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Summer Ideas 2018

Are you looking for some activities or things to do this summer? Philadelphia is a city full of fantastic summer activities!  Here are a just a few:

  1. Summer Reading Game at your local Philadelphia library.  Kids “from birth to 12th grade” are encouraged to read books at their local library.  You can participate online or in person at the library. It’s FREE!  Check this website for more information:  Summer of Wonder

  2. Palace Roller Skating Rink Family Fun Night. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 PM. Up to 5 members of a family. 1 PARENT MUST attend.  $30 includes rentals a pizza & a pitcher of soda.  Single admission is $4, skate rental $3 if you have more than 5 in your family/group. Palace Roller Skating Rink
  3. Upper Darby Performing Arts Theatre.  If your kids like drama, this is a great program and its very inexpensive.  This year’s shows include The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr., The Lion King Jr.,  A Year With Frog and Toad and several others.   Check out this website for more information: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

  4. It’s not too late to sign your kids up for Summer Camp.  There are numerous great Christian camps out there.  Some great Christian Camps:  Spruce Lake Christian Wilderness CampCamp Iroquoina (Christian) Soccer CampHigh Point Christian Camp and Camp Haycock.

  5. Don’t forget Vacation Bible School!  If your home church is not doing one, there may be other good churches nearby that are.  Kids have the opportunity to play games, do crafts, learn great new songs, and hear the Word of God.
  6. Free  Movies:   Families can watch movies for FREE!! at Penn’s Landing and the Schuylkill Banks.  Check out these links for more information: Schuylkill Banks Movie Nights
  7. $1 Movies at select Regal Theatres.  Tuesday or Wednesday. There are a few near Philadelphia.  Check out this link: Regal Cinemas
  8. Free Young Peoples Concert Series at the Mann Music Center:  Give your children the free entertainment of music and dance at the Mann.  They are hosting two free shows this summer.  Check out this link for more details: the Mann.
  9. Don’t forget to take your kids parking! To the Fairmount Park system, that is! Take a bike ride, a hike or a picnic, this great park system gives families the opportunity to “get out of the city” while they’re still in it.  The Pennypack TrailWissahickon Valley ParkDelaware River Waterfront and Fairmount Park
  10. Two Free Nights at the Franklin Institute:  Target Community Nights at the Franklin Institute are fantastic, and they’re free.  This summer the free nights are on July 17th and Aug. 21th from 5 to 8pm.  Check out this link for more details: Community Nights
  11. Barnes and Nobles free book program:  Barnes and Nobles will give each child a book after completing an 8 book reading record during the summer.  Check out this link: Barnes & Noble Free Book
  12. Kids can bowl for FREE at participating bowling alleys.  Check out this link for more information: Kids Bowl Free
  13. Kids learn to make movies for FREE at “Apple Camp” at Apple Retail stores.  Ages 8-12, 90 minutes for 3 days. There are a few nearby.  Check out this link for more information: Apple Camp
  14. $5 Michael’s Crafts camps for kids: 7 weeks of camp to chose from held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, ages 3 and up Camp Creativity.  They also have inexpensive summer classes for teens and adults: Michaels Classes
  15. Kids Workshops at Home Depot: Select Saturdays, adults can visit a Home Depot with child to make a craft, receive a certificate, apron and pin! Home Depot
  16. Free Roller Skating: Kids can receive free roller skating passes if parents register their email address with a participating rink, located in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Click here for participating locations and details: Kids Skate Free
  17. Check out Uncovering PA for “The Ultimate List of Completely Free Things to do in Philadelphia”.
  18. And don’t forget to check out Visit as they always have great things listed!

Hope some of these ideas are helpful to you! What do you do in Philly over the summer?

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End of the Year Reflection… Repost

Here’s a great repost from the previous writer here at Philadelphia Homeschool Blog, Gwen Fredette, in 2013. 



Year-End Reflection

Whew!  It’s such a relief to be near the end of the school year, isn’t it?  I find that the end of the year is a great time for me to reflect on what God has done in my life and my children’s lives – to think on areas we’ve succeeded and areas we still need to improve.  Following are some great questions to ask yourself and your family members about your homeschool experience this past year.  I’ve also listed some ideas to help celebrate fantastic accomplishments.

Christian Living:

  • Did I make time with God a priority for myself this year?
  • Did I make Bible/worship time with my kids a priority?
  • What character qualities have I grown in?  (Examples: wisdom, patience, diligence, leadership, encouragement, perseverance, etc.)  In what areas do I need to improve the most?
  • In what character qualities have I seen my children grow?
  • In what ways have I seen myself grow spiritually this year?
  • In what ways have I seen my children grow spiritually?


  • Do I have other homeschool moms I can connect with and pray with on a regular basis?
  • Did I spend enough time with each of my children this year?
  • Did I spend enough time with my husband this year?
  • Has my husband or any of my children felt neglected?
  • In what ways would my husband like to see me grow?
  • Are my children getting along better with each other?  If not, what can I do to improve these relationships?

Teaching & Academics:

  • What subjects did I teach especially well this year?
  • What subjects did I neglect a bit?
  • What would my children say was their favorite subject(s)?  Why?
  • In what area of homeschooling did I improve the most?
  • In what subject has my child improved the most since the beginning of the year?
  • In what ways am I gifted as a teacher to my children?
  • In what ways are my children gifted as students?
  • Have my children been challenged enough this year?
  • Have I pressed my children too hard (academically)?

Time, Organization, & Extra Activities:

  • Did I provide enough extra-curricular activities for my child(ren) this year?
  • Was my schedule too full this year?  If so, what can I eliminate next year?
  • Did I keep up with my paperwork and logging throughout the year?  If not, do I have a plan to make record keeping easier next year?
  • Did my children and I get enough physical activity this year?
  • Did I take too many breaks?
  • Did my children and I have enough breaks throughout the year?
  • Did I keep up with the house and laundry this year?  What would my husband say?
  • Did I provide good, healthy meals for my family throughout the year?

Year End Ideas:

Many public and Christian schools have award ceremonies at the end of the year.  Kids get certificates or ribbons honoring them for their accomplishments in English, Math, Science, Phys Ed, Music, Art, etc.  A few years ago a friend of mine suggested that we have an award ceremony for our homeschool children at the end of the year.  She suggested that we also honor our children for character qualities they’ve grown in.  I love this idea!   Has your child been more diligent with his assignments?    That’s worth celebrating!  Has your child been a great friend to others?  That’s worth celebrating too!

Following are some examples of character qualities to celebrate:

  • Leadership
  • Diligence
  • Patience
  • Sharing
  • Peacemaker
  • Encouragement
  • Perseverance
  • Wisdom
  • Merciful
  • Integrity
  • Great Listener
  • Great Friend
  • Great Helper
  • Cheerfulness

Child of God, the questions listed above are not meant to tear you down, but to spur you on to all that God has called you to be!  I have been homeschooling for 11 years now, and I still see many things about myself, my walk with Christ, my teaching methods, my relationships, and my (lack of) organization that need to improve.  I’m so thankful to serve a God who is merciful and forgiving, who continues to work in and through me.

Consider the following verses:

Hebrews 10:24  “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

Joshua 1:9b  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

2 Chronicles 15:7  “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

Matthew 25:21  “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

Congratulations on a job well done and a homeschool year (almost) completed!  May God continue to work in and through you as you teach and guide your Precious Treasures!

Copyright May 30th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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Annual End of the Year Homeschool Hangout

You are invited!!!!

2018 Annual End of the Year Homeschool Hang Out!

WHAT:  Come join other homeschoolers for a day of playing and talking in the park!

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 5th   Raindate: Tuesday, June 12th

TIME: 11-1:30 (or whenever you want to leave)

WHERE:  Wall Park in Elkins Park, PA. Located on Church Road in Cheltenham Township, near the corner of Old York Road and Church Road. To see a map of the area, click HERE.


  • Lots of water
  • Balls, Rackets, Baseball Gloves, Skateboards, Scooters, etc.  Whatever your kids like to do!
WHY:  For Fun!  This event is open to anyone!  If you have friends interested in homeschooling and want to find out more about it, please invite them!

  • Beautiful, clean playground
  • Large field for soccer, other sports
  • Sandbox
  • Additional toddler playground area
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • Skate Park (for skateboards, scooters, and trick bikes)
    Hope you can make it!
    If you’d like to send a message to let the organizer, Rossana Jaffe, know you are coming, she’d love to hear from you!  You can send her an email at  Thanks!
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looking for a few things to do??

Science in the Summer

WHAT: GSK Science in the Summer, is a fun and 100% free science education program for elementary school students entering second through sixth grades. It’s sponsored by GSK and offered through national science centers, community centers and libraries across the country.

This summer, led by certified teachers, students will experience the Science of Space through fun, hands-on activities that teach them about Earth’s moon, the sun, the stars, space travel and more.

  • Level 1 classes are perfect for second and third graders.
  • Level 2 classes are ideal for students entering fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
  • Pre-registration is required for all locations.
  • Class sizes are limited.

WHEN: at various dates throughout the city

TIME: 10-12 am for Level 1 Classes
1-3 pm for Level 2 Classes

WHERE: held at your local library



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WHAT: Notgrass History is producing a new history curriculum for students in grades 1-4. One component of the curriculum is a collection of songs, poems, and dances from American history. We would like to feature one poem written by a homeschooled student about homeschooling.
If your child would like to participate, have them write a poem of at least eight lines.
WHEN: Entry Deadline is JUNE 15
WHO: Homeschooled students of any age may enter.
PRIZE: The author of the poem selected for publication will receive an award of $250.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to submit your poem!

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WHAT:  Join us this summer for a week filled with Wonder and Awe as we learn to look, create, and have fun!

Immerse your student in creativity this summer!  We invite you to our week-long art camp where students will learn and improve their artistic skills by drawing, painting, and bookbinding.  Campers will also participate in a community mural, learn art history and have free creative time during our “maker’s space” sessions.
Each day will be filled with wonder as we explore various media together and awe, as we appreciate what artists have contributed throughout history and enjoy what our fellow campers create!
WHEN: July 16th – July 20th
TIME: 9am-3pm
WHERE:  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church   235 Summit Ave.  Fort Washington, PA 19034
WHO: Students Ages 9 to 14
COST: $160 per child (there is a discount!!– click on the official link below!)


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Classical Conversation Happenings


WHAT:  Learn how the Challenge Program supports parents and equips students to thrive in home school and beyond!

WHEN: THIS Wednesday, May 23, 2018
WHERE:  Huntingdon Valley Library 625 Red Lion Road  Bethayres, PA 19006

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please email Amy Brown at with any questions

TO REGISTER:  Click HERE then click on upcoming events an type in 19134 for a zip code for listings near by.

Continue reading “Classical Conversation Happenings”

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This Tuesday!

How to Start Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Informational Meeting:

WHAT: Hosted by yours truly, Sarah Lambert, and my friend, Angela Chung. We will have some presenters from various groups and activities for homeschoolers. Shawn Baker, the Homeschool Supervisor of the Philadelphia School District, will be sharing and available for questions. If you are interested in homeschooling, have some questions as to how to go about it, want to learn more about the resources here in Philadelphia, or need to connect with some veteran homeschoolers, then this is the place for you or your friends to be!

Meeting Will Cover the Following Topics: Continue reading “This Tuesday!”