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Phil-Mont Christian Academy Theater Department Presents:


WHAT: Set in the 1960’s, this dance-filled musical is not only saturated with catchy tunes, but it also addresses the timely topic of seeking harmony in diversity. The show includes more than 40 roles with students in grades 6-12.

November 16th at 10 am

: 35 Hillcrest Avenue Erdenheim, PA 19038

 FREE!!! rsvp requested
For More Information: Hairspray Matinee

The Nutcracker 

WHAT: Featuring 18 professionals of the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine will be performing and will be supported by a diverse cast of 50 local youth, ages 5 through 22. This showing for the Philadelphia School District and homeschools is presented by the nonprofit International Ballet Exchange.
WHEN: Thursday, December 15th at 10am
WHERE: George Washington High School   10175 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116
COST: $6 per student; You MUST reserve your seats by November 1st.
FOR MORE INFORMATIONnutcracker-ballet-2016
to reserve  your seats call Elaine at 215-694-4564 or Joleen at 215-219-9368

Attend the Pennsylvania Ballet for Free! 

WHAT: Attend a dress rehearsal performance. This one-of-a-kind experience provides students with an up-close look at how the Pennsylvania Ballet prepares to perform in a theater atmosphere.
WHERE: Academy of Music  240 South Broad Street  (Broad & Locust Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102
WHEN: Le Corsaire- March 2017; Re/Action- May 2017
AGES: grades 5-12th
COST: FREE!! sign up now to reserve your spot
FOR MORE INFORMATION: fill out a form Le Corsaire , Re/Action to pre-register
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Tomorrow and this coming week!

Harvest Festival

WHAT: Live music, Kids activities, Cider pressing, Pumpkins for sale and more

WHERE: Awbury Arboretum

WHEN: This Saturday, October 8 from 11am-3pm


For more information: Harvest Festival


Access to Science Initiative: Opening the Doors to Autism

WHAT: Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience our new exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed-before the crowds.

Hang out with fellow LEGO-lovers and build dino-inspired creations as part of our Dinosaur Brick Club, “Lego My Dino.” You can also visit with the dinosaurs, explore our children’s discovery center Outside In, and wander through the dioramas at your own pace.

The Academy offers Access to Science events when the museum is open only for families with children on the spectrum. These are scheduled at different times each year.

WHERE: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

WHEN: This Sunday, October 9 from 9-11am

COST: FREE!!  Museum entry is Pay What You Wish; no pre-registration required

For More Information: Academy of Natural Sciences Autism  (Scroll down for the Access to Science Initiative)



Homeschoolers’ Fire Prevention Week Program

WHAT: Homeschoolers, meet your fire safety requirement early this year by joining us for a visit from the Brookline Fire Company during Fire Prevention Week.  Fire fighters will show us their equipment, discuss fire safety and answer your questions.  At the end of the program, you’ll receive a certificate of participation for your portfolio.

WHERE: Held at the Haverford Township Free Library  1601 Darby Road Havertown, PA 19083

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12 11-12pm


Check out the library’s page for more information: Haverford Library Fire Prevention Program  (scroll down)

Also, if you live near here the Haverford Library offers many programs just for homeschoolers! Haverford Library


River Days

WHAT: a six-week series of events celebrating the Delaware River and its tributaries throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. 30 distinct events will provide recreational opportunities and hands-on learning activities to attendees, and teach them about simple steps they can take in order to improve water quality throughout the Delaware River watershed.

Upcoming dates: Wednesday, October 12 and Saturday, Oct 15


Check out the schedule on FacebookRiver Days


Fire Prevention Expo

WHAT: Need some Fire Safety time for your school year? Check out Lower Southampton Township’s Fire Prevention Expo

WHERE: Held at the Feasterville, PA Kmart parking Lot
176 W. Street Road Feasterville, PA 19053

WHEN: Saturday, October 15 noon-4pm


Check out their facebook page for more informationFire Prevention Expo


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High School Fair

Philadelphia High School Fair 2016

Many homeschoolers in the Philadelphia area consider sending their children to magnet, city-wide, or charter schools for high school.  If you have a 7th or 8th grader and this is an option you are considering, the Philadelphia High School Expo will probably be very helpful for you!

High Schools from all around the city set up tables where parents and students can come to find out more about each particular school.  Tables are set up for each individual magnet school and city-wide school.  Tables are also set up for numerous charter schools around the city.  Some Catholic high schools may be present as well.  In past years, High school directories have been passed out to interested families, and many schools will provide families with information on upcoming “open houses” and “shadow programs”.  Also, application requirements for each individual school will be specified.

Here’s the basic information:

What: Philadelphia High School Fair

When: Friday, October 14, 5pm – 7pm and Saturday, October 15, 9am – 3pm

Where: The Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall G — enter on the corner of Broad & Race Streets

Cost: FREE! No registration required

Why: Learn about academic and special programs, extracurricular activities, admissions criteria, how to apply, and more.

For More Info: Please click on this site: H.S. Fair Details
You can click on the link above to see participating schools.


High School Selection Resources

Additional Helpful Information for the High School Enrollment Process:


Three Bits of Advice from Gwen Fredette (previous writer at this blog, and attendee): 

1.) This event is typically VERY crowded.  I would not recommend bringing younger children with you.

2.) I highly recommend bringing your seventh grader to this event.  Applications for magnet and city-wide schools are due to the school district by NOVEMBER 14TH.  “Open houses” and “Shadow Programs” for these schools typically run from November to March.  Consequently, an eighth grader may have to apply to schools that he/she hasn’t seen yet.  By taking your seventh grader to these programs, you and your child may be able to see potential schools ahead of time.  Then you can make an informed decision as to what schools are the best fit for him or her for the following year.

3.)  Even though homeschool law only requires that Standardized tests be taken in the 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades, Magnet, City-wide, and Charter schools will want to see your child’s standardized tests scores from 7th grade.  If sending your child to a public school for high school is a good possibility, consider arranging for your child to take standardized tests during his or her 7th grade year.

Please Note:  Many magnet schools require an essay/interview/audition to be completed along with the application form.



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October Events

Drexel University Dornsife Center

WHAT: Guitar, Voice & Percussion Lessons by Drexel Univ. Performing Arts

WHERE: Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
3509 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHEN: Every Tuesday and Thursday starting October 4th, 2016


AGES: 9-17 only

FOR MORE INFORMATION: check out their facebook page: Dornsife Center Music Lessons

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West Park Cultural Center

WHAT: Afterschool Film & Theater “Lights-Camera-Action”

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

WHEN: Wednesdays &Thursdays starting October 5th, 2016

TIME: 330-530pm

COST: $50 for 16 classes!

AGES: 10-18

FOR MORE INFORMATIONWest Park Cultural Center

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The Sewing Room

WHAT: Homeschool sewing classes (4 Week Class)

WHEN:  Started 9/21, Next class begins Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WHERE: 703 West Ave. Jenkintown, Pa. 19046

TIME: hand sewing for ages 5-9 at 10-12; machine sewing for ages 10-18 at 1-3

COST: $100 for 4 week class


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18th Century Field Day

WHAT: Enjoy battle reenactments, colonial demonstrators, vendors, food, and fun! Learn about the Battle of Red Bank and why New Jersey is called “The Crossroads of the American Revolution.” Tour the Whitall House and visit with our hearth cookers preparing delicious fall-inspired food. Take in a spectacular sword fight and enjoy a colonial magic show. Cheer on the Jonas Cattell Run participants at the finish line. Fun, food, and activities for everyone!

WHEN:  Sunday, October 23, 2016

WHERE: Red Bank Battlefield Park 100 Hessian Avenue National Park, NJ 08063

TIME: 10am-3pm


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Red Bank Battlefield Park or call (856)853-5120

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WHAT: Homeschool discounted tickets for classical music performances!

Vivaldissimo-Friday, Nov. 4, at 8pm Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill
or                     Sunday, November 6, at 4pm, Thomas Great Hall at Bryn Mawr College
Handel’s Messiah- Friday, Dec. 2, at 7pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill
or               Sunday, Dec. 4, at 6pm, Daylesford Abbey, Paoli
or               Sunday, Dec. 18, at 4pm, St Katharine of Siena Chruch, Wayne
Renaissance Noel- Friday, Dec. 9 at 8pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill
or               Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4pm, Thomas Great Hall at Bryn Mawr College

COST: $5 for homeschooling students, $10 for accompanying adults
discount applies to these 4 concerts for 2016
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door before each concert (but come early–some concerts sell out). Mention the “homeschool discount”.

AGES: The Messiah, due to its length, is best for older children, but the other two–in particular, the Renaissance Noel with its lovely Christmas carols and beautifully costumed singers–are suitable for younger audiences. And stay after the concert and meet the Maestro and performers!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: check out each concert for specifics on running time, intermissions, what is included in concert, etc. Concerts at a Glance
for their full website click here: VoxAmaDeus

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Blooming Artist Studio

WHAT: Afterschool Art Lessons Fall session

WHEN: October-December

WHERE: 7971 Oxford Ave Philadelphia, PA 19111

COST: varies depending on class

AGES: Pre-K  thru Grade 12

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out their website at Blooming Artist Studio

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Posted by Sarah Lambert 9/26/2016




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Teen Classes

Penn Museum Teen Ambassadors

WHAT: New, FREE after school program in which teens will explore the content and work of the Penn Museum in order to create programming for teen visitors

WHERE: 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHEN: Tuesdays from late October to mid-May.

TIME: 6:30-8:30 pm


AGES: grades 9-12, students must submit and application and, if chose, come in for an interview. Applications are due October 1st, 2016.

FOR MORE INFORMATION and to apply:  U Penn Teen Ambassadors

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Manufacturing: Design, Textiles & Art

WHAT: How To Turn a Passion Into A Profession
Mannington Mills, Inc., based in Salem, New Jersey (USA), is a producer of residential and commercial flooring. Mannington experts will spend 3 – 4 hours exposing the students to a production tour, an onsite Styling review of how flooring products are researched, developed and produced and an expose on turning design and art into a profession.

WHERE: Mannington Mills 75 Mannington Mills Road Salem. NJ  08079

WHEN: Friday, October 7, 2016

TIME: 10am-2pm

COST: $30

AGES: Grades 8-12 with an interest in design, art, textiles, manufacturing, math, science, fashion or any combination thereof

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click here Turning a Passion Into a Profession

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Mighty Vessels: Maritime Odyessy

WHAT: Spend a day at the shipyard! Students will receive an introduction on who it is and what it does. Learn about the engineering program and work a hands-on activity with a top marine mechanical engineer. Learn the difference between academic and technical routes to the maritime industry.

WHERE: Aker Shipyard Philadelphia 2100 Kitty Hawk Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19112

: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

TIME: 10am-3pm

COST: $40, registration required

AGES: Grades 8-12

FOR MORE INFORMATION: and to register Maritime Odyessy

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Posted by Sarah Lambert September 20, 2016

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Additional Fall 2016 Classes

Drexel University Dornsife Center

WHAT: Youth Martial Arts Classes

WHERE: Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
3509 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHEN: Every Tuesday and Thursday, September 20-December 1, 2016

COST: FREE! with one time registration fee $5

AGES: 7-18 years

FOR MORE INFORMATION: check out their facebook page: Dornsife Center Martial Arts Lessons

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Kidsong at Cairn University

WHAT: an opportunity to learn to develop music skills such as listening, singing, moving, and creating. Children will be instructed by Cairn Music Education Majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University.

WHEN:  Tuesdays:  3:30-4:15 (start date according to grade level)

WHERE:  Room 108 of the Music Building, 200 Manor Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047

    KIDSONG I:  1st – 4TH GRADES:  Sept. 20 – Nov. 1 (no class during Fall Break, Oct. 18)

    KIDSONG II:  4TH – 8TH GRADES: Nov. 15 – Dec. 13

COST:  Registration fee of $10 per child to be paid at the first class (Cash or check made out to Cairn University)

FOR MORE INFORMATION and to register: email Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, with subject:  Kidsong!  Please include name of child, age, and phone.

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Archaeological Adventures

WHAT: Exploring the Middle East Homeschool Day

: Wednesday, September 21

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

TIME: 10am-1pm

COST: $12 per child/adult; One adult per family is free; Children 3 and under are free!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: registration required, click here Penn Museum or call 215.746.6774

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PHIT Comedy Kids and Teens Improv Classes

WHEN: October 1 – November 19 (8 week fall session)

WHERE: PHIT Comedy, The Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

TIME: Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am

COST: $174 through 9/19; $199 regular. Limited number of needs-based scholarships available by application. Preregistration required.

AGES: K-12, classes grouped by age

FOR MORE INFO: click here PHIT Comedy

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White Pine Productions

WHAT: Homeschool Drama Classes (8 weeks)

Monday (Drama Club) & Wednesday (Improv Club)

WHERE: White Pines Place, 7908 High School Road, Elkins Park, 19027

TIME: 1-3pm on both days

COST: $150 (sibling discounts given)

AGES: 7-17

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out their website at White Pine Productions

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Wolf Performing Arts Center

WHAT: Drama Classes (roughly 8 weeks)

varies depending on the class

WHERE: 1240 Montrose Avenue (St. Augustine Annex) Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

TIME: varies depending on the class

COST:  varies depending on the class

AGES: 3-18+

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out their website: Wolf PAC

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Philadelphia Woodworks

WHAT: Year round wood working classes. Weekend workshops, private lessons or schedule your own homeschool group workshop.

WHERE: 4901 Umbria St. Philadelphia, PA 19128

COST: varies depending on class

AGES: 9-11 for weekend workshops; 9-14 for homeschool group

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out their website at Philadelphia Woodworks

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Posted by Sarah Lambert on September 16, 2016

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men…
Colossians 3:23

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Gymnastics, Tennis, Gym & Swimming 2016

 This coming Wednesday, September 14, 2016 1-4pm.
Annual Homeschool Hangout. Check out this post for all the details!
Fall Homeschool Hang Out

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Flip Out Productions

WHAT: Homeschool Gymnastic Classes

WHERE: The Sculpture Courtyard at Sharktown 1714 Mascher street, Phila. 19122

WHEN: Wednesday or Thursdays, 8 week sessions, first session starts next week (9/12/16)

COST: $100 for first child, $150 for 2, $220 for 3, $300 for 4 children per 8 week session

TIME: starting at 1:00pm; younger kids will meet for 45 minutes; older kids an hour and 15-30 minutes

AGES: classes are divided into two age groups: 2-6 years old and 7 years old and up

FOR MORE INFORMATION: check out Katie’s website at Flip Out Productions

Currently there is a Thursday 2-3:30 pm 7&up class. If more people sign up, more classes will be added. I will be helping with setting up upcoming homeschool classes. Please contact me if you are interested in attending a gymnastics class, would like to receive more information or have questions at

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Legacy Youth Tennis and Education

WHAT: Homeschool Tennis Classes
Our campus houses eight indoor courts, eight outdoor courts, two hitting walls, a library, a computer classroom and a fitness room. Siblings and families may work on school work in our library while the clinic is running. Spend time with other Home School families and don’t lose time in your day by continuing the school day here at Legacy!

WHERE: 4842 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19129

WHEN: Fridays, September 30-December 23, 2016

COST: $130 for 12 classes, sibling discount available

TIME: Beginner class 10-11 am; Intermediate class 11am-12pm

AGES: 4-18 years old

FOR MORE INFORMATION: click here Legacy Homeschool Clinic
or HERE for registration form

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Homeschool Gym Class

Check out this post HERE for Cairn University Kidsport Homeschool Gym Class
which begins Tuesday, September 13.

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Lincoln City Swim Team

WHAT: Swim team and swim lessons. Registered with Middle Atlantic Swimming

WHERE: 3201 Ryan Street Philadelphia 19136

WHEN: starting the week of September 12, 2016


TIME: Swim lesson sign ups begin Monday, September 12, at 4pm.
For those who are interested, all swimmers ages 6 and older are encouraged to come to at least one land practice the week of September 12-15. The practices will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 Monday thru Friday. All participants should bring sneakers and gym clothes.

AGES: 18 and under

FOR MORE INFORMATION: check out their facebook page here.

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Posted by Sarah Lambert September 10, 2016