Extras offered through ABLE
As homeschooling parents we all want to give our children every experience that we can, yet educational trips can be difficult for many parents. Many places charge a great deal of money, or refuse tours without a minimum "group" size. Who has time for all that planning? ABLE members come together to participate in field trips - often at discounted rates. Field trips are always optional. (Some field trips are open to non-members as well!)
Communication is an important social skill. Students who feel comfortable enough to share in a group will have the confidence to approach an employer for a job, or an associate for a business deal. Ministry leaders, Pastors, school teachers, and politicians all need strong public speaking skills. ABLE offers students the opportunity to speak or perform in front of others in many ways - Primarily, during the students Current Event/ Public Speaking class. Even young children can share their opinions in front of a group. Students also share their talents in a talent show, and they are put in the spotlight during presentations and ABLE's "Bees".
Learning together is fun! Celebrating together is more fun! Fellowship with other students helps encourage deep friendships. ABLE allows students "recess" time to play each week. In addition, students can attend Christmas parties, Thanksgiving dinner, and other holiday parties and events. During the summer time students gather for ABLE picnics and fun activities.
Craft Fair / Bake Sale
In the future ABLE would like to incorporate classes for drama, music, and art. In the meantime, students can use their drama and music skills in their MAH Service education class - sharing their faith and important truths through performance. Students will use art skills through lapbooking, and other classroom activities. They may also make gifts as service projects. They may also show their skills at the ABLE Talent Show.
ABLE students have the opportunity to raise money for a ministry we choose together. The students will create their own crafts, or baked goods to sell. The proceeds from the sales will be sent to Christian ministries and charities.
Students can share their talents and abilities with other ABLE families and friends at our Talent show. Students may showcase their artwork or projects, or they can perform on stage. Poetry reading, singing, playing an instrument, dancing, juggling - let your child showcase their talent!
Kids today love the Internet, but it can be a dangerous place. ABLE provides homeschoolers a way to stay in touch online without exposing their lives to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. ABLE members can log-in to the member's area and enjoy a "Facebook" style setting. They can message each other, post their photos and other media files - all in a safe environment ONLY available to ABLE members. Parents can choose if their children are allowed to participate, and what they are allowed to do on the site. Plus ABLE's member area is a great place for parents to connect and share with other homeschooling parents.
The ABLE member's area includes a forum where you can download past assignments, and check on your student's homework assignments.