HOMESCHOOL ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The inclusion of the following entries does not constitute an endorsement by Homeschool Oklahoma of the program, organization, or tutor. It is the parent’s responsibility to investigate who will be involved in their children’s education. We encourage parents to thoroughly investigate a potential program and ask for references and talk to others who have used these organizations/persons’ talents.
Oklahoma National Homeschool Honor Society – STATEWIDE
The Oklahoma National Homeschool Honor Society is getting started and welcomes all qualified students who meet the following general requirements:
- Grade point average of 3.5 on a 4-point scale.
- Proof of test scores from one of the following tests: Stanford, California, or Iowa Achievement, (90% composite score), SAT (1800), ACT (26), PSAT (180)
- Contact person: May Griffin, firstname.lastname@example.org
At Knights of the Square Table Competitive Homeschool Chess Team, we’re all about fun, friendship, and competition. Our experienced coach trains our teams of K-6th players to reach their highest potential, and we always have a great time whenever we play! We’re one of only three homeschool competitive chess teams in Oklahoma and hail from the Oklahoma City metropolitan area with teams representing both the third and fifth congressional districts! See how you can become part of our family and join us as we share our love of the game and compete together monthly in chess tournaments with public and private schools from around the state. See The Knight’s website for more information http://learningbydoingkon.wixsite.com/squaretableknights or call Leah Boudreau at 805-660-2490. Email: LearningByDoingKONOSCoemail@example.com
4-H Clubs, Contact your County Extension Office.
Olympic Day – Held in OKC metro in May for 6-16 year old homeschooled students. Each student may enter 5 events. For more information and entry form, contact: Diane Taylor, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (405)771-5083
Destination Imagination Opportunities
Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization encouraging young people (K-12) to form teams to solve challenges. The kids work together and learn many socialization skills, management skills and learn through the research necessary to solve their challenges. They have fun using music, theatre, dance, and improv to show all that they have learned. DI is? a fun, educational tool that takes kids outside the box. For more information regarding this program: idodi.org and okdi.webs.com.
Science Fair: Open to all Oklahoma homeschoolers in 1-12 grade. Held in OKC in January with entries due in November. Visit www.ou.edu/science for more information.
Tulsa Science Fair: Contact Dr. Gweth Holzmann at Oral Roberts University, 918-495-6466, email@example.com.
Weather Science Fair: Open to all Oklahoma homeschoolers. Held at the National Weather Center in Norman, OK generally the third Saturday in February with entries due in November. The projects MUST use weather data. Visit earthstorm.ocs.ou.edu/for_teachers/science_fair.php for more information.
Generation Joshua clubs meet to pray for the nation, carry out their civic and community duties, support each other in their civics educational process, communicate truth (spiritual and political), and get involved in campaigns for pro-family, conservative candidates. Visit www.generationjoshua.org or email GenerationJoshua@hslda.org for more information about clubs in Oklahoma.
OKC, Youth Leadership Exchange (YLX): Leadership Skills Class designed for aspiring leaders and Youth in Action class which emphasizes community service leadership. Open to high school students in Oklahoma County. Applications are due in September. See http://www.lokc.org/ylx_info.html for details. Contact the YLX office at 405-236-1177, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tulsa Youth Council provides young people who are Tulsa residents with a channel to voice their concerns, needs, and desires, and help influence local government decisions that directly affect their lives. For more information, visit http://www.tulsacouncil.org/tyc.html. Contact Stephanie R. Edgar at (918) 596-1990 or SEdgar@tulsacouncil.org.
Youth Leadership Oklahoma program selects high school juniors to participate in a free, week-long tour of Oklahoma. Application deadline in January. Visit www.leadershipoklahoma.com for details or (405) 232-0001, email@example.com.
YMCA Youth and Government gives high school students from around the state the opportunity to author legislation and debate it in the chambers of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and it also allows students to be witnesses, attorneys, and judges in the Court of Criminal Appeals at the State Capitol. To form a club for homeschool students contact Stan Barton, firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-720-0825. More information is available at www.okymcayag.net.
Boys and Girls State: Homeschool high school juniors may participate in a program of Americanism and good citizenship. This eight-day session sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary teaches qualifying boys and girls about city, county and state government. Deadlines are in March. Boys contact David Kellerman at 405-525-3511. Girls should contact their local American Legion post. http://oklegionboystate.org/
Page at the State Capitol
Contact your state representative or senator’s office to ask about being a page. The Senate requires that students be in grades 9-12. The House will accept students age 14 and older. Call the state switchboard at 405-521-2011 or check www.state.ok.us/osfdocs/leghp.html for your legislator’s address, phone number, and e-mail address.
TeenPact: Legislative programs for teens. 1-888-343-1776, www.teenpact.com.
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Libraries: The area libraries host many free events. For information at other libraries for the next six-eight weeks, go to http://www4.mls.lib.ok.us/mlswebcalendar/calendar.asp.Foreign Language: Mango is a simple, easy-to-use language learning program that is offered online and is the most effective way to learn a language. Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a full understanding of an entire language and its culture. It is available in nine foreign languages and three ESL courses. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 22 foreign languages and 14 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. It is available FREE for anyone with an MLS library card. To learn more about Mango, just click here: http://www.metrolibrary.org/mls/mls_promos/mango.htm
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Boy Scout Troop 30 & Cub Scout Pack 30 holds these qualities dear and is inviting homeschooled boys to join their groups. Our troop and pack serve the homeschooling community of the NW OKC area and meet near Council & Hefner on Monday nights. Boy Scouts is for boys 11 – 18 and Cub Scouts is for boys 6-10. The Scouting program adds to the homeschooling experience by providing boys with valuable comradeship, adventure, and leadership opportunities. Call Scoutmaster Randy Stark at 787-8271 or Cubmaster Wayne Sutton at 721-3861 for information about how your son can be involved in this rewarding program.
Boy Scout Troop 11 (Edmond/North Oklahoma City): Offers Boy Scouts (ages 11-17) and Cub Scouts (age 6-10) opportunities to enjoy campouts, summer camp and learning outdoor skills. Boys learn how to be leaders while following the advancement trail and earning awards. Our troop was founded by and is organized by homeschooling parents. We host regular family events and strongly encourage dads to join their sons for Scouting adventures. The troop meets the second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Mennonite Church, Coltrane, and Memorial. Contact: Scoutmaster Jeff Massey, email@example.com or (405) 341-9966 (office) or CubMaster Paul Ingram, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fine Arts Institute: Contact 340-4481 or http://www.edmondfinearts.com.
OKC City Youth Theatre, Inc. For more info call Jay Prock @ 405-609-1022.
EXCEL Drama, Excellence in Home Education (NW OKC area) [formerly Parents Educating Teens (PET)]
Administrator: Jené Olsson, 405-317-0600, www.petnwokc.com, email@example.com
Family Theatre Warehouse: OKC area, 405-848-SHOW (7469)
Upstage Theatre & Performing Arts Studio- Edmond, OK
Brett or Jenny Rottmayer at (405)210-5031 or firstname.lastname@example.org, www.upstagetheatreok.com? ?We offer private voice and piano lessons, acting, music, dance, an intensive musical theatre production class, and so much more!?
Drama classes for 5th-12th grades in the Broken Arrow area.
Contact Phyllis Mclemore, email@example.com
Speech and Debate
Home School Speech and Debate presented by Christian Communicators of Owasso/Collinsville.
Contact Kelly Jacobson at 918-274-9571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veritas Debate Club (OKC) provides a fun and challenging opportunity for Christian homeschool students to become effective communicators and strong leaders by competing with like-minded teens across the country in various speech and debate events. Club meetings will be on Fridays 1:00-3:30, September – April, at Crossroads Church, OKC. The club is open to students ages 12-18. For more information, please contact one of our parent coordinators at VCAdebate@gmail.com
STOA Debate: Event descriptions and more information about the national organization, Stoa, can be found at www.stoausa.org
Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum (Tulsa):
This is a new hands-on arts and science children’s museum in Tulsa, OK. Discounted rates are available to homeschool groups for field trips. The website with pictures and more information is www.kaleidoscopecm.com and the address is 6202 S. Sheridan Rd. or call Deborah Colbert at 918-340-5252.
Gaylord-Pickens Museum is once again able to offer free field trips for 4,500 students in the 2009-2010 school year. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are available to any school (or homeschool support group) in the state. Download the application form here. http://oklahomaheritage.com/Portals/0/docs/fieldtrip_free.pdf
Overholser Mansion, OKC:
Education program for 4-6th-grade students. Includes the early history of Oklahoma City. We can bring a 45-minute outreach program to your homeschool group for no charge. E-mail Sherri Vance at email@example.com or contact 405-824-5992 to schedule the outreach program and a mansion educational tour. http://overholsermansion.org/