The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News March 2015, Volume XXVI Number 4

Coordinator’s Report, March 2015

As we look forward to spring it is time to plan our annual evaluations. While any certified teacher with a license in or recognized-by the state of New Hampshire is able to perform a portfolio evaluation, it does help to employ someone who has an understanding of home education and any special needs your student(s) may have. A list of homeschool portfolio evaluators can be found on our website along with descriptions of their services and areas of expertise. If you choose to administer a standardized test as your evaluation method, it is not too early to order one now. Most test providers will allow you to order a test with a shipment date months in the future. A list of standardized test providers can also be found on our website.

I’d like to announce that we are nearly finished with our library donation project. The following titles will soon be available for Interlibrary Loan from the Elkins Public Library in Canterbury, New Hampshire:

The Homeschoolers Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts by Loretta Heuer
Homeschooling High School, Planning Ahead for College Admission by Jeanne Gowen Dennis
Setting the Record Straight, How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships by Lee Binz
Homeschooling Teen Years by Cafi Cohen
Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series, Charlotte Mason

Caddie Woodlawn, Carol Ryrie Brink
The Winged Watchman, Hilda Van Stockum
The Endless Steppe, Ester Hautzig
Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kippling
What Einstein Told His Barber, Robert L. Wolke
What Einstein Told His Cook, Robert L. Wolke
What Einstein Didn't Know, Robert L. Wolke
What Einstein Kept Under His Hat, Robert L. Wolke
The Story of the World Volume 1, Susan Weiss Bauer
The Story of the World Volume 2, Susan Weiss Bauer
The Story of the World Volume 3, Susan Weiss Bauer
The Story of the World Volume 4, Susan Weiss Bauer

Respectfully Yours,
Amy Gall

The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition Annual Spring Workshop Saturday, April 25

Join homeschoolers from across New Hampshire for a day of workshops and small group sessions Saturday, April 25, at the Nackey Loeb School of Communications in Manchester. In the morning, a panel of homeschoolers with various philosophies and methods of education will discuss how they teach their children at home.

This year, we’ll debut a new afternoon format. Small groups will rotate through round-table discussion and Q&A sessions led by home educators with specialized experience. Group topics may include curriculum options, students with special needs, socialization and extra-curricular activities, homeschooling through high school, and college admissions.

There will be displays of homeschooling material, and free resources and catalogs. People can meet with their Coalition representative and connect with other homeschoolers.

Registration 9:00 to 9:30. Morning session “A Homeschooling Sampler” 9:30 to 12:00. Round table discussions 1:00 to 3:00.

Admission is $10 if pre-registered, $15 at the door. To pre-register (by April 22) and for details go to

LEGO Workshops in Dover

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will host workshops for homeschoolers who want to learn to program LEGO MIndstorm robots. NH LEGO League Master Builder Daniel Hughes will conduct workshops on Tuesday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 17 for students ages 8-14. Both workshops will meet from 10 a.m. – 12 noon and the cost is $20 (one price for both workshops).

Participants will learn the skills needed for programming, robot design and the use of key robotic sensors including ultrasonic, touch, and color sensors. Students will work in teams to build and program a robot and take on challenges specifically designed for the LEGO Mindstorms robot.
Pre-registration is required and class size is limited to just six students. To register, call the Children’s Museum at 603-742-2002.

The Children's Museum also invites homeschoolers to register for 6-week science classes, once-a-month lessons led by museum educators, and special creative workshops.
The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children and families. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music, and aeronautics to world cultures, art, and natural history. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events. For more information, call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit

Destination College - New Hampshire's Statewide Annual College Planning Event

On Saturday, March 14, Plymouth State University (PSU) hosts the 16th annual college convention for high school juniors and parents. Representatives from many New England colleges will attend the college fair, a collaborative effort between the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation and New Hampshire colleges and universities. All of the day's events are free to students and parents. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Visit, or call
1.888.7.GRADUATE x119.

Alton Homeschooling Meetings

The next meeting of the Alton homeschool support group will be Friday, March 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room of the Gilman Library.

Come find out more about homeschooling, meet others who homeschool, or come to gather resources. We usually leave the kids at home for these events but bring them if you need to. For more info, contact Marion at

2015 Virtual Supreme Court Competition on Constitutional Law

The Harlan Institute ConSource Virtual Supreme Court Competition offers teams of high school students the opportunity to research constitutional law, write persuasive appellate briefs, argue against other students through video chats, and try to persuade a panel of attorneys during oral argument. This year the competition focuses on Zivotofsky v. Kerry. You must sign up by March 27, 2015.

Please send any questions to or

Read Books and Win Tickets to the Fisher Cats

The 2015 Fisher Cats Reading Challenge is open to homeschoolers. Students who read five “unassigned” books during the school year can earn two free tickets to any one of six Fisher Cats baseball games by filling out the form and returning it to them by Friday, March 13, 2015.

TeenPact, Christian Leadership School in Concord

TeenPact's mission is to train young people to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith, and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things. Each TeenPact program is marked by spiritual discipleship, student leadership, parental involvement, and a commitment to excellence.
Class dates in Concord:
Four-Day Class (13-19 year olds) – April 6-9
Political Communication Workshop (13-19 year olds) – April 10
One-Day Class (8-12 year olds) – April 10

Visit for details and to register, or e-mail with any questions.

Homeschool Program on the Plants of Mixed Hardwood Forests at Camp Lincoln Friday, March 20

Spend a day exploring and learning about the plants of the mixed hardwood forests. Discover the history behind the white pine’s nickname, the mast tree. Learn about deciduous and coniferous trees and the smaller plants that cover the forest floor. Students will have the opportunity to help create an interpretive nature walk for future students to use. Come prepared for a day outside on the shores of Kingston Lake; bring your own lunch, snacks, and water bottle. These programs are held rain or shine or snow. Register at Drop off at 9:00 a.m. and pick up at 4:00 p.m. $12 per person ($30 max per family) More information can be found at

Program in Biotechnology

The Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter invites homeschooled students to participate in a two-year lab-based biotechnology program designed for juniors and seniors in high school. Students earn up to seven college credits and high school science elective credits while building critical skills essential to pursuing careers in scientific fields.

Through industry investigations, laboratory research, and research partnerships with Universities, students become skilled in theories and techniques needed to excel in such fields as molecular biology, cell culture, microbiology, virology, oncology, bioethics, and forensics. Internship opportunities at local research labs are available following successful completion of the first year.

Visit, or call Carolyn Kelley at 775-8461 for more information. Application for the 2015-16 year will close soon.

Poetry Contest in Portsmouth

Homeschoolers in Portsmouth are invited to enter a written poetry contest sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library. One poem per student, typed, should be attached to the official submission form. For more information, call Laure Horwood-Benton at 766-1711, or email

A Great Pen Pal Program

The HSAMF (Home School Association for Military Families) Pen Pal Program is open to both military and civilian homeschooled children. For more information visit and look for the Pen Pal Program under the Programs tab.

Penpal Tidbits is a bimonthly publication that will give you fresh ideas to share with your penpal. For example, August 26 was Australia Day, so the children were encouraged to learn something new about Australia and then share it with their pen pal.

Summer Pre-college Programs at Champlain College

This summer, Champlain College will offer five pre-college programs for high school students in the fields of IT, Cybersecurity, Digital Media, Game Development, Writing, Art and Graphic Design. Each program offers students the opportunity to ?build new skills, try out a major or career field of interest, and get a preview of life on a college campus. Visit for more information.

Programs at the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point

Exploring Odiorne for Homeschoolers
Exploring Odiorne for Homeschoolers is a drop in program for learning about the habitats and animals of Odiorne. Each week’s adventure is led by an expert naturalist and may include exploring one of the seven habitats of Odiorne Point State Park, having a close encounter with a live animal, creating a take-home project, and using scientific tools. The cost is $15 for member children, $20 for non-members.

Marine and Coastal Programs for Groups
The Seacoast Science Center, located in Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, offers 7 different natural habitats and 135 acres to explore, live animal and interpretive exhibits inside the Center, and both indoor and outdoor programs throughout the year. For more information, visit

Homeschool Gym at The Works in Somersworth

The next 8-week session will run from March 31 until May 26, Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00-12:30. Each class consists of a fitness warm up, stretching and circuit exercises, relays or coordination games, and active sports games for all participants. $55 member, $65 nonmember. Call 603-742-2163 ext 741, or visit

Presentations on Russian Culture and History

Marina Forbes, a New Hampshire “Humanities to Go” scholar, has several programs available to present to homeschool groups. In the state of New Hampshiresome of these presentations can be sponsored by the NH Humanities Council (603) 224-4071 Titles include: Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs, Russian Iconography: 1,000 Years of Tradition, Russian Lacquer Boxes: From Craft to Fine Art, Traditional Matryoshka Nested Doll Making: from Russia to New England, The Tsar and the President: Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln, Liberator and Emancipator, Portsmouth Peace Treaty: The Russian Perspective, Education in Russia: Then and Now, Historical Cemeteries of Russia, Personal Reflections: Surviving the Siege of Leningrad (1941-1944), Growing Up in Soviet Russia, Russian New Year and Other Holidays, Russian Folktales. Marina also leads cultural tours to Russia.

Marina Forbes (MA Philology, University of St. Petersburg, Russia) is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist who has written extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture. She is licensed with the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and is featured on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Rosters for Arts in Education and Traditional Arts. Each year, Marina leads cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship, gathering photos and documents, visiting craft factories, GULAG sites and monasteries, and interviewing journalists, political figures, and scholars on the current state of affairs in Russia. Marina’s talks are sometimes a little bit funny, sometimes a little bit sad…. but always unmistakably Russian. Presentations cost $250.

Learn more at and Forbes, Marina . Contact her at, 603-332-2255, 16 Hillside Drive, Rochester, NH 03867

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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