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      The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers


      Your Resource. Your Voice. Your Association.

      VaHomeschoolers Out and About - November 2008

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

      The election will soon be behind us. With it out of the way, we can return to our regularly scheduled lives and the many amazing things there are to do around Virginia. This month brings several acting opportunities, a chance to make snowflakes in preparation for Winter, the opportunity to read with therapy dogs, and a trip to fairyland with an amazing website. As we enter a busy time of year, best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

      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 - The Homeschooling Mom
      • Online Resource - Historybusters
      • Online Resource - Our World of Water
      • Online Resource - Once Upon A Time...
      • Online Resource - The Loud Family
      • Nationwide Contest - "Being An American" Essay Contest
      • Statewide Opportunity - Center For the Book
      • Statewide Opportunity - Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholar
      • Southeastern Virginia - Faith In Action Ministries Athletics and Recreation (FIAMAR)
      • Virginia Beach - High School Theatre Workshop
      • Virginia Beach - Public Library Offerings
      • Norfolk - Botanical Garden Programs
      • Norfolk - "From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize..."
      • Newport News - Little Learners’ Series session “Sailing into Thanksgiving”
      • Waynesboro - Homeschooler’s Day
      • Winchester - Little Gym Free Trial Class
      • Centreville - New Social Studies Course
      • Reston - Nutritionist Lecture
      • Falls Church - Homeschool Acting Open House
      • Alexandria - Technology Enrichment Courses
      • Washington DC - Multicultural Children's Book Festival
      • Washington DC - National Postal Museum Programs

      Online Resource - The Homeschooling Mom

      A site for all things homeschooling. The e-newsletter also features one great homeschooling website a week, so, when you are pining for your next Out and About, this can help tide you over.

      Find the site here: www.thehomeschoolmom.com.

      Online Resource - Historybusters

      Designed to help teach history using fascinating and historically accurate films, this website was created by a teacher who would like to see all children develop a passion for history. Visit www.navigatinglife.org/historybusters to learn more.

      Online Resource - Our World of Water

      Do you know how much of the earth’s surface is water? Do you know how much of that water is available for us to drink? Do you know how the water you drink is treated?

      Fairfax Water wants to make it easier to learn about water and its importance. They have explored many Web resources about water and gathered them in one place for one-stop learning! Visit: www.fairfaxwater.org/education/education.htm.

      Online Resource - Once Upon A Time...

      This amazing website offers all things fairytale. Read stories, download ebooks, learn legends, and enjoy beautiful fairytale art. Take a look here: www.surlalunefairytales.com.

      Online Resource - The Loud Family

      Read about this homeschooling family of six that is traveling around the country in their RV. TLC will be airing a short series about their adventures in early November. To learn more, visit: www.ourloudfamily.com.

      Nationwide Contest - Being An American Essay Contest

      The Question: What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American? Trace the enduring importance of this value throughout the American story by discussing: a Founding document that reflects this value; a figure from American history who embodies this value; and ways you can personally put this value into practice.

      Top prize winners will win $5,000 cash and a trip to Washington, D.C. for an Awards Gala and Weekend! Open to students in grades 9 - 12, the deadline for essay submission is Monday, December 1, 2008.

      For detailed rules, visit: www.beinganamerican.org.

      Statewide Opportunity - Center For the Book

      The Center for the Book's vision is that every Virginian will have access to books and reading and to the power that books and reading provide to shape and inform personal and civic life. Toward that vision, The Center offers many fantastic programs to get Virginian's reading.

      To learn more about the current programs, including The Big Read in Virginia, please visit: www.virginiafoundation.org/bookcenter.

      Statewide Opportunity - Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholar

      Open to Virginia high school juniors and homeschoolers with an interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, students will complete exploration themed online coursework and compete to attend a 6-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. As part of the Summer Academy, scholars will plan a human mission to Mars in the company of science, engineering, and technology mentors from NASA. Lodging, meals, and transportation costs are covered while at the Academy.

      See www.vasts.spacegrant.org for eligibility requirements and more information. Application deadline is Friday, November 14, 2008.

      Southeastern Virginia - Faith In Action Ministries Athletics and Recreation (FIAMAR)

      Michael and Marcia Rose are homeschooling parents who oversee sports ministry for the whole family and whole community. FIAMAR would like to get an exclusive homeschooling team for Band, High School, and Middle School Football/Cheer, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, and Baseball, and it needs coaches and participants. Coach training will be provided.

      If you love running - open call to all VA Homeschool runners ages 5 - 18 who want to run in one Cross Country race on Saturday, November 15, 2008 as a part of the Virginia Homeschool Cross Country Team. No team practices are required.

      For more information about all of these opportunities, contact: fiamathletics@... or call (757) 218-9848.

      Virginia Beach - High School Theatre Workshop

      Get a taste of the collegiate actor training program at Regent University. Held on Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., the interactive workshops include acting for stage and screen, stage combat, and movement for the actor, all taught by Regent theatre professors from the MFA Acting program. Dinner and tickets to the world premiere performance of The Glory Man are also included, all for only $20 per student.

      Parents can join the fun at 5:00 p.m. for a panel discussion, dinner, playwright presentation, and evening performance of The Glory Man. Cost is $18.00 per person.

      For questions or to register, please contact Kaja Dunn at kajadun@...

      Virginia Beach - Public Library Offerings

      Storytime Faire
      A day-long showcase for all ages on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. featuring Virginia Beach's best storytellers, musicians and performers. Held at the Central Library, admission is free, but please call to register groups of 10 or more, (757) 385-0142.

      Prepare to laugh at Virginia Beach Public Library’s annual storytelling celebration. This year, see five-time West Virginia Liars Contest Champion and author Bil Lepp. For ages 10 and up on Friday, November 14, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library. Please call to register for this free event at (757) 385 - 0150.

      Homeschoolers Book Group
      Homeschool students explore the library through Mary Pope Osborne's series The Magic Tree House. November’s book is Thanksgiving on Thursday. Held at the Princess Anne Area Library on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 2:00 p.m., this is a free event for ages 7 - 11.

      Norfolk - Botanical Garden Programs

      To learn more about the following programs, and many others, or to register visit: www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/education/programs/family.shtml.

      Garden Storytime
      Wednesday mornings in November from 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., join in as a Garden Teacher reads a story and then leads a Garden exploration. From jungle adventures to those three little pigs, each week will feature a different tale with plenty of pictures and props to delight the senses.

      Free with Garden Admission.

      Carolina Snowflakes
      It doesn’t always snow in the South, but you can still enjoy snowflakes. Celebrate a Country Holiday on Thursday, November 6, 2008 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. by decorating with natural woven Carolina Snowflakes. Floral Designer Betty Ann Galway will instruct participants on the step-by-step process of completing three different snowflakes. (All supplies included in fee.)

      Cost: $24 ($18 for NBG Members)

      Homeschool Takeover Days - Skills of the Wild
      The Native Americans were the first environmental stewards. Come visit the homes of the Sioux, the Powhatan and the Pueblo. Learn about their way of life, and how they used their natural environment for survival.

      On Friday, November 14, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., here’s a chance to get together with other kids and take part in hands-on programming led by our experienced Garden Teachers. Science journals will be provided for all participating children and are included in the cost of the program.

      (Please note: Pre-registration is required for all members of your group visiting the garden, including those not participating in the program. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m.; program begins at 9:30 a.m.)

      Cost is $10 per participant ($8 for NBG Members) and includes 1 free adult. Registration ends on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

      This program is best suited for children 5 and older.

      Paws To Read
      Children can improve their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. Bring your favorite book or read one of ours on Sunday, November 16, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dogs provide rapt attention and children can read aloud without fear of criticism or interruption. Children 5 – 10 years old may sign up for reading sessions with therapy dogs in Storybook Forest. Therapy Dogs International or the Delta Society Pet Partners Program certifies all therapy dogs and their handlers. During the reading session, the dog’s handler is always present along with a library staff member. Parents may accompany if they wish.

      Free with Garden admission. Best to register, but walk-ins are welcome. (Signed permission slip is required.)

      Norfolk - "From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize..."

      Dr. John Mather will give a talk at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at the Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University. The lecture will describe work on the cosmic microwave background for which Dr. Mather shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics. The talk is entitled "From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize and on to James Webb Space Telescope and the Discovery of Alien Life" and will be geared to a general audience.

      For more information, visit here: www.odu.edu.

      To register, please contact Professor Amin Dharamsi at adharams@... or (757) 683-4467.

      Newport News — Little Learners’ Series session “Sailing into Thanksgiving”

      With this series, Museum educators have adapted some of our most requested programs for young homeschool learners. In each session, students will participate in an interactive lesson and make a craft that emphasizes that lesson.

      Sailing into Thanksgiving: Leaving England for the New World, the Pilgrims sailed across the ocean on their small ship, the Mayflower. Learn about life on board the Mayflower and how the ship moved, about the Pilgrims and their life in America, and what inspired the Pilgrims to celebrate the first Thanksgiving. Students will learn a Thanksgiving song and have an opportunity to make a miniature Mayflower.

      Held on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., the cost is $7.00 per student for Museum Members and $8.00 per student for non-members. Chaperones bringing 2 or more students will only be charged $7.50 per child. One adult chaperone per student will be admitted free of charge. Chaperones are required to stay with their students for the duration of the program. Attending 2nd-12th graders will be required to pay the program admission fee whether or not they are attending the program. However, children 4 years old and younger who are not participating in the program will be admitted free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

      Download the registration form at www.mariner.org/educationalad/homeschool/little_learners.php. Registration deadline is Thursday, November 13, 2008.

      Waynesboro – Homeschooler’s Day

      Waynesboro Public Library offers a hands-on workshop, “DNA: The Amazing Molecule,” on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. This workshop includes an introduction to the structure and function of DNA, isolating DNA in a visible form, and amplifying and visualizing cheek cells using gel electrophoresis. It is taught by Professor Steve Baron of Bridgewater College.

      Please call (540) 942-6746 for more information.

      Winchester - Little Gym Free Trial Class

      The Little Gym offers Non-Competitive Gymnastics Based Programs for children 4 months to 12 years of age. In an effort to work with local homeschoolers, The Little Gym is offering a free trial class to interested parents and students.

      For more information, please contact them at: www.tlgwinchester-va.com or (540) 662-0411.

      Centreville - New Social Studies Course

      Cultures and Customs is a new half-credit social studies course beginning Monday, January 5, 2009 for grades 9-12. A study of how new immigrants to the US affect our communities, culture, and churches, this course offers students a chance to understand and appreciate political trends and cultural differences.

      This is great preparation for international ministry and transition to multicultural worlds of college and workplace. Taught by David Case, Director of Truro Church's International Programs and Services.

      Meeting Mondays in Centreville, at CHESS, held at Centreville Baptist Church. Tuition is $186, plus materials, and registration if not already enrolled in CHESS.

      If you have questions, or to register, contact admin@... or phone Tara Taylor at (703) 753-1901, or visit www.chessclasses.org.

      Reston - Nutritionist Lecture

      Homeschooling a child with ADHD, autism, MR, deafness, FAS, learning disabilities or other issues? Know someone who is thinking about it? GIFTSNVA meets Monday,November 24, 2008 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Reston Bible Church, 11979 North Shore Drive, Room 112.

      The November meeting features nutritionist Alana Sugar. Learn more about her at: www.whatanicewebsite.com/alanasugar.

      GIFTSNVA's meetings include discussions, guest lectures, and always encouragement. Meetings are free.

      There is also a private Yahoo group. E-mail: GiftsNVA-owner@yahoogroups.com for more information.

      Falls Church - Homeschool Acting Open House

      Join former Hollywood acting teacher Cheryl Felicia Rhoads and some of her students at an informal open house for homeschool students and their parents on Saturday, November 8, 2008 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in her classroom at the Oakwood Apartments Club House.

      There will be light refreshments, and Cheryl will show two short videos of her work. Schedules of future classes will be on hand. Interested homeschoolers may call Cheryl directly at (703) 300-5441 with questions or visit her blog at www.cherylrhoads.typepad.com.

      Alexandria - Technology Enrichment Courses

      Mindzai Learning offers technology enrichment courses such as animation, video game design, and interactive art for students ages 8-14 in Alexandria.

      Check out the Fall course offerings at: www.mindzailearning.com/courses.html.

      Washington DC - Multicultural Children's Book Festival

      Celebrate Family Literacy Day and bring the entire family to meet your favorite authors, listen to celebrity book readings, and enjoy performances, participatory workshops, illustration demonstrations, and more.

      Held on Saturday, November 1, 2008 from noon - 6:00 p.m. at The Kennedy Center. This free event is great for the whole family.

      Learn more here: www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/bookfestival.

      Washington DC - National Postal Museum Programs

      The A-B-Cs of Stamp Collecting Workshop
      Sunday, November 9, 2008
      10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

      Jump into the world’s most popular hobby! More than little pieces of paper, postage stamps are gateways to geography, culture, art, history, and fun! Learn the steps of stamp collecting in this fun, hands-on workshop led by Janet Klug, immediate past president of the American Philatelic Society. Ideal for beginning and intermediate collectors. Registration recommended. Call (202) 633-5533 or e-mail Erin at blascoe@....

      American Indian Heritage Month Family Celebration
      Saturday, November 15, 2008
      1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

      Celebrate this year’s Smithsonian heritage theme “Living in Many Worlds” with stories, stamps, and activities about Sequoyah, the Cherokee man who invented writing for his people. Great for the whole family!

      Mystery Crates Revealed
      Saturday, November 22, 2008
      1:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

      Thirty years ago, 27 wooden crates were sealed in a Smithsonian storage facility, their contents a mystery. Museum technician Rebecca Johnson is opening each crate. Find out what Johnson has discovered, help her identify a mystery object, and get a peek into behind-the-scenes work at the museum. Great for curious kids ages 10 and up.

      Holiday Card Workshop
      Saturday, December 6, 2008
      Session One: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
      Session Two: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

      Sign up early for this popular, card-making workshop for all ages! Artist Thalia Doukas provides inspirational samples and tips, such as the use of collage and crayon rubbings. Beautiful materials, cancelled stamps, and holiday sentiments are provided for assembling unique cards for family and friends. Registration required. Call (202) 633-5533 or e-mail Erin at blascoe@....

      Admission to the museum and each of these public programs is 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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