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    VaHomeschoolers Update October 4, 2005 From The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers: your fully inclusive, all volunteer, member-directed state homeschool
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      VaHomeschoolers Update October 4, 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
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      In this update:

      1.EVENTS
      Richmond: National Folk Festival; Oct. 7-9. Free!
      Mechanicsville: Presidential Fitness & Fun Day; October 14, 10
      a.m.-2:30 p.m.
      McLean: Claude Moore Colonial Farm Fall Market Fair; Oct. 15-16; 11
      a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free!
      Millwood: Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival; Oct. 14 (4:30-7
      p.m.), Oct. 15-16, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
      Fairfax: City of Fairfax Band Concert; "Through the Years: A Salute
      to Hollywood and Broadway"; Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
      Chesapeake: Ghost Train at Northwest River Park; Oct. 20-29

      2. CONTESTS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
      American Foreign Service Association 2006 National High School Essay
      Contest.

      3. FREE RESOURCES
      BrainFood Cryptogram Maker

      4. WEB SITES, GROUPS & E-MAIL LISTS
      Lots of Latin Sites !

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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

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      useful information and support." -Jenny Meyer

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      1. EVENTS

      Richmond: National Folk Festival; Oct. 7-9. Free!
      Now in its 67th year, the National Folk Festival is the oldest
      multicultural festival in the nation, celebrating the richness and
      diversity of American culture through its families, workers,
      communities, tribal and ethnic groups. Enjoy Virginia's dynamic
      culture through music, dance, ethnic and regional foods, stories,
      arts and crafts, living history presentations and other folkway
      activities! The festival will be held at Brown's Island, S. 7th St.,
      Richmond. For more information, call (804) 780-5733 or visit:
      http://www.nationalfolkfestival.com/

      Mechanicsville: Presidential Fitness & Fun Day; October 14, 10
      a.m.-2:30 p.m. Hanover Homeschoolers is hosting this event at a
      member's private home. Students 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, HHS Presidential Fitness Day participants
      focus on the components of the President's Physical Fitness Program:
      Curl-ups, shuttle run, mile walk/run (younger children do 1/4 or 1/2
      mile), pull-ups OR flexed-arm hang, and V-Sit Reach. Your children
      can join over 65 million participants since the school-based program
      started in 1966. Hanover Homeschoolers participates by creating an
      environment in which friendship and personal challenge motivate every
      child to better his/her own record each year. HHS does not award
      certificates or patches or turn in scores to PCPFS, although
      participants can look into doing this on their own. For more
      information, view the President's Challenge Fact Sheet
      http://www.fitness.gov/challenge/challenge_fact_sheet/challenge_fact_s
      heet.html . There will be a potluck lunch and playtime after the
      fitness event. RSVP REQUIRED for this event. To RSVP, or for more
      information, email Jackie at aujug@... by October 10.

      McLean: Claude Moore Colonial Farm Fall Market Fair; Oct. 15-16; 11
      a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free!
      At the Market Fair you will find artisans demonstrating their crafts,
      activities for children and adults alike, vendors selling colonial-
      era foods, beverages, merchandise and toys. For more information and
      a free admittance pass, see: http://www.1771.org/market_fair.htm

      Fairfax: City of Fairfax Band Concert; "Through the Years: A Salute
      to Hollywood and Broadway"; Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
      Join the award winning City of Fairfax Band on Saturday October 22 at
      8PM at Fairfax High School Auditorium, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax,
      VA for a fun-filled and exciting kick-off to their 36th season with
      "Through the Years: A Salute to Hollywood and Broadway" featuring
      highlights of the American stage and screen classics. Tickets are $10
      for adults, $5 for seniors and students, season tickets for the 5
      concert series are $35 for adults, $15 for seniors. For more
      information, contact the City of Fairfax Band Association office at
      703-757-0220 or online: http://www.fairfaxband.org

      Millwood: Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival; Oct. 14 (4:30-7
      p.m.), Oct. 15-16, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
      A fun filled celebration packed with excitement for all ages. Held
      amidst the brilliant fall foliage of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains
      the skies are bursting with colorful hot air balloons & powered
      parachutes as they glide above the splendid Shenandoah Valley. The
      Hot Air Balloon & Pumpkin Glow kicks off the festivities Friday
      evening as hot air balloons illuminate the dusk skies surrounding the
      mansion. Participate in Pumpkin Carving & enjoy the Dixie Rhythm Band
      until the balloon glow at dusk. Behold the view of 30+ Hot Air
      Balloons, including special shapes, as they fly morning & evening
      Satuday & Sunday(weather permitting). Wine Connoisseurs will enjoy
      vintages from 15+ Virginia Wineries. Sunrise to sunset activities
      include; Artisans, Crafters & Specialty Shopping, Antique Fire
      Engines & Cars, Children's Amphitheatre, Amusements & Activities,
      Live Entertainment, mansion tours, great festival foods, including
      the Johnsonville Brats Big Taste Grill & so much more for visitors
      of all ages. $5 per carload on Friday evening; $5 per person or $30
      per carload Saturday and Sunday. For more information, see:
      http://www.historiclongbranch.com/balloonfest/index.htm

      Chesapeake: Ghost Train at Northwest River Park; Oct. 20-29
      Ride the terrifying train and see the haunts and ghouls of the
      haunted woods of Northwest River Park. Tickets go on sale at all
      community centers, Northwest River Park, or register online at
      www.cityofchesapeake.net/parks on October 1. (Reservations required).
      Tickets will be available, however limited, at Northwest River Park
      during train times on a space available basis. Train times to be
      announced. Call (757) 421-7151/ 421-3145 for more information.

      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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      "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

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      2. CONTESTS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

      American Foreign Service Association 2006 National High School Essay
      Contest.Students in grades 9-12 are to write a 750 to 1,00-word essay
      on the following topic: "Analyze and explain how the members of the
      Foreign Service promote United States national interests by
      participating in the resolution of today's major international
      issues." First prize is $2,500. Submission deadline March 1, 2006.
      Homeschoolers eligible. For complete rules, registration and
      additional information, see: http://mirror.afsa.org/essaycontest/

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      3. FREE RESOURCES

      BrainFood Cryptogram Maker
      This page can be used to create your own cryptograms for other people
      to solve. You type in the phrase you want encrypted, and the site
      puts it in secret code.
      http://www.rinkworks.com/brainfood/cryptmaker.shtml

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

      Here is a (perhaps too large) collection of sites related to Latin
      and Classical studies (some sites address Greek as well). Whether
      you're planning to learn Latin as a foreign language, study up on
      Latin roots to help with vocabulary, or find out more about Roman
      history, Latin has a lot to offer.

      A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling Latin Lessons
      Great links from Ann Zeise, who offers homeschoolers so much!
      http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/latin.htm

      The Pronunciation of Latin
      From a University of Texas correspondence course. If you click on the
      "Back to the Course Syllabus" link, there is a "Resources on the Web"
      link on that page with some good sites.
      http://www.utexas.edu/courses/cc303/sounds/

      Cornell College's Department of Classical Studies
      Latin Links including many specifically related to the Oxford Latin
      Course books, volumes 1 through 3. (I got the first one for myself at
      Borders, and it's got great color pictures. It may not be for
      younger kids, but it looks great for teens and adults.)
      http://www.cornellcollege.edu/classical_studies/latin/latin-
      links.shtml

      Fun with Latin
      The University of Notre Dame offers this site of "Fun with Latin."
      http://www.nd.edu/~col/fun_latin.html

      Greek and Latin Roots
      "A Little Etymology: If you recognize the parts, you'll understand
      the whole: learn the Greek and Latin roots, the prefixes and affixes."
      http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/weekly/aa052698.htm

      Greek and Latin Language Resources
      Just what it says...
      http://www.cs.utk.edu/~mclennan/OM/grk-lat.html

      Labyrinth Latin Bookcase
      From Georgetown University. Links to many, many Latin texts online.
      http://www.georgetown.edu/labyrinth/library/latin/latin-lib.html

      Latin 1 The Easy Way
      An online tutorial by C.J. Cherryh.
      http://www.cherryh.com/www/latin1.htm

      Latin Language and Literature
      Links and essays from William Harris, Professor Emeritus at
      Middlebury College. Some interesting Latin texts and tips on learning
      the language.
      http://community.middlebury.edu/~harris/SubIndex/classics.lat.html

      Latin Teaching Materials at Saint Louis University
      Grammar, timelines, elementary readers online, teaching information
      such as "Verbal Brilliance in Latin: A Modular Plan for Building Verb
      Mastery and Learning the Language." A great deal of free info.
      http://www.slu.edu/colleges/AS/languages/classical/latin/tchmat/tchmat
      .html

      Electronic Resources for Classicists: The Second Generation
      Lots and lots of information, including some resources for the K-12
      level, from Maria C. Pantelia of UC Irvine.
      http://www.tlg.uci.edu/index/resources.html

      Tolle, Lege!: Pick It Up and Read!
      "You have studied the fundamentals of Latin grammar, but reading real
      Latin still seems to be a tricky job? If so, these pages are aimed
      at helping you."
      http://dekart.f.bg.ac.yu/~vnedeljk/TL/

      Textkit: Learn Greek and Latin!
      Textkit is the Internet's largest provider of free and fully
      downloadable Greek and Latin grammars and readers. With currently 146
      free books to choose from, Greek and Latin learners have downloaded
      699,515 grammars, readers and classical e-books.
      http://www.textkit.com/

      University of Oregon Yamada Language Center
      Lotsa Latin Links!
      http://babel.uoregon.edu/yamada/guides/latin.html

      Latino Moderne
      What would Latin have been like if it had survived to the modern age
      as a living language? Latino Moderne seeks to answer this question.
      http://www.geocities.com/Athens/3150/latinomoderne.html

      Latin Examination
      Which to Learn: Complete Language or Just the Roots???
      http://abasiccurriculum.com/homeschool/roots/essay.html

      Classics 203: Latin Resources
      A resource list from a Latin course at Georgetown University.
      http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/classics203/resources/resour
      ces.html

      Basic Latin Elements that All English Speakers and Readers Should
      Know In two sections, divided alphabetically.
      http://www.lexfiles.com/basic-latin-a-j.html
      http://www.lexfiles.com/basic-latin-l-v.html

      Ancient Atlas
      Lots of maps from the ancient world from the folks at About.com
      http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/bl/bl_maps_index.htm

      American Classical league
      Many links. Check out the ones under "Teaching Resources" and "Some
      Entertaining Resources."
      http://www.aclclassics.org/Links.asp#useful

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      "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:
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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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