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Keep reading to find out about BOOK IT! and Kidsport.

Homeschool Kids Earn Free Pizza

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

I have fond memories of growing up with BOOK IT! I treasured my large button pin that I could place star stickers on for reading the quota. My button was kept safe by the kitchen cork board located near the wall phone!  After a 30-40 minute drive into town to have dinner at the local Pizza Hut, family dinner was a sweet deal. Occasionally, I think we even got to pick a song or two on the Jukebox that was there!

Have you used BOOK IT!  with your kids? This past year, we finally did. After having signed up for a few years, and never redeeming our rewards, this was the year! A fellow homeschooling mom and I “partnered” together to help get one another there once a month! It was fun for all the kids! I think we’ve started a great tradition of fond memories for my tribe too!

Here’s how we made it work for my large family of 6 eaters (that could get pricey!):  we found a dine-in Pizza Hut and hit the lunch time buffet! Moms got to eat lots of pizza for a good price (have you had their desert pizza? mmmmm!); reading, school-aged kids had their free personal pan pizza and the buffet had a great price for the little ones that can’t join in on the Book It Program!

Pizza Hut’s “BOOK IT!” is a fantastic reading incentive program for kids.  Here’s how the program works:

  • The homeschool teacher sets reading goals for each of his/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, 2016. 

To find out more about Pizza Hut’s “BOOK IT!” please click on this link: http://www.bookitprogram.com/

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

http://www.bookitprogram.com/homeschool/default.asp

 

Cairn University’s “Kidsport” Homeschool Gym Class

WHAT: “KIDSPORT” Fall  2016 Physical education program for homeschoolers

WHERE: Cairn University Homeschool Physical Education Program                                                                  200 Manor Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

WHEN:  Tuesdays, September 13 – October 25

TIME:  1:30 – 3:00pm

AGES: 5 – 17   Grades K – 12

COST:  $30.00 per student;  $70.00 per family (max)

REGISTER ONLINE & Prepay: Click HERE

FOR MORE INFO:  Email kidsport@cairn.edu or call 215.702.4283

Here’s how Kidsport works:

  • Ages 6-7 Kidsport kids explore how and where the body moves. Students participate in manipulative activities using bats and balls, jump ropes and jump boxes, hoops and scooters, gator balls, parachutes, and games galore!
  • Ages 8-17 Kidsport kids learn to lead healthy, active lives. Students take part in fantastic fitness activities, team-building challenges, tennis, volleyball, flag football, soccer, rapid relays, speedstacks, juggling, softball, capture the flag, gymnastics, aerobics, and much more!

This is a great opportunity the whole family to connect with other homeschoolers!

Posted by Sarah Lambert on July 25, 2016

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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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Fantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas

Here’s a list of some more fabulous places to take your homeschool group, class, or family for a field trip!

1.  Police Equestrian Unit:  Located at 8600 Krewstown Rd, Philadelphia.  215-785-0457 or 215-685-0457.  Learn about how the Philadelphia police force uses horses as part of their service to this city.  This is a fantastic trip and its free!  It’s difficult to find though; be sure to bring your cell phone with you and give the officers a call when you know you’re close.

2.  Virtual Reality Lab (at Rowan University): This is an amazing trip recommended for small groups. It’s a multi-million dollar lab, so it’s not recommended for impulsive, high-energy kids. Cost is $10 per person. http://www.rowan.edu/home/rowan-vr-center/field-trips

3.  Woodworking Demonstration:  Cost Free!  If your students have an artistic bent they will love this field trip.  They also offer special classes specifically for homeschoolers.  http://www.philadelphiawoodworks.com/

4.  American Helicopter Museum: Only about an hour away from Philly.  Cost: about $7 per person. This is a great educational trip! They offer different classes for each age group.  http://www.americanhelicopter.museum/educational-programs  

5.  UPenn Robotics Lab: Come see the latest new robotic engineering.  The things these students are working on will blow your mind.  Cost Free!  https://www.grasp.upenn.edu/engagement/k12/tours

6.  Mycopolitan Mushroom Farm:   Yes, there is a business in Philly that grows Gourmet mushrooms.  This class trip has a “chemistry class” flavor to it.  Older students would definitely benefit.  Recommended for small groups.  It’s free!  http://www.mycopolitan.com/#home-about

7.  CARES Animal Hospital: Allows students to come take a tour for free!  Located just outside the city.  Here’s the website: http://vetcares.com/

8.  Municipal Court Tour:   This trip allows students to get an up-close look at our justice system.  It’s free!  Recommended for junior high and up.  Municipal Court @ The Philadelphia Courts – First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

9.  Philadelphia Police K – 9 Unit:  Learn about police dogs, the tasks that they perform, their training program, and see them in action.  This is a wonderful trip and it’s free.  Recommended for all ages.  It’s difficult to find though; be sure to bring your cell phone with you and give the officers a call when you know you’re close.  Their contact info is on their facebook page.  Here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Philadelphia-Police-K9-Unit/415526591886851

This post is the seventh  in my “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” series.

  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part I, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part II, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part III, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part IV, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part V, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part VI, click HERE.

Posted by Gwen Fredette on April 15th, 2016

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Homeschoolers have the opportunity to attend PA Ballet’s Dress Rehearsal for free! 

To sign up to see a dress rehearsal for free, please use this online registration form: http://paballet.org/pre-registration-form

Here are the show details:

1) WHAT: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

WHEN: Friday, December 11, 2015
TIME: 1pm – 2:30 pm
WHERE: Academy of Music

AGE GROUP: Recommended for grades 1st-8th

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2) WHAT: Strength & Longing

WHEN:Thursday, February, 4 2016
TIME: 1pm – 2:30 pm
WHERE: Merriam Theater

AGE GROUP: Recommended for grades 9th-12th

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3) WHAT: Don Quixote
WHEN: Thursday, March 3, 2016
TIME: 1pm – 2:30 pm
WHERE: Academy of Music

AGE GROUP:  Recommended for all grades

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4) WHAT: A Program of Firsts

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2016
TIME: 1pm – 2:30 pm
WHERE: Academy of Music

AGE GROUP:  Recommended for grades 9th-12th

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Homeschool Science Classes: Elementary

WHAT: Wagner Science Institute’s Homeschool Classes for Ages 5 – 10

WHEN: 

  • Thursday October 8th (Rocks & Minerals)
  • Thursday November 12th (Fossil Find)
  • Thursday December 10th (Insects & Other Arthropods)

TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
WHERE: 1700 West Montgomery Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19121

AGE GROUP:  Recommended for Ages 5 – 10

COST: In the past these lessons were free, but they ask for a donation.

RSVP: Annie Zang at 215-763-6529 or AnnieZ@WagnerFreeInstitute.org

FOR MORE INFO:  Please click here: http://wagnerfreeinstitute.org/syllabi%202015-16/HomeSchoolFall2015.htm

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Homeschool Science Classes: Middle School

WHAT: Wagner Science Institute’s Homeschool Classes for Ages 10 – 14

WHEN: 

  • Friday October 9th (Urban Ecology)
  • Friday November 13th (Evolution)
  • Friday December 11th (Fungi Find)

TIME: 10:00 – 11:30 am
WHERE: 1700 West Montgomery Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19121

AGE GROUP:  Recommended for Ages 10 – 14

COST: In the past these lessons were free, but they ask for a donation.

RSVP: Annie Zang at 215-763-6529 or AnnieZ@WagnerFreeInstitute.org

FOR MORE INFO:  Please click here: http://wagnerfreeinstitute.org/syllabi%202015-16/HomeSchoolFall2015.htm

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Girls Aerospace & Technology Classes

WHAT: Girls Aerospace & Technology Classes

WHEN: Every other Saturday morning from November until April

TIME: 2pm – 4pm
WHERE: American Helicopter Museum 1220 American Boulevard  West Chester, PA 19380

AGE GROUP:  

  • Physics of Flight (Grade 3)
  • Space Exploration (Grade 4)
  • Energy (Grade 5)
  • Chemistry (Grade 6)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Grade 7)
  • NEW! Computer Coding (Grade 8)
  • Robotics (Grades 9-12)

COST: $100 for first girl in a family, $50 for each additional sibling

FOR MORE INFO: Please contact E.zwilling@americanhelicopter.museum or call 610-436-9600 or check out their website: http://www.americanhelicopter.museum/education/watp or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Women-in-Aerospace-Technology-Program-213991445391681/timeline/

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Just thought I’d let everyone know about some additional upcoming drama, science, woodworking, and art classes. Some are especially for homeschoolers! Note:  Some of these theater auditions are just a few days away!  There are also some special events for homeschoolers at Valley Forge and Adventure Aquarium.

ART AND WOODWORKING CLASSES FALL 2015

Philadelphia Woodworks

EVENT:  Homeschool Woodworking Classes

WHEN: 

WHERE: 4901 Umbria St. Philadelphia, PA 19128

COST:  Approx $370

AGES:  Ages 9 – 11

FOR MORE INFO: Check out their website: http://www.philadelphiawoodworks.com/kids/kids_workshops/

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Cheltenham Center for the Arts

EVENT:  Numerous classes to choose from

WHEN:  Times & Dates vary per class

WHERE:  439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA 19012

COST:  Varies per class

AGES:  All ages

FOR MORE INFO: Check out their website: http://www.cheltenhamarts.org/

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Abington Center for the Arts

EVENT:  Numerous classes to choose from

WHEN:  Times & Dates vary per class

WHERE: 515 Meetinghouse Rd, Jenkintown, PA 19046

COST: Approximately $200 for 10 weeks of  class

AGES:  4 – 18

FOR MORE INFO: Check out their website: http://abingtonartcenter.org/children-fall-2015/

HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE

Bartram’s Gardens Science Classes

WHERE:  Bartram’s Gardens

WHAT:  Homeschool Day

COST:  $12 for first student; – (Pre-registration required).

WHEN: September 9th  (Wednesday) Using the Plants We Hate

  • Upcoming classes in following months

TIME:  10am or 1pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Check out their website by clicking here: http://bartramsgarden.org/event/homeschooler-days-using-the-plants-we-hate/ You can also email or call: lgale@bartramsgarden.org or call 215-729-5281 ext. 110.

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Adventure Aquarium Homeschool Weeks

WHAT:  Adventure Aquarium Homeschool Weeks

WHERE: 1 Riverside Drive Camden, NJ 08103

WHEN:

    • August 24 – 28
    • September 28 – October 2
    • October 19 – 23
    • November 16 – 20

COST: $13.50 per person

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site: http://www.adventureaquarium.com/Groups/Group-Visits/Home-School-Groups

HOMESCHOOL HISTORY

Valley Forge Homeschool Days

WHAT:  Valley Forge Homeschool Days

WHERE: 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406

WHEN: Wednesday, October 7th

COST: I believe this program is free!

OTHER:  Pre-Registration required 2 weeks in advance!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site: http://www.nps.gov/vafo/learn/education/classrooms/homeschooldays.htm

KIDS MUSICAL THEATER AUDITIONS; DRAMA CLASSES Fall 2015

  MUSICAL:  OLIVER!

Audition Date:  Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th 2015

Audition Time: 6 – 9:30pm

Ages: 6 to adult

Where: Fox Chase Recreation Center, 7901 Ridgeway Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Cost: $130 (includes T-shirt & DVD)

Show Dates: December 4th, & 5th, 11th, & 12th

Theater Group:  The Actors Group

For More Information: Click on this website: http://www.theactorsgroup.org/auditions/

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 ARDEN KIDS’ CREW — 8 WEEK CLASSES

Theater Classes:  October & November

Grades: K – 5

Where:  62 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Theater Group:  Arden Theatre Company

Cost: $160

For More Information: Click on this website

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 ARDEN TEEN COMPANY — 6 WEEK CLASSES

Theater Classes:  October & November

Grades: 6 – 12

Where:  62 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Theater Group:  Arden Theatre Company

Cost: $120

For More Information: Click on this website

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 WALNUT STREET THEATRE ACTING DIVISIONS

Theater Classes: September through December (10 Sessions)

Ages: 5 – 17

Where: 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Theater Group:  Walnut Street Theatre

Cost:  $200 – 250

Discovery Division:  Variety of classes for beginning Actors Ages 5 – 7  Click here for more information: https://www.walnutstreettheatre.org/education/class.php?division=4

Development Division:  Variety of classes for developing actors ages 8 – 11 Click here for more information: https://www.walnutstreettheatre.org/education/class.php?division=5

Master’s Division: 3 Classes for experienced actors ages 12 – 17  Click here for more information: https://www.walnutstreettheatre.org/education/class.php?division=6

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  MACGUFFIN THEATRE AND FILM COMPANY

Theater Classes:  Late September to Mid November (8 week classes)

Ages: 4 to 18

Where:  2030 Sansom St, 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Theater Group:  MacGuffin Theatre and Film Company

Little Twisters:  Ages 4 to 6

Youth:  Ages 7 to 10

Middlers: Ages 11 to 14

Teen:  Ages 15 to 18

Cost:  Approximately $200

For More Information: Click here: http://www.macguffintf.com/theatre-film-classes-2/

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STORYBOOK MUSICAL THEATRE

Theater Classes:  Late September to Mid November

Ages: 5 to 12

Where:  St. Peter’s Church, 654 N. Easton Rd.  Glenside, PA 19038

Theater Group:  Storybook Musical Theatre

Cost: $153

For More Information: Click on this website: http://storybookmusical.org/classes.html

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For more upcoming homeschool classes and events check out my “Upcoming Events” page by clicking here: https://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/

Posted by Gwen Fredette on September 2nd, 2015

 

 

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Just thought I’d let homeschoolers know of some great upcoming homeschool classes and other programs!  I’ve listed them in chronological order.  Would you like to add your homeschool program/class/event to this site?  Please send me an email: gwen.silverliningpress@juno.com.

Anytime

Homeschool Computer Classes

WHAT:  Free Homeschool Computer Classes:

WHERE: Webucator (online) is offering their computer classes free of charge to homeschoolers!  This includes courses on web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), Photoshop, Dreamweaver and many others.

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

TO REGISTER:  Please do the following:

September 2015

Sight & Sound Theaters Huge Discount for Homeschoolers!

WHAT:  Sight & Sound Theaters

WHERE: Lancaster, PA (300 Hartman Bridge Road – Ronks, PA 17572)

WHEN: August 25th – October 2nd (weekends excluded)

COST: Adults $25; Children (ages 3 – 12) $10  (That’s approximately halfprice!)

FOR MORE INFO:  Book online using code LC15SC or call 800-377-1277. Based on availability.  Website: https://www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/home.do

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Science Academy Homeschool Classes

WHAT:  Science Academy Homeschool Classes:

  • Physical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Science Skills Workshop

WHERE:   Newtown Square, PA

WHEN:  Courses begin early September.

COST:  $30 – $550 depending on course (some courses meet weekly all year long)

TIME:  Times vary depending on course chosen

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Check out their website by clicking here: http://academy.science-resources.org/2015SACourses.htm  Or contact their course instructors.  Their email address is: news@science-resources.org

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Homeschool Classes

EVENT: Classes vary per age group

WHEN: First Wednesday of every month

WHERE: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway  Philadelphia, PA 19130

TIME: 10am to 12 pm

COST: $11 per class non-members; $9 per class members

AGES:  Specific class for each age group

FOR MORE INFO: Please click on this site: http://www.philamuseum.org/education/32-606-507.html?page=5

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Homeschool Workshops Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

EVENT: Homeschool Workshop  (45 min. tour & 45 min.art lesson)

WHEN:  First Friday of Every month

WHERE: 128 N. Broad St.,  Philadelphia, PA 19102

TIME: 1 pm – 2:30pm

COST: $10 for non-members; members are free

AGES:  All ages

FOR MORE INFO: Please click on this site: https://www.pafa.org/homeschool

There are also free afterschool programs for students in grades 9 – 12.  Click here for more information: https://www.pafa.org/teen-pre-college-programs/after-school-studio-arts-program-high-school-students

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Landry Academy Homeschool Classes

WHERE:   Just south of Philadelphia

WHAT:  Welding  or Blacksmithing Intensive

COST:  $277

WHEN:

  • September 11th & 12 (Welding)
  • September 14th & 15th (Blacksmithing)

TIME:  9 to 5pm for 2 days

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Check out their website by clicking here: http://landryacademy.com/live-classes/course-catalog/  Scroll down the side bar and click on “Philadelphia” on the city tab.  Then click “submit” and you will see a list of classes in Philly.

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Potter School Homeschool Classes 

WHAT:  The Potter School.  If you are looking for science, math, and other courses for junior high and high school students, the Potter School is a great resource.  They offer a variety of online classes.  You can check out their website by clicking here: http://www.pottersschool.org/courses-and-enrollment

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Discount Admission to Please Touch Museum

WHERE:  Please Touch Museum

WHAT:  Target First Wednesday

COST:  $2 ADMISSION!

WHEN:  September 2nd (Wednesday)

TIME:  4pm to 7pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  please click on their calendar on the “First Wednesdays” events http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/visit/upcoming-events/events-calendar-2/

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Free Homeschool Programming Class

WHAT: Basics of Web Programming Class

WHERE:  Online

WHEN:  Begins Monday, September 7th; 14 Lesson Course

COST:  Free!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site: http://www.forthuntparent.com/academy/HTMLFrontPage.cfm?from=PhillyHS&CFID=242932&CFTOKEN=a232b12aec47f8a6-3F7D83D0-AB9E-A15D-99D5E9112484744E&jsessionid=252EC05B87D5FEF9924126B69BF90C19.cfusion

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Cairn University’s “Kidsport” Homeschool Gym Classes 

WHAT: “KIDSPORT” Fall  2015 Physical education program for homeschoolers

WHERE: Cairn University Homeschool Physical Education Program (formerly called Philadelphia Biblical University) 200 Manor Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

WHEN:  Tuesdays – Sept. 15th, 22nd, 29th, Oct. 6th, 20th, & 27th

TIME:  1:30 – 3:00pm

AGES: 5 – 17   Grades K – 12

COST:  $30.00 per student;  $70.00 max per family

NOTE:  This year enrollment is limited to the first 100 students who register!

NEW! NOW REGISTER ONLINE & Prepay: Click HERE

FOR MORE INFO:  Email kidsport@cairn.edu or call 215.702.4283

NOTE:

  • Ages 5-7 Kidsport kids explore how and where the body moves. Students participate in manipulative activities using bats and balls, jump ropes and jump boxes, hoops and scooters, gator balls, parachutes, and games galore!
  • Ages 8-17 Kidsport kids learn to lead healthy, active lives. Students take part in fantastic fitness activities, team-building challenges, tennis, volleyball, flag football, soccer, rapid relays, speedstacks, juggling, softball, capture the flag, gymnastics, aerobics, and much more!

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Free Admission to Franklin Institute

WHERE:  Franklin Institute

WHAT:  Target Community Night

COST:   FREE ADMISSION!!!

WHEN: September 16th (Wednesday)

TIME:  5pm to 8pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  click on this website: http://www2.fi.edu/visitor-guide/events/community-events.php

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National Constitution Center (Free Admission)

WHAT:  Constitution Day (FREE Admission!)

WHERE:  National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106

WHEN:  Thursday, September 17th, 2015

COST:  Free!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site: http://constitutioncenter.org/constitution-day/at-the-center

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Homeschool Festival, 18th Century Plantation

WHAT:  Homeschool Festival

WHERE:  Graeme Park, 859 County Line Rd, Horsham, PA

WHEN: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015    10am – 2pm

COST:  $6 per person

FOR MORE INFO:  Click here to check out their website: http://www.graemepark.org/event/homeschool-day/

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October 2015

Free Homeschool Programming Class

WHAT: Basics of Web Programming Class

WHERE:  Online

WHEN:  Begins Monday, October 5th; 14 Lesson Course

COST:  Free!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site: http://www.forthuntparent.com/academy/HTMLFrontPage.cfm?from=PhillyHS&CFID=242932&CFTOKEN=a232b12aec47f8a6-3F7D83D0-AB9E-A15D-99D5E9112484744E&jsessionid=252EC05B87D5FEF9924126B69BF90C19.cfusion

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Discount Admission to Please Touch Museum

WHERE:  Please Touch Museum

WHAT:  Target First Wednesday

COST:  $2 ADMISSION!

WHEN: October 7th (Wednesday)

TIME:  4pm to 7pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  please click on their calendar on the “First Wednesdays” events http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/visit/upcoming-events/events-calendar-2/

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Landry Academy Homeschool Classes

WHERE:   Just south of Philadelphia

WHAT:  Biology Lab Intensive (Complete 1 year of science labs in 2 days) or Blacksmithing or Hairstyling Intensive

COST:  $277

WHEN:

  • October 9th & 10th (Hairstyling)
  • April 28th & 29th 2016 (Blacksmithing)
  • May 13th & 14th (2016) (Biology)

TIME:  9 to 5pm for 2 days

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Check out their website by clicking here: http://landryacademy.com/live-classes/course-catalog/  Scroll down the side bar and click on “Philadelphia” on the city tab.  Then click “submit” and you will see a list of classes in Philly.

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Free Admission to Franklin Institute

WHERE:  Franklin Institute

WHAT:  Target Community Night

COST:   FREE ADMISSION!!!

WHEN: October 28th (Wednesday)

TIME:  5pm to 8pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  click on this website: http://www2.fi.edu/visitor-guide/events/community-events.php

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November 2015

Discount Admission to Please Touch Museum

WHERE:  Please Touch Museum

WHAT:  Target First Wednesday

COST:  $2 ADMISSION!

WHEN: November 4th (Wednesday)

TIME:  4pm to 7pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  please click on their calendar on the “First Wednesdays” events http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/visit/upcoming-events/events-calendar-2/

 

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Free Admission to Franklin Institute

WHERE:  Franklin Institute

WHAT:  Target Community Night

COST:   FREE ADMISSION!!!

WHEN: November 18th (Wednesday)

TIME:  5pm to 8pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  click on this website: http://www2.fi.edu/visitor-guide/events/community-events.php

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Posted by Gwen Fredette on August 2oth, 2015

 

 

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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:

HOMESCHOOL FREEBIE SITES:

ART:

  • 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQOQucZQiqs&feature=relmfu  (teaches students how to draw faces), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfQzHDcvSBQ (how to paint a tree in acrylics), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkZfzz_z6NY (how to paint a mountain scene), and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rriZ2WssTCI (how to paint an evergreen tree).  There are so many free online classes to choose from!

MUSIC:

  • 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: http://www.classicsforkids.com/   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: http://www.makingmusicfun.net/  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.

SPELLING:

  • Grades K – 8: http://www.bigiqkids.com/SpellingVocabulary/Lessons/wordlistVocabularyEighthGrade.shtml  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: http://www.aaaspell.com/grade1.htm  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.

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY:

SCIENCE:

MATH:

LITERATURE:

  • Grades 4 – 12: http://www.nt.net/~torino/novels3.html  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.

CREATIVE WRITING:

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING:

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TYPING: http://www.freetypinggame.net/  This site has free typing games and free typing lessons.  The games help your child build speed and accuracy.

PRE K – KINDERGARTEN:

Hope these tips/sites are helpful to you!

Posted by Gwen Fredette on August 10, 2015.

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Fantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas Here’s a list of some more fabulous places to take your homeschool group, class, or family for a field trip!

1.  Johnson House:  Make a visit to a stop from the Underground Railroad.  This is a great history field trip for students of all ages.  It is located in historic Germantown, Philadelphia.   Approx. $5 per student.  For more information, see their website: http://www.johnsonhouse.org/

2.  Phillies Baseball Stadium Tour:  This field trip at Citizen’s Bank Park is a great one for the history of Phillies baseball.  Tourists get to see many parts of the stadium that are normally off limits to the general public. $5 per student; $8 per adult.  For more information, see their website:   http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/ballpark/tours/index.jsp   

3.  LaSalle University Art Museum Class & Tour:  Students who attend this class get a great lesson on art history.  Best of all, it’s free!  Recommended for students of all ages.  For more information, see their website:  http://www.lasalle.edu/museum/index.php?section=lesson_descrips

4.  Next Fab Tour (Digital 3 – D Printing): This field trip is an excellent one for students interested in the latest forms of computer art technology.  It’s free to attend but small groups are necessary and the information is best understood by junior high and high school students.  For more information, see their website:  Philadelphia’s Gym for Innovators | NextFab http://www.nextfab.com/

5.  NASTAR Aerospace Education Classes: This was my favorite field trip this year.  Students learn how pilots and astronauts train to fly in high altitudes and zero gravity.  It’s free and it’s recommended for kids in junior high and high school.  The facility is located just outside of Philly in Southampton, PA.  For more information, see their website:  Field Trips and Scout Programs | NASTAR Center  www.nastarcenter.com

6.  Wild Life Refuge Tour:   Yes, believe it or not, there is a wild life refuge here in Philly.  The classes are free and recommended for kids in grades K – 8.  For more information, see their website:  Field Trips – John Heinz at Tinicum – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  www.fws.gov

7.  Italian Market History & Tastings Tour:  Kids learn about the Italian immigrants to Philly and how they’ve impacted our city.  This is a wonderful history lesson!  Kids also get to sample great foods.  Recommended for kids in grades K – 8.  For more information, see their website:  South 9th Street Italian Market – Philadelphia, PA  italianmarketphilly.org

8.  Eastern State Penitentiary:  Students learn about this historic prison located here in Philly which was once the most famous and expensive in the world.  They also learn how prisons have changed over the past century and the escape attempts by past inmates.  I highly recommend this trip for students in junior high and above.  For more information, see their website: http://www.easternstate.org/

This post is the sixth in my “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” series.

  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part I, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part II, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part III, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part IV, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part V, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part VII, click HERE.

Posted by Gwen Fredette on May 7th, 2015

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