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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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Paint & Draw with “Wondern Awe” Contest

I’m excited to announce a great art contest!

Dear Fellow Homeschooler,

We run a small ministry called “Wondern Awe” and one aspect of our work is encouraging artistic pursuit.

For this reason, we have taken over Gwen Fredette’s National  “PHB Homeschool Art Contest” and are partnering with Philadelphia Homeschool Blog to offer a great opportunity for Homeschooled kids across America.


Here are the details:

For Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades K through 8.

Categories:   Entries will be separated into 3 categories:

  • Grades K – 2
  • Grades 3 – 5
  • Grades 6 – 8

What: Create a work of art according to this theme: “Art through the Ages”.  Your artwork should also meet these requirements:

  • Art work should reflect the theme “Art through the Ages”.
  • Any homeschooled student in grades K – 8 can participate.
  • Must be on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper
  • Art work can be done in any medium (pencil, marker, crayons, colored pencil, paint, markers, etc.)
  • Art work must be created from the student’s imagination or through direct observation. (No copying!  See contest rules for details.)

Deadline:  All entries must be post-marked by Saturday, June 10th, 2017 

Prizes Include:

For more details, including an entry form, mailing directions and the contest rules, please click links below:

Wondern Awe Entry Form (doc)
Wondern Awe Contest Rules (doc)

Wondern Awe Entry Form (pdf)
Wondern Awe Contest Rules (pdf)


Also, please feel free to let your homeschool friends and Co-ops know about the contest.

May God continue to bless your homeschool adventure!



Sara Klein and Anne Macha



Feel free to contact Sara & Anne with any questions or further details at or thru their website Wondern Awe !


Special Thanks to the Sponsors who helped make this contest possible!

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K Loveklove

K-LOVE is a pioneer in the non-commercial, listener supported Christian music format. With over 446 signals across the United States, K-LOVE reaches millions of listeners each week and strives to deepen their relationships with Christ. K-LOVE features positive and encouraging music 24/7. Through the support of listeners, K-LOVE is committed to improving local communities by building strong partnerships with churches and other organizations. You can listen to K-LOVE in Philadelphia at 106.9, on our free app, or online at

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Trailblazer Books:

trailblazer logo  The award-winning Trailblazer Books are action-packed historical fiction novels introducing great Christian heroes to readers ages 8—12. Each page-turning book portrays a significant period in a hero or heroine’s life and ministry as seen through the eyes of a young protagonist. A page in the front of each book explains exactly what is fiction and which events and characters are historical, and a “More About” chapter at the end provides a brief biographical overview of the hero’s life. We want kids to learn about pioneer missionaries and other important Christians . . . and have fun doing it.

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Rainbow Resource Center

In business since 1989, it is our mission to provide the best
educational products to rainbow resource logo.jpghomeschoolers, parents, and educators at the lowest prices we can offer. We currently carry over 50,000 quality educational products in all subject areas, for grades PK-12 and beyond! In addition to our great prices, you can count on us for additional perks – such as free shipping on prepaid domestic orders over $50 and free curriculum consulting services.  Visit for more details.

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Don’t Miss Out on Free Events This Week!

WHAT:  Do you have kids in their tweens or teens? Are they or you looking for some friends and fellow homeschoolers to continue with on the homeschooling journey? Come on out to this first Spring Park Day. April has set this day up to meet one another and then to discuss what our families need and plan some more events, particularly a regular schedule for this park day.

WHEN: THIS Wednesday, May 17th

WHO: 10 years old + crowd (but others are welcome to play in the park)

WHEN: 2 pm until you want to leave


 Wall Park (click for map link) in Elkins Park (meet at play structure on Church & Wall Park Drive)

: please email April ( if you cannot attend but would like to send ideas to share with the group.


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Informational Meeting:  How to Start
Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Where:  Northeast Community Church  3300 Tyson Ave.  Philadelphia, PA 19149

When:  THIS Tuesday, May 16th

Time: 6:30-8:30

Cost:  Free!

We will briefly cover topics like:

  • Benefits of Homeschooling
  • Homeschool Statistics
  • Traditional Homeschooling vs. Virtual Charter School
  • Homeschool Law Requirements
  • Socialization

Several of our local support group leaders and homeschool classes coordinators will be there to share about their programs and what’s available.  Groups include:

  • Classical Conversations Northeast Campus
  • CHEER homeschool support group
  • Ash Theater Comany
  • Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair
  • Art Museum Homeschool Classes
  • Eclectic Learning Network
  • Flip Out Productions
  • PAFA Homeschool Classes
  • Penn Museum Homeschool Classes
  • Rossana Jaffe: Bethel Homeschoolers Field Trips
  • Sarah Lambert: Philly Homeschool Blog

Mr. Sean Baker from the Philadelphia School District will also come to talk about the paperwork requirement.

I’m hoping that this would be a helpful event. Whether you are planning to start homeschooling or have already started homeschooling in Philadelphia, this would be a good time for planning, looking into resources and connecting with other homeschoolers in the area.  Feel free to forward this information to anyone who might be interested.  Let me know if you are interested in coming.


Angela Chung


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Phil-Mont Christian Academy Home School Open House

WHAT:  The tours will be led by a Phil-Mont parent who is also a home schooler with co-op experience. She and members of our administrative team will be able to answer any questions you may have about combining Phil-Mont coursework with your home school curriculum. Personal tour dates can also be arranged, as well as an opportunities for students to “shadow” a Phil-Mont student for a day.

WHEN: This Wednesday, May 17 at 9am

WHERE: 35 Hillcrest Avenue Erdenheim, PA 19038


FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE to register, or HERE for the Homeschool Partners page
or email Erin Livingston at

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Science in the Summer

WHAT:   The Science of Sports. Behind every professional basketball player, gymnast, swimmer, and sprinter is a team of scientists who help athletes excel in their sport, from trainers, nutritionists and physical therapists to statisticians and equipment engineers. Students will learn about these scientists and tackle basic scientific concepts through fun, hands-on activities like experimenting with healthy sports drink recipes and creating their own bouncy balls to test bounce height against other sports balls.

WHEN and WHERE: throughout the summer at your local library!

WHO: students entering 2nd-6th grades in the Fall 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Click HERE, you can search by zip code


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Living History Sundays Return to Graeme Park

WHAT:   One Sunday each month from May – October, 2017 costumed volunteers will enrich the visitor experience by presenting living history activities at Graeme Park. Volunteers will interact with guests as they tour the house or grounds and will do a short presentation at 2 p.m. on the day’s topic or theme. Topics include: Colonial Hearth Cooking, Fathers and Family in the 1700s, Reflections on Independence, The Revolutionary War & Its Impact on the Locals, Slavery at Graeme Park, Colonial Medical Practices

WHEN: mostly held on the third Sunday of each month (except where a scheduling conflict occurs) from 12 noon to 3 pm

WHERE: 859 County Line Road in Horsham, PA 19044

COST: included in the cost of your house tour:  $3/3-11,  $6/12-64,  $5/65+
FOR MORE INFORMATION: click Living History Sundays for tentative schedule


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Coming up tomorrow: ART CONTEST details!!!! 


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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!

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Homeschool Happenings

Wednesday & Thursday! Homeschool Open House

WHAT: Flip Out Productions would like to invite you to our Homeschool Open House!

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHO: All skill levels welcome! Class for ages 7 and up

WHEN: Thursday, April 27th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHO: All skill levels welcome! Class for ages 3-6 years.

 1714 Mascher Street, Philadelphia  19122

Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you at the open house!
Miss Katie and the Flip Out Productions Family

: Like our page on Facebook for more updates and events or visit: Flip Out Productions

Our next 8-week session is starting May 2nd!
We offer discounted classes to homeschooling families: 1 child – $100; 2 children- $150;
3 children- $220; 4 children- $300.   GREAT DEAL ALERT!!!!

Be sure to check out the “CLASSES” tab to see what is happening in the month of MAY for Homeschoolers. Some of these begin next week! Ranging from athletics to sewing many local venues offer a class each month specifically for homeschoolers!

Glencairn Museum Glass Blowing Day
Open House for Homeschoolers

WHAT: Glassblowing demonstrations, learn how stories were told using stained glass windows and more.

WHERE: Glencairn Museum 1001 Cathedral Road  Bryn Athyn, PA, 19009

WHEN:  this Thursday, April 27th from 9:30-12:30

COST: $5 per person, children 3 and under are free. no reservations required.

FOR MORE INFO: Check out this flier- Glass blowing Homeschool Day 2017 (1) and their website here


Futsal or Music for your kids? 

If you missed the open house for homeschoolers last week to check out Grow Philly’s Youth Futsal Academy or Music Class, you still have the opportunity! First class can be your FREE/TRIAL class (please RSVP via email)!

WHAT: Futsal is a smaller scale modification of soccer perfect for soccer players of all ages, and genders! Futsal focuses on soccer fundamentals such as ball control, passing, scoring, teamwork, and good sportsmanship while having fun learning the game.

WHEN: Tuesdays 12:15-1:00 pm; 7 week 45 minute sessions

AGES: 5 and up

COST: $70 per 7 week session (can be prorated if first class missed)

WHAT: Music Classes include an introduction to reading music and to different instruments, no music experience needed.

WHEN: Tuesdays 1:15-2:00 pm; 7 week 45 minute sessions

AGES: 6-17, no music experience needed

COST: $100 per 7 week session (can be prorated if first class missed)


Class session begins Tuesday, April 25th, please join next week, May 2nd!

WHERE: East Passyunk Rec Center  1025 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 9148

FOR MORE INFO: email Matthew at or
Click on these Grow Philly Music Academy        Grow Philly Futsal Academy    fliers!


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Science and Ballet

Pennypack Environmental Center
Home School Programs Spring 2017

WHATWhat’s Bugging You           Learn the important role that insects play in our
environment. Explore forest and field habitats with bug boxes to take a closer look at these critters. Learn about some of the benefits of insects, as well as options for dealing with insect pests.

WHEN: This Tuesday, April 25

WHATCreek Exploration      Using the creek as a laboratory, we will determine stream health by identifying aquatic life. Discover how water is affected by land use within the watershed. Wear shoes that can get wet, but please no sandals.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 23

Pennypack Environmental Center  8600 A Verree Road  Philadelphia, PA 19115

TIME: Each session will be held from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.

:  Adults are asked to stay with their child, younger siblings are welcome.

: $5.00 per school aged child, per activity. (Free for adults and younger tag along siblings). Registration is required.
Please complete registration form below and a youth registration form for each child.

Check out their Facebook Page


Seating still available:

Mid-Summer Night’s Dream

WHAT: Featuring dancers from Wissahickon Dance Academy, Northeast High School and Blaine Elementary. This showing for the Philadelphia School District and homeschools is presented by the nonprofit International Ballet Exchange. A full-length ballet based on Shakespeare’s famous comedy about mistakes, mischief, and love.

: Tuesday, June 6th at 10am; an hour long performance

: George Washington High School   10175 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116

: FREE!!! You must reserve your seats!

to reserve your seats call Elaine at 215-694-4564 or email your information (from the form)




WHAT: How to start homeschooling in Philadelphia informational meeting

WHERE: due to voting at the library, the location is being changed. It will be announced soon!

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16; 6:30-8:30