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!

TH

 

 

 

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LARP for PE – April 15, 2016

LARP PE

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!

 

5th Annual NBTS Brunch

This week, we hosted our 5th ‘Not Back to School’ brunch. Each year, on the day that our local ISD goes back to school, we celebrate swimming outside the mainstream by taking the day off. Instead of getting up early and heading back into the classroom, we enjoy having empty parks and the last of the summer sun to ourselves.

This year, we met at Roger’s Park for some splashtime fun, with breakfast and brunch goodies to share. The kids got to play and the moms got to talk about lesson planning and curricula for the coming year. If you’re interested in joining us, contact us!

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Bluebell Creamery Tour

If you’ve heard of Bluebell ice cream, then you’ve probably heard their slogan, ‘We eat all we can, and sell the rest’. Well, if you’re wondering if that’s true, it totally is! Of all the interesting things we learned on our tour this week, that’s probably the most significant thing that our students came home with – the knowledge that if they choose to work for Bluebell, they can eat all the ice cream they possibly can while they’re at work.

We actually only got a couple of pictures from this trip (stupid technology konking out just when you need it most!). We weren’t allowed to take pictures on the inner secrets on the Bluebell manufacturing process, so you’ll just have to use your imagination to fill in the gaps. Though we didn’t shoot this video, it’s a pretty accurate representation of what we saw!

Big Thicket: Kirby Trail ‘Armadillo Amble’ Night Hike

If you’ve never been  on a nighttime hike, then you’re definitely missing out. Something about being out in the woods after dark makes you feel like a kid again – and there are tons of things to see that you just can’t see during the day.

In Southeast Texas, both Village Creek State Park and the Big Thicket offer occasional nighttime hikes that are family friendly. They’re often themed; in this case, we were hunting armadillos, but past themes have included bats, black-light reactive critters (like scorpions), and insects.

If you’re a nighttime newbie, there are some great tips in this article from How Stuff Works, including tips (like bringing a red-light flashlight or headlamp to help see without destroying your night vision).

If you’re a fan of nighttime hiking, how’d you get started? What’s your favorite location? What do you like best? Feel free to comment and let us know!
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2011 Summer Fun!

They’re he-ere!

Our local movie theaters offer a summer kids movie deal that we know you’ll be thrilled to hear about. The details vary, but if you’re looking for inexpensive family fun, then you might see what some of the theaters are offering this year:

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse – (Tinseltown Theater, Beaumont TX)

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Dickenson Theaters – (Port Arthur, TX – @ Central Mall)

http://www.dtmovies.com/SVMS/2011/CM10.pdf

If movies aren’t your thing, here are some other fun things to do this summer:

And of course, Triangle Homeschoolers will still be hosting Park Day twice each month (on the first and third Fridays) – we are meeting at our members homes for the summer to avoid crowded parks – contact us if you’re interested in meeting up with us; as well as other field trips throughout the summer, and our 4H club will be in operation through August.
If you know of something happening this summer that we don’t have listed, please comment below!

Make it a great summer!
TH

Summer Movie Fun!

Some of you may remember from recent summers that several of the local movie theaters offer a summer kids movie deal of sorts. The details vary, but if you’re looking for inexpensive family fun, then you might see what some of the theaters are offering this year:

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

(Tinseltown theater -Beaumont TX)

(We called Hollywood Theater – Star 12 and they don’t offer a summer kids movie program anymore. We’re waiting to hear back from them though. we’ll update this is we can persuade them to implement it again!)

Carmike Cinemas

UPDATE JUNE 9, 2010: Pines Theater – Silsbee, TX is NOT participating! Sorry for the confusion – we drove out to Silsbee this past Tuesday and they were shut up tight. So, even though the Carmike website lists Silsbee as a participant, they are NOT offering the Summer Movie Club deal.

Dickenson Theaters

(Port Arthur, TX – @ Central Mall)

http://www.dtmovies.com/SVMS/2010/printables/124.pdf