Maryland Homeschool News: April 2017

In this month’s Maryland Homeschool News round-up, find out:

  • How your homeschooler can apply for community college scholarships
  • Meet with military academy admission representatives
  • Plan a free field trip to a National Park
  • Enjoy a day’s worth of hands-on science experiments at Hopkins or College Park
  • Will vision therapy help your child’s reading problem
  • And more!

Homeschool Events Throughout Maryland


  • Secular Homeschoolers Conference: June 1-4, 2017
    Come out and attend the 1st national secular homeschool conference, hosted at Sheperdstown University, just 90-minutes from Baltimore. There will be a college fair, 3 days of workshop programming, and a secular curriculum fair. Speakers include Michael Clay Thompson, author of the internationally acclaimed language arts homeschool curriculum; and Blair Lee, author of R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Series; as well as other experienced homeschool professionals from Maryland and across the country. [READ MORE]

  • National Parks Free Admission: April 15-16 and 22-23, 2017
    Liven up your history and natural science learning by taking a field trip to any one of America’s 400+ National Parks – and do it for FREE on select weekends in April. There’s at least 10 National Parks in the Del-Mar-Va region that make for an awesome day trip, including Ft. McHenry, Assateague, Antietam, Shenandoah, and Harper’s Ferry. [READ MORE]

  • Congressional Military Service Academy Resource Forum: April 20, 2017
    Congressman Andy Harris invites all interested 8th grade and high school students – including homeschoolers – and parents to attend a Military Service Academy Resource Forum, which will be held at Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe Street in Bel Air on Thursday, April 20th, from 6 to 8:30pm. Congressman Harris has invited representatives from the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to attend. They will guide students in mapping out their high school careers, in an effort to help them increase their chances of being accepted to an elite Service Academy. Additionally, representatives from ROTC have been invited to answer questions of students who wish to attend a four-year college instead of a military service academy. This will be a great opportunity for parents and students to ask questions and learn more about military service academies and ROTC. If you have any questions or have students who would like to RSVP for the event, please feel free to contact the Bel Air District Office at 410-588-5670.

  • National Aquarium Youth Ocean Conservation Summit: April 23, 2017
    This Youth Summit is “for youth by youth” and is hosted by the Aquarium on Wheels student staff of the Aquarium! The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) was created to provide youth participants the opportunity to learn from marine scientists and conservationists about the current threats facing marine ecosystems, both locally and globally. This event also teaches participants about the ways other youth are currently working to protect marine ecosystems, and then allows them to work with their peers to develop action plans for their own ocean conservation projects. Workshops offered at the summit allow participants to gain the skills necessary to successfully implement conservation projects, teach participants about career opportunities in marine conservation, and expose them to opportunities they can take part in to help protect our planet’s oceans and their inhabitants. APPLICATION DUE April 10, 2017. [READ MORE]

  • Johns Hopkins Physics Fair: April 29, 2017
    The day-long Physics Fair hosts hands-on demonstrations, building contests, and a chance for K-12 students to participate in the Physics Bowl. Check the link to see how homeschoolers can enter a team. [READ MORE]

  • University of Maryland – Maryland Day: April 29, 2017
    University of Maryland’s one-day open house features 400 family-friendly and interactive events. Come explore a world of Fearless Ideas and see all that UMD-College Park does for the community, the state and the world. Maryland Day is packed with exciting events and exhibits in six “learning neighborhoods” spread across campus. Best of all – it’s FREE! [READ MORE]

Homeschool Resources & Opportunities

  • Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association

    The Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association (MDRA) is the premier rocketry club that flies once a month on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The club is open to all ages and homeschoolers are welcome to join.

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Raising Caterpillars
    There’s nothing more heartbreaking than watching a life-cycle science experiment die on your kitchen counter because the habit you set up wasn’t suitable for the critter you found on your nature walk. Check out this blog post on raising caterpillars to butterflies for some easy-to-follow rules that will lead to the best kind of hands-on science learning.

  • Free Kings Dominion Pre-K Pass
    Register by April 30 for Kings Dominion’s FREE Pre-K pass, for kids ages 3 – 5. The pass grants complimentary admission to Kings Dominion and Soak City for the entire 2017 season. Adults and other family members will still need to have a paid admission ticket, but this is a great way to save some money, if you were planning an amusement park trip this summer.

  • Does Your Child Need Vision Therapy?
    Vision therapy has become a common suggestion to parents looking for help with their children who struggle to read. While vision therapy can be helpful for some kids with specific visual impairments, it cannot cure dyslexia. Find out more about Convergence Insufficiency and other vision problems, as well as what types of tests help to determine if vision therapy will benefit your child. [READ MORE]

Maryland Homeschool News

  • WBAL-TV: Fast Start Community College Scholarships
    “Those are for students who graduated from high school and who are coming straight to the community college and those students assuming they enroll full-time, and they take at least one honors class get $1,000 right at the beginning of the semester,” said Dr. Rae Rosenthal, director CCBC honors program. Then there’s another $500 award each semester based on their grade point average and course selection. . . The Fast Start Scholarships have been around almost 30 years and are open to public, private and home school graduates. . .”[READ MORE]

  • Baltimore Sun: Howard County Homeschool Drama Group
    “For over 20 years, the Drama Learning Center in Columbia has offered classes and summer camps in drama, Broadway dance and theatre for all ages at its facility on Red Branch Road. While this will be DLC’s fifth production of “Mary Poppins” this season -all of the winter classes are performing it – it is the first for its new home-school musical theatre program. . .” [READ MORE]

  • Baltimore Sun: Irvine Nature Center Homeschool Program
    “Begun in 2013, the Earth Friends program offers an array of nature-based programs for children ages 5-12 who are home-schooled. Classes, which are mostly held outdoors, run for 12 weeks in the spring and fall. The program enrolls about 55 children from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard and Carroll counties. The classes typically have eight to 12 students and run Monday through Thursday for 2 1/2 hours. . .” [READ MORE]

  • Baltimore Sun: Maryland Homeschool Teen Earns World Titles in Horse Reining
    “At a time in her life when many of her peers are wondering what career path they eventually will follow, Tricia Tillman has already decided where she is going and how to get there. In fact, the 17-year-old White Hall resident is well on her way toward the goal of becoming a standout professional horse trainer in the 15,000-member National Reining Horse Association. She put together a banner 2016 season in which she claimed four world titles and was lauded at the organization’s championship banquet in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 11. . .” [READ MORE]

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