The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News September/October 2013 Volume XXV Number 1

13th Annual Not-Going-Back-to-School Beach Day at York Beach in Maine

Come join your fellow home schoolers at Short Sands Beach in York, Maine on Thursday, September 5th (raindate Sept 6th) for a final celebration of summer. Make sure to bring plenty of quarters for the parking meters, and a bit extra for the Goldenrod, a salt water taffy shop where you can see the antique taffy machines at work!
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.

Thank you to Jenny Courser for arranging this event over the years. Her home schooling journey is at an end as she sends her youngest off to college this fall. Jenny, you will be missed, but your legacy continues!
from Lynn Rossmann

News from the NHHC Board of Representatives

The NHHC Board is again considering donating books to the State Library for the use of anyone in the state. Let your rep know if you have suggestions. Years ago the NHHC donated books to the State Library to be made available to anyone in the state. The list of books donated can be seen here:

We are also thinking of donating some audiobooks. We homeschoolers tend to do a lot of driving around, and some “good reads” make “good listens” in the car. We would love to hear your suggestions. Find contact info for your representative here

From the editor: Next HEAC Meeting

The next meeting of the Home Education Advisory Council will be held Tuesday, September 10, from 3:30 until 5, in room 15 at the Department of Education. Mary Mayo will attend the meeting to discuss the Department of Education's Initial Proposal for Ed. 315, which will then be presented to the State Board in October, followed by a hearing in December. These proposed rules were written by the Council to incorporate changes to the law made in the 2012 legislative session: notification is now a one-time-only, rather than annual, requirement, and the evaluation need not be submitted to the participating agency. The Coalition website will provide updates and links to the document when available. It is to be hoped that the adoption of new rules will be as smooth as the last one, and not as chaotic as the one before that.

Dreaming Again, a play about the immigrant experience

New Hampshire Theatre Project will be touring Dreaming Again to New Hampshire schools from September 23-October 4, in collaboration with the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough. A special performance will be held at the West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth on Thursday, September 26 at 1 p.m. to accommodate home schoolers and individual school groups. Tickets are $5.

Dreaming Again is a play about the experience of immigrants and refugees coming to New Hampshire in the past 100 years. It was originally commissioned by the N.H. Humanities Council in 2011 and is based on historic material and over 40 interviews with contemporary immigrants. Music from many different cultures is an integral part of the production. Dreaming Again features Dan Acor, Cynthia Chatis, Heather Glenn Wixson, CJ Lewis, Theo Martey, Peter Motson & Claire White. The performance runs about 60 minutes, and will be followed by short, facilitated Q&A. Study guide material is available for parents and teachers.

Excerpt from Dreaming Again:
For more information, please contact Genevieve Aichele at New Hampshire Theatre Project, or 603-431-6644 ext. 2.

Dead Sea Scrolls in Boston

From the website of the Boston Museum of Science:
In 1947, a goatherd wandered into one of the many hidden caves along the banks of the Dead Sea — and concealed inside were ancient scrolls that had not been seen in 2,000 years. These Dead Sea Scrolls include literary writings of the times and the oldest known texts of the Bible, making their discovery perhaps the most significant archaeological find of the last century.
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see fragments of the priceless scrolls (some never displayed in North America), along with one of the most comprehensive collection of antiquities from Israel ever organized. Highlights include a three-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Western Wall, limestone capitals from the first temple period (1000 – 586 BCE), ossuaries from the early Roman period, and an ancient signature preserved for millennia on the Archer Seal. Together these artifacts reveal precious details about the culture, rituals, and beliefs of an influential Iron Age people.

This exhibit will be at the museum until October 20.

And on the subject of museums, Marion Claus writes:

The Gilman Library in Alton offers refunds to families who visit museums instead of purchasing Library Museum Passes to specific museums. They offer $20 for each receipt you bring back from a Museum up to 3 times per family per year. We were able to purchase a Family Pass to one Museum that has reciprocity with Children's Museums and Science and Technology Museums and receive a $40 refund from our Library. I've been suggesting to people that they mention this to their local library and Friends of the Library groups because it gives the Library Patron the choice of where they would like to visit and a discount.

4-H National Youth Science Day

4-H National Youth Science Day takes place on October 9, and hopes to spark an early youth interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers in an effort keep America competitive in those fields. For more information, visit, or contact Sarah K.B. Grosvenor, Cooperative Extension STEM Field Specialist, at 641-6060.

Homeschool Trip to Europe Focusing on WWII

Wendy Bisbee and Melanie Loraditch are planning an 11-day trip to Europe in March 2014; the WW II theme will include visits to London, Paris, Berlin, and surrounding areas. A class at First Agape co-op during the school year will prepare for the trip, but is not required. This trip is geared toward high school students, but parents, grandparents, and siblings are welcome, too. A professional student tour company, EF Tours, will be used; all expenses will be included in the trip except lunches, tips, and spending money. The cost for students will be approximately $3100 ($3500 for adults) and there are many flexible payment plans. There may be opportunities for fundraising to help with the cost if you are interested. If you would like more information on the trip, email Melanie at or Wendy at or check out the tour site at

Teens Together Club

Home Schooled Teens Together started about 7 years ago, with about 20 teens who wanted to meet other home schooled teens, and has expanded to enrollments of over 100 teens, some from Massachusetts and Vermont.
The group meets once a month in the Concord area, usually on the last Friday of the month, from 6 to 9. Past activities have included indoor rock climbing, nighttime snow tubing, masquerade party, bowling, skating, nighttime capture the flag, nighttime picnic, laser tag, swimming, board game marathon, holiday/Christmas party, indoor winter picnic, talent show, mini golf, high school graduation, Nerf Club outing, and the Museum of Science.

For more information contact Cheryl at

Teen Book Group in Wolfeboro

Homeschooled teens are invited to join our Teen Book Discussion Group in Wolfeboro. We meet once a month to discuss a major literary work. We read the kinds of books you find on college prep book lists, the kinds of books that can be tough to read, but are more fun if you get to discuss them afterward with friends. 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.

Our book list for this year is:
October To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
November Beowulf, an old English heroic poem
December Animal Farm by George Orwell
January A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
February Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
March The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
April short stories
May Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

We usually meet on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 (but we can change the day if needed.) Our first meeting is in October after everyone has read the first book. We talk about the book for an hour and then socialize for another hour. If you’d like more info, or are interested in joining, please contact Stef Marsh, , 569-6382.

Lots to Do in Bow

The Home School Nerf Club meets the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, from 1:30 - 2:45 at a gymnastics center in Bow. Mats and equipment are available for forts and walls; there are many organized and supervised games with Nerf Guns, as well as Capture the Flag, Last Man Standing, Castle, and more.
Members are homeschoolers ages 8 to 18. Good sportsmanship and team work are stressed, and many new friendships are made. The gym is completely padded and our rules and organization keep it all safe and fun. It is $9 per session. For more information, or if there is any interest in a group for children 6-10 to meet from 12-1:15, with games geared to their level, contact Cheryl at

The Home School Gym Club is a club for homeschoolers age 4 to 16 that meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, from 1:45 to 2:45 at a gymnastics center in Bow; there is gymnastic equipment, a zip line, climbing wall, foam pits, giant inflatables, and lots of space that is completely padded. Staff members are available to supervise and help the kids with any gymnastic skills they would like to work on.

The fee is $7 per child, per week, payable at the door; you must sign up before attending. If you would like to join, or want more information, email Cheryl at

Yoga for High Schoolers in Francestown

Certified Yoga teacher Peggy Marcellino will offer a Yoga class for high school students beginning in September at the Community Church of Francestown in the Fellowship Hall, on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15. For more information contact Peggy at

Fall 2013 Bowling League for Homeschoolers

Bowl-A-Rama in Sanford, Maine will host three leagues for bowlers from age 4 to adult. Parents are not required to stay.

Dates: All Tuesdays : September 17, October 1*, October 8* , and 22, November 5 and 19 (**Please note two Tuesdays in a row.**)
Time: 1:15-3:15
Cost: $35/participant, including shoe rental and glow-bowl closing party with participation certificates. Sign-up for the league at . For more information, contact Allyson at or call 207-324-2401 .

Animal Club in Milford

Animal Club Milford has openings for four children ages 9-13 to join us in September. Each month at least one member researches an animal and presents the information to the group. Their family leads a craft or activity in theme with the animal of their choice. We also play cooperative, non-competitive games as a group. We meet the second Friday of every month, 1-3, September - June. We take at least one animal themed fieldtrip per year and have arranged several animal classes in the past. This year we went to Squam Lakes Science Center and had a private class with two coyotes - one a tiny pup and the other a full-grown male. This year, we will be incorporating a charitable aspect by donating either items or time to a local animal charity. Our dues are $10 a year per child, payable by the month if necessary. This year, those dues went to providing supplies for our club activities - glue, construction paper, etc., and to offset part of the cost of the field trip.
Club members range in age from 7-13; at this time, we are looking for children in the 9-13 year range.
For more information, contact Melanie at

Places Worth a Trip to Vermont

Faye Grearson
New Hampshire homeschoolers living along the Vermont border know that there are some great field trips just across the Connecticut River. Most of these offer excellent discounts for school groups and you’ll generally get the best deal—and smoothest entry—if you contact them in advance rather than asking at the door. We carry a copy of our homeschool acknowledgement in each of our family cars just in case. . .

A full list of museums can be found at:; here are a few of our favorites:

American Precision Museum, Windsor (
In addition to special exhibits (Civil War collection right now), the museum,“housed in the original Robbins & Lawrence Armory, now holds the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation”.
Seasonal (Memorial Day-late October), free on Sundays, special school rates

Billings Farm and Museum ( and
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park ( Woodstock
Billings is a combination of modern and c. 1890 working Jersey cow farm, the nearby National Park has the Rockefeller Mansion, gardens and park. Our local homeschool group used to do the holiday program at Billings, which included baking, crafts, and a sleigh ride.

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury (
Eclectic is the name of the game in this museum. There is a natural history/science emphasis but there is so, so much more in this gorgeous building. The attached Planetarium runs shows (separate fee) and they do offer school discounts if you contact them. The nearby
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum ( has a collection of fine art including the huge “Domes of the Yosemite”, by Albert Bierstadt. Yup, that’s right, it’s in the St. J. library. . .

Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich (
The Montshire is amazing. It is also expensive. They have homeschool days, classes, and programs, and they can be a midwinter lifesaver for families with multiple ages—there is a contained play area for younger children (but you can still see the main floor), special exhibits, activities. . .and lots of stairs they can run up and down to retrieve the paper helicopters they can make. Summer brings an outdoor water park. They do offer school visit rates that are reasonable but require advance reservations.

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne:
OK, this one isn’t exactly nearby, and it’s a full day adventure, but it’s worth the trip if you want variety and history. Their Passport to Learning program is available for students in the fall and spring, or you can reserve a time for a self-guided tour at the educational rate of $5 instead of $11 per child. . . Art, Americana, and 29 buildings, many of them moved, all near Lake Champlain. If you go, try and leave time to visit the handicapped accessible tree house at Oakledge Park (, the bike path along Lake Champlain, and the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center ( in nearby Burlington.

Homeschool Program at Pat's Peak

Mondays at 11:30 and Thursdays at 10 and 11:30 starting in December. Ski or Snowboard one-hour group lesson. Lift tickets: $20. Lift/rental: $25. Lift/lesson: $30. Lift/rental/lesson: $35. For more information call 888-728-7732, ext. 106, or visit

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Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
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