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Local Homeschool News: Apr 2014

Local Homeschool News

News Nibbles for April

  • This post will be updated throughout April 2014

Update… CITY ON A HILL YOUTH THEATRE {HOMESCHOOL TROUPE}

City on a Hill Youth Theatre will be presenting five performances of  ‘You Can’t Take It with You’ from April 29 to May 3, 2014 at Heritage Baptist Church, Gymnasium Stage. ‘Like’ the City on a Hill Youth Theatre’s Facebook page here AND get further ‘You Can’t Take It with You’ performance info via their Facebook event page here.

Update… CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

Classical Conversations has multiple CC communities in our area. They frequently hold informational meetings for those interested in learning more about Classical Conversations. Visit the CC website here to contact a CC community in your area regarding upcoming meetings. CC seeks to empower parents in the classical teaching of their children through parent practicums and also through establishing and supporting nationally-based, classical, Christian communities, and seeks to enable parents everywhere to equip their children with a biblically-based worldview and the classical “tools of learning” in order to impact the world for God’s glory.

USED CURRICULUM & BOOK SALE SEASON IS NEARING

Please contact LynchburgHomeschool.com if your organization is holding a used curriculum and book sale this spring. Local sales will be listed on our Events page and in our Local Homeschool News. Please complete the online contact form at the bottom of our Events webpage here. We are happy to share other local homeschool events too. You can use the same online contact form linked above to submit your events. Thank you for sharing your event info!

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE MARINERS’ MUSEUM

The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia is holding their ‘A Movement of People’ Homeschool Day on Friday, April 4, 2014. There will be a range of classes available for K-12 where participants will learn about storytelling from around the world, Old World/New World contact and the Great Exchange, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and immigration during the early 20th century. Discounted early registration for students and adults (through March 30th) is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. After March 30th pricing is $15/member, $20/non-member. Prices include homeschool activities, classes, and museum admission. Children 5 & under free and they may participate in activities with their older sublings at no additional fee. Visit Mariners’ Museum Homeschool Day page here for class and registration details.

HOMESCHOOL FAMILY BOWLING NIGHT AT AMF 

The Homeschool Connecting Place is sponsoring a Homeschool Family Night at AMF in Lynchburg (across from River Ridge Mall) on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 6p-8p. Cost for any age bowler is $5 for two-hours of unlimited bowling and shoe rental. Proof of home education needed to receive this discounted pricing. Visit the Homeschool Family Night @ AMF Facebook event for details and to RSVP or contact Amy Hall here. ALSO, see info elsewhere on this page for information on the Spring Homeschool Bowling League if you are interested in further homeschool bowling opportunities.

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY HOME SCHOOL DAY

Liberty Home School Day is an opportunity for home school families to utilize Liberty University as a part of their curriculum! This event will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014. LU Home School Day will emphasize campus and local history dating as far back as the Civil War. The morning will include a complimentary breakfast, academic speakers, a specialized campus tour (Civil War Chaplain’s Museum, Jerry Falwell Museum, and the Carter Glass Mansion-home of U. S. Senator and Presidential Cabinet member Mr. Carter Glass) and convocation with Mr. Glenn Beck. Following a catered luncheon, families will choose from several different local options for an afternoon field trip, such as Poplar Forest, The Old City Cemetery, and Fort Early. Register online here or call the Liberty University Visitors Center at 434-582-2064 for further details.

Update… NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL HOMESCHOOL DAY

The National D-Day Memorial Homeschool Day is Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9a-12p. Experience World War II history through interactive stations and living history. Activities are geared for homeschool students nine years old and up, but all ages are welcome. Registration is required before April 15. Fees are $4.00 per person. Children under 6 are free. Space is limited. For more information or to register, please contact the National D-Day Memorial’s Education Department at 540-587-3617 and visit their Homeschool Day event page on Facebook here.

PACKING PARTY AT STOP HUNGER NOW

The Homeschool Connecting Place is hosting a packing party for Stop Hunger Now on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 10:30a-12p at the Stop Hungry Now  location on Timberlake Road. All ages and abilities are welcome to come and pack. They invite all local homeschool families to join them in their mission to pack 800 meals. They have a financial goal of $200 to make this happen ($.25/meal). Visit the Packing Party at Stop Hunger Now Facebook event here for details and to RSVP. You can also visit StopHungerNow.org for more information about Stop Hunger Now.

Update… LOVE LETTERS OF LYNCHBURG

The National Civil War Chaplains Museum presents Love Letters of Lynchburg by Bill Minor at the Liberty University Tower Theater on Tuesday, April 29, 2014  at 7:00p. Admission is $10/adults and $5/students. For reserved tickets, call 434-841-6235 or email here. Tickets also sold at the door.

LOCAL TEST PROCTORS FOR ANNUAL TESTING

Testing season is upon us. While home educators can proctor (conduct & supervise) standardized tests for their children, some prefer to utilize other qualified ‘testers’ to proctor their children’s standardized testing. Visit our listing of local test proctors who offer testing to local homeschool families on our Laws, Testing & Transcripts webpage here. Complete the online contact form at the bottom of the Laws, Testing & Transcripts webpage here if you are someone who offers annual testing to homeschool families.

NEW LOCAL HOMESCHOOL PUBLICATION

Brought to you by LynchburgHomeschool.com, the Lynchburg Homeschool Daily is an aggregate of homeschool and family related news from around the web that is published daily as the title suggests. Visit our post here to learn more about the Lynchburg Homeschool Daily and start reading today!

CUSTOMIZED HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS FOR HOMESCHOOL GRADS

Valerie Benziner, of Customized Homeschool Documents, also a retired home educator from Roanoke, is currently accepting orders for High School Diploma orders. Valerie has inscribed the diplomas for the Home Educators Association of Virginia ceremony for eight years and does get quite busy, so order early while she is still accepting orders if you are interested. View Valerie’s information flyer here and download diploma order form hereVisit CustomizedHomeschoolDocuments.blogspot.com for full details and other product information.

CIVIL AIR PATROL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

Captain Daniel Mays, CAP Commander for Lynchburg Composite Squadron MER-VA-017, is also a local homeschool father and would like other area home educating families to be aware of the stellar opportunities offered to students through Civil Air Patrol participation. You can view an informational letter from Captain Mays here in the Events album of our LynchburgHomeschool.com Facebook Page.

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT VIRGINIA FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM

The Virginia Frontier Culture Museum holds a fall and a spring Homeschool Day. The spring day is Friday, May 2, 2014 from 9a-5p. The Frontier Culture Museum tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America. To tell the story of these early immigrants and the life they created here during the 1600s and 1700s, the museum has moved or reproduced examples of traditional rural buildings from England, Germany, Ireland, West Africa, and America. These exhibits engage visitors with living history demonstrations, showing rural life and culture in their homelands and the life these colonists created in the new colonial back country. The museum also has a one-room schoolhouse and a working blacksmith’s shop. Visitors can expect to see cooking, gardening, flax and wool spinning, blacksmith demonstrations, woodworking, rare-breed animals, and more! This is a Home Educators Association of Virginia sponsored event. Further details and pricing here on HEAV.org.

NORTH NECK HISTORY & CULTURE DAY

North Neck History & Culture Day is Friday, May 2, 2014 from 9:30a-4p in Lancaster, Virginia. Museums, historic sites and parks located within and around the Northern neck region are hosting a one-day event focusing on educational and interactive programs for homeschool groups. Hands-on activities will make subjects such as these come alive. This is a Home Educators Association of Virginia sponsored event. Further details here on HEAV.org.

Update… CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS INFORMATIONAL

What is Classical Conversations? Classical Conversations is a leader in the home-centered education movement. It is a MISSION: To know God and make Him known. It is a MODEL: Classical Conversations combines the classical model of learning with a Biblical worldview. It is METHOD: Classical Conversations families meet in communities where parents train parents to implement home-centered education well. Classical Conversations now has SIX Lynchburg/Bedford area communities including a new one in the Concord area! Want to learn more? Upcoming informational meeting opportunities: Monday, May 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Thursday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Thomas Terrace Baptist Church, 10660 Richmond Highway in Lynchburg. RSVP to Tracey Grutz via email here. *Classical Conversations is also holding a 3-day Parent Practicum & Student Camps in June 2014 for homeschooling and non-homeschooling families. Scroll down for details on that event.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOL PROM

The Central Virginia Homeschool Prom for 2014 will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 7:30p-11:30p. This year’s theme is Arabian Nights. The prom is open to all homeschool students (9th-12th grade) living in Lynchburg (city) or Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties. Visit CentralVaHomeschoolProm.org for full details and ticket sales. A Facebook Event for Central VA Homeschool Prom 2014 can be found here. Event flyer can be found here.

UTSA ANNUAL USED CURRICULUM & BOOK SALE

Under the Son Academy homeschool co-op is holding their annual Used Curriculum & Book Sale on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 9a-2p at Living Word Baptist Church. The sale is open to all local homeschool families interested in buying and/or selling items. Visit the UTSA Book Sale webpage here for details.

2014 VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION

The Home Educators Association of Virginia is hosting their 31st Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention, Home Education: Hope and A Future, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on June 5-7, 2014. This year promises to be another awesome, bring-the-whole-family event–you won’t want to miss it. Details on this year’s speakers and exhibitors–along with lots of exciting new features–will be coming soon. Save the date and check HEAV’s main convention page here to get the latest convention news.

Update… ALLIANCE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT

ACA offers classes for homeschoolers in all subjects required for a high school diploma, and all classes are worth a Carnegie unit. For registration information and details about ACA and its academic model, please visit AllianceChristianAcademy.org.  Registering by June 30, 2014 saves $20. Math Essentials is a new class for this fall and precedes Math 7. ME is designed to reinforce foundational math skills. The course teaches proficiency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and translating word problems into math.  ACA also offers Math 7 and Pre-Algebra, using BJU Press textbooks. Also, due to high demand for the existing High School Grammar/Composition class, HS Grammar 1 is being added this fall.  HS Grammar 1 is intended for 9th and 10th graders and HS Grammar 2 for 11th and 12th graders. Families may also be interested in ACA’s extensive foreign language offerings (Spanish 1, French 1, German 1-3, and Latin 2-3) utilizing LIFEPAC, Great Commission Languages, and Oxford University Press curriculums. ACA offers many other courses including, Comprehensive Art Studio which is designed to accommodate both experienced students and beginners, and has a small class size to allow for individual attention.  With an emphasis on individual creativity, students will create projects in various media, from watercolor and wire sculpture to mosaics and “found art.” Famous artists and illustrators will be introduced and art-related careers discussed. Visit Alliance Christian Academy online here for further course descriptions and information.

Update… CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS 3-DAY PARENT PRACTICUM

Classical Conversations is holding a free 3-day parent practicum in Lynchburg from June 18-20, 2014. Student camps being offered as well. This event is for any local homeschool family and those considering homeschool as well. From the CC website, “Come and practice the skills needed to teach your children how to recover the lost tools of learning. Learn to see Him in all you teach. Plan to use your brain and laugh a lot! Our CC facilitators love teaching the fundamentals of learning and turning the difficult into the doable! Morning sessions cover the classical model and a special topic emphasis for that practicum year. Afternoon sessions focus on one of CC’s favorite resources like: Institute for Excellence’s Writing using Structure and Style, Teaching the Classics, Economics in a Box, The Lost Tools of Writing, and others. Student camps require registration and include topics like: writing, language essentials, beginning public speaking, Latin, the grammar of trigonometry, and more… Your students will love learning, while you are learning too!” LEARN MORE about CC’s 3-day practicums and student camps on their practicum website HERE (including an informational video).  REGISTER for the 3-day practicum and student camps on the main CC website HERE.  LOCAL contacts for the various CC communities in the Lynchburg region can be found HERE.

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