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Events

Getting Started Homeschooling

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Whether you are actively considering home education or are just curious about how it is done, you are invited to attend Getting Started Homeschooling. The program will be held in the Jefferson Cutter House, Arlington, MA center on Wednesday, August 13, 7:30 – 9:00 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 Milva McDonald, 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.

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 online at http://getting-started-homeschooling.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

Space is limited; checks must be postmarked by August 8th. No refunds after August 8th except those made to meeting attendees.

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.

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

September 8, 2014, 11:00 am – 3:00 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. AHEM has reserved the Split Rock Picnic Site There is a covered pavilion, picnic tables, a large recreation field, running water, and restrooms. A sandy beach on the Hopkinton Reservoir is a five minute walk along a forest trail. Bring a picnic lunch as well as Frisbees, balls, bikes, games, cards, musical instruments – whatever your family needs for a good time at the park and beach.

We will also have a baked goodies sale with all proceeds benefiting AHEM.

If you RSVP by Sept. 5 to info@ahem.info, we will have nametags ready for you, as well as a free raffle ticket making you eligible to win a special prize. (You must be present to win). Please include your name and address, and kids’ names. You will be added to the Friends of AHEM list unless you specifically opt out. Weather Notice will be posted at here on September 8 by 8:30 am if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Cost
The park charges $5 per vehicle to enter.

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.

College Bound

On Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, AHEM will present "College Bound." The program will be held in the Jefferson Cutter House, Arlington, MA center.

If going to college might be the next step of choice for your homeschooler, join us on September 24th. Can homeschoolers really get into college? Absolutely. The salon will be led by parents who have successfully navigated the college application process with their lifelong homeschoolers in the last two years. Topics will include choosing schools to apply to, tailoring a generic application form to reflect your homeschooling experience, and parental responsibilities as your child's "guidance counselor." Sample application components will be shared via email following the event.

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 https://college-bound.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 September 19th. No refunds after September 19th except those made to meeting attendees.

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

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.

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.