The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News January/February 2014 Volume XXV Number 3

Report from the NHHC Board

Quarterly Meeting January 25

The next meeting of the NHHC Board of Representatives will be Saturday, January 25 at the Elkins Public Library in Canterbury from 9:00 - 12:00. The Board will be working on plans for the annual Spring Workshop and discussing book and ebook donations to the State Library. We are still looking for representatives for District 2, the Keene area, and District 10, the Manchester area. Representatives primarily work connecting homeschoolers with others in their area and answering questions about the New Hampshire home education law. If you are interested in becoming a representative, you might want to attend the January Board meeting to learn more about the organization. If you are interested or know a good candidate for the job, please get in touch with any Board member. Representatives must be residents of the district they represent.

Enterprise City - A City Built and Run by Kids

Enterprise City combines an exciting curriculum taught at home (or in a co-op setting) with an event where students run their business “live” in a state-of-the-art city simulator. Students apply and reinforce at-home lessons in a real-world setting, assuming roles as employees, government officials, consumers and citizens while running businesses, organizations and government offices. Enterprise City is hosting homeschoolers March 25 and 26 (Day One 10-2, Day Two 10 – 2:30). Cost $70. Must register by Jan. 13 with $20 deposit to access curriculum. Pay in full by January 20 and receive a $20 discount per child.

Register by mail to Enterprise City USA, 1 Washington Street, Dover, N.H. 03820 with payment. For more information, contact Karen Prevost at 603-430-0091.

Ski Days at Crotched Mountain

The Lighthouse Learning Center group will have homeschool field trips to Crotched Mountain (http://www.crotched.com/) on January 10 and February 4.

The rates are $29 for elementary and middle school ages (6-14) and $39 for high school age and adults (15+) . This price includes the lift ticket, rentals, ski lesson and even a light lunch. Sign up for the January trip at Registration Form January 10th, 2014 and for the February trip at: Registration Form February 4th 2014. if you have any questions, contact Tyler at: tyler.skisnowboard@gmail.com.

Homeschoolers Daniel Esmonde, Austin Paiva and Andrew Paiva with the tower they built as builders in the trebuchet contest at NH Tech Fest in Windham, NH on October 12.  They were the only non-high school competitors and took second place.Homeschoolers Daniel Esmonde, Austin Paiva and Andrew Paiva with the tower they built as builders in the trebuchet contest at NH Tech Fest in Windham, NH on October 12. They were the only non-high school competitors and took second place.

Engineering and Design Competition

The SMART Competition is a high school STEM and CTE program that focuses on energy use and building design. Students create energy benchmarks, resolve green building design issues, and develop sustainable energy sources. The program facilitates linkages between the high school, university and industry partners.
IEEE and Bentley Systems are two of the major sponsors. For more information visit www.smartcompetition.org or contact Mike Andrews at m.andrews@smartcompetition.org, (602) 432-4185 – mobile, (602) 682-5440 – office. Deadline for registration is January 17.

Classical Conversations Open Houses in Rochester

The Sophia Classical Conversations community invites families to observe their classes at open houses on January 14 and January 28 at Community Baptist Church, 136 Eastern Avenue in Rochester. Information meetings will be held Friday, January 17 and on Friday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Maria Chamberlain at mchamberlain@classicalconversations.com, (603)332-1991. www.classicalconversations.com

New Website for Catholics United for Home Education

CUHE-NH - Catholics United for Home Education was incorporated in the State of New Hampshire in September 1989. It serves as a network for Catholic homeschoolers, providing support through an email list which connects groups throughout the state. It was established "to provide encouragement and support for [N.H.] Catholic parents who desire to educate their children at home...to protect the rights of parents to home educate their children and to provide information on Home Education." To join or for questions, please visit our blog page at cuhenh89.wordpress.com

Report from the Home Education Advisory Council

The Home Education Advisory Council is a statutory council consisting of members from the New Hampshire House and Senate Education Committees, N.H. School Administrators Association, N.H. School Boards Association, N.H. Association of School Principals, N.H. Department of Education, and representatives of the Nonpublic School Advisory Council and home educator associations. The duties of the Council are prescribed by rules proposed by the Commissioner of Education and adopted by the State Board of Education. Among its duties are sustaining effective communication between home educators, schools, and state and local agencies; providing an annual report to the State Board of Education about the state of home education in New Hampshire; and drafting recommendations when changes to the homeschooling law require changes to the administrative rules.

HEAC meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 at the DOE, from September through June. The next scheduled meeting will take place on January 14 in Room 15. This is a public meeting, and all are welcome to attend, although only Council members and invited guests participate in the discussions. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns you would like to see addressed, please feel free to contact me.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Gall
(603) 838-5081
amyginnh@yahoo.com

Editor's note: Council minutes are posted at the DOE website, http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/school_improve/home_ed/heac_meet..., but apparently that page has not been updated for a while.

Programs at the Tin Mountain Conservation Center

Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany will offer two ten-week homeschool programs this winter and spring for children age seven to twelve. Participants spend most of the course outside learning and exploring.

Taught by Outreach Coordinator/Teacher Naturalist Sarah Frankel, the program will run Wednesdays 10-12, January 15 through March 19 for the winter session and March 26 through May 28 for the spring session.
The theme for the winter and spring sessions will be:
Winter ecology – Animal and Plant adaptations for winter survival
Spring changes – The awakening of the animal and plant world

Each ten-week series begins by familiarizing students with scientific vocabulary, and goes on to explore the ecosystems at Tin Mountain and take a closer look at the seasonal changes and occurring on-site. For more information or to register, call 447-6991 or email sfrankel@tinmountain.org.

Guitar Program in Bedford

North Main Music in Bedford will offer a 6-week beginner guitar after school program at Peter Woodbury School this winter, from January 15 through February 19. Guitar lessons for 8 to 12 year olds will be held on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30, and lessons for students ages 12 and above will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30.
Tuition for the after school program is $140 per child. Space is limited, so students are strongly encouraged to pre-register. To register, or for more information, call North Main Music at 603-505-4282 or visit www.NorthMainMusic.com/begin.

Cooking Classes in Derry

The Culinary Playground in Derry offers ongoing cooking classes specifically for homeschool students. The well-equipped kitchen studio can accommodate up to 15 students, and we are also available to teach at suitable off-site locations. Visit our website www.culinary-playground.com for an idea of our offerings, or contact Kristen at 603-339-1664.

Curiosity Club at the Rey Center in Waterville Valley

The Rey Center in Waterville Valley is a non-profit whose mission is to honor the Reys’ (authors of Curious George books) spirit of curiosity and discovery through programs for youth, adults, and families. One such program is Curiosity Club, which is designed with homeschool families in mind.
Ever wonder why salamanders have spots or why stars shine? Join us for Curiosity Club, a 90-minute program that meets monthly covering a new science topic each time. A minimum of ten participants is required, age 6 and older, per session. Advance registration required. Curiosity Club meets the first Wednesday of each month from October-March, except for January, when we will meet January 8.

Fee: $8 per child for Rey Center members, $10 per child for not-yet members. For each additional child per family the price is $5 members, $7 not-yet members.
To register, or view a listing of programs, visit www.thereycenter.org, or contact Leigh Ann Reynolds at 603-236-3308.

River Runners

The New Hampshire Rivers Council, a statewide organization dedicated to protecting rivers and resources, has a volunteer program called River Runners to teach the public how to identify invasive aquatic plant species in our rivers and provide that information to the state for response. The Council is willing to provide a workshop to homeschoolers on the topic; for more information visit www.NHRivers.org or contact Colleen Hannon at 228-6472.

Summer Trip to Rome

The Youth Classics Institute will sponsor a summer program in Rome, July 2-8, for any student in grades 5-8; at least one parent or guardian per student must attend. The cost of $695 per student, $495 per parent, includes resources, instruction, travel within Italy, a group meal, and more. For more information, visit www.ascaniusyci.org. Forms and deposit due January 15. Email info@ascaniusyci.org to request up to 25 free full-color copies of the flyer to share.

Remember, check our website www.nhhomeschooling.org for more activities and announcements!

NHHC Newsletter

Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
539-7233, abbeyl53@gmail.com
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