Posted on Jan 13 2013 in Homeschool Items by admin
1.1 The Virginia Living Museum Homeschool Day – Newport News – Registration Deadline is January 28
1.2 Annual Tornado Drill - Statewide – March 12
1.3 Ways to Demonstrate Learning Besides Traditional Tests
Virginia Living Museum
524 J Clyde Morris Boulevard
Newport News, VA
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, beginning at 9 a.m . Cost: $9.75/child for Natural Science and Planetarium Programs; $11.75/child for Environmental Science Labs; $12/non-member parent for admission to museum; free for members. (Parents may then accompany their children to the classroom programs at no additional charge.) Classroom program registration includes curriculum support materials and a free visit to the museum. The museum offers homeschool families deeply discounted rates for this one-day-only program. Advance registration is required. The deadline for registration is at noon on Monday, January 28, 2013.
Homeschool Day at the Virginia Living Museum offers homeschool students ages pre-K through grade 12 a selection of fun and engaging classroom programs that highlight important natural science and earth science concepts. Natural science programs are available for elementary age students and environmental science labs are available for students in grades 5 through 12. Space science programs in the planetarium are available for all ages.
Call 757-595-9135 for information and to register, or download the form at the second link.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 9:45 a.m. If widespread severe weather threatens the commonwealth on that date, then the drill will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 13, at 9:45 a.m. There is no cost. Homeschools are invited to participate; registration is optional. Feel free to choose another date and/or time if it is more convenient. The most important thing is to have a drill!
This date is designated as Tornado Preparedness Day. Visit the website for help in planning a tornado drill. Another source of assistance is your county or city emergency management office. Staff there can identify your home’s tornado safety areas as well as help you develop an emergency plan. The second link has additional resources for planning. Children can help prepare by gathering supplies, helping find a suitable place to shelter once they have been instructed, or take part in other activities you choose.
Students can learn about related weather and the vocabulary (funnel cloud, thunderstorm, watches, warnings, and more). Students can read the public service announcement as if they were a radio announcer, design their own poster or website button to promote awareness, or research and present a weather report warning of conditions that could produce a tornado or other dangerous storms.
Direct questions about the Statewide Tornado Drill to Laura Southard, VDEM public outreach coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-897-6510.
Charlotte Mason-style narration–often thought of as merely oral recitation–actually comes in many forms. See a list of dozens and dozens of ways for children of all ages to demonstrate what they have learned. Ways range from traditional essays and oral recounting of the material to LEGO reconstructions of battles and castles. The list will amaze you with things you may not have thought of before!