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Egg-Citement at Graves Mtn Lodge

We are all set to go back to Graves Mtn Lodge in Syria VA on the 22nd of April at 10am for a program called "Egg-citement" - this is for grades K to 6th.  The cost is $7.50 a person and pymt is due by the 15th of March 2015.  Send your pymt payable to REACH to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508....

Through a series of hands-on activities at the chicken house and farm pond, students will investigate the beginning of life of several species. Young visitors can observe an assortment of chicken, amphibian and insect eggs, view developing chicken embryos, go on an egg hunt and complete an art activity related to bird nests. (Each child gets to take home one plastic egg with a toy animal inside and/or an age appropriate craft and a Graves Mountain Farm coloring book. 


This is the last talk that Mr. Hennes is going to do and he talked to the library about speaking to our group again so we have him scheduled on the 23rd of Feb.  He is 96 yrs old now and he was in the Hilter Youth Army at the age of 10 and captured as a POW in Africa at age 17.  He will tell you about his life, the early years in the Hilter youth army, he saw HILTER 3 times and he will describe him to you, about his life in the war and after the war...  

He has spoken to our group twice now and each time we had standing room.. So this event FILLS UP VERY FAST.   He lives here in Fredburg and I will be picking him up and bringing him to the event.  I am going to charge $5.00 a family to attend and with that $5.00 I will purchase some of his books and we will give them away at the end of the event.  So that way we can help him out with purchase of his books and some money to come and talk to us..

So I am limited to 175 total so that we don't go over firecode.   SO if you want to attend email me at - plmk how many are coming - THIS EVENT IS FOR AGES MATURE 9 and up and make sure they know about WWII and the HOLOCAUST>  He does not talk alot about it but it is mentioned and some of the questions at the end folks ask about it.  I recommend that if you have younger kids you FIND A SITTER that night as he is soft spoken and the room has to be quiet for everyone to hear him.. 

Spring soccer with mrs murphy

 Soccer will be starting up again in the spring and Mrs Murphy is coming back to teach our kids again.  So if you would like to play and learn email me at - there is a limit on the number of kids for each level - so make sure you rsvp today so you don't miss out..

 Pymt will be due the 1st day of class - you will pay Mrs. Murphy directly...

Spring Soccer* Weeks of April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 13 Classes  Elementary players:  K-5thWednesday’s @ 10:30-11:30am Middle & High School players (co-ed):  6th-12th Wednesday’s @ 11:30-12:45

 Cost: $42 per player 

Players need to bring:Filled water bottleSoccer BallCleats & Shin guards (optional, but encouraged) 

THe Princess and Pea by VA Opera

 We are invited again to see a FREE Opera Show by the Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts for The Princess and the Pea on April 24th, 2015  The time of the show is 9:30am..  Show will run for about 1 hr...
This performance is done by the VA Opera out of Richmond.... Appropriate Audience: Grades K-5 and Community

humorous adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story with a few modern twists. A young girl whose royal blood could only be confirmed by testing her sensitivity to a pea  becomes a short opera sure to bring many laughs for young audiences. Just what tests will this young princess have to undergo to prove her lineage? 

Beyond the Mask - Sign up online

Beyond the Mask Movie - Sign up on line

Use this website instead of the other one to rsvp for the movie in April - if you used the other one it is okay.  This has more info than the other website.  Hope you can make the movie - please feel free to share with others.  

We've designed a web page specifically for your showing of Beyond the Mask. It gives the details of your showing, and makes it easy for guests to buy tickets.  The movie is NR - non rated...
We need 52 more to make this event a go -

so make sure to visit the website and rsvp today.... 

REACH Used Book sale - may 21st

The REACH used booksale will take place on the 21st of May at the Old Silk Mill in Fredburg from 9-2pm.  I am limited to 35 sellers.  The cost is $20.00 per person for a spot - you have to bring your own table and chair with you.  Set up is at 8am.  Sell between 9-2pm and clean up and be done by 3pm.  The only fee you have to pay is for your spot as I have to pay to rent the building.   

You are welcome to bring curriculum, books, games, toys, puzzles, dvds, computer equipment, science tools and so on.  

It is upto each seller if you want to accept checks from buyers.  I would also recommend you bring bags to give out so that folks so that they can carry their stuff in them.  
If you would like to be a seller contact me at - I need pymt by the 1st of April 2015.  Please send to REACH to Wanda Sloper 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508 

So spread the word and lets get folks to go...Wanda 

Greenbrier hotel and bunker tour

We are scheduled to visit the Greenbrier Hotel and Bunker on in March starting at 10am.  This event is for kids 10 and up only - I am limited to 25 total.  So this means NO LITTLE ONES under 9 permitted at this fieldtrip..... There is a dress code for this event - they said no baggy jeans or holes in the pants, no t-shirts or hats.  This is a 5 star resort and they want you to dress nice for this event - not Sunday best but a nice pair of pants and a nice shirt... RSVP for this event.

Flying Squirrels Education Days – April 15th and April 29th

I just wanted to let you know that the Flying Squirrels will be hosting TWO Education Days at The Diamond on April 15th and April 29th this upcoming 2015 season! Start time for each game will be 10:35am with gates opening at 9:30am.

Secretariat Event


The annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County will have extra horsepower this year. Fans can enjoy an even bigger celebration for “Big Red” at his birthplace as a major highlight of the new Virginia Horse Festival, March 27-29.Over the three days, the Secretariat birthday festivities will include:Celebrity appearances and autograph signings by members of the Secretariat team

A VIP reception and program in Meadow Hall mansionVisits with local Secretariat descendantsAn extensive selection of Secretariat merchandise for purchaseSpecial Secretariat and Meadow Stable memorabilia on displayNarrated tram tours of the farm, including special VIP tours with members of the Secretariat teamAn Open House at Meadow Hall featuring the Meadow Champion Galleries, Triple Crown Room and Museum of the Virginia Horse 

Homeschool Formal - May 12th

For more info about the Formal in May contact me via 

Portuguese beginning class

Mrs. Plonka is going to be teaching Beginning Portuguese 101 starting on the 19th of Feb for 6 weeks. Classes will be held at Salem Fields Community Church in Fredburg.  Time of classes is 10-11am for ages 8-12 yr olds and 11:15-12:15pm for ages 13 and up.  The cost is $35.00 for 6 weeks of 1 hr classes.. 
Each student will need to bring to class a pack of 3x5 index cards - ruled or unruled - does not matter, notebook and pen/pencil.  Also please the teacher know if your child has allergies as they will be eating some food as well.  

The class is limited to 12 students per timeframe.  
If you would like to do this class email me at - plmk how many and which timeframe you are doing.  Pymt is due in full by the 13th of Feb.  Please send to REACH c/o Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508. 


The REACH Art class taught by Sandy Morgenstern is having an open house on the 7th of March at the Salem Church Library from 1-4pm and you are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be available and you will have the opportunity to meet the young artist and see all of their work.   So mark your calendar to come out and see what they have done - the kids have been working hard and their artwork show it.  

Salem Church library is located at:2607 Salem Church Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 


Our Goal

REACH's goal is to offer meaningful and educational opportunities for all homeschoolers in the Virginia area. REACH is Christian-led, but is open to all regardless of religion, race or politics. We are a very active group that participates in many field-trips and workshops for children of all ages.


REACH covers Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Greene Co, Charlottesville, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, King George, Caroline County, PWC, Warrenton, Manassas, Haymarket, Sumerduck, Remington, Dumfries, Woodbridge, Leesburg, Springfield, Fairfax, Reston, Herndon, Chantilly, Richmond, Caroline, Midlothian, Williamsburg, Colonial Beach, Glen Allen, Staunton, Winchester, DC, Maryland, and more.


REACH has a subscription fee of $36.00 per family per calendar year . The subscription includes monthly newsletters and all of the REACH emails. Membership cost is $36.00 for August to June 2015. In March membership drops to $20.00

What We Do

Our events include:

  • Bowling League,  Homeschool Soccer
  • Reading Club, Community Book Giveaway
  • RHO Honor Society, National Beta Club
  • Math Counts, Science Olympiad
  • Destination Imagination
  • Graduation for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Seniors
  • Homecoming, Valentines Dance and Prom
  • GWL, Colonial Williamsburg, Ripley's Museum
  • Natural Bridge Retreat and Safari Park
  • Disney World in Florida
  • Lego, Crochet, Stamp Club, American Girl, Film Making Club
  • Drama 1 and Drama 2
  • EFK, Mad Science
  • Moo Bingo, Shane's Family Fun Nights
  • Valentine's, Easter, End of School, Back to School, Harvest, and Christmas Parties
  • Contests, Art classes
  • Linda Bailey Nature Classes
  • Spanish,  Portuguese classes
  • Speakers and author book signings
  • Yearbook, School Pictures
  • Mythology Exam, Scripps Spelling Bee
  • Broadway shows, Plays, Disney on Ice
  • Circus,  Harlem Globetrotters
  • Book club, teen literature, and writing club,
  • Ihop Family Nights and Pancake workshops
  • History 101 classes, Lake Anna classes
  • Tons of field-trips
  • And more


To join REACH fill out the form below. Membership cost is $36.00 for August to June 2015. In March membership drops to $20.00.
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Dues to REACH are $36.00 per family for the year. Please send your check payable to REACH to:

Wanda Sloper

35451 Wilderness Shores Way

Locust Grove, VA 22508

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What REACH Means To Me

REACH is a fantastic resource to the MANY homeschool events that happen across the state of VA, particularly central VA. Wanda is an inexhaustible source of knowledge when it comes to this area and she schedules these fantastic field trips to places I didn't even know existed but that turn out to be gems and fit in so well with whatever we are studying at home. The other thing that is so wonderful is the group rates and discounts that she is able to secure because of the size of our group and because of her background and experience in scheduling these types of things. Even though we live over an hour from Fredricksburg and many of the events scheduled are too far away for us to participate in, we still join every year and it is always worth it. As long as we are homeschooling in this area, we will be members of REACH!

-Mrs. Buckley

The Reach Homeschool Group has been a wonderful blessing to me and my family. The wide range of activities, fieltrips, clubs, and a wide variety of events available to our families and homeschool community is so easily accessible through this group. You just receive the event information, and choose what is best for your family. When I joined back in 2008 after a two year tour in NC where there was a very limited amount of events to participate in, I was thrilled! Did several trips each month, and they were organized, educational and fun. I highly recommend this group. Thanks very much, to Wanda Sloper.

- The Kilhenny Family

We love REACH homeschool group. We have been the members of a couple other homeschool groups that promised a lot and did not deliver. REACH always delivers! We are homeschooling one child who is entering 4th grade. We have been members of REACH since she was in Kindergarten. REACH offers something for every age group. We have taken advantage of many opportunities, including classes REACH offers such as drawing and Mad Science. We have been on numerous local field trips, such as Ferry Farm trips, Leesylvania State Park, and even a tour of a sewage plant! REACH also organizes very affordable overnight family trips several of which we have taken advantage of, such as a trip by train to New York City and a trip to Disney World. As my daughter gets older we are really looking forward to many of the opportunities that REACH offers older children. Really, there is something for everyone. My only fear about REACH is that Wanda will retire before my daughter graduates. It would be a great loss to the homeschooling community.

- Mrs. Shojinga

Being a member of REACH allows my family to pick and choose many activities that I enrich our homeschooling. We have gone to plays, a lavender farm and a presentation by Ken Ham about dinosaurs and creation. Without REACH, I would not know that these opportunities exist. Wanda does an excellent job of providing such a wide range of activities that there truly is something for everyone! We are hoping to do more this year, including some service projects. Being relatively new to Virginia, REACH has helped us to explore more of our surrounding areas

- Mrs. Anderson