Local Homeschool News: January 2017

Local Homeschool News

LOCAL HOMESCHOOL NEWS for January

  • This post will be updated throughout January 2017

HOMESCHOOL DAYS & EVENTS AT VENUES ACROSS THE STATE
VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIP IDEAS BY JESSICA

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

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

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.


HOMESCHOOL ICE SKATING GROUP

Ice skating coach, Dawn Harter, leads the homeschool ice skating group that meets at the LaHaye Ice Center for instruction on Wednesdays at 10:30a beginning September 7, 2016. The 5-week sessions cycle throughout the academic year and cost $65 per skater/per 5-week session and include membership with the US Figure Skating Association and participation in the ice show in December. Skate rental is included. All ages welcome. Email Coach Dawn here or call/text 434-258-8164 for further details.


INTERESTED IN HOMESCHOOL FOOTBALL OPPORTUNITIES?

From Adam McKelvey regarding football opportunities for homeschool and private school students in the region:

Hello… I am looking to start a football team for Private and Homeschool kids in the Roanoke area. I am asking groups to send out a survey. My contact information is 540-525-5695 or email here. Thank you!


FUNQUEST HOMESCHOOL DAY

The next monthly Homeschool Day at FunQuest Family Entertainment Center will be on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from 2-4p. Special pricing available. Visit FunQuest’s Homeschool page here for dates/times and prices, additional discounts, and special happenings during Homeschool Day.

Future Homeschool Day Dates *Subject to change.

  • February 7, 2017
  • March 7, 2017
  • April 4, 2017
  • May 2, 2017

Stay tuned for upcoming information regarding STEM education at FunQuest on Homeschool Days that will be offered several times throughout the academic year.

  • February 7, 2017 STEM activities from 12:45-1:45p. February’s STEM time geared toward 3rd-5th grade homeschool students. Visit FunQuest’s Homeschool page here for STEM details and other Homeschool Day activities taking place on February 7. 2017.

CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS INFO MEETING & OPEN HOUSE

Classical Conversations is hosting two upcoming local events:

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

You are invited to a Classical Conversations Informational Meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7p. Now is your chance to hear details from a CC Director and ask questions about how to enact a classical education at home and within our FOUNDATIONS (age 4 through 6th grade), ESSENTIALS Grammar/Institute for Excellence in Writing (4th-6th grade), and/or CHALLENGE (7th-12th grade) programs. Email CC of Forest, VA here for further details, location, and to RSVP.

OPEN HOUSE

You are invited to a Classical Conversations of Forest Open House event on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Now is your chance to try a Classical education in action! You and your children can fully participate from 9a-12p in a FOUNDATIONS class (ages 4-12/6th grade by September 30, 2017) and/or an Essentials Grammar & Writing class (4th-6th graders, 1-3 pm). Email CC of Forest, VA here for further details, location, and to RSVP. Please specify which program(s) you’d like to visit and the name and age/grade of each child.


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 January 25, 2017 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.


LYNCHBURG HOMESCHOOL 101 CLASS

Homeschool Connecting Place will again host a Homeschool 101 class on Monday, January 30, 2017 from 7-9p at Sandusky Baptist Church. This event is for those who are interested in or new to home education and is open to the general public. Please invite anyone who may be interested in attending. Presenters will discuss Virginia homeschooling laws, requirements, testing, and resources available in the area. There will also be a sampling of some favorite curriculum to peruse at the end of the class. Doors open at 6:40p, and presentations begin promptly at 7p. The meeting will end before 9p, leaving time available for chatting afterwards. Childcare will not be available. Email Ginger here to RSVP for seating purposes.


SPRING 2017 VINTAGE BALL

Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association will be hosting their spring Vintage Ball on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 7-10pm at Hyland Heights Baptist Church in Rustburg, VA. Doors open at 6:30p. Tickets are $8 per person/$30 per family of 4 or more if paid online. Tickets purchased after March 7, 2017 will be $12 per person/$40 per family. Visit the LHSAA online store here to purchase tickets. Visit LHSAA website here or their Patriots Vintage Ball Facebook page here for further details.

No prior dance experience/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.


HOMESCHOOL FIRST 2017 SCIENCE FAIR

Homeschool First will be hosting a community-wide homeschool science fair on Friday, March 18, 2017 from 10a-2p (set-up begins at 9a) at Forest Hill United Methodist Church. Three judged categories (grades 3-6, middle school, high school) and judging will include an interview with the student at their display area. Participation is free to members and $10 per participant for non-members. Student will be given a half-table display area for their work. Homeschool First member registration begins January 6, 2017, non-members may register after January 15, 2017. Space is limited to 50 participants. Visit HomeschoolFirst.org for details and registration. Follow on Facebook at ‘Homeschool First Science Fair’.


CENTRAL VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOL PROM

The Central Virginia Homeschool Prom will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 from 7:30-11:30p at the Holiday Inn Downtown Lynchburg for homeschool high school students and their guests. Tickets are $22 until May 1st, $25 after that date. Price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, and unlimited digital photos of prom night. Please purchase at earliest convenience for accurate head count regarding hot hors d’oeuvres and party favors. The prom is a formal event and the 2017 theme is Enchantment Under the Sea. Visit CentralVAhomeschoolProm.com for details and ticket purchases. Follow on Facebook at ‘Central VA Homeschool Prom’.


LYNCHBURG HOMESCHOOL GRADUATION FOR CLASS OF 2017

From Lynchburg Homeschool Graduation

Lynchburg area homeschool students graduating in the Class of 2017 are invited to participate in the community-wide ceremony being held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2p. Location to be determined.

Interested families are encouraged to stay-tuned for announcement of upcoming planning meetings and further details regarding graduation festivities. A February meeting date will be announced soon.

Please contact LHG if you would you are interested participating in Class of 2017 events.

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

Note: Thank you to Homeschool First for hosting this community-wide homeschool event!


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.”


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