Spring is in the Air!  Do You Feel Like Quitting?

Spring is in the Air! Do You Feel Like Quitting?

I just felt a sigh in the air as we wrap up this school year.

I know that many parents are deciding whether they want to do this again next year.

It’s the end of spring, the battle lines have been crossed many times.  You are frazzled, your kids don’t want to see another book.

AND You have not finished the book, and some may think this makes them a failure.  Surprise!  No one finishes the book.

You wonder if the battle is worth it.  If the lack of funds is worth it.  If the family can afford to do this again.

For those of you who wonder if it’s worth it, I suggest going to one of the Homeschool graduations in your area.  These are the best perk ups around.  You see young adults launching out.  Some graduation allow the YA’s story to be told, and you hear how the family struggled and overcame.  If they have tables with the teen’s awards, you see that over 12 years it does add up.

If you are wondering about how to afford it, did you know there are ways to do this for free?  Many homeschoolers teach their children with just a computer and library card.  This may mean that you have to actually teach your children and not drop them at co-ops.  But you know what?  Both of you grow and learn when you teach them.
If it’s the battle (particularly if you have a tween/teen) then take the summer off.
Have fun,
be a Mom,
love them,
hug them,
pray for them.
Make your decision about homeschooling after July 4th, when you are more rested.

So take a moment and see how far your children have come.  Don’t look at what was not done this year, look at what you did.  I know a Mom who made a scrap book for her sons for each year of their homeschool adventure.  Once she made the book, she knew her boys had grown, reaching another level that year.  Whatever you do, look at your Facebook wall, check your photos, make a scrapbook, look at last year’s writing samples, do something to see how far you and the children have come.

It’s Spring, time to celebrate.
Decisions can wait until after you have had some rest.
Hug those kids!!

Open House at Texas Colleges

Open House at Texas Colleges

Texas A&M College Station:

Physics & Engineering Festival
March 22, 2014
The Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Department of Aerospace
Engineering at Texas A&M University invite the public to an
entertaining and informative event. People of all ages will find
funny, puzzling, and fascinating hands-on experiments. Everyone is
invited to participate.

TAMU Vet School Open House March 29, 2014
Open House is put on for anyone, and there is something for everyone!
There are exhibits throughout the hospitals if you’re interested in
seeing what happens behind closed doors at your pet’s vet clinic.
Everything is presented at various levels to incorporate young and old
whether you’re familiar with what you’re seeing or not. For the
youngsters, Teddy Bear Surgery is very popular! The presentations put
on throughout the day are designed to appeal to all ages and
audiences. There is a traditional petting zoo as well an entire room
of reptiles and exotics (ZEW room) to look at, touch, or hold! Open
House also features many non-profit organizations and rescues for many
types of animals. If you’re in high school or college and are
interested in vet school, I would highly recommend the two vet school
Q&A sessions! Entire families come to Open House all the time and
everyone has a great time!

UT Arlington Preview Day
Maverick Experience
Saturday, April 5, 2014 (online registration opens 2/3/2014)
UT Arlington’s Maverick Experience Preview Day programs give you the
opportunity to get a close-up look at what UT Arlington has to offer,
and to get answers to your questions about all aspects of the

UT Tyler Patriot Preview Day
April 5, 2014
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Online registration for the April 5, 2014, event will be Feb. 1 -
March 28, 2014.
note UT Tyler did have a homeschool day Nov 2013
contact info to see if they are having another one
For more information, call the college’s undergraduate advising
office, 903.566.7363 or email CBTadvising@uttyler.edu.

Dallas Baptist University
Patriot Preview Days
Patriot Preview gives students and their parents a sneak peek into life at Dallas Baptist University. You’ll have the opportunity to tour the campus, visit with faculty and administrators, participate in praise and worship, and receive important information about admissions, financial aid, and campus life.
Saturday, March 29, 2014 – Spring Patriot Preview
Monday, October 13, 2014 – Columbus Day Patriot Preview
Saturday, November 8, 2014 – Fall Patriot Preview
note they have held homeschool preview days before

LeTourneau University Longview
Aviation Preview | February 27-28, 2014
We offer challenging, high caliber programs in Professional Flight, Aircraft Maintenance, Air Traffic Control, and Mission Aviation. No matter what your aviation interest is, we have a degree program that will prepare you for excellence. So, come fly in our airplanes. Sit in our classes. Meet the friendly faces of LETU Aviation. Come for a visit. Find yourself at home.
General Preview | March 20-21, 2014
LeTourneau University General Previews invite prospective students of all majors and academic areas to come together on campus and experience life at LETU.
Homeschool info
For decades, LeTourneau University has gladly accepted and welcomed home schoolers into its close and unified campus community. Almost one-fifth of the current traditional student body were home schooled for their high school experience. LETU offers exceptional opportunities that help home schoolers ace the transition to university life.
LeTourneau University’s 2013 Home School Symposium was held in June 2013
LETU offers what we believe to be the single largest endowment solely dedicated to home schooled students ever established.

Colleges That Change Lives Tour 2014
Since 1998, the Colleges That Change Lives have been traveling
together to meet directly with students and families.
(pre-registration is not required)
Austin, Houston – Aug 9, 2014 and Dallas – August 10, 2014

Beauty and Homeschooling

Beauty and Homeschooling

With all the discussion of the prairie dresses and long hair by the news media several months ago, I was laughing with friends about the lack of time we homeschool Moms have to get our hair done, much less our nails. Although I have noticed a few Moms of teens that have time for the salon every now and then, so life does return to semi normal as the children grow older.

I came across this quote and thought I’d share these Beauty Tips. I do think that all homeschool Moms have time for this:

“Beauty Tips” ~ by Audrey Hepburn

1. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

2. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

3. For a slim figure, Share your food with the hungry.

4. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

5. For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.

6. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anyone.

7. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

8. The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. And the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.

Texas Speech and Debate: Official Wording of Debate Resolution

There are many clubs in Texas, check the website for one near you or email Sarah to see about starting a Debate Club.

-Official wording for debate resolutions
-Affiliate forms will be up July 15th
-Do you have a club or class?
-New LD opportunities

Dear Texas Speech and Debate Family,

Wanted to let you all know that the official wording for debate resolutions has been released and posted to the website.

Team Policy Debate: Resolved: That the United States Federal Government should significantly change its policy toward India.

Lincoln Douglas Debate: Resolved: When in conflict, idealism ought to be valued above pragmatism.

The 2008-2009 NCFCA Affiliate forms should be posted to the website next week. You might want to take advantage of that early bird registration discount!!

Also, if you have a local speech and/or debate group, I would love to hear about it :o) Doesn’t matter if your group is open or closed, competes or not, I’d love to connect. As the NCFCA representative, I receive inquiries about communication opportunities for private schools and home school students across the state. I’d love to know what is working for you locally, so we can share every option with others. If you have a co-op, closed group, or a club that competes in NCFCA, I’d love the opportunity to hear more about it. I’m happy to maintain your privacy; however, others might want to organize a similar group…. so tell me what’s working for your club!!

Since I posted camp information, we have had two new opportunities for LD. I did want to make sure you were all aware… One in Texas, August 13-16 – www. citedebatecamp. com and one in Arkansas, August 14-15 laura.clark12@yahoo.com.

Sarah Singleton
NCFCA TX State Rep