Local Opportunities


ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS


*  CHEE USED CURRICULUM FAIR - This event is held each summer, and is advertised via email, through the monthly newsletter.   We usually have between 35 - 40 vendors, mostly selling used curriculum and resources.  We also usually have a few new vendors ( like Usborne Books or Discovery Toys), and we also usually have a few local services represented, such as tutors, music lessons, etc.   So, be sure and watch your newsletter around May or so, where you will find the details about how to sign up to sell, or you can Mark Your Calendar so you won't miss this wonderful shopping opportunity!  : )


* KEEPERS AT HOME - NORTH SIDE
   Our monthly meetings will be on the 3rd Tuesday of the month,  and will take place from noon - 3pm. The Keepers At Home Club is best suited for girls approx. age 7 - 15, although we have often had a little younger and a little older girls participate.  The girls earn badges by working through the Keepers Handbook.  Visit Keepers of the Faith website to learn more.   If interested in joining us, or for exact location, please use contact information found in your monthly newsletter. 


* HOMESCHOOL TENNIS CLASS
   We meet every Monday at a local racquet club, for a small group lesson.
1:00-2:00 - Ages 8-11.
2:00-3:00 - Ages 12 and up

 These lessons are for beginning and intermediate students, and no previous skill is required.  Please use the contact information in your newsletter for more details or to sign up.


*  HOMESCHOOL BAND… 



Have you always wanted to play a wind instrument? Do you have a child interested in blowing through a trumpet or trying to play a flute? Lilac City Homeschool Band will be restarting in September and now is the time to register. This is an opportunity for homeschoolers to play a wind instrument in a group setting. This program is for those age 10 and up (parents play for free) and no musical experience is required.  Band meets on Thursdays at Holy Names Music Center and all levels are welcome from beginning to advanced. Contact Janeen Graham at (509)462-2948 or mantete@comcast.net for further information and to get registration.


*  HOMESCHOOL STRINGS...
  Lilac City Homeschool Strings is a program designed to give homeschoolers the opportunity to learn and enjoy a stringed instrument, at a very affordable cost.  Similar to a school orchestra, students are taught in a group, according to their experience and ability. 

   Teacher's are usually homeschool parents, who are also accomplished musicians, or local senior college music majors.   Teachers volunteer their time, and tuition is $25 per month, per student, with a family max of $50.  Instruments are not provided, but are available for rent locally and our instructors are also available to advise parents on an instrument purchase if desired.  Stringed instruments include violin, viola, cello, and bass. 
   Regular, weekly attendance is required and parents are required to stay on site... no drop offs.  In addition to the weekly group lessons, Homeschool Strings plays two concerts each year, a Christmas (Dec.) and Spring (May).   No previous music experience is required and this program is best suited for ages 8 and up, but some exceptions may be made. 
    If interested, please email thecheebee@gmail.com.  Or inquire in the comments section of this site, leaving your contact information and someone will get in touch with you. 
 




*   CRESCENDO COMMUNITY CHORUS...

 Crescendo Community Chorus  - Youth/Children's Choral Program. Formerly Kinderchor of Spokane, directed by Sharon Smith.   From their website:  "Crescendo, formerly known as Kinderchor of Spokane Youth Choruses, is a Children’s Choral program that was established to create an opportunity for children to access a quality choral experience regardless of economic circumstance." 
Visit their website at the link above or contact them at:
email: sharon@crescendocommunitychorus.org     phone: 509-714-0555
 
 

* FIELD TRIPS 
 From Kelly C.…   If you would like to join other homeschoolers in organized field trips, you'll want to know about Exploring Families.  Exploring Families is one mom (a CHEE member) in the greater Spokane area voluntarily offering incredible tours, amazing field trips and exciting special events helping kids explore, discover, and learn outside of school time and beyond the books. Send an email to Kelly at exploringfamilies@gmail.com  to sign up now to receive the weekly e-newsletter, which contains Exploring Families' tours and trips and also lists community-wide activities for families.   Or visit their website at www.exploringfamilies.com for more info.


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LOCAL CO-OP/GROUP CLASSES & OPPORTUNITIES
 

 * HASTINGS HOMESCHOOL GROUP - dissolved in June 2013
    
 


*  NORTH SPOKANE HOMESCHOOL CONNECTION

 ~  Weekly co-op offering group classes for all ages.  For more info. check out their website by clicking here .   Below is more information on the classes being offered for high school students. 


 ~ By A.   I am especially interested in letting families know about our high school opportunities. Please, note that this is NOT being offered through The Homeschool Book Shop, but through interested, involved families in a co-operative, Christian, family environment. 1. Science Club is working on Apologia Biology this year. This class is student led, parent supervised. Costs are based on the experiments the students lead. If you have already worked through Biology, but have not done the lab/dissection and would like to join other high school students, this opportunity would be a great fit. 2. Henly Latin II is following the Memoria Press guide and will be preparing to take the National Latin Exam in the spring. Taught by Lisa J. Cost will be $10 + texts. 3. Civics: 8 weeks of Elections 103, 8 weeks of Constituional Law by Michael Farris, 20 weeks of Introductory Logic by Jim Nance. We reccommend ages 13 and up for this class. Cost has not yet been determined, but will certainly include the texts for Constitutional Law & Logic. We will be hosting the third year of Elections 103. This amazing opportunity lets the students meet our current public officials or those running for office. Many civil servants have joined us over the previous two sessions. In an effort to take this to the next level, we will be working through a variety of topics as we learn about the Constitution, Bible and Logic. In the following school year (2012-2013) we hope to continue this class with Intermediate Logic. Join us!!4. Institute for Excellence in Writing is our fourth class. This class will be using an advanced writing curriculum called Windows to the World: An Introduction to Literary Analysis. It is a year long class and is appropriate for students who have successfully completed IEW Level B. Instructor is Shelly P. Cost for this class will be for the text. All classes are held on Thursdays, September through May. Class periods run 8am to 1pm. Please see newsletter for exact location. There are other opportunities for nursery through Senior High students with North Spokane Homeschool Connection. To register for the co-op and sign up for classes, please, visit this website   and then visit, here for more info.

    
* MONDAY HOMESCHOOL NETWORK...  is a Co-Op committed to providing encouragement and support to homeschooling parents and their students who are pursuing excellence. We offer classes in selected core subjects for students ages 8 – 16. Classes for younger siblings are also available. Classes meet on Mondays at Berean Bible Church in Spokane Valley for two 12-week sessions, one in the fall and one in the spring. Registration begins June 1 and ends August 15. Please contact us at mondayhomeschoolnet@gmail.com or visit our website at http://mondayhomeschoolnetwork.org for a registration packet with more information.

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AREA OPPORTUNITIES...

 
*   LIBRARY ONLINE COURSES…

From Spokane Public Library website/newsletter
New Year, New You! Have you always wanted to learn a new subject but didn't want to incur tuition fees or have to worry about your grade? Or have you just wanted to take a class for fun because it sounded interesting?
Learn4Life is a new online, instructor-led learning service offered through the library. It features hundreds of online courses with valuable (and interesting) knowledge that you can immediately apply to your life or job. Popular courses include: Accounting Fundamentals, Creating Web Pages, Grant Writing, Medical Terminology, Prepare for the GED, SAT/ACT Preparation, Secrets of Better Photography, and Start Your Own Small Business. New courses are introduced monthly so you can find interesting courses throughout the year that will advance your knowledge.

Why is this service unique? The courses are led by dedicated professional instructors who coordinate the courses by pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions. The classes are interactive - the kind of learning that tends to stick. It's also free for library cardholders.

All you need to take part is your library card and you may enroll in up to five Learn4Life courses per calendar year. You have nothing to lose, give it a try! New classes start every month, mid-month. Call us or stop by with questions and check the website for course offerings.

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 *  YOUTH LEADERSHIP DISCIPLING/TRAINING

Preface from the Youth Leadership Manual

"And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20
   Youth Leadership is a program that sets out to glorify God by obeying the command of Jesus: "Go and make disciples." Youth Leadership encourages young people to follow Jesus passionately by developing the disciplines of Bible study and prayer, and teaching Christian service through involvement in the local church.
   In Youth Leadership, a lifestyle of following Christ will be pursued through Christ-like attitudes and behavior, spiritual maturity, and a disciplined lifestyle, as set forth in the Word of God. Youth will put into practice the teaching of Scripture through ministry in the church, evangelism, and discipleship of their peers.
   The main goal of Youth Leadership is to bring glory to God by making disciples of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. These disciples should then go and make more disciples.
   The Youth Leadership program provides practical ministry experience through participating in mission trips, vacation Bible schools, and Bible camp staff.
   The end result of Youth Leadership can and should be that discipleship embodies the program’s slogan:
 
"It’s not just a program. It’s a way of life!"

  (Please contact Tim and Teresa below, if you are interested.)
Tim and Teresa Karr
Area Youth Missionaries
North Idaho/Greater Spokane
American Missionary Fellowship

tim_teresa@hotmail.com
208-874-2490
www.timandteresakarr.com