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Testing 2018

I’m a little late in sending this out, so hopefully your child has already taken or you have already registered for standardized testing.
This could be a reminder to you or saved for options for next year! 

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.

If you are looking for a comparison of standardized testing here are some sites that give some information:

Seton Testing Services

HSDLA Choosing and Ordering Standardized Tests

askPauline’s Guide to Homeschooling in PA


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:




1.  Where: Seven Mile Road Church, 525 Welsh Rd, Phila. 19115 Classical Conversations’ Northeast Campus

Where: Seven Mile Road Church, 525 Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19115

What Test: Stanford 10 Achievement Test

When: Wednesday, May 9th, & Thursday, May 10th 

Times:  9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Cost: $50 per child

Register by: April 16th

Registration Link:  Homeschool Testing Services

You do not have to attend their co-op to take tests with them.  If you have further questions, please contact the Coordinator: Angela Chung


2.  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.)


Contact: Audrey Johnson if interested:  She will have you order your test through this site: Seton Testing Services.


3.  You can enter your zip code on the Homeschool Testing Service site to find a Classical Conversation location near you to join their testing site. 

Registration Link: Homeschool Testing Service


4. You also have the option of administering a paper test at home for your child. 

Registration Link: Homeschool Testing Services Classical Conversations offers this.


5. Online testing is another option.  Your child would sit at a computer and take the test. Some places allow you or someone else to be the proctor, and some have you call in and use headphones for someone in their company to be the proctor.
Here are some links where you may order a test.

Homeschool Testing Services   offers the Stanford-10 National Achievement Test

Academic Excellence offers the California Achievement Test

Seton Testing Services offers the Stanford-10 National Achievement Test


6. For more information on Standardized Tests, Pennsylvania requirements, or where to purchase tests, please check out this website: Ask Pauline Standardized Testing



This list is by no means exhaustive!  If your homeschool group allows homeschoolers to test with you or you know of or have taken a different test not listed here, please email me so I can add it to be a resource and option for other homeschoolers!
Please email me at : .  Thanks!

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Marching in Homeschoolers!

Don’t forget to enter this year’s
Homeschool Art Contest sponsored by Wondern Awe

Click HERE to see the post with details!

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 Church of the Savior Book Sale! 

WHAT: SALT and PEPPER home schoolers annual GREAT used book sale. Enjoy perusing  the 50+ tables to see what to buy.  If you bring your darling children, keep them with you
or have them sit in a corner, reading a book of course!
Buyers, remember to bring small bills and perhaps some bags.  Have a list of what you are looking for and wear comfy shoes.
This sale is such a delight and you will want to bring friends.

 THIS Monday, March 19th

 6 to 9 p.m.

 Church of the Saviour 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087

: contact Lori at

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New Gymnastics Class opening up!
Come out for a Trial Class!!

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 Homeschool Geography/History Fair

WHAT: This is a fun time for homeschooled children to showcase their knowledge of a geographical region or era in history without the pressure of being judged for their work.  It is also an easy way to teach children presentation skills in an area they are
enthused and excited about.  All participants will receive a participation certificate, and students traveling through the exhibits will receive passports.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 21, 2018

TIME: 10 am-1130am (Come check out the displays even if you don’t enter the fair.)

WHERE:  Collingdale Christian Family School  814 Andrews Avenue
Collingdale, PA 19023

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP:  Please contact Pat Burns by email at or by phone at 610-626-4846

Some guidelines to follow:
Fair set-up will begin at 9:15 a.m., with the fair opening at 10:00 a.m.  The fair will end at 11:30 a.m., and clean-up must be done by noon.
Decide if your exhibit needs a full 2.5′ x 6′ table or half that size.  Tables will be provided.  Tables will need to be covered with a cloth.

A tri-fold board is needed to stand in the back of your exhibit, labeled with the title of your exhibit (geographical region or historical period).  Anything else you decide to display—pictures, charts, fact pages–can go here, as well as on the table.  A map of your region is also good for display.

Have a rubber stamp and ink pad or stickers available to mark in each student’s “passport” as he/she visits your exhibit.  The stamp should have something to do with the region/era you’re presenting, e.g., an eagle to represent the United States, the Irish flag for Ireland, etc. You may include samples of food to represent your region/era, but this is not necessary.  We used Goldfish crackers one year for our presentation of Japan, and this was a big hit with visitors.  Remember to keep it small and simple.

You can hang things from ceiling tiles, play music, do cultural dances, etc.  Children love to dress up in costume, and this is recommended but not required. Someone must be at the exhibit at all times—whether it’s a parent, sibling or friend who has worked on the project.

Know your material and be ready to explain what your visitors are seeing. You can do as much or as little as you wish.  Some students use art projects they have made, some concentrate on posters, some build models of things to represent their region/era.  Dolls and artifacts are nice to display, but please don’t use something that will devastate you if it is broken or ruined.  This is a very hands-on fair, and children like to touch and taste.  Have fun and enjoy!

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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: 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!


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 |

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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

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!

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

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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.

 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
 Cairn University 200 Manor Ave.  Langhorne, PA, 19047
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Here and to register, or contact Marla Ashton at

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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

**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   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!