October | This is how I…Vote!

Welcome to October!  

This month we will highlight the importance of government, leadership, and voting.  As a reminder, all events will happen at the same Zoom link.

Upcoming, we are already planning Christmas activities!  The group has been signed up to design a Christmas tree for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees. The sale of this tree will benefit the programs at Kennedy Kreiger.  We are seeking design submissions from our students.  One design will be chosen to influence the direction of our tree. 
October 8th: Vote Our Own Adventure! @ 1:30p Students will share an imaginative experience where they work together to solve challenges. As the journey unfolds, they will learn the importance of laws and voting.
Picture credit- albiongould.com
October 15: Club Day | 1:30p-2:30p Centuries Club
We will learn about the creation of the United States Flag, with a focus on the Star-Spangled Banner Flag

Maker’s Club: Toothpick Tower Challenge
We are looking forward to learning about structure through this challenge. Will your design be able to stand the test?!?
October 22: Field Trip
Tree-mendous Trek
Howard County Conservatory | In-person OR Virtual option available
 Hike the woodlands of Mt. Pleasant farmstead viewing and identifying numerous plant and tree species with a naturalist. Along the way, your guide will point out animal habitats and (hopefully) their residents. Visit the newly renovated Hodge Podge Lodge of PBS fame, our beehives, “Champion” White Oak, and other fascinating trees. This walk is somewhat strenuous and requires good walking shoes.

Logistics- Our group will be broken into 2 groups with separate docents to keep the numbers extremely low and our families safe
Please wear a mask and walking shoes and come dressed for the weather.

Back-up weather day- 10/29
October Pickleball Lessons

Open to 5th grade and Middle School Students
Very limited space is available to ensure proper distancing and safety measures.

Series of 3 lessons:
October 16, 23, and 30
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The lessons are scheduled for 1 1/2 hours at noon starting on Friday, October 16, 23, and 30th. Lynne Coburn, the Director of Pickleball at Coppermine Racquet and Fitness, will be the instructor for the series.  Racquets and balls will be provided.  Students will play on an outdoor court.

Parents, if you would like to watch, please bring an outdoor chair.

Students please wear tennis shoes, bring a bottle of water, and a mask. Parents will be asked to sign a waiver for participating students.

Sponsored by Mt Olive United Methodist Church
October 28: Hydroponic Gardening
Time: 1pm-2pm

GBCH and GPCH Students, learn how to garden year-round with hydroponics!  Master Gardener, Carol Jones, will be teaching this lesson.  

What is Hydroponics?  a form of gardening that uses no soil, but instead grows plants in a solution of water and nutrients. A hydroponic system can grow plants and vegetables faster and year-round.

More details to come!
Sponsored by Mt Olive United Methodist Church
Call for Submissions!   Students, we invite you to submit a Christmas Tree design idea for GBCH’s submission to the Festival of Trees by Kennedy Krieger.  

The selected design will inspire the direction of the real Christmas Tree’s decorations and ornaments that we will make as a group.   Note: the GPCH tree will be 4′ high.

Deadline:  October 15, 2020

Please do not put your name on the front of the drawing.
Parents, no helping!  We want to see student ideas.

Please email submissions to greaterpurposehomeschoolers@gmail.com under the Heading: Festival of Trees Submission.

September | This is how I…Create

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!
Our meetings will begin next week and we are looking ahead to a year of wonderful activities starting with the month of September. 
First things first, we have a Welcome Bag for you that includes helpful supplies for our group activities. We will schedule a quick drop-off with each family this upcoming week to get those to you.

Ready to start…let’s jump in!!

Group Meeting | Thursday, Sept. 10

In our opening meeting, we are looking forward to “Getting to Know You.” Our activities will be centered around Graphic Design and Product Design. Please have available the paper gift bag found in your welcome bag along with crayons and markers, which is also included.

Club Day | Thursday, Sept. 17

This Centuries Club the spotlight will be on African American Visual Artists: Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Augusta Savage, Alma Thomas.

Group Meeting | Thursday, Sept. 24

We will focus on storytelling: some stories can be funny, some serious, some exciting. Come to the group with a story from your life—either written or something you can describe to share with the group. Demonstrate different book cover examples. Take time to design a cover for the story.

Chess with Friends

Thursdays in April from 2pm-3pm. In January, our chapter’s Chess Day with the East Columbia 55+ Center was AWESOME!  I loved seeing our students playing and learning from opponents ages 60-80+!  As a result of that interest and in the spirit of TEAM we will continue to play together online at Chesskid.com.   If you have not visited the site before. It is extremely kid-friendly with chess lessons and the ability to play games against opponents.

Check your email for information to participate.