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Greenville homeschoolers prep for Great Backyard Bird Count

Posted by Sarah on February 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM Comments comments (0)

The Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual four-day event that,“engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent” begins this Friday, February 18 through Monday, February 21. Anyone can participate in the survey, from beginning bird watchers to experts.

Homeschool students from Greenville Michigan Inclusive Connection for HomeLearners prepared for the count last Friday morning at their weekly learning cooperative with a “Get to Know Your Backyard Birds” workshop.They learned tips for identifying birds starting with size, color, markings and song. They were also given complimentary bags of bird seed with guidelines for good feeder locations along full-color posters depicting common eastern North American birds donated by Wild Birds Unlimited, located on Northland Drive.

“My kids are so excited,” shared Jennifer Vermeulen who is using the opportunity to put up a new feeder. “They can’t wait to count the birds.”

According to the GBBC website, it is free to participate and takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the four-day event. Counting helps determine how each species is doing year by year, how weather is affecting flocks and if conservation efforts are needed for a species receiving an alarmingly low count for the year.

February is also national bird feeding month, as it is the toughest time for birds to find food in the wild. For more information about The Great Backyard Bird Count, visit http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc

Greenville Michigan Inclusive Connection for HomeLearners consists of approximately fifty homeschool families and has weekly co-op classes, monthly field trips, holiday parties, park and sledding days, mom times, community service opportunities, curriculum discussion days and more. To learn more about G-MICH, please visit www.greenvillemichiganhomeschoolers.webs.com



News for G-MICH!!

Posted by GMICH on January 2, 2011 at 1:17 PM Comments comments (0)

Updated news for Greenville Michigan Inclusive Connection for HomeLearners.

New leadership member

Jenni V is now on the leadership team, welcome, Jenni! Not only does Jenni live right in town, but she has a schedule that allows for the time commitment needed to serve in an adminstration position. We'll definitely be needing MORE members on the leadership team a.s.a.p., so if you have an interest and the availability to be in this type of role, let us know!

All-Member Meeting

Good news: you don't have to join the leadership team to be involved in planning and making things happen for our group!!! We are having an all-member meeting at Sarah's house on Saturday, January 8 to brainstorm and schedule many upcoming events for throughout 2011. We need as many members as possible to attend this meeting... we have members who are moving, or no longer homeschooling, or unable to participate for other reasons, so in order to keep things happening in the area for homeschoolers we need all hands on deck. Hoping anyone interested in local homeschool activities will attend this meeting to help make more of our goals and ideas a reality.

New Co-Op Trimester starting!

January 7 starts the next trimester of our weekly learning cooperative classes at First United Methodist Chruch. Classes run on Friday mornings before noon. This trimester offers Kindermusic, Home Economics, Sign Language, Ballet and Art, along with our monthly Tea Party and Lego clubs. Cost is just $8 per month for your entire family to cover building fee. If you are interested, contact Sarah a.s.a.p.

Check This Out!

Posted by Leslie on November 30, 2010 at 7:12 PM Comments comments (0)

  "AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts. A wide range of lessons (Kindergarten through Eighth grade level) enables learning or review to occur at each individual's current level."

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Got a child who really likes archteture? then check out this place! Archkidecture

Comic books that bring history to life! Chester Comix

  Learning through history.

Check This Out!

Posted by Leslie on November 19, 2010 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Need help with a science lesson. check out How to Teach Science

Carschooling ~ "How do you homeschool when you're never at home? Carschooling! Diane Flynn Keith coined the term in her 2002 book about learning on the road. What better way to take advantage of a captive audience!" excellent article!

National Museum of American History. Interactive museum exhibits online!

The Lifecycle of Plants. interactive site showing the lifecycle of plants

Discover what's under the sea at Shedd's Aquarium!

Have your students help solve crimes with CSI:The Experience.

Native Americans and teepees for the toddler to kindergarden crowd!

Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. Students from around the United States submit drawings to their state, territory or district competition. Winners from these competitions, called the "Best of Show," are then submitted to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. One image from the 53 Best of Show entries will become the next Junior Duck Stamp.

Science trivia on your thanksgiving plate. There’s usually at least one relative who asks prying questions, tells terrible jokes or talks too much about their latest doctor’s appointment at the Thanksgiving dinner table, isn’t there? When you need to change the subject or fill an awkward pause, just look to your plate for inspiration.

Gratitude. Sages throughout history have understood that giving thanks has immense spiritual benefits for both thanker and thankee. Take time during this holiday season to enrich your life and lift your spirits. Be grateful. Give thanks. Wishing you the happiest of holidays, filled with gratitude and warmth.


Posted by Leslie on November 17, 2010 at 9:26 AM Comments comments (0)

A very good article on the age old question homeschooler hear, "will they be socialized?"

"How do they get socialized?" This is a question that almost every homeschooling family hears, and we hear it often. Most of us have become accustomed to politely answering it by explaining that our children have co-ops and dance classes and sports and other activities etc. I have found myself repeating this same polite answer more times than I can count over the years - until recently.

Recently, another Mom asked the inevitable question "What school do your kids go to?" I explained first that we are Independently Educated (a term I coined some years ago that I feel better describes what we do) but that just evoked a baffled expression, so I smiled and said "We homeschool". Naturally this was met by the inevitable "Oh, I see" and then I just waited...and sure enough within a minute the next question came "So how do they get socialized?" (Never mind the irony that this question came at an actual social event, which is often the case)

Now, I've answered this question literally hundreds of times over the years but today was different. Today, I had an epiphany. As I opened my mouth to begin to recite my rehearsed response about how the kids join homeschool groups and co-ops and have activities that they do in order to get socialized, I stopped. I stopped because I realized that I'm lying. That's right; I'm totally full of it!

It occurred to me suddenly at that moment, that as Independent Educators, our children are not in-fact, 'socialized' whatsoever. Many adults today have been socialized and as a result many of us are walking around with social anxiety issues having had any healthy ability to interact with human beings schooled right out of us. Alas my husband and I were both thankfully among many fortunate enough to have broken free of the experience and now we've successfully avoided having to subject our children to this bizarre process of being socialized. And I call it a process because that is truly what it is isn't it?


read the rest of the article here.  don't forget to check out Laurette Lynn also. she is so cool!

Check This Out

Posted by Leslie on November 17, 2010 at 8:59 AM Comments comments (0)

John Stossel's "What's Great About America" essay contest. Cash prizes, open to homeschoolers (and public school kids) ages 13-18.

Robert Louis Stevenson's birthday was november 13. He is the scottish author of the classics treasure island and the strange case of dr jekyl and mr hide. download one of these classics and many more at classic books online (pdf format), download free classics for your kindle at free kindle book or check out the audio at books should be free.

Need worksheet for pre algebra, algebra and geometry? then check out the Free math worksheets. it has tons of  worksheets and tests for math.

"Historvius helps you discover the world’s historic sites, from the most famous national treasures to the oft-forgotten hidden gems. You’ll get information on each historic site, directions, entry and contact details and comments from other users."

Scholastics~The First Thanksgiving is a great place to check out the Mayflower, the colonists and their dailey lives and the first Thanksgiving.

Free coloring book pdf format. do your kids like to color? his is a great site with a big list of coloring books.

Looking for spanish lessons online? Check out better than the rosetta stone. "our FREE online Spanish lessons allow you to understand Spanish. We incorporate audio, video, exercises, and games into our Spanish courses and lessons to provide a unique and FUN educational experience."

Free NASA Curriculum for middle and high schoolers. "Developed and funded by NASA, the Kennedy Launch Academy Simulation System (KLASS) program is an exciting way to bring the space shuttle program into your classroom. If you are looking for creative ways to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills with your learners, you are in the right place! "



Doll Dressing Charity, Community Tradition for All Ages

Posted by GMICH on November 15, 2010 at 8:01 PM Comments comments (0)

Area residents young and old are helping to dress dolls for charity once again this season for United Bank of Michigan’s Dress the Dolls Program for North Kent Community Services (formerly the North Kent Service Center).This year, a group of homeschool students from Greenville Michigan Inclusive Connection for Home Learners contributed to the event, dressing 10 of approximately 100 dolls bought by the bank and picked up by volunteers to dress and return for children in need.

Each year the dressed dolls, many accompanied by elaborate sets and accessories, are on display at the bank for several weeks, allowing community members to vote on the best-dressed doll. Last year’s winner was Christine Green, who dressed a doll as an eloquent Christmas Ice Skater.

For the families of Greenville Homeschoolers, the goal is not to get the most votes, but to teach the valuable lesson of charity as the kids either picked out or helped create the clothes themselves and dressed them for other children in greater need. “It seems like each year the holiday season becomes more and more ‘me’ focused,” shared homeschool mom, Stephanie Herzog.“We saw this as an opportunity to remind our kids that this time of year is about something bigger and better than just what they might get under the Christmas tree.”

Dolls will be on display at United Bank of Michigan on 10 Mile Road and Northland Drive in Rockford until December 3. They will be dropped off at North Kent Community Services on December 4 where they will be distributed to families in need through the center’s annual Christmas gift baskets.

“What we have found about this program over the years is that it really pulls the community together,” shared Rockford branch manager, Nancy Martin. “There are great back stories from the people who dress the dolls year by year and the biggest benefit is we get to bring smiles to one hundred children on Christmas day.”

For more information, contact United Bank at 616-863-6081.



Posted by Leslie on November 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

here is a video made by a homeschooler telling why they like homeschooling.


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Posted by Leslie on November 11, 2010 at 6:02 PM Comments comments (0)

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Greenville Homeschoolers meeting monthly with Metron residents

Posted by GMICH on November 11, 2010 at 10:38 AM Comments comments (1)

Residents at Metron of Greenville have been greeted monthly by localhomeschool students as part of a new program started by GreenvilleMichigan Inclusive Connection for Home Learners, called, “Mondays atMetron”.

Elementary-age children from G-MICH, have attended craft time withthe elderly residents of Metron for two months now and plan to continuethrough the school year. “It gives [the residents] some variety, we’realways looking for different things to do,” shared Jeanine, one ofMetron’s Activity Room coordinators.

In October, students and residents made paper-bag scarecrow puppetsand for November they mixed and shaped a bird food cake recipetogether. In December they plan to make Christmas ornaments. “I'mreally excited to be a part of the Mondays at Metron program,” sharedhomeschool mom, Marya Jones. “My hope is that by spending time andsharing experiences together with the residents, our kids will not onlylearn to be more comfortable with people of different ages and healthconditions, but form meaningful relationships as well.”

Greenville Michigan Inclusive Connection for Home Learners is asupport group offering connection for families who value homeeducation. Along with various community service activities, they holdweekly cooperative classes for shared learning, monthly field trips,pizza parties, clubs, mom times and other social events. Membersconsist of families in Greenville, Stanton, Ionia, Cedar Springs,Howard City, Rockford, and surrounding areas. For more information,visit www.greenvillemichiganhomeschoolers.webs.com