Blount Home Education Association’s (BHEA) Enrichment Program is in full swing this week. Cooperative sessions for Pre-K to 8th grade and high school sessions have begun.

Members celebrated the beginning of the academic year with a Kick-off Carnival on Aug. 29. Over 250 people attended. There were crafts, bounce houses, games and T-shirt making along with booths showcasing the different clubs and sports opportunities available to homeschool students.

“I loved it so much,” 7-year-old Elizabeth Brooks said. “It was the best thing I’ve ever been to and I hope they set it up again sometime.”

There are over 450 families in BHEA representing more than 1,000 children. With over 100 different cooperative courses offered through BHEA’s Enrichment Program, from Japanese and Physics to Ukulele and Musical Theatre, there is something to suit every interest.

One example is Hands-on Shakespeare: The Tempest, which is instructed by Dr. Jennifer Horn, and is a semester-long course that examines one of Shakespeare’s last plays through reading, discussions and acting. “We go over the entire play in an interesting way. The instructor is great and uses humor to make it fun,” Macy Myers, a junior in the group, said.

On the scientific side, Robyn Parker instructs Intro to Forensic Science. The course covers everything from bullets to forensic botany and takes a field trip to the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, better known as the Body Farm.

“It takes the parts of science that wouldn’t normally be interesting and makes it fun by letting you use what you learn in hands-on, problem-solving situations,” one student remarked. “It reminds me of a puzzle.”

From fun carnivals to fascinating courses, Blount Home Education Association offers its members an exciting start to a wonderful academic year.

Melanie joined The Daily Times in the early 90s and has served as the Life section editor since 1993. A William Blount and UT alum, Melanie is generally the early arriver who turns on the lights in the newsroom.

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