The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News March/April 2013 Volume XXIV Number 4
Coordinator’s Report, March, 2013
The Coalition board members have been busy planning the Coalition’s Annual Spring Homeschooling Workshop. All the exciting workshop details can be found in this issue of The NHHC News.
Additionally, please join me in welcoming our newest Board Members, Kathy Connors and Julie Ridings. Kathy serves District 12 Berlin/Colebrook while Julie serves District 11 Laconia Area.
The next Coalition board meeting will be on Saturday, April 20, at 9:00 a.m. in the Elkins Library in Canterbury. All Coalition meetings are open to the public and we welcome visitors.
New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition Spring Workshop April 6
Get inspired at the NHHC Spring Workshop, Saturday, April 6, at the Nackey Loeb School in Manchester.
This year’s workshop will include three discussion panels, displays of homeschooling material, and free resources and catalogs. People can meet with their Coalition representative and connect with other homeschoolers in their area. This is a great introduction for people considering homeschooling or just starting. Veteran homeschoolers also enjoy the dialog with workshop panelists, learning about different methods and materials, and will benefit from the presentation on homeschooling through high school.
The morning session features a panel of experienced homeschoolers who will describe how homeschooling works for their families. You’ll hear about various types of curriculum, different teaching and learning styles, ways to keep students motivated, and how to solve problems that come up when teaching at home. We’ll also briefly explain the New Hampshire home education law for those new to homeschooling.
In the afternoon “Teaching Children with Special Needs”, a panel of parents who have children with special needs will address various aspects of educating their children at home. The “Homeschooling Through High School” panel features home educated young people and parents discussing high school, college, and the world of employment. They will get into the nitty gritty of covering high school work at home, in group classes, online, and at community college. Panelists will discuss entering the workforce and preparing transcripts and college applications.
Registration is at 9:00, A Homeschooling Sampler at 9:30- 11:30, Lunch break 11:30-12:30, Homeschooling Through High School and Teaching Children with Special Needs 12:30-2:30. Admission is $15 if pre-registered, $20 at the door. To pre-register (by April 4) and for details go to www.nhhomeschooling.org.
Report of the Home Education Advisory Council
I will present the Advisory Council's annual report to the State Board of Education in June. I'd like to elaborate on two issues we've discussed on the Council recently, but I need specific information, not just allegations. Roberta Tenney tells us--and Barrett Christina, the NHSBA attorney, confirms--that some superintendents believe that there are students under 18 being withdrawn from school ostensibly to homeschool, but whose parents have no plan or intention actually to conduct a homeschooling program. Now, I have no idea how a superintendent could "know" that no program will be put in place, as I find it unlikely that any parent would make such a statement. Before the age of compulsory attendance was extended to 18, some students dropped out, legally; it's possible that, prevented from dropping out prior to 18 now, some might use the cover of the homeschooling law to do so. Most people seem to recognize that any measures intended to address this alleged problem that unduly restrict those who are homeschooling in good faith would be unacceptable, so it's unclear what, if anything, can or should be done about it.
Then there is the problem of "push-out." Are districts pressuring into homeschooling people who have no desire to do so, rather than seek a solution for a student's problem? I can imagine circumstances in which a family is told that there's only so much the district can do, and if that's not satisfactory, homeschooling is an option. Of course districts have certain obligations they cannot avoid by pressuring people to homeschool. Any thoughts?
Any party to a dispute over a homeschooling program can request a grievance conference, a provision that was written into the law to encourage resolution of a problem. So far as I know it has been used only a few times, and not at all for years, but it is still a valuable measure to have in place, especially now that probation has been removed from the law. There is, however, no mechanism in the law by which the Commissioner is required to inform parents of this option. It would be beneficial for parents and districts to be aware of it.
Council meetings, with rare exceptions, are the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, at the Department of Education. The April meeting might be rescheduled for the third Tuesday; I will be out of state on the second Tuesday, so I'll make a decision based on what other members prefer. If you plan on attending, check with me. Guests are always welcome.
CHENH 2013 Spring Convention
Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire will hold its convention April 19 and 20 at the Margate Resort in Laconia. Rick and Marilyn Bower are the keynote speakers. For more information visit chenh.org/Convention.
7th Annual WeAre Home Educators Book Sale
Friday, April 12 from 10:00-2:00, 15 Twin Bridge Road, Weare
Come find great deals on next year's curriculum, books and educational toys. Books will be sorted by subject to make it easier to find what you need. Items will be barcoded for speedy checkout. WHE Volunteers will be available to answer curriculum questions.
Interested in selling at the WHE Book Sale? New this year--we have built our own online database to input your sale items. This also means that we can provide some unique services to our sellers, such as an online book sale. After our April sale, buyers can browse through items listed on our site and contact sellers directly to purchase items. The buyers and sellers will need to work directly to coordinate payment & pickup/shipping of items. As always, you don't need to be present to sell. Just register to become a seller ($5), catalog your books using our online form, put labels on your books, and then drop them off to sell! Details at http://www.wearehomeeducators.com
Used Curriculum Sale in Rochester
SCHEA will hold its annual used curriculum sale June 22 at Grace Community Church in Rochester. More details in the next newsletter.
Classes for Homeschoolers
The Remick Museum in Tamworth offers discovery through the senses with a wide range of theme-based programs that interpret domestic and agricultural life through the past 200 years. A combination of hands-on activities and discussion encourages deeper understanding of the topics. Home school classes are offered the second Friday of every month from 10-1. The cost is $5p/p and the minimum number per day is 10 students, pre-registration is required; if interested please check out our website at remickmuseum.org or call 323-5115.
Evolution Rock & Fitness, Concord's brand-new indoor rock climbing and fitness facility, has classes and clubs, and staff that can help develop custom climbing programs for homeschoolers. Contact operations manager Kris Hiller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-715-9171 for more information, or visithttp://www.evolutionrock.com/programs/ .
Homeschool Family Camp at Camp Sentinel in Tuftonboro
Homeschool families are invited to stay in private cabins at Camp Sentinel in Tuftonboro and enjoy canoeing, archery, team games, hiking, crafts, and camp fires. The fee of $199 per family, or $69 per person, includes lodging, activities and meals. Arrive on May 27 at 3 p.m.; depart on May 29 at 10 a.m. Sunday early arrival option includes lodging only, for $25 per family. Sign up online with a $100 deposit at www.campsentinel.org, or call 539-4839.
If you sign up online please enter your family name (under camper) and email us (email@example.com) with the names and ages of children. New for 2013, homeschool camp t-shirts for $7 each. If you would like a t-shirt please include the sizes in the email, and order by April 1.
Saturday, April 27 will be an evening of music and fun for homeschool teens, age 14 through high school, at the Bektash Shrine Center in Concord. The prom is chaperoned, dress is formal, and a professional photographer will be available. After the opening promenade, parents and siblings will not be able to stay. Tickets will be $27 per teen; register by March 17. Contact Karen Confalone at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information; a registration form with more details will be emailed on request.
Home School Jamboree at YMCA Camp Lincoln
Join other home school families at YMCA Camp Lincoln in Kingston on May 10 for a day focused on leadership development, team-building skills, physical education and nature exploration. Activities on the high ropes course, challenge course, nature trails and the lake will allow participants to interact with other home school families. All activities will be facilitated by Camp Lincoln’s experienced staff members. The cost is $10 per person, or $25 per family; a bbq lunch will be available at $6 per person. For more information contact Cory Evans at email@example.com or 642-3361.
Teen Pact New Hampshire has classes scheduled for April
The four-day session is April 15-18 for ages 13-19; $190 for alumni, $230 for first time attendees. A one-day session for ages 8-12 will be offered April 19; $40 for the first child, $30 for siblings. Political Communication Workshop for ages 13-19 on April 19 costs $50, or $40 in conjunction with 4-day class.
For more information, and to register, visit www.teenpact.com/newhampshire. Registration closes April 1.
Tour the New Hampshire Supreme Court
The New Hampshire Supreme Court offers tours to students on Mondays and Fridays. A judge, when available, hosts a question and answer session with the students. Tours of the Supreme Court can be done in conjunction with State House tours. If you are interested in just a Supreme Court tour, contact Laura Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org 271-2646 x 2362. If you would like to arrange a tour of both the Supreme Court and the State House, contact Virginia Drew at email@example.com.
Remember, check our website www.nhhomeschooling.org for more activities and announcements!
Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
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