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VaHomeschoolers Update - November 7, 2006

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    VaHomeschoolers Update November 7, 2006 From The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers: your fully inclusive, all volunteer, member-directed state homeschool
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       VaHomeschoolers Update November 7, 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.VaHomesc hoolers.org/ join.html

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

       

      In this Update:

      1. MAKE YOUR CASE

      Read about strategies for effectively "making your case" when necessary. 

      2. EVENTS

      Abingdon : Holiday Craft Fair, November 17-19, 2006 

      Lovingston : Dinosaur Show, November 14

      Lynchburg : Mummy Memories & Pyramid Wonders, November 1-26

      Martinsville City : Farmer's Market Comfort Food Day, November 18

      Newport News : SOS - Animals In Danger, November 17-December 17

      Norfolk : Bones - An Exhibit Inside You, Through January 7, 2007

      Washington D.C. :  In The Beginning - Bibles Before The Year 1000

      Richmond to Virginia Beach : 100 Miles of Lights

      3. CONTESTS

      NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program, October 1 - November 30, 2006

      Design Your Own Teddy Bear Contest, November 30, 2006

      Gingerbread House Contest, November 26-30, 2006

      Statue of Liberty Picture Contest, January 31, 2007

      4. WEB SITES, BLOGS & E-MAIL LISTS

      Easy Recipes For Kid Cooking

      Nursery Rhymes, Origins & History

      A.C. Moore Kid Crafts

      Thanksgiving Activities and Resources

       

       

       

       

      1. MAKE YOUR CASE

      "How often have you heard about complaints within the homeschooling community about the boogey-monster known as "THEY"?  THEY won't let us participate.  THEY won't listen to us.  THEY are making things more difficult."  In the July-August VaHomeschoolers newsletter Ann Cameron Siegal details some of the effective strategies when it comes to making your case with the powers-that-be. 

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

       

      TAKE VaHOMESCHOOLERS ON YOUR NEXT TRIP TO THE LIBRARY

      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@vahomesch oolers.org. We appreciate your help in spreading the word about VaHomeschoolers!

       

       

      2. EVENTS

      Abingdon : Holiday Craft Show, November 17-19, 2006

      Annual holiday craft fair, featuring over 85 vendors from around the region.  Harry L.Coomes Recreation Center .  9am-6pm.  http://www.abingdon.com/events.php 

      Lovingston : Dinosaur Show, November 14

      Goodlife Theatre at the Nelson Memorial Library, in Lovinston , VA presents "Dinosaur Show."  Travel back to the Mesozoic era with puppets Paddy, Tuxedo, and Silky.  Help save them from the hungry dinosaurs and return them to their own time!  4pm.  FREE.  http://www.jmrl.org/pr-kids.htm 

      Lynchburg : Mummy Memories & Pyramid Wonders, November 1-26

      Come to the Rightmire Children's Museum and visit their newest exhibits!  Discover ancient Egypt , their life and afterlife.  Explore daily life working as a farmer or as a pharaoh, prepare a body for mummification, or explore the treasures of a tomb!  Hours Tuesday thru Saturday, 10am-5pm.  Admission $6 {age 2 and under Free}. http://www.amazementsquare.org/welcome.php 

      Martinsville City : Farmer's Market Comfort Food Day, November 18, 2006

      Come to Uptown Martinsville Farmers' Market for Comfort Food Day!  Enjoy casseroles, hearty winter dishes, a chef of the day, and great live music.  8-11am.  http://www.martinsvilleuptown.net/muru_farmersmarket.htm 

      Newport News : SOS - Animals In Danger, November 17-December 17, 2006

      Learn more about animals whose survival is both threatened and dependent on human action, and find out what can be done to help them.  Sunday-Friday, 2 and 3:30pm.  Saturday, 11, 12:30, 2, and 3:30pm.  Adult $13; Children ages 3-12 years $10.   http://www.thevlm.org/programsevents/calendar/specialevents.php 

      Norfolk : Bones - An Exhibit Inside You

      A 6000 square foot exhibition of interactive activities to teach about bones.  Including bone biology, health, and how bones are a part of culture all over the world.  Adults $9.95, Children ages 4-12 years $7.50.  Now through January 7, 2007.  http://www.thenmc.org/trvlexhib.html 

      Washington D.C. : In The Beginning - Bibles Before The Year 1000

      Presented by the University of Oxford , this exhibit showcases over 70 of the earliest artifacts in existance.  Author M. Sackler Gallery / Smithsonian Institution.  Now through January 7, 2007.  http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/current/IntheBeginning.htm 

      Richmond to Virginia Beach : 100 Miles of Lights

      Drive-through and walk-through light shows will dazzle and shine with more than two million lights, providing a colorful backdrop to the wide range of events and activities for the entire family.  Please see the website for more information on events in your area! http://www.newport-news.org/groupinfo/100milesoflights.htm 

      LOOKING FOR OTHER HOMESCHOOLERS?

      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.vahomesc hoolers.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@ vahomeschoolers. org 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

      NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

      The goal is to write a novel by midnight on November 30, 2006.  Check out the site for details and write like crazy!   http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/modules/cjaycontent/index.php?id=29 

      Design Your Own Teddy Bear Contest

      To celebrate the 104th birthday of the Teddy Bear, Noah's Ark Animal Workshop is hosting this contest.  The winning design in each category will receive a $500 Savings Bond and a one-of-a-kind plush teddy bear prototype.  One Grand Prize winning design will become a Noah's Ark collectible for one year.  Ages 3 and up.  http://www.noahsarkworkshop.com/left_links.php?page=banners 

      Gingerbread House Contest

      This contest and exhibit is being held at Ferry Farm / Kenmore in Fredericksburg , Va.   Contest entries will be accepted November 26-30, 2006; between 10am-4:30pm.  The entry fee is $5.  Judging will be December 1, 2006 at 11am.  Ages 2years through Adult.    http://www.kenmore.org/ferryfarm/GBHouseContestRules.html 

      Statue of Liberty Picture Contest

      Sponsored by the Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island Foundation; celebrating Lady Liberty's 120th birthday.  All students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade during the 06/07 school year are eligible to participate.  Twelve finalists will be chosen, and three winning entries.  Deadline is January 31, 2007.  http://www.statueofliberty.org/Statue_of_Liberty_Contest.html 

       

      BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION

      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 go to http://www.vahomesc hoolers.org/ about//boxtops asp

       

       

      4. WEB SITES, BLOGS & E-MAIL LISTS

       

      Easy Recipes For Kid Cooking

      http://www.easy-kids-recipes.com/index.html
      Find some easy Thanksgiving recipes for the whole family!

       

      Nursery Rhymes, Origins & History

      Looking for some interesting dinner conversation for the whole family?  Check this site out!

       

      A.C. Moore Kid Crafts

      At this page you can find all types of easy craft projects for children.  Simply click on the item and you will find a full recipe of what items you need and step-by-step instructions. 

       

      Thanksgiving Activities and Resources

      An awesome one-stop website!  Find everything from quizzes, printables and coloring pages, recipes, and even travel games.

       

       

      WHAT IF VaHOMESCHOOLERS EARNED A PENNY EVERY TIME YOU SEARCHED THE INTERNET?

      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.

       

       

       

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