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by Mary Ann Kelley

Virginia Homeschooling Co-ops

Skye Chase AcademyAlexandria

Skye Chase Academy is part of the De Novo Homeschool Network which encourages Catholic homeschooling families. The co-op meets at Good Shephard Catholic Church on Fridays throughout the school year with a wide variety of parent led classes.

Bristol Homeschool GroupBristol

Bristol Homeschool Group offers co-op classes to Middle and High School in the Bristol TN/VA area. These O.T.H.E.R classes are held at Virginia Intermont College. Fees vary.

Cville_wish Yahoo GroupCharlottesville

Cville_wish is a waldorf inspired, homeschool group of families from Charlottesville, VA. Members participate in playgroup settings, handwork activities, festivals, spring and fall co-ops, and support.

Grace Church Homeschool Co-opFredericksburg

GHC serves church members and local homeschool communities in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Co-op meets on Mondays, 12-4pm, from August to May.

Home Grown HeartsFredericksburg

Home Grown Hearts supports homeschooling families at the Spotswood Baptist Church and in the larger Christian community of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Fall and Spring co-op classes are held on Thursdays from 8:45 AM - 12:15 PM.

L.I.F.E. HomeschoolingGainesville

L.I.F.E. (Loving Instruction for Eternity) is located at Gainesville Presbyterian Church, 16127 Lee Highway, Gainesville, VA 20155. Classes are held one or two days a week with lectures, discussions, presentations, and labs. Courses are geared to junior and high school students. Some elementary classes are available.

Greene Home InsteadersGreene County

Greene Home Insteaders offers support and encouragement to homeschooling families in the Greene County, Virginia area. Members attend park days, craft times, list local community activities, announce seminars, and form co-operative learning groups.

SEE Homeschool Co-opNorfolk

SEE Homeschool Co-op offers academic and enrichment classes. Co-op meets on Fridays at Miles Memorial United Methodist Church, 9450 Granby St. Norfolk, VA.

Homeschool Out of the BoxNorfolk

Homeschool Out of the Box is a secular homeschool co-op serving families in the Tidewater area. Fall and Spring semester classes are held in downtown Norfolk.

Southside Homeschool Co-opPowhatan

Southside Homeschool co-op is located at Graceland Baptist Church, 975 Dorset Road. Powhatan, VA. The co-op provides middle and high school level classes to supplement homeschooled students.

Cornerstone Community Co-opRichmond

Cornerstone Community Co-op is located at Calvary Christian Church, 14196 Ashland Road, Glen Allen. Co-op classes are designed to provide support and enrichment for home educating families in the Richmond area.

Glen Allen Community Co-op Richmond

Glen Allen Community Co-op is a non-denominational Christian co-op. Classes are held at Faith Baptist Church in Glen Allen Tuesday mornings between 9am - 1:00pm for homeschool students grades K-12. Current classes include Spanish, Art, Science, Five in a Row, English from the Roots Up. Additional classes may be added as there is interest.

Williamsburg Classical Co-opWilliamsburg

Williamsburg Classical Co-op offers semester classes on Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm. Classes are located at Williamsburg Christian Church, 200 John Tyler Lane. Williamsburg, VA.

Virginia Homeschooling Classes & Academic Enrichment

New Driver Car Control Clinic

Four hour behind-the-wheel driving clinic designed for the 15-16 year old beginning driver which teaches car handling and wreck avoidance. Check for clinics in your state or use the online service.

E.nopi Learning CenterAlexandria

E.nopi is a learning program in Math, English and Writing. E.nopi follows the U.S. Department of Education curriculum standards for English Language Arts, teaching skills such as grammar, punctuation, comprehension and essay writing. E.nopi uses the uniquely designed curriculum to individualize each program.

Beading Spring Break Camp for age 5 and up?Chantilly

Homeschool Workshop SeriesCharlottesville

Classes are designed for student's age 7-11 and 12 and up. Interactive programs will use hands on experimental learning to discover the world of science. To register for the Homeschool Workshop Series e-mail mike@tripleccamp.com or complete the online registration form.

Riverbend GardenFairfax County

A Waldorf-inspired homeschooling group in Fairfax County, Virginia. We are a secular group offering weekly meetings, adult enrichment evenings, and friendship and field trips for our members. Children's ages range from babes in arms to about 10 years old.

L.I.F.E.Gainesville

"L.I.F.E. (Loving Instruction For Eternity) is a home school support group and is a ministry of Gainesville Presbyterian Church. It is L.I.F.E.'s goal to assist parents in the education of their children. We provide classes one or two days a week with lectures, discussions, presentations, and labs. The other days of the week students work at home with parental help and management of their course work. Most classes are geared toward the junior and senior high school levels, but we do offer some classes for the elementary grades as well. Tests are administered and grades are given by the teachers for all core classes. The school year begins in September and ends in May.

Outdoor Adventure ClassesHarrisburg

The natural world gives us a marvelous setting in which to find this adventure, as well as experience God's beauty, learn new skills, and make friends. This spring, WILD GUYde Adventures will be providing several outdoor experiences for home-schooled students and their parents. Activities like rock climbing, canoe paddling, hiking, and caving will provide outdoor opportunities for families to experience exciting fun with friends, physical skill learning, and fitness apart from traditional team sports. Students in Grades 2-3 will have three half-day trip options (2 hikes, and 1 canoe day); students in grades 4-6 will have four day-trip options (hiking, rock climbing, paddling, and caving); and students in Grades 7-12 will have four day-trips (hiking, climbing, paddling, and caving), coupled with an environmental study topic for each. Check out the website for specific dates, prices, medical forms, and previous participant feedback:

Online Reading ClubHenrico

The Henrico County Public Library has started a year round online book club for elementary school students. It works just like the summer reading club, except that children can write online reviews to share with other members of the club. Monthly drawings will be held for paperback books, and children will also receive email notices about new books, good reading, and library events. Sign up now with a library card and start enjoying the perks of TJ's Club Read! See website to register.

Rust Nature SanctuaryLeesburg

Offer Homeschool Nature Programs and Camps to Homeschool families and groups.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm - The Apprentice ProgramMcLean

Through the Apprentice Program, youth volunteers aged 10 to 17 portray colonial children for the Farm's visitors, as well as doing such behind-the-scenes work as helping in the office, cleaning animal pens, and tending greenhouse crops.Apprentices must attend an Orientation for the Apprentice Program and provide their own 18th century clothing in accordance with the Farm's clothing standards. Parents who complete 10 hours of volunteer work receive a $50 rebate off the $90 annual program fee. Apprentices are required to volunteer at least once per month from April through November. They may volunteer more often, and throughout the winter months, but it is not required.

Tochterman Muir Educational Consulting LLCMcLean

Learning: Evaluation, diagnosis and recommendations for school services and accommodations. Providing baseline cognitive and achievement data, as well as instructional strategies and intervention, to guide homeschool families.

Growing Up Female in the 18th centuryMontross, Virginia

Growing Up Female in the Eighteenth Century March 24, 2012 9 AM-NOON, Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Library at Stratford Hall Free to Friends of Stratford (FOS) Women of the 18th century were raised in a climate of behavioral and social expectations that were both similar and distinct from those of today. Female behavior was often defined by social parameters and status. As in today's age, women face particular life situations inherent to their gender. The program will feature members of the George Washington's Young Friends (GWYFs) portraying women's lives in the three classes of society common to the 18th century in America: the lower or common sort (or class), the middling sort, and the gentry. Each group of presenters will discuss, dialogue, and converse with the audience in the first person. This lively and insightful program will offer similarities and differences experienced by women over 200 years ago. As different as the 18th century may appear to us today, there are striking similarities women have had to encounter throughout history. The cost of the program is: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children,and $3.00 a person for groups over 5. Seating is limited, so call Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972 or email Jon for reservations.

Virginia Aviation Museum Homeschool Aviation AdventuresRichmond

Group programs are offered Tuesdays through Fridays at 9:30 and 11 a.m.Call (804) 864-1400 or 1-800-659-1727, press 2, for reservations or call (804) 236-3620 for more information. Virginia Aviation Museum admission is free with the program fee.Group programs are offered Tuesdays–Fridays at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Spanish ClassesRichmond

Tricia McClintock is offering all levels of Spanish classes in the Richmond area. She has been teaching Spanish to homeschoolers for 14 years. See http://spanishwithtricia.webs.com for more info. She is also offering an Arts & Crafts class.

Reptile AdventureRichmond

Educational reptile class. Kids learn about unique traits of over fifteen types of reptiles. Students are allowed to touch, hold and learn about reptiles.

Grace Preparatory SchoolStafford County

Academic and enrichment classes available for homeschoolers, 2-3 days per week. Classes for grades Kindergarten through gr. 12. Also, Stanford Achievement Testing and PSAT testing open for homeschoolers.

Virginia Scholastic Chess Association EventsStatewide

Chess tournaments all of Virginia's school children. Events held monthly around the state.

Driver Education Information for Home SchoolersStatewide

(from VDMV). If you are an approved home schooler, driver education can be taught at home. The student must currently be enrolled in a home-schooled program approved by your school division superintendent.The student can complete the classroom portion of the course through a correspondence course, at a Driver Training School or at a public or private school. For more information, contact your local school division.

Plus Plus TutoringStatewide

Plus Plus Tutoring offers private personal K-12 one-on-one in-home tutoring services. Plus Plus Tutoring offers subject tutoring, exam and test preparation, homework help, organization skills, study skills and college planning services.

Virginia Classical ConversationsStatewide

CC is a national homeschooling program that uses a Bible based curriculum taught in a christian, classical tradition. Classes are geared for age 4 through high school.

The Frontier Culture MuseumStaunton

The Frontier Culture Museum offers homeschool families the opportunity to learn history through historic cooking, gardening, wool and flax processing, and animal care. Special events throughout the year for homeschool families. On May 3rd and October 4th the Museum will host a Homeschool Day with reduced rates offered for early registration and on the day of the events. Winter Workshops are also available January through February and were designed with homeschoolers in mind. Classes include blacksmithing, cooking, woodworking, and more.

Blessing God's Way - Maidens by His DesignWarrenton

This course will teach menses from a Christian perspective to mother/daughter teams - includes student workbooks and materials to make it fun, easy and understandable - not to mention modest and Godly!

National Postal Museum ProgramsWashington

Learning that Delivers! The National Postal Museum offers a creative selection of programs that attract a wide audience base of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and interests. Whether it be a workshop, film, family program, lecture, or performance, the Museum's Postal Pastimes provide participants with a quality visitation experience that makes learning exciting, enriching, and interactive.

National Museum of the American Indian ProgramsWashington DC and New York City

The National Museum of the American Indian is the sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Established by an act of Congress in 1989, the museum works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere to protect and foster their cultures by reaffirming traditions and beliefs, encouraging contemporary artistic expression, and empowering the Indian voice. Check Web Site for newest classes

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Home Educator ExperienceWilliamsburg

Events of the 1770s pushed Williamsburg and its residents into Revolution and Independence. Yet, while politics raged, domestic life and work as well as commerce continued. Learn about running a household and preparing foods, colonial diversions and pastimes as well as education and apprenticeships at the Benjamin Powell House. This original 18th- century site will open exclusively for spring participants in our Home Educator Experience. Explore our shops of our various tradespeople, such as the Blacksmith, Cabinetmaker, Silversmith, Milliner, and Tailor, to find out what kind of work you might have done once you finished your apprenticeship. For more information, call (800) 280-8039

Colonial Williamsburg - Special Events for HomeschoolersWilliamsburg

During the year, Colonial Williamsburg designates several weeks as Homeschooler Experiences. In addition to the variety of activities and programming throughout the Historic Area, special programs are scheduled for homeschool participants including a variety of hands-on opportunities. Special rates are available during this period for homeschoolers. Groups or individuals are welcome. Sample itineraries are available.

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