Freedom's Promise Benefit Concert at the Franklin Theatre

Join Freedom's Promise at the Franklin Theatre for Collaboration for a cause Thursday, May 14, 2015.
And for a limited time, groups of 10 or more receive their tickets at a reduced price of $75 instead of $100!

PLEASE CONTACT info at freedomspromise dot org for additional ticketing options or questions.

Based in Nashville, TN, Freedom's Promise is dedicated to the prevention of human trafficking and child exploitation through individualized community development programs and local awareness events providing education and opportunities to join the fight!

Free Classes At The Growing Kids Educational Garden

From Lisa at The Growing Kids Educational Garden:
There's nothing like the taste of 
a fresh strawberry, especially
 when you picked it yourself. 

Picking fresh berries is just one of things happening in May for the children at the Growing Kids Educational Garden.

The classes at the Growing Kids Educational Garden are a fun way for kids to learn more about where food comes from; why fresh veggies can help them to be healthy and strong and how their garden can benefit the environment. Classes are free and designed for kids from kindergarten through 4th grade. The classes in May include a special Strawberry Day, with a visit to Delvin Farms for the kids to learn all about the berries and pick some delicious ones to take home too.

Class size is limited.

The Growing Kids Educational Garden plays a vital role
in the mission of the Franklin Farmers Market Educational Foundation,
a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing agricultural-based
education for health, sustainable food systems and environmental stewardship.

Many thanks to our friends at the
Williamson Farmers Co-op 
for their support of the Growing Kids Educational Garden.

Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day

Tomorrow, April 23, 2015, is Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day. I didn't even know this was a thing, but there's a website and hashtag (#HSTA) and Google hangouts with webinars. Who knew!

Here is a page of freebies to get the kids involved.

Bethel Family Academy Now Accepting Applications

Bethel Family Academy (BFA) is a one or two day a week Homeschool Supplemental Program and Tutorial for K-6th Grades
Located in Brentwood and a ministry of Bethel World Outreach Church. BFA meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm 
September through mid-May.

2015 Nashville Curriculum Fair Presented by MTHEA

It's almost that time again! Yep, the Nashville 2015 Curriculum Fair presented by Middle Tennessee Home Education Association will be May 15 & 16 at the Nashville Expo Center of the TN State Fairgrounds. 

Here's a little info from Kelly at MTHEA:

Friday, May 15, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm 
Saturday, May 16, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Renew your MTHEA Membership and Register Early!

Fair Entrance for NEW 2015-2016 members:
*Pre-register before April 20th: $15/family for both or

Spanky's Driving Academy Homeschool Meet-and-Greet

Spanky's Driving Academy is hosting a meet-and-greet for homeschool students Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 10:00AM.

If you're interested in driver's ed, this is the perfect opportunity to meet the instructors, tour the facility, and find out what Spanky's Driving Academy is all about.

The meet-and-greet will be held at:
Spanky's Driving Academy
128 Holiday Court, Suite #123
Franklin, TN 37067

Call for more information: (615) 530-5139
email: SpankysDrivingAcademy at gmail dot com

New Developments with TSSAA and Homeschoolers by Ken Shreeve

On March 11, 2015 the TSSAA Legislative Council voted to revise the Home School Rule in their Bylaws. Below are the specific revisions made to the Rule. The portions removed are shown with strike-through text and the additions are in bold.

Article II
Section 25.
A. Definitions
  1. A “home school” is a school conducted by a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) for their own child. To be a “home school” for the purposes of this bylaw, the child must be registered with the LEA that the child would otherwise attend if

Deer Run Homeschool Family Day Camp

Friday April 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$10 per person, Free for ages 4 & under
Experience a day of camp with your family!
Advance registration is recommended.

Activities include…
Hayride • Nature Craft • Science Scavenger Hunt • Self-guided Hiking
Creek Splashin' • Playground • Gaga Ball • Sand Volleyball
Hover Ball • Fishing Tutorial and Catch & Release Fishing
Archery & BB Guns • Climbing Tower • Nine Square

New Activities for 2015

Elite Dance Summer Camp & Workshop Schedule

Elite Dance is now accepting registrations for 2015 Summer Performing Arts Camps, Dance Intensive Workshops & Summer Classes! For our Summer Dance Intensive Workshops, we have invited several amazing guest choreographers. 

We are so excited to be teaming up with "BRICKED" in Franklin to offer our first ever "HIP HOP AND BUILDING BLOCKS" Camps this summer! This camp will include creative adventures with LEGO® building activities, games, hip hop and tumbling for girls and boys. More exciting camp themes for this summer include Frozen, Cinderella, American Girls Beach Party, and Angelina Ballerina. 

Anyone interested in auditioning for our 2015-16 Competition Teams are highly encouraged to take all of the summer workshops as well as summer classes in order to continue progressing. In order to audition dancers are REQUIRED to take one of the options listed below...

1.  2 Summer Workshops & at least 4 weeks of Summer Class
2.  1 Summer Workshop & at least 6 weeks of Summer Class
3.  4 Summer Workshops

Early Bird Camp/Workshop & Summer Class Registration:

The Fisk-Vanderbilt Roadshow Planetarium at the Brentwood Library

The Fisk-Vanderbilt Roadshow Planetarium will be at the Brentwood Library  on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

By projecting a representation of the night sky onto the dome’s interior, students learn about the constellations and various mythologies, the nature of stars, the Sun-Earth-Moon system, the Solar System planets and their motions. 

There are 4 showings and registration is required. Call 615-371-0090, ext. 8290 or register online by selecting the appropriate showing:
10:00am - Ages 6-7  (Must be 6 by August 31)
11:00am - Ages 6-7  (Must be 6 by August 31)