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Q:

I'm considering homeschooling. Where should I begin?

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There are many places to get information about homeschooling. Many websites will show you the different methods of home education. See our LINKS page for some of he many catalogs and curriculum suppliers available. Our state support group, Home Educator's Association of Virgina (www.heav.org) has many helpful resources. On the legality of home education, the Home School Legal Defense Association has all of your answers (www.hslda.org). Talking to veteran homeschoolers can also be a huge help. Come to a PACE meeting and meet some new friends that can help guide you!

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What is PACE and why should I join?

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PACE (Piedmont Area Christian Educators) is a non-denominational Christian group which provides support and encouragment to parents who are teaching their children at home and those considering homeschooling. The Word of God, the Bible, guides this organization. In God's Word we are commanded to "stimulate one another to love and good works" (Hebrews 10:24), "to train up a child according to God's Word" (Proverbs 22:6) and "encourage one another daily" (Hebrews 3:13). 

PACE offers families monthly parent support meetings for fellowship, discussion and continuing education on various topics of interest. We offer networking to parents in similar situations, in similar life stages, and advice from veteran homeschoolers. We offer social and educational opportunities for our children through planned events, activities and field trips. We offer opportunities for families to serve each other in love and strengthen their commitment to homeschool.

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How does PACE work?

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PACE is a non-profit, strictly volunteer-based organization. YOU are PACE! We need everyone's gifts and talents for the benefit of each other and our children. PACE was established in 1998 with a Statement of Faith and a set of policies and by-laws and is overseen by a five-member appointed board which votes on various decisions that need to be made to keep the group running. Every decision is bathed in prayer. Many members volunteer to organize our many activities and events, according to God's gifting and calling on their lives.

Q:

Where do my dues go?

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PACE dues go towards facility rentals, paper products and other supplies budgeted for the various events and activities we sponsor. They also pay for website operation, fees, facility rentals for events, and paying for speakers. An annual PACE budget is available by request from the PACE Treasurer. Neither Board members nor regular members receive monetary compensation for their service.

Dues for pastor's families are waived as a courtesy. Financial help is available by request for families who have a hardship in paying annual dues. PACE always accepts donations!

Q:

Why does PACE advertise and promote activities and events that are not "PACE events"?

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Occasionally, someone will have an idea to do something, and already have a group of people to do it, a facility, etc. – and not really need the support or oversight of PACE.  Also, it may be open to families who are not PACE members, or even non-homeschoolers, and may have its own dress, behavior and music preferences. In this case, the organizer of that activity may choose not to place their activity under the PACE umbrella. There are several area co-ops and/or classes run by PACE members, but not exclusive to PACE. The Cornerstone Community Band & Choir is open to all homeschoolers and has separate policies and requirements. PACE desires to keep members informed of every homeschool opportunity, even if they are not specifically organized by PACE.

Q:

How do I know when something is or is not a "PACE event?"

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When an event is promoted that doesn’t fall under the PACE umbrella, there will be a disclaimer indicating that the event is not sponsored by PACE. 

Q:

What types of activities/events does PACE offer?

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  • Monthly support meetings
  • Back-to-School picnic
  • End-of-Year picnic
  • International Dinner
  • Showcase Night
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Field Trips
  • Park Days
  • Monthly Skating Socials
  • Swap & Shop
  • Co-op classes
  • Bowling days
  • Plus, many opportunities for members to setup activities and lead them
Q:

I was disappointed that an annual PACE event never happened this year! Why was that?

A:

PACE events happen ONLY on a volunteer basis. We rely so much on YOUR help! Our five member board cannot organize EVERY activity -- we are moms who also have our own households and homeschools to run. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. PACE is made up of so many moms with so many gifts and talents to share. If no one steps up to plan and organize a PACE event, it just doesn't happen that year, and that's okay.

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What is SHARE?

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SHARE is a PACE co-op, which stands for Skills, Health, Arts, and Recreation Exchange. This co-op usually occurs both in the fall and in the spring for 6 to 8 weeks at a time, when PACE moms are inspired to organize it. Classes are taught by moms willing to share their gifts or their love of a certain subject. Past classes have included art, first aid, PE, science, American Indians, plants, newsletter writing and careers.

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What is Swap n Shop?

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Swap n Shop is essentially a FREE yard sale! PACE members bring items they no longer use or want to give away free to the community. This could include books, curriculum, toys, clothing, CDs, electronics, etc. And you don't have to bring anything to take something home! It's all free! You don't even have to be a PACE member to shop at the Swap n Shop -- we encourage community participation. What is left after the Swap n Shop is donated to Goodwill.

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What is International Dinner and how do I prepare for it?

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PACE's International Dinner usually happens in February of each year. Each family, or group of families, who signs up chooses a country to learn about. Then families share their information either through a display board, presentation, report, songs or costumes the night of the event-- with each family preparing two native dishes from their country to share in an "international" buffet. It's a night of good eating and fun!

Displays are always unique and individual!  Your research can include geographical, cultural or historical information, as in depth as you choose. You can display printed material from the web or special memorabilia you've collected from the location you've studied. Contact an embassy, a missionary or a traveling grandparent for items and literature to display.

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What is the PACE Arts & Science Showcase Night?

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The Arts and Science Showcase Night, usually held in April,  is an evening to "showcase" your children's hard work and talents to fellow PACE families, parents, grandparents, relatives and friends. Children may sing, recite poetry, play an instrument, enact a skit, show off a science experiment, display a painting or other special project they have worked on. You don't need to present something to participate -- come enjoy the talents of other homeschoolers and support the PACE community!

Q:

What happens at a monthly support meeting?

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Come and see! PACE moms (dads are welcome!) meet on the second Tuesday of the month from September through May at Culpeper Christian Fellowship (Bradford Rd. - Rt. 666 - across from Martins) in Culpeper, VA at 7 p.m. Our meetings focus around a topic of interest, whether it’s learning styles, budgeting, or teaching math. Sometimes we’ll have a speaker; sometimes a panel discussion and sometimes just times of fellowship. We usually have greeters to welcome you, a time of devotions and a time for announcements

. No childcare is provided for these meetings, but children are welcome to sit quietly with their parents at any time.