As our year winds down, I find myself being reflective of our school year, the “what in the world did I accomplish…” Sometimes I wonder if I have done “enough”.
I am gently reminded of the Bible verse in Deuteronomy 11:18-19. “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” As homeschoolers, we are “teaching” our children 24/7 and what you choose to fill that time will reflect our end results. I think if you ask any of the parents of any of our seniors graduating this month what was most important throughout their homeschooling journey, it would not be more math tests, but the relationship they have with their child….that is what homeschooling affords us.
Take time to get outside and enjoy the luxuries of schooling at home like snuggling, reading a book in the sunshine on the grass, or school at the park…. Again happy spring…finally!!!!!!
Dawn Snuffer, Vice-President of THEO
MAY PRAYER FOCUS
Please pray for our freedom to home school here in America. Pray that we will continue to cherish this freedom and that the choice of education of our children will not be mandated to the government rather than the parents.
THEO MEMBERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION PICNIC (Click here for more info)
Celebrate THEO’s 30th anniversary with us at Coast Guard Park in Grand Haven 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 email@example.com, call Julie at 231-557-9762, or sign up online.
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: May 18, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (231) 766-2841.
Looking forward to seeing you
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 email@example.com.
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.
Attention Students! Do you love to act? Have a blast with friends? Learn in exciting and fun ways? Are you searching for ways to explore your artistic gifts?Parents, are you interested in affordable ways to keep your kids entertained and challenged this summer? Do you wish to supplement your child’s education with additional drama, art and music opportunities? Would you like to see this happen in a Christian atmosphere led by Christian instructors and assistants?
If so, Living Books Theater Summer Arts Camps might be just the ticket! For the past twelve years, Living Books Theater has been providing theater experience to homeschoolers during the school year, and for the second summer Living Books will be offering three different summer camps to students entering grades 1-12. Depending on the camp, kids will develop their talents in theater, improvisation, mime, stagecraft, visual art, vocal performance and working with BOOMWACKERS! At the end of each camp, there will be a student performance, showcasing what was accomplished throughout the week. Camp T-shirts, art supplies and daily snacks included.
New this Summer! We are excited to offer an all-day camp which will include workshops in three arts areas: drama, visual art and music. Music will include vocal performance in upbeat broadway and praise songs as well as having fun with Boomwackers! (Check out http://boomwhackers.com/ ). At the end of the week, there will be a student arts showcase featuring drama, vocal performance and boomwhacker performances and an art display of the weeks work.
Half day camps will be held at Bridge Bible Church in Norton Shores and the whole day camp will be held at Fruitport Christian Reformed Church in Fruitport. Family discounts are available as well as a limited number of need-based scholarships upon request. Open to homeschooled students as well as non-homeschooled students. Subtract an additional 10% of total cost if registered by May 24. Registration deadline is June 10. Class size is limited, so sign up soon!
*ACT 2: Drama, Music and Visual Arts Camp (Full Day) for kids entering 3rd through 8th grades – June 17-21
*ACT 3: Improv and Performance Camp (Half Day) for kids entering 8th through 12th grades – June 24-29
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
My daughter Stephanie is in the Culinary Art Baking and pastry program at the Culinary Institute of Michigan. She is willing to teach Baking and Pastry for up to 6 high school homeschoolers next fall in our home. Listed below is a brief course summary along with a general overview of the class. We are wondering if any of your sons or daughters are interested in taking this class. There will be a fee to cover ingredients and a small fee for her time. The class would meet once a week, for three hours in the evening. Let us know if there is an interest.
Thank you, Mary Neville
This course would go over the basics of baking, which would include:
Knife skills, Bread, Muffins / Cookies / Scones, How to write recipes and make original recipes, Cake Assembly – includes making the cakes, layering and leveling as well as finished product
Each week the students will be in the kitchen learning about the different baking items, and will be graded on their recipe writing skills, as well as the product that they make in class. The larger part of the grading would be from the skills testing, which will be every couple weeks after they have learned an item; they will have time and ingredients to make it and be graded from that product and their steps in producing it as well as time management.
Will need to have:
Kitchen scale measuring in oz/grams, Chef’s knife, Bread knife, Personal Apron and three kitchen towels (this list is not complete and will be completed if the class is held)
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