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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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Library Focus Group

Did you fill out a survey in December from the Free Library of Philadelphia? They have planned a focus group to meet with homeschoolers to find out how to serve homeschoolers better! 


WHAT: Focus group for homeschool parents. We are eager to brainstorm ideas with you about how the library can better support home school parents and students. The event will be held in the Storytime Room and will be a friendly environment if you are bringing young children. Additionally, we will provide light refreshments.

WHEN: Monday, February 12th

TIME: 2 pm

WHERE:  Parkway Central Library’s Children’s Department   1901 Vine Street Phila 19103

FOR MORE INFORMATION and to RSVP: Follow this Google Link to RSVP. If you are unable to attend, please email any thoughts or suggestions beforehand. Finally, if you know of any other parents who would be interested in participating, please share this invitation.

Or if you have questions, please email: Elizabeth Kenny at

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This Saturday Groundhog Day Festivities

Groundhog Day Festival at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge 

WHAT:  Will Tinicum Tim, our resident weather-soothing groundhog, see his shadow and herald in 6 more weeks of winter? How do animals survive the winter? What tools do scientists have to predict the weather? Find out the answer at the Groundhog Day Festival! Join us for an afternoon of music, crafts, snacks, guided walks, and more.
WHEN: THIS Saturday, January 27
TIME: 9 am-1 pm;  Guided walks will begin at 9 am. The Groundhog Burrow Parade will begin at 12:30 pm.
WHERE: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to look at the calendar; and HERE for their general website.

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Animal Detectives Open House at
Pennypack Environmental Center

WHAT: This fun family program will have you working as a team as you visit different stations in and around the building with clues to discover “Who Done It.” Families that figure out the sneaky animal, will be awarded a badge. Join us at 12 pm for the story “Groundhog Weather School.” Learn about some of Nature’s Weather Predictors and the Famous Furry Guys who have a holiday named after them!  
WHEN: THIS Saturday, January 27
TIME:  9 am-12 pm “Who Done It”; 12 pm “Groundhog Weather School”
WHERE: Pennypack Environmental Center 8600A Verree Road
AGES: 5 years and up
FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Pennypack Environmental Center; or click PEC Facebook Page to see the official flier
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Super Science Cyber School Day
(open to ALL homeschoolers) 

WHAT: Super Science Cyber School Day Featuring WXPN Producer Robert Drake. During National School Choice Week.  Cyber school and homeschooled students of all ages—starting as young as prekindergarten—can enjoy a full day of fun, hands-on science workshops!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

TIME: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM


10 a.m.–11 a.m.: Morning Networking Hour and Registration – Meet other parents, guardians, and administrators.
11 a.m.–Noon: School Pep Rally! WXPN kick-off in the Auditorium. Send in your school banner, wear your school colors, and be ready to show your school pride.
Noon–4 p.m.: Fun science activities, hands-on experiments, and specimen touch tables throughout the building!
1 p.m.: Auditorium Live Animal Show
2 p.m.: Auditorium Story time With Marty the Moose
3 p.m.: Auditorium Live Animal Show

ALL DAY: Stop by the Resource Fair in the Commons and learn about Cyber Schools. Meet their teams and other guardians and students.

WHERE: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University  1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

COST: $7 per student and adult,  Click here to purchase tickets.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Lisa Willis at, or click HERE for the website.

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Homeschool Bowling

WHAT: Homeschool bowling is starting back up again. It is a great indoor phys ed activity for the winter.

WHEN: Fridays (February 2nd to May 18th, excluding Good Friday)

TIME: from 1-2:30 pm

WHERE: Thunderbird Lanes in Warminster, PA.

COST: Can’t beat only $5 (including shoes!) for an hour and half of bowling.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  contact Lisa Boyle at

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Don’t forget to check out the Classes and Discounts page for ongoing classes geared specifically for homeschoolers! 

And THIS PREVIOUS POST about indoor winter activities!!!! 

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MLK Day 2018

Martin Luther King Day is this coming Monday, January 15th. How do you remember Dr. King? Do you serve? Visit a museum? Read some books about his life? Watch a documentary? Leave a comment about  how you learned about his life and legacy or how you incorporate Dr. King into your homeschool.


There are a few museums that offer FREE ADMISSION
for Martin Luther King Day!

Here are a few that I have found:

Benjamin Franklin Museum  FREE January 13-15

Philadelphia Orchestra MLK Tribute Concert  FREE but ticket required

National Museum of American Jewish History FREE family event

African American Museum in Philadelphia  FREE Friday Jan 12, $2 entrance for Jan. 13-15

Eastern State Penitentiary FREE Saturday-Monday

Constitution Center FREE parts of the museum, also things online for at home use

National Liberty Museum pay as you wish

Woodmere Art Museum FREE

Philadelphia Art Museum free AFTER pay as you wish

Please Touch Museum activities for MLK Day included with admission



There are many ways to serve and volunteer for
Martin Luther King Day this year!

Here are just a few that I have come across:

Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service Here’s a great listing of sites that are offering service opportunities

Awbury Arboretum   Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 15, 9am-1pm

The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is the largest King Day event in the nation!  Awbury Arboretum joins Global Citizen, which promotes year-round volunteer service and civic engagement, in gathering volunteers for a special day of service.  This year we have two projects:

  1.  Volunteers will work together to lay woodchip trails in the newly restored Wingohocking watershed spring area and current wetlands location at the arboretum.
  2.  Meanwhile, our teen volunteers will learn and use woodworking skills to rebuild a tool shed in our Agricultural Village.

Hot soup lunch is included! Questions?  Contact Volunteer Coordinator Leslie Cerf at (215) 205-6561.

Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground  Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 15

Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, 2900 Germantown Avenue

Outdoor Clean up, remembering Dr. King, reading his writing, bonfire, hot chocolate.
Info: 215-870-8348
I have also seen some adds for other environmental centers that are holding events. Check out your favorite one to see if they have anything!

And because it falls on the same day… 
here’s a reminder, don’t forget to go skating!!!! 


AWANA Family Skate Night 

WHAT: Come join Lawnadale Baptist Church and friends for their annual Skate Night.

WHEN: Monday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day)

TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM

WHEREPalace Roller Skating Center   11586 Roosevelt Blvd.   Phila. 19116

: All ages are welcome.  Feel free to invite your relatives or church family friends.

COST: Admission Fee: $2.00/ per person whether you skate or watch

            Skate Rental: $3.00 / per person OR Bring your own skates


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AWANA Family Skate Night 

WHAT: Come join Lawnadale Baptist Church and friends for their annual Skate Night.
WHENMonday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day)
TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM

Palace Roller Skating Center   11586 Roosevelt Blvd.   Phila. 19116

: All ages are welcome.  Feel free to invite your relatives or church family friends.

: Admission Fee: $2.00/ per person whether you skate or watch             
            Skate Rental: $3.00 / per person OR Bring your own skates

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2nd Semester High School Art Class
at Sophia Academy

WHAT: A 16 week art class for High Schoolers taught by Mr. Stippich. In this class, students will work on perspective, figure drawing, review of shading, shaping, etc. Credit will be given.

16 weeks on Mondays starting January 29, 2018


TIME: 2:30 to 3:30 pm

WHERE: Held at International Christian High School, 413 E. Tabor Rd. Phila 19120

WHO: grades 8-12

COST:  $300 if paid ahead, cost $20 per week but generous financial aid/scholarships available

FOR MORE INFORMATION: To register, call Priscilla Strapp at Sophia Academy–267-595-4723

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PEC winter 2018

PEC Youth Registration and Waivers Form 2017   Print out this form for your children and mail in both. If you have more than one, you can use one form for all of them.

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Joint Homeschool Day 

WHAT: The American Helicopter Museum and West Chester University’s Mather Plantarium are joining together to offer a special day of information and programming for homeschooling families. Parents should be aware that the planetarium gets extremely dark and some young children may find this frightening.

WHERE:  Helicopter Museum 1220 American Boulevard West Chester, PA 19380
West Chester University   700 South High Street   West Chester, PA 19383

WHEN:  Friday, February 2, 2018

TIME:  Planetarium shows will run at 9:00 (school age children), 10:30 (middle schoolers), and 12:00 P.M (high schoolers), while the American Helicopter Museum
will offer programming throughout the day from 10 to 4:00 PM. Bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy.

COST: or both sites is $10.00/person, and pre-registration is required (transportation between sites will not be provided).

FOR MORE INFORMATION: You can register by calling (610)436-9600 or by emailing  (As of this posting, they had just sent me a press release, no information was on the website yet. But they are working on it!)

Also, check out the American Helicopter Museum’s Science Saturdays. This FREE hour long class is included with admission to the Museum ($10 adults, $8 for 12 and under 2 FREE).

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Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day 2018

WHAT: Almost everything around you – the clothes you wear, the dishes you eat from, the computer you use, the bike you ride or the car you drive – is made of stuff. Materials science and engineering is the study of stuff: what it’s made of, how it works, and what we can do with it.

Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day provides the public with a chance to participate in hands-on science and engineering activities that explore some of the stuff the world is made of and to learn about how materials impact us every day.  Partner organizations include the University of Pennsylvania, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Franklin Institute, among others.

WHERE:  Drexel University Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3126 Market Street


WHENSaturday, February 3, 2018

TIME:  10 am to 3 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Please visit HERE .  From there you can RSVP to the event on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

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Wildlife Leadership Academy
Conservation Ambassador

Received in my email:

Hello Homeschool Friends,

I wanted to share with you a wonderful opportunity to nominate a young adult you know who is interested in wildlife/fisheries and the outdoors.  The Wildlife Leadership Academy enriches Pennsylvania teens and empowers them to become certified conservation Ambassadors through attending one of our 5-day residential summer field
schools, each focusing on a different wildlife species:  white-tailed deer, bass, brook trout, ruffed grouse, and turkey.  We are looking for highly motivated students
between the ages of 14 and 17 to begin their journey to become Conservation

Students who attend our field schools have the opportunity to network with professionals in the field, gain hands-on experience through classroom and field work, and build their leadership and communication skills.  Please consider nominating a young adult you know who would benefit from attending our field schools!  Once you nominate the student, we will mail them a packet of information containing a letter inviting them to apply to the Wildlife Leadership Academy, more information about our field schools, benefits of becoming a Conservation Ambassador, and tuition scholarship opportunities that are available.

Students can be nominated online at Nominate

Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you so much for helping us share this opportunity!

Katie Cassidy

Program and Outreach Coordinator
Wildlife Leadership Academy
116 Market St.
Lewisburg, PA  17837

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Online Animation and Drawing Classes

WHAT: CHAD STEWART – bringing his vast experience with animation to school age students from ages 11-18! He has worked for Disney in the past and has over 27 years of experience in the feature animation world in 2D (hand drawn) and 3D (computer) work. Just to name a few of his projects, he’s worked on Polar ExpressEmperor’s New GrooveTarzan, and the Smurfs movies. He has been a traditional animator, a 3D animator, and has supervised other animators on multiple films. He and his wife have 8 children and are nearing the end of their homeschooling journey! They began The Animation Course about 3 years ago, and it has been a highlight of their life as they work to bring the wonder of animation to many students and families! Classes fill up fast – so reserve your spot soon!

:  at your home!

WHEN:  Spring session begins January 29th-April 23rd. (3 different sessions are offered during the year)

TIME:  varies

AGES: 11-18

COST:  $300 for 12 one hour long sessions (live or recorded). Levels 1 & 2 Animation cover the principles (beginning and advanced) of animation.  Levels 3 & 4 Animation cover story boarding and producing a student film.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE, (Watch the How the Class Works video), or check out their Facebook Page

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Or if you aren’t quite at the above age level or interest level but would like to check out some animation how to’s, Disney and Khan Academy have partnered to offer a FREE class! Check it out HERE.

WHAT: Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney.