Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

Monday, March 18, 2019

Horizons Has Changed...

We're still dedicated to offering Christ-centered learning and enrichment opportunities for independent Christian homeschoolers regardless of  approach. Classes meet on Tuesdays at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Orcutt, however the format is different.

Horizons no longer operates a large, multi-family co-op. Instead, we offer a venue for Christian homeschool co-ops, workshops, and drop-off classes for a variety of ages. 

Offerings vary, so if you'd like to receive information when new classes are posted, follow this link HERE and join the E-loop.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Exciting Changes Happening for Our 4-8 Year Olds This Fall!

We have a great team of motivated moms organizing our Explorers (6-8's) and Scouts (4-6's) and developing a science-based enrichment program for the upcoming fall semester.  This year, lesson plans are in the works that will highlight scientific exploration utilizing the Bible, experimentation, art projects, and music.  They will be studying Water (1st Semester) and the Plant Kingdom (2nd Semester).   The goal will be to use our children’s natural desire to explore God's Creation to point them to Christ.  The same unit study and activities developed for our older Explorers will be adapted for the younger Scouts.


The Horizons Family CoOp registration opens 
Friday, May 31st, 10:00-12:00 
at Pine Grove Baptist Church

**All classes and parent helper positions are 1st Come-1st Served.**

Voyager Classes (ages 9 yrs +)
Fall Semester 2013
Subject to Change

1st Hour (Choose 1)

1A. Food Preparation
Instructor: Rachel Turner
In this class we will be learning about selecting good recipes, kitchen safety (briefly), and preparing food for optimum taste and visual appeal. We will be making cake, cupcakes, appetizers, and a variety of other dishes. We will also be learning about theme meals and creating a menu/ plan for parties and gatherings.
Limited Class Size: 8

1B. Adventures in Literature 
Instructor: Camille Lopez
A group book study is always a wonderful way for kids to get into literature! This class will utilize the Christian based Progeny Press study guide to explore the Newberry Medal winning book “Carry on Mr. Bowditch “ by Jean Lee Latham. We will take an in-depth look at the characters, vocabulary, and Early American time period through discussion, supporting worksheets, and some activities. Students are expected purchase/borrow a book (or audio book), read or listen to 3 chapters per 2 weeks, and fill out selected study questions that will help them participate in the discussion.  
Class Limit: 12

Book description for Carry On Mr. Bowditch

Description by Progeny Press about the study guide: This study guide provides easy-to-use, reproducible lessons on literary terms, comprehension and analysis, critical thinking, related scriptural principles, vocabulary, and activities,

1C. SERVICEFor kids 11 or older who would prefer to spend this hour assisting in the nursery, Sprouts, Scouts, or Explorer Groups.

2nd Hour (Choose 1)

2A. Food Presentation 
Instructor: Roxanne Mulder
In this class we will be learning to decorate cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts. We will also be learning about displaying, arranging, and presenting food in more creative, appealing ways.
Note:  If the child does not take the Food Preparation class 1st hour, then they will need to bring whatever food we are working on that week from home**
Class Limit: 8

Updated Class  2B. In the Time of a New Nation
Instructor: Diane Smith
This is an in-depth study of the people and challenges facing Post-Revolutionary War America (the same time period as "Carry On, Mr. Bowditch).  Students will practice self-directed learning by coming up with their own topic/question during the course of group discussion.  **As homework, they will then answer their question on a single notebook page that can include pictures/illustrations.  These pages will be shared with the class (jumpstarting new discussion/questions) and will be included in a copied compilation for each student to take home at the end.  Topics could include George Washington, John Adams, muskets, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, problems with currency, etc.
Class Size: 12

**Students are expected to work within their abilities - younger students may write less and illustrate more on their notebook page (to be determined by parents)

Students do NOT need to take the literature class or read the book.  However, it might spark some questions that they could use for their homework question)

2C. SERVICEFor kids 11 or older who would prefer to spend this hour assisting in the nursery, Sprouts, Scouts, or Explorer Groups.

NOTE:  The Study Hall option is also available for Voyager students who do not wish to take the classes offered during a given hour or if the desired class is full.  Students would need to bring work from home.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Spring Voyager Classes for 2013!

Here are the class options for our 9 yr+ students!  Don't wait to sign-up as classes are filling quickly...Classes will resume on January 8th!
Also, ask about the Horizons High Economics class for high school credit...

1st Hour (Choose 1)

1A. Beginning American Sign Language                    
Instructor: Virginia Nakiah-Burnes
ASL is a real language where you use your hands to communicate. Participants will be taught finger-spelling and basic vocabulary - Serious students only. One twenty minute period will be spent signing each day without verbal communication. This class will include puzzles, signing games and hopefully guest "speakers".
Limited Class Size: 10

1B. K’Nex: Exploration of Energy and Motion                                       
Instructor: Laura Stone
Students will be studying energy hands-on when they build models with K’Nex.  They will experience energy transfer, potential and kinetic energy, Newton’s Laws, motions and forces, and much more in memorable ways.  Students will investigate and collect data.
Class Limit: 8

1C. Introduction to Machine Sewing (both hours)                            
Instructor: Brenda Gilardone
This class will help kids learn the basic operations of a sewing machine while making simple projects.  Students must provide their own machine (although there might be one or two loaners available) and students must participate in this class for both hours (with a break).  Some hand-stitching skills may be covered as well.
Class Limit: 6

2nd Hour (Choose 1)

2A. Children’s Literature Study (*Can use Audiobook)                      
Instructor: Diane Smith
A group book study is always a wonderful way for kids to get into literature!  This class will utilize the Christian based Progeny Press study guide to explore the short book A Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli.  We will take an in-depth look at the characters, vocabulary, and Medieval time period through discussion, supporting worksheets, and some activities.  Students are expected purchase/borrow a book (or audio book),read or listen 1-2 chapters per 2 weeks, and fill out selected study questions that will help them participate in the discussion.  Note:  this is a 3-5th grade reading level and some dialogue is “old English-style.”   However, older kids will still benefit from the study questions and discussion that will take them deeper into the story.
Class Limit: 10

2B. Reader’s Theater                                                                     
Instructor: Angi Herrick
In spite of the name, strong reading skills are NOT required for this class.  Instead, this class will use dramatic interpretation to help children gain a better understanding of children’s literature. Possible books could include "Stone Soup", "The Story of Ferdinand the Bull", "Clown of God", "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs", and "The Giving Tree". Final book selections will depend on class size and makeup. 
Class Limit: 10

2C. Introduction to Machine Sewing (Continued)                             
Instructor: Brenda Gilardone
This class is a continuation of the 1st hour – students enrolled in this class must participate both hours.
Class Limit: 6

Monday, May 14, 2012

Voyager Classes for Fall 2012

The classes listed below are the choices offered for the Horizons Family CoOp Voyager students (ages 9-early teen).

A variety of age-appropriate games, music, and unit studies will be provided for the younger groups as well (for example, the 4-6 yo Scouts will be using the Five in a Row Curriculum).  There will also be an American Government class offered at the same time as the CoOp - more information will follow!

The Voyagers are the only group that has class choices.  So, take a look at the wonderful options coming this fall:

  1st Hour (Choose 1)

1A. Biology: Classification of Living Things                   
Instructor: Brenda Gilardone
Come and discover different plant and animal types and species.  Students will learn about those kingdoms and be introduced to the classification system through instruction, hands-on activities, and discussion.
Limited Class Size: 10

1B. I Love California                                       
Instructor: Virginia Nakiah-Burnes
An in-depth look at our home state, its history, wildlife, government, and more. Learn about how the Golden State blends in with the rest of the states and what makes it special.
Class Limit: 10

1C. SERVICEFor kids 11 or older who would prefer to spend this hour assisting in the nursery, Sprouts, Scouts, or Explorer Groups.

2nd Hour (Choose 1)

2A. Intro to Improvisational Theater                               
Instructor: Angi Herrick
An introduction to the basic skills of improvisational theater. Students will improve active listening skills, critical thinking skills, and learn to work creatively in a team environment.
Class Limit: 10

2B. History of the Reformation                                     
Instructor: Tiffany Sheldon
This course will give a brief history of the Reformation. Students will learn about the key players of the Reformation such as Martin Luther, John Huss, John Wycliffe, etc. We will also have a Reformation celebration around Reformation Day (October 31). Students will walk away from this class with an appreciation and knowledge of the men who stood against church authorities of their time and questioned how and what they were being taught.
Class Limit: 10

2C. SERVICEFor kids 11 or older who would prefer to spend this hour assisting in the nursery, Sprouts, Scouts, or Explorer Groups.

Adventures in Homeschooling Expo Postponed Until Next Spring

I am sorry to announce the the "Adventures in Homeschooling" Expo that was planned for Saturday, May 19th, has been cancelled.  We fell short of the number of families needed to successfully stage this event, considering set-up, clean-up and the time taken out of everyone's Saturday afternoon and evening.

But, I was - and am - encouraged by the positive comments and offers to help!  I have no doubt that we will be able to go forward with this event next spring.  I already have in place entry forms that can be submitted online, so getting those entries to me will be a whole lot easier.

So, KEEP THE EXPO IN MIND as you plan your lessons and co-ops for next year - there will be a venue for you to showcase them!!

While this event is to share what has been done the current school year, those families who did sign-up to participate this time around are welcome to include the displays they have ready to go (IF you want to store them until next spring).

Again, sorry to those families who turned in their forms and were looking forward to Saturday.  This really is a wonderful family evening and we WILL try again.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Announcing the New Voyager Classes (9yrs+) for the Horizons Family CoOp!

Our Voyager Kids (ages 9-early teen) get to choose from a selection of unique classes each semester.  For information about the Horizons Homeschool Family Co-Op and how it works, just click HERE.

1st Hour Choices

1A. Crafty Adventures                                                        
 Instructor: Tiffany Sheldon
Boys and girls alike will enjoy exploring their creative possibilities through these unique crafts.  Some of the hands-on activities include working with mosaic tiles, decoupage, collage AND MORE!  These projects are sure to be fun for everyone - whether you’re artistic, or artistically-challenged.
Limited Class Size: 10

1B. Ancient Americas                                                        
Instructor: Janna Kliewer
This class will discuss the history of the Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, and other ancient people groups.  We will learn about their stories, religion, and way of life.  The class will explore the similarities and differences of these people groups.  There are many things we can learn from these people, our neighbors.
Class Limit: 10

1C. SERVICEFor kids 11 or older who would prefer to spend this hour assisting in the nursery, Sprouts, Scouts, or Explorer Groups.


2nd Hour Choices

2A. Fun With Creative Writing                                          
Instructor: Brenda Gilardone
This class would explore some fun techniques to inspire writing.  Some of the topics and activities would include word pictures, poetry, finishing a partially written story, utilizing thesauruses/dictionaries to increase vocabulary, and writing a skit.  Students will also build skills in presenting what they write to their classmates.
Class Limit: 10

2B. Hebrew Culture                                                    
Instructor: Virgina Nakiah-Burnes
Students will enjoy this sampler of Hebrew language, culture and customs.  Some of the topics and activities will include common words and phrases, traditions, dance, and cooking.  Don’t miss this unqique snapshot of rich Hebrew life.
Class Limit: 10

2C. SERVICEFor kids 11 or older who would prefer to spend this hour assisting in the nursery, Sprouts, Scouts, or Explorer Groups.

Friday, July 29, 2011

SAVE the DATE! 1st Annual "Adventures in Homeschooling Expo" Coming in Spring!

Every year, our children work hard on essays, science experiments, history reports, artwork, models, dioramas, and more! Wouldn’t it be nice to celebrate a successful year by sharing some of these projects with family, friends, and fellow homeschoolers? Wouldn’t you like to see what others have done or get fresh ideas for future years?

Well, if this sounds appealing to you, then we would like to invite you to participate in the “1st Annual Adventures in Homeschooling Expo” hosted by Horizons Homeschool Ministry at Pine Grove Baptist Church! This event is planned for the evening of Saturday May 19, 2012!

If you are a Christian homeschooler in Santa Maria AND surrounding communities, then YOU ARE INVITED to showcase projects completed during the upcoming 2011-2012 school year at this free “open house” event. All students from Pre-K through 12th Grade are welcome, and you do NOT need to be a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, Horizons, or any other support group to participate.

Categories are non-competitive and include:
- Arts & Crafts (2D & 3D)
- Writing (Short story, Short essay, and Poetry)
- History, Geography, and Cultural Studies Units (Biblical, World, and American)
- Science Units
- Literature Units
- Home Ec (sewing, knitting, cooking, etc)
- Decorative Cakes (Show off your unique cake constructions)
- Parent’s Corner (a place for moms and dads to display their own talents)

Visual display boards, demonstrations, costumes, and food samples are encouraged but not mandatory. Just share what you can, even if it’s a few sample activities from your curriculum or a photo collection of field trips taken.

For those who lead support groups, co-ops, sports, music and other opportunities from a Christian worldview perspective, we have a place for you as well! Just bring your flyers, brochures, and sign-up sheets to display at our “Local Support & Activities” table.

If you would like to be informed of the event details as they come available, send an email to and be added to our list. Also, contact me if you are interested in helping with the evening in some way (set-up, clean-up, participant check-in, snack hostess, etc).

This will be a fun evening that brings homeschoolers together to celebrate our adventures in Christ-centered, family-led learning! So, make your plans to attend and spread the word!

Diane Smith

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Just Added - Horizons High Teen P.E. for Fall!

Boys and girls ages 13 years and older will be engaged in a variety of sports during the course of the semester such as volleyball, badminton, basketball and soccer.  They will start out with a warm-up, participate in a structured activity and will conclude with a cool down.  Good sportsmanship and safety will be emphasized as well as instructions on how to play the games.  Kids should come prepared with appropriate shoes and clothing, sunscreen, and water.

This is a co-ed class that will meet every other Tuesday in conjuction with the Horizons Co-op schedule and will meet alternating Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 for 8 meetings beginning September 6th.  Classes will take place mostly at Pine Grove Baptist Church and Domino Park around the corner from the church.  There may be an instance when the kids will be transported to another nearby park, but parents will be informed.

Class Leader and Referee - Jennifer Steele
Class Fee - Free!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Horizons Family CoOp Voyager Class Options for Fall 2011

Voyager Classes
(ages 9-early teen)

1st Hour - Choose 1

1A. Public Speaking                                                                         
Instructor: Brenda Gilardone
 There’s nothing to fear in this class - Kids will gain experience in an encouraging and comfortable atmosphere among friends.  Students will prepare speeches on assigned subjects and will be able to improve presentation skills by watching videos of themselves speaking.  Homework would be researching and preparing a short talk. 
Class Size Limit: 12

1B.  World Cultures Potpourri                                                                 
Instructor: Karen Ashor
 We'll learn folk songs, dances, stories and art from various cultures around the world (Hawaii, China, Russia, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Africa, India, Brazil are possibilities).  During each class time, we'll focus on a culture and participate in one or a combination of the above activities.
Class Size Limit: 12

1C. Service – This option is open to students 12 years and older to assist in one of the younger classes or nursery during this hour.

2nd Hour - Choose 1

2A. Great Composer Appreciation                                                  
Instructor: Tiffany Sheldon
 Students will learn about different famous composers of the ages including Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Mozart, Chopin, Francis Scott Key, and contemporaries like John Williams.  Students will explore a brief history of their life and will learn to recognize at least one of their famous works.
Class Size Limit: 12

2B. Hebrew: Alef-Biet (Alphabet)                                        
Instructor: Virginia Nakiah-Burnes
 This class offers younger kids a unique opportunity by teaching them to pronounce and write the Hebrew alphabet.  Students should have basic writing skills in English and practice at home is recommended.  Parents are welcome to audit so long as there is space available.
Class Size Limit: 12+

2C. Service – This option is open to students 12 years and older to assist in one of the younger classes or nursery during this hour.