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Jul 20 12

Fall Electives

by Angela Cook

The fall elective schedule is here!  We are very excited about our new and returning elective offerings this fall.  Our electives and clubs this fall include arts, crafts, stories, chess, sewing, creative problem solving, dance, sports/games, and writing! And we have excellent, well-qualified, godly instructors.


Here are our fall electives:

American Girls Club (grades 2-5 girls)

American Heritage Girls Club (grades 1-3 girls)

Beginning Artists (grades K-4 co-ed)

Chess Club (grades 3-8 co-ed)

Home Economics (grades 6-8 girls)

Odyssey of the Mind (grades 6-8 co-ed)

P.E. (girls grades 1-5 co-ed)

Praise Dance (grades 2-5 girls)

Scholastic Writing Competition (grades 7-8 co-ed)

For a schedule and descriptions for each of these electives, click on the electives tab.  All electives will be held after school at our lower school campus between 2:15-3:15 Monday-Thursday.  If you have any questions about a specific elective, please contact that elective instructor.  If you have questions about the electives registration procedure, please contact Missy Trent at  It is going to be a great fall!

Jun 22 12

Summer Reading 2012

by Angela Cook

Our summer reading assignments have arrived!  This year, students entering Intermediate II and III, as well as students entering Junior High, will be reading historical fiction to prepare them for the history study they will begin in the fall.  Students in the high school are reading a novel in preparation for English class.  Most students have choices as to which title(s) they choose, and parents are encouraged to assist their children in choosing a book they will enjoy.

If you are entering Intermediate II or III, or if you are entering Junior High I or II (5th-8th grades), please click here for your summer reading assignment:

Summer Reading 2012

If you are entering High School (9th-12th grades), please click here for your summer reading assignment:

Summer Reading High School 2012

High school students will also need to download and print this Venn diagram:

Venn diagram summer HS

The purpose of summer reading is to get students reading over the summer, and in some cases to “fit in” a book that we want to read but don’t have time for during our regular school year.  We want the book to be a fun read, so we have chosen living books that are also fun and exciting.  *A few titles are of high literary quality but may have some imagery that would bother sensitive readers, so in those cases, there are choices given.  Here are the summer reading titles for 2012 (most students will choose one book, but JH students will choose two books):

Intermediate II:

Choose one of the following books to read:

Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad by Rosemary Sutcliff*

Intermediate III:

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

Junior High I and II:

Choose two of the following books to read:

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi

Night Journeys by Avi

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson*

High School:

Choose one of the following books to read:

Julie by Catherine Marshall

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy


Please click on the above links to access the assignment.  We recommend getting the books from one of three places: the library, the Homeschool Room, or  Thank you, and happy reading!

May 1 12

Creeper Trail Trip

by Angela Cook

This year we are adding a fun new event to our calendar, a family trip to the Virginia Creeper Trail.  For those of you who have not yet biked the trail, it is a beautiful 17-mile trail through cool woods, over dozens of wooden trestles, past picturesque barns and a historic train station, and alongside miles of creek, and the best part?  It is all downhill!  Really!

Our family visits the Creeper Trail at least once and sometimes twice a year, staying in Damascus, VA and taking the 30-minute van ride to the top of the trail at Whitetop Station.  Those who want more exercise can bicycle even further past Damascus to historic Abingdon (that leg of the ride does have some uphill portions).  There are numerous bicycle shops in town that rent bikes at very reasonable prices, or you can bring your own and for a fee they will bring you and your bike to the top of the trail so you may cycle down.  It takes about three hours to bike the trail at a leisurely pace, and we always stop at historic Green Cove station, an old railroad station that still contains many historic objects (and also some modern conveniences) and then again at the Creeper Trail Cafe for lunch.

The best time to go is on a Thursday so that you can bike the trail on Friday (it is busier on the weekends).  We have reserved some charming cabins and a large green space for the weekend of September 20-22; there is a campground and an RV area adjacent to these cabins and you can even stay in a bed and breakfast in town as another option.  Look for more information soon about this trip.  We will have a time of worship and fellowship together around a campfire on Friday night.  If you haven’t been to the Creeper Trail before, it is a real treat!  You won’t want to miss it, so put it on your calendar for the fall!

Dec 6 11

Spring Electives

by Angela Cook

Spring electives for the lower school are now posted on Arborville.  We have some exciting new choices for the spring.  Click on the electives tab to check them out.

Monday courses include: Spanish (grades K-2), American Girls Club (grades 2-5), Young Artists (grades 4-8), and Grammar Gurus (grades 6-8)

Tuesday courses include: Beginning Artists (grades K-4), Praise Dance (girls grades 2-6), and News Crew (grades 4-8)

Wednesday courses include: P.E. (grades 1-5), Home Economics (girls grades 6-8), and Woodworking (boys grades 6-8)

Thursday courses include: Chess club (grades 3-8), Drama I (grades 1-3), and Drama II (grades 4-8).

Most courses are ten weeks long, and most of them begin the first week back to school after Christmas break.  If you have any questions about electives please contact Missy Trent at

Registration begins this week for electives for current Arborbrook students; this begins on Wednesday, December 7th and goes through Monday, December 12th. Registration opens up to homeschoolers next Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13th and 14th.  Please download the forms on this site and bring them to the school office in the cottage between 8:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on those days.

Jul 10 11

Summer Reading Assignments

by Angela Cook

Summer reading assignments have now been sent out for the lower school (5th-8th grades).

Intermediate II & III/Junior High I & II:

Your summer reading assignment includes reading 1-2 assigned titles.  You may choose one of several options for creative and fun ways to report on one of the books you read.


Sep 14 10

Breaking News: Main Street Arborville is missing!

by jgayle

You know the page you are looking for is on Main Street Arborville, but you just keep driving in circles. Round and round you go, where is Towne Hall and the Towne Calendar? It must be here somewhere. You’re tired, the kids are tired and are whining for Chick-fil-A. Well, as you might expect, it’s in the last place you might look; right on Main Street.

Tell the kids you’ll feed them when you get home, pull over and check the map (navigation menu under the Arborville title). Admittedly, the map is slightly confusing to navigate but there are buildings (pages) under the major headings of the menu. As shown below, when your cursor hovers over the menu, a drop down menu shows all the rooms, (other pages), in the building.

Navigation Menu

But what is not obvious is that you can click the top menu item, (Towne Hall as shown), enter through the front door and into the lobby. Try it! There is good information just inside the door.

BTW, I recommend the Chick-fil-A chocolate shake, ummm, ummm, good!