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    VaHomeschoolers Update September 6, 2005 From The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers: your fully inclusive, all volunteer, member-directed state homeschool
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      VaHomeschoolers Update September 6, 2005

      From The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers: your fully inclusive, all
      volunteer, member-directed state homeschool organization. Since 1993,
      VaHomeschoolers has worked to protect and promote homeschooling through
      action in legislative work, assisting homeschoolers on an individual level,
      and providing information, speakers, events and resources. Join
      VaHomeschoolers in a snap at http://www.VaHomeschoolers.org/join.html Visit
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      In this update:

      1. NEW ON the VaHomeschoolers WEBSITE: CLARIFYING THE NOI.
      Have you ever been asked to include a list of books or tables on contents in
      your NOI? Empower yourself with knowledge here!

      2. EVENTS
      Newport News: Learn About Scholarship Opportunities Through the Homeschool
      Bowling League; Sept. 13, 7 p.m.
      Lynchburg: Homeschool Open House at Amazement Square; Sept. 15 from 10 a.m.
      to noon.
      Richmond: Featuring the Autumnal Equinox at LiveSky and SkyWatch at the
      Science Museum of Virginia; 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Free.
      Glen Echo, MD: Beauty and the Beast, performed by The Puppet Company; Sept.
      17, 18, 24 & 25; 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
      Marriottsville, MD: Susan Wise Bauer Seminars; Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 2:30
      p.m.; $10 per person.
      Alexandria: Mount Vernon 18th Century craft Fair; Sept. 17-18; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
      Virginia Beach: Teacher Appreciation Night at the Virginia Aquarium; Sept.
      23, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
      Harrisonburg: International Festival; Sept. 24, noon-6 p.m. Free.
      Richmond: Richmond Symphony Musical Ambassadors Program concerts for
      Homeschooolers; 9:30 a.m.-noon. $5.
      Norfolk: History Alive Homeschoolers Day at Norfolk Botanical Gardens; Sept.
      30, 1-4 p.m.

      3. CONTESTS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
      Mathcounts Competition; Register by Dec. 9, 2005.
      18th Annual NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest; Entries due by October 3, 2005
      NRA 1st Annual National Homeschool Golf Championship; Fort Worth, TX; April
      10-11, 2006.

      4. FREE RESOURCES
      Learning Disabilities Directory from the Learning Disabilities Council
      Lesson Plans from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
      Printable Mazes and Educational Games from Amazingart.com
      Science Books and Videos from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
      Online High School Courses from Homeschoolers of Maine

      5. WEB SITES, GROUPS & E-MAIL LISTS
      Today's Front Pages from Newseum.org
      New York Times Learning Network
      PhysicsSongs.org -- yes, physics songs!
      Campusi.com -- find the best prices on books

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      "Each time I get the newsletter I am just blown away by the practical,
      informative and very useful articles. The newsletter alone is well worth the
      $15 membership fee!" -Stephanie Elms

      "When I joined VaHomeschoolers I had no idea was also subscribing to such a
      high-quality publication! I tend to devour it the moment it arrives --it's
      extraordinarily well-written and densely packed with useful information and
      support." -Jenny Meyer

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      1. NEW ON the VaHomeschoolers WEBSITE: CLARIFYING THE NOI.

      Have you ever been asked to include a list of books or tables on contents in
      your NOI? VaHomeschoolers' Government Affairs Committee Chair, Celeste Land,
      explains away any confusion you may have on this issue. Empower yourself
      with knowledge, and you'll be ready if a fellow homeschooler has questions
      or worries. Know what Virginia's homeschooling statue does -- and does
      NOT -- require. See http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/NOIreport.html

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      * Discount: You can often save 30% off the cover price!
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      * Homeschoolers' Book Reviews
      * Supports VaHomeschoolers, which receives a small percentage of the
      purchase price.
      * More Than Books: toys, movies, music, software, housewares, clothing and
      more!

      Visit the VaHomeschoolers Bookstore at
      http://www.VaHomeschoolers.org/bookstore.html . If you can buy it at
      Amazon.com, you can support VaHomeschoolers with your purchase through the
      VaHomeschoolers Bookstore--at no additional cost to you!

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      2. EVENTS

      Newport News: Learn About Scholarship Opportunities Through the Homeschool
      Bowling League; Sept. 13, 7 p.m.
      This is an informational meeting being held at Classic lanes, 630 79th
      Street in Newport News. Discussion will be about homeschooling bowling
      league and opportunities to compete for $25,000 in scholarship money to be
      awarded in April 2006. Scholarship winners in previous years have included
      VaHomeschoolers families. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the bowling
      alley's contact person at vbvarner@...

      Lynchburg: Homeschool Open House at Amazement Square; Sept. 15 from 10 a.m.
      to noon.
      Amazement Square invites home school families to a Home School Open House at
      the museum. Families will learn about the many opportunities and resources
      available to home educators such as the Regional Resource Room, Amazing
      Adventures School Tours, educational programs and activities, teacher
      workshops, and our discount museum membership for teachers. Home school
      families will be admitted to the museum for the reduced group admission rate
      of $4.00 per person during the Open House. Please present proper home
      educator identification such as a letter from the school district or and ID
      card from a home educators association in order to receive the reduced
      admission rate. Please call the museum at (434) 845-1888 for more details.

      Richmond: Featuring the Autumnal Equinox at LiveSky and SkyWatch at the
      Science Museum of Virginia; 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Free.
      Find out about the autumnal equinox and see the stars, planets and
      constellations of the current sky at the Science Museum of Virginia's
      interactive planetarium show LiveSky, on Friday, September 16, 6 p.m. During
      the LiveSky planetarium show, SMV Astronomy Director Ken Wilson answers your
      questions about the equinox and other highlights of the September sky. He
      illustrates those answers with the Science Museum's DIGISTAR®2 planetarium
      projector. Admission to LiveSky is free. Later that evening, join members of
      the Richmond Astronomical Society on the Science Museum lawn at 8 p.m. as
      they share their telescopes for Sky Watch. Sky Watch is a free program held
      weather permitting. Call (804) 864-1400 for additional information.

      Glen Echo, MD: Beauty and the Beast, performed by The Puppet Company; Sept.
      17, 18, 24 & 25; 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
      The Puppet Company Playhouse is located in Glen Echo Park. Tickets are $7
      for everyone over 2. For more information about this and other upcoming
      productions (including The Nutcracker in December), see
      http://www.thepuppetco.org

      Marriottsville, MD: Susan Wise Bauer Seminars; Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 2:30
      p.m.; $10 per person.
      Well-Trained Mind fans might be interested in traveling to this event. Susan
      Wise Bauer will be presenting three topics at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church
      at 2600 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville, MD: The Joy of Classical
      Education, Writing Well: a Plan for Teaching Grades 1-12, and Great Books:
      History as Literature. Cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple. To
      register, contact Dionne Leavitt at (410) 313-8645 or at leavittja@...

      Alexandria: Mount Vernon 18th Century craft Fair; Sept. 17-18; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
      The 10th annual 18th-Century Craft Fair features dozens of America's finest
      craftspeople and plenty of family fun! Rain or shine, colonial-attired
      artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts such as stone cutting, gunsmithing,
      soapmaking, and paper making. Traditional wares such as baskets,
      woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leatherworkings, weavings, paper-cuttings
      and furniture will be sold. Hearty specialty food will also be for sale
      on-site. The event also features lively 18th-century entertainment. This
      weekend, Potomac River sightseeing cruises, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and
      Potomac Riverboat Company, are free-of-charge at Mount Vernon's Wharf at
      10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (while supplies
      last) Included in regular admission. Admission is $11 for adults, $10.50 for
      children 6-11, and $5 for children under 6. See http://www.mountvernon.org
      or call 703-780-2000.

      Herndon: NatureFest; Sept. 18, 1-5 p.m. Free
      Held at Runnymede Park, NatureFest features games, nature crafts, face
      painting, music, and more. When visitors arrive they will receive a
      "Passport to Nature's Treasures," which includes a treasure map with
      descriptions of the various nature stations. Everyone who gets their
      passport stamped at 10 of the 14 stations will receive a big gourmet cookie
      reward after their tour through the park. The nature stations include:
      Honeybees - See the inside of a display beehive and learn how bees make
      honey by Garcia's Apiary; Bats - a "bat cave" for kids; Snakes - Their
      place in our lives; Stream Life/Water Quality - use microscopes to see the
      wonder of life in a drop of stream water; and much more. Parking will be
      available along the Herndon Parkway. Satellite parking and shuttle service
      will also be available from the Atrium Building at 381 Elden Street. See
      http://www.herndon-va.gov or email susan.lilly@... for more
      information.

      Virginia Beach: Teacher Appreciation Night at the Virginia Aquarium; Sept.
      23, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
      This is a free event for teachers; additional family members and friends are
      welcome with an admission of $6.50. The Bay & Ocean Pavilion will be open
      for you to tour on your own - touch our stingrays, come face-to-face with
      sharks and sea turtles and enjoy a free larger-than-life IMAX® movie! Take a
      behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium to learn how we care for all of our
      amazing animals. Enjoy complimentary snacks and desserts and receive a 10%
      discount at our Aquarium Store from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Register at
      http://www.vmsm.com/teachNight.htm

      Harrisonburg: International Festival; Sept. 24, noon-6 p.m. Free.
      This free, one-day event features music, ethnic foods and artisans, and
      activities for all ages. There will also be a variety of international music
      and dance. The festival will be held at Hillandale Park on Rt. 42 South.
      Free parking. For more information, email vaundabrown@... or call
      540-433-6228.

      Richmond: Richmond Symphony Musical Ambassadors Program concerts for
      Homeschooolers; 9:30 a.m.-noon. $5.
      These are concerts especially for the home school community! Students of
      all ages, pre-school through high school, will enjoy seeing and hearing our
      professional musicians "up close" in programs designed to explore orchestral
      instruments and to thrill you with beautiful chamber music. Four 30-minute
      concerts feature a percussion ensemble; string quartet; woodwind quintet and
      brass quintet. Location is the Weinstein Jewish Community Center, 5403
      Monument Avenue in Richmond. All tickets $5 at the door. For more
      information, contact Diane Hilbert at dhilbert@... or
      804-788-4717 ext.130.

      Norfolk: History Alive Homeschoolers Day at Norfolk Botanical Gardens; Sept.
      30, 1-4 p.m.
      Have a Blast at the 8th annual History Alive! Learn about history from
      medieval times to the 20th century from those who live it - even now. Watch
      a real-life Battle of the Ages in a mounted tournament challenge. Try on
      armor or wield a sword with the knights of yesteryear. Experience the
      sights and smells as re-enactment groups prepare, cook and eat food to
      provide a taste of what life was like. Watch a Mountain Man wedding, feel
      the beat of the drumming and dancing of a Native American Pow-Wow, learn
      about the first flights of the Tuskegee Airmen or sit behind the wheel of a
      Model-A Ford. Learn a little and have a blast as history comes to life!
      This is a special time in this weekend-long program set aside for
      homeschoolers. Registration deadline is Sept. 23. Cost is $8 per child,
      with one parent free. Siblings pay $5 each (under age 3 is free). To
      register, call 757-441-5838, or visit the NBG's website at
      http://www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/ and look under "Education" in the
      menu. From the pull-down menu, choose "Registration."

      For other event listings, view VaHomeschoolers' Events Calendar at
      http://plus.calendars.net/VaHomeschoolers . Send your event listing requests
      to Calendar@... Because our publications are read in many
      places around the state, be sure to include necessary information such as
      the location, including city/town, as well as area code if a phone number is
      given.

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      WHAT'S IN THE VaHomeschoolers' NEWSLETTER?

      The VaHomeschoolers' Newsletter is only available to VaHomeschoolers'
      members, and you can join or renew your VaHomeschoolers membership or make
      donations in a flash, online! Or, print and mail the form available at our
      Web site. For either method, go to: http://www.VaHomeschoolers.org/join.html

      "The VaHomeschoolers Newsletter is a burst of energy from the mail. There
      are always articles that are informative and thought provoking, supportive
      and inspiring. I keep them on file to read again and again." -Alicia Knight

      DON'T MISS A SINGLE NEWSLETTER! JOIN OR RENEW TODAY.

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      3. CONTESTS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

      Mathcounts Competition

      The MATHCOUNTS program is open to all middle schoolers (6th - 8th grades) in
      Virginia and homeschoolers can form a four-person team or register as
      individuals for the competition. Regional competitions are held around the
      state on various dates in February and the state competition will be held on
      March 25th in Richmond. The top four Mathletes in the state represent
      Virginia at the national competition with all expenses paid. There is
      information about the Virginia Competition on the Virginia Society of
      Professional Engineers (VSPE) web site, http://www.vspe.org . Additional
      information can be found at http://www.mathcounts.org under the purple
      Teachers link on the left side of the web page. The registration form is
      under the "Registration" link and the school handbook is under the "Math
      Problems and Other Materials" link. The deadline for registration in the
      competition is December 9, 2005, but don't wait until then to get your team
      or individual practice started. Contact Bill Horton, PE, Virginia State
      MATHCOUNTS Coordinator, 757-596-9681 or whorton@...

      NRA Youth Wildlife Contest

      The NRA is now accepting entries for its 2005 Youth Wildlife Art Contest.
      The contest is open to students in grades 1 through 12 (including
      home-schooled children). NRA membership is not required. The deadline to
      enter is October 3, 2005. Prizes in each grade category are $500 for first
      place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place. Entries may portray
      any North American game bird or animal that may be legally hunted or
      trapped. For more information, see http://www.nrahq.org/youth/wildlife.asp
      or call (703) 267-1531.

      1st Annual National Homeschool Golf Championship

      Forth Worth, TX will host the two-day, 54-hole, metal play event on April
      10-11, 2006. There will be team and individual competition played on two
      courses, a banquet Monday evening, special lodging rates, souvenir "goodie
      bag" for all players. Call Richard Driggers at 888-444-5420 for more
      information.

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      4. FREE RESOURCES

      Learning Disabilities Directory from the Learning Disabilities Council
      An updated "Learning Disabilities Directory" has just been published under
      joint sponsorship of the Learning Disabilities Council and the Virginia
      Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. You can download the
      64-page, state-wide directory in electronic format, or receive a paper copy
      for $3 shipping. Listed in the directory are assessment, counseling, and
      educational services to children and adults with learning disabilities,
      employment planning, public and private schools, state operated programs,
      and colleges and post-secondary resources. Also included are parent support
      and resource centers, references to legal and legislative resources,
      educational advocates, recreation, learning disability organizations, and a
      comprehensive list of pertinent websites. To order a single copy of the
      "Learning Disabilities Directory", send check made to VBIDA in the amount of
      $3.00 to: Carolyn Russ, VBIDA, P.O. Box 17605, Richmond, Va. 23226.
      http://www.ldcouncil.org (link to "Publications", click on the directory
      cover, and then click on the download message)

      Lesson Plans from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
      This website offers free lesson plans for various topics and grade levels.
      There is also free clip art. New lessons added periodically.
      http://www.evan-moor.com/free/index.asp

      Printable Mazes and Educational Games from Amazingart.com
      These challenging mazes focus on ancient history, and the site includes some
      links to interesting historical information to go with come of the mazes. To
      access the full-size mazes, use the printable PDF file downloads at the
      bottom of each section. This site also offers many historical maze-related
      items for sale. http://www.amazeingart.com/free-mazes.html

      Science Books and Videos from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
      This website offers free science-related books and lab safety videos, as
      well as some free on-line publications. My favorite is "The Genes We Share
      with Yeast, Flies, Worms and Mice." Even shipping was free!
      http://catalog.hhmi.org/index.jsp

      Online High School Courses from Homeschoolers of Maine
      Links to free online high school courses and programs collected by
      Homeschoolers of Maine. From Biology to Geometry in Art and Architecture,
      there are lots of neat programs listed here. Please note that in some cases,
      links are to course providers that offer some free courses and some
      fee-based programs. Check it over carefully. Click the link that says "Free
      Online Courses..."
      http://www.homeschoolersofmaine.org/high_school_&_beyond.htm#Free%20Online%20Courses


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      5. WEB SITES, BOARDS, GROUPS & E-LISTS

      Today's Front Pages from Newseum.org
      This is a really cool website! You can view front pages from hundreds of
      newspapers around the globe, including pictures and everything. You can
      choose "map view" and choose a country or state or city, then see front
      pages from that area.
      http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/

      New York Times Learning Network
      The New York Times Learning Network is a free service for students in grades
      3-12, their teachers and parents. Subjects covered include History, Civics,
      Math and Economics, Fine Arts, Geography, Language and Arts, Social Studies,
      you name it!
      http://www.nytimes.com/learning/

      PhysicsSongs.org -- yes, physics songs!
      Songs about physics? Who'd 'a thunk it? It's true, though. Check out this
      website for songs about astronomy, relativity, thermodynamics or
      electricity, to name a few. Search by topic, musical style, keywords and
      more. There are sound files so you can hear some of the songs.
      http://www.haverford.edu/physics-astro/songs/

      Campusi.com -- find the best prices on books.
      This site will do a meta-search of lots of other sites (including ebay
      auctions and a variety of new- and used-book sites) to find you the best
      prices on whatever book you are seeking. Search results even include
      shipping costs and estimated shipping time.
      http://www.campusi.com/

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      WHEN YOU THINK "AMAZON.COM," THINK "VaHomeschoolers!"

      Shop for books, music, movies, housewares, apparel--anything--at Amazon
      through the VaHomeschoolers Bookstore and let your purchases help support
      VaHomeschoolers at no cost to you!

      To order almost anything on your shopping list, just go to
      http://www.VaHomeschoolers.org/bookstore.html Pass this link to your friends
      and family, so their purchases can also support your member- directed,
      volunteer driven and fully inclusive state homeschool association.
      Homeschooling is our only agenda.

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      DON'T MISS A SINGLE NEWSLETTER! JOIN OR RENEW TODAY.

      "The VaHomeschoolers Newsletter is a burst of energy from the mail. There
      are always articles that are informative and thought provoking, supportive
      and inspiring. I keep them on file to read again and again." -Alicia Knight

      You can join or renew your VaHomeschoolers membership or make donations
      online! Or, print and mail the form available at our Web site. For either
      method, go to http://www.VaHomeschoolers.org/joinVaHomeschoolers.html

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      HAVE YOU CHECKED THE VaHomeschoolers ONLINE EVENTS CALENDAR?

      If you're looking for something neat to do, or if you know of an event you'd
      like to share with fellow homeschoolers in Virginia, please go to
      VaHomeschoolers' Events Calendar at
      http://plus.calendars.net/VaHomeschoolers . Send your event listing requests
      to Calendar@... Because our publications are read in many
      places around the state, be sure to include necessary information such as
      the location, including city/town, as well as area code if a phone number is
      given.

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