Family Programming sets the VaHomeschoolers Conference Apart!


The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers

2007 Conference and Resource Fair

Science Museum of Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

July 20 – 21, 2007

Family Programming sets the VaHomeschoolers Conference Apart!

The VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair is not designed around families but for families. We begin by choosing a location that has built-in family fun and learning - the Science Museum of Virginia.

Then we add exciting activities and sessions to entertain kids of all ages. This year's program includes Passport to Adventure, an interactive "tour" of countries around the world "visited" through displays, crafts and games.

In addition, families can experience the cultures of other countries through both musical and dance programs, as well as a professional puppet show by Barefoot Puppet Theatre.

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Friday Evening – The Fun Begins!

"Tropical Treats" Talent Show, Art Exhibit and Ice Cream Social

Friday, July 20th 7 p.m.– 10 p.m.

Holiday Inn Crossroads – Host Hotel

2000 Staples Mill Road

Grab your passport, your grass skirt and come to the tropics where we will enjoy the talents of the Virginia Homeschooling Community. Along with the entertainment, you can enjoy the ice cream sundae bar, which includes dairy and non dairy choices as well as gluten free toppings.

Come relax with your homeschool friends from across the Commonwealth, including the Board and Conference Committee from The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers. If your kids or your family has a talent to share, be sure to sign up for the talent or art portion of the evening. To participate, you must register with the party coordinator, Kelly McCants by emailing

There is no fee for this party, but tax deductible donations are welcome and an RSVP is required.

Saturday - Prepare to Tour the World!

Family Programming Schedule:

Passport to Adventure

Ongoing from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Grab your passport at the VaHomeschoolers Booth and visit Japan, India, Ghana and many other countries as you travel around the world through games and crafts.

Throughout the museum, various countries will be represented at different stations. Each country (station) will share information on the culture of that country with a game and/or craft. After completing the activity in a "country", your tour guide will stamp your passport and you can move on to visit another country. Upon traveling completely around the world (visiting all stations), return to the VaHomeschoolers passport office to receive an acknowledgement

of your world travel and to be entered for a grand prize drawing. All entries for the drawing must be in by 4:30 pm and the winner will be posted at the Passport Office at 4:45 pm.

Sessions, Sessions, and more Sessions

Check out the family programming sessions we have lined up for you!

International Dance Performance and Workshop - Session 2 10:20 – 11:20 am

Tour the world of dance! Professional dancers Will Sterling Walker and Lawanda Raines, will be joined by homeschooling dancers Marisol, Antonio and Nicolas Betancourt-Sotolongo and Lauren Mort in performing dances from India, Africa, Spain, France, Brazil, the Caribbean and the United States. Audience members will be invited to participate and learn various steps throughout this world tour.

Trickster Tales – Puppet Show Session 3 12:40 – 1:40 pm

This session does require pre-registration

Anansi the spider is up to his old tricks again in this show that brings to life two traditional West African stories: Tug-of-War and A Story, A Story. Colorful scenery, original music and lots of puns create a wonderful backdrop for the antics of these expressive rod and hand puppets. It's a high-energy show with fun for all ages!

Following the performance, audience members will have an opportunity to see the puppets in action, ask questions of the puppeteers, learn how the Rugg family combines touring and homeschooling and hear a bit about using puppetry in your homeschooling.

Stomp, Clap or Tap World Rhythms!Session 4 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Take an interactive journey, exploring African, Caribbean and Latin rhythms and instruments. Learn, see and hear the difference between bongos and congas, and many other hand drums as well as the traditional rhythms performed with them. Everyone gets to be a part of the fun in this show where participants will stomp, clap or play various instruments throughout this presentation.

Snickerdoodle StorytimeSession 5 3:45 – 4:15 pm

Fun in a nutshell! Former kindergarten teacher and award-winning Virginia author, Clare Grosgebauer will share her "Snickerdoodle" stories (for kids 3-7) about a tiny superhero who thinks big and uses humor and imagination to solve giant-size problems. Kids can also hear the "Snickerdoodle Rap" on the CD and create their own rhythms. Free stickers for kids and lesson plans for parents.

All Day fun in the Science Museum of Virginia

Every registration includes free admission to the museum where you can see rats play basketball, "walk" on the moon, or form crystals.

In addition to all the permanent exhibits at the museum, visit the traveling exhibition, Savage Ancient Seas which features more than 50 prehistoric marine skeletons, including actual specimens and casts mounted on the floor and suspended from the ceiling.

Peer into the mouth of the largest aquatic reptile known to man – a 45-foot-long Bunker Tylosaurus. Walk under the Lock Ness Monster's ancient ancestor – a 42-foot long plesiosaur. Check out Archelon – a 17-foot-wide sea turtle. Hang out with a school of vicious carnivorous fish called Pachyrhizodus.

With the purchase of a separate ticket, you can see the Dinosaurs Alive! Or the newest Harry Potter at the awe-inspiring IMAX experience in the Ethyl Corporation IMAX DOME & Planetarium, the biggest movie screen in Virginia.

Please note the latest in the Harry Potter series, "The Order of the Phoenix" will be playing at SMV 's IMAX theater on the conference weekend. These and all IMAX showings require an additional ticket purchase. The Group Rate is available for conference registrants — be sure to request it, if you pre-order your tickets. Tickets for "Harry Potter" will go on sale June 15. For more information, visit

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