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Teen Get Together: Edgar Allan Poe Tour!


April has finally gotten a confirmation of a tour of the Edgar Allen Poe House for 1pm on Friday, February 16th.  Space is limited (25 people max.) so families must rsvp.  No walk-ins (although house is open many other days of year).  Tour is free but if you’d like to join us at Federal Donuts (about 3 blocks walk from Poe House), you are more than welcome to indulge.  🙂
Who:  Teens and their families (limited space, please rsvp with name, # of children & ages, cell phone for last minute needs)

Date:  Friday, February 16

Time:  12:45pm (90-minute tour starts at 1pm)

Location:  Edgar Allan Poe House, 532 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Parking:  street parking (mostly free)
RSVP required:  April at

More info about museum: index.htm
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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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Around the World Doodling Contest

I follow a blog called Teach Me Joy, and received an email about a doodling contest for homeschoolers. I thought it looked like fun, so I got their permission to share with you all! There’s no age limit!!!
Here’s the information you need to know to enter!!! Enjoy!

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Check it out directly at this LINK and/or read on for information!


WHAT: We are looking for quality Doodles to feature in our newest eBook of Fun Facts Around the World!  Not only will chosen doodles be featured in the new eBook with your name, you will have a chance to enter a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card!

How Do I Enter?

  1. Choose a country from Around the World.  Pick an object depicting something from that country and doodle it!  For example:  A Panda from China, An Indonesian Honai, The Eiffle Tower, An African Lion, etc.
  2. Use a Black Marker on plain white paper.  (Hint: Draw first with pencil and then trace your drawing.) Fine tipped pens and pencils may not show up very well.  Do NOT use color.
  3. Add what you drew, your first name, age, and where you live to the drawing.  For Example:  Leaning Tower of Pisa, John 12, Italy (There is no age requirement, so if you don’t want to put your name and age, feel free to add: Mom of 3, Homeschooling in Texas, etc.)
  4. Take a picture of your doodle or scan it and send it to with DOODLE CONTEST in the subject line.
The Indonesian Honai
Village in Papua

What Can I Win?

  1. Every eligible doodle will be entered to win a $25 gift card to  The more qualified entries you submit, the better your chances are to win!
  2. The Runner up will receive a $10 gift card to
  3. Each person that has a doodle chosen for the book will receive a free copy of the ebook and a coupon code for 50% off any item in the Teach Me Joy store.
  4. Every person who enters a doodle, even if it is not chosen for the book, will receive a 50% off coupon code for the Teach Me Joy Store.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

  1. All entries become the property of Teach Me Joy and can be used at our discretion.
  2. Only family friendly entries will be considered!
  3. There is no limit on how many entries you can submit.  You don’t have to be an artist to submit work and everything will be considered, but we are looking for YOUR BEST work!  We can tell the difference between scribbling down something and actually doing your best.
  4. The deadline for the contest is January 30, 2018. Please have all entries submitted in plenty of time! Any late entries will not be included in the Gift Card Drawing.


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Have fun Doodling!!!

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Teen Togethers this Friday

Do you have an older homeschooler? Come meet up with some other tween/teens Friday January 12th!!!

The cold has forced us inside but we still crave some moving around.  Despite my goal to make the Teen Togethers a cost-free event this month we’re venturing to SkyZone (9490 Blue Grass Rd., Philadelphia – near Grant and Roosevelt).  The day is also a change from our normal 2nd Thursday time slot but I’m accommodating SkyZone hours and hopefully be able to allow more families who have busy daytime schedule to attend.

Here’s the event info:
What:  Teen Togethers (13+ geared but all are welcome)
When:  Friday, January 12th from 3-4pm
Cost:  $13 for 30 minutes jump time
           $17 for 60 minutes jump time
           SkyZone socks are required ($3-5 per pair unless you already bring a pair)
Waiver:  fill out waiver in advance on their website or on-site
More info at
Please contact April Dawson at to rsvp, ask questions or reach out about this group!
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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.

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Winter Energy?

Need some places or ways to burn off some extra energy and
get some exercise in? Try some of these activities this winter!
Do you know of some other indoor activities? Please share!!


WinterPlaydateFlier (1)

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Water Tower Play Group

WHAT: Homeschool get together to play! 
: every Friday, 2-4 pm
WHEREWater Tower Recreaction Center  209 E. Hartwell Lane Philadelphia PA, 19118
Outside if nice weather, in the gym during cold or rainy weather.

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SkyZone Trampoline Park

WHAT: Homeschool Hop
: every Friday, 11am-3pm
WHERE: 2834 Route 73 North  Maple Shade, NJ 08052
COST: $10 for 60 minutes, $15 for 90 minutes, $20 for 120 minutes

In store use only. Mention Home School Hop when paying to receive the discount. Not valid online. Cannot be combined with other discounts.


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Scanlon Rec Center Ice Skating Lessons

WHAT: Looking for a winter activity for you or your children? Well -It’s officially ice skating season! Come join our beginner skating lessons
WHERE: 1099 East Venango Street Phila, PA 19134
AGES: 2-adult
WHEN: on Saturdays at 3:15-3:45
COST: for only $5 a class! Rental skates are free.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Message us or call Michelle, (215) 817-4880 for more info!
Click here for the Facebook Page

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Palace Roller Skating & Fun Center

WHAT: Homeschoolers Skate Time
WHERE: 1586 Roosevelt Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19116-3032
WHEN: Mondays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
COST: 8$ 1st child, $4 each additional skater; includes rentals

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE, scroll down on the calendar

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Deptford Skating Center

WHAT: Home School Skate 
WHERE: 510 Deptford Ave.   Westville, NJ 08093
WHEN: First Friday of each month; 12:30-2:30
COST: $3 skating, $4.65+tax if rentals needed;
$3 Funzone Admission for ages 10 and under (if wanted)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE and scroll down for flier

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Homeschool Bowling Group

Start your own bowling group at a Thunderbird Lane! (There has been a group meeting at the Warminster location for a year or two now!)

COST: only $5 per bowler for 1 1/2 hours of bowling and shoes!!!

Here is a link to Thunderbird’s invite to homeschool groups to start a program at one of their locations and some more information about the Lanes themselves.

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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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Ice Skating Homeschool Discount

WHAT: Haverford Skatium  Morning Skate Discounts Special rates for Home School Students, Day Care Centers and Schools during our weekday late morning/early afternoon session.
WHEN: Monday-Friday during Public Skate time
TIME: 10 – 12 am
WHERE: 1002 Darby Rd  Havertown, PA 19083
COST: $7 is discounted rate; under 6 is $6.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Facebook Page or HERE for general pricing and information.

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Cherry Hill Homeschool Skate

WHAT: Home School Skate 
WHERE: Cherry Hill Skating Center
664 Deer Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
WHEN: 3rd Friday of each month (skipping December); 1:00-3:30
COST: $3 anyone skating, $3 for rentals; you do not have to pay if you are just watching
$4 Funzone Admission for ages 10 and under (if wanted-must have socks for this)

I called and verified the above info. as of 11/4. I have heard there is a family max of $12 for admission.


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Pinnacle Parkour Academy Philadelphia

WHAT: Homeschool program
WHEN: Every Monday and Wednesday, 13 week sessions
TIME: 1-3 pm
WHERE: Pinnacle Parkour Academy Philadelphia 3500 Scotts Lane Suite C-1                 PhiladelphiaPA 19129

For More Information: Pinnacle Parkour Website 

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Flip Out Productions

WHAT: Homeschool Gymnastic Classes
WHERE: 2757-59 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134
WHEN & AGES: Next session starts in January! 
Tuesday: (ages 3-5 & 5-7)   1:00pm to 2:00pm
(ages 8 & up)       2:00pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday:(ages 3-5 & 5-7)   1:00pm to 2:00pm
(ages 8 & up)      2:00pm to 3:30pm
8 week sessions, runs every 8 weeks
COST: Exclusive pricing for homeschooling families only:
1 child: $110
2 children: $165
3 children: $242
4 children: $330 per 8 week session
(This is about half off! Only for homeschool classes!)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: check out Katie’s website at Flip Out Productions

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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 for 12 weeks; Spring 1 (Jan-March), Spring 2 (April-June)
COST: $130 for 12 classes, sibling discount available
TIME: Beginner class 10-11 am; Intermediate class 11am-12pm
AGES: 4-18 years old

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

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