The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News August 2016 Volume XXVII Number 12

Homeschooling High School Workshop Coming October 22

You asked for it, and we listened. The NHHC Homeschooling High School workshop will cover high school curricula, putting together transcripts, applying to college, and tips for homeschoolers entering the workforce. We’ll have a panel of homeschooling parents and students who will share their experiences and answer your questions. Save Saturday October 22 for this helpful conference. The exact time and location are still to be determined. We’ll have the info posted on our website and on Facebook at New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition.

Unschooling? Participate in a Survey About How Children Learn to Read

My name is Gina Riley, Ph.D. I am a clinical professor at CUNY Hunter College (and an AERO member). I primarily research issues related to homeschooling, unschooling, self -determination and intrinsic motivation. A synopsis of my research can be found here: Currently, I am doing a study on how unschoolers learn to read. This is a qualitative study, open to participants ages 18 and older, who have unschooled throughout their elementary and middle school years. If you are interested in participating in the study, feel free to read through the consent form found at (copy and paste link onto browser).
If you have any questions regarding this study, please feel free to email me
Feel free to forward this call for research participants to anyone who may be interested.

Audubon Center Offers Course on Birds

The Massabesic Audubon Center, located in Auburn, offers a new class to 7-12 year old homeschoolers. The class begins September 7 and concludes on December 14 with a project showcase presentation by class participants. The program, entitled Avian Adventure: An Exploration of New Hampshire’s Native Birds, will include bird classification, habitat examination, and challenges and opportunities facing today's bird population. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $12 per class for Audubon members, $15 for non-members. Registration can be done online, or call 603-668-2045.
The Massabesic Audubon also holds nature classes for ages 4-6 from September to June.

HS College-Bound Courses

Novels by Women
A year-long course, Aug. 27, 2016 – Apr. 27, 2017, that meets twice weekly online. All classes are live but also recorded. Meeting times will be Mondays, 1:30 -3, and Thursdays, 11:30-1.
Students will be instructed in close reading and analysis of eight novels penned by women authors from 1800 – 1938. The live, online classes will be highly interactive, and students will be asked to articulate themes, analyze characters, and decipher the larger meaning of each work. Course includes study of historical context and evolution of writing over the period studied. Students will produce essays of literary analysis and be instructed in the form. Students should read at least at the high-school level. Reading assignments will be approximately 70 pages/week.
Romeo & Juliet Intensive
Ten classes online, Wednesdays, September 7-November 16, 11:30-1.
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to Shakespeare. Students analyze the play, view film clips, and memorize passages. Few seats remain. Recommended before study of Macbeth or Hamlet, both of which will be taught later in the year.
Blog: The development of the adolescent mind
The blog discusses how the study of high-school content contributes to the development of reasoning and imagining in the adolescent mind.
All classes are recorded in case the student misses one or wants to re-visit a lecture or discussion. For more information contact Roy Speed at, visit or, or call 203-942-6155.

Guitar Classes in Derry

Lucky Dog Music Studio in Derry offers two music classes for homeschoolers,
Beginner Bass Guitar on Monday at 2 and Beginner Guitar on Friday 2. Classes start September 12, for ages 4 through 18. $15 per class. In each class, students will be introduced to basic chords, music theory, and scale work, and will learn rhythm patterns to play basic songs. Homework will be required weekly.
If you already have a guitar or bass, please bring it to class with you. We do have a few that you will be able to use, but we strongly suggest purchasing your own for practicing.
Visit For more information and to confirm your lesson, call Benjamin at 603-425-7839, or email

Red River Home School Classic Movie Mornings

Red River Home School Classic Movie Mornings and Luncheon will meet once a month on Thursdays at the Red River Theatre in Concord. Movies and dates are listed below, followed by the luncheon locations. There are two dates for each movie, in case of weather, emergency, or illness. Pricing information follows the movie list. Pricing depends on when you make your reservations, and how many movies you will be attending. Seating is limited.

SOUND OF MUSIC - Sept. 8 or 15 - Olive Garden. Reservations need to be in by August 8.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - Oct. 6 or 20 - The 99. OLIVER - Nov. 3 or 10 - The Common Man
ELF - Dec. 1 or 15 – Friendlies.
MARY POPPINS - Jan. 5 or 12 - Applebee's
STAR WARS (A NEW HOPE ) - Feb. 2 or 9 - Uno's Chicago Grill
BRIGADOON - Mar. 2 or 9 - Chen Yang Li
TRUE GRIT - May 4 or 11 - Longhorn Steak House
WIZARD OF OZ - June 1 or 8 - Ruby Tuesdays
July 6 & 13 - Bonus Movie
The membership will vote in April to select one of the following. No sign ups for these until then.
JAWS - July 6 or 13 - Newick's Lobster, or RED RIVER - July 6 or 13 - Wild Buffalo Wings, or MASTER AND COMMANDER - July 6 or 13 - Newick's Lobster, or ROCKY - July 6 or 13 - Wild Buffalo Wings

If you let me know one month ahead of time that you can not make the rain date, you will be given a "ticket" refund good for the life of the club, if I do have to reschedule. FULL MEMBERS - Sign up for the full year now (all 10 movies but not the last bonus one), and pay now. Price per show - Adults $9, children 12 and under, $7, toddlers 3 and under, free. Full Members receive double voting rights for next year's shows and for our bonus movie next July. Full Members can cancel up to two months before a show to receive a refund, in the form of "tickets" for a future movie, (but then become A LA CARTE MEMBERS with that pricing).

A LA CARTES - Sign up for more than one movie now, and pay for them now.
Price Per Show - Adults $10, children 12 and under, $8, toddlers free.
A LA CARTE MEMBERS can cancel up to two months before a movie to receive a refund in the form of "tickets" for a future movie.

NON MEMBERS - Sign up for one or more show and pay at least one month before a show. Price Per Show - Adults $11, children 12 and under $9, toddlers free.
No refunds because my ability to rent the theater is based on the number of people signed up.

LAST MINUTE MAMAS - Sign up any time after the one month deadline until one week before. You can also sign up now, and pay me before the one week deadline.
Price Per Show - Adults $12, children 12 and under $10, toddlers free.
No refunds.

Please sign up as soon as you are able, because if I don't have enough people signed up by a certain point I will cancel the show and refund any payments that have been made.

POPCORN PACKAGE - $5 for small popcorn and soft drink. Please let me know when you sign up, one way or the other, to save me an email to ask you.

MOVIE LUNCHEON - Please make reservations to attend, or let me know you can't make it, when you sign up for your movie. That will save me an email to ask you if you want to come to the luncheon. What you eat or drink is up to you and everyone is on a separate check, so feel free to just join us to chat, even if you aren't hungry after your popcorn.
Once you have signed up for your movies and membership, and your luncheon and popcorn options, I will let you know how much you need to pay and when. You can pay me by check to Cheryl Gibbons, 247 Couchtown Rd. Warner, NH 03278. I will let you know when I receive it, and if it is after the deadline I will tell you. I will send reminders for your shows, about two weeks before they are showing. For more information or reservations contact Cheryl at

Book Discussion Group in Wolfeboro

We’re ready to start the 15th year of our homeschooled high schoolers book discussion group. We meet once a month, starting in October, and discuss a classic book, play, or short stories. This isn’t a class and we try to stay away from general comprehension questions, but dig into the work’s significance. Students are encouraged to state their opinions and back up their viewpoints. We love to read quotes from the books and delve into the lives of the authors. We discuss our reading for about an hour and then socialize for another hour.

Books we are considering for this year include: Of Mice and Men, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Great Expectations, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Great Gatsby, Hamlet, Jane Eyre, and Their Eyes Were Watching God.

We will most likely meet on Monday or Tuesday evenings at 7:00, at our house in Wolfeboro. If you’re interested in joining this year or would like some more information, please get in touch with Stef Marsh at or 569-6382.

Tweens and Teens Group

The Journey, a FREE tween and teen group for ages 12 and up, will host an informational meeting for families and a trial meeting for tweens/teens on September 6 from 1-3. We have limited spots available until August 26. There is no obligation to attend. There will be a short presentation on our group followed by a question and answer session. Following the presentation, tween and teen guests will be able to participate in our meeting while getting to know each other in a no pressure environment. This meeting will be held in Townsend, Massachusetts (just 30 minutes from Nashua and Leominster, and 40 minutes from Manchester). If you are interested in attending, please email Melanie at The Journey meets on the first and third Tuesdays, September to June, from 1-3. Meetings are eclectic. In the past we have volunteered; participated in the New Hampshire Homeschooler’s World Fair, Star Wars Science, photo scavenger hunts, and numerous crafts; played Quidditch; and had guest speakers.

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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