potomac eagle railroad fieldtrip - Oct 2016 - THIS fieldtrip is now closed......

We are scheduled to ride the Potomac RR in Oct - let me tell you if you have not done this before you are missing out - when the leaves are all in color on the mountains it is the most spectacular sight.  Also the Eagles are known to be in the Mountains and often you can see them flying.   The date is a Sunday and we depart the train at 2:30pm - it is an 3 hr round trip ride....I am in the process of setting up another train ride on Sat in Western MD and scheduling some activities there - then you can spend the night at either MD or WVA.   
The cost is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for ages 4 to 12th grade -if you were to go on your own it is $50.00 for adults, 20.00 for kids ages 4 to 12 yrs old... so your 13 yrs and up would be paying $50.00 to ride the train. ... so a family of 4 would pay 70.00 compared to $140.00 if you had under 12 or $200.00 if you had 2 kids ages 13 and up....So you are getting a great deal..... 3 and under are FREE....
I have asked for more seats for the Table Car seating - so you have a table where you sit - you are welcome to bring a lunch for the event - they said small coolers were fine - not oversized ones please.  (We are at 101 attending - so far we can add a few more - last call then this event will close out)
They do sell hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, drinks and etc on the train.....
I have to prepay for this event as their train rides for the fall SELL OUT - so if you would like to go email me and let me know how many are going - how many kids ages 4 to grade 12th - how many adults and if any are free.   

Western MD Scenic RR tour - oct 2016 - tie in with potomac eagle - this fieldtrip is now closed out

I was able to get ahold of the MD Scenic RR train folks and they do have availability on their train for Oct - they only have 60 seats left.  Since this is their peak season they don't offer school rates - the best price I could get is $35.00 for adults and 18.00 for kids - the regular price if you went on your own is $45.00 for adults 13 and up and $26.00 for kids.  For this event their are no free tickets for kids under a certain age....During Oct they add $5.00 more to their ticket prices because of the demand on the train to go and see the fall leaves....Time is 11:30am to 2pm - 2 1/2 hr train ride....
I need to reserve seats for this date or we will lose out - What I need is email from you if you are planning to attend - I need to know how many adults and kids.  Pymt for this event is due July 15th.  Please note once this is paid there are NO REFUNDS if you cannot make it - you are welcome to sell your spots to another family if you cannot make it.  
So email me at if you are planning to attend ...
Travel back through time aboard our restored diesel locomotive on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. You’ll climb through the Allegheny Mountains on the Western Maryland #501, a GP30 built in the 1960's, easily recognizable due to its high profile and stepped cab roof, unique among American locomotives. A narrator will be on-board to provide you with interesting historical facts and significant cultural locations along the route to Mountain View. On this trip we layover at Frostburg MD - there is a small museum there you can visit and they do have a gift shop and if you go up the hill you can go into the small town of Frostburg... 

ghost tour of historical cumberland md - oct 2016 - tie in with potomac eagle and scenic western md rr.  this fieldtrip is now closed out

We are all set to do a Ghost Historical tour at 6:30pm on the 15th of Oct.  Basically it is private tour that will take us around town and show us buildings and homes and talk about incidents from 1754 to present. Alot of history in that town.  The cost of this event is $7.00 a person.. Recommended for ages 5 and up.  Tour is for 1 hr...So rsvp's are now open for this event.  We will meet at the MD Scenic RR station and depart from there... 

BOOK IT Program k-6th graders only...

HOMESCHOOL ENROLLMENTThank you for your interest in using the BOOK IT! Program as a part of your homeschool reading curriculum. If your K-6 grade student does not attend another educational facility, please use the form below to enroll your homeschool students in the program 

graves mtn lodge apple picking

We are scheduled to go back and visit GML in Sept for the Apple Harvest Tour at 10am.. This includes a activity on seeds, a hay wagon ride, and picking of 5 apples to take home with you in the orchard... also you can weigh your apples after you pick them - it also includes a hay wagon ride to the packaging shed.... This is limited to 75 total....
If you want to stay for lunch which I highly recommend that will be at noon... Lunch is on your own - pay there that day... I think it is like 11.00 something for adults and kids are 1/2 price.  But it is served southern style - they put it on the table, you eat, they refill until everyone is full. A great value and awesome home cooked food...  Most of us eat there after the fieldtrip.. Optional not a requirement..
If you would like to do this event email me at - pymt for this event is due by Sept 5th... Make your check payable to REACH and send to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508....or paypal to me at - if using a cc please add 4% to your total as pp charges me...
We will all need to meet there by 9:30am.. This is a fun fieldtrip - dress for the weather as it is an outdoor event.  
Graves Mtn Lodge is located at Rt 670, Syria, VA 22743....Park in the field..  Will send reminder email with all the updated info before the event.

Senior graduation meeting - oct 2016 

M ark Your Calendar - REACH Senior Graduation Meeting is Oct 18th at 3:30pm... If you have a Senior that is graduating in 2017 and you want to graduate with REACH please attend this meeting so you can get all the details about what is involved with the REACH graduation.....
This past June we had 16 Seniors Graduate. The largest class was 22 and the smallest was 2 and that graduating class the 2 seniors are now 32 yrs old....(wow).....The youngest to graduate with REACH was a 13 yr old girl. She has 2 college degrees already and working on another one 

public speaking communicating class - grades 9-12th 

Public Speaking: Communicating Effectively While Being Yourself
6-week class, Thursdays, 2-3pm starting 9/15, $50/student - Grades 9-12
no speaking experience needed, just an open mind and willingness to learn and encourage your peers.Just some of what you will learn:
- The myths about speaking and speakers
- Effective communication in small or large groups
- Tips and practices to face fears and build confidence
- The use of storytelling to engage and inspire
- How to prepare for those ackward moments
- Identify and use your top qualities to connect with your listeners
- Deliver a captivating opener and closing statement
- Ways to practice for presentations and use recall strategies

There will be weekly in-class activities and 2 small speaking projects. Materials include the book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, worksheets and journal. 

Give me liberty or give me death - sept 4th

Lets kick off the school year by visiting Historic St John's Church in Richmond and hearing Patrick Henry's famous speech - "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" on the 4th of Sept at 1pm... Since this is a popular event and it often fills up quickly I would recommend that you get tickets to this event - you can order them directly off of their website - They are $5.00 plus a handling fee or you can come early and wait in line to get in - once they reach max capacity no more will be allowed in... it is really interesting to watch... 

disney on ice - oct 2016 - follow your heart...

We are all set to attend Disney on Ice at the Eagle Bank Arena at GMU in Fairfax in Oct at 10:30am.  The show will run to around 12:30pm - You can bring your own lunch and eat during intermission. This is a ticketed event - so you willl need to meet up with me to get your tickets. . You can catch me at most fieldtrips or at bowling on Tuesday or you can come by my home and pick up.....
I have asked for 100 seats....These shows are so much fun to watch...
Pymt for this show is due in full by Aug 30th.  Please send your check payable to REACH to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508.... 
Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart 
Follow your heart straight to adventure at  Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s  Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s  Inside Out. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite Anna and Elsa and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See the Disney Princesses achieve their dreams through bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with The  Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey and your Disney friends when  Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown!  

George Washington Masonic memorial in alexandria - sept

We are all set for a fieldtrip to the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandra at 1pm.  Your tour reservation is confirmed for 1 pm for a group of 20 people. General admission is $15, but children 12 and under are admitted for free.   
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is more than a colossal memorial and museum. It is a tourist attraction and destination; research center and library; community center; performing arts center and concert hall; banquet and celebration site; and meeting site for local and countless visiting Masonic lodges and organizations. However, first and foremost, it is a memorial to honor and perpetuate the memory, character and virtues of the man who best exemplifies what Freemasons are and ought to be, Brother George Washington.
Guided tours take about one hour and include rooms on the second floor and floors in the tower.  

coin club - meets 1x a month

We are going to kick off the COIN CLUB the day of the Coin Expo in Fredburg at 1pm.  The club is open for kids ages 8 and up...Limit 20 kids - club is FREE to join.  
We will meet with my contact at 1pm in one of the conference rooms for a lesson in coin collecting.  He will be there to explain coins, money - what we can do as a club, how to get involved with local chapters and have them attend some of our meetings and we attending theirs and so much more.  You will be given coins to take home to do research on and present at the next meeting in Oct...
This will be a great introduction into coin collecting - what we need to look for, finding if it is rare, how to determine marks, classification and so on....
If you would like to do the coin club 1st meeting Sept 23rd and then we will meet once a month on a Friday from Fredburg... The dates for 2016 are Oct 14th, Nov 18th and Dec 16th....Each month we will talk about different coins... then at the end of each meeting your child takes home a coin to research and report their findings at the next meeting..  Fun class..... 

reach homecoming dance - oct 2016

REACH Homecoming Dance - OCT at Old Silk Mill in Fredburg - 6:30-10pm.....Fun for mature ages 12 and up.  See your REACH email for more details about this event....

Walt Disney world - March 2017

REACH does Walt Disney World every other year - so we will be going in March of 2017.  I am giving you heads up now to start planning for it - All money for the event will be due Dec 5th, 2016... All the details about Disney is on the yahoo email loop...The dates, cost and programs are already picked....

While we are at Disney World in FL I will look into tickets to Universal Studios and Sea World as well and you will have the option to go there as well.

the reach group averages 30-80 fieldtrips and events each month - all the fieldtrip details are on the reach yahoo group and the reach calendar page. also once you become a member of reach you can join our facebook page.  

Field trip to the white house

Mr and Mrs Riggins will be coordinating a fieldtrip for REACH to the White House...As of right now this is in the planning stages - it takes many steps to get this done.   The last time we attended the White House we took 200 homeschoolers there - they told us that we were the largest group to ever attend of that size....
How this works is once we get our info in that we want to attend then the process stops at that point until we hear back from them that we can get in this year...They cannot guarantee a time, date or month - usually what happens is they will notify us about 2-4 weeks out that we are scheduled for this day and time.. 
Once that has happen the date is locked in then we will have to have info from you so that you can go - they usually require your full name, address, driver's license number and Social security number...-they run a check and if you are good to go we will know - if they deny you I don't know the reason why you would have to call your congressman and talk to him or her..
So right now we are in the process of getting one set-up.... once they have got that done - the Riggins family will send out an email with what you need to do next.... 

great wolf lodge homeschool days - sept 11-14th, 2016

September 11-14, 2016
 Below is the key information. Please be sure to take note of the time sensitive dates.
 Group Name is:  REACH HOMESCHOOL EXPERIENCE DAYS -  SEPTEMBER 11-14, 2016 (No minimum stay required)
 GroupCode is:  0916REACH
 FAMILY SUITES - $109.00, plus taxes and fees = $145.18 per night
ALL OTHER SUITES - $135.00, plus taxes and fees = $174.04 per night
 Rates include passes to the waterpark at no additional charge based on the reserved occupancy of each room.
Reservation Cutoff Date is:  Thursday, August 11, 2016
 Be advised there are a limited amount of rooms held for our group and are available on a first come basis.Rooms booked after our group allotment has been reached, or after our cutoff date are subject to availability and our rate may no longer apply. To ensure availability, book as soon as possible.
Tomake your family’s reservation by Thursday, August 11, 2016:
 Onlineat WWW.GREATWOLF.COM – Booking Code 0916REACH or Call Great Wolf Lodge’s Reservation Center at: 1-800-551-9653
All reservations are required to be guaranteed with a first night room deposit.
Cancellation policy: If you cancel your reservation you will be refunded your deposit less a $40 processing fee so long as you cancel more than 72 hours prior to your arrival date. If your plans change at the last minute (or anytime within 72 hours of arrival), contact us and we'll try to rebook your trip for different dates based on the best available rate at the time of rescheduling. Your initial deposit will be applied as a credit to your new reservation. The contracted group rate will not apply to a rescheduled reservation. You would only forfeit your deposit if we couldn't rebook your getaway at all.
757-229-9700       FAX: 757-345-7979

reach reading club - fun for all ages - runs sept to may 

REACH will again offer the REACH Reading Club - This club is for kids of all ages including little ones.  Kids start reading Sept to May and then in May we have a party and give out prizes and some lucky kids win some bikes to take home and one lucky family wins a FREE 3 day 2 night stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. The cost is $15.50 per student and that covers books, prizes, pizza party and bowling in May.  Kids read all year long and by May 1st you submit your book report on one book and these are given to GWL as a THANK YOU for donating the grand prize...  
Last year I was able to give away 6 bikes.  So depending on how many sign up is how much I can afford for bikes and etc....Each may we hold a fun party at AMF Bowling alley where you can bowl for 2 hours and then we do pizza and drinks and give away bikes, prizes, books and etc....
This year I am going to do the BOOKS at the end of the event instead of the beginning - so in May they will get their 3 books for participating in the REACH Reading club...
You can sign up at the BTOSP on the 12th of Aug or you can sign up via email to - pymt is due by the 1st of Sept.   Send your pymt to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores way, Locust Grove, VA 22508....
This is lots of fun encourages kids to read all year long - then have a party, get some books, prizes, bowling and food and a chance to win a bike and one lucky family wins a FREE visit to GWL.. 

she-eo academy - read for more info - open house Sept 14th

SHE is never too young to learn the language of business at The SheEO Academy - the Entrepreneur Development Program that empowers girls for business ownership, financial literacy, innovation and change management. FREE Orientation and Open House Wed., Sept. 14 at 4pm.
More information and registration at 

childrens book festival - oct 2016

I have signed up our group to attend a FREE event in Oct starting at 9:30am with the VA Children's Book Festival.  I only have 50 spots available... Once I have our schedule of events for that day I will post it out - but we will have a tour guide with our group and they will take us to where we need to be for each event.  This is recommended for ages 8 and up...Kids will need to be able to sit and listen to authors speak, be able to walk distance between venues and etc.... Bring your lunch and drink with you as we will be eating there for lunch...
RSVP to me if you are interested in attending to - I will post once we reach 50.
Event will be Longwood University in Farmville.....201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909
Some of the authors as this event:  Right now they have 24 scheduled for this 3 day event....see the email for all the details...

fords theater - come from away - this event is now closed

We have the opportunity to go and see "COME FROM AWAY" at Ford's Theater in Sept at 11am. This play will be performed at Ford's Theater in Washington DC.... They recommend ages 12 and up for this performance.... Also your ticket will include the museum underneath the theater and more....
Premium Orchestra is $32.00 and Balcony is $27.00 per person.  
This new musical tells the true story of Gander, Newfoundland, following the events of 9/11. U.S. air space was suddenly closed and many planes diverted to Canada. More than 6,500 passengers landed in the remote town of Gander doubling its population overnight. In an instant, the people of a small Canadian town became a beacon of hope and humanity. This production will personalize the history of 9/11 for students, and highlight that during times of adversity, we are not defeated, but rather united by what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.” 

Riverside and reach homeschool day - narnia - dec 2016

Riverside and REACH Homeschool day.. The play will be Narnia.  All tickets for this show ages 3 and up are $10.00 per person.  Bring a lunch and drink with you... Will start at 10:30am and end around 1:15pm..
If you would like to see this show rsvp to me at - pymt is due in full by the 30th of Sept 2016....
Make sure to come and see the show - alot of door prizes and one lucky adult will win 2 tickets to see a dinner theater show.... how awesome is that.  That alone is worth $120.00.....
Educational Displays, Coloring Contest, Carol Singing, Science in the Theater, Cookies, Prizes, Christmas Card swap - for each card you bring get a ticket to swap for another Christmas card.Make sure to put your card in an env and seal it... All ages can participate...
Narnia - In this musical adaptation of C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four children Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are sent from London to the country house of an old professor to escape the air raids during World War II. One day as the children are playing hide-and-seek, Lucy discovers an old wardrobe that becomes the childrens gateway to the wonderous land of Narnia. There the children meet Mr. Tumnus the faun, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, the beautiful-but-evil White Witch, and her menacing dwarves and wolves in the snowy wood where spring never comesuntil the great lion Aslan unexpectedly returns. With gifts from Father Christmas and Aslans help, the children defeat the evil witch and change the destiny of Narnia, becoming its royal rulers in fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. Later, as the children are walking through the forest, they rediscover the wardrobe gateway. Tumbling through, they return to their own world, where scarcely a moment has passed. Was it all a dream, or was it real? This heart-warming story is a tale of magic, love, self-sacrifice, and redemption that will excite and warm the hearts of young and old alike.  

american sign language classes - sept to may 

Mr Koch who teaches Spanish is willing to teach ASL to our students this coming school year.  Sign Language Classes will take place on Tuesdays from 1-2pm  ..Class runs for 1 hr and is limited to 15 students.  The cost is $35.00 per student per 6 weeks sessions.  Ages 9-14.   Class will run for 6 weeks and then 2 weeks off then restart again. Classes will go from Sept to May of next year... These are 1 hr classes and they learn alot and they have so much fun... For this class their is a book involved.  The book cost $15.00 and it is required for the class.  So for the 1st 6 weeks total cost is $15.00....  Now if you have siblings taking class you could probably share the book - or you can get each child their own copy - he said it is a cool book.  
1st day of class is Sept 13th.  
This class you will need to purchase the book for 15.00...Bring something to write with and a notebook 

reach facebook page

Once you become a member of REACH you are welcome to join the REACH facebook page..... 

shine music club

What is Shine? This is a fun group where homeschoolers can connect and share their talents with each other during Spotlight Solos and with the local community in a variety of performances throughout the year.  For ages 6 and up...

the piedmont symphony orchestra - young artist competion

The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra annually holds a Young Artist Competition. This year the residency requirements have been expanded to include King George County. This competition is open to student instrumentalists (piano, strings, winds, or percussion) under the age of 19 as of February 22, 2015 and a resident of one of the following Virginia counties:  Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, King George, Madison, Orange, Prince William, Rappahannock, Stafford, Spotsylvania, or Warren (or independent cities within those counties).  The first place winner will receive a $1,500.00 scholarship prize, second place will receive $750.00 and third place will receive $500.00. The top three finalists will rehearse their repertoire with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and will perform their selection for solo instrument and orchestra with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra at its February 19, 2017 concert at Highland School’s Center for the Arts, located in Warrenton, Virginia. A panel of judges will evaluate the finalists at the concert and award first, second, and third place prizes.   To participate, each applicant must submit a high quality CD of their solo by October 11, 2016.  For more details about the application process please contact Debbie Gilbert at 540-347-5761 or by email at   
Would you please forward this email to the other music teachers in your county and to any private teachers or advanced students who might be interested in competing?   I am attaching the forms and information about the competition with this email. Forms will also be available on our website this summer at

upcoming plays for 2016-2017

To get the best price we have to rsvp and pay by the 25th of June 2016 for all the shows for 2016-2017.  So here is the schedule of shows for next year.  To be able to do the early bird price of $7.00 a show we must have 15 attending each show - less than 15 the ticket price is around 14.00 a ticket.  All shows start at 10:30am.  This is for all ages - they do recommend if you have little ones that you leave them at how - all shows are one hr in length.  These are quality shows I highly recommend them.  
FAIRFAX Center for the Arts, George Mason Univ. - 10:30am Nov 21 We the People 
Dec 12 Click, Clack, Moo 
Dec 15 Frosty 
Jan 30 Junie’s Essential…
Feb 28 Alexander… 
Mar 7 Teacher from the Black Lagoon 
Mar 13 The Lightning Thief 
Apr 20 Pete the Cat
Apr 24 Charlotte’s Web
May 2 Aesop’s Fables 
May 15 Miss Nelson is Missing 
May 24 Seussical 
Jun 1 Skippyjon Jones Snow What
MANASSAS Hylton Performing Arts Center - 10:30am Dec 7 Click, Clack, Moo 
Feb 27 Alexander… 
Mar 15 Teacher from the Black Lagoon
Apr 5 Miss Nelson is Missing 
May 2 Pete the Cat  

Williamsburg homeschool days September 10-25th...

While you are at Great Wolf Lodge you can tie in Colonial Williamsburg on that date....Visit the website below for more info on how to get your tickets for this event .....IT is a good deal - so don't miss out...  Cost more to pay at the door.

Jamestown and yorktown homeschool days - sept 10-25th

“Homeschool Program Days” on September 10-25 at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center will offer exciting new programs with immersive hands-on activities for your homeschool students! Your child not only will learn about life at Jamestown in the 17th century and Yorktown during the American Revolution, they’ll experience it!Depending on the age group, students can help tend a garden in the re-created Powhatan Indian village, march in a military pike drill in the re-created colonial fort, or use simple machines to raise sails and cargo on board one of the three re-created ships at Jamestown Settlement. At the Yorktown Victory Center, students may build siege works and decode spy messages.

Visitors also can take in the Jamestown Settlement special exhibition, Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America, which will explore the importance of trade between American Indians and Jamestown colonists and the development of a new world of exchange. Both museums will offer fun and family scavenger hunts. Programs will be offered for children ages 7 and younger, ages 8-12 and ages 13-18, with content and activities specifically designed for their age group and curriculum. Families also can book a tour offering an introduction to Jamestown and Yorktown history. All tours last two hours.Ticket Price:• $12 per family member
• Children ages 3 and under are free.Ticket Available:• Online
• Call reservations at (757) 253-4939
• In person at either museum during Homeschool Program Days 

art class with mrs sandy

Mrs Sandy Morgenstern is returning again to teach ART to our students on Mondays and Tuesday in the fall... All classes will be held in Fredburg..   You can sign up for Art at the REACH Back to school party on Aug 12th from 12:30-4pm at the AMF Bowling alley in Fredburg...Read below for all the details. 

Monday 3 classes...starting Sept 12th
Beginners will be 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m For ages 6 and up Returning students 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and last class will be 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday class for Teens only ...10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (ages 13 and up) Starting Sept 13th.....
Thursday: Adults only of group...REACH 4 ART....Second Thursday of each month. Starting time 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost for regular art classes are the same as last year...$12.00 for a two hour class...Each sessions has six two hr class cost $72.00 a session...There are six sessions all together.   We study six weeks and take a two week break before the next six weeks begins
REACH 4 Art.....Two hr. Class....We  provide everything you need - 16"x20 stretched canvas, paint, brushes, apron, easels and step-by-step instructions...cost $35.00.  We offer "art as entertainment"...A time to relaxed, stress-free group setting... Our instructor will guide our guest through  the featured painting with simple, step-by-step instructions....You are sure to go home with a painting that you have created!  . 

reach math classes with mrs mack 

I will be back for the 2nd year teaching REACH MATH classes on Fridays .
I am going to take sign-ups now for these upcoming 6-weeks 1 hour classes for grades 4th -12th that will start on Sept 16th and run the entire year. Maximum of 15 - 20 kids per session.... $60.00 a student - pymt is due in full by the 12th of Aug.
Students will be tested Day 1 to see what class they belong in based on knowledge, not age. 

REACH Basic Math - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
REACH Algebra 1 - Part 1: 1:35pm- 2:35pm
REACH Basic Math - 2:40pm-3:40pm
REACH Algebra 1 - Part 2: 3:45pm -4:45pm
Topics tested in Basic Math will be Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Adding and Subtracting Fractions, Multiplying and Dividing Fractions, Word Problems, Decimals and Percents. The weakest subjects will be the focus of each 6 weeks session.If you feel your child is ready for Algebra please send them to be tested in Algebra.All students please show up for testing based on interested time and topic.If you are interested in enrolling your child for one of the REACH MATH classes - see your REACH emails for more info.....

stamp club 2016-2017

The Stamp club will start up on the 16th of Sept in  Fredericksburg from 1:30pm to 2:30pm and run once a month.  This is for ages 10 and up.  The club will meet from Sept to May and the cost is $5.00 per student.  
Each month the students will do 1-3 worksheets that teach using stamps...Students get to take home their worksheets and stamps... Each month students will be given extra stamps to take home and research and come back next month and talk about one of the stamps - what they learned about it.  
Sept 16th: Famous People of the Civil War
Oct 14th - Civil War Battles and National Monuments of the US
Nov 18th - George Washington and Wetlands
Dec 16th - Christmas/Christmas Fun party will update the schedule for 2017 in Sept..... 

chess club - weekly

REACH Chess Club will be starting back up on the 7th of Sept in Fredericksburg from 3-4pm and will run weekly.  This is for ages 6 and up - limit 40 kids.  This is a whole year of Chess from Sept to May..
Mrs. Kitfield will be returning to teach Chess and we are hoping that Mr. Stableford will be returning as well...
The cost for the year is $30.00 per student with a family cap of $90.00 - each student will get a t-shirt from the club as well....
You will have the opportunity to order chess boards for 13.00... this comes with chess board and pieces...Highly recommend you order one so your student can play and practice at home when not in the club.... The kids compete against each other for points and etc....(not a chess player so not sure how it all works - I might need to take the class so I can learn how to play)
This is a fun class and Mrs. Kitfield does an excellent job with the kids teaching them chess....and at the end of the club they have a pizza party.... 

Green valley book fair bookmark contest - deadline oct 2016 

We are going to enter the Green Valley Book Fair - Bookmark Contest. Read below for more details....
PRIZES The winner’s artwork will be featured on our 2017 children’s bookmark
RULES AND SPECIFICATIONS For hand-drawn submissions, download the Bookmark Template by clicking here.Artwork can be hand-drawn or computer illustrated. If creating a computer illustrated design, save as a .jpg or .tiff file at a resolution of 300 dpi. Make sure to put on a thumb drive to give to me...Artwork must be 4″ w x 12″ h, OR 2″ w x 6″ h, and be on plain white paper (no notebook or lined paper).Artwork must be an original design by the student.Artwork will not be returned, and will become the property of the Green Valley Book Fair. Select pieces may be hung on display at the Book Fair to showcase the talent of our youth.Student must include their name, school name and current grade level.
Send them to REACH to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508.. I will submit them all at one time so we can enter as a classroom.... All bookmarks are due by Oct 15th, 2016 - Good luck everyone. It would be cool if a homeschooler won.... 


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 2016 to June 2017. In March membership drops to $20.00 and that runs to the end of June 2017.  

I will be accepting new memberships for 2016-2017 starting in April of 2016.  Your membership for next year will run from Aug to June of 2017

What We Do

Our events include:

  • Bowling League,  Homeschool Soccer
  • Reading Club, 
  • RHO Honor Society, National Beta Club
  • Young Eagle Flying Program
  • SHINE Music Club
  • Graduation for Pre-K,  8th Graders, Kindergarten, and Seniors
  • Homecoming, Valentines Dance and Prom
  • Great Wolf Lodge,  Colonial Williamsburg, Ripley's Museum
  • Broadway shows in Richmond
  • Lego, Coin, Stamp, Chess Club
  • Drama 1 and Drama 2
  • Mad Science, Brickz for Kids
  • 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
  • Journalism class
  • Math with Mrs Mack 
  • Yearbook, School Pictures
  • Mythology Exam, Scripps Spelling Bee
  • Plays, Disney on Ice
  • Circus,  Harlem Globetrotters
  • Book club, teen literature, and writing club,
  • Ihop Family Nights and Pancake workshops
  • Lake Anna classes
  • Tons of field-trips
  • Potomac Nationals Reading Club
  • VA Opera show/Nutcracker
  • REACH Family Fun Day picnic
  • And so much more - we avg 30-80 events each month......


To join REACH fill out the form below. Membership cost is $36.00 for August 2016 to June 2017. 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

REACH provides such a variety of opportunities for students and their parents – it is truly phenomenal! No matter your budget, time constraints, interests, or location – there is really something for everyone. REACH provides one time opportunities (seminars, classes, etc.) as well as annual events – where you are sure to run into friends you made from the year before. Not sure how Wanda manages it – but she arranges unique events for a wide variety of interests; everything including science, math, arts, music, theatre, clubs, sports, and more. REACH helps families find programs/events to expand the student’s knowledge and interests including introducing new topics of study with hands on experiences. 

linda m davies

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

We moved here 5 years ago and my 3 kids were still in public school. When we decided to homeschool, I was so scared and overwhelmed and unsure of myself. Then, I was introduced to REACH. I had found some direction, advice, opportunities and best of all, friends for children and myself! The field trips and clubs are incredible. The opportunities for learning and stretching and trying new things are endless. Wanda is a fabulous lady and works so hard for this group. I am so blessed to be a 3rd year veteran of REACH! 

Mrs G Spotsy VA 

REACH has been a God-send for us! No one ever said that homeschooling would be an easy journey,
but homeschooling an only child can be frustrating at times. REACH has provided the perfect outlet
for us because of the many field trips, clubs, and activities that are available for my son to participate in. 
He has been able to make several new friends, and enjoy spending time with other kids who in his same
situation. There are so many helpful, friendly, and just overall wonderful people within the REACH community!
We just could not ask for a better group, and we are so thankful to Ms. Wanda for all that she does to 
keep this group going!!! 

Carla and alex marvin

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

We joined reach in 2010 after moving here from our 5th duty station in Chesterfield Michigan. We started at Anthony Burns Elmementary in Stafford Virginia  3rd grade which lasted for three months. Due to over crowding and my child being shuffled around like a deck of cards we decided to try moving her to another school but in the process we met a homeschooling group that was Caltholic and tried to fit in but with a Baptist. Back ground we were like fish out of water lol. The person who now I call my extended family Karen Clamenta introduced us to Wanda Via internet and we meet up at the bowling alley and joined immediately after meeting some great families. Most of the families we still hang out with and others we see from time to time at various events. Wanda has been such a blessing in our lives it would take me hours to share but I'll give you just a taste of why she has won my heart. She's kind, funny, intelligent, fair, empathic, sincere, consistent in trying to do her best with all the other things she has going on in her life. I haven't yet caught her off her game in running reach homeschool group. She's not perfect but who is? But I must say she is perfect for reach and she has a gift that many people envy her for I can tell you that lol. My family is over joyed with being a reach family member and hopefully we can remain members until Breanna enters 12 grade in three years. Reach is more than a group  to us, it's our family. Thanks Wanda and Mr. Sloper for doing what God ask of you and that's to love thy neighbor as thyself..

God bless the Blankenship family (Tonya, Brian, Breanna and Ariel