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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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)!

 

TH Art Guild: Picasso – January 2016

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This year, we started an art-focused class, held every 6 weeks, based on the book Discovering Great Artists by Kohl and Solga. This was our first class, and we had an awesome turnout! The kids brought their completed self-portraits, and after the lesson on Picasso’s life and style, the kids (and a couple of the moms) cut the pictures apart and re-assembled them, Picasso-style. After embellishing them with other craft supplies, we called them masterpieces.

Our next lesson will be on Toulouse-Lautrec, and impressionism. If you’re interested in joining us, check out our Facebook group and plan on joining us at our next Park Day!

 

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Big Thicket Hike – Jan. 14, 2016

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The weather is perfect for hikes right now; not too cold, but not warm or humid, either. We met today at the Big Thicket Visitor’s Center in Kountze, and then went out to walk the Sundew Trail in Tyler County. It’s a beautifully maintained hiking trail that’s a mile on the outer loop, or you can opt for the inner loop, which is 0.3 miles and paved (so easily wheelchair or stroller accessible). After walking the big loop, the kids took the inner loop on their own. Afterwards, we picnicked at the pavilion.

If you have the opportunity, we highly recommend a visit to the Visitor’s Center!

Next month, we’re planning on doing some community service work in the Big Thicket. Stay tuned!

Making Scarves for the Homeless – Dec. 2015

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Each year, Triangle Homeschoolers chooses a charity to volunteer with. This year, our charity is Southeast Texas Atheists Helping the Homeless.

In preparation for the SETX AHH December event, which will take place this Sunday at Weiss Park in downtown Beaumont, our students got together to make fleece scarves, using a couple of simple designs that even our youngest members were able to help make.  TH families will be in attendance on Sunday to help provide warm clothing items and other necessities to those in need.

For more information about TH, please contact us. For more information about SETX AHH, you can visit their website or Facebook page.

 

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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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Jumping World USA – Beaumont

logoJumpingWorldToday, we took the kids to bounce around at Jumping World USA – Beaumont! This was our first trip out there, and it was everything we’d hoped it would be.

We’re thrilled to have this facility in town; I’ve wanted to take my kids, but the closest location was Houston. Now that they’re in Beaumont,I think TH will add this to our regular rotation of events.

The kids had a blast – and got a ton of exercise while having fun. With a giant bounce pad and long trampolines (including some that stretch up the wall), the kids had plenty of room to roam. The jump coaches and staff keep the kids from getting too crazy or running over each other, and the signs to help the kids find the right age group for their activities helps, too.

There’s a huge dodge ball court (with trampolines), a water wheel (hamster-ball thingy), a bouncy basketball court and a giant foam pit to bounce into. There’s also an arcade, and refreshments (snack bar and vending machines). The place was spic-n-span (even the bathrooms were clean), too, which was really great.
If you get a chance, definitely check them out!

TH

 

Sea Center – Lake Jackson, TX – January 2014

Today, we took the kids out to Sea Center in Lake Jackson to visit the hatchery. What we thought was going to be a ‘tour’ was actually a full behind the scenes look at just how intricate and scientific growing a million fish really is!

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When you walk in, one of the first things to see is a giant ‘touch tank’. Filled with crabs of all kinds (hermit, blue, spider and more), sea anemones, urchins and other things to feel and explore, the touch tank dominated the kids’ attention for a good long while. There’s also a table with plates to make crayon rubbings of different sea creatures, and several big aquariums to check out.

CAM01433To keep the kids interested, we split into two groups with a guide for each group – Mr. Andy for the littles, and Mr. Jerry for the bigs. We took a walk outside to check out the water systems, from the created wetlands, to the big holding pond, outdoor filters and tanks, to the indoor pump and filtering system inside. Then we went through the big tank room where there were giant tubs filled with red drum and flounder. Then we toured CAM01436the incubation room, where we learned about eggs and how the ‘fry’ look when they’ve hatched, and what they eat for the few days before they’re gathered up and brought to the grow ponds outside. We also got a run-down of what types of education the kids might need to pursue if they wanted to have a career with one of the three hatcheries in Texas.

 

 

 

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We also got to hang out on the pier of the learning pond and feed the fish – and saw a variety of giants in the water, then took a stroll down the boardwalk over the wetlands that were built to replace some that were destroyed when the hatchery opened.

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If you get a chance, call them to schedule a tour. It’s well worth the drive!
TH