The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News May/June 2012 Volume XXIII Number 5

Report of the Home Education Advisory Council

Mary Mayo asked me to attend the April 20 meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, whose approval of our rules is the last step prior to their final adoption by the State Board of Education. House Education Committee Chairman Michael Balboni had asked JLCAR to delay action on Ed. 315 until the fate of HB 545 was determined. That bill, as originally written, would give the HEAC final approval of the rules. I told the members of JLCAR that this round of rule-making has been conducted as if HB 545 were already in effect; the final proposal for Ed. 315 that they had was in fact the same document that the Advisory Council had accepted in February. Thus assured, JLCAR approved the rules, and they were then sent to the State Board for final adoption.

I gave the Council's annual report to the State Board on May 16. The written report contained a little background about the Council, including its legislative authorization and its duties. When I spoke, I discussed the statistics that were included with my written report, including the interesting fact that, in the past ten years, public and private school enrollments have steadily declined, while homeschooling enrollments, except for this year, have steadily increased. The Department's enrollment data can be found at I also mentioned the two bills that would, if passed, significantly modify the homeschooling law. HB 545, mentioned above, has been amended to give the Advisory Council, not final approval of the rules, but the right to review and comment on them. HB 1571 removes the requirement to submit the annual evaluation to the participating agency, and it also repeals the notice, hearing, and appeals procedures afforded to parents relative to the termination of a home education program. Both bills have been passed by the House and were amended and then passed by the Senate. The bills now go back to the House Education Committee.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 12, from 3:30 until 5 in room 15 at the Department of Education; we take the summer off, and resume meeting in September. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have.

Abbey Lawrence

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

The Homeschool Drama Troupe presents its 8th Annual Production: "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare at the Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street, Warner, New Hampshire. Friday, June 8 @ 1:00pm & Sat, June 9 @ 7:00pm. Free admission, open to the public.

"A tale of romance and deception wrapped in a rich mantle of humor which captivates audiences today as surely as it did four hundred years ago" - Denzel Washington.
One of Shakespeare's most entertaining plays performed by a talented group of homeschooled students!

Homeschool Day at Hilltop Fun Center in Somersworth

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Time: 1 - 4 p.m. $10/pp with minimum of 50 participants ($11/pp if fewer than 50 participants) To include 3 hours of all you can play mini-golf, laser tag, go-karts (2 tracks will be open for the group), 2 hours of batting cages and driving range usage.
Visit the website for more information: Payments must be received by June 1. Please RSVP directly to Sally Duggan at, or call 603-730-2402

Week-Long Theatre Arts Camps at the Winni Playhouse July 9- August 17 in Meredith

Children’s Program for students entering grades K-6
Your favorite stories will leap off the page in our popular Children’s Summer Camp!
Each week students will explore the magical worlds and characters of classic children’s literature through the mediums of theatre, music, dance, and visual art. Join the Cowardly Lion, the Mad Hatter, Strega Nona, Willy Wonka, and let the wild rumpus begin!
Morning Session- 9:00-12:00 - Drama & Performance
Afternoon Session- 1:00-4:00 - Visual Art & Music/Movement
Full Day Session- 9:00-4:00 - Drama, Visual Art, & Music/Movement
Tuition: $150/morning or afternoon, $250/full day
Scholarships Available
Teen Summer Musical & Theatre Academy for students entering grades 7-12
Teen Musical: Teen actors will participate in all aspects of production to bring the enchanting tale of Once on this Island to life on the outdoor stage of the Winni Playhouse amphitheatre. Three Weeks, July 9-27, Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00, $650
Theatre Academy: Immerse yourself in theatre with our Summer Theatre Academy! Teen actors will improve their acting ability & broaden their knowledge of theatre while working in a fun & relaxed atmosphere. Week-Long Sessions, July 30-August 17, Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00, $250/week
Visit for details or to register
Questions? or 366-7377

Homeschoolers Asked Us

We have frequently solicited your responses to various homeschooling questions. This month the question is one which in various forms is occasionally sent to the webmaster; the response is mine.

May someone else homeschool my children?

The New Hampshire homeschooling law states: (193-A:4) "Home education shall be provided by a parent for his own child, unless the provider is as otherwise agreed upon by" the participating agency, that is, the Department of Education, school district superintendent, or private school principal to whom the homeschooler sent the notification. Over the years I've heard of a few cases in which a close relative, for instance, the grandmother of the children, was providing most of the instruction. Of course, homeschoolers also use tutors, co-op classes, and on-line courses, but the clear intent of the law is for the parent or guardian to be responsible for the bulk of the program. Often when people ask this question they are imagining an arrangement that New Hampshire law considers a private school, which, to comply with the compulsory attendance law, must be approved by the Department.

For our next issue, we want to ask homeschoolers…

What do you say when people ask your children “Shouldn’t you be in school?”
Please send your responses to Abbey Lawrence,

Intro to Horses for Homeschoolers

Stoneybrook Farm in Chichester offers a spring session of Intro To Horses for Homeschoolers. Each session will include a mounted lesson and an unmounted workshop. The unmounted workshop will cover topics such as grooming, horse nutrition, behavior, caring for horses and horse breeds. Our friendly and lovable Shetland pony will assist in teaching the parts of a horse, grooming and tacking up, staying safe around horses and how to properly lead a horse. The unmounted workshop is hands on allowing participants to learn by doing.

During the mounted portion, participants will learn mounting and dismounting, correct and balanced position, and communication and control of the horse at the walk. Riding and handling of horses is all based on natural horsemanship.
This workshop will run for 4 weeks and sessions are once per week. Sessions are 2 hours long, one hour for mounted, one hour for unmounted. This workshop will begin the first week of June. The cost is $150 per child.
Sessions will run Tues – Thurs from 2:00pm – 4pm starting on June 1. Please email Heather Williams to reserve a spot and to provide first and second choice of days. Forms and a deposit must be mailed in by May 21.
Check out for more information, summer camp and lessons.

Homeschool Week at Hulbert Center in Fairlee, Vermont

Homeschool Week at Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont takes place May 27- June 1, 2012, for homeschoolers age 9-17. Hulbert Outdoor Center’s experienced instructors will provide a supportive and exciting atmosphere for participants. Hulbert has been offering programs for homeschoolers for more than 20 years.

For more information, contact Becky Proulx, Program Director, at or at Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, Vermont at 802-333-3405. Visit for photos and descriptions.

Homeschool Family Camp at Camp Sentinel in Tuftonboro

Homeschool Family Camp at Camp Sentinel in Tuftonboro. Families are invited to come and enjoy home school camp while enjoying traditional camp activities such as canoeing, archery, team games, hiking, crafts, and camp fires. Families stay in private cabins. Fee--$199 per family household or $69 /pp--includes lodging, activities and meals. Arrival is on Monday, May 28 at 3p.m.; departure is Wednesday, May 30 at 10a.m. Sunday early arrival option includes lodging only, for $25 per family. Sign up online with a $100 deposit at or contact us for a brochure.

Survey of Broadband Technology and Training Needs of Educational Institutions

The NH Broadband Mapping and Planning Program seeks your input to identify the broadband technology needs of educational institutions with respect to communication, data management, training, teaching and learning. All personal information that you share will remain anonymous. Please share your opinions, priorities, and needs by taking this 19-question survey, which should take you five to ten minutes to complete. If you have questions, please email or call 603-234-8651.

Click here to take the survey.

NHBMPP is a UNH project in collaboration with the N.H. Office of Energy and Planning, the state Department of Resources and Economic Development, Regional Planning Commissions, and the Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC). You can learn more about the project at

MIT Educational Studies Program

Student registration is now open for Delve, a program which prepares high school students to take Advanced Placement exams in May. Students attend classes from 10 to 3 (with an hour break for lunch) on Sundays from September to May. Apply by May 31 for the best chance at the class you want. Visit

Summer HSSP will run for 7 weeks from July 8 to August 19 on Sundays, from 11 to 5. There will be classes on everything from Futures in Biotechnology to Choral Music and other similar topics. More information is available at Student registration and the catalog will be open in early June.

Learn German this Summer

Various levels of German classes will be available at the Currier Art Center, 180 Pearl Street, Manchester. The summer schedule has been posted at

Host a Student from Spain

The website received the following:
My name is Joe Bock and I grew up in New England, but I now live in Spain as an English teacher and a homestay organizer. For the last four years I have been placing Spanish children in host families for the month of July, some of them in New Hampshire. Some of the families that have hosted in the past have been home schooling families, as they are looking for ways to bring learning experiences into the home environment. We have been very happy with the homeschooling families we have had, (in Connecticut where I am from).

Some benefits of our program:
• An opportunity to meet and learn from someone from another country and language
• $600 stipend to cover expenses; student has own spending money.
• One American child is invited to two-day trip to NYC for a discounted rate with the group.
• The supervisors (myself and my wife) are there the entire time and call and visit during the stay.
• Some opportunities to travel back with the group to Spain and live with a family there
For more information, contact Mr. Bock at, or visit

Programs Offered in Concord

Concord Parks & Recreation provides an extensive variety of programs and classes to Concord and the surrounding communities. With daily access to parks, community centers, golf course and sports fields, the Department is able to tailor programs and classes to fit the needs of a particular group. Programs include but are not limited to basketball, soccer, dance classes, art classes, archery, tae kwon do, cross country skiing, golf, theater classes and music classes.
Multiple week programs or one day events can be accommodated. For more information contact Laura Bryant at 603-230-3789 or

Homeschool Support Program in Northampton, Massachusetts

SHINE Middle Grades Collaborative is a social and academic support program for 16 6-8 grade students in within commuting distance of Northhampton, Massachusetts. It combines weekly on-line interactive curriculum with field trips, plays, and monthly gatherings. The program is coordinated by Theresa Heary, who has ten years experience running The Chicken Coop at the Farm School, and has helped many families make the transition to high school. Go to or call 413-475-0540 for more information.

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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