From 2005 to 2015, the number of registered homeschool students in Maine increased by 35 percent, according to the Maine Department of Education. Approximately 5,500 children, or 3 percent of Maine’s K-12 students, were homeschooled in 2015, the Portland Press Herald reported in 2016.
The Southern Maine Association of Shakespearean Homeschoolers will celebrate their 25th anniversary with two encore presentations of The Comedy of Errors.
Founded in 1993 by Pastor Samuel Richards, the group’s vision is “to help students grow intellectually, socially and spiritually while learning about William Shakespeare from a Christian perspective, and to show God’s love and grace through their production of his plays.”
The non-profit organization relies on donations for all of their funding. The director, Sam Richards, is married with six children and teaches Shakespeare to homeschoolers.
Show times for The Comedy of Errors are 6:30 p.m. on June 16th and 17th at the Winthrop Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information, you can visit SMASH’s website or call their box office at 207-558-5462.
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Source: The Age
Babette Cohen-Solal (center) leads a group of Waldo County home schooling students in an American Sign Language lesson at the First Baptist Church in Belfast. Babette, 15, who recently moved to Swanville from New York with her family, said she tried going to public high school in Maine but didn’t like it very much. “At this school, no one was pushing you to go above and beyond,” she said. “I’m used to wanting to find more.”
The Mega Builders, a 4-H homeschool robotics club based in Hancock County, competed in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) State Competition in Augusta Saturday December 13th. As the only homeschool group participating out of 72 teams and a FLL rookie team, they were thrilled to win a 2nd Place Trophy for Project Presentation.