May 9th is National Teacher Day and since it recognizes TEACHERS I thought it would be awesome to recognize a Homeschool Mom or Dad (aka Teachers) as well...
To enter - send why your parent is the best teacher to me by the 1st of April 2018...
I spoke with my contact at Great Wolf Lodge and she is willing to give a 3 day 2 night stay as long as you come on the dates that REACH does each year. So you will have a choice either to go in Sept, Dec, Feb and May.... That will be the Grand prize winner....REACH will also recognize a 1st, 2nd and 3rd as well with a gift...all others will get a certificate thanking them for being a Great homeschool mom/dad or Teacher....
The 2018 Scholastic Awards will open on September 13, 2017, and deadlines vary by region. You can participate in the 2018 Scholastic Awards by creating an account and uploading your work when submissions open in September.
The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. After you have created your work, uploaded it to your Scholastic Awards Account! Visit our online galleries to see examples of works from past National Medalists. Be sure to visit our copyright and plagiarism FAQ to learn more about submitting original works.
Stamp It and Send It!
After uploading your work, print your submission forms, have a parent/guardian and an educator sign them, and then mail them to the Affiliate Partner in your local region. Mailing instructions can be found on the submission form or on your local Affiliate’s Website.
What else do I need to know? Eligibility
Public, private, or home-school students in the U.S., Canada, or American schools abroad enrolled in grades 7–12 are eligible to participate in the Scholastic Awards.Submission Fee
$5.00 per individual submission and $20.00 per portfolio submission.Make checks payable to Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
Author Bryan Davis will visit us in Dec from 2-4pm in Fredburg for a fun class on writing and how to publish your work.. The workshop is $5.00 per student and parents are FREE.. This is recommended for 4th grade and up. At the end of the workshop I will have some books to raffle off as prizes... So mark your calendar to attend.
Rsvp to me either below or at email@example.com - pymt for this workshop is due by the 5th of Nov...
End of Sept he is having his once a year 50% off sale of his books - So if you would like to order his books at the sale price and then bring them to the event he will autograph them for you or you can have them autograph them when he sends to you - you order directly to him and the books will be shipped to you...Early Christmas Shopping
For three days only, Sept 29th to October 1, I will be selling most of my books at half their retail prices. This is the only sale I will have before Christmas, so you might want to take advantage of this early Christmas-shopping opportunity.(One book that will not be included in the sale is Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World. It will remain at its normal price through Christmas.)The purchase site is here - http://www.theauthorschair.com/shopping/.(Note that most of my books are also available in hard cover, which makes a great gift for someone who might already have my books and now their paperback versions are well worn from lots of hours of reading. Hardcover copies are also great for donating to libraries. To get a hardcover version, go to the book's detail page and click on the hardcover option.)
My favorite books are the The Reapers TrilogyReapers is a dystopian tale with a supernatural twist. Taking place in a futuristic, urban setting, this first book in a planned trilogy will appeal to readers of The Hunger Games and similar fast-paced stories for young adults. Along with a blend of real life and imagination, it delivers action, danger, and suspense through the adventures of three teenagers—Phoenix, Singapore, and Shanghai—Reapers who collect the souls of the dying or already dead and transport them to the Gateway where they will travel to their final destination … or so they think.
REACH Elementary club for grades K to 3rd. This club will be for grades K to 3rd - I am looking for someone to help me with the club or even take over and run the club.Our 1st meeting will be in Sept in Fredericksburg at 1pm - we will meet for 1 hr...we will do structured events and fun community service projects at the meetings.Limit to 30 students - FREE to join
The Wildlife Center of Virginia cares for thousands of animals each year, including about two dozen permanent animal residents whose injuries or behavioral modifications mean they cannot be returned to the wild.These animals – including hawks, owls, opossums, and snakes – are important ambassadors for the Center. Many appear with our outreach staff at school assemblies, in classrooms, and at other events across Virginia. Other animals greet visitors to the Center’s hospital clinic in Waynesboro.
Emma came to the Wildlife Center in October 2000. She was found wandering the grounds of the University of Virginia, far from her native desert territory. Most likely an escaped or abandoned pet, Emma could not survive on her own in this climate. Emma now lives at the Wildlife Center and teaches children the importance of leaving native animals in their natural environment.
REACH Elementary club for grades K to 3rd. This club will be for grades K to 3rd - I am looking for someone to help me with the club or even take over and run the club.Our 1st meeting will be in Sept at Salem Fields Community Church in Fredericksburg - we will meet for 1 hr...we will do structured events and fun community service projects at the meetings.Limit to 30 students - FREE to join
REACH Homeschool Fall Bowling League - Starts Sept 13th - Liberty Lanes in Fredericksburg from 1-3pm.. All ages welcome - no experience is needed. Kids and adults can both bowl. Cost is $10.00 per person - pay weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.Each week that you attend you receive a coupon for 2 FREE games to use during the week and each week that you bowl Liberty lanes is offering some free food to two lucky winners - each week we will draw out a name and you could win a free soda, popcorn, slice of pizza etc.At the end of each month everyone is entered in for a drawing to win a FREE meal (will have 2 winners each month)- that would be like chicken tenders, ff and a drink, cheeseburger meal, etc...At the end of the league in Dec we will have a pizza party to end the league for the fall.Bowling starts Sept 13th and runs to Dec.6th - no bowling the week of Thanksgiving...
REACH is offering a new club this year called YOVASO - this is for middle and high schoolers... We will meet monthly at Salem Fields Community Church in Fredericksburg.
Our 1st meeting is Sept at 3pm - we will meet for 1 hr
The purpose of this club is to reduce teen fatalities in driving and bringing awareness to the community about these issues.
Membership is FREE.... Through YOVASO, students work together in either a YOVASO or other school-based service-learning club to advocate for safer driving among their peers and to develop strategies that target the specific problems for young drivers in their schools and communitiesFocus Areas and Goals of YOVASO and our Peer-To-Peer Programs - this is what we will focus on...
Seat Belts, Speeding, Underage Drinking/Impaired Driving, Distracted Driving, Defensive Driving, Virginia’s Teen Driving Laws, Risky Driving Behaviors, Driving Attitudes
In Oct we will be doing a safety day - more details will follow
In June I will take 6 students (that is the max that I can bring) and myself to a 4 day convention where we will stay on campus here in VA and participate in their programs. The cost is $25.00 a person - that includes housing, food and the events. More details will follow.
See your email for all the info - we will again participate in the Nat'l Geography Bee... Registration is open now to rsvp
The Museum of the Bible will open Nov 2017. You can purchase a membership and get timed tickets to this opening in the fall...It is my pleasure and honor to bring you this important announcement concerning our mission to invite all people to engage with the Bible:Museum of the Bible will not charge a fee for general admission.Similar to the admission policies of other museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, Museum of the Bible will instead suggest a $15 donation — with guests under no obligation to pay anything.Museum of the Bible will also offer our guests the ability to reserve timed-entry tickets.Since our mission is to invite all people to engage with the Bible, we can think of no more fundamental way to give people access to the treasures and experiences inside this museum than to offer public admission coupled with the ability to reserve timed-entry tickets.Members of the museum will get access to reserve timed entry on August 14 at 8 p.m. EST.Members make visitors possible. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining. A full breakdown of all available membership plans is available at museumoftheBible.org/join.
Young Eagles Flying Program - The next one will be on the 4th of Nov ..This is for kids ages 8 to 17. IT is a FREE program - Time is 9:30am.
Parents/Legal guardian you must attend - you have to fill out the consent form for them to fly.
So hope you can make it to one of their FREE events.
Each year REACH adopts a Manatee and this year I picked Gator...GATOR was first identified in 2011 at Blue Spring State Park. He has been spotted on the webcam chasing and playing with an alligator at the park. That's how he got his name.
REACH HOMESCHOOL HOLIDAYS - DECEMBER 10-15, 2017 (Reservations are now open to book for Dec)Below is the key information. Please be sure to take note of the time sensitive dates.Group Name is: REACH HOMESCHOOL HOLIDAYS
DECEMBER 10-15, 2017 - (No minimum stay required)
Group Code is: 1217REACH
Family Suites - $99.00, plus taxes and fees = $145.18 per night
Kid Cabin Suites - $135.00, plus taxes and fees = $185.14
Loft Suites - $149.00, plus taxes and fees = $200.68
Majestic or Grizzly Bear Suites - $179.00, plus taxes and fees = $233.98Rate includes passes to the waterpark at no additional charge!
Reservation Cutoff Date is: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017
Be advised there are a limited amount of rooms held for our group and are available on a first come basis. Rooms booked after our group allotment has been reached, or after our cutoff date are subject to availability and our rate may no longer apply. To ensure availability, book as soon as possible.
To make your family’s reservation by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 - Call Great Wolf Lodge’s Reservation Center at: 1-800-551-9653 OR Online at WWW.GREATWOLF.COM – Booking Code 1217REACH
All reservations are required to be guaranteed with a first night room deposit.
Cancellation policy: When bad weather or a family member’s sickness inhibits you from your travel plans we will gladly re-book your getaway. If you need to cancel your reservation, you will be refunded your deposit less 15% of your deposit so long as you cancel up to 7 days prior to your arrival date. If you cancel up to 4 days prior to arrival, then you will be refunded your deposit less 30% of your deposit. If your plans change at the last minute (or anytime within 3 days of arrival), call us and we’ll try to re-book your trip for different dates. You would only forfeit your deposit if we couldn’t re-book your getaway at all. You are subject to the best available rate on these new dates.GREAT WOLF LODGE
549 EAST ROCHAMBEAU DRIVE
WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23188
757-229-9700 FAX: 757-345-7979
Time to sign-up for the Pizza Hut reading program.. Check out the website for more details and to register.http://bookitprogram.com/homeschool/default.asp
St John's Historic Church - Private Re-enactment for our group - Patrick Henry's famous speech - Give me Liberty or Give me Death. Our date is in Oct from 1-2pm in Richmond. The cost is $8.00 per person - recommended for K and up.. RSVP to me at firstname.lastname@example.org - pymt is due by the 25th of Sept...If you have never been you are missing out on a cool history fieldtrip.
In 1976, St. John’s Church Foundation has presented historical reenactments of the Second Virginia Convention of March 1775 at its original location. Professional actors in 1770s' attire portray nine delegates, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington, who engage in the debates and arguments of the Second Virginia Convention, which culminate with Patrick Henry’s immortal “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech.After the show you can meet the cast and talk to them about their roles or their character or autographs, etc...So I highly recommend this one - they do this show in the summer on Sundays and they have a packed house every time.(Also check out their grave yard as well - Edgar Allen Poe's mother Elizabeth Arnold Poe is buried at this church) and so are the following below
Gov. John Page
Elizabeth Van Lew
Thomas Wilson White
George WytheWelcome to Historic St. John's Church.A year prior to drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Thomas Jefferson attended the Second Virginia Convention held inside St. John’s Church. Alongside George Washington, Richard Henry Lee and other important figures in the American Revolution, Jefferson listened as Patrick Henry gave his now-famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.There is perhaps no better place to get a taste of the revolutionary spirit that forever altered the course of the nation.This speech ignited the American Revolution, making St. John’s a must-see landmark for anyone interested in the universal struggle for human rights. Henry’s words not only articulated the concept of liberty as an essential right — a philosophy drawn from the writings of Enlightenment scholars — and an ideal to which we still aspire — but also inspired support during a critical turning point in uniting the colonies against an increasingly hostile British rule.Since 1938, St. John's Church Foundation has been charged with the preservation of St. John's Church, now a National Historic LandmarkAddress is 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond VA 23223
Parking is free and on the street...
The Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society - RHO chapter is for students grades 9th -12th and is the first Honor Society established exclusively for homeschooled students.
REACH’s RHO chapter has the distinction of being one of the first chapters chartered in this area.
The last day to sign up for the RHO Chapter is the 5th of Sept 2017...
It’s FREE! There are no annual fees for membership.
Members will receive a Certificate of Membership from the Eta Sigma Alpha Home School Honor Society along with a Membership Card.
Graduating seniors will be able to buy and wear Honors Graduation Regalia. (Contact Wanda for more details)
Students will have the opportunity to run and vote for Officer Positions.
Membership can also provide your High School Teens, grades 9 -12, the opportunity to socialize and develop new friendships.
REACH is bringing back one of it's teen clubs called "TRO" Teens Reaching Out. This is for teens ages 13 and up. This club ties in with The Congressional Awards. There is a $30.00 fee to join for the year - $15.00 will go to the Congressional Award and $15.00 will go to our acct to order our shirts.
We also have a mascot for our club - He is a big teddy bear and he wears the TRO shirt and what we do is each month one teen takes him home and keeps him and he/she brings our mascot to our all events - he gets his photo taken with the group.
The Congressional award is the highest honor Congress bestows upon young people between the ages of 14 and 23. There are 4 ways to achieve this award - Voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expeditions. Upon completion participants are presented with a Congressional Award certificate or medal - in ceremonies often attended by Members of Congress and local business leaders and civic leaders.
There is a form that each student will need to fill out. I will have those forms available for them. I will send them all at one time to register us. Once you are register they will send back to me your record book - this is where you will log in all the things you do - once you reach a level we send your book in so that you can earn your award.
There are 6 levels to complete - time spent on one award is carried onto the next level..All of this will be explained at our 1st meeting - we will meet on Sept at Salem Fields Community Church in Fredburg. The club will meet 1x a month for our monthly meeting and will also meet throughout the month for community service projects.
Another Patrick Henry event.. rsvp to them directly to sign-up...Thursday, October 5, 2017 (All day) to Friday, October 6, 2017 (All day) -
Living History Days for Homeschool Students
Advance Registration Required for this Event
Join us for our Annual Days of Living History for Homeschooled Students. The program is geared for children ages 8 to 10 years old, although children younger and older benefit from the hands-on experience of 18th century life. The voice cover Jenny L. Cote Author and Speaker will be participating http://www.epicorderoftheseven.com/ She will have her soon to be released book, The Voice, The Revolution, & The Key, book one of a Revolutionary trilogy featuring Patrick Henry as the main character.Programs rotate among spinning and weaving, basket making, black smithing, rope making, tin punching, pottery, and Colonial medicine. Groups may register by providing the number and ages of children, as well as the number of adults in attendance.Cost for this event: $5 per child ages 9 & up; $3 per child ages 4-8 and ages 0-3 FREE; $6 per adultCheck out more information on our programs for children here!
Starting with today Cavalier Skating is going to offer homeschool skating on Mondays from 1:30-4:30pm in Stafford for $3.00 admission, $2.00 skate rental - if not skating and watching NO CHARGE. They also have wifi so you can bring your laptop and get on-line if need be while the kids are skating.They have great prices on food - I had nachos and pizza today and it was very affordable...So mark your calendar and please feel free to share this info - Homeschool skating every Monday from 1:30-4:30pm.
I have a Guest speaker coming to visit our group on in Jan 2018 at the Salem Fields Community Church in Fredericksburg from 1-2:30pm. The author is coming to tell his story about his family flight from Holland during WWII.
This is for grades 5th and up.. So you can decide if you want your student to attend.. This is going to be limited to 30 students - there is no cost to attend... He will bring some books if you want to purchase a book -he will sign your book if you like...
Email me at email@example.com if you would like to attend...plmk how many will be attending...
Dr. Alexander ter Weele was born in the Netherlands, and is the young boy Alex in the chronicle of We Escaped. When history classes in local schools are studying the 1930s and 1940s, he is regularly invited to discuss the advent of WW II and to relate the saga of his family's escape from the Nazi juggernaut. Even in old age, he finds it difficult to tell some parts of the story. Despite the passage of more than seven decades, certain scenes are so vivid in his mind, so frightening in memory, that he cannot but help tear up in their retelling
We will again do the National Mythology Exam in Feb at Salem Fields Community Church in Fredburg at 1pm. This is for 3rd grade to 12th grade. The cost of the exam is $5.50 a person.. I encourage you if you have a student that loves Mythology to take the exam - if they know their mythology the exam is not hard to pass.
Once they take the exam I send it off for them to score and if your student scores well they can earn a bronze, silver or gold medal which the NME provides to me...
If you would like to do this exam email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - I need to order the exams so I need pymt in full by the 5th of Dec so I don't miss the registration deadline.
The theme for the 2017-2018 National Mythology Exam will be ‘Ancient Beginnings’. The National Mythology Exam 2018 will include the following:Grades 3-4 take the basic 30-item exam on Greek and Roman mythology;Grade 5 takes the basic 30-item exam AND 10 questions on the theme (Ancient Beginnings);Grades 6-9 take the basic 30-item exam AND 10 questions on the theme (Ancient Beginnings) AND a 10 question sub-test of their choice from one the following: Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Native American tales, African tales, or Norse Mythology;Grades 10-12 take the basic 30-item exam AND 10 questions on the theme (Ancient Beginnings) AND a 10 question sub-test of their choice from one the following: Iliad, Odyssey, or Aeneid. Materials on Greek and Roman mythology may be found in: d'Aulaires, Ingri and Edgar, d'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, New York, Doubleday and Co., 1962, and (for more advanced students) in Guerber, H. A. The Myths of Greece and Rome, New York, Dover Publications, Inc., 1993. Both are available from the American Classical League's Teaching Materials and Resource Center by clicking on the title. Materials for the Native American tales may be found in: Erdoes, Richard and Alfonso Ortiz, American Indian Myths and Legends, New York, Pantheon Books, 1984. Materials for the African tales may be found in: Tales from Africa, retold by Kathleen Arnott, published by Oxford Univ. Press, 1998, ISBN #0-19-275079. Materials for the Norse myths may be found in d'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths
The National Mythology Exam welcomes all students of mythology. The NME is open to students at all schools - public, private, and home.
Each year we attend the VA Int'l Military show in Norfolk. This year it is the 28th of April at 7:30pm. This is a great show for those that have not seen it... Also if you come early you can catch the parade at 10am and that is FREE to attend...(downtown Norfolk) and after the parade their are tents set up to go and find more info about the countries performing.. Usually they do a pre-show before the event - usually would start around 5pm.. That is free to attend as well and held at the Scope Arena.....
2 options: Lower seating - $30.00 adults and 18.00 for students orUpper level - 17.00 for adults and 10.00 for students..
If you would like to attend this event email me at email@example.com - pymt is due in full by the 25th of Nov. Send your pymt to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508 - or paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org - please add 4% if you are using a cc... This is a ticketed event please send a SASE and I will mail tickets back to you when I receive them....
The 2018 Virginia International Tattoo:
Above and Beyond the Call of DutyHonoring, Remembering, and Celebrating Medal of Honor RecipientsEach year’s Tattoo is different, with new performers from across the globe, new themes of honor and patriotism, and new sights and sounds to amaze you. In 2018 we will have an extraordinary cast of hundreds of performers from 8 nations — including audience favorites such as Norway’s Band and Drill Team of His Majesty the King’s Guard, the brilliantly costumed dancers and drummers of the Republic of Korea Traditional Army Band, and new this year, Poland’s Republic Border Guard, with their iconic instruments and costumes reflecting centuries of tradition. As the centerpiece of the 2018 Virginia International Tattoo, we will offer a moving tribute to Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. There are 75 living recipients as of this printing.---------------------------------------------------
On the 8th and 22nd of Dec we will be doing Gingerbread Houses at Salem Fields Community Church in Fredericksburg starting at noon and ending around 1:30pm. The cost is $25.00 for family - this includes all the supplies to make one. We did this a couple years ago with the wonderful folks at Fudge Factory. The owner Cheri used to homeschool and now her daughter homeschools.. So 2nd generation in REACH...and so they are going to offer this again
National School Improvement Alliance Competition
New this year home school students in 1st to 8th grade are included in Nat'l School Improvement Alliance math competition that will take place on the 17th of Feb in Norfolk.
There is a fee of $10.00 per student when you register - I am assuming that adults are free to attend.The National School Improvement Alliance will conduct the Virginia State-wide Math Competition in Norfolk on February 17, 2018. This year the event has been extended to include home school students.Being good in math is about practice and to put in the practice time, students need motivation. This event is open to ALL 1st-8th Graders and is a great way to establish excitement for math.Competition Specifics:
During a nearly 10-hour day, thousands of elementary and middle school students will rotate in and out of the competition sites, where they will work to qualify for the Regional Event to be held in Atlanta (March 2018). Hundreds will qualify for the Regional.Cost of Event:
There is a small entry fee of only $10 per student to help defray cost, but the hundreds that will progress to the Regional and/or National Events pay no additional fees. We only have 220 slots per grade level and some levels are starting to fill up.
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REACH Fashion Design for Teens - Ages 13 and up - Limit 20 teens.Mrs Sandra Morgenstern is going to be teaching this class Starting Sept 15th from 3:15-5:15pm in Fredburg.
Students will learn how to draw their models.
Learn a Series of fashion designing (Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter clothes - also wedding,prom, dress bride dresses and more)
What the fashion industry is about
Teaching them how to design and let them creative their own line of clothing
Fashion show at the end of the class.
Certificates will be awarded as well.Classes will run for 6 weeks and then off 2 weeks throughout the school year - Sept to June.
Each 6 week session is $72.00
One time kit fee of $40.00 is due when you register for this class.
FYI: September 30 – National Public Lands Day
November 11-12 – Veterans Day weekend
REACH's goal is to offer meaningful and educational opportunities for all homeschoolers in the Virginia area. REACH is Christian-led, but is open to all regardless of religion, race or politics. We are a very active group that participates in many field-trips and workshops for children of all ages.
REACH covers Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Greene Co, Charlottesville, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, King George, Caroline County, PWC, Warrenton, Manassas, Haymarket, Sumerduck, Remington, Dumfries, Woodbridge, Leesburg, Springfield, Fairfax, Reston, Herndon, Chantilly, Richmond, Caroline, Midlothian, Williamsburg, Colonial Beach, Glen Allen, Staunton, Winchester, DC, Maryland, and more.
REACH has a subscription fee of $36.00 per family per calendar year . The subscription includes monthly newsletters and all of the REACH emails. Membership cost is $36.00 for August 2017 to June 2018. In March membership drops to $20.00 and that runs to the end of June 2018.
I will be accepting new memberships for 2017-2018 starting in April of 2017. Your membership for next year will run from Aug to June of 2018
REACH is a fantastic resource to the MANY homeschool events that happen across the state of VA, particularly central VA. Wanda is an inexhaustible source of knowledge when it comes to this area and she schedules these fantastic field trips to places I didn't even know existed but that turn out to be gems and fit in so well with whatever we are studying at home. The other thing that is so wonderful is the group rates and discounts that she is able to secure because of the size of our group and because of her background and experience in scheduling these types of things. Even though we live over an hour from Fredricksburg and many of the events scheduled are too far away for us to participate in, we still join every year and it is always worth it. As long as we are homeschooling in this area, we will be members of REACH!
The Reach Homeschool Group has been a wonderful blessing to me and my family. The wide range of activities, fieltrips, clubs, and a wide variety of events available to our families and homeschool community is so easily accessible through this group. You just receive the event information, and choose what is best for your family. When I joined back in 2008 after a two year tour in NC where there was a very limited amount of events to participate in, I was thrilled! Did several trips each month, and they were organized, educational and fun. I highly recommend this group. Thanks very much, to Wanda Sloper.
REACH provides such a variety of opportunities for students and their parents – it is truly phenomenal! No matter your budget, time constraints, interests, or location – there is really something for everyone. REACH provides one time opportunities (seminars, classes, etc.) as well as annual events – where you are sure to run into friends you made from the year before. Not sure how Wanda manages it – but she arranges unique events for a wide variety of interests; everything including science, math, arts, music, theatre, clubs, sports, and more. REACH helps families find programs/events to expand the student’s knowledge and interests including introducing new topics of study with hands on experiences.
We love REACH homeschool group. We have been the members of a couple other homeschool groups that promised a lot and did not deliver. REACH always delivers! We are homeschooling one child who is entering 4th grade. We have been members of REACH since she was in Kindergarten. REACH offers something for every age group. We have taken advantage of many opportunities, including classes REACH offers such as drawing and Mad Science. We have been on numerous local field trips, such as Ferry Farm trips, Leesylvania State Park, and even a tour of a sewage plant! REACH also organizes very affordable overnight family trips several of which we have taken advantage of, such as a trip by train to New York City and a trip to Disney World. As my daughter gets older we are really looking forward to many of the opportunities that REACH offers older children. Really, there is something for everyone. My only fear about REACH is that Wanda will retire before my daughter graduates. It would be a great loss to the homeschooling community.
We moved here 5 years ago and my 3 kids were still in public school. When we decided to homeschool, I was so scared and overwhelmed and unsure of myself. Then, I was introduced to REACH. I had found some direction, advice, opportunities and best of all, friends for children and myself! The field trips and clubs are incredible. The opportunities for learning and stretching and trying new things are endless. Wanda is a fabulous lady and works so hard for this group. I am so blessed to be a 3rd year veteran of REACH!
REACH has been a God-send for us! No one ever said that homeschooling would be an easy journey,
but homeschooling an only child can be frustrating at times. REACH has provided the perfect outlet
for us because of the many field trips, clubs, and activities that are available for my son to participate in.
He has been able to make several new friends, and enjoy spending time with other kids who in his same
situation. There are so many helpful, friendly, and just overall wonderful people within the REACH community!
We just could not ask for a better group, and we are so thankful to Ms. Wanda for all that she does to
keep this group going!!!
Being a member of REACH allows my family to pick and choose many activities that I enrich our homeschooling. We have gone to plays, a lavender farm and a presentation by Ken Ham about dinosaurs and creation. Without REACH, I would not know that these opportunities exist. Wanda does an excellent job of providing such a wide range of activities that there truly is something for everyone! We are hoping to do more this year, including some service projects. Being relatively new to Virginia, REACH has helped us to explore more of our surrounding areas
We joined reach in 2010 after moving here from our 5th duty station in Chesterfield Michigan. We started at Anthony Burns Elmementary in Stafford Virginia 3rd grade which lasted for three months. Due to over crowding and my child being shuffled around like a deck of cards we decided to try moving her to another school but in the process we met a homeschooling group that was Caltholic and tried to fit in but with a Baptist. Back ground we were like fish out of water lol. The person who now I call my extended family Karen Clamenta introduced us to Wanda Via internet and we meet up at the bowling alley and joined immediately after meeting some great families. Most of the families we still hang out with and others we see from time to time at various events. Wanda has been such a blessing in our lives it would take me hours to share but I'll give you just a taste of why she has won my heart. She's kind, funny, intelligent, fair, empathic, sincere, consistent in trying to do her best with all the other things she has going on in her life. I haven't yet caught her off her game in running reach homeschool group. She's not perfect but who is? But I must say she is perfect for reach and she has a gift that many people envy her for I can tell you that lol. My family is over joyed with being a reach family member and hopefully we can remain members until Breanna enters 12 grade in three years. Reach is more than a group to us, it's our family. Thanks Wanda and Mr. Sloper for doing what God ask of you and that's to love thy neighbor as thyself..