HEART of Texas

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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 Texas

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❤️ = HEART of Texas Partner

October 2023

Carter: Come to Colorado (THRU JAN 7)

Carter: Louise Nevelson (THRU JAN 7)

Carter: Trespassers: James Prosek (THRU JAN 28)

Carter: Darryl Lauster Testament (THRU May 2024)

Dallas Museum: Free Family Fun - Saturdays

Ft Worth Museum: Planetarium Shows

Kimbell: The Kimbell at 50 (thru OCT 4 2023)

State Fair of Texas (THRU OCT 22)

Perot Mus (3D Film): Dinosaurs of Antarctica

Perot Mus (3D Film): Blue Whales - Return of the Giants

Perot Mus (3D Film): Jane Goodall

Dallas Arboretum: Autumn at the Arboretum (thru NOV 5)


Dallas Arboretum: Cooking Demo - Fluffy Mashed Potatoes


❤️ Heritage Frmstd: 3 Little Pigs (Reg Opens 9/1)

Nash Farm (First Fridays): Cowboy Cooking


❤️ Camp Tonkawa: Horsemanship Day Camp

Carter: re/framed (THRU Mar 31)

Grapevine: Planes & Trains Guided Tours

Wichita Falls: Library Book Sale

Renaissance Festival (THRU NOV 26)

OCT 7-29

Casa Manana: Beauty & the Beast


❤️ Camp Tonkawa: Junior Horsemanship Day Camp


FW Botanic Gardens: Homeschool Day (Reg by OCT 5)

OCT 11

Dallas Arboretum: Cooking Demo - Cooking Tools

OCT 12-15

Dallas Arboretum (Children Adv Garden) Kelly Family Days

OCT 13

Grapevine: Nash Farms Barn Dance

OCT 14

Dallas Museum (Family Wkshp): Treasure Hunt

FW Museum: Eclipse

Plano International Festival

OCT 14-15

❤️ Camp Tonkawa: Nature in Art Camp

OCT 16

FW Botanic Gardens: Homeschool Day (Reg by OCT 12)

OCT 17

FW Botanic Gardens: Little Sprouts (Register by OCT 12)

Dallas Holocaust Museum: Homeschool Day

OCT 18

Dallas Arboretum: Cooking Demo - Season Cast Iron

OCT 19 - 22

FW Museum: Chemistry Week

OCT 20-22

Grapevine: Day Out with Thomas (Ticket Sales are Limited)

OCT 21

FW Botanic Gardens: Little Sprouts (Register by OCT 18)

FW Botanic Gardens: Girls Nature Wkshp: Fiesta Flowers

Mesquite PumpkinFest

OCT 21-22

❤️ Camp Tonkawa: Breathe AIR

OCT 25

Dallas Arboretum: Cooking Demo - Chicken

Artisan Center Thtr: Peter & the Starcatcher (THRU NOV 16)

Heritage Farmstead (Little Farmers): Halloween on Farm

Arboretum: Cooking Demo - Chicken

OCT 27-29

Dallas Symphony: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban Concert


Denison: Elves Farm Pumpkin Patch

OCT 28-29

❤️ Camp Tonkawa: Primitive Wilderness Survival Skills


Midlothian: Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm


Rockwall: Blase Family Pumpkin Patch


Christ United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

Frisco: Pumpkins on the Prairie

November 2023

Carter: Come to Colorado (THRU JAN 7)

Carter: Louise Nevelson (THRU JAN 7)

Carter: Trespassers: James Prosek (THRU JAN 28)

Carter: re/framed (THRU Mar 31)

Carter: Darryl Lauster Testament (THRU May 2024)

Dallas Arboretum: Autumn at the Arboretum (thru NOV 5)

Dallas Museum: Free Family Fun - Saturdays

Renaissance Festival (THRU NOV 26)


Dallas Arboretum: Cooking Demo - Brines


Nash Farm (First Fridays): From Sheep to Shawl


❤️ Aubrey: Team Family Pumpkin Patch

Mainstay Farm: Fall Festival & Pumpkin Days


❤️ Camp Tonkawa: Horsemanship Day Camp

Dallas: Hallam Family Concerts: Threads

Nash Farm Heritage Wkshp: Victorian Gifts Wkshop

Wichita Falls: Library Book Sale

NOV 4-5

❤️ Camp Tonkawa: Native American Indian Camp


Dallas Arboretum: Autumn at the Arboretum (thru NOV 5)

Kimbell: Bonnard's Worlds (thru JAN 28, 2024)

Log Cabin Village: Catch the Killer Murder Mystery

NOV 4, 11, 18

Grapevine: Planes & Trains Guided Tours

NOV 9- DEC 31

Dallas Arboretum: Holiday at the Arboretum (thru DEC 31)

NOV 10-JAN 8

Plano: Crayola Experience -Kubota Raceway Makeover

NOV 10-12

FW Symphony: Bond & Beyond

NOV 11

Dallas Museum (Family Wkshp): All Mixed Up

Ft Worth Botanic Gardens: Free Admission Day

FW Museum: Amazing Animals

FW Symphony: Storybook - Cinderella

NOV 11-12

❤️ Camp Tonkawa: Basic Camping Skills

NOV 11-13

Dallas Arboretum (Children Adv Garden) Kelly Family Days

NOV 13

FW Botanic Garden (Homeschool Day): Florigami


Artisan Center Thtr: Peter & the Starcatcher

NOV 17

Artisan Center Thtr: The Elves & the Shoemaker (THRU DEC 16)

NOV 17-19

FW Botanic Gardens: Lightscape

FW Symphony: Mermaids from Zemlinsky & Brahms

NOV 18

FW Botanic Gardens: Girls Nature Wkshp: Paint w/Seeds

NOV 18-19

❤️ Camp Tonkawa: Native American Indian Camp

NOV 20

FW Botanic Garden (Homeschool Day): Florigami

NOV 20

FW Botanic Garden (Little Sprouts): Book & Garden Club

NOV 21

McKinney: Turkey Feather Food Drive


Preston Trails Pumpkin Farm

NOV 24-26

FW Symphony: Home for the Holidays

McKinney Christmas: Home for the Holidays

NOV 24-DEC 23

Casa Manana: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

NOV 24-DEC 3 and DEC 8-24

TX Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

NOV 24-DEC 30

❤️ Heritage Frmstd: Lights on the Farm

NOV 24-DEC 23 and JAN 2-5

Grapevine: Hometown Christmas Exhibit


Renaissance Festival (THRU NOV 26)

Is Home Schooling Right For Your Family?

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

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:

OCTOBER 21 (other dates available on demand)

8pm (virtual)

FREE but 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, promotional support, & encouragement provided!

HEART of Texas Fundraiser:

100 for $100

As a home-school family ourselves, there is a special place in our heart to serve other home schoolers.

A little about us. We are a home-school family like you. We began home schooling our oldest in 1996. Since then, we have graduated four children and are currently home-schooling the youngest two: one is a junior in high school and the other is in seventh grade. So, we will be doing this quite a while longer, Lord willing! We love what the Lord has done for our family through home schooling, and we love sharing that vision with others.  

We began HEART of Texas in 2005 to assist families with finding home-school 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 home school 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 or more. This will greatly help us continue our efforts to advance home schooling, assist families, host regional events, and start a Scholarship Fund.

Many 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 home-school 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 home schooling, 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 are 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 home-school 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.

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


Dave & Anne Gebhart

Founding Directors, HEART of Texas

Click here to make a tax-deductible gift to HEART of Texas
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16th Annual HEART of Texas Regional Home School College Night

Tuesday, February 15, 2024

Early Bird Registration through Decembeer 31, 2023

• $20/family

• FREE for current HEART of Texas members (valid on Feb 15)

To join HEART of Texas click here

(Members will need to register for college night here)

Pre-Register by January 15, 2024

• $30 per family

• FREE for current HEART of Texas members (valid on Feb 15)

To join HEART of Texas click here

(Members will need to register for college night here)

At the Door:

• $30 per person ($60 family maximum)

(Credit and Debit cards accepted, as well as cash/check)

To Register: heartoftex.org

What is it? With nearly 100 colleges, service academies and trade schools under one roof, the HEART of Texas Home School College Night is THE place to be to meet with recruiters AND attend workshops to help you best prepare for high school and beyond!

Get Your Questions Answered!! Workshops cover a broad scope of topics related to high school and college prep, including college test prep, financial aid, high school transcripts, dual credit, and more!

Homeschooling in Texas is GROWING Exponentially!

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


Join us on our mission to help families

HEART of Texas is the regional home-school 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 support groups and other 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 home-school community of North Texas!

Join HEART of Texas!

It's Fall Y'all

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it? Look at these maple branches. Don't they give you a thrill--several thrills?” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gales

What would a world look like without Octobers?

No fall foliage. No chilly evenings to light a fire for roasting marshmallows. No pumpkin patches or corn mazes. No apple harvesting. No fall parties to celebrate the cooler temperatures. No time for migrating birds to fly to milder locals or for humans to prepare for the bitter cold of winter. No falling leaves to rake. No time to shop for Christmas. God knew what He was doing when He created the fall season, and I'm glad He did.

Here are a variety of pumpkin crafts to keep small hands busy.

Here is a recipe for some Buttermilk Pumpkin Waffles to add some warmth to chilly mornings.

Need a dinner idea to inspire you? Try this Pumpkin Black Bean Soup for a quick meal that is delicious, nutritious, and full of fall color.

One of family's favorite fall treat: Apple Cider Donuts These donuts taste like fall, and best of all they are baked! Great to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee!

Host a Pumpkin Carving Party! Not sure how to carve a pumpkin? Here are some simple instructions. When you're finished, you'll have tons of seeds that you can then use to make a tasty snack: Baked pumpkin seeds!

Bird Seed Bird Feeders Make a few of these cute feeders to hang outside for the birds.

Astronomy: What's in the October Sky? Kids are fascinated by the night sky.

There will also be an Annular Solar Eclipse on Saturday, October 14! Watch this video to learn more about the best locations to be.

Have an abundance of acorns or pinecones? Here are several super cute Fall craft ideas that you will want to make and keep! Don't miss the candy corn wreath!

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 array of Partners

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

Texas Home School Coalition (THSC)

Benefit: Receive $300 in resources when you join with the link located on this page

Rival Cheer Gym

HEART of Texas Cardholders: Discount on Homeschool Classes with minimum class size.

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

Have a blessed October! -The Gebharts

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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
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