Play Ball!

Play Ball!

It is an historic day for Houston homeschoolers!  Today, four 2011 Houston area homeschool graduates will face each other in a battle to see which team will play the top seed in hopes of advancing to the NAIA College World Series.   Joshua Boothe and Nathan Falkenstine play for the University of Houston Victoria.  Reagan Rutledge and Michael Wurster play for Bellhaven University.  In high school, Joshua played for the West Houston Thunder, Nathan played for the HCYA Eagles, and Reagan and Michael played for the Montgomery Mustangs.


This opening round tournament in Jackson, Mississippi is one of nine nation-wide venues where the teams from each of their twenty two conferences face each other to determine who will advance to the NAIA College World Series in Idaho the end of this month.


What makes today’s match up so unique and special to Houston homeschoolers is that these four boys – who faced each other during four years of homeschool high school baseball – will once again face each other today.  With literally hundreds of teams nation-wide, the likelihood of these four facing each other was extremely remote.  And yet here we are.


The above picture was taken last night.  I hope to post a photo of the four boys in their prospective uniforms today, but wanted to get the four together just in case it didn’t work out.  Pictures (l-r) are Nathan Falkenstine, Michael Wurster, Joshua Boothe and Reagan Rutledge.

Homeschool Baseball Players in National College Tournament

Homeschool Baseball Players in National College Tournament

Submitted by Shari Booth.


Stories like this will be coming up in the new book “Homeschool Successes”

Astros Career Day & Game

Astros Career Day & Game

Monday, April 7th | 10:00 a.m.

Come out to Minute Maid Park and get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run your Houston Astros baseball team! This fun and educational field trip caters to students of all grade levels!
Elementary School Students
• Students will hear from both baseball
and business operations personnel.
• Students will learn key components
of the game including how to use a
• Special appearance by the Astros
Shooting Stars team.
• Event includes a ticket to the Astros vs. Angels game at 1:10 p.m. immediately following the presentations.

High School & Middle School Students
• Special presentation regarding the
importance of continuing education.
• Students will learn the value of
internships with real world examples
from Astros Front Office Staff
• Learn about the keys to success
including hard work, character,
persistence, leadership and more.
• Event includes a ticket to the Astros
vs. Angels game at 1:10 p.m.
immediately following the

Presentations from the Houston Astros Front Office Staff to include
the following departments*:
●Baseball Operations ● Marketing ● Human Resources
● Sales & Service ● Corporate Partnerships

Cost per student is $10 and includes the Career Day event and a ticket to
the Astros vs. Angels game at 1:10 p.m.

This is not on their website, so click the flyer and register.

Science Hack Day in Houston

Science Hack Day in Houston

Science Hack Day Houston is going on. April 5th & 6th, 2014 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.   Science Hack Day is an event dedicated to hacking and tinkering with science related projects. You can find more information here.

If you’re interested in science and coding workshops you can also check out code with family which takes place at Brightwork CoResearch for the whole family.

A sample Hack Day is demonstrated here:

SETHSA Summer Workshops

SETHSA Summer Workshops

SETHSA Summer Workshops at HEP Bookstore on June 8, 2013

HEP is having a 15% off SALE on most items during the day as well.
(not including used and a couple of other items)

SETHSA will also have drawings for door prizes and a $100 HEP gift certificate included in the drawings.

Cost: FREE – No Registration required

Joanne Juren, owner of the HEP Bookstore, will present several seminars along with Cheryl Red and Karen Freeman

These are our workshops:

Time Slot Speaker Topic/Title

9-10am Joanne Juren “Getting Started Homeschooling”

10-11am Joanne Juren “Choosing Curriculum”

Cheryl Red “Teaching Science at Home”

11-12 am Cheryl Red “Teaching Math at Home”

Joanne Juren “The High School Four Year Plan”

12-1pm Karen Freeman “The College Essay”

Joanne Juren “Teaching Writing at Home”

1-2pm Cheryl Red “SAT Math”

Karen Freeman “Be Verbs and other Rules of Grammar”

2-3pm Karen Freeman “SAT Reading”

3-4pm Joanne Juren “SAT Writing and General Tips”

The HEP Staff and SETHSA Staff will be on hand to assist you with your homeschooling questions and needs.
The store will open at 8:45 am. There are plenty of restaurants located near HEP Bookstore and there is plenty of parking! So, bring a friend and plan to stay all day.

Thank you HEP for offering us a free space and helping homeschoolers.

10592-A Fuqua #503, Houston, TX 77089
(281) 756-9792
for more information email: