.. Extracurricular Activity Resources

 

Your homeschool child has many opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities including art, music, sports, and computers. The following extracurricular resources are available to homeschoolers in Oklahoma. We will update this list as we locate more resources.

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Amateur Radio Course

Your child can take a course in Amateur Radio free from the National Association of Amateur Radio: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/Curriculum-Materials.html. If you need more information on Amateur Radio, in general, please visit http://www.arrl.org/.

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Art Lessons

ArtzPlace. Midwest City, OK. Homeschool Art 101 offers a wide variety of visual mediums along with art history. Homeschool Ceramics offers hands on art experience with art on the wheel and hand building. 1730 Center Drive. Midwest City, OK 73110. Phone 405.736.0688.

ArtWorks Academy. Norman, OK. Offers classes in dance, musical theatre, acting, music and Zumba. They have classes just for homeschoolers as well. For more info, log on to the website or contact Cherl Morris at cheryl@artworksacademy.com or 405.397.1824.

Pottery is Fun - pottery classes in Oklahoma City. For more info contact Robin Young at robinyoung@cox.net or (405) 812-6338.

Tulsa & BA Art Class for children 7-16. Students will learn the basic color arrangement and skills in using acrylic paint. Students also learn about famous painters. For schedules contact Linda Parkinson at e-mail at rwpjrlinda_1@yahoo.com or call (918) 366-1150.

Young Rembrandts. Offer year-round drawing classes for artists 31/2 to 13 years old. Find one in your area.

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Clubs & Scouting

American Heritage Girls Troop, Mondays 4 pm at Augustine Christian Academy. Contact: Dawn Smith sconglom@netzero.com. For organization info, view www.ahgonline.org.

American Heritage Girls Troop OK1991 meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7p.m. at Stonegate Presbyterian Church in Edmond, OK. Girls ages 5 and up participate in field trips, community service projects, special events, and more as they earn badges and have fun. Contact ahg@stonegatecpc.org for more information, or visit the official AHG website at www.ahgonline.org.

Civil Air Patrol: Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape and push themselves to new limits. For ages 12-18. Find a unit close to you at: Find Locations.

Boy Scout Troop 30 & Cub Scout Pack 30 serve the home schooling community of the NW OKC area and meet near Council & Hefner on Monday nights.  Boy Scouts is for boys 11 – 18 and Cub Scouts is for boys 6-10.   The Scouting program adds to the home schooling experience by providing boys with valuable comradeship, adventure, and leadership opportunities.  Call Scoutmaster Randy Stark at 787-8271  or Cubmaster Wayne Sutton at 721-3861 for information about how your son can be involved in this rewarding program.

Boy Scouts: Edmond, OK Pack 341. Do you like to camp, fish, play games, meet new friends? If so, Join Souts! If you are going into 1st grade through 5th grade we would LOVE to have you join our pack! If you are interested in joining please contact Amy Crisp at amycrisp@cox.net.

Homeschool Cub Scout Pack 778 is for Boys Ages 6 - 10. Pack Meetings monthly at Tulsa Bible Church in Tulsa, OK. Den meetings weekly, various days and times. Contact: Shelly Faust - 748-9718 or thefaustfive@sbcglobal.net or Steve Smith at steve35@cox.net. For more info, check their website.

Tulsa Police Explorer Post 10: For boys grades 8-12 who are interested in law enforcement as a career. (918) 591-4572.

Girl Scouts - I don't know any homeschool girl scout troups in Oklahoma, but here is how to form one. If anyone forms one in Tulsa area, let me know. I want to go camping!

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Computer Classes

Internet Workshops and lessons in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint are held periodically at the Tulsa City-County Library. Phone: 596-7977 for more information.

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Drama/Speech/Debate

HeARTsong Creative Center offers acting, musical theatre, art classes, creative writing, gallery exhibits, poetry readings, film screenings, and other artistic expressions for children and adults. The center is located in Bixby, OK. Check the website for information on summer classes. (Note from Cindy: The Center is founded and run by native Oklahomans with a passion for the arts, including a friend of mine who is an award-winning author, Anna Myers.)

Oklahoma Children's Acting Guild in Tuttle, OK. Theatre classes for kids ages 4-19. For more info: http://www.oklahomachildrensactingguild.com/

The Family Theatre Warehouse in Oklahoma City, offers homeschool drama classes for students ages 8 to 18. We have been teaching quality performing arts to children for more than 15 years. Our homeschool drama classes begin in Sept. and Feb. and each class meets once a week for 2 hours. The class end with a performance of a full length play. For more information Call 848-SHOW (7469) also available film making, music theatre, private voice.

Speech and Debate Club in Owasso, OK. Students will compete in local, regional and national tournaments. Students will choose what competitive events they will participate in and work on their competitive pieces during club meetings. Families will want to join National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (www.ncfca.org) and/or Stoa (www.stoausa.org). We have a Junior Competitive Speech Club (8-11) available only to younger siblings of Senior (12-18) competitors. Call 918-316-0908 for more information..

Homeschool Drama (Tulsa). Held at Henthorne Park-4825 S. Quaker Tulsa, OK. This class is for home-schooled students aged 9-15 to provide students with an introduction to theatre. Tuesdays 9-11 am, September 14 through November 16. Cost is $85 total for 11 classes. Please call 918-746-5065 to enroll or find out more information.

Veritas Debate Club provides a fun and challenging opportunity for Christian homeschool students to become effective communicators and strong leaders by competing with like-minded teens across the country in various speech and debate events. Club meetings will be on Fridays 1:00-3:30, September - April, at Crossroads Church, OKC. The club is open to students ages 12-18. For more information, please contact one of our parent coordinators at VCAdebate@gmail.com. Event descriptions and more information about the national organization, Stoa, can be found at www.stoausa.org.

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Driver's Education

Drivers Ed Courses—Nationwide:

Parent-Taught Driver’s Education. Oklahoma law allows parents to teach their teens to drive and also qualify for the standard driver’s education discount on auto insurance premiums. For more info, see website listed above.

Drivers Ed in a Box.

All Star Driver Education. Franchise.

National Driver Training. Home study, parent-taught, computer-based course approved for OK and most other states. Recognized by most insurance companies.

Driver's Ed Courses—Oklahoma

For information on Oklahoma law regarding driving.

Current OK Driver's Manual.

Graduated Driver License.

Affidavit of Driver Training.

Information regarding parent-taught Driver Education.

Driver's Education Class. Your student can receive driver's education and the driver's test from Jerry's Northeastern Oklahoma Driving School, Tulsa, Phone: 918-461-0881.

Driving Academy.OK has five locations and has been in business in Oklahoma teaching driver education since 1994.

Merkley’s Driving School Inc. Two locations offer driver education as well as the reading test: 301 S. Bryant Suite C-300, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034, Phone: (405) 348-6686. and 12311 N. Rockwell, OKC, OK. 73142, Phone: (405) 720-6686.

OSU-OKC Driver's Education program. For more information see their Web site or call (405) 945-3208.

National Driver Training. Approved in most states. Parent-taught and recognized by most insurance agencies.

Virtual Drive of Oklahoma.

Reading Tests Resources:

Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, offers the Nelson-Denny Reading Test (required for students to get their driver's license) at the Northeast Campus at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on the first Tuesday of every month that the college is open. There is a charge. Students must bring their birth certificate and a note stating that they are homeschooled. Phone: 918.595.7534.

Merkleys Driving School, 2nd & Bryant, in Edmond offers the reading test. There is a fee. Call 405.348.6686 for more info.

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Engineering

Engineering Camp: Oklahoma Christian University, Introduction to Engineering Summer Camp. Learn if engineering and computer science are for you at a one-week summer camp for high school students. Work together with world-class faculty and college students on a different theme each year. This "intro" course will help you understand how mathematics, sciences, and computing capability can be used to solve problems and help others. Study, build, and test in a faith-based learning environment. For more information visit Introduction to Engineering or contact Richard Miller, Ph.D., 405.425.5440.

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Etiquette Lessons

Oklahoma City: The National League of Junior Cotillions is a character education program which teaches manners, etiquette, social skills and basic ballroom dance to students 5th-12th grades. The program consists of 5 classes/dances and one formal end-of-the-year dinner and dance where the students have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills. For more information, contact: Carey Sue Vega, 405-721-1467 or visit www.CareySueVega.com

Tulsa: Lesa Powsey, owner and director of "In Grace", is now enrolling for A Gracious Beauty, the eight week evening course for teen ladies, and Girls for God's Glory, a six week afternoon course for preteen girls. There is also an afternoon workshop available for small groups called Daughters of Grace. All ladies' classes cover etiquette, deportment, communication with grace, and feminine disciplines. In addition, they have a short workshop for boys called Excellence for Young Men. The primary instructor is a former homeschooling mom, assisted by her 21 year old daughter. Their website is http://www.ingrace.net . For information or brochures, contact Lesa or Heidi Powsey (with your mailing address and phone number) at 918-834-1544 or email at glorygifts@juno.com.

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Flying Lessons

Tulsa - Take a one-hour introductory flight and ground instruction lesson for $64.00. Contact Scott Redmond, 918-258-1008 for information.

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Horse Riding Lessons

Owasso - Flyers Riding Stables owned by Lisa Watson. Highly recommended! Horse riding lessons as well as field trips.

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Military

The Oklahoma Army National Guard will enlist Juniors or Seniors that are at least 17 years old that are being home schooled. They are treating them just as any high school student, to include the fact they will qualify for enlistment bonuses up to $20,000, free college tuition for all of Oklahoma’s State Colleges and Vo-Tecs. Documentation required is just certification by the parent or guardian that they are in a home school program and that they are either a Junior or Senior. They have a split training program available for the Juniors so that they can go to basic training between their junior and senior years. This is a great opportunity for our young people to further their education as well as provide a service to our country. If you would like more information or would like a representative from their department to contact you via telephone or personal contact, please contact, Master Sergeant Del Ford at 405-250-8787 or email: top.Ford@us.army.mil

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Music and Dance

Statewide Resources:

Oklahoma Homeschool Bands, Band meeting locations in Edmond/Guthrie, Midwest City, Moore/Norman, Dibble, Skiatook, Stillwater, Yukon, OKC, and Broken Arrow. Director Tom Rye. Offering quality instrumental program of sacred, classical, and traditional band music. Beginner through Advanced. Also private instruction. Email: drye@cox.net. Phone: (405) 341-1580.

The Continentals is a traveling music group made up of homeschooled students from all over the nation, ages 12 to 16.You can audition to become a Continental singer, dancer, or technician. For more information, check out their web page at: http://www.continentalsingers.org/ .

Dr. Tim Waters, Director of Bands at ORU in Tulsa, OK. offers homeschool teachers and families some of his printed music for free on his website. View/download the music at: http://www.drtw.net/music.html.

Eastern Oklahoma Resources:

Barthelmes Conservatory of Music (Tulsa) offers individual instrument instruction, group lessons, ensemble participation, and music theory and ear training classes. For more information, contact them at 918-584-7129 or email at yjohnson@barthelmesconservatory.org. Website: www.barthelmesconservatory.org

Dave Warner—Private music lessons in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Guitar, bass, and mandolin. More information is available at http://www.nativebluestem.com/lessons.

Drum and Guitar LessonsDrum World, Tulsa’s premiere store for all things drumming, offers one-on-one private instruction in electric, acoustic, and bass guitar, as well as drums. Call 270-DRUM for more information or to sign up. Tulsa, OK.

Guitar House of Tulsa. Private lessons in guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo: http://www.guitarhouseoftulsa.net/

Kids Konservatory: Group and private music lessons for ages 6 and up. Broken Arrow.

Miss April's Piano lessons, group or private for ages 6 to 96! Call 918-622-6702. Tulsa.

Private Violin Lessons offers and Music Theory classes offered by Teresa Stokes in Bartlesville and Dewey, OK. Daytime and evening hours. Teresa has a degree in music education and plays in the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra. Ages 7-18. Phone: 918.534.7072 or violininstructor@yahoo.com.

Saied Music Studios offers individualized lessons for beginning students of all ages in piano, guitar, percussion, voice and all string, woodwind and brass instruments. Their focus is on technique, repertoire and music literacy. Address: 9320 E 71st Street, Tulsa. http://www.saiedmusic.com/lessons.htm

Stage Art Productions is a christian-based dance, tumbling, fitness, cheer and pom studio offering classes for home-school students at our studios or through our satellite program. Main studios in Bartlesville and Owasso. Our classes consist of upbeat, modern, non-secular music only. For more information contact Kristy at 918.322.5244 or visit our website at www.stageartproductions.com.

Stephen Hamm offers private lessons for violin & viola in the Tulsa area. He has taught beginning through advanced levels for 30 years, including 25 years as faculty violin instructor @ Oral Roberts University. Contact: hammstrings@gmail.com or phone 918.227.1587.

Suzuki Violin Lessons. Jocelyn Rowland Hughes in Broken Arrow, OK. offers Suzuki Violin lessons to homeschooled children. She has a degree in music from the University of Tulsa and teaches the Suzuki Method philosophy (www.suzukiassociation.org); children can start to learn music as early as age 3.  Contact Jocelyn at (918) 649-6909 (cell), (918) 259-1136(home), or E-mail: BAStrings@aol.com.

Tulsa Homeschool Band. Children 8 and over can get a wonderful music education from Tulsa Homeschool Band and Guitar. There are 3 levels of band, and 3 of guitar: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Students come from all over the area, not just Tulsa. The band meets once a week in two locations, one in South Tulsa, and one in north Tulsa County, but joins together for concerts- two a year.

Tulsa Homeschool Choir. A non-profit choir association dedicated to raising up the next generation of church musicians. THC consists of a prep choir (K-3rd), an intermediate choir (4th-6th), a concert choir (7th-12th), and an ensemble, totaling well over 100 members. The Ensemble is chosen by audition and serve as “musical ambassadors” for THC in a variety of venues.  Students learn theory, choral technique, performing technique and more in a fun Christ-centered atmosphere. Visit their webpage for more info. .

Mid-Oklahoma Resources:

Private piano lessons in Mustang for ages 7 and up. Please visit www.pianoadagio.com for more information or call Amber Parrow at 405-245-2676.

Oklahoma City University's Performing Arts Academy is offering private piano instruction especially designed for home school students. These are day classes instructed by Jennifer Jennings, expert piano professor with a degree in piano performance from OCU. Contact: Dan Meagher, OCU Summer Music Program, Performing Arts Academy, Oklahoma City University, (405) 208-5410. Email: dmeagher@okcu.edu. Website: www.okcu.edu/music/academy

South Metro Fine Arts Academy, 304 SW 134th St., Oklahoma City, OK, offers piano, voice, drums, guitar, clarinet, sax, drama, art, Musicgarten, violin, and cello. Contact them at: 405.799.9799 x 11.

Horn Chancellor, private lessons in French horn and other brass instruments. OKC. Phone: (405) 842-8507 or (405) 501-4743 cell. Website: http://www.hornchancellor.com/

Private piano lessons by Gary Barnes. Gary has over twenty years teaching experience and a degree in music performance. He has played for several churches and musical groups. Specializing in music theory, reading music, and playing by chord. For more information email garyb0904@yahoo.com.

Western OK

Academy of Find Arts, Enid and Woodward locations. Dance, music, gymnastics, and swimming. Homeschool programs. Phone 580-256-3262 (Woodward) and 580-334-6195 (Enid).

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Preschool Programs

Tulsa: Mommy or Daddy & Me at Tulsa Community College for ages 3-5. Classes designed to encourage students to learn in a fun, safe and positive environment along-side of a parent. Classes for fall include: Music Mania, Lollipop Theatre, Reading Train, Marvelous Math, Animal Antics, and Art Exploration. For more information, call 595-7566 or www.tulsacc.edu/ce.

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Reading Programs

Book-it Reading Program. Students read for Pizza Hut rewards. Available to homeschoolers.

Braum's Book Buddy Reading Program. Students read for Braums ice cream rewards. Available to homeschoolers.

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Sports

Statewide:

Longwalk Oklahoma Backpack: Their mission is to engage a select group of high school students in additional life-skills learning opportunities through hiking adventures in a wilderness setting, while building confidence, moral character, leadership, and teaching long term goal setting and achievement as a way of life. Check their Web site for photos, testimonials, and more information. (Note from Cindy: I have had no feedback from homeschoolers about this group, so please let me know if you have any information either positive or negative. cindy@oklahomahomeschool.com).

Eastern Oklahoma Resources:

Glenpool/Jenks Community Center Homeschool Physical Education Program. The New Center offers a full court gym, arts and crafts room and an internet information room, which currently has 12 PC. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact: Pat Hatch at (918) 596-5977, Cell (918) 855-0761. Email: phatch@tulsacounty.org. Website: www.parks.tulsacounty.org

Homeschool PE at Chandler Park. They offer a 2 days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) program from 1:00pm-3:00pm at $40 a semester for the per child. Activities include: hiking, playing disc golf, basketball, martial arts, horse shoes, soccer, bowling and other games. They also go on field trips to the zoo, museums, and other places. They meet in a local church when it is cold and raining. Contact: Pat Ward, chandlerrec@tulsacounty.org.

Impact Tae Kwon Do. Coweta. They offer a very reasonable 6-week program that includes all the lessons you can get to and a uniform for $70. Classes are available six days per week. Call the school 486-5425 and ask to speak to Mr. Barret for more info.

Miller Swim School is located in Tulsa, on Mingo between 61st & 71st and offers group swimming lessons, a homeschool swim team, and advanced competition swimming. Phone: 254-1988.

NOAH. Northeast Assoc. of Homeschools is a Christian organization offering a variety of sports to Tulsa area homeschoolers. Check out their website at: http://www.noahjags.org/

SSB KIDS! Spirit, Soul & Body Kids, 1700 N. Redbud Pl. Broken Arrow, Ok. 74012. Home school gymnastic classes and Friday field trips for home school groups. Classes on Wed. @ 3:00, Field trips, last Friday of month. Contact Priscilla Godi at: ssbkids@ssbkids.com. Phone: 258-KIDS (5437). Website: http://www.ssbkids.com .

Swimming. Lori Banner teaches swimming classes in the day and evening at the Broken Arrow Boys Club. Contact her at 254-0881.

Thornton Gym, 5002 S. Fulton Ave., Tulsa, offers home school children sports and physical education activities. Call 918.280.9622 or ymcatulsa.org for more info.

Tulsa Fencing Club. "Introduction to Fencing" and "Beginning Foil." Highland Park Christian Church, 5708 East 31st Street, Tulsa, OK. http://www.tulsafencing.com. Phone: 918-527-9206.

ce Skating First Friday of each month, noon-2 p.m. at the Oilers Ice Center 6413 S. Mingo, Tulsa (across from Union High School). Cost: $3.00/skater (includes skate rental). This is an open activity offered by the sponsoring business to the homeschooling community at a reduced fee. It is open to all home educators.

Roller Skating Entertainment Center, 401 E Broadway Court, Sands Springs, OK. $4.00 per skater (age 2 and under are free). Non-skaters are admitted free, also. Offers Homeschool skating on 3rd Wed of each month. Contact: Jenny Collier, owner; 918.241.2342.

Central-Oklahoma Resources:

BASEBALL. The homeschool Bronco's baseball team is looking for players to add to their program. The Broncos are a nationally competitive team at the high school level and a locally competitive team at the T-ball to middle school levels. For more information about the try-out or the Bronco baseball program, call Steve Prentice at (405) 620-3326 or Rob McAfee at (405)842-0784.

TRY Cheer4Christ Program for FREE! Practices held each Thursday from 6-7pm OR 7-8pm. Location: Henderson Hills Baptist Church Gymnasium (I-35 & 15th Street in Edmond) If you decide to join .... COST: $25 per month/family, plus uniform fee. We are a Pom/Cheer performance dance group. Moves and cheers will be to the glory of God! Costumes will be to glorify our Lord! More Info: www.cheer4christ.com or contact Mandy Maberry 405-519-5539.

Metro Gymnastics. 7420 Broadway Ext., OKC, OK. (405) 848-5308.

Oklahoma City Knights - Basketball: http://www.okcknights.com/

Oklahoma City Storm Hoops - Basketball: http://www.stormhoops.com/

Oklahoma Patriots- Football: http://www.okpatriots.com/

Patriots Cheer: http://okpatriotscheer.com/

Fast pitch Softball, OKC AREA – The Lady Broncos is a multi-age organization consisting of T-ball through high school. Vison: to provide a Christian atmosphere of competitive softball for all athletes involved. Our varsity and junior high play a Fall season against area public and private schools and a Spring league season. The T-ball - 12U compete in local leagues in the Spring and Fall seasons. More Info: www.okcladybroncos.com or contact Marcella Sundbye at sundbyewm@sbcglobal.net call 405-787-0791.

National Resources:

Homeschool Basketball National Website: http://www.homeschoolbasketball.net/

Homeschool Sports Net: http://www.hspn.net/; - locate a team where you live: http://www.hspn.net/default.asp?topPick=TEAMFIND

NCSAA Homeschool Athletic News: http://www.ncsaa.org/homeschool_news.htm

National Christian Athletic Association: http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net/ncaa/NCAA/common/index.html and FAQ regarding homeschooling: http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/membership_svcs/eligibility-recruiting/faqs/homeschooling

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Website Resources for Extracurricular Activities & Events:

Oxley Nature Center, Tulsa, OK (Nature activities)

Tulsa Parks & Recreation, Tulsa, OK (various activities)

Metro Family Magazine, Central Oklahoma Events

Frontier Country, Events in Frontier Country

Travel OK, Events in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Blog at the Old Schoolhouse magazine

For daily/weekly info on activities in the Edmond/OKC area, sign up for OKHSMoms Network run by Ellen Latimer.

For daily/weekly info on activities in the Tulsa Metro area, sign up for subscription to T.H.E. by Linda Duntley.

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