The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News May 2016 Volume XXVII Number 9

The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition Spring Workshop with Speaker Rebecca Rupp May 7

Well-known author Rebecca Rupp presents “So You Want to be a Homeschooler?” at the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition Spring Workshop in Bedford on Saturday, May 7.

Rebecca Rupp has a Ph.D. in cell biology and biochemistry and is the author of nearly two dozen books, both for children and adults, including several on homeschooling. There is, of course, no one right way to homeschool – but there are many different approaches, all with their pros and cons. Rebecca will talk about these – and approach the question of whether homeschooling is really right for you and your kids. It’s not an easy decision. Becky Rupp and her husband Randy homeschooled their three sons from birth through college. “They’re all fine. And they’re all still speaking to us,” she quips.

The workshop’s afternoon session, “A Homeschooling Sampler,” features a panel of homeschooling parents and graduates who will describe their homeschooling methods and the materials they use, and take questions from the audience. The presentation includes an overview of New Hampshire homeschooling law.

There will be displays of homeschooling materials, representatives from museums, organizations, and support groups, and free resources and catalogs. People can meet with their Coalition representative and connect with other homeschoolers in their area.

The workshop will be held at the Activity Center at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, New Hampshire.
Registration 9:30 to 10:00
Rebecca Rupp 10:00 to 11:30
Lunch break, displays from various organizations, 11:30 to 1:00
A Homeschooling Sampler 1:00 to 2:15

Admission is $10 if pre-registered, $15 at the door. To pre-register (by May 5) and for details go to For additional info, contact Amy Gall,, or call 838-5081.

Coordinator’s Report April 2016

Spring has sprung! Leaves are unfurling up here in the North Country, and new lambs are hopping around the pasture. These vicissitudes bring to mind other changes to come:

We are very excited about the annual NHHC Spring Workshop next weekend, with noted homeschooling author Rebecca Rupp as our morning speaker. We hope to see you there!

Our annual election of local area representatives/board members is coming up in June. We have a number of vacant districts. If you, or someone you know, are interested in volunteering to serve the homeschooling community please have them contact me. We are also seeking a Secretary.

We are planning to work out some kinks in the NHHC Constitution in the upcoming months: realigning the NHHC districts to reflect current SAU boundaries, tweaking election of officers, and changing officer voting status to make it easier to get a quorum so we can conduct business at quarterly meetings. Look for proposed language and a referendum ballot in the near future.

Amy Gall, 838-5081

Midsummer in Wolfeboro

In May Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company will present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wolfeboro’s newly renovated town hall.

“The use of the Great Hall allows us to present Shakespeare as it was meant to be experienced – theater in the round,” says director Elizabeth Cantrall. A Midsummer Night’s Dream largely takes place in the Forest of Arden outside of the city of Athens where the Elvin King Oberon is caught in a battle of wills with his Fairy Queen, Titania. In order to outwit his beloved Titania, Oberon enlists the help of his mischievous Pucks and an herbal potion. “The original Shakespeare had Puck as a single character but I envisioned a scenario in which a musical Puck and a dancing Puck present contrasting aspects of this mischievous elf,” said Cantrall.

Meanwhile, four young Athenians also enter the wood, each searching for love, but thanks to the Pucks and a wonderful mix-up they too fall prey to Oberon’s potion and confusion ensues. There is also a “play within a play” as a group of common and dimwitted laborers strive to present a play in honor of Duke Theseus and Queen Hippolyta’s upcoming nuptials in Athens.

Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company presents this comedy with music, dancing, costumes, and scenery that will delight audiences of all ages.

Performances are Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m.; Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 22 at 2:00.

May 18 and 19 have a special morning matinee price of $8 per seat. All other shows tickets are $12 per adult and $8 for children 12 and under.

Tickets are available online at the Country Bookseller and Black’s in Wolfeboro, online at and by calling (603) 323-8991.

Join us for Homeschool Theatre Guild’s production of Anne of Green Gables

This delightful dramatization captures the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic about an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. The play faithfully recreates the memorable events and characters from the brilliant novel. Whether you are an "old friend" of Anne's or meeting her for the first time, this play will solidify a lasting friendship between the audience and one of literature's most unforgettable characters.

Performances will be held at Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester, New Hampshire on Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m., plus a special school day matinee on Friday, May 27 at 9 a.m.

Tickets are available through any cast or crew member, or online at $5 in advance/$7 at the door.

To learn more about Homeschool Theatre Guild, now in its 21st year, go to

A question about testing

I'm wondering if some tests are better suited for writers and some for math/science kids. I'm looking at CAT, PASS and SAT's. My goal is so that my kids are familiar with test taking but each has different strengths.

And some replies
Each of these tests is quite different. The CAT test that's available to homeschoolers is a simple quick achievement test focusing on math and verbal (language) sections, geared to each standard grade level.

The PASS test is created especially for homeschoolers. It can only be used for students through grade 8, is untimed, and rather unlike tests given at the public schools.

The SAT is an aptitude test--not an achievement test, and it can't be used for the end-of-year evaluation in New Hampshire. The SAT is changing radically this year, starting in March. It has a math component, with problems from algebra 1 and 2(depending on your text), geometry, and a little trigonometry (which might already be covered by your geom.
book). The verbal component tests reading, extracting information from literary and scientific writing, and editing for correct grammar and construction. There's also an optional essay. Most students take the SAT for the first time as juniors, and then repeat a few times after that to up their scores before applying to college.

SAT II subject tests are like achievement tests for each subject. High schoolers applying to college take some in various subjects (US history, chemistry, German) to show what they've learned.

I like the Stanford 10 test that is available through our Classical Conversations group. My kids are testing in Barrington, NH this year, for 4th and 5th grades. In addition to being a proctored test, which allows them to get a feel for test taking, it's not an overly stressful environment and the test gives parents a detailed report for what areas they did best on (strengths) and areas they can improve on. Usually, the test doesn't really tell me anything I don't know, but it is good to have on paper.

Used Curriculum Sale in Rochester

Seacoast Christian Home Educators will hold their annual used curriculum and book sale on June 18 from 9 to 1 at Grace Community Church, 159 Rochester Hill Road in Rochester.
Interested sellers and anyone needing more information should

Nature Study at The Little Nature Museum in Warner

The Little Nature Museum has collections of everything from fossils to shells to mounted birds and nests, many exhibits on wildlife and earth science, and a wide variety of hands-on activities for all ages. Enjoy the “Medicine Woods Nature Trail” using the Museum’s “Woods’ Wonders” nature packs designed for preschool – 3rd grade. The trail, owned by the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, is located across the parking lot.

This summer, the museum will be offering workshops with outdoor expert Rudy Bourget as well as a camp program with the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. Visit for details. The Indian Museum and The Little Nature Museum will host “Harvest Moon & NatureFest” on September 25, an annual event filled with outdoor activities and live animals.

The museum is open on Fridays and Sundays, noon – 5 and on Saturdays and holidays from 10:30 to 5, beginning on Sunday, May 22 until October 30. Groups need to make an appointment. Fees: $25/group + $3/child and $3/adult. To learn more or make reservations, contact Sandra at 746-6121, or go to

The Museum is hosting a free Educator’s Open House on Saturday, June 4, from noon until 5. Any homeschooler parent is welcome to come to that to see the Museum and learn more about it. It is cohosted by the N.H. Environmental Educators Association.

Homeschool Formal in Tuftonboro

Camp Sentinel in Tuftonboro will sponsor a Homeschool Formal on June 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the ages of 15-19. The single ticket price of $25 includes a three-course dinner, dancing, and a night of fellowship with your homeschool peers. The Grand March Entrance will be at 5:00.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Ben Stiles, Sentinel’s Ministry Operations Director by phone at (603) 539-4839 or by email at

Teen Conference at UNH

A 4-H conference open to all teens will be held at UNH June 26-29. Registrations are due to the county office, with full payment, by May 15. Go to for details and forms.

Summer STEM Program at UNH-Manchester

Summer daycamps at the STEM laboratory at UNH-Manchester include:
EPIC-Elementary Program Introducing Computing, grades 4-5, June 27-July 1 and July 25-29
Design Make Code Plan to Invent, grades 6-8, July 11-15 and July 18-22
Design Make Code Bots Adventure, grades 6-8, August 1-5

For more STEM programs 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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