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Delaware Estuary Art Contests

PHILADELPHIA ART CONTEST

WHAT: The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is now accepting entries on behalf of the Philadelphia Water Department for its Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest! To enter: create an original drawing that shows how we all can keep Philly’s Water clean! Please click here for a brochure containing rules and an entry form (PDF file).

WHEN: All entries must be mailed by Wednesday, February 28th.

WHO: Philadelphia students in grades K-12 (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 & 9-12 categories) attending public, private, charter or home school in Philadelphia can participate in this year’s Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest.

COST: FREE!!! There are prizes!!!  The four first-place drawings, one each age category,  will be transformed into street art stickers and installed on Philly streets. Other prizes and art work displays will be awarded also.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE, or to obtain free art-contest calendars, please contact Brittany Musolino at (302) 655-4990, extension 112, or bmusolino@DelawareEstuary.org.

 

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SCHUYLKILL STREET ART CONTEST

WHAT: The Schuylkill Action Network and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary are now accepting entries for our 2018 Schuylkill Street Art Contest. Please click here for a brochure containing rules and an entry form (PDF file).

WHEN: All entries must be mailed by Wednesday, February 28th.

WHO: Any students in grades 6-12 who attends public, private, or home school within Berks, Chester, Montgomery, or Schuylkill Counties are invited to enter the contest.

COST: FREE!!! There are prizes!!!  There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for each of the four counties: Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Schuylkill County. Awards include monetary and art work displays.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE or contact Virginia Vassalotti.

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WILMINGTON ART CONTEST


WHAT: The City of Wilmington and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary are now accepting entries for our first annual Clean Waterways Wilmington Art Contest! Please click here for a brochure containing rules and an entry form (PDF file). How to enter: create an original drawing that shows how we all can keep Wilmington’s water clean!

WHEN: All entries must be mailed by Friday, March 2nd.

WHO: Wilmington students in grades K-12 (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 & 9-12 categories) attending public, private, charter or home school within the city limits can participate in the Clean Waterways Wilmington Art Contest.

 

COST: FREE!!! There are prizes!!!  The four first-place drawings, one each age category,  will be transformed into street art stickers and installed on Philly streets. Other prizes and art work displays will be awarded also. Winners of this year’s contest will be awarded at the Wilmington Earth & Arbor Day Celebration on April 20th!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE  or contact Brittany Musolino at (302) 655-4990, ext. 112 or bmusolino@DelawareEstuary.org.

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Around the World Doodling Contest

I follow a blog called Teach Me Joy, and received an email about a doodling contest for homeschoolers. I thought it looked like fun, so I got their permission to share with you all! There’s no age limit!!!
Here’s the information you need to know to enter!!! Enjoy!

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Check it out directly at this LINK and/or read on for information!

 

WHAT: We are looking for quality Doodles to feature in our newest eBook of Fun Facts Around the World!  Not only will chosen doodles be featured in the new eBook with your name, you will have a chance to enter a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card!

How Do I Enter?

  1. Choose a country from Around the World.  Pick an object depicting something from that country and doodle it!  For example:  A Panda from China, An Indonesian Honai, The Eiffle Tower, An African Lion, etc.
  2. Use a Black Marker on plain white paper.  (Hint: Draw first with pencil and then trace your drawing.) Fine tipped pens and pencils may not show up very well.  Do NOT use color.
  3. Add what you drew, your first name, age, and where you live to the drawing.  For Example:  Leaning Tower of Pisa, John 12, Italy (There is no age requirement, so if you don’t want to put your name and age, feel free to add: Mom of 3, Homeschooling in Texas, etc.)
  4. Take a picture of your doodle or scan it and send it to joy@teachmejoy.com with DOODLE CONTEST in the subject line.
The Indonesian Honai
Village in Papua

What Can I Win?

  1. Every eligible doodle will be entered to win a $25 gift card to Amazon.com.  The more qualified entries you submit, the better your chances are to win!
  2. The Runner up will receive a $10 gift card to Amazon.com.
  3. Each person that has a doodle chosen for the book will receive a free copy of the ebook and a coupon code for 50% off any item in the Teach Me Joy store.
  4. Every person who enters a doodle, even if it is not chosen for the book, will receive a 50% off coupon code for the Teach Me Joy Store.
 

What Else Do I Need to Know?

  1. All entries become the property of Teach Me Joy and can be used at our discretion.
  2. Only family friendly entries will be considered!
  3. There is no limit on how many entries you can submit.  You don’t have to be an artist to submit work and everything will be considered, but we are looking for YOUR BEST work!  We can tell the difference between scribbling down something and actually doing your best.
  4. The deadline for the contest is January 30, 2018. Please have all entries submitted in plenty of time! Any late entries will not be included in the Gift Card Drawing.

 

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Have fun Doodling!!!

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upcoming

AWANA Family Skate Night 

WHAT: Come join Lawnadale Baptist Church and friends for their annual Skate Night.
WHENMonday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day)
TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM

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

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

COST
: Admission Fee: $2.00/ per person whether you skate or watch             
            Skate Rental: $3.00 / per person OR Bring your own skates
     CASH ONLY!

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2nd Semester High School Art Class
at Sophia Academy

WHAT: A 16 week art class for High Schoolers taught by Mr. Stippich. In this class, students will work on perspective, figure drawing, review of shading, shaping, etc. Credit will be given.

WHEN: 
16 weeks on Mondays starting January 29, 2018

 

TIME: 2:30 to 3:30 pm

WHERE: Held at International Christian High School, 413 E. Tabor Rd. Phila 19120

WHO: grades 8-12

COST:  $300 if paid ahead, cost $20 per week but generous financial aid/scholarships available

FOR MORE INFORMATION: To register, call Priscilla Strapp at Sophia Academy–267-595-4723

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PEC winter 2018

PEC Youth Registration and Waivers Form 2017   Print out this form for your children and mail in both. If you have more than one, you can use one form for all of them.

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Joint Homeschool Day 

WHAT: The American Helicopter Museum and West Chester University’s Mather Plantarium are joining together to offer a special day of information and programming for homeschooling families. Parents should be aware that the planetarium gets extremely dark and some young children may find this frightening.

WHERE:  Helicopter Museum 1220 American Boulevard West Chester, PA 19380
West Chester University   700 South High Street   West Chester, PA 19383

WHEN:  Friday, February 2, 2018

TIME:  Planetarium shows will run at 9:00 (school age children), 10:30 (middle schoolers), and 12:00 P.M (high schoolers), while the American Helicopter Museum
will offer programming throughout the day from 10 to 4:00 PM. Bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy.

COST: or both sites is $10.00/person, and pre-registration is required (transportation between sites will not be provided).

FOR MORE INFORMATION: You can register by calling (610)436-9600 or by emailing pkahan@americanhelicopter.museum.  (As of this posting, they had just sent me a press release, no information was on the website yet. But they are working on it!)

Also, check out the American Helicopter Museum’s Science Saturdays. This FREE hour long class is included with admission to the Museum ($10 adults, $8 for 12 and under 2 FREE).

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Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day 2018

WHAT: Almost everything around you – the clothes you wear, the dishes you eat from, the computer you use, the bike you ride or the car you drive – is made of stuff. Materials science and engineering is the study of stuff: what it’s made of, how it works, and what we can do with it.

Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day provides the public with a chance to participate in hands-on science and engineering activities that explore some of the stuff the world is made of and to learn about how materials impact us every day.  Partner organizations include the University of Pennsylvania, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Franklin Institute, among others.

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

COST FREE

WHENSaturday, February 3, 2018

TIME:  10 am to 3 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Please visit HERE .  From there you can RSVP to the event on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

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Wildlife Leadership Academy
Conservation Ambassador

Received in my email:

Hello Homeschool Friends,

I wanted to share with you a wonderful opportunity to nominate a young adult you know who is interested in wildlife/fisheries and the outdoors.  The Wildlife Leadership Academy enriches Pennsylvania teens and empowers them to become certified conservation Ambassadors through attending one of our 5-day residential summer field
schools, each focusing on a different wildlife species:  white-tailed deer, bass, brook trout, ruffed grouse, and turkey.  We are looking for highly motivated students
between the ages of 14 and 17 to begin their journey to become Conservation
Ambassadors.

Students who attend our field schools have the opportunity to network with professionals in the field, gain hands-on experience through classroom and field work, and build their leadership and communication skills.  Please consider nominating a young adult you know who would benefit from attending our field schools!  Once you nominate the student, we will mail them a packet of information containing a letter inviting them to apply to the Wildlife Leadership Academy, more information about our field schools, benefits of becoming a Conservation Ambassador, and tuition scholarship opportunities that are available.

Students can be nominated online at Nominate

Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you so much for helping us share this opportunity!

Katie Cassidy

Program and Outreach Coordinator
Wildlife Leadership Academy
116 Market St.
Lewisburg, PA  17837
570-939-5109
kcassidy@wildlifeleadershipacademy.org

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Online Animation and Drawing Classes

WHAT: CHAD STEWART – bringing his vast experience with animation to school age students from ages 11-18! He has worked for Disney in the past and has over 27 years of experience in the feature animation world in 2D (hand drawn) and 3D (computer) work. Just to name a few of his projects, he’s worked on Polar ExpressEmperor’s New GrooveTarzan, and the Smurfs movies. He has been a traditional animator, a 3D animator, and has supervised other animators on multiple films. He and his wife have 8 children and are nearing the end of their homeschooling journey! They began The Animation Course about 3 years ago, and it has been a highlight of their life as they work to bring the wonder of animation to many students and families! Classes fill up fast – so reserve your spot soon!

WHERE
:  at your home!

WHEN:  Spring session begins January 29th-April 23rd. (3 different sessions are offered during the year)

TIME:  varies

AGES: 11-18

COST:  $300 for 12 one hour long sessions (live or recorded). Levels 1 & 2 Animation cover the principles (beginning and advanced) of animation.  Levels 3 & 4 Animation cover story boarding and producing a student film.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE, (Watch the How the Class Works video), or check out their Facebook Page

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Or if you aren’t quite at the above age level or interest level but would like to check out some animation how to’s, Disney and Khan Academy have partnered to offer a FREE class! Check it out HERE.

WHAT: Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney.

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Upcoming Winter Classes

2-3D DIGITAL FABRICATION

WHAT:  Home School Makerspace Creative Time with Terrence Scott Cooper at Abington Art Center. Learn how to use the Laser Cutter and 3D printer in our Innovation Center. Create gears, animal sculptures and other three dimensional objects. Materials are provided.

WHEN: Tuesdays, January 16-February 13


TIME: 
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

WHERE:  Abington Art Center 515 Meetinghouse Rd, Jenkintown, PA 19046

COST: $125/$115 members; early registration discount -$10 off each class (enter EARLY in discount code box by 1/4/2018); sibling discount -$5 per child (must register by phone at 215-887-4882 extension 100 to receive this discount)

AGES: 7-12

FOR MORE INFO: to register click Innovation Center Info;  or contact Marge Horner with questions  mhorner@abingtonartcenter.org

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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), Winter session starts January 9th

AGES:
 7-18

TIME: 
3:30-5:30

COST:
 $50 (scholarships are available)

FOR MORE INFO: please click HERE

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Lume Creative Learning Studios

WHAT: For our local homeschool or otherwise age-appropriate crowd, this drop-off class is designed for multi-age group creative thinkers and inventors ages 4 and up.  Tinker Studio will be a fun filled, curiosity-fueled interactive weekly event for your child.  With this open studio, child-directed format, participants will use their creative ability to innovate and create a tool or design based on the day’s supplies and art topic.

WHERE:
 1916-18 E Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19148

WHEN: 
Mondays, next session begins January 8th

TIME:
 10:30-12:00 pm

AGES
: 4-8 year olds

COST:
 $108 for 6 weeks for first child $18 for each additional sibling

FOR MORE INFO: please click HERE

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Flip Out Productions

WHAT: Homeschool Gymnastic Classes for boys and girls of all ages.

WHERE
: 2757-59 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134

WHEN & AGES
: next session starts January 2nd
Tuesday: (ages 3-5 & 5-7)   1:00pm to 2:00pm
(ages 8 & up)       2:00pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday:(ages 3-5 & 5-7)   1:00pm to 2:00pm
(ages 8 & up)      2:00pm to 3:30pm
8 week sessions, runs every 8 weeks

COST
: Exclusive pricing for homeschooling families only:
1 child: $110    2 children: $165      3 children: $242      4 children: $330 per 8 week session
(This is about half off! Only for homeschool classes!)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: check out Katie’s website at Flip Out Productions (click on class schedule to view); Please email Emily at registration@flipoutproductions.com or call 215-350-6575 if you have any questions.

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Check out the Blog!

Head on over to the actual blog, not just an email in your inbox!
And see what’s been added!

It’s taken quite some time but all in ONE click you can click on a website to (MOST) every place that has been listed on the blog at some point!! Whew!!! Check out the Quick Links Tab. 

All in ONE spot, to this organized crazy woman, that’s awesome!! Use this to find some classes you could organize and visit with a group of homeschoolers!

And scroll to the very end to find links to each of the Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips posts! (7 sets of great trip lists!) 6 years of posts!!!!

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Newly added is also a listing of “all known to me” Annual Homeschool Days. Check on the tab with the same title to see that listing! Most are located here in Philly, but I did throw in some a little further away.

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Do you have a teen or soon to be homeschooling thru high school? Check out the Teen Tab for a listing of Internships, Classes, Programs, Dual Enrollment, and Diploma Programs!

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Looking for a class for your homeschooler to take? There’s a growing list of locations that offer homeschool specific classes (some at great discounts!). Check out the Classes Tab! This list is continually being added to, as new classes are being created all over the city! There are so many opportunities! There are some local establishments that offer a discount to homeschoolers to visit during certain times (not necessarily a class).

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Are you looking to join a co-op, group or some sort of support network for yourself and your child? Check out the growing list of groups in and around Philadelphia that other homeschoolers are involved in at the Groups/Co-ops Tab.

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Do you need some encouragement on this homeschooling Journey? Check out the Christian Encouragement Tab for a listing of past posts written by Gwen Fredette over the years!

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Do you have a little one or a friend with some littles that’s considering homeschooling, or has some big kids and some littles in the mix that need some structure to the day? Check out the Toddlers, Pre-K Tab for a full FREE! 35 day plan for teaching them, keeping them busy and enjoying them during your day!

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Again, these are all ‘known to me’. I am sure I have missed a few in every spot. Would you shoot me an email or comment and let me know what you have participated in or know about so it can be added to bless other homeschoolers who find this blog? Thanks!

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upcoming classes

KNITTING

WHAT:  Learn to Knit! Your child will learn about different fibers and where they come from, basic knitting stitches, how to read a pattern, and how to knit in the round using both double pointed and circular needles. They will be making a cotton dish cloth and a hat. Students are responsible for their own supplies, about $30, use my contact information below for a full list.

WHEN: 10 week course on Tuesdays starting November 28th

TIME: 11 am to noon

WHERE:  Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard St, Philadelphia

COST: $200 with a nonrefundable deposit of $50. The class size is limited to 10 children, but if there is enough interest I may be able to book another class.

AGES: 9 and up

FOR MORE INFO: and to sign up, please contact Jennifer Crimmins at Knittykeen@gmail.com.

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DRAWING TECHNIQUES

uncorked artist

WHAT: Join Terri Waterman as she guides you through 4 weeks of drawing techniques that will have you on your way to creating awesome pictures all your own!

Week One : Faces ( composition and techniques)
Week Two : Upside Down Drawing Technique
Week Three: Contour Drawing
Week Four : Pointalism
You will need to provide your own sketch pad and pencils. We will have professional supplies on hand that the kids can experiment with during class.
You will recieve a summary for each workshop that can be included in your portfolio on what was covered.

WHEN: 4 Tuesdays in November (come as many as you want)

TIME: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

WHERE:  held at the beautiful and newly renovated Uncorked Artist Studio in Warminster, PA Located at 1414 Old York Rd

COST: $15- ($10 additional sibling); Pay up front for ALL 4 weeks you will receive $10 TOTAL off of the class fee. Payment can be made online via paypal to: Coyne4now@aol.com  Please choose friends and family so no fees are incurred. If you want to pay in person, you can bring cash the day of the class.

AGES:  8 and Up (This is open to kids AND adults!!! )

FOR MORE INFO: Please contact Wendy at gogreenwithwendy@gmail.com

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2-3D DIGITAL FABRICATION

WHAT:  Home School Makerspace Creative Time with Terrence Scott Cooper. Learn how to use the Laser Cutter and 3D printer in our Innovation Center. Create gears, animal sculptures and other three dimensional objects. Materials are provided.

WHEN: Tuesdays, January 16-February 13

TIME: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

WHERE:  Abington Art Center 515 Meetinghouse Rd, Jenkintown, PA 19046

COST: $125/$115 members; early registration discount -$10 off each class (enter EARLY in discount code box by 1/4/2018); sibling discount -$5 per child (must register by phone at 215-887-4882 extension 100 to receive this discount)

AGES: 7-12

FOR MORE INFO: to register click Innovation Center Info;  or contact Marge Horner with questions  mhorner@abingtonartcenter.org