The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News November/December 2013 Volume XXV Number 2
Report from the NHHC Board
The Board of Representatives met on October 28 and discussed several items of business. We are in need of representatives for two areas of the state, the Keene area (district 2) and the Manchester area (district 10). Representatives primarily work connecting homeschoolers with others in their area and answering questions about the New Hampshire home education law. If you are interested in becoming a representative or know a good candidate for the job, please get in touch with any Board member http://nhhomeschooling.org/reps. Representatives must be residents of the district they represent.
We are continuing to take suggestions for books to donate to the state library. We'd also like to add some audiobooks for those trips in the car, and we're also interested in hearing if there are homeschooling books that might be useful to people if they were available as downloadable books. Suggestions so far include transcript writing books, some Newbery Medal winners, and the Story of the World CDs.
Plans are in the works for the annual spring workshop, and we’ll let you know the date as soon as it is set.
Report from the Home Education Advisory Council
Prepared for New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition
October 28, 2013
After seven years of service on the Home Education Advisory Council, Abbey Lawrence has retired from the Council. Thank you, Abbey, for representing us all so well! At the September 10 meeting, Amy Gall was elected to serve as chairman, and Michael Compitello was elected to serve as vice-chairman.
Mary Mayo, from the DOE’s Office of Legislation, Laws, and Rules, discussed the text of the Initial Proposal for Ed.315 which was subsequently presented to the N.H. Board of Education on October 24. The initial Public Hearing on the Proposal will take place before the Board of Education on December 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Londergan Hall in Concord.
It was noted that an LSR was introduced to the New Hampshire House of Representatives relative to accountability requirements for home educated students. However, that LSR has since been withdrawn by the sponsor.
The Council continues to work on the issues of college admissions requirements for homeschool graduates based on a misunderstanding of federal financial aid law, and SAUs denying homeschoolers access to school dances.
The HEAC meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at the DOE, from September through June. The next scheduled meeting will take place on November 12 in Room 12. This is a public meeting, and all are welcome to attend, although only Council members and invited guests participate in the discussions. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns you would like to see addressed, please feel free to contact me.
Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation
A visit to the Plimoth Plantation, Plimoth Grist Mill and Mayflower II has been arranged for November 20 and November 21. The group will meet at Plimoth Plantation on Wednesday, November 20 at 12:00 to tour Plimoth Plantation and the Plimoth Grist Mill, and again on Thursday, November 21 at 11:00 to tour the Mayflower II.
Payment for the tours--$26.25 for adults, $15.75 for students--must be received by November 10. Mail to Beth Paiva, 4C Whittier Drive, Seabrook, NH 03874. For more information contact Beth at email@example.com or 760-2612.
For those of you interested in staying overnight in the area, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor for $105 for the night. Rooms must be booked directly with the hotel; call 508-747-4900 and ask for In House Registrations; refer to the Seacoast Homeschoolers booking.
Homeschoolers Asked Us
I was told that in order to home school the parent had to teach 51% of the curriculum. I currently have my daughter enrolled in two VLACs classes; can she take more?
The 51% guideline is actually not in the law; it's a rule of thumb reflecting the legal requirement that homeschooling is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. VLACs allows a part-time student, including a homeschooler, to take up to four classes. You can feel free to use online courses, tutors, and co-op classes; as the parent, you oversee the program.
Manchester Monarchs Host Education Day
The Manchester Monarchs invite homeschoolers, and all private and public school students, to attend their hockey game and Education Day on Wednesday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10; each student will receive a workbook with exercises, games, and problems. Tables around the concourse will provide wellness and anti-bullying information. To order tickets, visit http://tinyurl.com/on8cwh4.
Skiing at Gunstock
The homeschool ski program at Gunstock begins January 13. Prices are as follows:
Lift ticket/lesson: $125 for 5 weeks
Ski/snowboard rental: $90 for 5 weeks
Helmet rental: $25 for 5 weeks
For more information and to register, contact Sheila Welch at 473-8991 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All forms and payment must be submitted by December 1.
Scripps National Spelling Bee
WeAre Home Educators has registered for the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year, to be held January 18 at the Nackey Loeb School in Manchester; homeschool students in grades 1-8 are invited to participate.
Visit www.wearehomeeducators.com to register, and to receive the 2014 Scripps Spelling Bee Study List. More information can be found at http://www.spellingbee.com/about-the-bee.
The snow date for this event is January 14.
New Support Group
A group has formed for families in New Hampshire that homeschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The goal of the group is to give both parents and kids some social time, and to talk about resources and challenges that come up when homeschooling and raising our awesome kids. We support all homeschooling methods! Visit http://groupspaces.com/ASDHomeschoolersNH/.
Homeschool Winter Festival
Visit Camp Lincoln in Kingston on February 7 for sledding, snowshoeing, winter ecology, hot chocolate, and more. Updates will be found at the Coalition website, nhhomeschooling.org, as they become available. Registration will open January 1, 2014.
Looking for Books?
Well-Read Books has just opened at 18 Plaistow Road in Plaistow, with many books in various categories, and an expanded education section. Call 819-5116 for more information.
Music school to offer group guitar lessons in January 2014
North Main Music in Bedford is offering a 6-week beginner guitar after-school program this winter, from January 9 through February 20. Guitar lessons for 8 to 12 year-olds will be held on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30; lessons for those 12 and up will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30. Students may use either an acoustic or electric guitar, and will learn how to pick, strum, do warm up exercises, and play their favorite songs.
Tuition is $140 per child. Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged. To register, or for more information, call North Main Music at 603-505-4282 or visit www.NorthMainMusic.com.
Remember, check our website www.nhhomeschooling.org for more activities and announcements!
Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
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.