Galveston: Moody Gardens Educator Open House

Galveston: Moody Gardens Educator Open House

Moody Gardens Educator Open House
October 4, 2008
10am- 4pm.
Moody Gardens is in Galveston south of Houston

This free yearly event provides an opportunity for educators to find out
what Moody Gardens in Galveston has to offer them. Educators receive
free admission into all Moody Gardens attractions and a ticket for a
free boxed lunch. Participate in guided tours and presentations;
register for door prizes; gather free educational materials (while
supplies last) and more!

All educators and school support staff are welcome; this includes staff
from public, private, and home schools. University students majoring in
the field of education are also welcome.

Note: you will be required to present some form of ID (support group
membership card, current newsletter, ect). Go to the website, fill out
the registration form and bring it with you to the event. (registration
form coming soon to website)

Family members may purchase day passes for only $19 per person (no
additional discounts apply). No reservations necessary.

Austin: Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo 2008

Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo 2008
Expo XVII
This year’s Expo will be held at Texas Parks & Wildlife headquarters in Austin on October 4th & 5th, 2008.

Begun in 1992 as a tribute to hunting, fishing and the Great Outdoors, Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo celebrates its seventeenth anniversary Saturday and
Sunday, October 4 & 5, 2008. Texas Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Austin will be transformed into the site of the largest event of its kind in the nation.
Last year over 42,000 visitors enjoyed Expo! Read what visitors said about the 2007 Expo.

Crab Touch Tank

What is the Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo? It’s an outdoor experience where visitors fish, shoot, kayak, rock climb, mountain bike, see and touch wildlife,
learn about recreation in the Great Outdoors and see and buy the latest in outdoor gear and services. Most importantly, visitors can learn how they can
help to conserve this precious resource. And it’s FREE!

Presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife and a coalition of conservation organizations, agencies and sponsors, Expo celebrates the diversity of the
outdoor experience in Texas. From camping and outdoor skills to shooting sports and fishing, from bird watching to paddle sports, Expo visitors have an
opportunity to try their hands at two full days of fun in the outdoors.

Tour last year’s activities and presentations.

For information about the 2008 Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo, contact Director, Ernie Gammage at 512-389-4472.

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/exptexas/programs/expo/expo2008/

Homeschool Day at Ft. Worth Zoo

Home School Day
Mark your calendar for the next
HOME SCHOOL DAY
at the Fort Worth Zoo Thursday, October 2, 2008

All home-schooled children, and their families, are invited to a
fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo on Thursday, October
2, 2008. Keeper chats and activity stations tailor-made for
home-schoolers will be available throughout the park. Enjoy asking
keepers your best animal questions around the Zoo’s world-class
exhibits, and consider purchasing additional tickets to the Zoo’s Wild
Wonders Live Animal Program and/or lunch!

Coming soon: On-line Registration!

http://www.fortworthzoo.com/school/homeschool.html

Home School Day
Mark your calendar for the next
HOME SCHOOL DAY
at the Fort Worth Zoo Thursday, October 2, 2008

All home-schooled children, and their families, are invited to a
fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo on Thursday, October
2, 2008. Keeper chats and activity stations tailor-made for
home-schoolers will be available throughout the park. Enjoy asking
keepers your best animal questions around the Zoo’s world-class
exhibits, and consider purchasing additional tickets to the Zoo’s Wild
Wonders Live Animal Program and/or lunch!

Coming soon: On-line Registration!

http://www.fortworthzoo.com/school/homeschool.html

Waxahachie: ECCHO Meet and Greet

Date:     Wednesday August 27, 2008
Time:     2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

J It’s just about time for our annual Meet and Greet, a back-to-school/not back-to-school gathering that will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 624 Ovillia Road (at 287). This will be a time to meet other local homeschooling families and sign up for activities, including fall Friday classes and theatre workshops. http://www. teach-at-home.com/hso/?group=eccho

Ellis County Christian Homeschool Organization is a nondenominational Christian support group for homeschooling families in and around Ellis County, Texas. The annual membership fee is $12. Members receive a monthly or bimonthly newsletter and membership directory. If you have questions about the group or would like to receive a complimentary newsletter and membership questionnaire, please click on the mailbox below and send ECCHO an e-mail

Homeschool Day at SeaWorld in San Antonio

Greetings from SeaWorld San Antonio Adventure Park!

Thank you very much for your information request on SeaWorld San Antonio. It is always a pleasure to hear from our guests, for you are the one that helps make our park a success.

In regards to SeaWorld San Antonio’s Home school day on Sept 25 2008, reservations are required to attend that day. Reservations can be made by calling us at 1-800-700-7786 Sun-Sat 8:30 am – 5:00 pm CTS. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us.

For more information or to make your reservation, please call 800-700-7786.

For pre-recorded general park information and operating schedule for SeaWorld San Antonio, please feel free to call (800) 700-7786, press 1 for General Park Information and press 1 again for Park Operating Hours.

Or, call (210) 523-3000 and an operator will be more than happy to assist you. If you would like further information on any Anheuser-Busch Theme Park, please log onto www. 4adventure. com .

For information on education programs, i. e., Adventure Camps (Career Camp, Advanced Career Camp, SeaWorld Expedition Camp, Adventure Camp for Teachers, Day Camps and Sleepovers) please call (210) 523-3608 or (800) 700-7786 or log onto www.swbg-adventurecamps.com .

Information on “things to see and do” in San Antonio can be obtained by calling the San Antonio Convention and Visitor Information Center at (800) 252- 6609 and requesting a free packet of visitor information or log onto www.sanantoniovisit.com

Once again, thank you for your interest in SeaWorld San Antonio and I hope you enjoy your visit to our beautiful park and city.

Hope you have a “Whale of a day”!

Sincerely,

Robert Francovich Marketing/Group Reservations Team Lead SeaWorld San Antonio 10500 SeaWorld Drive San Antonio, TX 78251
(800) 700-7786

Hi everyone. I just wanted to clarify that the following is not included during Homeschool Day at SeaWorld. I’ve had several people e-mail me about this, so I thought I would just post it to everyone.

Are you ready to NOT go back to School?

Are you ready to NOT go back to School?

Yes, as we watch homeschool champions at the Olympics, it’s great NOT to be getting ready for school. Not having to go to the Mall to get pre-determined supplies, clothes and stuff in order to fit in or be *kewl*.

We are looking forward to the Homeschool Days at various places around Texas, the Educators Open Houses at Museums and other attractions around Texas, and the weather getting cool enough to actually attend a park day!

In Texas we are blessed that we do not have paper work to turn in, or portfolios to put together (I would be a complete mess if I had to do that). We can concentrate on finding the right books, the right co-ops, the park days, the fun stuff, the extra stuff to match each of our children’s desires and interests. We are free to learn more about homeschooling and about our children.

BTW, if you want to get inspired for the new year, be sure to stop by The Woodlands Marriott on August 14-16, 2008 for the THSC State Convention and Family Conference.

So hug your kids, enjoy the quiet parks, zoos and museums as the other kids go into their warehouses for another year. Praise God for the Freedom to Homeschool Your Children!

It’s Hurricane Season, Can Ya Tell?

It’s Hurricane Season, Can Ya Tell?

September was awash for this blogger. Did you notice? Now if you are in North Texas, you were just enjoying the rain and the beginning of the Cold Fronts coming through. You were jazzed about the Homeschool Days and Educator Open Houses while getting those free State Fair tickets for the kids. Yes, in North Texas, life was good. In Lubbock, you were flooded which gave you a small taste of what other Texas towns have experienced, quite unusual for the high plains.

But along the South Coast, we had Dolly slam into Brownsville, then Gustav aimed for Texas, but swerved east to LA the last couple of days. Right after that, we had Ike slam into Galveston taking whole neighborhoods with it. We survived having the eye pass within 10 miles of our home, got the generator going to watch TV. They said that 4.1 million people were without power and it would be 4 weeks before power would be restored. We packed up, gave the generator to a neighbor to use, and headed to North Texas to start our vacation a day early.

But in the mean time, everyone on the South Coast got to *practice* their hurricane skills such as:

  • finding the store with batteries AND water,
  • filling up tanks before they get below 1/4 tank,
  • making sure you had all your *important papers* together, and of course,
  •  going by the vet to get your doggies shot records so you could kennel them in another city.

There are parts of SE Texas that still have no power. But it’s under 250,000 people now, 4 weeks later. Think *camp out* in your own home. There are still over 50,000 people whose homes are no longer there. And for the towns along the Bay and south of town, it will be a year or two before they get back to normal.

So if you are enjoying the sunshine where ever you live, do consider allowing your dear husband and teen a weekend or two to come down to the South Coast to help rebuild homes and churches during the next year. When you have extra curriculum you don’t need, consider contacting THSC to see if they know a family who could use it. And most of all pray for the healing of the hearts of the families on the South Coast.

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.