The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News April 2015 Volume XXVI Number 5

Spring Homeschooling Workshop April 25

Please join us for the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition Spring Workshop Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00-3:00 at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester.
A peek at the schedule:
9:00-9:30 Registration.

9:30 -12:00
A Homeschooling Sampler and New Hampshire Homeschooling Law
This session starts with a brief overview of the New Hampshire homeschooling law. Then a panel of homeschooling parents talk about their teaching methods and homeschooling styles. How did they get started? What works for them? What doesn’t? You in the audience should be ready with your questions.

12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
Displays of homeschooling material, free catalogs, and handy information will be available. Lunch at area restaurants, or bring a brown bag.

1:00-3:00 Round Table Discussions
Small groups will rotate through round-table discussion and Q&A sessions led by home educators with specialized experience. Group topics may include curriculum options, students with special needs, socialization and extra-curricular activities, homeschooling through high school, and college admissions.

Admission is $10 if preregistered (by April 22). $15 at the door. Registration info is available on our website For additional info, contact Amy Gall,, or call 838-5081. As a courtesy to others, young children are discouraged from attending. Except for totally nursing babies, every person will be charged admission.

Report from the Coordinator
April 2015

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank two wonderful women who have given their time and talents to the homeschooling community this past year as local NHHC representatives, but have decided to step down from their positions for personal reasons. Mary Dow enthusiastically sought opportunities for homeschoolers in the Seacoast area and beyond; Robin Whitcore provided support in the Manchester area, one of our most populous regions. Best wishes to you both in your future endeavors!

We are now actively seeking NHHC Representatives for Districts 1, 10, 11, and 12. If you have homeschooling experience and a desire to serve the community please contact me for more information.

I hope to see many of you at the Spring Workshop on April 25. Our afternoon round-table format should provide a chance for new and veteran home educators to get answers to questions on topics ranging from curriculum choices and creating transcripts to socialization opportunities and special needs. Look for more details and pre-registration information in this newsletter or on the website.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Gall

Dance Classes in Kittery, Maine

Classes at the new dance studio of the Kittery Community Center in Kittery, Maine will be held on Monday afternoons through early June. The cost is $7/class.
12:15-1:00 Ballet for 6-9 year olds
1:10-1:55 Hip Hop for 6-9 year olds
2:05-2:50 Hip Hop 10+
Ballet dress attire is tights, leotard, and ballet slippers, with hair in a bun or off face. Hip Hoppers should wear comfortable clothing and bring clean sneakers.
Email Jeanne Fogg at if you have any questions or to provide names and ages of children you'd like to register.

HTML for Homeschoolers

An online class "HTML 101 for Homeschoolers" starts April 6, and again on May 4. There's no charge for the class, it's self-paced (but moderated), and completely online. For more information visit

Special Performance of Much Ado About Nothing

Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company presents Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing in a special morning performance Wednesday, May 6 at 10:00 at the Village Players theater in Wolfeboro. Tickets are $7 each.
Much Ado is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays—you may have seen Joss Whedon’s modern take on it, filmed in 2012. When Don Pedro’s army returns from the war, his young officer falls in love with Hero, while Claudio’s friend, Benedick swears he will never marry and certainly never take up with the acerbic Beatrice. Of course their friends come up with a plot to turn the bickering couple into lovers. Meanwhile Don Pedro’s evil brother, Don John, comes up with a plan to thwart Claudio and Hero’s romance. Add in a bumbling town constable and some very silly town watchmen and everything gets nicely muddled. Take a look at some online summaries (try or before going to see the show, and you and your family will enjoy it that much more.
Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company has won the New Hampshire Theater Award and the New England Theater Conference’s Moss Hart Award. These homeschooled students have been taking weekly classes in voice projection, body movement for the stage, acting and improvisational techniques in preparation for their staging of Much Ado About Nothing. The actors use Shakespeare’s words, although some lines are slightly adapted, and helpful narrators appear between the scenes to explain what’s going on. Director Elizabeth Cantrall has worked with students Matt Dustin and Gwen Collins to incorporate music and dance into the script to create a vibrant production.
Of course, if you’d like to attend our glamorous evening performances or the Sunday matinee, shows are Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at 7:30; and Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 at The Village Players Theater, 51 Glendon St., Wolfeboro. Tickets will be available at The Country Bookseller and at Black’s in Wolfeboro, can be purchased by calling 603-515-1483, or online at Adult tickets are $12; tickets for children 12 and under are $8. Learn more at and on Facebook as Perform It! Stage Company.

Gunstock Swim Team “Stingrays”

Swim clinic: May 3-28, $90 per swimmer. Summer swim team: May 31 until August 2 or 9, $180 per swimmer.
Both clinic and summer team, $225. For more information contact Albert Rozzi at or Martha McIntire at

UNH Celebrity Series—A Couple of Blaguards

The University of New Hampshire Celebrity Series presents A Couple of Blaguards on April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre in Durham. Tickets are $30 general, $10 UNH student with ID and youth under 18, and can be purchased online at or by calling 862-7222.

“A Couple of Blaguards is a two-man show by literary greats Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, A Monk Swimming). A bubbling stew of Irish storytelling, A Couple of Blaguards is flavored with the McCourts’ renowned humor and poignant humanity as well as incidental music from the great Irish tradition. Blaguards follows the trials of the young McCourts from their childhood in poverty-stricken Limerick through their journey to Brooklyn, New York, where the young men learned to apply the day-to-day lessons from their hardscrabble Irish past to their new lives in America.”

Agriculture in the Classroom

New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom launches its annual Spring Literacy Program with the book, Who Grew My Soup, a story that explores where and how vegetables are grown. Supplementary lessons in the resource guide are intended for students K-5, to help them learn more about local farms, nutrition, and mapping. The book and resource guide cost $5.00, and can be mailed anywhere for an additional $2.50.

A monthly newsletter is available which focuses on an agricultural topic each month, providing background information and links to possible curricula, lessons, and activities.

For more information, or to request the book and resource guide, contact:
Debbi Cox, State Coordinator
New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom
295 Sheep Davis Road
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 224-1934
or visit

Events at the Children’s Museum in Dover

“Painting with Peter” provides parents and kids the opportunity to explore art in a relaxed and positive environment, one night a week for four weeks. Each class is dedicated to a basic painting concept. Tuition is $200 for 1 adult and 1 child (ages 7-11; exceptions can be made). Refer a friend and get a $25 discount. Tuition includes all supplies, and a professional photograph during the last class of the session. Session 1 begins Thursday April 2 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Parents and children are advised to wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. Paint is non-toxic acrylic. To reserve a spot or for questions, contact, 848-4008.

UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Leslie Stevens, owner of Sidewalk Farms in Portsmouth, will present a series of six free workshops on Saturday mornings at 10:15 a.m. at the Children's Museum gardens in Dover.
Though the workshops are free, pre-registration is requested in order to have enough materials for all who want to participate. Please register by calling 603-742-2002.

On April 18 the museum will host an exhibition of robots from around the Seacoast, plus a special guest ambassador from NASA. The afternoon will include demonstrations from local FIRST Robotics Competition teams and the Luna Cats, the University of NH’s engineering team that competes nationally each year. Attendees will have a chance to meet and talk with the kids and adults involved in all of these robotics programs, and learn more about how to get involved.
Special guest Caleigh MacPherson, an official NASA Ambassador and former team captain of the UNH Luna Cats, will offer two hands-on activities for families. Kids can learn how to build a lunar rover and create a custom-built rocket.
No reservations are required; admission to the Children's Museum is $9 per person for children and adults, $8 for seniors, and free for babies under 12 months old. Museum members are also admitted free.

Lake Ecology Homeschool Program at Camp Lincoln in Kingston April 17

Join Camp Lincoln staff and other homeschoolers for our last educational homeschool program of the spring season. The snow and ice are melting, which leads to the question, what happens to all of that water? Find out that and much more as we explore the water cycle, watersheds, and water conservation. Students will also have the chance to explore Kingston Lake, with certified lifeguards, to discover the tiny creatures that call it home. Registration is required. Sign up at For more information contact or call (603)642-3361 ext. 202.

College Courses for High School Students

eStart gives students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience and get an early and affordable start on their college careers.

The new eStart Fall 2015 schedule can be viewed at For information about partial scholarships available for eligible students, go to

For more information visit, or contact Ed Symes at 717-5965.

Videos and Lesson Plans about the Earth and its People

The Global Oneness Project produces collections of films, photography, and articles that have been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and the Smithsonian. Stories include global themes with a humanistic lens, and lesson plans are designed for use in the arts, environmental sciences, English, and history courses. For more information contact, or visit

Summer Shows at the Palace

The Palace Theater in Manchester announces its summer series; through July and August a different show will be presented each week, with performances at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Shows will include the BJ Hickman Magic Show, Snow White, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Wizard of Oz, Shrek, Little Mermaid, and Alice in Wonderland. Reduced rates are available to groups of 10. Call Janey Goldberg at 668-5588 ext 127 for more information.

Remember, check our website for more activities and announcements!

NHHC Newsletter Staff

Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
Stefanie Marsh, layout and web posting.
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