Education Notes


August 07, 2005

Library offers workshops on effective home schooling

Monthly workshops are available at the Harford County Public Library in Bel Air to help parents who are home schooling their children do so more effectively.

A panel of home educators will discuss getting the year off to a great start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The workshop is open to new or experienced parents with children of any age.

"The Beginning Years," a workshop for parents with children in prekindergarten to first grade, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Discussion will focus on curriculum, multi-student settings and how to get organized.

"Unit Studies," a program in which experienced mothers share their use of unit studies and lap books to teach subjects across the curriculum, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

The series concludes with a workshop titled "Is There Really a Problem?" which poses the question: Are the hurdles you are reaching normal, or could there be learning challenges that need to be addressed? A panel of parents and professionals will answer questions and help ease anxieties.

Registration is open in the children's department of the library. Information: 410-638-3151.

Monopoly Tournament part of reading program

The Abingdon branch of the Harford County Public Library recently held a Monopoly Tournament as part of its continuing Summer Reading Program.

About 45 players, mostly middle school pupils, participated in three 90-minute rounds. Kelly-Rose Leyko, 12, was the winner.

Hasbro Inc., owner of the trademark rights to the game and game pieces, provided game boards and prizes for the officially sanctioned tournament.

The Summer Reading Program continues at all 10 library branches until Aug. 27.


Enrollment open:

Enrollment is open at Trinity Lutheran School in Joppa for children entering nursery school through eighth grade. Information or to schedule a tour: 410-679-4000, ext. 185.

Summer camps:

Harford Community College is offering a variety of summer camps and programs for children and teens and adults.

Olympic Games Camps for boys and girls in grades one through nine are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Campers will work on athletic skills and practice Olympic events to prepare for the HCC Olympic Games, to be held on the last day of camp.

A Body Works Science Camp, for children ages 4 to 6, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15-19 in Room 006 of the Science Annex. The camp will answer questions about anatomy and physiology. 410-836- 4376 or 410-879-8920, ext. 376.

Career advice:

Cecil Community College will hold a college information and career advising session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Elkton Station. The free workshop is open to the public. Advisers from the college's credit and noncredit programs will be on hand to talk about training programs, workplace-readiness classes, lifelong learning and financial aid. Sessions are also scheduled for Sept. 6, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6 at the same time and place. 410-287-6060, ext. 641.

Senior expo:

Cecil Community College and the Cecil County Department of Aging will sponsor the third annual Senior Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Conference Center on the college's North East campus. Jayne Miller of WBAL-TV will talk about "The New Face of Aging." Presentations will discuss assets in retirement, wills, fitness, good nutrition and other topics. Admission is $5, including lunch and door prizes. Ken Robinson, 410-391-2366, ext. 608.

Learn to ride:

Cecil Community College is offering a "Basic Rider Course II" for experienced motorcycle riders Aug. 22. The one-day course, approved by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, will enable riders to get a Class "M" motorcycle license endorsement on a driver's license.

Topics to be covered are: preparing to ride, road management and advanced riding techniques. Riders must be able to use the clutch and throttle to get started, stop the motorcycle properly in a designated area, execute gradual and tight turns, upshift and downshift smoothly and reach a speed of at least 25 mph. They also must provide their own gear, including eye protection, a jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants and sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear. The course is taught on program motorcycles. A Basic Rider I course is offered through the summer. 410-287-1078.

Fall classes:

Cecil Community College is accepting registration for fall classes, which begin Aug. 31. Class schedules have been mailed to residents. Schedules also can be picked up at Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave., or at the North East campus, 1 Seahawk Drive. Cecil Community College offers 43 associate degrees and 39 certificate programs. 410-287-1000.

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