What’s Happening Around New Hampshire
Homeschooling Bill Coming to the New Hampshire State House
We are keeping an eye on this Legislative Service Request (a proposed bill). “LSR 2018-2329 HB. Title: relative to educational evaluation of home schooled children. Sponsors: (Prime) Robert Theberge.” We’ll post when we get a response from Representative Theberge.
Mosaic Explore Presents A Masquerade Dance!
Friday October 27, 2017, 6 pm to 9 pm
Brookside Congregational Church
2013 Elm Street Manchester NH
Ages 12-18, $15/pp
Drinks and light refreshments served. Please join us for an evening of intrigue, fun, and fancy masks! Guess who that is behind the mask! Please do come in costume, or at the very least wearing a mask of some sort! http://mosaicexplore.com/tween-and-teen-dances/
Workshops at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Homeschool workshops are offered by the McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center in Concord October through May on the second Thursday of the month from 2:00 to 3:30. You may enroll in individual sessions, by the term (Term 1: October, November, December; Term 2: January, February; Term 3: March, April, May), or for the entire series. Payment is required in order to reserve a spot. Homeschool workshops are offered at three levels: Level 1 (Grades 1-3); Level 2 (Grades 4-6); and Level 3 (Grades 7-8). An optional planetarium show will be offered at the conclusion of each program, for an additional $5 per person.
October 12–Rockets: How We Lifted Off
The first challenge of exploring space was getting off the Earth’s surface. Take a historical tour of rocketry and learn its basic principles. Put your knowledge to the test by designing and launching paper rockets.
Optional planetarium show: Dawn of the Space Age
November 9–Working in Orbit
Humans have been working in space continuously for seventeen years. Learn how the International Space Station (ISS) was constructed, what challenges humans face while living off-Earth, and what other man-made objects are in orbit above us.
Optional planetarium show: Space Junk
December 14–Probing the Inner Solar System
Unmanned space probes have greatly expanded our understanding of the planets in our solar system. Discover what we learned about Mercury and Venus from the Mariner and Messenger probes.
Optional planetarium show: Family of the Sun, part 1
Dance Opportunity in the Monadnock Region
NHDI has a good opportunity that would be available for homeschoolers to join their team of children dancing weekly at Marlborough School as part of their Year-Long Program that culminates with the Event of the Year in May. They dance on Thursdays 2:00-2:45pm in the gym there. It’s a small group at Marlborough, so they can easily add several children along with them. The group includes grades 5-8 currently, but children as young as grade 4 could participate with them. And in fact, there are two children already dancing at Marlborough who are homeschooled, and their mother is the NHDI School Coordinator for that group.
Please contact Jennifer Marshall if this is something that would be of interest to you or others who you know. She could provide more details about their entire Year-Long Program. They would love to have area homeschoolers participate with them.
Contact: Jennifer Marshall, Executive Director of New Hampshire Dance Institute (NHDI). Office: 603.355.8911 Mobile: 412.996.0482 http://www.nhdi.org
New Hampshire Theater Project Offers Two New Programs for Ages 10-17
Are you serious about learning the craft of design (lighting, scenic, sound, costumes), or writing for the stage? Then NHTP’s Tech Troupe and Playwright’s Lab are for you!
The NHTP Tech Troupe will explore all aspects of stagecraft and theatrical design including lighting, scenic design, sound, costumes and stage management. The Playwright’s Lab offers young writers the opportunity to tackle the craft of writing for theatre, in a supportive and challenging environment. For more information, or to register, call 603-431-6644 ext. 3, email email@example.com or click on these links: http://www.nhtheatreproject.org/campdetail/youth-repertory-company-tech-troupe-8671330 and http://www.nhtheatreproject.org/campdetail/playwrights-lab-6742504
The New Hampshire German School—fall classes
The New Hampshire German School (NHGA) will be starting their fall classes at the Currier Art Center, 180 Pearl Street in Manchester. Christa Franke, a homeschooling parent, is the director of this non-profit school and would love to get more homeschool students involved. Fall semester starts Monday September 18.
German for Children. ages 4-8. Class time: Mondays from 4-5pm. Duration: 15 weeks Start date: 18 September. Cost: $205.00
Using a multisensory approach, children will learn the language through songs, games, crafts, art and stories. Students are immersed in German for an hour of language learning and fun. Class is open for children between the ages of 4-8, with little or no prior knowledge of German.
German for Children II. Ages 7-12
Class time: Mondays from 5-6pm. Duration: 15 weeks. Start Date: 18 September. Cost: $205.00
This class is intended for children that are already reading and writing in their native language. Students will be immersed in German language and culture. We will be using a German workbook in class, ‘Tamburin.’ This class will have cover similar themes as the younger class but be more in depth.
German for teens/tweens. Ages 12+ Class time: Wednesdays from 5-6 pm. Duration: 15 weeks. Start Date: 20 September. Cost: $205.00.
This class is intended for teens that are interested in learning more about German and the German speaking countries from the perspective of a teen. Class will be suited for absolute beginners, focusing on current trends and language. Students learn basic structures and vocabulary of elementary German. They practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing and learn to communicate in simple everyday situations. The book ‘Prima’ will be used for class/ home. A certificate of achievement can be issued for school records.
Children’s Heritage Class: Dates and times to be determined upon enough enrollment. If interested, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent / Child class: Dates and times to be determined upon enough enrollment. If interested, please send an email to: email@example.com
Classes for adults
Absolute Beginners: Class time: Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm. Duration: 15 weeks. Start Date: 20 September. Cost:$325.00.
This is the introduction German class which will get you started with the German language from greetings to numbers and begin you across the journey into the language. Students learn basic structures and vocabulary of elementary German. They practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing and learn to communicate in simple everyday situations. This class is intended for learners with no previous knowledge of German.
Mixed Level Beginners: Class time: Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm. Duration: 15 weeks. Start Date: 18 September. Cost: $325.00.
At this level, students should be able to conduct basic conversations in the German language. Building upon the basic foundations, students will continue to learn grammatical concepts such as verbs with separable prefixes, accusative and dative case.
Low Intermediate German: Class time: Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm. Duration 15 weeks.
Start Date: 18 September. Cost: $325.00.
At this level, students should be able to conduct basic conversations in the German language. Building upon the basic foundations, students will continue to learn grammatical concepts such as verbs with separable prefixes, accusative and dative case, reflexive pronouns, and subordinate clauses. Previously learned grammar and vocabulary will be reviewed and built upon. The Class will use various modes of media in class to enhance the learning environment.
Intermediate German: Class time: Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm. Duration: 15 weeks. Start Date: 20 September. Cost: $325.00.
This multi level class is intended for learners that would like to learn a variety of topics in German while at the same time continuing to improve their vocabulary and grammar. This class will use various modes of media in class to enhance the learning environment. The class will often use short videos and films as a discussion point. Topics covered in class range from geography to history to culture and more! Grammar will be text-based.
Explorations in German: Class time: Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 *or for 1 hour if class does not meet minimum enrollment.. Duration: 15 weeks. Start Date: 20 September. Cost $325.00.
The explorations class is a class for advanced learners and or native or near native speakers. Among some of the topics covered in the explorations class will be short stories by various German authors. We might even try to make up our own stories, who knows?
Students are always encouraged to share current events in politics, culture and history or anything interesting they come across in the media with the class. We will also continue to work through our grammar book.
More info at nhgermanschool.com. All classes must meet the minimum enrollment to run. If we do not meet sufficient enrollment, we may decide to shorten the duration/hours of the class or to cancel the class. It is imperative that you register before class begins in order for us to determine whether we have sufficient enrollment to hold the class. Please help us by signing up as early as possible. We will not hold a class if it does not meet enrollment numbers prior to start date. A certificate of attendance and achievement can be issued for all classes. If a student needs a specific letter of attendance/achievement for high school, college, this can be written up as well, upon request.
Do you want to help support the school? Make a donation to the school or ask your company if they can support language learning here in NH by sponsoring a class or student.
Learning History with Fine Arts in Manchester
F.A.I.T.H. (Fine Arts Integrated Through History), is a parent run co-op that meets in the Manchester area on Tuesday afternoons from September to April. F.A.I.T.H. IS A Christ-centered, fine arts exposure program where history is taught both as an individual subject, as well as being integrated into music, art, and drama by paid instructors. Students are fully immersed in the time period as they do art projects, stage plays, and study music of the age. Classes for ages PK through high school are available.
Home Schooled Teens Together Club Based in Concord
Home Schooled Teens Together is a club that I started about 11 years ago, with about 20 teens who wanted to meet other home schooled teens, and have some fun! During many of those years we have had enrollments of over 100 teens and have had a fantastic time!!! I now cap enrollment at a smaller number, depending on the ages that sign up, but we still have an awesome group who have a fantastic time !
The large enrollment gives our members an incredible opportunity to meet many different home schooled teens, and for our parents to meet other parents who are home schooling teens, from all over the state, as well as from MA, and VT and ME. Since we meet once a month, it is worth the trip and and members come from all over!
We are basically an old fashioned social club for home schooled teens to make new friends, from age 13 through graduation. I help the kids get to know each other, and form friendships, in a non- stressful and fun atmosphere of outings and parties (with games, music, and food), and I help them learn who lives near them, or has similar interests, to help them form friendships, through games and fun events.
We meet once a month in the Concord, NH area, from around 6:00 PM to around 9:00 PM (usually on the last Friday of the month, but not always, and we may change the day this year), for an activity, outing, or party. In the past we have done: indoor rock climbing, nighttime snow tubing, masquerade party, bowling (big and small ball), skating, nighttime capture the flag, nighttime picnic, laser tag, swimming pool party, board game marathon, holiday/Christmas party, indoor winter picnic, mixer, talent show, creativity contest, charity work, mini golf, go karts, high school graduation, Nerf Club outing, Museum of Science, classic movie morning, beach party, etc., etc.!
I always take the personalities of each year’s members into consideration, and ask for suggestions and then we vote on our activities for the year. This year I have a couple of new suggestions already that have come in, and am considering, video game LAN party, nighttime sleigh ride and bonfire, trampoline park, and faux prom, to add to our list. I’m sure our new group will have lots of suggestions as well, and we can vote on them all.
Our club has been made up of the nicest kids on the planet, and all our activities are geared towards making friends, and having fun! We are an old fashioned club and I have strict rules about polite and kind behavior which all the kids are happy to have at the heart of the club.
We have had six home school graduations, in a sweet little gazebo, on the beach in Maine as well, that would make anyone cry with joy, after watching these kids blossom from shy little 13 year olds into incredible young men and young women, surrounded by family, and all the friends they have made over the years in Home Schooled Teens Together.
Although most of our enrollment has been by word of mouth, and Teens Together members have started their sign ups, I am letting my members from Nerf Club enroll first, and then will post it to the home school lists if there is still room. I try to always post it on the home school lists, in case there is a lonely teen out there who needs us, but will definitely limit it, if it gets too big, so please sign up or ask for further information quickly, in case I do fill up. There is no telling, and it changes every year. Enrollment will be first come, first served, (after previous members, and their newly turned teen age siblings).
Anyway, I just thought I would put it out there for anyone who might be interested. If you would like more information, or would like to join, please send me an email. I hope to see you all at our Start Up Mixer in September!!! Cheryl, firstname.lastname@example.org.