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May-July 2014
CHN Conference
Planning for the 2014 CHN Conference is underway! Save the date: September 6, 2014 to attend the conference, and spend a day with other veteran, new and prospective homeschoolers. CHN will have plenty of workshops, speakers and vendors lined up make your visit worthwhile! Details with further info will be emailed soon in a special notice.
CHN Gear
You can show your homeschool pride & support the volunteer work of the CHN organization by making a purchase from Cafe Press!
Shop here and treat yourself or a homeschool friend.
Portfolio Review
If you signed a Notice of Intent form for the 2013-2014 school year, you might be asked to participate in a Portfolio Review (PR).  Such reviews only need to be planned if your school district requests one after the end of the school year. 
The superintendent can designate the person to arrange a meeting time and conduct the review. It should last 15 minutes at most.  The school designee should not be giving their opinion about your homeschool program.
You are obligated only to "show that instruction occurred".  Some samples of your child's work is sufficient. For further details about the PR and related topics, please refer to CHN's FAQ webpage here.
Meet The Coe's
Read a first hand account of this newer CT homeschool family's journey from public school to homeschool.
Read the full article here
Travel Journal
Looking for a free summer vacation?  Scholastic offers a free, online travel journal for kids. Your child can travel to a specific destination, explore, learn, and create a journal to document their findings.  To sign up for your own personal Global Trek, just link here.  If you are still interested in further explorations, take a virtual field trip to one of many places listed here on Pinterest.
Education Links
CHN's website has a new educational website links page. You can find thousands of links to free educational links, including virtual tours, for six days of the week. Can it get any better?
Read more here
CHN Facebook
CHN's facebook page is growing by leaps and bounds. Join the group and get on board with the homeschool related information and chat!
Free CT Summertime Fun
Did you know that every summer select businesses support families of all school aged children by offering free programs? You can sign up for free, daily bowling at select bowling alleys across CT.  There are also free indoor movies shown each week during most of the summer at many theaters. Businesses and libraries offer summer reading programs, too.
Library Passes - This spring & summer, remember your local library. They support their area community with free or discounted admission passes to a variety of CT museums or parks.  If you reserve and check-out the State Park Pass you can take your family to any CT State Park and enjoy free admission. Libraries offer themed summer reading programs and lots of free educational events, too.
Bowling Centers in CT - Kids Bowl Free Summer Program
Link here for details
The following movie theaters typically feature 6-8 weeks of free films that are titles current within 2 years of release date. By early June they usually have their websites updated and you can check back on their websites for the summer 2014 movie line up.
Spotlight  Theatres in Hartford
Link here for details.
Rave (Cinemark) Movie Theaters of CT Summer Film Festival
Enfield, Manchester, Milford, Southington, North Haven
Link here for details.
Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays
In CT at least Bridgeport and Fairfield Cinema @ Bullard Square will offer free movies.
Link here for details.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge 2014
Link here for details.
Barnes & Noble's Summer Reading Program
Link here for details on how to earn a free book.
Summer Reading Chart
Is your child a list maker? Does s/he enjoy watching their reading list grow? If so, here's a free printable reading list that you can give him or her. 
Link here
CT Museums Free Open House Day
Saturday, June 14, 2014Visit many CT sites for free.
Details here
Mystic Country
At you can find a list of CT Antique Trails, Sundae Ice Cream Drives, and Foodie Finds!
Free Online Summer Courses
Almost 50 opportunities for studying the courses you or your child is interested in; these are for everyone. Choose from over 1,800 M.I.T. courses to specific art or math courses. There truly is something for everyone.
Link here for details
CT Summer Camps & More
Summer Camps Across America
Link here and check this extensive list of numerous camp options to see if CT is a participant.
CT camps, teen jobs, summer safety information, special needs, general summer fun opportunities; it's all here!
Read more for details.
CT Chocolate Trail
Did you know that CT has a chocolate trail? Indulge and drive around our beautiful state for the tastiest trips to all 14 delectable confectioners. Can you imagine?
Chocolate trail locations here
Walking, Geocaching & Letterboxing in CT
Spring and summer beckon us to enjoy their beauty.  Venture out and bring your homeschool explorations outdoors to walk. Check out the suggestions here.
Since you're planning a walk, why not include some additional fun and do some letterboxing or geocaching?
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