The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News September/October 2014 Volume XXVI Number 1

Coordinator’s Report, September 2014

The NHHC Board of Representatives met at the Elkins Public Library in Canterbury on August 18. At the meeting Representatives elected the following officers to serve for 2014-2015:

» Coordinator—Amy Gall
» Secretary—Jacquie Allman
» Treasurer (interim)—Stefanie Marsh
» Newsletter Editor—Abbey Lawrence
» Webmaster—Stefanie Marsh

The NHHC is seeking a volunteer to permanently fill the Treasurer position. Many thanks to Jennifer Avila for her work keeping our accounts up to date, and best wishes for a smooth move! Candidates for this position should be able to handle accounts payable and receivable, and prepare quarterly and annual reports. It may be possible for a talented teen to take on this task under experienced adult supervision.

Additionally, the Coalition is in need of District Representatives for the Portsmouth Area and Berlin/Colebrook Area. NHHC District Representatives meet to discuss homeschooling matters and conduct Coalition business at four regularly scheduled meetings each year.

If you are interested in finding out more about serving with the Coalition please contact me at or 603-838-5081. The next meeting of the NHHC will take place in November; the date will be posted on the website. Coalition Board meetings are open to the public, and guests are always welcome.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Gall

14th Annual Not-Back-To-School Beach Day
Short Sands Beach--York, Maine

September 12 Rain Date: September 13

Homeschoolers from all over the state and beyond gather on the beach for a day of chilling together, picnicking, beach combing, swimming, body surfing, checking out the shops and restaurants in the seaside village, and eating saltwater taffy. 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 home school parents and kids!

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. The beach and parking lot will be on your right. Bring a roll of quarters for the parking meters.

Back to School Suggestions from the Board

This year we've had such a busy Summer that we need a bit of time to rest before we start school. We'll jump right in to school mode the second week of September with three days of cooperative classes and two days for 'homework'.

I loved the book 'Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-free Aproach to Intentional Living' by Tsh Oxenreider even though its taken me a year to apply it. My house didn't get cluttered overnight.
Marion Claus

When the boys were younger, we'd choose a starting day and get some new supplies or books. For many years we read Reeve Lindbergh's Circle of Days to start our year, repeating it many mornings. Around the second week of September we'd join other families for a Not-Back-To-School day at a local park and start gearing up for our weekly Homeschool Club gatherings. I would also go over the performing arts options late in the summer. For us, that meant getting the school performance schedules from Hopkins Center in Hanover and the Lebanon Opera House but I know there are many other options throughout the state.

We'd usually pick one performance a month and let the show suggest a direction to explore and the venues offer some good curricular support at their websites. Also, the homeschool families are usually seated together, so the show was also a good chance to meet up with others.
Faye Grearson

Because we have several small trips this fall to harvest fall crops, we started full school days early (mid-August), giving ourselves the freedom to travel on several weekdays in the upcoming months.
Jessicah Seaman

Energize! Conference

Steve and Teri Maxwell and family will give their free Energize! family conference at the Merrimack Valley Baptist Church in Merrimack September 19-20.
Session titles include:
Today Children: Tomorrow Leaders
How to Have an Awesome Day
Supersonic Leadership: Is Everyone Strapped In?
Dating, Courtship, Betrothal, or Whatever
For details visit Questions or to pre-register, please contact H.A. Schade,, 603-674-0730 or David Schmechel, You may also contact Sarah Maxwell, 913-909-9776.

Home Education Advisory Council Report

Prepared for New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition
September 1, 2014
The Home Education Advisory Council does not meet during the summer, but will resume meeting in September.

On August 14 I presented the Council's annual report to the State Board of Education. My report included information about the number of home educated students in New Hampshire, and issues with the data collection and reporting of those numbers. I also discussed the activities of the Council including the updating of administrative rules to bring them in line with the 2012 changes to RSA 193-A, and an ongoing project regarding the self-certification of graduation from a home education program.

Please note that the Council voted to change its monthly meeting day to the second Thursday of each month. Our next meeting will be Thursday, September 11, from 3:30 until 5 at the Department of Education. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Gall

Lots of Art Classes

Art Classes at Wild Salamander in Hollis offers art classes to homeschoolers on Tuesdays, September 16-October 21, 9:30-11:30.
Instructor Beth Butler will teach Art Around the World for ages 6-9.

Instructor Kristine Brock will teach fine art for beginner and intermediate. This class includes basic drawing skills, use of medium and elements of design. Primary mediums include watercolors, pen and ink, pastels and pastel pencils, colored pencils, wax, ink pencils and illustration markers. Ages 10 and up. $157, or $25 per drop-in class. For more information visit

Drawing Class in New Boston
A drawing class for home schooled students ages 7-13 in New Boston begins September 8 and runs for 5 weeks, meeting on Mondays, 12:00 to 2:00, at the New Boston library. The instructor is Claire Hornibrook, a homeschooled high school student with extensive experience in art. Students will learn to draw using models and photos; the class will include exercises in shading and some study of anatomy. $15 per child for the five week course (students will need to bring supplies). Email for more info.

Fall Art Classes at Wildwood Art Studio in Henniker.
Classes run September 16 to December 16.

Beginner Drawing and Color
Students will learn to draw from life and how to draw what they see in their artist’s mind. A variety of materials will be used. Ages 12-up.
Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:45

Advanced Art
In this class, students will learn to gather information and draw in the field, then return to the art room to create art from their outside experience. A variety of materials will be used. Ages 12-up.
Tuesdays - 2:00 to 3:15

Cost $200.00. All materials provided. Please contact Lisa Spahl, 748-9994 or

New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition Volunteer Opportunity

The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition is seeking a treasurer. Duties include entering income and expenses to pay bills, producing quarterly and annual reports, and attending four NHHC Board meetings annually. This officer position can be filled by a member of the NHHC, or a homeschooling teen working under the supervision of their parent. A candidate for this volunteer job should feel comfortable working with Quicken to record and balance transactions, create reports, and balance accounts, as well as communicating with appropriate Board members and attending quarterly Board meetings. If you’d like to learn more, please contact Amy Gall, 603-838-5081,

Teen Book Group in Wolfeboro

Is your teen interested in reading some great books and discussing them with other homeschoolers? Join us in Wolfeboro for our monthly Teen Book Discussion Group. 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 talk about them afterward with friends. It’s a great 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--Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
November--Lord of the Flies, William Golding
December--The Chosen, Chaim Potok
January--The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
February—Macbeth, William Shakespeare
March--Brave New World
April—short stories
May--A Farewell to Arms
We will most likely meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00. 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.

Introduction to Foil Fencing for Homeschoolers

The Concord Fencing Club offers a fencing program on Tuesdays and Thursdays in September, 10-11:30, to students aged 7-14 years.
This program is a basic introduction to modern fencing. Instruction includes safety, good sportsmanship, proper use of equipment, rules and the rudiments of offense and defense. Cost is $160 and CFC provides all fencing gear. Clean sneakers, socks, loose fitting long pants and a color fast t-shirt are required; a water bottle is a good idea. Young gentlemen will need to equip themselves with a cup-athletic supporter. All fencers must join U.S. Fencing for insurance coverage, $10 per year. For more info call 224-3560 or visit

Enterprise City Coming to Dover

Enterprise City, a "city built and run by kids," will be held in Dover December 11 and 12. The cost is $70; registration and a $20 deposit are required by September 29. Participants who pay in full by September 20 will receive a discount of $20. For more information visit, or call 430-0091.

Southern New Hampshire/Northern Massachusetts group

A new group is forming for homeschoolers ages 11 and up. Our goal is to meet once a week, throughout the year. We will have research and presentation (completely voluntary as some kids need time to feel comfortable with this), group learning, non-competitive team building games, crafts, guest speakers, field trips, fun trips, community service projects, board games, art and poetry celebrations and more. We will meet at least twice a month at the Townsend, Massachusetts Public Library from 1-3 on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and once a month in Milford, New Hampshire on the 4th Friday from 1-3. For more information contact Melanie at

Mosaic Explore-- Enrichment in Manchester

Mosaic Explore is a secular, inclusive enrichment program offering homeschool students a place to meet and have fun while following their interests. Classes in arts, engineering, science, history, writing and more. Classes will be taught on Wednesdays in the Educational Center of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester in four terms of seven or eight weeks each, starting September 10. For more information visit

Courses in Software and Web Development

The Webucator company, which specializes in online software and web development courses, offers all of their self-paced courses available for free to homeschoolers. Courses include web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), Photoshop, Dreamweaver and many others. Visit For any registration questions, email

Programs at the American Textile History Museum

The American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts offers homeschool programs this fall.
Wednesday, September 17--Travel the Silk Road
Friday, October 10--Fleece to Fabric
Friday, November 14--Papermaking
Friday, December 12--How to Wear a Sheep

All classes are from 10 until noon, $6 per person. Visit for more information, or contact Kathy Hirbour at 978-441-0400 (x250)

New Hampshire Legislative Youth Advisory Council

Created in 2006, the NH LYAC is a statutory committee of the New Hampshire legislature. Serving as a link between young people and New Hampshire government, LYAC is a group of 19 high school and college students who are appointed from every county in the state. A state senator and representative are also appointed as members of the Council.

LYAC analyzes issues that pertain to New Hampshire youth, brings ideas to the legislature, advises the legislature, and promotes civic engagement among youth.

The Council generally meets once a month in Concord from September to May. Meetings are held on Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. In addition to monthly meetings, Council members have the opportunity to attend special meetings with other organizations and councils. Students may also participate in annual forums that the Council holds, including an August forum for new members. Some LYAC members also choose to testify at public hearings for legislation on behalf of the Council. For more information visit

Learn about Wildlife

The Center for Wildlife, founded in 1986, is a wildlife medical clinic dedicated to the care of injured and orphaned wildlife in the Maine, Massachusetts, and seacoast New Hampshire regions. CFW provides medical treatment and sanctuary to around 1,600 injured and orphaned native wild animals each year, hosts a Wildlife Assistance Hotline through which fields around 12,000 calls inquiring about potentially injured wild animals each year, and presents around 225 education programs each year to schools, senior centers, outreach programs, 4-H clubs, and other organizations in our community. For more information about programs, please visit If you have found an injured wild animals please call our wildlife assistance hotline at 207-361-1400.

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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