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Just thought I’d let homeschoolers know of some great upcoming programs!

Sight & Sound Theaters

WHAT:  Sight & Sound Theaters

WHERE: Lancaster, PA (300 Hartman Bridge Road – Ronks, PA 17572)

WHEN: Month of September

COST: $10 off admission, weekday shows of MOSES for the entire month of September

FOR MORE INFO:  Book online using code LC14SEP or call 800-377-1277. New orders only – based on availability.  Website: https://www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/home.do

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National Constitution Center

WHAT:  Constitution Day (FREE Admission!)

WHERE:  National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

COST:  Free!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site: http://constitutioncenter.org/constitution-day/at-the-center

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Homeschool Festival, 18th Century Plantation

WHAT:  Homeschool Festival

WHERE:  Graeme Park, 859 County Line Rd, Horsham, PA

WHEN: Wednesday, September 24th, 2014    10am – 2pm

COST:  $6 per person

FOR MORE INFO:  Click here to check out their flyer: http://www.graemepark.org/_Flyers_Carla/2014/homeschoolflyer2014.pdf

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Free Homeschool Programming Class

WHAT: Basics of Web Programming Class

WHERE:  Online

WHEN:  Begins October 6th; 14 Lesson Course

COST:  Free!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site: http://www.forthuntparent.com/academy/HTMLFrontPage.cfm?from=PhillyHS&CFID=242932&CFTOKEN=a232b12aec47f8a6-3F7D83D0-AB9E-A15D-99D5E9112484744E&jsessionid=252EC05B87D5FEF9924126B69BF90C19.cfusion

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Valley Forge Homeschool Days

WHAT:  Valley Forge Homeschool Days

WHERE: 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406

WHEN: October 8th & October 29th, 2014

COST: I believe this program is free!

OTHER:  Pre-Registration required 2 weeks in advance!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site: http://www.nps.gov/vafo/forteachers/classrooms/homeschooldays.htm

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For more on Fall 2014 Science Classes, click here:  http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/fall-2014-science-classes-programs/

For more on  Fall 2014 Art Classes, click here: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/fall-2014-art-sewing-classes/

For more on Fall 2014 Gym Classes, click here: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/fall-2014-homeschool-gym-classes/

For more on Fall 2014 Drama Classes, click here: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/fall-2014-theatre-auditions-drama-classes/

Posted by Gwen Fredette on September 11th, 2014

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Fantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas

Here’s a list of some more fabulous places to take your homeschool group, class, or family for a field trip!

1.  Styer’s Orchard:   Our homeschool group makes a field trip to this orchard almost every year.  They have a variety of different tours, including ones that correspond with apple picking, strawberry picking, and fruit tree planting.  They also have a corn maze in the Fall.  This is an especially great trip for young children.   Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.   For more information, see their website: http://www.styerorchard.com/schooltours.html

2.  Archery Class:  Our homeschool group took a field trip to Bucks County Fish & Game this past Fall.  We were able to participate in a 2 hour archery class.  They also offer Youth archery classes every Monday night from 7:00 to 8:30.   The classes are very reasonably priced!   For children ages 6 & up.  For more information please contact Robert “Doc” Satterfield 267-231-8031 or 267-203-8397 or  check out their calendar: http://bcfg.org/webcalendar/month.php  Their website is: http://bcfg.org/announcements/.

3.  Battleship New Jersey:  Did you know students could take tours of an actual battleship?  Our homeschool group took a tour of Battleship NJ this past Fall.  The gentleman giving us the tour had been a sailor on the ship when he was a young man.  It was an excellent history lesson! Recommended for ages 8 & up.   http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/group_tours/

4.  Longwood Gardens:  Longwood Gardens is a beautiful place to take a field trip.  They offer many educational tours, including special homeschool days for only $5 per student.  To find out more, check out their website: http://longwoodgardens.org/events/home-school-day or http://longwoodgardens.org/education.

5.  Cunningham Piano Factory:  Take a tour of Philadelphia’s oldest piano factory!  Our homeschool group visited Cunningham this past Fall.  It was fantastic learning about how they restored baby grand pianos.  A wonderful trip for music enthusiasts! Recommended for ages 8 & up.   http://www.cunninghampiano.com/

6.  Lego Animation 101:  Students had the opportunity to bring their iphones or ipads to class.  They were also able to bring their favorite Legos.  Put them together and kids learn the basics of Stop Motion Animation!   A teacher from Talking Stick Learning Center met our homeschool group at a Philadelphia Library and conducted the class.  For more information, contact Adam Thomas.  His email is adamccthomas@gmail.com.  For more ideas for combining Homeschooling and Lego fun, see this post: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/homeschooling-with-legos/.

7.  Northeast Airport:   This Spring our homeschool group had the opportunity to visit the Northeast Airport.  They gave us a great mini-lesson on aviation and our students were able to sit in the cockpit of a real plane!  Recommended for ages 8 & up.  http://www.phl.org/BUSINESS/GENERALAVIATION/PHILADELPHIANORTHEASTAIRPORT/Pages/PNE_default.aspx.

8.  Working Dogs Field Trip:  Dogs are more than “man’s best friend”.  They provide amazing services to help and save people.  Learn how dogs are trained for search and rescue, finding bombs, and even detecting certain kinds of cancer.  This was an excellent field trip:  http://pennvetwdc.org/.

This post is the fifth in my “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” series.

  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part I, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part II, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part III, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part IV, click HERE.

Posted by Gwen Fredette on May 7th, 2014

 

 

 

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

Posted by Gwen Fredette on January 29th, 2013

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