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

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Standardized Testing

Hi All,

Classical Conversations is excited to once again be offering this opportunity to the homeschool community.  You do not have to be a part of a local CC group to participate, however.  Please pass this information to anyone who might be interested.

Classical Conversations (CC) will be offering Stanford Achievement Testing here locally in Tallahassee.  The test will be held May 2nd and 3rd at Four Oaks Community Church which is located at 4500 W Shannon Lakes Dr. #12, Tallahassee, FL 32309.


We will be offering testing for grades 1-12.  The cost is $50 per test if you register before April 3rd and $55 per test after that date.  Registration closes April 10. 

You can register and pay using this link:

Notice a few changes this year:

1.   The contact number listed on the website is CC Testing Services where they can assist you directly with any issues regarding forgotten login, payment, etc.

2.   You must complete a Risk Waiver prior to testing. Please print it, complete your child(ren)’s information and bring with you to testing.  You can print using this link


The Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-10) is an excellent norm-referenced test that is widely recognized throughout the United States.  The SAT-10 is a tool that can be used to help measure your child's achievement and progress as well as to help prepare them for future college entrance exams.  The contents of the Stanford-10 are as follows:

Grades 1-2: Word study skills, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, listening, math, environment

Grade 3: Vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, listening, social studies, math, language, science

Grades 4-12: Vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, listening, social studies, math, language, science, study skills

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Word of the South Festival

My name is Kate Kile and I am volunteering with the Word of [South] Literature & Music Festival and I'm hoping you can help me get the word out about a wonderful event for kids.

The Story Pirates from NYC will perform at the festival on Saturday, April 9th @ Cascades Park.     

The Story Pirates will perform 4 original stories written by Tallahassee kids.  Attached is a flyer with more detailed information about the story contest that I have routed through the Leon School Superintendent's office and will hopefully find its way into school newsletters, list-serves & backpacks this week.   I'm hoping to get the word out to as many people as possible which is why I am also reaching out to you today.  Please forward this information within your networks as you deem appropriate.

I'm happy to answer any questions you might have, you can reply to this email or check out the Word of [South] website here for more info about the Story Pirates or the festival:

Thanks so much for your time!


Kate Kile

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tropicana Speech Contest

Dear Parents:

The Homeschool 2016 4H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 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 January 30, 2016 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 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015.**

You do not need to include the speech title at this time. 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, mixed.  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 utilizes visualize aids (posters, costumes, props, etc. -- note cards are not considered visual aids).

Please see the 4H site for information about the contest:
Please forward this information to any interested homeschooling family.  Feel free to contact me at with any questions.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Wildwood Ballet

If you are looking for a ballet studio, Wildwood Ballet has lots of homeschooling (and non homeschooling) families...
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A message from the studio:
We are so blessed to have such a wonderful, vibrant studio so please remember to tell your friends that we are accepting new students through January. This is the time of year when families are beginning to plan their spring schedules so if you have a friend who you'd love to dance with you or your daughter, refer them to our website or our office. Here's to new dance friends!

Your Wildwood Ballet Family 


Monday, November 2, 2015

Tallahassee Museum

Hello Homeschool Parent!

We would like to tell you about the Homeschool programs that are offered at the Tallahassee Museum.  The Tallahassee Museum offers enriching Home School Programs that follow the Sunshine State Standards.  Our classes are most often offered on Tuesdays, although we do have a few that are offered on other days of the week.  Programs are 1 hour long and focus on a topic of study such as: Martin Luther King Jr., Wilderness Survival, and Florida Panthers!  We offer two age groups, Kindergarten – 2nd Grade (Class time: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM) and 3rd Grade – 5th Grade (Class Time: 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM).   The cost for each program is $7 nonmember and $6.30 for members.  For more information or questions contact our team at or by phone at 850-575-8684 ext. 126 or 141.

We would love to have your student enrolled in our programs!

P.S. If our times and program structure do not meet your needs, please let us know how we can best fit your student’s needs.


Tallahassee Museum Education Department