Not Back to School

Hi all.

The “not back to school” picnic is going to be held on Thursday, September 1 at Echo Lake (Camp Plymouth State Park) in Ludlow.  The park opens at 10 am.  Our family will plan to be there most of the day, probably until about 3 pm, but likely will arrive around 10:30 or a little later.  Please see link for park information.  It would be great to know who is coming, so use comments to RSVP if you can.

Also, there is a woman who teaches art classes who would like to offer them in the Rutland area.  I believe she could offer a monthly class to our group if enough people were interested.  Originally, Lisa was going to host these classes in her home in Wallingford but has decided against that.  I would be willing to use one of our Tuesday Fox Room reservations to host this class if other people are on board with the idea.  That would still leave us plenty of time for game days and co-op offerings.  Here is a link to her website for more information.  Please use the comments section to let us know if you are interested in a monthly art class.

Still no word from Castleton about their Arts Reach offerings for this year.  And sadly, my attempt to set up a field trip at Ann Clark (the cookie cutter people) failed.  They are evidently not set up for group tours.  Too bad, I thought seeing how they made cookie cutters would be pretty cool.

Does anyone have any thoughts about parent meetings?

That’s all for now.  Hope to see you at the lake next week and at our first Game Day at the library on September 6!

 

Anybody thinking about upcoming year?

Hi all,

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to think about some homeschool activity for this year, even though it’s still pretty early in August.  With that in mind, I reserved the Fox Room on Tuesday afternoons again, and this year we have it every week!  So, our tentative plan is to alternate Game Days with co-op/educational opportunities or presentations when people want to offer them.  So put Tuesday afternoons from 1-4 on your calendar, beginning September 6.  Hope to see you there.  The first one will definitely be a Game Day. Bring board or card games with you.  Kids of all ages will be there.  Some parents will probably hang out too.

We haven’t made a plan for Parent Meetings at this time.  They were not well attended last  year, and I have a lot on my plate.   I’m willing to set them up for this year, and I’d plan to attend if others want to have them, but at the moment I don’t see a lot of demand for them.  If you want to have these meetings, please speak up (via comment or email) asap.

I have been in touch with a few places about field trips.  Is anyone interested in attending a field trip to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for the following program?

Digging, Diving and Documenting: The Process of Nautical Archaeology  Discover Lake Champlain’s rich legacy of shipwrecks and the evolving strategies to preserve, document and manage them. In this hands-on multi-disciplinary program, students learn about the techniques and challenges of documenting underwater sites, and discover the importance of artifact location on board the gunboat Philadelphia II. Learn about the equipment used in underwater exploration and the techniques used in our laboratory to conserve artifacts removed from the lake. Students will “dive” in and become underwater archaeologists while documenting a “shipwreck”. This program recreates the process of nautical archaeology as realistically as can be done without going underwater.

If you are interested, please comment or email me.  This trip is geared towards kids in grades 4+.  There is a fee involved, which is $5 per child.  I believe adults would also have to pay $5, and the program lasts 2.5 hours.  I have not scheduled a date at this time, but will as soon as I have an idea of how many participants would be involved.  This would very likely take place on a Thursday, if that helps.

We would like to set up a “not back to school” picnic at a state park/lake (Maybe Echo).  A date has not been selected, but speak up if you’d like to participate.

I have been watching Castleton’s website for news of their Arts Reach offerings, but nothing has been updated for this year.  I will continue to check on that and will make arrangements for our group again this year if people are interested.

Lastly, there have to be new homeschoolers out there in this area.  If you know of people just starting out who are looking for information or ways to meet other homeschoolers, please point them to this website and feel free to forward emails I send you.  No need to ask me – I am happy to support and include new homeschoolers and get more people involved in our little community.

That’s all for now.  Except this one last thought…I am not “in charge” of this group.  If you want an active homeschool community, please feel free to jump in at any time with ideas or just set something up and invite people.  I keep hearing of people wanting to know if this group “still exists” or if “they are doing anything” (meaning us!) and I don’t really understand where this concept comes from.  Nothing in a community happens without the active participation of a number of people.  We’d love to have your participation!  It’s not *my* group, it’s *ours*, so please don’t hesitate to speak up, plan something, invite people, spread the word, ask for help, whatever it is you want to see happen.  And if you want it put on the website, just email me.  The website wasn’t updated a lot last year, and that is partially because nobody asked me to put anything on it.  I’m more than happy to use this web presence to publicize what I can, so let me know what you want put on it!  Thanks!  I’m looking forward to a fun year with a great group of homeschoolers!

Arts Reach and our upcoming week

Hi everyone,

I heard back from the Castleton Arts Reach Coordinator.  Unfortunately, we were only able to get tickets for one show, which was the Flamenco Vivo show in November.  I’m especially disappointed that we couldn’t get tickets for Toying with Science,  but they did have a huge response for that show and said they hope to bring it back next year as well.  Please mark your calendars for Nov 17 at 10 am at the Casella Theater for Flamenco Vivo.  If you’re unsure if you had expressed interest in that show, email me and ask.

We have a Parents Meeting coming up next Monday, September 21.  7 pm at the Rutland Free Library, in the small meeting room upstairs.

As the Montshire held their fall homeschoolers day on this past Thursday, I don’t know if anyone made it to Park Day at Meadow Street.  It will be on for this coming week, though,  and I know some of us have plans to be there.

On Tuesday, Sept 29, we have our first fall co-op, which will be held up at Bonny’s home in North Chittenden.  We will be doing soapmaking, so if you are at all interested in chemistry, please plan to attend!  It is a lot of fun to make soap, almost magical.  If you are interested, we really do need to know ASAP for planning purposes, so please either comment on this post or send us an email.

I think that’s about it for now.   Hope to see you all soon!

Fall plans

Hi everyone.

Things are starting to come together for our little group.  I thought it might be a good idea to post an update even though not everything is totally set in stone.  Here is some basic progress info for things we’ve got planned for fall.

Co-op – will be held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 1-4 pm.  At the last parents meeting, we talked about having monthly co-ops instead of bi-weekly.  Bonny is going to host the first co-op, a soapmaking class, and I hope to have details for that up soon.  Co-op may be held at the Rutland Free Library, or elsewhere, depending on the offering.  Soapmaking will be held at Bonny’s house in North Chittenden.  Other co-ops we are planning to offer in the fall include cider pressing (and other apple-processing ideas), a program with Tom Estill, and a program hosted by VEEP (Vermont Energy Education Program).

Game Day – will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 1-4 pm, in the Fox Room at the Rutland Free Library.  We will have a variety of games including Chess, Munchkin, Ticket to Ride, Transamerica, Catan, Magic, and anything else anyone wants to bring or play.

Arts Reach – I have sent in our ticket requests and will evidently be sent an email in late September with information about what we will be able to attend.  I will let you know when I receive the information from their coordinator.

Park Day – will be on Thursdays at Meadow Street Park in Rutland, from approximately 12-2 pm or whenever anyone wants to go until they want to leave!

Montshire Homeschoolers Day – is next Thursday, September 17, from 10-3 pm.  So some of us may not be at park day!

Field Trips – Trish offered to try to set up a trip to the Rokeby Museum, which offers a discount for larger groups.  Please comment if you would be interested in this, so she has an idea how many people to plan for.  Janet tried to set up a trip to True Temper in Wallingford, but unfortunately they do not allow visitors in their facility.  We are also trying to set up a geology walk in Pine Hill Park.  If you have other ideas for trips or would like to try to set something up, leave a comment and let us know!

Parents Meeting – the next meeting is September 21, at 7 pm in the small upstairs meeting room at the Rutland Free Library.  Subsequent meetings will be held October 19, November 16, and December 14.  We hope to see you there!

Updates

Hi all.

I have scheduled the next parents meeting for Monday, September 21 at 7 pm in the small meeting room (upstairs) at the Rutland Free Library.

We haven’t set a schedule for co-op yet, as people’s fall schedules are still forming.  At the moment, one of the most promising days seems to be Tuesdays.  If you’d like to comment with thoughts about availability, that would be great.  I have heard from a few people but not everyone.  I’m sure it will be next to impossible to find something that will work for everyone every time, but we will do our best to find a time that works for most people.

Castleton has set their schedule for Arts Reach.  I will coordinate with the contact there.  In the meantime please use this link to check the offerings and let me know which ones your family is interested in.  You can do that either through email or through the comments section below. I will need to know the number of adults, number of children, and ages or grades of children (I believe Castleton asked me for grades last year.)

Bonny has offered to teach a soapmaking class for the first co-op in September.  She will host this at her home in Chittenden.  We have not solidified plans (especially since we don’t even have a day yet!) but it would be helpful to know how many people would be interested in participating.

Everyone was interested in a “not back to school” picnic/lake day/gathering for sometime in September.  Stay tuned.

We want to restart park days and potentially a bi-weekly game day also.

That’s about all for now.  See you at the next parents meeting!

This week (April 6 update)

On tap this week:

Tonight (Monday) Parents Meeting at the Rutland Free Library.  7 pm, upstairs small meeting room.

WednesdayCastleton Arts Reach performance by San Jose Taiko.  Meet in lobby of Casella Theater at 9:40 am.  Reservations required.

Wednesday: Rock climbing, Homeschoolers Day at GMRC, beginning at noon.  Trish’s update/notes follow.

ThursdayCo-op, Chess and other board games, 1:30-3:30 pm, Fox Room of Rutland Free Library.

Rock climbing information:

Homeschool Day at Green Mountain Rock Climbing

GMRC is opening early that day just for us!

Wednesday April 8
12 Noon – ?

Special price: $10 for first member of family, $5 each additional person (child or adult)
Price includes the belay lesson for parent (which is normally an additional $10)
Must be minimum of 13 years to belay another

If you have not climbed or belayed in the past year, you must attend the belay lesson – the equipment has changed at the gym

Parents are welcome to climb too! Its a lot of fun for parents and kids alike

Please arrive at noon to get fitted for climbing shoes, fill out waiver forms and receive equipment for the group lesson

Parents must fill out a waiver for each child (You cannot fill out a waiver for a non-family member)

You can pre-fill out the waiver online at http://www.vermontclimbing.com

I need to give an estimate to Matt as to how many we can expect, so please reply to me with the number in your family. Little ones that don’t want to climb are welcome too – but you would be surprised how much young kids enjoy climbing.

My kids can help belay anyone that needs additional hands for a big family

Radio Silence…

Been a little negligent here lately, sorry ’bout that!  Here’s a quick update and some info about local homeschool happenings.

Art class:  Jen of Hands On- Minds On/Rutland Recreation is leading a 5 week session of art classes for homeschoolers.  While it’s too late to join this class, it’s very likely another session will take place after this one, so stay tuned here or on facebook, or the recreation website closer to the beginning of April to see if it will continue.

Chess/Game club:  On Wednesdays, from 11 am to 1 pm, a group of homeschoolers is meeting at the Courcelle Building (home of Rutland Recreation) to play chess and possibly other games.  It’s free to join, but we will be doing some sort of volunteer service to pay back the Rec’s generosity.

Co-op:  Every other Thursday (this is an “on” week) we are meeting for various activites, mostly at the Rutland Free Library while we are still focused on indoor pursuits.  This week will be a continuation of the “starting a business” co-op, and kids will work with partners on the aspects of starting a business they chose last week.  We can still accommodate other kids if they are interested.

Rock Climbing:  people are still meeting at the rock climbing gym, generally as soon as it opens (before it gets busy) on Tuesday afternoons.  Anyone is welcome to join them.

Parents Meetings:  meetings are monthly, and take place on Monday nights in the small upstairs meeting room at the Rutland Free Library.  Our next meeting will be in April.  We discuss all sorts of homeschool-related topics, and also sometimes do some co-op or field trip planning.  New or prospective homeschoolers are encouraged to attend!

I think that is about all for now!  Thanks for reading.