Local Homeschool News: September 2014

Local Homeschool News

NEWS NIBBLES FOR SEPTEMBER

  • This post will be updated throughout September 2014

Update… LIBERTY UNIVERSITY HOMESCHOOL DAY

Homeschool students are invited to attend Liberty University’s Homeschool Day on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. In addition to usual LU Homeschool Day activities, this event will have a Biology/Health Science focus. Check-in is at 8a, a complimentary lunch is included, and the day’s events conclude at approximately 3p.

This FREE event is the perfect opportunity for homeschool families to check out Liberty and the surrounding areas. Homeschool Day will focus on Liberty’s Health Sciences Department and career fields within the discipline. This event is open to homeschool children ages 12-18. Events will include a presentation by a Health Promotions faculty member, a tour of our beautiful 7,000-acre campus, Convocation (featuring FOX News & Commentary host Todd Starnes), complimentary lunch in the Hancock Welcome Center, and a hands on experience with the health department. We hope to see you on campus soon!

Visit Liberty.edu/VisitUs here to register online or contact the Hancock Welcome Center at (434) 582-2064 or via email here.


Update… LAYMAN FAMILY FARMS HOMESCHOOL DAYS

Layman Family Farms in Blue Ridge, Virginia will be holding their annual Homeschool Days on Friday, September 19, 2014 and Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 9:00a-2:00p both days. All homeschool families, groups, and friends are invited to come for Fall Homeschool Days at Layman Family Farms. These days have been designed to be a fun and educational experience. Visits to the farm starts out with a hayride to the pumpkin patch where each student selects a mini pumpkin to take home. After that, families will be able to visit farm activities at their leisure. Prices are $6.50 per student/child, $5 per parent/adult. Homeschool Reservations for groups of 15 or more are required. Visit LaymanFamilyFarms.com here for further details and to make reservations if coming as a 15+ person group. Activities available on Homeschool Days:
  • Hayride to the pumpkin patch
  • Pumpkin “no-left-turn” maze
  • Visit to Animal Alley
  • Cow Train – 1 ride per student
  • Giant Tires and Spider Web play areas
  • Tunnel Slide
  • Corn Crib and Corn Snake
  • Jumping Pillow – 1 jump per student
  • Corn Maze (Phase 1 only)

Update… HOLLIDAY LAKE STATE PARK HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Evan Spears, Park Naturalist at Holliday Lake State Park in Appomattox, invites Lynchburg area homeschool families and organizations to check out homeschool programs available via Holliday Lake State Park. Here are some program examples: Guided GPS hikes; Canoe tours (fee program); Aquatic animal dip-netting; Nature crafts; Environmental lectures. Email Evan Spears here for further information.

Fall is the perfect time to get outside before it get too cold! We would love to work with your homeschool groups. We offer great outdoor education programs throughout September and October. While most of these programs are tailored to take place at the park, most of them can be modified to work in your classrooms. Please reply by phone or email soon to be worked into the fall schedule. I hope we can work together soon, Evan Spears, Park Naturalist at Holliday Lake State Park


Update… FREE WEEKLY PROGRAM AT LU SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

The Advance program hosted by Liberty University’s School of Education has announced their fall semester dates beginning Monday, September 22, 2014 through mid-October 2014. Advance teachers will be offering weekly sessions (Mondays, 4-6p) for enrichment, content review, SAT prep, and individual tutoring in Spanish, Theater, Art, English, and History/Social Science. Advance is free. Email Carolyn Wicks here for further details and registration form.

What is Advance? …Advance is an afterschool program hosted by the School of Education at Liberty University designed to help middle school and high school students advance in their content area studies. We hold content area workshops where student teachers from the School of Education present enrichment and review lessons on topics students are studying or struggling with. Students receive individualized academic mentoring and tutoring along with whole group review.  Advance is for advanced, average, and struggling students. Advance sessions are highly interactive and students can guide the curriculum from week to week by bringing their textbooks and homework to Advance . Our teachers design lessons that will reinforce and compliment students’ school studies. Students can rotate from room to room (every ten minutes if desired) to take advantage of multiple content area workshops and individual tutoring opportunities. Take advantage of these four Advance sessions, register today!


Update… YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY OF LYNCHBURG

Beginning in the fall, middle and high school students in the Lynchburg Region will have the unique opportunity to start and launch their own REAL businesses or social movements, by participating in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). Started at the University of Rochester in 2004, YEA! began as a weekly class, taught on the University campus.  YEA! has since expanded to other colleges, chambers of commerce and high schools. YEA! will be offered at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) beginning in November 2014. Over the course of the year, students will brainstorm ideas, write business plans, pitch their plans to a group of investors, obtain funding, launch their enterprise and actually sell their products or services. Along the way they will file paperwork with the County Clerk’s office; work with business professionals to, among other things, build a brand identity and create a website; hear from local business owners; and participate in a Trade Show. Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 YEA! Class. Visit LeadershipLynchburg.com’s YEA webpage here to download an application. Email Nicole Midkiff here for further details.


Update… YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL SEEKING HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS

Campbell County Cooperative Extension and the county’s Youth, Adult and Community Services Department are seeking homeschool students, in addition to private and public school students, to serve on the Campbell County Youth Advisory Council. Read the informational letter here and download an application here. Applications are due by Thursday, September 18th. For further details, email Cherie Roberts here (4-H Homeschool Clover Club contact).


HOMESCHOOL ICE SKATING GROUP

Ice skating coach, Dawn Harter, leads the homeschool ice skating group that meets at the LaHaye Ice Center for instruction on Wednesdays from 10-11a beginning September 3, 2014. Each group runs for five weeks with a cost of $65 for the first child and a discounted rate for additional children. Email Coach Dawn here for further details.


LYNCHBURG HOMESCHOOL FORENSICS DEBATE CLUB

Lynchburg Homeschool Forensics debate club is starting their 2014-15 year with a new coach, Judy Smith. The topic of focus for the year will be electronic surveillance. There are three tournaments in the spring, maybe some practice tournaments, and great fun with fabulous people! The Team Policy grouping is for ages 14-18 years-old as of January 1, 2015. Meetings are held on Thursdays from 12:30-2:30p at Calvary Baptist Church on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg. The first official weekly club meeting is Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the regularly schedule meeting time for the year.

If there is a parent/person willing to lead, LHF will offer a Public Forum grouping (for ages 12-14 as of January 1, 2015) as it is part of the league LHF is in and an excellent way to learn debate before Team Policy (ages 14-18).

Speech events are part of our league and are mainly worked on at home with presentation times in the club in late-fall. Impromptu Apologetics will be part of the weekly routine as preparation for tournament season. Visit Christian Communicators of the Southeast website here for CCofSE information. Email LHF Coordinator, Debbie Dewhurst here for further details and to express interest.


NOT ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ BOWLING BASH

The Homeschool Connecting Place is hosting their annual Not ‘Back to School’ Bowling Bash event on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 2-4p at AMF Lynchburg Lanes. The cost for any age bowler is $5 and includes all-you-can-bowl for two hours, free shoe rental, and bumpers/ramps are available upon request. This is a pay at the door, no registration required event. Email HCP’s Amy Hall here for further details. Note: HCP also hosts a fall Learn To Bowl Homeschool Bowling League from September-November 2014 (see separate post).


LEARN TO BOWL HOMESCHOOL BOWLING LEAGUE

The Homeschool Connecting Place is hosting their annual Learn to Bowl Homeschool Bowling League every Thursday from September 11, 2014 through November 13, 2014 from 2-4pm at AMF Lynchburg Lanes. The cost for any age (preK-adult) bowler is $8 per week and includes instruction, two league games, shoe rental, and extra weekly practice game/shoe rental. This is HCP’s third season of homeschool bowling league and they encourage parents to join in the fun too. Also, HCP is seeking to form a separate TEEN league for middle/high school student that would meet at the same time. To register for the league, visit the AMF Lynchburg Lanes website here and choose ‘Homeschool Fall FALL 2014′ league. Email HCP’s Amy Hall here for further details. Note: HCP also hosts their Not ‘Back to School’ Bowling Bash on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 2-4p (see separate post).


LYNCHBURG LIBRARY HOMESCHOOL CHESS CLASS & CLUB

Christy Harrison is starting a new chess class and club for local homeschool students and parents. Instructors are two college-age volunteers who are willing to teach students and parents the game and support offer support during play. The Lynchburg Library Homeschool Chess Class & Club will meet on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-2:30p. Meeting dates set thus far are September 11 & 25 and October 9 & 23 (additional future dates will be added), 2014 at the Lynchburg Public Library on Memorial Avenue. An RSVP is appreciated as things are just getting started, but it is not required. If you decide to attend at the last minute, just come -and if you are running late, don’t worry about that either as it is the intent of the class/club environment to be informal and flexible. Email Christy Harrison here to RSVP and for further details.


RAISING KIDS TO DO HARD THINGS SEMINAR

Gregg Harris will be holding his Raising Kids to Do Hard Things seminar on Saturday, September 13, 2014 in the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake area and again on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. This is a Home Educators Association of Virginia sponsored event. Registration and further details can be found at the NobleInstitute.org.

“Discover How to Make Your Home the Launching Pad of Life for Your Kids.”


VIRGINIA AIR & SPACE CENTER HOMESCHOOL APPRECIATION DAY

Homeschool Appreciation Day at the Virginia Air & Space Center is Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 11a-3p. Cost is $2/person; add an IMAX movie for $6. Pre-registration deadline is September 15th. This is event is sponsored by the Home Educators Association of Virginia. Visit their Virginia Air & Space Center Homeschool Appreciation Day webpage here for further details.


HOMESCHOOL DAYS AT THE BILTMORE ESTATE

Homeschool Days at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina are Thursday and Friday, September 18 & 19, 2014 from 9a-4p. Cost is $22/person ages 4 and up; free for children 3 and under. Pre-registration is recommended. This event is sponsored by the Home Educators Association of Virginia. Visit their Homeschool Days at the Biltmore Estate webpage here for further details.


LYNCHBURG HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 

LHSAA offers competitive homeschool sports for girls and boys in middle and high school. Join LHSAA’s Email List via their website here and for their latest news regarding registration, open gym, start dates, etc.

  • Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity Teams
  • Boys & Girls Teams
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Looking for another sport? Let LHSAA know as others may be interested as well.


PILGRIMS PROGRESS ACADEMY NOW OPEN

Pilgrim’s Progress Academy is a university model academy offering classes only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students complete their other assignments at home during the rest of the week. By developing better study habits and self discipline, students using the M-W-F schedule tend to perform better in college. This model also allows parents to be their children’s primary educator, as well as helping them to stay on target. Visit Pilgrims Progress Academy here for further info and 2014-15 academic year details.


NEW LOCAL SPECIAL NEEDS HOMESCHOOLING GROUP

There is a new local online group on Facebook dedicated to special needs homeschooling. You can find Lynchburg, VA Special Needs Homeschooling here.


LOCAL CHARLOTTE MASON HOMESCHOOL GROUP

I’ve received many inquiries via LynchburgHomeschool.com over the years from people seeking fellow Charlotte Mason style home educators in our area and I have always been at a loss for where to direct them as I do not know of any local CM groups, so I recently created an online group on Facebook as a way to connect like-minded CM home educators in our area. If you’re a seasoned CMer, sometime CMer, or are considering a CM style education for your children we’d love to have you join the conversation. You can find the Charlotte Mason Homeschool (Lynchburg, VA area) Facebook group here. – Laura Y. for LANICHE


MISSIONARY-ORIENTED BEGINNING SPANISH CLASS

Mary Prentice, local home educator and Liberty University professor, will be offering a weekly Missions oriented beginning Spanish class during the 2014-15 academic year for students in the 6th through 12th grades. Tuition is $4 per class period ($16/mo.). See course description below and email Mary Prentice, PhD, MSLS here for further details and registration.

In today’s global community the ability to learn another language is an important skill. As Christians, we have the privilege and responsibility to communicate the gospel with our neighbors and those far away. Learning Spanish is one way for a student to become prepared as a citizen and as a Christian. The students will be learning vocabulary, grammatical forms, and spoken and written Spanish and Spanish scripture from the Bible. We will cover approximately a chapter per week. There will be weekly vocabulary and Bible verse work. Although we will meet on either Thursday late-afternoon, or Friday morning (depending on preferences in people’s schedules), students should plan to study Spanish at home approximately 3 days per week (M/W/F would be good and students can study more, of course, if they want). Each student will need a binder (or section of a binder), composition book, paper, and pens.


HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM

Homeschool Day at the Frontier Culture Museum will be Friday, October 3, 2014 from 9a-5p. Cost before October 1st is $3/student and $5/adult if purchased in advance; $5/student and $7/adult if purchased at the door; ages five and under are free. Pre-registration deadline is October 1st. This event is sponsored by the Home Educators Association of Virginia. Visit their Homeschool Day at the Frontier Culture Museum webpage here for further details.


HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE MARINERS’ MUSEUM

Homeschool Day at the Mariners’ Museum will be Friday, October 17, 2014 from 9a-3p. Cost before October 10th is $12member; $15/non-member. After October 10th prices will be $15/member; $20/non-member. Ages five and under are free and they may participate in activities with their older siblings. This event is sponsored by the Home Educators Association of Virginia. Visit their Homeschool Day at the Mariners’ Museum webpage here for further details.


HOMESCHOOL DAYS AT MOUNT VERNON

Homeschool Days at Mount Vernon, the historic home of President George Washington, will be Saturday, November 1, 2014 and Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 9a-4p both days. Special rates for homeschool families are $10/students (6-18yo); $10/adults; children under 5 are free. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. This is event is sponsored by the Home Educators Association of Virginia. Visit their Homeschool Days at Mount Vernon webpage here for further details.


LURAY CAVERNS HOME EDUCATORS WEEK

Home Educators of Virginia Week at Luray Caverns is Monday, November 10, 2014 through Sunday, November 16, 2014. Special rates for homeschool families are $7/students (grades K-12);$11.50/adults. Reservations are required 14 days in advance. This event is sponsored by the Home Educators Association of Virginia. Visit their Home Educators Week at Luray Caverns webpage here for further details.


CITY ON A HILL YOUTH THEATER FALL PRODUCTION

The City On a Hill Youth Theater (homeschool troupe) fall production is the 1929 Broadway comedy, Ladies of the Jury, by Fred Ballard. Showtimes are November 11, 13-14, 2014 at 7p and November 15, 2014 at 2p & 7p at the Heritage Baptist Church Gymnasium. General admission tickets are available at the door. House opens 30 minutes before each show. Visit City On a Hill’s Facebook page here for further details.


STILL LOOKING FOR CURRICULUM OR A HARD TO FIND BOOK?

Don’t despair! Lynchburg Online Homeschool Used Curriculum Fair is open year-round. It’s a closed Facebook group for home educators in the Lynchburg area to buy and sell curriculum and educational items all year long. Sellers post photos and details of items, buyers express a desire to purchase, and they work out the details of completing the sale. Members who are searching for an item can post as well. Join Lynchburg Online Homeschool Used Curriculum Fair on Facebook here. Have other items to sell? Looking for a gently used bike, baby item, tool, or dress? Lynchburg Area Yardsale, VA is a great way to buy and sell practically anything locally, year round. The VarageSale platform was designed and built by a young couple just for buying and selling. Members can access the group via computer or the app on their phone or tablet. Join Lynchburg Area Yardsale, VA on VarageSale.com here. Both of these groups are managed by one of our local homeschool moms, so please check them out and help spread the word amongst your homeschool circle. Thank you!


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