Off to a Late Start – January 2018

Normally, we start our school year the last week or so of August; about the time that the public schools in our area begin their fall semester. This year, however, I was out of town the week we’d originally scheduled our annual ‘Not Back to School’ Party (which is the first official Triangle Homeschoolers event for the new school year), and we’d planned on having it the following week. Little did I know I would be returning home right into Hurricane Harvey’s path.

We have three main organizers who plan events for our group. Heather Thomas  (that’s me) is the administrator and oversees most of the group’s day to day operations, including facilitating the discussion groups on Facebook, interacting with new and interested families,  and (occasionally) updating this website; Kandi Champion plans and hosts events for bigs, and Heather Mullin plans and hosts events for the littles. All three of us lost our homes and virtually everything our families own in the flooding during Hurricane Harvey. For all intents and purposes, Triangle Homeschoolers was closed for the fall semester of the 2017-2018 school year.

After much discussion between the three of us and the other members of our meet-up group, we decided that a good target for possible back-to-normal(ish) operations would be January 2018, but that was honestly a shot in the dark. The recovery process is far from over; in addition to the losses to our three families, several other members of our group suffered damage up to and including losing their homes as well. Those who didn’t suffer any damage had their hands full with the cessation of city services in the weeks following the hurricane, and then helping friends and family with their recovery efforts.

It’s been a very long few months, but we are happy to report that our January target wasn’t too far off the mark. We’d originally planned for our big Meet-&-Greet Park Day to be last week, but the unexpected (second!!) snowfall, ice, and week of frozen temperatures pushed it to this week. We had a respectable showing from our regular members and are happy to welcome a handful of new families to our group as well.

We are still not quite back up to our normal weekly schedule, but we’re getting there. Our High School co-op started the second week of January, and orchestra class resumed the same week. We have a Teen Social and Mom’s Night Out planned, and are working on getting the weekly events on the calendar. With today’s discussion, we’ve also added the possibility of a Middle School co-op, and there was interest in planning another Elementary co-op session soon. Things are slowly getting back to normal, despite our late start!

If you are interested in joining our group, but weren’t able to make it to our event this afternoon, we’ll be hosting another Park Day that is open to the public in February. You can join our discussion group on Facebook to find out details.

Happy Homeschooling!
TH

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Homeschool Co-ops: Yea or Nay? — This Adventure Life

You’ve no doubt heard the old adage, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. As parents, we are often left wondering where this mythical village is, and why we weren’t invited. As new parents, we’re consistently offered help, and told to just let friends and family know what we need, as if telling will […]

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Visiting Julie Roger’s Theater

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, TH Homeschoolers joined hundreds of public schoolers for a break from study to enjoy the ballet.  The theater presented  Babes in Toyland with dancers from across Southeast Texas.  As children of all ages began to fill the theater, they were greeted with small ballet dancers dressed as elves passing out programs.  The place was filled with festive decor and holiday music.

Upon the start time, four teens and lead dancers introduced themselves and their accomplishments.  The cheers were explosive when each one announced their city of residence.  The ballet opened with the introduction of fairy tale characters from Little Bo Peep to Mother Goose.  Jane and Alan, the main characters of the ballet eluded their Uncle Barnaby at their stops in The Magical Forest, Ice Mountain, Toymaker’s Workshop, and Candy Shop as they ventured towards Toyland, where their fortune awaited.  Barnaby sought to oust them so that he may have this fortune.  They met many interesting and helpful characters, as they journeyed onward.  Eventually, Uncle Barnaby succumbs to the spirit of Christmas, and the family members made amends and celebrated their joyous occasion in Toyland.

This ballet was a nice break from regular homeschool activities and a great first event to get us all pumped up for the holiday season.

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Social Studies Club – Japan

Every month, our group hosts a social studies club, focused on a single country or region. For the month of December, our country of focus was Japan. The kids all do a project of their choice. I love this format, because it means that all the kids can participate; it’s not limited to any grade level or ability. They also get to choose whatever area of study they want to work in, so the projects can be whatever strikes their fancy, from history, to current events, culture, politics, daily life – whatever they’re interested in.

In addition to their project and presentation, we also bring food from that culture. Today, we had several really great recipes, including: rice bowls with chicken breast and bell peppers in oyster sauce, rice noodles with spring veggies, nama chocolate maccha,  and sunomono (cucumber salad). Yum!

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Making Scarves for the Homeless – Dec. 2015

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Each year, Triangle Homeschoolers chooses a charity to volunteer with. This year, our charity is Southeast Texas Atheists Helping the Homeless.

In preparation for the SETX AHH December event, which will take place this Sunday at Weiss Park in downtown Beaumont, our students got together to make fleece scarves, using a couple of simple designs that even our youngest members were able to help make.  TH families will be in attendance on Sunday to help provide warm clothing items and other necessities to those in need.

For more information about TH, please contact us. For more information about SETX AHH, you can visit their website or Facebook page.

 

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Homeschool Teen Book Club – Nov/Dec 2015

teen book clubEach month during the school year, our local library system hosts a homeschool book club. It’s broken into two days, with three different age-groups. Since my boys are older, we participate in the ‘teen’ book club, which includes kids from 12 and up. The great thing about our library system (and our librarian, Ms. Robin) is the flexibility. Not only are younger siblings welcome, they’re encouraged to be part of the group.

The format of the club is great. Rather than a traditional, single monthly selection, Ms. Robin chooses several books, one from each of several different categories, including historical, best seller, award winner, classic, etc. The kids are also allowed to choose any book from the College Board Recommended Reading List… but if that fails, any book your student has read can be adapted for discussion.

The kids have a list of questions to consider regarding their book, and to make recommendations to the other students for that book, or others that they’ve read. It’s great listening to the observations and thoughts the students have about the books they’re reading.

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One of the selections for December’s discussion was ‘The Hiding Place’ by Corrie Ten Boom. It’s about a girl who, among other things,  survived a Nazi concentration camp. One of the moms in our group is a descendant of a survivor, and brought a rock from the Dachau Concentration Camp that’s been in their family since 1965.

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Thanksgiving Food Drive 2015

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This week, our group gathered at Claiborne Park in Vidor to celebrate Thanksgiving. For the past few years, we’ve collected food for the Southeast Texas Food Bank, and this year, we managed to fill one of the small barrels with donated non-perishable food items. We had a lovely afternoon, filled with good food and fellowship, and reflection on the things that matter most to us.

We’re hoping your holidays are filled with family and friends!

TH
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