Local Homeschool News: May 2017


  • This post will be updated throughout May 2017


April 30, 2017

To Our Local Homeschool Community from Laura Young

As many of you know, I have been curating local homeschool news and listings of local homeschool organizations, along with a local homeschool events calendar, since 2006 with the mission of connecting Lynchburg area homeschool families to each other and to groups, organizations, activities, and other resources and information for enhancing their children’s home education.

My youngest child is in the process of wrapping up high school; and, as such, I am nearing retirement from home education.

I am seeking local individuals who are currently active in home education and who are interested in carrying forward the work of LynchburgHomeschool.com for the benefit of our local homeschool community.

Individuals need not have website or tech experience, but should possess a fondness for our local homeschool families and a desire to fulfill the stated mission of connecting Lynchburg area homeschool families to each other and to groups, organizations, activities, and other resources and information for enhancing their children’s home education.

I am able to maintain the website itself going forward; however, I will need others who actually gather local homeschool news and information, as listed below, and would manage certain aspects of the site’s social media entities.

  • Local Homeschool News
  • Local Homeschool Events Calendar
  • Local Homeschool Organizations Listing

Please be in touch if you are interested in volunteer opportunities to serve our local homeschool community in the Lynchburg, Virginia region.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Laura Young   •   Contact form here
Founder & Website Administrator


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 here 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

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

From LHSAA Athletic Director, Todd Asselborn

The Patriots have a lot going on this summer! For the first time, every sport is hosting events and most of them are FREE!

Boys & Girls Cross Country
Kick off meeting for prospective and returning runners and parents on June 2, 2017 from 6-8 p at Peaks View Park. Summer runs on a weekly basis throughout the summer. Email Robin Packer here for more information.

Girls Volleyball
Open gyms planned from 5-7 p on June 6 & 20, 2017 and July 11 & 25, 2017 at Hyland Heights Baptist Church (other events may pop up also). Email Bryan Johnson here or call 434-841-7957 for more information.

Boys Soccer
Meeting for prospective and returning soccer players on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 5:15p. Free soccer skills camp on May 30, June 1 & 2, 2017 from 4-6p. Weekly informal soccer practices (open to all) on Thursdays from 4-6p starting June 8, 2017 and continuing throughout the summer at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Email Cara Mook here for or call 434-821-0020 for more information.

Girls Soccer
Weekly informal soccer practices from 8:30-10:30a every Wednesday throughout the summer from May 31-August 2, 2017 at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Email Cathy Scheerer here for more information.

Boys Basketball
Weekly open gyms on Tuesdays from 7-9p starting May 30, 2017 and continuing throughout the summer. Other “off season” events are planned. Email Wyatt Craig here for more information.

Girls Basketball
Open gyms from 5-7p on June 13 & 27, 2017 and July 4 & 18, 2017. Other “off season” events are planned. Email Todd Asselborn here for more information.

Todd Asselborn
LHSAA Athletic Director


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 recently developed a 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’).

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!

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

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


Homeschool First, local homeschool co-op, is hosting a curriculum night on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7p at Forest Alliance Church, Forest. Visit HomeschoolFirst.org for further details.

  • SEE Homeschool Curriculum Others Are Using
  • SHARE Your Own Curriculum
  • EAT Homemade Cookies
  • CONNECT in the Community and…
  • EXPLORE Your Options All at the Same Time!


Ambassadors Football will be holding a FREE mini-camp on May 1, 2 and 4, 2017 from 5:30-7:30p daily at Fairview Elementary School (648 Westwood Blvd., NW) in Roanoke. This will be a skills and position training (non-contact) camp. Football or other cleats and shorts are required. There is no fee to participate. Email Adam McKelvey (Roanoke) here or Bob Sanchez (Lynchburg) here and see info below for further details.


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 organizational meetings, etc.


The next monthly Homeschool Day at FunQuest Family Entertainment Center will be on Tuesday, May 2, 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.


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’.


Homeschool Connecting Place is hosting a homeschool expo and used curriculum sale on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9a-6p 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 to ‘Homeschool EXPO and Used Curriculum Sale’ here (on Facebook) for details as they are made available.

Two Ways to Sell at Used Curriculum Sale

Drop-Off Books – $5 Fee + 10% of Sales
Man Your Own Table – $10 Fee

Workshop Schedule

Room 102

  • 9:30-10:30 Choosing Curriculum, Charting Your Family’s Course, VickI Bentley, Consultant & HSLDA Speaker
  • 11:00-12:00 Kinderdance Demonstration, Laura Gallagher
  • 12:30-1:30 Multi-level Teaching, Vicki Bentley, Consultant & HSLDA Speaker
  • 2:00-3:00 Hope for the Organizationally Challenged, Vicki Bentley, Consultant & HSLDA Speaker
  • 3:30-4:30 Help for Struggling Learners and the Bright Child Disrupted, Tom & Julie Meekins, MarchForthFamily.com & Champions4Parents.com

Room 121

  • 10:00-11:00 Start Your Career & Dual-Enroll in Virginia Technical Institute (and Q & A), Kyle Goldsmith, Dean of Instruction at VTI & fellow Lynchburg homeschool dad
  • 11:30-12:30 Calm the Chaos within your Child and your Home, Tom & Julie Meekins, MarchForthFamily.com & Champions4Parents.com
  • 1:00-2:00 Experience Excellence in Writing, Sabrina Cardinale
  • 2:30-3:30 Essential Oils for School Time, Cassy Hupp
  • 4:00-5:30 Homeschooling High School, Vicki Bentley, Consultant & HSLDA Speaker


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 First, local homeschool co-op, invites you to join them for their theater department’s production of The Papers! on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8p, Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church. Tickets are $1/students, $3/adults. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds support Homeschool First theater classes. Visit HomeschoolFirst.org to learn more.

The Papers! written by Angela Weaver… A colorful mystery with quite a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure. We hope to give you a good time!


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.


Mary Prentice, local home educator and Liberty University professor, will be offering several camps for summer 2017. Email Mary here for further details and visit Lynchburg Educational Services here to register for camps.

Biblical Greek Summer Camp

  • May 18-20, 2017 from 1-4p
  • Students learn Greek alphabet & Bible verses in Greek
  • Ages: 10-17 year-olds
  • Camp Fee: $105
  • Required Text: Greek Alphabet Code Cracker (not included in camp fee)

Veterinary Summer Camp

  • May 22-24, 2017 from 1-4p
  • For students who love to learn about and care for animals
  • Includes visit to veterinary office
  • Ages: 8-16 year-olds
  • Camp Fee: $105 ($90 camp work, $15 lab & supply fee)
  • To Hold Spot: $25 deposit per student

Drama and Speech Summer Camp

  • May 25-26, 2017 from 1-5p
  • For students interested in theatre/drama and speech events
  • Students learn the art of acting and presenting speech, through performing
  • Ages: 10-17 year-olds
  • Camp Fee: $100


Peaksview Christian Home Educators will be hosting a Used Curriculum Trunk Sale on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9a-12p at Bedford Church of God, 1212 East Main Street in Bedford. All are welcome to shop and/or sell. Email Crystal Davis here to reserve a free seller’s spot.


Greater Roanoke Home Educators and Home Educators of Rainbow Forest invite you to shop and/or sell at their combined used book sale representing all of the Roanoke Valley on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 9a-2p at Rainbow Forest Baptist Church, 1338 Rainbow Forest Drive, Troutville, VA 24175 (about 1hr from Lynchburg). Shopping admission is FREE. Seller info given below. For further info visit GRHE here or HERF here online. Email Vicky Snyder here or text her at 540-834-8440.

ALL are Welcome to SHOP and/or SELL

Seller Info

  • Registration Open: March 31-May 17, 2017, NO early or late registrations accepted
  • Fee per Table: $5 HERF members, $8 GRHE members, $10 Non-member
  • 2 Table Limit
  • ONLY Books, Curriculum & Related Educational Items
  • NO Yard Sale Items (such as clothing)
  • 8-9a Sellers Set-up & Shopping
  • 9a Doors Open for Public Shopping

Seller Registration

Mail Seller Registration Info Card & Table Fees to: Used Book Sale, c/o Vicky Snyder, 5320 Merriman Road, Roanoke, VA 24018

  1. Submit 3″x 5″ Card with Seller Info:
    • Name, home address, email address, phone number
    • Number of Tables Needed
    • Membership status: GRHE, HERF, Non-Member
  2. Make Check Payable to HERF (NOT to Vicky)
  3. Seller Registration Confirmation: Sent via email by Vicky upon receipt of registration info & fees
  4. To Be Registered Seller: Payment MUST be included with your registration info, Registration Fees will NOT be taken on sale day

Blessings, Vicky Snyder


Rise Up Climbing in Lynchburg will be offering Homeschool Days on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1-5p (on May 24, 2017 this month). Rise Up is open until 10p on Wednesday and Homeschool Day participants may leave and return during that time. Call Rise up at 434-845-7625 or visit RiseUpClimbing.com here for Homeschool Days pricing and further information.

Did you know that rock climbing was just accepted into the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo?

Rock Climbing is a great physical and exhilarating workout but it also strengthens problem solving skills and teaches life lessons about perseverance, determination, and planning ahead. It is a unique sport in that it can be an individual endeavor where the climber tests themselves against different routes or problems that are on the wall – much like a golfer plays against the course; but it can also be competitive between climbers as a climber can compete as an individual or on a team against other individuals or teams for scores to make the sport competitive.

Rise Up Climbing has been in business since 2008 – and we are located at 1225 Church Street in Downtown Lynchburg – next to the YMCA and City Armory. We are open everyday of the week and cater to all ability levels and ages. Anyone 4 years and up can access our facility and climb for the day. We teach our intro to climbing (Basic Skills) class ON DEMAND anytime we are open in just 30 minutes! No appointments necessary.

RISE UP CLIMBING in Lynchburg will be offering HOMESCHOOL DAYS on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1-5p. Homeschool Day pricing is $13/climber including rental gear (normally $19.00). Climb for as long as you like – you just have to show up between 1-5PM! We are open until 10PM that day – and you can leave and come back!

$20/initial belayer training for parents and students over 14 years-old if you’d like to access the 40′ wall. 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 $2.50 – or you can always bring your own harness.

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 email info@riseupclimbing.com for Homeschool Days pricing and further information. Our website is RiseUpClimbing.com – where you can find more information about our programs – and fill out a digital waiver (no printing required) ahead of time!

Damien Bartholomew
Rise Up Climbing
Climb. Discover. Connect.


Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association will be hosting their late-spring Vintage Ball on Friday, May 26, 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 May 23, 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. Class of ’17 graduates attending should email Cindy here for a Special Recognition of Graduating Seniors.

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.


Homeschoolers in the Farmville area will be holding a used curriculum sale on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Shop and sell from 9a-12p at Calvary Chapel Church, 300 Industrial Park Road, Farmville, Virginia 23901. Email Christy Keller here or call 804-218-9567 for further details.


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!


Mary Prentice, local home educator and Liberty University professor, will again be offering a PSAT • SAT • ACT Test Prep course from August through November 2017. Mary is also able to offer a separate ACT Test Prep course for those interested in ACT only. Email Mary here for further details and visit Lynchburg Educational Services here to register for courses.


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!


Alyson Wagner, local veteran home educating mom, is offering American Girl history-literature unit study classes for 2017-18 at Heritage Baptist Church. Classes are for girls 7-10 years-old. Class schedule is every other Friday, September 8, 2017 through May 11, 2018. Email Alyson Wagner here for further information and registration.


Alyson Wagner, local veteran home educating mom, is offering a Biblical Worldview Class using Focus on the Family’s curriculum called ​THE TRUTH PROJECT at Heritage Baptist Church. Class schedule is every other Friday afternoon, September 8, 2017 through May 11, 2018, and open to students ages 13-18. Email Alyson Wagner here for further information and registration.

Alyson Wagner on Course Info

What is truth? How should Christians view the world? In this class, students will learn what a Christian worldview is and how to live life from a biblical perspective. We will tour through history, philosophy, religion, media, literature, art, economics and ethics and discover how to discern truth. Our study will include regular insights from Dr. Del Tackett as well as biblical experts Ravi Zacharias, R.C. Sproul, Os Guinness and Gordon Pennington.

THE TRUTH PROJECT is most engaging and ​complete worldview curriculum I have ever taught and students are changed as a result of participating! By building student’s foundation of a comprehensive biblical worldview, they hunger more for God and His ways.


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 news/events and organizations