Homeschooling and Special Needs

Many parents become stymied by the concept of “normal”, especially when referenced to their child. Normal, as a word, sounds bland, flavorless without expression or meaning. Yet, when your child is defined as being less than the standard homogeneous criteria, it can equate a deep well of sadness that your child is different. It was only when I realized, not even my “typical” children are “normal” in their attributes, personality, and educational pursuits, that I came to accept that labels are merely oppressive identifiers. These classifications could never encompass the vastness that we all inhabit.

Aesop’s tortoise won the race, by ultimately crossing the finish line before the hare; the morale clearly states that speed doesn’t equate success. This concept that a prescribed age equates a predetermined grade level is becoming a more fluid concept, even within mainstream schooling. Parents are electing to hold back their children and not just for intellectual abilities. Post high school graduates are

Franklin Guitar Teacher Marty Keith Now Accepting New Students

Screenshot of Marty Keith playing on ABC's Nashville
Franklin full-time guitar teacher (and homeschool dad!), Marty Keith is accepting new students.

Besides guitar, Marty also 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 and cost $130 per month (no extra charge on 5-week months.) 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: 615 415 1942

If you would like more information about Marty's teaching, references from fellow homeschooling families, or more information about his faith and ministry, please check out Marty’s blog or his website.

Easter Egg Hunts Williamson County 2016

Hi happy homeschoolers! Here are a few Easter egg hunts in and around Williamson County this year:

Brentwood Library Easter Egg Hunt
Thursday, March, 24, 2016 2-3pm

More details: (615) 371-0060
From the library's blog: The library's Easter egg hunt will take place in the area between the library and Lipscomb Elementary School. Face painting and the jelly bean guess begin at 2:00 and hunt starts promptly at 2:30. The park will be divided into four age groups and there will be thousand of eggs distributed. Bring a basket to collect your eggs and bring your camera to get a picture with the Easter Bunny. Parking is available at the library, at River Park and at the Civitan lot next to Lipscomb Elementary.

Williamson County (Franklin & Fairview) Annual Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 19, 2016 10am
From calendar: Williamson County Parks and Recreation invites area residents to hop on over to the FREE annual community Easter Egg Hunts at 10:00 a.m. at two

Expand Your Child’s Artistic Mind this Summer at the Frist Center

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
It may only be March, but it is already time to start planning and registering for summer activities. Registration for the 2016 summer programs at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts has opened. You will want to check out the Summer Art Camp and the Summer Artlab programs offered to children, ages five to 18 years old. It looks like there will be a summer of fun and learning at the Frist.

Art is one subject that has been widely excluded in the public