Posted in Books, Contests, Free!, Uncategorized, Writing

“A Book That Shaped Me Contest”

Have you seen a flier at your local library here in Philly?

The “A Book That Shaped Me” summer writing contest is a reading and writing enrichment initiative that the Library of Congress has hosted for the past four years.

This contest encourages rising 5th & 6th graders to reflect on books that have made a personal impact on their lives. Deadline to turn in essays to a local library (local participating libraries) is July 18, 2016. So don’t delay!

Click this link to find all the details and print the contest entry form.

A Book That Shaped Me

This is the fifth year operating the contest. The contest began with only D.C. Public libraries and has since expanded to the participation of over 350 libraries throughout D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia.


Happy Writing!


Posted by Sarah Lambert on July 7, 2016

Posted in Book Sale, Books, Classes, Curriculum, Free!, Homeschool Encouragement and Support, Programs, Uncategorized

Looking for something in July?




Wednesday, July 6, 2016  – 10:00-3:00

$15 per child. One adult per family and children ages 3 and under are free. Additional adults are $15 each.

Explore the extensive Museum Archives, go on a guided tour, visit conservators at work In the Artifact Lab, and join a hands-on workshop about conservation practices. Find out more about museum careers by meeting a variety of Penn Museum professionals from an educator, to a curator, to an exhibition designer.

Programs and Activities for The Mediterranean World

Pick and choose from an assortment of offerings throughout this Homeschool Day.

  • Encounter the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Canaan, and more on guided tours of galleries.
  • Storytime Expeditions will bring younger students into the gallery as they explore stories from Native America.
  • Hands-on workshops feature archaeological conservation, the process of preserving ancient artifacts.
  • Watch conservators work on ancient Egyptian artifacts in our public conservation laboratory, the In the Artifact Lab
  • Budding artists can stop by drop-in art activity.
  • Enjoy career spotlights with an exhibit mount-maker, and a conservator who works with mummies.

As a bonus, watch conservation in action as staff work on conserving and deinstalling the Buddhist murals in the third floor Chinese Rotunda gallery.


*Bartram’s Garden Homeschooler Days: “Solar Energy”

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – 10:00-12:00 or 1:00-3:00

$12 student, or free for members

Exploit the heat of summer by using the sun for energy! Can we bake cookies in a solar powered oven? Let’s find out!ting safety, then explore the Schuylkill by rowboat.  RSVP required, limited spaces.  There will be alternative activities available for students not going on the water.


*Schoolhouse Publishing Homeschool Workshops & Educational Resources Clearance Sale

Saturday, July 16, 2016  – 10:00-4:00

This event is free, rsvp requested.

Whether you are investigating homeschooling, just starting out as a homeschooler or you’re almost finished, you’ll find a lot of value from this day of workshops and book sale. Browse through our discounted books and curriculum and other resources. Everything will be up to 50% discount off the retail prices!


Posted by Sarah Lambert on July 2, 2016

Posted in art, Books, Classes, Free!, Helpful Information, Movies, Music, Programs

Kids’ Summer Activities Ideas (2016)

Kids’ Summer Activities Ideas (2016)

So, you’ve just about finished your 180 days, prepared your portfolio, completed your evaluation, and possibly have even worked on your goals and objectives for the 2016-2017 school year.  Whew!  Now the big question:

What to do with the kids all Summer of 2016?

Philadelphia is a city full of fantastic summer activities!  Here are a just a few:

  1. Science in the Summer at your local Philadelphia library.  This program is available to all kids in Philadelphia in grades 2 through 6.  This summer kids will be learning about Bioscience.  They also get to do fun, interesting experiments.   If you’ve already submitted your goals and objectives for the next school year, you can count these classes as school time.  Best of all, its FREE!  Registration began May 6th and space is limited.  Check this website to find out when the classes will be held at your branch:
  2. Summer Reading Game at your local Philadelphia library.  Kids in grades K – 6 are encouraged to read books at their local library.  This program has really motivated my children to keep reading all through the summer.  It’s FREE!  Check this website for more information:
  3. Home Depot’s Kids Workshops.  This program gives children ages 5-12 the opportunity to build simple projects.  It’s FREE!  Check out this website for more information: (Click on the “Kids Workshops” tab.)
  4. Lowe’s Kids Build & Grow Clinics.   This FREE program also gives children the opportunity to build simple projects.  Check out this website for more information:
  5. Upper Darby Performing Arts Theatre.  If your kids like drama, this is a great program and its very inexpensive.  This year’s shows include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Disney Princess Heroes, Bye Bye Birdie, Elf Jr., James & the Giant Peach and several others.   Check out this website for more information:
  6. It’s not too late to sign your kids up for Summer Camp.  There are numerous great Christian camps out there.  Three camps my kids have enjoyed are:  Spruce Lake Christian Wilderness Camp, Camp Iroquoina (Christian) Soccer Camp, and High Point Christian Camp.  Following are the web addresses: ,, and
  7. Don’t forget Vacation Bible School!  If your home church is not doing one, there may be other good churches nearby that are.  Kids have the opportunity to play games, do crafts, learn great new songs, and hear the Word of God.
  8. Free  Movies:   Families can watch movies for free at Penn’s Landing and the Schuylkill Banks.  Check out these links for more information: and
  9. $1 Movies at select Regal Theatres.  There are a few near Philadelphia.  Check out this link:
  10. Free Young Peoples Concert Series at the Mann Music Center:  Give your children the free entertainment of music and dance at the Mann.  They are hosting two free shows this summer.  Check out this link for more details:
  11. Don’t forget to take your kids to Pennypack or Wissahickon Park!  Both of these parks are part of the Fairmount Park system and give families the opportunity to “get out of the city” while they’re still in it.  Whether you’re going for a bike ride or just a hike, they’re a great place to visit.
  12. Two Free Nights at the Franklin Institute:  Target Community Nights at the Franklin Institute are fantastic, and they’re free.  This summer the free nights are on June 22nd and July 20th from 5 to 8pm.  Check out this link for more details:
  13. Barnes and Nobles free book program:  Barnes and Nobles will give each child a book after completing an 8 book reading record during the summer.  Check out this link:
  14. Kids can bowl for FREE at participating bowling alleys.  Check out this link for more information:
  15. Kids learn to make movies for FREE at “Apple Camp” at Apple Retail stores.  There are a few nearby.  Check out this link for more information:
  16. $5 Michael’s Crafts camps for kids:  They also have inexpensive summer classes for teens and adults:
  17. Free Roller Skating: Kids can receive free roller skating passes if parents register their email address with a participating rink.  Click here for participating locations and details:

Hope some of these ideas are helpful to you!

Posted by Gwen Fredette June 16th, 2016

Posted in Book Sale, Books, Free!, Helpful Information, Homeschool Encouragement and Support

Homeschool Used Book Sale Here in Philly!

Homeschool Book Sale (Used & New)    

Classical Conversations Northeast Homeschool Group will be hosting a Homeschool Book Sale!

You will enjoy this event if:

  • You’re looking for homeschool books or curricula

  • You’d like to find out more about homeschooling

  • You’d like to meet other homeschoolers

  • You’d like to find out more about Classical Conversations

  • You’d like to sell your own used homeschool items (tables can be rented for $10)

Here’s the details:

WHEN: Thursday, May 12th, 2016

TIME:  2 – 5pm (sellers can arrive at 1pm to set up)

WHERE: Seven Mile Rd Church, 525 Welsh Rd, Phila, PA

COST: Free Admission!

FOR MORE INFO:  Please contact Amy Brown.  Her email is:

Posted by Gwen Fredette on May 3rd, 2016


Posted in art, Books, Free!

Free Curiosity Files from Old Schoolhouse Store


PHB  Homeschool Art Contest!!! (2016)PHBART


I’m thrilled to announce I’m hosting my third, annual, nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest!   Click HERE for contest details.

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Free Curiosity Files from Old Schoolhouse Store

Have you heard of the Curiosity Files? They are an amazing series of downloadable e-books that cover all kinds of incredible things the Lord has made! Things like Cave Fish, Zombie Fire Ants, Slime Eels, Red Tides, Whirlpools and much more! There are 18 different e-books! For a limited time we are offering this $125.10 series for FREE!!! That’s right – FREE! Hop over to The Old Schoolhouse Store, type in Curiosity Series and put in code CELEBRATE…then enjoy them on us! Click HERE for a sample of Blue Diamond.


Posted by Gwen Fredette on April 10th, 2016

Posted in art, Book Sale, Books, Classes, Free!, Helpful Information, Music, Programs, Social Gatherings, Sports

More Homeschool Events: Booksales, Gym Classes, Programs, etc. Spring 2016

More Homeschool Events Winter/Spring 2016

1.)  Church of the Savior Homeschool Book Sale (COS Booksale 2016)

WHEN: Monday, March 14th

TIME:  6pm to 9pm

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

FOR MORE INFO:  click on this flyer: cosbooksale2016

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2.)  “Kidsport” at Cairn University (Homeschool Gym Classes)

WHEN: Tuesdays beginning March 22nd –  April 26th

TIME:  1:30pm to 3:00pm

WHERE:  200 Manor Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047

COST:  $30 per student; $70 max per family

AGES:  5 & up

FOR MORE INFO:  click here:

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3.) Art Classes with West Park Cultural Center

What: Ceramics Class

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

When: Mondays & Wednesdays —  March 28th – May 18th 2016

Times: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Ages:  7 – 18

Cost:  $40

For More Info:  Please click here:

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4.)  Music Classes with West Park Cultural Center

What: Music Class (guitar, bass guitar, keyboard , drums, and vocal)

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

When: Mondays & Wednesdays —  March 28th – May 18th 2016

Times: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Ages:  12 – 18

Cost:  $40

For More Info:  Please click here:

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5.)  NCFCA (National Christian Forensics & Communication Association) is holding their Homeschool National Speech & Debate League New Jersey Qualifier

WHEN: Tuesday March 29th – Friday, April 1st


  • March 29th — 5pm – 9pm
  • March 30th — All Day
  • March 31st — All Day
  • April 1st — All Day

WHERE:  The King’s Christian School, 5 Carnegie Plaza Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

COST:  I believe it’s free to attend.  This would make a great field trip for older students!


  • For field trip: Junior high and above
  • To Participate: High School Students

FOR MORE INFO:  click on this website:

Are you interested in becoming a judge for the competition?  They are looking for more community judges.  If interested, please check out the information on this page:

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6.)  Penn Museum Homeschool Day “Archaelogical Adventures”

WHEN: April 2oth

TIME:  All day

WHERE:  3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

COST:  $15 per child/adult. One adult per family is free and children 3 and under are free.

AGES:  3 – adult

MUST PRE-REGISTER: by April 15th!

FOR MORE INFO:  click on this website:

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7.)  Quiet Valley Homeschool Days

WHAT:  This program is designed to provide students ages 6‐18 with the opportunity to explore the lifestyle of a 19th century homestead. Each day features two workshop slots which include small and large animal husbandry … to carding, spinning and weaving.  Over 25 workshops are available.  They are all designed to meet the new Pennsylvania STEAM‐based educational curriculum guidelines. Click here to see a full list of workshops and here for a full list of presenter bios.

WHEN: April 21st & 22nd

TIME:  9:30am to 4:00pm

WHERE:  Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm , 347 Quiet Valley Rd • Stroudsburg, PA 18360

COST:  $12 for adults; $5 for children ages 3 – 12

AGES:  3 – adult

FOR MORE INFO:  click on this flyer: QVhomeschool2016


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8.)  Homeschool Day at a Castle! glencairnpic

WHAT:  Glencairn Museum Homeschool Day with Glassblowing Demonstrations

WHEN: April 26th

TIME:  9:30am to 12:30pm

WHERE:  1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, 19009

COST:  $5 per person; children 3 and under are free!

AGES:  3 – adult

MUST RSVP: to reserve your spot please contact Christine McDonald at 267.502.2995 or

FOR MORE INFO:  click on this website:

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9.)  Free Ballet Performance of Alice in Wonderland!

WHEN:  Thursday, June 2nd

TIMES:  10am and 12pm

WHERE:  George Washington High School, 10175 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116

COST:  Free! (but must call to reserve spots)

TO RSVP:  please call 215-849-7950, e-mail internationalballet@verizon net

FOR MORE INFO: please click on this website:

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For a long list of upcoming homeschool events and programs organized by month please click HERE

Posted by Gwen Fredette on February 24th, 2016

Posted in Books, Free!, Helpful Information

Homeschool Kids Earn Free Pizza 2015-2016

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:

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

Posted by Gwen Fredette on July 15, 2015