Friday, April 10, 2015

North Sound Homeschool Fair - May 2nd - Mount Vernon

North Sound Homeschool Fair
Saturday, May 2nd 9:30-2:00
Free Admission
Emmanuel Baptist Church 1515 College Way, Mt. Vernon, WA. 98273

We encourage all who help to educate students in grades K-12 (be it home, private, or public) to check out the exhibitors, resources, and seminars offered.

The following vendors will be there: 
Hill Creek Christian
Bob Jones University Press
Teaching Textbooks
Geology by Northwest Treasures
Legacy Institute
Launching Success
Mount Saint Helens Creation Center
Academy Northwest
Northwest Career and Technical Academy
Usborne Books
Discovery Toys
Cascade Aviation Flight School
Young Eagles
Skagit 4-H

Some of the Seminars/workshops offered:
Homeschooling High School: Making a 4 year plan
College Options and Scholarship Help
Homeschooling Basics
How to teach Geology to your Kids
Geology and the Genesis Flood
A Parent Driven Approach to Relationship Education
Biblical Femininity 
To Running Start or Not
Easy Essays
How to teach Elementary and J.H. Math
The Middle School Years: Thinking Ahead to Middle School

Saturday, February 28, 2015

2015 Science Fair & Achievement Night a success!

Great time at this year's Science Fair & Achievement night.  Here are some highlights!

8 and under
Talon Upson (1st) - Chemistry that Glows
Megan Lindor (2nd) - How do M&Ms melt?

Ages 9-11
Sarah Weisz (1st) - The Best Way to Capture Fruit Flies
Katelyn Upson (2nd) - Anatomy of a Rock

Ages 12+
Sadie Caperon (1st) - How Many Electrolytes in Your Drink
Maddie Lindor (2nd) - Rain Rain Go Away

1st place winner in Ages 8-11

1st place winner in 8 and under group

Friday, January 23, 2015

Classical Conversations - Anacortes - Informational Meetings coming up!

2 informational meetings in January:

~~Sunday Jan. 25 at 6:30 at Family Life Church in Anacortes, 1617 29th St (where we currently have CC )
~~Tuesday Jan. 27 at 10:30 at Family Life Church

Mishel Keltner will schedule a meeting later this spring that will feature different homeschooling options. Moka Joes was very helpful but a little too small for setting up a book display table. Any families that are interested in learning about CC are welcome.

Registration forms will be accepted at the meetings. We have potentially Challenge Level A, B and 1 classes forming for next year. I will keep hosting meetings, probably monthly, until we reach full enrollment (48 Foundations students).

If you know of families that would like to see what Classical Conversations looks like they need to come to an Information Meeting before coming to Open House, which will be on Feb 2.

Next year is looking exciting already as we go back to Ancient History with Cycle One. Please call me at 293- 5857 or email me alexandmadeline @ anytime with questions.

--Amy Lindor

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Judges Needed!!

A group of Christian homeschoolers in our area is participating in The Northern Lights Challenge, a speech and debate tournament held the last week of January 2015 at Emmanuel Baptist in Mount Vernon, WA. You don't have to be an expert to help with this event.  If you or your spouse are available to listen to kids give speeches morning, afternoon, or evening on Jan 28 -29- 30 - 31, please contact Sonia Evans.

Sonia's email:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FISH Meeting notes from Dec 4th (sorry for late posting!!)

Here are the meeting minutes from our December meeting (Dec. 4th)

Kamiyo brought several things to our attention:
HomeschoolNowUSA is trying to mobilize homeschoolers to create community awareness for the many ways to homeschool for "School Choice Week" - Jan 25-31. Mishel Keltner will investigate and connect with the organization to get more details. FISH may do a community meeting/"open house" somewhere in Anacortes in January. Amy is planning to do some info meetings for Classical Conversations as well.

Terry Slowdemaker (sp?!) is making free tickets available to homeschoolers for Skagit Symphony performances in January. The performances will be at McIntyre Hall.

The 10th Annual Christian Heritage conference will be April 23-25. One of the keynote speakers is Ted Tripp! There will be at least 30 other speakers. We can organize a carpool for anyone who wants to go.

Passed around a catalog/magazine called "Generations." Kamiyo has it if you want to check it over.
Some people mentioned a few resources for Latin (can't remember which ones they were), and Memoria Press published an article about the Top 10 Reasons to Study Latin.

All the folks doing Classical Conversations said they were really liking it.

Achievement Night is planned for February, but the date has not been set (potentially the 23rd).
Kamiyo asked if there is someone who wants to take on organizing the event - and she'd be willing to walk you through the process! If we want prizes for the event, we will all need to contribute.
For science project ideas visit You can generate a list of ideas based on a variety of criteria! The Achievement piece is a presentation or performance, or displaying a project (anything from a lego creation to a decorated cake or other visual art, story, etc.).
The cut off for sign ups will be Feb 16th.

January Family Game Night
Monday, Jan 19th @ Anacortes First Baptist Church
Exact times will be confirmed with FBC before we let you know!

Mishel told us about the career direction assessment her son did through Crown Financial. he took an online questionnaire and then a local representative met with him personally to talk through his results. "The assessment is well worth the $160 cost! It's also great to do if you're changing careers."

Kamiyo recently went to a film screening at the library where they were showing a collection of old movies from the Anacortes Museum. It was fun and fascinating. She especially liked the movie of waterskiing acrobatics from the 1930's.

Finally, the evening closed with a cookie swap.

No meeting on Jan 1st!

Monday, December 1, 2014

FISH Meeting Notes from November (sorry! late posting!)

Our topics fromThursday (November 6th) were books and DVDs.  Here are a few of the ones that were brought up:


  • The Rest of God ~~ Mark Buchanan  (restoring your soul by restoring the Sabbath)
  • Tabitha's Travels / Jotham's Journey / Bartholomew's Passage ~~ Arnold Ytreeied, an Advent/Christmas Trilogy
  • Our Mother Tongue ~~ Nancy Wilson (a guide to English grammar)
  • The Gifts of Imperfection ~~ Brene Brown (Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are)
  • Christian Heroes Then and Now ~~ Geoff and Janet Benge  (missionary stories of David Livingstone, Corrie Ten Boom, George Muller, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and many more)
  • Living On the Devil's Doorstep ~~ Floyd McClung ( A strait-laced preacher's kid becomes a minister to hippies, drug addicts, prostitutes and other societal drop-outs, first in Kabul, Afghanistan, and then on the streets of Amsterdam, Holland.  You can find this on Sonlight readers books.)

DVDs: Biology 101 -- find this on for jr. hi/high school credit

Liberty's Kids --find this at and learn about history

The League of Grateful Sons -- (from Faith of our Father's Project)

God's Not Dead -- (came out in March 2014)

Building the Machine -- a 40 minute youtube video by HSLDA, a Common Core documentary

Other news:

Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon is having their Christmas musical performance December 5-7th (Fri, Sat, and Sunday). Friday and Saturday performances are at 7pm.  The seats are first come, first serve so get there early!!  Sunday's performance is at 4pm.

January 19 will be our game night so keep that evening open.

PLEASE JOIN US THIS THURSDAY (DEC 4th) for our monthly meeting and annual cookie exchange!  Bring a few dozen cookies to exchange.  We won't exchange cookies until after 8, so if you can't make the meeting, go ahead and come for cookies.  See you there!

Homeschool Potpourri SALE in Kirkland

Homeschool Potpourri (homeschool curriculum resale store) located at 12815 NE 124th St, Suite F in Kirkland, WA is having a 40% off sale from Dec 1- Dec 6.  You can also take items to consign Monday - Friday, 10a - 4:30p.  See their website for more specific instructions on consignment sales.