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...

potomac eagle railroad fieldtrip - Oct 2016 - THIS fieldtrip is now closed......

We are scheduled to ride the Potomac RR in Oct - let me tell you if you have not done this before you are missing out - when the leaves are all in color on the mountains it is the most spectacular sight.  Also the Eagles are known to be in the Mountains and often you can see them flying.   The date is a Sunday and we depart the train at 2:30pm - it is an 3 hr round trip ride....I am in the process of setting up another train ride on Sat in Western MD and scheduling some activities there - then you can spend the night at either MD or WVA.   
The cost is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for ages 4 to 12th grade -if you were to go on your own it is $50.00 for adults, 20.00 for kids ages 4 to 12 yrs old... so your 13 yrs and up would be paying $50.00 to ride the train. ... so a family of 4 would pay 70.00 compared to $140.00 if you had under 12 or $200.00 if you had 2 kids ages 13 and up....So you are getting a great deal..... 3 and under are FREE....
I have asked for more seats for the Table Car seating - so you have a table where you sit - you are welcome to bring a lunch for the event - they said small coolers were fine - not oversized ones please.  (We are at 101 attending - so far we can add a few more - last call then this event will close out)
They do sell hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, drinks and etc on the train.....
I have to prepay for this event as their train rides for the fall SELL OUT - so if you would like to go email me and let me know how many are going - how many kids ages 4 to grade 12th - how many adults and if any are free.   

Western MD Scenic RR tour - oct 2016 - tie in with potomac eagle - this fieldtrip is now closed out

I was able to get ahold of the MD Scenic RR train folks and they do have availability on their train for Oct - they only have 60 seats left.  Since this is their peak season they don't offer school rates - the best price I could get is $35.00 for adults and 18.00 for kids - the regular price if you went on your own is $45.00 for adults 13 and up and $26.00 for kids.  For this event their are no free tickets for kids under a certain age....During Oct they add $5.00 more to their ticket prices because of the demand on the train to go and see the fall leaves....Time is 11:30am to 2pm - 2 1/2 hr train ride....
I need to reserve seats for this date or we will lose out - What I need is email from you if you are planning to attend - I need to know how many adults and kids.  Pymt for this event is due July 15th.  Please note once this is paid there are NO REFUNDS if you cannot make it - you are welcome to sell your spots to another family if you cannot make it.  
So email me at if you are planning to attend ...
Travel back through time aboard our restored diesel locomotive on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. You’ll climb through the Allegheny Mountains on the Western Maryland #501, a GP30 built in the 1960's, easily recognizable due to its high profile and stepped cab roof, unique among American locomotives. A narrator will be on-board to provide you with interesting historical facts and significant cultural locations along the route to Mountain View. On this trip we layover at Frostburg MD - there is a small museum there you can visit and they do have a gift shop and if you go up the hill you can go into the small town of Frostburg... 

ghost tour of historical cumberland md - oct 2016 - tie in with potomac eagle and scenic western md rr.  this fieldtrip is now closed out

We are all set to do a Ghost Historical tour at 6:30pm on the 15th of Oct.  Basically it is private tour that will take us around town and show us buildings and homes and talk about incidents from 1754 to present. Alot of history in that town.  The cost of this event is $7.00 a person.. Recommended for ages 5 and up.  Tour is for 1 hr...So rsvp's are now open for this event.  We will meet at the MD Scenic RR station and depart from there... 

BOOK IT Program k-6th graders only...

HOMESCHOOL ENROLLMENTThank you for your interest in using the BOOK IT! Program as a part of your homeschool reading curriculum. If your K-6 grade student does not attend another educational facility, please use the form below to enroll your homeschool students in the program 

great wolf lodge - dec 11th-15th

Below is the key information. Please be sure to take note of the time sensitive dates.  
Group Name is:     REACH HOMESCHOOL HOLIDAYS DECEMBER 11-15, 2016 (No minimum stay required) 
Group Code is:  1216REACH 
 FAMILY SUITES - $109.00, plus taxes and fees = $145.18 per night
ALL OTHER SUITES - $135.00, plus taxes and fees = $174.04 per night Rates include passes to the waterpark at no additional charge based on the reserved occupancy of each room. 
Reservation Cutoff Date is:  Friday, November 11, 2016
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 11, 2016: Online at WWW.GREATWOLF.COM – Booking Code 1216REACHorCall Great Wolf Lodge’s Reservation Center at: 1-800-551-9653 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 rebook 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 rebook your trip for different dates. You would only forfeit your deposit if we couldn’t rebook your getaway at all. You are subject to the best available rate on these new dates.Cancellation policies may vary by promotional offer, including but not limited to non-refundable early booking promotions. 

Senior graduation meeting - oct 2016 

M ark Your Calendar - REACH Senior Graduation Meeting is Oct 18th at 3:30pm... If you have a Senior that is graduating in 2017 and you want to graduate with REACH please attend this meeting so you can get all the details about what is involved with the REACH graduation.....
This past June we had 16 Seniors Graduate. The largest class was 22 and the smallest was 2 and that graduating class the 2 seniors are now 32 yrs old....(wow).....The youngest to graduate with REACH was a 13 yr old girl. She has 2 college degrees already and working on another one 

public speaking communicating class - grades 9-12th 

Public Speaking: Communicating Effectively While Being Yourself
6-week class, Thursdays, 2-3pm starting 9/15, $50/student - Grades 9-12
no speaking experience needed, just an open mind and willingness to learn and encourage your peers.Just some of what you will learn:
- The myths about speaking and speakers
- Effective communication in small or large groups
- Tips and practices to face fears and build confidence
- The use of storytelling to engage and inspire
- How to prepare for those ackward moments
- Identify and use your top qualities to connect with your listeners
- Deliver a captivating opener and closing statement
- Ways to practice for presentations and use recall strategies

There will be weekly in-class activities and 2 small speaking projects. Materials include the book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, worksheets and journal. 

arlington national cemetery - nov 2016

We are all set to attend the Arlington National Cemetery on the 7th of Nov starting at 11:30am...We all need to be there in the parking lot and ready to load onto the tram before 11:30am.  So I am going to tell everyone to arrive at 11am... I am limited to 105 on the tram - this is a private event for REACH members...The tour person will tell us about the history of Arlington National Cemetery and we will do and see the changing of the guards at noon... Clothing is casual but be respectful please... 
We will see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and see the changing of the guard and will also visit the Arlington House.  Then the tram will bring you back to the visitor center and from there you are welcome to walk anywhere you want until it closes for the evening.   So basically your pass is good for all day..
Also if you wanted to eat you can hop the Metro and go into Pentagon city and have lunch and then come back to the Cemetery and walk around and see the Kennedy grave sites and more...
Everyone 3 and up will have to pay to ride on the tram.. 3 and under must sit on your lap...You can take photos at both locations.... There is a fee to park at the Visitor just a heads up.... 

disney on ice - oct 2016 - follow your heart...

We are all set to attend Disney on Ice at the Eagle Bank Arena at GMU in Fairfax in Oct at 10:30am.  The show will run to around 12:30pm - You can bring your own lunch and eat during intermission. This is a ticketed event - so you willl need to meet up with me to get your tickets. . You can catch me at most fieldtrips or at bowling on Tuesday or you can come by my home and pick up.....
I have asked for 100 seats....These shows are so much fun to watch...
Pymt for this show is due in full by Aug 30th.  Please send your check payable to REACH to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508.... 
Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart 
Follow your heart straight to adventure at  Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s  Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s  Inside Out. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite Anna and Elsa and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See the Disney Princesses achieve their dreams through bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with The  Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey and your Disney friends when  Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown!  

gymnastic tour see simone Biles - Verizon Center - Wash DC

Gymnastics Tour - Coming Nov 10th to the Verizon center in Wash DC.. Nov 10th at 7:30pm.... Simone Biles will be there....
Tickets for the 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, which includes 38 stops in 36 cities across the nation. Three-time World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, 2012 Olympic team and all-around champion Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, 2012 Olympic team and floor exercise champion Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin, and 2012 Olympic team gold-medalist Jordyn Wieber headline the cast of the Tour, which begins on Sept. 15 in Spokane, Wash., and wraps up Nov. 13 in Boston, Mass.
The 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions cast will also include members of the both 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Teams. 

coin club - ages 8 and up

We are going to kick off the COIN CLUB the day of the Coin Expo in Fredburg at 1pm.  The club is open for kids ages 8 and up...Limit 20 kids - club is FREE to join.  
We will meet with my contact at 1pm in one of the conference rooms for a lesson in coin collecting.  He will be there to explain coins, money - what we can do as a club, how to get involved with local chapters and have them attend some of our meetings and we attending theirs and so much more.  You will be given coins to take home to do research on and present at the next meeting in Oct...
This will be a great introduction into coin collecting - what we need to look for, finding if it is rare, how to determine marks, classification and so on....
If you would like to do the coin club 1st meeting Sept 23rd and then we will meet once a month on a Friday from Fredburg... The dates for 2016 are Oct 14th, Nov 18th and Dec 16th....Each month we will talk about different coins... then at the end of each meeting your child takes home a coin to research and report their findings at the next meeting..  Fun class..... 

reach homecoming dance - oct 2016

REACH Homecoming Dance - OCT at Old Silk Mill in Fredburg - 6:30-10pm.....Fun for mature ages 12 and up.  See your REACH email for more details about this event....

Walt Disney world - March 2017

REACH does Walt Disney World every other year - so we will be going in March of 2017.  I am giving you heads up now to start planning for it - All money for the event will be due Dec 5th, 2016... All the details about Disney is on the yahoo email loop...The dates, cost and programs are already picked....

While we are at Disney World in FL I will look into tickets to Universal Studios and Sea World as well and you will have the option to go there as well.

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

Mr and Mrs Riggins will be coordinating a fieldtrip for REACH to the White House...As of right now this is in the planning stages - it takes many steps to get this done.   The last time we attended the White House we took 200 homeschoolers there - they told us that we were the largest group to ever attend of that size....
How this works is once we get our info in that we want to attend then the process stops at that point until we hear back from them that we can get in this year...They cannot guarantee a time, date or month - usually what happens is they will notify us about 2-4 weeks out that we are scheduled for this day and time.. 
Once that has happen the date is locked in then we will have to have info from you so that you can go - they usually require your full name, address, driver's license number and Social security number...-they run a check and if you are good to go we will know - if they deny you I don't know the reason why you would have to call your congressman and talk to him or her..
So right now we are in the process of getting one set-up.... once they have got that done - the Riggins family will send out an email with what you need to do next.... 

Junior Achievement class 

Mrs Elody Shojinaga is going to teach a Junior Achievement  It's My Future Class at the downtown library in Fredburg starting in Oct and ending in Nov  . She will be teaching 2 topics each meeting...
Read below for all the details - 

I am going to combine two sessions in one day. We will work one session for an hour, have a half hour break with snacks and water, allowing the kids to
go explore the library if they wish and then return for another one hour session. 

5th through 9th graders. Limit 15.  $5.00 fee

It's My Future:   The process of developing skills and strategies to prepare for the working world begins in middle school. Using career mapping, job skill research and brand identity activities,  JA It's My Future builds students' capacity to explore potential careers, plot an educational roadmap to reach their goals, and recognize the impact of their choices on their personal brand.

Session One: My Brand
Through interviews, self-reflection, and creation of a personal logo, students explore the importance of building a positive personal brand for the future, starting in middle school 

Session Two: Career Clusters
Students explore career clusters and identify jobs for additional research.They also recognize the value of and need for all jobs.

Session Three: High-Growth Career Clusters
Students learn the four factors to consider in choosing a job, and they take a close look at some high-growth career fields.

Session Four: Career Mapping
Students explore how to use life experiences to develop work skills and how to map a path to employment goals.

Session Five: On the Hunt
Students are introduced to the basic aspects of job hunting through a scavenger hunt. They are given an organizing tool to keep all their vital job-hunting information in one place. 

Session Six: How to Keep (or Lose) a Job
Students learn the difference between technical and soft skills, and they recognize the impact that their personal behavior has on their ability to succeed in a job. 

reach reading club - fun for all ages - runs sept to may 

REACH will again offer the REACH Reading Club - This club is for kids of all ages including little ones.  Kids start reading Sept to May and then in May we have a party and give out prizes and some lucky kids win some bikes to take home and one lucky family wins a FREE 3 day 2 night stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. The cost is $15.50 per student and that covers books, prizes, pizza party and bowling in May.  Kids read all year long and by May 1st you submit your book report on one book and these are given to GWL as a THANK YOU for donating the grand prize...  
Last year I was able to give away 6 bikes.  So depending on how many sign up is how much I can afford for bikes and etc....Each may we hold a fun party at AMF Bowling alley where you can bowl for 2 hours and then we do pizza and drinks and give away bikes, prizes, books and etc....
This year I am going to do the BOOKS at the end of the event instead of the beginning - so in May they will get their 3 books for participating in the REACH Reading club...
This is lots of fun encourages kids to read all year long - then have a party, get some books, prizes, bowling and food and a chance to win a bike and one lucky family wins a FREE visit to GWL.. 

she-eo academy - read for more info - open house Sept 14th

SHE is never too young to learn the language of business at The SheEO Academy - the Entrepreneur Development Program that empowers girls for business ownership, financial literacy, innovation and change management. FREE Orientation and Open House Wed., Sept. 14 at 4pm.
More information and registration at 

childrens book festival - oct 2016 - FULL EVENT 

I have signed up our group to attend a FREE event in Oct starting at 9:30am with the VA Children's Book Festival.  I only have 50 spots available... Once I have our schedule of events for that day I will post it out - but we will have a tour guide with our group and they will take us to where we need to be for each event.  This is recommended for ages 8 and up...Kids will need to be able to sit and listen to authors speak, be able to walk distance between venues and etc.... Bring your lunch and drink with you as we will be eating there for lunch...

fords theater - come from away - this event is now closed

We have the opportunity to go and see "COME FROM AWAY" at Ford's Theater in Sept at 11am. This play will be performed at Ford's Theater in Washington DC.... They recommend ages 12 and up for this performance.... Also your ticket will include the museum underneath the theater and more....
Premium Orchestra is $32.00 and Balcony is $27.00 per person.  
This new musical tells the true story of Gander, Newfoundland, following the events of 9/11. U.S. air space was suddenly closed and many planes diverted to Canada. More than 6,500 passengers landed in the remote town of Gander doubling its population overnight. In an instant, the people of a small Canadian town became a beacon of hope and humanity. This production will personalize the history of 9/11 for students, and highlight that during times of adversity, we are not defeated, but rather united by what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.” 

Riverside and reach homeschool day - narnia - dec 2016

Riverside and REACH Homeschool day.. The play will be Narnia.  All tickets for this show ages 3 and up are $10.00 per person.  Bring a lunch and drink with you... Will start at 10:30am and end around 1:15pm..
If you would like to see this show rsvp to me at - pymt is due in full by the 30th of Sept 2016....
Make sure to come and see the show - alot of door prizes and one lucky adult will win 2 tickets to see a dinner theater show.... how awesome is that.  That alone is worth $120.00.....
Educational Displays, Coloring Contest, Carol Singing, Science in the Theater, Cookies, Prizes, Christmas Card swap - for each card you bring get a ticket to swap for another Christmas card.Make sure to put your card in an env and seal it... All ages can participate...
Narnia - In this musical adaptation of C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four children Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are sent from London to the country house of an old professor to escape the air raids during World War II. One day as the children are playing hide-and-seek, Lucy discovers an old wardrobe that becomes the childrens gateway to the wonderous land of Narnia. There the children meet Mr. Tumnus the faun, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, the beautiful-but-evil White Witch, and her menacing dwarves and wolves in the snowy wood where spring never comesuntil the great lion Aslan unexpectedly returns. With gifts from Father Christmas and Aslans help, the children defeat the evil witch and change the destiny of Narnia, becoming its royal rulers in fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. Later, as the children are walking through the forest, they rediscover the wardrobe gateway. Tumbling through, they return to their own world, where scarcely a moment has passed. Was it all a dream, or was it real? This heart-warming story is a tale of magic, love, self-sacrifice, and redemption that will excite and warm the hearts of young and old alike.  

homeschool day at kenmore plantation in fredericksburg

My contact has sent me the info for homeschool day at Kenmore Plantation in Fredburg....  The date is Oct 6th from 10am to noon..
Historic Kenmore - Thursday, October 6: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Activities include: crafts and skits, learning about colonial life, scavenger hunt, tour of Kenmore mansion, colonial games and chores, hearth cooking demonstration, drilling with a Revolutionary War soldier, and coloring table for younger siblings.
$5 per person. Children ages 4 and under are free. Please register in advance. Call 540-370-0732 x24 or 

lake anna state park - reach homeschool classes 

We will be doing programs again with Lake Anna State Park in Spotsy Co starting in Sept and go to May of 2017... Workshops start at 10am and end at noon.  This is for K-6th grades.... .You need to be there by 9:45am so you can start right at 10am....Limit 20 kids...
This year classes are:  I have a few descriptions of some of the programs...But all of these are wonderful..

Wed Sept 21st - Bats Above Us - FULL Fly on over and listen as we talk to the only flying mammal in the world. Discover how you can help local populations and even entice natures "bug zappers" to come to your yard. We'll use a special amplifier to make their unique calls heard and start a conversation with these important and amazing creatures

LIMIT 15 kids - Stampmill Sam's Gold Adventure...Offering two classes this day - 10-noon and 1-3pm..   Become a prospector as we follow in the footsteps of "Stampmill Sam". We'll visit the Goodwin Gold Mine and discover how gold was mined in Virginia in the late 1800's. Then we'll pan for gold on the shores of Pigeon Run Creek.  (THESE ARE FULL)........
Some upcoming workshops:   
Hide and Seek
Watershed Wonders
Snakes AliveSlither on down and join the park interpreter for an in depth look into the fascinating lives of some local reptiles. Discover how deadly snakes could save your life. Gain understanding as we decipher fact from fiction. You can even pet a live snake. Stick around for the feeding.  Free
Untangle a Food Web
A day in the life of prey
Raptors, Birds of prey 

reach facebook page

Once you become a member of REACH you are welcome to join the REACH facebook page..... 

shine music club

What is Shine? This is a fun group where homeschoolers can connect and share their talents with each other during Spotlight Solos and with the local community in a variety of performances throughout the year.  For ages 6 and up...

the piedmont symphony orchestra - young artist competion

The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra annually holds a Young Artist Competition. This year the residency requirements have been expanded to include King George County. This competition is open to student instrumentalists (piano, strings, winds, or percussion) under the age of 19 as of February 22, 2015 and a resident of one of the following Virginia counties:  Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, King George, Madison, Orange, Prince William, Rappahannock, Stafford, Spotsylvania, or Warren (or independent cities within those counties).  The first place winner will receive a $1,500.00 scholarship prize, second place will receive $750.00 and third place will receive $500.00. The top three finalists will rehearse their repertoire with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and will perform their selection for solo instrument and orchestra with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra at its February 19, 2017 concert at Highland School’s Center for the Arts, located in Warrenton, Virginia. A panel of judges will evaluate the finalists at the concert and award first, second, and third place prizes.   To participate, each applicant must submit a high quality CD of their solo by October 11, 2016.  For more details about the application process please contact Debbie Gilbert at 540-347-5761 or by email at   
Would you please forward this email to the other music teachers in your county and to any private teachers or advanced students who might be interested in competing?   I am attaching the forms and information about the competition with this email. Forms will also be available on our website this summer at

upcoming plays for 2016-2017

To get the best price we have to rsvp and pay by the 25th of June 2016 for all the shows for 2016-2017.  So here is the schedule of shows for next year.  To be able to do the early bird price of $7.00 a show we must have 15 attending each show - less than 15 the ticket price is around 14.00 a ticket.  All shows start at 10:30am.  This is for all ages - they do recommend if you have little ones that you leave them at how - all shows are one hr in length.  These are quality shows I highly recommend them.  
FAIRFAX Center for the Arts, George Mason Univ. - 10:30am Nov 21 We the People 
Dec 12 Click, Clack, Moo 
Dec 15 Frosty 
Jan 30 Junie’s Essential…
Feb 28 Alexander… 
Mar 7 Teacher from the Black Lagoon 
Mar 13 The Lightning Thief 
Apr 20 Pete the Cat
Apr 24 Charlotte’s Web
May 2 Aesop’s Fables 
May 15 Miss Nelson is Missing 
May 24 Seussical 
Jun 1 Skippyjon Jones Snow What
MANASSAS Hylton Performing Arts Center - 10:30am Dec 7 Click, Clack, Moo 
Feb 27 Alexander… 
Mar 15 Teacher from the Black Lagoon
Apr 5 Miss Nelson is Missing 
May 2 Pete the Cat  

barnes and Noble and REACH homeschool day - oct 16th - Fredericksburg Location

Barnes and Noble teacher appreciation week starts Oct 8th and runs to the 16th of Oct.  Homeschool day at B&N is the 12th of Oct from 1-3:30pm.  I will be there for this event - so make sure to mark your calendar and stop by and say hello.  Also while you are there you can get your teacher id card and for those dates listed above you will get 25% off of your educational books and items... they will do something science related while we are there... (all other times your discount is 20% off educational items)
So mark your calendar to come by on the 12th and see me - fill out and get your teacher ID card and pick up anything you might need from me..
This is the B&N in Fredericksburg.
Hope to see you there.   All homeschoolers are welcome spread the word.   

Riverside Theater Play - Driving mrs daisy 

We are all set to see "Driving Mrs Daisy" on the 26th of Oct at 1pm at Riverside Dinner Theater... .Also Karen Grassle from Little House on the Prairie mom (Caroline Ingalls) is in this show....
Driving Miss Daisy - STARRING KAREN GRASSLE FROM “LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE” ! After experiencing an embarrassing backyard auto mishap, Mrs. Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, can no longer continue to drive. Her son, a well-to-do local businessman, insists she allow him to hire a driver, which in the 1950s meant an African-American man. “Miss Daisy” resists this change in her well-ordered life, but Hoke Colburn, the amiable driver, is hired on by her son. Though she refuses to allow him to drive her anywhere at first, Hoke slowly wins Daisy over with his native good graces, and after twenty years of driving adventures together, their relationship transcends all their differences.

Karen Grassle. Karen Trust Grassle (born February 25, 1942) is an American actress, known for her role as Caroline Ingalls, the wife of Michael Landon's character and the mother of Melissa Gilbert's character, in the NBC television drama series Little House on the Prairie.

If you would like to see this show email me at   Pymt is due in full by the 30th of Sept 2016.  Please send your pymt to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508.. 

art class with mrs sandy

Mrs Sandy Morgenstern is returning again to teach ART to our students on Mondays and Tuesday in the fall... All classes will be held in Fredburg..   You can sign up for Art at the REACH Back to school party on Aug 12th from 12:30-4pm at the AMF Bowling alley in Fredburg...Read below for all the details. 

Monday 3 classes...starting Sept 12th
Beginners will be 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m For ages 6 and up Returning students 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and last class will be 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday class for Teens only ...10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (ages 13 and up) Starting Sept 13th.....
Thursday: Adults only of group...REACH 4 ART....Second Thursday of each month. Starting time 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost for regular art classes are the same as last year...$12.00 for a two hour class...Each sessions has six two hr class cost $72.00 a session...There are six sessions all together.   We study six weeks and take a two week break before the next six weeks begins
REACH 4 Art.....Two hr. Class....We  provide everything you need - 16"x20 stretched canvas, paint, brushes, apron, easels and step-by-step instructions...cost $35.00.  We offer "art as entertainment"...A time to relaxed, stress-free group setting... Our instructor will guide our guest through  the featured painting with simple, step-by-step instructions....You are sure to go home with a painting that you have created!  . 

The great russian nutcracker by moscow ballet - gmu center for the arts - fairfax

The Great Russian Nutcracker by Moscow Ballet is coming to GMU Center for the Arts in Fairfax on the 19th of Dec for a evening performance starting at 7pm...there are 3 ticket options available....
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical Snow Forest complete with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition at George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax. 

stamp club 2016-2017

The Stamp club will start up on the 16th of Sept in  Fredericksburg from 1:30pm to 2:30pm and run once a month.  This is for ages 10 and up.  The club will meet from Sept to May and the cost is $5.00 per student.  
Each month the students will do 1-3 worksheets that teach using stamps...Students get to take home their worksheets and stamps... Each month students will be given extra stamps to take home and research and come back next month and talk about one of the stamps - what they learned about it.  
Sept 16th: Famous People of the Civil War
Oct 14th - Civil War Battles and National Monuments of the US
Nov 18th - George Washington and Wetlands
Dec 16th - Christmas/Christmas Fun party will update the schedule for 2017 in Sept..... 

chess club - weekly - this is now full.....

REACH Chess Club will be starting back up on the 7th of Sept in Fredericksburg from 3-4pm and will run weekly.  This is for ages 6 and up - limit 40 kids.  This is a whole year of Chess from Sept to May..
Mrs. Kitfield will be returning to teach Chess and we are hoping that Mr. Stableford will be returning as well...
The cost for the year is $30.00 per student with a family cap of $90.00 - each student will get a t-shirt from the club as well....
You will have the opportunity to order chess boards for 13.00... this comes with chess board and pieces...Highly recommend you order one so your student can play and practice at home when not in the club.... The kids compete against each other for points and etc....(not a chess player so not sure how it all works - I might need to take the class so I can learn how to play)
This is a fun class and Mrs. Kitfield does an excellent job with the kids teaching them chess....and at the end of the club they have a pizza party.... 

Green valley book fair bookmark contest - deadline oct 2016 

We are going to enter the Green Valley Book Fair - Bookmark Contest. Read below for more details....
PRIZES The winner’s artwork will be featured on our 2017 children’s bookmark
RULES AND SPECIFICATIONS For hand-drawn submissions, download the Bookmark Template by clicking here.Artwork can be hand-drawn or computer illustrated. If creating a computer illustrated design, save as a .jpg or .tiff file at a resolution of 300 dpi. Make sure to put on a thumb drive to give to me...Artwork must be 4″ w x 12″ h, OR 2″ w x 6″ h, and be on plain white paper (no notebook or lined paper).Artwork must be an original design by the student.Artwork will not be returned, and will become the property of the Green Valley Book Fair. Select pieces may be hung on display at the Book Fair to showcase the talent of our youth.Student must include their name, school name and current grade level.
Send them to REACH to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508.. I will submit them all at one time so we can enter as a classroom.... All bookmarks are due by Oct 15th, 2016 - Good luck everyone. It would be cool if a homeschooler won.... 


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.


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 2016 to June 2017. In March membership drops to $20.00 and that runs to the end of June 2017.  

I will be accepting new memberships for 2016-2017 starting in April of 2016.  Your membership for next year will run from Aug to June of 2017

What We Do

Our events include:

  • Bowling League,  Homeschool Soccer
  • Reading Club, 
  • RHO Honor Society, National Beta Club
  • Young Eagle Flying Program
  • SHINE Music Club
  • Graduation for Pre-K,  8th Graders, Kindergarten, and Seniors
  • Homecoming, Valentines Dance and Prom
  • Great Wolf Lodge,  Colonial Williamsburg, Ripley's Museum
  • Broadway shows in Richmond
  • Lego, Coin, Stamp, Chess Club
  • Drama 1 and Drama 2
  • Mad Science, Brickz for Kids
  • Shane's Family Fun Nights
  • Valentine's, Easter, End of School, Back to School, Harvest, and Christmas Parties
  • Contests, Art classes
  • Linda Bailey Nature Classes
  • Spanish,  Portuguese classes
  • Speakers and author book signings
  • Journalism class
  • 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,
  • Ihop Family Nights and Pancake workshops
  • 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......


To join REACH fill out the form below. Membership cost is $36.00 for August 2016 to June 2017. In March membership drops to $20.00.
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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