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      The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers

      VaHomeschoolers.org

       

      The Old Dominion's only fully inclusive, member-directed and volunteer-driven state association.

      VaHomeschoolers is neutral in matters of religion and partisan politics.

      "Helping homeschoolers is our only agenda."

       

      VaHomeschoolers Update May 2, 2006

       

      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/about/join.asp

      Visit VaHomeschoolers's web site at http://www.VaHomeschoolers.org

       

      VaHomeschoolers is a non-profit public charity with 501(c)(3) status.

      In this Update:

      1.  PIANO LESSONS

      With her usual personable and entertaining style, Jeannie Potts Faulconer explains the various lessons that she and her children learned – and didn’t learn – from an experience with a “scary” piano teacher and, later, from that teacher’s philosophical opposite.  Jeanne will be a featured speaker at the VaHomeschoolers conference in Richmond this August.  Take this opportunity to whet your appetite for her light and illuminating vignettes of how homeschooling can change and empower the whole family (this will be one of her topics at the conference).

      2 EVENTS

      Charlottesville: Monticello “Good Neighbor” Admission Rates; the month of May.

      Newport News:  Homeschool Curriculum Sale; May 5, 9-1.

      Richmond:  A Day with the Stars and Sky Watch at SMV; May 6, 1-4 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.

      Alexandria:  “Mystery Dance Theatre” fundraiser; May 6, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

      Richmond:  Junior Solar Sprint at SMV; May 6, 11:45 p.m.

      Charlottesville:  Plantation Community Weekend at Monticello; May 6 and 7, 10–5.

      Richmond:  Richmond British Classic Car and Airplane Meet at the Virginia Aviation Museum; May 7, 9-4.

      Fairfax:  Sally Ride Science Festival at George Mason University; May 7, 11 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

      Woodbridge:  Belmont Bay Science Center Spring Fling; May 20, 10-3.

      Reston:  15th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival; May 20-21, 10-6.

      Lynchburg:  Super Museum Weekend; May 20-21.

      Charlottesville:  Butterflies of Ivy Creek; May 21, 1 p.m.

      Largo, MD:  Six Flags Homeschool Day; May 25

      3. CONTESTS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

      Liberty Institute for Young Champions Academic Summer Camp, June 16-21

      4. FREE RESOURCES

      Free Printables and Lesson Plans on Teachers.net

      5. WEB SITES, GROUPS & E-MAIL LISTS

      Yahooligans Animals

      Wildflower Color Chart

      Good Stuff? A Behind the Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy

      Cyberjournalist

       

      VaHomeschoolers 2006 Conference and Resource Fair

      General Registration for the Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers’ 2006 Conference is now open.  This means that the special advance registration period for members has come to an end.  So whether you’re a member or a non-member, this is a good time to send in your registration form and reserve your space.  (My registration is in the mailbox now, as I type this!) 

       

      For detailed information on registration, speakers, the Used Resource Fair and more, see the official conference web page:

      http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/conference/2006_conference.asp

       

      Learn * Discover * Rejuvenate

       

       

      1.  PIANO LESSONS

      With her usual personable and entertaining style, Jeannie Potts Faulconer explains the various lessons that she and her children learned – and didn’t learn – from an experience with a “scary” piano teacher and, later, from that teacher’s philosophical opposite.  Jeanne will be a featured speaker at the VaHomeschoolers conference in Richmond this August.  Take this opportunity to whet your appetite for her light and illuminating vignettes of how homeschooling can change and empower the whole family (this will be one of her topics at the conference).  Here’s a little taste (see the link below for the full article from the VaHomeschoolers newsletter archive):

       

      “The kids' first piano teacher was a nightmare. How did I not see it coming?

      …Every time I reflect on this experience with my children's piano lessons, I am overwhelmed by the number of nonpiano lessons I learned or am reminded of.

      …What my experience with piano lessons has taught me is that respect for children, their interests, their learning styles and their individuality will help them develop their fullest and best selves, heart and soul.”

       

      Read the whole article at:

      http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/pdf/piano.pdf

       

      SHARE THE LOVE WITH VAHOMESCHOOLERS GEAR!

      Visit The VaHomeschoolers Café Press store! Now you can show your support by ordering a VaHomeschoolers t-shirt, mug, license plate frame or one of the many other items for sale. A small portion of the purchase price goes back to VaHomeschoolers. Check out http://www.cafepress.com/vahomeschoolers

       

      2. EVENTS

      Charlottesville: Monticello “Good Neighbor” Admission Rates; the month of May.

      During the entire month of May, Monticello will offer reduced admission rates to residents of 12 localities in Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.  The “Good Neighbor” admission rates – $6 for adults, no charge for children under 12 – will be available to residents of Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange counties and the cities of Charlottesville, Staunton, and Waynesboro. Additionally, any adult resident of these localities will be admitted free of charge when accompanying an out-of-area visitor paying the full admission price ($14 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 11).  A valid driver’s license or other proof of residence must be presented at the Monticello Ticket Office to obtain the special admission rates, which will be in effect from May 1 through May 31.

       

      Newport News:  Homeschool Curriculum Sale; May 5, 9-1.

      On sale will be curricula, baked goods, refreshments and other merchandise. There will be activities for children including games, face painting and crafts.  FREE homeschool magazines and catalogs will be available.  Location is Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.  For more information, please contact Barbara at 757-851-2070 or  757-570-3973 or my3sonsinva@...

       

      Richmond:  A Day with the Stars and Sky Watch at SMV; May 6, 1-4 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.

      Get an up-close and personal look at the sun — without injuring your eyes. Build a rocket and watch it blast off. Walk from the sun to the moon. Find out how much you would weigh on the moon. Meet NASA scientist Dr. Mary Ann Smith. It’s all at the Science Museum of Virginia’s National Astronomy Day celebration Saturday, May 6, 1-4 p.m. Bring your digital camera to a special Sky Watch that same evening 8-10 p.m. to take a picture of the moon through a telescope. You should also be able to see Saturn, Mars and Jupiter.  National Astronomy Day and Sky Watch are free events.  For more information, see:

      http://www.smv.org

       

      Alexandria:  “Mystery Dance Theatre” fundraiser; May 6, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

      Studio Gold Dance will host "Mystery Dance Theatre" programs for children ages 4 and up on Saturday, May 6th at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Alexandria.  Under the direction of choreographer and instructor Dawn Meadows, children will look for clues in dances, and the answers will tell them what their own dance games and movements will be. Proceeds will benefit Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world.  Tickets are $5.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door (reservations suggested).  For further information, contact Dawn Meadows at 703-799-0543, or studiogolddance@... .

       

      Richmond:  Junior Solar Sprint at SMV; May 6, 11:45 p.m.

      Virginia middle school students from Richmond, Fredericksburg and Charlottesville areas are in a race with a twist. Competing teams use solar power to send their cars down a 20-meter track to the finish line. The students also get style points for designing cars. Whose car has the best look? Which car goes the fastest? Find out at the Junior Solar Sprint on Saturday, May 6.  Team registration begins at 10 a.m. The race starts at 11:45 a.m.  The Junior Solar Sprint is an outdoor event held weather permitting. In case of clouds or rain, the event will be held on Sunday, May 7, during the scheduled time. Junior Solar Sprint is free for spectators. Pre-registration is required to compete in the races. Registration is $5 per team for registration alone or $20 per team if you wish to receive a panel and a motor. Museum admission is not included with Junior Solar Sprint registration. For Junior Solar Sprint information or registration, call (804) 864-1421.

       

      Charlottesville:  Plantation Community Weekend at Monticello; May 6 and 7, 10–5.

      Mulberry Row was the hub of plantation activity at Monticello. Along the 1,000-foot-long road named for the trees that lined it, free and enslaved workers produced goods needed to sustain the families and farms of Thomas Jefferson’s estate.  On Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, Mulberry Row will bustle with activity once again during the first Plantation Community Weekend of 2006. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, costumed artisans from Colonial Williamsburg and independent interpreters will demonstrate some of the trades and skills practiced at Monticello during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors will be able to view the making of nails, baskets, barrels, and woodwork; see demonstrations of how food was prepared; and hear stories about the men, women, and children who lived and worked on Mulberry Row, the center of African-American life at Monticello. All Plantation Community Weekend activities are included in the price of admission to Monticello. For more information, see:

      http://www.monticello.org/pressroom/showArticle.php?id=144

       

      Richmond:  Richmond British Classic Car and Airplane Meet at the Virginia Aviation Museum; May 7, 9-4.

      See a car dubbed “The Car That Never Happened.” Examine a rare $95,000 Morgan Aero 8. Everywhere you look you see British sports and racing cars. Get up close to two classic planes coming in for this event — a 1944 Beech Staggerwing and a 1955 DeHavilland Chipmunk.  The Richmond British Classic Car and Airplane Meet features more than 200 classics. Look for rarities with names like Lotus, Jenson, MG, Panther and TVR.  The event is open to all British vehicles, no matter what their age or condition. Expect corporate sponsors and service vendors selling new and old items. To enter a vehicle, call (804) 527-2190, email gckinney@... , or visit www.richmondtriumphregister.com . Admission to see the Richmond British Classic Car and Airplane Meet and visit the Virginia Aviation Museum is $6. A portion of the fee is donated to the Virginia Special Olympics. For Virginia Aviation Museum information call (804) 236-3622 or see:

      http://www.vam.smv

       

      Fairfax:  Sally Ride Science Festival at George Mason University; May 7, 11 a.m.-4:15 p.m..

      Sally Ride Science Festivals bring together hundreds of girls in grades 5-8 for a festive day of science and socializing. Parents and teachers are welcome too!  Advance registration is required and is $18.  The registration fee includes the featured talk, workshops, lunch, and the Street Fair. If you have questions, please call 1-800-561-5161.

      http://www.sallyridefestivals.com/06gmu0507/index.shtml

       

      Woodbridge:  Belmont Bay Science Center Spring Fling; May 20, 10-3.

      Celebrate spring with a huge party at the building site of the Belmont Bay Science Center, waterfront in Woodbridge. Explore the science center’s Space Travels portable museum exhibit; help launch water balloons using a medieval siege machine; ride a Segway® Human Transporter; play badminton; build a bridge you can walk on; and eat plenty of ice cream.  Discover more about the watershed and your environment. Visit with Freedom High School students. They have an EnviroScape Watershed Model and an activity about pollution in the Potomac. For more science-related activities, visit with people from Lockheed-Martin, Belmont Elementary School, Potomac Hospital, Northern Virginia Community College and Thomas Jefferson Governor’s School for Science and Technology. It’s all free at the Belmont Bay Science Center’s second annual Spring Fling.  For directions and additional information, call 866-201-2812 or see:

      http://www.bblsc.org

       

      Reston:  15th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival; May 20-21, 10-6.

      Fabulous artwork by more than 180 of the nation’s finest painters, sculptors, fine-crafters and jewelers will be available for purchase.  Added attractions are musical performances in the Pavilion, festive foods, beer garden, and artist demonstrations.  Greater Reston Arts CEnter is calling for volunteers for the Fine Arts Festival.  If you would like to help with this fabulous 2-day event, call 703-471-9242 or email volunteer@...

       

      Lynchburg:  Super Museum Weekend; May 20-21.

      The Lynchburg Area Museum Professionals group (LAMP), a newly formed consortium of individuals representing museums, cultural organizations, and historic sites in the greater Lynchburg region, is hosting  “Super Museum Weekend” events on May 20 and 21.  Participating organizations will offer free or reduced admission, and some will offer gift shop discounts. Visitors to the participating museums, cultural organizations, and historic sites can participate in a summer-long “passport” program. When they have their passports stamped, visitors to six or more LAMP organizations between Memorial Day and Labor Day will be eligible in for a commemorative prize drawing. A partial list (as of April 21, 2006) of participating LAMP organizations:

      • Lynchburg Museum System (Bragassa’s Toy Store and Point of Honor), Lynchburg
      • Old City Cemetery and Arboretum, Lynchburg
      • Amazement Square, The Rightmire Children’s Museum, Lynchburg
      • Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum, Lynchburg
      • Legacy Museum of African American History, Lynchburg
      • Sandusky, Lynchburg
      • Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg
      • Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg
      • Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg
      • Amherst County Museum and Historical Society, Amherst
      • Red Hill, The Patrick Henry National Memorial, Brookneal
      • National D-Day Memorial, Bedford

      Come to the Ivy Creek Natural Area and join Mike Scott for the first butterfly walk of 2006. Meet in the Education Building to see Mike's impressive display of the butterflies of Ivy Creek and for a introduction to identification skills.  Free!  For more information, see:

      http://ivycreekfoundation.org/calendar.html#May

       

      Largo, MD:  Six Flags Homeschool Day; May 25.

      “Home schooled families are invited to Six Flags America for this special day full of information about home school projects, new ideas, and curriculums from other home school families!  Make new home school friends and find new insights for your home schooling challenges.  Plus, see the latest in home school materials, books, supplements and more, available for purchase at this year's Vendor Fair!”  Special presentations for the day include:  The Lady Bugs!  The Lady Bugs provide children and the young at heart with fun, quality, wholesome family musical entertainment while providing positive role models children can relate to. The Maryland Zoo will be on hand for three shows demonstrating some of the amazing adaptations of their live animal ambassadors.  Make sure to stop by to meet these fascinating animals and to learn about educational programs at The Zoo! To order tickets, see the park’s website (below) or call  301-249-1500 ext. 3275 or ext. 3700.

      http://www.sixflags.com/parks/america/ShowsAndEvents/index.html (scroll down to May Events)

       

      For other event listings, view VaHomeschoolers' Events Calendar at http://plus.calendars.net/VaHomeschoolers  

       
      3. CONTESTS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

      Liberty Institute for Young Champions Academic Summer Camp, June 16-21

      This is a Christian-oriented summer camp being offered for the first time this year by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

       

      “The Liberty Institute for Young Champions is an academic summer camp for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.  The camp provides an opportunity to stay on Liberty University's beautiful campus in Lynchburg, Virginia and attend riveting academic sessions that will both teach and delight.  The evenings will be packed with such fun activities such as a praise band concert, an ice cream social, a play, a ballgame, paintballing, and a career fair.

       

      Students may use the facilities on campus like the wellness center, swimming pools, and student lounge, and attend Thomas Road Baptist Church. The price for the sessions, activities, room and board is $275.  If the student will not be spending the night, then the rate from 9-5:00 is $175 (which includes lunches).   Contact us for a flyer and brochure version of this email for printing.”

       

      For more information, see:

      http://www.liberty.edu/youngchampions 

       

      EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT VaHOMESCHOOLERS

      VaHomeschoolers has added Giant to their list of grocery store give-back programs. Remember, you can support VaHomeschoolers through your regular grocery shopping at stores such as Safeway, Food Lion, Harris Teeter and Ukrops. For details on how to register and a comprehensive list of qualifying stores and programs, click on http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/giveback.html

       

       

      4. FREE RESOURCES

      Free Printables and Lesson Plans on Teachers.net

      This is a website aimed at classroom teachers, but it could be useful to homeschoolers, too.  Look under the red “Explore teachers.net” menu on the right side of the homepage, and you will see headings for “free printables” and “lesson plans.”  There are also free issues of the Teachers.Net Gazette, with “education news, commentary, teaching tips, lessons, pedagogy, classroom crafts, recipes, inspiration, humor, and free printables for the classroom…Need to know what factual and funky events are on the month's calendar? Check out the ‘Special Days, Today Is...’ feature to learn when to observe special events such as School Nurse Day and National Aquarium Month.” 

      http://www.teachers.net/

       

      RECYCLE THOSE PRINTER CARTRIDGES!

      VaHomeschoolers’ printer-cartridge recycling program (in partnership with Staples®) is another way you can contribute to this great organization, while keeping material out of the landfill at the same time!  Staples® will donate $3 directly to VaHomeschoolers for every eligible ink or toner cartridge we collect.  We're looking for support group leaders all over the Old Dominion to collect eligible cartridges (see https://staplesrecyclefored.com/eligiblecartridge.html to find out if your cartridges are eligible.)  We'll even send you a postage-paid box for sending them directly to Staples® on behalf of VaHomeschoolers!

      • If you’re located near Front Royal, Laura Thompson is coordinating cartridge collection.  Reach her at 540-364-4737 or Markhamva4@... .
      • In the Shenandoah/Rockingham area, please contact Connie Duncan at cduncan@... .
      • In the Northern Va. area, contact Tammi McKinley at  tammi@... .
      • In the Richmond area, contact Jeannie Wiant at 804-448-2447 or wiant@... .
      • In the Charlottesville/Albemarle area, contact Silvia Barrett at treasurer@... .
      • In the Middle Peninsula area, contact Katie Slavnik at slavnik@...
      • If you can help out by being an area coordinator for this program, or if you have any questions, please contact VaHomeschoolers’ Treasurer at treasurer@... .

       

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

      Yahooligans Animals

      Yahooligans is Yahoo’s kid-friendly home page and search engine.  From the main page, kids can do a web search or choose one of the topics listed in the menu (games, science, jokes, etc.).  I came across the Yahooligans Animals portion of the site when I was looking for a page to explain the differences between amphibians and reptiles to out early elementary-age co-op group.  The content is pretty simplistic, but it’s also kid-friendly and easy to use.  It’s a pretty good place to start for younger children.

      http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/

      http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/content/animals/

       

      Wildflower Color Chart

      This is a handy site that includes an option to help identify wildflowers beginning with the flower color (which for wildflower newbies like myself, might be the easiest way to begin). Click on a color, and each flower listed has a detailed description of both the shades of color and the flower itself; the link takes you to a picture and information about the plant.

      http://www.wildflowerinformation.org/ColorListing.asp

       

      Good Stuff? A Behind the Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy

      “Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from, if antibacterial soap is good for your family, or how to recycle an old computer? If you've had these or other questions about the environmental and social impacts of the products you buy and use, Good Stuff is for you. It contains many of the tips, facts, and links you'll need to start making more informed purchases that benefit your health and the environment.” 

      http://www.worldwatch.org/pubs/goodstuff/

       

      Cyberjournalist

      Are your kids interested in journalism?  Maybe you are!  There’s no reason you have to go get a J-school degree to get started.  Here's a good place (though not all of the content is necessarily appropriate for all readers – you’ll have to decide what’s right for your family) to start exploring the world of citizen-created journalism. In addition to listings of regional efforts, this includes a Citizen Media Monitor, and galleries of great citizen journalism and great weblog journalism.

      http://cyberjournalist.net/news/002226.php

       

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