VaHomeschoolers Coffee Chats Enjoyed by All

The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers is holding a series of informal Coffee Chats around the state, and our first two events have been a success. We’re currently looking for more good locations and dates for additional Coffee Chats in the coming months.

Our first Coffee Chat was held on February 28 in Charlottesville, at the family-friendly C’ville Coffee shop. VaHomeschoolers board of directors member Jeanne Faulconer and VaHomeschoolers volunteer Silvia Barrett were available to answer questions and participate in discussions. This informal venue drew new, prospective, and experienced homeschoolers to talk about the joys and challenges of the home education choice. Moms and Dads alike enjoyed the opportunity to sip a favorite beverage while sharing experiences and resources and finding out a little more about the other homeschoolers in the area. A wide variety of topics were discussed, including the benefits of homeschooling; the legalities of getting started and filing options for kindergarten; local resources and enrichment opportunities; different homeschool organizations; the supporting paperwork often required for community college enrollment and driver’s education; and much more.

Our second state-wide Coffee Chat was held in Harrisonburg at the Barnes and Noble Cafe on March 15. Adesa Hafford, volunteer, and Ellissa Tiller, board of directors member, answered questions about the upcoming VaHomeschoolers Conference (March 25-26, Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen) as well as questions about homeschooling. Topics that were discussed included evaluation and testing, homeschooling styles and curriculum, and handling the needs of children of different ages.

If you missed these events, you can still join us at the VaHomeschoolers Conference & Resource Fair to meet and mingle with homeschoolers from across the state. There’s plenty of time to chat, learn more, and visit the vendor hall for terrific learning materials and ideas. Popular author Joy Hakim and many more excellent speakers present a wide variety of topics at our two-day, family-friendly conference this weekend, March 25-26, 2011. For more information, visit us on the web at Online registration is available through Wednesday, March 23; walk-in registration is available at the door.

Looking for a Coffee Chat near you?

We’re also scouting for good locations in the Tidewater, Fredericksburg, and Richmond areas for our next few Coffee Chats. If you have a good idea for a coffee shop or other location in these areas or would like to have a Coffee Chat near you, please contact us with suggestions at

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