Local Homeschool News: October 2015

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LOCAL HOMESCHOOL NEWS for October

  • This post will be updated throughout October 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.

LYNCHBURG HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIP CLUB

Lynchburg Homeschool Field Trip Club, started by local home educator, Bethany Davis, features field trips and playdates geared toward local elementary-aged homeschool students. You can find the Lynchburg Homeschool Field Trip Club Facebook page here and the Lynchburg Elementary Homeschool Field Trips Facebook group here.


LYNCHBURG HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 

GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL… Newest Sport for Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association… Saturday, October 10, 2015 Field Day from 10a-12p. Visit LynchburgPatriots.assn.la for details.

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
  • Fast Pitch Softball

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


NEW LYNCHBURG HOMESCHOOLING WEEKLY PE GROUP
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.

NEW HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIP GROUP

Local home educator, Bethany Davis, has started Lynchburg Elementary Homeschool Field Trips for field trips and playdates geared toward local elementary-aged homeschool students. You can find Lynchburg Elementary Homeschool Field Trips here on Facebook.


COMMUNITY-WIDE HOMESCHOOL MOMS NIGHT OUT & SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

MOMS NIGHT OUT & SPECIAL EVENTS for 2015-16

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

1st Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm
Includes: light snacks, coffee, water
Childcare Available: $5/child, RSVP with age

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?
Facebook ‘Event’ page for November 5th: Homeschool Moms Night of Encouragement

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)
Facebook ‘Event’ page for December 3rd: Holiday Vendor Fair

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)


 HOMESCHOOL COMMUNITY-WIDE PICNIC

The first annual Homeschool Community Picnic for all homeschool families in the area is being hosted by Kim Yeatts and Lynn Joshua on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Peaks View Park’s Large Pavilion at 170 Ivy Creek Lane beginning at noon and running all day. RSVP with Evite.com here or call 434-444-7728 for further details.

COME enjoy great fellowship with other home-educators in our community. We especially encourage teens to come and make new friends!

BRING lunch for your own family, your own drinks and all paper supplies for your family. Also, bring a dessert to share.

We will have prayer and begin our picnic at 12 noon, but come whenever you can; we have the pavilion all day.

BRING games, bikes, frisbees, etc. There are trails as well. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to others. Looking forward to a wonderful time!


HOMESCHOOL DAY AT SMITH’S PUMPKIN PATCH

Local homeschool family, the Smiths of Smith’s Pumpkin Patch, will be hosting their annual Homeschool Day on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 10a-8p. All-day passes available, $5 per child/$2.50 per adult. Visit Smith’s Pumpkin Patch on Facebook here and in Lynchburg at 6210 Fort Avenue.

Come for a fun filled day at the Patch and enjoy the fellowship of other homeschoolers! The price includes an all day pass and we have expanded this year to include a MAZE and HAYRIDES along with the bounce houses, huge corn box, teepee, Noah’s Ark and much more! If your child, or even adult, would like to paint a pumpkin it is $2. Vending is also available and includes a hot dog lunch, nacho’s, drinks, shaved ice, ice cream and more!


FUNQUEST HOMESCHOOL DAY

The next monthly Homeschool Day at Funquest Family Entertainment Center will be on Tuesday, October 13, 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.


5-CLASS ART SERIES AT NEW GENEVA EDUCATION CENTER

The New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy is offering a 5-class art series between October 23 to December 11, 2015 on select Fridays from 3:30-4:30p in their Art Studio at 222 Harrell Street in downtown Appomattox. Tuition is $37.50 and includes all materials. Classes are for ages 9 years-old and up. Email Jane Raymond here to register and for further details.

Using acrylic paints on canvas, mottled blended abstract background with snowflake theme art project. Can be learned by any age, but some patience is required. Scheduled class days are: 10/23, 11/13 & 20, 12/4 & 11 3:30-4:30pm in the art studio at New Geneva.


LYNCHBURG HOMESCHOOL FORENSICS DEBATE CLUB MEETING & KICK-OFF

Lynchburg Homeschool Forensics debate club is holding an informational meeting and kick-off to the 2015 season on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 10:30a-12:30p at Calvary Baptist Church on Timberlake Road. Email Debbie Dewhurst here or call 434-238-6611 for further details.

Are you interested in the art of debate for 12-14 year olds? Come to our Public Forum Debate information meeting/kickoff day. Our club, Lynchburg Homeschool Forensics, is part of the Christian Communicators of the SouthEast league (CCofSE) and has 3 tournaments in the spring, after the fall and winter of learning and practicing. It is a team event and it would be great to have you come see if this is something you would like to be part of!


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 (on October 28, 2015 this month). 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.


GBCHE HARVEST DANCE

Greater Bedford Christian Home Educators will be hosting their Harvest Dance on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 6:30-10p. This event is a family barn dance held in the barn at 2402 Old Country Road, 1.3 miles from 122 and Joppa Mill Road intersection. Western wear is encouraged, modesty is requested. Bring finger foods, finger desserts, and a 2 liter beverage to share. Tickets are $10 per person with $35 maximum per family. To guarantee tickets mail payment with name, address, phone, and email address by October 20th to GBCHE Harvest Dance, 1150 East Lois Court, Bedford, VA 24523. For further details message Debi Hackworth via Facebook here.


PATRIOTS FALL VINTAGE BALL

Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association (LHSAA) is hosting their Patriots Fall Vintage Ball on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 7-10p at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Visit LHSAA here for details and to purchase tickets. Facebook event for ‘Patriots Fall Vintage Ball’ here.


COAHYT’s THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

City on a Hill Youth Theater homeschool troupe proudly presents The Man Who Came to Dinner, one of the greatest American stage comedies of the giddy, comedy-hungry 1930s written by the award-winning duo, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Six shows over two weekends at Hyland Heights Baptist Church, Fridays and Saturdays, November 6-7 & 13-14, 2015. Evening shows are at 7p, Saturday matinees are at 2p. Adults $7, students $5, tickets available at the door. All seats are general admission. House doors open thirty minutes before each show. Visit City On a Hill Youth Theater on Facebook here and Facebook event for The Man Who Came to Dinner here for further details.


WILD + FREE LOCAL GROUPS

Check Wild + Free Group Listing here for Lynchburg, VA area groups & learn more about Wild + Free at BeWildandFree.org. Their annual conference will be held in our home state of Virginia for 2015. See below for event info for further details and registration information.

Hundreds of groups from all over the world have come together under the banner of Wild & Free. These are ordinary moms who decided they wanted to build community with others who share their values. Just check out the hashtag ‪#‎WildAndFreeGroups‬. If you’d like to host a Wild & Free group in your area, let us know by filling out this form. You could plan any number of gatherings:

  • A mom’s night out
  • A nature outing
  • A play group
  • A book club
  • A field trip
  • A meet-up
WILD + FREE CONFERENCE

Announcing Wild & Free in Colonial Williamsburg! A beautiful homeschool conference for women in the Revolutionary City on November 13-14, 2015. You are invited to a gathering of women who believe that childhood is a wonder to behold, to be cultivated with love, nature and adventure.

This will be an experience to remember, with talks to inspire, new methods to share, seasoned mothers to meet, kindred spirits to discover, and new friendships to forge. Not to mention, it’s all happening at the charming and eclectic Woodlands Hotel & Conference Center, just a few minutes from Colonial Williamsburg.

Visit Wild + Free online here to learn more and register for this beautiful homeschool conference which is being held in our home state of Virginia for 2015.


LIBERTY UNIVERSITY HOMESCHOOL TENNIS CLINIC

The Liberty University Homeschool Tennis Clinic is hosted and taught by the LU men’s and women’s tennis teams. The free 2-day clinic will be held November 30-December 1, 2015 at The Sports Racket in Lynchburg. The clinic is free to homeschool students ages 7 years-old through high school seniors. Session 1 meets from 1-2:30p and Session 2 meets from 2:40-4:10p both days. Registration opens November 9th and closes when spaces are filled or on November 24th, whichever comes first as space is limited. To register, email LUHTC Parent Liaison, Mari Frazier here with the following information ON or AFTER November 9th:

Subject Line “HOMESCHOOL TENNIS”
1. Parent(s) Name(s)
2. Email Address
3. Phone Number(s)
4. Name & Age of Each Child
5. Preference for Session 1 or Session 2

PLEASE DO NOT SEND REGISTRATION UNTIL NOV. 9. Feel free to email me with any questions. Thank you! –Mari Frazier


LYNCHBURG HIGH-SCHOOL HOMESCHOOLERS

Lynchburg High-School Homeschoolers is a 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.”


 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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