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Summer Classes with the Fredettes


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looking for a few things to do??

Science in the Summer

WHAT: GSK Science in the Summer, is a fun and 100% free science education program for elementary school students entering second through sixth grades. It’s sponsored by GSK and offered through national science centers, community centers and libraries across the country.

This summer, led by certified teachers, students will experience the Science of Space through fun, hands-on activities that teach them about Earth’s moon, the sun, the stars, space travel and more.

  • Level 1 classes are perfect for second and third graders.
  • Level 2 classes are ideal for students entering fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
  • Pre-registration is required for all locations.
  • Class sizes are limited.

WHEN: at various dates throughout the city

TIME: 10-12 am for Level 1 Classes
1-3 pm for Level 2 Classes

WHERE: held at your local library



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WHAT: Notgrass History is producing a new history curriculum for students in grades 1-4. One component of the curriculum is a collection of songs, poems, and dances from American history. We would like to feature one poem written by a homeschooled student about homeschooling.
If your child would like to participate, have them write a poem of at least eight lines.
WHEN: Entry Deadline is JUNE 15
WHO: Homeschooled students of any age may enter.
PRIZE: The author of the poem selected for publication will receive an award of $250.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to submit your poem!

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WHAT:  Join us this summer for a week filled with Wonder and Awe as we learn to look, create, and have fun!

Immerse your student in creativity this summer!  We invite you to our week-long art camp where students will learn and improve their artistic skills by drawing, painting, and bookbinding.  Campers will also participate in a community mural, learn art history and have free creative time during our “maker’s space” sessions.
Each day will be filled with wonder as we explore various media together and awe, as we appreciate what artists have contributed throughout history and enjoy what our fellow campers create!
WHEN: July 16th – July 20th
TIME: 9am-3pm
WHERE:  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church   235 Summit Ave.  Fort Washington, PA 19034
WHO: Students Ages 9 to 14
COST: $160 per child (there is a discount!!– click on the official link below!)


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Homeschool Informational Meeting

How to Start Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Informational Meeting:

WHAT: Hosted by yours truly, Sarah Lambert, and my friend, Angela Chung. We will have some presenters from various groups and activities for homeschoolers. Shawn Baker, the Homeschool Supervisor of the Philadelphia School District, will be sharing and available for questions. If you are interested in homeschooling, have some questions as to how to go about it, want to learn more about the resources here in Philadelphia, or need to connect with some veteran homeschoolers, then this is the place for you or your friends to be!

Meeting Will Cover the Following Topics:

  • Benefits of Homeschooling,
  • Required Paperwork (by law)
  • Homeschool Education: Statistics to Prove it Works
  • Traditional Homeschooling / Virtual Charter Schools
  • Curriculum Options
  • What about Socialization?
  • Support Groups for Parents & Kids
  • Classes/Activities/Programs for Homeschoolers in Philly
  • Questions and Answers about Homeschooling

WHEN: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE: Northeast Community Church – Basement Chapel

3300 Tyson Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149

COST: Free!!!!

PLEASE RSVP TO: Angela Chung ( by 5/8/2018 so we have an idea of how many to expect

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A few more days are available to submit your art work for this year’s contest! 

2018 art contest


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Science Happenings

Check out the events coming the end of April at the Philadelphia Science Festival

WHEN: April 20-28

WHERE: Various locations throughout the city!


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April 30 is 2 weeks away! That’s the deadline to submit your art work for this year’s Wondernawe Art Contest!

Click on the image below to see all the details!

2018 art contest

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Citywide Star Party

WHAT:  People all across the Delaware Valley turn their eyes to the skies for a one-night-only citywide celebration of the cosmos! Join your friends and neighbors to stare at the stars, contemplate the constellations, and be amazed by astronomy-right in your own backyard. Local astronomers will bring dozens of telescopes to 20+ stargazing sites across the region to educate and inspire us all to better understand our universe.

WHEN:  Friday, April 20

TIME:  6- 10 pm

WHERE:  Various Locations throughout the city; Four sites at Historic Germantown – Awbury ArboretumHistoric Fair HillWyck, and Grumblethorpe – will be participating in this exciting event! For information on the different programs at each individual site, click the site’s name above.


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I thought I would share one event that
I am particularly interested in:

WHAT:  Independence National Historical Park and the Franklin Institute have teamed up to create a hands-on STEM event for school children as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival.  The hands-on activities will encompass everything from astronomy and archaeology to engineering and mathematics.    The 25+ activity providers will be located at tables throughout the park, so students will also be able to see some of the park attractions (like the Liberty Bell) along the way. It is a “don’t miss” experience.

WHEN:  Thursday, April 26, rain-or-shine event.

TIME:  10am to 2pm

WHO:  All the activities are geared to a 4th grade audience.

WHERE:  Science in the National Park will take place at Independence National Historical Park (home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall)

COST: FREE!!!!   

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Click on this link to Science in the National Park

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If you have a 4th grader or upcoming 4th grader,
check out this past post on the National Park’s Every Kid in a Park Program

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2-Day LIVE Science Lab


WHAT:  Give your student a full year of hands-on lab experiments in 2 fun-filled days! Everything they need for science success will be provided. Lab manual, apron, gloves, equipment, supplies, specimens, energetic LIVE teacher and new friends!! All your student will need to bring is something to write with, a calculator and a sack lunch with a water bottle.

WHEN: June 21-22

TIME:  9 am-5 pm

WHERE:  Media, PA

INSTRUCTOR:  One of the former Landry intensive teachers, Lori Higgins

COST: $295, early-bird pricing available depending when you sign up

AGES: geared towards 12-18 years old, or 8-12 grade students

FOR MORE INFO: HIScience Learning or check out photos on their facebook page!

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 Don’t forget to pass along the following! 

WHAT:  Homeschooling in Philadelphia Info Meeting

Tuesday, May 15th

Meeting begins at 6:30 pm.  Group leaders will discuss their programs beginning at 7 pm.  Meeting ends by 9 pm.

 Northeast Community Church, 3300 Tyson Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149

email Angela Chung at

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If you have any questions or would like to contact me please send me an email:
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John Heinz Homeschool Day and Review

Have you ever visited the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge located near the Philly Airport? Yes, you read that correctly, a wildlife refuge near an airport AND here in our great city!! 

Read on to view a local bird, a review of the refuge (both by a local homeschooler!) and information for the upcoming homeschool day hosted by John Heinz. 


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drawn by homeschooler Emma R., Age 10

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The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Delta, American Airlines, and South-West are not the only ones who fly, in and out of Philladelphia. Rite beside the air port thousands of migrating birds come flying in and out of the John Heinz Natial wildlife Refuge.

The John Heinz Natial Wildlife Refuge is a large area of land and water, woods and marsh, at the mouth of Darby creek where it flows into the Delaware river, which soon flows into the Ocen. Because of it’s location Heinz has both tidal waters from the ocen, and fresh water from Darby crek. The Heinz Refuge is a easy place to go for Free! And theres lots to explore.

Heinz has a lot of helpful guides who will take you on a bird walks, Butterfly walks, and tree walks, and show you Nature and cool things you can learn. Sometimes Heinz offers special events for school children, and other special day events like, the fall festival, fishing day, groundhog day, and astronomy nights. Sometimes Heinz invites the Philladelphia zoo or the Franklin Institute to do Presentation. Look on the enternet for “Heinz Refuge calendar of events,” or find “John Heinz Wildlife Refuge” on Face Book.

There is a lot of things you can do by your self at the Heinz Refuge. Go for a jog or ride your bike on the trails. You could even take a picnic. Look for birds and nests in the trees, (Don’t freget to borrew a binocular at the front desk.) or stumble apon a turtle laying eggs. For several years bald eagles have nested on an island in the middle of the marsh! Go fishing, that sounds like fun! But if you cech a snake head fish you sould kill it. (That’s a rule!)

Any seson of the year The John Heinz Natinal Wildlife Refuge is a loveliy place to get lost in a beautiful place of Nature.

Emma R., age 10

Philadelphia resident, and Frequent Heinz Visitor

December 2017

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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Homeschool Day

WHAT:  John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is excited to announce or Spring Nature Discovery Day for homeschool/cyber school children!  This time around we will be exploring what Spring has to offer, including an insect study, tree science and more! Journals made by the kids will be used throughout the day to record their findings, ideas and reflections, and sent home with them at the end.
We encourage students to attend the full duration of the program as they will be placed in groups that will rotate through a series of lessons.  Parents/Guardians are invited to explore the refuge while their children learn.  With over 10 miles of trails, the refuge is a great place to walk, run, bike or view wildlife!

WHEN:Wednesday, April 25

TIME:  9:00 AM-1:00 PM

WHERE: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge  8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19153.

WHO:  geared towards upper elementary aged students, but all are welcome!


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER:  Registration closes on April 18th, but we do have a limited number of spots and expect them to fill up quickly!  To register, send an email to with the child’s name and age as well as contact information for a parent/guardian, or via phone at 267-969-3218.

Things to know:

-Event is rain or shine!

-Dress for the weather and environment; closed toed shoes recommended.

-Students will need to bring their own bagged lunch (no food options on site).

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The deadline (April 30) is fast approaching for this year’s Wondernawe Art Contest!
Don’t forget to submit your art work! 

2018 art contest

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Don’t forget to pass along the following! 

WHAT:  Homeschooling in Philadelphia Info Meeting
WHEN:  Tuesday, May 15th
TIME:  Meeting begins at 6:30 pm.  Group leaders will discuss their programs beginning at 7 pm.  Meeting ends by 9 pm.
WHERE:  Northeast Community Church, 3300 Tyson Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149
FOR MORE INFORMATION: email Angela Chung at

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If you have any questions or would like to contact me please send me an email:

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Wondern Awe Art Contest!!!

2018 art contest


It’s Art Contest Time!!!  We are thrilled to once again offer this contest to all homeschooled kids nationally.  Please join us!

Why:  Part of our mission here at Wondern Awe is to promote and nurture the love and joy of artistic pursuits.  For this reason, we are announcing the second annual  Paint + Draw with Wondern Awe National Homeschool Art Contest!  (Click here to see last year’s contest as well as the winning entries.)

Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled in the U.S.
(traditional or virtual charter school)  grades K through 8.

What: Create an original piece of work of art that answers this year’s theme:

“The Alphabet”

Categories:   Entries will be judged according to grade, each category will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.  These are the 3 categories:

  • Grades K – 2  Draw + Color- In One In Letter  
  • Grades 3 – 5  Draw + Color- In One Word   
  • Grades 6 – 8  Design an Alphabet  

When: (Deadline)  All entries must be post-marked by Monday, April 30, 2018

Prizes Include Gifts from these generous sponsors:

Make sure you click through to check out these sponsors!

For more details, including an entry form, mailing directions and the contest rules, please click links below:

P+D w WnA contest entry form

P+D w WnA contest rules

A very special thanks to the generous sponsors
who helped make this contest possible! 


Please click Wondern Awe homepage for more information and details for the contest! 



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March Events

Kidsong II

WHAT:  An opportunity for middle schoolers to learn to develop music skills such as playing instruments, listening, singing, moving, and creating

WHEN:  Tuesdays, March 27-April 24 (5 weeks)

TIME:  3:30-4:15

WHERERoom 108 of the Music Building
Cairn University 200 Manor Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047

WHO: Middle School Students in 4th-8th grade will be instructed by Cairn Music Education Majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University

COST: $10 per child to be paid at the first class (Family Rate:  $25)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Dr. Wolf: or 215-702-4323

TO REGISTER: email Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, Please include student’s name, age, and phone.  Registration Deadline*: March 20th

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Kidsport Gym Class



WHAT: Physical education program for homeschoolers

  • Ages 5-7 Kidsport kids explore how and where the body moves. Students participate in manipulative activities using bats and balls, jump ropes and jump boxes, hoops and scooters, gator balls, parachutes, and games galore!
  • Ages 8-17 Kidsport kids learn to lead healthy, active lives. Students take part in fantastic fitness activities, team-building challenges, tennis, volleyball, flag football, soccer, rapid relays, speedstacks, juggling, softball, capture the flag, gymnastics, aerobics, and much more!

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

WHEN:  Tuesdays – March 20th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

TIME:  1:30 – 3:00pm

AGES: 5 – 17   Grades K – 12

COST:  $30.00 per student;  $70.00 max per family

Enrollment is limited to 100 students.

FOR MORE INFO:  Click HERE or email or call 215.702.4283

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Are you looking for help with homeschooling your 7th-12th grader? Check out Greystone Academy


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Homeschool Day at Milton Hershey

WHAT:  Bring your kids to The Hershey Story and discover all things Hershey — the man, his business, the town, and the chocolate — in an active, hands-on way! Our unique programs reach far beyond history to include economics, geography, science, math and reading.

Milton Hershey’s Cuba: A Sweet Venture in Sugar, 1916-1946
Experience the newest special exhibit and learn about Milton Hershey’s other model town – Hershey, Cuba!  Plus, make a delicious candy bar in the Chocolate Lab, as you learn more about sugar, Hershey and Cuba.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28

TIME: 9 am- 1 pm

WHERE: 63 West Chocolate Avenue Hershey, PA 17033

WHO: 3 and up

COST: $10 per person (ages 2 and under are free)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Homeschool Day

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WHAT:  Exciting new dance class experience on Saturdays where you can dance along with your own created virtual dance choreography and share on social media as well as in public performance. Improve your social media savvy and dance technique. Use these new skills in a high tech performance combining dance and coding.

WHEN: Saturdays

TIME: 12 pm- 2:30 pm

WHERE: Community Education Center (CEC) 3500 Lancaster Avenue

WHO: Teen Girls 13-18


Check out West Park Cultural Center’s Summer Camps also!

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