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“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
      Deuteronomy 6:5-7





20 Great Reasons You Homeschool - #5

by Jim Erskine

       


BACH Activities

The existence and success of each of these activities depends on member interest and participation. An unlimited number of possibilities exist for members to organize other special groups or activities related to individual talents, interest, and willingness to lead. Please inform BACH leaders of your interests.


Cooperative Learning Classes

BACH member families are encouraged to join the cooperative learning classes we offer each school year. By it's very definition, a co-op must have everyone working together to make it a success. If not teaching a class, parents of participating families are needed as hall monitors, classroom help, and for clean up afterwards.

We are continually looking for ideas for upcoming sessions - any suggestions for classes that would interest your children, or other input, would be a great help. Simply speak to any BACH leaders about your ideas or come to the co-op planning meetings held the month before classes start.

Fall 2011 Cooperative Learning Classes


Field Trips

BACH attempts to orgainize one field trip per month during the school year. Other field trips may occasionally be scheduled during the summer months. Many BACH orgainized field trips are open to all homeschoolers in the communtiy, but some may be for BACH members only.

At times, the number of children allowed on a particular field trip will be limited and pre-registration will be required. In these situations, reservations will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional fees may occasionally be necessary as well.

Parents are responsible for the conduct of their children on field trips. Participants will be representing not only our support group but also homeschoolers at large, and it is important that we maintain a positive image with others in the community.


International Fair

The International Fair is a fun adventure for everyone. Each participating family chooses a country to study and is asked to present a display with information, sharing the discoveries they make at a cultural "Passport Around the World" International Fair. Some of the events of the evening may include a procession of flags, costumes, informational presentations, and a covered-dish meal of native foods.

More about BACH's second annual International Fair, October 28, 2011.


Mystery Dinner

This 'Mystery Dinner' is not the 'who-done-it' type - instead, the dinner itself is the 'Mystery.' Great fun for the whole family, this event is hosted at least once per year. If you've missed it before, you won't want to miss it the next time around!


Science Fair

The Science Fair is an opportunity for homeschoolers to show the group what they know about a particular science topic. This event is only for the homeschooled BACH members of the family. Participants may display a collection of items (for younger children), do an experiment, or display research findings. Such displays may include a story board, models of items discussed (e.g., Solar system), pictures, diagrams, and books or magazines used for research. Participants may also deliver a 3-5 minute presentation concerning the project. Finalized guidelines will be provided at time of sign-up.


Parties

BACH hosts occasional parties that appeal to all age groups throughout the year. Parties may include, but are not limited to, a beginning of the year Back-To-School-type party/social in August/September, and an end of the year Picnic party/social in May/June. Those planning to attend may be asked to bring refreshments.


Field Day

A Field Day event is held each spring to allow the children to participate in several outdoor field events. These events may include, but are not limited to, a sack race, relay race, long jump, tug of war, Frisbee throw, obstacle course, etc. Ribbons or certificates may be awarded to encourage the children. Fresh ideas for field events are always welcome, as are volunteers for the day.


Fall 2011 Activities and Events

Ongoing Activities and Events


Making A Difference

BACH is getting the ball rolling on it's new Making a Difference ministry. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and young adults to perform helpful acts of service for others in our community. As a community service, we accept donations of household items, to be given to families in need. In addition, we encourage Farmers Market vendors to donate some of their weekly unsold produce to the local Heart To Heart ministry in downtown Buffalo. We also have a group who is interested in organized activities to help out seniors and others in need. If you know of any seniors who need help, please let us know.


Fundraising

Fundraising is an important part of keeping BACH a vibrant and operational entity. Throughout the year we embark on several fundraising activities and events, and all member families are stongly encouraged to be actively involved with our fundraising activities.
Learn more about BACH Fundraising here.


Volunteering

BACH is an all-volunteer group working hands on to provide the above activities and events for our children and families. Learn more about volunteering here.



Participation in BACH Activities/Events

As a homeschool group, BACH activities and events are open to all area homeschooled children and their families only. Any non-homeschooling children or families who wish to participate in BACH activities or events must be personally invited by a BACH member family and approved by the board. Invitation and approval must be obtained for each activity or event. In these cases, the non-homeschooling family will be required to sign the BACH Liability Waiver and agree to BACH's Standards of Conduct.


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