Local Homeschool News: February 2015

Local Homeschool News

LOCAL HOMESCHOOL NEWS FOR February

  • This post will be updated throughout February 2015

SEASONAL IDEAS FOR FEBRUARY ON LYNCHBURGHOMESCHOOL.COM

Seasonal Ideas for February is our most recent ‘seasonal post’ on LynchburgHomeschool.com. Seasonal Posts focus on holidays, family life, homeschool, and other aspects of the season. Beginning in 2015, these posts will be published several times per year. Visit the Seasonal Post archives here.


 HOMESCHOOL DAYS & EVENTS AT VENUES ACROSS THE STATE

NEW LOCAL ONLINE HOMESCHOOL GROUP

Deb McPherson of Home Works Lynchburg has started a new online group for homeschool families in the Lynchburg, Virginia region. You can join ‘Home Works, Lynchburg !’ here.

Home Works, Lynchburg ! is a gathering place for all homeschoolers in the Lynchburg area (including surrounding counties). Post all your happenings, ask questions, post field trips and class offerings, supports groups, sports teams, etc.


PSAT/SAT PREPARATION COURSES

Mary Prentice, local home educator and Liberty University professor, is offering two upcoming PSAT/SAT preparation courses to help students prepare for vocabulary, reading, writing, and math skills to improve their chances of doing well. The course is 16 weeks of one-hour Friday classes from 11:45a-12:45p at Mary’s home in Lynchburg. The first session begins Friday, February 6, 2015 and running through the first week of June with no class meeting on Good Friday. The second session will run August 7, 2015 through November 20, 2015. The 16-week cost is $80 for tuition, plus students need to purchase a few resources to aid in the studying and mastery. A $20 deposit is necessary to hold student spot and tuition may be paid in $20 installments. Email Mary Prentice, PhD, MSLS here for further details and registration.


FUNQUEST HOMESCHOOL DAY

Monthly Homeschool Days at Funquest Family Entertainment Center will be on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 2-4p this month. Special pricing available and homeschool admission also includes Christian Music Night from 4-8:30p. Visit Funquest’s Homeschool page here for dates/times and prices, additional discounts, and special happenings during Homeschool Day. Monthly FunQuest homeschool events are sponsored by Home Front Educators. Future Dates: Mar. 10th, Apr. 14th, May 12th


COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG HOMESCHOOL DAYS

Colonial Williamsburg 2015 Winter Homeschool Days are February 14-22, 2015. Enjoy exclusive programming and a wide variety of interactive events specially designed for their Homeschoolers Experience. Visit their Homeschoolers Experience page here for details and registration.


HOMESCHOOL DAY AT SCIENCE MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA

Dear Homeschooling Families,

I wanted to let you know of an exciting new opportunity at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.  On Wednesday, February 18, we will be offering an exclusive homeschool day, filled with special programming for all ages.  You will also have a chance to see our new exhibit Dinosaurs and Fossils.

Homeschooling families who come to the museum on the afternoon of February 18 will receive a special discounted rate for admission to our museum and to our butterfly garden.  We will also be offering hands-on programs, led by our experienced educators, at a variety of different age levels; a chance to pan for gems and minerals at our rock sluice; and a special presentation of our planetarium show Journey Through the Stars (all these programs will be available for an extra fee).

You do not need to pre-register for this event, but space in our hands-on programs and planetarium show will be limited, so we suggest arriving at the Science Museum between 1pm and 1:30pm on February 18 to ensure that you will be able to participate in the programs of your choice.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Miriam Musco, Director of Education at the Science Museum of Western Virginia, at 540-342-5776 or mmusco@smwv.org.  We hope you will be able to join us on February 18 for our inaugural homeschooling event!

Please note:  The exhibit Dinosaurs and Fossils contains information about human evolution and makes reference to the age of the Earth as 4.54 billion years old.  If you are concerned about any of the content of this exhibit, a member of the Science Museum’s front desk staff will be able to help you plan your exploration of this exhibit to avoid these sections.

Miriam Musco, Director of Education

Visit SMWV online here for further details or email Miriam Musco here if you have further questions.


ONCE-A-MONTH SOFT CO-OPS AT HHBC

HHBC Homeschoolers host once-a-month learning opportunities at Hyland Heights Baptist Church on Fridays at 10a in Room 201. The series continues on Friday, Feburary 20, 2015. These events are free, open to all ages, and everyone is invited. Email Michael Saunders here for further details.

Note: Feb. 20th meeting will be at Bower Center in Bedford and NOT at usual meeting place.

MINECRAFT CLASS – FEBRUARY 20, 2015

  • Special February meeting location at the Bower Center in Bedford, Virginia
  • Room full of computers so students can all build in the same world together
  • Minecraft basics and new information students may never have realized about this creative program

MARILYN BOYER – Date to Be Determined

  • Modern homeschool pioneer speaking on personal experiences, sharing wisdom, and importance of teaching our kids character
  • Boyer family website CharacterConcepts.com
  • Childcare provided

LYNCHBURG AREA YOUNG FILMMAKERS

The Lynchburg Area Young Filmmakers is a network for Christian homeschool students (ages 10 to 16) who are interested in script-writing, live action filming and stop-motion animation. They will be holding their first meeting on Saturday, February 21, 2015 …Rescheduled to Saturday, February 28, 2015 from Noon-4p at the Fowler cabin at the Village Farm in the Sedalia area of Bedford County. Visit Lynchburg Area Young Filmmakers here for more details and sign-up info.


VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM HOMESCHOOL EVENTS

The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Virginia is offering Homeschool Afternoons on Feburary 27, 2015, and May 5, 2015. The VLM opens its classroom doors to homeschoolers on for an afternoon of fun and engaging classroom programs that highlight important natural science and earth science concepts.

 “The wonders of nature … the excitement of discovery … the satisfaction of accomplishment. These are what “Homeschool Afternoons” at the Virginia Living Museum are all about.” says Museum Education Director Dan Summers.

Virginia’s natural heritage comes alive at the Virginia Living Museum. The museum introduces visitors to more than 250 living species native to Virginia through exhibits, discovery centers and interactive hands-on exhibits. From Deep Space to the Deep Sea, and everything in between, the Virginia Living Museum has it covered!

Four natural and space science programs are available for grades K-6. An environmental science lab, Exploring with the Microscope, is available for grades 5-12. All programs are curriculum and grade-level targeted and taught by the museum’s professional educators. All programs include a self-guided visit of museum exhibits and are offered at a discount to homeschool families. Classroom programs are $9.75 per child; the lab is $11.75 per child. Adults are $12. Parents may accompany children into the programs at no additional charge. A self-guided visit with no programs is $7 for non-member children (ages 3-12), $12 for adults. Visit TheVLM.org here (or call 757-595-9135) to register.


LHSAA SPRING GIRLS SOCCER

Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association spring season practices for girls soccer begins on Monday, March 2, 2015. Visit LHSAA’s website here for further details.

The Patriots are gearing up for another Spring Girls Soccer season! Our head coach will be David Sage, a Patriot parent, experienced soccer coach and pastor- we’re excited to have him coach for us!

Practices will start on Monday March 2nd at Hyland Heights Baptist field from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. For the first two weeks, practices will be four days per week on M/Tu/Th/F from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. After the first scrimmage on 3/13, we will resort to three days per week Tu/Th/F practices at the same time, but will likely move the time back as the days become longer.

Players from middle school to varsity age are welcome- fees will be similar to past seasons (about $100/player); the exact amount will be posted when registration opens during the next week.

Keep checking the LHSAA website for updates, more details and online registration which is coming soon at LynchburgPatriots.assn.la …GO PATRIOTS!!!

Todd Asselborn, LHSAA Athletic Director


CITY ON A HILL SPRING PERFORMANCE

City on a Hill Youth Theater (homeschool troupe) is excited to announce their next production, Father of the Bride, March 6-7 & 13-14, 2015 at Heritage Baptist Church. Visit their City on a Hill Youth Theater’s Facebook page here for further details. Email City on a Hill Youth Theater here if you further have questions.


NEW HOMESCHOOL CO-OP IN BEDFORD COUNTY

Peaksview Christian Home Educators invites interested home educators to their upcoming information meetings. From Mandie Kern Grohs of Peaksview Christian Home Educators:

Peaksview Christian Home Educators is excited to present ourselves to the local homeschooling community!

Come check us out at an informational meeting:

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 7-9 pm
  • Friday, March 27, 2015 from 7-9 pm
  • Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 2-4:30 pm
  • No childcare provided at info meetings

All informational meetings will be held at The Bedford Church of God, which is located at 1212 E Main St, Bedford, VA 24523.

Please RSVP with the date you plan to attend to Peaksview Christian Home Educators Facebook page here or email to Mandie Grohs here. Please ‘Like’ us on Facebook to hear more about our upcoming events!


HEAV LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOR HOMESCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS

The Home Educators Association of Virginia annual Leadership Conference is March 13-14, 2015 in Williamsburg, Virginia. The leadership conference is for anyone serving in homeschool organization leadership positions. Visit HEAV’s Leadership Conference page here for further details.

Leadership Conference Registration Is Open! The next Leadership Conference will be March 13 & 14, 2015 in Williamsburg. Are you a support group or co-op leader, e-mail list moderator, board member, newsletter editor, or coordinator? Join us at the Woodland Conference Center in beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia, for a special time of encouragement, learning, and renewal. Carol Topp, a (retired) homeschooling mother and Certified Public Accountant, will be our special guest speaker.

Not in a leadership position? Send your leader–it’s a great way to say “thank you!”

Visit HEAV’s Leadership Conference page here for further details.


CENTRAL VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOL PROM

The Central Virginia Homeschool Prom will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 7:30p-11:30p at the Holiday Inn Downtown Lynchburg for students in grades 9-12. The event will be held in both ballrooms this year and the deejay will be Barry Tosh of Len Barry Deejay Services. Tickets go on sale March 8, 2015 with early-bird price of $16 through May 2nd or $20 thereafter. Visit Central Virginia Homeschool Prom here for further details and ticket purchase.

We are proud to offer area homeschoolers of Lynchburg City, Campbell, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and surrounding counties,  the experience of a high school prom! We believe that proms are a rite of passage and all students should have the opportunity to attend one.

Not sure what a prom is? Well, a prom, short for promenade, is a formal, black-tie dance for high school students. It’s a springtime ritual that got its start in the 1890’s. Ever since then, young people have been putting on tuxedos and dresses to eat, dance and have a good time!

Be sure to check out “Our Philosophy” page for thoughtful articles on all things….prom.


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. 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.


NEW GENEVA SUMMER ART WORKSHOPS

The New Geneva Education Center will be offering a variety of abbreviated art lessons on basic techniques from mid-May to mid-August. All classes will be conducted in the art studio at New Geneva Academy in downtown Appomattox, Virginia. Dates and times are subject to change and updates will be posted at NewGenevaEdu.com. All materials are included in prices listed. Ages listed are only suggestions based on typical ability and interest level. Adjustments may be made. Private lessons are also available. Email Jane Raymond here or call 434-941-6416 for further details and registration info. Note: Space is limited. Please register no later than 1 week before class starts.

MAY

  • 19th-21st (T-Th) 2:00-3:00 (10yrs+) Animal Sketching & Drawing – $20.00
  • 26th-29th (T-F) 11:00-12:30 Basics in Watercolor Painting – $50.00

JUNE

  • 9th-11th (T-Th) 11:00-12:30 (4-6yrs) Finger-Painting & Other Fun Stuff – $15.00
  • 9th-12th (T-F) 1:00-2:00 (10-13+yrs) Basics in Drawing Facial Features – $25.00
  • 23rd-25th (T-Th) 11:00-12:00 (4-6yrs) Art & Science: About Butterflies – $15.00
  • 23rd-26th (T- F) 1:00-2:00 Basics in Acrylic Painting – $45.00

JULY

  • 7th-10th (T-Th) 1:00-2:00 (7-10+) Basic Still-Life Drawing – $20.00
    8th-10th (W-F) 11:00-12:00 (4-6yrs) Art & Science: About Birds – $15.00
  • 21st- 23rd (T-Th) 11:00-12:00 (4-6yrs) Art & Science: About Frogs – $15.00
  • 21st-23rd (T-F) 1:00-2:30 Basics in Watercolor Painting – $50.00

AUGUST

  • 4th-6th (T-Th) 11:00-12:00 (4-6yrs) Art & Science: About Skunks $15.00
  • 4th-7th (T-F) 1:00-2:30 (12+) Basics in Still-Life Sketching & Drawing $25.00
  • 11th-14th (T-F) 11:00-12:30 Basics in Acrylic Painting – $45.00

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
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Looking for another sport? Let LHSAA know as others may be interested as well.


NEW & USED BOOKS, CURRICULUM, OTHER RESOURCES

Venues for Buying & Selling Homeschool Resources


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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