Friday, November 5, 2010

Teen Game Night

After calling as many teen parents as I could, 
I decided our teen game night will be:

Next Thursday night, November 11th from 6:30-9:00pm.

2208 California Street

We have a pool table, a mongo chess set, and lots of games.

Bring snacks to share.

Homeschool Teens ages 13 and up welcome!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

October Share Night

Our Share Night will be on

Thursday, October 28th
from 6:30-8:00pm

at Trinity Baptist Church

at the corner of Elm & Washington

Bring finger foods to snack on
along with whatever your student(s)
want to share with their friends.

A special treat for this night will be Rodney Woods' 
arrangement with the Gideons' to come and share
with our group briefly and hand out 
New Testaments to the children.  


Your student(s) bring 1 or 2 things they have worked on this year that they are proud of.  It doesn't have to be anything fancy.  Just something they want to share with others, in any subject or extracurricular area.  The items will be laid out on tables and the parents and other children can go around to see what everyone is doing.  

For a 15-20 minute time period, the children will stand by their item/project so they can be available to answer questions that people have about their projects.  (This is not a public speaking time in front of everyone.  Just answering questions from one or two people as they pass by.)  

Parents make encouraging written comments on a paper for at least 2 of the projects, if not more.  Then the children will have some written comments to take home to encourage them.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The data is in Friends!

Our Share night will be...

(May I hear a drum roll please?)

Thursday, October 28th

from 6:30-8:00pm

Location & Details T.B.A.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Be there or Be square!


Moms' Meeting

Monday night from 7-9pm

at Lezlie's house:
2208 California St.

Bring your calendars!

Saturday, September 4, 2010


Just to let you know, my church, Trinity Baptist Church does the AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed)Club program. It is a Scripture memory club where children earn vests and patches and 'jewels' to put on those vests for different types of participation in the program. (I am known as 'The Patch Lady' since I sew on all the patches that are earned.)

Our start-up meeting is this coming Wednesday night, September 8th, from 6:00-7:30pm. Trinity is located at the corners of Elm and Washington.

For the 1st meeting, parents are requested to stay and walk through with the children so they can learn what is expected of the children and how to help.

The age ranges is 2 years old to 4th grade. Puggles is for 2-3 year olds. Cubbies is for 4-5 year olds. Sparks is for Kindergarten through Second Grade. Truth in Training (TnT) is for Third through Fourth Grade.

We also have a program for 5th-6th graders called Cross Training which is not a part of the AWANA program but is still good and a youth group for 7th-12th graders called Metamorpho.

There is a $15 yearly dues fee which can be paid in 1 lump sum or by bringing .50/week. Children earn points for bringing their dues, Bibles, handbooks, vests, Sunday School attendance, and more. They get to spend points earned at a quarterly AWANA store, which has toy prizes.

It's a great program and you're welcome to participate if you would like to.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Our Poster has been posted...

At the Pittsburg Public Library.

Here it is:

If you have somewhere you would like to post one, I can print you a copy.

I might take one over to the YMCA next time I go.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Start-Up Meeting - Check!

Well, we had a good time chatting and catching up and sharing hair moisturizing tips, as well as a plethora of other information Monday night.  If you missed it, you missed out!

We decided the MOMS' MEETINGS will still be the 3rd Monday of every month.  The next Moms' Meeting will be Sept. 20th at 7:00pm at Lezlie's home (2208 California, Pittsburg - 2 blocks north of Centennial on California, turn left into dead-end, brick house).  PLEASE make every effort to be there since we will try to set up how we want to structure the group and schedule activities.  BRING YOUR CALENDAR!!!  (Robin Humbard will host the October 18th meeting.)

We talked about ideas for what we wanted to do this year.  Social activities for the older students was mentioned (game nights, bowling, a shooting range).  A sharing time to show off the students' work was discussed.  Naamah gave a little info. about the potential FIELD TRIP in September.  (REMEMBER:  She needs to know if you are interested by September 9th.  The date of the event is the 16th and she has to register our count.)

These are just a few of the fun things that could be done this year.  If YOU have ideas, make sure you bring them up.

Last, but not least, I was asked
to share my Apple Crisp recipe:

Greased 9" pie plate 1/2-2/3 full of thinly sliced apples (or use peaches, apricots, cherries, etc.)
If you use apples, sprinkle 2tsp Cinnamon and 2tsp Vanilla on them and stir.
Mix separately, 1cup Brown Sugar, 1/2cup white flour, 1/2cup rolled oats, 1/4tsp salt.
Soften 1/2cup Butter and stir into sugar mixture.
Sprinkle all over apples in the pie plate evenly.
Bake @ 325 for 1 hour (or 350 for around 40 min. if you're in a hurry or it's hot outside).

Serve hot or cold with cool whip or ice cream.  YUM, YUM!!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Field Trips

Hey everyone!
I hope you have all had a great summer and are getting excited about starting school back up!
Last spring I let Lezlie know that I'd be willing to head up the field trip committee. I know my tendency will lean toward planning things for the younger kids, but I will do my best to come up with things for the older kids to do as well. If anybody wants to help out with planning field trips, PLEASE let me know!
Anyway, I have a great idea for a first field trip! I wanted to get this out now because we'd need to be registered by September 9th, and I want to make sure that you have time to think about things.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site
Thursday, September 16th, 10:00am
K-2nd grade: "Growing Up Victorian"
3rd-6th grade: "Wagon's Ho!"
Cost is $5 per person for presentation, $1 addt'l to explore the full site
This date and programs are specifically for the homeschool community!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Start Up Meeting

Hi, Everyone,
Hope you all had a nice summer vacation!  it seems to be over, uh????
Time for school!!!
Well,  I would like to invite the Mom's and Dad's to our home.(nursing babies are welcome)
  Monday, August 30th, at 6:30 p.m. (will eat promptly at 6:30)
Bring your favorite salad!  (whether it is lettuce, fruit, taco etc.)
Of course a dessert too!    
We will provide place setting and water!
Bring calendars and ideas for the group this year. 
Bring extra school books you are willing to get rid of, maybe someone can use them!
Thanks very much.   To R.S.V.P. or ask any questions, email me or call 620-347-4655.
God Bless,
Directions from Pittsburg:  2 miles west of Arma at Catholic Church on highway 69, 1 and 1/2 blocks south on 202 st.
Directions from Girard:  east on 47 to 200 st (approx 7 miles, or 1 mile east of Girard Chicken Annie's ) turn north and continue  north to stop sign on corner at 640 avenue. turn back east 1 block to 202 and come down 1 1/2 block south.  2 story white house in back, cedar trees out front, east side of street.
-----Shock warning-----  We have our house up for sale.  so don't pass out when you see the sign in our yard. 

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Summer Time!!!

Woohoo!  Most of us have made it through
the school year and some of us are getting near.
It's always such a relief to finish up.
And fun to look at what's coming next!

Along with curriculum, cool new web-sites,
and other school paraphernalia,
about C.H.E.A.
and what you want
to see the group do 
when the Next School Year

With so many new families,
we will be seeing some
major reconstruction
of the group's organization.

WHAT are YOUR ideas???
Write them down somewhere
in a safe spot where you
won't lose them...


bring them to the
first meeting of the
Fall of 2010.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Begin thinking NOW about what you want as a group for next year.  Our group must grow and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of those in the group.

We do not need to continue doing what has been done just for the sake of tradition.  If something isn't working well, let's throw it out!  If you loved something, let's do more of it.  Whatever we do, let's plan it well so it will be valuable enough to take time out of our busy schedules for.  And if we decide on an activity, let's be committed to come so that all the children can have a rich experience.  It's always much more fun when there are enough people to actually do the activities planned.  Conversely, it is discouraging to work to plan something and have only 3-4 families show up.

So be thinking!!!  What field trip do you wish would get on the docket?  What would you like to see happening at the Moms' Meetings?  What would make you want to never miss one?  What academic or other activities would you like to see the children do together and how often?  What do YOUR children want to do?  And last, what will YOU do to help make these things happen?

Do you have ideas how to restructure the group to maximize its effectiveness and heighten its quality?  I want to hear them!!! 

Please email your input to me after you and your family are done brainstorming. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

May Events

May 6th:

End of Year Picnic
12:00pm @ 'Barney' Park

Friday, May 14th:

Jacob and Raven's Graduation  6:00pm
Seventh Day Adventist  (E. 21st & Grand)
Potluck dinner.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April Events

THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH    1:30-3:30pm  Girard Bible Church, Girard, KS

The rug making is primarily going to be for the older students w/ Rondi as the facilitator.  And I would guess mostly girls to be interested in that.  The older boys should bring a length of rope to practice knot making and a tie to learn tying techniques.  (They should look up some instructions on each and bring them with them for figuring it out together.)  Amy suggested a weaving paper craft for the younger children (5-11 yrs.) who want to try weaving but may find the real thing too difficult.  She will bring construction paper.  Also, Rondi said this age might like to try making 'friendship bracelets' out of embroidery thread.  She will bring some embroidery thread.  If you have extra, please bring some too.  I have some cut and create books young children can try--age 3 to 5 or so.

If crafting loses their attention, Amy thinks learning Foursquare would be fun.  Or we could bring a few balloons for the children to play keep away or keep afloat with.  If it's nice out, bubbles might be fun.  There's also outside games like red light/green light and red rover, etc.  The older boys can bring Stratego or Chess or balls whatever is interesting to them.

So...we need some items.  If you have them and are willing to donate, please reply:
   embroidery thread (as already mentioned)
   (and safety pins, if I remember correctly)
    glue and scissors
    bubbles and wands
    package of balloons
    foursquare ball
    cups and drinks for the participants

Directions from Pittsburg:

Go North on Highway 69 through Frontenac heading towards Franklin.  At the intersection of Hwy 69 and Hwy 47 (there is a traffic light here), turn left heading West on Hwy 47, and go all the way into Girard (about 7or 8 miles) to the 4-way stop.  At the 4-way stop in Girard, turn right heading North on Summit (this is also Hwy 7).  You will go about 3 blocks and then you will come to a kind of "Y" in the road.  At the "Y", you will want to turn left onto Northern Ave.  Be aware that you will be crossing a lane of oncoming traffic when you go left at the "Y", so just be careful.  The oncoming traffic does not have to stop.  Follow this road around the curve, and the church will be the second driveway on the right side of the road.  It is a long white building with a gravel parking lot.  You will want to park towards the North end of the lot where the big bus is parked, as the door you will be using will be on that end.  I will have a sign or streamers or something hanging on the door you can use to enter the building.



Mom's Meeting   7:00-9:00pm
Location:  Rene Woods' Home

7:00-7:30pm   Prayer Requests and Prayer---Facilitated by Rene
7:30-8:00pm   Snacks & Discussion---Facilitated by Janice
                      -"Why do you homeschool?" (Inquiring minds want to know!)
                      -Share your favorite money saving tip.
8:00-8:30pm   Curriculum Idea Sharing---Focus Math---Facilitated by Robin
8:30-9:00pm   Planning Teams---Facilitated by Lezlie


THURSDAY, APRIL 22ND    1:30-3:30PM

Field Trips:

Laughing Rooster Farm---primarily children 11 and under.  (See google site for details.)

Randy's Auto Repair---boys 12 and older---taking apart a transmission and talking about how it works.
  Boys must be able to pay attention and follow directions.  Remember, this is a working shop and needs to be respected.
  The boys must remain in the shop.  With the parole office there, the area is not conducive to kids running around.
  A great opportunity for the boys and if their dads are able to go, even better. 
  Please make plans to be prompt in picking them up by 3:30pm.




Early Registration Due by April 16th.  Individual Pass $15; Couple Pass $30

Becky Pryer and Lezlie Lindsey are attending.  If any of you are interested, let Becky know A.S.A.P.  If enough go, it may be that carpooling and sharing hotel costs will be possible, depending on the needs of individual families.  Hotel cost right now is $115/room.  It is within walking distance!!!

There is a 'Teen Track' for ages 13-18 hosted by Jeff Baldwin of Worldview Academy ($12/teen).

There is a full agenda at their website.  Some excellent well-known speakers will be there, like Dr. Jay Wile (Apologia Science) and Dr. Susan Wise Bauer.


PLEASE email me and let me know which event(s) you will be attending (or not) so that I can have an idea who to expect for planning reasons.  THANK YOU in advance!


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Moms' Meeting--canceled

Due to the inclement weather and trouble travelling, I have decided to cancel the Mom's Meeting scheduled for tomorrow night, March 22nd.

Our next Moms' Meeting will be the regularly scheduled meeting, April 19th.

Sorry to have to do that.  Will miss seeing everyone!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Moms' Meeting--March 22nd

Moms' Meeting coming up!

Where:  Robin Humbard's home.
When:  Monday, March 22nd  from 7:00-9:00pmFor Directions:  contact me by email.

7:00-7:30pm   Prayer Requests and Prayer---Facilitated by Rene
7:30-8:00pm   Snacks & Discussion---Facilitated by Janice
                      -"Why do you homeschool?"  lay out good answers for inquiring minds
                      -Share your favorite money saving tip.
8:00-8:30pm   Curriculum Idea Sharing---Focus Math---Facilitated by Robin
8:30-9:00pm   Planning Teams---Facilitated by Lezlie

Hunter Safety Course


Thought I'd better get the info for the Hunter Safety Course sent around.  I found an article on the Morning Sun website.  Here's the link:

In summary, it runs for 3 days, all of which must be completed to certify.  Only children older than 11 can be certified.  Parents are encouraged to participate and must attend with any child 11 and under.

March 23     6-9:30pm
March 25
March 27

Room S 102  of the Kansas Technology Center, Rouse and Ford Streets, PSU Campus, Pittsburg

No cost.  No pre-registration necessary.

For more information contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks office at 620-231-3173.
       or at their website: 

Sunday, February 28, 2010


March 4th:

Manners and Ballroom Dance Training        
Trinity Baptist Church (Elm&Washington)

March 11th:

Manners and Ballroom Dancing Practice
Location To Be Announced

March 22nd:

Moms' Meeting
Topics To Be Announced

March 26-27th:

Hunter Safety Course
For Older Students
Specifics To Be Announced

see the Spring 2010 Events page.