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October 2008 Out and About

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  • Jennie Gemignani
    The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers *www.VaHomeschoolers.org* Your Resource. Your Voice. Your Association. VaHomeschoolers Out and About - October
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 1, 2008
      The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers
      www.VaHomeschoolers.org
      Your Resource. Your Voice. Your Association.

      VaHomeschoolers Out and About - October 2008

      Welcome to the October 2008 Out and About - a publication designed to connect homeschoolers to activities and events across the Commonwealth!

      Happy Autumn! It might be cooling off outdoors, but the opportunities for homeschoolers get hotter and hotter. There is an expanded list of online resources available, as well as some amazing statewide opportunities for family fun. You can learn about robots, listen to animal music, explore this time and age, or travel back to the distant past. Dance your way back to the Civil War, or wander around at an old-fashioned fair. Compete against others using your computer or violin skills, or just relax and learn from some restored movies. Whatever this month holds for you, enjoy the beauty.

      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

      • Online resource - Duck For President
      • Online resource - Smithsonian's History Explorer
      • Online resource - Curious George Science
      • Online resource - Video Game Creator
      • Statewide Contest - The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2009!
      • Statewide Opportunity - USA Computing Olympiad
      • Statewide Opportunity - Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars
      • Statewide Opportunity - Family Harvest Weekend
      • Statewide Contest - Winds of Change Poetry Contest
      • Portsmouth - Native American Heritage Day
      • Norfolk - Homeschool Takeover Day
      • Norfolk - "Arts Within Reach" programs
      • Newport News - "Wild Music"
      • Newport News - Age of Exploration
      • Hampton - Virginia Air and Space Homeschool Workshops
      • Petersburg - Old Time Fair
      • Petersburg - Poetry Slam
      • Richmond - Upward Basketball
      • Richmond - From Compass to GPS: The History and the Future of Mapping in Virginia
      • Mechanicsville - Presidential Fitness & Fun Day
      • Staunton - The American Shakespeare Center Opportunities
      • St. Mary's City - Autumn Homeschool Day
      • Burke - ChristStrings Auditions
      • Burke - Meet the String Professors
      • Purcellville - The Old Virginia Harvest Ball
      • Arlington - Homeschooling with Modern Masters
      • Washington DC - Albert Lamorisse Classics
      • Washington DC - National Postal Museum Opportunities

      Online resource - Duck For President

      This offers a fun way to discuss the upcoming elections and how and why people choose the candidates they vote for. Don't forget to vote: www.duckforpresident.com/index.html.

      Online resource - Smithsonian's History Explorer

      A gateway to innovative, online resources for teaching and learning American history, designed and developed by the National Museum of American History. Visit: www.historyexplorer.americanhistory.si.edu.

      Online resource - Curious George Science

      Leverage the appeal of CURIOUS GEORGE to bring early engineering, math, and science learning to your children!

      PBS has created easy-to-use resources at: www.pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/parentsteachers/activities/.

      Online resource - Video Game Creator

      For people interested in creating video games, here's a chance from MIT: www.scratch.mit.edu/about.

      Statewide Contest - The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2009!

      The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers invites creative teenagers to submit their best works of visual art and writing to The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2009! Each year more than 100,000 works of art and writing are submitted to the regional programs of The Awards, including works made this past spring and summer 2008.

      To qualify, students must be entering grades 7 - 12 this fall. Artwork and writing created this past spring and this summer at home or in an arts programs may be eligible for submission to The Awards. Students graduating from high school in 2009 are highly encouraged to begin organizing a portfolio of eight works for scholarship consideration. To learn more, visit: www.artandwriting.org.

      Statewide Opportunity - USA Computing Olympiad

      Are you a high school or junior high school student interested in competing in the USA Computing Olympiad? It's easy to get involved.

      Sign up for the email list here: www.uwp.edu/sws/usaco/. The USACO conducts six annual contests which are announced and distributed over this list.Then register for the training pages here: www.uwp.edu/sws/usaco/ and start working through the material to hone your competition computing skills.

      Statewide Opportunity - Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars

      Become a Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholar and explore where science, math and technology can take you.

      To apply you must:
      • Be a high school junior with an interest in science, technology, engineering, or math.
      • Be a Virginia resident and a US citizen.
      • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7. (Editor's note: I'm including this because it is listed on the website, but homeschoolers are welcome to apply and have been in the program and done well.)
      • Be at least 16 years old.
      • Have internet access and e-mail to complete online assignments.

      Application deadline is Thursday, November 14, 2008.

      Additional background and application forms can be found at: www.vasts.spacegrant.org.

      Statewide Opportunity - Family Harvest Weekend

      Harvest time… come with your family to explore and celebrate this magical time of year. Taproot Farm Harvest Weekens is a is a relaxed and comfortable environment in which to meet other homeschooling families, be inspired, and share your wisdom with new friends. Play in the autumn leaves, ramble with your children, laugh, learn and share. Bring the whole family!!!! The planners of the weekend are Waldorf inspired while incorporating other complementary philosophies.

      The weekend of October 10 - 13, 2008 will hold amazing opportunities at Taproot Farm in Bowerston, Ohio. To learn more about this great learning event, visit: www.waldorfwithoutwalls.com/seminars/2008/10-10-family-weekend/.

      Statewide Contest - Winds of Change Poetry Contest

      SweetPea Productions is sponsoring a Nationwide Poetry Contest which calls all people to speak to their feelings about our nation's journey over the last 10 years. To learn the entry requirements and to register, please visit www.sweetpeaproductions.net/id6.html.

      Contest deadline is Saturday, February 14, 2009.

      Portsmouth - Native American Heritage Day

      Listen for the music of "Red Crooked Sky" and you will know it is time to immerse yourself in the rich and ancient cultures of the First American peoples in this fall celebration. Explore the traditions of these great people though music, dance, and song. The dance troupe will narrate their dances, explain their regalia, and answers audience questions. Crafts for the day include drums, totem poles, rattles, story-sticks, and story counts.

      Held at the Children's Museum of Virginia on Saturday, November 1, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The event is $6.00 for people ages 2 and above.

      For more information, and to learn about other great programs, see the museum website at: www.childrensmuseumva.com.

      Norfolk - Homeschool Takeover Day

      Join other homeschoolers at the Norfolk Botanical Garden on Friday, October 17, 2008 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come learn about the creative critters that live in the garden then learn about some of the most useful native plants in Virginia! Investigate the many amazing uses for a tree and travel across the world to explore ancient Mali in the World of Wonders Children's Garden!

      The program is an outdoor adventure designed for children ages 5 - 10. Visit here: www.nbgs.org/education/programs/family.shtml#homeschool to learn more.

      Norfolk - "Arts Within Reach" programs

      The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce the October performances in its Arts Within Reach series. The Norfolk Arts Commission presents and supports free programs that bring great art to Norfolk communities. Get to know local artists while you enjoy their talent and creativity in a relaxed atmosphere. You never need a ticket to attend an Arts Within Reach program; simply show up at the venue five to 10 minutes before the scheduled performance time. Schedules are subject to change; visit www.norfolkarts.net for updated information.

      Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. - Virginia Symphony Ensemble, in concert. Symphony musicians will entertain, delight, educate and inspire in this beautiful concert setting. Held at the Bank Street Memorial Baptist Church, 7036 Chesapeake Blvd.

      Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 6:45 p.m. - The Hurrah Players present excerpts from Seussical -Horton Hears a Who! The world of Dr. Seuss will come to life in this Hurrah Players production at the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center. This hit Broadway musical follows the adventures of Horton the Elephant, who hears a "Who." The story is narrated by the Cat in the Hat and aided by many favorite Seuss characters. Join the fun at the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center, 7300 Newport Avenue.

      Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. – Virginia Children's Chorus in concert. The region's youngest choristers present an interactive program for all ages, with an inspiring selection of music and special works from their new season. Concert is at the Park Place Baptist Church, 430 West 31st Street.

      Newport News - "Wild Music"

      "Wild Music" opens Saturday, October 4, 2008 at the Virginia Living Museum. Whales compose, bullfrogs chorus, songbirds greet the dawn, and people everywhere sing and dance. They're all part of sounds in nature and in life. Connect with the music around you and in other parts of the world, even make your own recordings at "Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life" at the Virginia Living Museum.

      The traveling exhibit invites multicultural and intergenerational audiences to better understand what makes music, whether it's in wild life or city life. Through hands-on activities that not only allow for listening, but also seeing and feeling, visitors will discover that nature is filled with "musicians" that create distinct rhythms to communicate with and relate to one another. Also, the exhibits themselves are made from recycled materials, the first such exhibit hosted by the VLM, which is a designated Virginia Green Attraction.

      Regular admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children ages 3-12. Ages 2 and under are free. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Call (757) 595-9135 to make group reservations.

      Visit www.thevlm.org for more information. Information about the exhibit is also available at www.wildmusic.org.

      Newport News - Age of Exploration

      This popular program helps students explore an era when cartographers were still mapping the world and mariners were discovering new landmasses. Museum educators will introduce younger students to the economic and cultural life of the Old World, present spices for hands-on examination, and explain the importance of these spices to those cultures.

      Offered on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information about other homeschooler programs available, cost, and to register, visit: www.mariner.org/educationalad/homeschool/little_learners.php. or contact Armalita Holley at (757) 591-7743. Registration deadline is Friday, October 3, 2008.

      Hampton - Virginia Air and Space Homeschool Workshops

      The Virginia Air and Space Museum, is holding the following homeschool afternoon workshops:

      Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - Robots
      Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - Flying High
      Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - Chilly Willy

      Space is limited, so please contact Swee Hart, at (757) 727-0900, ext. 759 to register.

      Petersburg - Old Time Fair

      By popular demand, the Fair is back in town! On October 25 - 26, 2008, step back to the 19th century when traveling shows visited small towns across America with "death-defying" acts, musical presentations, midway games, and more. Old Time Fair is fun and educational for the entire family. Free with admission to Pamplin Park.

      For more information visit: www.pamplinpark.org/events.html.

      Petersburg - Poetry Slam

      Petersburg Public Library is hosting its fall Poetry Slam. Join in on Monday, October 6, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library, and share your talent. Read your own poetry or any poem that has meaning for you. Come ready to listen and/or read. Participants will receive a small gift and everyone can take part in refreshments and fellowship. Come together for an exciting fall evening and support a love of poetry. Call (804) 733-2387 x26 for more information.

      Richmond - Upward Basketball

      First Baptist Church, begins Season 4 of Upward Basketball! Upward Basketball is one of the most exciting evangelistic sports ministries in the country. The great sport of basketball is used to reach children and their families for Christ. Designed for first to sixth grade boys and girls, Upward Basketball promotes character, self esteem, and salvation to each participant, while teaching basketball skills.

      To participate in Upward Basketball this winter at First Baptist Church, simply fill out the registration form located online at http://www.fbcrichmond.org/upward/index.htm.

      The deadline is Thursday, November 13, 2008. Early registration will be $75 per child, and after Sunday, October 26, 2008 it will be an additional $10.

      For more information, please contact Buddy Burgess at (804) 358-2977, Robin Hendricks at (804) 358-5458 x112, or Chris Harris at (804) 717-2098. Or go online at www.fbcrichmond.org/upward/index.htm.

      Richmond - From Compass to GPS: The History and the Future of Mapping in Virginia

      The Library of Virginia will host a special children's program entitled "From Compass to GPS: The History and the Future of Mapping in Virginia" on Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Young children will be given an opportunity to learn about the history of maps and map making in Virginia. Future mapmakers will be able to meet an 18th century surveyor, portrayed by character interpreter Willie Balderson, as well as learn modern surveying techniques. Resource packets featuring primary source documents relating to mapping will be distributed to participants on the day of the event.

      This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Tameka Hobbs, Program and Education Coordinator, at (804) 371-2126 or tameka.hobbs@....

      Mechanicsville - Presidential Fitness & Fun Day

      Middle, high school and college-age students, join in the physical fun on Friday, October 24, 2008 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Participants (adults are welcome to dive in or spectate) perform exercises that build strength, endurance and flexibility as well as motivate one another to adopt and maintain physically active lifestyles.

      After a brisk group warm-up session, Presidential Fitness Day participants focus on the components of the President's Physical Fitness Program: Curl-ups, shuttle run, mile walk/run (younger children can do 1/4 or 1/2 mile), pull-ups OR flexed-arm hang, and V-Sit Reach.

      RSVP by Monday, October 20, 2008 to Jackie Jones at aujug@.... Be sure to include a phone number.

      The event will be held rain or shine at the Jones' home in Mechanicsville, so please get ready to join in the fun.

      Staunton - The American Shakespeare Center Opportunities

      Student Matinees
      Now booking for the 2008/09 school year, including performances of Twelfth Night, King Lear, Measure for Measure, A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet and The Comedy of Errors. Contact Kristie Dillon for more information or to book your group at (540) 885-5588 x12 or email: Kristie@....

      Study Guides
      Study Guides for the 2008-2009 season are available online. Visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=116.

      Podcasts
      Podcasts for American Shakespeare Center shows can be found online at: americanshakespearecenter.blogspot.com.

      Field Trips
      A variety of field trip options available: student matinees, workshops, playhouse tours and lectures. Please call Sarah at (540) 885-5588 x29 for more information.

      Tours of the Blackfriars Playhouse
      Led by actors and graduate students. Leaving from the Box Office most days at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Contact Sarah Henley to reserve a space for your group: (540) 885-5588 x29 or sarah.henley@....

      St. Mary's City - Autumn Homeschool Day

      Historic St. Mary's City is pleased to announce the Autumn Homeschool Day on Friday, October 17, 2008. This event is designed so that homeschool families may explore 17th-century Maryland in their own time and in their own way. There will be numerous opportunities to participate in hands-on activities and to see new demonstrations specially designed for this event. Staff are stationed throughout the living history sites to assist families in discovering Maryland's first capital for themselves. Information about the event and instructions for registration can be found here: www.stmaryscity.org/Events/Homeschool.html.

      Burke - ChristStrings Auditions

      Homeschool violinists or violists, ages 14 - 18, are invited to audition for ChristStrings, a group that plays at church services or special functions where Christian music is desired. The auditions will be held Tuesday, October 28, 2008, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Contact Lynne Denig at (703) 425-1234 for more information.

      Burke - Meet the String Professors

      Meet the Professor brings together string professors from Virginia universities and secondary school students interested in finding out more about the professors and their universities. The usual format is that selected students play for the professors in an open lesson while audience members (other students, teachers, and parents) observe. The university professors occasionally perform. No fee is involved.

      All interested students, parents, and teachers are welcome to attend. For more information and to perform for the professors, contact Lynne Denig at: violynne@... or (703) 425-1234.

      Meet the Professor takes place at Calvary Christian Church, 9800 Old Keene Mill Road in Burke, VA at the times noted below.

      Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 2:00 p.m. James Madison University: Carl Donakowski, cello, and Wanchi Huang, violin

      Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 2:00 p.m. Shenandoah University: Donovan Stokes, double bass and Radford University: Robert Trent, guitar

      Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 2:00 p.m. Virginia Commonwealth University: Susanna Klein, violin, and Dana McComb, cello

      Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 1:00 p.m. Shenandoah University: Doris Lederer, viola, and Clyde Shaw, cello

      Purcellville - The Old Virginia Harvest Ball

      Join the folks from We Make History for the second annual Old Virginia Harvest Ball. Held at the Purcellville Skating Rink on Saturday, October 25, 2008, the ball begins at 6:00 p.m. with a social hour and basic dance instruction. The Ball gets into full swing at 7:00 p.m. Historic custom indicates the ball is appropriate for people ages 13 and up, but younger children are welcome if parents deem them ready.

      Tickets are $25.00 each, and families of six or more may request a discount.

      For more information, please visit this website: www.harvestball.com.

      Arlington - Homeschooling with Modern Masters

      Learn about several modern artists and their techniques for inspiration in your own painting, sculpture, and mixed media projects. Held at the Arlington Arts Center, students will become accustomed to using a variety of art making tools and mediums, while practicing several brush techniques and learning about composition and color theory. Some of the artists covered this semester include Cezanne, Calder, and Monet.

      Held on Wednesdays from October 15, 2009 - December 3, 2008, the program is designed for children from pre-kindergarten through second grade age.

      For more information and to learn about other classes offered, visit: www.arlingtonartscenter.org/classes.htm.

      Washington DC - Albert Lamorisse Classics

      The National Gallery of Art is sponsoring a screening of two newly restored children's films by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse. The Red Balloon (1956, 34 mins.) follows a young boy's discovery of a stray balloon. Wandering through the streets of Paris, the two become inseparable. White Mane (1953, 40 mins.) is set in the south of France in a near-desert region called La Camargue, where a strong friendship grows between a young boy and White Mane, a magnificent stallion and leader of a herd of wild horses. Films presented in English translation.

      The films will be shown on October 4 and 5, 2008 in the East Building Auditorium, at 11:30 a.m. No registration is required. Programs are free and subject to change without notice. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-seated basis. Groups are welcome. For up-to-date information on the current month's films, please call (202) 789-3030.

      Washington DC - National Postal Museum Opportunities

      Latin Jazz Celebration
      Saturday, October 4, 2008
      2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

      Celebrate the tropical rhythms, colors, and sounds of Latin Jazz for Hispanic Heritage Month! Enjoy an interactive musical presentation by a student quartet from The Music Teaching Project. Continue the afternoon with conga drum demonstrations and jazz oral histories presented by Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month Initiatives. Create your own stamp collection and get inspired by Hispanic Heritage stories. Great for the whole family! Admission to the museum and public programs are free of charge.

      Commemorative Cancels & Covers
      Saturday, October 11, 2008
      1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

      Special occasions and philatelic firsts inspire commemorative cancels and covers. These collectible items tell the story of mail's journey with artistic flair. Mail your own example of the National Postal Museum's commemorative 15th Anniversary cancel available in the Stamp Store, learn about covers flown by Amelia Earhart, decorate your own fancy envelope, and explore the delightful details of covers on display. Great for the whole family! Admission to the museum and public programs are free of charge.



      Submission Information

      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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      Jennie Gemignani
      Editor -  VaHomeschoolers Out and About Monthly Activities Publication
      http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/


      "There is no difference between living and learning..."
      - John Holt, author
    • Stephanie Elms
      The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers www.VaHomeschoolers.org Your Resource. Your Voice. Your Association. HR 2343: Education Begins at Home Act in
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 3, 2008
        HR 2343: "Education Begins at Home Act" in Congress   

        The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers
        www.VaHomeschoolers.org
        Your Resource. Your Voice. Your Association.


        HR 2343: "Education Begins at Home Act" in Congress

        Several members have asked us about HR 2343, the “Education Begins at Home Act”, a bill currently under consideration by the US House of Representatives in Congress.

        HR 2343 would give states like Virginia the opportunity to apply for and receive grants to provide “home visitation programs” to parents of young children.  In Virginia, the grants would presumably be administered through existing education and social services programs, such as Early Head Start, Child Find, the Department of Social Services, etc.   Parents participating in these voluntary programs would receive instruction and guidance in developing parenting skills, early child development, etc.  The instruction could take place either in the parent’s home or in any place of their choosing.  

        The intended target populations for these voluntary programs are communities with large numbers of low income families, “English language learners”, teen parents, special needs children, parents with a past history of domestic or child abuse, Native Americans, and/or military families. While some homeschooling families do fall into one or more of these categories, homeschoolers are not an intended target population for these programs.

        HR 2343 is certainly of interest to parents and citizens here in Virginia and elsewhere.  However, The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers does not consider this bill to be directly impacting homeschooling families at this time. Accordingly, we are not taking any position on this bill.

        Persons wishing to express an opinion on Federal legislation should contact their own Congressman or Senator as appropriate. Contact information is available via www.house.gov  and www.senate.gov.  

        For the complete text of HR 2343 or any other bills, visit the Library of Congress “THOMAS” website at http://thomas.loc.gov/ .  


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