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Conference Planning Meeting
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 atMar10x6@peoplepc.com. 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 email@example.com.
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
Momís Creativity Group
Meetings will be held at Lesleyís home on
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 Museumhttp://www.washcomuseum.org/artschool.cfm
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
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.
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)
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR VHEA/VAHOMESCHOOLERS' BEGINNING HOMESCHOOLING
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.
*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
REGISTRATION IS OPEN:
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 http://www.carnegiehallwv.com/, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (645-7917) encourages home
educators to contact her for more information and be placed on the mailing
list for arts in education information.
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.
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 email@example.com for further information.
Free Online Classes
Barnes and Noble offers free classes and reading groups. You can register by going to http://educate.barnesandnoble.com.
Unschooling Support Group
(WV Unschooling Family Connection)
LAST Monday of each month
Mountain View Diner - Charles Town (until a permanent place can be determined, probably in Martinsburg) Contact Earthmomma67@aol.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
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 email@example.com. 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.)
>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 www.nbm.org for more information.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org