The end of the traditional school year is almost here, but the majority of school-aged children have been out of school for at least a month. Many local public and private school parents are facing a major lifestyle shift dealing with new schedules, childcare issues, and schoolwork requirements.
DANVILLE, Va. – The number of home-schooled students in Virginia is rising. The Danville Register & Bee reported Tuesday that the state’s home-schooled population saw a 12 percent increase in the last five years. There were nearly 39,000 home-schooled students during 2013-14 school year. That’s compared to about 43,500 students last school year.
Jared Cochran admits that sometimes during a conversation, he’ll only half listen. It’s something a lot of people are guilty of, especially with the distraction of phones and other technology. But a class the 18-year-old is taking at his homeschool co-op in Virginia Beach has made him aware of the bad habit, and now he’s making a conscious effort to be a more active listener.
The Charlotte Mecklenberg homeschool book club meets on October 10th at 2PM to discuss James and the Giant Peach. This program is for homeschool students age 8-11. Visit the library’s website to register.
Compass Homeschool Classes is offering a special effects make-up clinic just in time for Halloween. This is a 1-hour clinic taught by a professional stage make-up artist for students ages 12 and up. Two sessions are available: 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm on Friday, October 26. Clinic fee is $49.00 per person. Register online before October 17.
The Virginia Living Museum offers homeschool students grades K through 12 a day of fun and engaging programs that highlight important natural and space science concepts. Programs are available for grades K-4. A lab about pond life is available for grades 5-12. All programs are curriculum and grade-level targeted and taught by the museum’s professional educators. All programs include a self-guided visit of museum exhibits and are offered at a discount to homeschool families. Visit thevlm.org for more information and to register.