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Events

AHEM Salon: Rethinking Socialization

Come partake in lively, stimulating discussion with fellow homeschooling parents in a relaxed, friendly environment. The topic will be “Rethinking Socialization.”

One of the first questions homeschooling families are asked is, “But what about socialization?” In this discussion we will examine our beliefs about what it means for children to be “socialized.” We will also brainstorm ideas for supporting homeschoolers as they forge meaningful connections with others and participate in groups and communities in a variety of social contexts.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 PM in a meeting room at Panera Bread, 433 Paradise Rd., Swampscott, MA. If you want, you can purchase soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods, and hot and cold drinks at Panera. Please do not bring outside food in. If you plan to purchase food, please try to arrive a few minutes early to order so we can begin the discussion promptly at 7:00 PM.

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. Interested teens are welcome to attend.

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.

Register online at http://rethinkingsocialization.eventbrite.com, or mail a check made out to Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts to AHEM, PO Box 1307, Arlington, MA 02474. Please include:

  • names of participants

  • your address, and

  • email or phone number to receive confirmation and directions.

Space is limited; checks must be postmarked by October 10th. No refunds after October 10th except those made to meeting attendees.

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

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

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.

Homeschool Day at Old Sturbridge Village

Preparing for winter in the 21th century may mean removal of the summer air conditioners, installing storm windows and tuning up the snow blower. Most modern households are unconcerned about stocking up on food supplies to last until next summer, stacking fifteen cords of firewood or having enough hay and feed for the animals. Come join us for Home School Day on November 5th and explore the preparations needed for the long winter season ahead. Included in the day's activities are:

  • Pickling, Potting and Preserving: Keeping vegetables until spring

  • Preserving Cider for the table

  • Keeping warm with woolens

  • Threshing grain and shelling corn

  • Smoking and salting: Meat preservation

  • Filling the woodsheds

  • Mending fences

The November Homeschool Day is filled with activities to help you better understand the way our ancestors not only survived the winter months, but anticipated a season filled with leisure time and an abundance of food. We hope that you join us on November 5th as Old Sturbridge Village prepares for the coming winter.

Our Home School Days offer you and your children the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity for children to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way. We recommend that you allow for up to three hours to visit the Village, in addition to any scheduled hands-on studios.

If time permits, consider making a quick craft in the Hands-on Crafts Center; $5-10 per activity (first come, first served); some age and safety restrictions apply.

Home School Day Admission ($8 per person) is not included with the price of the studio. Home School parents also receive the $8 admission rate at a ratio of one adult to one child between the ages of 5 & 17. Cost for the Studios is $5.00 per person, per studio. Learn more and purchase tickets.

The 23rd Annual Homelearners' Fall Fair

The Fair will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at The New Church of Concord in Concord.

Where: The New Church of Concord 53 Church Street, Concord, MA
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

We are planning for this to be a festive event with crafts for sale, demonstrations, entertainment, music and good food. This is a wonderful opportunity for children and families to experience a larger sense of community. We hope you will join us.

This event is being coordinated by a core group of volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact Stephanie Griego - GarciaArte at mac dot com.

AHEM Salon: Why Homeschool?

Come partake in lively, stimulating discussion in a relaxed, friendly environment. On Wednesday, November 12, we’ll meet in Northborough, MA from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The topic will be "Why Homeschool?"

Whether you are actively considering home education or are just curious about how it is done, you are invited to attend this discussion. We’ll be talking about deciding whether or not to homeschool, getting started, methods, resources, and homeschooling support.

Exact location and directions will be provided to you after registration. 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. Interested teens are welcome to attend.

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.

Register online at http://ahemwhyhomeschool.eventbrite.com. No refunds after November 7 except those made to meeting attendees.

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

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

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.

Student Government Day

AHEM is thrilled to announce that homeschoolers will again be able to participate in Student Government Day on April 10, 2015 at the State House in Boston! The annual Student Government Day will begin with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1:00 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Students must be nominated to participate, and a lottery will be held to determine a participant and an alternate. Nominations must be postmarked by December 12, 2014 at the latest. Details below.

In 1947, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted this program which is traditionally held on a Friday in April. This is an informative program about state government that includes students participating in the role of elected or appointed officials to “observe the processes of government.” The program provides educators and students with many opportunities to learn firsthand about state government. It enables government officials to have contact with students. It allows students to voice their positions on important current issues through prepared debates. It enables students to participate in the legislative process through simulated committee hearings and House and Senate formal sessions. It provides the opportunity for students to exchange views with their peers throughout the state on statewide issues.

How does this program work?

Students will be assigned the roles of senators, representatives, constitutional officers and Justices of the Supreme Court. In March, information will be posted on the Massachusetts Department of Education website indicating the roles that each district's student(s) will play on Student Government Day. The website will also provide information about the bills that will be debated, further details about the day itself, and background information about the state government system.

On Student Government Day, students are able to experience the roles of members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government. Many students will participate as legislators in House and Senate sessions. All students may take part in a simulated committee hearing. Others will visit various elected and appointed office holders and staff as they carry out their daily activities.

Who is eligible to participate?

Homeschooled high school students in their junior or senior year. (As a general guide, a senior (grade 12) may be applying to college this year; a junior may have taken the PSAT in October 2014 and was eligible to enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11). Students must not have participated in Student Government Day in the past.

How can a homeschooled student be nominated?

Students may nominate themselves. Download a nomination form in .pdf format here. Mail the form and documentation to AHEM, PO Box 1307, Arlington, MA 02474. Nominations must be postmarked by December 12, 2014 at the latest. A lottery will be held to determine a participant and alternate from each of the eight Governor’s Council Districts.

The elected student designee and student alternate should both attend. If for some reason the student designee is unable to attend Student Government Day, the student alternate will serve as the district's homeschool student designee to Student Government Day. Please note that whether or not the student alternate takes the role of an absent student designee to Student Government Day, in most cases he or she will also have the opportunity to participate in the day's activities.

Important details that may influence your decision to participate:
  • Participants will need to provide their own transportation to the State House on April 10, planning to arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m.

  • They will need to wear “appropriate attire” aka for men a sport coat/slacks or a suit, shirt with a collar, tie, and dress shoes. For women a business suit/dress or blouse/shirt and skirt or pants and dress shoes.

  • They will need to bring a government-issued ID (passport, driver’s license, or Massachusetts ID http://www.mass.gov/rmv/license/13bMAID.htm).

  • Nominees must read and sign the Consent Form for Student Government Day Activities, and submit it to AHEM with the nomination form.

  • Parents are welcome to attend Student Government Day. Details will be sent to participants and alternates.

See the answers to frequently asked questions regarding Student Government Day (SGD) here: http://www.doe.mass.edu/famcomm/student/sgd_faq.html

Again, download a nomination form in .pdf format here. Mail the nomination form, consent form, and a copy of your ID to AHEM, PO Box 1307, Arlington, MA 02474. Nominations must be postmarked by December 12, 2014 at the latest.

Questions? Email info@ahem.info.