Monday, June 30, 2014

Summertime Update

We hope your summer is going well. The Stepping Stones Advisory Committee has begun planning for the next school year. Members, if you would like to teach a class, have an idea for a class, or simply want to be involved in the planning, please contact us! Your participation in the co-op ensures a successful school year.

Are you thinking about homeschooling or joining our group? We can answer any questions you have about our group or about homeschooling in Kansas. You can contact us through our website or email SteppingStonesCoop@yahoo.com.

Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Year End Activities

Our End of Year Program and Science Fair has been scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014. We will have our End of Year Program first, then move right into the Science Fair. Students have the opportunity to perform in the End of Year Program and make a presentation during the Science Fair.  We can't wait to see what everyone has been working on throughout the year!


Field Day has been scheduled for Thursday, May 1, 2014. Lots of fun activities have been planned. We will also have a picnic.


For both events, check out Calendar of Events for more details and RSVP on our member's only Facebook page.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Spring Semester is Upon Us

We will have registration for the 2014 spring semester on the first day of classes, Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. If you did not attend the 2013 fall semester, you will need to bring your Registration Form, Statement of Faith, and Membership Dues. Returning members who sold under $100 in Rada during the last semester need to bring Membership Dues.

Let us know you are coming by joining the registration event on Facebook. You can also contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Second Semester Planning

Our school year is in full swing and it's been awhile since we've had an Advisory Council Meeting.  The next meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m at Grace Community Church. All members are encouraged to attend! We will be discussing the next semester and your feedback is important to the planning process.  Childcare will be available for the younger children. If you are unable to attend the meeting, meeting minutes will be posted on Facebook and sent out via email. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Not Back to School

Stepping Stones classes begin Thursday, September 5, 2013!

Whether you generally follow the public school schedule or homeschool year-round, it is NOT back to school time for homeschoolers. Does that mean we are missing out?

Here is a list of some of the things homeschoolers miss out on during the back to school season:
  • Paying extra for that gym uniform when you have ample play clothes at home
  • Easing your children's anxieties about a new teacher, a new schedule, and new friends
  • The smell of fresh carbon monoxide first thing in the morning as the bus arrives
  • Chaos and long lines at enrollment
  • Paying in advance for lunches
  • Restrictions on what we can and cannot learn
  • Standardized testing (in some states)
As a homeschooling family, what do you miss out on during back to school time?

Friday, August 9, 2013

What is Your Library Worth to You?

Homeschoolers tend to use library services - a lot! Public libraries offer free access to books, movies, music, video games, research materials and so much more. Think about how much you would have to spend to purchase all of the materials you have borrowed from a library.

Services like research assistance, computer use, internet access, classes and programs that libraries provide are invaluable to the communities they serve. Have you ever wondered what those services are worth in dollars?

Try using the Library Use Calculator below to find out just how much money you would have spent if you had to purchased everything you borrowed during your last trip to the library. I think you will be surprised!

How valuable is your local library? Use this handy Library Value Calculator, created by the Massachusetts Library Association.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Free Homeschool Planner

With another school year about to begin, most of us are rushing to get organized. To make things easier, The Home School Mom is offering a free planner!

I am impressed with how customizable and comprehensive this planner is. You can download the entire planner or just the pages you need. Pages come in lined and unlined versions. Yearly, monthly, and weekly calendars are available. She has even included menu and meal planning pages, chore charts and to-do lists! My personal favorites are the Unschooling Record Keeper pages.

It's available in PDF or Excel. Click here to access the download files. Happy organizing!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Enrollment and Kick-Off Picnic!

Enrollment is open now for Stepping Stones Homeschool Co-Op which meets at Grace Community Church in Overbrook, Kansas on Thursday mornings at 9am.  We encourage everyone to get their enrollment forms turned in this year by August 8th!!  That way we can make our class groupings, which are dependent upon our enrollment numbers.

Enrollment is on August 8, 2013 at 10:00a.m. at Grace Community Church in Overbrook, Kansas.

We are planning a Kick-Off picnic at Overbrook City Park on August 23rd at 6:30pm.  More about that later!

Our co-op school year will start on September 5th, 2013!!

Enrollment forms are available for download on the "Join Our Group" page. Or you can email us at steppingstonescoop@yahoo.com to have an enrollment form sent to you.   You can email it back after filling it and scanning, or you can give them to one of the co-op members when you see them at Enrollment!  Thanks!  Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Class Schedule is Ready!

Our class schedule for this winter session is now posted here on our blog under our "Classes Offered" tab.  most of our class descriptions are posted there also. Our new and revised Manual (Membership Guidelines) are posted under the tab "About Us."  Email us with any questions:  steppingstonescoop@yahoo.com
Thanks!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Session Coming Soon!

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Christ-filled Christmas with loved ones.  We are looking forward to the start of our winter session which is rapidly approaching.  That session will run from January 10, 2013 through February 28, 2013.  We will be staying with our morning schedule that we have followed for a couple of years now, Thursday mornings from 9:00-12:30, Grace Community Church in Overbrook.  Our class divisions this semester will be 4 classes:   Preschool- 1st Grade/   2nd-3rd Grade/  4th-5th Grade/
6th & Up.  With the students from last semester that are returning that gives us appoximately 7/ 6/ 8/ 10 for numbers of students in those respective classes, a total of 31 children.  We do expect several new students however, so those numbers will change some. We will be posting the class schedule soon (most likely tomorrow), so check back to see what we are offering this session.  We will also post information about our pre-enrollment.  For now if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at steppingstonescoop@yahoo.com.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Gone to the Dogs

  Today our group went to the dogs, literally!  This was our second year of helping out with the Capital City Circuit Dog show at the Kansas Expocentre.  Our duties are clean up duty & selling programs.  It's dirty job, but someone's got to do it!
Some of the cutest pooper scoopers around!
    To tell you the truth, at the beginning of the day, everyone is squeemish about the clean up, but by the end of the day, just getting to be there and watch these amazing dogs & pet some, plus just being with our buddies, loosens everyone up and it becomes a ton of FUN! 
it's not all hard work:)
  After a hard day's work, we're all ready to go back again next year!
part our great crew:)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Drama!

Working on getting Kevin Stone (pastor, playwrite, and radio personality) to teach a drama class for us this fall. If you are planning on attending our coop this fall and would be interested, please let us know! He does a fantastic job! The pic is from the performance of Pilgrim's Progress we did with him last. He has the kids help build the set, do the costumes, as well as learn their lines. A wonderful opportunity!

Monday, July 2, 2012

What are we doing?

What are we doing for the next year? I'm glad you asked:) We're breaking it up into 8 week sessions (Sept-Oct., Jan-Feb., & Mar-Apr.)  The 1st session is public speaking/Spanish/genealogy for the older kids (5th & up), genealogy/pub. speaking/art for 3 & 4th; What's in the Bible/cooking/Mr. Popper's Penguins for 2nd; & What's in the Bible/music for K-1st. of course depending on how many of each level we have determines whether or not we have to tweak the age levels (we don't generally want more than 15 in a class).  The 3rd 8 weeks we'll brake from our norm and have speakers (like meteorologist Matt Miller, and the Topeka Zoo), special craft projects, and field trips.  Our enrollment day is August 9th, at 10am at Grace Community Church in Overbrook - come see what we're all about!