Friday, August 4, 2017

It's hard to believe that the summer is so swiftly coming to and end.  This is the time of the year that all homeschoolers are deep into preparations for the up-coming school year.  I don't know about all of you, but this is my favorite time of the school year.  Enthusiasm is high and we are ready to go!

Stepping Stones Homeschooling Group is doing the same.  We met as a group today to make plans for the 2017 - 2018 school year.  It was a great meeting and I am excited to share the results of that meeting with all of you.

As in previous years, we will meet on Thursdays at Grace Community Church in Overbrook, Kansas. Our day will start promptly at 9:00 am by meeting in the large meeting room directly off the dining area when entering the East entrance.  Following pledges and opening our day in prayer, we will disperse to classes.  There will be two class periods.  First hour will be approximately 9:10 to 10:10.  Second hour will run from 10:14 to 11:10.  At 11:15 we will meet back in the large meeting room to have a time of Show & Tell with the students and any needed announcements.  We will dismiss by approximately 11:25 or 11:30.  After dismissal, all are welcome to bring their own lunch and join the group for a social time in the downstairs Pit Stop.

The classes being planned for the year are as follows:

Nursery - there will be nursery care for those who may need it

Preschool - Claudia Craig and Rayne Hamilton are planning to head up the preschool class.  Subjects to be at their discretion.

Lower Elementary - We are planning these classes for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade.  This group will have Lindee Caulderwood and tentatively Jenny Giar as their teachers.  We are looking at a Health/Nutrition/Cooking Class.  This will cover both first and second hours.

Elementary - This is going to be planned for Third and Fourth Grades.
These students will need to be able to write well and be able to have a reasonable level of spelling ability to participate in this class.
1st hour - History/Geography taught by Carla Duncan
2nd hour - Spanish taught by Jessica Feldman

Middle School - Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Graders. 
These students will be expected to do more in class work and homework
1st hour - Spanish taught by Jessica Feldman
2nd hour - History/Geography taught by Carla Duncan

High School - Eighth through Twelfth Grade
These teachers are planning for these classes to be credit classes and so the amount of work required will be planned to meet the hours needed for credit.  
1st hour - History taught by Jennifer Jenson
2nd hour - Spanish 1 taught by Sherri Rhodes

We are planning a sign up day for the first semester.  We will meet in the downstairs Pit Stop at Grace Community Church on August 22, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.  We will collect dues for the first semester and get student's paperwork filled out and classed signed up.  Please plan to attend that day as it is much easier that first day of classes if all of this is taken care of ahead of time.

We have had several families that are in various life transitions and will not be returning to our group this year.  We did a tentative count today and are looking at maybe eleven families with a total of around 31 students.  We certainly have room for more!  If you are looking for a Homeschool Group or know of someone who is, please feel free to share Stepping Stones information with them, or bring them along on sign up day!

We look forward to seeing all of you in just a few weeks!  Let's all pull together and make this the best year ever!