North Point Baptist Homeschool Ministry

Spanish Instructor: Sara Strickland

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Instructor: Sara Strickland

We're looking forward to a fun-filled semester learning Spanish! It'll be a blast as we learn the alphabet, some grammar and vocabulary, culture, phrases, and building sentences! We'll have weekly lesson plans, a couple of weeks of art, and a couple of "cultural experiences" where we'll plan and prepare Spanish fiestas!
Materials to bring: a binder with part notebook paper and part construction paper and crayons, markers, or colored pencils
Cost: $15 Class size: Min 5/ Max 15

Appalachian History

Instructors: Caroline Sammons & Angie Young

We will explore the history of the hardy mountain people and the rugged terrain they call home. We will learn from the novel "Mist Over the Mountains," as well as the feud between the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s. We also entertain the idea of what it must have been like for the Cherokee as they endured the Trail of Tears. We will be experimenting with the way of life these hardworking folks lived.
Materials to bring: full size scissors, white t-shirt (washed), and a couple of worn out clothes items that are ready for the trash
Cost: $25 Class size: Min 5/ Max 15

Jr. & Sr. High (6th-12th grades) 1st Period

Instructor: Sharon Brookshire

This class is a short course in exploring the different forms of drama.  We will explore characterization, voice projection, blocking-staging, and performance tips. We will produce a short play, skit, or monologues.
Materials to bring: 1- 80 page spiral notebook, 1-two pocket folder, pens or pencils

Cost: $ 20 Class size: Min 5/Max 15

Life Science: The Periodic Table of Elements (PToE)

Instructor: Jennifer Webb

We’re jumping in and getting crazy with the Periodic Table of Elements.  Using a Charlotte Mason-style approach to creatively learn about the PToE because…“it’s a crowning scientific achievement!  The PToE is a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession.  We will read fascinating true tales that follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.”--excerpt description of the book that we will be (periodically, ha!) using, The Disappearing Spoon, by Sam Kean.  

I plan on captivating students using games, worksheets, video excerpts, projects, & even a PToE end-of-semester cupcake finale! 
Materials to bring: ½” 3-ring Binder, lined paper, colored pencils, pencil/pen
Cost: $20 Class size: Min 5/Max 15

Jr. & Sr. High (6th -12th grades) 2nd Period
World View for Middle Schoolers (grades 6-7)

Instructor: Michele Hammond

Do you really know what you believe?  What is God like?  What do you believe about the universe? Nature? Humans?  How do you know when something is right or wrong?  In this class, we will use C.S. Lewis' book, The Magician's Nephew, as a springboard for discussing and determining what students truly believe.  We will analyze the Biblical view of God, the universe, and the nature of evil and compare that with what's presented in the world of Narnia.

Materials to bring:  The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis, a Bible, 1/2 inch 3-ring binder, paper, pencils, colored pencils, highlighter
Cost: $10 Class size: Min 5/ Max 15
Starting Points (grades 8-12)

Instructor: Laura Criss

Narnia, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde; It's a Wonderful Life and The Wizard of Oz:  these classic titles and movies are just part of what we will explore in Starting Points, a world view curriculum developed by David Quine(Making Math Meaningful).  Its primary focus will be to assist students to identify and strengthen their personal world views as Christ followers, while helping them to respectfully and thoughtfully distinguish the difference between their own and a secular world view.  The curriculum will span 4 co-op semesters.  For the first semester, each student will receive their own copy of the Starting Points syllabus (which is why the cost of the class is high), but they will need to purchase the following for the class: Answers for Difficult Days by David Quine, Know What You Believe by Paul Little, and How to Read Slowly by James Sire.  The class will be facilitated by an adult teacher, but ideally, group discussions will begin to flow naturally between peers over the course of the semester.  This is not a traditional "I teach and you listen" scenario; each student will need to come fully prepared to participate.  There is honestly a lot of at home reading involved, in addition to hopefully genuine soul searching, but I think the reward will be worth the investment.  I would encourage parents/guardians to read along with the students to encourage further discussion, and to heighten confidence when sharing with peers.  Eventually, we will be exploring British Literature, U S History, and engage in paper writing (DON'T PANIC!)  For a more detailed description, and to order materials, please visit

Materials to bring: Other than the above titles and syllabus, each student is asked to bring a notebook, a pen/pencil, and their old fashioned "thinking cap".
Cost: $45 Class size: Min5/Max 15

Jr. & Sr. High (6th-12th grades) 3rd Period

Instructors: Amy Cody & Christy Clements

Discover the timeless art of crochet as we learn basic techniques to create a variety of projects.  Students will have the opportunity to express their own style by crocheting embellishments such as flowers and leaves.  No previous crochet experience is required.  Yarn and crochet hook will be provided.


Materials to bring: Pencil, paper, pocket folder, and a creative spirit!

Cost: $10 Class size: Min 5/ Max 15

Instructors: David Briggs & Trixie Briggs

Have you seen others play chess and feel intimidated? Would you like to learn how to play in a fun way? Learn the pieces, moves, etiquette and other knowledge of the game. Let us show you how the challenging game of chess can be fun and exciting. Not only will you learn how to play but you can be in a tournament and see if you come out on top! 
Materials to bring: none at this time
Cost: $10 Class size: Min 5/ Max 15

Instructor Bios:

Kristi Bailey and her husband Chad have been married for almost 16 wonderful years.  They have four children: Hayden (12), Auburn (10), Brendan (8), and Ian (4).  They are in their 8th year of homeschooling.   They attend North Point Baptist Church.   Kristi enjoys working with the children at church through music and drama.   She has her master’s degree in Special Education.  Kristi administers the Woodcock Johnson III and is a reading tutor (

Brandy Barnwell and her husband, Vollie, have been married for 13 years. They have four children:  Dyllan (9), Eden (7), Daniel (3) and Dawson (15 mo). They are in their fifth year of homeschooling.  Brandy and her husband are involved in various ministries at North Point Baptist Church. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and is a licensed middle school teacher in language arts and social studies.
Amanda Blanton and her husband, Kevin, have been married for 11 years.  They have three children: Joshua (9), Nathan (6), and Christian (2).  They feel blessed that they are starting their 5th year of homeschool.  Amanda and her family attend North Point Baptist Church where she helps in children's Sunday school the Awana program.
David Briggs is a High School Junior. He is active in Boy Scouts and the Civil Air Patrol. He has earned numerous merit badges, including chess, and has a knack with LEGO's. When he isn't doing school work or watching his sisters, he enjoys building and designing spacecraft on his computer. He hopes to attend a military college when he graduates before joining the Army.


Tammy “Trixie” Briggs and her husband, Philip, have been married for 19 years. They have three children: David (17), Symantha (13), and Vyvienne (3). They have been homeschooling for 5 years. Trixie and Philip both have a passion for history, the military and the love of learning especially through travel to historical places as a family (24 states so far).

Kristen Brookshire and her husband, Matt, have been married for 7 years. They have two children Maggie (6) and Tyler (4). This is their first year homeschooling and they are having a great time! Kristen is a member of North Point Baptist Church, where she helps teach in Praiseland and Awana . The Brookshire family is looking foward to their second year at Co-op!

Sharon Brookshire and her husband, David, have been married almost 35 amazing years.  They have two sons, Matthew (32) and Noah (13).  This is their ninth year of homeschooling.  Sharon and David have been involved in puppet ministry, clowning, drama and children’s ministries for over 33 years.   Both enjoy working with children.  Sharon loves quilting, sewing, reading and canning.  She enjoys time spent with family.   Sharon and her family are members of North Point Baptist Church where she is involved with Family of Champions and David teaches Sunday School.
Heather Bullman and her husband, Brian, have been married for 13 years.  They have 3 children: Hannah (9), Zachary (7), and Jackson (3).  They are in their fourth year of homeschooling and love it.  Previously, she worked at a nursing home and then in an adult day center.  She has a bachelor degree in social work.  Originally her degree was going to be teaching so she has also worked with children doing afterschool programs, volunteering in schools, tutoring etc. Heather feels very blessed to be given the opportunity to homeschool her children and for being able to meet with many other homeschooling families at coop.
Amy Castellani and her husband, Chris, have been married for 13 years.   They have 3 children:  John (11), Joshua (10), and Henry (4).  They have been homeschooling for seven years.  Amy is a registered nurse and is originally from Long Island, NY. They have lived in Asheville for 9 years, and attend Woodland Hills Church in North Asheville. We have enjoyed teaching and participating in North Point Baptist Homeschool Ministry and feel it is a blessing every day that God has provided for us to continue our homeschooling journey. 
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Christy Clements and her husband, Brent, have been married 15 years and are the proud parents of Rebecca (9), Heather (6), and Elizabeth (2).  Christy obtained a Bachelors Degree in Accounting with Minors in General Music and Music Education from Mars Hill College.  She worked in real estate industry and purchasing prior to the Lord blessing her with the opportunity to become a stay-at-home mom.  She and her family are members of North Point Baptist Church where she plays in the orchestra, is a leader in the AWANA program, and teaches VBS. Recently, the Lord led Christy to begin H.I.S. Homeschool Band.  We have homeschooled from the beginning and Christy looks forward to helping your child have fun learning!

Amy Cody and her husband, Ryan, have been married for 10 years.  They have three children, Emory (9), Eli (6) and Grayson (3).  This is their fifth year of homeschooling.  Amy has a bachelor's degree in English Communication from Montreat College.  Amy and Ryan are members of Laurel Branch Baptist Church where she teaches Sunday school.  Amy enjoys crocheting, cooking, reading, sports and being outdoors.
Laura Criss and her husband, Scott just celebrated their 20th year of marriage!  They have been blessed with 3 great kids; Coleman (14), Emi (9), and Madi Rose (7).  They have been homeschooling for over 8 years.  Laura has a "well-rounded" liberal arts degree with a psychology major and a double minor in sociology and history.   She worked as a mental health SW with children before becoming a Mom.  For 15 years, she has also been blessed with the perfect part-time job at a local consignment shop (recycling clothes-being "green" before it was cool).  She loves to learn with her kids-exploring and experiencing different places, people, and ideas-expanding the classroom beyond the four walls.   A favorite idea from a friend is that we don't necessarily want our kids to think just like us, but to THINK!  She is grateful for the freedom to home school, but realizes it is not everyone's call.  She is currently a member of Newbridge Baptist Church, but is first a follower of Christ.
Cynthia Francis and her husband, Elliott, have been married for 13 years and have two boys Nathan (12) and Camden (10). They have homeschooled for the past 7 years and absolutely love spending their days with their boys. 

Jennifer Fulmer and her husband, Thomas, have been married married 16 years.  They have two children:  Kevin (12) and John (9).  This will be their 2nd year homeschooling.  They are members of North Point Baptist Church where Jennifer enjoys singing in choir and working with the preschoolers and children in Awana, Sunday School, Mission's class and VBS.  They are blessed to be a part of such a wonderful family of homeschoolers at co-op.

Michele Hammond and her husband, James, have been married 18 years.  They have two children, Rebekah (13), and Katherine (10) and are in their second year of homeschooling.  She and her family are members of North Point Baptist Church where she teaches Sunday School and works with our preteen YUC! (Youth Under Construction) ministry.  Michele has a master's degree in middle grades education, and a BA in mathematics.  She is a certified teacher and mathematics tutor.
Corinne Ptak and her husband, Preston, have been married for 18 years. They have four children: Rebekah (13), Braeden (8), Nikolas (6), and Kaeleah (2). They are in their 10th year of homeschooling. Corinne has a degree in Human Services and Early Childhood Education. She and her family are members of North Point Baptist Church where she sings in choir, teaches a women’s Sunday school class, helps in Awana, and leads M.O.M.S. (Moments Of Mentoring Side by side).
Susannah Richmond and her husband, Dave, have been married for 13 years. They have three children, Anna (10), Abriel (4), and Samuel (4). They attend North Point Baptist Church, where she helps with Promiseland. Dave is employed by G.E. Aviation as an advanced machinist on the new parts introduction team. This will be their sixth year homeschooling, and they are excited to be a part of North Point Co-op for another year.

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Nadine Robinson and her husband, Steve, have been married 23 years. They have been blessed with three children: Stephen (23), Jason (10), and Emmy (7). They began homeschooling four years ago and love it.! Nadine worked as a Teaching Assistant at North Buncombe Elementary until Jason was born in 2002. Steve is currently employed by MB Haynes as D.O.T. Superintendent. The Robinson family has been members of North Point Baptist Church for seven years where both have served in Children's Sunday School and the Awana program. Nadine is looking forward to working with your creative kids.

Caroline Sammons and her husband, Wayne, have been married for 14 years. They have three children: Brittany, Krysten, and Nicholas. They are finishing our fourth year of homeschooling our youngest child. They enjoy serving on the Native American Missions Board, 3rd & 4th grade Sunday school, Team Kids Missions, and here at Coop. They are continually amazed at what a blessing the Lord, Family and Friends are in their lives.
Sara Strickland and her husband, Scott, have been married for 14 years.  They have two daughters: Saylor (11) and Audrey (8).  They are in their fifth year homeschooling and still enjoy it so much.  Sara completed three years of college, studying to be a teacher, before Saylor came along. Choosing to homeschool was the best decision they feel they could have made, and they feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity.
Jennifer Webb and her husband, Ricky, have been married for 2 years.  They have a fun & loving family of 4 kids:  Emma (12), Elliot (10), Apple Jane (6.5), Agatha (1).  Jennifer has been a home schooling mama for the past 8 years.  Their family are active members of Highland Christian Church of Asheville.  They love to be involved in Creative Art programs and taking time to explore the great outdoors of WNC, where they’ve resided for the last 16 years.  Jennifer is excited in helping your student grow a love for God’s awe-inspiring Creation by studying Science.


Kayla Wooton and her husband, Ryan, have been married 6 years. They have three beautiful children: Kaleb (6), Kaden (3) and EllaRose (1). They have been homeschooling for 2 years. They attend Upper Laurel Baptist Church in Mars Hill. 

Kimberly Wyatt and her husband, Alan, have been married for 10 years. They have two children, Avery (7) and Brooklyn (5). They have officially been homeschooling since April 2011. Kim and Alan are members of Upper Laurel Baptist Church in Mars Hill. Kim graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. She enjoys art, photography, genealogy research, creation science, and history. She also is a freelance graphic and website designer.

Angie Young and her husband, David, have been married for 17 years and are the parents of Anna (12) and Abigail (10). This is their 3rd year homeschooling. They reside in the beautiful small town of Alexander where Angie grew up. Angie and David feel blessed to live in this area and to have the opportunity/option to homeschool their children. Children are truly a blessing from God and our influence in their lives is not to be taken lightly.

North Point Baptist Homeschool Ministry

Membership Form
Please read the NPBHM Guidelines and Policies. If you still have questions, please contact Kristi Bailey at 645-0494 or The suggested annual membership fee is $20.00 for the year beginning August 1st to the following July 31st. Workshop registration is $10.00 per semester.
Please make checks payable to: North Point Baptist Homeschool Ministry.
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Please list any hobbies or talents that you or your spouse has that you would be willing to share with the group. (Ex. Sewing, woodworking, sign language, knitting, foreign language, etc.)


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I/We have read and concur with the NPBHM Guidelines and policies and agree to abide by them. I/We realize that NPBHM services are provided on an all volunteer basis, and understand that I am expected to volunteer or assist with the organization of at least one activity or function. I/We understand that NPBHM serves solely as a support group and is not responsible for the education of our children. I/We understand and agree that it is our responsibility to be aware of and in compliance with the laws governing home educators in the state of North Carolina. I/We understand and agree that neither NPBHM nor any of its members will be held accountable for accidents or injuries involving our children which may occur during NPBHM field trips, programs, and/or activities.

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Parent Agreement
 I understand that North Point Workshops are supplemental to what is being taught in the home and

are meant for enrichment purposes only. As the parent, I also realize that these workshops will not

complete any curriculum, only enhance them. The instructors do not teach the entire subject matter,

but are only enriching and assisting my instruction at home.

 I understand that North Point Workshops do not keep permanent records or assign grades.
 I understand that the North Point Workshops does not give credit toward high school graduation

requirements, although parents may use class time toward fulfilling some requirements in a given

subject, according to the parent’s own discretion.
 I understand that the North Point Workshops does not give legal protection or legal assistance.

Also, North Point Workshops is not obligated to testify regarding your home school’s validity,

authenticity, or effectiveness to legal authorities or in court.
 I agree that my children will strive to regularly attend all classes for which I have registered them.

They will arrive on time at 9:30 A.M. and fully participate in the class by completing any homework

assignments and engaging with other students and the instructor during class time.
 I understand and agree that I must remain in the building the entire time and be responsible for my

children regardless of their age whenever they are participating in classes.

 I understand and agree that North Point’s Leadership Team, instructors or North Point Baptist

Church will at no time be responsible for mishaps, injuries, or accidents that may occur during the


 I have read and am in agreement with the information in the North Point Workshops Handbook.
 I understand and agree that I am required, at the time of registration, to sign up to help in two

areas of North Point Workshops.

 I understand that my family will be assigned cleaning duties to be completed to ensure that the

church building is put back in order following our Workshop sessions. To participate in Workshops, I

understand that I am required to stay after Workshops to complete them each week.
 Due to the amount of work involved in making the Workshops run smoothly, I will be available to

cheerfully help with other responsibilities that will arise from week to week.

 I understand that all registration fees and materials fees are totally non-refundable.

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