What Do YOU Want?

Page County Homeschoolers is at a crossroads today.

All of us have an opportunity to create the kind of organization that we want and need to support homeschool families here in the valley.

Let’s take a look at where we’ve been, and then let’s discuss where we’d like to go!

 

 

Page County Homeschoolers began as a rather informal meet-up group that soon formalized into a weekly gathering with classes and field trips to look forward to. Our classes have been unique in that we don’t over-script the event, allowing plenty of time for individual exploration and socializing.

For our family, and many others, these weekly events quickly became a highlight and were always sorely missed when we had to skip one.

 

 

 

 

We’ve had a few bumps along the way, though, and this moment in our history feels like the bumpiest.  🙂  I’m confident, though, that with your help we can not only overcome our current challenges but come out the other side a stronger organization ready to support the quickly growing number of homeschool families here in our county and beyond.

 

 

We have three challenges to face today, and we need your help to push through them.

  1.  Our amazing Secretary, Jessica Mullins, has had to resign her position.  Her family is making a huge leap after much prayer and consideration to enroll their children in a private school and she will be entering the workforce. We will miss her so much but wish her every success and joy.
    This means, however, that we need to fill this position!
    At this time the requirements are minimal, but growing as our organization moves into becoming a 501(c)3 non-profit.  We would ask you to be available for quarterly board meetings and we do also tend to bug each other all the time on Facebook Messenger.  😉  You will help us as we decide what classes to offer, field trips to set up, etc. Would YOU like to be our secretary?

  2. Our ability to meet at the Main Street Baptist Church may be in jeopardy. We love meeting there because there is a lovely meeting room, a large kitchen area where we have had a great time teaching the kids to cook great meals, plenty of bathrooms, and it’s easy to clean up!  I don’t know for sure about our future there.
    So we are planning for the worst and hoping for the best.
    Do you know of anywhere within a 25-minute drive from Stanley that would host us for free or really really really cheaply?  🙂  We need to be able to host about 50 people at a time, although the possibility to host more than that would be amazingly awesome.  PLEASE leave lots of suggestions in the comments! 

  3. Fundraising!  I don’t like asking, but our group is almost always running at a deficit. I have spent a lot of my own money in the past to keep things going. As many of you know, though, my husband recently had open-heart surgery and we have been putting every penny we have into his health-care.  🙂  So that means we need to work harder at helping PCH run in the black.  A surplus would be fantastic – But I’d settle for breaking even!  There are a few things we can do here:

    1. Help us with some summer fundraisers – We’re open to ideas!  Our Krispy Kreme Fundraisers have been successful in the past.  What else could we do?

    2. Volunteer to run our fundraisers!  – We would LOVE to have someone who organizes and runs fundraisers for our group. Does this sound like something you’d enjoy?

Those are our challenges.

Now we get to talk about the direction we want to go in!

 

 

 

 

Do you like the classes we were doing before my husband went in for surgery?  🙂

Do you wish we had more social gatherings?

More field trips?

Would you like to see more events than just once per week?

Would you like to see different types of events?

Would you like events geared towards new homeschoolers?

How to begin homeschooling?

Mentoring?

What would YOU like to see?

 

 

This is the time to share it all – do NOT hold back!  (But DO be nice! lol  We’re all volunteers!)

I look forward to hearing from you here or on our Facebook Page.

I will be setting up a sort of ‘town hall’ kind of meeting, too, so we can all get together and brainstorm.
But I NEED TO STRESS THIS PART TO YOU – This group needs everyone to give their input right now, TODAY.  ♥

Thank you!

Our 2017-2018 Class Schedule is here!

We shared this on Facebook a few weeks ago and now we get to share it here, too!

Take a look at our plans for the 2017-2018 school year!

NOTE: Field trip dates may change! All other dates are reliable. 🙂  Always check our EVENTS page for upcoming classes and to register.

(Most registrations will close one week before the class, so please register early!)  

JOIN US for Monday Movers: Starting Today at 1 pm!

All are welcome to join in this new, fun, encouraging meetup at the Greenway in Luray, VA where we get everyone (parents included) moving for half an hour on a section of the Greenway.

The Greenway in Luray is divided into color-coded sections and we’re going to enjoy one section each week.  Kids and parents can do laps up and down the section of the week and enjoy the encouragement of other homeschoolers doing the same.  After our half-hour is up, all are welcome to stay after to enjoy each others company if your time allows that.

To encourage you and your children along the way, everyone will get punch-cards to bring with them. Every time you attend, you’ll get a new hole in your punch card.  When you get 5, 8, and 10 holes, you’ll get a prize! (Yup… parents, too!)

It’s completely free to join in.  Just CLICK HERE to learn more about our new Monday Movers Meetups and to RSVP.

 

 

Join Us For AMAZING FARM FUN on Wed. June 22nd!

From 11 am to 2 pm, we will be enjoying some serious fun at Ticonderoga Farm!  Amazing Farm Fun will be hosting us and sharing their “Chicken And The Egg” educational experience, where we’ll be learning about the life cycle, needs and breeds of chickens.  PCH will also be giving you some extra fun materials to bring home and extend the learning (because we LOVE to plus this up for you!)

Take a look:

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT HERE.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE.

What’s Happening at PCH? A LOT! (Join in!)

Hey!  Have you popped by and checked out the new events we have posted at PCH?  Remember, you don’t have to be a member OR live in Page County to join in any of our events!  We are ALWAYS open to everyone. ♥  (We do ask that you actually homeschool your kiddos, though… 😉 )

SEEDS: A Day Of Science And Art  (April 5th @ 11:00 am)

SEEDS-ADayOfScienceAndArtJoin us for an event designed by our amazing secretary, Bethany Boyd.  We’ll be dissecting a seed, learning what makes them grow, experimenting and discovering how pollination works through hands on activities, and creating beautiful art from seeds.  We’ll also be making “seed bombs” that you can toss wherever you’d like to see an explosion of beautiful plants grow! ♥

There will be time for lunch, as well, so please bring along a lunch for your family to enjoy.  After the main event, we also have time for the park across the street, weather permitting.  It’s a lovely playground!

We hope you’ll be able to join us!  ♥

— @ American Legion Hall in Luray, VA  — REGISTER HERE


Morefield Mine: GEM Mining Trip! (April 12th @ 12:00 PM)

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IMPORTANT: You MUST register before March 31st to attend!  The venue requires an accurate headcount by then.  Thank you!

The Morefield Gem Mine has agreed to allow our group to visit on April 12th.  They are not open to the public this spring, only to school groups, and they are closed entirely for the summer, so this is a great opportunity!

  • Dig through the raw ore they’ve brought up from their mine!
  • Find amazingly beautiful rocks, gems and minerals
  • They’ll help you identify your finds for free
  • You get to bring home whatever you can fit in a 5 gallon bucket (provided by PCH!)

This is a fun opportunity for your little rockhounds to get dirty and explore, finding beautiful rocks and learning a whole lot about mining.

  • BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES FOR EVERYONE.  You’ll probably be quite muddy by the time we’re heading back to the cars and you’ll want to change before climbing back in!
  • BRING A PICNIC LUNCH: There is space to picnic, but you’ll need to provide your own food and drinks.
  • WE WILL PROVIDE A 5 GALLON BUCKET FOR EACH PARTICIPANT ON SITE 

REMEMBER TO REGISTER BY MARCH 31st!  —  REGISTER HERE


Mother’s Day Craft: “Charming” Key Chains  (April 19th @ 11:00 am)

We’ll be using fun shrink plastic sheets to create beautiful charms.  We’ll shrink them, seal them and turn them into a keychain for mom!  Then we’ll box them and wrap them, ready for Mother’s Day gifting.  ♥

(Sample image coming soon… They are CUTE!)

Bring along a lunch to enjoy while we’re together and if the weather is nice, we’ll follow up with some park time across the street. ♥

@ American Legion Hall In Luray, VA  —  REGISTER HERE


 

Pizza, Park and Petting Zoo Day!  (April 26th @ 11:00 am)

PizzaAndPettingZooApril28th2015Last year we had a BLAST with this event and so we are repeating it with the hope that it will be even bigger and better!

From 11:00 to 12:00 we’ll be enjoying the fun of a wonderful travelling petting zoo, right here in Stanley!  Ed Good Memorial Park will be hosting us and the kids will have plenty of time to play on the playground, pet the animals and then, for lunch, eat some delicious pizza.  (Moms get some too!) We’ll also have water, juice, soda, coffee and more.

This will be a beautiful day for moms to reconnect and kids to make new friends as we enjoy the beautiful warm weather. ♥

NOTE:  If you come late, you might miss the animals. They will be with us only from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm!  Pizza will be served at about 12:15 pm.  The remainder of the day will be for free play with the possibility of some organized games.

@ ED Good Park in Stanley, VA (Next to the Pioneer Bank)  — REGISTER HERE


KINETIC KIDS GYM!!!  —  LIMITED SPACE —   (May 10th – 2 Sessions)

KineticKidsFieldTripJan2015Join us for 90 minutes of fun at Kinetic Kids Gym where kids can do gymnastics, climb, zip line, bounce and more.  (Seriously… there’s a LOT of fun to be had there…)  BEST FOR KIDS 12 AND UNDER.

NOTE: There are TWO SESSIONS available and you’ll need to sign up for which ever session you’d like to attend.

SESSION 1:  11:00 am – 12:30 pm

SESSION 2:  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

THERE IS LIMITED SPACE IN EACH SESSION… We can not add extra people to this trip at all, so if you’d like to be in the same session with another family, please make sure you coordinate that.

@Kinetic Kids Gym in Harrisonburg, VA — REGISTER HERE


 

Remember… MEMBERSHIP has lots of benefits!  

If you’re loving the activities we’re preparing for you and you think you’ll be participating in more than one activity each month, we highly recommend membership!  We do our best to treat our members EXTRA special… Members get 30% off everything and Gold level members get 50% off!  That can be an AMAZINGLY valuable deal.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event! ♥

Join us tomorrow for some really fun (and slightly messy) art time?

I know it’s a little bit last minute, but we have a great art class set up for you for tomorrow!  Can you join us?

We’re going to be using acrylic paints on canvas along with some fun cookie cutter shapes to create beautiful art you’ll be proud to hang of give as a gift!

Don’t worry.  Even though the image shows just two colors, we’re going to show the kids how to have great fun with LOTS of colors and STILL end up with something amazing! ♥

 

MOMS:  You can join in too!

Read more about this painting event or register now!

Join Us At The Planetarium! (Harrisonburg, VA)

Page County Homeschoolers Of Virginia is excited to invite YOU to join us at the planetarium for an exciting space adventure your children will love.  (Tuesday February 9th)

Space Mission:

Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Tree House as they discover a note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space. With the help of the astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie are taken on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This exciting voyage will carry visitors to the planets and far out into the Universe where Jack and Annie nearly get… Well, we don’t want to give it away. The adventure is just beginning!

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Doesn’t that sound amazing?

All on the BIG planetarium dome!

Then, if the kids seem like they can handle it (we know little ones get antsy!) JMU staff will use the big dome to show us our beautiful Virginia sky and share what we can look for ourselves this time of year.

Best of all, this trip has been put together so that you can attend for FREE!  (Limited space, though!)

Please sign up as soon as you can to reserve your spot.  

CHANGE IN SCHEDULE

My whole family has been hit with some sort of cold this weekend and we are just not up to getting out of the house tomorrow to lead anything.

So we’re going to be moving the schedule around a bit and ask that you meet at the library in Luray for a game day at 11:00 am.  Easy, fun, and a great way to connect, game days are a favorite with the kids.

How Game Day Works:

Each family brings along one favorite game they love to play.  Board games are the best (it is a library after all!) and then the kids see what they’d like to enjoy together and they have fun learning a new game with you.

Frequently, we find that the kids tend to naturally form groups based on interests and game days have been a great way for them to get to know each other and forge stronger friendships.

How To Sign Up:

The easiest thing to do is to leave a comment on this blog post, letting everyone know if you’ll come and what you’ll bring.

 

What about the rest of the schedule?

Please click HERE to view the updated event schedule.  It would help a lot if you could sign up ASAP for anything you’re interested in doing that has registration open!  Getting materials last minute never really works out for us financially.  ♥

 

See you next week!

~Sandie & Family

Join Us At The PUMPKIN PATCH!

We’re so excited to bring this fun field trip to local homeschoolers…

Join us on Tuesday, October 27th for a trip to Valley Star Farms (See the EVENT PAGE for time and address) where we’ll get to:

  • Have a 20 minute history lesson
  • Go on a hay ride,
  • Do a corn maze
  • Pick pumpkins,
  • Play FUN GAMES (we spent several hours here last year!)
  • and, of course, everyone goes home with one pumpkin (and you are welcome to bring along a little extra spending money to buy more… They are BEAUTIFUL!)

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