Thursday, January 19, 2017

Girls on the Run

Good afternoon:

I wanted to share that GOTR of The Big Bend's spring registration is open now through February 1st.


We have teams at various sites around the area, and all sites are open to ANY girl who has transportation to and from the site for the twice per week lessons.


GOTR inspires girls to be healthy, joyful and confident, using an experience-based curriculum that creatively incorporates running. Teams meet twice per week for 1.5hrs each day, for 10 weeks, and ends in a Celebratory 5k for GOTR girls and volunteers only- to celebrate their growth over the season.



We currently have sites open at the following:









I would love to chat further, if possible!


thanks so much!


[          ] [          ] --

Running for a Reason,


Ashley Mayo 

Program Coordinator

Girls on the Run of the Big Bend

(407) 497. 3354



Girls on the Run of the Big Bend inspires confidence and leadership in girls and encourages them to find their happy pace, as they run toward their limitless potential.”


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Geography Bee

Dear geography enthusiasts,

The National Geographic Bee (or “GeoBee”) for all homeschoolers (grades 4 through 8) in the greater Tallahassee area within Florida will be held Monday, January 23, 2017 at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, at 3:00 p.m.  This is a geography competition, somewhat similar to a spelling bee, though students are not eliminated for missing a question in a round.  Questions relate to a variety of topics about U.S. and world geography.  More information and study resources can be found at the following website:, particularly .  The winner of this local Bee will be eligible to take a qualifying test to try to reach the state level.  

Further details are below:
·         Eligibility:  Students must be in grades 4 through 8, and must not have reached their 15th birthday on or before September 1, 2016.  Students enrolled in conventional public or private schools may not compete as part of this Bee.  (And students cannot compete in a separate school’s Bee if they want to compete in this Bee.)  If you live in a surrounding Florida county but consider yourself part of the Tallahassee area homeschooling community, you are welcome.
·         Location and time:  Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church is at 1700 N. Meridian Road (the corner of Tharpe Street and Meridian Road, by Lake Ella).  The Bee will take place in Room 200 (entrance is located near the outdoor basketball courts on the Meridian Street side of the church) and we will have signs and send confirming details before the Bee.  

·         Registration, or questions:  Please email the Bee organizer, Kevin Cox, at with the name, grade and address of the registering student(s), or if you have any questions.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dear Parents:


The Homeschool 2017 4H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in the lower level of the main building at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 4665 Thomasville Road. The tentative start time is 6:00 p.m., but that may change if we have a large number of participants and need to begin a bit earlier.


Fourth and fifth graders will compete in the combined elementary school division.  Sixth graders will compete in the middle school division. The winners of each division will advance to compete at the Leon County competition held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 on FAMU campus. 

If your child is interested in participating in the homeschool Tropicana Speech Contest, please submit his or her name, race, gender, and grade (according to the Leon County School Board) to me ( no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

You do not need to include the speech title at this time. I will contact you closer to the contest time with the speech title. The enrollment deadline has been set by 4H.  4H requires that the child's race be designated.  The race categories are:  white, black, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian, and additionally Non-hispanic or Hispanic.  Please make sure to include ALL information.

According to the rules, speeches must be:  *original and student written, *between 2 and 3 minutes, *on a different topic each year the student participates, and *may NOT utilize visual aids (posters, costumes, props, etc. -- note cards are not considered visual aids).

Please see the 4H site for information about the contest:

With Kind Regards,
Jaci (

Friday, October 14, 2016

Spelling Bee

Dear Leon County homeschooling community:
The Spelling Bee for Leon County's homeschooled students will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016, at 7 p.m. The location is Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, 1700 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303 (corner of Tharpe and Meridian, around the corner from Lake Ella). The winner of this competition will advance to the Leon County Spelling Bee.  In fact, last year's winner of the homeschool bee went on to win the Leon County Spelling Bee. :)


Eligibility: There are more eligibility rules available on the national spelling bee's website (, but here are the main ones you need to know for our competition: (1) Only residents of Leon County. (2) Only students who are grades 4 through 8. (3) Only students who were younger than 15 years of age as of August 31, 2016. (4) Only homeschoolers who are not affiliated with another school.

Entrance Fee: There will be a $10 entrance fee to defray the cost of registering with the national spelling bee organization, which you can pay after your registration. I'll send instructions once you register.

Registration: If you want to participate, send me an email ( with the following information:

  • Speller's name

  • Speller's street address

  • Speller's age and grade level

Once I receive your registration, I will follow up within three days to confirm and provide any rules, details, study resources, or other instructions. If you don't hear back from me within three days, please follow up by email just in case I missed your registration.


Please let me know if you have any questions at all! I hope we have a great turnout!

Kevin Cox

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Homeschool Health Class

A speciality physical education and wellness workout for local homeschool students taught by homeschool mom Katie Goram.
Workout includes: physical fitness geared towards 5 to 10 year olds, active games, wellness lessons, sharing the importance of healthy habits and having fun!

Fridays 11a
45 minute class

Please sign up online at to hold your child's spot!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

(Home)school Days at Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Escape the Classroom and Travel Through Time

at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

When the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire comes to Gainesville, something magical happens. Teachers drop their chalk. Students put down their books. And, instead of talking about medieval history, they relive it.

On Friday, Feb. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., join students and teachers from across the state as they travel back in time for an unforgettable field trip, where jousters, artisans and street performers recreate the Middle Ages at the 31st Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. In addition to the great food and entertainment, you and your students can visit with artisans as they demonstrate their skill at glass blowing, leatherworking, basket weaving, illumination, full-flight falconry and so much more.

Discounts will be offered to groups who pre-register. Attached is a reservation request form, please forward it to anyone who might be interested in taking a field trip. Schools that register in advance receive discounted admission for students and chaperones, as well as a 50-page educational guide to supplement classroom activities before and after the Faire. Ticket prices are $2 for students and $5 for adults. Individuals with disabilities, children under five and bus drivers are admitted free. The deadline for advanced registration is Tuesday, Jan. 5th.

We also invite your students to begin their journey back in time early by participating in their own historic competition. All area students from kindergarten through high school are invited to participate in the annual Student Art & Essay Contest.  The work of all participants will be on display at the Faire and the 56 winners will receive two complimentary tickets and a free commemorative t-shirt.  All entries must be received by Thursday, Dec. 1st.

For more information visit or call Sunshine Andrei, Faire Coordinator at 352-393-8536.




Friday, July 22, 2016

THSO Registration

Dear THSO families,

Welcome back to our returning families as well as new families who have shown interest in THSO!

We will be sending more information as our THSO start date draws nearer, but in the meantime, we are trying to make plans for class sizes and audition needs. Below is a link that you can use to register your child with THSO for the 2016-17 year. There will be other paperwork to follow, but we plan to use this electronic information to help in planning purposes, as well as to answer any questions or concerns.

Simply click the link below:

Please fill out one sheet for each child you are registering. We need returning families and new families to complete this form. Feel free to send this link to other families you know who are interested in being a part of THSO. Thank you and we look forward to a great year ahead!

Joanna Pepple
Jennifer Morgan

Tallahassee Homeschool String Orchestra
Jennifer Morgan and Joanna Pepple, co-directors

Friday, July 15, 2016

Tallahassee Homeschool Strings Orchestra

The Tallahassee Homeschool String Orchestra (THSO) will be accepting new and returning students for the 2016-17 year. Classes begin Wednesday, August 31 at Thomasville Road Baptist Church, with a kick-off party and informational parent meeting on August 24. THSO offers string instruction through four orchestras ranging from beginning to advanced students, ages 3 to 18. Students with no previous string instruction are welcome in Poco Players and Da Capo Strings ensembles. Auditions are held in August for students interested in participating in Sinfonia Allegro and Arioso. E-mail or visit the THSO website ( with any questions or inquiries.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Museum of Florida History Summer Reading Program

I am a museum educator at the Museum of Florida History.

I would like to invite the homeschoolers of Tallahassee to come to the Museum for our Summer Reading Program that is taking place every Wednesday in July from 11am-12pm. Every week we highlight book themes from our reading list with brief tours, reading of a book, and hands-on activities. This program is designed for children K-5, but everyone is welcome.

Please let me know if you have any questions and we hope to see people from your group on Wednesdays.

Sara Brockmann

Museum Educator & FHF Co-Coordinator

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

St. Peter's Fine Arts Camp

Our Fine Arts Camp at St. Peter's is a great way to help in the formulation of a well-rounded individual.  The camp, K-8,  was created out  of our desire to equip children in the arts within a Christ centered environment.The camp is designed to expose children to the value of excellence in the Fine Arts, its importance in their lives and to the worship of God.  We believe in the arts at St. Peter's and want to raise up children within the Christian community who are passionate about God AND excellent within their fields who can bring light to the arts culture.  It is our hope that this camp can be the beginning of that as we challenge them to them to high standards and give them a chance to experience different disciplines in a safe environment that can help them to find their talents. It is a safe place to have your child explore areas in the arts that he/she has never been done before.  It is a great place to participate in arts activities that your child loves and get further training and skill in that area.  It is a week full of learning that they can then share with you in a program at the end of the week. Our 7th and 8th grade track will once again rotate between classes of Studio Art 3D, Theater Ensemble and Vocal Workshop. This track was a new addition last year and was very successful!

The camp is Aug. 1-5, 8:30-12:30 and is $80.00 for the week.  You can find more information, register and pay online at the church website,
If you have additional questions, please contact Debbie Garven at  Hope to see you there! 

"An education which includes the Arts does help to form a well-rounded individual; however, there are much more compelling reasons to teach art, music, drama, creative writing, etc. Understanding Art, philosophy and how Art reflects philosophy will enable a greater comprehension of present-day life and culture as well as the past. Understanding the criteria for evaluating the elements which comprise good Art will access realms of God-given creativity for study and appreciation. Teaching a child the needed skills to create in a specific medium will afford the opportunity to reflect God’s creativity. These higher aims have a greater value than merely offering a vague enrichment." (The Place of Arts in Classical Education - Gregory Wilbur