Events

the reach homeschool group is a large and very active group with members all over VA, MD and DC.
We average anywhere from 30-80 events each month.  all of the events are not on our website...all of our emails for our events are shared on our yahoo group...

To get info on our events make sure to click on Membership and Join the group and be in the know...

kings dominion education day - april 7th, may 5th and june 2nd - full event 

Kings Dominion each year holds Education Days and this year their dates are as follows:
EDUCATION DAYS - Program InformationCurriculum aligns with Virginia Standards of Learning as well as National Science Standards.
Kings Dominion has partnered with the MathScience Innovation Center of Richmond, one of the leading hands-on science centers in Virginia, to bring classroom learning to life.  Students will have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basics of STEM education in a fun and interactive setting. 

Homeschool mom/dad/homeschool teacher of the year - Congrats to Mrs Enos - She is the Homeschool Teacher of the year for REACH

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... 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....

time chroniclers - new audio adventure - free 1st episode

FYI: Dear Homeschool Family,
Time Chroniclers is an exciting new audio adventure from the original creators of Jonathan Park, that teaches about creation in action-packed stories.Since we want to get the word out that we exist, the first episode is attached! Maybe you can make some time with the family this weekend for a 30 minute adventure?
If you are nervous about openning attachments, you can also download it for FREE here: http://www.creationquest.net/…/episode-1-new-beg...

wolf trap summer shows

FYI: Wolf Trap has just made taking your family to performances more affordable with Young At Arts, a new accessibility initiative that invites families and caregivers to introduce children to the joy of the performing arts. For around the cost of taking your family to the movies you can now attend live performing arts events. Young At Arts allows ticket buyers to receive one free youth (17 and under) ticket for each accompanying adult ticket purchased.Young At Arts makes it easier for families to connect with each other, create Wolf Trap memories, and develop the next generation of arts fans.
Young At Arts performances (in chronological order) include:Date Time Artist
Fri, July 14 8:15 pm Puccini's Tosca - NSO
Fri, July 28 8:15 pm Orff: Carmina Burana - NSO
Wed, Aug 9 8 pm Asian Youth Orchestra with Sarah Chang
Tue, Aug 15 8 pm Pilobolus
Sat, Sep 9 7:30 pm Gustavo Dudamel and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela 

congrats to the 8th grade graduates - moving onto high school

Regal cinemas summer movies

Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute 
Regal Columbus Stadium 12 (Virginia Beach, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium 20 & IMAX (Midlothian, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Countryside Stadium 20 (Sterling, VA) - Starts June 13
Regal Fox Stadium 16 & IMAX (Ashburn, VA) - Starts June 13
Regal Fredericksburg 14 (Fredericksburg, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Greenbrier Stadium 13 (Chesapeake, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Harbour View Grande Stadium 16 (Suffolk, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Harrisonburg Stadium 14 (Harrisonburg, VA) - Starts June 13
Regal Kiln Creek Stadium 20 (Newport News, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Kingstowne Stadium 16 & RPX (Alexandria (Kingstowne), VA) - Starts June 27
Regal Manassas Stadium 14 & IMAX (Manassas, VA) - Starts June 27
Regal New River Valley Stadium 14 (Christiansburg, VA) - Starts June 6
Regal New Town Stadium 12 (Williamsburg, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Potomac Yard Stadium 16 (Alexandria, VA) - Starts June 27
Regal River Ridge Stadium 14 (Lynchburg, VA) - Starts June 13
Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX (Richmond, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Southpark Mall Stadium 16 (Colonial Heights, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 & IMAX (Charlottesville, VA) - Starts June 13
Regal Strawbridge Marketplace Stadium 12 (Virginia Beach, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Valley View Grande Stadium 16 (Roanoke, VA) - Starts June 6
Regal Virginia Center Stadium 20 (Glen Allen, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Virginia Gateway Stadium 14 & RPX (Gainesville, VA) - Starts June 27
Regal Westchester Commons Stadium 16 (Midlothian, VA) - Starts June 2 

the reach group averages 30-80 fieldtrips and events each month - all the fieldtrip details are on the reach yahoo group and the reach calendar page. also once you become a member of reach you can join our facebook page.  

Field trip to the white house - FULL EVENT - We have 3 dates set for June and July.. Keep watching your email for updated info

reach used booksale - june 2nd

REACH Used booksale will take place on the 2nd of June at Salem Fields Community Church in Fredburg from 1:30-3:30pm... This is a good time to get rid of things you don't need this year and pick up things you will need for the next school year.  I am limiting this to 30 sellers.  The cost is $5.00 per seller and this is a donation to the church....
What you can sell:
Books, games, toys, cd's, dvd's, educational items, computers, laptop, arts and crafts and etc..

young Eagles Flying Program

Young Eagles Flying Program - You have 4 dates to select from - This is for kids ages 8 to 17. IT is a FREE program and you can fly as many times as you like I am told - so you could do all 4 times if you wish... To rsvp just comment below.. PLMK how many are attending and which date or dates you wish to attend. I will respond back to confirm it with you.
Dates are: May 6th, June 10th and June 24th at 9:30am at Stafford Regional Airport and Sept 16th at Shannon Airport in Fredburg at 9:30am.
Parents/Legal guardian you must attend - you have to fill out the consent form for them to fly.
June 10th is their big day as they are tying it into Int'l Young Eagles Day - They said that 8,000 to 10,000 kids that day will fly around the world - How cool is that..
For Stafford Airport - please enter the left side of the terminal - do not enter through the glass doors please.
For Shannon Airport - park in the parking lot and look for signs.
So hope you can make it to one of their FREE events. 

kids paint anything party - fredericksburg  - rsvp required

FYI: June 10th - 1-3pm - It's a kids paint and create anything party! We have tons of recycled items to create fun works of art or other creations with. We have small wood boards for them to paint anything they want on, also. We have tons of embellishments for the artists to decorate their creations with, including things such as; glitter, gems, paper, pipe cleaners, sequins, ribbons, fabric, & more!Come and check out all the art classes and art camps the studio is offering, while your child freely and wildly creates art!Only $10 per child!Have the artists wear paint clothes! Open house, come and go as you please. You may drop N run, we will just have you fill out a form with release and contact info.Please call/text 703.973.4422 or email artstudiobecca@gmail.com if you are planning to attend! 

pizza hut book it program

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 

JR Achievement class

Junior Achievement class this year--The JA Ecomomics of Success class.There will be three two hour sessions:   Tuesday June 6, June 13 and June 20 from 3-5 PM  Limited to 12 students.  $5.00 fee for the whole series to cover supplies and snacks. 
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JA Economics for Success lays bare for students the heart of a successful economic life: choosing the right career and managing money properly.Following participation in the program, students will be able to explore their skills, interests, values, and the world of work to make informed education, career, and life decisions. The program also will expand their knowledge of personal finance-including smart budgeting, wise credit use, and minimizing financial risk-so they can apply strong financial management
skills regardless of their income.
WEEK 1:  Activity One: Mirror, Mirror
Students make choices to better understand the concept of self-knowledge-the awareness of their skills, interests, and values-as they consider education, careers, and other life choices.
Activity Two: Be a Success
Students learn how to set goals for their financial future. They play the Be a Success Game to see the connection between personal finance, education, and careers.
WEEK 2:  Activity Three: Keeping Your Balance
Students receive Occupation Cards and observe how different jobs provide different monthly salaries. Based on those monthly salaries, students evaluate the opportunity costs when making budget decisions.
Activity Four: Savvy Shopper
Students examine how consumers pay for goods and services. They discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using debit and credit cards.WEEK 3:
Activity Five: Keeping Score
Students examine how a credit score is determined and learn about the positive and negative consequences of a credit report.
Activity Six: What's the Risk?
Students demonstrate that life involves risk and that insurance helps to reduce the financial consequences of loss or injury. 

va renaissance faire - lake anna winery - spotsy county

2017 Virginia Renaissance Faire

May 27-28 Military History
June 3-4 Pirate Invasion
June 10-11 Closing Weekend

Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Admission: Ages 6 and up – $10
5 and under – Free
 http://www.varf.org/ 

theaterworks plays for 2017-18 will be updated in june 2017

Stay tuned to sign-up for Theaterworks plays for 2017-18... Lots of good plays to choose from.... 

reach facebook page

Once you become a member of REACH you are welcome to join the REACH facebook page..... 
REACH .
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1054564734620196/ 

Prek and K graduation ceremony - full event

May 22nd - Practice for all Prek and K at the downtown library in Fredburg from 11-1pm - we will meet in the theater room.  (IF you have not picked up your cap and gown yet see me on the 22nd to get yours)  May 31st - Practice for all Prek and K at the downtown library from 12-2pm in the theater room.June 4th is Prek and K Graduation... Arrive by 1pm for pictures and set-upGraduation is from 3-5pm at the downtown library in Fredburg in the Theater room... 

senior graduation -june 2017 - full event

See your email for all the update for the Senior Graduation in June of 2017.....

REACH Cat/TerraNova testing - deadline to order is may 31st

REACH Testing Program" Seton is providing REACH families with a coupon code for 10% off CAT-E Survey, CAT 6/TerraNova 2, IOWA and Stanford 10 Online tests.  The coupon code is REACH217.  This code is valid from March 10 - May 31 2017.  Please enter your coupon at checkout.Seton Testing Services is here to help you every step of the way.Step 1: Read over our product descriptions and our policies and procedures pages and decide which test is right for your student.Are you still unsure of what to order?Chat with one of our Testing Customer Service Specialists over the phone or online and they will be glad to answer any questions you may have about the tests, test prep materials or the testing procedures.Step 2: Place your order online or over the phone at 800-542-1066 or 540-636-1250 for the CAT , IOWA , TerraNova, Stanford and test prep products. Please follow our steps for ordering..Ordering the CAT E/Survey?Creation of a user account is now required but is recommended, and no Test Agreement Form must be signed. Just go to the product page and place your order. If you create a USER account, the test scores will be uploaded to the User Account for you to view and print at any time.  CAT - E test scores are the only test scores that are mailed.Ordering the IOWA or the TerraNova/ CAT 6?Seton requires you to create a user account for the IOWA and the TerraNova. You must also read and sign a Test Agreement Form before materials may be shipped. Orders must be placed 3 or more weeks before the test date.Step 1: Look for your testing materials to arrive at your shipping address one week before your testing date.Step 2: Open your testing packet immediately and review your packing list/invoice to make sure all materials are present. Review your Test Administration Directions. Keep materials in a secure location until you are ready to administer tests.Step 3: Follow the directions for administering the testStep 4: Follow the instructions for preparing and packaging answer documents for scoring contained in your Test Administration Directions.Step 5: Mail the answer documents and testing materials back to Seton Testing. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. Materials should be returned in their original condition via a trackable and insurable shipping method. Materials should be returned to:Seton Testing Services
1350 Progress Drive
Front Royal , VA 22630Step 6: Allow 2 weeks for results from Seton. Once your IOWA and TerraNova/ CAT 6 tests are scored, results can be found in your user account created online with Seton Testing at www.setontesting.com. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for scoring of the ITED® when ordered with the Interest Explorer 

herb camp for kids - July 3rd to July 24th

Herb Camp for Kids - Home school Session
Mondays July 3 to July 24 
10 am to 12 pm 4 weeks $50 ages 6 to 11.
sibling discounts available
This four-week Herb Camp for Kids ages 6-11 is held outside among the wild, medicinal plants. We’ll play games, listen to stories, learn plant identification, medicine making, wild foods, first-aid plants and connect with the natural world around us. Every class day we’ll make an herbal preparation or craft, which they will get to take home.Class held outside dress appropriate to the weather. It will be Hot but we will be in woods. Wear light layers to protect from branches and bugs. Sturdy woods worthy shoes and pants necessary. May want to bring Mud boots and a hat.Held in Virginia at the Harris Home and property. Zip code 22406 email for directions.http://www.watermelonstand.com/… 

reach art awards - congratulations to the students

Bella's Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation 

 If you are interested in a good book - I would recommend this one - right now this book is on sale for $5.00 and S&H Is FREE.... Rick and Karen Santorum share the inspiring story of life with their special-needs youngest child. 264 pages.On May 13, 2008, the Santorum family welcomed their seventh child into the world. Isabella Maria was born with a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18, or Edward's Syndrome. Only 10 percent of children with Trisomy 18 are born alive, and 90 percent of those children do not make it to their first birthday. Faced with these bleak statistics, doctors told the family to prepare for Bella's death. Instead, they chose to celebrate her life.Over the next five miraculous years, the Santorum family adjusted to life with a special needs girl-and watched her transform the lives of everyone around her. In many days of sickness and joy, she became an inspiration to her community and, ultimately, to the nation. Bella's Gift details the peaks and valleys, the joys and sufferings, and the incredible value of life with a special needs child. In a world that often measures worth according to usefulness, Bella's story is a reminder that our real value lies in our capacity to love.PREVIOUSLY $25.00 - NOW $5.00 FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! S&H Is FREE as well... 
http://libertycounsel.mybigcommerce.com/bellas-gift-how-one-little-girl-transformed-our-family-and-inspired-a-nation-previously-25-00/ 

About REACH

Our Goal

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.

Locations

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.

Membership

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

What We Do

Our events include:

  • Bowling League,  Homeschool Soccer
  • Reading Club, 
  • RHO Honor Society, National Beta Club
  • Young Eagle Flying Program
  • JR and SR Beta Clubs
  • Graduation for Pre-K,  8th Graders, Kindergarten, and Seniors
  • Homecoming, Valentines Dance and Prom
  • Great Wolf Lodge,  Colonial Williamsburg
  • Broadway shows in Richmond
  • Lego, Coin, Stamp, Chess Club
  • Drama 1 and Drama 2
  • Mad Science, Brickz for Kids
  • Reach 4H Club
  • Valentine's, Easter, End of School, Back to School, Harvest, and Christmas Parties
  • Contests, Art classes
  • Linda Bailey Nature Classes
  • Spanish,  ASL classes
  • Speakers and author book signings
  • National Geography Bee
  • Math with Mrs Mack 
  • Yearbook, School Pictures
  • Mythology Exam, Scripps Spelling Bee
  • Plays, Disney on Ice
  • Circus,  Harlem Globetrotters
  • Book club, teen literature, and writing club,
  • Homeschool Mom/Dad/Teacher of the Year
  • Lake Anna classes
  • Tons of field-trips
  • Potomac Nationals Reading Club
  • VA Opera show/Nutcracker
  • REACH Family Fun Day picnic
  • And so much more - we avg 30-80 events each month......

Membership

To join REACH fill out the form below. Membership cost is $36.00 for August 2017 to June 2018. In March membership drops to $20.00.
Have questions? Contact me - if paypal does not work please go to paypal and send to rhsgwanda11@comcast.net 

Your Name

Your Email

Your Phone

Years Homeschooling

Address

City

State

Zip Code

Names and Grades of Children

Select payment method

Dues to REACH are $36.00 per family for the year. Please send your check payable to REACH to:

Wanda Sloper

35451 Wilderness Shores Way

Locust Grove, VA 22508

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What REACH Means To Me

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!

-Mrs. Buckley

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.

- The Kilhenny Family

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. 

linda m davies


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.

- Mrs. Shojinga

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! 

Mrs G Spotsy VA 

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!!! 

Carla and alex marvin

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

- Mrs. Anderson

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..

God bless the Blankenship family (Tonya, Brian, Breanna and Ariel