Local Homeschool News: March 2017


  • This post will be updated throughout March 2017


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, 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.


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. 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.


Please contact LynchburgHomeschool.com if your organization is holding a used curriculum and book sale this spring. Local sales will be listed on our Events page and in our Local Homeschool News. Please complete the online contact form at the bottom of our Events webpage here. We are happy to share other local homeschool events too. You can use the same online contact form linked above to submit your events. Thank you for sharing your event info!


Traci Williams, Youth Fitness Director and Family Strengthening Coordinator, of the Jamerson Family YMCA in Wyndhurst is holding an organizational meeting on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 1:30p for local homeschool parents as the Jamerson YMCA gears up for their upcoming Health and Physical Education Program for area homeschool students (Y-members & non-members). Email Traci Williams here for further information. You’ll find the Jamerson Family YMCA here and Registration here (click ‘Homeschool’).

3/22/2017 UPDATE from Traci Williams

Children ages 5-8 years and 9-12 years:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30am-11:30am
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Parents can choose either a 2-day a week program or just one day a week

Children ages 13-18 years:

  • Fridays 2:00-4:00pm

This program is FREE to YMCA Family Members. $60.00 per month per child for non-members. Registration will be on a monthly basis and sessions will begin on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Two hour sessions will be one hour in the classroom for health education, and one hour of physical education/fitness. There will be no discussions of the reproductive systems nor related sensitive issues. This IS a drop off program – parents are welcome to stay and use our facility, but also have the option of signing their children in 15 minutes early, leaving the facility,  and picking them up within 15 minutes of classes ending. The last week of each month will consist of a special healthy snack day/character value day and a swim day with time in our pool!

3/7/2017 POST-MEETING UPDATE from Traci Williams

We have our big 15th year Anniversary Celebration here all day on Monday, April 1, 2017, so we will begin our program that week on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

We do plan on offering this program during the summer, perhaps without the classroom time.  More details to come.

*If you are currently a non-member and wish to join, please do so prior to March 29, 2017 to fill out the necessary paperwork.  Please remember to mention that you are a homeschool program family when applying for your membership so your initiation fee will be waived!

And one more thing – don’t forget that the Kidz Gym is open next week (March 13-17, 2017) from 9a-12p for Spring Break week (this is not a drop off camp, you must remain in the building). Non-members, feel free to swing by any day during that time for a facility tour and a guest pass to try us out!

Traci Williams
Family Strengthening Coordinator
Phelps Kidz Gym Supervisor
Jamerson Family YMCA


The next monthly Homeschool Day at FunQuest Family Entertainment Center will be on Tuesday, March 7, 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.

  • 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.

  • March 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 March 7. 2017.


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 will be hosting a community-wide homeschool science fair on Saturday, 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’.


Greater Roanoke Home Educators will be hosting a high school symposium for homeschool families on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9a-3:15p at Dale Ridge Church of Christ (7165 Cloverdale Road, Roanoke). $16 per family, early registration ends March 15th. Morning refreshments will be available to all attendees.  A Chick-Fil-A lunch ticket may be purchased at the morning registration for $6 per person (cash or check). Email GRHE here for further details.

Carol Becker, a high school consultant with Home School Legal Defense Association, will be sharing her expertise on how to home school your high school student.

  • Developing a High School Plan
  • High School Transcript Clinic & Recordkeeping Help
  • Charting Your Way Through High School for College, Workforce, or Military
  • You Can Homeschool High School… If You Can Make it through Tomorrow


Rise Up Climbing in Lynchburg will be offering Homeschool Days on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1-5p (on March 22, 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.


City on a Hill Youth Theater (homeschool troupe) will be presenting Our Town from March 23-25 & March 30-April 1, 2017 with evening performances at 7p and Saturday matinees at 2p at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Adult tickets $7.50, students $5. Visit COAHYT on Facebook here for further details.


There will be an organizational meeting for families interested in homeschool football opportunities on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 6-7:30p in the Community Room of the Lynchburg Public Library on Memorial Avenue.

From local homeschool father, Bob Sanchez:

Ambassadors Football is currently forming independent Christian tackle football teams for homeschool and private school (without football team) boys currently (2016-17 academic year) in 7th-11th grade in the Roanoke-Lynchburg region. Play is scheduled to begin for the fall 2017 season. The program is Roanoke-based with teams currently forming in Roanoke and Lynchburg; boys will have a choice to play on either squad.

Games are scheduled, all positions are open, and the Christian environment will be much like the Central Virginia Disciples and Hampton Roads Generals (no religious requirement to participate). No prior experience necessary, just a desire to always play hard.

Families interested in playing or learning more about this opportunity should review the informational flyer & sign-up sheet here and complete the non-binding application and email to Adam McKelvey (Roanoke) here or Bob Sanchez (Lynchburg) here or mail to 27 Wyndermere Drive, Troutville, VA 24175. Contact Adam or Bob for further information and stay-tuned for details regarding an organizational meeting being planned for March 2017.


Alliance Christian Academy will host an Open House event on Monday, March 27, 2017 from 6:45-8:45p at Chestnut Hill Baptist Church. ACA offers college preparatory classes for middle & high school students and has been supporting Lynchburg and central Virginia homeschool families since 2001. Visit ACA here to learn more.


Lynchburg Homeschool Graduation is holding an important planning meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017 from 1-2:30p at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church. Venue tour, final arrangements, and rehearsal and set-up schedule are amongst items to be discussed.

*Families who cannot attend this meeting, but still wish to participate in ceremony, MUST contact LHG or it will be assumed your family has made other arrangements.

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 at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, 4660 Fort Avenue , Lynchburg.

Interested families are encouraged to stay-tuned for announcement of upcoming planning meetings and further details regarding graduation festivities.

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 Tennis Patrons Association Junior Tennis Program are offering their four-week Spring Homeschool League on Wednesdays or Thursdays in April 2017 from 11:30a-1p on the courts at Peaks View Park (170 Ivy Creek Lane, Lynchburg). Players will learn basic strokes and serving through games and drill. Scoring, parts of the court, rules, and match play in doubles and singles will be introduced if instructors feel they are ready. Email Jen D’Orio, LTPA Director of Programs, here for registration form and further details.

Lynchburg Tennis Patrons Association (LTPA) has been in Lynchburg for over 50 years. They are an organization dedicated to serving tennis to the community at a low cost so that EVERYONE can play. In 2012 LTPA started a Junior Tennis league and eventually a homeschool league as well.


Sabrina Cardinale, local Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) representative and longtime homeschool parent, will be hosting an IEW Home Show on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7p at her home in Forest, Virginia (1382 Smoketree Drive). Email Sabrina here for further info and to RSVP. *RSVP is optional, so know you are still welcome even if you didn’t have the chance to let her know you’re attending.

If you’d like to learn how to begin implementing IEW’s writing methods in your homeschool, if you already use IEW and want to get your books shipped for FREE, or if you simply want to get a FREE portable wall and enjoy an hour of fellowship, I hope you’ll come!

  • An hour of enjoyable learning and fellowship
  • FREE portable wall
  • FREE shipping on any IEW products ordered at the show
  • Chocolate and yummy snacks
  • Great fellowship

We hope to see you there!


Kristel Knaus, longtime local homeschool parent, has made arrangements for College Prep Genius to offer seminars in our area on April 13 & 14, 2017 at Tree of Life Church (Building D) for students in grades 8-12.

Watch “How to Ace The SAT and Get FREE College” at CollegePrepGenius.com/AceTheSAT. If you are interested in College Prep Genius they are coming to Lynchburg, Va. Few people understand that you can take the SAT multiple times and the colleges continue to always take your highest score. A small investment can make the difference of thousands of dollars in scholarship moneys. Take the in-person class and get the e-course for free.

  • Tree of Life Church, Building D, 2812 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg
  • April 13, 2017 from 12-5:30p and April 14, 2017 from 9a-2:30p
  • Email Kristel Knaus here or text 434-258-4573 for further details


Homeschool First, local homeschool co-op, is hosting two seminars on Friday and Saturday, April 21 & 22, 2017 at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Lynchburg. Yvonne Bunn, Director of the Home Educators Association of Virginia, will be presenting information and answering questions. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Visit HomeschoolFirst.org ‘Calendar’ to RSVP and view complete details.

Homeschooling 101 – Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6-8p

How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need to Know! This informative workshop will help new homeschoolers get off to the right start by answering many common questions: Am I qualified? How do I prepare? Where can I go for help? How do I teach more than one child? What things should I never do? What are some secrets of success? And more!

Know the Law: Notifying and Testing Demystified Don’t let the legalese confuse you! Find out what requirements you must meet in order to homeschool, what tests or evaluations you may use, whom you should notify and when, and what to do if you are homeschooling because of your sincere religious beliefs.

Homeschool High School – Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10a-12:30p

High School at Home: The Path to Success! Teaching high school at home can seem like a daunting task–but the benefits of homeschooling during the high school years far outweigh the challenges! Do you wonder what subjects to include during the high school years? How to teach higher level courses like chemistry labs or calculus? How to develop a transcript, assign credits, and compute a GPA? Are you ready for AP courses, PSATs, SATs, and ACTs? And what about sports and extracurricular activities? Yes, it’s a whole new world!


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’.


Planning is underway for a homeschool expo and used curriculum sale on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. There will be a Homeschool 101 class, workshops, local homeschool groups and resources, and a used curriculum sale. Save the date and stay-tuned as further details will be posted when available.


Homeschool First, local homeschool co-op, invites you to join them for their Festival of the Arts on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 2-4p at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church.

We are celebrating all the hard work that our students have done this year! Join us for music, theater, dancing, art, and STEM presentations! There will be a reception following the show.


Homeschool Testing Services will be proctoring the Stanford-10 standardized test to local homeschool students on May 16-17, 2017 at Chestnut Hill Baptist Church. Testing fee for early registration is $50, after April 17 fee is $55. Registration closes April 24, 2017. Visit HomeschoolTestingServices.com for further information and registration.


Homeschool Testing Services will be proctoring the Stanford-10 standardized test to local homeschool students on May 16-17, 2017 at Chestnut Hill Baptist Church. They are seeking test proctors for this event. Potential proctors should possess a 4-year college degree, work well with children, and be reliable and responsible. Email Caryn Leonard (here), local HTS testing proctor, to inquire further.


Under the Son Academy homeschool co-op is holding their annual Used Curriculum & Book Sale on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 9a-2p at Living Word Baptist Church. The sale is open to all local homeschool families interested in buying and/or selling items. This is also the same day UTSA will be holding their New Member Registration event. New members will need to obtain their registration packet PRIOR TO the May 17th event. Visit the UTSA website here for shopping/selling info and to request registration packets.


The American Shakespeare Center Homeschool Day is Thursday, May 18, 2017. This is an amazing and fun opportunity for students. View info flyer here and register by April 15, 2017 here. ASC is located at 10 South Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401 and they can be reached by phone at 877-682-4236.


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 at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, 4660 Fort Avenue , Lynchburg.

Interested families are encouraged to stay-tuned for announcement of upcoming planning meetings and further details regarding graduation festivities.

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!


Longtime local homeschool father and independent businessman, John Knaus, will again be offering a high school level U.S. Government course for the 2017-18 academic year to local homeschool students. The course will be held at his family’s home on Tuesdays from 1-2:30p beginning in late-August 2017 (30 weeks, $150 tuition) and will utilize Declaration Statesmanship curriculum by Ferrier and Seeley. Email John here or call 434-258-4573 for further details.

Declaration Statesmanship is a focused study of U.S. Government based on the principles within the Declaration of Independence. This is an unusual approach. The goal is to help students understand the rationale and background for the creation of the United States and our form of government. The course incorporates readings from primary sources, discussion, writing, and independent research.

The course is designed with three components: a student text, a teacher’s manual, and a Declaration Statesmanship Book of Readings. The text provides the background and context along with discussion questions, reading assignments, and writing assignments. The Book of Readings contains excerpts from books such as Nichomachean Ethics, The Federalist Papers, Democracy in America, and The Second Treatise of Civil Government, along with the entire text of or excerpts from a number of historic speeches and documents such as the Articles of Confederation, The U.S. Constitution, the transcript of the Dread Scott decision, the Gettysburg Address, and the sixth Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

The text is written from a Christian perspective common to all denominations, but it also teaches students about the concept of “natural law” that many non-Christians throughout history have recognized as a source of moral principles. It begins with “A Look Backward” to the formation of eighteenth century views about government and the rights of people. With that context in mind, students explore the Declaration of Independence and the rationale used by the colonists in their revolt against England. Quite a bit of time is dedicated to the principles involved since these underlie the rest of the course. Students study the influential ideas of that time period and the tensions between them that resulted in the eventual writing of our Constitution. Further study of the Constitution itself flows naturally from this foundation. Students learn the basics regarding our federal form of government in this course, but the focus is not so much on minutiae but rather on principles.

Curriculum reviews by Cathy Duffy here and Rainbow Resource here.

John Knaus is an 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. This course meets in the Knaus home at 213 Brooklawn Drive in Lynchburg.

This course is for everyone. Learning about the purpose and foundation of our government is a must. This teacher and curriculum is engaging and enjoyable. You won’t regret taking it!


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