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Events

You Can Homeschool! - Arlington, MA

Monday, August 1, 2016
7:00 –8:30 PM
Whether you are actively considering home education or are just curious about how it is done, you are invited to attend You Can Homeschool! The program will be held in Arlington, MA on Monday, August 1, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Topics to be covered include getting started, filing an education plan, methods, resources, and homeschooling support. Informational handouts will be available and an opportunity for questions will follow the presentation.

The program will be presented by Sophia Sayigh and Tracy Ventola. Sophia is a founder of Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable educational organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events. Tracy is an AHEM volunteer and a former elementary school teacher now homeschooling her two children in Arlington, MA.

Cost is $15/person to reserve your spot; the full price will be refunded to you at 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. Register here.

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

Those with email will receive directions about a week before the meeting.

Event 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.

IMPORTANT: If you sign up for this event, please do your best to attend. Remember:

  • When you sign up, you are reserving a spot that then cannot be given to someone else.
  • If you sign up and do not show up, AHEM reserves the right to no longer treat your reservation request on a first come, first served basis for future AHEM events, only assigning you a spot should there be room after the deadline has been met.

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 detail.

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.

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.

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.