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!

October update

Hi Everyone,

Reminders for October:

The parents meeting is October 19 at 7 pm in the upstairs small meeting room at the Rutland Free Library.

This Tuesday (tomorrow) at 1 pm, we are having a game day in the Fox Room at the Library.  Please join us, and bring your favorite board or card games.  We would love to know if you’re coming, so RSVP by comment or email.

October’s co-op date has been changed to October 20, and is tentatively going to be a hands-on presentation by VEEP on “Modeling Climate Science“.  You can get some introductory information here.  Please RSVP by comment or email if you plan to attend.

Thursdays are still park days at Meadow Street.  Generally, people are there from 12-2.

Lisa has arranged a field trip to the Wallingford Forge on October 28, Wednesday, at 2 pm.  Please RSVP by comment or email if you would like to attend.  Thank you, Lisa!

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!

Inspirations in Nature Series

Hi everyone,

Tom Estill, who led our co-op class on astronomy, is leading a series of nature-inspired walks in Pine Hill Park this spring and summer.  Though they are not specifically for homeschoolers, I know a lot of us will be interested in attending, so I put them on the calendar.  The first one, Owl Prowl, is April 25, at 7:30 pm.  The second is a bird walk, May 9 from 7-8:30 am.  There a couple more later in the summer.  Check out this link for more information.

News, reminders, etc.

Hi everyone,

First off, I would like to thank Scott McCalla for a great wilderness safety/first aid class.  The kids thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think everyone got something out of it!

Reminders of things going on this week:

The Parents Meeting is tomorrow, Monday night, at 7 pm in the Lawrence Reading Room at the Rutland Free Library.  We don’t have an agenda but thought it might be nice just to talk with everyone about where they are and how the year is going for them so far.  Please join us!

We have a field trip scheduled for Wednesday at the Coolidge Estate.  We are supposed to arrive at 10 am.  Directions can be found on their website, and there is a link in the sidebar (it’s on the state historic sites website).

The Arts Reach performance of Turtle Island Quartet is on Thursday in Castleton.  We should meet at 9:50 just outside, as they want us to come in as a group.

Park day seems to be on for Wednesday, although the weather forecast isn’t very good.  I’ll try to remember to send an email Wednesday morning to see if anyone is planning to go.

I think that’s about all for now.  Thanks for reading!

Arts Reach Openings

Hi everyone,

Due to a slight miscommunication, we have 5 spots available for the following Arts Reach Performances.  Please let me know before Oct 1 if you are interested in any of these seats.

The available performances are:

  • Turtle Island Quartet, Oct 16, 10 am
  • San Jose Taiko, April 8, 10 am
  • Black Violin, April 20, 10 am
  • Miss Nelson is Missing, May 11, 1 pm
  • Curious George, June 8, 1 pm

Thank you!

Post-September-parent meeting ramblings

Hi everyone,

So, we had a parents meeting last night, and it was great!  A few representatives of Odyssey of the Mind were there to give us an introduction to that program, and it looks fantastic.  If there are people that are interested in creating one or more Odyssey teams, I know that there are people that would like to be involved.  Considering that each team is made of 5-7 kids, we could conceivably have more than one team in this area.  Stay tuned, and make your preferences known!

We set a date for the Coolidge Estate field trip.  We’ll be going on Wednesday, October 15, beginning at 10 am.  I need to know if your family is interested, and if they are, how many adults and how many kids will be there.  The cost is $7 per adult, and $2 per child.

There is a park day scheduled for tomorrow (Sept 16) at the Meadow St. playground.  I know some families are planning to attend, but may not arrive at the very beginning (1 pm).  Some patience may be needed!  But it does look like a nice day for the playground.

In co-op news – we had a great meeting last week.  We played some fun group games, and have lots more where those came from!  The plan for the next session was confirmed.  We will do geocaching as our first co-op activity!  Please join us at the front entrance of Pine Hill Park in Rutland on Thursday, Sept 25, at 1:30 pm (and this could change to 1 pm, so check the calendar or check for an updated post closer to the date to make sure!).  If you do want to attend, please leave a comment at the end of this post with the name of the family, number of kids and number of adults, so that we can plan accordingly and know who to wait for.  And stay tuned, we will have a post dedicated to preparing for that activity in the next few days.

On a related note – we felt that in order to prepare best for a co-op session, the person who is leading will write up a short bit of information to be posted on this website about the activity and what to expect.  It will also let you know if there is anything you should bring or whether there is any cost involved.  There may be times when we include informative links or anything you might want to read or look at to prepare for the activity.  I think things will go most smoothly if we all know what to expect and what is expected of participants!  I’m really excited for all the fun things we’ve got planned as a group.

I guess that’s all for now.  Stay tuned for co-op updates and news of other fun things going on!