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Events

Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling in Massachusetts - Arlington - waitlist

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Whether you are actively homeschooling or are just curious about homeschool regulations, policies, and procedures, you are invited to attend Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling in Massachusetts. The free program will be held in Arlington, MA on Thursday, August 23, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Precise location will be sent when you register.

This presentation will cover Massachusetts homeschool guidelines; the history of homeschooling in MA; writing your education plan; choosing a form of evaluation; and local homeschool policies. Informational handouts will be available and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

The program will be presented by Milva McDonald and Tracy Barsamian Ventola. Milva is a founder of Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc. (AHEM), a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable educational organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events. She is also the author of a fictional book featuring homeschoolers, Unschoolers, as well as the non-fiction book Slow Homeschooling. Tracy is on the board of AHEM and a former elementary school teacher now homeschooling her two children.

Cost is $15/person to reserve your spot; the full price will be refunded to you after the meeting, making your participation FREE. If you don't show up, your money will be donated to support the non-profit mission of AHEM. No refunds except those made to attendees after the program on August 23rd.

To preregister, visit https://nuts-and-bolts-arlington.eventbrite.com

Space is limited and spots are allotted on a first come, first served basis.

Participants will be added to the Friends of AHEM list unless they specifically opt out. Friends of AHEM keep abreast of legislative and other issues that affect Massachusetts homeschoolers via an announcement-only email list. Friends of AHEM get special notice of AHEM events. This is a free service. AHEM respects your privacy and will not share your name or contact information with any other organization.

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

What: Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling in Massachusetts presented by AHEM
Where: Arlington, MA
When: Thursday, August 23, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Fee: Free, but preregistration required. To preregister, visit https://nuts-and-bolts-arlington.eventbrite.com

Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling in Massachusetts - Framingham

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Whether you are actively homeschooling or are just curious about homeschool regulations, policies, and procedures, you are invited to attend Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling in Massachusetts. The free program will be held in Framingham, MA on Thursday, August 30, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Precise location will be sent when you register.

This workshop will cover Massachusetts homeschool guidelines; the history of homeschooling in MA; writing your education plan; choosing a form of evaluation; and local homeschool policies. Informational handouts will be available and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

The program will be presented by Amy Faeskorn. Amy is on the board of Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc. (AHEM), a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable educational organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events. She is also one of the voices you hear when you call AHEM for help.

Cost is $15/person to reserve your spot; the full price will be refunded to you after the meeting, making your participation FREE. If you don't show up, your money will be donated to support the non-profit mission of AHEM. No refunds except those made to attendees after the workshop on August 30th. 

To preregister, visit https://nuts-and-bolts-framingham.eventbrite.com

Space is limited and spots are allotted on a first come, first served basis.

Workshop participants will be added to the Friends of AHEM list unless they specifically opt out. Friends of AHEM keep abreast of legislative and other issues that affect Massachusetts homeschoolers via a low volume announcement-only email list. Friends of AHEM get special notice of AHEM events. This is a free service. AHEM respects your privacy and will not share your name or contact information with any other organization.

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

What: Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling in Massachusetts presented by AHEM
Where: Framingham, MA
When: Thursday, August 30, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Fee: Free, but preregistration required. To preregister, visit https://nuts-and-bolts-framingham.eventbrite.com

AHEM’s Assabet River Coop

Welcoming new members for Fall 2018!

If you are:

  • a homeschooling parent 18 years old or older,
  • a Friend of AHEM,
  • homeschooling at least one child born in 2012 or earlier,
  • and live in one of the following towns:
    • Acton
    • Bedford
    • Burlington
    • Carlisle
    • Concord
    • Lexington
    • Lincoln
    • Maynard
    • Stow
    • Sudbury

you are invited to join an established coop designed to help independent homeschoolers get to know each other, share interests and skills, and plan social events, group activities, and field trips together!

The fall session will run from September 13 – November 15, 2018.

The cost is $50/family for the 10 week session.

To join:

  • you must agree to the Coop guidelines, which will be sent to you after you indicate interest and
  • you must commit to attending weekly park days, and to organizing an event or activity for the group, and commit to attending at least one such event.

Communication is via a program written for the purpose of facilitating this network. Members have profiles where they can list interests and skills they are willing to share with others in the group. Members post events that they plan to the group calendar.

If you would like to receive the Handbook and info on how to register, email info@ahem.info. Include your full street address.

Space in the coop is limited. No refunds.

Vendor's Invitation to the AHEM Home Learners' Fall Fair - Watertown

The AHEM Home Learners Fall Fair will be held on Saturday, November 3, 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, and refreshments. Homeschooling families are invited to display and sell their crafts, or perform. 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. Deadline for submitting vendor applications is October 6.

The fair is intended for homemade, homegrown items. Examples from past fairs include jewelry, homemade soaps, candles, pet toys, sewn and knitted items, photography, etc. The fair is not a venue for small businesses to sell their wares. If you’re in doubt as to whether your product qualifies, just ask! 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 disheartened 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. Most customers are other homeschooling families, so encourage friends and family to come and shop!

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 a performing group?  Would you or some of your group be interested in performing at the Fair? Contact info@ahem.info.

Where: First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St., Watertown, MA
When: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Vendor Cost: 3 ft. @ $20 + $2.03 Eventbrite fee

(The number of electrical outlets is limited and we cannot guarantee access to one.)

Click here for the vendor application. Deadline for submitting applications is October 6. Questions should be directed to info@ahem.info.

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

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.

Check back here for upcoming events or join our list to be among the first to know!