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!
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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!

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TH Art Guild – Nevelson – Aug. 17, 2016

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Every 6 weeks, our group meets for Art Guild, a hands-on art class based on the book, ‘Discovering Great Artists‘ that provides easy to do art projects in the style of the artist the lesson is focused on. This month, our subject was Louise Nevelson, whose massive monochromatic found-art sculptures are both interesting and inspired. We took a page from her book and gathered all kinds of junk, from paper and plastic tubes and bottles to keys and other bits of metal and bric-a-brak. The kids used a combination of school glue, hot glue and tape to create a single, stand alone work of sculpture and then spray-painted it to mimic Nevelson’s style. Once all the pieces were painted, we assembled them all into a somewhat uniform larger piece. Though our work was not quite as impressive as Nevelson’s, it was a great introduction to modern art, and hopefully gave the kids a glimpse of what is possible for their own experimentation with art.

 

NOAA Sea Turtle Laboratory – August 4, 2016

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Today, our group took a trip to Galveston to visit the NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Lab. If you’ve never been before, this is a really cool place to visit!

NOAA Fisheries, also known as the National Marine Fisheries Service, is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Department of Commerce. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, NOAA Fisheries works to recover protected marine species while allowing economic and recreational opportunities. Their sea turtle lab is part of a conservation/research and development project to create turtle-safe fishing nets. The facility in Galveston hosts a class to help educate the public about sea turtles, and offers a tour of the lab where the turtles are housed for two years as they grow, to be released back in the location they were taken from.

 

 

Teen Social – Field Day May 6, 2016

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Our Field Day & Ice Cream Social was a great success! Each of our families suggested a physical challenge and a mental challenge for the field day/obstacle course. The kids broke into two teams, and  competed for bragging rights (until the next time). Afterwards, we went indoors for ice cream, then changed into swim wear and hit the pool!

Here are some of the activities we did:

 

Mental Challenges:

  • Stroop Test
  • A Truth and A Lie
  • Improv Challenge: Question game (you are asked a question and must answer in the form of a question or you’re out)

Physical Challenges:

  • LARP game – Last One Standing
  • water relay with sponges and 2 liter bottles
  • yoga challenge

We ended up with 10 games, but didn’t get to do all of them!

 

 

 

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TH STEM-Egg Drop Contest – April 27, 2016

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Today, we hosted an ‘egg drop’ contest! Everyone brought all kinds of things from home to build a capsule capable of protecting an egg from a 10′ drop. We had so many neat ideas! From a cradle of straws, to a fully-insulated cup; foam, paper, fabric and everything in between. If you’re looking for a neat science-focused activity, this one was a winner!

LARP for PE – April 15, 2016

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Something new we’ll be trying out this summer is LARP-ing, or ‘live action role playing’ for PE. One of our families are frequent LARPers, and offered to work with the kids to make foam swords, and go over basic safety and combat rules. The kids spent a lot of time on their creations, and we can’t wait to put them to good use at our next Park Day!

 

TH Art Guild – Mary Cassatt – April 13, 2016

 

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Each month, we get together for our Art Guild. We’re using the book ‘Discovering Great Artists‘ as our guide, and so far, it’s been great! Several of our families have the book, and work lessons into their personal curriculum during the interval between art classes. This month, we’re studying Mary Cassatt, and the kids made art prints that were inspired by her method of creating prints.

If you’re interested in joining us for our next class, visit our group on Facebook!
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Ellen Trout Zoo – April 6, 2016

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This week, we took off for Lufkin, TX to visit the Ellen Trout Zoo, home to the biggest ostentation of peacocks I have ever seen running free through the grounds. The kids had fun checking out all the different areas of the zoo – one of the best things about this zoo is that it’s a breeding zoo, so the enclosures are small, which means that the animals are REALLY close and have few hiding places. Thankfully, this zoo is only a temporary stop for most of the animals there until they go back to their home zoos after recovering from pregnancy and birth.

If you get a chance, check them out – Lufkin is about the same distance travel-wise as Houston, it’s smaller, so you can definitely see everything in one day, and it’s shady (perfect for the upcoming summer heat)!

 

Teen Social – Pool Party – April 1, 2016

For whatever reason, our crazy kids decided that a Pool Party in April was a great idea! Despite the coolness of the water, they still had a great time. The girls (wisely) had already gone in by the time we remembered to get a picture, but the boys were good sports about it and posed accordingly 😉

Our teens have a social get together on the first Friday of each month – if you’re homeschooling a teen and would like to join us, check us out on Facebook for more info.
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