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Parents Know Best/Choices in Education Conference

This Saturday near Lancaster!!

(I was just made aware of this, hopefully it’s not too late to register (for free) for it. I believe ordering lunch is too late, but you can pack your own to bring!!)

WHAT:  The Parents Know Best | Choices in Education Conference is hosted by Building Faith Families and provided FREE of charge with the help of our generous sponsors. Our goal is to provide parents with information on different educational avenues in efforts to find the best education option for their family. Everyone is welcome to attend!

At Demme Learning (the author of Math-U-See), we trust parents. We believe parents are the best decision makers when it comes to their child’s education; that’s why we decided to sponsor Building Faith Families in their Parents Know Best movement. Together, our goal for the PKB Conference is to provide parents with information on a variety of education options in efforts to find the best fit for their family.

WHEN: This Saturday, Jan 26

TIME: 9am-330pm

WHERE:  The Junction Center 1875 Junction Road, Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545

Click HERE to see a list of the schedule for the day!


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more happenings

This coming Monday AWANA Family Roller Skating
Check out this post for more information.


Looking to Visit Lancaster?

Are you headed to the Lancaster area for some reason or would you like to head that way for a homeschool event?

Well, some homeschoolers over at Frugal Lancaster have developed a calendar specifically for homeschoolers! YAY!!

“This list is a compilation of field trip ideas, events, classes and activities to do with homeschool children of all ages. Everything is located in Lancaster County or the surrounding Central Pennsylvania region. Listings are organized in six different categories including history, science, literature, art, music and other.”

Check out their post for a listing of homeschool events in the Lancaster area!

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WHEN: Tuesdays: 1/22; 1/29; 2/5

TIME: 3:30-4:15

WHERE: Cairn University Music Building, Rm. 108
200 Manor Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

TO REGISTER: contact Dr. Wolf


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Ricochets Gymnastics 

WHAT: Homeschool gymnastics class. Our program will focus on gymnastics on all 4 Olympic events as well as trampoline! Classes will also include team building skills and fun games. Group games will include all ages while gymnastics activities will be split by age/skill level.
Free wifi is available in our full-viewing lobby area. There are tables and chairs for your use in our heated/air conditioned facility. Our 21,000 sq. ft. facility offers spring floors, trampolines, foam pit, and more!

WHERE:  Station Park   362 South Warminster Rd   Hatboro, PA 19040

WHEN: every 3rd Thursday of the month.

TIME: 1-2:30pm

AGES: girls and boys ages 4 and up (must be potty trained).

COST: $15 (1st child); $10 (2nd child); $5 (3rd+ child)
Pre-registration is required (see link below).


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West Park Cultural Center Ceramics

WHAT: Not homeschool specific but a GREAT price!!

The Ceramics program provides students with the techniques needed to use clay as a medium of expression. No art experience required.  Students are able to learn the potter’s wheel and hand building.

WHERE: School of the Future, 4021 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays (16 classes)

AGES: 7-18

TIME: 3:30-5:30

COST: $50 (scholarships are available)

FOR MORE INFO: please click HERE

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Don’t forget to check out the Calendar Tab to take a gander at the events for each month!

Repeating, open classes are listed on every month!!! New events are added continually!!

Do you know of something that’s happening in the homeschool world? Send me an email so your fellow homeschoolers can know too!

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Skating and Science & Engineering Day

AWANA Family Skate Night 

WHAT: Come join Lawnadale Baptist Church and friends for their annual Roller Skate Night. The skating center is rented for the night and Christian music will be playing. There is a new playzone for the younger crowd.

WHENMonday, January 21st (Martin Luther King Day)

TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM

WHERE: Palace Roller Skating Center   11586 Roosevelt Blvd.   Phila. 19116

: All ages are welcome.  Feel free to invite your relatives or church family friends.

COST: Admission Fee: $3.00/ per person whether you skate or watch

            Skate Rental: $3.00 / per person OR Bring your own skates




Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day


WHAT:  Everything around us – the clothes we wear, the computers we use, the vehicles that transport us, the hip implants and artificial heart valves that improve our health – is made of stuff. Materials science and engineering is the study of that stuff: what it’s made of, why it behaves the way it does, and what we can do with it. Materials scientists and engineers make our daily lives better by developing materials for health and medicine, improved energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing, among other areas.
2019 marks the ninth anniversary of Philly Materials Day, focusing on hands-on activities for all ages and special small group workshops geared to ages 10 and up where participants will work on teams exploring how specific materials impact their world.

WHERE:  Drexel University Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3126 Market Street

WHENSaturday, February 2

TIME:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AGES: all ages and special small group workshops geared to ages 10 and up


FOR MORE INFORMATION:  phillymaterials



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testing.. Part 3

To test or not to test? 

That seems to be a common question among homeschoolers. Whether you chose to test your kiddos in each of their subjects or not, there is ONE test that you are required by law to do: the Standardized Test!

Standardized testing must be done in grades 3, 5 and 8; kept in your portfolio for your evaluator to see but not turned into the district. Check askPauline for more on the laws.

I know it seems a bit early to think about testing but one of the options for testing had a sign-up deadline of December 14. So I thought I would get started on the series of testing option posts! I have asked a few families I know to write how they have done testing in the past.

  • Click HERE to read about testing at Church of the Savior in Wayne.
  • Click HERE to read about testing at a Classical Conversations campus.

Read on to hear how Colleen’s family has used Academic Excellence to test her kids. Continue reading “testing.. Part 3”

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Science Fair Time (Part 2)

Here’s the conclusion of Kelly’s 12 Step Program to get
to the science fair.
Check out This Post for steps 1-3!


Step 4. Each kid gets 50 cent notebook. We really like writing our name on the cover and the title of the project inside. It feels so official. Now to begin to write everything down inside. I mean everything. We write down what we spend for supplies, materials lists, procedure, charts, what we did wrong, what we need to fix because it didn’t work the way we expected. If someone sneezes on a test tube, write it down. When you get to the end and you can’t remember why test number 2 had wildly inaccurate results, it is way less interesting than finding out that boogers messed with the PH. This is how you have data to talk about.


Step 5. Research. Go to the library. I always mean to go to that lovely place more. Here’s a great reason to hang out in that quiet, book-smelling treasure trove.

What can you find out about this subject in advance? What is really going on when it does that? Write it down in the student’s own words so they can just copy that right into their paper later.


Step 6. Make sure the procedure makes sense. If we lifted it straight from a science project website, we still need to make sure it really asks a question that can be measured, controlled, compared and repeated. We’ll start a first round of experiments. Anything that goes wrong or doesn’t work the way you thought, make some corrections. This is where the learning gets good. Problem solve. Write it down.


We’ll start a 2nd/3rd/4th round of testing or keep on measuring something we put in place. We’ll write everything down. We’ll get better at measuring as we go. This stage will go on for a while, depending on the project. With little kids you might have to help them every time they use the ruler or the stopwatch but as they grow they can start to do all that themselves. I like to take pictures of everything.


Step 7. We’ll have collected all of our data. We chart it. Color coded graphs can be very satisfying.


Step 8. What does it mean? Was our hypothesis right? Why, why not? What could we do better next time? Who does this help? Why does it matter? Write it down.


Step 9. Take all that info and write the paper. All the while, talking out loud about the words kids have trouble remembering. “What was you manipulated variable again?” If we say it out loud enough during the process, when a judge asks, it’ll be no problem. Make sure that paper gets to the Science Fair Lady’s house in triplicate by February 2.


Step 10. We’ll be ordering our science fair boards through the fair as a group so we get nice big boards for cheap. You’ll get an email about it sometime after you register. Or you can get them anywhere you like. I’m an art teacher, so this part gets fun to me. Lay out the boards logically, pick colors, make legible headings, go crazy with glue.


Step 11. Talk about the project out loud every day. Get friends to ask about the project so students have lots of practice, in a casual way, rattling off the details of the project.


Step 12. Go to the fair. It’s a little early to get up on a mid-winter Saturday morning but we worked hard & we deserve those ribbons! We’ll tell all our friends and family to come see our hard work. Eat lots of food at the concessions stand. Watch some hands-on demonstrations.

It’s going to be a good day.


Thanks Kelly for sharing your 12 Step Program to get to the Science Fair!

If you didn’t quite make the preparations in time, but would like to check out the Fair for next year, You Can!

Check out this page of Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair website for details on how to visit! It’s free!

I’d love to hear how the Science Fair went for you this year!

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Homeschool Science Fair Time!!!


Here are some great tips from a fellow homeschooler and science fair attender!!
Be encouraged to try it this year! 


My 12 Step Program for Science Fair 2019
by Kelly Wong


I’d like to invite you join us for the 2019 Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair.

Here are the details:

WHEN: February 9

WHERE: Springton Lake Presbyterian Church   Newtown Square, PA

My family has been attending this event for 8 years now and it has been worth all the effort. I want to encourage you to try it out even if you find a Science Fair intimidating.

There are so so many valuable lessons learned here. Even though I’m not a very sciency parent, I see so much accomplished by the children, even with the simplest of experiments.

They benefit from, at least, all of this:

  • Planning a long term project out for themselves
  • Making goals and meeting them
  • Research
  • Following procedures, improving on their own procedures
  • Being careful & precise to whatever degree they are capable
  • Graphing
  • Word processing software and Excel/sheets, etc.
  • Making a pleasant, legible and sometimes artistic display
  • Summarizing their work on paper and verbally
  • Going to an event where they get to see many homeschoolers just like them
  • Speaking to kind & encouraging strangers, who love to share science exploration together
  • Watching live science & robotics demonstrations
  • Getting a prize. My kids cherish their ribbons, even their yellow 3rd place ones, that everyone gets, because it means they survived another year. Following through with the entire process deserves a ribbon!

That’s not even counting what they actually learn about the scientific procedure or the results of the experiment!

But as you can see, it is a lot of work. I won’t lie to you.

But so many good things are bound up in the process, I refuse to give it up. I encourage you to take it up.


You may be thinking, “That’s all great, but it’s too late to think about it this year. If we didn’t start growing beans or filling petri dishes with goo in September, we’re out of luck.” Here’s what my family is going to do now that it is past November and our long term potential project list with exotic materials and human psychology is shortening rapidly to short term projects with stuff we’ve got in the kitchen. We’ve still got 7 weeks till the Fair, not including 2 weeks off around the holidays.

(Blogging note– I’m posting this a little bit later than expected–
EEK– but I am sure there is STILL time!!  Just make sure you register by the 9th!)


Step 1. Pick a project today. I’m going to ask my kid if they have a science question they want answered. Sometimes, they say something magically easy, like, what is the best way to get grass stains out of my shorts and we’re off. Last year it was, “Why does our friend have half a lettuce sitting in a glass of water?” Boom, hydroponics, vegetables, water, light, done.  But sometimes this takes a little more searching. What are we studying this year? What did Bill Nye do in that last episode we watched? What stuff have I got in my kitchen? What does suggest? The ever present problem, how can I make an experiment out of chocolate?

We will narrow the field to egg shells or plants or color or space. Then make sure we have a question. Not, for example, the question, “Can I show you how ice melts?” but, “Using 3 different methods, which method melts ice the fastest?” The first question is a demonstration. The second question uses a change to compare results that can be measured. This is very important. If we are not measuring something, there is no experiment. How high does it grow? How long does is last? Which one is stronger? If you can’t measure it, it’s not an experiment.

Also find restrictions here on the Science Fair Website. 

You cannot grow potatoes from human poop for Fair, sorry.


Good news though, you can measure just about anything else.
And here’s the secret fun part:

DOING the process is way more important
than what that process is.

Don’t stress if it doesn’t sound very scientific or challenging to you. The process is challenging. Measuring is challenging. Writing is challenging. Talking to strangers is challenging. Don’t kill yourself or your student to pick the perfect genius project question. Especially if it’s your first year. I have stared into the eyes of an 8 year old & said in disbelief & silent judgement, “You really don’t know how this experiment is going to turn out?” She didn’t. It was fine. She learned a lot from a question that I thought was painfully obvious.

Relax. Make it fun or simple and move on to step 2.


Step 2. Fill out your paperwork. Register for the fair (by January 9th!). When we know you are coming, we get your prizes ready, your tables ready, your judges ready, your candy & concessions ready, because we just can’t wait to see you all!



Step 3.  Make a plan with the kids. Walk them through it backwards. Science fair is Saturday, February 9. Aim to finish your boards by Thursday the 7th. The paper (writing your project report) is due on Saturday the 2nd. Plan to put it in the mail the January 30th. How long do your students need to write a paper? Under 6th grade writes a 1 page summary. Over 6th grade writes a full paper with abstract (or summary), just like any professional scientist does. One kid will write it in an afternoon but need a week to figure out how to make graphs in google sheets. One kid will write The. Entire. Month. Of. January. Figure it out together.


When you are done with that part of the plan you know exactly how long you have to get the experiment done. The procedure will need to be done multiple times. The more data, the more accurate, the more to discuss, the more correct the process.

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Thanks Kelly! I’ll end this post here with steps 1-3 to work on.

Check back tomorrow when steps 4-12 are posted!



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new classes!!!

Make sure you take a gander at the Classes & Discounts Tab on the blog to see the HUGE list of classes offered for homeschoolers!!!! Shoot me an email at if you know of some other classes that are not on the list! 


dynamix gymnastics

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Homeschool Playdate Winter Location!!

WHAT: All homeschoolers are welcome! Through the winter, get the kids together to play indoor basketball, board games and more, while the moms chat. This is a great way to meet and fellowship with your fellow homeschool families. Bring a snack for your kids or one to share.Come at whatever time works for you and stay for as long or as short as you can!

WHEN: 1st Friday of every month

WHERE:  Pennington AG Youth Warehouse 1580 Reed Road Pennington, NJ 08534
Exit 72 Route 295 South
Located in a small industrial park. Park on the side of the building with all of the minivans and look for tiny signs that say “Youth Warehouse” stuck in the ground.

TIME: 2-5pm

AGES: all are welcome Bring a nut free snack to share.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Leah at loverofamily@

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Penn Museum


WHAT: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology:
Exploring the Past How do archaeologists figure out the exact age of an artifact? Trees, carbon atoms, and other materials can all help us learn how long an object has been around. Hear from Museum experts, including teaching specialists from our Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), explore the galleries, and discover more through hands-on workshops!

WHENFriday, January 18, 2019

WHERE: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology  3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

TIME: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

AGES: designed for high school age students (9-12 grades).

COST: $15 per student/ adult, One complimentary adult per student. Reservations are required! 


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Upcoming Archaeological Adventures 

WHAT: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


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.

WHERE: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology  3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

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


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National Museum of American Jewish History

Thru January 21st: The Art of Rube Goldberg is the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Rube Goldberg’s work since the Smithsonian’s 1970 celebration of the artist. It explores his varied career from his earliest published works and iconic Rube Goldberg machine invention drawings, to his Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoons, and more.

Click HERE to learn more!

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Beginning Class Piano 

WHAT: Join Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf for a group piano class at Cairn University. In this 20-week course students learn music fundamentals, ear-training, and piano technique while sharing the joy of making music and learning in a small group setting.
Each class is 45 minutes of piano instruction. The course is an amazing value, and even includes a recital opportunity in the University’s recital hall!

WHEN: Session I- Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm; Jan. 16- June 12
Session II- Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30pm; Jan. 16- June 12

WHERE: Cairn University    200 Manor Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

COST: $300 (multiple enrollment discounts available)
Registration fee: $10 (+$5 late fee if registering after Jan. 9)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE or email at or call (215)563-8099