Community Service – SETX AHH – February 7, 2016

Photo by Yvette Michelle Portraits

Photo by Yvette Michelle Portraits

Triangle Homeschoolers was happy to have some of our members out at the South East Texas Atheists Helping the Homeless Februuary Giveaway in Downtown Beaumont on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Thanks to the many donations from the volunteers and the donations from the community, SETXAHH was able to help quite a few men and women with some basic necessities this month.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please check out their Facebook Community and look under the ‘events’ tab for information about monthly events. March 13, 2016 will be the next one. If you can’t join us, but still want to help, consider SETXAHH’s Amazon wishlist, which is updated to reflect the most urgent needs in our area. SETXAHH can’t accept monetary donations, but purchasing something from the wishlist (or using it as a reference if you’re local) would be helpful. No donation is too smal

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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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Social Studies Club – Japan

Every month, our group hosts a social studies club, focused on a single country or region. For the month of December, our country of focus was Japan. The kids all do a project of their choice. I love this format, because it means that all the kids can participate; it’s not limited to any grade level or ability. They also get to choose whatever area of study they want to work in, so the projects can be whatever strikes their fancy, from history, to current events, culture, politics, daily life – whatever they’re interested in.

In addition to their project and presentation, we also bring food from that culture. Today, we had several really great recipes, including: rice bowls with chicken breast and bell peppers in oyster sauce, rice noodles with spring veggies, nama chocolate maccha,  and sunomono (cucumber salad). Yum!

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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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Downtown Aquarium Homeschool Day 2015

10945372_10205602152194042_6555199196793916447_nThis is the first year that we’ve heard about Downtown Aquarium Houston’s Homeschool Day. We managed to get our group in about a week before the deadline for registration, and I am SO GLAD that we did! Despite a few snags, it was an amazing experience and definitely one we recommend and are looking forward to next year.

If you know anything about our group, you know that we love options, and in this, the Downtown Aquarium didn’t disappoint. Options included your choice of age groups, classes, tours, particpation, food options, and plenty of rides and carnival games. The education aspects were awesome, the staff was friendly and helpful – and most importantly, excited about their jobs and working with our kids.

Our only complaint had to do with organization – things were a bit disorganized, but according to the hostess, they had more that twice the number of participants this year than they’ve had in previous years, so a little bit of leeway can be allowed. I am so glad that this was a successful event for them – the better their turnout, the better future events will be!

Most of the Triangle Homeschoolers families chose the ‘all day’ option – 2 classes, ‘behind the scenes’ tours, full access to the exhibits and rides, a Q&A with a marine biologist, and a picnic lunch included.

Here’s a sampling of the day’s activities:


If you have a chance, please visit – it’s a full day’s worth of activities, education and entertainment. If you’d like to join TH for events like this one, join the discussion on Facebook!

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Thanksgiving Food Drive & Party

This week, we spent some time considering the many things we’re thankful for, both as homeschooling parents and students. We met at Claiborne West Park to share a beautiful potluck lunch and spend some time with our friends.

We also collected non-perishable food items for donation to the SouthEast Texas Food Bank. If you’d like to help further their mission to lead the fight against hunger in Southeast Texas , please consider making a donation, here.

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