Local Homeschool News: August 2015



  • This post will be updated throughout August 2015


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.

Lynchburg Homeschooling Weekly PE Group (ages 8-12) is a new weekly homeschooling physical education (PE) group targeting ages 8-12 that currently meets on Fridays at 1pm at Peaksview Park. Younger age groups added if sufficient interest & volunteer to organize activities. Visit Lynchburg Homeschooling Weekly PE Group (ages 8-12) on Facebook here to learn more.


Ecclesia Dance Ministry strives to teach quality dance education in a Christ-centered, mentoring environment. They offer a variety of classes for ages 2 through adult. Homeschool classes are also offered. Visit the Ecclesia Dance Ministry website here and on Ecclesia Dance Ministry on Facebook here.

  • Ballet (age 3 to adult)
  • Pointe
  • Tap
  • Mommy & Me (age 2-3 & Mom)
  • Creative Movement
  • Stretching & Conditioning
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Intro to Art
  • Balloon Evangelism
  • Homeschool Classes Offered


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.


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.


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
  • Cheerleading
Patriots Cheerleading, New for 2015-16

The Patriots will have Girls Cheerleading this winter! Informal summer practices will occur this summer/fall and official practices will start in October. Please contact coach Jacqueline Howard via email here if you are interested so we can gauge interest and prepare for the season.

Patriots Cross-Country Summer Practice & Camp

The Lynchburg Patriot Pacers are already running this summer! If you need more information, please contact: Head Coach Jake Reed via email hereAssistant Coach Trey Fisher via email hereSport Director/Assistant Coach Robin Packer via email here. Contact Robin Packer for summer training hours and locations.

Patriots Girls Volleyball MS-Varsity Practices & 4th-6th Developmental Team

Girls Volleyball practices for Middle School through Varsity levels start August 4, 2015. Per player fees for MS and JV/varsity players will be $150/player (annual family membership at $50/year per family is a prerequisite). LHSAA will also have a developmental volleyball team for 4th through 6th grade players. Practices for the developmental team will start on August 24, 2015 and be on Mondays from 3:30 to 5 pm at HHBC. The developmental team fee will be $50/player (family membership NOT required for developmental team participation). Players that are not sure of their playing ability should initially come to the middle school practices to practice with the team and get direction from the coaches. Online registration here.

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


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.


Homeschool First invites you to their Come & Go Open House event on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10a-2p at Fort Hill United Methodist Church in Lynchburg. Families will be able to meet Homeschool First administration to learn more about the co-op, speak with teachers about classes and curricula, play a game that will walk them through a tour of the facility, and of course, families will be able to join Homeschool First that day as well. This is a ‘come and go’ event and families are encouraged to come and go as it is convenient for them. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Visit HomeschoolFirst.org here to learn more.

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.


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)


Lynchburg Homeschool Forensics Debate Club is hosting 2-day debate camps on August 20-21, 2015 from 9a-4p at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Check-in opens Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 8:30a and Pizza Fellowship follows camp on Friday from 4-4:30p. Email Debbie Dewhurst here or call 434-238-6611 for further details and to register. Registration is requested by Tuesday, August 18, 2015 as there are materials to prepare for the debaters. 

Come LEARN to argue, instead of getting in trouble for it!!

Introduction to Debate
2 Camps: Limit of 16 campers each

  • Public Forum: 12-14yrs old
  • Team Policy: 14-18yrs old
  • Cost: $20/debater
  • Registration closes August 18th

This camp covers the fundamentals of these debate forms that our local club competes in, but does not obligate you to join the debate club that meets weekly at Calvary Baptist Church.


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.


Lynchburg Area Young Filmmakers is holding their next meeting on Saturday, August 29, 2015. LAYF 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 the LAYF website here for further information and meeting details.


Campbell 4-H Homeschool Clovers is holding their next meeting on Thursday, September 3 2015 at 2p at the Virginia Cooperative Extension office at 163 Kabler Street in Rustburg. The Homeschool Clovers group is for homeschool students aged 5-18 years-old. Learn more at VCE Campbell County here and by calling the VCE office at 434-332-9538.

“Come join us for science classes, field trips, and more!”


HHBC Homeschoolers, the Hyland Heights Baptist Church community-wide homeschool ministry, is gearing up for an exciting year! With new leadership, the ministry is taking a different approach to this outreach program. No longer will the ministry offer co-ops or classes, but will now focus on supporting and serving the homeschool community through encouraging monthly meetings and special events. Additionally, the ministry will support existing local homeschool groups and co-ops by coordinating the use of classroom and meeting space at Hyland Heights and promoting their events and field trips through the HHBC website and HHBC Homeschool’s Facebook page.

Monthly meetings will be held the first Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00p, beginning September 3, 2015. Special events planned for this year include a Christmas vendor fair at the December meeting, a Co-op & Support group Expo in April, and a Used Curriculum Fair in May.

Visit HHBC.net here and HHBC Homeschoolers on Facebook here for more information and updates regarding on-going activities, meetings, classes, and field trips!

Deuteronomy 6:6-7….These words that I am giving you are to be in your heart. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are in your house and when you walk along the road, when you sit down and when you get up.


*Listing of August 4, 2015 and subject to change.

1st Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm
Includes: light snacks, coffee, water & paid childcare

September 3, 2015
Topic: Why We Homeschool/Mission Statement (speaker: Martha Magee)
Table Topic: Share your favorite motivational tools: books, websites, Facebook friends, etc. Talk about what keeps you going and focused on the real reasons you homeschool.

Special Event: See You at The Pole on September 23, 2015 at HHBC gym 9am (coordinator: Rebecca Hawkins)

October 1, 2015
Topic: Learning Styles (speaker: Jennifer McBride)
Table Topic: Have you noticed a specific learning style in your child(ren)? Have you implemented any changes to accommodate certain learning styles?

November 5, 2015
Topic: Couponing & Finances for Homeschoolers (speaker: Anna Dalton)
Table Topic: Discuss your top 2 ways to save money. Share favorite tools to help keep you organized: Apps, Websites, Books. What are YOUR best organizational tips & tricks?

December 3, 2015
Topic: To Be Determined (speaker: Pastor Mike Summy)
Table Topic: To Be Determined
Special Event: Christmas Shopping/Vendor Fair during monthly MNO meeting (coordinator: Patti Dunnavant)

February 4, 2016
Topic: Teaching Through the Challenges (speaker: Julie Meekins)
Table Topic: What areas are finding that your child(ren) struggle with? Attention, Certain Subjects, Dyslexia, etc.? Any tips you can share with others at your table?

March 3, 2016
Topic: Homeschooling for the long haul (speaker: Debbie Dewhurst)
Table Topic: How long have you homeschooled? Up to what grade level do you plan to homeschool your children?

April 7, 2016
Topic: Why Memory Work works (speaker: CC Director)
Table Topic: Favorite Memory Work tools: flash cards, websites, siblings, games

Special Event (date TBD): Co-op and Support Group EXPO (coordinator: Jennifer McBride)

May 5, 2016
Topic: Discovering Your Child’s Personality Type (speaker: Jennifer McBride)
Table Topic: Do you recognize your child in one of the personality types mentioned tonight? Do you see yourself in one type? How will knowing this information help you in your schooling?

Special Event (date TBD): Used Curriculum & Yard Sale (Martha Magee)


The next monthly Homeschool Day at Funquest Family Entertainment Center will be on Tuesday, September 8, 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.


Veteran homeschool mom and long time theatre instructor and producer in our homeschool community, Deb McPherson, will be offering her Acting Basics workshop classes through Aletheia, her new theatre company, on Wednesdays from 3:30-5p at Grace Evangelical Free Church beginning September 9, 2015. Acting Basics will run through mid-November. The workshop is open to ages 12 and up, including adults. Registration fee is $15 and monthly tuition is $25. Visit Aletheia on Facebook here or email Deb McPherson here for further details and to register. Spring semester offerings will be listed when announced.


Liberty University will be holding Homeschool Day events for middle and high school students and their parents on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9a-3p (check-in 8:30-9a). Events include breakfast, a student track of workshops and a parent track of workshops, lunch, and campus tour. Childcare is unavailable for children under 12 years-old. Visit the Liberty University Visitors Center here for itinerary and to register. Email Phylicia Masonheimer here for further details.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 12th, Liberty University’s first Homeschool Day for the 2015-16 academic year! Designed for middle through high school students and their parents, Homeschool Day will feature a light breakfast followed by a morning schedule of events for students and for parents:

The student track includes a study skills class hosted by Professor George Young of our School of Business and a history class hosted by the Department of History, taught in Scholars Commons of the beautiful Jerry Falwell Library.

The parent track includes a college preparation session (discussing testing, transcripts, and dual enrollment) and a session on creating a plan for college suited to your student’s strengths, both presented by Phylicia Masonheimer, Liberty’s Homeschool Coordinator.

A catered lunch will be provided following the morning sessions. After lunch, a tour of the university will be offered at 1 PM. Childcare will be unavailable for children under the age of 12.


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 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.”


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.


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.


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
  • Cheerleading *New for 2015-16

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