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Homeschool Kids Earn Free Pizza

Pizza Hut’s “BOOK IT!” Program for Homeschoolers

Pizza Hut’s “BOOK IT!” Program has been a tremendous blessing to our family over the years.    It’s a fantastic reading incentive program for kids.  Here’s how the program works:

  • The homeschool teacher sets reading goals for each of her students.
  • Each month that a child completes a reading goal he/she receives a coupon for 1 free personal pan pizza.
  • The program runs for 6 months – from October until March.
  • Any child in grades K – 6 is able to participate.
  • This program is FREE to all homeschooling families.  You must register by September 1st, 2015. 

This year they’ve also added a summer reading program.  To find out more about this program and the one for the upcoming school year, please click on this link: http://www.bookitprogram.com/

To enroll your child/ren in the homeschool program, please click on this link:

http://bookitprogram.formstack.com/forms/2015_16_homeschool_form

Posted by Gwen Fredette on July 15, 2015

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Opportunity:  Homeschooled Teen Writers

The Greater Philly Christian Writers’ Conference is coming soon!  They have a wonderful program for homeschooled teens.  If you have a teenager who likes to write, read on about this special event!

WHAT:  “2015 Teens Write” at the Greater Philly Christian Writers’ Conference

WHEN:  Thursday, July 30th, 10:00am to 6:00pm.

WHERE:  Cairn University, 200 Manor Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047

COST: Cost is $55 if you register through July 22.  The cost is $65 after July 22nd.  This price includes “Pizza Feast” at lunch.  Additionally, homeschooled students receive a 35% discount!

DETAILS:  Teens have the opportunity to attend 9 different workshops lead by published authors and editors.  They will also have the opportunity to make a 15 minute appointment with an author or editor.

FOR MORE INFO:  Please click on this link for more information about the “Teens Write” program: http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com/teenswrite

TO REGISTER:  Please click here:  http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com/register

For more opportunities for homeschooled teens, including internships, classes, and special programs, click here: https://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/opportunities-homeschooled-teens/

Posted by Gwen Fredette, June 25th, 2015

 

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SEARCH Homeschool Conference Convention 2015

SEARCH’s annual homeschool conference is this Friday, June 19th.  Here’s the details:

What: SEARCH of PA (South Eastern ARea Christian Homeschoolers)

When:  Friday, June 19th (One day only this year!)

Where:  Calvary Church, 820 Route 113 Souderton, PA 18964

Cost:   $20

Website: http://www.searchofpa.org/

Features:

  • Exhibit Hall – Vendors
  • Used Curriculum Sale
  • Speakers
  • Information Seminars
  • Much More!

SEARCH is my favorite homeschool conference!  It’s the closest to Philly, and it has the largest used curriculum sale of the three conventions.   I’ll be a vendor at  SEARCH again this year, selling my science curriculum, The Glory of KingsIf you like my blog, please stop by and say hello!

Posted by Gwen Fredette on June 15th, 2015.

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Mark Your Calendars!

Church of the Saviour (Salt & Pepper Homeschoolers)  is hosting their 19th Annual Homeschool Used Curriculum Sale!

WHEN: Monday, March 16th, 2015

TIME: 6PM TO 9PM

WHERE: Church of the Saviour, 651 N. Wayne Avenue, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087 (Building F)

COST: FREE ADMISSION!

FOR WHOM:  All Parents

PLEASE BRING:  Bring small bills to pay for items & bags to carry your purchases.

FOR MORE INFO:  Please contact: lsquared008@yahoo.com or click here to see their flyer: cosbooksale2015

RESOURCES INCLUDE:

  • Mounds of used curriculum
  • Used school-related children’s books & novels
  • Puzzles & games
  • Math manipulatives
  • Posters & maps
  • Educational DVDs & videos
  • Flash cards
  • Science kits

I’ve been to this book sale for the past several years.  It’s a bit of a drive from Philly, but  it’s worth the trip!  There are hundreds of resources for sale at excellent prices.  It’s also a fun social gathering for many homeschoolers.

Posted by Gwen Fredette on February 9th, 2015

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Upcoming Homeschool Conventions in PA & NJ 2013

I love homeschool conventions!

Homeschool conventions are a great way to:

  •  Learn more about homeschooling
  •  Find great curriculum
  •  Meet other homeschoolers
  •  Learn how to be a better teacher to your children
  •  Be encouraged!

There are several fantastic conventions that meet near our wonderful city of Philadelphia.  Here’s some basic information for you:

1.  CHAP Homeschool Convention (Christian Homeschoolers Association of Pennsylvania)

When:   Friday, May 10th  & Saturday, May 11th 2013

Where:  Pennsylvania Farm and Expo Center, Harrisburg, PA

Cost:  $38 per person; $65 per family

Website:  http://www.chaponline.com/2013convention/

Features:

  • Exhibit Hall– Vendors
  • Used Curriculum Sale
  • Speakers
  • Information Workshops
  • Children’s Program
  • Teen Track
  • Homeschool Graduation
  • Support Group Information
  • Much More!

2.  ENOCH Homeschool Convention (Education Network of Christian Homeschoolers)

When:  Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th 2013

Where:  New Jersey Convention & Expo Center,  97 Sunfield Avenue Edison, NJ

Cost: $40 per person, $50 per couple

Website: http://www.enochnj.org/index.php/2013convention

Features:

  • Exhibit Hall – Vendors
  • Used Curriculum Sale
  • Speakers
  • Information Workshops
  • Children’s Program
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Food Court
  • Much More!

3.  SEARCH of PA (South Eastern ARea Christian Homeschoolers)

When:  Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15th 2013

Where:  Calvary Church, 820 Route 113 Souderton, PA 18964

Cost:   One day $20; Both days $35

Website: http://searchofpa.org/

Features:

  • Exhibit Hall – Vendors
  • Used Curriculum Sale
  • Speakers
  • Information Seminars
  • Much More!

I’ve been to all three conventions and they’re all wonderful!

SEARCH is my favorite!  It’s the closest to Philly, and my favorite homeschool author and speaker, Susan Kemmerer, will be there.   It also has the largest used curriculum sale of the three conventions.   I’ll be a vendor at  SEARCH again this year, selling my science curriculum, The Glory of Kings.   I’ll also be speaking at a workshop there on the topic: When Mom “Checks Out”.   If you like my blog, please stop by and say hello!

I believe this is a new Homeschool Convention:

4.  Teach Them Diligently Marketplace

When:  Friday, June 28th & Saturday, June 29th

Where:  Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA 19456)

Cost:  $15 per family

Website: http://teachthemdiligentlymarketplace.com/locations/philadelphia-pa

Features:

  • Vendors
  • Speakers
  • Homeschool Information & Encouragement

Hope this information has been helpful!

Posted by Gwen Fredette on April 6th, 2013.

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FREE HISTORY CURRICULUM – ESPECIALLY FOR HOMESCHOOLERS!

Hello fellow homeschoolers!  I’m one of those crazy people who is always writing.  Over the years I’ve put together much of my own history curriculum and I decided to start a new blog where I post my lesson plans.  It’s called U READ THRU History.  Here are some of the curriculum highlights:

  • It’s FREE!
  • Charlotte Mason (literature-based) method of teaching (each lesson revolves around a book you get from the library)
  • Created especially for Homeschoolers!
  • Perfect for multiple ages (grades K – 8)!
  • Builds reading & writing skills in children
  • Curriculum is for one full year of study
  • 17 Lessons on Early American History (Each lesson contains work for 1 week)
  • 17 Lessons on Ancient Egypt & Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Christian Emphasis
  • Teacher’s Guide included
  • Outline of the Year included
  • Simple, Easy to use!

I decided to post the first 3 lesson plans on the blog so interested families can get an idea of what the curriculum is like.  Beginning in early September I will post additional lessons — one each week.    Check out the tabs at the top of the         U READ THRU History blog to see the Teacher’s Guide and outline of the year.   If you live in Philadelphia nearly all of the books for the lessons can be found within the Philadelphia Library system.

Here’s a link to the site if you’d like to check it out: U READ THRU History.

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Also, don’t forget to check out my science curriculum, The Glory of Kings, for grades K – 3.

The Glory of Kings is a simple, beneficial way to teach your student science because it:

  • Is Literature-Based –  Lesson plans revolve around “Living Books” which enable you to bond with your child/ren while you read and learn together.
  • Uses Popular Science Books – The books chosen for this curriculum are readily available through you local library or can be purchased on the internet.
  • Is Bible-Connected – Each lesson plan connects the subject studied to a Bible passage pertaining to that same subject.
  • Is For Multiple Ages – Lessons plans have activities for kids in grades K-3.
  • Uses Simple worksheets that correspond with lesson plans.
  • Has Fun, Hands-on experiments and educational games.
  • Uses Creative Projects to teach scientific concepts.
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    3 Curricula are available through Silver Lining Press:  The Glory of Kings (Human Body, Space, Animal Classifications), The Glory of Kings II (Weather, Electricity, & Oceanography) and The Glory of Kings III (Geology, Simple Machines, & Plants).  They’re also very reasonably priced! ($20 for a hard copy, $10 for an E-copy)  Here’s a link for the curricula at Silver Lining Press.   The site also shows a sample lesson plan and an outline for the year:  Silver Lining Press.
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    Posted by Gwen Fredette on August 21, 2012

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A wonderful way to bond with your children and cultivate a love of reading is to read often to your children.

Tired of reading princess and superhero stories?  Following is a list of outstanding Read-Alouds for kids ages 4 – 8.  Those marked with an “E” are easy-readers.

Books Especially for Kids Ages 4 – 8

  • Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas: Three little dragons have a hard time going to sleep. E
  • Get Well, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas:  Three little dragons are sick.  E
  • Happy Birthday, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas:  Three little dragons try to make birthday presents.  E
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel:  Adventures of a silly frog and ridiculous toad.  E
  • Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel: Adventures of a silly frog and ridiculous toad.  E
  • Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel:  Adventures of a silly frog and ridiculous toad.  E
  • Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel:  Adventures of a silly frog and ridiculous toad.  E
  • Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel:  Adventures of a ridiculous owl.  Very funny! E
  • Small Pig by Arnold Lobel:  Adventures of a silly pig.  Very funny!  E
  • The Digging-est Dog by Al Perkins:  A dog digs up everything.  Very funny!  E
  • No Roses for Harry by Gene Zion:  A dog gets an ugly sweater as a present.  Very funny!  E
  • Harry, The Dirty Dog: A dog enjoys getting dirty for a day.  E
  • Harry by the Sea:  A dog has silly adventures by the ocean.  Very funny!  E
  • Harry and the Lady Next Door!  Harry the dog has an opera singer for a next-door neighbor.  Very funny! 
  • The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss:  Everyone’s heard of The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, but these stories are fantastic also and very funny!
  • Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss: Another great tale by Dr. Seuss.
  • The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack: Duck in China in danger of becoming duck dinner.
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf: Bull in Spain selected for a bull fight.
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter:  A rabbit gets into trouble in a garden.
  • Beatrix Potter:  The Complete Tales:  All of Beatrix Potter’s stories are wonderful.
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback:  Joseph learns to make the most of an old coat.
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey:  A girl and her mother have an adventure while picking blueberries.
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey:  Two ducks have a hard time finding a home for their soon-to-be baby chicks.

Books Especially for Kids ages 7 & 8.

  • Tales of King Arthur: The Sword in the Stone by Hudson Talbott:  Wonderful retelling of King Arthur story for children.  Amazing Illustrations!
  • Tales of King Arthur: Excalibur by Hudson Talbott: Wonderful retelling of King Arthur story for children.  Amazing Illustrations!
  • Tales of King Arthur: King Arthur and the Round Table by Hudson Talbott: Wonderful retelling of King Arthur story for children.  Amazing Illustrations!
  • Lancelot by Hudson Talbott: Wonderful retelling of King Arthur story for children.  Amazing Illustrations!
  • The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward:  A boy goes out to hunt a bear and brings home a bear cub instead.
  • Aesop’s Fables (Many versions of these fables are available by many authors.)  Creative “thinking” stories for children.
  • Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights by N.J. Dawood (This is not the Disney version.)
  • The Flying Carpet by Marcia Brown (Another story from Arabian Nights.)

Most of these books can be found at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Children who read during the summer can get rewarded through the Library’s summer reading game.  See this link for more information: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/summerreading/docs/SRFlyer2012.pdf

Posted by Gwen Fredette, July 17, 2012

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