VFW – September 9, 2015

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Today, our group had the opportunity to tour the VFW hall in Orange, and find out about the VFW, what services they offer. There was a program about the flag, and then we had lunch at Lions Den Park in Orange. The VFW has scholarship programs, essay contests, and art contests during the year, for students to participate in.

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Teen FroYo Social – September 2014

FROYOWe’re privileged to have quite a few families who have been with our group for several years now, and as a result, those small kids who started school with us are now tweens and teens! This year, we’ve decided to start hosting a monthly social just for our tweens and teens. To put a modern spin on the traditional ‘ice cream social’, we met up at Orange Leaf in Beaumont for a ‘FroYo Social’, which our kids (and moms) thoroughly enjoyed.

We’re planning to meet on the first Friday of each month, with different tween/teen-centered activities. If you’re new to homeschooling and want to get your older child in on the fun, check out the TH Meet Up page for more information, and join us on Facebook.
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Jump World USA – September 3, 2014

One of the best things about having a Jump World USA in town is that we can totally count this is PE for the day! With dodge-ball, a giant foam pit and plenty of space to run around, the kids always have a blast when we hit the jump park.

Triangle Homeschoolers meets weekly for educationally aligned field trips, and hosts several educational and social events for our students each month. For more information, please visit the TH Meet Up page, or check out our Discussion Group on Facebook.
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Houston Zoo – Sept. 1, 2014

entranceThis week, a few of our families took advantage of the Houston Zoo’s ‘free afternoons’!

Here’s Amber’s recap of the day:
“Our most recent field trip to the Houston Zoo was especially fun! Although the rain kept some families from attending, the kids had a blast splashing in puddles as they walked from habitat to habitat. Some of the favorite animals were the lions, gorillas, and elephants. The drizzling rain kept the air cool and everyone enjoyed the exercise. The kids are already planning their next trip.”

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Our group meets weekly for educationally aligned field trips, and hosts several educational and social events for our students each month. For more information, please visit the TH Meet Up page, or check out our Discussion Group on Facebook.

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6th Annual NBTS Party

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Welcome to a new school year! As always, we kick off the new school year with our ‘Not Back to School’ party. Like many homeschoolers, the first day of school for other kids means that city parks are once again deserted and we happy homeschoolers have them all to ourselves. If you were able to join us this year, thanks for coming out (despite the heat). If you’re new, welcome!! If you weren’t able to come, but want to join us for the new school year, check us out on Facebook!

Happy homeschooling!

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Public Speaking Assembly – August 2015

maxresdefaultEarlier this year, we started hosting a monthly public speaking assembly. This isn’t a ‘class’, per se, but an opportunity for the students to practice their public speaking and presentation skills, as well as an opportunity for both students and teachers to give feedback. Each month, our host posts a new tip for improving your speech. Each tip has a specific ‘thing’ that the student can work on – like fidgeting, eye-contact, and other skills that good public speakers use to connect and engage their audience.

The students have presented a wide variety of speeches, and many have presented original material. We’ve heard passages in books, poetry, recitation of famous speeches, and reading school reports on everything from birds to haunted houses and ghost ships. It’s been great seeing what the kids have come up with to present.

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Though the original target age of the class was for middle and high school students, some of our speakers have been elementary-aged students, and some of our moms have even gotten in on the practice, which has been great to illustrate that it’s never too soon (or too late) to hone your public speaking skills!

We will continue to host monthly public speaking events throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

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Animal Habitats – August 17, 2015

animal-20habitats-20posterHappy ‘back to school’! Our official ‘NOT Back to School’ party is next week, but we decided to get a jump-start on this school year with today’s field trip.

A few weeks ago, the kids each chose an animal to research. Their task was to build a habitat for the animal they chose, and to come up with an ‘information sheet’ about the animal in their habitat.

We’re planning to visit the Houston Zoo in a couple of weeks, so this is an introductory lesson to go along with that. We were both surprised and please that the kids chose to present their animal and projects to the group!

Thanks to everyone who was able to come participate today! If you’re homeschooling, and interested in joining us for weekly events, check out our chat group on Facebook.

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Galveston Pleasure Pier Homeschool Day

 

This was our first visit to the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier’s Homeschool Day event. We didn’t get many pictures, but we had a great time. They had tours and organized classes for children in several age groups. They issued a course book to each student, with STEM-oriented lessons that incorporated the incredible engineering and physics employed in building and maintaining the Pleasure Pier.  If you get the chance, check them out!

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Habitat for Humanity 2015

Each year, Triangle Homeschoolers chooses a charity organisation to work with. This year, we chose Habitat for Humanity. The kids are too young to actually work on the build site, but they’re still able to help! Our crew met at the H4H offices downtown to load up lunch for the workers. For several months, our kids helped feed the students and volunteers who came to our area to help build homes for those in need.

We’re honored to have been able to help in any way, this incredible organization.

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Human Anatomy – March 3, 2015

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This week’s field trip was hosted by one of our families, with stations set up to explore human anatomy. The kids learned about the composition of blood with a large-scale model using ping pong balls, marbles and small yellow balls representing white and red blood cells, and platelets. They got to take their pulse, and learn the differences between different heart rates (resting, normal, and with exercise), and made models of the hand and spine. They also got to make (and eat!) a ton of body-themed snacks!

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