Homeschool Items – February 12, 2014

Posted on Feb 8 2014 in Homeschool Items by admin

1.1 Museum of the Confederacy Homeschool Day – Richmond – Register by February 28
1.2 Annual Tornado Drill – Statewide – March 11


1.1 Museum of the Confederacy Homeschool Day – Richmond – Register by February 28

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $5/adult or student (ages 5 through 18). Children age 4 and under are free (as long as not enrolled in school). Payment is due upon arrival and includes parking in the parking deck at 550 N. 12th Street. Cost includes admission to the museum and White House of the Confederacy, a craft and activity, as well as lesson plans for home educators. Register by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 28.

Learn all about life on the home front during the Civil War by touring the museum and White House of the Confederacy. You’ll learn about cartridge making, Civil War-style shopping, and spies!

See the website for more information about the museum, or contact Hilliary Turner at 804-649-1861 x122 or

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1.2 Annual Tornado Drill – Statewide – March 11


Tuesday, March 11, 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 12, at 9:45 a.m. There is no cost. Homeschoolers 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 taking part in other activities you choose.

Students can learn about weather and the related vocabulary (funnel cloud, thunderstorm, watches, warnings, and more), read the public service announcement as if they were radio announcers, and design posters or mock websites to promote awareness. Students could 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 or 804-897-6510.

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