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Classical Conversations 3-Day Practicum

 

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 C.C. 3-Day Practicum

WHAT:  Please join together with other Eastern Pennsylvania homeschooling parents at our Cairn 2017 Parent Practicum. Join confident veterans and brand new homeschooling parents alike for three days of encouragement and inspiration as we seek to understand the classical model of education and learn how to apply it in Christian homeschooling. This year we will be digging deeper into understanding the art of relationships.


WHEN:
 Tuesday, June 6 – Thursday, June 8

WHO: parents at all stages of the homeschooling journey along with their children

COST: Student camps are offered at low cost for families attending together and parents attend FREE. Check out the website below for pricing according to age
 
WHERE:
 Cairn University 200 Manor Ave.  Langhorne, PA, 19047
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Here and to register, or contact Marla Ashton at mashton@classicalconversations.com

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Coming Up!

Annual End of the Year Homeschool Hangout
at Wall Park 

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Wondering How to Start Homeschooling?

Informational Meeting:  How to Start
Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Where:  Northeast Community Church  3300 Tyson Ave  Philadelphia, PA 19149

When:  Tuesday, May 16th, 2017; 6:30-8:30

Cost:  Free!

Why:  If you have any questions about how to start homeschooling, or just want to know more about it, this meeting will be helpful for you.

Please contact Angela Chung with any questions at angela.pfl.chung@gmail.com

**Please make note of the new location, due to elections held at the Northeast Library, the location was changed. **

Feel free to pass along to others!

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Wrapping up the 2016-2017 Homeschool Year

 

All Homeschoolers* in Philadelphia should have received an email or letter from the School District requesting homeschoolers to submit their “Home Schooling Evaluation Certification” by June 30th.   The “Home Schooling Evaluation Certification” is the form or letter provided by an evaluator after a student is evaluated.  If you did not receive an email or letter from the school district, please contact the Homeschooling Office via email at homeschooling@philasd.org.   Their phone # is 215-400-6695.

You can also click on this link (see below) to see a copy of the letter that was sent:

If you have questions about required paperwork in regard to homeschool law, HSLDA is always a great resource.  Their website is: HSLDA
Another great resource is Ask Pauline

*NOTE:  These “Home Schooling Evaluation Certifications” do not apply to students attending virtual charter schools.

Also if you have submitted a Notice of Intent to Homeschool (for students age 6 and 7) you are not required to summit a Home Schooling Evaluation Certification.

 

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Informational Meeting:  How to Start Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Where:  Northeast Community Church  3300 Tyson Ave  Philadelphia, PA 19149

When:  Tuesday, May 16th, 2017; 6:30-8:30

Cost:  Free!

Why:  If you have any questions about how to start homeschooling, or just want to know more about it, this meeting will be helpful for you.

**Please make note of the new location, due to elections held at the Northeast Library, the location was changed. **

Feel free to pass along to others!

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C.O.S. Booksale

21st Annual Book Sale at Church of the Saviour

When?  – this Monday, March 27th from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sponsored by
? – SALT and PEPPER home schoolers

Where
? – Held in the gym (bldg. F) at Church of the Saviour  651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087  Look for signs on the property.

What to bring?
– Shoppers – bring small bills and  bags to carry your purchases, wear comfy shoes and clothes, and be prepared to be amazed at the plethora of materials available.  Obviously we love children.  If they come with you, please have them  accompany you or sit down and read a book!!

Further questions?
– email Gabrielle at contino.tg@verizon.net 
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Standardized Testing

It’s that time of year again!  Time to start signing up your kids for standardized tests.

Since my family doesn’t “test” for subjects we have opted for sending the kids in 2nd grade for a “practice” run. Bubbles are a new thing to fill out! Then they go each following year. My kids actually ask when testing is coming and if they can go!! How’s that! I get a kick out of that all the time.

Standardized Testing is required for all Pennsylvania homeschoolers in grades 3, 5, & 8.  Even though standardized testing is not required by law for grade 7, I would highly recommend that you sign your child up for testing if you are considering enrolling him/her in a magnet or private school for high school.  Most high schools want to see 7th grade test scores.  Some magnet high schools want to see standardized test scores from 6th grade as well.

Of course, homeschoolers in Philadelphia always have the option to take PSSA’s at their local school, but for various reasons, many homeschool moms would prefer to send their children elsewhere.  You may be thinking “That’s us!  Where do Philadelphia homeschoolers go?”  Here’s a list of places I’ve compiled that may be an option for you:

WHERE TO TAKE STANDARDIZED TESTS in 2017?

1.  Where: Calvary Christian Academy, 13500 Philmont Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19116

What Test:  Terra Nova Achievement Test

When is the testing: Grades 1 – 6: March 27th-31st

Grades 7-10: April 3rd-7th

Times:  approximately 9am to 12pm each day

Cost:  $50 per child

Please contact:  Elementary school office if interested.  215-969-1579 Ext 254 or email cca@ccphilly.org  (An enrollment form will be mailed to you).

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2.  Where: Seven Mile Road Church, 525 Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19115 Classical Conversations’ Northeast Campus

What Test: Stanford 10 Achievement Test

When is the testing: Wednesday, May 3rd & Thursday, May 4th

Times:  9am to 1:30pm

Cost: $50; $55 if you register after April 3rd

Register by: April 10th

Contact: More information can be found on this site: Seven Mile Road Church C.C. testing  (You do not have to attend their co-op to take tests with them.) or contact the Coordinator: Angela Chung angela.pfl.chung@gmail.com

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3.  Where: with Audrey Johnson (certified teacher) in Northwest Philadelphia.  She is willing to test students at her home or travel to your home for an additional fee.

What Test: CAT California Achievement Test

Times:  Please contact Audrey Johnson to set a time

Cost:  Fees vary based on testing location.  (But are comparable to those listed here.)

Website: http://audreybjohnson.webs.com/

Contact: Audrey Johnson if interested:  wisdomsway@hotmail.com.  She will have you order your test through this site: http://www.setontesting.com/.

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4.  Where: Calvary Presbyterian Church, 405 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090

What Test: Stanford 10 Achievement Test

When is the testing: Monday, May 2nd & Wednesday, May 3rd

Times:  9am to 1:30pm

Cost: $50; $55 if you register after April 3rd

Register by: April 10th

Contact: More information can be found on this site: C.C. Willow Grove testing (You do not have to attend their co-op to take tests with them.) or contact the Coordinator: Courtney Dolezal jcdolezal@hotmail.com

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6.  You can also pay for your own test, but you will have to have someone else administer the test to your children.  For more information on Standardized Tests, Pennsylvania requirements, or where to purchase tests, please check out this website: Ask Pauline Standardized Testing

Hope this information was helpful to you!  Please note that many of these options require you to sign up with them by sometime in March or April!

This list is by no means exhaustive!  If your homeschool group allows homeschoolers to test with you, and you’d like to add it to this site, please email me at : sarah@thelambertfam.com .  Thanks!

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Homeschool Survey

Would you be willing to take about 5 minutes to take this online survey for Phil-Mont Christian Academy? Results need to be compiled by mid-January.
Phil-Mont Christian Academy is conducting a survey of local home schoolers to help us determine how we can serve them better. Would you spend five minutes and take this survey? We’d be so grateful for your input! The survey is available at the SurveyMonkey link below. Home schoolers who have any questions or additional input about the survey or our home schooling proposals are encouraged to contact Erin Livingston, erinlivs@gmail.com, or Phil VanVeldhuizen, Admissions@phil-mont.com. Erin is both a Phil-Mont mom and a home schooling mom, and she will be conducting Phil-Mont tours for home schoolers early in 2018.

Thank you!

Erin Livingston
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Reading Aloud?

I’ve thought of sharing a favorite website/blog/podcast place of mine with you all for awhile now. And since she has something for the new year coming up, what better time!

 

Have you heard of The Read-Aloud Revival?

“The Read-Aloud Revival is a community of parents just like you who know that when our kids are grown and gone, they won’t likely mind that their childhood included dishes piled in the sink, that we never ever reached the bottom of the laundry basket.

But they’ll remember the stories, and they’ll treasure the time we spent reading to them.

I’m here to remind you that the act of picking up a book and sharing it with your child is probably the easiest thing you’ll do all day… and the most important.” Taken from Sarah Mackenzie’s Start Here page. (I would agree, especially if you are reading the Bible!)

Read-Aloud Revival has multiple book lists (free), podcasts, blog posts and resources for parents and homeschoolers specifically. She also has a shop and membership which I have not delved into. (I like the free stuff, honestly!)

My favorite part has been the podcast section. Some of Sarah Mackenzie’s podcast guests include: Andrew Pudewa, Sarah Clarkson, N.D. Wilson. There are many more! The times I have been able to listen, I’ve enjoyed them while making dinner and driving in the car. They’re just the right length, contain encouragement and information in them. They are always followed with a cute book recommendation section by kids. Online you can find links to all the books that were highlighted in that podcast!

She is also the author of Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable PeaceI’ve not read this yet, but wouldn’t mind sometime.

Take a moment or two and poke around her site!

The 2017 RAR 31-Day Challenge

“During the month of January, we encourage kids to read aloud every day for at least 15 minutes. They can read to anyone- Grandpa, the neighbor, a sibling,  the cat, the goldfish, their stuffed animals, their action figures– it doesn’t matter who they share their stories with. What matters is that they share them- out loud, every day.”

What is it?: Reading aloud for 15 minutes more or less every day for 31 days.

Ages: 1-17 (Check out her explanation of how littles participate.)

Prizes?: Kids who read at least 25 of the 31 days can be entered to win one of the 50 prizes!

How to sign-up and enter? Read all the details then Scroll to the bottom of this page to enter your email address. It’s as simple as that!

Hope that you enjoy this site as much as I have! Let me know what you think!