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Marching in Homeschoolers!

Don’t forget to enter this year’s
Homeschool Art Contest sponsored by Wondern Awe

Click HERE to see the post with details!

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 Church of the Savior Book Sale! 

WHAT: SALT and PEPPER home schoolers annual GREAT used book sale. Enjoy perusing  the 50+ tables to see what to buy.  If you bring your darling children, keep them with you
or have them sit in a corner, reading a book of course!
Buyers, remember to bring small bills and perhaps some bags.  Have a list of what you are looking for and wear comfy shoes.
This sale is such a delight and you will want to bring friends.

 THIS Monday, March 19th

 6 to 9 p.m.

 Church of the Saviour 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087

: contact Lori at

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New Gymnastics Class opening up!
Come out for a Trial Class!!

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 Homeschool Geography/History Fair

WHAT: This is a fun time for homeschooled children to showcase their knowledge of a geographical region or era in history without the pressure of being judged for their work.  It is also an easy way to teach children presentation skills in an area they are
enthused and excited about.  All participants will receive a participation certificate, and students traveling through the exhibits will receive passports.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 21, 2018

TIME: 10 am-1130am (Come check out the displays even if you don’t enter the fair.)

WHERE:  Collingdale Christian Family School  814 Andrews Avenue
Collingdale, PA 19023

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP:  Please contact Pat Burns by email at or by phone at 610-626-4846

Some guidelines to follow:
Fair set-up will begin at 9:15 a.m., with the fair opening at 10:00 a.m.  The fair will end at 11:30 a.m., and clean-up must be done by noon.
Decide if your exhibit needs a full 2.5′ x 6′ table or half that size.  Tables will be provided.  Tables will need to be covered with a cloth.

A tri-fold board is needed to stand in the back of your exhibit, labeled with the title of your exhibit (geographical region or historical period).  Anything else you decide to display—pictures, charts, fact pages–can go here, as well as on the table.  A map of your region is also good for display.

Have a rubber stamp and ink pad or stickers available to mark in each student’s “passport” as he/she visits your exhibit.  The stamp should have something to do with the region/era you’re presenting, e.g., an eagle to represent the United States, the Irish flag for Ireland, etc. You may include samples of food to represent your region/era, but this is not necessary.  We used Goldfish crackers one year for our presentation of Japan, and this was a big hit with visitors.  Remember to keep it small and simple.

You can hang things from ceiling tiles, play music, do cultural dances, etc.  Children love to dress up in costume, and this is recommended but not required. Someone must be at the exhibit at all times—whether it’s a parent, sibling or friend who has worked on the project.

Know your material and be ready to explain what your visitors are seeing. You can do as much or as little as you wish.  Some students use art projects they have made, some concentrate on posters, some build models of things to represent their region/era.  Dolls and artifacts are nice to display, but please don’t use something that will devastate you if it is broken or ruined.  This is a very hands-on fair, and children like to touch and taste.  Have fun and enjoy!

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Posted in Book Sale, Books, Curriculum, Free!, Helpful Information, Misc., Practical Homeschool Tips, Social Gatherings, Uncategorized

C.O.S. Booksale

21st Annual Book Sale at Church of the Saviour

When?  – this Monday, March 27th from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sponsored by
? – SALT and PEPPER home schoolers

? – Held in the gym (bldg. F) at Church of the Saviour  651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087  Look for signs on the property.

What to bring?
– Shoppers – bring small bills and  bags to carry your purchases, wear comfy shoes and clothes, and be prepared to be amazed at the plethora of materials available.  Obviously we love children.  If they come with you, please have them  accompany you or sit down and read a book!!

Further questions?
– email Gabrielle at 
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