Wednesday, July 28, 2010

HUDSON VALLEY HOMESCHOOLERS . . . the world is our classroom!

  • Wonder what the Hudson Valley Homeschoolers community is?
  • Are you looking for social opportunities for your family?
  • Would your children enjoy hanging out with a gaggle of K-12 kids?
  • Looking for support to help keep your homeschooling fresh and lively?

Hudson Valley Homeschoolers is an active and cohesive community in which homeschooling grows and flourishes, and to bring this about we offer regular opportunities for socializing and making connections through positive group experiences. We are an all-volunteer secular group welcoming of all homeschooling philosophies and faiths. Most programming is aimed at K-12 children and in most cases younger siblings are welcome.

Our calendar is planned out twice a year (Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer) and loaded with well-attended social opportunities for kids and parents alike. We welcome all homeschoolers to join us for our weekly Park Days, and annual Back to Homeschooling and End of Year Picnics, while all other activities are reserved for HVH members only.

  • Tuesdays In the Park: open to *all* homeschoolers of *all* ages, Park Day provides the critical opportunity for unstructured/self-directed time together. It is the foundational event of HVH, as it is the central place to nurture connections and gain support to fuel the rest of the homeschooling week. Members sign up for field trips, events, teen events, community service programs, Tuesday In Warwick classes, the yearbook and other activities. For location, contact Elise at eakonstantin@optonline.net.
  • Tuesdays In Warwick classes : high-quality, reasonably priced electives are taught by experts in the field who happen to be gifted educators. HVH member children in grades K-12 are eligible. Typical class offerings include Shakespeare In Performance, Fine Art, Science and are intended to both expose the children to subjects or topics and to promote social interactions.
  • Events: held about every second month during evening or weekend hours so that spouses and extended family can participate. Events can include the Not Back to School Picnic, Art Faire, Around the World Fest, Science Night, KidsFest, Moms’ Night Out, End of the Year Picnic, Talent Show, Film Festival and more.
  • Friday Field Trips : two Fridays of the month feature outings such as an educational sail on the Mystic Whaler, visits to Washington’s headquarters, Mt Gulian, the Thomas Edison laboratories, the Samuel Morse House, the Culinary Institute of America, the Vanderbilt & Roosevelt National Historic Sites, the Pequest Hatchery, dia Beacon, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the like.
  • Community Service Projects have included visits and donations to a local veteran’s hospital, building a trail at Mt Gulian, collecting/donating Thanksgiving food to food pantries and migrant worker communities, donations to the Orange County Safe House, and sending messages to overseas troops.
  • Teen Events: our growing teen group will organize events of interest, such as skateboarding, karaoke night, movie night, BBQ, nature hikes/survivalist workshop, life skills classes, photography club, grad night, prom, murder mystery night, games night, and others based on teen interest.
  • Family Retreats: past family retreats have included a weeklong visit to the Williamsburg/Jamestown, Virginia area, and a winter retreat to Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos. Under consideration are future retreats to Mystic, CT or Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth Massachusetts, and a winter retreat to Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos.
  • Student Gazette: student reporters and photographers collaborate together with a parent to publish a monthly gazette.
  • Clubs & Activities: members are encouraged to independently form clubs, coops, and other groups of interest that often draw from the HVH membership pool (and of course, may include non-members). Woodworking clubs, poetry clubs, book clubs, golf, Taekwondo, homeschooling Girl/Boy Scouts, 4H, cooking clubs, Story of the World clubs … the sky’s the limit here!

Membership is open to families who are (1) homeschooling at least one child during the September-June membership period and are (2) intending on active participation in HVH activities, to whatever extent, during the school year. There is no membership or annual fee.

If your family is interested in becoming a member, contact Liz Struk at lizjane68@gmail.com for an application. The HVH Steering Committee regularly reviews applications and invites new members to join our egroup.

The best way to learn more about Hudson Valley Homeschoolers is to visit us at Tuesdays In the Park! Hope to see you there!


Liz Struk for Hudson Valley Homeschoolers . . . The World’s our Classroom!

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