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

March 2013 Newsletter


You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.   ~Isaiah 55:12

Nobody needs to be told that we are living in difficult times. The news, our friends on Facebook, on TV… we continue to see that people all over the world are having a very tough time.

Frankly, I don’t know how people get through each day without the hope we have as Christians. Just imagine if we thought that this was all there is! But we know that our time on earth is very short compared to our time in eternity.

However, we’re called to fulfill our purpose here on earth, too. Some people know for sure exactly what their purpose is. But not everyone. I used to search and search for my purpose in life. But I have learned to find a purpose in each day. Some days it might be to encourage someone, another day it might be to help someone. Yet another day might be to go through something really awful, but with the knowledge that through the trial, we will build the character necessary for a different purpose on a different day.

Although we have been inundated with snow and clouds in the last few weeks, we know without a doubt that the blue skies and pink blossoms in this picture will be a reality. Maybe without this harsh winter, we wouldn’t have such a strong longing for spring. Just as if our lives here on earth had no trials, we wouldn’t have such a strong longing for our Father’s love and guidance. I hope that as we interact with our children, neighbors, friends, and the strangers each day brings into our lives, we can instill the sure hope of spring and eternity in their hearts.

Julie Mockerman, THEO newsletter


THEO is celebrating 30 years of helping and encouraging homeschool families! What a blessing everyone has been to this organization! We’re planning a wonderful time of sharing and fun in September to celebrate our amazing members! Stay tuned!


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

one-budIMPORTANT 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


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Living Books Homeschool Theater to perform the musical Robin Hood: The Courtship of Allan A’dale.

Over 80 homeschooled middle and high school students are working hard to bring this exciting romantic comedy to stage. Based on the escapades of Robin Hood and his merry men and women of Sherwood forest in the fight for good over evil, this show centers around  their  attempt to help minstrel Allan A’dale rescue his true love, Genevieve, from the evil clutches of the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham and his money-hungry “sister.”  Set in the medieval town of Nottingham, this musical includes lively singing, sword fights, hilarious mix-ups and even dancing nuns!  This family-friendly production is sure to entertain folks of all ages.  Get your tickets soon as shows in the past several years tended to sell out.

logoWhen: April 11,12,13, 18, 20 at 7:00 p.m.,  April 12, 13 matinees at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Performing Arts Center.
Tickets: $6 in advance, or $8 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased at drama rehearsals Tuesday afternoons starting March 5, from 3-4 pm, or Thursdays at 12:30-3:30 pm at the Fruitport Christian Reformed Church (1320 Pontaluna)  through Kathy Boyd.  They can also be purchased directly from the Frauenthal Box Office, or ticketsplus online (extra fee applies). For more ticket information, contact Kathy Boyd at or 231-733-9456.

one-budIMPORTANT WEBPAGES – Public Events
Homeschool conferences, The Courtship Connection, and other events open to everyone are listed here. Don’t miss these worthwhile opportunities.

Fredrik Meijer Gardens
Wednesday, March 27, 1:00

BUTTERFLIES ARE BLOOMIN’ at the Fredrik Meijer Gardens.  Come and enjoy an afternoon at the Fredrik Meijer Gardens enjoying the wonderful butterflies and all the other great exhibits the museum has to offer.  Field trip is planned for Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:00.  Cost:  $3.50 per student and $3.50 for one parent per family…other adult family members may come too with a cost of $8.00 per extra adult(dad, grandma).  Please RSVP  Dawn Snuffer at by Monday, March 25th. to reserve your spot…please include how many students and adults.

Made in Muskegon
Monday, March 25, 10:00 am

The topic will be “Made in Muskegon,” and students will get to explore Muskegon Made artifacts, learn about the companies that made them, and take place in an assembly line simulation.  This program is for students in K-6th and registration is required.  A flyer with more information is available here.

I am wanting to offer an end of the year achievement//talent show for our students and need some feedback if this is something that our families would like to see offered.  Please email me at if interested.

Home School Legal Defense Association

We recommend that homeschooling families join HSLDA. Even if you never experience legal trouble yourself, your HSLDA membership will help enable other homeschooling families to get the legal help they need and will help defend our right to homeschool here in the Muskegon area.

Membership in HSLDA also gives you personal access to

  • the legal staff
  • HSLDA’s experienced high school, struggling learners, and early years consultants
  • selling privileges at the HSLDA Curriculum Market
  • discounts through HSLDA’s PerX program

For more information about HSLDA’s many benefits, see

THEO members SAVE $20 off the HSLDA membership price when you enter our Discount Group code 299827 on the HSLDA membership form!

SAT Essay & College Application Essays
Calvary Bible Church, Kalamazoo
Friday, March 8, 8:30am-3:30pm

The High School Essay Intensive class is an excellent way to get immediate experience and inside tips on how to do your best on the timed, 25 minute response to a prompt required on the SAT and/or ACT tests. Participants will actually write two full essays, carefully study and then apply the College Board evaluation criteria to sample essays, while receiving a detailed booklet of resources and lesson plans for continued practice.

Additionally, students will learn special structure and style tools for use in composing the college application “personal essay”—an entirely different type of writing task. The complete process will be presented: choosing the question, creating the outline, and polishing a final version. Participants will leave with a clear concept of the task, their own outline for an actual personal essay, and several new tricks and techniques to add to their repertoire.

Although this seminar is specifically designed for those who will be taking the SAT/ACT or submitting college applications within the next 1-2 years (and especially those teaching such students), it is also useful for general writing practice, tools and tips. It is open to all students, regardless of their experience with IEW courses or materials. A lot of actual writing is done during this six-hour class.

Cost: $50.00/participant (accompanying adult, $25.00)
Register here: or call 1.800.856.5815

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”