Local Homeschool News: August 2014

Local Homeschool News

News Nibbles for August

  • This post will be updated throughout August 2014


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 HEAV.org 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.”


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 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.

Important dates are as follows: Meet & Greet on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 12:30-2:30p with LHF Coordinator Debbie Dewhurst & Coach Judy Smith. This event includes a welcome time with questions from parents being answered and some fun debate activities for all. This is an informational meeting and does not obligate families to join the club. There is an optional debate camp in Richmond, Virginia on August 27-28, 2014. 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.


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).


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).


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.


Hyland Heights Baptist Church Homeschoolers is hosting a Meet & Greet event on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6-9p at the HHBC Welcome Center to kick off the new school year and to get to know our local homeschool community. There will be representatives on hand from several local homeschool organizations and HHBC Homeschooler’s Martha Magee will be speaking. HHBC Homeschoolers is a homeschool support ministry open to all area homeschool families. Everyone is invited to this event and you are encouraged to bring any friends who are new to home education. RSVP is not required. Email Christy Harrison here for further details.

  • Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association (LHSAA), middle & high school teams
  • American Heritage Girls
  • Campbell County 4-H Homeschool Clovers
  • Pilgrims Progress Academy, university model homeschool program
  • Central Virginia Home School Band
  • and more…


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.


Evidence of Progress is due by August 1st and Notice of Intent is due by August 15th. 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.


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.


American Heritage Girls Troop 0525 in Lynchburg, Virginia will host a Registration Hang Out at Peaks View Park on Monday, August 11, 2014 from 6:30-8p at the pavilion near the upper playground by the tennis courts. Bring the girls to meet their new troop friends and leaders. Email AHG Troop 0525 here for registration details.

Troop 0525 is very active and participates in a variety of outdoor activities, service projects, and learning adventures throughout the year. We earn badges, go camping, and make a difference in our world. Come join us for faith, service, and fun! AHG Oath: “I promise to love God, Cherish my family, Honor my country, and Serve in my community.” AHG Mission: “Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.” AHG Vision: “American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.”

For more information about AHG visit their national website here at AHGonline.org. Videos about AHG can be found on YouTube hereEmail AHG Troop 0525 here for further details.


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

  • LHSAA Family Registration for 2014-15 Sports Program is OPEN
  • Fall Sports Registration (cross country, boys soccer & volleyball) CLOSING SOON
  • Pre-Season ‘Open Gym’ for Basketball Begins in August (girls begin mid-August, boys TBA soon)


City On a Hill Youth Theater (homeschool troupe) is 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!


Thomas Road Baptist Church’s MOPS group is now offering childcare for homeschool children during their meetings on every-other Thursday from 9:30-11:30a (Sept-May). Further details and online registration here. If you cannot make the August 1, 2014 registration event, email Jeannette Martin here.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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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