2013 Spelling Bee

The AGAPE 2013 Spelling Bee was May 17th, and once again it was an exciting night full of fun, nerves, challenge, and reward (as well as lots of yummy things to eat!). Unless you’ve been to one of the AGAPE spelling bees, you may not be aware that these students study from a quite challenging list of words. We’re very proud of the participants for all their hard work and their courage to compete. A hardy congratulations go to our winners:
3rd/4th Grade:
1st place: Elijah Fleming
2nd place: Kellan Burgess
3rd place: Toby Rogers
5th/6th Grade:
1st place: Sophie Rector
2nd place: Jason Robinson
3rd place: Micah Lyons
7th/8th Grade:
1st place: Jake Clontz
2nd place: Rachel Cress
This year, we had an unusual amount of cancellations the week preceding the bee – so many that our oldest group only had two participants left. Because these two had worked so hard, we decided to let them “battle it out,” and boy did they ever. Only after correctly spelling a plethora of difficult words, the spelling of “fanfaronade” brought the competition to an end.
We are hopeful to offer a 2014 AGAPE Spelling Bee next year, and encourage this year’s participants as well as new ones to step out take the challenge : )
 **Written by Michelle Cress

2013 Spelling Bee

You are invited to be part of the  

      Friday, May 17, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
to be held at
          Westwood Baptist Church
         Open to area homeschooled students
                         3rd – 8th grade
         There will be 3 separate competitions:
                         3rd/4th grade
                         5th/6th grade
                        7th/8th grade
Entry fee: $5.00 per family (to be paid on night of event)
                    Agape members: free
Sign up today! The LAST DAY TO REGISTER
is Thursday, April 18. Please spread the word!
Word study lists and spelling bee rules will be emailed to
all registrants at approximately 8:00 a.m. on April 19th.
Students will have four weeks to study the words.
                  How to Register:
Email your student’s name & grade, parent’s name, and
Don’t miss out on the fun! Each participant will receive
a certificate, and winners will receive special awards.
Drinks will be provided and we are asking each family
participating to please bring either a healthy finger food
or a dessert to share.
Note: A competition category may be canceled if fewer than
           8 students register for it by April 19.

Traditional Science Fair Project

One of the main purposes for our science fair is to teach homeschool kids about the amazing world God has made and how scientists use the scientific method to solve problems.  As you probably remember from your school days the scientific method includs the following:

  1. Formulation a question. (What are you wanting to learn about?)
  2. Hypothesis (What question are you wanting to answer?)
  3. Prediction (What do you think will happen?)
  4. Test (What experiment did you do to test your hypothesis?)
  5. Analysis (What did your test prove? Was your prediction right or wrong? Why or why note? Note: it’s okay to be wrong…Thomas Edison sure didn’t invent the light bulb on his first attempt!)

We have found a wonderful printable resource for your science fair poster.  Just type in your answers and print off the pages you need.

What should my child do for a science fair project? Anything that uses the scientific method will be great. For some ideas, here are some webpages/books we have found to be helpful.



Janice Van Cleave books (found in the public library) about Anatomy, Chemistry, Science Fair, etc are great resources for those who prefer to browse through a book for ideas.

Note: Rather than a competition with one winner, our goal is to encourage all children to explore science. We look to see if kids understand what they have studied and can talk about it. We also like to see kids explain a truth about God or the Bible that can be gleaned from their projects.

Agape Science Fair 2013

The Agape Science Fair will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 6:00-8:30pm at Westwood Baptist Church The fair is open to homeschool students grades K-12. There will be two categories in which students can enter:

  1. Traditional Science Fair Project
  2. Research/Display

about a scientific topic. There is no charge for AGAPE members, but there will be a $5.00 charge per student for non-AGAPE members.(Maximum of $15.00 per family). Participants must be registered by Monday, April 15, 2013. For more information including information on science fair topics and research ideas, please visit the AGAPE homeschool blog at: https://agapehomeschoolers.wordpress.com/

Ready to sign up for the Agape Science Fair? Register here!

Research Project for the Science Fair 2013

Is your child fascinated with horses? Do your children love sea creatures? Have they developed an interest in trees, rocks or bridge construction? This category allows kids to explore a scientific topic of interest and make a display highlighting the fun things they have learned. If your kids love unit studies, this might be the right category for them! Here is a website with great ideas for lapbooks. Your child might be able to build off of one of these to make a display: Be creative!


Note: Rather than a competition with only one winner, our goal is to encourage all children to explore science. We look to see if kids understand what they have studied and can talk about it. We also like to see kids explain a truth about God or the Bible that can be gleaned from their projects.

Poetry Night Information: February 2013


AGAPE sponsors an annual Poetry Night where homeschooled children of all ages have an opportunity to recite a short poem, prose selection, scripture passage, or dramatic speech.  The children in grades 4 and up are judged by a panel of qualified adults. They may however elect to be un-judged. The judged entries will compete for ribbons in each age category. Age categories will be determined after receiving all entries. Younger performers will receive a participate ribbon.


Friday, March 15, 2013 at Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church,

Asheville, North Carolina

5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

(Recitations to begin at 6:15)


Considerations as You Choose Your Selection:


  • Maximum Time limit of 5 minutes will be strictly enforced.  There is no minimum time requirement.
  • Two or more students reciting a selection together will have a time limit of 8 minutes.
  • Parents will be responsible to choose or edit selections which will be appropriate for an audience of all ages.
  • Poem topics must be in keeping with AGAPE’s purposes as a Christian homeschool group.
  • Performances will be limited to one poem per participant.
  • Duplicate entries (the same poem performed by more than one participant) will not be permitted.
  • Dramatic speeches and monologues are permitted.
  • Simple props are permitted but will not add points for judged competition.  Any set-up time for props must be minimal.


How to Enter:

Deadline for receiving entries is March 4th  2013.

Cost will be $5.00 per participant with a $15.00 cap per family, payable upon entry.  Free to current AGAPE members.


  • Confirm your selection, assuring it has not already been taken, by emailing Nancy Jones (nanmik1234@att.net) or calling 231-2261. Please do this before your child begins memorization to avoid wasted effort.
  • Fill out the form below and attach to one copy of the poem your child will perform.
  • Mail form, poem copy, and $5.00/child to:  Nancy Jones, 527 Black Oak Cove Road, Candler, NC 28715
  • Alternatively, you may e-mail a copy of your selection(s) to Nancy at nanmik1234@att.net.  If you e-mail the poems, please be sure to pay the entry fee by the deadline.

For Judging Category (Grades 4th – 12th), Please circle one category below:

  1. Humorous (intended to make the audience laugh)
  2. Serious  (presents an idea or concept of a serious nature, intended to make the audience think)
  3. Dramatic (presents a story or ballad in a dramatic way)
  4. Original Poem (written by the participant)
  5. Two or more persons reciting together
  6. Un-Judged


Refreshments/Light Supper

Coffee and Water will be provided for the evening.  Please Circle TWO that you can provide for the evening.   No dips please. All foods should be finger foods. Thank you.


1. Finger Sandwich Tray

2. Finger Vegetable Tray

3. Finger Fruit Tray

4. Cheese and Cracker Tray (or Chips)

5. Dessert Tray


– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -Registration Form – – – – – – – – –  – – – – – – – – –

Participant’s Name____________________________________  Homeschool Grade______


Title of Poem_____________________________ Poem’s Author_______________________


Phone number__________________   email _______________________________________



Short Cut Form Info:

Alternatively, you may use the e-mail “Short Cut” below, emailing to Nancy at nanmik1234@att.net.  (If you e-mail the poems, please be sure to pay the entry fee by the deadline, March 4th.)

1.)  Student Name
2.)  Student Grade
3.) Poem Name & Author
4.) Copy of or Link to Poem
5.) Category Choice
6.) 2 Food Tray choices
7.) Mail $5 per student if not a current Agape member.  (See address above.)






Chocolate Chip Cheeseball recipe

If you happended to be at the August Agape Meeting, you may have had some of the Chocolate Cheeseball I brought. I like to call it “Not your Mama’s Cheesball”, but I must admit, my mom never made cheeseballs. Growing up in the southwest, we were a salsa and tortilla chip kind of family.

Be warned: My husband and kids won’t let me leave the house with this recipe unless I made an extra batch for them. They’ve learned I don’t come back with enough for them!

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Summer Reading Programs

The weather has warmed up and companies are starting to send out info on their summer reading programs. Our kids can develop a greater understanding of their world, retain reading skills and develop a love for learning through reading and there are many companies eager to encourage reading this summer. Here are the programs I have found so far:

1. The Scholastic Summer Challenge begins May 1st. Kids can earn prizes by logging their number of minutes read. The website says it is open to kids of all ages.

2. Bob Jones JourneyForth Summer reading program is for kids aged 4-17. This contest begins May 15th.  Kids log a reading goal of 5 days/week for 8 weeks. Prizes are available for kids in three different age categories as well as a grand prize of a Kindle Fire. Bob Jones has an excellent reading list for kids in all 3 age categories with many classics included.

3. For Cub and Boy Scouts out there, the Boys Life reading contest asks boys to write a one page (500 words or fewer) summary of their favorite book of 2012.  Boys can win $100 in products from the Boy Scout catalog.  This contest ends December 31st. All people who enter are awarded a reading patch for their uniform.

4. The Pizza Hut Book IT! program allows students to earn a free personal pizza by reaching reading goals during the school year.  Homeschoolers can participate too!  Registration for the 2012-2013 school year begins May 1st. On their website, you can also track number of minutes read this summer (doesn’t look like there is a prize for this, though.)

5. In years past, Barnes and Nobles has also had reading contests.  So far, I haven’t seen any info on it yet.

As I find more contests, I’ll add them as well!

Happy Reading!

Win a family registration to NCHE bookfair!

Each year the NCHE has a convention for homeschool families in Winston-Salem. It’s a great time to look at books you are considering for the next school year, meet with old friends, get encouragement through the speakers and watch homeschool graduates walk across the platform. Yes, I know there is much more at this conference, but these are my highlights.

This year you can win a free family registration to the conference. To find out how click on their website: Designs are due APRIL 1st so you’d better hurry!