University of Tennessee Extension and Williamson County 4-H Offer STEM Classes


The University of Tennessee Extension and Williamson County 4-H are offering several STEM classes in the evenings. Classes are currently available for 6th to 12th grade students interested in Robotics, Engineering, 3D printing or Raspberry/Python programming. Fees are very reasonable just to cover supplies.

Class registrations are first come first serve and classes will start the second week of next month through April 2018. Classes will meet 13 times for 2-hour classes (Robotics are 1 ½ hour classes).

Students/families can call (615) 934-1291 with any questions.

 

For more information, check out the 4-H STEM Program brochure.

Guitar Lessons Are Awesome by Marty Keith

What do Taylor Swift, The Beatles, Chris Tomlin, and Steven Curtis Chapman all have in common? Three things actually. They play multiple instruments, they each started learning at a young age, and I teach their music to my students.

I love music. I love the guitar… and bass… and ukulele. I love teaching these instruments. There is satisfaction in knowing that I get to pass on to a new generation of students all of the wonderful things I have learned as a professional musician. I am a recording artist and have toured all over the United States for 20 years. I will do so as long as the Lord allows me to. But eventually, I will not be able to do it any more and neither will Taylor Swift or Chris Tomlin. Someone will have to fill that position. My goal is to help students
reach their musical aspirations so they can be a confident worship leader or the next major pop or country star, if that is their desire. 
 

Currently, I have students who have what it takes to get there and my job is to bring out the best of their abilities so they can make those dreams come true. Some want to have a general knowledge of an instrument or music theory. Some just want to play along to songs on the radio. I want to help each student find out what their musical goal is and help them achieve it.

Studies have proven that learning a musical instrument helps enhance brain development/function, concentration/attention, coordination, and pain relief among other things. Plus, there is hard proof that students who learn a musical instrument develop a better memory than those who do not learn one.

Being the father of a homeschool student, I understand the importance of time with your kids. Sports, homework, and life in general are always pulling at your schedule. I offer time slots throughout the day for homeschoolers so you can have the evenings free for other activities.

I am also a licensed retailer of musical instruments and accessories. Some music stores will sell you anything to make a few extra dollars, but not take into account what the student actually needs. It is important for me as a teacher to make sure that each of my students has an instrument that best fits their body and hands. For example: the strings on a guitar need to be high enough that they do not buzz when you pick an open string, but low enough that you do not have to push down on it so hard that it hurts your fingers to play a chord (especially for younger students). The height of the strings from the fretboard is called the “action.” This is not something that a lot of salesmen are going to make sure is addressed for your particular student. I will talk through all of the dynamics that make an instrument a good fit for your student, whether you choose to purchase instruments through me or not.
Instrument lessons are once a week for 30 minutes. Homeschool students get their first lesson FREE when you pay for the first month of lessons. Be sure to mention this article or the sidebar ad to receive your free lesson. You can read more about guitar lessons on my website.

Marty Keith is the owner of Edenbrooke Music. Edenbrooke Music strives to improve the quality of musical entertainment by improving talent though teaching, by improving sound through production, and by improving the career of the musician through performance and recording opportunity. Edenbrooke Music offers guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele lessons, instrument sales, live sound for special events, booking for touring artists, and music production services.

Marty grew up in Paducah, Kentucky. At age four, he began learning how to play the guitar from Herb Chapman, father of GRAMMY and Dove award winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman. The way Steven Curtis and Marty learned to play guitar is how Marty teaches his students to play.

Learn more at Edenbrooke Music and to learn more about Marty’s music visit his artist website at John Martin Keith.

You may contact Marty Keith by phone at 615-415-1942 or by email at johnmartinkeith at hotmail dot com.

New Sewing Classes for Homeschoolers


Learn hand stitching and sewing machine skills in classes offered by advanced teen seamstress, Abby Gustavson, in her Primrose Sewing Studio on the west side of Franklin. Classes, special events, workshops, and camps are offered throughout the year. For more information, visit the Primrose Sewing page on Facebook,  send an e-mail to primrosesewing at gmail dot com, and/or call (615) 506-7171.

Middle Tennessee Monarchs Homeschool Baseball

The Middle Tennessee Monarchs Homeschool Baseball Camp is right around the corner. This year the camp will be Friday, Sept. 8th from 6pm - 9pm and Saturday, Sept. 9th from 9am - 4pm. Early Bird price for the 2 day camp is $50. The price is $60 if you pay the day of the camp.
This baseball camp is open to middle school and high school homeschool boys ages 11-18.
We're looking for athletes even if they've never played baseball before.

The Middle Tennessee Monarchs Homeschool Baseball Camp : Location: Joel Cheek Park
Address: Claude Yates Dr., Franklin, TN 37064

To go ahead and get registered for the camp go here:  https://www.research.net/r/MonarchsCamp2017

If anybody needs any more information or would just like to speak to one of our board members with specific questions they can contact: Barry Young at barry.young at healthstream dot com

Music City Archery Offers Homeschool Class and Discount

Every Wednesday at 2:30PM, Music City Archery offers an archery classes for homeschool families at a reduced rate. The classes are one hour long and include all equipment for $18 plus a 15% family discount with two or more family members. They also have classes Fridays at 10:00AM. Visit MusicCityArchery.com for more information.

Join the Franklin American Heritage Girl Troop TN0013

From americanheritagegirls.org
Is your daughter interested in joining the American Heritage Girls? There will be an informational meeting Monday, August 21, 2017 to learn about the Franklin American Heritage Girl troop, TN0013. American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for girls ages 5 to 18 that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement. To learn more about the organization visit the website.
 
The Franklin troop meets every other Monday at Christ Community Church from 7-8:30 pm (at the same time as the Boy and Cub Scouts).  Each month we have an optional service project or special event as well. Past events have been a Lock-In, Archery Event, Middle TN Camporee, Veteran's Day Parade and more.
 
Please join us  this Monday at Christ Community Church room B102 at 7 pm for a informational parent meeting and girl registration.

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Williamson County, Tennessee

Image courtesy of NASA
Both of Williamson County’s public school districts will hold class on August 21, 2017, the day of the total solar eclipse. That’s another great reason to be a homeschooler!

What eclipse?
According to NASA, “On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a total eclipse will cross the entire United States, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. Weather permitting, the entire continent will have the opportunity to view a partial eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on Earth’s surface. Some will see a total eclipse along a path that begins near Lincoln City, Oregon and ends near Charleston, South Carolina. Solar eclipses occur when the moon

Start the Homeschool Year with Private Guitar Lessons


Marty Keith. photo cred: David Bailey
Marty Keith knows music. At age 4, Marty began learning how to play the guitar from Herb Chapman, father of GRAMMY and Dove award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman. As a full-time professional musician he performs live, records in studio, writes music for television and film, and has been teaching private guitar lessons for over twenty years.

Many of Marty's music students are homeschoolers, and as a homeschool dad, he gets it. He will even provide grades for your report card. 

Marty is accepting new guitar students. Besides guitar, Marty also
Screenshot of Marty Keith playing on ABC's Nashville
offers lessons on bass guitar, ukulele, stage performance, songwriting, and artist development. Adult students are welcome, too. Rental guitars are available for a small fee.


Marty offers first lesson free for homeschoolers. Lessons are 30-minutes, once a week (no extra charge for a 5-week month.) Hour lessons are available for advanced students.

Marty is conveniently located just half a mile off I-65 (Exit 65, Hwy. 96) in Franklin. Email: johnmartinkeith at hotmail dot com or call him at 615-415-1942.

Check out what some of Marty's students are saying:

After taking one lesson from Marty my entire outlook on music changed. I learned technique, explored different styles, and also began composing my own songs. I wouldn’t be the musician I am today without his patience, encouragement, and dedication to teaching. If you’re thinking at all about improving your skills as a musician, look no further than Edenbrooke Music. — Ali, 19

We have been so happy with guitar lessons from Marty Keith! In just 9 months my son is playing many songs and playing them well! I never would have guessed that he would be playing guitar like this in such a short time. Marty’s style is patient and thorough. He really cares about his students and wants the very best for each of them. — Amy, Franklin TN

I really like taking guitar lessons from Marty because he makes learning guitar fun and he lets me play songs that I like. — Logan, 11

My 16 year old son has been taking acoustic guitar and now electric guitar as well from Marty for the
past 3 years.   Marty is very talented, hard working, always on time, and a does an amazing job engaging my teenage son in the learning process.   His talent, teaching skills and caring attitude are wonderful! — Gwen, Brentwood TN

I would highly recommend Mr. Keith as a guitar teacher!  My son is 14 and he has really advanced this year!  He told me he has learned so much from him!  Lots of instruction. –Diana, Franklin TN

Our 10 year old really enjoys taking lessons from Marty.  His ability to teach her to play everything from Guns N Roses to Fleetwood Mac to old hymns keeps guitar fresh and fun.  We’ve really seen her progress over the months and create a collection of guitar music that is never boring.  Marty maximizes the lesson time so she learns something new each week to practice until the next lesson.  She enjoys playing guitar and ukulele now! — Lori, Brentwood TN

Marty Keith came highly recommended to us by friends. Our daughter started taking lessons from him almost three years ago.  We are very pleased with her continued progress and that she learns songs she enjoys playing. Marty is a knowledgeable professional musician, is organized with his communication and lessons, and is very encouraging to his students. — Rebecca, Brentwood TN

I have taken lessons from Mr. Marty for almost three years. He is a very good teacher, encourages me to continue learning, and gives me a variety of songs to play. –Zola, age 11

Marty Keith’s heart for God is displayed in his teaching and encouragement of young children. His passion for guitar and music, combined with his passion for Christ is the perfect environment for learning. I love the variety of his song selections and how he moves through them building confidence and the sense of accomplishment for my daughter…I’m truly thankful! — Anne, Franklin TN

It is my pleasure to recommend Marty Keith as a guitar mentor for your child. Marty is very patient, flexible and student focused meeting the needs of our family. I appreciate Marty′s ability to adapt his teaching methods that challenge my ADHD child′s interests. I am very pleased with my child′s

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