Local Homeschool News: July 2014

Local Homeschool News

News Nibbles for July

  • This post will be updated throughout July 2014


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


City On a Hill Youth Theater (homeschool troupe) are holding auditions dates for their fall show, Ladies of the Jury, which will be showing November 11-15, 2014. Auditions will be held the evening of Friday, August 29, 2014 and the morning/afternoon of Saturday, August 30, 2014. Please email City On a Hill Youth Theater here  to express interest, sign up for a time slot, and to receive further details. Audition time slots are filling quickly!


There is a new local Facebook page regarding homeschool ideas in the Lynchburg, Virginia area. You can find Lynchburg Area: Homeschool Field Trip Ideas here.


Mary Prentice, Lynchburg Classical Conversations Challenge I tutor (approximately 9th grade) would like to invite all parents interested to learn about homeschooling through high school classically with with Classical Conversations to an information meeting at her home on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 2-4pm. This meeting will be geared toward CC Challenge levels of ages about 12 years-old and up. For parents/adults only–sorry house is not childproof. Please email Mary Prentice here if you want information on location.

The three paths of the Trivium also mirror the biblical pattern of learning expressed by Proverbs 24:3-4: knowledge—the grammar—fills the metaphorical house of the soul with treasures; understanding—the dialectic—is what holds the house together, giving it integrity; wisdom—the rhetoric—is what builds it, providing it with its final purpose. In addition, the Trivium reflects the ancient Hebraic model of education, in which a student first memorized the grammar of his heritage (the Old Testament), then engaged in dialectical conversation about it in the Temple, and finally, became the disciple of a rabbi in order to be trained rhetorically as a master.

For more info visit What is Classical Education here at ClassicalConversations.com and the Challenge Programs (7th-12th) page here. NOTE: Parents of preschool through high school children are encouraged to check out the post regarding the July 29 & 31, 2014 meetings with Mary that will focus on students preschool through high school.


Want to learn more about Classical Conversations from preschool ages all the way through high school? Attend one of their information meetings in late-July: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 1:30-3p at Starbucks in Kroger on Timberlake near Old Graves Mill Road, or Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 7-9p at the home of Mary Prentice, Lynchburg Classical Conversations Challenge I tutor. This evening meeting has been arranged in case there are parents that are not available during the normal work day. General Classical Conversations information is available here. Please email Mary Prentice here to RSVP and to receive the address to the July 31th meeting. NOTE: Parents of children 12 years-old and up are encouraged to check out the post regarding the August 2, 2014 informational meeting with Mary that focuses on the CC Challenge levels for older students. 


Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association (LHSAA) will be having an “open field” boys soccer event Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 6-8p for junior varsity and varsity players only. Coach Gillenwater will be there to provide some structure to the evening, but it is not an official practice and not mandatory. LHSAA will have a middle school/JV only “open field” on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 and another JV/varsity only “open field” on Thursday, July 31, 2014. LHSAA will be making official announcements for the start of the season very soon. Official practices will start on August 4, 2014 for JV/varsity and August 7, 2014 for middle school. Visit LHSAA’s website here for further details.


The annual sales tax holiday on school supplies and clothing is August 1-3, 2014. “During this three-day period, purchases of qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the tax on those items to the Department of Taxation…” Full details here at Virginia.gov.


Kathleen Sullivan, home educator and KTEA-II test proctor, will continue to offer end of the year testing in her home through July 2014. The Kauffman Test of Education Achievement (KTEA-II) is for grades K-12, administered one-on-one, takes approximately 2-3 hours, and printed results are available the day of testing. Email Kathleen here for further details or reach her by phone at 434-229-8014.

Visit our Laws, Testing, and Transcripts webpage here for a listing of local standardized test proctors and for links to further information regarding Virginia homeschool laws, testing, and transcripts.


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 a Facebook group 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. Please SHARE this info with home educating friends. Thanks! ~ Laura Y. for LANICHE


John and Kristel Knaus, local home educators, will again be offering a teen Bible study at their home this summer. See the Annual Summer Bible Study for Teens post in Local Homeschool News for June 2014 here.


The Homeschool Connecting Place (Central VA) will again be hosting their popular Homeschooling 101 how-to course on Friday, July 11, 2014 from 9:30-11:30a at Lakewood Baptist Church (Sunburst Road, Evington). This FREE course covers homeschooling laws and basics to get you started on the homeschool journey. Vetran homeschooling moms will also be hosting informal breakout sessions where you can glean advice, answers and information that fits your family’s stage of home education. Sessions include: Special Needs, Preschool Years, Middle & High School Years, Multiple Children, Only Children, and more. For those who do not wish to attend a breakout session, HCP will have a variety of curriculum for your to look at as well as veteran homeschooling moms available to answer additional questions you may have. Childcare is available (ages 1-5). Limited space is available in nursery (first come, first serve). Nursery doors open at 9:15a and there will be a tip jar for the HCP childcare workers. Join the Facebook event, Homeschooling 101 — a Free “How-To” Class, here for details. Also, to make sure your homeschooling questions get answered during the session, HCP is asking attendees to send questions, curiosities, or comments to them ahead of time via email here (names will be kept anonymous).


Jay Ryan of ClassicalAstronomy.com and Signs and Seasons homeschool astronomy curriculum is hosting an astronomy campout for homeschool families from July 17-20, 2014 at Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Join the Facebook event, Virginia 2014: “Consider Thy Heavens” Campout, here for further details.

Have you ever seen a truly dark sky? The sky as God created it to appear, far away from city lights? Then how do you know of the glory it declares? Why not come find out?

Join us for a “Consider Thy Heavens” Campout during 2014. It’s simple… everyone makes their own reservations, brings their own food and gear, and otherwise handles their own arrangements. Enjoy a great weekend of fun and fellowship during the day. After dark, we will host an astronomy constellation tour, from nightfall til whenever, free to all, at no extra charge. Kids of all ages welcome! Experience the LORD’s sky, and learn about the importance and relevance of Classical Astronomy in our daily lives.


Athena Aronson is offering a Beginnng Girls Volleyball Camp in conjunction with Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association from July 28-31, 2014 (10a-12p daily, except 7/30 from 1-3p) at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Coach Aronson is gifted and talented in teaching beginning athletes the fundamentals of volleyball. The cost is $75 for all four days. Coach Aronson is going to donate a portion of her proceeds to the LHSAA Patriots Volleyball Team, so please get the word out and bring people to the camp (homeschooled or not, all are welcome). Email Coach Athena Aronson here for further details and registration.

Athena Aronson has been involved with volleyball for the last 17 years. In high school, she played for Munciana Volleyball Club, where her team won the Junior Olympic National Championships for the 16’s Open. From there, she was recruited to Liberty University where she started at opposite hitter for 4 years. That Liberty team won 2 Big South Championships and made two trips to the NCAA DIV 1 Tournament. After graduating, Athena coached Varsity for 7 years at Brookville High School. In her second year, she reversed the team’s 4-20 record to 20-4. Subsequently, her teams won 4 consecutive District Championships (with a 62-0 district record), 1 Regional Championship, and made 3 consecutive State Final Four appearances. The program produced 4 different consecutive players of the year, and she was awarded coach of the year in 2007.


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.


Alliance Christian Academy encourages you to check their website for a complete list of 2014-2015 courses, including the new Math Essentials class (which precedes Math 7), Comprehensive Art Studio with Deb Scruggs, foreign languages (including German, Latin, and Spanish), and Apologia sciences! The new Grammar/Composition I class, geared to 9th and 10th graders, will be taught by Alyson Wagner.

Classes are limited to eight students and meet two days a week (high-school-level math classes meet three days a week). ACA serves grades 6-12 only, and all classes earn a Carnegie unit for high school transcripts. Please register by August 1, as class space is limited; registration forms are available on the website. Questions? Use the Contact Us tab on the ACA website here to reach the new ACA administrator, Kevin Novak.


LHSAA offers competitive homeschool sports for girls and boys in middle and high school. Join the LHSAA Email List (via their website here) for registration & start dates.


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!


Yard and garage sale season is upon us. Any local homeschool families having sales are welcome to post their information on our LynchburgHomeschool.com Facebook page here. Yard and garage sale shoppers, before you head out, please be sure to check the LynchburgHomeschool.com FB page to see if someone from our homeschool community is having a sale. Happy selling and shopping!


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