Fun Ways to Keep Learning this Summer

If you homeschool on a traditional schedule, which is usually August or September to May, the summer time is sacred to not only your children, but to you. It is the big reward of two to three months off from anything school and replacing it with nothing but a whole lot of fun. Well, it can still be like that by incorporating these fun ways that keep learning alive.
Let them choose a book
Take them to the library or a bookstore and let them choose books they want to read during the summer. Children are more likely to enjoy reading a book they have chosen for themselves rather than one they are required to read. If they are open to ideas, maybe you can convince them to choose

Williamson County Parks & Recreation Has Active Summer Fun Close to Home

If you are still trying to figure out what activities your children may enjoy this summer, look as close as the Williamson County Parks & Recreation (WCPR) department. There is a lineup of programs to keep your children active and reduce any possible chance of hearing, “I’m bored” from one of them this summer.

The end of school is around the corner for many of you. If so, you probably plan to put the books away, which will leave your children with free time on their hands. Even if you plan to continue doing school, changing up your school routine during the summer will add a pleasant twist to each day.
 
The WCPR is offering several camps and field trips for children, ages three to 17 years-old. There is a list of programs that will fit

Are You Ready for Family Camp?

Are You Ready for Family Camp?
A Life-changing Vacation Experience Awaits You at Deer Run
By Jada Daves, Deer Run Family Camp Director

Ahhh…just thinking about summer vacation gets me excited about warmer weather, longer days, and meaningful family time together. The options of where to go and what to do are countless, and trying to please my crew had become more of a dreadful chore than an enthusiastic adventure…until a couple of years ago when we had the opportunity to experience family camp. Our days were preplanned, the variety of activities engaged each personality type, and everyone agreed it was our best

Summer Volunteer Opportunity with The Heimerdinger Foundation

The Heimerdinger Foundation has a great summer volunteer opportunities for students 13 & up. The Heimerdinger Foundation prepares organic, nutrient-rich meals for people undergoing cancer treatment in Davidson and Williamson counties. Teen volunteers are needed to help prepare meals in the kitchen and help in the garden. Teens learn basic cooking skills, about health, nutrition, teamwork and leadership skills. Visit hfmeals.org for more information or contact volunteer@hfmeals.org

Get Ready For The Homeschool Family Day Camp At Deer Run!


HOMESCHOOL FAMILY DAY CAMP at DEER RUN: Friday, April 28
By Liz Gibson, Communications Director and Cofounder of Deer Run Camps & Retreats, Thompson’s Station, Tenn.

Spending planned recreational time outdoors as a family is not only a way to have fun, but a great way to build deeper relationships with each other. You will find yourself laughing, cheering each other on, and creating memories that last a life-time.
The staff at Deer Run Camps & Retreats have a passion to come alongside you to

9th-12th Graders Can Enter to Win $1,000 in the Century Farm Video Competition


CENTURY FARM VIDEO COMPETITION

A Contest Sponsored
by the
 Williamson County Fair



Ever wanted to be a filmmaker, script writer, videographer, or all of these? Here’s your chance to tell a story on film and possibly win a cash prize. Your work will also contribute to the recorded history of Williamson County, and you and others, because of your research and video, will learn about the vital importance of farmers and farms to our county and state.

The Williamson County Fair (WCF) is sponsoring a new competition. $1000.00 in cash and other prizes will be awarded to

3 Great Summer Art Programs at Firstlight Arts Academy

Photo Source: Firstlight Arts Academy
It's time to register for summer activities. Start with these fun art programs at Firstlight Arts Academy:

We mashed together two great ideas. We took the week-long summer camp idea, and combined it with a fantastic art class. We have 10-12 students per CAMP-Class with 2 instructors in the younger age groups. The fun is like a camp, yet the instruction is very personalized! Our CAMP-classes teach kids real art concepts while having a blast.
Come for art from 9 am to 3:30 pm all week. Bring a sack lunch and watch animation shorts or play games for the break from 12-1. Combine your morning CAMP-Class with the afternoon Summer ART Buffet to have a full day of art all week long – with a discount! Price is $135 to add the Summer ART Buffet to your CAMP-Class for all 5 days (savings of $15). Reservations are encouraged to ensure a spot.
  • Art Garden – age 4 & 5
  • Art Bugs – age 6 – 8
  • Color Camp – age 8 – 12
  • Toon Camp – age 9 – 14

Our popular daily art classes begin on Tuesday, May 30. This is a customized

The WCPL Has Learning and Fun for Your Teenager by Jennifer Smeltser


When it comes to cool places for a teenager to “hang out”, a library is probably the last place a teenager would suggest. Well, many libraries, including the Williamson County Public Library (WCPL - Main Branch) are making changes to encourage teens to turn to the library for learning and fun. 
Many children are introduced to the library when they are elementary age or younger. Ask any toddler or preschooler what they think about library story time and - as best they can - they will tell you how much fun they have during that time. The spirit they have as a child usually diminishes by the time they

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.

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