Homeschool Items – September 5, 2012

Posted on Sep 1 2012 in Homeschool Items by admin

1.1 Colonial Williamsburg Homeschooler Experience – Williamsburg – September 8 Through 23
1.2 Homeschool Nature Club – Roanoke/Daleville – Register by September 10
1.3 Homeschool Day at Historic Tredegar – Richmond – Register by September 11
1.4 Homeschool Bowling League – Richmond – September 12 Through December 19
1.5 Free Longwood University Class for High Schoolers – Online – Register by September 16
1.6 Workshop with Diana Waring – Bristow – September 17
1.7 Homeschool Day: The African American Experience: From Slavery to Emancipation – Richmond – Register by October 12
1.8 Homeschool Spelling Bee 2013 – Glen Allen – Register Now for January 3, 2013 Bee
1.9 Tidewater Christian Homeschool Spelling Bee – Hampton Roads – Registering Now

 

1.1 Colonial Williamsburg Homeschooler Experience - Williamsburg – September 8 Through 23

Colonial Williamsburg
107 Visitor Center Drive
Williamsburg, VA

Saturday, September 11 through Sunday, September 23, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event cost varies depending on how many days you plan on visiting; for pricing information please call 800-228-8878. Some special programs may require additional fees. Pull up their calendar once you get to the website and see detailed information. Plan for lots of walking and consider taking a supply of drinks, snacks, and/or sack lunches.

Colonial Williamsburg Homeschooler Experience offers admission to the historic buildings and programs of Virginia’s old colonial capital at greatly discounted prices, plus optional special programs.

Be sure to take advantage of the extensive website resources before you go, especially if you have never visited Williamsburg. You can explore the online offerings again and again and never exhaust them!

www.history.org/history/teaching/grouptours/schoolandyouth/homeschools.cfm

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1.2 Homeschool Nature Club – Roanoke/Daleville – Register by September 10

Raleigh Court Branch Library
2112 Grandin Road SW
Roanoke, VA

Friday, September 14, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; also September 28; October 12 and 26; November 9, November 30, and December 14. Cost: $42/child (ages six through eight). Dress for potentially messy outdoor activities. Register by Monday, September 10 via the contact information.

If your child likes scaly snakes, slimy frogs, and playing in the mud, or simply exploring and learning about nature, then join Nature Investigations’ Homeschool Nature Club. With data sheets and clipboards in hand, club members gather data outdoors to learn the steps of the scientific method. Members also learn basic concepts such as the food web, life cycles, seasonal changes, basic needs of plants and animals, and identification skills.

Greenfield Education Center
57 South Center Drive
Daleville, VA

Thursday, September 13, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; continues September 27; October 18; November 1, 15, and 29; and December 13. Cost: $42/child (ages 9 through 11); includes all sessions and materials. Dress for potentially messy outdoor activities. Register by Monday, September 10 via the contact information.

The description is as above.

See the website for more information (hoped to be up and running by the time you read this, but under construction), or contact natureinvestigations@gmail.com or 706-220-0980.

www.natureinvestigations.com

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1.3 Homeschool Day at Historic Tredegar – Richmond – Register by September 11

American Civil War Center
500 Tredegar Street
Richmond, VA

Wednesday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free. Registration deadline: September 11 at 5 p.m. Homeschooling families are invited to a special offering of the American Civil War Center’s new program “From Foundry to Fire!”

Come learn about the importance of the cannon manufacturing capabilities of Tredegar Ironworks, as well as the role field artillery played in the Civil War. A costumed artillery crew will explain the process of making and testing the cannon and then demonstrate its use on the battlefield! Richmond National Battlefield Park will offer their Mapping Battlefields & Common Soldier programs at 11:30 a.m.

Admission to the Center will be free for homeschoolers throughout the day and activity booklets for independent learning will be available on request.

Please register by Tuesday, September 11 at 5 p.m. for this event by contacting Museum Educator Sean Kane, 804-780-1865 ex.23 or skane@tredegar.org

www.tredegar.org/publicprograms.aspx

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1.4 Homeschool Bowling League – Richmond – September 12 Through December 19

AMF Sunset Lanes
6540 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA

Begins Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 1 p.m. (when practice promptly begins, so please allow time to get ready) to 2:30-3 p.m.; continues each Wednesday through December 19, with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Children may join at any time during the season. Cost: $7.50 (cash or check only, please)/bowler each session (past leagues included bowlers from 4 through 17); includes 10 minutes of practice, three games, and shoe rental (bring socks). League members will also receive discounts on food (snack bar accepts card payments or cash) and non-league games at all AMF centers. Although child care is not provided, older kids may be dropped off if you are comfortable leaving them unattended.
Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes early on your first day for registration and team assignment. Formal registration will take place at the bowling alley, but an e-mail listing bowlers’ ages would be appreciated.

This bowling league is open to all homeschoolers and their siblings. Skill level is not important and this is not a competitive league. Bowlers do not have to pay for missed weeks, but are asked to commit to attending regularly.

For more information, contact Jeannie Wiant at jgwiant@gmail.com or 804-282-0537.

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1.5 Free Longwood University Class for High Schoolers – Online – Register by September 16

Longwood University, a small state university in Farmville, Virginia, is offering a free class to high school students. The online course will teach the skills that they need to be successful in college and what skills businesses want them to have to be successful in future careers. The class is interactive, has badges and achievements, and there are no strings attached! The class has a capacity to enroll 5000 and word has gone out across the state. Register by September 16, 2012.

http://determinedfuture.com

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1.6 Workshop with Diana Waring – Bristow – September 17

Choice Books (Parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.)
10100 Piper Lane
Bristow, VA

Monday, September 17, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken to help defray Mrs. Waring’s travel expenses. This event is free and open to the public. Childcare is not available. While not required, you may sign up for this event via the Home Organization of Parent Educators (HOPE) website (it would help them to know how many to expect). If you plan to attend, kindly RSVP via the website by the morning of September 17.

Diana Waring is a nationally known homeschool speaker and author. Her talk will be about how to “Actively Engage Learning and Actively Enjoy Learning” and “How do I get my kids to be self-motivated?” At this interactive and practical workshop, you’ll learn specific ways to encourage and assist your children in developing ownership of their education. She believes parents must learn the critical difference between controlling and directing; between pushing and releasing; between coercing and facilitating. She’ll help you become a master teacher who says, “I cannot teach you how to do it, but I can help you learn to do it.”

For more information or to RSVP, contact Cheryl Bolt, H.O.P.E. President, at manassasbolts@verizon.net. See the first link to learn more about the sponsors; see the second link to learn more about Mrs. Waring at her website.

www.homeschool-life.com/va/hopehs

www.dianawaring.com

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 1.7 Homeschool Day: The African American Experience: From Slavery to Emancipation – Richmond – Register by October 12

Museum of the Confederacy
1201 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; morning session is from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; afternoon session is from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (please specify which session when you register). Cost: $5/student ( includes a hands-on program, tour of the White House of the Confederacy, self-guided tour of the Museum of the Confederacy, craft, scavenger hunt, and classroom activities for the parents). Parking is available in the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) parking deck at 550 N. 12th Street. Parking ticket is validated at the museum. Register by 5 p.m., Friday, October 12; space is limited.

This program will examine African-American life through reproduction objects and historic photos. Children will try their hands at carding cotton and being a soldier in the United States Colored Troops. Themes explored include slave life, work roles, “King Cotton,” the Underground Railroad, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Civil War Amendments. Students will make a craft relating to the African-American experience. Families will tour the White House of the Confederacy and explore the exhibits with a scavenger hunt.

See the website for more information; contact HilliaryTurner, Museum Education Specialist, at hturner@moc.org or 804-649-1861, ext. 122 with question or to register.

http://moc.org/event/african-american-experience-slavery-emancipation-homeschool-day

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 1.8 Homeschool Spelling Bee 2013 - Glen Allen – Register Now for January 3, 2013 Bee

Staples Mill Road Baptist Church Sanctuary
10101 Staples Mill Road

Glen Allen, VA
(Park and enter from the Warren Road parking lot.)

Thursday, January 3, 2013; check in begins at 1 p.m., spellers must be checked in by 1:20 p.m., and the bee will start promptly at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $3/speller. Open to home-educated children in kindergarten through eighth grade who will not have reached the age of 15 by August 31, 2012. Students must live in the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Goochland, Greensville, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Louisa, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Nottoway, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond, Surry, and

Sussex, as well as Charles City, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and the city of Richmond. See the full list of eligibility requirements on the website. As soon as your registration, payment, and e-mail address are received, you will begin receiving study helps, spelling lists, and tips via e-mail, so early registration is advised. Registration and payment must be received by Friday, December 28, 2012.

Walk in Truth Home Educators and Richmond Regional Home Educators are co-sponsors of the 2013 Bee. To make it a success, all parents with a child participating will be asked to help at the Bee. In addition, every parent will need to bring items to add to the goody bags. For example, if there are 40 spellers, you might bring 40 bookmarks, 40 rulers, 40 bumble bee stickers, or 40 pieces of candy.

To register, send the following information, along with payment, for each speller:
Child’s name and how the child’s name should appear on certificate
Age at the time of the Bee (January 3, 2013) and date of birth
Parent Name(s) and e-mail address
Address and phone number

Send the information and $3 checks made out to “WIT Home Educators;” mail to:
Amy Smith
9310 Skyview Drive
Richmond, VA 23229

See the website for details on eligibility; send questions to Amy Smith at gotellit_smith@yahoo.com 

www.spellingbee.com/eligibility

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 1.9 Tidewater Christian Homeschool Spelling Bee – Hampton Roads – Registering Now

It’s Bee Season! The website for the sponsor, KEYS, is up and running. Open to all homeschoolers in grades one through eight who live in the Virginian Pilot delivery area. After reviewing website information, please confirm with the organizer that you meet all eligibility requirements (especially residence) to avoid disappointment.

You can register, pay, review rules and eligibility, and download study lists from the website. More words will be added in October, so please return to the website for these words and other updates. Access is granted only upon payment. Register by December 7, 2012.

See the website for more information; contact Kim Willet at kvwillett@cox.net with any questions. There is a link to a flyer on the website you can print to post or hand out. Please share this information with your homeschool friends, co-ops, and support groups.

https://sites.google.com/site/keyshomeschoolbee/home

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