The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News April 2016 Volume XXVII Number 8

The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition Spring Workshop with Speaker Rebecca Rupp May 7

Well-known author Rebecca Rupp presents “So You Want to be a Homeschooler?” at the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition Spring Workshop in Bedford on Saturday, May 7.

Rebecca Rupp has a Ph.D. in cell biology and biochemistry and is the author of nearly two dozen books, both for children and adults, including several on homeschooling. There is, of course, no one right way to homeschool – but there are many different approaches, all with their pros and cons. Rebecca will talk about these – and approach the question of whether homeschooling is really right for you and your kids. It’s not an easy decision. Becky Rupp and her husband Randy homeschooled their three sons from birth through college. “They’re all fine. And they’re all still speaking to us,” she quips.

The workshop’s afternoon session, “A Homeschooling Sampler,” features a panel of homeschooling parents and graduates who will describe their homeschooling methods, the materials they use, and take questions from the audience. The presentation includes an overview of New Hampshire homeschooling law.

Displays of homeschooling materials, representatives from museums, organizations, and support groups, and free resources and catalogs will be available for browsing. People can meet with their Coalition representative and connect with other homeschoolers in their area.

The workshop will be held at the Activity Center at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, New Hampshire. Schedule: Registration 9:30 to 10:00. Rebecca Rupp 10:00 to 11:30. Lunch break, displays from various organizations 11:30 to 1:00. A Homeschooling Sampler 1:00 to 2:15.

Admission is $10 if pre-registered, $15 at the door. To pre-register (by May 5) and for details go to For additional info, contact Amy Gall,, or call 838-5081.

House Bill 1414 Defeated

House bill 1414, a proposal to eliminate the Home Education Advisory Council and to remove the roles of the Board of Education and the Department of Education in writing home education rules, was defeated in the House. The vote for “Inexpedient To Legislate” was 273, yes; 71 no.

Buy and Sell at the Weare Home Educators Book Sale April 8

Weare Home Educators Book Sale, Friday, April 8, 10:00-2:00
Village Chapel Baptist Church, 15 Twin Bridge Road, Weare

Books will be grouped by categories for you to browse easily by subject. We will have one checkout system to pay for your entire purchase using cash or check. This year we will be using removable stickers on which you will write your seller ID and price. You can even add items at the last minute.

Seller Fine Print
All items must be tagged using our special labels. You will receive these before the sale. You must write your seller ID and price on each label. If you arrive with books using different labels, you will not be allowed to sell them at our sale. You will be responsible for putting your books on the tables by categories and gathering them at the end of the sale. Sellers can stop by on Thursday, April 7 between 11-2 or arrive at 9:00 a.m. the morning of the sale to place your books on the tables. Sellers will be required to volunteer for at least one 2-hour shift in one of the following ways:
Help in the sales room (straightening up or answering curriculum questions)
Childcare during the sale
Cleanup of tables after sale
Checkout (WHE members only)
Or pay $10 fee if you cannot volunteer
Register at

SPLASH at Clark University

All 5th-12th grade students are invited to sign up now for Clark University Splash! Register for a free day of fun and learning on Sunday, April 10 in Worcester, Massachusetts. To pick your classes go to

New Hampshire Homeschool Prom in Rochester

Join us at the New Hampshire Homeschool Prom, "Once Upon a Time," on Saturday, May 28 from 6 until10 at the Elks of Rochester. Tickets are $27 per person and include a served dinner, professional photos, DJ , dancing, prizes, and more. Attendees must be 14-18 years of age and in high school grades. Guests must not be older than 20. For more information or purchase tickets, please email:

Boys State

The New Hampshire American Legion will hold its 68th annual Boys State program from June 26 to July 1. Boys State is a six-day “learn-by-doing” experience in the American way of government. Public and private high schools throughout the state are invited to select qualified students to participate in the program; home school students of “junior equivalence” are also eligible to apply. The delegates to Boys State will convene at Rivier University in Nashua to apply the principles of democracy in the mythical fifty-first state --- “Granite Boys State.”

During the week, the students establish their mock city, town, and state governments through caucuses and debates; develop party platforms; elect candidates for primary and general elections; and debate legislation. In addition, the students have the opportunity to spend six days on a college campus, meet other students from throughout the state, compete for scholarships, and earn three college credits for successful completion of the program.

More information and applications are available from high school guidance counselors or local American Legion Posts, or on the N.H. American Legion Boys State website at,
603-856-8951. Application deadline is June 3.

Homeschooling Parents Invited to Teacher’s Conference on Shakespeare’s First Folio

In spring 2016, the Currier Museum of Art? in Manchester will host “First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” — one of the remaining copies of the book that documented, and immortalized, William Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

In connection with the First Folio exhibition and in partnership with the New Hampshire Council of Teachers of English, the University of New Hampshire at Manchester will host a free First Folio Educator Conference on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The conference will be held in the multipurpose room of 88 Commercial Street, Manchester; parents are welcome to attend. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude with an optional tour of the First Folio Exhibit at the Currier in the afternoon. The program includes lunch and a theatrical reading with members of Theatre KAPOW.

To register, visit For more information contact Professor Susanne Paterson at 641-4115 or Professor Carolyn Gamtso at 641-4173.

Mother’s Helper Needed in Seabrook Area

A Seabrook-area mother is looking for a mother's helper, from 9 to noon, two to three days a week. She has three little girls ages 3 1/2, 2 and 3 weeks. She works from home and would most often be home in her office. If interested, contact us at and we can connect you.

Volunteers Needed to Work with Horses and Clients in Equine Therapy

Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton has volunteer opportunities for homeschoolers age 14 and up to work with horses and our clients with disabilities. We offer lessons Tuesdays through Saturdays, and have a need for people able to lead a horse, or side-walk next to clients while they are riding. There are also opportunities for junior volunteers to work with our horses in morning or evening chores.

No experience is necessary; we provide initial volunteer training and on-going educational sessions on horse care and training. Visit for more information, or call Pauline Meridien at 491-2889. You can download a volunteer application form under ‘contact us.’

Two Archery Schools with Programs for Homeschoolers

InsideOut Academy can provide archery instruction at your home school or club. David Castle, a USA Archery Level 2 Instructor, offers archery classes at Morse’s Sporting Goods in Hillsboro, and can also do on-site classes for up to twelve students at a time. Contact and learn more at

Archery In Motion provides archery education year-round at our indoor range at the Bass Pro Shop, 2 Commerce Drive in Hooksett, or can bring a class to your homeschool group. Programs include Basic Archery, Advanced Basic Archery, Intermediate Competitive and Advanced Competitive Archery classes. Instructors are certified by USA Archery and provide a safe and rewarding archery experience. For more information, please check out our website at, call 603-219-0294 or email us at

Bringing Spring into Your Homeschool

Look around your yard for signs of spring. Have you seen the pussy willows yet? Crocus are up, with daffodils and forsythia soon to come. In the woods all around New Hampshire, cherry and hobblebush will be showing white flowers before the leaves are out. You can force spring to bloom right on your dining table. Using clean by-pass pruners or a sharp knife cut five or seven branches about twenty-four inches long from cherry, apple, or forsythia. Place them in a tall vase with a wide top and fill with warm water. If you can't get the cuttings in water right away, make a fresh, slanted cut when you get home and immediately place them in water.

If you forgot to plant your daffodil or tulip bulbs last fall, force them to bloom indoors and save them again to plant before winter. Fill a shallow dish or bowl with aquarium gravel. Press three to five bulbs into the stones until the bottom one-third is covered in rocks and keep watered. If the bulbs had a nice long cold period in your basement or refrigerator, they will start growing in a few days. Be patient as it could take a few months to get blossoms.

Marion Claus, Interior Plant Care Specialist and Landscape Designer, and NHHC Board member

Story Preservation Initiative Features Oral Histories from a Wide Variety of Speakers—Poetry Contest in April

Developed for K-12 teachers, Story Preservation Initiative’s Learning Lab combines our primary source audio with project-based lesson plans for rich, multi-disciplinary learning. Info graphics, photographs, transcriptions, book recommendations, and related links of interest round out each Learning Lab page, further piquing student’s curiosity and encouraging student-led inquiry.

The Learning Lab is available to homeschooling families for $25 for a one month subscription, $70 for three months, $250 for one year. For a 10-day free trial, go to:, click Learning Lab, click Login / Register, click register. When the main registration window comes up, scroll down to “If you are affiliated with a homeschool” and click. That will bring you to a new page. Click Homeschool / Free Trial Tab and the rest is self-explanatory.

The Story Preservation Initiative Learning Lab contains the voices and stories of nationally and internationally renowned poets. We combine their stories with suggestions for projects that engage students in the art and craft of poetry writing. The National Poetry Month contest is open during the month of April to K-12 students from schools subscribing to the Story Preservation Initiative Learning Lab. Students can write on any subject and in any form they choose. Prizes will be awarded in each of the following four grade categories: Grades 1-3, 4–6, 7–9, and 10–12.

Camp Constitution Annual Family Camp July 10 to 16 in Rindge

This year the Eighth Annual Family Camp will be held from Sunday, July 10 through Sunday July 16 at Camp Toah Nipi in Rindge, New Hampshire.

In addition to instruction on the U.S. Constitution and how it applies to our lives today, the camp provides age-appropriate classes and activities including swimming, canoeing, marital arts instruction, volleyball, softball, and campfire sing alongs.

Camp members are Christians and many are homeschoolers or former homeschoolers as well as authors and bloggers who speak nationally on topics related to the Constitution and its applications to business and capitalism, entrepreneurism and education and civic life and government. Our instructors include authors, attorneys. pastors and statesmen.
For more information visit

Rock Music Opportunities for Young People in the Upper Valley

Tuck's Rock Dojo, a music school in Etna, New Hampshire, in addition to individual lessons offers a band program for young musicians to get together, form a band, learn the music that speaks to them the most and perform these in real life settings, such as a concert at the Lebanon Green, or at area restaurants.

Northern Stage in White River Junction, Vermont has partnered with Tuck's Rock Dojo to prepare the musicians for a performance of "School of Rock" this summer. The Theater runs a month-long summer camp in July where they prepare young performers to play the musical; cast member must be 12-18. Auditions will be held on April 24.

For more information call Kata Sasvari at 603.667.0691 or visit

River Life Program at Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester

Homeschool Discovery Programs: Exploring River Life
2nd Thursday of every month, from 10-12
Rivers provide dynamic habitat for a diverse array of life. Through field trips, data collection and classroom instruction, we will focus our studies on the living and non-living components of the Merrimack River ecosystem, in order to learn how the conditions in distinct areas of the river support various forms of life.

Ages 9-14, $10 per child per class, registration required. For more information about any of the programs, call 626-3474 or go to

Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol offers cadet training, leadership development, orientation flying, STEM activities, summer activities, academic scholarships and more. The Greater Nashua Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Academy for Science and Design, 486 Amherst Street, Nashua.

Visit, www.facebook.con/nh016, or for more information, or contact

Theater Camp in North Conway

Arts in Motion Theater company offers week-long theater camps for students ages 6-10 at the Eastern Slope Theater Playhouse in North Conway Village. All camps are Monday through Friday, 9 to 3; $100 per week. Forms can be found at For more information call 356-0110 or contact Glen Nobel at

April 18-22 - Journey of the Wizards
July 11-15 - Diving into Atlantis
July 18-22 - Outer-Space Odyssey
July 25-29 - The Circus Clowns
August 1-5 - Sky High Super Heroes

Lamplighter Six Day Program in Creative Arts

The Lamplighter Guild for Creative Disciplines invites learners age 16 - 99 to participate in six days of intensive hands-on instruction from professionals in the fields of photography, visual arts, filmmaking, scriptwriting, voice acting, sound design, digital composition, and biblical theology. Younger students are welcome to attend with a chaperone. The sixth annual Lamplighter Guild will be held June 26-July 1 in Mount Morris, New York. For more information visit

Summer Session in Science and Leadership for Girls

Coastal Studies for Girls in Freeport, Maine is a residential semester school for 10th grade girls with a focus in science and leadership. Additional courses in foreign language, humanities and mathematics are offered at an honors level. We enroll up to 20 girls at a time, allowing for a manageable class size. We are currently accepting applications from 9th grade students for next year's classes. An open house will be held April 10 from noon until 3. For more information call 207-865-9700 or visit

Remember, check our website for more activities and announcements!

NHHC Newsletter Staff

Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816, 539-7233,
Stefanie Marsh, layout and web posting.

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