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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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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. 


180110 great blue heron emma

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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Delaware Estuary Art Contests


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


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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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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

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History Items

Do You Have a 4th Grader and Like National Parks? 

WHAT:  If you have a 4th Grader, that child and family can get free access to hundreds of parks, lands and waters for an entire year! Here’s a listing of some of the
Official rules”

  • The pass is for U.S. fourth-grade (or home-school equivalent) students.
  • The pass is for the 2017 to 2018 school year. It expires August 31, 2018.
  • Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.

“How it works”

  • Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
  • If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
  • If your group visits a site that charges vehicle entrance fees – The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
  • Paper passes can be exchanged for plastic passes at certain sites.

WHEN:  have your 4th grader start their super simple adventure diary NOW! Just Click HERE

WHERE:  all National Park Service sites accept the pass (some have different entrance rules)

WHO: 4th graders!

COSTFREE!!! Make sure you check out the “Plan Your Trip” page. Amtrak offers a 75% discount for the 4th grader with a paying adult on train tickets!!!  


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Have You Heard About
This Historic Pass? 

WHATThe Historic Germantown Passport entitles an individual or a family of four to one visit to each of our 16 Historic Germantown attractions, excluding special events and programs where additional admission fees may apply. The Passport expires one year from the date of purchase. Passports are generally mailed shortly after your payment is received. If time is tight, please give us a call so we can help you plan for pick-up.

WHEN:  anytime pass, valid for one year

WHERE:  locations include: Aces Museum, Awbury Arboretum, Cliveden of the National Trust, Concord School House & Upper Burying Ground of Germantown, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Germantown Historical Society, Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, Germantown White House, Grumblethorpe, Historic Fair Hill, Historic RittenhouseTown, Hood Cemetery, Johnson House, La Salle University Art Museum, Stenton, Wyck

COST:  individual pass $25; family pass $45

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Click HERE to purchase your pass; click HERE to read more about Historic Germantown and each of the locations.

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History Hunters

Speaking of Germantown, have you taken your kids thru the historic houses for homeschool tours? A few years ago, my children and I were part of a homeschool group that toured 5 different houses with the History Hunters Program.  It was a great experience, a great price, very educational and in our backyard!!! We would do it again!

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History Day Competition

I am passing this information on because it looks like a great event. I did email them to get some clarification as to whether homeschoolers and those living outside of Bucks County can participate… I did not get a response. If you’d like to participate and find out for yourself, here’s the info!


WHAT:  On March 24, 2018, hundreds of middle and high school students from across Bucks and Montgomery Counties will assemble at Ursinus College in Collegeville. They will have just one thing on their minds: HISTORY! All will be participating in Bucks and Montgomery Counties’ Regional National History Day® Competition, the first stage in this national academic competition for students in grades 6 through 12, sponsored regionally by the Bucks County Historical Society.

Modeled after the highly successful science fair concept, History Day encourages young people to undertake original research and interpretation of historical events. Students may write papers, present performances, design exhibits, or create media presentations. All entries must relate to a predetermined theme – this year’s theme is Conflict & Compromise in History.

WHEN:  Saturday, March 24, 2018

WHEREUrsinus College  601 E. Main Street  Collegeville, PA 19426

WHO:  Grades 6-12; Competition is divided into a junior level (grades 6-8), and a senior level (grades 9-12).

COST:  $12 per student registration fee. Deadline to register is February 12.


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Free History Curriculum!

Have you checked out the FREE History curriculum that the former writer here at
Philadelphia Homeschool Blog created?

This is a Free online History curriculum created especially for homeschoolers.  It is a Charlotte Mason style (Literature-Based) approach to learning history.   Consequently, each lesson revolves around a book that the teacher/student will check out from his/her local library.  This curriculum involves a lot of reading and a lot of writing!  Students will become better readers and writers as a result.  However, keep in mind that this curriculum may be quite challenging to the struggling reader.  U READ THRU HISTORY  will take you through all of history over the course of approximately 8 years.  Each year students will spend one semester (approximately 17 weeks) studying World History and one semester (approximately 17 weeks) studying American History .

Click U READ THRU History to check it out!!

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 College for a Day?

WHAT:  We would like to invite all high school students who are homeschooled to learn about life at The Forge. You will take a tour of the campus, attend a chapel service. Our chapel service on this date will be one of our annual favorites — Classics Chapel. Our finest musicians will be performing and you will be able to see your potential as a future student at the University of Valley Forge. Your conversation continues over lunch with coaches, faculty, and students. You are then free to stay on for a tour of residence halls, a financial aid seminar and personal appointments with Admissions or Financial Aid.

WHEN: Friday, February 16, 2018 or Wednesday, March 21, 2018

TIME: 8:30 am-3:00 pm

WHEREUniversity of Valley Forge  1401 Charlestown Road  Phoenixville, PA 19460

WHO: High School Students


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to Eventbrite and search for “college for a day homeschool”. You can register thru Eventbrite


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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 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  The more qualified entries you submit, the better your chances are to win!
  2. The Runner up will receive a $10 gift card to
  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!!!