Friday, August 11, 2017

A Home for the Shack

After over fourteen long months of dragging books around and storing them in garages, we have finally found a home for the Book Shack!

Wings as Eagles Christian bookstore, in Prague, has graciously offered us a space above their store to use.  It is upstairs, so be prepared.  If you have a physical disability, we will work with you to get you the materials you need.
Wings as Eagles carries a wide variety of items...they have something for everyone, and we would very much appreciate it if you popped into their store when coming to visit the shack.....if for no other reason than to offer them a hearty "thank you!"
The front part of the store has books, greeting cards, wall hangings, Bibles, kitchen items, movies, and even Yeti cups.  If you're looking for a unique and inspirational gift, this is your one-stop shopping spot!  (My personal favorite section is the book section......who's surprised?)
The children's area has clothing, toys, and books.  There are also smaller items (around a dollar), such as stickers and mini-books.  There truly is something for every budget.
To find the Book Shack, look for the Wings as Eagles store - on the corner of Hwy 99 and 9th Street - then look for the antique-barred door just to the right.  That's where you'll enter!  Head upstairs to Room C, and come on in!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Then & Now

June 2016 :  Closing out the Book Samaritan and starting the move

 July 2017 :  Back-to-School Night and sharing books with families

Please remember that, while we are centrally located in Oklahoma, this ministry is available to all co-ops across the state and (hopefully soon) nationwide.  We were at our local homeschool co-op's back-to-school night, but it is not a ministry just for is for all homeschoolers and new teachers.

Upcoming Fundraiser

Have you heard?!?

We're having a fundraiser this weekend....and it's going to be HUGE!  We're talking seven truckloads of items....from several different you know there'll be something for everyone!

Come on out....bring your friends & family....and if you have an hour or two, sit a spell and take a volunteer shift.  

Any help, Friday or Saturday (and maybe Saturday from 2-3pm, too, to clean up) would be greatly appreciated.

See you there!

AND we made the paper.  It's been a busy week!  😊

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Homeschooling Styles

Choosing the right curriculum for your family means first determining your family's homeschooling style.  Some families are strictly one style, while others prefer a blend of styles.  Within the leadership of the Book Shack, we cover nearly every style if you ever have questions, just ask, and one of us will be glad to assist you!

Your family might try out one style and find that it's not for you.  It may take a few years to settle down into the right fit for your family, and that's completely normal.  When contacting the Book Shack for assistance, however, it helps us to help you if you know your family's preferred style.  

So....what's your style?

This approach utilizes three stages of learning : grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric.  These stages match up with elementary, middle, and secondary school.  This is a rigorous approach to schooling, but produces results.  Examples of this style include Story of the World, Classical Conversations, and Memoria Press.

Charlotte Mason
This approach involves 'living learning.  It revolves around reading aloud together as a family, and following child interests.  Nature walks, art museums, and living books are all a part of this approach.  Examples of this style include My Father's World, Ambleside, and Tapestry of Grace.

Unit Studies
This approach takes all of the subjects and smashes them together in an in-depth study of a topic.  For example, a unit study of Rome might include reading and writing about Rome, studying the history of Roman emperors, calculating timelines and marketplace purchases, creating artwork and projects from Ancient Roman times, and studying water (from the aqueducts built during this era).  Examples of unit studies include Sonlight, Learning Adventures, and Amanda Bennett.

Similar to unschooling, this is a child-centered approach that focuses on nature, arts, crafts, music, and movement.  Technology is not a big part of this curriculum.  One example of Waldorf curriculum is Oak Meadow.

Definitely for the Type B family, this is a child-centered approach to schooling.  There are no formal lessons, or even formal curriculum, but the children follow their interests and learn from life experiences.  Schedules are not utilized, and there is much flexibility and freedom.  This does not mean that they don't read, write, and do math, but that they follow their interests.  Math might be adding up the tab at the restaurant, or figuring the tax.

This is just a fancy way of saying 'a combination of styles.'  If you tell us that your family is eclectic, please tell us which styles you prefer, and which ones you do not want to use.

Stay-at-Home School
This is the one that we don't really consider homeschooling, because it's more like public school at home.  This is your Epic or K12 family, who uses tax dollars and receives their curriculum from the state.  This is the only style not utilized by a member of the Book Shack leadership.

Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Homeschool Convention Time!

It's that time again!  Every homeschool mom's delight!  Homeschool children are singing the song of "their People"......Yes!  It's homeschool convention time!

We plan for months, checking the vendor list, 
noting what we need to purchase (free shipping!!), what we want to look at, and of course, the gathering of the freebies!  Our children get excited, they will be amongst children like them!  I know that mine were excited for the book vendors, the hands on exhibits, and the most important....the young entrepreneurs booth.

I have to admit...I have been homeschool conventioning 
(is this a word?) since the denim jumper days!  I still drag my "box on wheels", which by the way, gets some strange looks! I carry a small spiral notebook that has my needs and wants...when I visit my curricula booth, I am welcomed with a big hug and and friendly, "Good to see you again this year!" 

Every year I meet up with all my home school
 moms and we plan our yearly lunch....a walk downtown to our favorite Mexican restaurant! And this is with at least 9 children in tow!  If you have never been to a are missing out! The smell of new text books, an entire booth dedicated to paper products!  (YES) There is a booth where you can purchase the dreaded frogs and squids for dissection, and there are books galore for reading enjoyment! And this mom purchased two fabulous novels written in the 1800's! 

Oh! The freebies! Pens, pencils, water bottles, 
candy, lunch bags, and keychains.....of course some of the best are the free drawings for curriculum, i-Pads, and lap tops!  From one home school mom to others...if you get a chance, visit a homeschool convention! It is day of fun and encouragement! PLUS....this can be considered a "professional day" for your records!

Next plans are to attend 2 (yes..TWO) conventions! I may go into book overdose!  Here's to lazy summer days! Oh...who am I fooling! I don't know about y'all, but this girl has some deep house cleaning to do! 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Keeping the Dream Alive

They say that ''it takes money to make money,'' but the truth is that it takes money to help other people, too.  As much as we'd like to never have to ask for donations and financial support, that's just not realistic.  Therefore, after much debate, we found a few ways that will allow you to support the Book Shack without having to stretch your budget even further.

Where do these donations go?  They are used for :
  • boxes & packing material
  • packing tape
  • blank paper & shipping labels
  • light bulbs
  • bookshelves
  • staples, clips & other binding materials
  • *postage for recipients
(*= We are currently unable to offer this, due to having no operating costs at this time.  See policies for more information on how postage is currently being covered.)

We have contracted with shopping sites to make it easier for you to help raise these operating costs.  Straight donations are always welcome - we have a 'Donate Now' button that goes through Paypal (who does verify our 501(c)3 eligibility) - and present another option for assistance.  Sites are broken down into five categories, shown below.  Click on the category header to see all sites within that category.  (Please check back, as we will continue to add sites, when available.)

Thank you so much for supporting the Book Shack and keeping this dream alive!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bibliomania & A Budding Friendship

We spent the day at BiblioMania Homeschooling Materials in Tulsa forging new friendships!! 
They have been so wonderful to help us as we get started and continue to work to get this organization up and running smoothly!  
If you're in Oklahoma or NW Arkansas, you should definitely check them out for this semester's materials.  

About BiblioMania
The store
 was founded in Tulsa, OK, in 1992, and is a unique source for gently used homeschooling materials on consignment. With dozens of years of homeschooling experience under their belts, the ladies who run the store have a wealth of information and encouragement, and will cheerfully answer your homeschooling curriculum questions!  (They'll also provide hugs and strength when you're ready to throw in the towel.)

If you're going to visit the store, be aware that it's in the back corner of a strip mall.  It looks something like the pic on the right.  Here is their contact information :
12929 E 21st St Suite I
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Phone : (918) 438-9889

 little helpers loaded up even MORE books and were ready for a rest on the long ride home!  I think that they, more than anyone else, will be happy when the organization has a permanent home and the boxes no longer need to be lugged around!  LOL