The Giver in the theaters on August 15.

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    October 29th, 2014Homeschool RosterHomeschool Roster

    The deadline of Saturday, November 1 to apply for the TN Promise is rapidly approaching. With the large number of students registering to be eligible to receive the funds from this last dollar scholarship, comes the need for mentors who will work with those students beyond the scholarship deadline.

    “The mentors fill a couple of rolls that include encouraging the students through the process. Most of the students we work with include lower income and first generation college students. A lot of times, they don’t have a lot of support at home,” said Graham Thomas, tnAchieves Director of Community Partnerships. “They just need that extra encouragement.”
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    October 21st, 2014Homeschool RosterHomeschool Roster

    ***Giveaway coming Monday, October 27.***

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    Glen Campbell and his wife, Kim Woolen, went public with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2011 with the hope of bringing awareness to the debilitating disease. Not long after their announcement, Campbell set off on a “Goodbye Tour” that was supposed to last for a small number of dates, but instead continued for 151 shows finishing in Napa, California in November 2011.

    The producers of Walk the Line bring movie-goers “I’ll Be Me,” a documentary that takes viewers on a journey of Campbell’s final tour and shares personal moments of Campbell and Kim with their three musician children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley, who accompanied him on the stage during the tour.

    What we see is a man, who is in his element (a music man) and a disease that does not have the power to take the music away from a true musician like Campbell or thwart the love he and his family have for each other.

    Campbell, who learned to play music on a Sears and Roebuck guitar, grew up “dirt poor” in Delight, Arkansas as one of 12 children. He began his career as a session musician (Wrecking Crew) and later rose to stardom becoming the 1968 Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year. During Campbell’s 55 year career, he became known as a songwriter, television host and actor while earning numerous awards including five Grammys and being named into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

    The lives he touched as a musician and a man are evident by the cameo appearances in “I’ll Be Me” of celebrities like Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Brad Paisley, Bill Clinton, Kathy Mattea, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Martin and others who comment on Campbell’s influence in their lives. Some, like Paisley (grandmother), Mattea (mother) and Smith (father) are able to empathize with the struggles Campbell’s family is experiencing as they walk with him through the disease.

    Despite showing signs of Alzheimer’s while off-stage, Campbell becomes the consummate performer while on stage. Although, he uses teleprompters to remember lyrics, his talent is evident in the way he plays his guitar.

    You may see the trailer for “I’ll be Me.”

    “I’ll Be Me” is a movie of accomplishment:

    “Extraordinarily talented and diverse human being,” said Urban.

    Love:

    “We get to celebrate his life while he is still around,” said Shannon Campbell.

    Triumph:

    Campbell accepts his diagnosis, but is determined to do as he has always done stating, “I’ll Be Me.”

    Being Campbell is being a music man and Alzheimer’s has a tough battle against him. Although the disease continues to progress, Campbell, who was admitted to a full-time Alzheimer’s care facility earlier this year, is still able to remember how to play the guitar. You may see the last recorded song, “I’m Not Going to Miss You,” of Cambell’s, which is very poignant.

    I’ll Be Mewill be released in theaters on Friday, October 24.


    ***Giveaway coming Monday, October 27.***

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    October 1st, 2014Homeschool RosterHomeschool Roster

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    tn_promiseAffording higher education became easier for graduating high school seniors when the TN Promise was signed into law earlier this year in April by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. The TN Promise, one of the initiatives of Haslam’s Drive to 55, offers Tennessee high school graduates two years of free tuition to attend any community college (13) or Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) (27), and some participating four year colleges in the state. The scholarship will first be offered to homeschool, private and public school students in the graduating Class of 2015 as well as to GED or HiSET recipients who attain their diploma prior to reaching 19 years old.
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    September 1st, 2014Homeschool RosterHomeschool Roster, weekly roster

    Make some time this week to get out of the house. As usual, there are plenty of exciting activities to get involved with and a lot of learning to be done. Don’t forget the books, but also don’t forget to get out of the house!

    Monday, September 1: This is the last day to register for Book It!. {Everywhere}

    Monday, September 1-7: Delta Fair & Music Festival comes to town. {Memphis}

    Tuesday, September 2: Dixon Gallery and Gardens asks that you Pay-what-you-can. {Memphis}

    Tuesday, September 2: Fire Museum of Memphis has a Two for Tuesday. {Memphis}

    Tuesday, September 2: Memphis Zoo offers free admission for Tennessee residents. {Memphis}

    Tuesday, September 2: Pink Palace offers free admission to the museum. {Memphis}

    Wednesday, September 3: Mid-South Ice House has Homeschool Skate. {Olive Branch}

    Wednesday, September 3: Jump the afternoon away at the Jackson Sky Zone for Homeschool Day and at the Memphis location for Homeschool Hop. {Jackson and Memphis}

    Friday, September 5: Delta Fair & Music Festival has Homeschool Day. {Memphis}

    Friday, September 5: Jackson-Madison County Library begins the Library Club for homeschoolers. {Jackson}

    Saturday, September 6: Dixon Gallery and Gardens offers free admission. {Memphis}

    See the complete calendar listing with more event details on these events and other events for the month of September.

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    August 4th, 2014Homeschool Rosterannual, events, Homeschool Roster

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    I’ve never heard of such a thing, but I mentioned it to my children and they knew all about it. Apparently Shark Week is quite popular and my children think it is cool.

    When I think of sharks, I can’t help but have visions of the (now hilarious) mechanical shark in Steven Speilberg’s movie Jaws that kept so many out of the waters after its release in 1975.

    Shark Week is a week-long event that was created by the Discovery Channel in 1987. The goal was to promote awareness of sharks and to generate respect for an animal that most people fear.

    This year, sharks will be celebrated during Shark Week, which begins Sunday, August 10.

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    Learning



    Sensational Sharks Unit study
    Kid Zone

    Shark activities
    : Online puzzles, arts and crafts.


    Draw like a real artist

    A potential cult classic to make you laugh

    If you have a visual curiosity (and the stomach for it):
    Discovery Channel will have its annual week long list of shows.

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    May 1st, 2014Homeschool Rosterfamily movies, Homeschool Roster

    The Orpheum Theatre has announced its summer movie series and if you love movies, then you are going to love the lineup. This is the third year the series has been held and movie selections for the season are based on fan requests.
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    February 12th, 2014Homeschool Roster5 Family Fun Ideas, Homeschool Roster

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    It’s Wednesday, so make some really fun plans for the weekend to spend time with your family.
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    February 5th, 2014Homeschool Roster5 Family Fun Ideas, Homeschool Roster

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    It’s Wednesday, so make some really fun plans for the weekend to spend time with your family.
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    January 29th, 2014Homeschool Roster5 Family Fun Ideas, Homeschool Roster

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    It’s Wednesday, so make some really fun plans for the weekend to spend time with your family.
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    January 14th, 2014Homeschool Rostergiveaway, Homeschool Roster, review

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    You probably decided at the beginning of the year that this was THE YEAR that you and your spouse were going to be more deliberate about how you manage your money. As Dr. Phil says,” So how is that working for you?”

    If it is working well, then that is great! If not, then you may want to take a few tips from Scott and Bethany Palmer, otherwise known as “The Money Couple®.” Scott and Bethany have professional experience as a certified retirement specialist and a financial planner, respectively. The 5 Money Personalities™: Speaking the Same Love and Money Language is the fifth book that they have written for couples to get a handle on how they use their money; from saving to spending.
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