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Our Area’s Homeschool Activity Fair – Part 1


So we are now in our second year of living in Texas.  This week I became aware that our local homeschool organization was holding an activity fair.  So I informed my youngest two and my husband the four of us would be attending.  As we drove into the parking lot and started to get out of the vehicle, I stated I was not sure how much we would find if anything.

So imagine my surprise when we entered the room the fair was in and found a number of booths that interested my children.  I am going to break this up into two parts.  Today I am going to write about the activities our 16 (getting ready to turn 17 in October) son found at the fair.


The first activity which really interested him was the area homeschool band.  The benefit of this is that I can also play in it as a parent.  Furthermore, our second son can play as well.  After talking with the representatives a few minutes, I picked up a flyer, added our names to the list and checked one activity to add to our schedule.  So this should be fun for us.


The next table to catch Nathan’s interest was one for an area Junior High/High School choir.  Nathan has a love of music and of singing, so again I knew this would be a good fit.  So I grabbed the flyer, noted the date of the informational meeting and then we moved on again.

My son then became distracted for a few minutes when one of his friends from church handed him a flyer for the group’s yearbook staff.  Involvement in that is still under consideration.  Then he was distracted by seeing the mother of that same friend.  So, of course, he had to go over and speak to her.

Then we stopped at a table where another one of my children’s friends was sitting.  We spoke to her for a few minutes before moving on to see what else we could find.

The next table to truly interest our son was the one for tennis lessons.  One of the moms we met when we first moved to Texas was on duty there.  We received the information, chatted for a few minutes and caught up a little bit.  I gave a sigh of relief when I realized they provided all the necessary equipment.  So that is one expense I do not have to worry about right away.

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Finally, he asked if we could stop by the table for the area athletic teams – including basketball – something he has wanted to play for years.  Unfortunately, that activity is not a possibility because it will conflict with the homeschool band.  I was glad to see my son was more interested in the band instead of basketball.

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So that is a summary of the activities our son is interested in for the new year.

Stay tuned for part 2 where I will discuss the activities our daughter is interested in for this year.

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Gearing Up for 2015 – 2016 School Year

2015 2016 school year begins

So we are entering our 10th year of homeschooling.  That is somewhat hard to believer.  It makes me wonder where time has gone.  Our oldest was in the 5th grade when we began the journey.  Now he is 19 years old and has graduated from homeschooling.  Our second son is entering the 11th grade, while our youngest son is entering 10th.  Our daughter should be entering 8th grade – but I have a feeling we will end up counting this year as her freshman year of high school as well.  She is extremely motivated to get up in the morning to do her work.

Many years ago, I discovered my children do not do well with a long summer vacation.  They do much better with doing school in the summer, but having many breaks and days off during the year – even if those breaks are shorter.  So that leaves me to spend time planning and preparing for when their current books/materials run out.

Right now, we are in the midst of a three week break.  We have this week off and I am enjoying some time iwth my daughter while my husband attends a conference for work.  Then next week, we will have our annual family vacation, which includes a celebration for our 23rd anniversary.  Then we will come home with the goal of canning tomatoes – including tomato chunks – as opposed to diced and also trying our hand at canning salsa, tomato sauce and maybe even trying to make ketchup and barbecue sauce.

So what is up in your world?  I would love to hear from you.