May Your Christmas Be Merry & Bright

O Come, Emmanuel

MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE MERRY & BRIGHT!

Merry Christmas,

I hope you enjoy poking through the links below and that you find some items that are fruitful to you in celebrating the glory of Christmas in it’s truest sense and in other fun, cozy, and special ways that are merry and bright.

Wishing your family a joyous & meaningful Christmas season,
Laura Y. for Lynchburg Homeschool

P.S. Looking for LOCAL HOMESCHOOL NEWS? …Click here.


Christmas Studies & Co-op Party Ideas
Homeschooling Through The Holidays from SocialSavvyMom
Super Cute Christmas Posts from iHeartOrganizing
Christmas DIY
Christmas Home
Christmas Entertaining
This Year & Beyond… Christmas Budgeting Ideas

Local Homeschool News: December 2014

Local Homeschool News

NEWS NIBBLES FOR DECEMBER

  • This post will be updated throughout December 2014

MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE MERRY & BRIGHT


LIBERTY UNIVERSITY HOMESCHOOL TENNIS CLINIC

The annual Liberty University Homeschool Tennis Clinic will be held daily, Monday through Thursday, December 1-4, 2014 for homeschool students ages 7 years-old through high school seniors. This is a FREE event offered by the LU Mens and Womens Tennis teams and the team athletes will be providing instruction at the Sports Racket in Lynchburg. Ages 7-12 years-old will meet daily from 1p-2:10p and ages 13 years-old and up will meet from 2:15p-3:30p. Registration begins on November 10, 2014 via email. Please note, space is limited and any registrations received prior to November 10th will NOT be accepted and will need to be resent on or after November 10th. Email Mari Frazier here, putting ‘Homeschool Tennis’ in the subject line and provide the following info: family name, parent’s first names, and (for each child) first/last name and age.


FUNQUEST HOMESCHOOL DAY

Monthly Homeschool Days at Funquest Family Entertainment Center will be on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 2-4p this month. Special pricing available and homeschool admission also includes Christian Music Night from 4-8:30p. Visit Funquest’s Homeschool page here for dates/times and prices, including additional discounts in December for participation in Non-Perishable Food Drive. Monthly FunQuest homeschool events are sponsored by Home Front Educators.


EXTRA-ORDINARY LIFE SKILLS TRAINING AT VTI

Virginia Technical Institute is offering their Extra-Ordinary Life Skills Training program for 9th-12th grade homeschool students December 8-11, 2014 from 9a-12p. VTI is located in Altavista, Virginia. VTI has also partnered with Liberty University and offers LU students an additional Associates Degree. Parents are encouraged to attend a tour of the facility Monday, December 8, 2014 at 9am with the students.

VTI is excited to offer the homeschooling community a newly created program called Extra-Ordinary Life Skills Training. Specific topics will include: An Introduction to How Your Home Functions, Basic Auto Care , An Introduction to Basic Hand Tools and Quilting and Sewing. These curriculum are intended to offer students, 9th-12th grade, first hand and hands-on instruction from professionals in the industry. Every young person, male and female, will benefit from learning these basic but Extra-Ordinary Life Skills.

The first three topics are offered in one course while Quilting and Sewing is a stand alone course. These two courses are being offered in a four (4) day intensive at the VTI campus. They will meet from 9:00 am to noon. The cost is $99 for one student, $75 for a second sibling student and $50 for a third sibling student. To register call 434-369-8200 Monday through Friday from 9a-4p. {Registration now closed. VTI may offer again in Summer 2015.}

VTI routinely offers a professional curriculum for young and older adults from varying backgrounds who want to enter, or simply enhance their knowledge of the general trades. These trades include Carpentry, Welding, Electrical, HVAC and Plumbing. Courses are offered utilizing the standard training process and curriculum created by the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER).


VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM HOMESCHOOL EVENTS

The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Virginia is offering Homeschool Afternoons on December 9, 2014 (register through December 5th), Feburary 27, 2015, and May 5, 2015. The VLM opens its classroom doors to homeschoolers on for an afternoon of fun and engaging classroom programs that highlight important natural science and earth science concepts.

 “The wonders of nature … the excitement of discovery … the satisfaction of accomplishment. These are what “Homeschool Afternoons” at the Virginia Living Museum are all about.” says Museum Education Director Dan Summers.

Virginia’s natural heritage comes alive at the Virginia Living Museum. The museum introduces visitors to more than 250 living species native to Virginia through exhibits, discovery centers and interactive hands-on exhibits. From Deep Space to the Deep Sea, and everything in between, the Virginia Living Museum has it covered!

Four natural and space science programs are available for grades K-6. An environmental science lab, Exploring with the Microscope, is available for grades 5-12. All programs are curriculum and grade-level targeted and taught by the museum’s professional educators. All programs include a self-guided visit of museum exhibits and are offered at a discount to homeschool families. Classroom programs are $9.75 per child; the lab is $11.75 per child. Adults are $12. Parents may accompany children into the programs at no additional charge. A self-guided visit with no programs is $7 for non-member children (ages 3-12), $12 for adults. Visit TheVLM.org here (or call 757-595-9135) to register by December 5th for the December 9, 2014 event.


AUDITIONS FOR SPRING PERFORMANCE

City on a Hill Youth Theater (homeschool troupe) is excited to announce their next production, Father of the Bride, March 6-7 & 13-14, 2015 at Heritage Baptist Church. Auditions are the first week in January. Email the City on a Hill here if you have questions or would like to secure an audition time-slot.


NEW SPRING COURSES AT HHE

Heritage Home Educators is sponsoring two new courses taught by Alyson Wagner for the Spring 2015 semester. Courses are for students in grades 7-12 and will meet bi-weekly at Heritage Baptist Church beginning January 16, 2015. Each class costs $50 per student for the semester, plus curriculum books that each student needs. Email Alyson Wagner here for details and registration.

  • Institute for Excellence in Writing – Student Writing Intensive, Level C
    Students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Bi-weekly Fridays from 9:30-10:45a. Student needs the student book $15.00-29.00.
  • Speakers of Light – Secrets of Great Communicators, by Jeff Myers
    Studies show that children who learn effective public speaking skills rise to the top 5% and are selected for advancement by teachers, employers and communities. They are better equipped to live with confidence and grace, to reach their goals, and to have eternal impact. This is a speech course leads students step-by-step to design and deliver a great speech. You will learn to overcome fear, organize a credible talk, reach the heart of an audience, and deliver your message with poise. Bi-weekly Fridays from 2:45-4:30p. Student text $11-14.

ONCE-A-MONTH SOFT CO-OPS AT HHBC

HHBC Homeschoolers host once-a-month learning opportunities at Hyland Heights Baptist Church on Fridays at 10a in Room 201. The series continues on Friday, December 12, 2014. These events are free, open to all ages, and everyone is invited. Email Michael Saunders here for further details.

HALEY BARKER – DECEMBER 12, 2014

  • Speaking on Humbly I Serve Ministries, their outreach to Haiti and St. Thomas, and her experiences there
  • Item display from those countries

MARILYN BOYER – JANUARY 16, 2015

  • Modern homeschool pioneer speaking on personal experiences, sharing wisdom, and importance of teaching our kids character
  • Boyer family website CharacterConcepts.com
  • Childcare provided

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. 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 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.


IN SEARCH OF 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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LOCAL EVENTS & LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • Visit our Local Events webpage for a continually-updated listing of upcoming local homeschool events
  • Visit our Local Organizations for a listing of local homeschool organizations
  • Both webpages have contact forms at the bottom for submitting info regarding events and organizations