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Reading Awards & Writing Contests

Pizza Hut’s “BOOK IT!”

Pizza Hut’s “BOOK IT!” Program has opened up enrollment.
Here’s how the program works:

  1. The homeschool teacher sets reading goals for each of her students.
  2. Each month that a child completes a reading goal he/she receives a coupon for 1 free personal pan pizza.
  3. The program runs for 6 months – from October until March.
  4. Any child in grades K – 6 (ages 5-12) is able to participate.
  5. This program is FREE to all homeschooling families.

To find out more about this program please click HERE

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Amazing Women’s Edition

writing contest

WHAT: Write a 20-30 page book with the theme Local Heroines. “In furtherance of honoring the vast contributions of women, we are hosting the Amazing Women’s Edition book writing contest. Get to know an extraordinary woman in your community and tell us HER story.” Sophia Hansen Founder, Amazing Women’s Edition
WHEN: must be submitted by January 8, 2018
WHO: grades K-8

Sponsored by: National Youth Foundation

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

 

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Amazing Kids! Adventure Contest

WHAT: Fall is the perfect time to reflect on any summer trips and record lasting memories. For our contest, we want you to write a story starting with the line “I opened the book, and out slipped a photograph.” We are looking for creative and fresh stories in which characters embark on adventures that shape their perspectives. Submit a story of up to 2000 words on the above theme.
WHEN: deadline extended till oct 1st
WHO: ages 7 – 18. ages split into the following categories: 7 – 9, 10 – 11, 12 – 14, and 15 – 18.

Sponsored by: Amazing Kids! Magazine

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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banner hsdla essay

WHAT: Submit an essay of up to 700 words using the corresponding theme for your age group. All contest profits go to our charitable arm, the Home School Foundation, which uses them to provide low-income homeschooling families with access to educational and legal resources to help them continue homeschooling.
WHEN: accepting submission September 1st-November 1st
WHO: separated into 3 categories: ages 7-10, 11-14, 15-19 year olds
COST: $15 non-HSLDA members, $10 for members; cash prizes are awarded

Sponsored by: HSLDA

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Click HERE; to look up themes, click HERE

Don’t forget to check out their main page that lists all 4 of their contests offered quarterly!

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 1st Annual Young Writers & Illustrators Contest  

WHAT: Submit one original, short story that is no more than 32 pages.
WHEN: September 17- October 22
WHO: 3rd, 4th, 5th graders – 4 winners from each grade level will be selected

Sponsored by: Nahjee Grant

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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The Betty Award  

WHAT: In honor of my mother, Betty, who taught all 6 of her children to love reading and writing at an early age. Submit a story of up to 1000 words in length.
WHEN:  Entry deadline if October 7
WHO: ages 7-12
COST: $15 per entry fee; cash prizes are awarded

Sponsored by: The Betty Award

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Write Early! Write Often! Write Well!  

WHAT: Entries can be fact, fiction, prose, or poetry.  Parents must verify that participant completed all the steps of the writing process. FREE printable to help with this. Dictated stories are encouraged and accepted! All entries must include an ORIGINAL photo of the cover page that includes the title of the story, artwork (hand drawings by the author). Submit as many entries as you wish!
WHEN:  The contest begins January 1, 2017 and ends December 31, 2017. At the end of each month a random drawing will be held and a winner will be announced. The winner from the monthly drawing will be eligible for the end of the year drawing. Winner will be announced January 2018.
WHO: grades K-6 or ages 5-13 each age group has different word count qualifications

Sponsored by: Author Brock Eastman

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Dandelion MICRO FICTION Contest

Overbooked contestWHAT: Welcome to Dandelion’s third Micro-Fiction contest!  Open to writers of all ages and inclinations!  This one’s inspired by Overbooked, see illustration below.  Where does a busload, no, a veritable magical mystery tour of overflowing books take you?   Such a magnificent volume of volumes to be considered, one small girl must have help!  Or must she?   Is there an adventure in the offing?  Ah, the places you’ll go….

Submit a story of up to 1000 words regarding the related photo

WHEN:  submit by September 30; every month a different photo is posted awaiting a story, so check frequently on their website!
WHO: all ages; separated into Young Writer (18 and under) and Adult

Sponsored by: Artist Lori Preusch

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Creative Communication

WHAT: Submit a poem no longer than 21 lines of text.
WHEN: submit by December 6
WHO: grades K-9; separated into 3 age divisions

Sponsored by: Creative Communication

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

Creative communication is no longer offering their essay contests, but has a poetry contest 3 times a year!

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‘Be a famous writer’ Contest  

WHAT: Write a story based on the theme word: DRAGON. no less than 250 words and not to exceed 1,000 words. It may be fiction or non-fiction.
WHEN:  October 15- December 15
WHO: K-4th grade.

Sponsored by: Mrs. P Check out Mrs. P.com– an award-winning FREE storybook destination. Classic children’s stories brought to life by TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Happening Tomorrow!

PLEASE COME TO A HOMESCHOOL HANG-OUT!!!  

ALL  AGES WELCOME.  

WHEN: THURSDAY, September 14th, 2017

 

TIME: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

 

WHERE: Wall Park.  It is located on Church Rd in Cheltenham Township , PA , near the corner of Church and Old York Rd. (Just outside of Philly)

MAP:
    To see a map of the area, please click  HERE

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)

COST:  FREE!

 

RAINDATE: Thursday,  September 21st, 2017  (same time, same place)
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Art Class open to Homeschool High Schoolers

WHAT: A 13 week art class for High Schoolers taught by Mr. Stippich. Drawing is the fundamental way of expressing ideas. In this class, students move through the concepts of form, shapes, shading, perspective, and figure drawing. The course sets up a base for learning all areas of art as well as assisting students in thinking visually when working out problems. It will cover the seven principles of art as well as other media like charcoal, calligraphy, etching, and color pencil.

In the works- Second semester:  the second semester course will build on this, extend it, and move into other media. $300 for this semester also.

WHEN: Once a week on Mondays from Sept. 18 through December 11, 2017

TIME: 2:45 to 3:30 pm

WHERE: Held at International Christian High School, 413 E. Tabor Rd. Phila 19120

WHO: grades 8-12

COST:  $300 (can use a payment plan)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: To register, call Priscilla Strapp at Sophia Academy–267-595-4723

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Fall Homeschool Hang-out

 

PLEASE COME TO A HOMESCHOOL HANG-OUT!!!  

ALL  AGES WELCOME.  

WHEN: THURSDAY, September 14th, 2017

 

TIME: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

 

WHERE: Wall Park.  It is located on Church Rd in Cheltenham Township , PA , near the corner of Church and Old York Rd. (Just outside of Philly)

MAP:
    To see a map of the area, please click  HERE

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)

COST:  FREE!

 

RAINDATE: Thursday,  September 21st, 2017  (same time, same place)
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Free classes and some great events!

Dornsife Center Classes 

Youth Martial Arts Program

Ages: 8-12 for new students

Youth Martial Arts are great for exercise, goal setting, self-confidence, and discipline. Classes are no cost, however, a pre-registration info session is mandatory to review program details and expectations. A rigid attendance and behavior policy is enforced. Space is limited so sign up early. Sign up by Sept 15.

Music Lessons

Music classes for children ages 9-17. Is your child interested in learning how to play an instrument or sing?  Then sign up for FREE Guitar, Voice, Percussion Classes. Music classes are 30 minutes long and are scheduled between 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sign up by Sept 15.

Playwriting Class

Young people between the ages of 8-12 will be taught the basic tenants of Playwriting through exercises, improvisations, and theater games geared to freeing their imaginations. They will work individually and collaboratively writing short plays and on acting out those plays. The goal of the program is not to make them into playwrights or actors, but to help them see that they have something important to say and if they use their creativity and trust themselves they can achieve great things. Sign up by Sept 15. 

Dance Classes

Are you looking to learn how to dance? Then check out our line up below to see what’s available this year for you. Classes are FREE with a one-time $5 registration fee.

  • Ages 4-6yrs – Creative Movement
  • Ages 7-12yrs – Ballet/Modern/Jazz
  • Ages 13-18 yrs – Choreography
  • Senior Adults – Dance Fitness
  • Adults 18+ – Movement Class

Sign up on Oct 11, 2017 between 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please note that enrollment is for the entire year (fall, winter, and spring). New students will not be able to join after fall term.

WHERE:  The Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

FOR MORE INFO ON EACH OF THESE CLASSES: Click HERE or Call (215) 571-4013 or email dornsifecenter@drexel.edu

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Drexel University Dornsife Center

Triskeles Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy

The Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy (USLA) is an after school enrichment program for high school seniors. The goal of USLA is to provide students with long term support in academics, careers placement, and postsecondary education preparation. The program will support youth in developing skills, social awareness, and self-reflection necessary to be successful. Students receive paid incentives throughout the program and also get placed in a paid internship in their dream career field. USLA provides the trainings and connections needed to boost opportunities in the lives of young people. We know that a one-size-fits-all approach limits potential and limits an individual, which is why we collaborate with talented and diverse community partners to bring to light the world’s opportunities and create concrete moments for young people to explore themselves in relationship to the steps necessary to get to where they want to go, specifically when it comes to their future careers.

For More Information: Click HERE or email Marcin at mjaroszewicz@triskeles.org

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East Falls Running Club

WHAT: A lower school running club for kids. Motivating kids to be active

WHEN: 9/12 – 10/8 Tuesdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 11:00am, workouts last one hour

WHERE:  William Penn Charter School’s front field 3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144

COST: Tuesdays or Sundays only: $50 for first child, $30 for all additional children
Both days pricing: $70 for first child, $30 for all additional children

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE, or email Bryan Skelly – bskelly@penncharter.com

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Walk thru the Bible 

WHAT: Please join us for this fun, interactive, energy-filled experience your whole family will love! Unpack ‘Big Picture’ Truths of the Old Testament in just a few hours!

Walk away from this exciting day with an overview of God’s beautiful redemption story as woven through the Old Testament.

WHEN: Saturday, September 23

WHERE:  Risen Hope Church 600 Burmont Rd, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

TIME: 9 am -12 pm

COST:
 youth $10, adults $15

FOR MORE INFO: and to register online HERE scroll down for forms on left side bar

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Benjamin Franklin Museum

WHAT: Free admittance to museum

WHEN: September 30: National Public Lands Day
November 11-12: Veteran’s Day weekend

WHERE:  317 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106  The museum is located in Franklin Court. Entrance to the courtyard is from Market or Chestnut Streets, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

COST: FREE!!! (school groups are able to visit the museum for free! check out the information via the link below)

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE

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Science Homeschool Classes!

Don’t forget to head to the Classes Tab on the Blog to check out the HUGE list of classes that are geared towards homeschoolers!

 

Wagner Free Institute of Science

WHAT: Wagner Homeschool science classes for Fall 2017:
October 6thRocks & Minerals· Why is knowing about rocks important? Learn about how rocks form and some of the special properties of minerals.
November 3rdDinosaurs & Fossils· How realistic is Jurassic Park? Learn how fossils reveal clues about the Mesozoic era, when dinosaurs ruled the world.
December 1stMammals· Why are mammals so furry? What do they eat? Learn about the different types of mammals and their many adaptations.

All programs consist of an interactive, hands-on lesson in our 19th century lecture hall, real natural history specimens to touch, and a scavenger hunt in the museum gallery.

WHERE:  Wagner Free Institute of Science  1700 West Montgomery Avenue Phila. 19121

TIME: 10-11:30 am

AGES: geared towards 6-10 but all ages are welcome

COST:
 FREE!!! but donations are appreciated. A donation of $10 per adult and $5 per child is suggested, but any contribution will make a difference.

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE. Pre-registration is required by the Monday before, either by emailing reservations@wagnerfreeinstitute.orgor calling 215-763-6529 ext. 17.

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Deaver Wellness Farm Homeschool Classes

WHAT: Sept. 13– “A Pollination Picnic” (grades 3–8). This lesson will focus on the connection between pollinators and the food system. Students will learn about different types of pollination including wind and insect pollination, as well as the large diversity of insect pollinators. Students will also learn about plant reproduction and the role that pollinators play in this process. All lessons include a healthy eating component and we will prepare a healthy snack.

Sept. 19- “Young Explorers” (grades K–2; 80 minutes). All of the senses come alive in the farm! Join our farm educators on an interactive garden adventure to discover what is growing in our garden beds. Experience hands-on, sensory investigations of plants through taste, touch, small, planting, harvesting and food preparation. All lessons include a healthy eating component and we will prepare a healthy snack.

October 18-“Living Soil and Compost” (grades 3–8). This lesson will focus on the connection between soil and the food system. Students will learn about all about soils and compost, the diversity of organisms that are part of a soil food web, and how soil affects all life on earth. All lessons include a healthy eating component and we will prepare a healthy snack.

and April 25-“Seeds and Sprouts” (grades K-5th). Spring is the time for seeds and planting! Learn all about seeds and plant parts, and begin to explore the relationship between seeds, soil, and the plants we eat.

WHERE:  Lankenau Medical Center  100 East Lancaster Avenue   Wynnewood, PA 19096
We will meet in the main lobby of Lankenau in front of the Health Education Center. From there we will walk outside to the farm.

TIME: 10-11:30 am

COST:
 FREE!!!! the cost to park in Lot A for two hours is $4; Registration is REQUIRED

Not all parents need to stay with children. There is also a beautiful pavilion area to sit in while the farm lesson is going on (for parents, or siblings).

FOR MORE INFO: please click HERE

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pec fall 2017

 

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September Happenings & Start Ups

Can you believe September is the next month? Here are some classes, open houses and some FREE days scheduled annually.

 

Homeschool Bowling Group

WHAT: Join other homeschoolers in some fun bowling! (This can count as PE credits!)

WHEN: Fridays (September 8-December 15, none on Black Friday)

WHERE:  Thunderbird Lanes, 1475 W. Street Road, Warminster, PA 18974

TIME: 1-2:30 PM

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

FOR MORE INFO: feel free to contact Lisa at LMBMommyof4@comcast.net

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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Penn Museum Archaeological Adventures

WHAT: Sensing History: Join us for a sensory-friendly adventure around the Museum! Whether your family has special needs or likes to explore with their senses, all are welcome to take part in this Homeschool Day. Explore the past and travel around the world through guided tours or Storytime Expeditions in select galleries. Participate in activities that bring history to life by activating the senses. Try out some hands-on history by taking part in an interactive workshop that investigates daily life in ancient cultures or the process of mummification.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13

WHERE:  Penn Museum  3260 South St.  Philadelphia, PA 19104

TIME: 10 am-1 pm

COST:
 $12 per adult/child; children 3 and under are free

FOR MORE INFO: Click Here; check out their 4 other scheduled days!

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Homeschool Hop 

WHAT: Bring your kids to our Home School Hop! A designated time every Friday to ensure homeschoolers are staying active while still having fun! (Walk-Ins Only) Wear your socks!

WHEN: Fridays, starting September 15th

WHERE: SkyZone Trampoline Park  2834 Route 73 North      Maple Shade, NJ 08052

TIME: 11 am-3 pm

COST:
$10 for 60 minutes; $15 for 90 minutes; $20 for 120 minutes;

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE

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Graeme Park Homeschool Day

WHAT: Homeschoolers are invited to join us to discover Graeme Park and life in 18th century America. Demonstrations and hands-on activities will include open hearth cooking, militia drills, colonial games and toys, tin punching, and quill writing.  Please save this date, and join us at the Colonial home of Governor Keith!

WHEN: Friday, September 29

WHERE: Graeme Park   859 County Line Road Horsham, PA 19044 

TIME: 10 am -2 pm

COST:
 $6 per person; members are free

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE; they have multiple Homeschool Days throughout the year!

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 Constitution Day

WHAT: On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. This document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms that “We the People” enjoy today.

Every year, the National Constitution Center hosts the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country.  We are the place to turn to help you commemorate that historic day while meeting your federal education requirements.  Join us at the museum for outstanding and engaging programs or use our fantastic on-line resources in your classroom.

WHEN: Observed on Monday, September 18

WHERE: National Constitution Center INDEPENDENCE MALL 525 Arch Street 19106

TIME: Events from 8:30 am-6:00 pm

COST:
 FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE; Spots fill quickly!  Call 215-409-6800 to make your reservation!

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CERAMICS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

WHAT: In this course children of all ages will develop their skills with clay. The instructor will offer a variety of fun projects that step-by-step explore techniques for hand-building for those students who are new to working with clay or who want to expand on their current knowledge. Students with specific projects in mind will have the time, space, materials, and technical support to pursue their visions. Those familiar with wheel throwing will have the facilities and materials to develop those projects independently. Enrollment is limited to ensure that each child will be provided adequate space and the instruction/technical assistance he or she needs.

WHEN: Mondays, 10 weeks, September 25-December 4th (No class October 23rd. Make up days December 11 and 18.)

TIME: 10:30 AM-Noon

COST: $200.00 for 10 weeks ($150.00 for additional siblings); Price includes all tools and materials

INSTRUCTOR: Martha Knox has over 15 years of experience as a teaching artist, working with children of all ages through schools, nonprofits, art centers, and museums. She has also taught Creativity and the Arts for the Developing Child at LaSalle University. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2006 and is a homeschooling parent. More can be learned about Martha at her   website www.marthaknox.com

WHERE: Six Senses Collaborative Clay Studio  20 East Mount Airy Avenue

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Click HERE

TO ENROLL: Interested families contact the instructor Martha Knox at marfknox@gmail.com or 330-242-4741.

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Smithsonian magazine museum day live!

WHAT: Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.

WHEN: Saturday, September 23rd

COST: The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Cherry Crest Homeschool Days

WHAT: Homeschool families are invited to join us for our Homeschool Days!
Come and enjoy the farm’s educational opportunities including butter making demonstrations, Farm Tour Wagon ride and problem solving in the maze.

WHEN: September 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2017

WHERE: Cherry Crest Adventure Farm   150 Cherry Hill Rd, Ronks PA 17572

TIME: 10 am-5 pm or 10 am-10 pm (check out the calendar page for exact dates)

COST:
 $12 per person for immediate family members; ages 2 and under are FREE


FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE; scroll down to Homeschool Days listing. You will need to provide proof of homeschooling in order to receive the discount.

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Crayola Experience

 

crayola group rate 2017

crayola homeschool 2017

WHAT: Discount tickets

WHEN: the month of September for group rate

WHERE: Crayola Experience  30 Centre Square Easton, PA 18042

TIME: 10 am-6 pm

COST:
 $8.99 rate for groups of 15 or more; $9.99 homeschool rate (no group minimum)


FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE