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read or write and be rewarded

Pizza Hut’s “BOOK IT!”

Pizza Hut’s “BOOK IT!” Program has open enrollment.
Here’s how the program works:

  1. The homeschool teacher sets reading goals for each of her students.
  2. Each month that a child completes a reading goal he/she receives a coupon for 1 free personal pan pizza.
  3. The program runs for 6 months – from October until March.
  4. Any child in grades K – 6 (ages 5-12) is able to participate.
  5. This program is FREE to all homeschooling families.

To find out more about this program please click HERE

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Amazing Women’s Edition

writing contest

WHAT: Write a 20-30 page book with the theme Local Heroines. “In furtherance of honoring the vast contributions of women, we are hosting the Amazing Women’s Edition book writing contest. Get to know an extraordinary woman in your Continue reading “read or write and be rewarded”

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Wall Park Hang Out

You’re invited!!!!

Wall Park Homeschool Hang Out

WHAT:  Come join other homeschoolers for a day of playing and talking in the park!

WHENthis coming Wednesday!, September 19th   Raindate: Wednesday, September 26

TIME: 11-3 (or whenever you want to leave)

WHERE:  Wall Park in Elkins Park, PA. Located on Church Road in Cheltenham Township, near the corner of Old York Road and Church Road. To see a map of the area, click HERE.

COST: FREE!!!

PLEASE BRING:
  • Lots of water
  • Balls, Rackets, Baseball Gloves, Skateboards, Scooters, etc.  Whatever your kids like to do!
WHY:  For Fun!  This event is open to anyone!  If you have friends interested in homeschooling and want to find out more about it, please invite them! If you have books you would like to give away, bring them and set them out (just make sure you take leftovers back with you!)

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)

Hope you can make it!

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Music ….

Coming up next week!!!: 

Wall Park Homeschool Hang Out

WHAT:  Come join other homeschoolers for a day of playing and talking in the park!

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 19th   Raindate: Wednesday, September 26

Check out this Post for the rest of the details!!! See you there!

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Here are some great opportunities to get some music in your homeschool!

 

 

KIDSONG

What:  Cairn University would like to invite children from Preschool up through Eighth grade to participate in the 2018 KIDSONG weekly events this fall. The events provide children with the opportunity to learn and develop music skills such as listening, singing, moving, and creating. They will be instructed by Cairn Music Education majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, a Professor and Chair of Music Education at Cairn.
Where: Room 108 of the Music Building at Cairn University, 200 Manor Ave, Langhorne, PA 19047

Continue reading “Music ….”

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more upcoming classes

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for: 

Wall Park Homeschool Hang Out

WHAT:  Come join other homeschoolers for a day of playing and talking in the park!

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 19th   Raindate: Wednesday, September 26

TIME: 11-3 (or whenever you want to leave)

Check out this Post for the rest of the details!!! See you there!

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ART CLASSES At Sophia Academy 

 

Sophia Academy @ International Christian High School offers two art classes this year:

Drawing I                                                                              Mondays at 2:30 pm
In this class, students move through concepts of form, shape, shading, perspective, and figure drawing while learning to think visually when working out problems.

Painting I                                                                              Mondays at 3:15 pm
This class clovers oil, watercolor, and acrylic paints. Students will learn how colors interact as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various types of paints.

Instructor:  Joshua Stippich, founder of Sophia Academy’s William Gildart School of Arts, holds an art education degree from Lycoming University. He taught art and video production for ten years and had his own art showcased at the Williamsport Community Arts Center. He is committed to helping students experience the value of self-expression as they think creatively and learn to problem solve. The art program at Sophia Academy bridges the gap between school and real life.

Details

  • Discounted Cost: $20 per month
  • Class Duration: 45 minutes
  • Course Duration: You may sign up for one semester or for the entire year
  • Who Receives Discount? Any homeschooled or ICHS student

Classes begin on Monday, September 17.

Call Sophia Academy @ ICHS (267-595-4723) to register or come to ICHS 5500 Tabor Avenue.

 

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Home School Programs Fall 2018

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Charlotte Mason Book Club 

WHAT: Are you interested in Charlotte Mason, her educational philosophy and teachings? How about joining some other adults for a book study?

WHEN: once a month on Sunday’s at 7 PM.  Our first meeting can be Sept. 16th.

Here is a link that includes free online links to the book and print copies: Charlotte Mason
It’s Volume 1, Home Education. 
Here is our reading to do for our first meeting:
Session 1
Preface and Part I Section I through Part I Section VI (pp. 1-36)
 
COST: FREE!!!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: email Liz Wann at  wann.elizabeth@gmail.com to be on the email group list and for location!!!

 

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upcoming classes

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for: 

Wall Park Homeschool Hang Out

WHAT:  Come join other homeschoolers for a day of playing and talking in the park!

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 19th   Raindate: Wednesday, September 26

TIME: 11-3 (or whenever you want to leave)

Check out this Post for the rest of the details!!! See you there!

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Philadelphia Museum of Art 

WHAT:  Homeschool Art Classes. Make the Museum a part of your homeschool studies. Our homeschool program runs October to June. Classes are designed to serve small homeschool co-op groups or individual homeschool families. Participants are divided into small groups by age. Each group works with the same Museum educator throughout the year. Classes take place in the permanent galleries. Lessons are interactive and encourage students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities, including discussion, drawing, writing, role playing, and games. Families can sign up for as many classes as fit their schedule.

WHEN: first Wednesday of each month (no January lesson)

TIME:  10-1130 ages 3-4; 10-12 ages 5-17

WHERE:  2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway  Philadelphia, PA 19130

AGES: 3-17 years

COST:  $12 per class; $10 for Museum members (there is a Chaperone fee also)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to see a pdf schedule for the full year; HERE to visit the website

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Art at Valley Lake Gallery

WHAT: Homeschool Art Classes Instructor: Reena Brooks, BFA

WHEN: every Tuesday throughout school year, starting September 17th

TIME: 11am-12pm

WHERE: Art at Valley Lake Gallery  3 Village Road, Horsham, PA 19044

AGES: 6-15

COST:  $75  per 5 week session

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out the website here

Music Classes: (THESE ARE GREAT PRICES!!!)

Ukelele Lessons:
Ever wanted to learn the Ukulele? Now is your chance…For ALL ages.
​Call or email us to schedule your first private or group lesson.

Cost: $15 each person for an hour lesson
​Instructor: Sr. Linda Arico,CSR
WHERE: Art at Valley Lake Gallery  3 Village Road, Horsham, PA 19044

Guitar Lessons:
Ever wanted to learn the Guitar? Now is your chance…For ALL ages.
​Call or email us to schedule your first private or group lesson.

Cost:$15 each person for an hour lesson
​Instructor: Sr. Linda Arico,CSR
WHERE: Art at Valley Lake Gallery  3 Village Road, Horsham, PA 19044

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Mindy Flexer Homeschool Art Classes 

WHAT:  In every class, I help each person express his or her unique vision. I show inspiring artwork as a starting point, help student artists develop their own ideas, and teach solid art skills. Each project is tailored to be developmentally appropriate for each artist in the class, so projects are challenging without being frustrating. Our classes together are fun and inspiring! Sign up for a session or drop-in classes.

WHEN:  Friday mornings

TIME: 9am to 12 pm

WHERE: Mindy Flexer Art School  5225 Greene St Philadelphia 19144

AGES:  children and teens

COST: Individual drop-in class $32/class or $150-177 for full session

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Check out the WEBSITE HERE, or email maflexer@gmail.com

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Afternoon Artists at the
Tacony LAB Community Arts Center

WHAT:  Art Focused Homeschool Group. We will work around a different art history theme each week, creating a work of art based on this theme. We will also have free form open art time.

WHEN: Every Thursday afternoon, starting Sept 6

TIME: 2pm-4:30pm

WHERE:  Tacony LAB Community Art Center  6918 Torresdale Ave Philadelphia PA 19135

AGES:  children 6 and up

COST:  FREE!!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  The group will be moderated by Barb Baur, Tacony LAB Coordinator.

To register email tacony@muralarts.org or call 267-686-7420 (leave a message if no answer) 

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CHEER Teen Program

WHAT:  For the fall semester, we have an exciting jazz history and appreciation course, taught by Tiffany Johnson, longtime jazz enthusiast and CHEER mom.
We also offer full year Algebra I and Geometry courses, as well as semester classes in phys ed., drama, guitar, and art. All classes may be taken a la carte! 

WHEN: Friday mornings

WHERE:  Crossroads Community Church  104 Heather Road, Upper Darby, PA 19082

AGES: 13-18

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  For details, email Debbie Ghrist at  cheergroupcoop@gmail.com or check out CHEER website

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PEPPER & SALTeens and
Pepper Volleyball

WHAT: Do you need Chemistry or Spanish (all levels) for the coming year? How about Algebra II? Still Life Oil Painting? PEPPER & SALTeens offers these and many more yearlong and short-term classes.

WHEN: Wednesday, starting September 5

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

AGES:  grades 6-12

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  contact Anne Hawthorn anne@drhweb.net

Pepper Volleyball

WHAT:  Homeschooled and cyberschooled gals and guys are invited to join us. No experience is necessary— we will teach you how to play this exciting, fast-paced sport.

WHEN: Thursdays, starting August 23

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

AGES:  grades 4-12

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  contact Anne Hawthorn anne@drhweb.net

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Upcoming Archaeological Adventures 

WHAT: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: Check out our Homeschool Day themes for the 2018-2019 school year for even more fun and learning!

WHEN: 

Myths Around the World

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Uncover stories about gods and mythical creatures from across the globe – they may be more familiar than you think!

Egypt All the Time

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Learn about mummies, daily life, and more by exploring the world of ancient Egypt. 

Mesopotamia Madness

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Think like an archaeologist and piece together the story of ancient Mesopotamia and the earliest cities.

Exploring China & Japan

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Travel the Asian continent to find out more about both ancient life and modern traditions.

Technically Speaking

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Discover the techniques and tools used by ancient engineers and craftspeople to create the artifacts in our collection.

COST: $12 per student/ adult, One complimentary adult per student, Free for children age 3 and under.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

 

NEW for TEENS!!

Exploring the Past is a new program designed for high school age students (9-12 grades).

WHEN:

Exploring the Past

Friday, September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
What is archaeology and why is it important? Artifacts from the past can tells us the unwritten stories of ancient people. Preserving and conserving these artifacts is crucial to the research and studying archaeologists do to discover details of the past. Meet experts, explore the galleries, and take part in interactive workshops that bring history to life!

COST: $15 per student/ adult, One complimentary adult per student

This is a pilot program. With enough interest, we hope to schedule sessions in the spring that explore more topics related to archaeology!

book it

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Visit HERE

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get outside with …

Our Annual Start of the Year Homeschool Hang Out
at Wall Park and Nature Studies!

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Wall Park Homeschool Hang Out

WHAT:  Come join other homeschoolers for a day of playing and talking in the park!

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 19th   Raindate: Wednesday, September 26

TIME: 11-3 (or whenever you want to leave)

WHERE:  Wall Park in Elkins Park, PA. Located on Church Road in Cheltenham Township, near the corner of Old York Road and Church Road. To see a map of the area, click HERE.

COST: FREE!!!

PLEASE BRING:
  • Lots of water
  • Balls, Rackets, Baseball Gloves, Skateboards, Scooters, etc.  Whatever your kids like to do!
WHY:  For Fun!  This event is open to anyone!  If you have friends interested in homeschooling and want to find out more about it, please invite them! If you have books you would like to give away, bring them and set them out (just make sure you take leftovers back with you!)

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)

Hope you can make it!

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Check out these two NEW to me nature studies….

EDGE

WHAT: EDGE (Exploring and Discovering God’s Earth) is a nature/hiking co-op. We ❤ Nature! Join EDGE Nature Group for fresh-air adventures as we explore God’s awesome creation. Have fun, investigate nature and build friendships with other homeschool families. Kids will have lots of opportunities to get loud, get messy and learn through play. A short nature lesson is presented each week. EDGE has been meeting for about 2 years now.

WHEN: We meet rain or shine from September through May, every other Wednesday.

WHERE: In an effort to give kids a wide range of outdoor experiences, we have several meeting locations that we rotate through in the Wissahickon area.

AGES: all are welcome!

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: send an email to Andrea at edgenaturegroup@gmail.com

Romans 1:20 ~ For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God

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Charlotte Mason Nature Study Group

WHAT: Our time will be spent walking around, exploring and discovering things in nature. Just letting the kids play too, but also indirectly teaching them to observe and study nature. For the children 5/6 and up I’ll do a quick object lesson and we’ll discuss seed dispersal and look for and talk about seeds and seed pods. (Younger children will be there, but no pressure for them to pay attention or answer questions.)

Bring water, a snack, something for collecting nature objects if you want to take them home for further study. A lot of times, I’ll have my oldest water paint a picture of his findings later or draw it later at home in his nature journal. With that said, feel free to bring a nature journal. (These are snippets of the “welcome email” with lots of information).

WHEN: Friday afternoons, starting September 7th

TIME: 130-330pm

WHERE: for the first date meet at the barn at Bartram’s Garden

AGES: all are welcome!

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: to be placed on the group email list for locations and reminders please email Liz at wann.elizabeth@gmail.com

 

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Lardner’s Point Science Classes

Lardner’s Point Fall Classes and Nature Walks

Being in nature encourages children to explore, ask questions, and make predictions.  In a hands-on environment, students naturally adopt the behaviors and attitudes of scientists.  The outdoors is the best classroom!  We will begin each class with a mini lesson and spend the rest of our time observing and exploring.

Meet me at Lardner’s Point on August 30 at 10:00 a.m. for a short nature walk and introduction to the park! There is no cost to attend (this walk) but contact me if you plan to join (see below for contact information).

4 Biweekly Classes for K-2 and 3-5

  • Dates

    • September 11, September 25, October 9, October 23

    • Rain dates (if needed): October 30, November 6

  • Time

    • K-2 – 9:30-10:15

    • 3-5 – 10:25-11:10

Content

Grades K-2

  • Trees

    • Parts of a tree

    • Identification of common trees

    • Seasonal changes

    • Habitat for animals

Grades 3-5

  • Meadow habitat

    • Plants and wildflowers

    • Pollinators

    • Insects

    • Birds

Policies

  • Parents are encouraged to attend classes as observers, but children should be allowed to learn and make connections independently. Spending more time together at the park is a wonderful way to extend the learning time! A list of suggested activities for students to work on outside of class will accompany each lesson.

  • Classes will build on each other and enrollment is calculated for attendance at all classes. If you cannot be at a class, please notify me in advance.

  • Enrollment for fall classes closes on August 31. Payment is due on enrollment and is nonrefundable.

  • Fees (for all 4 classes)

    • One student per family: $40 per student

    • Two students per family: $36 per student

    • Three or more students per family: $32 per student

  • In case of rain, classes will be postponed. (See above for rain dates.)

 

Nature Walks

Contact me to schedule a nature walk that reinforces content your students are learning at home. The goal of these walks is to give students space to make connections, apply what they know, and build their curiosity. Suggested topics include birds, plants, ecosystems / habitats, insects.

Cost: $10 / student
Class size: 5-9 students
Suggested dates: September 4, September 18, October 2

 

Highlights from Summer Classes at Lardner’s Point

DSC00315 (1)-2The class about monarch butterflies was a favorite for students! They observed monarch eggs, a monarch caterpillar, and monarch butterflies. The fragile state of the monarch population captivated their interest and imagination.

In the class focused on birds, students learned to identify the American Goldfinch by sight, song, and flight pattern. They also observed several inactive nests (including a Baltimore oriole nest) and saw the peregrine falcons that nest on the bridge.

Even though the classes did not strictly build on each other, students made observations and connections from what they learned in previous classes.

 

DSC09368From Maria, mom of two students enrolled in summer classes:

“‘An observant child should be put in the way of things worth observing.’ (Charlotte Mason) I got to watch my children be inspired to learn as their curiosity was awakened through observation.”

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Bio

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Two of Jessica Glick’s favorite pastimes as a child were playing school with her little brother (she as the teacher and he as the sometimes-willing student) and finding bird’s nests to watch. Working with children and spending time in nature are still two of her strongest passions. She completed Faith Builders Training Institute’s two-year Teacher Apprenticing Program and was a lower elementary homeroom teacher for four years. After leaving the classroom fulltime, Jessica taught classes for a homeschool co-op and tutored children with dyslexia. As a stay-at-home mom of a toddler, she is still learning about child development and education.

Contact me for more information or to request a reference:

Jessica Glick | jessicasuzieq@gmail.com | 717.368.6910