We are a homeschooling family that has been homeschooling our five children (two now grown and out of the house) for over 12 years. When we first brought our two eldest children home from public school, they had no clue how to learn on their own. The kids had been fed information at school on the topics the school had chosen for them, leaving them with little to no researching skills or self-knowledge in the things that interested them. Trying to get them to learn and decide what topics to learn about was frustrating at the very least.
Consider bringing another culture into your own home. Home Stays USA provided our family with the great experience of hosting a teenager from Spain for one month. We had a wonderful time of learning about her culture while teaching about our own. And best of all: we made some lifelong friends! Learn all about it at http://homestaysusa.org/webs/young-person-from-Spain/default.asp
Curriculum Sale in Merrimack
Saturday, August 8, 8:30 to 2:00
There will be a Curriculum Sale at St. James United Methodist Church in Merrimack NH on Saturday August 8 from 8:30 to 2 (set up starts at 8). There is no charge for this sale, however a donation jar will be available if people are so moved. Also, the church has a book donation bin that brings in money for the church's mission ministry, so if you don't want to carry home those books, DVDs, CDs or VHS tapes, we will gladly help you put them in the bin!
The Londonderry Police Explorers Post 1137 is looking for teens aged 15-20 (or 14 and completed the 8th grade for all the middle-schoolers) who are interested in law enforcement. They meet at the Londonderry High School every other Monday in Room 202. Currently the roster includes teens from Derry, Londonderry, Windham, Hudson and Candia. You can attend 2 meetings free of charge if you would like to see what the meetings consist of. The next meeting they will be doing PT so come dressed for a light workout.
Camps for Homeschoolers at Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont
Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont offers week-long, overnight camping sessions in October, March and May for homeschoolers ages 9-17. With attendees drawn from throughout the Northeast, many campers make enduring friendships that continue and deepen outside of the sessions. Cabin style accommodations include adult volunteers (often Hulbert grads) and daily "Exploroptionals" are offered by campers and staff. Overnight canoe trips have been added as a summer program.
"Tools for Kids" at Old Ways Traditions in Canterbury has coping saws, drills, planes, etc. for 5 yrs. and up to use, lathes for 10 yrs. and up, and toys for the little ones. Dave is there to help the kids, but parental supervision is required. You need to call ahead to make an appointment. Seven kids, maximum (depends on ages – only two little ones.) By donation. Please call 783 4403 evenings or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (No Saturdays Dec. 13 through March). 418 Shaker Road, Canterbury.