Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Suzuki Method - Beginner/Intermediate Lessons

Hello FISH families, I hope your summer has been relaxing!

image from: (2000) - Jennifer Lynn Hachigian

My name is Elissa Weisz, and I am Amy and Paul Weisz's daughter; I am 14 years old, and I am going to be a freshman this year.

I have taken private violin lessons from three different teachers for over 8 years, and I am currently at the end of Suzuki book four.  

I'm hoping to teach private beginning and intermediate violin lessons this school year.  Beginning students will work on bow and violin hold, proper stance, rhythm and timing, and beginning note reading.  Intermediate to advanced students will have to opportunity to brush up on skills, work on reading music, and continue to enjoy music!  Class will be taught with the Suzuki method, and the option to learn worship or other genres of music will be given to intermediate and advanced students.   Students must know the ABC’s, and be able to focus for a minimum of 20 minutes. Open to all ages!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!

Lessons will have a starting cost of $40 for four- 30min. lessons. I am hoping to hold the lessons at my house in Anacortes.

If you are interested and/or have any questions please feel free to contact me:) Feel free to give me a call at 360 293-1379.  
             -Elissa Weisz

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Summer "FISHing Days"

We are meeting each Thursday 1-5 in June and July to "fish" for tips and friends for ourselves and our kids.  This is a great way to check off your "socialization" box.  :)

Parking -  park either side of the rock construction at the bottom of the drive.  We'll try to keep our upper driveway clear for square ball and bikes and the drive to the west will also have some parking.

Feel free to bring a late lunch or snack to eat on the lawn or in the kitchen (kitchen will be ready soon).  We'll have water and cups by the back door.

There will usually be ponies to ride with parents permission.  Closed toed shoes a must, cow boots recommended.  We have some lenders.

We ask that once on the property that kids don't go past the big tree by the driveway (I'll put a chalkline there) without parents permission and that when cars are running on the drive that all kids get on the stairs by the back door-  that's just our basic driveway safety.

Half the basement is for kids 12 and up to play pool, ping pong, and air hockey.

We also have a trampoline-  three kids at a time.

For more info, contact Kamiyo

Field Trip (on Whidbey Island) Friday, June 13th

Hey everyone!  Wanted to let you know that this was just submitted on facebook by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce:


The public is invited to an open house at Camp Casey, owned by Seattle Pacific University, on Friday, June 13, 12- 4 p.m. Visitors will get a rare chance to tour the Colonel's House, reserved exclusively for the SPU leadership and special groups. Tours will also be available in various barracks and the mess hall. Guests will be able to visit the "Sea Lab," a marine biology teaching facility, play games in the gymnasium, and receive free admission to the outdoor pool. Fort Casey State Park, adjacent to Camp Casey and owned by Washington State Parks, will also host tours of the fort at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and of the Admiralty Head Lighthouse at 1:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 1 FISH Meeting Notes

The Christian Heritage Conference:

The Christian Heritage conference was well worth the time.  The key note speaker was Ken Ham from AIG and RC Sproul Jr.   The participants were encouraged to not give up . . . as home schoolers we are doing a difficult and good thing.  :-)   Some of the books that Amy and Mishel picked up were: Think Outside the Classroom by Kelly Crawford, The Secret thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by RD Butterfield,  When You Rise Up  by RC Sproul Jr, Devotions, Advice and Renewal for when Motherhood Feels Too Hard  by K Crawford,  The Lie by Ken Ham and the DVD's "Evolution vs God" and "Noah and the Last Days."

FISH Summer Group:

Regarding our FISH Summer Group, (our new weekly gatherings on Thursdays for June and July  between 1-4pm) is anyone interested in having a bicycle class or going horse back riding during these afternoon hours on Thursdays?  Please contact Kamiyo if you have interest in this. (Remember, for June and July and August, we will not have our regular monthly meetings in the evenings.)

Classical Conversations:

Classical Conversations has one group that meets in Oak Harbor on Fridays and another group that meets in Bellingham on Tuesdays.  Robyn Caperon is part of the Bellingham group so you can email her if you have questions (  You can also look on youtube to get an idea of what Classical Conversations homeschooling is about or check out their website at   Kamiyo is considering starting up a group in Anacortes so look for an email from her towards the end of May regarding a meeting about that.

WHO (Washington Homeschool Organization)

WHO Convention & Curriculum Exhibit June 13th & 14th, 2014, find out all info at

Topic     Getting Outside Help for struggling students:

Hope and a Future found at is the site to visit to learn about the great help provided by Linda Kane and a Neurodevelopmental approach. I have the DVD's I bought from her last time she had a conference here . . . feel free to contact me if you would like to borrow them  (421 6573) or email You could also contact Kamiyo for info at 293 9339.

NILD stands for National Institute for Learning Development. Hillcreek Christian is hoping to have two instructors in this field next year.  This is an individualized multi-sensory approach that uses touch (tactile) and movement (kinetic) techniques to help struggling students think and learn.  Please contact me for more info (421 6573 or email  You can also contact Patty Huey (the instructor at Hillcreek) at 708 7513.  Feel free to leave a message for her.

Helpful books:  The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias and Teaching the Right Brained Child books and DVD's. I have a copy of Cynthia's book if anyone would like to borrow it.

Vision Therapy: Dr. Torderson in Lynnwood and Dr. Charon in Bellingham.

Thank you!

Homeschool Testing Opportunities

Bev Liddle facilitating Iowa Testing @ Summit Park in Anacortes again this year.
High school testing is May 22nd, 8:30-2:30
3rd-8th grade testing is MAY 29 and MAY 30 8:30-12:30.  (Both dates are required.)
Please contact Bev for more info or to sign up.  293-3413

Barb is also facilitating the Iowa Testing @ Emmanuel Baptist on May 21 & 28th.

There is Edugreat testing at His Place in Burlington on May 30th.  You must pre-register.  For more info email:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Needing Help @ The Skagit County Fair (August 6-9)

Hey Families!

These are three different areas at the Skagit County Fair that all need a Supervisor to be in charge of receiving entries and hanging out in the building during the fair.  It is a lot of work the three days before the fair (fair runs August 6-9) but after that.. there is very little to do but hang out for free at the fair, and enjoy the time w/ other friends there.  I would love to chat w/ any of you who are interested!  I have really enjoyed it as a way to serve the community and be a Christian light w/ my kids.  It is very family friendly, and fun way to do something w/ my kids.. esp elementary ages and up.  Please email me or call me if you have questions.. if someone is not found to run these areas, we may not be able to take entries in those areas this year.. that would be sad!   Take care!  Amy Weisz 360 293 1379 or apweisz @

North Sound Christian Home School Fair - May 3rd