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    VaHomeschoolers Update October 12, 2006 From The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers: your fully inclusive, all volunteer, member-directed state homeschool
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         VaHomeschoolers Update October 12, 2006

      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/about/join.asp

      Visit the VaHomeschoolers website at http://www.VaHomeschoolers.org

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

      In this Update:


      2. EVENTS

      Amherst : Virginia Garlic Festival at Rebec Vineyards; Oct 14 & 15, 2006

      Arlington: Whole Foods Market Tour; Oct 17, 2006

      Charlottesville: Third Annual Steeplechase at Oak Ridge ; Oct 29, 2006

      Chantilly - Dulles Expo Center : Northern VA Christmas Market; Nov 10-12, 2006

      Richmond: Animal Grossology at the Science Museum of Virginia ; Sept 30, 2006-Jan 1, 2007

      Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Teachers' Night; Oct 20, 2006

      Washington D.C.: Free National Theatre Performances; Every Saturday

      3. CONTESTS

      Polar Exploration Going To Extremes - Art Contest

      Olive Garden Essay Contest


      American Folklore.Net

      Dia De Los Muertos

      Firehouse Chef.Com

      United Nations Day 

      Halloween Riddle Coloring Books

      5. WEB SITES

      Virtual Instrument Museum

      Let's Say Thanks!

      Adventures In Our World


      VaHomeschoolers is one of the charities participating in GoodSearch, a new Internet search engine that donates half of the advertising revenue it earns to charity.  Each time you use GoodSearch and designate Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers as your charity of choice, GoodSearch will donate a portion of the advertising revenue from the search, about a penny per search, to VaHomeschoolers.  These pennies quickly add up.     

      It's simple. You use GoodSearch.com like any other search engine; the site is powered by Yahoo!  And each time you do, money is generated for VaHomeschoolers.  

      Just go to www.goodsearch.com and specify Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers as your designated charity and click verify.  After the first time, each time you search with GoodSearch, VaHomeschoolers will appear as your designated charity.  There is even a button you can click to see the number of searches and the amount raised. 

      Add GoodSearch to your bookmarks or add it to your search toolbars {see www.goodsearch.com for instructions on adding it to Internet Explorer and Firefox toolbars}.  Help us by spreading the word to your family and friends to generate more contributions.



       �You can help your family achieve a balance that keeps you from being strangled by vines in the pumpkin patch and prevents you from being bored to death by foundation plants.�  This article by Jeanne Potts Faulconer of Stanardsville , VA is an interesting look at the life of her homeschooling family, and ideas on how to make the balance between education, family time, and leisure time fit your lifestyle so that all benefit.  http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/pdf/pumpkins.pdf</ SPAN>



      Want a super easy way to volunteer for VaHomeschoolers? Bring our VaHomeschoolers Brochures with you on your next trip to the library! Most libraries have areas where community groups can post or leave information so check with your local librarian.

      To get copies of our brochures, contact Kathy Pierce at brochures@.... We appreciate your help in spreading the word about VaHomeschoolers!


      2. EVENTS

      Amherst : Virginia Garlic Festival at Rebec Vineyards

      October 14 & 15, 2006.  Although geared toward adults by featuring wine tasting, gourmet foods, artwork, crafts and music, the festival does accommodate children with games, balloons, face painting, pony rides, live animals and performances of clowns and magicians. 10am to 5pm.  $18/21yrs & up (incl Tasting), $14/12yrs & up, $4/2-11yrs.  All ages welcome.    http://www.rebecwinery.com/

      Arlington : Whole Foods Market Tour

      October 17, 2006.  1030-1130am.  Free!  Ages Pre-K thru K.  Bring your little one for a fun, educational tour of Whole Foods Market in Arlington .  Learn nutritional information, where their food comes from, what does natural food mean and what is organic anyway?  Taste great samples and new foods that may be a little different from what other conventional grocery stores offer. Email Grace Sanchez to register at lima_mgs@...

      Charlottesville : Third Annual Steeplechase At Oak Ridge

      October 29, 2006.  The day promises top notch horse racing, a variety of children�s activities, shopping opportunities and exciting terrier races. Bring a picnic. 9:30am to 4pm.  $50 (per carload).  All ages welcome.   http://www.jubileefamily.org/steeplechase/index.html

      Chantilly - Dulles Expo Center : Northern VA Christmas Market

      November 10-12, 2006.  Fri/Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5.  $7 Adults (50 cents off with canned food donation for the Capital Area Food Bank); Under 12 FreeOne admission covers all three days. Free parking.   http://www.emgshows.com/a_nvcm.htm

      Richmond : Animal Grossology At The Science Museum of Virginia

      Explore the good, the bad and the downright ugly about how animal bodies work in the visiting exhibition Animal Grossology at the Science Museum of Virginia, Sept. 30-Jan. 1. This exhibit is included in Science Museum  admission. Tickets are $9 for youth ages 4-12, seniors who are 60+ and active military, and $10 for adults ages 13-59.  http://www.smv.org/exhibitions/visiting/animal_grossology/index.html

      Washington D.C. : Smithsonian Teachers' Night

      October 20, 2006 at the National Postal Museum.  Discover all that Smithsonian has to offer you and your students at Smithsonian Teachers' Night. Free resources, entertainment and refreshments. http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/professional_development/teachers_night.html

      Washington D.C. : Free National Theatre Performances

      930am & 1130am on Saturdays through Spring. Limited seating; tickets are dispersed 30 minutes before show time.  Please see website for more details. http://www.nationaltheatre.org/Saturday/saturday.htm


      Want to know where all the homeschoolers are?  VaHomeschoolers can help!  Check out our newly reorganized Virginia Support Group page to find a group near you.  http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/support/       

      No groups near you? Start one and let us know.  We will help get the word out.  Contact Taaron Meikle, the VaHomeschoolers Support Group Liaison at supportgroups@... to add your group to our list or update your group information.

      Our Virginia Support Group page depends on you, if you belong to a great Support Group let us {and hundreds of other homeschoolers know about it!


      3. CONTESTS


      Polar Exploration Going To Extremes - Art Contest: Deadline November 10, 2006.  Students 2-4th Grades.  This project challenges students to
      Pick a polar region, explore it and then draw a picture showing what they learned. This is the 11th annual art contest held by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Arlington , Va.   Prize will be savings bonds ranging from $50-250.  http://www.strategies.org/education /index.aspx?sub=education&sub2=student&sub3=2006

      Olive Garden Essay Contest:   October 2-December 1, 2006.  Students 1-12th Grades.  "If you could create a new holiday, what would you name it and how would it be celebrated?" Answers could be worth a trip to New York and a $2,500 savings bond, as part of Olive Garden's 11th-annual Pasta Tales writing contest. http://www.olivegarden.com/company/community/pasta_tales.asp


      You can help your fully inclusive, member directed and volunteer driven state homeschool association by collecting Box Tops for Education coupons from products you buy.  You can ask your friends, family, and neighbors to give you their coupons, too.

      Each individual or group that submits the coupons may choose weather to receive 1/2 of the value of their Box Tops for Education coupons returned in the SASE they provide, or contribute the entire amount to VaHomeschoolers.

      For more details on this program, including a list of participating products and submission forms click here.       



      American Folklore.Net:  Includes weather lore, tall tales, ghost stories, animal stories, myths, Native-American folklore, tongue-twisters, and more from all 50 states. There are also lesson plans, and a "countdown to Halloween."  http://www.americanfolklore.net/index.html

      Dia De Los Muertos: Occurring on November 1st and 2nd; here are some great links with activities to teach your children about this fascinating South American celebration! http://pbskids.org/mayaandmiguel/english/parentsteachers/activities/holiday.html and http://www.crayola.com/educators/

      Firehouse Chef.Com:  What would the Fall be without some hot and hearty meals such as chili!  Check out this awesome website for some great dishes to help heat up your Fall evenings.  http://www.firehousechef.com/1edition/#chili

      United Nations Day: Celebrated on October 24th each year.  Check out the link for more information.  This is a great holiday to teach little ones about peace and friendship! http://www.patriotism.org/un_day/index.html

      Halloween Riddle Coloring Books: Free pages to print out for your little ones!  http://www.dltk-holidays.com/halloween/riddles/index.htm


      Visit The VaHomeschoolers Caf� 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 portion of the purchase price goes back to VaHomeschoolers.

      Check out http://www.cafepress.com/vahomeschoolers


      5. WEB SITES

      Virtual Instrument Museum :   The online museum of the World Musical Instrument Collection at Wesleyan University . Search or browse alphabetically or by instrument type, geographical region, or materials they're constructed from. http://learningobjects.wesleyan.edu/vim/

      Let's Say Thanks! : Choose a design and a message to send to US service members.  Sponsored by Xerox, the program sends the postcards (over 2 million so far) to the troops.  You can visit and send multiple times. http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1280.html

      Adventures In Our World:  Free homeschool EMagazine geared towards children and their families. http://www.adventuresinourworld.com/

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      � 2006 The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers.  Permission to forward this e-mail in its entirety for non-profit purposes is hereby granted.  Any other use requires specific written permission.  For questions, submissions or comments, email updates@...

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



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