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.¬† ūüôā¬† 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.¬† ūüėȬ† 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?¬† ūüôā¬† 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.¬† ūüôā¬† 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?¬† ūüôā

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 РThis group needs everyone to give their input right now, TODAY.  ♥

Thank you!

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.

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. ¬†‚ô•

 

See you next week!

~Sandie & Family

What Is Page County Homeschoolers?

It’s nearly the start of a new school year and I thought I’d take a moment to share what this group has become. ¬†We started so informally last year and have slowly found our way into something that seems to be working pretty well.

What PCH Isn’t

Before I share what we DO, I want to let you know a bit about what we aren’t.

This isn’t really a co-op. ¬†There is always room for a volunteer who wants to teach a class or run an event. ¬†There’s always room for families that have some time to give to doing some of the behind-the-scenes stuff, but it is never required or expected. ¬†This allows ALL families to participate, even if they don’t have time to create lessons.

PCH is also not a play group (though we do play). ¬†We like to make sure that nearly every meet-up includes an educational activity. ¬†We usually explore something that you might not find it so easy to do at home, or maybe you don’t find the time to fit it in. ¬†We do a lot of art together, and science as well. ¬†It allows us to get a little messier than we might be willing to at home, or explore something that we can discuss and learn from better as a group.

PCH does not dictate your curriculum! ¬†Most of our classes are completely stand-alone topics. ¬†We don’t take over any of your subjects. ¬†You teach how you want to at home and then join us once a week for some fun learning time together. ¬†You don’t have to use any particular curriculum (or any at all, for that matter) to be involved in the group.

 

What PCH Is

We like to call it “The Homeschool Group” because that’s what we are: A group of homeschool families. ¬†We get together every Tuesday to learn and play together. ¬†The children and mothers all find support and friendship here. ¬†We have unschooling families, school-at-home families and everything in between. ¬†Some families are Christian, some are secular, and many we don’t even know, because honestly the topic doesn’t come up much. ¬† You and your family are welcome here, always!

Our Tuesdays go in a bit of a cycle.  We have the American Legion Hall in Luray for the first Tuesday of every month, so we use that day as our Art Day (Or party day!).  We usually have a field trip on the 4th Tuesday of the month and the other two days are often a time when we build something (hammer and nails.. SO FUN) or engineer something (awesome science learning in a hands on way) or in nice weather sometimes we just have a plain old park day.  We love to craft, create and explore together.

Sometimes, a month has an extra Tuesday in it and we like to try to plan something extra fun on that day!  Keep your eye out on the schedule for that! ♥

 

How It Works:

We post events as they are thought up and supplies are priced out.  Anyone who wants to attend the event can sign up right here on this website and pay in advance, if payment is required (that helps us make sure we have enough supplies!).  Then, you show up on the day of the event and have fun.  Super simple!

Sometimes we like to have a day where we all bring a snack to share. ¬†If that’s the case, it will be noted in the event description.

Membership:

Members get discounts on all classes and most field trips.  We are able to do this through fundraising that we do throughout the year and partly through member dues.  Dues are $5 per month for a whole family!  ($10 for gold members who get a bigger discount, especially on trips!)

Members also get to have more of a say in the direction the group takes.  Member surveys, annual meetings and votes for major rule changes are all part of membership.  We really want this to be a group that you LOVE and look forward to working with, so if you have a suggestion at any time, please let us know.

You Don’t Have To Be A Member…

Events are open to everyone! ¬†And you don’t have to start with us at the beginning of the year. ¬†You can jump in any time you feel like it.

So now that you know a bit about the group, go check out the Upcoming Events Calendar and tell us what you’re most looking forward to! ‚ô•

WELCOME!

I’m so excited to present our new website to you!

Welcome to Page County Homeschoolers!

My hope is that we will be able to grow a bit more to include more families from the area and that a few of you will be able to step into a leadership roll and help coordinate activities and events.  This site will help us keep it all organized!

 

If you ever have questions, comments, suggestions etc, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

 

~Sandie