NEWS NIBBLES FOR SEPTEMBER
- This post will be updated throughout September 2014
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
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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