The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News July/August 2010 Volume XXI Number 6

Coordinator’s Report, July, 2010

The NHHC board met on Saturday, June 12, 2010, for our regularly scheduled meeting from 9:00 a.m. until 11:10 a.m. at the Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road, Canterbury, New Hampshire. Seven hundred ballots were mailed to Coalition members in May, 2010 for our annual elections. We tallied district representative ballots, elected 2010-2011 Coalition officers, and nominated a representative to HEAC at our June meeting. The election results are:

» District 1 (Portsmouth Area)—vacant
» District 2 (Keene/Monadnock Area)—vacant
» District 3 (Littleton/Hanover Area)—Amy Gall
» District 4 (Rochester Area)—Claudine Burnham
» District 5 (Sunapee Area)—Jenny Courser
» District 6 (Derry/Salem Area)—Kim Burke
» District 7 (Nashua Area)—Wendy Bisbee
» District 8 (Carroll County Area)—Paula DeBow
» District 9 (Concord Area)—Kemlo Aki
» District 10 (Manchester Area)—Amanda Dahl
» District 11 (Laconia Area)—Jenness Nordstrom
» District 12 (Berlin/Colebrook Area)—Shawn Donahue
» Coordinator—Jane Grady
» Secretary—Kristine Bolstridge
» Treasurer—Erin Groudas
» Newsletter Editor—Abbey Lawrence
» Webmaster—Stefanie Marsh
» HEAC Nominee—Abbey Lawrence

Have you ever wondered how to put together a high school transcript for your homeschooled student’s job application or the college admission process? How does one write a course description? What things might homeschoolers include to provide a complete picture of a student with a non?traditional education? What do homeschooling transcripts look like? If you’ve asked some of these questions or want to know more about transcripts for homeschooled students, please join us at our Transcript Workshop on Wednesday evening, August 11 from 6:30 until 8:00 at the Nackey Loeb School of Communications in Manchester. Contact your district representative or check our website ( for more details.

I recently spoke with the registrar of an out-of-state private school about New Hampshire homeschooling requirements. The registrar was under the impression that any accredited private school could serve as a New Hampshire homeschooling participating agency. She was unaware that the term “non-public school” participating agency in our homeschooling law refers to only New Hampshire private schools. Out-of-state private schools may provide goods and services to New Hampshire homeschoolers, but they may not act as New Hampshire homeschooling participating agencies.

The Coalition board will meet again on Saturday, September 18, at 9:00 a.m. in the Elkins Library in Canterbury. All Coalition meetings are open to the public.

Respectfully submitted,
Jane Grady

The Presidency and the Press

The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University will host a five-day conference, July 24-28, to introduce high school students to the dynamics of presidential election politics, the role of the media who cover it, and the relationship between the two.

Students will be assigned to a beat, working the conference as reporters, producers, bloggers, photographers, and videographers for print and electronic media. Students will work on stories, complete interviews, and wrap up news packages under the guidance of experienced faculty and university students. The Fitzwater Center Briefings, the conference's on-line newspaper, will showcase each student's work. In addition, the world will be able to log onto the web and watch a Fitzcast of The Presidency and The Press: The Week in Review."

Thanks to a Dwinell Charitable Trust grant, the cost of this program is only $435. Partial scholarships are available to students who need assistance.
Please contact Dr. Kristen Nevious at 603-899-1039 for more information.

Additional information and forms are available at:

Report from The Home Education Advisory Council

Abbey Lawrence
PO Box 97
Tuftonboro, NH 03816 539-7233

The long rule-making process has been concluded, for the time being, at least. The complete text of Ed 315 with the new language for those necessary rule changes can now be found at the DOE website at

When we meet again in September, the Advisory Council will take up revision of the sections in the rules that deal with due process, in order to clarify that language and make it consistent with DOE guidelines. The council meets at 3:30 on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June at the Department of Education. The meeting calendar is available at The September meeting will be held in room 12 of Londergan Hall; all others will be held in room 15. You can also find minutes of our meetings at

Feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Abbey Lawrence,, 539-7233

We Asked Homeschoolers

What movies have you used as part of your homeschooling curriculum? Or what movies or videos have you found especially educational and enjoyable for your family?

“We used “Johnny Tremain” as part of our Revolutionary war study.
We also studied evolution and used Nova’s “Becoming Human: How to Become Human in 6 Million Simple Steps, ” a three-part miniseries on PBS 2009.

Episode 1: Explores fresh clues about our earliest ancestors in Africa, including the stunningly complete fossil nicknamed “Lucy’s Child.”

Episode 2: Uncovers the mysteries of how our ancestors managed to survive in a savannah with vicious predators.

Episode 3: Probes a wave of dramatic new evidence, based partly on cutting edge DNA analysis that reveals new insights into how we became today’s humans and what really happened to the Neanderthals.

and “The Mysterious Islands: A Surprising Journey to Darwin’s Eden” An Erwin Brothers Film 2009.”

Alison Christensen

“Videos we have used this year include Signing Time (sign language,; BBC's Dinosaur Collection; Known Universe (National Geographic); Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants; and Cyberchase (PBS). We mainly get our videos from the library or from Netflix.”

For our next issue, we want to ask homeschoolers…

Have you put together a mission statement or homeschooling philosophy? And what did you include? Please send your responses to Abbey Lawrence,

Putting Together a High School Transcript?

Remember to mark your calendars for the High School Transcript Workshop, Wednesday, August 11, 6:00-8:00 P.M., at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, Manchester. Register and read more on our website,

Art Instruction in the Traditional Manner

Artist Paul Ingbretson has a teaching studio in Manchester, New Hampshire, where on any given day a handful of his students are working diligently in their studio spaces striving to “draw (or paint) what they see.” The idea is to represent their subjects accurately and realistically. I first visited the studio, in a renovated mill building adjacent to the Fisher Cats’ stadium, just over a year ago, and I was greeted by a student who said, “Welcome to the 19th century.”

Paul’s students are mostly adults, many of whom have had art training elsewhere, including college. He believes, however, that his approach to art instruction is especially valuable to serious young artists early in their experience while they still have some support and direction from their parents. He points to the towering figures of art history who began their study as apprentices in their early teens.

The standard course of study begins with a year or two of charcoal drawing – “cast drawing.” The student selects a bust (or “cast”) of, for example, Beethoven, arranges it on a pedestal, chooses a position from which to observe the cast, and commences drawing…. and keeps working, perhaps for several weeks, until the drawing accurately represents the cast. Once a week or so, Paul spends time with each of the students to critique the work, sending them on their way with observations and advice to implement as they continue on.

The studio requires a minimum of fifteen hours of drawing time each week, and its year runs from about September 15th to June 15th. Work is done by natural light streaming in through the enormous north facing windows – typically between 9 and 4. There are some outside assignments (for instance, “memory drawing”) and recommended reading (Leonardo’s notebooks, etc.).

When a student is ready to progress from drawing to painting, the next step is still-life painting with oils. This is followed, after another year or so, by figure painting. For students choosing to work at this level, the studio employs models, both clothed and unclothed. Painting from models happens a couple of days each week in a large space off the beaten path, and studio time can be organized so as to avoid encountering them altogether if that is a student’s preference.

The Ingbretson Studio method of training has a long history and is part of an effort to maintain a traditional approach to the development of artistic skill. Parents who might want to consider this course of study for their homeschooled students (or themselves) can email Paul Ingbretson at .