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

July 2013 Newsletter

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Hello, my fellow homeschoolers!

I can’t believe we are heading into July already.  I don’t remember a summer so busy in past years.  Graduation, open houses, mission trip, summer camp, family vacation, whew! The busy schedule has quickly drawn my focus away from spending time with my Father.

I read in my devotions the other day about how birds rise early in the morning and before they look for their daily food, what do they do?  Yes, they sing their God-given song.  While some of us, including me, would appreciate them sleeping a bit longer, isn’t it wonderful that before they take care of their own needs, they know to praise their maker with the beautiful songs He has so uniquely given each one?   It was a beautiful reminder for me to take time to praise God in the midst of my days.

Have a wonderful rest of the summer!
Amy Moore
THEO Treasurer

birdJULY PRAYER FOCUS

Please pray for the new families joining us in homeschooling, and for those out there that still feel unsure or afraid.

birdTHEO REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN

THEO registration must be renewed each year. Registration forms are available on the website page, Become a Member, or you may sign up at the Annual Meeting on July 25 at Bridge Bible Church.

birdTHEO MEMBERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION PICNIC (Click here for flyer)

Celebrate THEO’s 30th anniversary with us at Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg on July 13 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The basketball courts, soccer field, baseball diamond, playground and pavilion will all be available for us to make this a great day! Games and activities are planned, and meat for grilling and paper products will be provided. Please bring the family and a dish or two to pass. Please RSVP to newsletter@mytheo.org, or sign up online. DEADLINE FOR SIGN-UP: JULY 6

birdANNUAL MEETING on July 25 at Bridge Bible Church

Be sure to mark your calendars for the THEO Annual Meeting on July 25.
5:00 pm – Class offerings and sign up begins
6:00 pm – Meeting begins

Contact Julie Mockerman to reserve a table. Class offerings need to be offered by homeschooling families and the class must be offered to home-educated children. If interested in offering a class for the 2013-2014 school year, send your info to newsletter@mytheo.org with class title, costs, number of students (minimum and maximum), where the class will be held, age group that will be included and any necessary details.

birdFALL CLASSES FOR 2013-2014

Click here to see what classes will be offered for the 2013-2014 School Year! Be sure to contact us if you want to offer a class. If you would like a table set up at the Annual Meeting so you can hand out information and talk to people about your class, be sure to contact Julie Mockerman at newsletter@mytheo.org so a table will be ready for you!

Classes being offered so far:
K-4th grade: Art class by Gabbie Tiesma
Elem-8th grades: In-home Spanish Class by Futura Language Professionals – by Amy Rasmussen
7th-12th grade: Mapping the World By Heart by Mary Neville
7th-12th grade: Spanish 1 and 2 by Juliet Saum
9th-12th: Baking and Pastry Making by Stephanie Neville
9th-12th: Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University by Davine Calkins
All ages: LMHSC Muskegon CO-OP organized by several parent volunteers
All ages: Private music lessons as listed on class page
All ages: Kickball and Soccer by Dee Bradfield

birdWISDOM SWAP: Homeschooling Through High School

Please join us on Saturday, July 20th, at 10am for a discussion of homeschooling a high schooler.  We are blessed to have a couple of experienced homeschooling mothers share their wisdom. You don’t need to have a high school age child to attend. Gathering information early can be helpful. If you have any specific questions for the ladies, and/or wish to RSVP, please do so to Laurie Hawkins at hawkinsblkn@frontier.com  When you RSVP, I will send you the meeting location.

birdTHIRD SATURDAY HOMESCHOOL BONFIRE GATHERING

We are inviting all homeschoolers or those interested in homeschooling to bonfires, on the third Saturday of each month at the Bradfield’s. This is an opportunity for the whole family to come and have fun. We are planning on doing this May through September. Mark it on your calendar now before it fills up as we know the summer does.

Where: 4384 Putnam Rd., Muskegon, MI 49445
Dates: June 15, July 20, August 17, and Sept 21
Time: 6.00pm to ??

Directions: Take US 31 to the Russell Road exit (Michigan Adventure exit). Turn north/right onto Russell Road. Go 1 mile to the stop light/Riley Thompson Rd. Turn east/right. Go 1 mile to Putnam Road turn south/right. Go ¼ mile and we are on the left hand side of road.
From Fremont: Take M-120 (Holton Road) south. Go through Twin Lake and about two miles after the flasher in Twin Lake is Riley Thompson Road. (Pink Ice Cream building on corner) Turn right or west and go 2 ½ miles to Putnam Road turn left or south go ¼ mile and we are on the left hand side of road.

We have a very large Gaga/Octo Ball pit so the more people we have the better. We also have a sand box, small slide 2 swings, and tires to play on. You may want to bring: Lawn chairs, flash lights (to play flashlight tag) and bug spray. If your family didn’t have time to eat at home feel free to bring Hot Dogs/burgers and Buns for your family. If you want to bring a dish to pass you may. I will have lemonade, marshmallows, plates, cups, roasting sticks, a grill and condiments.

If you have fun ideas feel free to bring it or call and I can help plan it. This is very laid back and flexible.
Please RSVP by Wednesday of that week if you think you may come just so I can have an idea of the interest. If you didn’t RSVP come anyways! If you have any questions feel free to email: bradfielder@arialink.com or phone (231) 766-2841.
Looking forward to seeing you!

birdLAPBOOK/UNIT STUDIES WORKSHOP
Dawn Snuffer and Davine Calkins will host a how-to class. Join us as we create a lapbook and walk through a day of a unit study.  We will also have many examples and many ideas to help get you started.  Monday, August 5, 7pm. Please RSVP or questions to vice-president@mytheo.org to register. Location will be announced as the  date get closer based on how many register.  Come and get inspired and learn to create wonderful learning memories with your children.
birdWISDOM SWAP: Helping New Homeschoolers Get Started

Please join us on Monday August 12th at 7pm for a casual gathering of homeschoolers. All are welcome. Please invite any new homeschoolers. We will discuss all things homeschooling, with a focus of getting the new year started. If you would like to host, let me know. Otherwise, we do have a church building on reserve. RSVP Laurie Hawkins at hawkinsblkn@frontier.com

birdNEW WEBPAGES
A new page has been added to the THEO website!

Questions and Mentors – If you have questions about homeschooling, need someone to talk to, or need a mentor to support you in your homeschooling, this is the page for you.

birdIMPORTANT WEBPAGES – Tutoring and Testing

Check out the availability of services on this webpage.

  • SAT/ACT Tutoring
  • Tutoring in math and chemistry
  • K-5 tutoring
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