NWACHEA

Northwest Arkansas Christian Home Educators Association

FREE ‘The Nitty Gritty of Homeschooling’ Workshop – Aug. 30 at 7PM

You are invited to attend a FREE homeschool workshop called “The Nitty Gritty of Homeschooling” on Thursday, August 30, at 7:00 pm at the Circle of Life Hospice Building in Springdale/Tontitown. These workshops are organized and taught by Marni Hendrix and Shelley Kinder, veteran homeschool moms in the NWA area. It is not sponsored by a support group and you do not need to be a member of any homeschool group to attend.

The Nitty Gritty of Homeschooling
Remedying academic problems typically found in public schools, planning lessons, scheduling the school day (or not), occupying toddlers, socializing, avoiding burn-out, repeating and skipping grades, and choosing books at the library.

This is a FREE workshop, but donations are accepted to help cover the cost of handouts.

RSVP’s are not needed.  It’s OK to come late or leave early, as needed.

Childcare is NOT provided. Nursing infants and babes in arms are welcome; however, out of consideration for other parents, please do not bring older children.

COMING IN SEPT/OCT:
Teaching Tips for Grades K-6th
Practical tips for teaching Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science in grades K-6th.  Some other specific topics covered are State standards, Standardized testing, Making your own curriculum, Making your own purchased curriculum more fun and meaningful, How to help left-handers, Math fact memorization, and Dyslexia.

Marni will not be able to schedule a date for this workshop until after the first week of September, so watch for an announcement in mid-Sept.

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.

Hope to see you there!

Marni Hendrix
479-444-6405

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Fayetteville NWACHEA Planning Meeting – Friday, August 10th

Mark your calendar and plan to attend Fayetteville NWACHEA’s fall planning meeting on Friday, August 10th at 1 p.m., at Mt. Comfort Church of Christ in Fayetteville. At this meeting, we will be outlining our tentative schedule of events for the semester, and collecting membership forms / dues.

A membership application is available for download from the nwachea.org website; you may want to fill it out in advance. Applications may also be mailed to:  NWACHEA of Fayetteville, PO Box 454, Tontitown, AR  72770

If you are interested in Fayetteville NWACHEA but you have not yet become a member, you are welcome to attend the planning meeting to hear about our activities for the semester, meet some of the other parents (and kids) in the group, and decide whether Fayetteville NWACHEA is a good fit for your family.

Children are welcome to attend the meeting, as always. Younger children will be supervised in a separate room, with a kid-friendly movie, coloring pages, and possibly some other activities by older teens. Older students (age 8+) will be playing board games on the far side of the sanctuary while the adults meet. If your family has a favorite game, please bring it along to share with others! 

Please remember that Fayetteville NWACHEA is parent-led and depends entirely on parents volunteering to make activities happen for our families, so please come prepared with ideas for field trips and events that you would like to organize for the group over the next months.

Please contact Beth Gildner with any questions.

FREE ‘Getting Started Homeschooling’ workshop – Aug. 2 at 7PM

You are invited to a FREE workshop about “Getting Started Homeschooling” at the Circle of Life Hospice Building in Springdale/Tontitown on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. This workshop is presented by Marni Hendrix, a mom from NWA who has homeschooled her 8 children.

Getting Started Homeschooling
Information on how to file intent-to-homeschool forms, encouragement and what to expect for the first year, local support groups, legal support organizations, requirements and the law, and more.

If you know someone who is considering homeschooling for the first time, or someone who started last year but has never attended a workshop like this, please invite them.

This is a FREE workshop!

RSVP’s are not needed.  It’s OK to come late or leave early.  Marni expects this workshop to last 1.5 to 2 hours.

There will be no childcare provided. Nursing infants and babes in arms are welcome, but in consideration of others, please do not bring older children who might find it difficult to sit quietly during the workshop.

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 located at 901 Jones Rd., in the first building on the right after Harps.
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.”

Hope to see you there!

Marni Hendrix
479-444-6405 (land line)
479-966-2036 (cell)

Area-Wide Roller Skating — 1-3PM on Friday, April 20th

HOMESCHOOLERS of all ages & their parents:  PLEASE COME JOIN THE FUN & socialize with other homeschool families!

 

WHERE: Roller City, 1007 Century St., Springdale

WHEN: April 20, 2018 – Friday!

TIME:  1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

$3.00 per skater includes skates or inline skates (please just pick one since they are being so generous with the entry price and also not charging extra for inline skates!)

AGE 4 and under are FREE.

They will have a play list of Christian music and a variety of other music; play request are welcomed.

Snack bar available. Please DON’T bring in drinks or food from outside (whether homemade or purchased elsewhere).

PARENTS: Amy Calhoun has set this up with the skating rink (so they have allotted us a time where it is homeschoolers ONLY). Although Amy often will be present, she is NOT responsible for keeping up with all the children that attend.  This is up to each parent/family. NO ONE is responsible for your child but YOU! Please do not drop off unattended children unless you’ve made specific plans in advance with another parent who is willing to watch your child. Anyone too young to drive him/herself to the rink, is too young to be there without supervision.

RSVPs are not necessary for roller skating. You are welcome to just show up the day of the event.

THANK YOU to everyone who attends and has attended in the past for making this a joyful event.

 Please email Amy Calhoun with questions.  

NWACHEA Science Fair, April 26th

NWACHEA of Rogers announces that registration is now open for the NWACHEA 2018 Science Fair for students in 3rd – 12th grade.

To register, just send an email to Zoie Fair with the following info:

  1. Student’s Name
  2. Student’s Grade Level
  3. Parent’s Name
  4. Parent’s Phone Number

Cost:  There is no fee for NWACHEA members.  Non-members are welcome to participate, but there will be a $5.00 fee per family to help cover costs.

Deadline to register is April 16th; payment (for non-members) must be received by this date, also. Please make checks payable to NWACHEA of Rogers and mail them to P.O. Box 1414, Rogers, AR  72757

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation by email. This email will include the Judging Criteria, so parents will know what to expect and how they can guide their student in choosing and completing a science fair exhibit.

NWACHEA of Rogers looks forward to seeing all the wonderful things our homeschooled students come up with, and having a super fun experience sharing it with everyone!

FREE Workshop: Homeschooling Through High School, Part Two

You are invited to attend the workshop Homeschooling Through High School, Part Two, on Monday, April 9, at 7:00 pm at the Circle of Life Hospice building in Springdale/Tontitown.

These free workshops are not affiliated with any homeschool group and you do not have to be a member of NWACHEA to attend. They are given by Marni Hendrix and Shelley Kinder, veteran homeschool moms, for the benefit of those in our area who are interested in home education.

This workshop is specifically for parents with students who might go, or are planning to go, to a 2-or-4 year college. Information covered will include ACT/SAT tests, applying to colleges, financial aid and scholarships, etc.

This workshop will usually last 1–1.5 hours.  If it has been a few years since you’ve attended this, consider coming again to receive new/updated general and scholarship info.  It would be most beneficial to attend before your student enters 11th grade.  Students are welcome to attend, though it is enough for the parent to attend, and Marni’s comments will be directed to parents.

This is a FREE workshop, but donations are accepted to help cover the cost of handouts.  Donations for this workshop are especially appreciated since Marni did not recover her copying costs (.12 per page + tax) from Part One.

RSVP’s are not needed.  It’s OK to come late or leave early.

Childcare is NOT provided and there is no play area available for children. Nursing infants and babes in arms are welcome.

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. The street address is 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.)

Shelley Kinder
479-789-5813

Marni Hendrix
479-444-6405

2018 NWACHEA Used Book Sale

Mark your calendars: the annual NWACHEA Used Book Sale is scheduled for Friday, June 1, 2018, at Mt. Comfort Church of Christ, 3249 W. Mount Comfort Rd. in Fayetteville.

You DO NOT have to be a member of NWACHEA to participate in the book sale as a buyer or seller.

There is no entrance fee to shop.

Sale hours will be Friday from 3-7 p.m.

Sellers will drop off books on Thursday, May 31st, from 3-5 p.m. and pick up unsold items after the sale ends on Friday, June 1st.

Volunteers will be able to shop Thursday, May 31st, from 5-7 p.m. before the public sale on Friday. No other early shopping is permitted.

SELLING BOOKS:

If you wish to sell books, you will need to purchase pre-printed labels that include all of the information required for the sale. Labels are $3 for a set of 50. Your books must be marked with these labels to be placed in the sale. If you wish to purchase labels, please contact Amy Calhoun. Deadline for purchasing labels via mail is Friday, May, 25th – meaning your label request must be in Amy’s hands no later than Friday (if you’re mailing it, please do so by Wednesday, at latest). After that point, your only option is purchasing and labeling at the church between 3-5 on May 31st during the drop off times.

If you have NWACHEA labels left over from previous years, you may use them until they’re used up – but please let Amy know that you are planning to sell books this year, even if you don’t need to buy any labels.

Drop off for sale items will be Thursday, May 31st, between 3 and 5 pm.

After the sale, unsold books are to be picked up at the church between 8 and 9 p.m. on Friday, June 1st.

If you want to place books in the sale but are unable to pick up on Friday night, please make arrangements for someone else – perhaps a friend, neighbor, someone from your church or homeschool group? – to collect your unsold items. If you are absolutely not able to be at the church between 8-9 p.m. Friday and have exhausted all options trying to find someone else to pick up your items, please check with Amy Calhoun when you register as a seller, to see if it’s possible to arrange a time / location later that weekend.

Any items left after the sale will be donated or disposed of at NWACHEA’s discretion, unless alternate arrangements are made in advance.

FEES:

NWACHEA will retain a percentage of sales as follows:

Volunteers who work “critical” shifts: Thursday 2-4 pm and/or Thursday 3-5 pm and/or Friday 7-9 pm – 5%
Volunteers who work Friday 3-5 pm and/or Friday 5-7 pm – 10%
Non-volunteers – 20%

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Thank you to those who have volunteered … all slots are filled at this time!

We must have enough volunteers to complete tasks in a limited amount of time, in order for the sale to operate on schedule.

Volunteers have access to early shopping on Thursday, May 31st, from 5-7 p.m. before the public sale on Friday.

Volunteer times/tasks are:

* Thursday 2-4 p.m. (marking chair locations, stacking chairs, setting up tables, sorting/placing books) This volunteer shift is now full. Thank you!
* Thursday 3-5 p.m. (setting up tables, sorting/placing books)   This volunteer shift is now full.
Friday 3-5 p.m. (book straightening, working checkout table)  This volunteer shift is now full.
Friday 5-7 p.m. (book straightening, working checkout table)  This volunteer shift is now full.
* Friday 7-9 p.m. (sorting and stacking unsold books for pickup, breaking down tables, setting up chairs)  This volunteer shift is now full.

* IMPORTANT: While NWACHEA always aims to be family-friendly, please do not bring younger children during the above shifts marked with an asterisk. Volunteers will be moving heavy furniture, carrying large boxes, and sorting books, and they cannot safely do these things with little ones in the area. Supervised childcare is not provided for book sale volunteers.

Once again …

To register as a seller (even if you are NOT purchasing labels for the sale, such as reusing a previous year’s labels or donating items), please contact Amy Calhoun.

If you would like to volunteer to working during the sale, please contact Marni Hendrix.

For any other questions, please contact Beth Gildner.

Area-Wide Homeschool Roller Skating — Friday, Sept. 15th

Mark your calendars! ALL HOMESCHOOLERS of all ages & parents — PLEASE COME JOIN IN THE FUN & SOCIALIZE!
 
*** Please note: this is NOT a NWACHEA event. We are passing along the info for everyone who is interested in attending. ALL homeschooling families are welcome.***
 
WHERE: Roller City in Springdale
WHEN: September 15, 2017 – Friday!
TIME: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
 
$3.00 per skater includes skates or inline skates (Please just pick one since they are being so generous with the entry price and also not charging extra for inline skates!!!)
 
AGE 4 and under are FREE!
 
They will have a play list of Christian music and variety of other music — music play request are welcomed.
 
Snack bar available: Please DO NOT bring in outside food or drinks.
 
PARENTS: Amy Calhoun has set this up with the skating rink (so they have allotted us a time where it is homeschoolers ONLY) and Amy often will be there, but there will NOT be one person responsible for keeping up with all the children that attend. This is up to each parent/family.  Please understand: NO ONE is responsible for your child but YOU!
 
No RSVP required. You are WELCOME to just show up the day of the event!

Fayetteville NWACHEA Meet-And-Greet — Friday, August 18th

Anyone who’d like to meet and visit with some of the current members prior to the Fayetteville NWACHEA planning meeting on the 25th can join us for an informal meet-and-greet at C.L. Charlie and Willie George Park, 4023 Hylton Rd., Springdale, AR on Friday August 18th from 10-1. This will just be a time of play and fun, that will hopefully give newcomers a chance to see whether they’re interested in attending the planning meeting to find out more about the group’s activities.

This park includes a splash pad, so you may want to bring swimsuits, towels, and/or a change of clothes for your kids. We’ll be at the pavilion starting at 10, but will no doubt be floating around the park as time wears on.

Fayetteville NWACHEA Planning Meeting – Friday, August 25th

Mark your calendar and plan to attend Fayetteville NWACHEA’s fall planning meeting on Friday, August 25th, 2017, at 1 p.m., at Mt. Comfort Church of Christ in Fayetteville.

At this meeting, we will be outlining our tentative schedule of events for the fall semester. If you plan to participate in the group this semester, you should do your best to attend. Please remember that Fayetteville NWACHEA is parent-led and depends entirely on parents volunteering to make activities happen for our families, so please come prepared with ideas for field trips and events that you would like to organize for the group over the next few months.

If possible, PLEASE PRINT A COPY OF THE 2017/18 MEMBERSHIP FORM and fill it out ahead of time. This will save time on the day of the meeting. We will collecting forms and $25 annual membership dues at the end of our planning time, or you can mail your completed application with a check to the address on the form.

Children are welcome to attend the meeting, as always. Younger children (7 years or younger) will be supervised by older teens. They will be in a separate room, with a kid-friendly movie, coloring pages, and possibly some other activities. Older students (age 8+) will be playing board games on the far side of the sanctuary while the adults meet. If your family has a favorite game, please bring it along to share with others! 

Please contact Marni Hendrix, Beth Gildner or Amy Calhoun with any questions.