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Conference Planning Meeting


November 8th

Just a reminder about the upcoming ARC Conference planning meeting on January 10th at Barb Martin's house.  Anyone with session ideas or conference suggestions, please contact Barb Martin at We hope to have a great conference on April 9, 2005


Homeschooling Parents Night Out-Friday, January 21st, 7:30pm

Everyone welcome! Please join other ARC homeschooling parents for a fun evening out. Meet at Barb Martinís home for a potluck dinner. Questions? Contact Lesley at


Monthly Teen Movie Night.

Please join Ben Sade the first Friday of every month at his home for movie
night.  This is for every teen or almost teen, 12-18, from 7 until 10:30pm
at the Sade residence in Shepherdstown WV.  This has been a well attended
event with as many as fifteen children present. The teens watch all kinds of
movies and if time permits play rousing card games and weather permitting
play games outside.  Please contribute a snack and or beverage. Please call
304-876-1023 or email for directions to the Sade's house.

Parent Homeschooling Support Group

On the second Thursday of every month Lise Sade hosts a parent homeschooling support group at her home in Shepherdstown WV. from 7 until 9 pm.  This is an eclectic parent support group which understands that homeschooling approaches vary as much as individual families do.  We talk about a range of topics including how and whether to homeschool, how to homeschool one child while another child attends school, how to homeschool multiple age range children, homeschooling special needs children, what to do if both parents don't agree to homeschool, or both parents need to work, unschooling vs. schooling at home and everything in between, sibling issues, ethics, are we parents doing enough, and how we feel if our children don't seem to be doing enough or too much, etc.  Teens and almost teens are welcome to come and hang out with Ben and Skylar. Although this is a parent only support group, if younger children need to attend please notify the Sade family prior to attendance to see if we have childcare support available.  Nursing babies are always welcome. Please call Lise at 304-876-1023 or email for directions to her home.


Momís Creativity Group

Meetings will be held at Lesleyís home on
JAN 17th
FEB 21st
MARCH 21st
APRIL 18th
MAY 16th
We will do a group collage while we are all arriving, work on our own collages, and do a new technique at each  meeting. Topics to be decided at January meeting.
We will be beginning with rubber stamping, collage and generally cutting out
and using glue at lot. We will endeavour to begin by 10.30am, lunch will be potluck,  and each person will provide their own spriral bound book for their own creations. Need more information? Contact Lesley at


Art Classes at the Washington County Fine Arts Museum

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts offers many art
classes for teens and adults (for a fee) and FREE Saturday morning art classes led by
a homeschool father. The class size is officially limited to 25, but is often
smaller in size. Students are supposed to register in, but walk-ins are usually OK.


The Frederick County Public Schools Earth and Space Science Lab's  

Evening Shows 

The general public is welcome to attend any of a variety of evening planetarium shows offered at various times of the year. 

    Evening programs will be offered from November, 2004 - March, 2005.

LOCATION: Enter at the back entrance of South Frederick Elementary School "B" Building -- 250 Madison Street

DAY: Tuesdays (See program descriptions for specific dates)

TIMES: 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

ADMISSION: $2.00 Adults and $1.00 Students and Children. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

TICKETS: Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Beginning at 5:30, when doors first open, tickets may be purchased for either show.

January 4, 11, 18 Ė Legends of the Night

Enjoy live star stories told by the ESSLís Co-Directors. A variety of myths and legends will be shared and various seasonal constellations will be featured.

February 1, 8, 15 Ė Mars

With the missions of Pathfinder, Spirit, and Opportunity, this program will tour some of the missionsí efforts. The ESSL Co-Directors will discuss some of the findings and opportunities for further investigations.


March 1, 8, 15 Ė Dawn of Astronomy

This program is based on the findings and theories about the earliest astronomical discoveries here on Earth. The pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge of England are featured with a special lesson on Stonehenge.


More Information:






Potomac Home Learning Circle Hagerstown Playgroup

Tuesdays, January 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Event Location: 19110 Silver Maple Court, Hagerstown, MD, 21742
Contact: Tara at 301-393-8874 or


Notes:  AgesÖ so far mostly younger (3 -10), but all ages are welcome. 

Exit 9 (Maugans Ave) off 81
Youíll go towards Hagerstown getting off the exit
Youíll see Pizza Hut & Goldís Gym on your right and CVS on your left after about two lights - go straight through the intersection
Go about a half mile and youíll see Martinís Furniture on the right - Iím the immediate left after that store -  Itís Corello Drive (Maple Valley Estates)
Take the second right off Corello Drive, which is Silver Maple Court (Iím 19110 -  stone on the front)


SEMINAR, JAN. 29, 2005

Find answers to your questions and the information you need to begin
homeschooling at VHEA/VaHomeschoolers' Beginning Homeschooling
Seminar. Learn about the legal avenues for homeschooling in Virginia, and get the
full scoop on filing papers, homeschooling methods, curriculum options, common
mistakes, options for testing and assessments, homeschooling teens, and more!
Presented by VHEA/Va Homeschoolers, your fully inclusive, volunteer driven, member
directed state homeschool organization. Homeschooling is our only focus.

Topics include:
*Benefits of Homeschooling: academic, social and personal
*Virginia Law: overview of the state Home Instruction statute
*Methods: the variety of homeschool styles and how to tell which ones
might best suit your family
*How to Start: what papers to file, and when
*Support: where to find local and e-mail support and activities
*Resources: publications, Web sites and other helpful sources of
information Testing & Assessments: options and the pros and cons of each
*Q & A: to assure your questions are answered

WHEN: Saturday, January 29, 2005, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: ADAMS Center, 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, VA 20164

COST: Members: $5 per person or parental couple; Non-Members:$25 per
person or parental couple. SAVE! Join VHEA/VaHomeschoolers for $15, and get the
for $5.

Register *now*, online, or by mail at:

At the door registration will available, but space is limited, so pre-
register for guaranteed admission. Registration fee includes seminar,
refreshments,handouts, and forms; all you need to get started with homeschooling.


Carnegie Hall WV, located in Lewisburg,
offers Arts in Education programming: Creative Classrooms, Teach SmART
(Kennedy Center's Partners in Education program), Carnegie Kids' College,
StarLab, Pottery Studio. Check Spotlight on Schools to sample one of their
offerings at a school near you.

"The workshops can inspire fresh ideas for teaching in, through and about
the arts."

Upcoming Teach SmART workshops:

MatheMagic! with Bradley Fields. For teachers of K-9th grade. March 17, 2005
4-6:30 pm. Tuition: $10. Registration deadline: March 3, 2005.

Create-a-Story with Ilene Evans. For teachers of all grade levels. April 6,
2005. 4-630 pm. Tuition $10. Registration deadline: March 23, 2005.

Rebekah Foster (645-7917) encourages home
educators to contact her for more information and be placed on the mailing
list for arts in education information.


Roller Skating

Starland offers a homeschool skating time on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 1-3:30pm. The skating rink is located at 800 Park Rd in Hagerstown.



Roller Skating

Meet at 6:30pm on the 1st Tuesday of every month at Starland for family skating. The skating rink is located at 800 Park Rd in Hagerstown. Contact Julie at for further information.



Free Online Classes

Barnes and Noble offers free classes and reading groups. You can register by going to


Unschooling Support Group

(WV Unschooling Family Connection)

LAST Monday of each month

7:30 pm

Mountain View Diner - Charles Town (until a permanent place can be determined, probably in Martinsburg) Contact for further information.


Poor House Farm Playgroup

Thursdays at 3pm we meet at Poor House Farm Park in Martinsburg for play/talk/fun.  All are welcome.


The 2nd Thursday of each month this group meets at Williamsport park and some of the older kids participate in the book group that meets at 5:30 at the Williamsport Library.

All other Thursdays are at Poor House Farm Park. Contact for further information



Frederick Sportsplex

The Sportplex will be reserved for the exclusive use of homeschoolers from 1pm to 4pm on the following dates

    - January 12
    - February 9
    - March 9

Contact person is Jean at This is a terrific way for the kids to run around and be active during cold weather. It's also a wonderful way to connect with other homeschoolers and meet new friends. I hope to see you there!

There is a full-sized soccer field, a full-sized roller rink, a half court basketball area and snack bar. Skate rental is included in the price. There are balls of various sorts available.
- $4 per child...and no charge for adults!
- In an attempt to meet the desires of our wide age range of children, the field will be open for a "real game" from 1:00 - 1:45 All comers can join
the game until teams are full--this is not an age-based situation.
Parents, please be aware that this game is most likely going to have hard
kicking and fast running. Roller-skating, snacks, basketball,and cheering the game are available to those who aren't on the field.
1:45 - 2:30 : Field open for gentler play. Everyone can be on the field.
2:30 - 4:00 Field divided down the middle, with hard kickers and fast movers at the far end.
FYI: The SportsPlex does not provide any safety gear for skating. You can bring your own skates, including inline/rollerblades. (No skateboards, though.)

- Directions:
>From Route 15, take Rt. 26 (Walkersville Exit)
At the first light, turn right onto Routzahn Way
Turn right at the stop sign onto Market St. / Rt. 355
Turn right onto Wormans Mill Court
Turn left onto Brookfield Court
SportsPlex is on the right

- The SportsPlex telephone number is 301-662-6866


November 4th thru February 13th at the National Building Museum.


The National Children's Museum in partnership with the National
Building Museum is having an exhibit entitled "Five Friends from
Japan: Children in Japan Today". 

Activities involve: Sakiko's Bedroom where you can play dress up,
check out comics, and try creating your own comics.

Ken's tatami room: experiment with Japanese writing, try out futon
beds, and learn about architecture.

Aisa's kitchen and tofu shop: role-playing with Japanese cuisine,
learning about variety of foods, eating habits, and traditional

Yusuke's Yard: practice aikido with an instructor, search for bugs.
Shoko's living room: listen to and create Japanese music.

November 6th is Family Day.

Go to for more information.


Homeschool/Lecture Programs

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine Homeschool Lecture Series this fall follows monthly theme blocks that explore in-depth life during the Civil War for soldiers and their families. Lectures are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, through June. The lectures are given by Museum staff members and are open to homeschool students of all grade levels. Topics include the following: The Legacy of Civil War Medicine (Battlefield Care, Prosthetics & Plastic Surgery); Daily Life at Home (An 1860s School Day; Polite Society) Giving Thanks During Wartime and Holiday Traditions.

For more information: