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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


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, 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

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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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Around the World Doodling Contest

I follow a blog called Teach Me Joy, and received an email about a doodling contest for homeschoolers. I thought it looked like fun, so I got their permission to share with you all! There’s no age limit!!!
Here’s the information you need to know to enter!!! Enjoy!

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Check it out directly at this LINK and/or read on for information!


WHAT: We are looking for quality Doodles to feature in our newest eBook of Fun Facts Around the World!  Not only will chosen doodles be featured in the new eBook with your name, you will have a chance to enter a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card!

How Do I Enter?

  1. Choose a country from Around the World.  Pick an object depicting something from that country and doodle it!  For example:  A Panda from China, An Indonesian Honai, The Eiffle Tower, An African Lion, etc.
  2. Use a Black Marker on plain white paper.  (Hint: Draw first with pencil and then trace your drawing.) Fine tipped pens and pencils may not show up very well.  Do NOT use color.
  3. Add what you drew, your first name, age, and where you live to the drawing.  For Example:  Leaning Tower of Pisa, John 12, Italy (There is no age requirement, so if you don’t want to put your name and age, feel free to add: Mom of 3, Homeschooling in Texas, etc.)
  4. Take a picture of your doodle or scan it and send it to with DOODLE CONTEST in the subject line.
The Indonesian Honai
Village in Papua

What Can I Win?

  1. Every eligible doodle will be entered to win a $25 gift card to  The more qualified entries you submit, the better your chances are to win!
  2. The Runner up will receive a $10 gift card to
  3. Each person that has a doodle chosen for the book will receive a free copy of the ebook and a coupon code for 50% off any item in the Teach Me Joy store.
  4. Every person who enters a doodle, even if it is not chosen for the book, will receive a 50% off coupon code for the Teach Me Joy Store.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

  1. All entries become the property of Teach Me Joy and can be used at our discretion.
  2. Only family friendly entries will be considered!
  3. There is no limit on how many entries you can submit.  You don’t have to be an artist to submit work and everything will be considered, but we are looking for YOUR BEST work!  We can tell the difference between scribbling down something and actually doing your best.
  4. The deadline for the contest is January 30, 2018. Please have all entries submitted in plenty of time! Any late entries will not be included in the Gift Card Drawing.


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Have fun Doodling!!!

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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

: 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


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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
Please contact April Dawson at to rsvp, ask questions or reach out about this group!
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Opportunities for Homeschool Science Fairs

Why enter a Homeschool Science Fair? 

A science fair gives homeschool students the opportunity to experiment using the scientific method, to practice their writing and oral presentation skills, to observe other students’ experiments and to compete (or not- see Greater Phila. H.S. Fair)  with other students in the area of science.  Plus, it’s fun!

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19th Annual Greater Philadelphia
Homeschool Science Fair

WHAT: The GPHSF is open to any K-12 homeschooler in the Greater Philadelphia region—we have had students enter from 13 counties in four states, so living in Philly/DelCo is not a requirement.

: February 10, 2018

: Springton Lake Presbyterian Church  3090 S. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073

: K-12

: $8 non refundable fee

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE. The deadline for registration is January 10 for general projects. Please check out project restrictions which has an earlier deadline. 
Because several parents have questioned the necessity of competition and judging, we have created a “non-judged” category of the GPHSF. Students may enter projects to be displayed at the GPHSF but will not have to be interviewed by judges.
If you would rather not enter this year: we welcome visitors to the GPHSF, and there is no entrance fee. Visitors are also welcome starting at 9:00 a.m. as long as you do not disturb students who are being judged. Check out this page for more information on visiting. FREE!!  This program would make an excellent field trip!


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In grades 6-12 and considering competing further than the homsechool fairs?
Check out this page for more information: Advanced Competition

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Chester County Homeschool Science Fair

WHEN:  Saturday, January 20, 2018  

WHERE: Oscar Lasko YMCA (on Chestnut St. in West Chester)

FOR WHOM:  The CCHSF is open to all homeschooled students, grades K-12.  For Chester County residents 4th grade and up, it is the gateway fair to the bigger science fairs.  That is, by the CCIU rules, in order to enter the Chester County Science Research Competition, homeschooled students must first compete in the CCHSF.


Registration Forms MUST be submitted by Sunday, December 31, 2018

All participants receive ribbons.  There are prizes for outstanding projects. There will also be some science activities/demonstrations to participate in or watch when you are not talking to the judges.

For More Information and Registration:  Check out the CCHS Science Fair

Need an extra resource? Check out Western Chester County Science Fair Club Blog

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George Washington Carver Science Fair

Open to students grades 4-12, in the City of Philadelphia. This includes private, charter, public, Catholic, homeschool, and virtual students.

AGES: students in grades 4-6

WHEN: Tuesday, February 20-Wednesday, Feb. 22; Awards Program Friday, March 2nd.

WHERE:  Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University

AGES: students in grades 7 -12

WHEN: Monday, March 5-Wednesday, March 7; Awards Program March 23, 2017

WHERE: Temple University Aramark STAR Complex


Registration DEADLINE:  Complete online registration and mail completed Application and form by Friday, January 12, 2018. To find registration and application forms, click here: Registration and Application links

FOR MORE INFO:  Carver Science Fair

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Homeschoolers: Build a Rube Goldberg Machine

The Philly Contraption Contest was formerly known as the Philadelphia Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. Elementary school, middle school and high school students from the Philadelphia region will compete to build the best Rube Goldberg-style machine that accomplishes the assigned task: Water a plant.

What is a Rube Goldberg machine?  It’s a machine similar to the game “Mousetrap” that was popular when I was little.  Basically it is a machine that uses lots of funny, complicated, and clever steps to perform a very simple task.  Mythbusters created a RubeGoldberg Machine on one of their Christmas episodes.  You can check out their machine by clicking on this link:

Here are the details for the contest:

WHAT:  Philly Contraption Contest:  the task is play a musical instrument? Which musical instrument? Any musical instrument whatsoever that you can get into the venue and that fits inside the space allotted, from a timpani to a banjo to a kazoo to a trombone to a Moog synthesizer.
The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  Regina Angelorum Academy 105 Argyle Road in Ardmore

WHEN:  Saturday, April 14, 2018


  • High School Division
  • Middle School Division  (Grades 4-8)

TEAM SIZE:  Each team must have at least 3 members, a maximum of 12 members.

REGISTRATION BEGINS:  Now!  Registration is currently open.


PRIZES:  Cash prizes and other awards

FOR MORE INFO:  Please click on this site: Contraption Contest or their Facebook Page

TO REGISTERPhilly Contraption Registration

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AWANA Family Skate Night 

WHAT: Come join Lawnadale Baptist Church and friends for their annual Skate Night.
WHENMonday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day)
TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM

Palace Roller Skating Center   11586 Roosevelt Blvd.   Phila. 19116

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

: Admission Fee: $2.00/ per person whether you skate or watch             
            Skate Rental: $3.00 / per person OR Bring your own skates

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2nd Semester High School Art Class
at Sophia Academy

WHAT: A 16 week art class for High Schoolers taught by Mr. Stippich. In this class, students will work on perspective, figure drawing, review of shading, shaping, etc. Credit will be given.

16 weeks on Mondays starting January 29, 2018


TIME: 2:30 to 3:30 pm

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

WHO: grades 8-12

COST:  $300 if paid ahead, cost $20 per week but generous financial aid/scholarships available

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

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PEC winter 2018

PEC Youth Registration and Waivers Form 2017   Print out this form for your children and mail in both. If you have more than one, you can use one form for all of them.

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Joint Homeschool Day 

WHAT: The American Helicopter Museum and West Chester University’s Mather Plantarium are joining together to offer a special day of information and programming for homeschooling families. Parents should be aware that the planetarium gets extremely dark and some young children may find this frightening.

WHERE:  Helicopter Museum 1220 American Boulevard West Chester, PA 19380
West Chester University   700 South High Street   West Chester, PA 19383

WHEN:  Friday, February 2, 2018

TIME:  Planetarium shows will run at 9:00 (school age children), 10:30 (middle schoolers), and 12:00 P.M (high schoolers), while the American Helicopter Museum
will offer programming throughout the day from 10 to 4:00 PM. Bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy.

COST: or both sites is $10.00/person, and pre-registration is required (transportation between sites will not be provided).

FOR MORE INFORMATION: You can register by calling (610)436-9600 or by emailing  (As of this posting, they had just sent me a press release, no information was on the website yet. But they are working on it!)

Also, check out the American Helicopter Museum’s Science Saturdays. This FREE hour long class is included with admission to the Museum ($10 adults, $8 for 12 and under 2 FREE).

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Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day 2018

WHAT: Almost everything around you – the clothes you wear, the dishes you eat from, the computer you use, the bike you ride or the car you drive – is made of stuff. Materials science and engineering is the study of stuff: what it’s made of, how it works, and what we can do with it.

Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day provides the public with a chance to participate in hands-on science and engineering activities that explore some of the stuff the world is made of and to learn about how materials impact us every day.  Partner organizations include the University of Pennsylvania, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Franklin Institute, among others.

WHERE:  Drexel University Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3126 Market Street


WHENSaturday, February 3, 2018

TIME:  10 am to 3 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Please visit HERE .  From there you can RSVP to the event on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

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Wildlife Leadership Academy
Conservation Ambassador

Received in my email:

Hello Homeschool Friends,

I wanted to share with you a wonderful opportunity to nominate a young adult you know who is interested in wildlife/fisheries and the outdoors.  The Wildlife Leadership Academy enriches Pennsylvania teens and empowers them to become certified conservation Ambassadors through attending one of our 5-day residential summer field
schools, each focusing on a different wildlife species:  white-tailed deer, bass, brook trout, ruffed grouse, and turkey.  We are looking for highly motivated students
between the ages of 14 and 17 to begin their journey to become Conservation

Students who attend our field schools have the opportunity to network with professionals in the field, gain hands-on experience through classroom and field work, and build their leadership and communication skills.  Please consider nominating a young adult you know who would benefit from attending our field schools!  Once you nominate the student, we will mail them a packet of information containing a letter inviting them to apply to the Wildlife Leadership Academy, more information about our field schools, benefits of becoming a Conservation Ambassador, and tuition scholarship opportunities that are available.

Students can be nominated online at Nominate

Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you so much for helping us share this opportunity!

Katie Cassidy

Program and Outreach Coordinator
Wildlife Leadership Academy
116 Market St.
Lewisburg, PA  17837

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Online Animation and Drawing Classes

WHAT: CHAD STEWART – bringing his vast experience with animation to school age students from ages 11-18! He has worked for Disney in the past and has over 27 years of experience in the feature animation world in 2D (hand drawn) and 3D (computer) work. Just to name a few of his projects, he’s worked on Polar ExpressEmperor’s New GrooveTarzan, and the Smurfs movies. He has been a traditional animator, a 3D animator, and has supervised other animators on multiple films. He and his wife have 8 children and are nearing the end of their homeschooling journey! They began The Animation Course about 3 years ago, and it has been a highlight of their life as they work to bring the wonder of animation to many students and families! Classes fill up fast – so reserve your spot soon!

:  at your home!

WHEN:  Spring session begins January 29th-April 23rd. (3 different sessions are offered during the year)

TIME:  varies

AGES: 11-18

COST:  $300 for 12 one hour long sessions (live or recorded). Levels 1 & 2 Animation cover the principles (beginning and advanced) of animation.  Levels 3 & 4 Animation cover story boarding and producing a student film.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE, (Watch the How the Class Works video), or check out their Facebook Page

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Or if you aren’t quite at the above age level or interest level but would like to check out some animation how to’s, Disney and Khan Academy have partnered to offer a FREE class! Check it out HERE.

WHAT: Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney.