The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News May/June 2013 Volume XXIV Number 5

Coordinator’s Report, May, 2013

Another spring workshop is behind us, and approximately eighty-six people attended this year's workshop held on April 6, at the Nackey Loeb School of Communications in Manchester. Our experienced panelists did a wonderful job of sharing their homeschooling experiences and insights. The Coalition Board works hard every year at preparing the spring workshop. Please let us know what you would like to see next year.

Election ballots will be reaching your email inbox during the month of June.
The NHHC is organized and run by volunteers, and the Board of Representatives is member-selected by you. I hope each of you will take the time to vote this election season.

Speaking of volunteers, District 2 (Keene/Monadnock area) is currently vacant and we are looking for volunteers eager to help fellow New Hampshire homeschoolers. If you live in the Keene/Monadnock district and are interested in finding out more about serving on the Coalition board, please let me know.

Happy homeschooling,
Stacey Desrosiers
NHHC Coordinator

Used Curriculum Sale June 4

A used curriculum sale will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from 9 - 1 at First Agape in Auburn. If you are interested in selling your books, please email Jenn D'Amico at to reserve a table. The number of tables is limited and so must be reserved in advance. Set up will begin at 8:00 and doors will open to the public at 9:00.

Seacoast Christian Home Educators Association Annual Used
Curriculum Sale June 22

Saturday, June 22, 9-1 (SCHEA Members can start shopping at 8 )
Grace Community Church in Rochester (NOTE: NEW location)
Book Sellers: contact Heidi Paquette at to sign up
This is a great resource to stock up on complete curricula, reading
books, dvd’s/vhs, educational games & toys at great prices, as well as
tons of free items. Items will be sorted and placed on tables by
subject or category, for easy shopping.

Report of the Home Education Advisory Council

The State Board of Education, at its February meeting, directed the Department of Education to incorporate the proposed rule changes submitted by the Council into an initial proposal to enter the rules process. When a hearing is scheduled, the Coalition website will likely be the best means of letting you know.

We had no quorum in March and therefore no meeting. One issue we discussed at the April meeting was the School Boards Association's model policy on home education; a few details need clarification. Barrett Christina updates these policies as needed.

I will be gone the second Tuesday in May, so I have rescheduled the Council's meeting for May 21. If you are interested in attending, call or email me, or check the Coalition website. I'm scheduled to give the Council's annual report to the State Board on June 13. Feel free to contact me regarding any issue you would like to see brought before the Board, particularly details of those issues I discussed in my report in the last newsletter. For a look at DOE data regarding home education programs in the state, see
Abbey Lawrence

2013 Homeschool Spring Formal

in Union, NH
Saturday, May 4th, 7:00 p.m. until midnight. Tickets $12.00. Ticket sales begin April 1. Tickets are limited to the first 60 guests! Details available at If you have questions, please contact Joan Mullen -522-2015, Sheila Welch- 473-8991.

Perform It! Presents Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew in Wolfeboro

You will not want to miss this delightful show performed by the six-time award-winning Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company.

One of Shakespeare’s funniest comedies about lunatic lovers and the economics behind matrimony, our Taming of the Shrew is set in modern day, with rap narration and lively songs and dance. We find ourselves in the city of Padua where a mother has two daughters in need of wooing and wedding. Three men are happy to oblige and are anxious to win the hand of Bianca, the younger of the two. Unfortunately, the elder daughter Katharina has a prickly personality, which makes her a less desirable conquest. The girls’ mother, Baptista, however, has a rule which must be obeyed. Bianca may not marry until her elder sibling does. In fact, the men are not even allowed in the house with Bianca, but her Latin and music tutors are. What do you suppose the men do next to get close to their beloved Bianca? You got it! Bring on the disguises!

Meanwhile a new man has hit the streets of Padua and his name is Petruchio. He is an overly confident swaggering young man who wants one thing in a wife - wealth! Petruchio claims to be up to taming the shrew known as Katharina, and so he sets himself to the task.

Our homeschooling families are diligently working on costumes, sets and music to make this production of The Taming of the Shrew a complete delight for all. Visit us on the web at or like us on facebook to see photos, updates, production notes and fun info. We have made a free companion curriculum available at

Performances are Wednesday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m.; Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 7:30; and Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 at The Village Players Theater, 51 Glendon Street in Wolfeboro. Wednesday tickets are $8.00, by reservation only, and must be paid for in advance. Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets are available at The Country Bookseller in Wolfeboro, by phone 323-8991, or by mailing Prices for tickets reserved and PAID in advance: adult/$12, kids 12 & under/$7. Paid at the door: adults/$14, kids 12 & under/$8. Sorry, but tickets reserved in advance, but paid for at the door, will be at the door price.

The Homeschool Theatre Guild Presents The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Homeschool Theatre Guild presents The Adventures of Tom Sawyer May 9 and 10 at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street in Rochester. The Homeschool Theatre Guild, a New Hampshire non-profit organization since 2002, has brought many of Shakespeare’s comedies to the stage; last year it produced George McDonald’s timeless fantasy, The Princess and the Goblin. Over 30 homeschooled students from the area, ranging in age from 12 to 18, are involved in this year’s production. Performances are at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 10, and at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10.
Advance tickets are $5 for an individual or $20 for a family and can be obtained by calling 664-2913. Tickets are also available at the door.

Just Create Summer Art Camps in Peterborough

Our children's summer art program provides students with the opportunity to try a variety of mediums and develop new skills in a safe and supportive environment. Students
will learn and create: Drawing, Painting, Collage, Ceramics, Sculpture/3D, Activities/Drama and more. Learn more about the program at

CSI (Caring Student Intern) Program for Teens Offered at LRGHealthcare

LRGHealthcare offers ‘CSI’ (Caring Student Interns) Program to teens between the ages of 15 and 18 that have an interest in learning about careers in healthcare. Participants will learn medical skills such as taking blood pressure and respirations, first aid and more. Students will also be introduced to various departments throughout the hospital that provide medical services. Upon completion of the CSI program, students are eligible to volunteer on nursing floors, working directly with the LNA’s (Licensed Nurses Aides).
This year there will be two sessions, July 15-19 and August 5-9. Both sessions will be held at Lakes Region General Hospital. Wednesday of each of these sessions will be held at Franklin Regional Hospital. CSI is open to students from all local school districts.
Space is limited. For more information or to request an application, please contact the Office of Volunteer Services at 524-3211, ext 6720 or visit to download an application. All applications are due by Friday, June 1.

Summer ECO Intern

Join Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.), a sustainable community building non-profit based in Ossipee, as an E.C.O. (environmental community organizer) Intern for a summer filled with exploration of sustainable systems thinking! Interns will explore the meaning sustainability through hands-on service projects, environmentally focused curriculum, and self reliance workshops. Interns will help at G.A.L.A. booth at the local farmers market, learn to install gardens, rain barrels, and more through G.A.L.A.'s Sustain-A-Raiser program, dive deep into sustainable systems thinking, and learn to design their own non-profit or sustainable business. Interns will be compensated $400 for successful completion of the program. Students entering grades 11 or 12 may apply. Find an application and more information at Applications are due May 20. Call or email Emily at 603-539-6460 or with questions.

Birdwatching Club

A statewide club for young birders, ages 10 to 18, (known to themselves as The Harriers) has been started. A spring and summer schedule will include weekend excursions to some of the best birding spots in the region. The outings are open to all members of the Harriers and their parents. Membership in the Harriers costs $25/year--all trips are free thereafter. For new members before the end of the 2013 school year, membership comes with a copy of Stokes Field Guide to Birds (Eastern Region), a "Rite-in-the-rain" birding notebook, a membership sticker, and more. In an initial effort to raise money for the Harriers and spread word about the club, we will be participating in the May 18 Birdathon, birding the southern tier of New Hampshire from one coast to the other.

More information about the Harriers, their plans, and the structure of the organization can be found at The group also has a fledgling Facebook page: If you have any questions or comments about the Harriers, or wish to get involved in any way, please contact Henry Walters at, or by phone at 603-525-3572.

How to Teach Science

The New Hampshire Science Teachers' Association will offer the second annual Elementary Summer Science Institute in Concord on June 25-27, open to all teachers and all people involved in science and science education. For more information visit

Steve and Teri Maxwell in Greenfield

Christian speakers Steve and Teri Maxwell and Family will come to Greenfield, New Hampshire June 14-15 for a conference intended to inspire and help families. For more information, see

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fair in Westmoreland

Home school families are invited to participate in a STEM fair at Pioneer Junior Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist church school in Westmoreland sponsored by the Keene, Drewsville and Mountain View churches. Rules and the registration form are posted at; the judging rubric and additional resources will be available soon.

Homeschool Week at Camp Calumet in Freedom

June 17 – 21. Campsites, platform tents and rooms in the Conference Center are available. Each platform tent has four bunk beds and two single beds. Campers provide their own sleeping bags, pillows and towels. Bathrooms are in a building a short distance away. Rooms in the Conference Center come with bed linens and towels; bathrooms are down the hall dormitory style.
Visit for more information.

Tracking Ospreys

Follow ospreys from nests in New Hampshire as they migrate to South America and back again, through the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Project OspreyTrack. This inter-disciplinary “green STEM” program addresses areas of geography, science, math, technology, and social studies. The program includes an indoor overview of osprey biology, two outdoor activities, and an opportunity to meet a live osprey.
Your school can “adopt” an osprey – perhaps from a nest near your school – and follow it using web-based tracking tools in the classroom. Your school can also become part of an international collaborative effort and communicate and share with students in classrooms in Europe, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.

Homeschoolers can have the introduction program either at SLNSC or at a site of their choosing. The outdoor activities need a large open area; the indoor portion needs a room a large enough for the group size. The introduction includes a power point slide presentation, outdoor activities, live osprey and follow-up work sheets. The fee for the program is $3.00/student with a minimum of fee of $100 if the program is done at SLNSC. The fee for outreach is $3/student with a minimum of $125 if within 25 miles of SLNSC and $200 if more than 25 miles from SLNSC.

Track the ospreys on line by visiting
To find out more about the Science Center’s OspreyTrack project, visit:
To follow Art, a male Osprey migrating from Brazil to Bridgewater, and other satellite tagged Ospreys, visit:
To register your school with our international partners and network with schools in other Osprey Flyways, visit:
and see a map of those schools and flyways at:

Horsemanship Camps

Gelinas Farm offers week-long, half-day horsemanship camps, for 6-8 campers ages 6-10. The day starts with a few chores, including feeding and taking care of the horses' stalls. The riding lesson covers grooming, tacking, leading, and then riding. The morning finishes with after-ride care, then lunch. Weekly riding lessons and a six-week horsemanship course are also available. For more information, visit, or call 603-225-7024.

Aviation Academy

The Aviation and Aerospace Education Center at Winnipesaukee (WinnAero), the Laconia Airport Authority, and the Federal Aviation Administration are sponsoring three Aviation Career Education Academies for middle and high school students at the Laconia Airport the week of July 8-12, 2013. The three academies will run concurrently; one ACE Academy will be for students in grades 6-8, one will be for students in grades 9-11, and the third will be for students in grades 10-12 who have previous aviation experience. During this one-week Academy, we plan to give the students an overview of aviation and FAA careers. Some highlights of the week will include tours at the Pease Air National Guard base in Newington, Manchester Boston Regional Airport, and FAA air traffic control, hands-on activities to demonstrate flight basics, and guest speakers.
These ACE academies were designed to give middle and high school students an opportunity to learn more about aviation careers. For more information, visit

See New England with a Fun Pass

The Fun Pass is a coupon book that provides over $1,500 in discounts to over 100 popular family attractions located in New England. Examples of coupons include:
Story Land ($29.22 value), Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II ($19.00 value)
York’s Wild Kingdom ($16.25 value), Polar Caves Park ($11.00 value), The Children’s Museum of NH ($11.00 value), Charmingfare Farm ($11.00 value), Squam Lakes Natural Science Center ($10.00 value), Canterbury Shaker Village ($8.00 value), The Butterfly Place ($8.00 value).
The Fun Pass costs $30, and for a group discount the books cost $25 (less than an admission to Story Land), with a minimum purchase of 15 books. For more information about the attractions and what each coupon offers, visit .
For more information contact Susan Berry at (603)669-2411 ext. 108 or .

Online Rockhounding Adventures by Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum

To learn about the planet Earth and its rocks and mineral treasures, students can participate in interactive online classes. The first adventure describes what matter is and covers the formation of the universe, solar system, and earth. Other adventures feature a rock or mineral and describe the geology of the area in which the specimen is found. When possible, information is relayed using movies, animations, photos, diagrams, and interactive slides. The content complies with earth science curriculum requirements. The e-learning adventures are designed to be self-paced and can be enjoyed by students, rockhounds, and science lovers 8 and older. For more information visit the Gitche Gumee Museum’s webpage at and click on the agate in the banner at the top of the home page.

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.
Portions of NHHC publications may be reprinted for information purposes provided that credit is given to the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition. Contributors retain full rights to their writing, and their permission should be obtained before reprinting.