HEART of Texas

Homeschool with HEART!
We are excited to be able to share this information with our fellow home-schoolers! Please pass this along to others within your network. If you learn of an event/activity that would benefit other homeschool families, or if you would like to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please drop us a line. We'd love to hear from you! 
Blessings! Dave & Anne Gebhart, Founders/Directors, HEART of Texas
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An education resource for homeschool families & support groups in North TX

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September 2022

Reg Open: Texas Baptists Children's Choir (Dallas)

Reg Open: Dinosaur Valley SP: TX Outdoor Family(NOV 5)

Noble Planetarium: Now Showing

Omni at FWMSH: Set to Open Dec 2023

Perot Mus:(NowShowing) Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D

Perot Mus:(NowShowing) Sea Lions Life by a Whisker


HEART Partner LLELA: 1st Saturday Nature Walk

SEPT 3, 4, & 5

Dallas Arboretum:Labor Day Family Fun Weekend


Amon Carter: Homeschool at the Carter-Artistic Adventures


HEART Partner Homeschool Day at Dyno-Rock/Arlington


HEART Partner LLELA: 2nd Saturday Bird Walk

HEART Partner LLELA: Nature Journaling 101

Frisco: Starfest

Klyde Warren Park:N TX Food Bank 40th Birthday Party

Amon Carter: Party on the Porch

Amon Carter: Shaking the Shadow (THRU DEC 18)

FW Botanic Gardens: Girls Nature Wksp: Festive Floriculture

Cedar Hill SP: Full Moon Hike - Park After Dark

Cedar Hill SP: Full Moon Hike - Penn Home Tour

Dinosaur Valley SP: Junior Ranger Academy

Lake Whitney SP: Star Party

SEPT 10-25

Colonial Williamsburg: Homeschool Week


Amon Carter: Sergeant, Whistler & Venetian Glass


Lk Whitney SP: Birding the Two Bridges Trail

SEPT 13 & 14

Dallas Arboretum: Evening Under the Stars w/Dallas Opera

SEPT 15-17

Dallas: Library Book Sale


Eisenhower SP: Fossils A Hike to the Past

Eisenhower SP: Sunset Kayaking


Smithsonian Museum Day

Dinosaur Valley SP: Solar System Walk

Dinosaur Valley SP: Star Party


HEART Partner LLELA: (FFF) w/Author Melany Kahn

Dinosaur Valley SP: Snake Safety Hike

Lk Whitney SP: Birding the Two Bridges Trail


Kimbell: Murillo from Heaven to Earth (thru Jan 29, 2023)

Meadows: Picturing Holy Women In Spanish Empire

Meadows:Masterpiece: Velaszquez' King Phiip IV of Spain


Dallas Arboretum: Homeschool Day: Beanstalk Growing Maze

FW Botanic Gardens: Homeschool Day Feathered Friends

SEPT 19-23

LEGOLAND Discovery Center: Homeschool Week

SEA LIFE Aquarium:Homeschool Week


FW Botanic Gardens (Little Sprouts) Book & Garden

Cedar Hill SP: Sunrise Hike with a Ranger

SEPT 21-25

Arlington: Library Book Sale at Meadowbrook Rec Center


Cedar Hill SP: Evening Angling


Amon Carter: Educator Day in the District

Kimbell:KidsDrop-inStudio):Sketching Architec Tour

Dinosaur Valley SP: Dino Detective

Cedar Hill SP: First Day of Fall Hike


Dinosaur Valley SP: Edible Plant Hike

Lk Whitney SP: Birding the Two Bridges Trail


State Fair of Texas (THRU OCT 23)

October 2022


HEART Partner CampTonkawa:Horsemanship Day Camp

Nasher Sculpture Center: Free First Saturday

THRU Oct 1

Artisan Theater: Tuck Everlasting


Lk Whitney SP: Birding the Two Bridges Trail

OCT 7-9 & 14-16

Grapevine Vintage Railroad: Day Out with Thomas


Frisco: Starfest

Kimbell: 50th Annivesary Family Festival & Celebration

Lk Whitney SP: Star Gazing and Don't forget the Moon

River Legacy: Fall Festival

OCT 8-9

HEART Partner Camp Tonkawa: Primitive Survival Skills 1


Lk Whitney SP: Birding the Two Bridges Trail

OCT 12-13

Youth Concerts: What Music Represents

OCT 15

Dinosaur Valley SP: Solar System Walk

Dinosaur Valley SP: Star Party

Grapevine,TX: Butterfly Flutterby

OCT 16

Lk Whitney SP: Birding the Two Bridges Trail

OCT 17

FW Botanic Gardens: Homeschool Day All About Bats

OCT 22

North Texas Egg Fest (at Sunnyland Outdoor Living/Dallas)

Alliance Texas Aviation Expo (Fort Worth)


HEART Partner CampTonkawa:Nature in Art Camp

OCT 23

Lk Whitney SP: Birding the Two Bridges Trail

OCT 28-30

Ft Worth Stockyards:Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering

OCT 29

Lk Whitney SP: Birding the Two Bridges Trail

OCT 29

Lk Whitney SP: Birding the Two Bridges Trail

Is Home Schooling Right For Your Family?

Thinking about homeschooling? Wondering what's involved, how it works, and if it's right for you? 

Our FREE "Homeschool 101" classes are designed to teach you the basics of homeschooling, the legal requirements, how to choose and find curriculum, & the steps to get you off to a successful start!


Upcoming HOMESCHOOL 101 Classes:


8pm via Zoom (must register)


Click here to Register

Help Bring these Classes to Your Area!

If you are a support group leader or veteran home school mom who would like to help offer Homeschool 101 meetings in your area, contact us! Presentation materials, training, & encouragement provided!


Announce Your

Support Group

Meet & Greets

If your homeschool support group or coop is planning to schedule an upcoming Meet & Greet for new home-schoolers, let us help you spread the word via our newsletter. Email us for details.

HEART of Texas Fundraiser:

100 for $100

As a homeschool family ourselves, there is a special place in our heart to serve other homeschoolers.

A little about us. We are a homeschool family just like you. We began homeschooling our oldest in 1996. We graduated four children and are currently homeschooling the youngest two. So we are going to be doing this quite a while longer, Lord willing! We love what the Lord has done for our family through homeschooling, and we love sharing that vision with others.  

We began HEART of Texas in 2005 to assist families with finding homeschool information, support groups, and resources; and to assist support group leaders with serving the families in their groups. We wanted to be a connecting point to link families with what they needed to be successful.

In our 17 years of operation, we have never held a formal fundraiser. With the number of new homeschool families on the rise, we are now asking for your help.

We are looking for 100 people to assist us with a gift of $100. This will greatly help us continue our efforts to advance homeschooling, assist families, host regional events, and start a Scholarship Fund.

Some families have already contributed to this cause, and we are very grateful. Thank you!

HEART of Texas is a 501c(3), non-profit organization servicing North Texas homeschool families and support group leaders. We are a volunteer-run organization with a volunteer staff and board, and we rely solely on donations and memberships to fund our activities.

We assist new families looking for information about homeschooling, refer families to support groups and other resources, host a variety of regional events, and provide training and support to local support group leaders.

Additionally, we publish a newsletter, chock-full of field trip ideas and family events happening across North Texas (as we learn about them). AND now that everything is seeming more "normal" for the 2022-2023 school year, with more events are being scheduled (and not cancelled), we anticipate getting back to our regular monthly schedule.

We also have an amazing board of directors serving with us, and each of them also has a desire to serve homeschool families and help them be successful.

Our heart is to build relationships. 

Our motive is to serve people. 

Our agenda is Proverbs 3:27.

Your gift of $100 (or any amount) is 100% tax-deductible, very appreciated, and will be used wisely.

To Support HEART of Texas with a tax-deductible donation: Click Here

This link can also be found on our website at the bottom of this page: www.heartoftex.org/

Thank you in advance for partnering with us in our mission to serve the homeschool community of North Texas!


Dave & Anne Gebhart

Founding Directors, HEART of Texas

Pssst!! Home Schooling Works...Pass it On!!

Are you a veteran home educator looking for a way to encourage the next generation of home schoolers? Consider becoming a part of our HEART Mentor Network! 

Mentors provide face-to-face, one-on-one guidance for homeschool parents who have just begun their journey. 

Email us for more details. Please include "Mentor" in the subject line of your email.

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Homeschooling in Texas is GROWING!

Homeschooling in Texas is growing exponentially!

If your business or organization is interested in reaching the North Texas home-school community, consider partnering with HEART of Texas. We would love to help you connect!  Email us to learn more!

Homeschool Gym Class in Crowley

Our newest partner, Rival Cheer, is interested in putting together a weekly homeschool gym class!

•One 55 minute class per week with a certified coach

•Full use of the facility including trampolines,      

  equipment, and spring floor.

•Minimum of 5 athletes to make this class

•Flexible on time/day(email your preferences)

•Discount @ $50/month

If you are interested in this gym class,

click here to send an email with the following:

-First & Last Name of Parent/Guardian

-Email and Phone number

-Ages of Kids interested in participating

-Best Time/Day of the Week for the class


604 W Cleburne Rd. 

Crowley, TX 76036

Homeschool Day at Dyno Rock

in Arlington

Mention HEART of Texas when you call Dyno Rock: 817-461-3966.

25 student minimum for this special rate.

Join us on our mission to help families

HEART of Texas is the regional homeschool organization serving the home school families and support group leaders of North Texas. We provide education, training, and leadership to encourage families on their journey and guide them to resources that will help them be successful.

As a member of HEART of Texas, your family can attend our events at a discounted rate, take advantage of our wonderful partner discounts, have access to resources & encouragement to homeschool through high school.

Most of all, your membership helps us to continue serving the homeschooling community of North Texas!

Join HEART of Texas!

A Word from Our Sponsor:

 THSC is Offering $20 off Annual Membership to Our Subscribers

THSC believes raising children is a family’s God-given right and calling, and believes in empowering parents to raise and educate the next generation of leaders. THSC encourages families to connect with regional groups like HEART of Texas because we share a common goal of Keeping Texas Families Free!

Learn more about what THSC does by visiting their website

As a Newsletter Subscriber, you can SAVE $20 off your THSC Annual Membership when you join by clicking this Link No Code Needed!

What Do the Homeschooling Numbers Look Like Pre-Covid and Post-Covid?

Remember 2020, when COVID-19 resulted in a surge of families interested in homeschooling?

Recent studies on homeschooling show that in 2020-2021, there were about 3.7 million homeschool students in grades K-12 in the United States, representing approximately 6%-7% of school-age children. In 2019, there were about 2.5 million homeschool students, approximately 3%-4% of school-age children. 

While the homeschool population had grown around 2% to 8% each year for the past several years, there was drastic growth from 2019 to 2021. 

As the 2022 school year kicks off, data from THSC, HEART of Texas, and other sources indicate that many families who began homeschooling during COVID are continung to homeschool. 

During 2020, U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that the largest surge in homeschooling was driven by minority families leaving the public school system. Nationwide, the rate of black families homeschooling rose from 3.3 to 16.1%.

The number of students homeschooling during 2021-2022 remained significantly higher than 2019-2020 because more families realized and experienced the benefits of a home-based education due to the past two years of government restrictions. This growth is expected to continue due to the many other reasons that have motivated parents to homeschool their children over the past 40 years. (Fields-Smith, 2020; Murphy, 2012; Ray, 2021b).

In North Texas, HEART of Texas is here to serve the families in the region. "We are excited to see these upward trends in homeschooling as families are seeing all the wonderful benefits of educating their children at home," stated Anne Gebhart, regional director of HEART of Texas. "We will continue to do all we can to serve families and connect them with local support groups and the resources they need for a strong and successful start."


Student and Adult Volunteers & Interns Needed for 2022-2023 School Year

If you are a current or former home school parent looking for a way to serve the home school community with your time and talents, or a high school or college student looking for service hours and experience for your résumé, we'd love to hear from you!

We have the following volunteer openings on our team:

• Social Media Coordinator

• Area Newsletter Editors

• Event Planner

These volunteer position require 2 to 4 hours a week, from home, using your own computer. Training is provided.

To learn more about these or other opportunities, please send a note to Anne Gebhart at this email.

We Love Our Partners! 

Take a peek at some of our newest Partners & what they offer our members! Join HEART of Texas TODAY to begin enjoying these and other exclusive benefits and discounts from our wide array of Partners

To become a Partner or Event Sponsor click here to email us for details. 

TX Home School Coalition: Save $20 off Membership!

Discount: Save $20 on your annual THSC membership with this link

Dyno Rock Climbing Gym

HEART of Texas Cardholders: Discount on Homeschool Classes.  Details TBA!!

Rival Cheer Gym

HEART of Texas Cardholders: Discount on Homeschool Classes.  Details TBA!!

Moreland Music Studio

HEART of Texas Cardholders: 10% discount on monthly private lesson tuition. 10% discount on orchestra/string ensemble semester tuition.

Dallas Holocaust Museum

HEART of Texas Cardholders: Parents may receive $20 individual/educator membership to the museum

College Prep Genius

HEART of Texas Cardholders: $5 off any product

Dave Ramsey Personal Finance Curriculum

HEART of Texas Cardholders: High School Curriculum Pack-$10 off & $2 off each student text

Middle School Pack-$5 off & $2 off @student text 

Team Family Farms

HEART of Texas Cardholders: $1 off admission

Find Me a Van

HEART of Texas Cardholders: $500 off the purchase price of any vehicle!

Dallas Zoo

HEART of Texas Cardholders:$1 off per participant (max 6) for Family Zoo Adventures Program

Scrambled Language Therapy, LLC

HEART of Texas Cardholders: 10% off packages

Homeschool PE

HEART of Texas Members (valid card): $5 Off Class Fee

Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club

HEART of Texas Cardholders: $5 Off Class Fee

Cantaré Texas Performance Choir

HEART of Texas Cardholders: $15 Off Annual Fee per child

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HEART of Texas is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization serving homeschool families & support groups in North Texas.  To learn more about HEART of Texas visit www.heartoftex.org
This information is provided as a service to our fellow home-schoolers. HEART of Texas does not necessarily endorse, warrant, or represent any of the activities, events, or organizations listed, or their content, views, opinions, or recommendations. Please use your own judgment when considering taking part in or attending any of these events or activities or visiting any of the websites or links provided.  HEART of Texas assumes no responsibility for the content of any ads, promises made, or the quality/reliability of the products or services offered.  
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