The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News July 2017 Volume XXVIII Number 11

Coordinator’s Report

Results of the 2017-2018 election of New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition representatives reveal a few changes in local support volunteers:  Christina Knickerbocker is now the Manchester area (NHHC district 10) representative and  Emilia Brown will take over Christina’s former position as NHHC secretary.  Amy Zinck-Farkas is the new representative for the Keene area (district 2).  Aimee Seiler will continue to offer support as a contact person for Portsmouth area (district 1) homeschoolers.  Thank you to Barbara Roland and Aimee Seiler for their service to the homeschooling community, and congratulations to our new reps!

The 2017 NHHC Spring Workshop was held at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester on Saturday, June 17.  Approximately 40 attendees were engaged in lively small group discussions of rights and responsibilities, methods and materials, and tips and tricks pertaining to elementary, middle, and high school home education and college entrance.  At the subsequent Coalition board meeting, ideas for a future curriculum open house were entertained; stay tuned for more details.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Gall

Free Journalism Camp

Franklin Pierce University’s Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication and the New Hampshire Student Media Association (NHSMA) are offering a free residential workshop series on The Presidency and The Press for high school students.  Students will stay on campus in the dorms from July 15-20, eat in the dining hall, and take a field trip to WMUR, Union Leader, and the N.H. Statehouse.  Students will work with veteran CBS Radio White House reporter Peter Maer, and with Bruce Zanca, who served in the White House Press Office for three administrations, while learning about podcasting, 360-degree immersive storytelling, interviewing, and other communication skills. Parents are welcome to participate.  Registration is limited.  For more information, contact:
Kristen D. Nevious, Ph.D., Director
Franklin Pierce University, 40 University Drive, Rindge, NH  03461, (603) 899-1039

Lots of Summer Activities for Teens at Avenue A in Antrim

Avenue A Teen and Community Center in Antrim offers new summer programs for middle and high school students. High school programs include blues songwriting, TV production, and a creative writing club. Middle school programs include Bioinventor mini-camp, cooking,and pick-up basketball. There is also a cooperative game club, a chess club, and an evening of storytelling. Visit or email Jacqueline Roland at, or call The Grapevine at (603) 588-2620.

Summer Music Camps in Concord

Concord Community Music School offers lessons, choruses, and events throughout the year.

Summer Jam Camp
July 10-14, Grades 5-12
David Tonkin, Scott Solsky, and Tim Gilmore, faculty
Join forces with fellow instrumentalists and singers for a week of jamming in music of many styles, including jazz, rock, and blues. Go home with a CD you made in the recording studio!

Creative Arts Camp
July 17-21 and July 24-28, Grades 1-6
Maria Isaak, Heather Oberheim, & Somayeh Kashi, faculty.
Enjoy days packed with music, movement, visual art activities, and indoor and outdoor games.  Visit

Summer activities at Concord Fencing Club

Visit to see summer offerings and options. Fence at CFC all summer for free if you purchase a 2017-2018 CFC membership by July 30.
Early Bird Full Season Membership for $500 includes:
Full Membership Benefits for our 10-month season, September to June.
Save $100 vs. our monthly membership plan  ($60/month)
Unlimited Open Fencing
Free equipment rental
Unlimited access to CFC facilities during open hours.
Support local tournaments, instruction, and open fencing
Receive a FREE 2017 Summer Pass as a thank you gift when you purchase before July 30:
Group activities for 7 weeks (15 evenings)
Open fencing for 7 weeks (15 evenings)

Summer Theater for Children in Conway

Arts in Motion Theater Company continues its tradition of quality children’s theater programming this summer with its camp running for six weeks under the direction of Debra Cottrell. Registration is now open for ages 6 to 12; the cost is $110 per week. Scholarships are available.

Week 1: July 10 – 14 – Under the Sea
Week 2: July 17 – 21 – Island of Imaginary Creatures
Week 3: July 24 – 28 – Mad Scientists
Week 4: August 7 – 11 – Video Game World
Week 5: August 14 – 18 – Undercover Aliens
Week 6: August 21 – 25 – Around the World in 8 Days

To apply or register for camp

Free Bowling at Several Locations

Bowl-O-Rama at 599 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth offers two free games of bowling every day to children up to age 15.  This is a national program; other bowling center participants are located in Dover, Exeter, Raymond, Windham, and Manchester.  Visit, or call 436-0504.

Survey on Teaching Science to your Homeschooled Children

I am an intern at the New Hampshire Department of Education. I am also a former homeschooler. I have been given the assignment of sending out a survey to homeschooling parents to find what they need to feel confident in teaching science to their children. I have created an anonymous survey for homeschooling parents. This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary, but any responses would be greatly appreciated.

Learning History with Fine Arts in Manchester

F.A.I.T.H. (Fine Arts Integrated Through History) is a parent run co-op that meets in the Manchester area on Tuesday afternoons from September to April. F.A.I.T.H. is a Christ-centered, fine arts exposure program where history is taught as an individual subject as well as being integrated into music, art, and drama by paid instructors.  Students are fully immersed in the time period as they do art projects, stage plays, and study music of the age. Classes for ages PK through high school are available.

Our blog,, provides a more complete picture. For more information about FAITH contact Kristina Mitchell at, or phone/text  603-344-6827.

Homeschool Soccer League

Homeschool soccer will begin in Derry September 12 and run every Tuesday at 1 p.m. for eight weeks.

Soccer is the world’s most popular sport. It requires very little equipment, provides great exercise, and has fairly simple and easy-to-understand rules. This homeschool soccer league encourages kids to learn and play the game in a fun, no-pressure environment.

Kids ages 7-12 will be split into different age groups. The goal is to give every player maximum playing time throughout the game while teaching basic elements of strategy and fair play through scrimmages and drills. Even children with no experience are welcome. We are also looking for parents interested in coaching.

A pizza party and trophy presentation will be held at the end of the eight weeks. To register, send your child’s name and age to Lori at

Homeschool Bowling

Homeschool bowling league begins in September at Lakeside Lanes on Candia Road in Manchester for any interested homeschooler ages 7 to 18; students will be divided into teams.  $3.00 per game includes rentals. The league begins Friday, September 8 at 11 a.m. and goes for ten weeks with a pizza party and trophy presentation to homeschoolers who participate.
Send your child’s name and age to Lori at

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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