the tale of Peter rabbit - riverside dinner theater

Our last show for this school year is The Tale of Peter Rabbit in June at Riverside Dinner Theater.  I only have 40 seats for this show - they have pretty much sold out this show on this day - so the first 40 will be going - make sure to RSVP asap if you want to see this show.  bring your own lunch and drink with you.  Please no peanut products of anykind....
If you would like to see this show email me at - pymt is due in full by the 20th of May..

The Tale of Peter Rabbit (and Benjamin Bunny) - Peter Rabbit, unlike his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, decides to follow the advice of his tummy (and his cousin, Benjamin) instead of his mother. Of course, everyone (and we mean everyone!) knows that little bunnies must stay out of Mr. McGregors garden. But Peter and Benjamin still dare to venture into a big world filled with excitement, adventureand scrumptious vegetables! Along the path to the garden patch, they meet such fun characters as Caw and Kem, the two silly crows who know that a picket fence could never stop a bird, and the easy-going but vigilant Cat, just waiting to catch her own meal. And theres also Mr. McGregor, the angry, befuddled farmer, who is willing to go to great lengths to protect his precious vegetables. This sparkling musical adaptation of Beatrix Potters wonderful story is filled with delightful tunes that will make everyone smile and hop with delight! 

secretariat tours at meadows - learn about the legendary horse

 We are set to do a tour of Secretariats home in May either at 10-11:30am, 12-1:30pm or 2-3:30pm. This is limited to 20 folks per timeframe.  The cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids ages 5 and up.  The person giving the tour is going to try to have Groundshaker there that day for you to see and pet and take a picture with.   If you would like to do this event email me at - pymt is due in full by the 18th of May 2016.  Please let me know which time and how many are kids and adults. 

WALK IN THE HOOFPRINTS OF HISTORY AT THE BIRTHPLACE OF SECRETARIAT AT THE MEADOW IN CAROLINE COUNTY, VA Now on the National Register of Historic Places and a Virginia Historic LandmarkTake the “Hoofprints of History Tour” at The Meadow and walk the same grounds where the immortal Secretariat was born and raised.    Learn about the history of this storied land which dates back to 1805.  Hear how Christopher Chenery transformed his ancestral home place into a renowned Thoroughbred operation and how his daughter Penny took his dream to unprecedented heights with “America’s Super Horse.” 

Reminder Kings dominion and hershey park tickets are in 

If you ordered tickets to the above theme parks your tickets are in.  Make sure to pick up


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... Right now I do not have 2017 pricing but I do have the 2016 pricing. So I will show you what it is running but it could be abit higher in 2017...But this will give you a ballpark to start saving for... I am looking into the dates of March 5th to the 10th 2017.... Watch your emails for more info.

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.  

bricks for kids - 3 workshops

Our one hour classes explore architecture, engineering and technology concepts using LEGO® bricks.  By adding another 1/2 hour kids can rotate to different stations...  We have 3 classes scheduled with them - Pirates, Mine crafting and Teenage Bricks...

Classes follow the Bricks 4 Kidz® motto: We Learn, We Build, We Play with… LEGO® Bricks.

Why should I invite Bricks 4 Kidz® to come to my school? Students will explore engineering, architecture, physics, science, math, and technology in a fun atmosphere.Students will have the opportunity to play and socialize with friends while learning fundamentals of engineering and architecture in a non-competitive setting.Students will have an opportunity for creative expression.Students will gain insight into how things work.Students will understand that Architecture and Engineering are viable career choices.Students will learn the math and science involved with advanced LEGO® building.Students will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. 

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.... 

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...

young eagles flying program for kids ages 8-17- limit 60 kids - free

Spoke with my contact and we are going to schedule a FREE Young Eagles Flying event in June from 9:30-1:30pm.  This is for ages 8-17 only - I am limited to 60 kids that want to go up in a plane and learn about flying.  We will meet at the airport at North Stafford.  Right now he does not have the exact date but it will be one of those dates.  So if you would like to do this awesome fun program email me at - it is ONLY ONE DATE .   
So rsvp's are now open - I will cut off once I have reached 60 kids - I will start a waiting list if need be. I am hoping to offer one or two more in the fall.    

senior graduation - june 2016

We have 17 Seniors that are graduating in June. We are so excited...The Seniors are ready to go and soon graduation will be over and they will be starting a new chapter in their life.  Congratulations Seniors

prek and K Graduation - june 2016

In June we will graduate 11 Prek and K graduates.  Looking forward to a fun time with all the kids.  Mrs Mercier is helping them with their skit for graduation. 

8th grade graduation

I have 50 seats reserved for us at Olive Garden for May. - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony and Celebration Event - Calling all 8th graders we will do a celebration of you finishing middle school and moving into high school. We will do a small ceremony event at Olive Garden in Central Park,  Fredburg May from 6-8pm...
REACH will give all 8th graders a promotion certificate for finishing 8th grade and if they allow me to bring in a cake I will bring in a cake as well.. (I can bring in a cake - so I will get one and bring it that night)
Ceremony will be introductions, speaking about moving to the next level, congratulations, parents speaking, eating and awarding certificates....
Your only cost is the food at Olive Garden.

children's museum of richmond and surrounding locations - 15 cent special for kids

Every 15th day of every month in 2015, all locations of the Children's Museum of Richmond will admit every child for only 15 cents!

Take advantage of our amazing exhibits and activities that facilitate learning and joy through play. CMoR’s exhibits help children recognize and build on what is familiar and allow them to make new connections between experiences, people and places that surround them.

CMoR’s exhibits are also designed to foster creativity and problem solving!Kids can get in for 15 cents but the adults still have to pay the regular admission price.  So just a heads up - This is good for the Fredericksburg location... 


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

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