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Park Day

Did you miss the September Homeschool Park Day!! Here’s your opportunity to come out and catch up with one another and meet some new friends!

This event is open to anyone! If you have friends interested in homeschooling and want to find out more about it, please invite them!

PLEASE BRING:

Lots of water

Picnic lunch and blanket or chairs if you’d like

Balls, Rackets, Baseball Gloves, Skateboards, Scooters, etc.

Whatever your kids like to do!

WHEN: next Tuesday, October 5th

TIME: 11am-2pm (come and go as your schedule allows you)

WHERE: Wall Park in Elkins Park, PA. Located on Church Road in Cheltenham Township, near the corner of Old York Road and Church Road.

If you would like to find out more information or RSVP please contact Rossana Jaffe at h0mesch00l1ng@yahoo.com (those ‘0s’ are the number zero and a number one!)  We will have to cancel in case of bad weather.

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Some science activities

Elmwood Park Zoo Homeschool Workshops

WHAT: Our HomeSchool Workshops take children on a deep dive into a variety of STEM-based learning and discovery topics. Students will learn about the environment and the animals that live there all while having a safe and engaging experience. Each class is a 90 minute program and includes an up-close animal greet, a lesson, and a hands-on activity. Participants do not have to be a home school student to participate in this program.

WHEN: 2nd & 3rd Fridays of each month (determined by age group) starting September 10th

TIME: 9:30-11am

WHERE: Elmwood Park Zoo 1661 Harding Blvd Norristown, PA 19401

AGES: all learners ages 5-12 are welcome

COST: $13.95 for non-members; $10.95 for members

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Brandywine Zoo Virtual Science Cubs

WHAT: Join us for the wildest PreK series in town as we learn  about animals with paws and claws. In this 5 week virtual session, kids will learn how different types of feet help animals survive! Each week consists of a virtual class and materials for two children to complete three self-guided activities. You can have your box shipped to you or you can pick up the box at the zoo.

WHEN: Saturdays: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, & Sundays: 10/9, 10/16 @ 11:30am

WHERE: your home

AGES: PreK

COST: $80 members; $95 Non-members

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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The Wagner Free Institute of Science

WHAT: The Institute is pleased to offer science programs for children who are home schooled or in groups of fewer than 10 children. All programs consist of an interactive, hands-on, skills-based lesson in our 19th century lecture hall, real natural history specimens to touch, and a scavenger hunt in the museum gallery.

WHEN: 1st Friday of each month, starting October 1st

TIME: 10 – 11:30am

WHERE: 1700 West Montgomery Avenue Philadelphia

AGES: geared towards ages 6-10 but all ages are welcome

COST: Museum admission and programs are FREE, but donations are appreciated. A donation of $10 per adult and $5 per child is suggested, but any contribution will make a difference.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE or Call 215-763-6529 

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Test Drive Apologia Science Classes!

WHAT: Apologia is offering free access FOR ONE YEAR to the class recordings of Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd Edition and Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition. Your student will be able to follow along through an entire year of classes at their own pace while enjoying the benefits of a teacher presenting the information.

Watch all of the classes or select specific modules.

This is the ideal opportunity to test drive one of Apologia’s Live Online Classes. Your student will still need the textbook, Solutions & Test Manual, and Student Notebook.

WHEN: you have until October 31, 2021 to sign up. Then once you log in- your 365 day trial will start.

TIME: self-paced

WHERE: at your home

AGES: these are usually 7th grade and up courses

COST: FREE!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Bartram’s Garden Homeschooler Days &
Little Explorers

Homeschooler Days

WHEN: 2nd & 3rd Wednesday of each month (same topic both days)

TIME: 10-11:30am

WHERE: Bartram’s Garden 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia, 19143

AGES: 5-13 and their adult

COST: $12 general admission/FREE for members; $2 SW Neighbors & ACCESS Cardholders

FOR MORE INFORMATION: click HERE

Little Explorers

WHAT: a monthly garden adventure for toddlers (ages 2−4) and their caregivers. Programs include crafts, snacks, performances, and an exciting exploration in the garden. Please feel free to bring a snack.

WHEN: 1st Wednesday of each month

TIME: 10-11:30am

WHERE: Bartram’s Garden 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia, 19143

AGES: Designed for toddlers and pre-schoolers, ages 2-4. One adult chaperone is required for every two children.

COST: $12 general admission/FREE for members; $2 SW Neighbors & ACCESS Cardholders

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Musical Opportunities

A Celebration of America’s Music:
From Plymouth Rock to Rock & Roll

A Celebration of America's Music

WHAT: Take a journey through time and celebrate the multicultural nature of the music of the United States. Matthew Sabatella and The Rambling String Band perform the songs and tell the story that connects traditional folk music, spirituals, fiddle tunes, Appalachian music, ragtime, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, and rock & roll. Beautiful projected images enhance this fun and unique experience for all ages.

WHEN: Friday, September 24th

TIME: 10-11:30am

WHERE: live stream from your home

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE and to register

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Kidsong by Cairn University

WHAT: Your family is invited to participate in FREE ZOOM MUSIC CLASSES through Cairn University- an opportunity to learn to develop music skills such as listening, singing, moving, and creating.

WHEN: Tuesdays, starting September 14

PRE-KIDSONG:  Pre-school and Kindergarten (3-6 year olds): Sept. 14, 21, 28
KIDSONG I:  1st – 4TH GRADES:  Oct. 5, 12, 26, Nov. 2
KIDSONG II:  4TH – 8TH GRADES: Nov. 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7

TIME: 3:30-4:15pm

WHERE: A Zoom invitation will be emailed once you are registered

COST: FREE!!!

To register, email Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, dwolf@cairn.edu with subject:  Kidsong!  Please include name of child/children, age, and phone.

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PARK DAY!!!!, Lightlab, & Tennis

Check out the following opportunities
for homeschoolers this fall!!!

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HOMESCHOOL PARK DAY!!!!

It’s been awhile since we homeschoolers have gotten together for a Park Day!! But here’s your opportunity to come out and catch up with one another and meet some new friends!

This event is open to anyone! If you have friends interested in homeschooling and want to find out more about it, please invite them!

PLEASE BRING:

Lots of water
Picnic lunch and blanket or chairs if you’d like
Balls, Rackets, Baseball Gloves, Skateboards, Scooters, etc.
Whatever your kids like to do!

WHEN: next Tuesday, September 14th

TIME: 11am-2pm (come and go as your schedule allows you)

WHERE: Wall Park in Elkins Park, PA. Located on Church Road in Cheltenham Township, near the corner of Old York Road and Church Road.

If you would like to find out more information or RSVP please contact Rossana Jaffe at h0mesch00l1ng@yahoo.com (those ‘0s’ are the number zero and a number one!)

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Lightlab Science Curriculum Trainings

Are you a parent or teacher interested in teaching with Lightlab and would like to make the most of it? We invite you to join us to free monthly workshops for teachers and weekly forums for students, all of them led by the author, Suzanne Shera, M.S.

LIGHTLAB, a book for children 8-12 years old, offers:

  • 12 lessons on the nature of light 
  • over 25 hands-on activities 
  • Bible lessons on Jesus, the Light of the world

The Teacher Workshops are for individuals who plan to teach with the Lightlab book at home, church, school, or homeschool co-op.  They will receive an overview of the content and guidance with the science activities. The workshops are scheduled to take place over zoom on the following Saturdays: September 11, October 9, November 13 at 11am-12pm (US ET).

Each workshop will cover four chapters and is scheduled to precede four weekly Lightlab Forums.

The Lightlab Forums are for the students and are scheduled on Thursdays at 2pm, starting on September 16, for twelve weeks.  The forums will be used to re-cap the chapter of the week, and teach them something new.  The kids will also be invited to learn and recite the memory verse of the week.

For more information, go to lightlab.com/events to sign up for teacher workshops and forums.  Contact us at: lightalbetc@gmail.com

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Homeschool Fall Tennis

WHAT: Would you like your kids to get outside for some fresh air, exercise and learn tennis– all at the same time?? Open to all homeschooling families. Learn tennis this fall with Coach Ike!

WHEN: every Tuesday, starting September 14th

TIMES & AGES: 1-2pm: Ages 5-9
2-3pm: Ages 10-adult

WHERE: 291 Larchmont Blvd. Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

COST: $5.00 per player

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to see their Facebook Page and contact

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Science classes

Science Classes with Audrey Johnson

WHAT: Middle School Physical Science and High School Biology classes
(using Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science/Biology textbooks)

WHERE: virtually

WHEN: September 7, 2021 – May 24, 2022

*Middle School class: Tuesday: 11 am – 12 noon           
*High School class:    Thursday: 11 am – 12: 30 pm

COST: Middle School class: $350.00         
High School class:    $600.00

For more information, submit your email using the links below:

Middle School Physical Science:
https://mailchi.mp/40148107fd5e/2021-2022-middle-school-science-class

High School Biology:
https://mailchi.mp/d425f1c3bc6d/2021-2022-high-school-biology-class

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High School Open House

WHAT: Are you homeschooling your high schooler? It is possible!!! Check out this Open House at GREYSTONE ACADEMY!!

Greystone Academy is for homeschooled students grades 7 to 12.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, September through May.

Students may choose from our list of classes.

We offer Humane Letters (Grammar, Composition, and Literature), Math, Science, History, Civics, Logic…

WHEN: Monday, August 16th

TIME: 2-4pm

WHERE: Crossing Community Church (Living Room)
80 Lower Silver Lake Road
Newtown, PA 18940

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check GREYSTONE ACADEMY
or send an email: Greystoneacademypa@gmail.com

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Local outdoor events…

Healthy Kids Running Series

WHAT: Healthy Kids Running Series is a five (5) week running program in the spring and fall for kids Pre-K through high school. Each HKRS Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events including the 50 & 75 yard dashes, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile, the 1 mile, and the 2 mile run. Kids compete each week for a chance to earn points. At the end of the Series the boys and girls who accumulate the most points in their respective distances are awarded trophies.  All participants receive a medal on Week 5!

WHEN: Saturday, September 11- Saturday, October 9

TIME: 10-11 am

WHERE: Lee Cultural Center Field
4328 Haverford Ave
Philadelphia, PA US 19104

AGES: 2-3 year olds up to high school ages, grouped according to age

COST: $5 for all 5 weeks.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: CLICK HERE

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Summer Reading in Tacony Creek Park:
Little Library Story Time

Little Library Story Time:

WHAT: There’s a new Little Library with free books for you to take home. Join us on Thursday mornings for FREE story time and hands-on activities! Free books and other giveaways.

WHEN: Thursdays thru August 12

TIME: 10-11 am

WHERE: I Street & Ramona Avenue GatewayPhiladelphia 19124

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Colleen at cslotman@whyy.org or call 215.744.1853 to register! Check out ttfwatershed on Facebook

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Virtual Scavenger Hunt in Tacony Creek Park

WHAT: Complete this self-guided scavenger hunt from Feet First Philly at Tacony Creek Park. Download the bingo card and head to Tacony Creek Park. While you explore the park, look for the landmarks on the bingo card and take pictures of them.

WHEN: NOW thru August 15

WHERE: Tacony Creek Park

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: CLICK HERE

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Schuylkill Center’s Native Wildflower
Seed Packet Design Contest!

WHAT: Our native wildflower seed packets welcome each new member and celebrate our current members! Free and open to everyone of all ages and skill levels, we invite you to share with us your horticultural imagination and design our Native Wildflower Seed Packet.

WHEN: The contest will run from July 28, 2021, through August 20, 2021

COST: FREE!! to enter

AGES: all ages are welcome to submit an entry!

Please submit your design by completing the application below (please complete all three sections). Before completing the form, please review our APPLICATION GUIDELINES and FAQs HERE for information on template guidelines, eligibility, and what you’ll receive if your design is selected!

SUBMISSION LINK

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Homeschool Webinar

WHAT: Join Homeschool Evaluator, Audrey Johnson, for an informational session on homeschooling.

Please join us for this online informational event. Our presenters will be Shawn Baker (Philadelphia School District), Howard Richman (Pennslvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency), and a representative from Mason Dixon Homeschoolers.

WHEN: Thursday, August 12

TIME: 12pm-2pm

WHERE: your home, virtually thru Zoom

To join please click this link to register. Feel free to pass along the link.

For further questions please reach out to:

Audrey B. Johnson, MS

Homeschool Evaluator, Educational Consultant, Science Teacher

https://audreybjohnson.webs.com/

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FREE tennis in the summer for homeschoolers!

Would you like your kids to get outside for some fresh air, exercise and learn tennis– all at the same time?? Keep on reading!!!!

WHAT: Open to all homeschooling families. Learn tennis this summer with
Coach Ike!

WHERE: Wood Park Tennis Courts off Branch Pike
Cinnaminson, New Jersey 08077

WHEN: every Tuesday and Thursday Starting July 15th

TIMES & AGES: 9-10am: 5-9 year olds
10-11am: 10-14 year olds
11-12am: 15 and older

COST: FREE!!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: If there is rain, the class is cancelled. You can also check out information on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Burlington-County-Tennis-Association-331632686905078

(PS be on the lookout as this may continue on Tuesdays thru the school year for homeschoolers!)