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Events

AHEM Not-Back-to-School Picnic - Hopkinton, MA

Wednesday, September 7, 2015, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come join AHEM for a Not-Back-to-School Picnic! Mix and mingle with other Massachusetts homeschoolers and celebrate the beginning of the fall season in beautiful surroundings. It will be a great opportunity to share wisdom, gather inspiration, and connect with friends old and new.

We will meet at Hopkinton State Park, located at 164 Cedar St., Hopkinton, MA, on the sandy beach on the Hopkinton Reservoir - “Reservoir Beach” on map, page 2.

After entering the park, take your first right, following signs to the Boat Ramp. Reservoir Beach is adjacent to the Boat Ramp parking lot.

There is plenty of shade and a lot of picnic tables. Restrooms are available. Pack a lunch as well as Frisbees, balls, bikes, games, cards, musical instruments – whatever your family needs for a good time at the park and beach.

Weather

Notice will be posted at here on September 7 by 8:30 am if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Cost

The park charges an $8 parking fee.

Directions to Hopkinton State Park

The park is a short distance from the Southborough stop on the Framingham/Worcester MBTA Commuter Rail line.

By car:
From the north: Take Route I-495 South towards Marlboro/Taunton Take exit 21A to Main Street Hopkinton. Travel down Main Street until the third traffic light located at the heart of downtown Hopkinton Turn left, traveling North on Route 85 After about two miles, the Hopkinton State Park entrance should be on the right.

From the south: Take Route I-495 North Take exit 21A to Main Street Hopkinton. Travel down Main Street until the third traffic light located at the heart of downtown Hopkinton Turn left, traveling North on Route 85 After about two miles, the Hopkinton State Park entrance should be on the right.

From the East: Rte 90 (Mass Pike West) to Rte 495 South Take exit 21A to Main Street Hopkinton. Travel down Main Street until the third traffic light located at the heart of downtown Hopkinton Turn left, traveling North on Route 85 After about two miles, the Hopkinton State Park entrance should be on the right.

From the West: Take Route I-495 towards Cape Cod Take exit 21A to Main Street Hopkinton. Travel down Main Street until the third traffic light located at the heart of downtown Hopkinton Turn left, traveling North on Route 85 After about two miles, the Hopkinton State Park entrance should be on the right.

After entering the park, take your first right, following signs to the Boat Ramp. Reservoir Beach is adjacent to the Boat Ramp parking lot.

AHEM Family Unschool Nook - Arlington, MA

Tuesday, September 20, noon - 3:00 pm

Wondering how to find your way on the homeschooling path? New to homeschooling and overwhelmed by all the options? Worried about not doing enough? Worried about doing too much? Facing a transition in your homeschooling and want to bounce around ideas?

AHEM is pleased to announce the launch of Family Unschooling Nook (F.U.N.). This free, weekly, drop-in gathering in Arlington on Tuesday afternoons will provide new and experienced families with a low-key, welcoming environment in which to slow down, relax, and explore what it means to homeschool independently Each session will be casually facilitated by an experienced homeschooling parent.

Come and connect face-to-face with other families and find support as we explore common concerns and questions, such as getting started, deschooling, finding resources and support, coping with criticism, living with kids 24/7,  finding balance, what’s really going on when nothing is going on, dealing with “expert” opinions, and any other topics which arise.

Feel free to bring a game or project to work on or share. Covered drinks and supervised snacking are permitted. Not a drop off – parents must be present at all times. All ages welcome.

Plan to stay the afternoon (noon – 3:00 pm) or drop in for however long suits you. Admission is free but we welcome donations.

F.U.N. is located in the Fox Library at 175 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA. It is close to coffee shops and restaurants, park and playground, the library, and easily accessible by bus (77, 79, 87, 350 all have stops within a block or two).

Unschooling FAQ

AHEM Family Unschool Nook - Arlington, MA

Tuesday, September 27, noon - 3:00 pm
Wondering how to find your way on the homeschooling path? New to homeschooling and overwhelmed by all the options? Worried about not doing enough? Worried about doing too much? Facing a transition in your homeschooling and want to bounce around ideas?

This free, weekly, drop-in gathering in Arlington on Tuesday afternoons provides new and experienced families with a low-key, welcoming environment in which to slow down, relax, and explore what it means to homeschool independently Each session will be casually facilitated by an experienced homeschooling parent.

Come and connect face-to-face with other families and find support as we explore common concerns and questions, such as getting started, deschooling, finding resources and support, coping with criticism, living with kids 24/7,  finding balance, what’s really going on when nothing is going on, dealing with “expert” opinions, and any other topics which arise.

Feel free to bring a game or project to work on or share. Covered drinks and supervised snacking are permitted. Not a drop off – parents must be present at all times. All ages welcome.

Plan to stay the afternoon (noon – 3:00 pm) or drop in for however long suits you. Admission is free but we welcome donations.

F.U.N. is located in the Fox Library at 175 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA. It is close to coffee shops and restaurants, park and playground, the library, and easily accessible by bus (77, 79, 87, 350 all have stops within a block or two).

Unschooling FAQ

Being and Becoming - Arlington

Thursday, September 29, 7:30 pm

Being and becoming is a key that permits exiting a social system built on fear, a key that allows one to look at life differently for and with our children, and for ourselves as well. This film, in dazzling ways, has brought answers to my own inner child who has become worn out, like everyone else, for having too long sustained her survival without daring her life. This film, through the liberating testimony of these pioneer families of “becoming self,” is a hymn to internal necessity. — Isabelle Adjani

  • Considering homeschooling and would like a non-threatening way (with popcorn!) to get a lot of your questions answered?
  • Want a fun night out with a family member or friend who just doesn’t “get” homeschooling?
  • Or do you want the affirming experience of watching this beautiful film about unschooling in the company of lots of others who think outside the box?

Here’s your chance! AHEM is sponsoring a screening of Being and Becoming at the Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA on Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 pm.

After the 99-minute movie, there will be time (for those who would like to stay) to discuss the movie with AHEM founders and unschooling mothers Milva McDonald and Sophia Sayigh. We will be joined by special guest Pat Farenga, a writer, speaker, and consultant who worked closely with John Holt at Growing Without Schooling magazine.

Tickets will go on sale in September. Check back here or subscribe to our low volume announcement-only email list to get first notice.

Cost: Online tickets cost $10 each, plus Eventbrite processing fee. No refunds after September 25.

Space permitting, tickets at the door will be $15 each, cash only.

Being and Becoming explores the theme of trusting children and their development, and invites us to question our learning paradigms and options. The filmmaker takes us on a journey of discovery through the US, France, the UK, and Germany (where it’s illegal not to go to school). We meet parents who have made the choice of not schooling their children, at school or at home, but of letting them learn freely what they are truly passionate about. It is a quest for truth about the innate desire to learn. It belongs to a wider theme than education, connected to a change in our belief system and to our society’s evolution, as well as to the importance of reclaiming one’s life and self-confidence.

See the movie trailer here.

Visit the film's Facebook page.

See international press.

All proceeds will benefit AHEM, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events.

You will be added to the Friends of AHEM announcement-only elist unless you specifically opt out. Friends of AHEM receive special notices of upcoming AHEM events.

Directions to the theatre.

The planners and sponsors of this event reserve the right to cancel this function without penalty. The total amount of liability of the planners and sponsors will be limited to a refund of the ticket cost.

AHEM Family Unschool Nook - Arlington, MA

Tuesday, October 4, noon - 3:00 pm
Wondering how to find your way on the homeschooling path? New to homeschooling and overwhelmed by all the options? Worried about not doing enough? Worried about doing too much? Facing a transition in your homeschooling and want to bounce around ideas?

This free, weekly, drop-in gathering in Arlington on Tuesday afternoons provides new and experienced families with a low-key, welcoming environment in which to slow down, relax, and explore what it means to homeschool independently Each session will be casually facilitated by an experienced homeschooling parent.

Come and connect face-to-face with other families and find support as we explore common concerns and questions, such as getting started, deschooling, finding resources and support, coping with criticism, living with kids 24/7,  finding balance, what’s really going on when nothing is going on, dealing with “expert” opinions, and any other topics which arise.

Feel free to bring a game or project to work on or share. Covered drinks and supervised snacking are permitted. Not a drop off – parents must be present at all times. All ages welcome.

Plan to stay the afternoon (noon – 3:00 pm) or drop in for however long suits you. Admission is free but we welcome donations.

F.U.N. is located in the Fox Library at 175 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA. It is close to coffee shops and restaurants, park and playground, the library, and easily accessible by bus (77, 79, 87, 350 all have stops within a block or two).

Unschooling FAQ

AHEM Family Unschool Nook - Arlington, MA

Tuesday, October 11, noon - 3:00 pm
Wondering how to find your way on the homeschooling path? New to homeschooling and overwhelmed by all the options? Worried about not doing enough? Worried about doing too much? Facing a transition in your homeschooling and want to bounce around ideas?

This free, weekly, drop-in gathering in Arlington on Tuesday afternoons provides new and experienced families with a low-key, welcoming environment in which to slow down, relax, and explore what it means to homeschool independently Each session will be casually facilitated by an experienced homeschooling parent.

Come and connect face-to-face with other families and find support as we explore common concerns and questions, such as getting started, deschooling, finding resources and support, coping with criticism, living with kids 24/7,  finding balance, what’s really going on when nothing is going on, dealing with “expert” opinions, and any other topics which arise.

Feel free to bring a game or project to work on or share. Covered drinks and supervised snacking are permitted. Not a drop off – parents must be present at all times. All ages welcome.

Plan to stay the afternoon (noon – 3:00 pm) or drop in for however long suits you. Admission is free but we welcome donations.

F.U.N. is located in the Fox Library at 175 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA. It is close to coffee shops and restaurants, park and playground, the library, and easily accessible by bus (77, 79, 87, 350 all have stops within a block or two).

Unschooling FAQ

Getting Started Homeschooling - East Longmeadow, MA

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Check back here for info on preregistering, or join our list to be among the first to find out.

AHEM Family Unschool Nook - Arlington, MA

Tuesday, October 18, noon - 3:00 pm
Wondering how to find your way on the homeschooling path? New to homeschooling and overwhelmed by all the options? Worried about not doing enough? Worried about doing too much? Facing a transition in your homeschooling and want to bounce around ideas?

This free, weekly, drop-in gathering in Arlington on Tuesday afternoons provides new and experienced families with a low-key, welcoming environment in which to slow down, relax, and explore what it means to homeschool independently Each session will be casually facilitated by an experienced homeschooling parent.

Come and connect face-to-face with other families and find support as we explore common concerns and questions, such as getting started, deschooling, finding resources and support, coping with criticism, living with kids 24/7,  finding balance, what’s really going on when nothing is going on, dealing with “expert” opinions, and any other topics which arise.

Feel free to bring a game or project to work on or share. Covered drinks and supervised snacking are permitted. Not a drop off – parents must be present at all times. All ages welcome.

Plan to stay the afternoon (noon – 3:00 pm) or drop in for however long suits you. Admission is free but we welcome donations.

F.U.N. is located in the Fox Library at 175 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA. It is close to coffee shops and restaurants, park and playground, the library, and easily accessible by bus (77, 79, 87, 350 all have stops within a block or two).

Unschooling FAQ

AHEM Family Unschool Nook - Arlington, MA

Tuesday, October 25, noon - 3:00 pm
Wondering how to find your way on the homeschooling path? New to homeschooling and overwhelmed by all the options? Worried about not doing enough? Worried about doing too much? Facing a transition in your homeschooling and want to bounce around ideas?

This free, weekly, drop-in gathering in Arlington on Tuesday afternoons provides new and experienced families with a low-key, welcoming environment in which to slow down, relax, and explore what it means to homeschool independently Each session will be casually facilitated by an experienced homeschooling parent.

Come and connect face-to-face with other families and find support as we explore common concerns and questions, such as getting started, deschooling, finding resources and support, coping with criticism, living with kids 24/7,  finding balance, what’s really going on when nothing is going on, dealing with “expert” opinions, and any other topics which arise.

Feel free to bring a game or project to work on or share. Covered drinks and supervised snacking are permitted. Not a drop off – parents must be present at all times. All ages welcome.

Plan to stay the afternoon (noon – 3:00 pm) or drop in for however long suits you. Admission is free but we welcome donations.

F.U.N. is located in the Fox Library at 175 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA. It is close to coffee shops and restaurants, park and playground, the library, and easily accessible by bus (77, 79, 87, 350 all have stops within a block or two).

Unschooling FAQ

Dads & Donuts - Arlington, MA

Calling all homeschool dads!

Are you new to homeschooling or just considering homeschooling?  Wondering how to participate in your family's new journey?  Not sure how to explain homeschooling to your friends and colleagues?  Have reservations about following the educational path less traveled? 

Or are you a veteran homeschool dad looking to connect with other like-minded dads?   

Please come to AHEM's Dads and Donuts event on Saturday, October 29 at 10:00 am in Arlington. Bring your questions and your wisdom to this casual conversation with other homeschool dads. Coffee and donuts will fuel the conversation!

Register online.

Exact location and directions will be provided to you about a week before the meeting.

The discussion will be geared toward adults, so we ask that you leave at home children who will be as happy or happier there with a loving caregiver.

Cost is $15/person (teen and adult) to reserve your spot; the full price will be refunded to you, making your participation FREE. If you don't show up, your money will be donated to support the non-profit mission of AHEM.

Space is limited. No refunds after October 21st except those made to meeting attendees.

Participants will be added to the Friends of AHEM list unless they specifically opt out.

Please respect AHEM’s mission to empower individuals through education by not soliciting for your business at this event.

Vendors Invitation to the AHEM Home Learners Fall Fair - Watertown, MA

The AHEM Home Learners Fall Fair will be held on Saturday, November 19, 1:30 - 4:30 pm at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St., Watertown, MA. We are planning this to be a festive event with crafts for sale, entertainment, music and refreshments. This is a wonderful opportunity for children and families to learn entrepreneurial skills and experience a larger sense of community.  We hope you will join us.

Homeschooling families are invited to display and sell their crafts, or perform music, storytelling, skits, dance, etc. For vendor applications visit https://ahemfallfairvendorapp.eventbrite.com. Deadline for submitting applications is October 15.

We are looking for fine quality handmade, home grown crafts, kits, and small gifts that sell well to the general public. Vendors may not sell bake sale goods or foods meant to be bought and consumed on the premises.

A note to parents: Children can be discouraged easily if their crafts don’t sell up to their expectations.  Prepare your children for this possibility. Use it to discuss marketing, demand, pricing, or other factors that will influence sales. Call this an experiment to test the market and learn.

We are looking for performers. Performers are an integral part of this event. People come for the performances as much as for the crafts, and more attendees benefit all. Would you like to perform? Are you part of any performing group? (Magic, circus, music, dance, gymnastics, drama, etc.) Would you or some of your group be interested in performing at the Fair? Contact info@ahem.info.

Cost: 3 ft. @ $20 (The number of electrical outlets is limited and we cannot guarantee access to one.)

The fair will be advertised widely.

For vendor applications visit https://ahemfallfairvendorapp.eventbrite.com. Deadline for submitting applications is October 15.

Questions should be directed to info@ahem.info. Vendors will be added to the Friends of AHEM list.

Proceeds, if any, will be donated to support the non-profit mission of AHEM, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

The planners and sponsors of this event reserve the right to cancel this function without penalty. The total amount of liability of the planners and sponsors will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.