Our Programs

Village Home offers homeschoolers a variety of learning opportunities, activities, and travel for learners and their families.

Homeschooling provides customized, flexible, and adventurous learning. Village Home enhances our choice-based class experiences by providing diverse activities in which learners and families can participate. Village Home learners experience Field Trips, Teen Retreats, Outdoor School, and various types of teams and competitions such as Mock Trial, Model UN, First Lego League, and Destination Imagination.

Classes & Clubs

During the 2020-21 school year, Village Home offers 140 weekly classes and clubs online for self-directed learners who thrive in a classroom community with no grading and testing.  In our classes, we focus on community and learning together. Our classes have active, hands-on learning with plenty of opportunities to THINK collaboratively, even online. Our teachers engage your child’s imagination and ignite their desire to learn in small, mixed-age classes. The average class size is 10.  Classes are taught by paid professional instructors who are background-checked for your child’s safety. We also offer “clubs” which are casual gatherings hosted by Village Home parents.  Classes run in three 10-week terms. Most classes meet once a week for one hour. Click here for the current Course Catalog  

Service Learning

In addition to our volunteer program at Village Home for our families, we facilitate opportunities to serve our greater community. We know that giving back feels good, teaches us about the world and others, and strengthens our Village Home connection to make a difference in the world together. Village Home provides family-friendly community service opportunities for our learners and their families in the greater Portland/Metro area through our partnerships with Oregon Food Bank, SOLVEOregon,  Faith Cafe hot meals for those hungry for food and community,  and Northwest Children’s Outreach. We also encourage Village Home families to let us know about more opportunities for service! Thank you for your service to the community! Village Home is great because we have families who are willing to invest their time and talent in the community.    Upcoming Community Service Opportunities (See Field Trip Listing) For Information on our Teen Volunteer Program, click here.

Rivers Day Program

Covid-19 Fall 2020 Update: Rivers will not meet in-person, indoors this fall and we are sad to see that option go away for now, but look forward to the time when we can safely return to our classroom community. Current Offering for 2020/21 School Year until in-person, indoors resumes: All-Virtual Rivers with Weekly Online Check-in (includes Thrively): One-hour weekly online zoom community connection time. During this time together, we will build community as well as a love of learning. In addition, we are thrilled to provide Rivers learners with a Thrively account (not the basic free version, which is also cool), where the teacher will occasionally check-in to see what interests (academic and beyond) your learner is pursuing independently. The online community time will happen on Friday Mornings at 9:30. Cost: $200/10-week Session Optional Add-On Rivers Fresh Air Learning Session: In-person, small groups of up to 12 learning-together time on the Beaverton Campus (we will utilize the backlawn, rain or shine). The in-person sessions will be arranged in family-based cohorts (siblings together), so age ranges will be wider than usual. During their time together, we will use a variety of learning activities for in-person connection (community circle, read aloud, etc). Social distancing measures and other health and safety protocols will be in place, including state-mandated requirements for masks (details coming). We will schedule these sessions for Wednesday Morning and Afternoon. Cost: $40/session. Available as a one-off add-on, for those enrolled in All-Virtual Rivers Happy learning happens here. In Rivers, learners are academically and socially engaged and inspired to take ownership of their learning. This program is designed for homeschooling families looking for a classroom community part-time. The Village Home Day Program enters our 5th year in Fall 2020/21 with multiple cohorts in Beaverton. To join Rivers, submit an application, pay the Application Fee, and then schedule an interview. After the interview, a class visitation may be arranged with the instructor. Upon acceptance, a 10% deposit will is required to hold the spot in the cohort. Please note, this is NOT designed to be a comprehensive program — it is part-time only. Learn More  

Tutoring

Village Home Tutoring Ignite the Spark One Learner at a Time Individualized learning is more than a buzzword at Village Home.  We understand that every person is a unique learner with their own learning style and preferences.  One-on-one tutoring is the ultimate in personalized learning, allowing the learner to move at their own pace through material, in a way that is relevant to them.  So, whether you want to deepen understanding in a subject, or, manage to catch up in areas, one-on-one tutoring can be the most cost-effective and efficient way to do so. The Tutors Click to MEET OUR TUTORS Village Home hires tutors who are also classroom teachers at Village Home, so they have plenty of experience guiding various types of learners. From our bank of tutors, we can cover almost all subject areas and grade levels. All tutors are background checked and will meet you at either of our campuses or at another mutually agreed upon location About Tutoring Packages at Village Home You may purchase tutoring sessions in packs of one, five, or ten 60-minute sessions.  Based on your needs and preferences, we will help you select a suitable tutor.  The tutor will contact you within 24 hours to schedule an appointment at a mutually agreed upon time. We recommend scheduling your tutoring sessions with your tutor well in advance to ensure availability. Possible locations include Village Home main campus, a public library, or a public coffee shop. If you and the tutor are unable to find a mutually acceptable time, you may ask to be assigned to a different tutor. Or, if you feel your tutor is not a suitable match, please contact the office and we will help identify another tutor. Please email office@villagehome.org to purchase tutoring sessions. Complimentary 15 minute meet-and-greet session available with all tutors. Regular Academic Tutoring Session Session: 1 hour $45/hour for a single 60 minute session $210 for a 5 pack of 60-minute sessions ($42/session) $400 for a 10 pack of 60-minute sessions ($40/session) Reading Specialist Session Session: 1 hour $55 for Initial Evaluation Fee $50 per hour for a single 60-minute session $250 for a 5 pack of 60-minute sessions $450 for a 10 pack of 60-minute sessions ($45/session) Music Lesson Session: 30 minutes $35 for a single 30-minute lesson $175 for a 5 pack of 30-minute lessons $300 for a 10 pack of 30-minute lessons ($30/lesson) Please call the office at 503-597-9100 to schedule a tutoring session. Refund and Cancellation Policy Tutoring packages must be paid in full at time of registration. There are no refunds for tutoring sessions delivered. Tutoring packages expire at the end of the current academic year, June 30, and there are no refunds for expired hours. You are required to give your tutor 24-hour notice of cancellation. If you fail to give notification and miss an appointment, you forfeit that session. For more information: 503-597-9100, or email tutor@villagehome.org   

Theater Arts/Drama Program at Village Home

Each year, our Drama Department offers three different opportunities for our learners to shine on stage: Fall Musical (staged at end of Fall Term) for ages 10-15. Bloom Homegrown Talent Show (Spring Term) Teen Play (staged in May) for ages 14+ Our fall musical productions strive to include as many learners on stage as possible. We believe in the power of theater for building self-confidence and community spirit.  The productions are a fantastic team effort that includes many volunteer parents helping behind the scenes with everything from set building to folding programs. The spring teen drama is a smaller production aimed at giving high school aged learners the chance to stretch their acting wings. Both productions involve learners in every aspect of the production on stage and behind the scenes – we believe in giving the students complete ownership of the process. Once opening night begins, the Director is in the audience, and the learners have taken over the process completely, supporting and helping each other, and taking care of all of the backstage management. Often there is also a Props & Costumes class where learners help with designing and creating the costumes, props and sets. Between the Beaverton and Salem campuses, the Village Home Drama Department serves upwards of 100 learners each year, each with their own individual creative contribution to making art come to life for our community. Since 2015, Village Home hosts  a chapter of the International Thespian Society. Click for more information on our Drama Club: drama-club-thespians These are a few pics from our teen production in May 2019. Fall Musicals 2020 TBA 2019 Willy Wonka JR 2018 The Lion King JR 2017 The Little Mermaid JR. 2016 Elf Jr. 2015 Guys & Dolls Jr. 2014 Peter Pan Jr. 2013 Alice in Wonderland Jr. 2012 Seussical Jr. 2011 Bugsy Malone Jr. 2010 Aladdin Jr. 2009 Willy Wonka Jr. 2008 Pirates of Penzance Jr. Spring Plays 2020 James and the Giant Peach (Postponed) 2019 Bad Auditions for Bad Actors 2018 16 in Ten Minutes or Less 2017  Our Town 2016 Twelve Angry Jurors 2015 Almost, Maine 2014 Check, Please! 2013 Phantom Tollbooth 2012 Crazy House  

Field Trips & Workshops Portland Area

 At Village Home, we embrace hands-on learning beyond the classroom walls, so you will discover a large array of opportunities here that appeal to our diverse community members. Field Trips may be academic, environmental, recreational, or cultural in nature. We take advantage of school-shows with special pricing frequently. Village Home is often able to pass on significant savings from regular prices, and we always do the planning legwork for you. Workshops are unique, one-time offerings typically held at Village Home. Examples of workshops include our Artisan Workshop series featuring area artists, holiday workshops, visits from the Oregon Zoo, and more. The typical workshop is one to three hours in length. Prices and times vary, see event listing for details. Registering for Field Trips, Workshops, and other special opportunities is fast and easy! SEE OUR CURRENT FIELD TRIPS HERE SEE OUR CURRENT WORKSHOPS HERE Field Trip and Workshop Policy Payment is required at the time of registration. You are responsible for paying for all events you register for, even if you do not attend the event. Field trip participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied on off-campus field trips by a parent, guardian, or parent designee. (Workshops at Village Home do not require parent attendance, unless noted.) Field trips begin and end at the field trip location. Village Home provides no transportation to and from field trips. Village Home does not allow "caravanning" to a field trip location. We encourage participants to carpool whenever possible, but carpooling arrangements must be made amongst participants. Refund Policy: Your registration is your commitment to participate in the field trip or workshop and to pay for the event. You will be responsible for paying for all events you register for, even if you do not attend the event. In some cases, we are able to accommodate a cancellation request. For example, if you registered for an event, then changed your mind about attending, you may contact the Field Trip Coordinator (fieldtrips@villagehome.org) to make a cancellation request. If we are able to honor the request, we will. If not, you are still responsible for payment. All cancellation requests are subject to approval by the Field Trip Coordinator. Refunds will be made to all parties if Village Home cancels the event. Field Trip participants represent Village Home in the community, and are expected to follow our guidelines to respect self, others, and property at all times. Late arrivals will not be accommodated. Suggest a Field Trip Have an idea for a field trip? We want to hear from you! Please email fieldtrips@villagehome.org to let us know about great field trip opportunities. We are happy to put together a great slate of offerings with help from the community. Thank you for the input! Be a Field Trip Leader Be a trip leader! Help Village Home be a strong, close-knit community by volunteering as a trip leader. Trip leaders are the go-to person at the field trip event, and the glue that holds the group together. It is an easy, but vitally important job. Trip leaders make the trips fun for everyone! What does a Trip Leader do? Before the trip, we will send you a list of all of the attendees. Stop by the office to pick up a "Village Home" sign to hold up at the event. Arrive 10 minutes early at the designated meeting place with your handy-dandy sign, and greet Village Home attendees as they arrive. Like a good hostess, introduce participants to each other. Answer participant questions. Serve as the on-site contact with the venue, if needed. After the trip, send an email to fieldtrips@villagehome.org to let  us know if this is a trip we should do again, or to report any things that didn't go as planned. Benefits of being a trip leader: You get to help make a wonderful experience for your VH friends! If we have a "free pass" for trip chaperones, that benefit will be passed to you as the trip leader. Sign Me Up! It's easy, simply register for the field trips you want to enjoy with your friends, and email fieldtrips@villagehome.org to let us know you are willing to serve as the field trip leader. Thank you in advance for your help!

Retreats & Outdoor School

Village Home organizes the Teen Retreat each fall (ages 13+) and Outdoor School (ages 9 – 14) each spring. These overnight adventures last a few days and are chaperoned by VH staff and parent volunteers. These opportunities that build and strengthen relationships between VH friends are invaluable.

Competitions & Bees

Village Home of Champions: Learning in Friendly Competition Village Home learners shine at regional, state, and national school competitions and Bees. Our learners have the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions, and have won numerous awards after competing in national and global arenas. Most recently, one of Village Home’s three Mock Trial Teams won the 2015 State Championship and competed at nationals in North Carolina. Mock Trial, Model United Nations, and the International Thespian Honor Society are Village Home classes in the course catalog, and teams are formed from those classes. Other Village Home teams are created and led by parent volunteers and include Destination Imagination, First Lego League, Jr. First Lego League, and First Tech Challenge. The Homeschool Bees are hosted by Village Home and open to all Portland/Metro area homeschoolers. The National History Bee, the National Geographic Bee, and the Scripps Spelling Bee series begin in January each year. Read more about all of these opportunities below, and check the Village Home Calendar and Events page for current dates and deadlines. Mock Trial The Village Home Mock Trial program (VHMT) started in 2010 with a small group of interested learners. Over the years it has grown into a highly successful program with two or more teams each year. VHMT participates in the Oregon High School Mock Trial competition, organized by Classroom Law Project. Each year, over 70 teams from high schools around the state compete in regional competitions in March. VHMT has consistently placed in the top five at the state tournament. In 2015, VHMT won State and represented Oregon at Nationals. Members work hard but have tons of fun while challenging themselves, learning important life skills, and making lasting memories with their teammates.  To prepare, teams prep mock court cases, playing the roles of attorneys, witnesses, and court officers. They develop critical analysis, public speaking, teamwork, and research skills while learning about legal concepts and civic engagement.  Team members gain poise and self-confidence under pressure. Through in-class practices and scrimmages with other schools, the team(s) prepare for competition. Mock Trial requires a commitment outside of class – extra practices and scrimmages happen outside of the regular class time and teach learners valuable time management skills.  More details about this year’s program here.  Model United Nations Model United Nations is an incredible opportunity for students from all over the state to come together and debate real-world, relevant issues. Not only does it allow for in-depth and stimulating research about these topics, but it provides a platform to begin discussion on an ultimate solution. Every generation is given a duty to maintain security and international harmony. Model United Nations strives to emulate the peacekeeping qualities of the true United Nations: an organization created for peace and for justice. In a world plagued by violence, the United Nations stands as a prevailing hope of civilized argument, of agreement, and of compromise. In 2013, VH student Amelia Bryan, was awarded Secretary. In 2014, the VH team represented Canada and Turkey, and in 2015, the VH team represented Russia. International Thespian Honor Society The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Since 1929, EdTA has inducted more than 2 million Thespians into ITS. That number continues to grow, with more than 36,000 students from around the country being inducted each year. Village Home’s Thespian is led by troupe director Loriann Schmidt. Students earn an invitation to be inducted into the Thespian Society. Thespian troupes include students in grades 9-12, and Junior Thespian troupes include students in grades 6-8. There are troupes in more than 4,000 high schools and middle schools. A few of our Thespian alumni are famous names from the entertainment industry, including Tom Hanks, Val Kilmer, James Marsters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Stephen Schwartz. But most alumni are in just about any industry you can imagine and excel using skills they learned as Thespians. Village Home currently has an active Thespian and Junior Thespian Troupe. For more information: VH Drama Club & Thespians Destination Imagination The mission of Destination Imagination (DI) is to develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st Century Skills and creativity. The DI program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a regional and state tournaments. Start a Team Information. First Lego League/Jr. First Lego League First Lego League introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. For children ages 6-9, Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) captures young children’s curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO® bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey. First Tech Challenge First Tech Challenge is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. Individual Competitions Every year Village Home hosts the Portland/Metro Homeschool Bees! These include the National History Bee, the National Geographic Bee, and the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Bees start in January, and are open

Preschool Offerings

Preschool Enrichment for Homeschooled Children and Their Parents at Village Home All of our preschool offerings require parent attendance and participation at all times. In addition to our scheduled classes and clubs, we have an on-site play area for our families with preschoolers so that you can enjoy playing together while older siblings are in class. We offer a small handful of preschool classes and clubs for you to enjoy with your preschooler. Little Villagers at Village Home Little Villagers is our primary offering for the preschoolers and their parent. Little Villagers provides a gentle, home-like environment, where children have the freedom and opportunity to simply be children. Self directed creative play occupies a large portion of their day, as play is truly the work of the child. We believe that the best environment for learning and development is one in which children gain self-esteem, enjoy discovering basic learning materials, develop cooperative play skills, and build trusting relationships with each other and with adults. We encourage children to be individuals while learning to respect the rights of others and progress at their own pace. We believe parent’s involvement is essential since the parent is the primary educator. Little Villagers will enrich the parent-child relationship through parent participation and leadership in the classroom. Parents achieve a better understanding of their child’s development with regular involvement in the children’s activities and play materials. What guides the attitudes, words, and gestures of our parents and facilitators is the knowledge that young children learn through imitation.  Parents are an integral part of Little Villagers through their presence. Parents are asked to model active participation in every aspect of our daily routine. The instructor strongly encourages the parent to share their ideas, suggestions, and input.  Little Villagers is for our youngest community members (ages 3 – 4 years old). Parents are asked to bring a nut-free snack from home for their own child and themselves daily. At Little Villagers we have a flexible, unhurried daily rhythm included in all of our activities: outdoor play, story time, block building, painting, clay and beeswax modeling, circle time and bread baking to name a few.

High School/Homeschool

High school experiences vary between individuals here at Village Home. Before 9th grade, homeschooling is straightforward; there are no "credits", no "diploma" related decisions until 9th grade. Over the years, we have noticed there are three primary ways learners work their way through the high school years. Regardless of your approach to the high school years, we offer a program to help teens navigate this time, and to assist with education-related decisions. See our CHOICES program for more details. Homeschool or Unschool Some learners choose to continue their independent learning path at Village Home and in the community, and bypass high school official paths with a diploma at the end. Homeschoolers who are about 18 may attend colleges and universities, hack their own college education, travel (gap year), enter community college (including alternative community colleges such as Wayfinding), enter professional training programs (note: some REQUIRE a GED or diploma), or pursue their career interests. If you are interested in applying to college as a homeschooler or unschooler, we recommend researching admission information in the 9th grade year to find out what the requirements are for admission for homeschoolers at colleges you may be interested in attending. Most universities include this information on their website. For homeschool applicants, there is typically a requirement to take the SAT or ACT, at least one subject test, and two years of for-credit foreign language. In addition, homeschool applicants will be asked to summarize their learning in a portfolio format, including their Village Home classes, self-study classes, classes taken at the community college, and internships. Dual Credit PCC Programs Some VH high school learners stay at Village Home until they enroll in one of the dual-credit charter school programs when they are 16 years-old to earn high school and college credit. (Enrolling in PCC courses prior to age 16 is possible, but not typical.) Most VH students continue to take classes at Village Home while also taking classes at PCC. It is easy to fit at least 3-4 VH classes/week into a typical PCC schedule, and we have noticed that students who remain grounded in their community at Village Home are experiencing better outcomes in their dual-credit programs at PCC. Students in a dual-credit program typically earn their high school diploma in 2-3 years (not 4), and also earn college credits that are guaranteed to transfer to Oregon State Universities, and often also transfer to many other private and public universities. Learners may also have the option to earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree simultaneously. These programs require students to place at a certain level on  the Compass Test Entrance Exam at PCC at a particular level. See Baker Early College, and Summit Learning Academy  for details. Additional dual-credit programs include Gateway to College, which is managed directly by PCC, and district-based programs, which tend to more narrowly define participation as compared to the charter-based programs. We host an information session each spring for families interested in applying to these dual-credit options. Enroll in Public or Private High School Some homeschoolers or independent learners want a diploma and prefer a traditional path to that end. Enrolling in a traditional public or private high school is a very defined path to a diploma. As such, it is easiest to enter this path during the 9th grade year, although students may enter their neighborhood school at other junctures. What About College?

Family Events

Village Home hosts annual family events for the community! Check the Village Home Calendar for the current dates of these events. Fall Term Trunk or Treat – Families decorate their parked cars while the community visits each “trunk” for a “treat”! Everyone gets in the October Halloween spirit and dresses in costume. There are always games and crafts for all ages, and snacks, too! Entrepreneur Fair – Do you have a child who enjoys crafting or baking? Do you enjoy crafting or baking? Would you like to sell the items you make? The whole family is welcome to participate in the November Entrepreneur Fair. Sign up for a table by providing a food donation of at least 2 cans of food for Bethel’s Food Pantry. Winter Term Game Night – Gather with Village Home families to share an evening that includes a potluck, games, and music, too! SpringTerm BLOOM Talent Show and Fundraiser – This is Village Home’s main fundraiser coupled with the annual talent show. A raffle fundraiser over the past few years have been quite a success, along with the silent auction the night of the show. Come for light refreshments, bidding on items and parent-donated parties, and watching the heart-warming performances of our talented community. Summerfest – The best way to celebrate the end of the year is to have a big party, and every year, that’s what we do! This is a time to play games, have a picnic, pick up your yearbook, get some faces painted, visit the petting zoo, and listen to class performances. Each year, the celebration gets bigger…the more the merrier!

Educational Travel

Travel with Village Home Each year, Village Home brings travel opportunities to our families. Trips are planned based on direct feedback from the community. A variety of trips will be planned, but they all include opportunity for educational experiences or cultural experiences or adventure. Trips are designed to be family-friendly, but in some cases it is possible for teens to travel with a Village Home chaperone. Watch this page for news of past and upcoming trips. Upcoming Trips Homeschooler Trip to Europe June 2015 As homeschoolers, we know that the world is our classroom. We are excited to provide opportunities to experience the global classroom first hand and give our kids the chance to develop into global citizens.  International travel gives students (and adults) new perspectives of the world around them, as well as new perspectives about themselves and their unique and special place in the world. EF is the world leader in affordable, educational travel and we are proud to be partnering with them to create safe, educational, affordable trips. EF trips include options for earning high school or college credit, through a  new, innovative project-based educational program  at no additional cost to enrich the experience. Upcoming Trip: AP European History 12 Day Tour June 2015 (Cities: Rome, Florence, Paris, Normandy, London – must be 14 by Sept 1 2014 in order to join the trip) Click here for the tour website with itinerary and videos: www.eftours.com/1495381WF This trip is designed for high school students who will be 14 by September 1, 2014, and who can travel independently.  Of course, parents and siblings are always welcome too, but keep in mind, this is a fast-paced, educational adventure that covers Rome, Florence, Paris, Normandy, and London in 12 days packed full of fun and learning; not a family-style vacation! The trip includes professional tour guide, accommodations, breakfast and dinner, transportation and flights,  tours and admissions. Tips, insurance, lunches, snacks, and optional excursions not included. Monthly payment plan (interest-free) available.   Past Journeys Battleground Lake Family Camping 2014 Village Home families had a wish list of things they wanted for camping and we were able to oblige! Battleground Lake is conveniently located less than an hour from Portland, it’s warm and dry with on-site group activities and water play. Campers were swimming, boating, tubing, rafting every day, all day long! Families not able to camp were able to join the group for an easy day trip. South Beach Family Camping 2013 We returned to South Beach for the amazing beach experience and educational opportunities available in Newport. From early morning clamming when the tide was low, to a bike ride and visit to Hatfield Marine Science Center, everyone bundled up and enjoyed their Oregon Coast beach experience. Tumalo State Park Family Camping 2012 Nestled in the heart of sunny central Oregon, Tumalo rests along Oregon’s spectacular Deschutes River. The campground is simultaneously close enough to the town of Bend to make a quick jaunt to the grocery store, but far enough away to escape the commotion. Everyone spent hours floating in the river, and soaking up the beautiful scenery. Nehalem Bay Family Camping 2011 Manzanita is a great beach town, albeit windy! The group enjoyed easy access to the beach and the town life. Watching the sun set over the ocean in the shadow of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain is a highlight. Some folks tried their hand at kayaking too! Tugman Family Camping 2010 Tugman State Park is relatively unknown — a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast, approximately 3.5 hours from the Portland metroplex was home away from home for VH families this summer. Situated on Eel Lake, swimming, canoeing, sailing and boating ruled the day. We enjoyed the famous Oregon Dunes Recreation area, less than a mile away. South Beach August 2009 Twenty-two Village Home families camped together at South Beach State Park. Together we played on the beach, explored tidepools, paddled in kayaks, swam across a fresh water lake, played field games, and sang around the campfire. It was the highlight of the summer for many! Camping in Bend Oregon August 2008 About twenty Village Home families will explore the high desert together in August. Our adventure includes a day at the High Desert Museum, naturalist walks, and sketching classes. We even have a few brave souls who are white water rafting! Fun for the whole family! Williamsburg and Washington DC June 2008 Forty-two Village Home travelers explored the roots of American History in a 10-day trip June 2008. We visited colonial Williamsburg, Pamplin Park, Jamestown, Yorktown, and Old Town Alexandria. In DC, we toured the monuments on bicycles, explored the Smithsonian Institution, and toured the US Capitol, among other things. Overall, it was a memorable trip full of laughs, learning, and fun! Camping at the Oregon Coast August 2007 Village Home families ventured to Honeyman State Park on the first overnight family travel event in Village Home’s history. Together, we climbed the sand dunes, went swimming and kayaking, and ate a lot of s’mores! The start of an annual tradition!

Community Partners

Community Partners are local businesses and organizations that complement Village Home’s learning community. Often Community Partners offer deals to Village Home Members. Think of them when looking for an activity or service for you or a family member. Do you want to become a Community Partner? Submit your application now! Or contact caren.delacruz@villagehome.org for details.   A LITTLE ALASKA PO Box 1033, Cordova, AK 99574 907-429-3219 summer@alittlealaska.com Village Home family Molly Mulvaney, Eric Manzer and Sully Mulvaney’s business, A Little Alaska, runs Adventure in Alaska – A Trip for Teens, based out of their home and bunkhouse in Cordova, Alaska. It’s a unique opportunity for homeschooled and self directed teens to safely explore the natural environment around the small coastal town of Cordova. Teens increase their independence and confidence while deepening their awareness of the natural world and human interdependence with all things.   CODE NINJAS 18081 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road #1, Tigard, OR 97224 (971) 229-2900 tigardor@codeninjas.com Kids love technology, games, and having fun with friends. Parents want to give their kids the best and brightest future possible. Everyone wins at Code Ninjas. Kids learn to code through our engaging game-based curriculum that teaches teamwork, logic, math, and problem solving. They gain vital skills while having a blast. That’s the Code Ninjas way!   AVID4ADVENTURE 8825 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225 (720) 249-2412 info@avid4.com Avid4 Adventure Portland summer camps teach K – 7th graders of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. With help from our time-tested curriculum and experienced instructors, we give campers solid outdoors skills and character-shaping confidence they can use at camp and beyond, launching them into a lifetime of empowering adventure. Camps will run weekly from June – August at the Catlin Gabel School.   ONE RIVER SCHOOL 15010 SW Bangy Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035 (503) 606-8861 lakeoswego@oneriverschool.com One River School teaches students ages Pre-K through adulthood art, design, and photography. Our unique teaching method allows students to have fun, make inspiring artwork, learn about contemporary art and grow their skills along the way. Village Home families receive $50 off of one month of one class! THE HELLO FOUNDATION One Lincoln Center, Suite 410, Portland, OR 97223, (503) 517-8555 jenny.peddicord@thehellofoundation.com We are a private practice providing speech-language and occupational therapies. We can provide free screenings and/or parent education events.   URBAN NEST Carolyn Groves, Realtor, Licensed in Oregon and VH Parent 3041 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR (503) 381-9785 carolyn@urbannestpdx.com Before moving to Portland in the fall of 2008, Carolyn was a librarian and used her research skills to find the best spot to continue homeschooling her daughters. They fell in love with Portland and quickly became active in Village Home’s east side campus; the girls (who are now 13 and 16) taking classes, and Carolyn running the Unschooling Chat and participating in the east side Parent Action Committee for several years. Ten years later, they continue to love homeschooling, Village Home, and the amazing city of Portland. As a way to give back to the homeschooling community that has been so great to her family, Carolyn has created a website called Portland Homeschooling Resources. If you know of a business or organization that should be listed, please let Carolyn know! Carolyn loves that she gets to use the same customer service, research, and problem solving skills she used as a librarian to assist her clients in navigating the often complex waters of buying and selling a home! You can follow her on social media at www.facebook.com/CarolynGrovesPDX.   THE CIRCUS PROJECT 1420 NW 17th Ave, Suite 388, Portland, OR (503) 764–9174 frontdesk@thecircusproject.org The Circus Project is a Portland-based nonprofit that is dedicated to transforming lives through the circus arts via public classes, outreach and equity programs and artistic development opportunities. We believe that circus arts are a powerful tool for growth, as they teach strength, resilience, goal-setting and communication, all in an environment that remains creative and fun! Our circus classes cover a variety of disciplines (trapeze, aerial fabric, tumbling, juggling, dance and more!) for people of all levels and abilities. We also offer private lessons, birthday parties and intensive training companies for the dedicated student.