Monday, September 5, 2016

upcoming events and trips!!

One of my favorite things about  being a part of the THESIS family are all the fun opportunities provided for our homeschool kiddos! Kids learn so much by getting out, traveling, and experiencing God's creation! We realize though, just because something fun is offered certainly doesn't mean EVERYTHING is going to fit into your schedule or be of interest to your family. However, we'd love for you to consider some of the fun trips and events going on in September! Hope to see you there!

Cougar    Wildlife Center

WHAT: WEST VIRGINIA WILDLIFE CENTER  see website for directions and information
WHEN:Friday September 16th  10am-12pm 
WHO: EVERYONE! (under 16 free, over 16 $1.00)
RSVP: THIS FRIDAY Sept. 9th (please sign-up at counter and place money in envelope with your name on it, in Karyn Burns mailbox)
*When you enter, there will be arrive-thru pay window on left. Tell them you are with THESIS, and then park. There is a gift shop and parking lot--we will meet around there. After tour there are picnic tables if you would like to pack a lunch. Please arrive at 9:50. Beth Anderson will be in charge that day.

Harvest Festival Poster

WHEN: Sept 17th 4-8pm
WHO: Everyone invited in the community!! THESIS members are asked to donate $5 for corndogs/apples to be sold that evening. Or donate a bag of apples or box of corndogs.  Proceeds benefit THESIS. Please see sign-up sheet on counter. 
NEEDED: Looking for volunteers to work the corndog/apple booth for 1 hour window. Great opportunity for teens/community service or families wanting to serve together!
CONTACT: Miranda Shields at for more information.

CSC Logo

WHAT: CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER see website for directions and information
WHEN: Friday September 23rd 10am-4pm
WHO: Everyone welcome! ($7.00/person Parking $5.00/car)
RSVP: Sept 9th (please sign-up at counter and place money in envelope with your name on it in Karyn Burns mailbox)
*You may pack a lunch or eat in the cafeteria. For more information contact Karyn Burns at

Monday, August 29, 2016

Transitions are Tough!

Hello Friends! My name is Lorrie Young. I’m one of the Thesis Admin team members, and I wanted to share some encouragement for you moms out there as you either begin your homeschool journey—or simply begin a new school year.

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Maybe it’s the transition from Toddlerhood to the structure of Kindergarten. Perhaps it’s going from teaching shorter hours of elementary work to longer hours in those middle school years. Possibly you are feeling the nerves of being in charge of high school documentation and feeling overwhelmed! Maybe it’s none of that, but simply going from the care free summer schedule back to sitting at the table, and working for hours together.
Whatever the case may be—transitions are tough, aren’t they? It seems every year I envision our year starting out perfectly—new books and sharpened pencils just longing to be used! All the clean and crisp charts ready to be marked off, and the grand plans for fun trips and projects! Of course in my dreams, the kids follow my plans exactly, and surely finish up right before noon so we could head to the park for lunch!
However, after six years of homeschooling, I’ve discovered the perfect start isn’t a realistic expectation.  The reality: Transitions are tough!

Last Monday was our first day. And even though I told myself to have LOW expectations, I still found myself puzzled by the tough transition. One child was in tears over math facts before 10:30am, I had raised my voice by noon, and one child was destined to be in bed before 7pm for many minor infractions throughout the day. Add to that, adjusting to getting less done around the house, talking more than usual, and misplacing a few essential things! By days end I felt like I was one of the broken crayons rolling around under the kitchen table!

Not exactly a dream start. Why? Because: Transitions are tough!

I think back to my first day of Kindergarten—nervous at all the new people and things to do. I remember my first day in the 7th grade after a big move, and the anxiety of not knowing anyone, changing classes, and finding my bus. I remember the first day of college—sitting on my bed wondering how I would manage such a big campus, difficult classes, and missing home. I remember my first day of nursing school and the weight and pressure of the workload!  And I’ll never forget the sweet fall day we drove our oldest son home from the hospital two days after he was born—wondering, What now!? Oh, and then the year we decided to homeschool—Oh my word—the fear!

While our experiences may differ, we certainly have all faced the truth: Transitions are tough!

Regarding transitions, have you ever said, I can’t! I don’t know what to do! Was I wrong to do this? How will I manage?  Am I the only one struggling?

As I look back over the years—all those transitions were tough! But each one brought lessons I couldn’t have learned otherwise. What I have gained, I wouldn’t trade: A dependency and deep trust in the Lord; a humility, richness, fullness, and confidence that is immeasurable.

And in time—I made friends, graduated nursing school, learned how to be a mom, and…yes, even educate our children from home!
Where would I be if I had quit? What would I have learned? What would I have missed out on? 
 As you enter a new school year—let me encourage you to keep these quick tips in mind to make your transition smoother:
  • HAVE LOW OR NO EXPECTATIONS.  Expect to explain things—over and over again. Expect everything to take longer than you thought. Expect struggle in the sitting, and the listening and the learning. Expect to not get anything done before 4pm (even a shower), because you know: Transitions are tough!
  • GO SLOW. Don’t introduce everything, the first day. Take it easy, and pace yourself. We wouldn’t teach our kids to walk, eat solids, go the potty, and read on the same day. Each new thing—takes time. Give them time to warm up to an idea or concept slowly. They don’t need to adapt to their basic classes, write a essay, do an art project, learn a new chore chart, practice piano and get ready for soccer practice all on the first day!
  • DWELL ON WHAT WENT RIGHT; NOT WHAT WENT WRONG. I have a bad habit of verbally spilling my day to my husband when he walks through the door. Mostly, I share the things that didn’t go well first, and then follow with all the other stuff. This week I decided to do the opposite. You wouldn’t believe how that changed his perspective on our day and especially the kids who were listening!
  • BELIEVE BETTER DAYS ARE ON THE HORIZON. Don’t overthink during transition times. A few tough days doesn’t mean we need to restructure everything. It might just take some time. Instead, take a warm shower, go for a walk and get a good night’s sleep.  Most problems seem better with a little perspective.
Remember---all the transitions we’ve been through in our lifetime have probably begun with some level of anxiety, fear, exhaustion, and feelings of being overwhelmed. More often than not though, it’s never too long before we are off and running smoothly!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Field Trip: Walk On, The Rosa Parks Story

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks weaves together music and drama to tell the story of Rosa Parks from her childhood in rural Alabama to her famous decision to “sit down and be counted.”

The play dispels myths about Parks and her protest as it paints a portrait of complex
woman who had to find reconciliation within herself in order to become an effective Civil Right leader.

Exciting and inspirational, Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks shows how the determination of one individual made all the difference in the struggle for freedom and equality in the United States

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks from Mad River Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, January 29, 2016

CCC Museum Field Trip


On the heels of the "Roaring Twenties" and following the market crash of 1929, the Great Depression engulfed America and flowed unchecked across our Land.  Economic hard times were everywhere.  Many Americans became homeless.  Families were split up; forced to live apart.  Children became orphans.  There was little gainful employment.  To help ease the unemployment situation, one of the first things President Franklin Roosevelt did in office, was to establish the Civilian Conservation Corp, the CCC.  He did this with a stroke of a pen on March 31, 1933.

The purpose of this CCC program was to put unemployed young men to work in useful, needed conservation projects around the country.  The plan was swiftly put in motion.  Within 3 months, over 275,000 enrollees and supervisors were signed up across the nation and began work on critical conservation projects planned by foresters, or, as the case might have been, park service rangers, soil conservationists and extension educators.  

In the 9 years from 1933 until the CCC program phase-out in 1942, there were over 3 million enrollees and more than 1,600 camps throughout the country.  Many CCC projects included fire-fighting, tree-planting, road-building, development of parks, forests and erosion control of farm land...Conservation projects quite evident, as we travel the land, today.  The good works of the CCC in one state could be mirrored by the many achievements of the CCC in any state. 
For more educational resources on the CCC click the link: