NWACHEA

Northwest Arkansas Christian Home Educators Association

Monthly Archives: December 2012

Fayetteville Co-op Planning Meeting

Fayetteville NWACHEA will hold its spring semester co-op planning meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 4th, at Grace Church on Crossover in Fayetteville. Those who are interested in participating in classes this semester need to be present at this meeting. Parents are welcome to bring along a sack lunch for themselves and their kids, but please be aware that there is a wedding taking place at the church on Saturday and there will likely be people setting up. Children must be on their best behavior while the adults discuss our plans for the semester.

Bring ideas and suggestions for ANYTHING you and your children would be interested in doing this spring! Invite others you may know that might be interested in joining us. To participate in the co-op, families must be current members of NWACHEA.  We are a smaller group in which “co-op” means participation by everyone, so be thinking about how you can serve. All parents must be willing to volunteer as an instructor and/or supervise the nursery or preschool groups. In addition, we ask that parents remain at the church even when they are not actively teaching; students cannot be dropped off for classes.

Questions? Comments? Please feel free to contact Amy Calhoun.

REMINDER: Spelling Bee Registration Deadlines Approaching

Please note that the deadline to sign up for the 4th-8th grade spelling bee is Friday, Dec. 28th. The bee will be held on Friday, January 4th at Grace Church in Fayetteville.

The deadline to enroll participants for the K-3rd grade bee is Friday, January 4th, with the bee held the following Friday, January 11th.

Parents, please be aware of these dates and be sure to contact Marni Hendrix by the appropriate deadline to register your child(ren), as no exceptions can be made for latecomers. There is no fee for NWACHEA members to enter the spelling bees. Non-members are required to pay a non-refundable participation fee of $5 per child, due no later than the sign-up deadline date.

Prairie Grove Spring Semester Co-op

Current members of the Prairie Grove branch of NWACHEA have pre-registered for 2013 spring co-op classes. Enrollment is now open to others who are interested in joining.

The Prairie Grove branch is holding classes in West Fork this year, due to the inability to find a facility in Prairie Grove. Classes will be held at Unity Covenant Church in West Fork, starting on Jan. 15 and continuing on every other Tuesday through April, from 10:00 am to 12:10 pm, with optional sack lunch fellowship afterward.

Please email Marni Hendrix if you are interested in receiving a list of the spring semester classes.

4th – 8th Grade Spelling Bee

Parents, please CAREFULLY READ the deadlines and requirements for this event. There is a great deal of advance preparation for the spelling bee, and these are necessary to save our (volunteer!) coordinators extra work and confusion at the last minute. Thank you for understanding. Please contact Marni Hendrix with any questions.

DATE AND TIME OF K-3rd BEE:  Friday, January 4, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Church in Fayetteville (located on the east side of Crossover, between the Old Wire and Township stoplights)

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP:  Friday, December 28

To register, please send child’s name and grade level, as well as a contact phone number, to Marni Hendrix.  You may also call her at 479-444-6405 to register.

Entry is free for current members of any NWACHEA branch. For non-members, there is a registration fee of $5 per child. The fee must be received by December 28 to secure a spot in the bee, and is non-refundable if the student is unable to participate for some reason. Please make checks payable to ‘NWACHEA’ and contact Marni for the mailing address; DO NOT mail your check to the addresses on any NWACHEA membership application.

The winner of this bee has the opportunity to compete in the Washington County spelling bee. When registering, please let Marni know if you would like to receive a list of practice words.

K-3rd Grade Spelling Bee

Parents, please CAREFULLY READ the deadlines and requirements for this event. There is a great deal of advance preparation for the spelling bee, and these are necessary to save our (volunteer!) coordinators extra work and confusion at the last minute. Thank you for understanding. Please contact Marni Hendrix with any questions.

DATE AND TIME OF K-3rd BEE:  Friday, January 11, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Church in Fayetteville (located on the east side of Crossover, between the Old Wire and Township stoplights)

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP:  Friday, January 4

To register, please send child’s name and grade level, as well as a contact phone number, to Marni Hendrix.  You may also call her at 479-444-6405 to register.

Entry is free for current members of any NWACHEA branch. For non-members, there is a registration fee of $5 per child. The fee must be received by January 4 to secure a spot in the bee, and is non-refundable if the student is unable to participate for some reason. Please make checks payable to ‘NWACHEA’ and contact Marni for the mailing address; DO NOT mail your check to the addresses on any NWACHEA membership application.

FORMAT FOR THE K-3rd BEE:  Rather than have a child get “out” when they miss a word, each child is given a total of 10 words to spell. The kindergarteners will be tested by themselves as a group, then the first graders, etc. Each child takes a turn spelling one word, going through all the kids in the group ten times. At the end, the child in each grade level that has spelled the most correct out of the 10 words wins for that grade level.

There will be no microphone. Students will sit in a row of chairs at the front, facing the audience, and each child will stand when it is his turn to spell, then sit back down.

When a student registers for the bee, Marni will provide lists of the same words that will be given in each grade level, for the kids to practice at home. Unknown (unpracticed) words will be given in the bee to break a tie, and/or if the judge runs out of words.

Other things to practice with students before the bee:  When it is their turn, they should say the word, then spell the word, then say the word again to end their turn. They don’t HAVE to say the word at the beginning and end, but it is a very helpful signal to the judge to know they are done and is also good practice for the older bee protocol. If it is hard for them to juggle this protocol, then just have them say the letters only.

Students should THINK before they speak, rather than think with their mouth, because the judge will not allow responses such as:  “number. n, n, n, n….u, m, b, e, r. number” or “number. n, u, n, I mean m, b, e r. number” or “n, u, m….number, n, u, m, b, e, r, number” or “n, u, can I start over?” Once it comes out of their mouth, that’s their literal spelling of that word. Please understand, parents – this all sounds quite strict for young students, but once we allow exceptions and second-chances, it becomes unfair very quickly.