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 2013 Newsletter


One word that offers so much to us; hope of warmer days, beautiful flowers, and neighbors emerging from homes that in many ways seemed like a cocoon for many months.  As we approach what is now revealing the end of another school year, I wanted to encourage you with a thought and some of our Lord’s words.   This is the point in the year that I can easily lose sight, get discouraged and become sloppy in my role as an educator.  In contrast this is where we need to really muster the troops, renew our spirit and finish well.

The butterfly as it is in its final stages of emergence, is wrestling out its greatest amount of effort and strength to become the beauty that God designed for it.  This is certainly where, if I was a butterfly, I would find it much easier to just “rest” but that would become the death of this new creature.  God reminds us in His word in  II Chronicles 15:7, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded,” and also in Galatians 6:8-10, “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  We are told to not become weary… to keep doing the good as we have been doing…we will reap a reward.  These are promises, much like the promise our loving Father gives us in spring.  After a long season of cold and days that seemed to blend right into night, He gives us a promise of MORE.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ and in this adventure we call home education, I encourage you to press on.  Emerge from the places that feel weary, continue to sow magnificent things into your children, be strong and trust in the Lord and good things will result in the harvest.

In prayer for you and Believing God with you
Davine Calkins, President
THEO~ Tri-Cities Home Education Organization

Please pray for our senior class as they prepare for the final steps in their high school career and their future plans.


Be sure to come and see over 80 home-schooled kids present Robin Hood – The Courtship of Allan A’Dale! This lively musical will be performed in the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon.

Show times:
April 11, 12, 13 at 7:00 pm
April 12 and 13 at 3:00 pm
April 18 and 20 at 7:00 pm
For tickets through April 8, contact Kathy Boyd,, 231-733-9456
After April 8, contact the Frauenthal Box Office, 616.222.4000


Please join us on May 17 @ Spring Lake Wesleyan at 6:30 pm to celebrate the graduation of our seniors!


THEO families, this past year we celebrated 30 years as a home schooling organization. The board discovered this information this past fall as we worked through some boxes of papers.  We want to mark this milestone with a celebration among our families.  As a board, we are planning an all-family camping trip in early September. Details will be following, but the weekend will be filled with wonderful memories, games and time with some of our original families.  We are seeking to make this event worthy of the effort it took to get to this point. Right now we are needing some committed feedback from you as to what your interest level is.  Please contact Davine Calkins at 231.798.7294 or Dawn Snuffer at 231.737.3384 so we can start with what we have number wise as we plan and prepare.


The kids really enjoyed playing kickball and soccer last fall.  This spring we will again be meeting every Tuesday April 9th thru May 21st. 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

Counting Blessings….Giving Praise
Davine Calkins will be hosting a Moms’ book club this spring in her home. We will be journeying through Ann Voskamps book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
Starting May 28th until July 23rd at 7:00 pm, we will look at the many facets of giving thanks and what scripture says about our offering of praise to Christ.  We will also challenge one another to make a list of our own 1000 things we are thankful for.
More Details coming in the months ahead.  Contact Davine Calkins at 231.798.7294 with questions and to let her know you are interested in joining. The book can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, Hages, Family Christian for $16.99 or on Amazon for $7.30-11.55.
This is a Life Changing Journey

Questions about acceptable attire at Prom? Keep reading…
Our Prom is a private event, held through a Christian organization at a Christian facility. When we wrote the information sheet and waiver this year, we had as our goal enabling the students to make excellent decisions with firm but quiet guidance. With this in mind, we opted to use 1 Timothy 2:9 and photos chosen by the young men of the junior class. Note that I said they were chosen by the men as what they would like to see their female friends wearing. These same young men shared with us their thoughts on the perception of value of a young woman attired modestly versus an immodest person giving away glimpses of what rightly belongs to her future husband. Simply put, when a woman dresses respectably, she gains respect. When she dresses like she believes that her value lies in her ability to gain attention via her clothing, she will be thought of and treated accordingly.
Dress Code
– No cleavage. If you cannot raise your arms or bend over without exposing yourself, this needs to be addressed. If you have a plunging neckline, draw an imaginary line straight across the lowest point. If a top that only comes up that far would be inappropriate, perhaps a small addition to this part of your gown would be beneficial. Also, remember that we will be dancing. You must be able to be active without your top falling down.
– The highest point of the skirt cannot be more that 4 fingers above the knee. This includes any slits in the skirt.
– No transparent material or cut-outs in the body of the dress.
– As for the young men: we do expect to see you in a formal dress coat, shirt, tie, pants and shoes. No cleavage for you, either. If you cannot bend over without issue, a better fitting shirt may be in order, or wearing your pants as they were designed with the addition of a belt.
-Chaperons have the right to refuse admittance to any participant who does not follow the dress code.
There are so many items that could be listed. The point is to be respectable and show respect to your fellow students. We want all of the students to come to Prom and enjoy the evening. This is a masquerade; be creative. Be your incredibly valuable self. If you have questions, please email me, Robin Rustin, at

P.S.  Please be sure to purchase your tickets by April 12. If you do not know who to talk to about this, please email me for that information as well.

butterflyPROFESSIONAL ORIENTEERING CLASS in the works! I am garnering interest for this class to be held in May.  The following information is direct from Chuck Hayden, who would be teaching the course:

For Orienteering, we can provide a simple 4 hour block of instruction covering map reading, coordinate systems, compass use and orienteering techniques.   During the class we would have hands on exercises with the maps and compasses, but no orienteering course would be set up.  We can provide compasses and grid readers – for loan.  Color maps and worksheets as well as a 20 question final test.   This would be $13 per student- minimum charge for a group is $150.  Students receive an official certificate from Kent County Search and Rescue (by email).

We can also construct and execute a full orienteering course at Townsend County Park for another $13 per student (minimum charge per group is also $150), this would take another 3 hours of time.  Students would also receive an official certificate (by email) from Kent County Search and Rescue).   This is a slightly abbreviated course given to professional responders.

Please email or contact me by April 15th if you are interested in this terrific opportunity. The date will be set to the mutual satisfaction of those interested and Mr. Hayden’s availability. Mary Baldwin 231.788.5363

butterflyFOR SALE – CONTACT AMY MOORE at 231-683-120

Sonlight Complete History Core for Kindergarten with instructors guide (published in 1998) $40
Sonlight Complete History Core 1st grade with instructors guide (published in 1999)  $40
Sonlight Complete History Core 2nd grade with instructors guide (published in 2000) $50
Sonlight Complete History Core 3rd grade American History with instructors guide (published in 2001) $75
Sonlight History Core 4th grade American History with instructors guide (published in 2002) $75
Sonlight History Core 5th grade Eastern Hemisphere with instructors guide (published in 2003)  $100

butterflyIMPORTANT WEBPAGESTutoring – Teaching – Testing
Check out the availability of services on this webpage.

  • SAT/ACT Tutoring
  • Tutoring in math and chemistry
  • Private piano and voice lessons
  • K-5 tutoring
  • Voice classes
  • Kindermusik classes

September-May * First Tuesday
September-May Lakeshore Homeschool Moms meet on the first Tuesday of each month to encourage one another. Whether you are a veteran homeschool mom or a mom just beginning your homeschool journey you are welcome to join us.
Leadership is provided by Arline Helms, a veteran home educator who has been mentoring homeschool moms for more than fifteen years in the states of New Hampshire and Michigan.
The book this year is Training Children In Godliness by Jacob Abbott, edited by Michael J McHugh, and can be purchased through Christian Liberty Press. You are encouraged to purchase the book, but it is not a requirement to attend the monthly meetings.
PLEASE RSVP or for more information contact Arline Helms, 231-799-9144 or email

“Tis training forms the common mind: just as the twig is bent the tree’s inclined”