Local Homeschool News: March 2015

Local Homeschool News

LOCAL HOMESCHOOL NEWS for March

  • This post will be updated throughout March 2015

 HOMESCHOOL DAYS & EVENTS AT VENUES ACROSS THE STATE

HOMESCHOOL DAYS AT RISE UP CLIMBING

Rise Up Climbing in Lynchburg will be offering Homeschool Days on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1-5p. Homeschool Day pricing is $10/climber including gear (normally $15.50) or $15/initial belayer training for parents and students over 14 years-old. Parents and students over 14 years-old will learn to hold rope (known as belaying) for their climber in 30 minutes on the spot. After the initial training the belaying itself is free upon subsequent visits. Rental harness, if needed, is $2. Anyone under 18 years-old will need a waiver filled out by their parent or legal guardian. Call Rise up at 434-845-7625 or visit RiseUpClimbing.com here for Homeschool Days pricing and further information.


LHSAA SPRING GIRLS SOCCER

Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association spring season practices for girls soccer begins on March 2, 2015 {Postponed to either Friday, March 6, 2015 indoors or Monday, March 9, 2015 outdoors. Announcement & details here.}. 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 {see above} 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


LYNCHBURG CIVIL AIR PATROL

Our local Civil Air Patrol squadron, Lynchburg CAP, is available to visit homeschool groups with Civil Air Patrol presentations. Lynchburg CAP is a wonderful opportunity for local homeschool students. Watch their latest video here and visit their website at LynchburgCAP.com to learn more.


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.


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. Visit Lynchburg Area Young Filmmakers here for more details and sign-up info.


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.


FUNQUEST HOMESCHOOL DAY

The next monthly Homeschool Day at Funquest Family Entertainment Center will be on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 2-4p. 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: Apr. 14th, May 12th


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.


ALLIANCE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE

Alliance Christian Academy will be holding an Open House event on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 7-8:30p at Forest Road United Methodist Church on Old Forest Road. An overview of ACA and 2015-16 course offerings will be discussed and parents and students will be able to talk with tutors and ACA’s leadership team. Visit ACA’s website here for further information.


2015 VaHOMESCHOOLERS CONFERENCE & RESOURCE FAIR

The VaHomeschoolers Conference & Resource Fair is March 20-21, 2015 at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Full lunches are available at the conference only if you pre-order by Friday, March 6, 2015. Visit the Conference page at VaHomeschoolers.org here for details.


THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS SPRING PERFORMANCE

The Company of Strangers Theater (founded by homeschoolers) invites you to their spring production, Twelve Angry Men, March 20-21 & 27-28, 2015 at the Appomattox Community Center. Visit the Company of Strangers Theater website here for performance details and ticket info. Email TCOST here if you have further questions. ‘Like’ TCOST on Facebook here.

Synopsis of the play: Eleven jurors think the defendant is guilty. One juror votes not guilty because of a reasonable doubt. As the debate ensues, it becomes evident that the real doubt is whether or not the jurors will decide a man’s fate based on truth or emotion. A life hangs in the balance as tempers flair, and the jury room becomes no more than a group of twelve angry men before the dramatic and unanimous vote can be reached. A drama targeted for adults and young adults, The Company performs Twelve Angry Men with a Biblical analysis on justice and the legal system… Although there is no inappropriate content, younger children might not grasp the subject matter and become bored, so keep in mind!


HEAV & Mom2Mom SEMINAR – HOMESCHOOL EVALUATIONS & TESTING

Yvonne Bunn of the Home Educators Association of Virginia will be speaking at a Homeschool Evaluations and Testing Seminar hosted by Mom2Mom on Monday, March 23, 2015 from 6:30-8p at the Forest Library in Forest, VA. This seminar is free and open or all home educators. Space is limited. Email RSVP to Laura G. of Mom2Mom here.

Yvonne will answer questions such as:

  • Who is exempt from testing?
  • Must you test a five-year-old?
  • Are you required to test a senior?
  • What is included in an evaluation?
  • Where can you find testing resources?
  • And more… Join us!

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. Their next meeting is Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 1-4p. Visit Lynchburg Area Young Filmmakers here for more details and sign-up info.


PATRIOTS SPRING VINTAGE BALL 2015

LHSAA Patriots are hosting their spring vintage ball on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7p at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Information about the ball can be found on their Patriots Vintage Ball Facebook page here and tickets can be purchased via the LHSAA’s website here.


IEW WRITING PARTY FOR HOME EDUCATORS

Local Institute for Excellence in Writing representatives and instructors, Laura House and Sabrina Cardinale, will be hosting an IEW Writing Party on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 7-8p at Laura House’s home in Lynchburg for home educators seeking to further develop their skills for teach writing to their children. It will be an enjoyable evening of fellowship and everyone attending will receive a free Portable Wall, free shipping with any IEW order, chocolates, and other assorted goodies. RSVP is helpful, but not required. Visit their IEW Writing Party! Facebook event here or email Laura here / email Sabrina here for further details, directions, and RSVP.


SPRING HOMESCHOOL TENNIS LEAGUE

Lynchburg Tennis Patrons Association Junior Tennis Program will begin their four-week Spring Homeschool League on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 11a-1p on the courts at Peaks View Park. Age groups for 8-16 years. Registration fee is $25 and includes a t-shirt. Register early as space is limited. Jen will also be running a league that practices at night once a week and plays matches on Sunday, later in the afternoon, if the homeschool league does not fit your schedule. Email Jen D’Orio, LTPA Director of Programs, here for registration form and further details.

Lynchburg Tennis Patrons Association (LTPA) has been in Lynchburg for over 50 years. They are an organization dedicated to serving tennis to the community at a low cost so that EVERYONE can play. In 2012 LTPA started a Junior Tennis league and eventually a homeschool league as well.


CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS LOCAL GROUPS & EVENTS

Classical Conversations is a classical education based Christian homeschool community with several co-ops in and around Lynchburg, Virginia. Learn more about Classical Conversations at ClassicalConversations.com. Find info on local groups here (including contact info & meeting locations) and listing of upcoming events here.


CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

Classical Conversations will be offering a Windows into Challenge class on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 9-11a at Calvary Baptist Church in Lynchburg. Childcare will be provided for a love offering. RSVP email Shannon Whealton here or call 434-237-6085.

Does middle or high school intimidate you. . . or your student? How would you like for your middle or high school student to meet weekly with a group of students led by a tutor highly – trained in the classical tools of teaching your student to learn any subject? How would you like that tutor to seamlessly integrate math, literature, science, writing, logic, geography, and other subjects and lead your student in discussions that allow him/her to see that we live in a universe created by God for the purpose of knowing Him and making Him known, not a multiverse of artificial separation between subjects? Classical Conversation’s Challenge program has been developed specifically to encourage, equip, and inspire you and support your child during the journey through middle and high school. On Tuesday, April 21st CC will be offering a class entitled “Windows into Challenge.” During this time, you will learn the vision driving the Challenge program, the rewards of continuing in Challenge through all six levels, and the opportunities open to your students for dual-enrollment with Bryan College.


HOME FRONT EDUCATORS PERFORMANCE

The Home Front Educators theatre department presents, Peter Pan, April 23-25, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Grace Evangelical Free Church. Visit their ‘Peter Pan, by Home Front Educators Theatre’ Facebook event here for further details and ticket information.


HOMESCHOOL DAYS AT AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER

The American Shakespeare Center in Saunton, Virginia will be hosting three homeschool days this spring, April 29, May 7, and May 21, 2015. Register by APRIL 1, 2015. Join the ASC Education Team for days of wordplay, performances, Talk Back with actors, backstage tour, and performance workshops. ASC Homeschool Days feature student matinees of Much Ado About Nothing on April 29th or Hamlet on May 7th or 21st. View/download ASC Homeschool Days flyer here with full details.


CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS

Award-wining author, Jenny L. Cote, will be offering a creative writing workshop on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11a-12p at Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church. Workshop cost is $5/child or $15/family. RSVP by April 15, 2015 to Juli Bourdon via email here. Visit EpicOrderOfTheSeven.net for further information.

“Award winning author, Jenny L. Cote, opens up the world of creative writing for students of all ages and reading levels through fun, highly interactive workshops. Students are certain to laugh, be surprised, and have fun learning (without realizing it). Above all, students will be inspired to write colorful, creative stories and will want to read. Jenny has appeared to over 30,000 students at lower, middle, high school, homeschool groups, and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Jenny will present the CREATE workshop. Opening with the popular “Black Coat Story,” Jenny humorously illustrates a really lame story, followed by a really colorful story. She explains how creative writing is like painting a picture in your mind and writing what you see. Animating animal figurines, Jenny brings colorful characters to life, and describes the importance and, yes FUN of doing research! Learn how to weave in surprises, action, tension and end well. Books will be available for purchase ($15), signed and “pawtographed” by the REAL Max & Liz. For workshop descriptions and more information, please visit EpicOrderOfTheSeven.net.”


VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM HOMESCHOOL EVENTS

The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Virginia is offering another Homeschool Afternoon on Tuesday, 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.


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.


UTSA USED CURRICULUM & BOOK SALE and NEW MEMBER REGISTRATION

Under the Son Academy homeschool co-op is holding their annual Used Curriculum & Book Sale on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 9a-2p. All local homeschool families are welcome to shop and sell at this event. Cash purchases only. Seller information available on UTSA website. UTSA also hosts their annual New Member Registration event during the book sale. Potential new members will need to request a registration packet PRIOR TO the registration event. Visit UTSA’s website here for details.


GBCHE SPRING VINTAGE BALL

Greater Bedford Christian Home Educators are hosting a vintage ball on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7p {location to be announced}. Tickets are $10 single/$35 family and RSVP is required by April 30th. Further details and RSVP via email Laurie Lawrence here or call Debbie Hackworth at 540-676-3743. Visit GBCHE’s website here.


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 on their ‘Classes’ page. 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.


2015 VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION

The Home Educators Association of Virginia annual Virginia Homeschool Convention will be held June 11-13, 2015 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. The HEAV convention is one of the largest {and best} homeschool conventions in the country and provides new and continuing home educating families with an amazing plethora of opportunities for inspiration, enrichment, information, and shopping for new and used curriculum, books and other resources. Local families are highly encouraged to attend. Visit HEAV’s Convention page here for details.

CLASS OF 2015 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY & DINNER

The Home Educators Association of Virginia also holds the state’s largest homeschool high school graduation ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.The Richmond Marriott Hotel (adjacent to the convention center) is offering a celebration dinner for graduates and their family and friends in a private banquet room following the ceremony. Visit HEAV’s Graduation page here for registration and details.


SUMMER CAMPS: DRAMA, WORLD LANGUAGES & VETERINARY PROGRAMS

Mary Prentice, local home educator and Liberty University professor, is offering several summer camps with drama, world languages, and veterinary programs. Email Mary Prentice, PhD, MSLS here for registration. Visit Mary’s Lynchburg Educational Services website here for further details.

  • Drama Summer Camp, June 15-19, 2015 from 1-4p (ages 10-16)
  • World Languages Summer Camp, July 27-31, 2015 from 2-5p (ages 12-18)
  • Vet-Veterinary Medicine Summer Camp, July 20-24, 2015 from 1-4p (ages 9-15)

Mary is also offering PSAT/SAT Prep Courses. Visit her other website, Lynchburg Test Prep here for details.


PSAT/SAT PREPARATION COURSES

Mary Prentice, local home educator and Liberty University professor, is offering a 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 course runs 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 registration. Visit Mary’s Lynchburg Test Prep website here for further details.

Mary is also offering summer camps with drama, world languages, and veterinary programs. Visit her other website, Lynchburg Educational Services here for details.


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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