January 2019 Update

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Hello homeschoolers! It’s been a while since we’ve updated for this group, and though we’ve been somewhat less active, we’re still alive and kicking. As previously noted, Hurricane Harvey brought a ton of changes to Southeast Texas, and it’s not unexpected that the homeschooling community will have changed as well. Though our group has recovered in many ways, some of the changes in the community have shifted our group as well. Once of the most noticeable changes is the creation of the inclusive L.I.F.E. Homeschool group in Beaumont. Their format is quite different, and many of Triangle Homeschoolers families have taken an active part in participation.

It’s been so great to see how different homeschooling groups can work in tandem to meet the needs of the very large homeschooling community in Southeast Texas. Each group individually meets specific needs of individual families, and we really feel like the more resources and options open to homeschooling families, the better. L.I.F.E. has been a welcome addition to the area, with opt-in, open classes and events for all ages, and opportunities for parents to share their specific interests and talents with a larger student population. Some things are harder to plan and organize (and sustain) in smaller groups, so having a large, diverse group affords more/different opportunities to students.

That said, Triangle Homeschoolers has been happy to maintain our smaller, active group of families with a secular focus. Though regular at-home homeschooling and other events and activities have filled the week for many of us, our group is still meeting on our regular Wednesdays, with field trips and meet-ups throughout the month. Our Elementary Co-op is in their second year of classes, with plans to continue through May of this year. Though our High School co-op elected to remain on hiatus for now, we are proud to have four graduating seniors in our group this year, one of whom will be starting college later in January, while the rest of our teens have taken a more active part in L.I.F.E. Homeschool Group’s Teen Council and social events.

Here are a few pictures from various events from the Fall 2018 semester.

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Teen Social Brunch at IHOP

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and a few images from the fall semester of our THINK Elementary Co-op

We’re currently into our Spring 2018 session, and looking forward to having your family join us!

If you’d like to be part of our group, please join the TH Secular Homeschool Chat group on Facebook and look under the EVENTS tab for our next meet&greet event (FroYo at Orange Leaf January 30, 2019). If you have any questions, you’re welcome to message us through our Facebook Page, or use our contact form to send an email.

TH

 

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2017 Spring Semester

Our Spring Semester for the 2016-2017 school year has come to an end, and we wanted to share some of the highlights from our group’s events over the last several months. Our last update was in December, with our Christmas Concert. In January, after a bit of recovery from the winter holidays, most of us were back at work with kitchen table work and field trips every week. Our high school students had their usual teen social events every month, and many of them continued with THINK High School Co-op, enjoying a new series of classes with the Spring semester. Our THINK Elementary Co-op also held their second round of classes, with a six-week long series designed for the younger set.

Texas Aquatic Science lesson (January 2017)

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THINK High School Co-op – Sculpture 101 (January 2017)

We visited the Houston Museum of Fine Arts to see the Ron Mueck exhibition, which was simply amazing!

Our teens joined other homeschoolers in Southeast Texas for the 2017 SETX Homeschool Prom at the MCM Elegante. Their theme was ‘Masquerade’, and they had a great time! We also visited the Houston Health Museum to see the Body Worlds exhibit.

2017 SETX Homeschool Prom

Houston Health Museum – BodyWorlds 2017

Houston Health Museum – BodyWorlds 2017

THINK Elementary Co-op – Spring 2017

At the end of the school year, we put on a Spring Concert & Talent Show for the residents at Pelican Bay Assisted Living Community. Many of our younger performers got stage fright, but some of them put of a great show despite the butterflies!


Towards the summer, we went to Shangri-La Botanical Gardens for a tour of the marsh and grounds.

THINK Orchestra practice 2017

During the summer months, our families have spent time on the beach, gone on vacation, spent time with friends and family, and many of them have continued school through it all. Our 2017-2018 school year officially begins at our next Not Back to School Party, which will be coming up on August 28, 2017. If you’d like to join us this year, send a message through our Facebook Page, and be sure to join our chat group!

Happy Homeschooling!

TH

 

 

 

2016 Fall Semester

th-2016-fall-eventsIt’s been a busy school year so far!  Rather than post several individual posts, we decided to do a re-cap of this year so far. We’ve had quite a few new things added to our schedule this year, including the formation of our two new co-op groups, THINK High School Cooperative and THINK Elementary Cooperative. We’ve also had our usual weekly field trips and clubs. Here’s a look back at what we’ve been up to this school year. Enjoy!

The first official event for each Triangle Homeschoolers’ school year is our annual ‘Not back to School’ party. This year, we also held a mini-conference to help those new to homeschooling find support and community. We also started a dedicated Aquatic Science Class for upper elementary, middle and high school students. We also decided to start hosting ‘mom’s night out’ type events and kicked off the year with a murder-mystery dinner!

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In September, we had an Art Guild class focusing on the art of Georgia O’Keefe, and our first co-op classes began. We also had a Teen Social at a local coffee shop, and visited Seawolf Park in Galveston. Our Public Speaking group met, and we also hosted a Mom’s Night In Painting Nite with the Art Sherpa on YouTube.

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October started off with NASA’s Johnson Space Center Homeschool Day and our Teen Social. We planned a haunted house theme for our Halloween Party, so several times during the month of October, we got together to work on crafts and decorations for the party. It was a huge success, with multiple themed rooms and our students practicing their acting skills as they set the tone in each room. We’re missing the big group picture (but will edit this and post it later) – it was a fantastic turnout though! Our THINK Elementary Co-op ended in October, but will begin again in January, while our THINK High School Co-op continued throughout the month.

 

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just a few of the littles in our photo-booth!

In November, er started the month by attending the Texas Renaissance Festival School Days, a low-key Teen Social with cartoons and card games, and our first visit to the Houston Gem & Mineral Society Education Day. Our THINK High School Co-op continued with the beginning of Home Ec classes, and the students learned to crochet and to knit. We also hosted our third annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, benefiting the South East Texas Food Bank.

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December hasn’t been quite so busy as the rest of the month, but we’ve still been pretty active! Our Teen Social for December saw the kids roasting hot dogs and s’mores over a fire before the rain chased us all indoors. We spent some time practicing for our Christmas Concert and a day creating Christmas Cards to send to veterans who won’t be able to visit their families this holiday season. Our Christmas Concert went off without a hitch! We had a fantastic and enthusiastic group of carolers to sing for us, and it was a great opportunity for our THINK High School Cooperative orchestra students to show off their hard work.

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Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!
TH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

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It’s a new year, and we’re back in full swing! Our school year ‘officially’ begins with our annual ‘Not Back to School’ party, held at our monthly Park Day in August. This year, we also hosted a homeschooling mini-conference, addressing all of the ;getting started’ topics that many new homeschooling parents have. It’s also a great introduction to our group and members, and gives new families a chance to see if this group is a good fit for them.

This year, we have some exciting changes and new opportunities to announce. We’ve officially begun hosting two co-op groups; one for elementary students and one for high school students. We’re also looking forward to participating in the Beaumont Public Library’s teen and childrens’ homeschool book clubs, and will be moving our Park Day each month to a Friday this year to better align with the children’s homeschool book club dates.

If you’re new to our area, to homeschooling, or are looking for an active homeschooling group to be part of, join us on Facebook and plan on coming to our next Park Day for more information!

TH

 

 

Social Studies Club – Australia – Jan. 2016

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The kids chose Australia as the subject of the social studies club this month. Topics can include pretty much anything, from current events in that country, to history, agriculture, wildlife, art, local flair, tourism – anything the students want the focus of their project and presentation to be on.

As always, a huge part of this meeting is the food! We encourage each family to prepare a dish from that country to share. Since Australia’s mother country is England, we had some favorites that were both familiar and country-appropriate.

Next month, we’re focusing on Hawaii. If you’re interested in joining us, check us out on Facebook!

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Fall 2011 – Back to School

You may think that homeschoolers are excluded from the back to school excitement that the end of August brings. With the many options that homeschoolers have with regard to scheduling, some homeschoolers follow the traditional school calendar, others have school all year round. But even with these options, homeschoolers are not immune to the excitement of ‘back to school’ season.

Triangle Homeschoolers starts off the beginning of each new school year with our ‘Not Back to School Brunch Bash’ at Roger’s Park. Today was our second such annual event, and with 10 moms and 17 kids turning out to celebrate, you could definitely say that parents and students alike are glad that school’s back in session.

As a group, we operate on a more traditional schedule. Though some of our families school year-round, it works out better for the group to be ‘in session’ September through May and take the summer months off. So, much like other students, ours are excited to get back into the routine of seeing their old friends and making new ones through our group’s events and activities. We parents are happy to have each other as well, both online and in person!

Like many groups, we evaluate the previous year’s success and make changes that we feel will strengthen the group overall for the coming year. This year, we’re planning for Tuesday to be ‘Field Trip Day’ each week. Rather than have things scheduled on different days each week, we thought it might be easier if every week had a similar schedule. Having an event on Tuesday allows you to plan your calendar months in advance if you choose without worrying about missing out on something fun.

After some discussion, we’ve decided not to renew our co-op.  Our age ranges are too spread out, and our materials and homeschooling styles are too varied to make co-op successful. Instead, we’ll incorporate a stand-alone academic element to our Tuesday events, usually science or history related, so that we are continuing to respect the diversity in homeschooling of our group’s members.

With all of our changes, we are really excited about getting this year started! If you’re new to homeschooling, or to the area, we’d love to meet you. If you’re interested in meeting up with us, email Heather at wearyourbaby@yahoo.com to get the details of our next event.

TH