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Encore! Home School Productions presents "Meet Me in St. Louis" April 5 - 7 in Camp Hill PA (at Trinity High School.)
Nancy Emerson, 4/4/2013

Editor's Note from Susan Richman:  Once again the homeschool Encore!  drama group in Central PA is putting on a major production, and they've also gotten great press coverage already in the Patriot News out of Harrisburg. Our best wishes on this musical! I know that the whole cast and support team of countless other students and parents have put in hours and hours and hours of dedicated work! 

If you've never been to one of Encore's main stage productions, you're in for a treat.  I'm still amazed after seven years of involvement!  This year's show, set in St. Louis at the time of the 1904 World's Fair, is fast-moving with familiar songs, lively dances, and memorable characters. I recommend it for anyone from age 5 - 105! 

Tickets available at www.showtix4u.com for the April 5, 6 and 7 performances.

Forrest Davis as John Truitt and Amber Emerson as Esther Smith in Encore's upcoming show, Meet Me in St. Louis April 5-7,  2013

Austin Cassel as Mr. Smith and Emma Graybill as Mrs. Smith in Encore's upcoming show, Meet Me in St. Louis April 5-7,  2013

Amber Emerson as Esther Smith, Michael Snader as Grandpa, and Rachel Snyder as Rose Smith in Encore's upcoming show, Meet Me in St. Louis April 5-7,  2013



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Encore! Home School Productions presents our 2012 show-- an Agatha Christie play! April 19, 20, 21, Camp Hill PA
Nancy Emerson, 4/12/2012

Encore! Home School Productions presents our 2012 show:

Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death


We’d love to have other homeschool families come to the show!  Twenty-five homeschoolers, ages 13-18, portray Ms. Christie’s inimitable suspects, heroes and heroines in this suspenseful murder mystery in 1940s Jerusalem.  You’ll have fun figuring out ‘whodunit’! 

Encore! Home School Productions is a theater group for homeschoolers in south central PA led by executive director Jill Panyard.  Our group is recognized in the region for its high quality productions --  Just last year our group was honored with an“Outstanding Musical” nomination for our production, First Impressions, the Pride & Prejudice musical, in the 2011 Apollo Awards, a regional high school theater competition.

When:  Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm

            Friday, April 20 at 7 pm

            Saturday, April 21 at 7 pm  (A special event, a dinner with live entertainment,

 followed by the show, starts at 5:15, as another option.)

            Sunday, April 22 at 3 pm

Buy TICKETS at www.showtix4u.com OR call (866) 967-8167

Where:  Trinity High School auditorium, Camp Hill, PA (Harrisburg area)

For more information:  Call Nancy at (717) 932-4832

News story in the Patriot-News:


... see more photos from the show....


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Homeschooler Marine Science Program-- May 9-11, 2012, Wallops Island -- near Chincoteague & Assateague Islands
Marine Science Consortium, 2/15/2012

Editor's Note from Susan: Many wonderful field trip opportunities for homeschoolers come through on my email regularly-- but this one really seems truly unique and wonderful! So special that the Marine Science Consortium is organizing this spring (and follow-up Fall...) program just for homeschooling families. I hope that any of you who attend will post about how it went! And I've certainly known a number of homeschool kids who've been especially intrigued by marine science. 


Homeschooler Marine Science Program

This is a 2 day overnight Marine Science Adventure course for Homeschoolers at the Marine Science Consortium. The consortium is located on Wallops Island, near the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague on Virginia Eastern Shore. It’s a gorgeous area and a fun science based camp for students and parents/teachers. This Marine Science Adventure Camp is just for Homeschoolers and their families.


Please Pass this field trip opportunity on to any interested homeschooling families


Marine Science Consortium’s Homeschooler Marine Science Program

    Don't have a laboratory in your basement or an Oceanic Research Vessel in your backyard? Don’t worry, here at the Marine Science Consortium we understand the challenges parents face when they teach science in the home. The Marine Science Consortium is your resource for bridging the gap between marine science curriculum and student understanding. Our Homeschoolers Workshops are tailored for the budding Marine Biologist in your home. Our workshops provide hands-on observation of marine environments and life forms and time to socialize with other young marine biologist.

    Since 1968 The Marine Science Consortium has educated and inspired thousands of children, youth, and adults about the marine and coastal ecosystems along the Mid-Atlantic Region through place-based, hands-on experiences.  The bays, marshes, beaches, maritime forests, and off-shore waters of Virginia's Eastern Shore are The Marine Science Consortium's classroom.  Whether you are an individual interested in learning more about coastal and marine systems or seeking to pursue a career in marine sciences, The Marine Science Consortium offers a wonderful variety of opportunities to meet your educational and/or research goals.

Registration is Now Open

Register for Homeschooler Marine Science Adventure programs by clicking on the links below. These programs fill quickly!

Marine Science Consortium Website – Program Information: http://msconsortium.org/#/homeschoolers-marine-adventure/4537567584


Direct link to online program registration form (registration is first come first serve a fills quickly):https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dEtVQ3FkdnAtVDJTTUZNc2o0TkE5U1E6MA#gid=0


Homeschooler Program Cost

(prices include all instruction, fieldtrips, transportation to fieldtrip sites, materials, meals and lodging)....



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Encore! Home School Productions' upcoming show, First Impressions, to be performed at Trinity High School in Camp Hill April 8-10, 2011
Nancy Emerson, 4/4/2011

Editor's Note from Susan Richman: It is always wonderful to hear of the dedicated homeschool groups that have learned to work so well together that they can produce major Broadway musicals-- giving all their students opportunities many would think would only be available at the best high schools. I hope many of you can attend this production-- I've seen past musicals by Encore! and they are amazingly professional, and full of life and energy. And to read a great article from the Harrisburg Patriot News about the productionclick here Also, know that Nancy Emerson will be leading a workshop session at the July 15, 2011 PHAA High School at Home Conference in Carlisle PA on how homeschooling families can join together to produce major drama productions-- and what this can mean for the whole family's learning. 


A musical is a huge undertaking for a school, let alone a group of homeschooling families.  The time commitment and challenges are enormous.  However, the families of Encore! Home School Productions in South Central Pennsylvania are putting on their sixth annual musical April 8 – 10, 2011 at Trinity High School in Camp Hill.  Each year the shows become a significant part of the homeschooling experience for students and parents.


This year this show is a little-known Broadway musical, First Impressions, a.k.a. Pride & Prejudice the Musical.  The show is a musical comedy adaptation of Jane Austen’s timeless, classic novel.  The show is quite entertaining since Austen’s characters are so memorable with some being simply outrageous! ....


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Central Lancaster County Homeschool Music to present "Jane Eyre: Brave Enough for Love" March 10-12, 2011
Lorie LaSala, 2/15/2011

Editor's note from Susan Richman: It's been such a wonderful development to follow the growing number of programs across PA that have developed major musical theater programs. Lori LaSala, the founder and director of the Central Lancaster Co. Homeschool Music program, has been a dedicated leader of this group for many, many years, leading choirs, orchestra programs, and a yearly major musical. For full information on all that CLCHM offers to area homeschoolers, see their website:  http://sites.google.com/site/clchomeschoolmusic2/ 

Below is a photo from the CLCHM 2008 production of The Sound of Music:

CLCHM is busy at work again, this time producing the wonderful show, Jane Eyre, Brave Enough For Love.  This show closely follows the book and has the most gorgeous music you could ask for.  See what the power of forgiveness can do.  See what happens with faith in God.  And see what happens when you put 58 hard working, talented homeschoolers together on the stage!

Please join us for this hauntingly beautiful show. Performances are March 10- 12....


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Fox News feature article on the evolution of homeschooling....
Fox News, 2/9/2011

Editor's note from Susan Richman:   Fox News is currently doing a series on American education, called Educating our Children. Today's article focuses on homeschooling, and how homeschooling and grown and changed, now offering many group opportunities for learning and for sports. Here's a short part from the article:

...But it’s not all about reading, writing and arithmetic. Chard said he worries home schooled students may be lacking in less tangible subjects, things like developing social or coping skills.

Programs have sprung up over the years to help with that. In Texas, the state with the largest number of home schooled kids, there are athletic leagues and learning “co-ops” where kids may attend classes with other children on a variety of subjects....


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Teaching Mary Science....
Becky Laughlin, 6/3/2010

Becky Laughlin has just completed her 10th grade year of homeschooling, and is now one of my evaluation students. I was so delighted to read this major paper of hers this year, sharing about how she planned out her younger sister Mary's science program for the year. This was a fabulous leadership project for Becky-- and a wonderful year of very active science learning for Mary! I wanted others to be able to learn about this family 'co-op' program-- you just may have a very skilled teacher to help you out with your younger kids living right under your own roof! Becky also received a credit for learning about teaching this year-- Susan Richman, Editor PA Homeschoolers

     This summer we decided that I would take over teaching science to my little sister, Mary, for the year.  The main book I used was from the elementary Apologia series.  Although half of the book was on birds, it also covered flying bats, flying dinosaurs, and insects.  In addition to the zoology book, we used a wide variety of books and videos from our home and local library.  Doing such a variety of projects and activities made it easy for me to enjoy teaching a subject I love anyway, and it showed Mary, who started the year thinking all subjects would be hard and boring, that science can be quite interesting and even fun. 

     We did a variety of experiments and activities that where suggested in the zoology book.  One example was called the pup experiment.  The point of this experiment was to show how hard it is for a bat to find her one baby among hundreds in a dark cave.  For our experiment, Mary only had to find one scent from around twenty.  We gathered cotton balls, put some different scents on them, and then Mary picked one to be her "pup".  I blindfolded her and she had to sniff each cotton ball until she found the one that was hers.  Mary sniffed her "pup" several times before she decided it was correct....


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Encore! Home School Productions, a cooperative theater arts program, celebrates 10 years!
Nancy Emerson, 4/23/2010

Nancy Emerson is a long-time homeschooling mother of four-- and her youngest two children have loved being involved in the Encore! musical theatre productions for students in the CHESS cooperation learning program and another co-op program, The Learning Center. This type of huge endeavor, to professional standards, shows how far the homeschooling movement has come in 30 years-- few people would have thought something like this would be possible 'way back when'!

*Members of the cast of 'Suessical the Musical' getting ready for their big performance*

Why do already-busy homeschoolers decide to make a huge commitment to putting on a musical each spring?  For some students, it’s the love of theater.  For others, it’s the opportunity to get together with friends on a more frequent basis.  For most students, though, it’s a combination of the two.  And, for parents, it’s for the children!  However, they often find themselves benefiting from their show involvement as well.  I know I have.

Encore! Home School Productions is an all-volunteer, cooperative, non-profit theater arts program in central Pennsylvania.  It started as a drama class at a homeschool co-op....


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Mock Trial-- great extra-curricular learning experience for homeschoolers!
Elliot Taylor, 3/26/2010

Elliot Taylor is an 11th grade homeschooler in my AP US History online class-- and I was delighted to learn that he was also involved in a Mock Trial team with area homeschoolers. And even more delighted when he gladly offered to write up an article about his experiences in this program that helps young people learn about the world of trial lawyers and courts and the legal system. I know at least one homeschooler in Pennsylvania who is now heading into law school-- and his interest in this field was sparked by his involvement in Mock Trial during his high school years at home. For full info on this program, and to learn about the details of signing up in your state, check out this site: www.nationalmocktrial.org There is also a college-level program: http://www.collegemocktrial.org Mock Trial is but one example of the many excellent programs open to high school students where homeschool teams are very welcome-- we'll be covering more of these types of program in future articles. And as Elliot points out so well, this is a terrific way for our teens to both learn about a fascinating aspect of the real world and to really get to know a group of friends very well from working cooperatively together throughout the year to get prepared for the competitions.

As a homeschooled student, I spend much of my time completing school assignments or studying. Not much time can be devoted to extra activities or to friends. However, for the past three years, I have participated in an activity called Mock Trial. While it falls under an extra curricular activity, it is a very educational experience that I enjoy immensely.

For those that don't know, Mock Trial is an activity in which the participating teams compete in a fictional court case. Every year around September, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation sends out the case that the teams will be using. This case will contain the facts of the story and the statements of the six indiviual witnesses who will show up in court to be questioned. The case is split into two sides, the Prosecution and the Defense. Each side must have three witnesses and two attorneys. By the following February, the teams gather at a court house in their respective counties and perform in “mock” trials. Judges presiding over the cases are attorneys, and the teams that make it to the final round in the county will be judged by real judges. Teams that win the county competitions will proceed to Regionals; the final two teams will compete against each other in the State Championship....


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