Co-ops

Q. I was interested in part-time enrollment for my elementary school child, but my district doesn’t allow it. What other options do I have for group participation? What are co-ops? A. A little more than 50% of local school boards permit…

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Around the State – August 15, 2018

1. Homeschool Day at the American Shakespeare Center – Staunton – Registration Deadline Is September 24 2. Wayne Theatre Art Education Program – Waynesboro – Multiple Dates 3. Cartooning Camps with Dan Nuckols – Various Locations – Multiple Dates  …

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Gearing Up for Fall

by Megan Bittner What does your homeschool plan look like? How does it flow through the year? Whether you’re a natural planner or more inclined to go with the flow of things, there is something for you in this Homeschool…

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Around the State – August 8, 2018

1. Homeschool Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is August 17 2. Homeschool Family Rock Climbing Class – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is August 31 3. Fire Safety Education – Chesterfield County 4. Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities…

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Summer Art: Capturing Color with Pointillism

by Megan Bittner Whether or not you break from homeschooling over the summer, lesson topics that lend themselves to incorporating multiple subjects are excellent ways to engage children who have different interests or to slip some “school” into a more…

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Light Up the Night Sky: Homeschool Astronomy

by Megan Bittner Next weekend, August 11-13, the Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak visibility, offering the perfect opportunity to explore astronomy with your homeschoolers and enjoy some summer science fun. Check out this Homeschool Living and try your…

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Around the State – August 1, 2018

The Bontrager Family Singers – Farmville – August 2 Speech and Debate Summer Workshop – Fredericksburg – Registration Deadline Is August 6 Ashland Summer Theatre Festival – Ashland – August 11 The Bontrager Family Singers – Farmville – August 2…

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Notice of Intent with Questions

Q. My superintendent sent a Notice of Intent form and reminder letter with lots of additional requirements. What should I do? A. Some school districts develop their own Notice of Intent (NOI) forms. Some districts may also include instructions for…

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Around the State – July 24, 2018

1. Down on the Farm Day – Chesterfield – July 28 2. National Lighthouse Day Celebration – Virginia Beach – August 4 3. Historical Lecture Series: “Virginia Campaign in 1781” – Chesterfield – August 18   1. Down on the…

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The Dog Days of Summer

by Megan Bittner Have you ever wondered where this phrase comes from? You might be surprised to find out that it doesn’t actually have anything to do with real dogs! In ancient Rome, the hottest, most humid days of the…

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Around the State – July 18, 2018

1. Speech Writing Workshop – Virginia Beach – August 6 2. Foster Parent Information Session – Richmond – August 21 3. Appalachian Stomp – Hillsboro – November 3   1. Speech Writing Workshop – Virginia Beach – August 6 Regent…

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Swimming: Taking Homeschooling to the Water

Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities, and for homeschoolers it can be much more than a “fun-in-the-sun” afternoon at the pool. Learning to swim provides the opportunity to practice physical fitness, self motivation, water safety, and more….

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Around the State – June 26, 2018

1. An Evening of Science – Williamsburg – July 18 2. Jacob Bushong’s Birthday – New Market – August 18 3. Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship Program – Entry Deadline Is October 31   1. An Evening of Science…

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Celebrating Independence

Celebrate the 4th of July—Independence Day—with more than picnics and fireworks this year! Check out the Homeschool Classroom for some great ideas for teaching the history and meaning of Independence Day. Learn about the Declaration of Independence, explore our country’s…

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Around the State – June 18, 2018

1. Alpha Theatre and Arts Company Beauty and the Beast – Midlothian – July 13-14 2. “Haversacks and Hardtack” String Band Performance – Chesterfield – July 14 3. La Traviata Dress Rehearsal – Williamsburg – September 10   1. Alpha…

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Water Works: Teaching Sustainable Living

by Megan Bittner  Water is one of our most precious resources and conserving and using it wisely is a great responsibility. Simple water conservation and collection techniques can help cut your family’s water usage by half, which helps conserve energy…

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Birth Dates on NOI

Q. Am I required to provide my child’s date of birth on my city’s Notice of Intent form? A. No, the Virginia homeschool law, §22.1-254.1, DOES NOT require parents to disclose the birth dates or the grade levels of their…

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Are You Teaching Math for the Right Reason?

By Lynna Sutherland Most homeschool families make math learning and math work a priority in their homeschool day. Even if other things have to fall by the wayside, they make sure that math gets done. Most homeschool moms have faced…

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Around the State – June 12, 2018

1. Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Homemade Doll Day – Chesterfield – June 28 2. Joshua’s Hands Valiant Warrior Quilting Project – Purcellville – July 5-16 3. Reforming Arts Conference – Appomattox – August 2-4   1. Chesterfield Historical Society…

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Father’s Day

by Megan Bittner Father’s Day is this weekend! Explore this week’s Virginia Homeschool Classroom for some great ways to spend time with dad, recipes and ideas to make a special meal, sweet books to share and gift, and awesome projects…

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Around the State – June 5, 2018

1. Historic Point of Rocks Living History Day – Chester – June 23 2. Colonel Shipp’s Leadership Institute – New Market – Registration Deadline Is July 7 – New Market   1. Historic Point of Rocks Living History Day –…

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Around the State – May 29, 2018

1. Henricus Summer Camps – Chester – Multiple Dates June Through August 2. Henricus Discovery Days – Chester – Multiples Dates in July and August 3. Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing   1. Henricus Summer Camps…

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Bubbles & Balloons: Fun Summer Experiments for Your Homeschool

by Megan Bittner Bubbles and balloons are the perfect tools for some “lazy” summer learning! You can use them to explore science, mathematics, art, and more. Learn the science behind bubbles and balloons, experiment with their structure and formation, and…

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Why Siblings Fight

Have you ever wondered why your children fight? Does it seem to happen almost without cause? Do you sometimes feel at a loss to know how to predict the spark that will ignite the flame of sibling sparring or how…

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Around the State – May 22, 2018

1. Planter’s Day – Chesterfield – June 2 2. A Night of Solutions – Richmond – June 22 3. Virginia Air & Space Center Summer Camps – Hampton – Multiple Dates June Through August   1. Planter’s Day – Chesterfield…

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Honoring Memorial Day In Your Homeschool

By Megan Bittner In the Old Dominion, we live in a very diverse community that includes many military families stationed at various bases throughout our state. As homeschoolers, we have the opportunity to teach our children the importance of the…

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Around the State – May 15, 2018

1. GRHE/Herf Used Homeschool Book Sale – Troutville – May 22 2. Chesterfield Maker Expo – Chesterfield – June 2 3. Free Musikgarten Demo Classes – Richmond – Multiple Dates 4. Theatrical Summer Camps at the Historic Wayne Theatre –…

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Biking Adventures for Homeschoolers

May is National Bike Month. As the school year comes to a close and the warm weather has finally arrived in Virginia, homeschoolers across the state can turn their studies to outdoor activities such as biking. Check out some awesome…

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How to Homeschool Foreign Languages Confidently

by Anne Guarnera If you want to study foreign language in your homeschool but don’t speak one yourself—or even if you do!—you might have a million questions:   What’s the best age to start a foreign language? Which curriculum is…

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Around the State – May 8, 2018

1. “Johnny Reb and Billy Yank” Historical Program – Chesterfield – May 11 2. Home Educators of America Conference and Used Curriculum Sale – Purcellville – May 17-19 3. Scientific Spelling Workshop – Arlington – May 19 4. Chesterfield Historical…

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