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Annual Homeschool Days

Valley Forge Homeschool Days

WHAT:  Valley Forge Homeschool Days

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

WHEN: a day in the Fall and Spring

TIME: 9, 1130, or 230

COST: FREE!!

OTHER:  Pre-Registration required 2 weeks in advance!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site.

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Adventure Aquarium Homeschool Weeks

WHAT:  Adventure Aquarium Homeschool Weeks

WHERE: 1 Riverside Drive Camden, NJ 08103

WHEN: usually a week in each month!

COST: $13.50 per person

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site.

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National Constitution Center (Free Admission)

WHAT:  Constitution Day (FREE Admission!)

WHERE:  National Constitution Center525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106

WHEN:  Observed on a day near September 17th

COST:  Free!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site.

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Homeschool Festival/Day, 18th Century Plantation

WHAT:  Homeschool Festival

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

WHEN: September 10am – 2pm

COST:  $6 per person

FOR MORE INFO:  Click here to check out their website.

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Smithsonian Day/ Museum Day Live

WHAT:  The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.

WHERE:  multiple museums around the country; 5-10 in or near Philly!

WHEN: September

COST: FREE!!

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE

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American Helicopter and Museum & Education Center

WHAT:  Combining demonstrations and hands-on experiments with educational activities in the Museum’s gallery of helicopters makes for an exciting and memorable visit. We also encourage setting aside “free time” so that visitors can explore the aircraft, climb in the cockpits and try their hands at the controls. Pre-visit materials are available for many of the programs to help prepare students for their visit and promote a more enjoyable experience. The Museum’s programs support the Pennsylvania Education Standards for Science and Technology, History and Arts and Humanities.

WHERE:  American Helicopter Museum 1220 American Boulevard West Chester, PA 19380

WHEN: October

FOR MORE INFO: visit American Helicopter Museum

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Glencairn Museum Homeschool Days

WHAT:  Christmas Time: Come enjoy exclusive access to this season’s exhibitions, World Nativities and Christmas in Pennsylvania. Participate in exhibition-based quests and win a prize, learn more about the art and history of the crèche through a special documentary viewing, engage in festive hands-on activities, and more!
Glassblowing: Come enjoy a live glassblowing demonstration by master craftsman Jason Klein of Historical Glassworks.

WHERE:  Glencairn Museum 1001 Cathedral Road  Bryn Athyn, PA 19009

WHEN: December; April for glassblowing demonstrations

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

FOR MORE INFO: Visit HERE. Or contact Christine McDonald at 267.502.2995 or christine.mcdonald@glencairnmuseum.org for more information.

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Pennsbury Manor

WHAT:  Experience Hannah Penn’s world on Homeschool day this year! Activities for Homeschool families of all ages will explore how this extraordinary woman significantly impacted her family, Pennsbury Manor, and the colony of Pennsylvania.

WHERE:  Pennsbury Manor 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road  Morrisville, PA 19067

WHEN: April

COST: Cost is $9 per person ages 4+, one (1) Adult free per family. Registration is required.

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE Please contact Pennsbury Manor’s Educators at 215-946-0400 for program details.

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Newlin Grist Mill

WHAT:  Archaeology Festival: Join us for a day of archaeology fun and discover the rich archaeological heritage that lies beneath our feet! This annual event is held in partnership with the Delaware County Planning Department.

WHERE:   219 South Cheyney Road   l  Glen Mills, PA 19342

WHEN: September

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE

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a little further of a drive but worth it!

Colonial Williamsburg 

WHAT:  During Homeschool Days, students and their families can enjoy hands-on activities and revolutionary experiences designed to make colonial dramas come to life in a way that is educational and interactive. Plus, visits can be tailored to make your trip unforgettable with on-site lodging, 18th-century tavern dining, entertainment, and much more! Inspire the next generation of dreamers with a Colonial Williamsburg experience.

Create your own itinerary anytime throughout the year, or join in on one of our special homeschooler weekends. Make sure to ask for homeschool discounts if you do not go during one of the weeks.

WHERE:  Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center  101 Visitor Center Drive  Williamsburg, VA 23185

WHEN: September and February

AGES: 2 and up must have a ticket; grandparents can get the homeschool discount!

COST: Highly Recommended to go during these weeks!! Super Discount! Multi-day ($20 adult; $13.50 youth) and Single-day ($10 adults; $8 youth) tickets available. Discount hotel rooms also available thru their site.

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE

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Jamestown and Yorktown Settlements Homeschool Program Days

WHAT: *Admission to Jamestown Settlement throughout Homeschool Program Days, including the introductory film 1607: A Nation Takes Root, permanent exhibition galleries, including “Pocahontas Imagined” special exhibition, replica 1607 ships, re-created Powhatan Indian village, and 1610-1614 colonial fort, and more.
*Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown throughout Homeschool Program Days, including Revolution-themed films,  permanent exhibition galleries and “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” special exhibition, re-created Continental Army encampment and 18th-century Revolution-era farm, along with classroom and special activities.

WHERE: Jamestown Settlement  2110 Jamestown Road, Route 31 S., Williamsburg, 23185
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown  200 Water Street, Route 1020, Yorktown, 23690

WHEN: Same dates as Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days in September

COST: $12, ages 3 and under are FREE; if not available during Homeschool Days make sure to ask for Homeschool daily rates!

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE

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Not too far of a drive! Near Lancaster:

Refreshing Mountain Homeschool Days

WHAT: Our Home School Days provide a variety of outdoor adventures and activities designed to provide fun and educational experiences for your students. Activities can include: Giant Ladder, Sling Shots, Nature Science Programs, GPS Nature Hunt, Giant Swing, Field Games & Ziplines

WHERE: REFRESHING MOUNTAIN   455 CAMP RD STEVENS, PA   17578

TIME: 10 am- 3:30 pm

WHEN: 2 days in October

AGES: 1st-12th grades

COST: $20 per student/ $60 family cap; sleep over the night before available

FOR MORE INFO: Click Here

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Lancaster Science Factory

WHAT: To innovatively introduce or reinforce mathematical and scientific concepts to students who are 6-13 years old. Students will listen to brief instruction, be engaged in group and individual activities geared towards meaningful application, create various hands-on manipulative pieces that they will be able to take home, and may complete occasional assessments and homework assignments.

WHERE: Lancaster Science Factory  454 New Holland Ave Lancaster, PA 17602

WHEN: various times during the year

TIME: 9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm

AGES: 6-13

COST: $15 per student

FOR MORE INFO: Click Here

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Black Rock Retreat Homeschool Programs

WHAT: Homeschool Outdoor Education Days are an exciting opportunity for students 6 to 17 to explore God’s creation through hands-on, experiential learning in the outdoors.
Each day typically includes:

  • Two Creation Exploration sessions
  • Morning devotion
  • Take-home manual for each student
  • Lots of fun learning about God in the outdoors!

WHEN: 9 am-3:30 pm

COST: $22 per day

WHAT: Looking for a solution to cabin fever over the winter season? Winter Dayz will be held every Tuesday & Wednesday mid-January through mid-February. Program times are 1-3 pm and are designed for ages 4 and up. Stories, crafts, games to get up and moving and a snack are provided during the 4-7 year olds time.

Ages 8 and up: Each day will include an hour of gym/team sports time and an hour of craft or project time. Students will be divided into groups based on age so that they are playing sports with those of similar age and ability.

FOR MORE INFO: Click for Outdoor Education Programs and here for Winter Dayz

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Cherry Crest Farm Homeschool Days

WHAT:  Homeschool families are invited to join us for our Homeschool Days!
Come and enjoy the farm’s educational opportunities including butter making demonstrations, Farm Tour Wagon ride and problem solving in the maze.

WHERE:  Cherry Crest Adventure Farm  150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572

WHEN: September

COST: $12 per person, 2 and under are FREE!! PLEASE ONLY immediate family members

FOR MORE INFO:  visit Cherry Crest Farm

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Hershey Chocolate Museum

WHAT:  Bring your kids to The Hershey Story and discover all things Hershey — the man, his business, the town, and the chocolate — in an active, hands-on way! Our unique programs reach far beyond history to include economics, geography, science, math and reading.

WHERE:  The Hershey Story 63 West Chocolate Ave. Hershey, PA 17033

WHEN: October

AGES: Recommended for ages 4 and up. Children 2 and under are free.

COST: $10 per person

FOR MORE INFO: Visit HERE or If you have any questions, please contact Kim at kaday@hersheystory.org or 717-520-5588

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*Some other further away destinations offer homeschool days. If you are traveling, don’t forget to look into calendars or ask for a discount for homeschooling. Many places will honor discounts for other days!

Monticello: in Virginia. Home Educator’s Day! held the 4th Wednesday every September.
For more information: Click HERE

George Washington’s Mt. Vernon: in Virginia. Click Here

Creation Studies Institute: in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Click HERE for more information.

Dollywood: in Tennessee. Click HERE for more information.

Stone Mountain Park: in Georgia. CLick HERE for more information.

Wilderness at the Smokies: at the foot of the Smokie Mountains, TN. Click HERE for more information.

THE HOME SCHOOL MOM has an extensive list of Washington D.C. sites. Not specifically homeschool day related, but a long list!

Here’s The Frugal Homeschooling Mom guide to D.C. for homeschoolers.

If you are traveling to Virginia, here is a list of Educational Events at A Guide to Virginia Field Trips

 

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Do you know of some other annual homeschool days that you would share with us? Comment below and let us know your experience!

 

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Interested in College or Government?

College Rep. Visits

Phil-Mont Christian Academy has invited all interested homeschoolers to come out to their campus during College Rep. Visit. This is an opportunity for prospective students to get a “picture” of a college that they may be considering attending in the future and to speak with a live representative. From 11 am-12 pm on select days, check out the colleges table at Phil-Mont. Click HERE to see the College Rep. Schedule.

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TeenPact Leadership Schools

WHAT: TeenPact is a dynamic, hands-on leadership school for Christian students. Our mission is to inspire youth in their relationship with Christ and train them to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith, and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things.

For students ages 13-19, we have a nationally acclaimed Four Day Class followed by an optional Political Communication Workshop. The entire week is hands on, dynamic and focused on stretching students out of their comfort zones. The students who complete the Four Day Class are now eligible for our national Alumni Events.

For students ages 8-12, we have a fantastic One Day Class where parents and students experience a fast-paced introduction to state politics and the principles of citizenship.

WHEN: Pennsylvania’s TeenPact is scheduled for April 30-May 3 and May 4th, 2018. Most states have their own school and can be attending by “out of stater” students.

WHERE: State Capitol Building    Harrisburg, PA

COST: 4 Day Class (ages 13-19): $260 for first time students; one day class (8-12 year olds) $40 for first child and $35 for siblings.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE for PA information; HERE for general info.

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The Student Diplomat Program
Jr. Model United Nations

WHAT: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia offers a five-month journey introducing middle school students from around the Greater Philadelphia area to the world of international relations and cultural diplomacy. With an emphasis on developing students’ research, writing and communication skills, The Student Diplomat Program meets a growing demand for international affairs curricula in area middle schools.

Delegates participating in the 2018 Jr. Model United Nations Program will focus on one of the two following committee topics: (1) Ending Food Insecurity and (2) Protecting Women and Girls’ Access to Education.

As participants in the program, students will: (1) explore the mission, structure and function of the United Nations; (2) learn how to write, amend and defend a policy resolution; (3) apply their research and critical thinking skills to specific global issues; (4) understand the role of diplomacy and deliberation in international affairs; and (5) develop skills in conflict resolution, problem solving and cross-cultural communication.

WHEN: Cultural Diplomacy Conference: Jan. 4, 5, & 9, 2018; Jr. Model UN Prep Conference March 7 & 8; Jr. Model UN Final Conference May 16 & 17, 2018.
Registration deadline is November 17th.

WHERE: Conferences are held at UPenn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Temple University

COST: $40 per student (includes all 3 events)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE. Click on the side bar for schedule and more information.

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Global Education for High School Students

Click HERE for a list of activities and programs available to high schoolers offered by World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

 

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Mainly October Events

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Philly Fall Nature Fest

WHAT: Celebrate Fall & National Wildlife Refuge Week with us! Over 20 partners participating! Live animals, fishing, archery, kayaking, guided tours and crafts! 

WHEN:  October 14

TIME: 9 am- 3 pm

WHERE: John Heinz Refuge at Tinicum   8601 Lindbergh Blvd   Phila. 19153

COST: FREE!!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click this flier link:  Philly Fall Nature Fest Flyer 2017

 

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Lower Southampton Township Fire Prevention Expo.

Hosted by Feasterville Fire Company

WHAT: Need something to count for your Fire Safety Requirements? Check out this annual event! Fire Demos, Fire Prevention Awareness & Education, Moonbounce, Music, Food & Fun Activiites for the kids.

WHEN:  October 14

TIME: 9 am- 3 pm

WHERE: 105 E Street Rd, Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053-6048

COST: FREE!!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click this Facebook Page

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More Fire Safety

What do you do to meet your fire safety requirements? I’d be interested in learning about what others do. Would you comment and share with us all?

Here are some other websites that have fire safety information:

http://www.sparky.org/parentpage/fpwkids.htm

http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/teaching-fpw

http://www.firesafetycouncil.com/resources-for-public-educators/teens/

https://www.tdi.texas.gov/pubs/sfmocurriculum.html

Ask Pauline

A full listing of different sites from The Homeschool Mom

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Legacy Youth Tennis and Education 

WHAT: Homeschool Tennis Classes
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

  • Fall term – October 6 to December 22 (11 weeks)
  • Spring 1 term – January 19 to March 30 (11 weeks)
  • Spring 2 term – April 20 to June 22 (10 weeks)

TIME: Beginner class 10-11 am; Intermediate class 11 am-12 pm; The one hour clinic contains warm-up, fitness, drills, and skills for matches.

AGES: 
4-18 years old

COST: $120 for 12 classes, sibling discount available

FOR MORE INFORMATION: click here Legacy Homeschool Clinic
or HERE for registration form

 

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The Hershey Story Homeschool Day 

WHAT: Bring your kids to The Hershey Story and discover all things Hershey — the man, his business, the town, and the chocolate — in an active, hands-on way! Our unique programs reach far beyond history to include economics, geography, science, math and reading.

Take a step back in time! Experience what it was like to be a factory worker at The Hershey Company from 1905-1925. The interactive components in this exhibit will allow students to “try” different jobs at the chocolate factory. Activities will also include a scavenger hunt throughout the museum and a trip to the Chocolate Lab to learn about cacao beans from around the world and make a delicious candy bar.

WHEN: Wednesday October 18, 2017

TIME: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

AGES: Recommended for ages 4 and up. Children 2 and under are free.

COST: $10 per person; tickets available hereDeadline is Tuesday October 17, 2017 at noon. You must arrive by noon to receive your timed ticket(s) to the Chocolate Lab and scavenger hunt.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim at kaday@hersheystory.org or 717-520-5588. 

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Homeschool Tumbling at
Newtown Athletic Club Rockstarz Gym 

WHAT: Homeschooling Tumbling for Beginners and Advanced levels. The Rockstarz gym is in the “NAC Sports Training Center”. The NAC Sports Training Center is a giant facility fully equipped with spring floor, tumble trac, foam pit and large trampoline to work on. There are comfy chairs where parents can see the entire gym, take photos, talk or tend to younger siblings during practice. Air conditioned and heated for hot or cold days.
The plan is to create ongoing weekly practices tailored to the homeschooling community through the Fall and Winter on Mondays and Fridays for now.

WHEN: Mondays and Fridays

TIME: drop in at 12:30 to 2:30

WHERE: Newtown Athetic Club 120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA  18940  enter long building behind pool, not main building

WHO: all levels from ages 5-teens; an area is set up for babies and tiny siblings to play with mom for FREE!

COST: $10 first child, $5 per sibling

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out the Facebook Page. Please click interested or going to give us a heads up for how many coaches we need. You will also get notified for updates or cancellations.

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Nature Discovery Day for
Homeschool & Cyberschool Students

WHAT: Nature hikes, bird identification, crayfish investigation & science journaling. Students will explore and learn about the refuge through hands-on, inquiry-based science lessons.  

WHEN:  November 9th

TIME: 9 am-1 pm

WHERE: John Heinz Refuge at Tinicum   8601 Lindbergh Blvd   Phila. 19153

WHO: upper elementary students, but all are welcome

COST: FREE!!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click on this flier link:  Nature Discovery Day;
To register email Kelly Quain by Oct 31st   kelly_quain@fws.gov
You can also email her to be added to the homeschool email list for future events!

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Little Mermaid Matinee

Click HERE (google doc) to register for this
FREE!!!! Dress Rehearsal open to Homeschoolers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For the Teens (and Tweens)

Teen Togethers

Who?  Homeschoolers (and Cyber-ers) aged 13 & above (okay, the younger siblings are welcome, too!)

What?  Disc golf (throwing those unpredictable frisbees around a course…you must bring your own discs or frisbees)

Where?  This time at: Tyler State Park, Newtown, PA (park in Upper Plantation lot…Click HERE for the Tyler State Park map)

When?  Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 2:30 pm & beyond

Bring?  Discs and/or frisbees (you need one for each person) and the normal park items like water, snack, bug spray, good walking shoes

More info and RSVP?  Contact April at ummadam3@gmail.com
(plans are to make this a regular teen get-together on the 2nd Thursday afternoon of each month…activities will mostly be park gatherings when weather permits and indoor activities such as board games, movie day, events in the area, etc. to be planned with some feedback from our youth)

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T-VOCE (Teen Voice of the City Ensemble)

What? Art Sanctuary, Opera Philadelphia, Play On, Philly!, and Singing City are thrilled to announce that Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE) is back for another exciting season!  It’s FREE to participate and there are NO auditions! Registration is underway.  Last year we had an amazing group of young people who became a community through T-VOCE; we can’t wait to bring everyone together again.

 

Who?  Open to anyone ages 13-19

Where?  Friends Center 1501 Cherry Street in Center City Philadelphia

When?  Rehearsals start on October 14th and will be every Saturday from October through May

Time? 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Cost? FREE to participate!!!! Subway tokens will be available again this year and will be distributed at the first rehearsal.

 

More info and RSVP? Click HERE; Students can register online HERE

 

 

 

 

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A Smattering of things….

deptford h.s. skate2

Located at Deptford Skating Center  510 Deptford Ave.   Westville, NJ 08093
For more information: click HERE and scroll down for the flier

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Tyler Arboretum Homeschool Days

WHAT: Visit the Arboretum for hands-on learning in an outdoor setting. Connect with other homeschool families in this program exclusively for you. Admission to the Arboretum is included; stay for just the program or for the entire day! Each program is aligned to PA state educational standards.

WHEN: 3rd Tuesday of each month

TIME: 10 – 11:30 am

WHERE: Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063

WHO: This program is best suited for ages 5-12, but is open to all ages.

COST: $10 members, $15 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Tutoring Services and a High School Logic Class

Somers Tutoring Services : Specializing in Classical Education

  • 30+ years of teaching and tutoring by certified teachers.
  • Education: BA Philosophy and History and a BS in Information Technology from UMASS, Masters in Teaching, and additional advanced graduate work in Philosophy. BA in Classics and history from Amherst College and a Masters of Education.
  • We are a father and mother of eight, classically homeschooling our own children.

We are here to help…

  • Do you need help teaching your child a difficult concept or subject?
  • Do you simply need a tutor for an older child while you work more with younger children?

We provide tutoring in…

  • Writing
  • English/Literature
  • Language Arts
  • Logic
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Natural Science/Biology
  • Study Skills
  • American/World History
  • Latin
  • Test Prep

*Bonus*!!!!!!!!!!!   This fall, we are offering a Logic course that is open to students 7th to 12th grade, taught by a seasoned classical educator who has both a BA and an MA in philosophy.

  • Registration for this class is NOW OPEN!

CALL John & Megan Somers at 610-291-2930 or EMAIL US at megansomers@gmail.com.  We offer in person tutoring.  Also, ask us about our online tutoring option and our other flexible options.

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A Great Pass for Downtown! 


WHAT:
 Start Exploring with Philadelphia’s Historic District Pass. The Pass is perfect
for first-time visitors and families with kids. It includes one-time admission to the
National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church Burial Ground; and two all-day Philly PHLASH passes.

COST: $18 for adults, $13 for youth (ages 4-12).

WHAT: New for 2017, Philadelphia’s Historic District: Museum Pass offers visitors “more to explore.” Perfect for return visitors and older kids, it includes one-time admission to
the African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Museum of American Jewish
History, and Philadelphia History Museum.

COST: $23 for adults, $17 for youth (ages 13-17).

Both Passes are available exclusively at the Independence Visitor Center.

Click HERE for more information.

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SAT PREP

WHAT: Is your student planning to take the SAT? Join PEPPER for SAT Prep Classes. Taught by an experienced SAT Tutor, this course will help prepare qualified upper level students for the verbal and mathematics sections of the SAT and the optional essay. Students will use Barron’s NEW SAT and should have completed both Algebra 1 and Geometry.

WHERE: Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA

WHEN: Wednesdays, 24 week course, beginning October 4th

TIME: 1:30-2:30 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Anne Hawthorn at anne@drhweb.net

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KIDSONG!!

WHAT: A wonderful 4 week opportunity for children to develop music skills such as listening, singing, moving and creating. Children will be instructed by Cairn Music Education Majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn World, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University.

WHERE: Cairn University 200 Manor Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047    Room MU 108 in the music building

WHEN: Tuesdays

TIME: 3:30-4:15 pm

WHO: 1st-4th grade- Oct. 3- Oct. 31 (no class Oct 17, Fall Break)

4th-8th grade- Nov. 14-Dec. 5

COST: $10 registration fee per child

FOR MORE INFORMATION: email Dr. Wolf at dwolf@cairn.edu or call (215)702-4323

 

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Reading Awards & Writing Contests

Pizza Hut’s “BOOK IT!”

Pizza Hut’s “BOOK IT!” Program has opened up enrollment.
Here’s how the program works:

  1. The homeschool teacher sets reading goals for each of her students.
  2. Each month that a child completes a reading goal he/she receives a coupon for 1 free personal pan pizza.
  3. The program runs for 6 months – from October until March.
  4. Any child in grades K – 6 (ages 5-12) is able to participate.
  5. This program is FREE to all homeschooling families.

To find out more about this program please click HERE

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Amazing Women’s Edition

writing contest

WHAT: Write a 20-30 page book with the theme Local Heroines. “In furtherance of honoring the vast contributions of women, we are hosting the Amazing Women’s Edition book writing contest. Get to know an extraordinary woman in your community and tell us HER story.” Sophia Hansen Founder, Amazing Women’s Edition
WHEN: must be submitted by January 8, 2018
WHO: grades K-8

Sponsored by: National Youth Foundation

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

 

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Amazing Kids! Adventure Contest

WHAT: Fall is the perfect time to reflect on any summer trips and record lasting memories. For our contest, we want you to write a story starting with the line “I opened the book, and out slipped a photograph.” We are looking for creative and fresh stories in which characters embark on adventures that shape their perspectives. Submit a story of up to 2000 words on the above theme.
WHEN: deadline extended till oct 1st
WHO: ages 7 – 18. ages split into the following categories: 7 – 9, 10 – 11, 12 – 14, and 15 – 18.

Sponsored by: Amazing Kids! Magazine

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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WHAT: Submit an essay of up to 700 words using the corresponding theme for your age group. All contest profits go to our charitable arm, the Home School Foundation, which uses them to provide low-income homeschooling families with access to educational and legal resources to help them continue homeschooling.
WHEN: accepting submission September 1st-November 1st
WHO: separated into 3 categories: ages 7-10, 11-14, 15-19 year olds
COST: $15 non-HSLDA members, $10 for members; cash prizes are awarded

Sponsored by: HSLDA

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Click HERE; to look up themes, click HERE

Don’t forget to check out their main page that lists all 4 of their contests offered quarterly!

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 1st Annual Young Writers & Illustrators Contest  

WHAT: Submit one original, short story that is no more than 32 pages.
WHEN: September 17- October 22
WHO: 3rd, 4th, 5th graders – 4 winners from each grade level will be selected

Sponsored by: Nahjee Grant

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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The Betty Award  

WHAT: In honor of my mother, Betty, who taught all 6 of her children to love reading and writing at an early age. Submit a story of up to 1000 words in length.
WHEN:  Entry deadline if October 7
WHO: ages 7-12
COST: $15 per entry fee; cash prizes are awarded

Sponsored by: The Betty Award

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Write Early! Write Often! Write Well!  

WHAT: Entries can be fact, fiction, prose, or poetry.  Parents must verify that participant completed all the steps of the writing process. FREE printable to help with this. Dictated stories are encouraged and accepted! All entries must include an ORIGINAL photo of the cover page that includes the title of the story, artwork (hand drawings by the author). Submit as many entries as you wish!
WHEN:  The contest begins January 1, 2017 and ends December 31, 2017. At the end of each month a random drawing will be held and a winner will be announced. The winner from the monthly drawing will be eligible for the end of the year drawing. Winner will be announced January 2018.
WHO: grades K-6 or ages 5-13 each age group has different word count qualifications

Sponsored by: Author Brock Eastman

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Dandelion MICRO FICTION Contest

Overbooked contestWHAT: Welcome to Dandelion’s third Micro-Fiction contest!  Open to writers of all ages and inclinations!  This one’s inspired by Overbooked, see illustration below.  Where does a busload, no, a veritable magical mystery tour of overflowing books take you?   Such a magnificent volume of volumes to be considered, one small girl must have help!  Or must she?   Is there an adventure in the offing?  Ah, the places you’ll go….

Submit a story of up to 1000 words regarding the related photo

WHEN:  submit by September 30; every month a different photo is posted awaiting a story, so check frequently on their website!
WHO: all ages; separated into Young Writer (18 and under) and Adult

Sponsored by: Artist Lori Preusch

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Creative Communication

WHAT: Submit a poem no longer than 21 lines of text.
WHEN: submit by December 6
WHO: grades K-9; separated into 3 age divisions

Sponsored by: Creative Communication

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

Creative communication is no longer offering their essay contests, but has a poetry contest 3 times a year!

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‘Be a famous writer’ Contest  

WHAT: Write a story based on the theme word: DRAGON. no less than 250 words and not to exceed 1,000 words. It may be fiction or non-fiction.
WHEN:  October 15- December 15
WHO: K-4th grade.

Sponsored by: Mrs. P Check out Mrs. P.com– an award-winning FREE storybook destination. Classic children’s stories brought to life by TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Free classes and some great events!

Dornsife Center Classes 

Youth Martial Arts Program

Ages: 8-12 for new students

Youth Martial Arts are great for exercise, goal setting, self-confidence, and discipline. Classes are no cost, however, a pre-registration info session is mandatory to review program details and expectations. A rigid attendance and behavior policy is enforced. Space is limited so sign up early. Sign up by Sept 15.

Music Lessons

Music classes for children ages 9-17. Is your child interested in learning how to play an instrument or sing?  Then sign up for FREE Guitar, Voice, Percussion Classes. Music classes are 30 minutes long and are scheduled between 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sign up by Sept 15.

Playwriting Class

Young people between the ages of 8-12 will be taught the basic tenants of Playwriting through exercises, improvisations, and theater games geared to freeing their imaginations. They will work individually and collaboratively writing short plays and on acting out those plays. The goal of the program is not to make them into playwrights or actors, but to help them see that they have something important to say and if they use their creativity and trust themselves they can achieve great things. Sign up by Sept 15. 

Dance Classes

Are you looking to learn how to dance? Then check out our line up below to see what’s available this year for you. Classes are FREE with a one-time $5 registration fee.

  • Ages 4-6yrs – Creative Movement
  • Ages 7-12yrs – Ballet/Modern/Jazz
  • Ages 13-18 yrs – Choreography
  • Senior Adults – Dance Fitness
  • Adults 18+ – Movement Class

Sign up on Oct 11, 2017 between 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please note that enrollment is for the entire year (fall, winter, and spring). New students will not be able to join after fall term.

WHERE:  The Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

FOR MORE INFO ON EACH OF THESE CLASSES: Click HERE or Call (215) 571-4013 or email dornsifecenter@drexel.edu

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Drexel University Dornsife Center

Triskeles Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy

The Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy (USLA) is an after school enrichment program for high school seniors. The goal of USLA is to provide students with long term support in academics, careers placement, and postsecondary education preparation. The program will support youth in developing skills, social awareness, and self-reflection necessary to be successful. Students receive paid incentives throughout the program and also get placed in a paid internship in their dream career field. USLA provides the trainings and connections needed to boost opportunities in the lives of young people. We know that a one-size-fits-all approach limits potential and limits an individual, which is why we collaborate with talented and diverse community partners to bring to light the world’s opportunities and create concrete moments for young people to explore themselves in relationship to the steps necessary to get to where they want to go, specifically when it comes to their future careers.

For More Information: Click HERE or email Marcin at mjaroszewicz@triskeles.org

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East Falls Running Club

WHAT: A lower school running club for kids. Motivating kids to be active

WHEN: 9/12 – 10/8 Tuesdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 11:00am, workouts last one hour

WHERE:  William Penn Charter School’s front field 3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144

COST: Tuesdays or Sundays only: $50 for first child, $30 for all additional children
Both days pricing: $70 for first child, $30 for all additional children

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE, or email Bryan Skelly – bskelly@penncharter.com

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Walk thru the Bible 

WHAT: Please join us for this fun, interactive, energy-filled experience your whole family will love! Unpack ‘Big Picture’ Truths of the Old Testament in just a few hours!

Walk away from this exciting day with an overview of God’s beautiful redemption story as woven through the Old Testament.

WHEN: Saturday, September 23

WHERE:  Risen Hope Church 600 Burmont Rd, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

TIME: 9 am -12 pm

COST:
 youth $10, adults $15

FOR MORE INFO: and to register online HERE scroll down for forms on left side bar

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Benjamin Franklin Museum

WHAT: Free admittance to museum

WHEN: September 30: National Public Lands Day
November 11-12: Veteran’s Day weekend

WHERE:  317 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106  The museum is located in Franklin Court. Entrance to the courtyard is from Market or Chestnut Streets, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

COST: FREE!!! (school groups are able to visit the museum for free! check out the information via the link below)

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE