Local Homeschool News: July 2016

Local Homeschool News


  • This post will be updated throughout July 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.


Testing season is upon us. While home educators can proctor (conduct & supervise) standardized tests for their children, some prefer to utilize other qualified ‘testers’ to proctor their children’s standardized testing. Visit our listing of local test proctors who offer testing to local homeschool families on our Laws, Testing & Transcripts webpage here. Complete the online contact form at the bottom of the Laws, Testing & Transcripts webpage here if you are someone who offers annual testing to homeschool families.


From Lynchburg Homeschool Graduation

We are hoping to have a team in place to host a ceremony for local homeschool students graduating next year as the Class of 2017.

Please contact us if you would be interested in making a local community-wide graduation a reality in the spring of 2017.

Thank you!

Interested families should follow the LHG blog at LynchburgHomeschoolGraduation.com for news and registration information as details become available.


Lynchburg Homeschool Forensics is holding their Novice Debate Camp for 12-18 year-olds on July 21-22, 2016 from 9a-4p daily at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Email Debbie Dewhurst here or call (434) 238-6611 to register by Monday, July 18, 2016.

How often are you ENCOURAGED to argue??!!
AND given time to practice it?!

Debate Camp does just that- encourages skilled argumentation, which takes practice, and is a valuable tool for life- yes, even in the family!!

Lynchburg Homeschool Forensics is holding a Novice Debate Camp for 12-18 year-olds at Hyland Heights Baptist Church on July 21-22, 2016 from 9am-4pm each day. Registration sign-in is Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8:30am.

If you have ever wondered just what the world of ‘debate’ is all about, this is fabulous way to check it out. We would encourage anyone considering debate to come to camp and get a good foundation for the season.

Attending a camp does NOT indicate a commitment to join the club- we just love sharing what we do, and sometimes, others decide to come along for the ride!

Cost is $25 per camper, which includes a Pizza Fellowship for the debaters on Friday from 4:00-4:30.

Email Debbie Dewhurst here or call (434) 238-6611 to register by Monday, July 18, 2016.


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


Former homeschool parent and local IEW educational consultant, Sabrina Cardinale, will host a Spell to Write and Read event at her home on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7p. See SWR event info flyer here and email Sabrina here for further details.

Do you have a struggling speller in your home? Would you like your children to gain confidence in spelling? I am so excited to learn about this time proven method that teaches how and why English words are spelled the way they are. Most of us have been taught that English spelling rules are full of exceptions. This simply is not true! Come to my home on July 29th at 7pm for a brief overview of Spell to Write and Read, and learn how children of all ages, including adults, can become confident spellers!


Classical Conversations will be holding an information meeting on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 2-4p at 524 Hayes Drive, Lynchburg, 24502.

Looking for inspiration, support, or equipping as you begin this new home school year? Join us for a candid conversation concerning how Classical Conversations equips and supports homeschooling parents through the homeschooling journey. To reserve your spot, email Shannon Whealton here or call 434-237-6085.


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, 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.


Mary will also be offering the following courses (and possibly others) which will meet weekly for the 2016-17 school year. To learn more visit Mary’s Lynchburg Educational Services website here. For further questions, email Mary here. To register for courses visit sign-up page here.

Common Sense Economics/Intro to Business & Stock Investing

  • Weekly, Thursday or Friday (?), 12:05-1:25p
  • Tuition $25/month, $5 discount if taking both courses
  • Learn Stock Investing via HowTheMarketWorks.com
  • Learn to Write Business Plan
  • Learn Budgeting for Business & Personal

Public Speaking/Rhetoric

  • Weekly, Thursday or Friday (?), 1:35-2:55p
  • Tuition $25/month, $5 discount if taking both courses
  • Become a Great Communicator


City on a Hill Youth Theater (local homeschool troupe) is hosting their Summer Workshop Showcase on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 4p and 7p at Grace Church on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about City on a Hill Youth Theater. Visit City on a Hill Youth Theater here on Facebook.


Roanoke Streams of Living Water: Getting Started with Charlotte Mason, a one-day Charlotte Mason event, will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 8:45a-7p at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4608 Brambleton Ave, in Roanoke.

The goal of this seminar is to empower parents and teachers to present to their children a banquet of learning based in the Charlotte Mason style. Through this one day class, parents and educators will be able to attend classes and participate in workshops using authentic Mason practices.

The event registration form can be found on the Facebook event page (above) as well as the Roanoke Streams of Living Water Facebook page here. Please fill out the form and send it with a check made out to “Immanuel Missions: c/o Laurie Vigorito” to 1447 West Ruritan Rd Roanoke, VA 24012 by August 12, 2016.


Homeschool First will be hosting their annual Open House event on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 11a-2p at Fort Hill United Methodist Church. Click on this event on the Calendar page at HomeschoolFirst.org for details and to sign up for this event.

Come meet the leaders and teachers, explore our building, join our group, register for classes, and meet other homeschoolers in the community. Please sign up for this event so that we can plan. We are pleased to announce that the Lynchburg Fire Department is sending some of their finest to our Open House. Listen to WLNI on Monday, August 15th, at 7:40a, to hear Angela Weaver interviewed about the Open House. Please invite family, friends, and neighbors, especially those that are interested in homeschooling!


Greater Bedford Christian Home Educators will be hosting a 10-week homeschool tennis program beginning August 24, 2016 for homeschool students ages 8 and up on Wednesdays from 9-11a at the Falling Creek Gym, 1257 Country Farm Road, in Bedford. The program is taught by seasoned tennis instructor, David Eckes. The younger children will be instructed the first hour, and the older children will be instructed the second hour. The cost is $100 per student. Email Elizabeth Tolley here for further information.


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!


In addition to the American Girl History/Literature Unit Study classes listed above, Alyson Wagner, local home educator, will also be offering the following courses on for the 2016-17 academic year on bi-weekly Fridays at Heritage Baptist Church for grades 7-12. Email Alyson Wagner here for further information and registration.

Great Books (Cedar Tree Literary Society) 

This year we will read and discuss mostly British authors. We analyze poems, short stories, scripts and novels. We also plan to attend local plays as they relate to our British theme. Titles tentatively include:

  • Peter Pan
  • Les Miserables
  • Pygmalion
  • The Hounds of the Baskerville
  • Jane Eyre
  • Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Importance of Being Ernest
  • The Screwtape Letters
  • Tale of Two Cities  

Speakers of Light (Rhetoric Club)

Two excellent leadership courses from Summit Ministries written by Jeff Myers:

  • Fall Semester: Secrets of World Changers
  • Spring Semester: Secrets of Everyday Leaders


Longtime local homeschool father and independent businessman, John Knaus, will again be offering a homeschool course for the 2016-17 academic year at his family’s home in Lynchburg on Tuesdays from 1-2:30p for 30 weeks starting August 30, 2016. He will be teaching Economics utilizing Economics in a Box curriculum. Learn more and purchase required texts at EconomicsInABox.com. Email John Knaus here for further details and registration.

The EBOX3 Complete curriculum includes:

  1. Common Sense Economics by Gwartney, Stroup, Lee and Ferrarini
  2. Money, Greed, and God by Jay Richards
  3. Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? by Richard Maybury

Course Specifics & Instructor Information

  • Course Requirements: Each student will need their own EBox3 Student Pack and core texts.
    Web Special $49.95
  • Instructor John Knaus: Independent business man, homeschool dad of four amazing kids, husband of one remarkable woman, teacher of government, economics and Virginia History since 2008, Co-Director of City on a Hill Youth Theater.
  • Course specifics: 30 week course, one day a week for 1.5 hours, cost $150.00 plus your texts (please let us know if this is a hardship), place will be our home, day will be determined once our sons CVCC schedule is set but it will likely be an early afternoon.
  • Please contact me via email if you are interested in the course or have any questions.
  • This course is for everyone no matter your personal course in life. Understanding how money works in our government and in our everyday lives is a must. This curriculum is engaging and enjoyable. You won’t regret taking it!


Deanna Rutledge is offering writing and literature courses for middle and high school students beginning in August 2016 at Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford. Days and times are flexible and will be decided upon by families registered for each class. Visit DeannaRutledge.com for further information. Email Deanna here or call 808-343-5621 for questions and registration.


Deanna Rutledge also assists her husband, Pastor Bill Rutledge, in offering homeschool students (7 yrs. & up) singing instruction through The Singing School beginning August 30, 2016 at Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford. Junior and Senior Choirs meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00-4:15 p.m. Tuition is $25 per student or family rate for 3+ students of $25 for first student/$15 additional students. Email Deanna here or call 808-343-5621 for questions and registration.

Would your child(ren), ages 7 and up, enjoy singing in a choir this fall? The Singing School offers an opportunity for children to learn to read from printed sheet music, as well as to sing on pitch, in correct rhythm, with correct diction. Students learn breath control and support, tone production and resonance, musical intonation, voice projection, harmony, ear training and much more. Around Christmas, the choirs sing with the Bedford Presbyterian Church adult choir and orchestra in their annual Abendmusik presentation to the community. We emphasize and encourage the joy of singing.


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