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This week’s FREE events

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.

COST: FREE!!!

PLEASE BRING:
  • 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!

AMENITIES:
  • 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 h0mesch00l1ng@yahoo.com.  Thanks!

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Homeschool Playdate at Tyler State Park

WHATJoin other homeschoolers the first Friday of each month (June on 2nd Friday to not interfere with CHAP Conference) at Tyler State Park anytime between 2 and 5 pm. Meet at the “Boardwalk Picnic Area” 1.2 miles from the main entrance, follow signs for playground.

WHEN: Friday, June 8th

TIME: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: Tyler State Park 101 Swamp Road Newtown, PA 18940
COST: FREE!!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email Leah at loverofamily@ gmail.com

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Annual West Park Arts Fest

WHAT: The annual West Park Arts Fest for all ages on Saturday June 9th. It is a great free family friendly event with music and dance performances, storytelling, art making, a handmade market, narrated historical trolley tours of the Centennial District in West Fairmount Park and much more. Joining West Park Cultural Center as presenters are Fairmount Park Conservancy and Mural Arts Philadelphia.

WHERE: South Concourse Drive between 41st and Memorial Hall Drive
(for Google map use 4200 South Concourse Drive) . Near the Please Touch Museum

WHEN: Saturday, June 9th

TIME: 12pm – 5pm

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click West Park Arts Fest or check out Facebook

 

 

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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.

WHEN:
 THIS Monday, March 19th

TIME:
 6 to 9 p.m.

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

WANT TO SELL OR HAVE QUESTIONS
: contact Lori at curriculumregister@gmail.com

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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 pat.burns@rcn.com 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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March Events

Kidsong II
DRUM CIRCLE AND MORE!

WHAT:  An opportunity for middle schoolers to learn to develop music skills such as playing instruments, listening, singing, moving, and creating

WHEN:  Tuesdays, March 27-April 24 (5 weeks)

TIME:  3:30-4:15

WHERERoom 108 of the Music Building
Cairn University 200 Manor Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047

WHO: Middle School Students in 4th-8th grade will be instructed by Cairn Music Education Majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University

COST: $10 per child to be paid at the first class (Family Rate:  $25)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Dr. Wolf: dwolf@cairn.edu or 215-702-4323

TO REGISTER: email Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, dwolf@cairn.edu. Please include student’s name, age, and phone.  Registration Deadline*: March 20th

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Kidsport Gym Class

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WHAT: Physical education program for homeschoolers

  • Ages 5-7 Kidsport kids explore how and where the body moves. Students participate in manipulative activities using bats and balls, jump ropes and jump boxes, hoops and scooters, gator balls, parachutes, and games galore!
  • Ages 8-17 Kidsport kids learn to lead healthy, active lives. Students take part in fantastic fitness activities, team-building challenges, tennis, volleyball, flag football, soccer, rapid relays, speedstacks, juggling, softball, capture the flag, gymnastics, aerobics, and much more!

WHERE: Cairn University 200 Manor Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

WHEN:  Tuesdays – March 20th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

TIME:  1:30 – 3:00pm

AGES: 5 – 17   Grades K – 12

COST:  $30.00 per student;  $70.00 max per family

Enrollment is limited to 100 students.

FOR MORE INFO:  Click HERE or email kidsport@cairn.edu or call 215.702.4283

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Are you looking for help with homeschooling your 7th-12th grader? Check out Greystone Academy

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Homeschool Day at Milton Hershey

WHAT:  Bring your kids to The Hershey Story and discover all things Hershey — the man, his business, the town, and the chocolate — in an active, hands-on way! Our unique programs reach far beyond history to include economics, geography, science, math and reading.

Milton Hershey’s Cuba: A Sweet Venture in Sugar, 1916-1946
Experience the newest special exhibit and learn about Milton Hershey’s other model town – Hershey, Cuba!  Plus, make a delicious candy bar in the Chocolate Lab, as you learn more about sugar, Hershey and Cuba.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28

TIME: 9 am- 1 pm

WHERE: 63 West Chocolate Avenue Hershey, PA 17033

WHO: 3 and up

COST: $10 per person (ages 2 and under are free)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Homeschool Day

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NEW!!–danceLogic

WHAT:  Exciting new dance class experience on Saturdays where you can dance along with your own created virtual dance choreography and share on social media as well as in public performance. Improve your social media savvy and dance technique. Use these new skills in a high tech performance combining dance and coding.

WHEN: Saturdays

TIME: 12 pm- 2:30 pm

WHERE: Community Education Center (CEC) 3500 Lancaster Avenue

WHO: Teen Girls 13-18

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click danceLogic.

Check out West Park Cultural Center’s Summer Camps also!

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Upcoming Events, Activities & More!

Homeschoolers Formal Cinderella Ball

WHAT: The Cinderella Ball is an elegant formal affair in which homeschoolers can come with or without a date to dance the night away in style. A full dinner, ball room and popular dancing, and rides in a Cinderella Carriage led by two beautiful white horses are some of the festivities that await!

WHEN: Thursday, April 26th

TIME:  The doormen will greet you at 6:45 pm to invite you in, and will escort you out at 11:00 pm before your carriage turns into a pumpkin.

WHERE:  Hosted at The Palace, of course!
The Palace    109 N Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ 08012

WHO: 12-19 years old

COST: Tickets are $40.00 per person and include a full dinner and a night of dancing. Tickets are limited to 200 attendants and 20 chaperons. Chaperons must purchase tickets to the event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Homeschool Cinderella Ball

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Now’s the time to sign up for these great activities
for homeschoolers at Cairn University!
They are great for your budget too!

KIDSONG!!

WHAT: Your child is invited to participate in a weekly music program at Cairn UniversityAn opportunity to learn to develop music skills such as listening, singing, moving, and creating.

WHO: Children 4TH – 8TH grades will be instructed by Cairn Music Education Majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University.

KIDSONG I:  K – 4TH GRADES (Starts this Tuesday!! Feb. 13March 20; no class during Spring Break: 3/13)

KIDSONG II:  4TH – 8TH GRADES (March 27 – April 24)

WHEN:  Tuesdays, Nov. 14 – Dec. 5

TIME: 3:30-4:15

WHERE:  Room 108 of the Music Building

COST:  Registration fee of $10 per child to be paid at the first class (Cash or check made out to Cairn University) Family rate: $25!

To register, email Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, dwolf@cairn.edu with subject:  Kidsong!  Please include name of child, age, and phone.  Space is limited to the first 15 registered students for each session.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Dr. Wolf: dwolf@cairn.edu or 215-702-4323

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Kidsport Gym Class

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WHAT: Physical education program for homeschoolers

  • Ages 5-7 Kidsport kids explore how and where the body moves. Students participate in manipulative activities using bats and balls, jump ropes and jump boxes, hoops and scooters, gator balls, parachutes, and games galore!
  • Ages 8-17 Kidsport kids learn to lead healthy, active lives. Students take part in fantastic fitness activities, team-building challenges, tennis, volleyball, flag football, soccer, rapid relays, speedstacks, juggling, softball, capture the flag, gymnastics, aerobics, and much more!

WHERE: Cairn University 200 Manor Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

WHEN:  Tuesdays – March 20th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

TIME:  1:30 – 3:00pm

AGES: 5 – 17   Grades K – 12

COST:  $30.00 per student;  $70.00 max per family

Enrollment is limited to 100 students.

FOR MORE INFO:  Click HERE or email kidsport@cairn.edu or call 215.702.4283

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Want To Play Some Volleyball? 

WHAT: Does your child need to burn off steam when it’s cold outside?
Home- and cyberschooled girls and boys are invited to participate in our multilevel
volleyball program. Join us to learn the ins and outs of a fun and fast-paced sport!

WHEN: Thursday afternoons starting, February 1

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

AGES: grades 4-12

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact anne@drhweb.net and a registration form.

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A Fun Opportunity?
Toad Detour Volunteer Training

WHAT: Each spring volunteers shepherd thousands of toads safely across Port Royal Avenue as they travel to and from their breeding grounds at the Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve. If you’d like to help with this year’s Toad Detour, join us for this orientation. Volunteers can help for an evening, bring a Girl or Boy Scout Troop, or become shift managers, to help manage the many volunteers who help these toads. You’ll learn all about toads, toad handling, and shift sign-ups. Volunteers are needed for evening shifts from March through June.

WHEN:  February 17

TIME: 1 pm- 3 pm

WHERE: The Schuylkill Center  8480 Hagy’s Mill Road    Philadelphia, PA 19128

AGES: all

FOR MORE INFORMATION: click HERE

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The Man Who Came to Dinner – FREE Matinee 

WHAT: After flying across the Atlantic with James in a giant peach last March and going under the sea with Ariel and her friends in November, the Phil-Mont Drama Department is staying on solid American soil for a rollicking, screw-ball comedy: The Man Who Came to Dinner.

In 1939, the Great Depression was waning, war was still half a world away, and playwrights Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman were kings of the Broadway box office with hits such as Merrily We Roll Along and Pulitzer Prize winner, and previous Phil-Mont production, You Can’t Take It with You. The Man Who Came to Dinner, Hart and Kauffman’s penultimate collaboration, opened to positive reviews and ran for 739 performances. In 2000, a Broadway revival featured a star-studded cast: Nathan Lane (Timon in Disney’s The Lion King), Jean Smart (Designing Women), and Harriet Sansom Harris (Frasier).

The audience will leave happy, indeed, although their sides might hurt from excessive laughter. Think of it as the most enjoyable “core workout” you can imagine.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 28

TIME: 10 am (Shows are usually 2 hours long)

WHERE: Phil-Mont Christian Academy. 35 Hillcrest Avenue  Erdenheim,  PA 19038

COST: FREE!!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS: Click HERE

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Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day

WHAT: This event is an opportunity to learn about engineering and STEM through conversation and demonstrations by Drexel students.

WHENSaturday, February 24

TIME: 10 AM – 2 PM.  Feel free to come and go at any time during that time window.

WHERE:  Drexel’s ExCITe Center at 3401 Market St, Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

WHO: Female students in grades 7-10 (ages 11-15) are welcome to attend this event.
Please remember that attendees must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must stay with them during the event.

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE. OR please contact Victoria Cahn at vmc43@drexel.edu or 215-571-3841.

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Save The Date:
Church of the Savior Book Sale! 

WHAT: SALT and PEPPER home schoolers annual GREAT used book sale

WHEN:
 Monday, March 19th

TIME:
 6 to 9 p.m.

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

WANT TO SELL?
: contact Lori at curriculumregister@gmail.com

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Upcoming

Super Science Cyber School Day
(open to ALL homeschoolers) 

WHAT: Super Science Cyber School Day Featuring WXPN Producer Robert Drake. During National School Choice Week.  Cyber school and homeschooled students of all ages—starting as young as prekindergarten—can enjoy a full day of fun, hands-on science workshops!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

TIME: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Schedule:

10 a.m.–11 a.m.: Morning Networking Hour and Registration – Meet other parents, guardians, and administrators.
11 a.m.–Noon: School Pep Rally! WXPN kick-off in the Auditorium. Send in your school banner, wear your school colors, and be ready to show your school pride.
Noon–4 p.m.: Fun science activities, hands-on experiments, and specimen touch tables throughout the building!
1 p.m.: Auditorium Live Animal Show
2 p.m.: Auditorium Story time With Marty the Moose
3 p.m.: Auditorium Live Animal Show

ALL DAY: Stop by the Resource Fair in the Commons and learn about Cyber Schools. Meet their teams and other guardians and students.

WHERE: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University  1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

COST: $7 per student and adult,  Click here to purchase tickets.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Lisa Willis at lkw44@drexel.edu, or click HERE for the website.

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Homeschool Bowling

WHAT: Homeschool bowling is starting back up again. It is a great indoor phys ed activity for the winter.

WHEN: Fridays (February 2nd to May 18th, excluding Good Friday)

TIME: from 1-2:30 pm

WHERE: Thunderbird Lanes in Warminster, PA.

COST: Can’t beat only $5 (including shoes!) for an hour and half of bowling.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  contact Lisa Boyle at LMBMommyof4@comcast.net

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Don’t forget to check out the Classes and Discounts page for ongoing classes geared specifically for homeschoolers! 

And THIS PREVIOUS POST about indoor winter activities!!!! 

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MLK Day 2018

Martin Luther King Day is this coming Monday, January 15th. How do you remember Dr. King? Do you serve? Visit a museum? Read some books about his life? Watch a documentary? Leave a comment about  how you learned about his life and legacy or how you incorporate Dr. King into your homeschool.

 

There are a few museums that offer FREE ADMISSION
for Martin Luther King Day!

Here are a few that I have found:

Benjamin Franklin Museum  FREE January 13-15

Philadelphia Orchestra MLK Tribute Concert  FREE but ticket required

National Museum of American Jewish History FREE family event

African American Museum in Philadelphia  FREE Friday Jan 12, $2 entrance for Jan. 13-15

Eastern State Penitentiary FREE Saturday-Monday

Constitution Center FREE parts of the museum, also things online for at home use

National Liberty Museum pay as you wish

Woodmere Art Museum FREE

Philadelphia Art Museum free AFTER pay as you wish

Please Touch Museum activities for MLK Day included with admission

 

 

There are many ways to serve and volunteer for
Martin Luther King Day this year!

Here are just a few that I have come across:

Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service Here’s a great listing of sites that are offering service opportunities

Awbury Arboretum   Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 15, 9am-1pm

The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is the largest King Day event in the nation!  Awbury Arboretum joins Global Citizen, which promotes year-round volunteer service and civic engagement, in gathering volunteers for a special day of service.  This year we have two projects:

  1.  Volunteers will work together to lay woodchip trails in the newly restored Wingohocking watershed spring area and current wetlands location at the arboretum.
  2.  Meanwhile, our teen volunteers will learn and use woodworking skills to rebuild a tool shed in our Agricultural Village.

Hot soup lunch is included! Questions?  Contact Volunteer Coordinator Leslie Cerf at (215) 205-6561.

Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground  Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 15

Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, 2900 Germantown Avenue

Outdoor Clean up, remembering Dr. King, reading his writing, bonfire, hot chocolate.
Info: 215-870-8348
I have also seen some adds for other environmental centers that are holding events. Check out your favorite one to see if they have anything!

And because it falls on the same day… 
here’s a reminder, don’t forget to go skating!!!! 

 

AWANA Family Skate Night 

WHAT: Come join Lawnadale Baptist Church and friends for their annual Skate Night.

WHEN: Monday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day)

TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM

WHEREPalace Roller Skating Center   11586 Roosevelt Blvd.   Phila. 19116

AGES
: All ages are welcome.  Feel free to invite your relatives or church family friends.

COST: Admission Fee: $2.00/ per person whether you skate or watch

            Skate Rental: $3.00 / per person OR Bring your own skates

CASH ONLY!

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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 SkyZone.com/philadelphia.
Please contact April Dawson at   ummadam3@gmail.com to rsvp, ask questions or reach out about this group!