Local Homeschool News: October 2014

Local Homeschool News

NEWS NIBBLES FOR OCTOBER

  • This post will be updated throughout October 2014

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!


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, October 9 & 23, and November 13, 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.


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 (campus tour including departments and facilities, school history, speakers, lunch, etc.), 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.


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.


FUNQUEST HOMESCHOOL DAY FOR OCTOBER

FunQuest Family Entertainment Center’s monthly homeschool skate for October will be on October 14, 2014 from 2-4p. Games and fun for all ages and snacks at special event pricing with family packages also being offered. Visit FunQuestFun.com’s homeschool page here for further details.


SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is open to homeschool students, groups, co-ops, associations. Please notify LynchburgHomeschool.com if you know of a local group who is participating or if you are interested in seeking others interested in developing a local group to participate in the bee as we would be happy to share the information via this website. Registration is currently going on the for next Scripps National Spelling Bee. Visit the following pages on their website for further details:

Scripps National Spelling Bee Early Bird Enrollment Period is August 14, 2014, through October 15, 2014. The fee during our Early Bird Enrollment Period is $130 per home school association/group/co-op. Regular Enrollment Period is October 16, 2014, through December 13, 2014. The fee during our Regular Enrollment Period is $205 per home school association/group/co-op… Bee Week 2015 will take place May 24–May 29, 2015.


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 begins on Friday, October 24, 2014. These events are free, open to all ages, and everyone is invited. Email Michael Saunders here for further details.

DAVE ANKENEY – RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 24, 2014 (originally was 10/17/14)

  • Speaking on his trip to Antarctica & history of the mysterious continent

CHRIS TALLEY – NOVEMBER 14, 2014

  • Staff Sergeant (retired) speaking on his job protecting military Clergy
  • Target practice advice with paintball guns, some hands on training, facemask and eye protection provided

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 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.


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.


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.


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)

FAMILY ECONOMICS & MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE

The Home Educators Association of Virginia is sponsoring  the 2014 Family Economics and Mentorship Conference from November 6-8, 2014 at Bethel Church in Newport News, Virginia. This is a vision-packed nuts & bolts conference on family economics and mentorship for the whole family. Through the powerful speaker lineup, the interactive panel discussions, and the opportunity for one-on-one encouragement, you will be equipped to take the next steps in incorporating a biblical vision for your family’s economics, education, and life preparation on all levels. Visit FamilyEconomics.com here for details, registration, and an informative video on the Virginia conference.


PATRIOTS VINTAGE BALL FUNDRAISER

You are invited to the first semi-annual Patriots Vintage Ball sponsored by Lynchburg Homeschool Athletic Association on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 7-10p at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Proceeds go to LHSAA for the advancement of athletic opportunities for homeschool students in the Lynchburg area. Early Bird Discount tickets are $8 person/$30 family if registered by October 18, 2014 or $10 person/$40 family for tickets purchased later. This is a family friendly event. All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate. No prior dance experience/skill needed. Vintage dances will be taught, demonstrated, and called. To purchase tickets and for further details on dress, food, and other particulars visit LHSAA online here.


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.


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.


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


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