The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News March/April 2014 Volume XXV Number 4
New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition Spring Workshop April 5
Please join us for the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition Spring Workshop, Saturday, April 5, at the Nackey Loeb School of Communications 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 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 and Beyond” 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. In the second hour of this session, panelists will focus on preparing transcripts and applying to college.
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 run from 12:30 to 2:30. Admission is $15 if pre-registered, $20 at the door. To pre-register (by April 3) and for details go to www.nhhomeschooling.org.
Treble Chorus Choir School
Beginning Thursday, March 6, 6-7 p.m., and continuing each Thursday, All Saints Anglican Church on Hall Street in Concord will offer a new music ministry, All Saints Treble Chorus, for youngsters ages 7-15, combining instruction in proper vocal technique, diction, and performance practices with the beauty of liturgical music. Directed by Carlos Martinez and Jane Cormier, the Treble Chorus will perform at a number of venues in Concord and Manchester.
On March 6 interested students will be asked to sing a scale or small song, in order to serve vocal placement in the chorus. All singers are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. The chorus will be offered tuition-free through the month of April.? After this introductory term, a small tuition may be suggested. Contact Fr. Christian Tutor, 603 545 9079, firstname.lastname@example.org
Short Film Festival
The New Hampshire Film & Television Office will present the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival on May 24 at Red River Theatres in Concord. Students from New Hampshire public and private high schools, as well as homeschooled students, are encouraged to submit projects no longer than seven minutes in length, which need not be part of a class assignment. The submission period runs from February 1-March 31.
Report from the Home Education Advisory Council
After going through JLCAR, the Ed315 Final Proposal went before the State Board of Education on February 13. Unfortunately, at the HEAC meeting on February 11, George D'Orazio pointed out a couple of typos which consist of mislettered references to the law and other text within the rules. I am waiting to hear from Mary Mayo.
The Council is trying to get rid of (or at least change) the form superintendents have to sign to certify homeschool student numbers in their districts. I am charged with contacting the proper person within DOE with our request.
The Council is also working on a statement for the DOE homeschooling webpage regarding graduation credentials and the self-certification of homeschool graduates. I have been directed to write a letter to the Commissioner requesting that the statement be posted on the website.
Council meetings are the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, from 3:30 until 5 at the Department of Education.
Classical Conversations teaches parents the classical model of education. Families meet weekly for 24 weeks and trained tutors introduce the weekly memory work. The classical model identifies three stages of learning: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.
If you would like to observe classes on March 11 at Community Baptist Church at 136 Eastern Avenue in Rochester, contact Maria Chamberlain at email@example.com; reservations are required. Please include the names and ages of your children.
This is the last open house opportunity for Foundations and Essentials in Rochester for this school year. Visit www.classicalconversations.com for other opportunities in Merrimack, Spofford, and South Berwick.
Audubon Society Poster Contest and Teacher Memberships
The New Hampshire Audubon Society celebrates its 100th anniversary with a poster contest; all entries will be displayed during the spring of 2014 as part of the Centennial and Earth Day celebrations. In addition, free memberships are offered to all New Hampshire teachers. Visit http://www.nhaudubon.org/about/centennial/education/ for more information, or call Angie Krysiak at 668-2045.
Stanford Achievement Testing Offered in May
Sue Anderson, an approved test administrator with BJU Press for both the Stanford and Iowa tests, will offer group administration of the Stanford Achievement Test in Manchester on May 20, 21 and 22 for $25 per student. If you would like your children, grades 4 through 12, to take the Stanford Achievement Test this spring, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 25. Space is limited for the group testing; individual testing is also available. Information about the tests can be found at bjupress.com/testing/stanford.php.
Living History Weekend at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House
Join members of McAlpin's Corps of Loyalist Volunteers on March 22 and 23 at the Col. Paul Wentworth House, 47 Water Street in Rollinsford, as they tell the stories of those Americans who fought for the king during the American Revolution. Historians in period clothing will demonstrate musket firing, military drills, equipment, and uniforms, along with period cooking and displays of everyday life in the 18th century.
During the tumultuous time of the Revolution no one could tell how the nation would emerge, yet the men and women who remained on the side of the Royal government served with the same patriotic spirit and devotion as the Revolutionary forces who fought to overthrow it. The civil war that erupted during that struggle divided communities, neighbors, and families alike, as so many took sides to fight for what they believed.
Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00, Sunday from 12 to 3:00. For more information visit www.paulwentworthhouse.org
NHHC Board member Marion Claus asked homeschool families: Do homeschoolers have snow days?
Here are some responses:
As a homeschooling mom, I spend inordinate amounts of time on the road, taking my kids to field trips, co-op classes, music lessons, sporting events, museums, libraries, and friend’s houses. My children are “road scholars” learning so much outside of the home. When the snow flies and we are homebound, we become home scholars. Snow days are a chance for us to “catch up” on “book work”.
Our snow days are filled with monstrous snow removal. I welcome the cancellation of activities on those days because it means everyone will be home to help and be able to focus on academics.
We get our 'school' work done inside as fast as we can, then have recess (shovel and sled), chemistry (salt and sand), cooking (hot cocoa and cookies). When the days are warmer and longer we take our "Snow Days" to walk, bike and explore the wilderness.
Not if we want to be done before May :)
MSMR Student Competition
The Massachusetts Society for Medical Research invites all New England students in grades 7-12 to enter an essay, poster, or webpage in a competition to explain a recent biomedical research breakthrough. Students in grades 7 and 8 enter the Level 1 competition; students in grades 9 – 12 enter the Level 2 competition.
Cash, book and certificate prizes are awarded to the winning students; awards presentations are made at the MSMR annual meeting in June. Complete information, as well as the Student Packet and Entry Form can be found at http://www.MSMR.org. Entries must be submitted before May 1.
There was an old Birch tree...
With its old peeling bark...
And there sat a tiny little bird...
by a 10-year old homeschooled girl from Alton
Perform It! Presents Shakespeare's Love’s Labour’s Lost
The six-time award winning Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company will be performing William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, May 8 through May 11 at The Village Players Theater, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The King of Navarre and his three lords agree to have no contact with women for three years while they devote themselves to study. But when the Princess of France and three lovely ladies arrive at the court, the men must resort to desperate measures, and antics! Shows are Thursday, May 8 at 10:00, Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10 at 7:30, and Sunday, May 11 at 2:00. Ticketing information and more details will be posted soon on the website http://www.performitstagecompany.org/.
Homeschool Night with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats May 16
Enjoy a fun Friday night field trip with family and friends. The Fisher Cats staff can provide your home educational lesson plans based on New Hampshire's Core Curriculum in math, science, and social studies. Homeschoolers can participate in a pre-game parade, and enjoy the post-game fireworks, too. To purchase tickets at the special price of $7, contact Lindsey House at (603) 606-4124 or email@example.com. Learn more at
More Historic Sites
The James House Farmstead in Hampton offers a variety of educational activities and programs for homeschoolers. Field trips are free and the staff is ready to help students learn all about life on an 18th century salt marsh farm. Farming, weaving, period architecture, children's games, horticulture, and archaeology are some features of the program. For more information visit www.jameshousemuseum.org.
Discounted rates are available for student groups, as well as discounted overnight rooms for your group, at the Colonial Inn in Concord, Massachusetts. Among the many nearby sites in Concord are: The Old North Bridge, where the “shot heard around the world” was fired; Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women; Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Alcott, Emerson, Thoreau and many more are buried; and Thoreau’s Walden Pond. For more information contact Melissa Bourque at 978-371-2908 x503.
A homeschooler in Connecticut offers a blog and a website devoted to information about homeschooling through high school and preparing for college. Visit http://hscollegebound.com/Newsletter-020114.htm.
Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
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