The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News September 2016 Volume XXVIII Number 1

Annual Not-Going-Back-to-School Beach Day in York, Maine!

September 1 (rain date September 2, only if it's pouring on the 1st)
Started by Jenny Courser over twenty years ago, the Original Not Going Back to School Party is a day at the ocean, at Short Sands Beach, in Cape Neddick, Maine. Homeschoolers from all over the state and beyond gather on the beach there, for a day of picnicking, beach combing, swimming (if it's not too cold), body surfing, checking out the shops and restaurants in the seaside village, and eating saltwater taffy that we watch them make. Some years, the homeschoolers have taken over the entire beach, and other years there has been a smaller group, but it is always great to get together at that beautiful beach with wonderful homeschool parents and kids.

I run many home school clubs and we almost always have our year end party at this beach. For that party I have some little contests for the kids (Sand Castle Contest, Highest Kite Contest, Most Awesome Shell Contest, and a Scavenger Hunt) with small prizes. Some of the kids really love the games, so I thought I'd do them at this event as well for any homeschooled kids who are interested. If they want to play they should bring buckets, shovels, and kites. Any trinkets, new and kid safe, for the prize box would be appreciated. I will write the times for the contests on a white board by my umbrella, for the kids that are interested.

I'll have a "Watermelon Umbrella" near the main ramp on to the beach, so that we can all gather together and meet other homeschoolers easily. I'll probably get there around 10:30. There are meters in the lot, so bring a roll of quarters.

I look forward to seeing you all! Cheryl

Art Classes at Purple Porcupine in Bedford

Purple Porcupine Art Studio is a private home studio in Bedford. Classes will include watercolor, acrylics, mixed media and outdoor sessions. Sign up now; only four students per class. The classes begin the week of September 5, and are for ages 10 and up. All materials are provided.

Acrylics: Mondays at 9:30 and 5:30. $30.00 per class, or $120.00 for four sessions prepaid.
Watercolor: Tuesdays at 9:30am and 5:30pm. $30.00 per class, or $120.00 for four sessions prepaid.
Mixed Media: a little bit of everything. We’ll draw, we’ll paint with watercolor and acrylics, we’ll experiment with ink and collage. Thursdays at 9:30 and 5:30. $30.00 per class, or $120.00 for four sessions prepaid.
Art Week for kids 5-9, Wednesday at 10:00 and 5:30. $25.00 per class, or $80.00 for four sessions prepaid.
Outdoor Sessions: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings we’ll hold outdoor painting sessions in a scenic location. Join us painting the waves at Wallis Sands, sketching the streets of Portsmouth, or setting up our easels in a farm field. Outdoor lessons are limited to five students per class. All materials are provided. $40.00.

If the schedule above doesn’t work for you, private lessons can be scheduled for $35.00 per class, or $130.00 for four sessions prepaid. For more details visit, or e-mail

Camp Lincoln 2016/2017 Homeschool Themes & Dates

September 28: Fall Jamboree (Family Event)
October 19 and 21: The Farm at Willow Pond (Drop Off Event)
November 16 and 18: The Great Migration (Drop Off Event)
December 14 and 16: The Winters in New England (Drop Off Event)
January 20: Winter Jamboree (Family Event)
February 15 and 17: Winter Survival (Drop Off Event)
March 15 and 17: The life on the Lake (Drop Off Event)
April 19 and 21: Exploring our World (Drop Off Event)
May 19: Homeschool Jamboree (Family Event) This program is designed for homeschool students between the ages of 5-13. Our programs run from 9-4 on the third Wednesday and Friday of each month (Except September). We ask that you only sign your students up for one day a month so we are able to offer the program to more families. The cost per program is $15/student.

Additional classes such as a First Aid and CPR certification class and a Babysitting certification class are planned. For more information and to register, visit, or contact Geof Harris at or 642-3361 ex 5947.

Not Back to School Camp in Vermont

Not Back to School Camp offers overnight camps for homeschoolers and unschoolers ages 13-18. September 22-October 1 ~ Farm and Wilderness, Tamarack Farm in Plymouth, Vermont . Visit

Sign Up Now for Enterprise City in Dover

Enterprise City hosts its fall homeschool event Tuesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 7. Students ages 9 to 15 will prepare coursework, apply for a job, have an interview, get a job and then run a city for a day in Dover, New Hampshire. Early sign-up is advised.

Visit>Resources>For Homeschoolers>click on Registration Form. Fill out the form and mail with payment to Human Resource Department C/O Enterprise City, 1 Washington St., Suite 106, Dover, NH 03820. For more information contact Karen Prevost at

Environmental Programs with the Student Conservation Association

Student Conservation Association Discover the Power of Parks offers free environmental programs at schools, libraries, assisted living facilities, Girl/Boy Scout meetings, et cetera. We often do programs on local wildlife, winter survival, edible plants, and the natural and cultural history of New Hampshire, but we also take requests for topics.

I’m available for booking Tuesday through Friday, September 13 to October 13, up to 30 miles from Concord either at your site or to take part in a program at Clough, Bear Brook, or Pawtuckaway State Parks. Contact Rachel Munro at 603.485.2191 or, or visit

Animation Contests!

Pylon Animations, created by two homeschoolers, hosts an ongoing monthly contest that encourages young people to create animations, explore their creative talents, and win great prizes. For more information visit

Writing Workshops for Younger Students

Nancy Malynowski brings thirty years of experience, as a classroom teacher and reading and writing specialist, to small group writing workshops for grades 1-4, from September 13 to November 15. Workshops are held in Manchester.

Workshop 1: Students will learn writing skills through creative freedom, along with multi-sensory and differentiated instruction. Using grammar as a backbone, young writers can develop a deeper understanding of sentence structure with fun strategies and practice, as they move from simple sentences to creative paragraphs. The 10-week course is $100, 1-hour session on Tuesdays.

Writing Workshop 2: Building on the skills learned in Workshop 1, students will move from their knowledge of sentence structure to understanding clearly described paragraph types, each with their own skills and concepts. Instruction is differentiated to allow learners to be successful and proud of their creativity and ability. The 10-week course is $100, 1-hour session held on Tuesdays.
For more information contact Nancy Malynowski at (603)668-4389 or

Art Classes in Brentwood

Pickpocket Arts at Winterwood Farm in Brentwood offers art lessons throughout the academic year for homeschool groups in the seacoast area. Bonnie Porter brings over thirty years of experience teaching art in grades K-12 to Pickpocket Arts in a variety of media. Student artists may develop their skills in the four major areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, and pottery/sculpture.

Sessions this year last eight weeks; classes meet weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday morning or afternoon for 2-3 hours: September 6 to October 27, November 1 to December 22, January 3 to February 23, March 7 to April 27, May 2 to June 22.

Tuition per session, including all supplies, is figured at $20 per hour with a 10% discount for family members or full payment for a session in advance. Single classes are $50/2 hours or $65/3hours. A $25 nonrefundable deposit to Bonnie Porter, Pickpocket Arts, 166 Pickpocket Rd., Brentwood, NH, 03833 will hold a space in any session and will be applied to the total cost of tuition. Flexible programming is also available and class size is limited. For scheduling and additional information contact Bonnie at 603-475-1084 or email Also visit our website at for more information on class descriptions, summer art classes, private lessons, gallery, and artwork for sale.

International Exchange Students Looking for Host Families

Ayusa Global Youth Exchange is a non-profit high school exchange organization dedicated to connecting international students with host families in the U.S. Many homeschooling families have found this a good way to enhance world history studies right in their own home. For more information go to, or contact Linda Suiter at 415-231-3854 or

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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