Off The Square's PETER PAN is FLYING back to Franklin for a second run!

OFF THE SQUARE THEATRE COMPANY, a new student-run company, is the very first theatrical production for Williamson County's brand new Academy Park Performing Arts Center. After months of renovation, the new theater is nearly complete, and we are blessed to join in the celebration as it finally opens to the public.
After selling out 6 shows in November at the Little Brick Theatre at the Factory, we are eager to bring Peter Pan back to this brand new stage! And, courtesy of ZFX Flying effects, you'll get to see Peter, Wendy, Michael and John FLY to Never Land! It will be a show you won't want to miss!

Visit OFFTHESQUAREFRANKLIN.COM for tickets and information. 

The Kindoll Adademy by Kristen Kindoll

I'm a maverick, a rebel with a cause, and a plain-old prospector. These flags fly proud, though a bit tattered at times. It is in the tradition of self-publishing and home-schooling, some of my alternative endeavors, that I wanted to expand my reach and create a learning academy.

Kindoll Academy has been in the works for over ten years. I initially conducted classes for my children and their friends. While homeschooling has many benefits, due to its construct of a one-on-one tutoring methodology, this positive has some innate set-backs. Two students can make certain classes, like theater, more problematic.

I didn’t want my classes to become a lecture series. I wanted to combine kinetic, auditory, and visual learning skills. These are the same principles for memorization success: look, speak, and write. This resulted in me creating original curriculum.

It was only through writing my own lessons that I began to see how it combined my creative interests. Most of my classes germinate out what I would have loved as a child. While it wasn’t unusual for me to deviate or supplement material in my daily teaching, I had never truly started with a blank slate.

For some, learning has devolved into a plodding system, translation boring. This assembly line education has made adults and children experience a distaste for knowledge. I believe an enthusiasm for your education not only crafts a better individual, but creates a better world.

The 2017-2018 roster is open for registration. Biology with labs will cover the basis of life and organisms. Students will read a corresponding fiction or nonfiction book each month that will correspond with the month’s topic. Articles will be derived from various Scientific Journals and show students that informational sharing is done typically through articles and presentations, rather than reading textbooks. Literature & Art combines literature (fiction, short stories, poetry and plays) with art history and art projects. The readings and assignments are designed to be inner-connected, fully realizing how written works and visual arts are related. Both courses are a total of twenty-seven hours.

For more information, syllabus and registration materials, contact Kristen Kindoll at ladyjane at kindoll dot org.

How to Teach Your Child the Value of a Thank You

I bet your children had a wonderful time this past Christmas opening all of their gifts. The wrapping paper was flying, decorative ribbons were tossed and eyes sparkled when they were set upon an “unexpected” gift just for them. It is always nice to receive gifts. As a gift giver, it is also nice to receive thank you notes. As we progress through the digital era, a hand-written thank you note is probably something you will continue to see less of in your life. Only a homeschool parent could turn that around and bring hand-written thank you notes back into popularity.
I do not know what it is about homeschool parents, but we have to turn everything into a learning experience. As a homeschooling

Barnes & Noble Cool Springs Educator Appreciation Days

To celebrate pre-K-12 educators, Barnes & Noble Cool Springs will kick off the second half of the school year and celebrate Educator Appreciation Days from Saturday, January 7, through Sunday, January 15, 2017. During Educator Appreciation Days, Barnes & Noble will offer Educators special discounts* including 25% off most merchandise like books, toys and games, various events including free workshops and educator receptions**, limited-time giveaways, while supplies last***, and the chance to win a selection of books from Sterling Publishing perfect for the classroom, valued at approximately $4, 000.

The number and type of books selected by Sterling Publishing will be in accordance with the

Homeschooling Artists and Crafters Spotlight: Sally's Retro Christmas Wreaths

Homeschool mom Sally of Shabby Shimmer Christmas first saw a glass ornament wreath tutorial at Retro Renovation and decided to give it a try. Fast forward a couple of years later and she's made over a hundred Christmas ornament wreaths and has also ventured into making putz houses (also known as little glitter houses).

Sally creates some modern wreaths, but prefers a retro or vintage style in her designs, so she uses a lot of vintage components like Jewel Brite, Bradford, and Japanese ornaments, and greenery from Hong Kong. Some of her wreaths are more kitschy than vintage, but that's fun too. 

Sally sells her wreaths primarily via  her eBay store and will also sell to local buyers at reduced prices (no shipping costs!) To buy locally, email her at shabbyshimmer at gmail dot com.

Here are some of her beautiful creations:

Homeschooling Artists and Crafters Spolight: Annalise Joy's Carved Art

Homeschool mom and wood carving artist Annalise Joy creates hand carved ornaments, wall hangings, and hard bound books. Her carved art is available for purchase from her website.

Annalise learned chip carving by apprenticing with a Los Angeles based artist in the early 2000s. Her carved art was recently featured at West Elm in Green Hills. Be sure to visit to view the many options for unique and exquisite Christmas gifts. Here are a few of her beautiful creations:

Educator Holiday Savings at Barnes & Noble Cool Springs This Saturday

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, all day Barnes & Noble Cool Springs has created a special day of shopping, savings and personalized service just for PreK through 12th grade educators.
  • We invite you to use your Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card to take advantage of a special 25%* discount on books, toys & games, music, movies and 10% discount on cafĂ© consumables at our annual Holiday Educator Shopping Event. We are also offering 10% off on select NOOK devices* and tech tools.
  • Come in and check out the wide array of products in our stores, enjoy some coffee, and personalized shopping help for your holiday gifts.

*Select devices include NOOK GlowLight Plus, Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK 9.6”, and Samsung Galaxy Tab A NOOK 7”. Offer excludes NOOK accessories and digital content. Limit 5 devices per customer.

We look forward to seeing you and helping you select the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list this season!

Homeschooling Artists and Crafters Spolight: Rachel's Bookmarks

Homeschool student Rachel E. creates beautiful handmade string and bead bookmarks. She started making the bookmarks about two years ago and began selling them at yard sales. The bookmarks became so popular, she now sells them online as well. 

Every bookmark is one of a kind. She classifies her designs in five categories: Nature, Christian, Shapes, Letters, and Sports. Lengths vary from around 4 inches to 16 inches, most being about 8 inches. Bookmarks cost $3.00 plus $1.00 shipping to U.S. addresses. Email her mom at keelybrookekeith at gmail dot com to order these unique and stylish gifts:

Here are a few examples:  

Calling all homeschooling artists and crafters!

Hey happy homeschoolers! Over the holidays we will be featuring homeschoolers (parents or students) who create and sell their creations.

Do you knit, bake, carve, paint, candle-make? Contact us and we will feature your wares and let the Williamson County homeschool community know how they can order your special creations just in time for Christmas.

Contact us through the Contact Form on the left sidebar and we will be in touch shortly. 

Not a crafter? Subscribe to this blog so you can keep up with the offerings from your local homeschool community. Know a crafter who should be featured on Send them the link to this post and let them know about the fun opportunity!

Set Reading Goals with Book Adventure

When you have a child who would rather wash dishes than read a book, coming up with creative ways to encourage their interest in reading becomes an ongoing task for you as a parent. Although there is no quick fix for a struggling or unmotivated reader, Book Adventure by Sylvan Learning comes close to being a key to helping your child move in the right direction.

Book Adventure is a free, online resource for parents and teachers to use to encourage reading in their student. The program is geared towards children in kindergarten through eighth grades. Book Adventure provides