Class explores home-schooling option


March 07, 2001|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PARENTS considering home-schooling their children are being offered a four-part seminar with Teresa Huff through a partnership between Carroll County Public Library and Carroll Community College.

The seminar will be held weekly from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 3-24 at North Carroll branch library. Additional seminars will be held in May at Mount Airy and Taneytown branch libraries.

Huff, a former schoolteacher and home-school teacher for 14 years, shares her knowledge in a discussion-group format. The four sessions will explore the benefits and drawbacks of the home-school option, curricula and resources and how the community can be used as a classroom. The targeted audience is parents who are "just thinking about" home schooling.

"As a home-schooling parent, you are committed for life. You are there as your child grows, and you can be the one to teach your child to read. You grow as a parent. You see families getting better and better," Huff said.

The community becomes a resource for hands-on learning, note-taking field trips, and conversation with older citizens.

The "home school [option] does work. There's retention, love of learning, the reading of hundreds of books each year. The children learn ahead of you. They establish their own values and are independent," Huff said.

"Colleges are looking for home-schoolers now," Huff said. "Some pupils work online for advanced courses that count for college level and high school."

The seminar is offered "to inspire parents that they can do it." Huff said. She has discovered that parents who start with a pessimistic attitude toward home-schooling often discover through the course that it is a viable option for them.

The college's continuing education department is accepting registration for the four-week course, which costs $40, or $25 for seniors. Free, supervised reading activities for children ages 3 to 12 will be available while parents attend the seminar.

Registration: Carroll Community College, 410-386-8100.

Teens and sexuality

Parents and their children in grades six and above are invited to hear Lynda Niles of Carroll County Health Department speak on "Teen Sexuality" at 7:30 p.m. March 21 at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2434 Cape Horn Road, Hampstead.

St. George's church periodically offers community forums on difficult subjects. The program is co-sponsored by Carroll County Coalition on Sexuality Education and Teen Pregnancy Prevention.

A panel of the AIDS quilt will be on display.

Topics for discussion involve the sexual activity of middle school pupils and the risk of HIV infection in North Carroll.

Information: 410-374-9748 or 410-876-4958.

Business group to meet

Hampstead Business Association meets at noon today at Genova's Restaurant, 2330 Hanover Pike, in North Carroll Shopping Plaza.

Officers will be elected. Nominees are: Sharon Callahan, president; Kelley McIver, vice president; Johanna Brown, recording secretary; Mark Wright, corresponding secretary; and Russ Vriezen, treasurer.

Lunch will be served. Reservations are requested. The cost is $10.

Information: Kelley McIver, 410-239-5090 or Russ Vriezen, 410-848-4080.

Musical presentation

To commemorate Music In Our Schools month, third-graders at Hampstead Elementary School will present a musical March 27. Performances will be given at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the school, 3737 Shiloh Road, Hampstead.

"A Better You ... A Better Me" explores good character traits and shows how one can develop those traits.

Julie Hollenberg is choral music instructor at the school.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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