Local Homeschool News: Feb 2014

Local Homeschool News

News Nibbles for February

  • This post will be updated throughout February 2014

Update… SPRING HOMESCHOOL 101 SESSIONS

Homeschooling 101 is brought to you by local home educating mothers who remember those scary and exciting first steps into homeschooling. There are three upcoming dates to choose from, all Tuesdays from 10a-12p at West Lynchburg Baptist Church in Lynchburg. The cost is $5/per person and includes childcare. Sessions are informational in nature with no sales or promotion of any specific curriculum or products. Further details & RSVP available through separate Facebook Events for each date. Visit FB Events for Homeschool 101 by clicking your date of preference here: February 25, 2014 *Feb. 25 panel also includes a parent of a Special Needs child, March 4, 2014 & March 11, 2014. If you do not have Facebook, contact Tracy Krebs here.

Update… CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

Classical Conversations has multiple CC communities in our area. They will be holding informational meetings for those interested in learning more about Classical Conversations. 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. Upcoming meetings in February are as follows and RSVP is required: Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Moneta Library (RSVP by Feb. 19 to Megan Saban here), Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church in Lynchburg (RSVP by Feb. 22 to Shannon Whealton here), and Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Bedford Library (RSVP by Feb. 26 to Megan Saban here). Visit Classical Conversations website here to learn more about local CC communities and their offerings.

Update… 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 here. Visit CustomizedHomeschoolDocuments.blogspot.com for full details and other product information.

Update… OPEN HOUSE AT ALLIANCE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Alliance Christian Academy is having an open house event on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:45pm at Forest Road United Methodist Church. ACA is an academic center offering homeschool students, in Grades 6-12, small classes in a range of subject areas including Apologia sciences. The open house allows parents and students to lear more about ACA’s model, meet their teachers, and obtain a tentative class schedule. Classes meet Mondays and Thursdays with higher-level math classes also meeting on Tuesdays. Visit ACA’s website here for further details.

Update… TELLING GOD’S STORY WITH DR. PETER ENNS

Dr. Peter Enns will be discussing the curriculum approach described in his Telling God’s Story: A Parents’ Guide to Teaching the Bible (available through Peace Hill Press) on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 2-4pm at Peakland Baptist Church. This book provides a grasp of what the Bible is (and is not), and helps parents communicate its truth to their children faithfully, powerfully, and with joy. Dr. Enns provides parents and teachers with a straightforward and intelligent twelve-year plan for teaching the Bible. Visit the flyer here for further details.

Update… HOMESCHOOL TENNIS LEAGUE, ANYONE?!?

The Lynchburg Tennis Patrons Association (LTPA) is a community-minded organization that has been serving the Lynchburg area for over 50 years. They started the Junior Tennis Program in 2012 and now have a 8U & 12U divisions. They have beginner and intermediate leagues within these age groups and would like to add a homeschool league which would also include 14U and 18U. Six week leagues have one practice and four matches per week with 4-6 per team playing both doubles and singles. Visit the LTPA’s Junior Tennis Program letter to homeschool families here for further details.

Update… GIRLS HOMESCHOOL SOCCER STARTING

Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Girls Soccer for middle school through varsity ages will begin unofficial practices in early-March with official practices beginning in mid-March. Typically, practices are held twice per week (Fridays & Tues/Wed) with 13 game days. Practices and games are at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Online registration begins Monday, February 10, 2014. If you want to receive future announcements regarding girls soccer, please email LHSAA Athletic Director, Todd Asselborn (here), and request being added to the Girls Soccer Email List. Visit LHSAA’s website here for further details.

Update… 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!

FREE & DISCOUNTED ADMISSION AT CREATION MUSEUM

The Creation Museum is offering FREE admission for children 12 and under throughout 2014 when accompanied by one adult who pays full admission price at the museum entrance. ALSO, teens and/or additional adults (2nd parent, grandparents, friends, etc.) can buy discounted tickets using promo code 8112115 for $20/per adult ticket (normally $29/each). This promo code is good Feburary 1-28, 2014 and the discount ticket is valid for one year after purchase date. The Creation Museum is in Petersburg, Kentucky, 7 miles west of the Cincinnati Airport. Visit the Creation Museum ticket page here for details.

CONVENTION REGISTRATION IS OPEN

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.

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE CAPITOL

Join hundreds of other homeschoolers from across the Commonwealth for HEAV’s annual Homeschool Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Open to ALL homeschoolers, this is an opportunity to participate in a history lesson your family will never forget! Meet your legislators and view the hustle and bustle of a day at the General Assembly. Attend committee meetings; listen to debates and watch legislators vote; then take guided tours of the historic Capitol and Supreme Court. HEAV members: $25/family, plus $5 for each child who is not a family member; Non-members: $30 per family, plus $5 for each child who is not a family member. Reservations are limited to the first 250 participants. Visit HEAV.org here for details and registration.

Rescheduled… HOMESCHOOL DAY AT VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM

The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Virginia will open its classroom doors to homeschoolers on Thursday, February 13, 2014 (rescheduled) Friday, March 7, 2014 with a selection of fun and engaging classroom programs that highlight important natural science and earth concepts. “Only at the VLM can your homeschooled students meet live animals, handle museum quality specimens, experiment with real scientific equipment and more while learning about the fascinating world around us,” says Museum Education Director, Chris Lewis. The museum offers homeschool families extra deep discounted rates for this one-day only program. Natural science and planetarium programs are $9.75/child and includes a free visit to the museum. The environmental science labs are $11.75/child and also includes a free visit to the museum. Parents may accompany children into the programs at no additional charge. Museum member parents/free and non-member parents/$12. Registration deadline is February 10th at 4:30p. Call VLM or visit TheVLM.org for information and to register.

Rescheduled… LEGO PRESCHOOLERS BRICK TIME

The Homeschool Connecting Place will have Preschoolers Brick Time on Friday, January 24, 2014 (rescheduled) Friday, February 28, 2014 from 9a-12p at West Lynchburg Baptist Church. Children ages 3-5 will create exciting models based on the alphabet using DUPLO® bricks, allowing them to build in a scale designed for their little hands. Children will learn about letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. Free play time, songs and finger-play round out a fun morning of learning and playing. To register your child(ren) for this class, visit Bricks4Kidz.com (Virginia-Roanoke-Salem) and select Preschoolers Brick Time! option. Email Bricks4Kidz Director & Teacher, Laraia Flores here for further details.

Rescheduled… LEGO INTERESTING INVENTIONS

The Homeschool Connecting Place will have a Lego Interesting Inventions class on Friday, January 24, 2014 (rescheduled) February 28, 2014 from 9a-12p at West Lynchburg Baptist Church for children ages K5 and up. Most objects we use on a daily basis were invented by someone. Kids will construct different familiar objects during this workshop such as a hand mixer, windshield wipers, and a conveyor belt. Each model is motorized for maximum movement and fascination.  To register your child(ren) for this class, visit Bricks4Kidz.com (Virginia-Roanoke-Salem) and select The Homeschool Connecting Place Presents: Interesting Inventions option. Cost is $30/per child (drop-off). Email Bricks4Kidz Director & Teacher, Laraia Flores here for further details.

HOMESCHOOL BALLET CLASSES

Ballet Aresko’s spring session of homeschool ballet classes are now open. The January special is $10 off your first month of tuition when you invite another registering student. Ballet Aresko is a new school of dance in Lynchburg, Virginia offering affordable and wholesome training in ballet and lyrical dance. Classes are held on Timberlake Road. The classes are taught by a professional Ballet dancer who holds 21 years of experience. Tuition is $40-$50 per month no costume or production fees. Visit Ballet Aresko on Facebook for details and contact information.

HOMESCHOOL ICE SKATING LESSONS

Homeschool ice skating lessons are being offered again this year at the LaHaye Ice Center. Five week sessions cost $65 and include skate rentals. Classes meet Wednesdays from 9:45a-10:45a (come early to sign-in and get skates on). Email Coach Dawn here for further details.

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG HOMESCHOOL WEEKEND

Meet Up with History Homeschool Weekend at Colonial Williamsburg Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16, 2014. Visit Colonial Williamsburg this spring to engage in hands-on activities, participate in special programs at the museums, and mingle with residents of the 18th-century. Enjoy a weekend filled with programming tailored specifically to homeschooling families. Visit ColonialWilliamsburg.org here for details. For ticket information, please contact the School and Youth Group Sales office at 1-800-280-8039.

2014 VAHOMESCHOOLERS CONFERENCE & RESOURCE FAIR

Make connections with Virginia homeschooling families at VaHomeschoolers.org statewide annual conference. An Education Like No Other 2014 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair is Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, 2014 in Glen Allen, Virginia. This year’s keynote speakers are Susan Wide Bauer (author of The Well Trained Mind, The Story of the World series, and other resources available through Peace Hill Press) and Julie Bogart (author of Brave Writer and other writing resources available through BraveWriter.com). For conference details and exhibitor information visit VaHomeschoolers.org here.

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.

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.

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
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