The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News September/October 2011 Volume XXIII Number 1

Coordinator’s Report September 2011

The newest edition of New Hampshire Home Education Guidebook will be ready for publication soon. A dedicated group of volunteers has worked for many months to revise, update, and polish the Coalition’s Guidebook. Your newly elected board members will review the final product at the September 24 meeting. If the new Guidebook meets with their approval, the only thing left to do will be to take it to the printer for publication. We already have a list of people waiting for their new copies. Thank you to the volunteers who worked so hard on this project.

The position of Coalition Secretary is currently vacant. If you, or someone you know, should be looking for a chance to volunteer to help fellow homeschoolers, this could be the perfect opportunity. If you’re interested in this position, or would like to know about other volunteer opportunities with the Coalition, please contact your district representative. District representative contact information is available from our website at this link: .

The next meeting of the Coalition Board will be on Saturday, September 24 at the Elkins Public Library in Canterbury, New Hampshire from 9:00 until noon. All of our meetings are open to the public.

Respectfully submitted, Jane Grady

The 11th Annual Homeschoolers NOT-Going-Back-to-School Celebration at Short Sands Beach

The 11th Annual Homeschoolers NOT-Going-Back-to-School Celebration at Short Sands Beach in York, Maine will be held Thu, Sept. 8 (rain date Fri, Sept. 9). Any and all homeschoolers and their families are welcome!
There is plenty of parking (meters - bring your quarters), a great playground, and of course The Goldenrod, a salt water taffy shop where you can see the antique taffy machines at work. There are usually great end-of-the-season sales there that week as well!
Take-out-food in the immediate area is limited, so packing a lunch is advisable. Arrive when you feel like it and stay as long as you like. We'll be there from about 10:30 'til 3:00. We usually try to gather somewhat in a group, but tend to get a little spread out. Chances are if you see people there w/kids they are part of the homeschool gathering (everyone else should be in school by then. If the weather is questionable in York, check soon after 8:00AM for a rain date for the following day.
Directions: Interstate 95 to Exit 7, "The Yorks", in Maine (not New Hampshire). Left on Route 1 North for 1 mile to traffic light. Right on Old Post Road. Travel 1 mile and take a left onto Ridge Road. Travel 2 miles to the stop sign at the end of Ridge Road. Take a right at the stop sign to next stop sign. Take left on Ocean Road to Short Sands Beach. Beach and parking lot will be on your right.
Let's celebrate our gearing-up-for-our-homeschool-year tradition that has
kept us gathering for ELEVEN YEARS at the Beach! For more info contact Jenny Courser

We Asked Homeschoolers

One of the subjects listed in the home education law is the history of the New Hampshire and United States Constitutions. What materials have you used to teach this? Do you have some suggestions for other New Hampshire homeschoolers?

Our daughter is 14 and just completed 8th grade. In March we sent her to TeenPact for a week, and it was fantastic. It was in Concord and was a day program, and every day they went to the Capitol, the Legislative Building, N.H. Supreme Court, met their elected officials. I can't say enough good things about it. The cost was $200 but was well worth it. You can also contact your local State Reps; they are great about giving tours to visiting students.
Carolee Longley, homeschool mom

I have two books on the New Hampshire constitution that were published in the 1980s that are tremendous resources: The Liberty Key (for elementary school age children) and Eternal Vigilance (for high schoolers) both by Lorenca Consuelo Rosal. These books explain the history surrounding the writing of the constitution and examine the Bill of Rights and the organization of the government, all with amusing pictures, commentary, and helpful questions. The books can be hard to find, but sometimes “older” homeschoolers have them and will pass them on. A recent search showed them available at
Stef Marsh

For our next issue, we want to ask homeschoolers…

What has been your best field trip in New Hampshire or nearby? Do you have any tips for making field trips go smoothly?

Report of the Home Education Advisory Council

The study subcommittee appointed to consider the three retained homeschooling bills will meet Tuesday, September 6, and Tuesday, September 13, at 10 a.m. in room 207 of the Legislative Office Building.

The next meeting of the Home Education Advisory Council is Tuesday, September 13 from 3:30 until 5 in room 15 at the Department of Education. Meetings are open to the public. Feel free to contact me, or any Council member, if you have any questions or concerns.
Abbey Lawrence

Fall Classes at Nackey S. Loeb School

Free classes for the six-week session of Wednesday evening classes beginning September 7 will include Arts/Culture Criticism, Political Reporting, Feature Writing, Photojournalism, and Columns/Blogging.
Robert Israel, writer, editor, communications specialist and content developer, will teach the Arts/Culture Criticism class from 6:30-8 p.m.
Union Leader Statehouse Bureau Chief Tom Fahey teaches the Political Reporting course. Coming as campaigning steps up for the 2012 Presidential Primary, there will be plenty of politics to write about. The class is offered from 5-6:30 p.m.

Feature Writing helps those who want to write more colorful and engaging stories. Taught by Steve Billingham, a former editor at The Eagle-Tribune and adjunct journalism professor at Chester College, this course delves into using detail and good quotes to bring stories alive. Students must bring their own laptop. The class is offered from 6:30-8 p.m.

Taught by veteran photographer Geoff Forester, Photojournalism helps students identify and use the elements of good feature and news photography. Through hands-on activities and assignments, students learn the skills of telling a story through photos and produce a photo essay. Students will need a digital SLR camera. The class is offered from 6:30-8 p.m.

Citizen journalists, letter writers, and all who like to share observations or opinions on-line or in newspaper columns are invited to Columns/Blogging, taught by Nashua Telegraph columnist and blogger Stacy Milbouer and former Boston Globe columnist Tom Long. Stacy and Tom pass along tips on writing personal essays, columns and blogs. The class is offered from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

All classes are free of charge to students of all ages. Applications are available at or by calling 627-0005.

Course Offerings from the MIT Educational Studies Program

Delve will offer classes for the Calculus, Physics, Studio Art, Government and Politics: United States and more AP exams during the school year, from mid-September until May. Every Sunday, students will spend 10:00AM to 3:00PM at MIT dedicated to one of these classes (with an hour long lunch break in between). Our classes can be taken as stand-alone classes, not just in conjunction with AP courses at high schools. You will have the opportunity to take the AP in May with your school or with our partner, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Sign up today at

Do you want to take a class about...
- Design and Analysis of Roller Coasters
- Paradoxes of Democracy
- Fun with Fractals
- Aircraft Jet Engines
- How to Make a Pixar Movie
- The French Revolution
- Stage Fighting
...or any of 400 other awesome topics?
Then you should come to Splash! Splash offers a series of short classes and workshops like the ones listed above, and you can take up to 20 hours of classes. Splash takes place on November 19 and 20 at MIT, and costs $30 for the entire program. Student lottery registration will open in late October; after the lottery is run, a first-come, first-served round of registration will open to fill any remaining empty spots. You can find out more at, or email us at

BC Splash
This November, Boston College will also be opening its doors for its own Splash program. With a concentration on liberal arts, course topics will range from music to math, political science to computer science. BC Splash is a no-fee program designed to instill a sense of excitement in students about academia and have fun doing it! For more information, visit our website, Registration will begin in early October.

Destination ImagiNation

Destination ImagiNation is a program that fosters creativity, team work and problem solving for kids from kindergarten through college. Kids work together in teams of 2 to 7 to solve open ended challenges, using their imaginations and Creative Problem Solving Tools. In DI, the kids are in charge, meaning that their solutions must be designed and created by themselves. Adults can teach skills but are not allowed to touch any of the team’s solution. In addition, DI Challenges are aligned to curriculum standards and encourage children to think both creatively and critically as they develop solutions. DI is an ideal way to engage children in experiential learning that is self-directed and open-ended, yet has a clear purpose and goal.

For more information on how you can start a DI team, contact Kara Swedlow, NH Affiliate Director 603-868-2140, or visit our website at

Manchester Monarchs Education Day

The Manchester Monarchs invite you to participate in the second annual Monarchs Education Day on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. The Verizon Wireless Arena will feature exhibits focusing on health, geography, math, reading, and science. The Monarchs game itself will include video board quizzes and trivia. For booking or more information, contact Robert McCaffrey at (603) 626-7825 ext. 6113

Book Discussion Group in Wolfeboro

High school homeschoolers and their parents are invited to join our Teen Book Discussion Group held in Wolfeboro on the third Tuesday of the month at 7-9 p.m. This will be our eleventh year reading classic books found on college and college-prep reading lists. This is not a class, but an opportunity for students who are reading books of this type to share their thoughts and learn to discuss opinions and ideas in a comfortable setting.

We haven’t finalized the book list yet, but likely reads include: The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde; One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Solzhenitsyn, Alexander; Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift; A Passage to India, E. M. Forster; and Hamlet, William Shakespeare.

Our first meeting is in October. Meetings usually involve about one hour discussing the book and a second hour of socializing.

If you are interested, please get in touch with me for details.
Stef Marsh

Chemistry Classes

Chemistry teacher James Fabiano, who teaches on the Seacoast of New Hampshire and lives in York, Maine, is interested in offering a college level and/or Advanced Placement Chemistry course. He writes:
In the past I’ve taught home-schooled students in my classroom because they were unable to learn this central science at home. I’ve enjoyed all of my home schooled students. They are interested and motivated. They are also respectful of their peers and elders.

I’ve taught chemistry for 30 years and am New Hampshire Certified in both biology and chemistry. I am College Board Certified to teach Advanced Placement Chemistry, in 2007, I was awarded the Theodore William Richards Award for excellence in teaching chemistry and I am a member of the AULA LAUDIS Society of the American Chemical Society. I am proud to say some of my past students nominated me for the 2011, National Science Foundation Teacher of the Year representing New Hampshire.

I do not know if any interest exists for this possibility. The logistics of this potential course would have to be worked out between all parties. If there is an interest please feel free to contact me via E-mail at:

Activities in Windham

Fall programs at Windham Recreation Department for young homeschoolers will include Kids in the Kitchen, Crazy Chemistry, Halloween harvest, Holiday creations, and Electricity workshop. Call the Recreation Office at 965-1208 for more information.

Skiing at Loon Mountain

Pam Trefethen is organizing a ski program for homeschool students that will meet for six Thursdays beginning January 5. Students age 6+ (8+ for snowboarding) and their parents and/or guardians are welcome; adult participants agree to be available to chaperon within their ability level. Lift ticket and lessons are $90/person for the six weeks. (Payments postmarked by December 1st are $84/person for lift tickets/lessons.)

Rentals are $36 for six weeks; helmets, which are required, are an additional $24. A group order for helmets can be placed through a program sponsored by CHaD and the State of N.H.

There will be no refunds for missed classes or unused rentals. Any excess funds at the end of the year will be donated to Loon Area Christian Ministry, as we have done in the past. All funds must be received/postmarked by December 15th. (For participants renting
equipment, there will be an additional form to complete, which can be e-mailed to you. ) This should be sent to me at the same time you send your full payment. Please make checks payable to Pam Trefethen.

To register, contact Pam by e-mail ( or phone 603-664-2913 or write to Pam Trefethen, 59 Stadig Road, Barrington, NH 03825. Send name, age, ski or snowboard, ability and experience; Pam will then send a copy of the liability release form.

The New England Academy of Music, Language and Art

offers music lessons, foreign language classes and art instruction in Hampton. Visit for more information.

Remember, check our website for more activities and announcements!