Sunday, December 2, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with great remorse that we have to announce the Book Shack WILL NOT BE OPEN tomorrow, Monday, December 3rd. We know many of you drive a long way, and are giving as much notice as we have.
Due to a combination of rather severe illness, family emergencies, and unable-to-reschedule appointments, not a single member of the leadership team is available to open and host our regularly-scheduled day tomorrow.
We will work together to try and schedule another date, and will announce it as soon as possible. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

STEM Night & Some News...

If you live near the Payne County area, there will be a STEM Night, hosted by OERB, in two weeks.  This is a free event, open to homeschoolers, and is an opportunity for you to check out STEM careers in this area (for older kids) and get hands-on with science (for all kids).  
Find out more at OERB.com/STEMNights


Another opportunity from OERB is their teacher training program, which is also free.  When you sign up, put in that you are a homeschool teacher and tell them how many students you are teaching in that grade level.  (eg, If you attend a high school class, and have a 9th and 12th grader, then you have two kids.)  You will receive a FREE kit that is modified to your classroom!

Finally, our last opening date of 2018 will be on Monday, December 3rd, from 8am - noon.  At the end of 2018, we will be suspending the mail-out option for receiving materials as we work on something big that we know you're going to L-O-V-E!!  (Mum's the word for the moment....you'll have to stick around and see what's coming!)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

OERB - Free Materials & Teacher Training


This is a wonderful opportunity from www.OERBHomeroom.com.  Let's take advantage of it and show the rest of the world how educated, insightful, and respectful homeschoolers can be!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Late Fall Openings

Set your clocks back an hour and put Monday's date on the calendar, because the Book Shack will be open from 8-12 on November 5th and December 3rd!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Amazing {FREE} Opportunities in Oklahoma!!

Do you know how many great opportunities there are for homeschooling mamas to get educator training right here in Oklahoma?  We've compiled a short list of some of the best (and most overlooked) ones for you to attend!   {Feel free to drop us a line with others that you know, and we'll get them added to this list....let's collaborate!}


Opening Reminder :  We will be open October 1st, from 8am - noon.  

We are considering opening on Saturdays for classroom teachers to attend....if you know of a classroom teacher who would like to visit our site, please have them contact us so that we can inform them of the date.  Thanks!

EDUCATOR TRAINING & RESOURCES
OERB's Classroom Training
OERB offers FREE petroleum-based curriculum for teachers and homeschoolers across the state of Oklahoma.  All levels of teaching are covered in their workshops, which are like a mini-retreat!  The classes offer hands-on curriculum for each subject that focus on the petroleum industry.  (ie, Core History teaches high school history from the viewpoint of Oklahoma's oil & gas past)  In addition to classroom training, you'll receive a nice lunch, some snacks, a goody bag, and a day off from the kids!

Ag in the Classroom
Similar to OERB, these FREE courses are offered based around the agricultural industry.  Each workshop covers all levels of teaching (whereas in OERB, you select your student's level), so you'll get information, curriculum, and goodies to use with all of your children together.  Additionally, there are numerous free lesson plans available on their website for you to use!

Oklahoma Nature Study
Learn about our diverse natural areas and state parks through real-life and virtual field trips.  You can download curriculum materials, and earn trading cards and certificates of completion.

Oklahoma Geological Survey
There are several opportunities available here, including visiting with a geologist, the traveling library, hands-on geology kits, a resource room you can visit, touring the Sarkeys Energy Center, and the traveling fossil kit (which is very nice!). 

Project Wet
Using water as a theme, Project WET provides hands-on activities to enhance the teaching of science, math, social studies, language arts, and many other required subjects. Project WET is primarily designed for teachers of grades K-12.  This training costs $20, but that training comes with supplies and curriculum.

Project Wild
Oklahoma Project WILD provides educators with the tools, training and resources needed to engage students in active, hands-on learning about wildlife and the environment. The activity guides are available only by participating in interactive, hands-on, fun workshops. 
Cool Beans - Soybean Board
While we haven't personally attended this one, it is a one-day workshop for middle and high school teachers focusing on soybeans and doing science experiments with bio-fuel.

Project Learning Tree
Focusing on forestry, biodiversity, and climate change, these workshops are offered online for educators.  (This training is NOT free.)  However, each month, free curriculum and student activities are posted on their site, and the activities change, so check back regularly!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer Event (and how we're helping local teachers)

We received some VERY big donations last week, which is AMAZING!!!   We are so grateful for the community of folks who are working together to help each other out.  😃

Within these donations were many items that are more appropriate for a classroom setting, including math manipulatives, games, classroom reproducibles, classroom posters, reading books (like for a classroom library), and a few other things that are more appropriate for classrooms than homeschool.

These items are still available for any of our homeschool families that come to visit (though they cannot be mailed, as they cannot go media mail rate), but we have such a surplus, and these are the types of things that classroom teachers need for their classrooms, so we decided to partner up with the local school district and invite public school teachers to come and pick out items that they need for their classrooms.

On Monday and Wednesday of our July opening dates, both homeschool and classroom teachers will be able to visit the Shack to 'treasure hunt.'  Depending on how well this event goes, we may open up the Shack to teachers again next summer. 

We will be closed in August for inventory and cleaning / organizing, but will open again in September (date TBA).

NOTE :  While it's true that Wings of Eagles bookstore has closed, they are still letting us use the space above them.  901 N. Jim Thorpe Blvd - there will be a square "Book Shack" sign on the doorway leading up the stairs.