Local Homeschool News: April 2015

Local Homeschool News


  • This post will be updated throughout April 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.


The next monthly Homeschool Day at Funquest Family Entertainment Center will be on Tuesday, April 14, 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 Date: May 12th


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.


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 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 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.


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.


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.


The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia is having their Homeschool Day on Friday, April 24, 2015. For details and to RSVP, visit their Homeschool Day Event page here.

Experience World War II history through interactive stations and living history. Activities are geared for homeschool students nine years old and up, but all ages are welcome.  Registration is required before April 15.  Fees are $4.00 per person.  Children under 6 are free.  Space is limited.  For more information or to register, please contact the National D-Day Memorial’s Education Department at 540-587-3617.


Peaksview Christian Home Educators is holding an informational meeting about their group on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7p at the Bedford Church of God. General PCHE information will be shared including class info, service projects, Moms Night Out, field trips, and family game nights. For details visit PCHE Facebook page here or email Mandie Grohs here.


The American Shakespeare Center in Saunton, Virginia will be hosting three homeschool days this spring, April 29, May 7, and May 21, 2015. Register online 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.


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, 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! …Looking for used homeschool products? See entry below entitled, New & Used Books, Curriculum, Other Resources.


Alliance Christian Academy registration for 2015-16 opens on May 1, 2015. ACA is a college preparatory academic center providing small, affordable classes for the college-bound homeschooler in grades 6–12. ACA offers all subject areas, and students can enroll in just one class or in as many as four classes. All courses are taught from a Christian worldview. Visit ACA’s website here for full course listing and registration information.

Also offered are three college-level courses designed to compete with the humanistic Advance Placement courses: Civil Government; European History & Western Civilization; and, Human Geography (Missions). Visit ACA’s College Level Courses flyer here for further details.


Alliance Christian Academy is a college preparatory academic center providing small, affordable classes for the college-bound homeschooler in grades 6–12. They are currently seeking a tutor for their Pre-Calculus and Geometry courses. Those interested should contact ACA Administrator, Kevin Novak, via email here.


Classical Conversations of Forest is holding this fundraising event on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 10a-4p at Freedom Baptist Church. All homeschool families are invited to shop. To be a seller (and early shopper), please take note of the following information from Angela O’Brien of Classical Conversations of Forest. Contact Angela via email here for further sale info and seller registration. Visit Classical Conversations of Forest (VA) here for further CC Forest info and location address.

  • Selling space is limited and sign ups are on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of tables are available and will be given to those who sign up first. If all tables are spoken for, we will ask you to bring your own table or blanket (think: indoor yard sale!)
  • You will be manning your own area that day and are responsible for pricing and selling your own items (cash-only transactions). You keep your profits.
  • While the emphasis is on “classical curriculum,” you are welcome to sell any kind of curriculum, but keep in mind what is currently popular and highly sought after. We will NOT have a “freebie” table.
  • Advertising will be through word of mouth and Facebook.
  • Sellers will set up Thursday, April 30 from 6:30-7:30p. At 7:30p, sellers will get 1 hour that evening to shop each other’s tables.
  • The cost to join is $10/person, due Thursday, April 30 during set-up.


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.”


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.


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 on sale now 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.


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.


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.


The community-wide Lynchburg Homeschool Graduation for Lynchburg area graduating seniors will be Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:30p (doors open & procession line-up at 2pm) on the campus of Liberty University in the atrium of the School of Engineering & Computational Sciences in DeMoss Hall. Cake reception follows ceremony. Space is limited to 25 graduates with 8 guest tickets per grad. Additional guest tickets available by request. There is no fee to participate, but the event is 100% parent funded, so donations from the grad families are greatly appreciated. Cap and gowns are required. For further details and to register, visit the Lynchburg Homeschool Gradation website here.

Tickets Required for All Guests… The event itself is not open to general public due to seating limitations. All attending guests will need to obtain tickets directly from graduate families.


The Company of Strangers Theater is holding open auditions for William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth. Audition dates are Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 4p or 7p, or Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7p at the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy. A prepared monologue is preferred but not required. Performance dates are July 24-25, 31, and August 1, 2015 at the Appomattox Courthouse Theatre. Rehearsals will be held at the Courthouse Theatre up to three times a week on weeknights. Visit TheCompanyOfStrangersTheater.com, their Facebook page here, or call 434-221-7498 for further information. The Company of Strangers Theater is founded and operated by homeschool alumni and their mission statements follows.

The Company of Strangers is a theater company dedicated to providing quality theatrical productions, which reflect the essential aspects of life from a godly perspective, including the nature of man, the meaning of life and death, the love and mercy of Christ, and the justice and equity of God’s Law. The truths of God’s Word can be seen in all areas of life, and the Company desires to bring those truths to light through the art of theater, thereby reclaiming the purpose of storytelling on stage.


Greater Roanoke Home Educators and Home Educators of Rainbow Forest invite you to their combine homeschool book sale representing all of the Roanoke Valley on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 9a-2p at Rainbow Forest Baptist Church, 1338 Rainbow Forest Drive, Troutville, VA 24175 (about 1hr from Lynchburg). For further details visit GRHE here  or HERF here online or email Bonita Whitlow here.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Classical Conversations will be offering their 3-Day Practicum for parents July 13-15, 2015 from 9a-4p at Thomas Terrace Baptist Church. Their are several CC communities (co-ops) in the Lynchburg area. Find a CC community near you here. Visit the CC calendar here regarding this and other events, such as Info Meetings, Open Houses, Testing Events, and other 1-Day and 3-Day Practicums. Practicum info and registration here.

Imagine designing an education around your child’s passions. At Classical Conversations, we believe the learning experience should be about creating more joy, wonder, and delight. We equip parents with helpful resources and an encouraging community, so that educating at home can be an adventure. If you are ready for a fresh approach to learning, we are ready to show you how. Please join us at our 2015 Lynchburg Parent Practicum. You will receive three full days of equipping and encouragement with our delightful practicum speaker, facilitator, tutor trainers, and parents!!


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.


Veteran homeschool father and local businessman, John Knaus, will be offering a Government & Current Events course for the 2015-16 academic year for 30 weeks beginning August 27, 2015. The course will be taught on Thursdays from 1-2:30p at the Knaus family home in Lynchburg near Timberlake and Waterlick Roads. Tuition is $150 for the year, payable in three installments. Email John Knaus here or call/text at 434-258-2788, or text his wife, Kristel Knaus, at 434-444-9901.

Class Description: The text we will use is Story of the Constitution, Second Edition, by Liberty Press. Chapter titles are as follows: The Colonial Experience, The Struggle for American Independence, A New Nation, Change is Needed, An Historic Assembly, A Bundle of Compromises,, The Ratification Struggle, Preamble and Aritcle I, Article II, Article III-VI, The Bill of Rights, The Early Amendments, Twentieth-Century Amendments, Five Principles of the Constitution. The book contains further material on the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. Tests will be take home.

A current subscription of World Magazine (hard copy or online) will be required to cover the Current Affairs section of the class. We will discuss much surrounding our current government affairs, world government affairs, and the purpose surrounding our original constitution.

Teacher Bio: BA, MA, Father of four kids homeschooled through high school. Past owner and operator of Franchises. Currently managing food service contracts with CVCC and Lynchburg College. Drama Director for City on a Hill Youth Theater (see fb). Teacher through the homeschool community in the subjects of Government, Economics, Current Affairs, and VA History for the past 6 years.


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.


Venues for Buying & Selling Homeschool Resources

  • 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