Local Homeschool News: January 2016

Local Homeschool News


  • This post will be updated throughout January 2016


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 Homeschool Field Trip Ideas by Jessica. Visit Homeschool Field Trip Ideas by Jessica on Facebook and as ‘Field Trip Ideas’ on Twitter here.


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.


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.

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 and other arts 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.

New in 2016… EDM has added Acting 101 to their roster of dance, art, and evangelism classes. Acting 101 will be on Fridays from 2-2:45p at Heritage Baptist Church for 9-12 year-olds.

This foundational class is designed for students with little or no theatre experience. Improvisation, creative dramatics, and beginning scene work are used to introduce students to the fundamentals of acting and character development. Students train in exercises to develop concentration, imagination and life observation. Improvisations will encourage physical freedom and a sense of truth. This beginning work will teach stage craft, “moment to moment” spontaneity and a specific approach to researching and rehearsing a contemporary scene and monologue. The class provides opportunities for students to develop skills in critical listening and thinking, as well as stage presence, ensemble work, and aesthetic awareness culminating in periodic classroom and/or public performances. Email Megan House here to register.

  • Ballet (age 3 to adult)
  • Pointe
  • Tap
  • Mommy & Me (age 2-3 & Mom)
  • Creative Movement
  • Acting 101
  • Intro to Art
  • Balloon Evangelism
  • Homeschool Classes Offered


The 4-H Homeschool Clovers, a Virginia Cooperative Extension youth program, will be holding their first 2016 meeting on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 2-4p at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. The Clovers is a group for homeschool students 5-19 years-old that meets twice per month at Hyland Heights Baptist Church [1st/3rd Thurs. during school year]. New families are welcome to visit a few times before deciding to join. Contact Campbell County VCE 4-H personnel here to learn more. Campbell County 4-H Homeschool Clover Club’ on Facebook here.

Come join us for science classes, field trips, and more!… The first Thursday of the month is our business meeting. 4-H is run by the kids, so these meetings follow Parliamentary Procedure. This valuable, educational meeting will help your child work together with other children, while helping them understand the importance of protocol. Once the meeting adjourns, the kids break down into their committees to discuss upcoming events and classes. There is a time before and after that the kids can enjoy some social time. The third Thursday of the month, we have an educational class. Each semester the kids vote on subjects they would like to learn more about. This semester, our topic is small animals. We are planning some great classes and a couple field trips. Each year, there is an award event. Your child has many opportunities to earn them. Your child can complete books that would qualify them. These books can be purchased, for a small fee, from th 4-H website. The workbooks are usually around $5. There is a resource library and curriculum links here.


The next monthly Homeschool Day at Funquest Family Entertainment Center will be on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 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.


Ice skating coach, Dawn Harter, leads the homeschool ice skating group that meets at the newly renovated LaHaye Ice Center on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30a (30 min. lesson/30 min. free skating). Each group runs for five weeks with a cost of $55. Next cycle begins Wednesday, January 13, 2016Email Coach Dawn here for further details.


Lynchburg Parks & Recreation, P.E. for Homeschoolers is offered weekly for local homeschool students on Thursdays for ages 6-17 at the Armstrong Gym. Basketball begins January 14, 2016, Fitness begins February 11, 2016, and Indoor Soccer begins March 10, 2016. Details and Registration on the Lynchburg Parks & Rec website here. Follow Lynchburg Parks & Rec on Facebook here.


Rise Up Climbing in Lynchburg will be offering Homeschool Days on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1-5p (on January 27, 2016 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.


The Caverns at Natural Bridge will be holding a Homeschool Day on Friday, January 29, 2016. The price of admission is $8 for students and $9 for adults. Upgrade is available for $5 to visit the Natural Bridge, Exploration Center (including indoor wigwam), and the Drama of Creation at 4pm. There is no formal registration for this event, but you can reserve your Caverns tour spot by calling 540-291-2482. If you have questions please email Natural Bridge Tours here.

From NATURAL BRIDGE PARK to Local Homeschool Families…

Thank you in advance for considering the Natural Bridge Park as your field trip destination.

On our Cedar Creek trail we have two interpretive programs that are SOL supportive for K-12 students.

Our Bridge program covers the Geology, Natural Science, and History of the Natural Bridge. The Monacan Living History Exhibit program covers Virginia and U.S. History, Civics, and Geography.

The Bridge program is approximately 10-15 minutes and our Monacan interpretive program is 45 minutes.

Our Cedar Creek Trail (.8 miles long) also includes a salt peter mine, lost river, and Lace Falls, a lush 40 foot cascade, at the end of the trail.

At our caverns, interpreters cover Earth Science and Geology while leading groups on a 45 minute tour of our actively growing caverns.

We have added an 18 minute caverns pre-tour video that is both educational and entertaining.

Our newest exhibit, The Archaeology Field School, is a recreation of an archaeological dig site similar to those found at Native American sites throughout the region. This program has been created for students in grades 4th through 8th and is restricted to a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 20 students.

We offer boxed lunch catering and groups are welcome to use any of our picnic locations on a first come basis. We also have new menu options at the Archway Deli and Summerhouse Café.

Please find attached our Nature’s Classroom education booklet for 2015-16 with more information about our interpretive programs and property.

If you are interested in booking a tour please email me at bmoore@naturalbridgeva.com. Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions.

Bob Moore
Day Tours
Natural Bridge Park

Direct Line: 540-291-2121 x7841
Mobile: 540-460-6597
Email: bmoore@naturalbridgeva.com


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

THIS MONTH: No Meeting in January

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, February 9, 2016 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.


Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association’s Patriots Winter Vintage Ball 2016 will be Friday, February 19, 2016 at 6:30p at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. No prior dance experience or skill needed. Vintage dances will be taught, demonstrated, and called. Dress can be vintage, formal, semi-formal, or dressy. Ladies, please no low-cut tops or extra short dresses. Gentlemen, please wear a collared shirt and no jeans. Please bring a drink and a finger food or two to share. No alcohol or tobacco products. This is a family friendly event. All ages are welcomed and encouraged to participate. However, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will go to LHSAA for the advancement of athletic opportunities for homeschooled students in the Lynchburg and surrounding areas. Tickets are $8 per person/$30 per family of 4 or more. Website tickets sales available here after the holidays. Please bring your email confirmation as proof of payment to the event. Patriots Winter Vintage Ball 2016 Facebook event here.


Homeschool First will be hosting a city-wide science fair on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9a-2p at Fort Hill United Methodist Church. This is an opportunity for homeschool students to apply the scientific method to seek out answers and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. Visit HomeschoolFirst.org here for further info and registration. ‘HSF City-Wide Science Fair’ on Facebook here.

A science fair project represents the efforts of a student’s investigation into some area of interest and provides a way for the student to share the results of those investigations. In can involve can an experiment, a demonstration, a collection of scientific items, or a display of scientific tools presented for viewing during the fair.

Judged & Non-Judged categories also by categorized by age.

NON-JUDGED presentations offer students the experience and opportunity of a Science Fair without the added complexity of fulfilling the judging requirements. Good for younger students!

JUDGED presentations will be evaluated based on a rubric that judges will use to determine scientific merit. Those students who have been determined to have used the scientific method properly and who have demonstrated thoroughness in their studies and effort are awarded prizes.

  • 9:00a Setup Individual Station
  • 11:00a Judging Begins
  • 1:30p Award Presentation
  • 2p Clean-Up


The Central Virginia Homeschool Prom will be held Friday, May 6, 2016 from 7:30-11:30p at the Holiday Inn Downtown Lynchburg for homeschool high school students and their guests. Tickets are $22 each and includes a free digital download of all the pictures from the photographer. Tickets go on sale March 1, 2016 and can be purchased until May 5, 2016. Please purchase at earliest convenience for accurate head count regarding hot hors d’oeuvres and party favors (190 attendees last year). The prom is a formal event and the 2016 theme is ‘Mountain Getaway’. Visit CentralVAhomeschoolProm.com for details and ticket purchases. Follow on Facebook at ‘Central VA Homeschool Prom’.


The Home Educators Association of Virginia annual Virginia Homeschool Convention will be held June 9-11, 2016 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. VisitHEAV’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 11, 2016 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, will be offering an ACT Prep Course on Fridays beginning in August 2016 at her home in Lynchburg. Students may sign up for either the entire ACT prep over four months OR take monthly-only prep pertaining to certain sections of the test. There are four monthly themes: English and writing, mathematics, reading, and science. The four month course will end by Thanksgiving. Her SAT Prep Course will also be offered on Fridays from August through November. To learn more visit Mary’s Lynchburg Educational Services website here. For further questions, email Mary here. To register for prep courses visit sign-up page here.


Alyson Wagner, local home educator, will be offering American Girl history-literature unit study classes for 2016-17 at Heritage Baptist Church. Classes are for girls 7-10 years-old and class size is limited due to nature of course. Tentative class schedule is every other Friday, August 26, 2016 through May 12, 2017. Cost is $5 per class. Email Alyson Wagner here for further information and registration.

Alyson Wagner on Course Info & Background

When my now 20yo daughter first opened Samantha as a Christmas gift when she was 5, we have no idea the impact American Girls would have on our lives. Yes, she loved to play with her girls by the hour, read all the books multiple times and she even saved up to purchase Kirsten at 7 and Felicity at 9. And we gifted her with many dresses and accessories throughout the years. “Her girls”, as we came to call them, defined a treasured season of her childhood for all of us.

Yet, only as I started teaching her American History in 3rd grade using Sonlight’s living books did I catch a glimpse of what role the AGirls had laid in her academically. As we began to study Colonial Williamsburg, and we were reading about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson she looked up at me and smiled, “Mom, they lived when Felicity did! He is Felicity’s President!” I smiled too. From then on history was FUN.

As we moved through the timeline and covered Kaya, Felicity, Josefina and Kirsten that first year, it was evident over and over how much of a historical scope and sequence was already rooted in her mind from reading the AG stories. She had a timeline of mental ‘hooks’ on which to hang the real facts of history right next to the details in the stories about each girl. We went on in 4th grade to study Addy, Samantha, Kit and Molly; all those ‘hooks’ from 1750-1950 formed the matrix of her American history knowledge well past those early years of elementary school.

Now, I am excited to share with you and your girls the same curriculum I started with my girl 13 yrs ago. These books are now out of print, yet contain wonderful unit studies from Pleasant Company before Mattel bought American Girl around 1998. If you are interested please contact me so I can reserve your girl a spot, send you more information about dates, times and cost and answer any questions you may have. This class will involve: Reading & writing, history personalities, dated timelines & geographical maps, arts & crafts, cooking & sewing, and expose the girls to basic research and presentation skills (show & tell). The only significant requirement to enjoy the benefits of the classes is that your daughter be a solid reader and willing to try new things.

I look forward to hearing from you and supporting you as you teach your precious little girls!


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 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.”


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
  • SUBMIT YOUR INFO: Both webpages have contact forms at the bottom for submitting info regarding homeschool events and organizations