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Classical Conversations 3-Day Practicum


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Don’t forget to enter the Wondern Awe Art Contest!

Click Here for all the details!


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 C.C. 3-Day Practicum

WHAT:  Please join together with other Eastern Pennsylvania homeschooling parents at our Cairn 2017 Parent Practicum. Join confident veterans and brand new homeschooling parents alike for three days of encouragement and inspiration as we seek to understand the classical model of education and learn how to apply it in Christian homeschooling. This year we will be digging deeper into understanding the art of relationships.

 Tuesday, June 6 – Thursday, June 8

WHO: parents at all stages of the homeschooling journey along with their children

COST: Student camps are offered at low cost for families attending together and parents attend FREE. Check out the website below for pricing according to age
 Cairn University 200 Manor Ave.  Langhorne, PA, 19047
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Here and to register, or contact Marla Ashton at

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Coming Up!

Annual End of the Year Homeschool Hangout
at Wall Park 

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2-Day Science Lab Intensive

HIScience Learning Flier


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: July 12-13, 9am-5pm

WHERE:  Media, PA

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

COST: $295, early-bird pricing $236! (Use coupon code EARLY to save 20%)

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

FOR MORE INFO: HIScience Learning

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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 
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Homeschool Conferences

Upcoming 2017 Homeschool Conferences/Conventions

in PA, NJ, & NY

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 within a few hours of our wonderful city of Philadelphia.  Here’s some basic information for you:

1.  New York State LEAH Downstate Convention (Loving Education at Home)

When:  Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th (Just a few days away!)

Where:  First Baptist Church of Patchogue, 482 N. Ocean Ave.
Patchogue, Long Island, NY 11772

Cost: $50 per person; $55 per couple

Website: NYS LEAH Convention


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

2. PHAA (Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency)
High School at Home Conference

When:  Monday, April 24th

Where:  Bongiorno Conference Center, 430 Union Hall Rd., Carlisle PA 17013

Cost:   $35

Website: PHAA Conference


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

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

When:   Friday, June 2nd  & Saturday, June 3rd

Where:  Lancaster Convention Center  25 South Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603

Cost:  $40 per person; $80 per family

Website: CHAP Conference


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

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

When:  Saturday, April 22nd

Where: Brookdale Community College, STUDENT LIFE CENTER
Conference & Catering Center 765 Newman Springs Road Lincroft, NJ 07738

Cost: $20 per person, $25 per couple early bird registration by April 1st

Website: ENOCH Conference


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

Hope this information has been helpful!

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2017 Homeschool Sessions

Check out these great opportunities to take a series of classes ranging from art to gymnastics to computer skills! There are so many things out there to learn from!

Don’t forget to check out the Classes page which lists locations that have monthly homeschool classes. These classes are once a month and you can come whichever month you are able.

The ones listed below occur for a certain number of weeks.

Reminder: Tomorrow is an open house at Philadelphia School of Circus Arts . And mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 4th to attend a a FREE Homeschool Gymnastics Class! More details to come the end of the week!

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Art at Valley Lake Gallery

EVENT: Homeschooler’s Art Class

WHEN: Tuesdays, next session starts January 10-Feb 7
                   11am-12pm for ages 6-12
1pm-2:30pm for ages 12-16
Wednesdays, next session starts January 11-Feb 8
9am-10am for ages 6-12
10am-11am for ages 12-16

WHERE: 3 Village Road, Horsham, PA 19044

COST: $70 per 5 week session

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out  Art at Valley Lake Gallery, they also have dates for classes thru the end of June listed!

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The Sewing Room

WHAT: Homeschool Sewing Classes (4 Week Class; Sew Fun & Sew Club)

WHEN:  Next session begins Wednesday, January 4th

WHERE: 703 West Ave. Jenkintown, Pa. 19046

TIME: hand sewing for ages 5-9 at 10-12; machine sewing for ages 10-18 at 1-3

COST: $100 for 4 week class


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O’Leary Academy

WHERE:  Online at your home!

WHAT: HTML 101: Basics of Web Programming Class, 14 Lesson Course

AGES: 9 years and older

COST:  Free!

WHEN: starts January 9th

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site: O’Leary Academy

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White Pine Productions

Theater Classes: Homeschool Drama Club (8 Week Classes)

AGES: 7-17

WHERE: White Pines Place, 7908 High School Road, Elkins Park, 19027

WHEN: Starts Monday, January 23rd

TIME: 1-3pm

COST: $150 (sibling discounts given)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out their website at White Pine Productions

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Flip Out Productions

WHAT: Homeschool Gymnastics Classes

WHERE: The Sculpture Courtyard at Sharktown   1714 Mascher Street, 19122

WHEN: Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 for 4-6 year olds; 2:30-4:00 for 7 and up

                Thursdays: 1:00-2:00 for 4-6 year olds; 2:00-3:30 for 7 and up

Next session starts January 4 & 5

*Must have at least 5 kids per class to be held

AGES: classes are divided into two age groups: 4-6 years old and 7 years old and up

COST:  $100 for first child, $150 for 2, $220 for 3, $300 for 4 children per 8 week session

FOR MORE INFO: Check out their website: Flip Out Productions

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Legacy Youth Tennis and Education

WHAT: Homeschool Tennis Class Spring Session
Our campus houses eight indoor courts, eight outdoor courts, two hitting walls, a library, a computer classroom and a fitness room. Siblings and families may work on school work in our library while the clinic is running. Spend time with other Home School families and don’t lose time in your day by continuing the school day here at Legacy!

WHERE: 4842 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19129

WHEN: Fridays, starts January 20-May 12

COST: $180 for 16 classes, sibling discount available

TIME: Beginner class 10-11 am; Intermediate class 11am-12pm

AGES: 4-18 years old

FOR MORE INFORMATION: click here Legacy Homeschool Clinic

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Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

WHAT: Homeschool Circus Classes: Designed for the homeschooled or unschooled youth age 6 – 10, this class is a great outlet for physical exercise and creative energy. Rope-climbing, trapeze, tightwire, juggling, and tumbling while having a great time. Students build confidence, grace, and strength as they explore their own potential on the mats and in the air!

: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts 5900A Greene st, Philadelphia PA 19107

: Thursdays

Current session December 1st-Feb. 23rd

TIME: 1:00-2:00pm

$204 for 12 week session ($17/class)


For more information: Youth Classes (scroll down for the calendar and homeschool)
You are also welcome to stop by and observe any of the classes in session.

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Don’t forget to check Awbury Arboretum. At posting time, their class schedule wasn’t up yet. But they offer great classes too!


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Language and L.A. Classes Fall 2016

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Are you getting organized?

It’s that time of year, August, ALREADY?!

Can you believe it? I can’t. Do you homeschool following a traditional school calendar, a year round calendar, or a make your own calendar? Well, whichever you chose, that’s one of the perks of homeschooling- it’s up to you the educator! What freedom that gives us!

I thought I would share parts of an old post from Gwen Fredette (the previous blogger here) with some great money saving tips. If you are in the looking phase, planning stage or getting organized mode for the year, I hope you will find something that will benefit yours!

Homeschool Freebies & Money $aving Tips

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive.  There are so many wonderful free (or almost free) resources to take advantage of.  Here are some helpful freebies I’ve found:


  • Grades K- 3: Skip buying an art curriculum and check out one or more of the following books from the library.  Each book contains approximately 8 lesson plans.  They’re wonderful and easy for young children to follow.  Drawing and Learning about Bugs, Drawing and Learning about Cars, Drawing and Learning about Cats, …. Dinosaurs, Dogs, Faces, Fashion, Fish, etc.
  •  Grades 4 – 6: Skip buying an art curriculum and take a trip to your local library.  Check out one or more of the following books from these two series.  The first series, Start With Art, has 4 titles:  Start With Art: Still Life, Start With Art: Landscapes, Start With Art: Animals, and Start With Art: People.  Each book contains approximately 12 lesson plans.  Kids view work done by a famous artist, learn a bit about the artist and his style, and then use the same technique in art work of their own.  Wonderful!   The second series, Come Look With Me, has at least 8 titles: Exploring Landscape Art with Children, Animals in Art, Exploring Modern Art, American Indian Art, etc.  Each book contains approximately 12 lesson plans.  Kids view work done by a famous artist, learn a bit about the artist and his style, answer questions about the famous piece they are viewing, and then can try a similar technique in their own work.
  • Grades 7 – 12: These You-Tube instruction videos by professionals are excellent and a wonderful supplement to your art curriculum.  Some of my favorites are the following:  (teaches students how to draw faces), (how to paint a tree in acrylics), (how to paint a mountain scene), and (how to paint an evergreen tree).  There are so many free online classes to choose from!


  • Grades 4 – 6: Check out this book from your local library: Lives of the Musicians, Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought).  The book explores the lives of approximately 19 famous composers, offering some humorous information about their private lives.
  • Grades K – 6: Classics for Kids This website is wonderful.  It gives brief biographies of famous composers and gives kids the opportunity to push a button and listen to some of the composers’ most famous pieces.
  • Grades K – 6: Making Music Fun! Another fantastic website.  It also gives brief biographies of famous composers.  Free word search worksheets can be printed based on  each composer’s biography.  Parents can also print free sheet music and free manuscript paper.


  • Grades K – 8: BigIQkids Skip buying a spelling curriculum.  Get your child a good notebook and use the spelling/vocabulary words listed for your child’s grade from this list.  There are 40 weeks of word lists provided for each grade.  Have your kids practice writing their spelling words in their notebooks everyday, and have them practice writing sentences with their spelling/vocabulary words.
  • Grades K – 8:  Similar to website above.  There are 30 weeks of word lists provided for each grade.  Have your kids practice writing their spelling words in their notebooks everyday, and have them practice writing sentences with their spelling/vocabulary words.


  • Grades K – 8:  This site is a free online history curriculum created especially for homeschoolers. Four years of free lesson plans! U READ THRU History
  • Grades K – 3: The Animated Hero Classics by Nest Entertainment are a wonderful film series for young children.  They are available for free at your local Philadelphia library!  Titles include the following: Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, etc.  To see a 2 minute sample on youtube, click here:
  • Grades K – 3:  Crayola This site has free coloring pages of many famous historical figures.
  • Grades K – 12:  Skip buying a blank book of maps and use these for free!  Education Place
  • Grades 5 – 8: These free online videos may be a nice supplement to your American History curriculum: America the Story of Us


  • Grades K – 3:  Your Big Backyard Magazine is a wonderful resource for teaching science to young children.  It’s free at your local Philadelphia library!
  • Grades K – 3:  An E-copy of this 1 year science curriculum is only $10.  Glory of Kings Science Curriculum
  • Grades 3 – 5:  Ranger Rick is another wonderful magazine for teaching science.  Also at many library branches in Philly.
  • Grades 7 – 12:  Click on the “Tutorials” Tab on this site for 12 free online chemistry videos. Conceptual Chemistry Alive!
  • Grades 7 – 12:  Kids have the opportunity to see a cow’s eye dissected.


  • Grades K-8: Khan Academy Personalized learning resource for all ages.
  • Grades 5 – 12:  Incompetech  Free online graph/grid paper.


  • Grades 4 – 12: Novel Study Links  This site has free literature discussion questions for each chapter of many award-winning novels.  Click on the name of the novel you are interested in, and the discussion questions will come up.



  • Webucator Courses provided free of charge by the CEO of Webucator, a Homeschool Father

    TO REGISTER for a course students simply:

      Each student must sign up with a unique email address so he/she can return to individual courses properly. Also, students must be a least 13 years old.
    For any registration questions, simply email:
  •  Basics of Web Programming Class – 14 Lesson course created by a Computer Consultant and Homeschool Father.  For more info:  Check out their website by clicking at O’Leary Academy


  • Free Typing Game  This site has free typing games and free typing lessons.  The games help your child build speed and accuracy.
  • Dance Mat Typing  This site has 4 levels of typing practice and also lists other typing games.


  •  Letter of the Week   This is a FREE online curriculum for young children.  Pretty cool ideas!
  • FIAR  The book list on this site is wonderful.  Great place to start to know what fantastic books are out there to read to your children.
  • 1+1+1=1  Another great site for young children.  Fun, free worksheets can be downloaded.  Site creator is also a city homeschooler!

Hope these tips/sites are helpful to you!

Posted by Sarah Lambert August 5, 2016