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

September 2013 Newsletter


Back-to-School Issue

Dear THEO Families,
As we embark on another wonderful year of learning there are two things that continually come to mind that I want to share with you.  As I have thought on them,  I am realizing they go hand in hand. The first is priority and the second, presence.
What are the priorities that rule your day?  What drives you from task to task?  Where does Jesus fit into the “plans?”  As I sit here, writing this out, the question is asked of myself as well.  Where do I lay my priorities? Are they stacked on the bookshelves of our learning or are they boasted about in my children’s great successes? Is my Savior my greatest priority, do I seek Him above all else?  I have to honestly answer, no I do not faithfully do that.  SO often I run from task to task in order to complete the assignment I gave myself for the day only to follow that with the process of  making the list for my own children. What about you?  How are your priorities?
How about presence, what if we made that  our priority?  Would that look like  us spending an hour talking to our children rather than giving them  a list to prioritize or a series of chores or events to overcome? If we showed them what it means to be there in presence, do we then model presence with Jesus?  Jesus calls us to Him; He calls us into His presence and to make that our priority in life.  What would living like this result in…..?  I seek to make this my purpose and daily priority.  Let’s live life fully in His paths for us this year
Thankful for Grace…
Davine, THEO President


For God’s leading to teach according to His priorities, and for the preservation of our opportunity to select the education we see as most appropriate for each of our children.

Welcome to all the new THEO members! It’s always wonderful to have a great group to share experiences with and to ask advice of. For the memberships that are complete with payment and both waivers, your membership cards will be mailed this week. Be sure to check out the many discounts to which this membership entitles you! For the rest, your cards will be sent out as soon as everything is received and recorded. Hard copies of the membership directory will be sent by the end of September. Until then, please rely on the directory here on the website, which is kept up to date each day.


Many members liked the idea of having a family picture next to each members’ contact info. I’m sure it would help us to know each other better, since we’d have faces to put with the names. The member directory is password protected, so you don’t have to worry about your picture being “out there” on the Internet. If you would like your picture added to your entry in the directory, please email the picture to and we’ll take it from there.

As a new service to THEO members this year, we are providing ID cards to middle school and high school students. There are times a picture ID is required for test registration, etc. Rather than having to go to the Secretary of State office, we will send a card to those who would like one. The card will be wallet-size so it will be easy to carry.

In order to get a regular ID card, please go to the Student ID Cards webpage and fill out the form.


If you know of someone who has not yet renewed their THEO membership, please direct them to the website page, Become a Member. They can even begin their membership application online now!

apple-greenFALL CLASSES FOR 2013-2014

Some of the classes still have a little time left for you to join. Click here to check classes and deadlines.


Grades 10-12

This course is going to be constructed like the Constitution 101 class I taught last year, and will include:
– Video lecture homework assignment
– Supporting reading materials
– Once a week class discussions
– Written quizzes
– Written final exam
– Final Oral presentation to parents
Since a major part of the learning process for this subject is class discussion, I feel it would be best if we had a small group of less than 12 students to participate.  We will be using the materials from Hillsdale College found at this link:
The only costs for the class would be one book (used online is about $3), and a three ring binder to keep work in. Others requirements would be for Internet access for videos, course materials, research and posting of written assignments to Class Message Board.
We are planning on starting the week of 9/9.  The times I have thought of are either Mondays at 4:00 pm OR Fridays at 3:30 pm.  Location to be determined, but I am thinking either Spring Lake Wesleyan Church or my office at Sternberg and Grand Haven Rd. It is short notice, I know, but if you are interested in attending this class and have questions, please email me at or you can call me directly at 616-292-6010. I do have a little flexibility in the day, time and location so if you are interested in this but the primary times or locations do not work, provide me feedback as to what well.
I hope to have this finalized by Saturday, September 7, 2013
There is still time to enroll your high school student in the course that will set them on the path to financial success in the years to come.  Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University for High School course taught by Davine Calkins still has openings.  The class will be held every Tuesday afternoon from September-April from 2-4pm The class is $125.  Please contact Davine Calkins at 231.798.7294 to enroll your child(ren) now and with any questions that you have.

Class enrollment will close September 7.


We are inviting all homeschoolers or those interested in homeschooling to a bonfire on Saturday, September 21 at the Bradfield’s. This is an opportunity for the whole family to come and have fun. Join other homeschooling families for a great time!

Where: 4384 Putnam Rd., Muskegon, MI 49445
Date: 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, September 18 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!

apple-greenNEW WEBPAGES
New pages have 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.

apple-greenIMPORTANT WEBPAGES – Tutoring and Testing

Check out the availability of services on this webpage.

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