Local Homeschool News: May 2014

Local Homeschool News

News Nibbles for May

  • This post will be updated throughout May 2014

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.

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.

CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

What is Classical ConversationsClassical 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: Saturday, May 3 from 10a-12p at Moneta Library; Saturday, May 3 from 1-3p at Westlake Library. RSVP to Megan Saben via email here for Moneta/Westlake meetings. 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 for Thomas Terrace meeting. RSVPs are required for planning as some Directors are traveling in from out of town.  *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.

USED CURRICULUM & BOOK SALE SEASON HERE

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!

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.

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.

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.

Update… HFE FRIDAY ARTS & FUN THEATER

Home Front Educator’s Friday Arts & Fun theater will be presenting three performances of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing from May 15-17, 2014 at 6:30p at Grace Church on Timberlake Road. Visit HFE’s website here to purchase tickets online ($5) or purchase at door ($6). There is also a Much Ado About Nothing: Home Front Educators Facebook event here.

HFE USED CURRICULUM & BOOK SALE

Home Front Educators will be holding their 4th Annual Used Curriculum Sale on Friday, May 23, 2014 from 1-7p at Grace Church on Timberlake Road. There will be approximately 1,500 items for sale. Sellers can list their books on HFE’s website and drop them off on Thursday, May 22nd from 2-8p. HFE sells your books for you. Visit HomeFrontEd.org, then click their Used Curriculum Sale link to view the event on their calendar. There is also a Home Front Educators Used Curriculum Sale Facebook event here.

GRHE USED HOMESCHOOL BOOK SALE

Greater Roanoke Home Educators invites all homeschool families to their Used Homeschool Book Sale on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 9a-2p at Rainbow Forest Baptist Church (1338 Rainbow Forest Drive, Troutville, VA). This is expected to be a large sale as they had approximately 50 sellers last year. Contact Bonita Whitlow here for further 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.

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.

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.

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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
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