NWACHEA

Northwest Arkansas Christian Home Educators Association

Monthly Archives: January 2012

Prairie Grove Co-op Details

The Prairie Grove co-op will hold its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday, January 17th, from 1 – 3 p.m. at Prairie Grove Christian Church. The church is located at 611 Wayne Villines Rd. in Prairie Grove.

The co-op will meet for eight weeks. The dates for the spring semester are:  January 17 & 31, February 14 & 28, March 13 & 27, and April 10 & 24.

The spring schedule of classes is now available; members of the ‘HOMESCHOOLS’ Yahoo group may access the document online. (Please note: Web features of the group are only available for members who are logged in with their Yahoo ID and password.) Others may contact Carla Cox to receive a copy by email.

Families must be current members of NWACHEA to participate in co-op classes. Membership information can be found here.

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REMINDER: Fayetteville Co-op – Spring Planning Meeting

A REMINDER FOR INTERESTED FAMILIES …

The co-op planning meeting for Fayetteville NWACHEA will be held on Friday, January 13th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Grace Church on Crossover in Fayetteville. The spring co-op will meet February – May on the first two Fridays of the month, at Grace Church. To attend classes, you must be a member of NWACHEA. Membership dues are $20 per family and need to be paid on or before the first day of class. There may be a materials fee for some classes, which will be collected by the teacher on the first day.

All parents must remain at the church during classes unless another adult has agreed to be responsible for their child(ren). To participate in co-op, parents must be willing to teach a class or volunteer as an assistant, as well as help with cleaning the building each week that the group meets.

Questions or comments about co-op? Please contact steering committee members Amy Calhoun or Sheri Hampton.

Prairie Grove Spring 2012 Co-op Schedule Now Available

The spring schedule for Prairie Grove’s co-op is now available.

Members of the ‘HOMESCHOOLS’ Yahoo group may access the document online. (Please note: Yahoo may require a user name and password, as web features of the group are only available for those who are logged in.)

Others may contact Carla Cox to receive a copy by email.

Only current members of NWACHEA may participate in co-op classes. Membership information can be found here.

Interested in NWACHEA? Here’s who to contact …

To learn more about Fayetteville’s co-op or group-wide events such as the science fair, please contact Sheri Hampton or Amy Calhoun.

For information about the Prairie Grove co-op, please contact Carla Cox.

To learn more about Rogers NWACHEA, please contact Lori Kranz or Zoie Fair. Please note that Rogers maintains a separate website with information about their co-op. You can access that site using the “NWACHEA of Rogers” link on the right-side menu, or by clicking here.

NWACHEA leaders and volunteers are committed to supporting home educators in our area. We do our best to communicate important information and events through our websites and the ‘HOMESCHOOLS’ Yahoo group. If you need additional help, please do not hesitate to contact any of the leaders mentioned above.

Subscribe to Receive Updates by Email

If you want to keep up-to-date but find that you are not able to check the site regularly, you can subscribe to receive a copy of all announcements as they are posted. Look for “Email Subscription” on the right side of the page. This is NOT the same as subscribing to the Yahoo group. You will receive emails only when announcements are posted on this site.

Science and Education Fair – March 30, 2012

Start planning now for NWACHEA’s Science and Education Fair, scheduled for Friday, March 30th, at the Jones Center food court.  Judging will begin at 1 p.m., and exhibitors may begin setting up displays around 12:30. For each grade (preK – 12th), there will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place ribbons awarded. We will have more judges than previous years, with the same judges evaluating all exhibits for a particular age group.

ALL homeschool students are invited to participate. There is no fee for NWACHEA members. For non-members, there is a $5 fee (per student) to help defray expenses.

DEADLINE TO SIGN-UP is March 15th; no exceptions will be made to this date. Please contact Amy Calhoun to register, or with any questions about the Fair. She will need to know the name and grade level of each child participating.

An exhibit may be about ANY topic appropriate for the classroom: Science, Math, Sewing, Music, Sports, Cooking, History, Art, etc. Students may draw their own pictures or create their own exhibits from scratch. For example, a student once drew small portraits of all the presidents. Students may also use items purchased at educational stores. such as bulletin board cut outs or models. One student brought a 3-D puzzle of the U.S. Capitol, assembled it, and told how a bill becomes a law on his display board. Another purchased a model bridge kit, and assembled examples of three types of bridges which he presented with a written report.

Judges will score the exhibits based on the following: Creativity, Thought, Thoroughness, Skill/Age Appropriateness, and Clarity/Neatness

GUIDELINES:

1. All exhibits should have a display board that explains the student’s project. (Even a decorated cake should have a board discussing steps of making the cake, baking, cooling, decorating, etc.) Display boards are available at Hobby Lobby or Wal Mart.

2. The display board should not be larger than 3 ft. high by 4 ft. wide. Each student may use about two feet of space in front of his board to display items related to his project. The tables at the Jones Center are small squares, with each table holding 2 exhibits back-to-back.

3. Display boards should have a title.

4. Parents will need to encourage, provide ideas and materials, and direct the child’s efforts – but the student should do the work to complete the project. A judge can tell if the exhibit is age-appropriate, and higher marks will be given if the work was clearly done by the student. Parents can teach a child how to use a computer, a ruler, or stencils, but should not do the work.

5. Students should be prepared to tell the judges what they learned while preparing their project. They should be able to pronounce the words on their display board, and demonstrate that they understand the material presented.

Fayetteville Co-op – Spring Planning Meeting

The co-op planning meeting for Fayetteville NWACHEA will be held on Friday, January 13th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Grace Church on Crossover in Fayetteville. The spring co-op will meet February – May on the first two Fridays of the month, at Grace Church. To attend classes, you must be a member of NWACHEA. Membership dues are $20 per family and need to be paid on or before the first day of class. There may be a materials fee for some classes, which will be collected by the teacher on the first day.

All parents must remain at the church during classes unless another adult has agreed to be responsible for their child(ren). To participate in co-op, parents must be willing to teach a class or volunteer as an assistant, as well as help with cleaning the building each week that the group meets.

Questions or comments about co-op? Please contact steering committee members Amy Calhoun or Sheri Hampton.

SPELLING BEES FOR 4th – 8th AND K-3rd STUDENTS

The 4th – 8th grade spelling bee will be held on Friday, January 6th, at 2 p.m. at Grace Church in Fayetteville.

The K-3rd grade spelling bee will be held at Grace Church the following Friday, January 13th, at 2 p.m.