Office or Star Tickets Plus
$7.00 in advance/$8.00 at the door

Click here for complete info

We are opening registration for the 2014-2015 school year starting in May. You can use the online application, then print out and send in the two waivers. We would love to have you join us!

Take the time to register early and then enjoy your summer.

Friday, May 9, 2014
6:00 pm to 1:00 am
Watermark Church in Grand Haven
Click here for complete information

If you are interested in supporting a wonderful organization in West Michigan that helps young women that are caught in the world of sex trafficking, The Hope Project could use your help. They have a registry at Target of items that are needed for their Hope House. This home will be a haven for women that are rescued from trafficking and given a place to learn skills for living on their own as well as intensive counseling as they heal. The Target search is First Name: Hope, Last Name: Project
Bring items to: The Hope Chest Thrift Store, 185 W Laketon, Muskegon, MI 49441
or mail items to 1887 Holton Rd Suite D Box 170, North Muskegon, MI 49445

Home School Building & Coopersville

Two sessions available spring 2014:

May, Tues. 13th & Thurs. 15th for 3rd–9th grades at Lamont Christian Reformed Church in Coopersville sponsored by the Wisdom Home School Support Group
June, Tues. 12th & Thurs. 14th for 3rd–9th grades at the Home School Building in Wyoming/Grand Rapids sponsored by Home School Testing Plus.

Both sessions times are 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Students must be home schooled and must attend both days to complete the test.
RSVP at least one week before testing.
Testing fee: $55.00 for each scholar

The Complete Battery includes Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation, Usage and Expression, Math Concepts & Estimation, Math Problem Solving & Data Interpretation, Math Computation, Social Studies, Science, Maps & Diagrams and Reference Materials.

OFFICAL IOWA PRACTICE TEST Available: $12.00 each
Practice tests are parent administered.

Standardized testing is an effective way to protect your home school. The documentation is proof of your commitment to your child’s education.

Other services offered:
Rental of Iowa Test materials to qualifying parent educators
Iowa Group Testing K-12
Individual Testing Woodcock-Johnson III Achievement
Cognitive Abilities Testing Preschool-Adult
Neuropsychological Testing Preschool-Adult
Special Needs Assessment and Progress Reports
High School Transcript

For registration forms see
For more information contact: Linda Nikkel ~ Home School Testing Plus
616-846-6193 or

It would be great to have some fun summer events for our THEO families this year. If you have some great ideas that you would like to share with us, please contact Davine Calkins at or Dawn Snuffer at and we will help you coordinate making these events happen.

We are planning on having Bon-fires with Gaga ball once a month again this summer. As we get closer, we will determine when they will be, so stay tuned to the newsletter for more information. If you think at anytime that you missed the information, feel free to contact Dee Bradfield (231)766-2841 or

Looking for three types of volunteers:
*Someone to help Cindy with sorting new donations and cleaning up shelves. We have a lot of new consignment and donated books to put on the shelves. Plus we need to do some weeding through the books already on the shelves. This a great opportunity to get store credit towards curriculum for the volunteer’s home school needs. It’s also an opportunity for a high school student to come in and get some service hours. This person could come in on any Thursday afternoon, between 2 and 5.
*Someone to fill in when Cindy is unavailable. This is a bigger challenge, but not too big for any mom looking for store credit or just an opportunity to serve the home school community. We have a lot of really good curriculum, and this volunteer would have first dibs! She could serve on any Tuesday or an occasional Thursday afternoon between 2 and 5.
*A high school student who would like some credit in writing or a mom who just likes to write. Cindy needs someone willing to write the monthly newsletter that goes to THEO and is e-mailed to many moms who are not a part of THEO. This volunteer could come down to the store on any Thursday afternoon between 2 and 5 and get some suggestions for the monthly newsletter.

If you’re interested in any of the above volunteer positions, please contact Cindy Stevens at 231-343-4999, 231-788-2689 or e-mail:

Character Sketches by Institute in Basic Life Principles
*21 character sketches in three hard-cover volumes
*Jr. High/High School level
*$10 for all three volumes – an incredible value!

Homeschool Book Store
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 to 5
Location: Hope’s Outlet, Washington St., Grand Haven (basement)
Contact: Cindy Stevens 231-343-4999 or 231-788-2689

West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts Band and Orchestra
This group holds their rehearsals at the HSB in GR. They take part in competitions and a variety of opportunities that many are interested in. They have a Color Guard/Strings/Choral-Choir/Etc.

Financial Peace University
Brand New and Updated Coming this Fall
Financial Understanding and knowledge are imperative as we launch our children into their futures. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace for High School students is a high quality, informative and practical tool to give your student the equipping they need.
Davine Calkins will once again be teaching this course on Tuesdays in her home starting in September. We will be using his just newly released, updated Financial Peace program as well as the book “Principle of the Path” by Andy Stanley. Cost of class is $125 plus the purchase of Principle of Path.
I have been teaching this course for several years and have gone through the program myself. I will also be using practical examples of our journey through financial difficulty and the many ways that God has provided as we have set out to honor him while using these principles. I will teach your students what we always wished we had been taught. This is a hands on practical approach that they will be using in high school and as they move on to college or the workforce.

I am a trained teacher and school counselor, and a home school mom of fifteen years. I have worked both in private and public schools. After graduating our youngest daughter from our home school high school in 2006, I dedicated myself to encouraging and helping parents who choose to home school.

I offer educational consulting/counseling. I will answer your questions about education, and I will help you determine the best educational choice for your child. I will be happy to meet with you in person or arrange a phone meeting.

I offer testing:
Achievement – Educational Testing
Cognitive Ability – Intelligence Quotient or IQ Testing
Neuropsychological – Sensory and Motor Testing
I offer help with creating High School Transcripts

My daughter Allison (Nikkel) Hughes has joined me in offering Achievement Testing and Tutoring. Allison earned a BS in Biomedical Science, and she is very good at helping your child in the areas of math and reading.

We look forward to helping you accomplish the task of teaching your children at home confidently and successfully.
For more information, see our web site at
For questions or to schedule a consultation, testing, transcript or tutoring, please call or email.
Home School Testing Plus
Linda Nikkel MA: 616-846-6193 –
Allison (Nikkel) Hughes BS: 616-402-9041 –