What’s Happening: News and Updates for January-February 2016
Homeschool in NJ Happenings for January-February 2016
Princeton Learning Cooperative is holding an information session for families interested in knowing more about PLC’s innovative approach to learning. You can read more about PLC and their approach to education on their website. The info session will be on Thursday, January 14th at 3 pm. At the PLC address: 16 All Saints Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
While it’s a bit outside of NJ, it might be useful to some folks. Bucks Learning Cooperative will also be hosting an info session on Sunday, January 24th, at 2pm.
Don’t forget that every 2nd Thursday of the month there homeschool bowling at Howell Lanes from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.
Here are a few details: $2.75 per game, shoes included. You don’t have to rsvp, just come and have fun.
Writer’s Workshop happens on a monthly basis at Mara’s Cafe & Bakery, 250 South Avenue, Fanwood, 07023. The next date is 1/25/2016. It goes on from 10 am to 12 pm. Here is more about it: “This is a workshop for teens who write fiction. There will be no instruction and nothing is mandatory, it will just be writing prompts, writing (lots of writing!), story discussion and the opportunity to hang out with other teen authors. If this sounds fun to your teen, come check it out! Parents are welcome to drop off or hang out and chat with other parents. We do ask that if you can, please purchase something, no matter how small, so we aren’t just taking up space, but if you can’t, please still come anyway.”
Come every Monday (except the Holidays) to Ice Skate in Mercer County Park Ice Skating Arena, from 10 am to 3 pm. For $5 per skater, and an extra $4 if you need to rent skates you can skate for 5 hours! There is no pre-registration required, just arrive at the ticket window and say you’re with the homeschoolers. The skating center is an open air, sheltered skating facility, be sure to dress for the occasion. There is a heated indoor observation area.
ArtsTechSolutions Homeschool Arts and Repertory Company session registration is now open. The dates are on Tuesdays: January 26th to April 5th, there is no class March 22nd, and April 12th is a potential make up day. Here is more info about their class offerings:
“10:15am to 12:15pm ages 6-9: Creative Theatre: Have you ever wanted to star in a play you helped create? Join us this summer, as students learn all about theatre by doing it themselves! Children are guided, by the instructors, through a process where they play theatre games, create a story, and work together to make that story into a working theatrical production. The participants create their own character, plot, props, costumes, title, and everything else that’s needed to make the production complete. You get to play the part you have always dreamed of!
12:15 to 2:15 ages 10-14: Alice in Wonderland: Have you ever wanted to travel down a rabbit hole, or take part in a mad tea party? Join us this session and you’ll get your chance! Brought to by the Creative Theatre team, our version of “Alice in Wonderland” is based on the Manhattan Theatre project’s production which is loosely on the Lewis Carroll stories. Alice finds herself falling down the rabbit hole, and from there tries desperately to get back home. In our production we have multiple Alices (because it is wonderland Alice changes shape constantly), plenty of mad tea party guests (the hatter, the hare, dormouse, etc), and of course her royal highness the queen of hearts. But like the Creative Theatre programs, the students add their own voice to this piece. The thing to remember is that everyone in wonderland is quite mad, and quite funny!”
Winter soccer with Spencer (Rovers), will begin
on Thursday, January 28, and will meet for six weeks. This session of winter soccer ends on Thursday, March 3. Here are the dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 & 3/3. Unfortunately, there are no scheduled make ups this season, but if you miss a class, check with Spencer for his other scheduled soccer classes. Beginners are always welcome. It will be held at: Stelton Community Center, 328 Plainfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08817. The times are as follows: 10:30-11:30 (all ages, 4-17, will be playing during same one hour time slot, but will be broken up by age into separate groups). The cost is $78 for 6 weeks–$15 per week for those paying weekly. Shins are required. The payment is due on the first day, either check or exact change in cash. Shin guards are required. You can contact Rovers Soccer through their website for more information.
Montclair Historical Society is holding an open house for homeschooling families on Friday, February 12 at 10 am & 11 am. Families will be able to take a tour of the museum, see the layout out of our properties for programming, join an information session on programs available this spring and summer for a variety of ages, and learn about volunteer and internship opportunities for children ages 14 and up.
Registration suggested, all activities are free. Tours of the museum and information sessions will be at 10 and 11 am.
Check out a production of Treasure Island presented by Trilogy Repertory at Peapack Gladsone Library on January 16th at 1 pm. Warren Public Library on January 16th at 3 pm. Bernards Township Library at 10:30 am.
There is an open homeschool swim happening every Monday afternoon from 12 to 1:30 pm at the Bridgewater JCC. Cost to splash in this saltwater pool is $5 a person max of $15 per family, pay when you come.
Little Dolphins Swim Academy offers Homeschool Swim Days on Thursdays from 1 to 3 pm. It is also $5.00 per child, and the pool is very clean! Located in Bound Brook, close to rt. 22.
There are several libraries located in Ocean County holding homeschool book discussions. You don’t have to live in Ocean County to participate in these activities. Check some of them out below:
Thursday, January 21, 10 am: Jackson Library, Ages 9-13, Book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio, register online.
Wednesday, January 20 10:30am: Brick Branch Ocean County Library, Ages 9-13, Homeschool Bookworm Club: Read any graphic novel or manga book, then bring it to
bookworm club to discuss it. Maybe you’ll find a new book to read.
Friday, January 15, 2016 1 pm: Manchester Library runs two simultaneous book discussions; one geared for the teens (12-18) and one that alternates between a slightly higher (9-12) and then slightly lower (5-8) audience.
Be sure to register. The programs are free and you don’t have to be a resident of Ocean County to participate.
AHMUNC is looking for new members. If interested contact them (through the website) to join their next meeting, which is to take place on January 16th.
Fernbrook Farms Homeschool Programs
Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center has new and exciting Homeschool Programs.
“Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center offers hands-on, outdoor science and nature classes on the Farm for Homeschool students ages 3–14 throughout the school year. Highly qualified, enthusiastic instructors provide groups of ten students or less with a unique opportunity for hands-on, experiential learning about nature, ecology, and agriculture right here in the forests, meadows, ponds, farm fields and streams of Fernbrook Farms.”Their winter 8-week semester begins January 20th/21st. Each class meets once a week. Here is a bit more info about the classes (more information can be found on their website: “Pre-Kindergarten Program – age 3-4 years old meets Wednesdays 2pm-3pm, Thursdays 9:30am-10:30am, OR Thursdays 1:30pm-2:30pm. Kindergarten Programs– age 5 years old meets Wednesdays 3:05pm-4:05pm, Thursdays 10:35am-11:35am, OR Thursdays 2:35pm-3:35pm. Lower Level Homeschool– ages 6-11 meets Wednesdays 2pm-4pm, Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am OR Thursdays 1:30pm-3:30pm. Upper Level Homeschool– ages 12-14 meets Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am OR Thursdays 1:30pm-3:30pm. ”
You can register online at www.FernbrookEducation.org.
Online Scribblers Winter Classes
Online Scribblers has winter classes beginning the week of January 18th. Here are the offerings:Paragraph Writing Basics (gr. 3+)
Introduction to Poetry (gr. 3-8)
Writing the Short Story (gr. 4-9)
Writing the 5 Paragraph Paper (gr. 6+)
High School Academic Papers (gr. 9-12)
Journalism (gr. 7-12)
High School Writing Workshop (gr. 9-12)
Test Prep (grades 9-12)
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