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)

THINK Elementary Co-op January 2017

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!

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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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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!

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)!

 

San Jacinto & Battleship TEXAS – March 2, 2016

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Planting Centennial Forest – Community Service – Feb. 25, 2016

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We spent our morning in the Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas-Big Sandy/Centennial Forest (or what will be!) with our homeschool group. Our group of 19 kids and adults, plus 8 Park Rangers and a few other volunteers spent the morning putting 800 longleaf pine saplings in the ground. Afterwards, we went on a half-mile hike through an older part of Centennial Forest where they were experimenting with different techniques for clearing some of the underbrush to promote the growth and return of the longleaf as the predominant species of pine in this area.

The Big Thicket is celebrating 100 years through the Centennial Initiative, which encourages the public to take an active role in visiting and preserving the forests in our area. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact the Big Thicket Visitor’s Center to find out how you can help. The next public planting day will be Saturday, March 12, but there are groups that go out each week. If you’d like to join us next time we go as a group, join us on Facebook!

Chinese New Year – February 10, 2016

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Happy Year of the Monkey!
Our group got together to celebrate the Chinese New Year at Tyrell Park’s Botanical Gardens this week. Everyone brought delicious homemade Chinese foods, and crafts for the kids. The littles made noisemakers with paper plates, beads, beans and craft sticks, and all of the kids made dragon masks. After lunch, we passed out wishes for the new year, along with the traditional gift of money in small golden envelopes to ensure luck and prosperity for the coming year. Then the kids lined up in their masks and took off on a Dragon Parade through the park. Lastly, they exchanged Valentines, and departed a happy, well-fed crew!

February 2016 Teen Social – Scavenger Hunt

scavenger-hunt-birthday-partyEach month, our group hosts a ‘teen social’ to give our tweens and teens the opportunity to socialize. February, we organized a scavenger hunt at our local mall.

We had 15 kids at this event, split into two teams – Team J, and Team V. They had an hour and a half to complete a list with 29 ‘Things to Collect’; 32 scenes to ‘Take a Picture’ of; 15 things to “record a Video’, and 8 ‘Mall Trivia’ questions. They could score extra points for some items, and for finishing all of the items in one section, and finishing first, while bad behaviour and failing to rendezvous back with the group would deduct points from your overall score.

 

 

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When time was up, everyone picked up pizza and went back to one of our family’s homes to watch the videos and look at the pictures. Here are a few of our favorites:

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