Local Homeschool News: June 2015

Local Homeschool News

LOCAL HOMESCHOOL NEWS for June

  • This post will be updated throughout June 2015

 HOMESCHOOL DAYS & EVENTS AT VENUES ACROSS THE STATE

LYNCHBURG AREA: HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIP IDEAS

Local home educator, Jessica O’Brien, shares field trip ideas and a variety of other happenings and related information (discounts, etc.) that local homeschool families are sure to find interesting via Lynchburg Area: Homeschool Field Trip Ideas. Visit Lynchburg Area: Homeschool Field Trip Ideas here on Facebook and here on Twitter.


YARD & GARAGE SALES

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.


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.


‘HOMESCHOOL FIRST’ NEW HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP

Homeschool First is a new support group for local families who have chosen to educate their children at home. Homeschool First’s mission is to provide support for families with children in grades K-12 by providing practical educational opportunities and support for parents in their home school endeavors. Homeschool First is an inclusive group who invite and respect members of any beliefs, religions, and walks of life. They are not affiliated with any church or other home education group and are supported solely by annual membership dues. Learn more at HomeschoolFirst.org.


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.


ACA REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 1st FOR 2015-16

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.

ACA SEEKING PRE-CALCULUS & GEOMETRY TUTOR

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.


CENTRAL VA HOME SCHOOL BAND CONCERT & INFO MEETING

Central Virginia Home School Band Spring Concert & Band Info Presentation for 2015-16 Season… June 2, 2015 at 6:30p at St. Andrews Presbyterian School Fellowship Hall. Email CVHSB Director, Steve Burkett, here for further information.

From CVHSB Director, Steve Burkett, “Please come support our fledgling band (3 beginners & 2 parents) and the 2 intermediate band (2nd year) members. If you have a budding band member aged 8 and older, OR an experienced player, please come and hear Mr. Steve Burkett discuss the plan for NEXT year’s band. He has taught Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and percussion to Christian and homeschoolers here in Central Virginia for the past 15 years.”


CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS INFO MEETING

Classical Conversations will be hosting an informational meeting on June 4, 2015 at 6:30p. RSVP by evening of June 3rd to Debbie Dewhurst via Facebook private ‘message’ here or via email here. Location and directions will be sent to attendees upon receipt of RSVP.

Are you interested in learning more about Classical Conversations? Or maybe about classical, Christian education in general? Classical Conversations has a unique approach that hopes to equip parents and encourage students, while maintaining the parents as the primary teachers of their children.

“I joined because of the accountability and encouragement it afforded our family, and enjoy the community that develops as we meet weekly. If you are curious about this model, please consider joining us June 4th, 6:30pm, and bring your questions!” – Debbie Dewhurst

  • What is normally part of classical elementary years?
  • What changes for the middle/high school years?
  • Can we, as parents, do this?

These 2 hours are designed to go over this and more.

Hope to see you there!


GBCHE CURRICULUM SALE

The Greater Bedford Christian Home Educators will be holding a curriculum sale on Friday, June 5, 2015 from 11a to (?) at Liberty Lake Park in Bedford. Visit GBCHE website here and GBCHE Curriculum Sale Facebook event here.


CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS INFO MEETING

Classical Conversations will be hosting an information meeting on Friday, June 5, 2015 and again on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Both info meetings will be held at 7p at Christ Our Redeemer Anglican Church in Lynchburg. Contact CC Director, Wesley Walker, at 919-830-2990 or via email here to RSVP or make further inquiries.

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.

Imagine Greatness for Your Child

  • What if Your Child’s School Was Amazing?
  • What if Your Child Loved Learning?
  • What if Your Family Became Stronger Through School?

It can be. Welcome to Classical Conversations, a home-centered, Christian education program that equips you to teach your child through resources and community support.

What Is Classical Conversations?… With Christ at the center of our efforts, we are a group of like-minded parents in your community that meet weekly. We share a focused curriculum as our core and lead our families through the materials at our own pace.


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.


LU HOMESCHOOL ADVANTAGE LIVECAST

Liberty University will be hosting an informational ‘livecast’ on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7p about their Homeschool Advantage program program. Follow Livecast Registration link here to register and for further details.

Are you a homeschool student applying to Liberty? Then we want you to join us! Liberty knows the value of a homeschool education and we would like to partner with you. Learn how to navigate the admissions process as a homeschool student as well as benefits that you can use to your advantage.


LIBERTY UNIVERSITY HOMESCHOOL LIAISON

Liberty University has a specific liaison for homeschool families. You may contact Phylicia Masonheimer via email here or by calling 434-592-4737.

Liberty University’s Office of Admissions is pleased to announce the creation of a specific liaison for homeschool families. Phylicia Masonheimer, a homeschool and Liberty graduate, is now acting as Liberty’s Homeschool Coordinator. She is available for admissions, dual enrollment, and transfer questions and can be contacted for one-on-one visits or to schedule a visit with your co-op or group. Her email is pdduran@liberty.edu and her office phone is 434-592-4737.


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 10-18)
  • World Languages Summer Camp, August 10-14, 2015 from 1:30-4:30p (ages 10-18)
  • Vet-Veterinary Medicine Summer Camp, July 20-24, 2015 from 1-4p (ages 9-15)

Mary is also offering PSAT/SAT Prep Courses and will add CLEP Course soon. Details at Lynchburg Educational Services here.


CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS 3-DAY PARENT PRACTICUM

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!!


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.


4 DAYS OF IEW EVENTS IN LYNCHBURG WITH ANDREW PUDEWA

Andrew Pudewa, founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), will be presenting teacher and student workshops, and a free evening event for families. Various events will be held over the course of four days, August 12-15, 2015 at Grace Evangelical Free Church on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg. 

August 12-13- Teaching Writing: Structure and Style
August 13- Nurturing Competent Communicators (FREE Event) *Come early for coffee and Q&A time with Andrew Pudewa.
August 14- Student Workshops (Beginner and Advanced)
August 15- Student Workshops (Advanced)


GOVERNMENT & CURRENT EVENTS COURSE for 2015-16

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.


NEW GROUP FOR LYNCHBURG HIGH-SCHOOL HOMESCHOOLERS

Lynchburg High-School Homeschoolers is a newly opened group on Facebook for Lynchburg area high school homeschool students and parents. You can find Lynchburg High-School Homeschoolers on Facebook here.


LYNCHBURG, VA SPECIAL NEEDS HOMESCHOOLING

Lynchburg, VA Special Needs Homeschooling can be found in Facebook Groups here.

“Lynchburg, VA Special Needs Homeschooling is for those in the Lynchburg and surrounding areas who are currently homeschooling or who are interested in homeschooling their child(ren) with special needs.”


LOCAL CHARLOTTE MASON HOMESCHOOL GROUP

Charlotte Mason Homeschool (Lynchburg, VA area) is a Facebook group to connect Lynchburg area home educators who use Charlotte Mason’s methods and style in the education of their children and for those who are interested in learning more about CM methods, style, and philosophy. This group is for families living in Lynchburg, Virginia and Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties. You can find Charlotte Mason Homeschool (Lynchburg, VA area) here in Facebook groups.


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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