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Focus Groups Need Homeschool Input!

Free Library Survey

I received this email and thought I would pass it along to you all,
if you would like to participate.

     My name is Elizabeth Kenny, and I am the School-Age and Outreach Coordinator in the Youth Services and Programs office of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Currently, the Free Library is looking to increase the services and programs we provide for homeschool students and their caregivers. To further this goal and ensure we are moving in the right direction, we would like to organize a focus group for homeschool caregivers. If this is something you would be interested in participating in, please complete the following survey: https://goo.gl/forms/Y3NazsVP3JoVhrYn2. Also, please forward this email to anyone else you know might be interested.

Once we have gathered contact information for a small group of interested participants for this this focus group, we will work to schedule a convenient time for caregivers.

Thank you!

Liz

Elizabeth Kenny
School-Age & Outreach Coordinator
Parkway Central Library
Youth Services and Programs
1901 Vine Street | Rm 5
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
215-686-5372 | Fax: 215-686-5374
kennye@freelibrary.org | www.freelibrary.org

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Museum of the American Revolution
Focus Group & Survey

Again, another email I am sharing with you all, if you would like to join.

Greetings All,

Thank you again for your interest in participating in a focus group to help the Museum of the American Revolution plan useful digital interactives for 5th grade students and teachers.

We are excited to say that we have rescheduled the focus group for Tuesday, December 12th. 

From 6 – 7:30pm, we’re looking for both classroom and homeschooling educators to give us your opinions on our digital interactives. From 7:45 – 9pm, we are asking any educators who have previously brought students to the museum to share your thoughts on the best/most important/most interesting stories from our exhibit as a whole.

Refreshments will be provided and all participants will receive a $25 gift card. Any who stay for Part II will receive an additional gift.

To RSVP, please email the following to education@amrevmuseum.org:

Name
School / District (if a classroom educator)
Homeschooling Association Affiliations (if a homeschooling educator)
Grades taught
Subjects taught
Best # to reach you at

Please feel free to share this opportunity with friends and colleagues – we are looking for as many opinions as we can get!
Also, if you have not already, please fill out our survey – it only takes 10 minutes and 1 lucky respondent will win a $100 gift card! http://bit.ly/2BKu8HO

Thank you,

Adrienne G. Whaley
Manager of School Programs and Partnerships
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. Third Street.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Office: 267.579.3992
awhaley@amrevmuseum.org
http://www.AmRevMuseum.org

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Check out the Blog!

Head on over to the actual blog, not just an email in your inbox!
And see what’s been added!

It’s taken quite some time but all in ONE click you can click on a website to (MOST) every place that has been listed on the blog at some point!! Whew!!! Check out the Quick Links Tab. 

All in ONE spot, to this organized crazy woman, that’s awesome!! Use this to find some classes you could organize and visit with a group of homeschoolers!

And scroll to the very end to find links to each of the Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips posts! (7 sets of great trip lists!) 6 years of posts!!!!

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Newly added is also a listing of “all known to me” Annual Homeschool Days. Check on the tab with the same title to see that listing! Most are located here in Philly, but I did throw in some a little further away.

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Do you have a teen or soon to be homeschooling thru high school? Check out the Teen Tab for a listing of Internships, Classes, Programs, Dual Enrollment, and Diploma Programs!

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Looking for a class for your homeschooler to take? There’s a growing list of locations that offer homeschool specific classes (some at great discounts!). Check out the Classes Tab! This list is continually being added to, as new classes are being created all over the city! There are so many opportunities! There are some local establishments that offer a discount to homeschoolers to visit during certain times (not necessarily a class).

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Are you looking to join a co-op, group or some sort of support network for yourself and your child? Check out the growing list of groups in and around Philadelphia that other homeschoolers are involved in at the Groups/Co-ops Tab.

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Do you need some encouragement on this homeschooling Journey? Check out the Christian Encouragement Tab for a listing of past posts written by Gwen Fredette over the years!

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Do you have a little one or a friend with some littles that’s considering homeschooling, or has some big kids and some littles in the mix that need some structure to the day? Check out the Toddlers, Pre-K Tab for a full FREE! 35 day plan for teaching them, keeping them busy and enjoying them during your day!

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Again, these are all ‘known to me’. I am sure I have missed a few in every spot. Would you shoot me an email or comment and let me know what you have participated in or know about so it can be added to bless other homeschoolers who find this blog? Thanks!

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Classical Conversations 3-Day Practicum

 

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Don’t forget to enter the Wondern Awe Art Contest!

Click Here for all the details!

 

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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!

Posted in Book Sale, Books, Curriculum, Free!, Helpful Information, Misc., Practical Homeschool Tips, Social Gatherings, Uncategorized

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 
Posted in Helpful Information, Practical Homeschool Tips, Testing, Uncategorized

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!