VaHomeschoolers can not offer child care, but we do offer Family Programming—entertaining and educational programs appropriate for family members of all ages.
Please remember that children 12 and under must always be accompanied by someone aged 13 or older.
Family programming activities can only be attended by paid registrants.
Visit, Learn, and Earn—Friday, 1-2:30 p.m.
Kids 12 and under: Explore geology and geodes at the MobileMining Experience booth, preview the newest Usborne books, and examine the ways you can learn Spanish—all while earning a free paperback book! It’s as easy as 1-2-3! One, pick up a Youth Vendor Visits map at registration. Two, collect stickers from our vendors. You need 20 stickers from the Exhibit Hall and you need to visit us at the VaHomeschoolers table in Richmond Hall. You only have from 1–2:30 p.m. on Friday to collect the stickers. Three, turn in your map at the Used Resource Sale on Friday, 3–7 p.m., for a free paperback of your choice. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by someone aged 13 or older at all times.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics—Friday, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international competition organized by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) for elementary- and middle-school students (ages 9–14 in the United States and Canada). Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus on and research. During this session, the coaches of a Hampton Roads homeschool FLL team will introduce you and your children to FLL robotics, tell you why they love FLL, and tell you how you can start your own team.
Fun With Literature—Friday, 4:15–5:15 p.m.
Presented by Five Senses Literature Lessons
Read along with Laura Sowden as she introduces kids to Crictor, a boa constrictor in France, from a book by the same name. Everyone will get a chance to make playdough snakes then use them to create shapes and letters, just like Crictor! Learn about snakes and France while having fun!
Talent Show—Friday, 7–8:30 p.m.
Our annual Friday evening talent show is the perfect opportunity for homeschoolers to shine like stars. Enjoy the talent of homeschoolers as they perform everything from music and poetry to gymnastics and comedy.
* Please note, due to popularity and time constraints, there will be a cap on the number of talent show acts and each one will be limited to three minutes. No one may participate as a lead performer in more than one performance. Acts are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Project Exhibit—Friday, 7–8:30 p.m.
Not comfortable jumping on stage to share your passion, but you still have a collection, a piece of art, or a science project you want to show? Have you been bitten by the photography bug? Do your talents lie in quilting or sewing? Is writing poetry your favorite way of expressing yourself? Is coloring a creative outlet for you? Our project exhibit is the perfect venue for you and your accomplishments. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to display in the project exhibit. We will post all exhibits on our conference website so you can easily share your project with friends and family!
* Limit of five projects per participant.
Ice Cream Social—Friday, 8:30–9:30 p.m.
Meet up with old and new friends at the ice cream social immediately following the talent show, as we close out the first day of the conference.
Lipsett Learning Connection—Saturday, 9–10 a.m.
Start your Saturday morning off with a sensory-friendly, interactive story time. We’ll enjoy Pete the Cat, Piggy and Gerald, and the farm animals from the Click, Clack, Moo series while we dance and sing in between.
Find Your Common-Unity: Teen Breakfast Jam—Saturday, 9–11 a.m.
Teens, ages 13–18, are invited to two special activities that will occur concurrently on Saturday morning.
Teens can jam on musical instruments that they bring while getting to know each other in a relaxed and fun environment. Or, they can sit back and explore some challenges teens face.
Homeschooling is diverse, but because our numbers are relatively few, it can often be a challenge to find your community when you belong to a minority. Take this opportunity to join us in finding your community and participate in an open discussion on how to find your people no matter their race, gender, sexuality, religion, illness, ability, and more. The discussion will be held in the same area as the music jam and is scheduled for 9–10 a.m., but it can also go longer. Discussion hosted by Sam Silverberg. Teens can choose to participate in one or both activities, or use this time to socialize with each other. Breakfast foods will be served.
Let’s Learn About Geodes—Saturday, 10-11 a.m.
Presented by Geologic Times Corp, DBA Mobile Mining Experience
There is just something special about cracking open one of these rather ordinary rocks and discovering the hidden treasures inside. Together we will discuss the rock types geodes typically form in, possible formation theories, where geodes can be found, and more. Then, we will crack open several types of geodes from around the world during our demonstration of our custom-made geode cracking machines. You will be amazed at all the different crystals and other minerals that can be found inside! Plus, we have a special surprise for all who attend our presentation.
Rose & Sword Academy of Irish Dance—Saturday, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Rose & Sword Academy of Irish Dance will teach an introductory Irish dance lesson. Luckily, you don’t need to know how to dance or any Irish! Come join the interactive fun and release some energy while learning about an amazing dance.
Off the Wall Art: Prehistoric-Inspired Cave Painting—Saturday, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Is this art Paleo? Make art the Paleolithic way using 20,000-year-old cave paintings as inspiration. We will view and discuss prehistoric art and techniques before trying our hands at making neo-cave paintings with natural tools.
Kim Stumbo: The One-Arm Wondermom—Saturday, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Kim values shared experience, education, and diversity and has created a speaking platform to relate, educate, and cultivate diversity within groups. She can help anyone learn acceptance, perception, and understanding, not just limb differences. Join Kim and listen to her dynamic presentation!