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Out and About - July 2009
The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers
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VaHomeschoolers Out and About – July 2009
Welcome to the July 2009 Out and About - a publication designed to connect homeschoolers to activities and events across the Commonwealth!
If you are looking for last minute summer activities, check out the Virginia Historical Society Summer programs and the Extreme Journey Middle School Summer Camp in Albermarle. And it is never too early to start planning your fall activities. The Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Homeschool Days and Biltmore Fall Homeschool Festival are annual events which never fail to please.
As always, if you are interested in having an activity or event included, please see the submission guidelines included after the event listings.
In This Issue
Lego ® Smart ™ Creativity ContestRichmond: Ashcroft HallNow through August 2009, LEGO® Education is hosting an activity challenge for school and home educators of all grades and subject areas! The LEGO® Smart™ Creativity Contest begins with your imagination and ends with great prizes, online recognition, and the chance to share your activity with thousands of students across the nation! The task is simple. Create an activity using only the bricks included in a LEGO Smart Kit. Educators are being challenged to use the kits’ contents to develop a hands-on activity for their students. This can range from a simple build to a more advanced mathematical problem. You’re the creator, so let your imagination lead you! For more information and to request a Lego Smart Kit see: http://www.legoeducation.com/forms/activitycontest.aspKids who like to dig in the dirt will get plenty of opportunity at Agecroft Hall & Gardens this August, with two gardening camps scheduled. Not only will they get some dirt on their hands, they'll learn something too! http://www.agecrofthall.org/newsletter/Go Green! Kids' Ecology & Gardening Camp - From Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7, 2009, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Agecroft Hall and Virginia House invite your child to "Go Green!" this summer. Campers will be introduced to a variety of educational and hands-on activities including composting, recycling, eco-friendly gardening, native plants, and making 17th-century crafts and games from natural materials. For campers ages 9-12. This week-long camp will be held at Agecroft Hall and Virginia House (which is right next door). Cost per camper is $150. To register, contact Jill Pesesky at Agecroft Hall, 804-353-4241.Diggin' in the Dirt Gardening Camp - From Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 14, 2009, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. We at Agecroft Hall are looking for a few good kids......with green thumbs and painter smocks! Campers will "dig" these activities: leaf identification, pressed flowers, garden stake design, miniature Victory Gardens, Jug Heads, and more! Children ages 7-9 may sign up by calling Jill Pesesky at Agecroft Hall at 804-353-4241. Cost per camper is $150. The camp will be held at Agecroft Hall and Virginia House (next door) from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day.Richmond: Virginia Historical Society Summer Homeschool ProgramsThe Virginia Historical Society is offering special educator-led history presentations for homeschool students. Come early or stay after your program and enjoy the additional exhibitions. Three one-hour interactive presentations are available Tuesdays and Thursdays in July 2009. Programs begin at 2:00 pm and are appropriate for children of all ages.Virginia and the Westward Movement - This program examines the nineteenth-century movement of Virginians to the West and their contributions to settling the American frontier. Using reproductions of objects that might have been found on a settler's Conestoga wagon, students interpret the great migration from Virginia in the decades before the Civil War.Pocahontas and the Powhatan Nation - Students will learn about the culture of Powhatan Indians and the various roles played by women, men, and children in their society. The use of replica artifacts helps students understand myths and truths, tools and clothing, and popular images from Pocahontas's time. Students will gain a greater understanding of Virginia's original inhabiants.Teaching with Photographs - Using turn-of-the-century photographs, this program is designed to allow students to examine changes in Virginia's society and politics. Students will explore context clues from primary source images to develop an awareness of the changes that occurred across the commonwealth during the early 1900s.Albermarle: Extreme Journey Middle School Summer CampSpots are still open for the Extreme Middle School Camp Program on July 20-31, 2009 in in Albermarle County. Open to rising sixth through eighth grade students, the Extreme Journey Middle School Summer Camp takes kids on a high-tech field trip to explore the region known as Where America Happened. Hiking, biking, paddling, role playing, and movie making -- all are part of the two-week Extreme Journey. Students visit critically important historical sites from Gettysburg to Monticello, where they view life through a different lens and get the inside scoop from the experts. Archaeologists, Park Rangers, reenactors as well as multimedia specialists share their passion and expertise, taking students back in time, into the mind set of men and women during a crucial time in our nation’s history. Students evaluate the roles of former leaders as well as everyday men to understand the complexities of their lives and then create original Vodcasts depicting the student’s interpretation of the times. For more information see: http://www.hallowedground.org/extreme/content/view/285/67/Hampton Roads: Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center Homeschool DaysExperience the sights and sounds of the past at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. Your children will become immersed in hands-on history: touching reproduction artifacts, exploring living history sites, interacting with costumed interpreters and learning all about Jamestown and the American Revolution! There are special programs for every grade level and guided museum experiences for the whole family. Tickets good for the entire date range, September 12-27, 2009 are just $10.25 per person. Visit http://www.historyisfun.org or contact Group Reservations at (757) 253-4939 to find out more about these exciting opportunities for homeschool families. See website for additional 2009 Special Programs.North Carolina: Biltmore Fall Homeschool Festival“Living Large: Biltmore Estate and The Turn of the Century” - October 1-2, 2009. We invite you to step back in time to learn about life on Biltmore Estate during the turn of the century. Discover what a day in the life on the Estate was like for the Vanderbilt family, their guests and the estate workers. You can explore how to chronicle your family history, create a family crest, learn about dining, etiquette and the art of letter writing and calligraphy as well as dance demonstrations and lawn and parlor games from the turn of the century. We also encourage you to dress in period attire to compliment your Biltmore Homeschool Festival experience! Contact Contact Group Sales for additional information and reservations: Phone: 866-851-4661 groupsales@... http://www.biltmore.com/education/programs/home_school.aspSubmission Information
- Lego ® Smart ™ Creativity Contest
- Richmond: Ashcroft Hall
- Richmond: Virginia Historical Society Summer Homeschool Programs
- Albermarle: Extreme Journey Middle School Summer Camp
- Hampton Roads: Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center Homeschool Days
- North Carolina: Biltmore Fall Homeschool Festival
Out and About is a publication made available to the Virginia homeschooling community by The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers. If you have an event you would like to include, please send a brief summary with contact information to the Out and About editor at outandabout@.... Submission deadline is the 24th of every month. VaHomeschoolers reserves the right to edit submissions for length and/or format. Inclusion of an event is up to the discretion of VaHomeschoolers and does not imply endorsement or guarantee.
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