Homeschool Items – September 12, 2012

Posted on Sep 9 2012 in Homeschool Items by admin

1.1 Living History for Homeschool Students – Brookneal – Register by September 17
1.2 WeatherFest – Roanoke – October 19 (Reserve Now!) or 20
1.3 Northern Virginia Generation Joshua Club – Manassas – Underway
1.4 College Placement Test Dates
1.5 Articles – Homeschooling on a Budget

 

1.1 Living History for Homeschool Students – Brookneal – Register by September 17

Patrick Henry’s Red Hill
1250 Red Hill Road
Brookneal, VA

Thursday or Friday, September 20 or 21, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. Cost: $3/participating child; $5/parent; free for children under three. Bring a picnic to enjoy during the lunch break; seating in the picnic area is limited, so bring a blanket or lawn chair. Register by Monday, September 17 at 5 p.m.

This program is geared towards children ages 8 to 10 years old, although children of all ages may benefit from experiencing 18th-century life hands on. Projected programs to be conducted every 30 minutes are chosen from the following: spinning and weaving, basket making, candle making, blacksmithing, colonial medicine practices, rope making, butter making, pottery, and a visit with a veteran Patrick Henry interpreter.

Descendants of Patrick Henry will chat with participants on September 21. Award winning author Jenny L. Cote will be here on both days to deliver a creative writing workshop. Cote developed an early passion for God, history, and young people, and beautifully blends these passions together in her two fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz® and Epic Order of the Seven™. Likened to C.S. Lewis by book reviewers and bloggers, Jenny provides creative writing workshops at schools and universities around the country and abroad.

See the website for more information; contact Hope Marstin at om@redhill.org or 434-376-2044 with questions or to register. Scroll down on the events page about halfway. Note: this event is not listed in chronological order.

www.redhill.org/events

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1.2 WeatherFest – Roanoke – October 19 (Reserve Now!) or 20

WeatherFest at WDBJ7
2807 Hershberger Road
Roanoke, VA

Friday, October 19 is set aside for school groups, scouts, and homeschoolers; please see the website to sign up for available times, and enter your first and second choices for starting times. The event will be opened to the public on Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You are welcome to come then if it suits your schedule, or if the Friday slots fill up. To sign up for Friday’s special WeatherFest, go to the website and fill out the form as directed. Once you sign up you’ll receive additional information within two weeks. Please reserve your space soon as some times are already filled and tour group sizes are limited.

WDBJ7 will present WeatherFest, an educational look at how weather affects nearly everything in our lives. Join staff meteorologists for a weather science lesson and an opportunity to ask about weather careers. Take a VIP studio tour, get weather spotter training, and play meteorologist. Meet people, see equipment and a presentation related to severe weather–storm chasers, Red Cross and power company employees, and the National Weather Service. See how hot air balloons, gliders, kites, and sailboats use weather to operate.

Sign up at the first link for the special group tours or see a mention of the public WeatherFest at the second link. If you have questions, call Carissa Divant about school group day at 540-777-3271 (Monday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.) or e-mail her at cdivant@wdbj7.com.

www.wdbj7.com/signup

www.wdbj7.com/weather/weatherfest

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1.3 Northern Virginia Generation Joshua Club – Manassas – Underway

InNOVAtors of Freedom Club
8118 Breezy Knoll Drive
Manassas, VA

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: club membership is to be determined. In addition, the following fees for Generation Joshua (GenJ) are charged: $25/two-year individual membership, annual renewal required (Home School Legal Defense Association–HSLDA–members); $35/two-year individual membership, annual renewal required (non-HSLDA members); $70/family two-year membership, one-time fee (HSLDA members), $90/family two-year membership, one-time fee (non-HSLDA members). $300/family 10-year membership, one-time fee (HSLDA members); $400/family 10-year membership, one-time fee (non-HSLDA members). Open to youth ages 11 to 19; family memberships cover parents, too.

Meetings are underway for this school year. The family-style environment is geared to middle and high school age with each family responsible for their own children. Families and guests are invited to attend meetings, participate in activities, and hear guest speakers. Social time with snacks or a light dinner take up the first half hour of meetings.

The first meeting featured planning and a guest speaker–the Chief Investigative Counsel for Ranking Member Chuck Grassley on his Senate Judiciary Committee staff for Operation Fast and Furious.

See the website for more information about GenJ, or contact Carryn Woollard at 703-393-6940 or afdoll@verizon.net for info about this club.

www.generationjoshua.org

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1.4 College Placement Test Dates

This site has test dates for numerous academic exams, including several college placement exams, which are gathered for your convenience all in one location. It also has very helpful practice questions and SAT math review videos.

www.testdatescentral.com/

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1.5 Articles – Homeschooling on a Budget

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s weekly e-mail newsletter, “the Homeschool Minute,” featured a series of mini-articles on the topic “Homeschooling on a Budget.” There are many helpful ideas!

http://tinyurl.com/bpruolf

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