A new homeschool support program has formed to serve the Stanwood-Camano homeschooling community.
Every Monday, 9am to noon, homeschooling families are invited to meet at Restoration Church, 788 Smith Road, at the north end of Camano Island, for three sessions, each an hour long. All homeschoolers are welcome regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof. Pastor Gary Ray describes the program like this:
The Highpoint Family and Home School Support Program will be based at Restoration Church and coordinated by a team of area parents and individuals from the church. This is a not for-profit program. There will be no membership fees or long-term commitments. The goal is to establish a flexible program that benefits area home-schooling families, and is largely led by gifted (and background-checked) area residents.
We will begin by offering a weekly, Monday morning program (9:00am-Noon). There will be three general components to the Monday morning session. (Families can participate in any or all three Monday morning sessions each week.) From 9:00am-9:50am there will be a loosely organized play/recreation time. From 10:00am-10:50am there will be a time where students can do their coursework and receive homework assistance. From 11:00am-11:50am there will be a time when students can play, do homework or participate in a workshop (the first workshops offered will be crafts/art and beginning guitar).
This is a uniquely flexible program for our local homeschooling community. Monday, October 17, was the first meeting and my family found the volunteers warm and friendly. My kids constructed towers and used some of the art materials while chatting with the other kids while I was able to talk with parents and volunteers for the first hour. During the second hour-long session, my kids worked on their math while others around them worked on creative and language arts projects, and then the kids scattered for guitar and arts during the third hour-long session, with some getting an impromptu lesson in Scottish Highlands dance. I felt at ease all morning, despite not being familiar with the church or knowing anyone except a couple other homeschooling families.
For more information, contact Gary Ray at RestorationChurchCamano [AT] gmail [DOT] com and download their flyer, located at the gold Highpoint Home School Support Program logo about halfway down the right side of this page.
The Not Back to School picnic officially kicked off the 2016-17 academic year, for those that follow that type of calendar, and much fun was had. It was great to see both new and familiar faces at the park and, breaking a long-standing tradition, I actually took a few photos to commemorate the event.
Some of our kids are getting older and they are going to take the reins in organizing events this year, with some parental support along the way. Check back at this website for Park Days; with unpredictable fall weather, we are taking a more loosey-goosey approach to scheduling this year.
Summer is drawing to a close and for many of us, our daily and weekly routines will be adjusting to a new schedule.
One tradition I've always enjoyed that marks the transition from summer to fall is the Not Back to School picnic. Kick off your year by joining local homeschoolers and potential homeschoolers at Freedom Park (the park at Terry's Corner on the north end of Camano Island) for a brown bag picnic on Monday, September 12 (the Monday after Labor Day), from noon to 3:00. New families are welcome!
To keep up with SCHA activities this year, sign up for the newsletter (see the link on the left hand sidebar). Instead of weekly Park Days, which are too often derailed by unpredictable weather, we're going to organize park and skating outings as the weather agrees and families are available. Reading the newsletter and checking back on the SCHA calendar will help keep you up-to-date on what's going on.
Stanwood Camano Homeschool Adventures
Stanwood Camano Homeschool Adventures is a support group for the whole family.
What is a support group? We get together for park days, blueberry picking, visits to Cama Beach. If you want to plan a field trip, great, go for it! If you just show up once a year, we'll be glad to see you. We're friendly homeschoolers supporting each other, no stress, no commitment.
Watch the Upcoming Events for activities.