The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News July/August 2012 Volume XXIII Number 6

Report of the Home Education Advisory Council

Everyone reading this has already received information about the recent changes to the homeschooling law. If you have any questions or concerns about these or any other matter, feel free to contact me.

At our June meeting, we accepted Chris Hamilton's motion to "enter a nonpublic session for the purpose of discussing a portion of a judge’s ruling on a case involving charges of educational neglect." The use of the nonpublic session means that any details of the case we discussed remain private. I hope, however, that at some future time I will be able to provide more information about this matter.

The Home Education Advisory Council does not meet in July or August. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 11, from 3:30 until 5 at the Department of Education.
Abbey Lawrence

Children’s Days at the Farm Museum

Children’s Days celebration at the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton takes place July 7 and 8, from 10 to 4. Enter a kid’s pie eating contest, play old fashioned games, see farm animals. On Sunday afternoon there will be a performance of The Frog Prince by the Little Red Wagon Theater of UNH. $7 per adult, $4 per child 4-17 years old. Museum members free.

For further information, contact Kathleen at 652-7840 or visit

Legislative Internship Opportunity

The Girls Rock the Capitol Legislative Internship program is offered to teen girls who are interested in learning how state government works. It will take place January -May 2013, with six non-consecutive days in the legislature. Contact Michelle Carignan at 888.474.9686 x 142 or More information and an application are available at

Charter School focusing on Science and Technology

TEAMS Charter School is a tuition free, small public charter school with a rigorous curriculum focusing on science, technology, and math, for students who have completed their sophomore year or comparable competencies.

There are three main components to the academic program: Students complete some high school course work using VLACS, a virtual learning environment that allows coursework to be completed outside the brick and mortar walls of the school. An Analytic Reading and Writing course is offered onsite and designed to increase and improve those skills which are necessary to be competitive in college and post secondary schools. The Engineering by Design courses engage students in engineering concepts, social issues and design skills in a variety of engineering fields. Students learn the basics of engineering from concept and prototype development to final creation and manufacturing of the solution. Students are presented with projects and problems in environmental, mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineering over the course of two years.
For more information, contact George Rogers at 753-4022 or, or visit

We asked Homeschoolers

What do you say when people ask your children “Shouldn’t you be in school?”

Usually I stay out of the conversation and listen to what my child has to say to the person. The answer is a simple one, "I'm homeschooled." That is readily accepted and the person moves on to other topics.
Cheryl Helfrich

And Homeschoolers Asked Us…

Is there a home schooling program for special education students? Can they receive a high school diploma? Who is allowed to teach and does it have to be done at home? Does FAPE (free and appropriate public education) allow public education payment of these programs?

Special education students in New Hampshire may be homeschooled under the same law that applies in all other cases, and the flexibility of home education may be especially appropriate in the case of a student with special needs. Curricula and programs in abundance are available. Homeschooling is provided by the parent, although another provider may be approved by the school district. Co-op classes, tutoring, and dual enrollment options are frequently used by homeschoolers, but the majority of the program is generally under the direct supervision of the parent. Homeschooled students do not receive a diploma from the local school district. Dual enrollment classes are available at the public school in the student's district.

FAPE applies to education services provided by, and under the control of, the public school, not to homeschooling; homeschoolers do not receive funding.

Photography for Public Relations

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications is offering a one-day workshop designed to help businesses and non-profits enhance their image and spruce up their web sites or newsletters with memorable photos. Photography for Public Relations will be presented at the school in Manchester on July 13, from 9 to 3:30.

Award-winning photographer Geoff Forester will offer proven suggestions on how to take photos that will help tell your business or non-profit’s story in print or on the web. The workshop includes camera basics, taking good photos and selecting photos that best tell your story. The registration fee of $45 includes lunch.

Register or get more information at or by calling 627-0005.

Monarch Butterflies Workshop for Teachers

Teaching and Learning With Monarch Butterflies is a two-day teacher workshop to be held at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover August 22 and 23, 9 to 4 each day. Visit for more details.

Know the Coast Day in October

The University of New Hampshire’s Marine Program and New Hampshire Sea Grant Programs are currently preparing for the annual Know the Coast Day in October, 2012. This year a second day has been added to this event. On Friday, October 19 there will be an open house exclusively for students grades K-12. This free event presents an array of activities which highlight the research conducted by faculty, students, and staff. This is an opportunity for students to visit state-of-the-art laboratories and hear about cutting-edge research from scientists who are making new discoveries.
For more information, 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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