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Upcoming Programs/Classes/Events Spring 2014 (Many are free!)

Just thought I’d let Philadelphia Homeschoolers know about some of the great programs, classes, and events that will be taking place soon.  Many are specifically for homeschoolers.  Many are free!

MARCH 

  • What:  LEGACY TENNIS CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
  • Cost:  $110 for 12 weeks
  • Time: 10am to 11am (ages 4 – 7) 11am to 12 noon (ages 8 – 18)
  • When:  Every Friday.  Starts this Friday, March 21st; lasts until June 6th
  • For More Info:  open this flyer: legacy tennis

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

  • What: “BEYOND RECYCLING” AND “ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP” at LONGWOOD GARDENS
  • Cost: $5 per child
  • Time: 10am to 11:30am
  • When: June 9, 2014
  • For More Info: Must RSVP; Please click on this link: http://longwoodgardens.org/events/home-school-day

Hope this information is helpful!

Posted by Gwen Fredette on 3/18/2014

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Note: To find out about the “PHB” HOMESCHOOL WRITING CONTEST, click HERE: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/homeschool-writing-contest-2013/

Entries must be postmarked by NOVEMBER 23rd!  

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HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR 2014

Homeschoolers have the opportunity to be part of the Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair 2014!

Why enter a Homeschool Science Fair? A science fair gives homeschool students the opportunity to experiment using the scientific method, to practice their writing and oral presentation skills, to observe other students’ experiments and to compete* with other students in the area of science.  Plus, it’s fun!

When: Saturday, February 8, 2014

Where:  Mendel Hall, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

For Whom:  Homeschoolers and Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School Students in grades K -12

Cost: $8 per student ($6 if you register before December 1st)

Registration Deadline:  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014; Earlybird Discount Deadline by SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 2013.

To download a registration form, click here: http://www.fair.science-resources.org/regisform.pdf

For More Information:  Check out the Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair website: http://www.fair.science-resources.org/

Homeschoolers can attend the fair even if they are not participating in it, so if your child(ren) cannot participate this year, your family may enjoy going to see other students’ work.  There is no entrance fee if your family just goes to see the projects.  This program would make an excellent field trip!

* Students can choose not to compete, if they so desire.

Check out my new “Upcoming Events” page on this site to find out about other great programs for homeschoolers in and near Philadelphia: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/

Posted by Gwen Fredette on November 5th, 2013

 

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So, you’ve just about finished your 180 days, completed your evaluation, prepared your portfolio, and possibly have even worked on your goals and objectives for the 2013-2014 school year.  Whew!  Now the big question:

What to do with the kids all Summer of 2013?

Philadelphia is a city full of fantastic summer activities!  Here are a just a few:

  1. Science in the Summer at your local Philadelphia library.  This program is available to all kids in Philadelphia in grades 2 through 6.  This summer kids will be learning about Chemistry.  They also get to do fun, interesting experiments.   If you’ve already submitted your goals and objectives for the next school year, you can count these classes as school time.  Best of all, its FREE!  Registration began May 1st and space is limited.  Check this website to find out when the classes will be held at your branch:    http://www.scienceinthesummer.com/greater_phila/philadel.html
  2. Summer Reading Game at your local Philadelphia library.  Kids in grades K – 6 are encouraged to read books at their local library.  This program has really motivated my children to keep reading all through the summer.  It’s FREE!  Check this website for more information: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/summerreading/
  3. Home Depot’s Kids Workshops.  This program gives children ages 5-12 the opportunity to build simple projects.  It’s FREE!  Check out this website for more information: http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/?pn=HT_WS_KidsWorkshops.  (Click on the “Kids Workshops” tab.)
  4. Lowe’s Kids Build & Grow Clinics.   This FREE program also gives children the opportunity to build simple projects.  Check out this website for more information: http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/default.aspx
  5. Upper Darby Performing Arts Theatre.  If your kids like drama, this is a great program and its very inexpensive.  This year’s shows include Fiddler on the Roof, The Little Mermaid, Frog & Toad, and Willy Wonka Jr., as well as several other shows.   Check out this website for more information: http://udpac.org/
  6. It’s not too late to sign your kids up for Summer Camp.  There are numerous great Christian camps out there.  Three camps my kids have enjoyed are:  Spruce Lake Christian Wilderness Camp, Camp Iroquoina Soccer Camp, and High Point Camp.  Following are the web addresses: http://sprucelake.org/summer-camp/resident-camps/ , http://iroquoina.org/summer-camps/, and http://www.hpcamp.org/camps/.  Also, just outside Philly a new sports “camp” class is starting for homeschoolers this summer.  You can find out more about it by clicking here: http://www.mylittlechamps.org/
  7. Don’t forget Vacation Bible School!  If your home church is not doing one, there may be other good churches nearby that are.  Kids have the opportunity to play games, do crafts, learn great new songs, and hear the Word of God.
  8. Free  Movies:   Families can watch movies for free at Penn’s Landing, Walnut Street and Gray’s Ferry.  Check out these links for more information: http://www.visitphilly.com/events/philadelphia/screenings-under-the-stars-summer-movie-series-at-penns-landing/ and http://www.schuylkillbanks.org/stories/2013-movie-nights.
  9. Free Young Peoples Concert Series at the Mann Music Center:  Give your children the free entertainment of music and dance at the Mann.  They are hosting four free shows this summer.  Check out this link for more details. http://manncenter.org/education/ypcs
  10. Don’t forget to take your kids to Pennypack or Wissahickon Park!  Both of these parks are part of the Fairmount Park system and give families the opportunity to “get out of the city” while they’re still in it.  Whether you’re going for a bike ride or just a hike, they’re a great place to visit.
  11. Two Free Nights at the Franklin Institute:  Target Community Nights at the Franklin Institute are fantastic, and they’re free.  This summer the free nights are on June 19th, and July 17th from 5 to 8pm.  Check out this link for more details:  http://www2.fi.edu/visitor-guide/events/community-events.php
  12. Free Craft Projects AC Moore’s crafts:  If your kids enjoy working with their hands, some of these activities might interest them.  Check out this link.  http://www.acmoore.com/specialpromo?spid=22
  13. Barnes and Nobles free book program:  Barnes and Nobles will give each child a book after completing an 8 book reading record during the summer.  Check out this link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570/
  14. Kids can bowl for FREE at participating bowling alleys.  Check out these links for more information: https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=5803, https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=3977, and https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=5802.

Hope some of these ideas are helpful to you!

Posted by Gwen Fredette June 6, 2013

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Homeschool Days, Spring 2013

There are many businesses in the Philadelphia area that have special homeschool days or homeschool events coming up.    Here are a few that may interest you:

1.) Homeschool Day and Glassblowing at a Castle!  To see the Castle, click HERE.

WHAT: Glencairn Museum

WHERE: 1001 Cathedral Road, PO Box 757, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009 (Just outside of Philly)

WHEN: Wednesday, April 24th or Friday, April 26th

TIMES: 9:30 am to 12:30pm

COST: $5 per student

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!  Space is limited.  Please contact Diane Fehon to register your children. Call  267-502-2995 or email: diane.fehon@glencairnmuseum.org

FOR MORE INFO:  Please check out their flyer by clicking here: glencairn homeschool 2013.  Their website is http://www.glencairnmuseum.org/

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2.) Homeschool Days at Longwood Gardens!

WHAT:  Longwood Gardens

WHERE: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square , PA 19348 (Just outside of Philly)

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th & Monday, May 20th

TIMES: 10am to 11:30 am

COST: $5 per student

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!  Space is limited.  Please contact the School & Youth office at 610-388-5400

FOR MORE INFO:  Please check out their website: http://www.longwoodgardens.org/HomeSchoolDays.html

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3.) Valley Forge Homeschool Day!

WHAT: Valley Forge

WHERE: 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406 (Not far from Philly)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Space is limited.  Please contact the visitor center to reserve your spot: 610-783-1066

FOR MORE INFO:  Please check out their website: http://www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=411582-232573

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4.)  Homeschool Week National Constitution Center!

WHAT:  National Constitution Center

WHERE: Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

WHEN: June 17th to June 21st

TIMES: 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm

COST: $10 per student

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED:  Space is limited.  Please contact group sales if interested. Call 215.409.6800 or email groupsales@constitutioncenter.org

FOR MORE INFO:  Please check out their website: http://constitutioncenter.org/visit/group-visits/first-annual-homeschool-week

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5.) Homeschool Days at Bartram’s Gardens!

WHAT: Bartram’s Gardens

WHERE: 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard in Philadelphia

WHEN: Wednesday, April 10th, Wednesday, May 8th, & Wednesday, June 12th

TIMES: 10 am to 12 pm or 1pm to 3pm

COST: $10 per student

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Space is limited.  Please contact Bartram’s at 215-729-5281 ext. 112 or zwebber@bartramsgarden.org.  Please specify the morning or afternoon session.

FOR MORE INFO:  Please check out their website: https://www.bartramsgarden.org/events/category/homeschooler-days/

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6.) FREE Admission to Franklin Institute!  (These are not “Homeschool Days”, but I always see many homeschool families there for these events.)

WHAT: Franklin Institute Target Community Night

WHERE: 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

WHEN: Wednesday, April 17th, Wednesday, May 15th, Wednesday, June 19th,  & Wednesday, July 17th

TIMES: 5pm to 8pm

COST:  FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFO: Please check out their website: http://www2.fi.edu/visitor-guide/events/community-events.php

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Hope this information in helpful!

Posted by Gwen Fredette on March 25th, 2013

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Focus on Science/Technology:

Here’s a list of some more fabulous places to take your homeschool group, class, or family for a field trip.  This week the ideas I’m suggesting all are in the “Science” or “Technology” category.

1.  Philadelphia Insectarium:   Are you studying insects?  Arachnids?  Why not try to schedule a tour at the Philadelphia Insectarium? Kids have the opportunity to learn about a variety of different insects.  They can check out a working beehive or view real exotic insects.  They even have the opportunity to eat an edible insect!  (Ew!)   Our homeschool group went here several years ago.  It was an excellent field trip!  Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.   http://www.myinsectarium.com/tours.php

2.  Pennypack Environmental Center:  Our homeschool group just took a field trip to this wonderful education center this past Fall.  They offer outdoor classes on a variety of topics including:  apple pressing, maple sugaring, native wildlife, creeks, forest ecology and watersheds.   Most classes are under $5 per child if there are 10 or more in a group.   http://www.phila.gov/ParksandRecreation/environment/environmentaleducation/Pages/default.aspx

3.  Ringing Rocks:  If you are studying geology, this may be a great place to take your homeschool group in the warmer months.  Visits to the park are FREE, and I would recommend the trip for kids ages 10 and under.  Ringing Rocks is a field of boulders in Upper Black Eddy, PA.  Many of the rocks ring like bells when they are struck lightly with a hammer.  Very intriguing!  About an hour drive from Philadelphia.  http://www.visitphilly.com/outdoor-activities/philadelphia/ringing-rocks-park/

4.  Philadelphia Inquirer:  Last year our homeschool group took a field trip to the Schuylkill Printing Plant to see the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News being printed.  The trip was Free!  It was amazing to watch thousands of Philadelphia newspapers being printed and to learn about the many other newspapers the plant prints.  If you are studying simple machines in science, this may be a great field trip for your group!  The printing plant is located in Conshohocken.  Call this number to arrange a trip: 610-292-6045.  For kids ages 8 and up.

5.  Philadelphia Science Festival:  For  the past two years our homeschool group has participated in activities/educational classes through the Philadelphia Science Festival.  Two years ago we participated in a Chemistry class for kids.  Last year our group participated in an architecture class.  Both classes were free and excellent.  The festival is held in April each year and offers new science classes with each festival.  I highly recommend it! http://www.philasciencefestival.org/

6. Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair:   This science fair is a great educational opportunity for your homeschoolers.   Students can participate or visit for a field trip.  You can find out more about the science fair by clicking on my recent post: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/homeschool-science-fair-2013/ or by clicking on the Science Fair’s website: http://www.fair.science-resources.org/

7.  First Robotics Competition:  There will be two local robotics competitions held in/near Philly in the upcoming months: the Hatboro-Horsham FIRST Robotics District Competition – Horsham, PA (March 2nd and 3rd 2013), and the Springside – Chestnut Hill FIRST Robotics District Competition – Philadelphia, PA (March 15th and 16th 2013).  Central Highschoolers (a magnet school here in Philly) will be participating in the Chestnut Hill Competition.  (Here’s a link to their robotics site: http://robolancers.com/.) I’ve been told going to see the competition is free.  It may be an interesting field trip option if your homeschool students enjoy robotics.  For more on the competition check out these sites: http://www.midatlanticrobotics.com/2013-district-events/ or  http://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2013paphi .  You can also read an article about last year’s competition by clicking here: http://chestnuthilllocal.com/blog/2012/03/08/sch-to-host-district-robotics-competition/.

8.  Seaperch Underwater Robotics Competition:  There will be an underwater robotics competition held at Drexel University this year on April 26th and 27th, 2013.  Both middle schools and high schools will be participating.  An interesting field trip!  I believe it’s free to attend.  Recommended for kids ages 10 and up.  Find out more by checking out this website: http://www.phillyseaperch.org/2013-competition-info.html.

9.  Drexel Indoor Aerial Robotics Competition:  Drexel University will also be hosting an indoor aerial robotics competition.  A tentative date is set for May 4th, 2013.   The competition is to be held on the 3rd floor atrium of the Bossone Center.  I believe it’s free to attend.  Recommended for kids ages 10 and up.  Find out more by checking out this website: http://dasl.mem.drexel.edu/~daslIARC/?page_id=66

Hope this information has been helpful!

To See Part I of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas”  click HERE.

To see Part II of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” click HERE.

To see Part III of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” click HERE.

Posted by Gwen Fredette on January 29th, 2013

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To find out about the “PHB” HOMESCHOOL WRITING CONTEST, click HERE: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/homeschool-writing-contest/

Entries must be postmarked by NOVEMBER 17TH!  

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Homeschoolers have the opportunity to be part of the Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair 2013!

Why enter a Homeschool Science Fair? A science fair gives homeschool students the opportunity to experiment using the scientific method, to practice their writing and oral presentation skills, to observe other students’ experiments and to compete* with other students in the area of science.  Plus, it’s fun!

When: Saturday, February 9, 2013

Where:  Mendel Hall, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

For Whom:  Homeschoolers and Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School Students in grades K -12

Cost: $6 per student

Registration Deadline:  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013; Earlybird Discount Deadline by SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 2012.

To download a registration form, click here: http://www.fair.science-resources.org/regisform.pdf

For More Information:  Check out the Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair website: http://www.fair.science-resources.org/

Homeschoolers can attend the fair even if they are not participating in it, so if your child(ren) cannot participate this year, your family may enjoy going to see other students’ work.  There is no entrance fee if your family just goes to see the projects.  This program would make an excellent field trip!

* Students can choose not to compete, if they so desire.

Posted by Gwen Fredette on November 14th, 2012

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PLEASE COME TO A HOMESCHOOL HANG-OUT!!!

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

TIME: 1pm to 3pm

WHERE: Wall Park.  It is located on Church Rd in Cheltenham Township, PA, near the corner of Church and Old York Rd. (Just outside of Philly)

MAP:    To see a map of the area, please click HERE

PLEASE BRING:

  • Lots of water
  • Balls, Rackets, Baseball Gloves, Skateboards, Scooters, etc.  Whatever your kids like to do!

WHY:  For fun!  Spend time with other homeschoolers.  If you’re interested in homeschooling, come to ask questions and find out more about it!

AMENITIES:

  • Beautiful, clean playground
  • Large field for soccer, other sports
  • Sandbox
  • Additional toddler playground area
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • Skate Park (For skateboards, scooters, and trick bikes)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Bathrooms on premises (I’ve been assured they will be open.)

COST:  FREE!

RAIN DATE: Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 (same time, same place)

Hope you can make it!

I’m organizing this get-together.  If you’d like to send me a message to let me know you are coming, I’d love to hear from you!  You can write a message in the comments section of the blog or send me an email:  gwen.silverliningpress@juno.com.  Thanks!

Posted by Gwen Fredette on September 3rd, 2012

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Just thought I’d use this post to let everyone know about some of the upcoming classes and programs available to homeschoolers in and near Philadelphia.

1.) Homeschool Gym Classes

WHAT: “KIDSPORT” FALL 2012 Physical education program for homeschoolers

WHERE: Cairn University Homeschool Physical Education Program (formerly called Philadelphia Biblical University) 200 Manor Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

WHEN:  Tuesdays – Sept. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and Oct. 2nd & 9th 2012

TIME:  1:30 – 3:00pm

AGES: 6 – 17   Grades K – 12

COST:  $25.00 per student;  $60.00 max per family

NEW! NOW REGISTER ONLINE: Click here

FOR MORE INFO:  Email kidsport@cairn.edu or call 215.702.4283

NOTE:

  • Ages 6-7 Kidsport kids explore how and where the body moves. Students participate in manipulative activities using bats and balls, jump ropes and jump boxes, hoops and scooters, gator balls, parachutes, and games galore!
  • Ages 8-17 Kidsport kids learn to lead healthy, active lives. Students take part in fantastic fitness activities, team-building challenges, tennis, volleyball, flag football, soccer, rapid relays, speedstacks, juggling, softball, capture the flag, gymnastics, aerobics, and much more!

Great opportunity for you and your kids to connect with other homeschoolers!

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2.) Longwood Gardens Homeschool Days

WHERE: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

WHEN: October 3rd and November 6th, 2012

TIME: 10am – 11:30am

AGES: October 3rd: K – 12; November 6th: K – 8

COST: $5 per student; $12 per chaperone

TO REGISTER:  (Registration Required) Please call the School & Youth Group Reservations office 610-388-5210

FOR MORE INFO: Please click here to reach their website or email mcugini@longwoodgardens.org

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3.) Cheltenham Center for the Arts: Art Classes

WHERE: 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA 19012

WHEN: September 10th – November 2nd , 2012 & November 12th – January 11th, 2013

ClASSES INCLUDE: Clay, Jewelry Making, Drawing & Painting, & Cartooning

TIME: Times vary per class

AGES: Various classes for Pre-K to adult

COST: Varies per class

FOR MORE INFO:  or to register click here

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4.) Homeschool Classes “SALT & PEPPER” in Wayne, PA

WHAT: - (Southeastern PA) Weekly classes for homeschoolers gr. 1-12 meet Wednesdays at Church of the Saviour in Wayne. SALT students (gr. 1-8) enjoy morning art, gym, and music/theatre classes as well as monthly lunches, activities, and field trips. We offer a wide variety of academic courses for SALTeens students (gr. 7-8) in the afternoon and PEPPER students (gr. 9-12) all day, as well as Friday afternoon volleyball. Moms can attend a Wednesday Bible study at COS or have the morning off. We also sponsor an annual book sale, Spring Project Fair, and high school Performance Evening.  This is a Christian program open to all.

WHERE: Church of the Saviour – 651 N Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA 19087

WHEN: September through May

FOR MORE INFO: Contact Linda Advena (SALT) (linda@advenafamily.com) or Anne Hawthorn (SALTeens and PEPPER) (anne@drhweb.net) or check out their flyer: SALT & PEPPER

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5.) The Actor’s Group – Drama Program

WHAT:  The Little Mermaid

WHERE: Fox Chase Recreation Center Gym 7901 Ridgeway Street Philadelphia, PA 19111 (Click for Google Map)

WHEN: Audition Dates – Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 & Thursday, September 6th, 2012

TIME: 6 TO 9:30pm

CALLBACKS: Saturday, September 8th, 2012 12:30 – 4:30pm

AGES: 6 to 18

COST: $85 per person (includes t-shirt & DVD) program fees due at auditions

SHOW DATES:  Friday, November 30, 2012, Saturday, December 1, 2012, Friday, December 7, 2012, & Saturday, December 8, 2012

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Please click here  or contact Joe Laub (215) 742-7753 dramajoe@yahoo.com

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6.) Cheltenham Center for the Arts: Drama Classes

WHERE: 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA 19012

WHEN: September 10th – November 2nd , 2012 & November 12th – January 11th, 2013

CLASSES INCLUDE: Storybook Theatre, Acting 101, & Improv

TIME: Times vary per class

AGES: Various classes for Pre-K to adult

COST: Varies per class

FOR MORE INFO:  or to register click here

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7.)  For additional science classes and an upcoming drama program, please see this earlier post: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/drama-programscience-classes/

Posted by Gwen Fredette, August 29th, 2012

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So, you’ve finished your 180 days, completed your evaluation, submitted your portfolio, and possibly have even turned in your goals and objectives for the 2012-2013 school year.  Whew!  Now the big question:

What to do with the kids all Summer of 2012?

Philadelphia is a city full of fantastic summer activities!  Here are a just a few:

  1. Science in the Summer at your local Philadelphia library.  This program is available to all kids in Philadelphia in grades 2 through 6.  This summer kids will be learning about Oceanography.  Children will learn about sponges, coral, mollusks, and sharks.  They also get to do fun, interesting experiments.   If you’ve already submitted your goals and objectives for the next school year, you can count these classes as school time.  Best of all, its FREE!  Check this website to find out when the classes will be held at your branch:    http://www.scienceinthesummer.com/greater_phila/philadel.html
  2. Summer Reading Game at your local Philadelphia library.  Kids in grades K – 6 are encouraged to read books at their local library.  The more books they read, the more prizes they can win.  This program has really motivated my children to keep reading all through the summer.  It’s FREE!  Check this website for more information: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/summerreading/
  3. Home Depot’s Kids Workshops.  This program gives children ages 5-12 the opportunity to build simple projects.  It’s FREE!  Check out this website for more information: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=HT_WS_KidsWorkshops
  4. Upper Darby Performing Arts Theatre.  If your kids like drama, this is a great program and its very inexpensive.  This year shows include Tom Sawyer, Seussical Jr., & Annie, as well as several other shows.   Check out this website for more information: http://udpac.org/
  5. It’s not too late to sign your kids up for Summer Camp.  There are numerous great Christian camps out there.  Two camps my kids have enjoyed are:  Spruce Lake Christian Wilderness Camp and Camp Iroquoina Soccer Camp.  Following are the web addresses: http://www.sprucelake.org/wildernesscamp/camps.html and http://iroquoina.org/
  6. Don’t forget Vacation Bible School!  If your home church is not doing one, there may be other good churches nearby that are.  Kids have the opportunity to play games, do crafts, learn great new songs, and hear the Word of God.
  7. Free  Movies:   Kids can watch movies for free on Thursdays at 1pm at the Overbrook Park Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (7422 Haverford Avenue, 19151-2995;  215-685-0182) .   Movies include: Puss in Boots, Despicable Me, and Because of Winn Dixie.  Check out this link for more information: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/calbydate.cfm?loc=OVP&ID=34046
  8. Free Young Peoples Concert Series at the Mann Music Center:  Give your children the free entertainment of music and dance at the Mann.  They are hosting five free shows this summer.  Check out this link for more details. http://manncenter.org/education/young-peoples-concert-series
  9. Don’t forget to take your kids to Pennypack or Wissahickon Park!  Both of these parks are part of the Fairmount Park system and give families the opportunity to “get out of the city” while they’re still in it.  Whether you’re going for a bike ride or just a hike, they’re a great place to visit.
  10. Two Free Nights at the Franklin Institute:  Target Community Nights at the Franklin Institute are fantastic, and they’re free.  This summer the free nights are on July 18th and August 15th from 5 to 8pm.  Check out this link for more details:  http://www2.fi.edu/visitor-guide/events/community-events.php
  11. Free Craft Projects at Michael’s crafts:  If your kids enjoy working with their hands, some of these activities might interest them.  Check out this link.    http://www.michaels.com/Store-Events/store-events,default,pg.html
  12. Barnes and Nobles free book program:  Barnes and Nobles will give each child a book after completing an 8 book reading record during the summer.  Check out this link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570/

Hope some of these ideas are helpful to you!

Posted by Gwen Fredette July 3, 2012

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Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas (Part III)

Focus on History:

Spring is a wonderful time to take field trips!  Here’s a list of some fabulous places to take your homeschool group, class, or family.  Our homeschool group/family has been to all of these places and loved them!  This week the ideas I’m suggesting all are in the “History” category.

1.)  Franklin Court:  This underground museum explores many of Ben Franklin’s achievements and contributions to society.   It’s wonderful and it’s free!  It will also be closing on May 31st while it undergoes renovations that will take approximately 2 years, so now is a great time to visit!  Here’s a link for more information: http://www.nps.gov/inde/franklin-court.htm

2.)  Franklin Printing Press:  Learn more about Ben Franklin’s jobs writing and printing a newspaper.  Witness an old printing press in action.  This historic site is also free!  For more information, click here: http://www.philadelphiafaithandfreedom.com/franklinprintshop

3.)  Independence Hall:  A wonderful opportunity to learn about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and our founding fathers.  You need to reserve your spot on the tour with a ticket, but the tickets are free!  http://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htm

4.)  Liberty Bell:  As the official bell of the Pennsylvania state house, it originally rang prior to announcements, but it eventually became a symbol for liberty.  A wonderful place to visit.  Admission is free! http://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htm

5.)  U.S. Mint:  Located in Historic Philadelphia.  A trip to the U.S. Mint can be planned along with your trip to many other Historic Philadelphia sites.  Kids have the opportunity to see coins being printed through glass windows.  This tour has been temporarily closed for renovations, but will reopen sometime this summer.  http://www.usmint.gov/mint_tours/?action=philadelphia

6.) Glencairn Museum:  Kids have the opportunity to explore a real castle and learn about medieval history!  The cost is only $5 per person if you go with a group.  Here’s a link: http://www.glencairnmuseum.org/school-programs/

7.)  Penn Museum:  I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even realize this museum existed until last year.  It’s a wonderful place to go to learn about ancient history and archeology.  I especially enjoyed its architectural pieces with hieroglyphs and its large mummy collection.  If your family (homeschool group) has been studying Ancient Egypt, I believe it’s the best place in Philly to visit.  http://www.penn.museum/museum-map.html

8.)  Holocaust Awareness Museum:  This museum is very small, but the program is wonderful because the center arranges for Holocaust survivors to speak to students.  Our homeschool group had the opportunity to listen to Ilse Lindemeyer speak about her experiences during the Holocaust.   What an amazing opportunity to listen to her life’s story first hand!  I highly recommend this program!  Here’s the link: http://www.holocaustawarenessmuseum.org/content/School-Programs  Ilse’s story was published in the Northeast Times this year.  It can be found at this link: http://www.bsmphilly.com/northeast-times/3877-indelible-memories.html

9.)  The Academy of Natural Sciences:  My kids loved studying the history of dinosaurs when they were little, and this museum has a  fantastic display of dinosaur bones.  Here’s a link to the museum: http://www.ansp.org/

10.)  Fireman’s Hall Museum:  This is a great place to visit with elementary age children.  Kids can see several examples of fire trucks from the past 200 years.  Kids also get to learn about fire safety.  In the past visits to the museum were free, but they welcomed donations.  I believe that’s still the case.  Here’s the link: http://www.firemanshall.org/home.html

To See Part I of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas”  click HERE.

To see Part II of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” click HERE.

To see Part IV of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” click HERE.

Posted by Gwen Fredette on May 15, 2012.

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