Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Georgia Aquarium

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 Educator Open House 
You're invited to register for the 2017 Educator Open House!

The Open House will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Discover why Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and Center for Civil and Human Rights should be your next fieldtrip destinations!

There is a capacity for this event and it will fill up quickly, please register as soon as possible! You must register for this event in advance. To register, please visit our website and fill out the form.

Please email Megan Douaire from Georgia Aquarium, Kylee Starnes from World of Coca-Cola or Nicole Moore from Center for Civil and Human Rights with questions.
Reserve Your Spot 
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 Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker St. Atlanta, GA 30313 
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Sunday, June 18, 2017


Scholae Registrations is now open! Scholae is a "one stop" opportunity for home school middle and high school classes. It's held on Thursdays at Four Oaks Church. Please take a look at our new Shutterfly Share site for information regarding tuition and fees, course descriptions and schedule, teacher bios and more. This is a public site, but members (registered families) will have access to even more pages and information. Please check us out at... If you are ready to sign up for classes you can submit a registration form on the site. Once you've registered, please request membership for access to all the latest Scholae information. 

Thank you to all those who turned in a pre-registration form. This really helped us develop a great fall line up of classes!! Here is a list of classes that we will be offering.

Independent Classes:

Pre-Algebra - $100 / semester (includes supply fee) – 
Instructor: Mrs. Wendy Lassiter
This course is an introduction to algebraic concepts. Topics include but are not limited to Algebraic Expressions, solving equations and inequalities, Factors, Fractions, Exponents, Linear functions and their graphs, and basic polynomials. Course textbook - TBD . 

Algebra 1 - $100 / semester (includes supply fee) - 
Instructor Mrs. Wendy Lassiter
This is a beginning course in algebra. Topics include but are not limited to Solving Equations and Inequalities, Linear Equations and their graphs, Exponential Equations and their graphs, and Radical and Rational Expressions and Equations. Course textbook - TBD 

Geometry - $100 / semester (includes supply fee) – 
Instructor: Mrs. Cori Verghese
This course is an introduction to geometric concepts. Topics include but are not limited to Reasoning & Proofs, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Congruent Triangles, Relationships within Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Area, and Similarity. The course will use the Prentice Hall Geometry 2004 book and Prentice Hall Geometry 2004 practice text. Additionally students will need to purchase a protractor, compass, and ruler, and it is strongly recommended that the solutions manual be purchased as well. Students will be required to complete the attached online summer packet which will be due on the first day of class. A score 75% or higher will be required to show preparedness for Geometry. Students that are unable to achieve this standard will need to talk to the instructor for possible additional math help or remediation. 

Geometry Book:

Practice Workbook: (link coming soon)
Solutions Manual: 

Algebra II - $100 / semester (includes supply fee)
Instructor: Mrs. Wendy Lassiter
Under Construction: Description and Course Text Info coming soon.

High School Essay Writing - $100 / semester
Instructor: Mrs. Betty Johnson
Under Construction: Description and info coming soon

Western Civilizations 1 (CLEP Test Prep) - $100 / semester 
Instructor: Mrs. Cathy Campbell

Students will break down a test prep guide to the CLEP Western Civilization test and work together in a study skills circle. They will bring a summary of the time period assigned and the questions pertinent to the time period and present them briefly to the class. Their summations and answers to the questions will be then posted on a class website. There will also be test prep quizzes and games to further fuel the students motivation and progress in studying for the exam. The class will be based on the CLEP PREP test prep curriculum. There will be no required purchases outside of the study guide, which I will provide as a part of the tuition. Tutiion 20.00 per semester, the test costs 85.00 to take which is payed directly to the College Board. More information on the test can be found here:

This class will be continued with Western Civilization 2 in the Spring so students should plan on taking the test during the holiday break.

French 1A - $125 / semester 1.5 hours 
Instructor: Mrs. Beth Kinnon
Learn French 1A with a live tutor and other students in an environment that allows for communicative practice and interaction. This class is open to middle and high school students and will cover the first half of the high school French 1 course, allowing for a solid ndation and a less demanding workload, which may be especially desirable for students who are also learning Latin in CC. We'll aim to spend a maximum of class time on speaking and listening skills so your student can practice the writing and reading at home. We'll also learn culture by tasting and seeing with food, video clips, and projects. Class will meet for 1 1/2 hours on Thursday and require another 2-3 hours a week of home study to complete half a high school credit in one year. 

Most students choose to learn French because of the lovely French culture, food, pastries, etc., but in class they will learn that French is spoken in so many more places than just Europe! Québec, Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana in the Americas; Sénégal, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Congo, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, and more in Africa - learning French will truly open their eyes to so many places and peoples of God's world.

Classical Literature in World History 1 - $100/semester 
Instructor: Mrs. Jennifer Drury
Under Construction: Description and info coming soon

Beginning Guitar $100/semester (single semester class– will repeat in the spring)
Instructor: Mr. Jon Nicholson

Over the course of this semester, students will be taught how to play guitar from the ground up (though even a relatively experienced guitarist will probably get at last their money's worth from this class). The class will focus mainly on guitar chords; strumming techniques; and all of the basic music theory needed for students to play chord charts, improvise, write music, accompany other musicians/singers, and continue to teach themselves independently after the class is over. This class will involve no homework except for very light studying and minimal practicing at home. Classes will be built mostly around learning and practicing worship songs together. No text is needed, but instructor will make a point to work in a lot of the music theory covered in the Challenge I Math in Motion music book in order to give it a practical application. Each student will need to supply his or her own guitar. Instructor would also like students to bring guitar picks and, if possible, a tuner.

Introduction to Voice $130/semester (minimum # of 8 students required)
Instructor: Ms. Bethany Sheats
The human voice is a complex mechanism capable of great expression, producing a range of sounds from basic speech to the highly athletic act of singing over an orchestra, and above all else, meaningful communication. The goal of the course is to have the student experience the joy of singing and to become a lifelong learner. To this end, this class will help the student develop fundamental musical skills, a basic understanding of vocal technique, music appreciation, listening and evaluation skills, technique and expressive abilities. This course is suitable to students with no prior musical training. The class will seek to cultivate a solid and reliable singing technique, teaching the student to use their voice in effective and expressive singing, while developing performance skills. Students will perform as a group and individually for the class. The class will include some basic music theory instruction such as meter, rhythm, tempo, keys, clefs, and dynamics as well as an overview of musical styles, range, vocal anatomy, breathing, tone production, placement, and diction.

Classsical Conversations Courses (for students participation in CC Challenge program)

Latin Level A, B, & 1

LTW A, B, 1

Logic (Ch B - Intro semester 1 & intermediate semester 2)

Physical Science (for Challenge I students)

We are working hard to gather all the information and update the site. We appreciate your patience as we finish adding the final details over the next few days. We know many of you have been anxiously awaiting official registration and details and just want to get your fall planned, so we wanted to get this out to you as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or trouble with the Shutterfly share site, please email me at

I look forward to another great Scholae year!!


Tina Ayers

Scholae Administrator

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.