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On this page you will find listings of events, extra-curricular classes, associations and other opportunities that may be of interest to homeschooling families.

These listings may or may not be specifically "home school events." These events/classes are NOT sponsored by Hearts & Hugs, and we make no endorsements regarding them. These events/classes are open to ALL homeschoolers, not just Hearts & Hugs members.

Since we are not always notified of changes, please contact the appropriate person to verify details.



ARTS/TELEVISION PROGRAMMING PRODUCTION & ART CLASSES


INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATORY of PERFORMING ARTS PREPARATORY SCHOOL, PLANO, TX.

Does your child exhibit a true passion for MUSIC, DANCE or THEATRE?

INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATORY of PERFORMING ARTS PREPARATORY SCHOOL is Cultivating Artistic Minds!

We offer ˝ day sessions for Homeschoolers, 5 days per week or full day, if desired, with our virtual academic school component. (optional)

  • Ages 11-17 years, creative & focused on intensive study

  • Self motivated learners, academic achievers

  • Thriving in a culture of respect, collaboration and responsibility

    Foundational Training- theory, technique & practice provided by 1st-class faculty, Preparing students for college or careers in performing arts - Audition required.

    For information or to schedule an audition or a tour- call 972-881-1915 or contact us by email.

    I AM FLIX.COM

    IAMflix.com provides family-friendly movies, documentaries, educational and childrens to name just a few genre. It’s available via ipad, tablet, laptop or your TV.

    What you won’t find is profanity, suggestive or illicit content. IAMflix.com is a wholesome viewing for your entire family. Try the "Creation Series" under the educational tab.

    The IAMflix team believes that given a choice, people want to be able to stream faith based titles that carry a great message while being entertaining. Try IAMflix.com today as the first 30 days are free!

    ARTWORKS TEXAS

    Artworks Texas is owned & operated by Carrie Stevens, who has a Bachelor's degree in Art. Homeschool classes for small groups are available at her studio, located near Forney in Kaufman County. Carrie will also come to your location for classes if you would like to organize a group with a minimum of 8 children. She teaches ages 5-17 years. Groups can be developed according to ages of the children.

    Classes are offered on a monthly basis, 1 hour per week with a sibling discount. Class offerings include drawing, painting (acrylic & watercolor), and pottery (hand building with clay).

    The mission of Artworks Texas is to "Bring out the artist" within each child & adult. Also to encourage creativity and build self esteem in students while providing a supportive environment which nurtures the imagination.

    Private painting parties are available for children & adults at the studio. Carrie will also 'bring the party to you" with a minimum of 10 people & can customize the painting to your theme. She will take you step by step to create a painting on a 16 x 20 canvas, even if you've never drawn or painted! It's great fun for all ages and all supplies are included.

    Workshops for children & adults are offered on a regular basis at the studio which include painting, pottery, calligraphy, printmaking, glass slumping and multi media. Watch the website for the latest information, www.artworkstexas.com or Facebook at Artworks Texas. Call (214) 675-9447 or email for more details.

    PRIVATE ART LESSONS BY JEN

    Art lessons for children ages 7+

    My name is Jen Carnes and I'm an art teacher, and I teach from your home! I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 and currently work as an art teacher for some after school programs around the metroplex. I am proficient in most media including painting (watercolor, acrylic, gouache) graphite and charcoal, pen and ink, prisma markers and colored pencils, knitting and crocheting, cartooning, and fibers spinning.

    Classes are $35 per student per hour.

    For more information, please email or call me at 940-218-0848.

    MONART ART CLASSES & MORE

    Monart School of Art – Keller offers home school classes for students ages 4-teen on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    Our Harvard-endorsed academic art program is based on our drawing program by Mona Brookes “Drawing with Children”. Students learn about the subject matter and then we do a comprehensive drawing illustration using different mixed media. Our home school students also receive a 10% discount off published pricing and includes materials.

    The Monart drawing program is a three month term of weekly classes. Cost vary depending on the age grouping. Classes in acrylic painting, drawing, cartooning, computer graphics and clay sculpture offered.

    For further information, please visit our website! If your student would like to take a free trial class, please call 817-993-1374 for confirmation or further information.

    BOOKS OF INTEREST TO HOMESCHOOLERS & OTHERS

    Introducing the Annie’s Adventures Series of books for middle-grade readers and young adults from age 9 years old and up. Created specifically for homeschool families, the books are faith-based, designed to teach and apply spiritual principles from the Bible to our everyday lives. Each book is filled with mystery and suspense to make learning fun.

    Meet Annie, a homeschooled teen whose father’s work with NASA takes her all over North America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. But unlike most travelers, Annie encounters art thieves, industrial spies, terrorists, and mysterious relatives. Read as Annie learns to trust God when she encounters the challenges of our day.

    These books also teach about the history, culture, and language of the countries they visit, as well as U.S. history. Individual books, discounted combo packages, and quantity discounts are available from our website.

    "Educational, inspirational, entertaining, and faith-building."

    CREATIVE ARTS IN ACTION

    Creative Arts in Action is located in Watauga, TX. betwen 377 and Rufe Snow. They offer a variety of activities for the homeschooling family.

  • The Learning Center: The learning center provides a stimulating environment where children can explore and enjoy learning through the Creative Arts. Classes in Literature, Writing, Musical Theater, Art, Speech, Critical Thinking, Government, and Debate will offer students opportunities to embark on unique and purposeful learning experiences.

  • The Book Store: Parents can peruse the bookstore and review curriculum in a friendly, environment. Experienced home school consultants will be available to assist with selecting and streamlining curriculum to meet the educational demands of your children.

  • The Cafe: You are invited to relax over coffee or a mocha creamice in the cozy cafe or just lounge on the front porch and enjoy your favorite desert while you connect with other Moms in a warm, homey atmosphere. Children are free to visit The Kids Corner where educational games and books are waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

    For more information, please contact them at 817-281-2293 or by email

    ARTHOUSE HOMESCHOOL ART CLASSES---MCKINNEY, COPPELL, & FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS

    The McKinney location offers Homeschool classes for ages 6-14 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30. The small, structured classes provide students of all ages with an education in art theory and art history as well as the needed skills and techniques to make meaningful two and three dimensional art work. Each student's life will be improved through the art experience. Self esteem, fine-motor skills and overall scholastic achievement is improved through art education.

    All ARThouse teachers hold a college degree in Art and are experienced in a variety of media.

    The cost is $50 per month with a 10% discount for siblings and includes most supplies. Call 469-952-3911 or email arthousemckinney@sbcglobal.net to register.

    Homeschool classes are also offered at the other ARThouse locations in Coppell and Flower Mound. Visit www.studioarthouse.com for times.


    LIFE SKILLS


    INSPIRED -2- TRANSITION - ONLINE OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION COURSE

    There is nothing parents want more than to see their children achieve success. The online Occupational Education course is a great way to assure your children receive instruction and exposure to some of the most important concepts they will need in life, skills that are far too often left out of high school instruction.

    The following is a brief list of some of the concepts covered in the course:

  • resume writing

  • interview and job skills

  • interest profiles

  • career exploration

  • goal setting

  • budgeting

    Please visit our website for more information. Your children's future is certainly worth this great opportunity.


    CLUBS & CO-OPS


    HOMESCHOOL 4-H CLUB

    A homeschool 4-H club meets the second Thursday afternoon of each month. (September-May) Meetings are held in Forney, TX./Kaufman county but you do not have to be a resident of Kaufman county to participate.

    Please contact Vicki at (972) 564-3917 for more information. Please mention you heard about it on the Hearts and Hugs website!


    COLLEGE PREP, COLLEGE & CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES


    COLLEGE PREP GENIUS

    College Prep Genius is coming back to your area! Since 2005, this program has helped homeschooled students raise their SAT scores as much 600 points! It teaches strategies and tips that are essential to getting an amazing score and qualifying for FULL RIDE SCHOLARSHIPS!

    See our latest testimonial:

    “I am so grateful to you and all that you did for us with your SAT classes for my two children! My son took the CPT test (college entrance test similar to SAT) and the counselor was in shock because she has not seen this high of a score in a long time. Because of his score, he is now considered a junior in college--as well as high school and is receiving college credits all for FREE! When I die and God asks me, ‘...So, tell me something that you did, that you did right’... I'll say, ‘I enrolled my homeschooled son in Jean Burk's SAT class!’ I tell EVERYONE about your class!” - Judy D. (Florida)

    The price for the class includes 10-hours of lecture time, the College Prep Genius textbook, College Prep Genius class workbook, and complete class review DVD (for students to take all the information home with them!). We also offer a sibling discount.

    Author/Creator, Jean Burk, recently gave a FREE online seminar. Check it out.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jean Burk by phone 81-SAT-2-PREP or by email

    COLLEGE AT HOME

    THE GOAL OF COLLEGE AT HOME is to equip individuals and families with the necessary information to begin and complete the degree process on their own. They offer a consulting service to serve as your guide for one year as you earn college credit by exam to apply to your Associate or Bachelor's degree. They have also prepared a College At Home Handbook that includes the necessary information for you as you pursue your degree on your own. Information on the Handbook and a Table of Contents are available for your review.

    For more information, please visit their website!

    EASTFIELD COLLEGE HOMESCHOOL CLASSES

    Eastfield College offers graded Homeschool classes for ages 13-18 and dual college credit classes for age 15+ who have completed sophomore credits.

    They also offer other age children's and teens ungraded classes.

    Please visit their website and navigate to the Continuing Education schedule for more information.


    CURRICULUM


    WORKBOOKS FOR TEACHING MATH FACTS MASTERY

    Math facts are the keys that open the doors to being able to solve harder computation and word problems.

    After using counting devices, fingers and charts, children need to memorize answers to math facts. Longevity Publishing offers reproducible workbooks with strategies to help your children learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Our workbooks are designed to be used with beginning learners or with older children who need extra help learning.

    You may make copies of the pages to use in your homeschool.

    Longevity Publishing has more information about each of the workbooks; free sample pages; other testimonials and reviews; a blog with many free strategies and tips to teach math facts; and a contact form to request a free copy of How to Individualize a Math Facts Program.

    See the latest specials and be sure to check pricing on the Mail-In Order form.

    LP 200: Two Plus Two Is Not Five: Easy Methods to Learn Addition and Subtraction helps children remember addition and subtraction facts, and is different from other workbooks because it provides many easy-to-learn methods and strategies, and has lots of practice pages.

    Included: Record-keeping pages, How to Use the Book, answers, a certificate of mastery, and 232 actual practice and review pages.

    Educators can use this workbook to teach children in any grade level. This supplementary workbook will benefit all children who still need to memorize the addition and subtraction facts, and can be used with our workbook, Addition and Subtraction: Beyond Math Facts.

    LP 250: Addition and Subtraction: Beyond Math Facts helps students move on from the basic math facts to two-, three-, and four-column addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. This workbook follows the same sequence of math facts as Two Plus Two Is Not Five: Easy Methods to Learn Addition and Subtraction.

    Included: How to Use This Book, Guide to Teaching the Lessons, 55 actual practice and review pages, word math, a record-keeping chart, assessment pages, and answers.

    LP 400: Five Times Five Is Not Ten: Make Multiplication Easy has strategies to help children learn and memorize multiplication facts, and can be used with Ten Divided by Five Is Not Five: Using Multiplication to Make Division Easy.

    Included: Guide to Introducing the Facts, 148 actual worksheets for written practice and review, record-keeping pages, answers, and a certificate of mastery.

    Addition and/or subtraction facts are mixed in with selected multiplication facts to provide some review of addition and subtraction. Educators will see that the clean design will appeal to both younger and older students, including those needing remedial assistance.

    LP 500: Ten Divided by Five Is Not Five: Using Multiplication to Make Division Easy has six sections of workbook pages to help students of any age learn and memorize division facts. This workbook introduces and teaches division facts based on a student’s knowledge of multiplication facts. It follows the same sequence of multiplication facts as Five Times Five Is Not Ten: Make Multiplication Easy.

    Included: How to Use This Book, a Guide to Introducing Division, 58 actual practice pages, word math, record-keeping pages and assessment pages, and answers.

    If you are unsure about whether these workbooks will help your children, please read the following statements we received from other parents and grandparents!

    
Reviews and Testimonials by Parents and Grandparents:

  • 7/16/15 - We got your program Tuesday and started right away. My daughter loves it. I think she has a whole new outlook on math. She will not dread having to do it next year and will not call herself stupid anymore. You are a miracle worker. I'm sure we will need the division book soon. As soon as, we finish addition, we are moving to multiplication. Thank you so much. One very happy mom! Stella R.

  • 6/20/15 - We purchased 2+2 Is Not Five and have found it to be incredibly valuable to us. It gave us helpful tools to teach our children how to calculate math problems in their heads. Justin and Carla N. (CHEC)

  • 6/19/15 - After having used one of the more popular math courses, I needed a bridge to allow my child to master his math facts. 2+2 Is Not Five was the bridge I needed. Thank you so much! Anna, Homeschool mom of four boys. (CHEC)

  • 11/25/14 - Five Times Five Is Not Ten is fun because it’s easy. I don’t usually need help, and it shows me how to do times tables easily. You can learn a lot about times tables in this book. Kailey E. L., 10 years old

  • 5/14/14 - My daughter has completed your math books and they were enormously helpful! I used the books for my 10 year-old who struggles to just simply memorize facts. We used the books as part of our homeschool program and I was very impressed. It has just the right balance of presenting the “tricks” and continual review to make memorizing math facts doable for those who have difficulty with rote memorization. A.P., parent

  • 9/8/13 - I’ve purchased all of your books and had much success with using them with my child. I’ve recommended them to other parents. Thank you so much for a great product. Nancy M., parent

  • 6/15/13 - Testimonial received for Two Plus Two Is Not Five when I was at the CHEC Homeschool conference: We are a homeschooling family and enjoy working a page a day along with our other math curriculum to keep the facts fresh in our children's minds. The tricks they have learned have stuck with them and Mom has even learned a few! Morgan 5 Homeschool

  • 2/26/13 - Thank you for writing these books. I am a homeschool mom, and they have been extremely helpful and I hope that you would develop more. Genevieve

  • 2/11/13 - The math program is really working! Happy to say that my 1st grader is no longer crying during her timed math tests. It is the only thing that has made sense to her because it isn’t random rote meaningless drilling. She can do it! I have a tool for both of my girls, and know that when we get to multiplication and division, we won’t need to worry! We can’t thank you enough! Laura S.

  • 11/26/12 - I am homeschooling my 10 year old dyslexic child who also has memory and processing speed issues. Your books have been enormously helpful and I am so grateful for you for putting math into terms both of us can understand and enjoy. Thanks so much! Terry B.

  • 6/26/12 - I just had to write to thank you so much for your wonderful books. We followed your directions with the flash cards, and have practiced every day. In only one month, she has learned all of the addition and subtraction facts. She can do them in the book and orally with the flash cards. It is truly amazing to see how she responds to the tricks. You can actually see the “light go on” in her eyes when she understands. We will keep reviewing these and start the multiplication book so she will be ready for 3rd grade. I have told many people about your books. Lisa C.

  • 5/6/12 - Thank you so very much for writing the book Two Plus Two Is Not Five! I am a retired second grade teacher, and I am using it with my second grade granddaughter and my third grade grandson. They are enjoying it so much, learning their math facts easily, and are pleased that school time tests are getting easier for them. Oma Dell M., TX

  • 9/16/11 - Before we found Two Plus Two is Not Five, we tried at least half a dozen learning systems and workbooks to teach math to our 4 year-old son. But we found that he was not able to learn much from them other than counting up the numbers on his fingers or pictures on the page. Then we happened upon the Two Plus Two is Not Five system. From the start, he has mastered the tricks easily. As part of the exercises, he has learned a number of new skills including counting backwards, counting by twos and adding/subtracting doubles. The system of learning the trick, practicing, and then doing the mixed exercises has quickly reinforced the learning and helped us immediately spot weaknesses in learning that we worked with him to correct. The structure of the book makes it easy to sit down with him, walk him through the tricks, and let him practice until he masters the skills. There is limited parental preparation involved, and we go through one page a night, five nights a week. Deborah and David L., Palo Alto, CA

  • 9/15/11 - I'm such a fan of your books that I just had to reply. I have both the addition/subtraction and multiplication book (found them online) and I'm dearly hoping that you're working on a division version! I'm a parent who is supplementing my son's math education at public school with your books. He has a terrific school and teachers, but has ADD and math is his least preferred activity so it's a challenge! I'm working with him on just the basic math facts so that his learning in other math areas in school is supported by a solid foundation. The schools really don't have the time to thoroughly address basic math facts, and I'm happy to take on the task particularly when I have terrific tools like yours to use. Claire C., Portland, OR

  • 2/3/11 - Finally a book for parents and school that scientific studies have supported for years! I have purchased both of your books and math facts finally make sense! Thank you for all of your work! I hope we will see it in schools soon! Karen L.

  • 1/14/11 - My daughter had trouble remembering addition and subtraction facts. I was looking for an alternative way to teach these facts to restore her confidence and help her “get it.” Two Plus Two Is Not Five was exactly what she needed. She was able to check off facts as she learned, and the repetitiveness was crucial to her success. She now knows her addition and subtraction facts without counting on her fingers! Beverly T.

  • 9/2/09 - My eight year old daughter has a learning disability that really shows up in math. When learning a simple addition or subtraction fact, she’d perfect, and then forget. After flashcards, software, other workbooks, tutoring, manipulatives and summer school, I decided to try Two Plus Two is Not Five. I can see now that she “gets it.” She can recall the trick when she sees the numbers. She is so excited about being successful and absolutely loves math. The book may anchor my daughter’s academic future. Thank you. Janice L. F., Tallahassee, FL

  • 7/20/09 - I just bought the book Five Times Five Is Not Ten, and love the strategies to teach multiplication. The hands on activities, along with strategies will help my students to really "see" and know their facts, not just skip counting to get to the next multiplication facts. I like the book so much I'm ordering the Two Plus Two Is Not Five to see how to help 1st and 2nd grade with their addition and subtraction. It's obvious a lot of research has gone into these books. Kim V.

  • 6/13/09 - Two Plus Two Is Not Five is an awesome book. I bought the book the summer after my son’s kindergarten year. I wanted him to be able to add some of the smaller numbers without having to count on his fingers or draw stick figures. I switched some of the chapters around because he was grasping some concepts faster than others. When we got to the “trick” for Number in the Middle, I made a car game out of it, and began asking numbers in the middle as we were driving. Once he mastered that, I began using the practice worksheets. A huge success! This summer we will be working on some other addition and subtraction facts as well as moving into the multiplication book. I told all of my friends about the book, how it has enhanced my son’s ability to add and subtract with accuracy and speed as well as build his confidence in math. Lastly, his teacher told me that he was one of her brightest math students. Tessa S., South Florida

  • This is a great new math workbook for the early grades. Greenwald takes years of experience as a teacher and distills it into a very thorough grounding in addition and subtraction. Unlike many math workbooks, which often seem overly simplistic and include relatively few problems to solve, Greenwald builds knowledge through a series of tricks or concepts and drills them home through multiple problems. This book has been tested by my 2nd grader, and it passed with flying colors. Two Plus Two is Not Five is a great resource to supplement your child’s math homework. Rich R., Bookseller.

  • 6/1/07 - We've repeatedly been asked if we knew of a product to help with memorization of addition and subtraction facts. We've FINALLY found a resource we feel we can wholeheartedly recommend. Susan Greenwald's workbook offers lots of practice and reinforcement and uses some great memory tricks as well. Plus, it's totally reproducible! T. Memory Systems


    HOMESCHOOL DAYS


    SANDY LAKE AMUSEMENT PARK

    Sandy Lake Amusement Park offers an annual Homeschool Family Day each May.

    We invite you to bring your family, enjoy the attractions and see for yourself, all at a huge discount. This exclusive home school offer allows your family to enjoy the park at a fraction of the regular prices. DON'T MISS IT!

    Here's the deal: General admission, parking, picnic grounds and picnic pavilions are included during a specific time frame. Unlimited Miniature Gold, Amusement Rides, Shetland Pony rides and Paddle Boats are also included during a specific time frame. Contests, performances, vendors and door prizes! Swimming and arcade games are available for an additional charge.

    This is a CASH ONLY event. No checks or cards. ATM available.

    No outside commercially prepared food is allowed. You may bring home cooked food, bring a grill and cook-out or purchase food at the park refreshment stands.

    Contact us or visit our website for more information or call 972-242-7449. You may also check us out on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

    SPACE CENTER HOUSTON - HOMESCHOOL DAY!

    Join Space Center Houston for Homeschool Day.

    You will enjoy unique educational activities that are space-themed and based on national science education standards.

    Workshops offer parents an opportunity to improve their teaching skills and even includes a session with a Spanish-speaking trainer.

    This is an exclusive event designed especially for virtual schooling and homeschooling families. Families will also enjoy a full day of learning and fun with multiple activities that are included with admission.

    For more information, please visit our website. You might also want to check out CityPASS, which gives you a 47% discount on admission to Space Center Houston and four other Houston attractions.


    FINANCE


    PERSONAL FINANCE FOR TEENS

    Personal Finance for Teens is a teacher-directed interactive program that allows kids to learn about many aspects of financial literacy in a real-life situation.

    Topics include how much things cost, college expenses, banking, taxes, credit, budgeting, and so much more. Many resources are provided including lesson plans, power point presentations and information that help walk students through each section.

    This program addresses the principles of financial peace and also provides a fun learning environment for students.


    MUSIC


    PIANORAMA JUNIOR – Ages 4-6, $23/45 min

    Pianorama Junior is a course of music for four to six year old children, grouped in age appropriate classes. The main areas of study are:

  • Solfege

  • Note reading

  • Rhythm reading

  • Songs for singing

  • Music

  • Aural development

  • Keyboard Repertoire.

    PIANORAMA PRIMARY – Age 7-12, $25/45 min

    Pianorama Primary is an unpressured, yet comprehensive course of musicianship development and piano tuition for children seven years old and up, grouped in age appropriate classes. The main areas of study are:

  • Solfege

  • Piano repertoire

  • Ensemble

  • Note reading

  • Rhythm reading

  • Music appreciation

  • Aural development

    Save your spot NOW! Please contact us at 214-449-6299, by email or visit our website. We are located at 4343 Sigma Rd, Dallas, TX, 75244.

    GAMEIRO PIANO STUDIO

    Trilingual (English, Spanish and Portuguese)

    Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, BA and MME from TCU is looking for more piano students.

    Lessons are given at the Gameiro Piano Studio located in West Fort Worth during daytime hours.

    Lessons available are 30 minutes/45 minutes or 60 minutes for the more advanced student. Please visit their website, call 817-763-8685 or email them for more information.

    SOUNDS OF ANGELS VIOLIN STUDIO

    Sounds of Angels Violin Studio offers:

    Beginner Violin Lessons available for students age 4 and up!

  • Suzuki Method

  • Affordable rates; payment plans and discounts available

  • Conveniently located in the Mid-Cities area

  • Lessons include both private and group classes

    About Suzuki:

    Based on how young children learn their mother tongue, the Suzuki method was developed over fifty years ago by a Japanese violinist, Shinichi Suzuki. Suzuki's method and philosophy have been established world-wide, boasting of over 8,000 teachers and over a quarter of a million students. A recent poll done in Juilliard School of Music showed that nearly 80% of music students were Suzuki trained.

    Suzuki's method emphasizes ear training, parent involvement and early childhood development, though students of all ages can learn. Realizing that each student develops differently, the method is structured to allow students to move at their own pace. Lessons are ideal for both serious students and students who just want to learn more about music.

    About the teacher:

    Christina Leano was Suzuki trained and has been playing the violin since she was four years old. Five of her siblings also play. Homeschooled through high school, Christina graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Dallas in 2011. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is looking forward to expanding her studio and sharing her love of music with students of all ages.

    For more information, please email Christina Leano or call 817-296-3361.

    THE BELLA LINGUA STRINGS STUDIO--VIOLIN LESSONS

    The Bella Lingua Strings Studio offers private instruction in the Suzuki Method to violin, viola, and cello students ages 4-adult. Group classes are also available for beginners to supplement private lessons and give students a chance to learn to play and perform together. The two solo recitals a year provide students with motivation to work hard and a time to enjoy what they have accomplished. The studio is conveniently located off 121/183 in Bedford, TX and in addition to offering standard "in studio" lessons, Bella Lingua Strings now offers Skype lessons to take the place of studio lessons or supplement these lessons.

    Katie Richardson, owner of Bella Lingua Strings Studio, is a former homeschooler, has been teaching for 7 years, has a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance, and has completed multiple Suzuki Method Teacher Training Courses.

    For more information, contact Katie Richardson at (817) 313-3033.

    PIANO LESSONS BY MARY GILMORE, GARLAND, TX.

    Piano lessons offered for ALL levels in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

    30 minute, 45 minute or 60 minute lessons available.

    Mary's Credentials: Music Ministry BA from Concordia University Texas, 18 years of playing experience.

    Please contact Mary Gilmore for further details. (469)-471-4142

    COLLIN COUNTY YOUTH ORCHESTRA

    We would like to extend this invitation to the home-schooled students in Collin County to apply for the Collin County Youth Orchestra.

    We have a number of home-schooled students participating already and would love for your young string players to take advantage of this opportunity.

    CCYO is dedicated to offering string players, age 8-18, in the North Texas area, the opportunity to participate in exceptional educational ensembles that will help them grow as musicians and performers, and to support music teachers and programs in our region while enriching the cultural life of the area.

    Details can be found on our website, including calendar of events, schedules, audition applications, tuition fees, contact information and much more.

    THE STUDIO OF SARAH STROUT--GUITAR, PIANO & VOICE LESSONS

    Guitar, Piano and Voice lessons!!! Convenient studio location in East Dallas, Lakewood. Private/Group lessons available, from 3 to 103. All levels taught by music degreed instructors. Your goals are our goals.

    Please contact Sarah Strout at 469-426-6811 or email to set up a lesson. For more information, please visit our website.

    ZIMMA-RIMBA MUSIC CLASSES & CAMPS

    Zimbabwean-Style Marimba

    1 week camps are available for students. Come learn 4 to 5 pieces in a week and study marimba in depth.

    Zimma-Rimba provides a truly unique experience for our students through Zimbabwean-style marimba. We focus on excellence in musical performance and the sheer joy, excitement, and sense of community that participation in music can bring.

    The Shona people of Zimbabwe regard everyone as musical. If there is a music concert, everyone brings an instrument to play or feet with which to dance. There is an old Zimbabwean proverb; ‘if you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing.”

    Instructors, Jeremy Phillips and Mary Carla Whitaker, offer summer camps and group classes on Zimbabwean-style marimbas for adults and children. No previous experience or instrument purchases are required, just come ready to learn and have fun.

    Visit our website to learn more or contact us by email or phone at 682-365-1125.

    SARAH STROUT'S MUSIC STUDIO--PIANO & GUITAR LESSONS

    Learn to Play Piano and Guitar!! I have been teaching and playing professionally for over 15 years. Convenient Studio Location in East Dallas, Lakewood. Private/ Group Lessons Available, from ages 3 to 103.

    Lessons range from beginner to advanced, taught by Music Education Degreed Instructors. Whether learning to play for fun, or learning to write your own music, your goals are our goals!

    Please call 469-426-6811 or email us to set up a lesson.

    VIOLIN LESSONS-PRIVATE LESSONS IN THE SUZUKI METHOD

  • Flexible scheduling

  • Individualized teaching plans

  • Relaxed and fun atmosphere

  • Seven years teaching experience

    Lessons for ages 2-adult. Contact Cara Rogers for more information.

    DRUMS & PERCUSSION LESSONS

    Holding Bachelor's Degrees in Percussion Performance and Jazz Studies and a Master's Degree in Music Performance with a minor in Music Theory, Luc Brust has had extensive exposure to virtually every kind of music. What he didn't learn in school, Luc learned through his years as a Professional Freelance Percussionist playing in everything from Rock 'N Roll cover bands and Church Praise Bands to Symphony Orchestras and Opera/Musical pits.

    "In my Percussion Studio, students not only learn the techniques and musical vocabulary necessary for improvement, they are taught the passion for and love of music." - Luc Brust - Drums & Percussion Specialist

    Private 30 minute lessons offered in Drum Set, Snare Drum, Classical Percussion, Marching Percussion, Hand Percussion, Mallet Percussion, Toys, Music Theory, Arranging, & Ear Training.

    Please contact Luc Brust at 316-304-8971 or by email for more information, pricing, and availability.

    PIANO LESSONS--LAKE HIGHLANDS

    Karen Sather Piano Studio of Lake Highlands

    I have 20 years teaching experience, a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor, and am an active member in Richardson Music Teacher's Association.

    I am currently accepting new students for daytime lessons, beginning through intermediate levels. I offer weekly 30 to 60 minute private lessons, along with monthly classes covering a variety of topics such as music theory and history, peer performances and music appreciation.

    My studio performs two private recitals per year, appears regularly at nursing and retirement centers, participates in a state-wide theory exam, and has many opportunities for students to perform for judged events through RMTA.

    Reasonable tuition. Contact me at 214-343-8721, or by email for more information.

    FLUTE LESSONS

    Lynn Leach is a private flute instructor and former middle school band director with over 20 years of teaching experience in and out of the classroom. She holds bachelor and master’s degrees in music. Lynn also has extensive experience in church music, directing children’s choirs and handbell choirs of all ages.

    Lessons are available in her Plano home during school hours.

    Please contact Lynn at 972-985-2695, by email, or visit her website for more information!

    HOMESCHOOL ORCHESTRA

    Would you like to be in a String Program or Brass Ensemble? We are looking for homeschooled musicians with a desire to play together and build a strong homeschool orchestra.

    If you are interested in finding out more contact Suellen M. at (972) 230-1496 or Laurie R. at (972) 298 -9896.

    PIANO LESSONS

    I am a former teacher who offers piano lessons in my North Plano home. I have a B.S. in Music and have taught piano for 7 years. I offer 30 minute lessons. The cost is $20 per lesson. Beginning age is 5 years and up. Beginners are welcome. If interested contact Angel Caruth 972-398-8178 or e-mail angel21374@yahoo.com. Daytime hours are available.

    PIANO, VOICE & SONGWRITING LESSONS

    Jerod Starkey is offering private piano, voice, and song-writing lessons out of his home in the East Dallas / Lakewood area.

    Jerod has over 7 years of teaching experience and graduated with a BA in music from Baylor University in 2001.

    Jerod focuses on making lessons and music making as fun and interactive as possible.

    Students ages 5 and up are accepted. Lessons are either 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or an hour.

    Visit Jerod's teaching website or call 214-319-6020 for more information.

    HOMESCHOOL ELEMENTARY MUSIC/CHOIR, HOMESCHOOL BAND

    We are a teaching service for home-schooled students, providing instruction in music for children in grades one through twelve. Our classes are as follows:

    Elementary Music/Choir: Grades 1-4. In this “hands-on” class your children will learn the fundamentals of music through singing, playing rhythm instruments, and folk dancing. We also perform in concerts and participate in Choir Contest. In January, 3rd and 4th Graders learn to play recorders while 1st and 2nd Graders play rhythm sticks. Children are prepared for later participation in Band, Choir, Orchestra, piano, etc.

    Band. Three levels of Band are offered: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. These classes are for Grades 5-12. The Band performs in concerts, participates in Solo and Ensemble Contest, All-Region Competition, and Band Contest.

    All classes are held one hour each week. For all information, including class locations, and schedules, visit our website, email, or call 972-843-0329.

    GUITAR CLASSES

    Eastfield College offers Beginning Guitar, and Intermediate Guitar (Acoustic) lessons.

    For more information please contact the Continuing Education Department at Eastfield College, 3737 Motley Dr., Mesquite TX., 75150. (972) 860-7102 or FAX: (972) 860-7246.

    GUITAR LESSONS

    Julia McLemore, a guitar player of nine years, focuses on both rhythm and lead-guitar work. She plays a variety of styles including Blues, Rock, Latin/Spanish, and Christian Music.

    She is also very active in the local Dallas music arena, as well as music-related charities such as the Make A Noise Foundation, Jemfest, and the Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Event.

    The classes will be held at Home Educator’s Resource on Saturdays.

    Please contact Julia at 214-559-4412 for more information.


    EDUCATIONAL GET-AWAYS, NATURE & GARDENING, RANCHES & CAMPING, FAMILY FUN & RECREATION


    SANDY LAKE AMUSEMENT PARK, CARROLLTON, TX.

    Annual Home School Family Fun Day

    We invite you to bring your family, enjoy the attractions and see for yourself, all at a huge discount. This exclusive home school offer allows your family to enjoy the park at a fraction of regular prices. DON’T MISS IT! Held annually. (usually in May) Contact us or visit our website for more information. You may also check us out on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

    PLEASURE PIER, GALVESTON, TX.

    Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Homeschool Day

    Homeschooled students and parents are invited to join the Pleasure Pier for a day of educational thrills!

    Email or call 409-766 4950 for more information and for Homeschool Day dates and times.

    Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram

    DEER LAKE CABINS RANCH RESORT

    Exploration, Experience, and Enjoyment!

    The Deer Lake Cabins, located on the beautiful, 850 + acre Double S Ranch, offer a great opportunity for your children to discover nature and its wonders.

    In addition to our fine Cabins, we have over 15 miles of nature trails, full of wildlife, to explore via hiking, biking, horseback riding, or by off road vehicles.(complimentary mountain bikes are available)

    Our Ranch features 2 spring fed lakes stocked with Bass, Catfish, Crappie, and Perch. We offer Kayaks, Peddle Boats, Paddle Boards, and Trolling Boats for your use to explore the water. (Kayaks, Peddle Boats, and Paddle Boards are complimentary)

    Your children can begin the path to becoming a true cowboy or cowgirl with private horseback riding lessons from our friendly, professional horsemen and women.

    We also offer several group activities including: guided trail rides, hay rides, roping lessons, group riding lessons, lil' buckaroo classes, nature craft classes, and even the chance to participate in a very safe, little buckaroo rodeo.

    To all of Texas' Home Schooling Families, we would like to officially offer a 25% discount for stays in any of our 13 luxurious cabins. (limited time offer) To receive this 25% Homeschooling Family Discount, simply show proof of your membership with your homeschooling association at check-in.

    For more information about our Ranch Resort, and to make reservations online, please visit our website or call our office at 903-860-3898.

    Dallas Zoo Nature Exchange Program

    The Hillcrest Foundation Nature Exchange: The Nature Exchange is a place to trade nature stuff. Trade in your shell, rock, fossil, pine cone or other item from nature. The more you know about it, the more it is worth, so search through our books to learn more! Make a trade for that something special from our shelves.

    Contact the Dallas Zoo for more information.

    XE RANCH NATURE PRESERVE

    Sharon Kersten and her husband are Texas Master Naturalists who have opened their 220 acre Nature Preserve to be used for the Glory of God. They offer educational tours and programs to interested individuals or groups with emphasis on God's awesome creation.

    Sharon is a retired Christian school teacher with home schooling experience, who believes that science should be taught from a creation prospective, that God created all things and that there is only one way to God, and that is through HIS only Son our Lord, Jesus Christ.

    They are currently developing several programs that provide hands-on learning experience through direct observation of flora and fauna. The Preserve provides a very diverse habitat of Post Oak Savannah with rolling hills, ponds, a creek and small wetland. There is a butterfly-hummingbird garden and hiking trails throughout.

    This has become their ministry, so there is no charge to visitors!

    The preserve is located about 2 hrs. NW of Houston, 45 minutes E. of Temple, 45 min. N. of Bryan/College Station, and 1 hr. S. of Waco, just off Hwy. 6.

    For further information please contact the XE Ranch Nature Preserve, 5576 CR 250 LP, Cameron, Texas 76520 or by calling 254-697-6760. You may also contact the preserve by emailing sak@tlab.net


    ONLINE EDUCATION/DISTANCE LEARNING OPTIONS


    TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS LANGUAGE ARTS & SOCIAL STUDIES RESOURCES

    My name is Chris Mitchell, and I am a teacher and education resource writer. I am offering both free and paid resources on my digital store at TeachersPayTeachers.com. If you are searching for high-quality, challenging resources, please visit my store.

    I am offering language arts and social studies resources primarily for upper elementary and middle school grades. However, some of these resources can be modified to meet the needs of lower elementary school students and high school students. These resources collectively have more than 700 positive reviews. Additionally, I maintain a user feedback rating of 4.0/4.0 on TeachersPayTeachers.

    Thank you for your time. Please let me know if I can be of service. Sincerely, Chris Mitchell

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    EMMAUS DISTANCE LEARNING

    Do you want to get a JumpStart on your college education? Emmaus Distance Learning allows you that opportunity with our online course delivery.

    Emmaus Bible College provides accredited online courses to high school juniors and seniors for dual high school and college credit. Our courses are highly relevant because the workforce, our churches and communities need more than just college graduates. They need moral, ethical professionals who lead by serving and serve by honoring Christ in their careers.

    Jump Start your college education this fall with Emmaus Distance Learning!

    Benefits for the students include:

  • Accredited and convenient online course delivery

  • Dual academic credit for high school and college

  • Reduced duration and cost of a college degree

  • Discounted course pricing at only $100/credit

  • Interaction with fellow students worldwide

    To learn more about Emmaus Distance Learning, visit our website, email us or call us at 563.588.8000 x 1212.


    KIRKWOOD EDUCATION ONLINE

    With over 40 years continuous research and development, Kirkwood Education Online has a proven track record of fostering strong Christian character growth and high academic achievement.

    This preschool through elementary mastery learning program is completely individualized and includes video instruction, interactive lessons, and 75 workbooks in PDF format. Student records are maintained and accessible in real time, along with printable weekly award certificates and progress reports.

    Students are guided through six levels of character growth. Academic achievement accelerates as students learn to take responsibility for their own education. Self-esteem building exercises promote spiritual growth, interpersonal skills, and strong work ethic. Daily discipleship lessons encourage students to store the truth of God's Word in their minds and hearts.

    The homeschool program is available on a monthly subscription, and is absolutely free for the first month. Academic Summer Camp is also available, and includes a free online assessment.

    Kirkwood Education Online is committed to providing homeschool families with a system of education that will truly enable every child to develop as much of their God-given potential as possible. It should be noted that that Kirkwood Education Online is not aligned with common core.

    Learn more by visiting our website.


    SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY


    PRIVATE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY, Kaufman County Area

    Wendy Wiser, certified speech and language therapist, is providing private speech therapy in the Kaufman County area. Her background includes articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, fluency disorders, auditory processing disorders and written expression impairments.

    To find out more information call 214-679-1314 or email Wendy at wendywiser@hotmail.com


    SPEECH & DEBATE CLASSES & CAMPS


    DFW SPEECH & DEBATE CAMPS, COPPELL, TX.

    Looking for ways to help your students develop their communications and critical thinking skills, or opportunities for them to become more comfortable speaking in public?

    DFW Speech & Debate offers a host of camps for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers including:

    Location: First Baptist Church Coppell, 590 S. Denton Tap Rd., Coppell, 75019

    These 2-day and 3-day camps provide excellent opportunities for students to keep their minds sharp, develop their research & analytical skills, make new friends and learn to communicate their ideas persuasively. Please forward this information to families that might be interested in attending.

    Camp details and registration is available on our website.


    FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES


    PREP CLASSES - SPANISH & LATIN

    PREP Classes has had a presence in the Houston home school community for nearly 20 years now. Our mission is to bring parents and teachers together by offering excellence-driven, Christ-centered classes for homeschooling families.

    PREP offers positive classroom experiences while maintaining high academic standards. Our teachers supply the expertise that many teaching parents need to support their family's homeschooling endeavors.

    We are proud to announce WE ARE GOING ONLINE with Latin and Spanish this year.

    Click here for information on Spanish classes. Click here for information on Latin classes.


    CHEER & DANCE CLASSES


    DANCER STRONG ACADEMY, MCKINNEY, TX.

    Dancer Strong Academy is committed to providing a quality dance education for home school families.

    We have added a full dance program to the schedule during the days, specifically for homeschool families. We want your children to benefit from the quality instruction of Dancer Strong Academy teachers while at the same time accommodating the schedules of homes school families. We welcome suggestions of class times that fit your schedules.

  • Ages 3 – Adult

    Ballet / Tap / Jazz / Hip-Hop /Modern / Contemporary /

    Lyrical / Baton / Cheer / Drill / Tumbling / Fitness

    For more information, please visit our website or email.

    HOMESCHOOL CHEERLEADING SQUAD, MCKINNEY, TX.

    Homeschool Competitive Cheerleading Squad--We are having a workshop for anyone interested in being on this exciting fun squad!!!

  • Where: Faith Fellowship Church 115 Industrial Blvd. McKinney

  • Who: All 7th-12 graders interested in cheering on a competitive squad.

  • Cost: FREE

  • RSVP: Wendy Kizer 972-979-0454 or email her.

    ****Come to the workshop and see what it is all about! You won't be disappointed!!!****

    For more information call Wendy Kizer 972-979-0454 or visit the website

    A DANCE WITH ME--WALK IN, DANCE OUT, CARROLLTON, TX.

    Learn how to social dance the easy, fast fun way with other homeschoolers and earn fine arts credits as well with A Dance With Me studio. The fast dances include the swing, cha, salsa and hustle as well as the slower dances such as the waltz, rumba and foxtrot.

    With the right information, leading and following become second nature. This leads to confidence, great teamwork and strong leadership skills. By changing partners often, social skills are enhanced. Come and join the fun and be ready for any dance events!

    Classes are held inside Mike's Hobby Shop, 1201 N. I-35, Carrollton, TX. 75006

    For more information, please visit their website or contact Cyndi.


    P.E./SPORTS


    IMAGINATION YOGA

    Imagination Yoga is a curriculum based kids yoga program that inspires real change in the lives of children. Not only is it a fun and effective kids yoga class, it is also our opportunity to teach them concepts such as compassion, concentration, relaxation, and something we call being ‘Boldly Kind.’

    Homeschool class: Wednesday @ 2 pm at Cutting Edge Fencing Center in North Richland Hills.

    Register now by visiting our website.

    GREAT PLAY

    Great Play is an Amazing, Interactive Gym for Kids ages 6 months to 5th grade.

    Our high-energy programs help kids develop motor, sports, and social skills. Your kids will have so much fun, they won’t realize they are learning valuable physical and social skills!

    At Great Play, we use directed play to help each child grow and improve their confidence and physical fitness. The Interactive Arena engages the children and reinforces the skills we are teaching. Small class sizes allow for individual attention. We welcome children of all abilities.

    We offer Classes, Open Gym, Camps, & Parties

    Check our website or call 972-294-5934 for information and a Free Trial Class.

    Great Play, 3231 Preston Rd., Suite 6, Frisco, TX 75034 (In the Target shopping center north of Stonebriar Mall – near Cotton Patch Cafe)

    CUTTING EDGE FENCING CENTER

    Homeschool Fencing Class at Cutting Edge Fencing Center in North Richland Hills

    Have you ever dreamed of wielding a light saber? Of dueling at dawn? Of rattling sabres aboard a pirate ship? Come to Cutting Edge Fencing for a taste of the Olympic sport of fencing and feel like you're bringing movie fights to life! This class offers an opportunity for personal growth, camaraderie, and fitness in a fun, safe environment. All fencing equipment is provided.

    Sign up here For more information contact us by email or by phone at 817-428-5599.

    We also offer Fencing Birthday Parties! Call or email for more details.

    STEVE LONG'S HOMESCHOOL P.E. PROGRAM

    P.E. Program

    Sessions for 6-9 years old (or strong, athletic 5 years old) are from 10:00 to 11:30. Sessions for ages 10 and up are from 11:30 to 1:00.

    The sessions are held at the Mansfield Activity Center (106 South Wisteria Street, 76063 - near 287 and Broad St.) on Wednesdays starting July 13th. The Library is right next door and you will also have use of the other parts of the facility. This is also close to outdoor fields which Steve may take advantage of sometimes to provide your children with a more rich experience.

    The cost for the 5 week program is $50 per child, paid to the MAC when you sign up. You may also register online.

    If you do not have a MAC card there is a one time annual membership fee:

    Resident (76063 zip) Non Resident (not 76063 zip)

  • Youth 2-17Y $5/year $12/year

  • Adult 18-54 $10/year $17/year

  • Senior 55+ $5/year $12/year

  • *Family $25/year $32/year

  • * A family membership is good for up to 6 people living in the same household.

    Here are Steve’s primary goals:

  • FUN! I really want the exercise, games, etc. to be fun for every child regardless of their present skill and athletic ability.

  • LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT--We play different sports--learn how to enjoy and play all major sports. I want every child to develop a basic level of proficiency in every major team sport. I am trying to help each child develop basic athletic skills and confidence related to sports in general: health & fitness for overall strength and coordination and team experience.

  • My goal is to have them learn how to play all sorts of team games with the tactics and positions so each one will have the confidence and basic skills to join any sport whether it is a pick-up situation, organized program or competitive Select one.

  • LIFE-LESSONS--Playing sports is a great environment to build self-confidence, social skills and life-lessons. I love sharing stories of life and biblical principles to support parents in raising healthy children. Sports and competition are not really about winning and losing but rather developing our abilities and appreciating our God-given talents--recognizing, appreciating and celebrating our different gifts.

    Steve's Bio: I am a missionary kid and my wife, Eva, and I have home-schooled our five children. Three have graduated with GPA's of 4.0 from UTA! I was a two-time All-American from Wheaton College, played on the US Olympic soccer team and played professionally for seven years in the NASL and Europe. For the past twenty years, I have been a missionary—pastor and sports evangelist. I train kids in soccer at all levels, run soccer camps around the world and served for six years as a pastor and sports evangelist in Portugal. I have a USSF B license and continue to run outreach soccer skills and camps and soccer mission trips. I also played Club A volleyball and tennis both on the high school and college team, earning state champion in doubles in Illinois.

    STEVE LONG'S SOCCER CAMP

    Mansfield Sports Complex--360 South, exit on Broad Street, go left. Turn right on Holland and go south. Turn right after Travis Boulevard to enter the sports complex. For a map, click here.

    Register online or email Eva.

    Steve Long grew up playing soccer with friends in the dirt streets of Brazil. After graduating from Wheaton College, Steve played in 1979 and 1980 on the US Olympic team, completing a 32-nation European tour. Since then, Steve has also played for the Chicago Sting (NASL), the Memphis Americans (MISL), the Las Vegas Americans (MISL), and the Jackson Rockers (MISL indoor). He holds a USSF “B” National Coaching License.

    Steve has been training kids around the world—from African refugees in Portugal, to gang kids in Miami, to local American kids who hope to hone their skills and improve their game.

    Steve’s philosophy is to improve by applying skills in actual game settings. He teaches plenty of fun, samba-style, Brazilian moves and gives players plenty of time to try them out in three-on-three or five-on-five games.

    DALLAS THUNDER BASKETBALL

    God, family, school, basketball

    Dallas THUNDER Outreach Team:

  • Close, caring, tight-knit family environment.

  • Formal graduation ceremony for THUNDER seniors and siblings.

  • Mathematics tutorials offered (Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry).

  • Competitive basketball teams.

  • Paid professional coaching staff.

  • Boys and girls ages (10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U).

  • No child turned away. We have a place for all skill levels.

  • Many fundraising opportunities to help cover tuition costs.

  • Excellent value for the price.

  • Our goal is to help every player reach their desired potential.

  • Practices in Forney and north Dallas.

  • Home games played in Terrell, Forney, and north Dallas.

    Come check out the program, you’ll be glad you did!

    Please see our website or email us for more details. You may also reach us by phone at 214-606-8186. (Ask for Richard)

    C.H.A.N.T Chargers

    Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas welcomes, encourages, and offers a place for home educated youth to play in competitive interscholastic sports from the north Dallas area and the surrounding communities.

    Sports offered include basketball for boys and girls from 10-18yr., 6 man tackle football for boys Jr. High 12-14yr., fast pitch softball for girls Jr. High to High School 12-18yr., and volleyball for girls Jr. High and High School 12-18yr.

    As time progress’ and interest warrants, C.H.A.N.T will add more athletic sports options to the organization.

    Basketball tryouts/evaluations will be held at the gym of First United Methodist Church located at 601 South Greenville Ave., Allen, TX 75002. Please see the C.H.A.N.T website for more information.

    ZONE SPORTSPLEX

    We are Dallas' only facility dedicated to providing consistent and convenient practice, training and league time. We feature over 61,000 square feet of air conditioned space next to Valley View Center in North Dallas. Our focus is on youth sports, including Volleyball, Basketball, Fast Pitch Softball, Baseball and specialized Athletic Development for youth teams.

    We have 3 full size basketball courts, 4 competition volleyball courts, baseball and fast pitch batting cages and pitching tunnels, as well as a 3500 square foot strength and conditioning facility.

    For more information, please visit our website.


    P.E. CLASSES IN LEWISVILLE

    This class will be a combination of individual physical fitness activities and group sports such as kick ball, soccor skills, parachute games, and more. This PE class will make a valuable contribution to the growth and development of your children. We will accomplish specific learning objectives that are developmentaly appropriate for children. We will also work on good sportmanship, team building and positive attitudes.

    Sonja Arnold, the instructor, has homeschooled her 4 children for 17 years. She has a degree in education/deaf education from Stephen F Austin State University. Extensively trained by the Texas Department of Health in physical activity and nutrition, her passion is to make learning fun and memorable. She considers physical activity to be essential to growth and learning.

  • 3:15-4:00 Ages 5-8
  • 4:00-4:45 Ages 9-13

    Please contact the Home Educator's Resource store for more information:

    Home Educator's Resource, 1288 W. Main St. #203, Lewisville, TX. 75067. (972-956-8320)


    R.I.S.E. ATHLETIC PROGRAM

    Homeschoolers now have a 1st Class Athletic Program at a 1st Class Facility!

    R.I.S.E. offers a 10-week athletic program designed to teach your child the basics in various sports. The program is fitted to children ages 6 through 16.

    Sessions are 10-weeks long. They have also added a new two week Presidential Fitness Training segment that the kids really love. Color Guard will restart in the Fall.

    Please contact the general manager for more information, or visit their website. You may call them at 972-772-9061.

    UPWARD BASKETBALL PROGRAM

    UPWARD is an evangelistic sports ministry dedicated to sharing the love of Christ with children and their families.

    Specifically designed for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 6th grade, UPWARD sports ministries seek to develop the self-esteem of each participant while teaching sportsmanship, character, athletic skills and respect for authority in every situation.

    JUDO CLASSES

    Garland Parks and Recreation has judo classes taught by former Olympian Bert Becerra. The classes are offered to adults and children.

    The club is the number one judo club in Texas and number 2 in the nation. Bert Becerra was awarded coach of the year. The judo club boasts many, many, state and national champions.

    Please visit their website for more information.

    HOMESCHOOL P.E. CLASSES, GARLAND, TX.

    Garland Parks and Recreation offers a Physical Education class for home-schoolers ages 5 through 12.

    Classes are from 11:00 A.M.-12:00 Noon on Thursdays at Gale Fields Recreation Center, 1701 Dairy Road in Garland. (Between Hwy 66 and Miller Road)

    The cost is $10.00 per child which covers all four classes.

    Please contact the Recreation Center at 972-205-3090 for more information, or to register.

    Previous sessions have offered Basketball, Physical Fitness and Soccer. The classes have been very successful and enjoyable for all.

    HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

    For those interested in HSAA Volleyball for the Fall 2015 season, please see our Open Gyms and Tryout dates below. We would love for all girls who will be in 6-12th grade to join us!

    High School "Open Gym" workouts:

  • Thursday, March 19th: 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, March 24th: 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Thursday, March 26: 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Monday, March 30: 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, April 7: 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, April 14: 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Thursday, April 16: 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Monday, April 20: 6:30-8:30 pm

    High School Tryouts:

  • Tuesday, April 21: 6:00-9:00 (tryout)

  • Thursday, April 23: 6:00-9:00 (tryout)

    Middle School "Open Gym" Workouts:

  • Tuesday, April 7: 4:00-6:00

  • Tuesday, April 14: 4:00-6:00

  • Tuesday, April 16:4:00-6:00

    Middle School Tryouts:

  • Tuesday, April 21: 4:00-6:00 (tryout)

  • Thursday, April 23: 4:00-6:00 (tryout)

    Please visit our website for forms and details.


    SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN


    TEXAS' SPECIAL KIDS

    Texas' Special Kids is a non-profit ministry organization whose mission is to serve families who have children with special educational and/or developmental concerns.

    As a non-profit ministry organization, Texas' Special Kids is uniquely equipped to meet the needs of the special needs community. They have experience as home educators, professional public educators, and professional special education educators. Personal application of their professional expertise came through their own special needs child who put them on the other side. They attribute his growth and development today to the vast resources of the local public school and the tutoring environment of home education. This difficult experience has equipped them with the tools to assist and meet the needs of Texas families who struggle as they have.

    For more information, please visit their website.


    TESTING & TEST PREPARATION CLASSES


    MASTER THE SAT CLASS

    Do You Have High School Students?

    Author and homeschool mom, Jean Burk, is teaching her “MASTER THE SAT CLASS” in the DFW area! Designed specifically for students in 9th – 12th grades, her course covers everything about the SAT from finding a “homeschool friendly” testing center to the secrets of increasing your score as much as 600 points!

    This 2-day workshop will be a hands-on training experience that will give students all the tools needed to conquer the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT. Students will learn the logical patterns behind standardized test questions as well as necessary strategies that can help increase their test scores tremendously! As a homeschool mom, Jean helped both her children receive full scholarships through SAT and PSAT prep! Watch Jean speak about her incredible program on FOX 4.

    The price for the class is $149 per student, which includes 10-hours of lecture time, the College Prep Genius textbook, College Prep Genius class workbook, and complete class review DVD (for students to take all the information home with them!). There is a discount of $99 per additional sibling. Many colleges have scholarship tiers based on SAT scores. A simple point raise of 100 points, could potentially mean thousands of dollars of extra scholarship money. This class may be the best investment in your student’s future that you could possibly make!

    Classes are scheduled regularly throughout the DFW area. Check her website to enroll in an upcoming class. If you have any questions about the SAT or this class, feel free to contact Jean directly by phone 81-SAT-2-PREP or through e-mail.

    I.O.W.A. SKILLS TESTING

    Please contact the Home Educator's Resource store through their website for more information.


    TUTORING


    NIELSEN'S HOUSE OF LEARNING

    Tutoring Center and Teacher Supply Store 1121 SE Parkway, Azle, TX 76020, 817-238-6447

    Perfect for Home Schoolers! In addition to private tutoring, we also offer small group classes during the day.

  • Small Group Classes 2- 6 students per class
  • Classes meet twice a week for 90 minutes each
  • All grade levels
  • Shurley English
  • Saxon Math
  • *Phonographix Reading Improvement
  • Algebra
  • Geometry

    *Phonographix is a multi-sensory program that teaches blending, segmenting, auditory processing, basic and advanced letter code awareness, multiple syllable word attack, and special endings.

    Low Cost: $120 per month, per student, per class, plus books, registration and material fees. Averages out to just $10.00 per instructional hour!

    To learn more about diagnostic testing, course fees, discounts and classes call or visit our website.

    THE PASSING GRADE TUTORING SERVICE

    Founded by Ginger Hill-Pearson, The Passing Grade Tutoring Service is an online/one-on-one tutoring service available to children grades K-12 as well as college age students and adults. For more information, please visit their website or call 940-704-9672.

    MATH TUTORING

    Sharlotte Lenhart offers math tutoring at all levels including basic arithmetic, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus.

    Currently, she tutors students attending school in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and Carroll ISD. She is interested in tutoring students who are being home-schooled and need extra assistance in math.

    Sharlotte is a Software Engineer, and has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering.

    Please contact 817-938-9695 or s.lenhart@comcast.net for more information.

    MATH TUTORING

    Katherine Sikes, M.Ed., a homeschool mom with over 9 years of homeschooling experience, as well as teaching in public and private schools, is offering math tutoring in Elementary K-8, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2. Katherine has experience teaching at the preschool, elementary, junior & senior high levels.

    Classes are $25.00 per hour.

    Please contact Katherine at Call 817-477-5051 for a schedule. Sessions will be held at the Home Educator's Resource store.


    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


    DALLAS COUNTY MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM

    The Meals on Wheels program in Dallas County is currently recruiting new volunteers so that they can expand the program to feed more homebound elderly and disabled people.

    They need help delivering lunch-time meals all over Dallas County--from Oak Cliff to Grand Prairie to the Garland and Mesquite areas.

    They currently have several homeschooling mother-daughter teams that volunteer with Meals on Wheels on a weekly and/or monthly basis, and seem to really enjoy it.

    This is a wonderful opprotunity to give back to the community, and in particular, our elderly.

    Please contact Jeanne Foote at(214) 689-0068 or by email at footej@vnatexas.org for more information or to sign up. Please mention you are members of Homeschooler's Hearts & Hugs!

    DALLAS ZOO YOUTH VOLUNTEERS

    Junior Zookeepers: This popular program, for ages 11 and 12 only, gives young people a chance to work with zoo keepers in the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo with animals such as goats, ponies, pigs and snakes. As a Junior Zookeeper, you'll have amazing animal adventures while learning all about animal care, job responsibility and teamwork. Volunteers work one 4-hour shift per week, morning or afternoon. Spring, summer and fall sessions are offered. Each session lasts approximately three months. These positions are limited and are filled only once each year. You MUST request an application in November.

    Children's Zoo Conservation Guide: Teens (ages 13 and up) may apply to become Conservation Guides in the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo. As a volunteer in this area, you'll learn presentation techniques and teaching skills as you help families learn about the diversity of life, the importance of respecting animals and the environment and the need to conserve nature for future generations. Lacerte Family Children's Zoo Conservation Guides focus on animal species such as wallabies, naked mole-rats, hornbills and a variety of invertebrates. These volunteers are trained in the art of interpretation, using facinating artifacts and visual aides to stimulate interest and affect attitudes. Volunteers must commit to one 3 1/2 hour shift every other week.

    Junior Camp Counselors: If you are 14 years of age or older, enjoy animals and like to lead children's activities, you'll enjoy being a Junior Camp Counselor during our summer programs. You'll lead campers (Kindergarten through Grade 5) in a variety of games and crafts, as well as assist our instructors during tours and field trips. You'll also join a select group of people trained to handle our education animals. This program runs weekly during June and July. Volunteers must work in full week increments (Monday-Friday). All participants are chosen through an application and interview process. There are a limited number of positions available and you must apply in February.

    Please call the Volunteer Services Department at 214-943-2771, ext. 341 to request an application.


    WEBSITES, BOOKS & MAGAZINES


    THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE MAGAZINE

    The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is a quarterly 200-page full color, glossy, Christian homeschool magazine packed with support and fun! Each issue includes articles and thoughtful editorial columns covering the different teaching styles, areas of study, current homeschooling issues and events and encouraging articles from homeschoolers just like you! Contests and a multitude of product reviews abound, as do excellent columns. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is like a homeschool convention wrapped up in a magazine!

    Our goal is to reach homeschoolers everywhere with a helpful and encouraging resource as they homeschool their children. Visit our website to see a sample issue of the magazine or to find helpful resources for homeschooling, or call us at 1-888-718-HOME.

    HOMESCHOOL DADS!

    Homeschool Dads is geared specifically for fathers who homeschool. Get the latest homeschooling news, articles, organizations, events, Homeschool Mall, and much, much more! Visit their website for more information!

    HALF-PRICE BOOKS WAREHOUSE

    The Half-Price Books Warehouse, located at 13400 Stemmons Frwy., Farmers Branch, TX., offers FREE books to non-profit organizations, librarians and teachers, including homeschoolers!

    There is no limit on the number of books you may take. Just be sure to take a box, or two, or three to carry your books home in!

    For more information contact the warehouse at 972-406-0198. Be aware the best selections are when the doors open and that lines usually start forming as early as 7:00 a.m.!

    Driving Directions: Take 35E North, toward Denton. Exit Valley View and watch for the pink brick building nestled in the trees right off the service road.

    365 DAYS OF CELEBRATION AND PRAISE: Daily Devotions and Activities for Homeschooling Families

    Julie Lavender, wife, homeschooling mom of four and author, announces the release of her new book, 365 Days of Celebration and Praise: Daily Devotions and Activities for Homeschooling Families, published by Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint.

    365 Days was written to celebrate God in every part of our life. Julie’s book has a fun, unique holiday for each day of the year, such as National Aardvark Week, Ice Cream Day, and International Thank-You Week. Each day has a related Bible scripture, questions to discuss, an activity, curriculum connection, verse to remember and prayer suggestion.

    365 Days is available at religious and secular bookstores, as well as online. Check out the book at amazon.com or Christianbooks.com, or email Julie for a postcard about her book.

    Julie wants to reach as many homeschoolers as possible with info about her book. Julie says, “When I first wrote my book, several editors told me that ‘homeschoolers were not a large market.’ I’m determined to prove them wrong!!


    WOODWORKING


    Home Depot Kid's Workshops!

    Home Depot offers a FREE kids workshop the first Saturday of each month. This is a great opportunity for those interested in woodworking and various building projects, etc.

    Home Depot supplies a pre-packaged kit, along with all the necessary tools and expertise needed for each child to create their own "masterpiece!"

    Call your local Home Depot for exact times as each store varies.


    DRIVER'S EDUCATION


    DRIVE COACH TUTOR

    Affordable Driving Lessons for ANYONE who has DRIVE COACH TUTOR (BEHIND THE WHEEL ONLY)

    I offer driving lessons to teenagers between the ages of 15 to 18 and adults. I have taught many students to drive the busy Texas roads. During the lessons you will drive a well-maintained and insured vehicle equipped with an auxiliary brake for the instructor. If you have your permit and feel you need more practice before taking the road test, I can help. If you just need more practice I can help. Please see lesson plans listed below:

  • Lesson 1-Outside check of the car; pre-drive procedures; briefing on gauges, instruments and controls; hand over hand steering; releasing parking brake, shifting to reverse, backing out or parking space; backing in a straight line, to left to right; pulling to and from curb; neighborhood driving.

  • Lesson 2-Warm-up with neighborhood driving; establish space management; estimate and maintain following distance; demonstrate and practice driving in reverse and straight lines; practice city driving (lane position and changes, making turns at lights

  • Lesson 3- 2 point and 3 point turns; lane changes; U-turns; angle and perpendicular parking; more city driving

  • Lesson 4- Parallel parking;U-turns

  • Lesson 5-Country Roads including roads with no curbs, no dividing lines, narrow roads curves, hills, blind spots, potholes, etc.. ; inclement weather, darkness,

  • Lesson 6 Introducing the Freeway, includes entering and exiting, lane changes, recognizing blind spots and more

  • Lesson 7- Review and Test over Lessons 1-7

    Age: 15 and up

    Instructor: Kimberly Evans

    Days: Weekends Only (exceptions can be made)

    Requirements: Students must have learner's license. This is behind the wheel only. I do not offer the classroom instruction.

    Package Deal

  • $60 per lesson

  • $100 for 2 lessons

  • $160 for 3 lessons

  • $200 for 4 lessons

    Each lesson is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can customize lessons to fit your needs. For registration please contact 214.727.8744

    Homeschool Driver Education Kit

    The parent taught driver education curriculum, Driver Ed in a Box, has a physical store location in the DFW area. You can go to the kiosk to see the product, ask questions, and purchase the curriculum.

    Driver Ed in a Box Kiosk, Grapevine Mills Mall (located in the mall just north of Bed, Bath & Beyond) Grapevine, TX., 214-513-1480 DriverEdGrapevine@gmail.com

    Grapevine Mills mall is located near the intersection of 121 and 635W at Bass Pro Rd.


    READING INSTRUCTION


    EASYREAD READING SYSTEM

    Easyread is an online phonics course specifically developed for kids with dyslexia, auditory processing disorder and highly visual learning styles.

    Here's what one mom had to say about the Easyread System:

    "I remember the first time my son Leo read a word. After 4 years of reading struggles, my eyes welled up with tears when I heard him read each sound and blend them into a word. He was only 7 days into the Easyread System, but for me it was the miracle I had been waiting for! He was in 3rd grade reading at a Kindergarten level, but with Easyread he caught up to reading at grade level in less than a year!" -- Linda

    For more information about how Easyread helps kids with reading and spelling difficulties, visit the Easyread website.

    ACADEMIC ASSOCIATES LEARNING CENTERS

    One-on-one Phonics Based Instruction, Dramatic Results, Proven Success

    Reading Instruction Specialists for:

  • Students who are behind in reading skills

  • Students who are struggling with reading and do not enjoy reading

  • Students with learning or reading disabilities

  • Beginning readers

  • Good readers who want to excel

    For more information please visit our website, email us or call 214-794-1232 for a FREE reading assessment and consultation.


    THEATER & MUSICALS


    QUO VADIS EDUCATORS VARIOUS CLASSES

    QUO VADIS EDUCATORS---“Serving the Home-School Community”

    Offerings from QUO VADIS EDUCATORS, Garland TX “Serving the Home-School Community”

    QV Theater Basics class presents:

    “BEANSTALK – The Play!”

    Th Dec 3 and Fri Dec 4, 7:30pm

    1550 Wynn Joyce, Garland TX 75403

    Admission: Any amount donation

    DRAMA AUDITIONS for Spring production class:

    “Cheaper By the Dozen”

    7th-12th graders prepare a monologue and attend one of these dates:

    Mon Dec 7 at 7pm or Thurs Dec 10 at 3pm

    Class meets Tues/Thurs Jan thru May; tuition $60/mo

    A few scholarships available.

    Quo Vadis Players present the heartwarming Christmas classic:

    "IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”

    Dec 18-20, at Eastfield College Performance Hall

    Fri 7:30p; Sat 2:30 & 7:30p, Sun 2:30p

    Adults $8; Students & Seniors $5

    CHILDREN’S THEATER WORKSHOP, ages 7 to 12

    Winter Session, JANUARY 4-15, 2 weeks Mon-Fri, 1-3pm

    RESEARCH PAPER WRITING CLASS for TEENS

    Mondays 10-11am, Jan thru May. Tuition $55/mo

    For more info on any of the above, contact us at 972.271.0673 or by email us.

    Classes & Auditions held at Household of Faith Church, 1550 Wynn Joyce, Garland, TX 75043.

    SPACE CENTER HOUSTON - HOMESCHOOL DAY!

    Join Space Center Houston for Homeschool Day.

    You will enjoy unique educational activities that are space-themed and based on national science education standards.

    Workshops offer parents an opportunity to improve their teaching skills and even includes a session with a Spanish-speaking trainer.

    This is an exclusive event designed especially for virtual schooling and homeschooling families. Families will also enjoy a full day of learning and fun with multiple activities that are included with admission.

    For more information, please visit our website. You might also want to check out CityPASS, which gives you a 47% discount on admission to Space Center Houston and four other Houston attractions.



    VOLLEYBALL



    HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

    Home School Athletic Association Volleyball Tryouts / Open Gym Workouts

    (Girls Varsity, JV and Middle School Teams)

    High School “Open Gym” Workouts

    Note: High School Tryouts are held over three evenings. Participants should plan to attend all three events.

    Middle School “Open Gym” Workouts

    Believers Chapel, 6420 Churchill Way, Dallas, Texas 75230.

    IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE, YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT (BRING WITH YOU) THE FOLLOWING THREE FORMS:

    Volleyball Tryout Application (with Physical Evaluation Form)

    HSAA Athletic Release and Medical Authorization Believers Chapel – Assumption of Risk, Release of Liability and Indemnity. (see the HSAA website – under FORMS)

    For Information Please Contact:

  • High School - Chris Schultz or by calling 972-743-7544.

  • Middle School – Kim Wallar or by calling 214-682-8683.



    FOOTBALL



    HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

    Dallas HSAA 11-Man Football Team

    Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Middle School Teams!

    All Homeschool Student-Athletes in 6th through 12th grades are welcome to play!

    Check out the website for additional information or to register.

    God-honoring football at its finest!

    Competitive games!

    Your boys will have a blast, building skills on a team of committed young men!

    Godly coaches and supportive families!

    Great environment!

    Every day a reason for celebration!

    “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12


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