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Homeschool Items – August 3, 2012

1.1 Colonial Debate Club – Yorktown
1.2 Homeschool Plus Registration and Orientation – Norfolk – August 11 and August 28
1.3 LIFE Classes – Gainesville – Register by August 15
1.4 Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Events – Multiple Locations – Multiple Dates
1.5 Virginia Air and Space Center Researcher Tuesdays – Hampton – Ends August 28
1.6 BOOK IT! Reminder – Deadline Is September 1
1.7 Teacher Workshop – Richmond – August 14

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1.1 Colonial Debate Club  – Yorktown

Colonial Poetics and Rhetoric Club (NCFCA) is offering speech-and-debate opportunities for homeschool students. The club will benefit students who intend to pursue competition, as well as those who only wish to have the academic training.

For more information, please contact Marc and Dona Moss at 757-846-6129 or ladyclaire815@gmail.com.

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1.2 Homeschool Plus Registration and Orientation – Norfolk – August 11 and August 28

Ingleside Church
925 Ingleside Road
Norfolk, VA

Saturday, August 11, 2012, from 10 a.m. to noon. Register for fall Homeschool Plus (HSP) classes and services. Please see the website for program costs.

Tuesday, August 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (new families); 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. (returning families). Mandatory orientation for registered families.

Orientation to Homeschool Plus will include tips for a successful homeschooling year. You can register for HSP and meet the staff and other homeschooling families.

See the website for more information, or contact Margaret McLewin, at 757-466-3477 or director@homeschoolplusinc.org.

www.homeschoolplus.org

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1.3 LIFE Classes – Gainesville – Register by August 15

Gainesville Presbyterian Church
16127 Lee Highway
Gainesville, VA

Mondays and Wednesdays from September 5, 2012 to May 16, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $50 registration fee; please see the website for tuition information. Cost does not include textbooks. Register by the morning of August 15.

Loving Instruction for Eternity (LIFE) provides classes one to two days a week with lectures, discussions, presentations and/or labs for grades 1 through 12.

See the website for more information, or contact Judy Trudeau at life@gpchurch.net.

www.gpchurch.net/html/l_i_f_e__homeschooling_support.html

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1.4 Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Events – Multiple Locations – Multiple Dates 

TECHNOLOGY, LITERACY, AND FREEDOM
St. William of York Catholic Church
3130 Jefferson Davis Highway
Stafford, VA

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public and is designed for teachers, parents, grandparents, and all educators. Bring friends to this entertaining and inspiring event. Please register at the website. If you have questions, please contact laurah@excellenceinwriting.com.

www.excellenceinwriting.com/sta-tif-12

HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY INTENSIVE
(also at St. William of York Catholic Church)

Thursday, August 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $50/student; $25/parent. Register online. Bring lunch or be prepared to eat nearby.

Get immediate experience and inside tips on how to do your best on the timed SAT or ACT essay. The session also includes strategies for composing the college application personal essay.

www.excellenceinwriting.com/sta-hse-12

STUDENT WORKSHOPS
Living Word Baptist Church
4130 Waterlick Road
Forest, VA

Friday, August 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (Introductory Workshop, grades three through five); and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Introductory Workshop, grades six through eight); grade levels are approximate. Cost: $20/student; parents and teachers may observe free of charge. Please ask if you have questions. Register online as soon as possible; space is limited (preference given to students with parents enrolled in the Structure and Style: Review and Refinement seminar on August 25. 

These two-hour classes for students new to IEW will present the “Structure and Style Unit I/II” idea of key word outlining, along with selected stylistic techniques.

Friday, August 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (Advanced Workshop: Story Writing, grades three through eight); and from 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Advanced Workshop: Research Papers, grades five through ten). The advanced workshops are designed for students with at least one year experience with IEW methods and materials. Space is limited; preference given to students with parents enrolled in the Structure and Style: Review and Refinement seminar on August 25.

http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/lyh-st-12

STRUCTURE AND STYLE: REVIEW AND REFINEMENT
(also at Living Word Baptist Church)

Saturday, August 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $59/participant (no book); $89/participant (includes Teaching Writing: Structure & Style [TWSS] seminar workbook with the registration).

This session is designed for teachers, parents, or tutors who have been using the basic IEW program, “Teaching Writing: Structure & Style,” and wish to deepen their understanding of the syllabus through a practice-filled, interactive day with Mr. Pudewa.

http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/lyh-ssr-12

See the website for more information, or contact info@excellenceinwriting.com or 800-856-5815.

www.excellenceinwriting.com/VA2012

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1.5 Virginia Air and Space Center Researcher Tuesdays - Hampton – Ends August 28

Virginia Air and Space Center
600 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA

Tuesdays through August 28, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: basic admission is $11/adult; $9.50/child (ages 3 through 18 with student ID); $10.50/senior (65 and up), active duty military members, NASA and Riverside employees; please see the website for package discounts.

Meet real NASA researchers currently working on the Orion Project! Learn about NASA’s next steps in human space exploration. See how the Orion will allow humans to travel into deep space destinations for the first time in 40 years. See the Orion spacecraft in person!

See the website for more information or contact the staff at 757-727-0900 or via the web contact form at www.vasc.org/contact/index.html.

www.vasc.org/email/Researcher_Tuesdays.html

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1.6 BOOK IT! Reminder – Deadline Is September 1

The enrollment deadline is September 1, 2012; however, Pizza Hut (the sponsors) will accept enrollment requests on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. As the website says, “BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition, and pizza.” Parents set monthly reading goals for their children in kindergarten through sixth grades. Please see the website for details.

www.bookitprogram.com/Enrollment/homeschool.asp

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1.7 Teacher Workshop – Richmond – August 14

Library of Virginia
800 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, through Thursday, August 16. Please see the links for details. Day one is open to kindergarten through grade 12 teachers of social studies and history, and the full three-day session is open to those who teach civics and government. It is free, but with very limited spaces. Limited travel and lodging reimbursements are now available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact education@lva.virginia.gov for more information (only 25 spaces for this). The only cost is for a $10 box lunch on day one. Teachers (including homeschoolers) are free to attend day one only, if they wish; those who qualify may inquire about all three days. If you wish to attend days two and three, you must attend day one.

Conference literature describes it this way:

“Full-conference attendees need to attend day one to learn more about finding primary-source materials and using them in the classroom. Days two and three of the conference will focus on the Library of Virginia’s upcoming exhibition You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia. For two days, you will be immersed in the rich history of Virginia’s legal system and landmark cases—and how they influence us today.”

See the link and pdf for more information, including details on parking, directions, and a complete schedule, or contact 804-692-3500. Follow the directions in the information to register.

www.lva.virginia.gov/lib-edu/education/brown/institute.htm

www.lva.virginia.gov/lib-edu/education/brown/institute_2012.pdf

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