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

February 2014 Newsletter

Do you notice that sometimes life seems to be put ‘on hold’?  This winter it seems to be difficult to make plans because of the weather conditions.  It reminds me of studying the pioneer days when day to day activities were done at a slower , more purposeful pace.  It seemed everyone in the family played a part getting things done at home but also in community.

I’m thankful we have technology, but this winter I’m reminded to slow down the pace of life a bit.  It is good to be purposeful in God time, family time, and community time. I am thankful that the Lord puts these pauses in life to refocus us vertically so that horizontally, things are better.

Happy snowy day,
Jeanine, THEO Secretary

Colossians 3:1-2  Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth.


RSVP:  Dee Bradfield or (231) 766-2841
When:  Monday, February 17th
Time:  starts at 2:00pm (plan to come 15 min early)
Where:  Dr. Martin Luther King Church 1860  E. Hile Road 49444
Clarification:  This is not an event for you to bring your dogs to.  Well trained dogs will be provided.

My daughter and I are members of a dog club.  Even though we have had dogs our entire lives we have learned a lot from this organization.  For instance: Did you know that if you stare at a dog the dog will view you as a threat?  That when you are petting a dog and place both hands on their head/neck the dog could feel threatened?  In addition to learning how to be a responsible owner you and most importantly your children will leave knowing how to approach an unknown dog, how to recognize if a dog is getting stressed and thus putting yourself in danger.  This club offers dog training classes and if you would like to stick around after the field trip to see an example of one of the classes you are welcome to.

 MLOTC School Education Program

Responsible Pet Ownership & Bite Prevention

Muskegon Lakeshore Obedience Training Club offers a free program to  students.  The program covers information on being a responsible pet owner and bite prevention.  The program lasts for about one hour and is presented by a team of members, many of whom are retired teachers themselves.

We will bring dogs and do demonstrations of training, dog tricks and the students will have the opportunity to engage with some of the dogs.


It’s ski season again! We have a couple of dates on the calendar for ski field trips to Cabarfae Peaks.
When: Wednesday – Feb 26, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 5 pm Lifts actually open @ 10 am, but for $ collection we need everyone there by 9:30 unless you let me know ahead of time. For an additional $5 at the time of lift ticket purchase, you can extend your lift ticket until closing (9 pm)
Cost: $12 lift ticket, with complimentary ski rental, $8 snowboard rental, helmets (which are strongly encouraged by Cabarfe’) $3. So, if skiing, total cost is $12 with or without rental, if boarding, it’s $12 if you have your own equipment, $20 if you need to rent.
Who: Anyone who wants to join us. We need at least 15 people to secure this price.
Deadline: RSVP by  2/24/2014) by 10 pm. I cannot take RSVPs after this, as we need to confirm #’s and rental reservations by 9:30 am Mon. Please RSVP to Robin Wilcox @ or 616.607.9823
Additional info: In order to facilitate getting out on the hills, please have info for ski or snowboard rental for me when you RSVP. This info includes: gender, shoe size, weight, height, age, and level of proficiency at skiing. (You can talk to me about this or check Cabarfe’s website for classifying which type skier you are. Also, free lessons are available for beginner skiers with any lift ticket purchase. Let me know at time of RSVP if you would like one of these. There is a restaurant available for food and beverage purchase in the lodge, or you can bring your own food. There is a microwave available and outlets for heating food and picnic tables in the lodge for day skiers.


February 27: A Night with Linda Nikkel

On February 27th, Linda Nikkel will be sharing her experience with us from 7-9 pm.  It will be hosted by Tri Cities Home Education Organization and Amy Rasmussen.  This event will be held at 15495 Hofma Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417. We would like moms to RSVP to Amy at or they can text her at 616-335-1086.
This is always a wonderful evening of encouragement.  Invite other home educators and any moms that are interested in homeschooling.
March 11: Gluten-free Baking

Come learn all about gluten free baking from the one and only Gluten-free baker extraordinaire, Lisa Lee.  She will be baking bread right before our eyes, come learn and gather tips and recipe’s for gluten free baking.  Tuesday, March 11 at 6pm. at the home of Lisa Lee,  3815 Heights Ravenna rd, muskegon.  Please RSVP if planning on coming to Upcoming Events:  Butterflies are Blooming field trip at Fredrik Meijer Gardens…keep watch in the March newsletter for more information.


Please check the Living Books Theater website for all the exciting details, including shows and rehearsal times.


Dream It  Build It
Opening March 1, 2014 at Grand Rapids Public Museum

Dream it, Build it will house 13 LEGO© bricked recreations of some of the most famous architectural structures, including Burj Dubai, the Empire State Building, the Jin Mao Tower, and the Gateway Arch.  As part of the exhibition, Tucker will also be creating a scaled model of the Van Andel Museum Center building.

The exhibit will include areas where visitors can create their own brick masterpieces while taking inspiration from the architectural artwork surrounding them.


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.  If you 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


Save the date! The THEO High School Prom will be on May 9 at Watermark Church in Grand Haven. More details to come!


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


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 –
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