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

May 2013 Newsletter

daffodil Happy Spring!

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

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.


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, call Julie at 231-557-9762, or sign up online.

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


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: 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

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
daffodilLIVING BOOKS SUMMER ARTS DAY CAMPS – CLICK HERE for Living Books Summer Flyer
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 ).  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 1: Creative Drama Camp (Half Day) for kids entering 1st through 3rd grades – June 24-28
*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
Get all the information from the Living Books Summer Flyer or go to


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 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.

We have gotten in new donations of name brand curriculum.  Some of the offerings are: Mystery of History Vol. 1, Saxon Math 8/7 Complete, Saxon 3 Teacher’s Book,and Videotext Algebra: A Complete Course-Modules A, B, and C in VHS and also a set of Modules A-F in DVD’s.  We also have tons of great fun kid’s books at 4/$1.  Please visit us and help us clear our shelves out!  We have been sorting our shelves and putting many items of the Free Shelf, too.
I, Sandy Cott, apologize for the times these past few months when we had to close the store due to weather or family circumstances that called Cindy and I away.  We are very thankful for our substitute volunteers who helped us out during our mission trip to Africa.  As I have gotten more work since “retiring” from homeschooling and have needed to devote more time to my elderly parents, I realize my need to step back from my bookstore hours.  I will still devote time to pricing the books as needed, but Cindy will need some regular helpers at the store.
If you could volunteer regularly at the bookstore we would so appreciate it.  It could be for 1 or 2 days a month on a Tuesday from 2-5 or whatever time you can give.  You will receive credit towards anything in the store for helping.  It is not at all complicated to work there and often you can bring your own things to work on while there in case it is a slow day–some quiet time away from home, or your child could come with you and read or work on school there.   If Tuesdays don’t work for you, we are considering having the store open on Mondays instead.
Please consider helping out even a little because it truly blesses the homeschoolers who come in and find super low-priced curriculum and fun books to use or supplement their teaching.  Call Cindy Stevens at either 231-343-4999 or 231-788-2689 or email her at for questions and information.  She knows all the ins and outs!
God Bless You,
Sandy Cott

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)

Two new pages have been added to the THEO website!
THEO Picture Albums – available from the members only page
Curriculum For Sale – available from the main menu

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