The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News December 2015 Volume XXVII Number 4

More on How Kids Learn

NHHC secretary Marion Claus responded to Paula Debow's article in the last issue:

Thank you Paula!!! Your article about "Rope Pushing" applies 100% to Cody. I marvel at how he creates a computer animation while "watching" his Math DVD, takes the math test and gets 100% almost all the time. He completes three lessons a week without ever doing a worksheet. His goal is to finish Algebra I and Geometry this year so he can take the High School Physics Course next Summer. I even make him sit at the kitchen table to see that he's not cheating.

He knows more history, science and geography than I've ever taught or had in books in my house, all from listening to good stories. He must listen to audio books eight hours a day while building with LEGO blocks, making the most intricate machine, vehicle or aircraft. He is always behind in his textbooks and written assignments but an oral quiz proves he understands the concepts and facts. Should we say "slow and steady wins the race" or "haste makes waste" since our boys are efficient in their own way and know their learning style much better than we do.

Thankfully with homeschooling we can give them the time they need to learn by this non-traditional method. I, too have readjusted my expectations to get through high school with Cody. I'm keeping a log of his interests and activities, courses he completes at the high school level using the method recommended by Lee Binz in her book, Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships. To keep a log of his work, I send myself an e-mail with a quickly written note about his activities, print course descriptions from classes he takes from other teachers or online courses, and scribble notes in my teacher notebook. Once in a while I put all the notes onto sticky notes including a subject, course name and description of what he did and how many hours or high school credits he earned. One day I'll put it all together and see what's missing. I did this at the end of eighth grade and was so pleased to find out how many credits in art (even theater) and English literature he had. Those are the hardest subjects for me to perk his interest. Logging his activities all year round will result in a pleasing transcript. Learning is a life style for us, recording it all is the challenge.
Marion Claus

Classical Conversations

A new Classical Conversations community begins in 2016 for the greater Ossipee/western Maine area.

Children ages 4-12 can participate in the Foundations program accompanied by a parent. A trained tutor leads the classroom time. In addition to the memory work, students also participate in a fine arts segment, have an opportunity to practice oral presentation skills, and participate in a hands-on science activity time.

Beginning in Grade 4 students can enroll in the Essentials Program with a tutor to strengthen language arts and arithmetic while parent teachers work with their students to master the material at home.

In the Challenge program teens wield the classical tools to reason, debate, and express themselves. Parents are not required to remain with their students, although they are welcome to sit in the seminars. This curriculum involves math, logic, science labs, classic literature, debate, and much more, supplemented by weekly classroom time with a tutor for 30 weeks.

For an overview of all three programs, visit
Maria Chamberlain, Classical Conversations Area Manager, 603.923.0382,

Workshop with Russian Arts and Crafts

Traditional Russian artist and lecturer Marina Forbes will offer a unique workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition of Russian wooden toys painting at the Barrington Public Library on Saturday, December 12 from 11 to 2.

Traditional hand-made and hand-painted wooden toys and miniature folk sculptures are an important window into Russian culture and history. The pieces reflect the bright colors and traditional decorative designs that are unique to each Russian village, preserving aspects of daily life from the past even in the face of progressing modern civilization.

A beautiful collection of traditional Russian toy arts and crafts will be studied. Then students will paint an authentic Russian wooden toy or a piece of applied art, choosing from a variety of options. Throughout the workshop, students will be listening to traditional Russian music. The fee (from $10 to $50) covers the cost of a wooden shape and the use of paints and brushes for the duration of the workshop.

For more information contact Marina Forbes at (603) 332-2255 or, or visit Register online at through the online calendar, or, call the library at 664-9715.

On Saturday, December 19 from 11 to 3 there will be a Russian Bazaar at the New England Language Center Art Gallery in Rochester; call 332 2255 for more information.

Homeschool Gym in Hampstead

Parent-led gym Class on Thursdays from 2 to 3:30 at the Hampstead Memorial Gym, at the intersection of West Rd. and Stage Rd. (Rt. 121), in Hampstead.

A weekly event for kids of all ages and any parents seeking some fun and exercise. We begin with stretching, so if you arrive after stretching has ended, we ask that you have any participants stretch on the sides for a few minutes before joining in. Games include Capture the Flag, Dodgeball, Sharks and Minnows. Please, no marking sneakers or shoes.

A donation of $5 per family for each session you attend is requested, to cover the cost of gym rental, insurance, and to buy some equipment. For more information call Cheryl at 329-6465 or cell 362-7099, or Marco Menendez at 642-8050.

Ski Programs Around the State

At McIntyre in Manchester
The McIntyre ski area homeschool program will take place on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 for five weeks beginning on January 4. Homeschoolers and their families will have an opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard, or just ski on their own. Parents can also form a lesson group.

New skiers and riders will begin with a two-hour lesson, while level 3 and higher will have a one-hour lesson and enjoy an hour of free ski or ride time. Rentals are available for an additional charge, and ski and snowboard packages can also be leased for the season. Anyone enrolled in a program receives a 20% discount at the ski shop. Rates are as follows: 5 week session- $155 Rentals- $65 Helmet rental- $15 Just ski- $65. Visit the web at for more info or to register.

At Mount Sunapee
Mt. Sunapee, Homeschool Ski Group. Meets Thursdays at 11 for five weeks starting January 7. Contact for info and forms.

At Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley offers a homeschool ski program to run for six weeks every Tuesday starting January 5 and ending February 9. Each student will have the opportunity to take part in either a lift/lesson package or a lift ticket only package. A six week rental package is available for an additional $42.00 per person. A pizza party for all home school participants will be held February 9.

Lift/Lesson Package: 6 weeks of lift tickets and 5 weeks of lessons. Includes a full mountain lift ticket and a 2-hour group lesson. A child who cannot attend a ski day will be issued 1 comeback voucher valid for another mid-week day lift ticket. There are no credits issued for missed lessons. Limit 1 voucher per child per ski season. A copy of the PDF flier can be found on the NHHR website at:

Study Supreme Court Cases from New Hampshire Trials

The N.H. Bar Association Law Related Education website offers its Patriots, Pirates, Politicians and Profit Seekers book and teacher’s guide, up-dated from the 1996 version, describing and analyzing important U.S. Supreme Court decisions that were based on New Hampshire cases, highlighting constitutional law and N.H. history. A teacher's edition provides citations to N.H. State Frameworks, Common Core State Standards and AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action, as well as suggested activities.

“Never Say Die” - with Video:

You can also check out the Law Related Education webpages at For more information contact Robin Knippers at 715-3259.

Moms in Prayer

Moms in Prayer is an international Christian organization that supports women to gather for prayer one hour per week to pray for their children and a local school, teachers, and staff. They are currently supporting Moms in over 140 countries. There are groups meeting all around New Hampshire; all it takes to start a group is two women willing to meet for prayer once a week. Visit the website or contact Marion Claus 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
539-7233, Stefanie Marsh, layout and web posting.
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