NWACHEA

Northwest Arkansas Christian Home Educators Association

Monthly Archives: August 2015

Free CURRICULUM CHOICES Workshop – Sept. 15

Mark your calendar and plan to attend a FREE Homeschool Helps workshop on the topic of  “Curriculum Choices” on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7:00 pm, at the Circle of Life Hospice Building in Springdale/Tontitown.

Curriculum Choices
This workshop will discuss the different types of curriculum, how to choose and buy, and different schooling philosophies and methods that shape the variety of curriculum that authors produce.

Some other topics that will be covered are Unit Studies, Living Books, Charlotte Mason, Unschooling, and Classical Education.

There will NOT be any curriculum there to browse.

– This is a FREE workshop, but donations are accepted to help cover the cost of handouts.
– RSVP is not needed.
– Childcare is NOT provided; nursing infants and babes in arms are welcome, but we respectfully ask that you please do not bring other children.

Directions:
From I49, take the Holiday Inn exit in Springdale (exit 72) and go west toward Tontitown.
Near Tontitown, turn right at the Jones Rd. stoplight. There is a Harps on the right at that intersection.
Circle of Life is the first building on the right after Harps, 901 Jones Rd.
It says “Circle of Life” on the building, but at the entrance there is a sign that says “Willard and Pat Walker Family Center” and another that says “Earlene Howard Hospice Home”.

[Please note: Homeschool Helps workshops are not sponsored by any support group; you do not have to be a member of NWACHEA or any other group to attend. The presenters, Marni Hendrix and Shelley Kinder, are veteran homeschool moms who organize the workshops to share their knowledge and experience with other parents.]

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Lower Elementary Spelling Bee Coordinator Needed

NWACHEA is seeking a coordinator for the K-3rd spelling bee. Below is a message from Marni Hendrix, coordinator of NWACHEA’s annual Scripps spelling bee for older students. If you are interested in coordinating this year’s lower elementary bee, or have questions before deciding if this is something you might be willing to do, please email Marni.

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NWACHEA is looking for a volunteer to coordinate a K-3rd spelling bee during the 2015/16 school year, recommended (though not required) to be held during the spring semester.

It is not necessary to hold one, but if someone is willing, I know many parents would be grateful for it to occur.

I (Marni) will be coordinating the 4th-8th grade bee. Each year I re-consider which tasks I am able to do or want to do, and no one pressures me to do a job like the spelling bee. It will be the same for anyone who may coordinate a K-3rd bee. A commitment to coordinate it this year is NOT a commitment to coordinate it indefinitely.

I have written a handbook for coordinating the bee and have forms and materials stored; it’s pretty straightforward and very detailed.

It is OK to coordinate the bee while having your own children participate in the bee.

The coordinator also would have their NWACHEA membership fee ($25) waived for the year.

Let me know if this is something you might be interested in doing.

Thanks,
Marni Hendrix

Free Elementary Teaching Tips Workshop – Aug. 17

Mark your calendar and plan to attend a FREE Homeschool Helps workshop on the topic of  “Teaching Tips for the Elementary Grades (K-6th)” on Monday, August 17, at 7:00 pm, at the Circle of Life Hospice Building in Springdale/Tontitown.

Teaching Tips for the Elementary Grades (K-6th)
Tips for teaching each of the subjects (whether you are using a purchased curriculum or creating your own materials), managing the school day and year, making school efficient and meaningful, and choosing books at the library.
– This is a FREE workshop, but donations are accepted to help cover the cost of handouts.
– RSVP is not needed.
– Childcare is NOT provided; nursing infants and babes in arms are welcome, but we respectfully ask that you please do not bring other children.

Directions:
From I49, take the Holiday Inn exit in Springdale (exit 72) and go west toward Tontitown.
Near Tontitown, turn right at the Jones Rd. stoplight. There is a Harps on the right at that intersection.
Circle of Life is the first building on the right after Harps, 901 Jones Rd.
It says “Circle of Life” on the building, but at the entrance there is a sign that says “Willard and Pat Walker Family Center” and another that says “Earlene Howard Hospice Home”.

[Please note: Homeschool Helps workshops are not sponsored by any support group; you do not have to be a member of NWACHEA or any other group to attend. The presenters, Marni Hendrix and Shelley Kinder, are veteran homeschool moms who organize the workshops to share their knowledge and experience with other parents.]