The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News September 2017 Volume XXVIV Number 1

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Homeschool Art Class In Rochester

ART 101
A more advanced, semester-long class, beginning September 13. High school students will complete artwork in a variety of media including pencil, pastel, watercolor, paper cutting, collage, metal tooling, and block printing. Along the way they will learn about many famous artists as well as the elements of art and principles of design. Wednesdays 2-3:30 p.m. at Rochester Hobby Lobby.  $195 for the 15-week course; some required supplies.

1/2 credit for Visual Arts Option available that includes homework and self-assessment. In addition to the class artwork and homework, the student will be required to submit a brief Artist’s Statement and simple self-assessment with each piece of created art. I will not grade the artwork, but rather record completion of the work and offer tips and encouragement along the way. Certificate of completion will be made available at the end of the class for those who would like one for their portfolio.

For grades 3-8. Students will explore a variety of media including drawing, painting, printing, textiles, and sculpture. I offer examples of types of projects that can be made, using techniques that I will teach and then encourage students to come up with their own ideas. Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m. at Rochester Hobby Lobby. $75, all materials included. Runs in six-week sessions throughout the school year beginning September 12.
Go to to get more information and sign up for classes.

Granite State History

The New Hampshire Historical Society is offering Exploring New Hampshire, a monthly program recommended for children ages 7 to 12 and designed to introduce homeschool learners to state history through a unit-study approach. Explore the Granite State’s history through stories, images, maps, crafts, games, and museum objects drawn from the Society’s collections. Exploring New Hampshire will be held on the second Monday of every month from September through June at the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord. Pre-registration is required. $125 for the year for the first child in a family with sibling and member discounts available. For more information call 603-228-6688 or visit Note—as we went to “print,” the Wednesday sessions were full. There is now a Wednesday afternoon class too, with just a few spots left!

German Classes at the New Hampshire German School

The New Hampshire German School starts its fall semester the week September 18.  Classes are held at the Currier Art Center, 180 Pearl Street in Manchester. Director Christa Franke would love to get more homeschool students involved; she also offers private tutoring in French and German. Visit for class schedules and more information.

All classes must meet the minimum enrollment to run. Without sufficient enrollment, classes may be shortened or canceled. Please register before class begins in order for us to determine whether we have sufficient enrollment to hold the class. Please help us by signing up as early as possible.
A certificate of attendance and achievement can be issued for all classes. A specific letter of attendance/achievement for high school or college can be provided upon request.

New Hampshire Theater Project Youth Repertory Company Auditions

Auditions for New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Youth Repertory Company will be held on September 12, 19, and 20, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth for ages 10 to 17. To schedule an audition time call 603-431-6644 ext. 4, or email Scholarships are available. For more information, visit

Belknap County School to Farm Day

New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom and the Belknap County Farm Bureau will offer the annual Belknap County School to Farm Day on Wednesday, September 20.  This event is designed to bring fourth grade students to the Ramblin’ Vewe Farm in Gilford for a day of fun and learning about the importance of agriculture. Farmers and other professionals will be on hand to present mini-lessons, demonstrations, and activities on topics such as beekeeping, sheep raising, wool carding and spinning, dairy cows, oxen, maple sugaring, beekeeping, vegetable production, and soil ecology.  Homeschooling families with children of different ages are very welcome. The program targets 4th grade classes but would work for any age group.

Everyone should bring their own lunch.  An admission fee of $3 per student will be charged to cover some of the costs.  Register at  Similar events will be held in the spring in Concord, Bethlehem, and Unity as well as at UNH.
Visit for lesson and activity ideas.

Girls Who Code and Book Brothers in Sunapee

The Abbott Library in Sunapee is offering two new programs, the Girls Who Code Club and Book Brothers, to address particular issues young women and men are facing. Girls WhoCode is an international club that offers fun community projects to instill tech skills in girls who want to go into the technology field. Book Brothers will promote good listening and literacy skills for young men who face challenges in literacy and communication skills. For more information email

Monthly Math Problems

Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search introduces the 2017-18 Monthly Problem Solving Program,  the same program held in the summer, but with seven rounds (students have one  month to prepare their solution and submit) and the program is for Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire students.   Go to for more information.

Sandpipers Seacoast Children’s Chorus

Sandpipers Seacoast Children’s Chorus is an auditioned treble chorus program for boys and girls ages 7-18. Founded in 1993, the program introduces children to the finest choral music and is widely recognized in the Seacoast area for the quality of its performances and the unique educational opportunity it provides. Ideally, singers would participate for 1-2 years in the Prep Chorus before advancing to the Sandpipers. The Sandpipers program emphasizes: Healthy vocal development for young singers An opportunity to develop choral singing skills: unison and 2, 3, 4-part singing (harmony) Ear training and sight reading .

Auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, September 6 & Thursday, September 7. Please call the PMAC Office at 603-431-4278 to schedule your audition. Meets Mondays 5:00 to 6:30. The preparatory chorus meets 4:00 to 5:00.

Aspirations in Computing Awards

Calling all hackers, coders, and 9th-12th grade women! Applications are open for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing. Recipients receive engraved awards, scholarship and internship opportunities, entry to a peer-network of technical women in the NCWIT AiC Community, various prizes, and more. Students can apply online at no later than 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST) on November 6, 2017. Students with any level of experience are encouraged to apply: NCWIT recognizes aspirations as well as accomplishments!

Homeschool Agriculture Science Programs at Cedar Circle Farm, East Thetford, VT

Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center is in our third year of our science and agriculture education program for Homeschool students ages 6–11. Our farm is an incredible outdoor classroom with our production fields, forested areas, orchard, and riparian area along the Connecticut River. Together with our highly-quality instructors, students share the experience of exploring, discovering and learning the concepts together in order to gain a deeper, scientific understanding of agriculture and ecology. Our approach utilizes hands-on activities, inquiry-based investigations, games, and experiments. Journals are provided each semester for students to take notes or draw observations if they wish and to complete short weekly review assignments. Find more info here:

Science Workshops for Kids

Renaissance Kids in Derry offers workshops for ages 4-11 to build problem-solving skills and perseverance, learn about science, technology, robotics, and much more. Visit

Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets!

Ages: 10 and up in Derry, November-December on Wednesdays, $50 for 8 Weeks

Prerequisite: Students must be Harry Potter fans and must have either seen the movie and/ or read or listened to the book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Welcome, Second Year Students, to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! We will start our adventures in Diagon Alley where students will get their wizard money and make some of their necessary school supplies. These activities will last for the first several classes and include Wand Making II and creating house shirts. Once we arrive at Hogwarts, students will head to their assigned houses and will take various subjects such as Muggle Studies, Care of Mythical Creatures, and Study of Ancient Runes. We will make be creating a Hogwarts Lunch Menu, painting a dragons egg, potion necklaces and more!

Our year wouldn’t be complete without a game of Quidditch of course! Items made in class will be taken home by students to their muggle world. Register with Lori at

UNH Celebrity Series Announces the 2017-2018 Season

The University of New Hampshire Celebrity Series announces its 2017-2018 season of performances in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre in Durham.  Tickets can be purchased on line

New Hampshire native Amy Cheney Beach was the first American woman to compose a symphony.  To celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth, UNH will host a performance on October 10 at 7:00 p.m. by Symphony New Hampshire, led by music director and conductor Jonathan McPhee. Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony will be preceded by Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture” and paired with another piece in the lush Romantic style, Dvorak’s memorable Symphony “From the New World.”

On November 7 at 7:00 p.m. pianist Eric Lu will perform. Lu, a native of the Boston area, has given performances across the United States, as well as in Germany, Italy, and China. He has collaborated with the Minnesota Orchestra, the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, Wellesley Symphony, the Longwood Symphony, and the Boston Civic Symphony.

Tickets prices are $30 General, $10 UNH student with ID and youth under 18.  Tickets for the series season can be purchased  at, or by calling the box office at 603-862-7222(PCAC), Monday through Friday, 12-5, as well as one hour before each event.  Visit the Celebrity Series web page at

Student Matinees at Merrimack Repertory Theater in Lowell

MRT Student Matinees provide many students with their first exposure to professional theatre. It gives them the opportunity to experience literature in a different way, often resulting in a deeper connection to the story and characters. Attending MRT meets many MCAS and NHCF requirements.

Student Matinees start at 10:30 a.m., allowing plenty of time for the students to be bused to MRT and  back to school again by the end of the day. Student Matinee tickets are $9 each. Teachers are provided with copies of the script, and for select productions PlayGuides, which contain background material so that the play may be easily integrated into the classroom curriculum. Following each performance there is a Post-Show Discussion with members of the cast.

All you need to do to start a request for an MRT Student Matinee is let us know the date and the number of students. To enhance the educational experience, we provide teachers with the script and you can stay after the show for a Post Show Discussion with the actors. Student tickets are just $9, and chaperones are free.

Amherst Lions 2017-2018 Peace Poster Contest

Looking for young Amherst artists to participate in the Amherst Lions Club’s annual Peace Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “The Future of Peace” challenges children to spread the mission of peace through the medium of poster art.
The Lions invite you to an orientation and materials pick-up on any one of three days (Sept 11, Oct 12 and Nov 6) at the Amherst Library in the Johnson Room, 3-4 pm. The event and materials are free! Certificates of participation will be awarded to age groups 5 and under, 6 and 8,  9 and 10, and 14 -18. Entrants ages 11, 12, and 13 will be judged according to the criteria and winners will be forwarded to state competition. More info at

Remember, check our website for more activities and announcements!

NHHC Newsletter Staff

Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816, 520-9324,
Stefanie Marsh, layout and web posting.

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