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looking for a few things to do??

Science in the Summer

WHAT: GSK Science in the Summer, is a fun and 100% free science education program for elementary school students entering second through sixth grades. It’s sponsored by GSK and offered through national science centers, community centers and libraries across the country.

This summer, led by certified teachers, students will experience the Science of Space through fun, hands-on activities that teach them about Earth’s moon, the sun, the stars, space travel and more.

  • Level 1 classes are perfect for second and third graders.
  • Level 2 classes are ideal for students entering fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
  • Pre-registration is required for all locations.
  • Class sizes are limited.

WHEN: at various dates throughout the city

TIME: 10-12 am for Level 1 Classes
1-3 pm for Level 2 Classes

WHERE: held at your local library

COST: FREE!!!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION and to REGISTER: Click HERE

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NOTGRASS HISTORY POETRY CONTEST 

WHAT: Notgrass History is producing a new history curriculum for students in grades 1-4. One component of the curriculum is a collection of songs, poems, and dances from American history. We would like to feature one poem written by a homeschooled student about homeschooling.
If your child would like to participate, have them write a poem of at least eight lines.
WHEN: Entry Deadline is JUNE 15
WHO: Homeschooled students of any age may enter.
COST: FREE to ENTER!!!!
PRIZE: The author of the poem selected for publication will receive an award of $250.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to submit your poem!

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PAINT N DRAW WITH WONDERN AWE THIS SUMMER! 

WHAT:  Join us this summer for a week filled with Wonder and Awe as we learn to look, create, and have fun!

Immerse your student in creativity this summer!  We invite you to our week-long art camp where students will learn and improve their artistic skills by drawing, painting, and bookbinding.  Campers will also participate in a community mural, learn art history and have free creative time during our “maker’s space” sessions.
Each day will be filled with wonder as we explore various media together and awe, as we appreciate what artists have contributed throughout history and enjoy what our fellow campers create!
WHEN: July 16th – July 20th
TIME: 9am-3pm
WHERE:  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church   235 Summit Ave.  Fort Washington, PA 19034
WHO: Students Ages 9 to 14
COST: $160 per child (there is a discount!!– click on the official link below!)
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

 

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Classical Conversation Happenings

WINDOW INTO CHALLENGE

WHAT:  Learn how the Challenge Program supports parents and equips students to thrive in home school and beyond!

WHEN: THIS Wednesday, May 23, 2018
TIME: 2PM -4 PM
WHERE:  Huntingdon Valley Library 625 Red Lion Road  Bethayres, PA 19006
COST:  FREE!! 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please email Amy Brown at  2knowhimand2makehimknown@gmail.com with any questions

TO REGISTER:  Click HERE then click on upcoming events an type in 19134 for a zip code for listings near by.

Continue reading “Classical Conversation Happenings”

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This Tuesday!

How to Start Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Informational Meeting:

WHAT: Hosted by yours truly, Sarah Lambert, and my friend, Angela Chung. We will have some presenters from various groups and activities for homeschoolers. Shawn Baker, the Homeschool Supervisor of the Philadelphia School District, will be sharing and available for questions. If you are interested in homeschooling, have some questions as to how to go about it, want to learn more about the resources here in Philadelphia, or need to connect with some veteran homeschoolers, then this is the place for you or your friends to be!

Meeting Will Cover the Following Topics: Continue reading “This Tuesday!”

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Portfolios and Evaluations

The end of the year is upon us!

Some of you may have already finished your required 180 days of school or are on the last count down. Some of you may count until the last day of June. For all of us homeschooling in Philadelphia, we have a portfolio to complete and need to schedule an evaluation prior to reporting to the school district.

Remember there are a few key things that must be included when showing your portfolio to your evaluator. Each item will take on its own unique look for your homeschool:

Continue reading “Portfolios and Evaluations”

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Some May Events

Thriving in High School and Beyond

WHAT: HSLDA High School Symposium:  Home School Legal Defense and your local Classical Conversations Communities invite you to this one-day symposium to learn about the manageable requirements and rich opportunities and resources available for home-educated teens and their families.

HSLDA High School Consultant, Carol Becker, will share a series of workshops covering record-keeping, college admissions, as well as the flexibility and enriching opportunities available to teen-aged homeschoolers.

An experienced panel of educators and parents will share tips and field your questions. Other home-educating families and local Classical Conversations directors will be there to learn alongside with support and encouragement.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12

TIME: 9 am- 3:45 pm

WHERE: 80 Lower Silver Lake Road  Newtown, PA 18940

COST: This entire day of workshops is provided for $15/family. Childcare is offered without charge but an offering is appreciated. Lunch will be available to order that day, or feel free to pack your own. Looking forward to learning together!

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RSVP: Click HERE

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How to Start Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Informational Meeting:

WHAT: Hosted by yours truly, Sarah Lambert, and my friend, Angela Chung. We will have some presenters from various groups and activities for homeschoolers. Shawn Baker, the Homeschool Supervisor of the Philadelphia School District, will be sharing and available for questions. If you are interested in homeschooling, have some questions as to how to go about it, want to learn more about the resources here in Philadelphia, or need to connect with some veteran homeschoolers, then this is the place for you or your friends to be!

Meeting Will Cover the Following Topics:

  • Benefits of Homeschooling,
  • Required Paperwork (by law)
  • Homeschool Education: Statistics to Prove it Works
  • Traditional Homeschooling / Virtual Charter Schools
  • Curriculum Options
  • What about Socialization?
  • Support Groups for Parents & Kids
  • Classes/Activities/Programs for Homeschoolers in Philly
  • Questions and Answers about Homeschooling

WHEN: Tuesday, May 15

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE: Northeast Community Church – Basement Chapel

3300 Tyson Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149

COST: Free!!!!

PLEASE RSVP TO: Angela Chung (angela.pfl.chung@gmail.com) by 5/8/2018 so we have an idea of how many to expect.

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 Jewish History Museum Free Fridays!

WHAT: Come explore the only museum dedicated to telling the more than 360-year history of Jews in America, located here in Philadelphia!

WHEN: any Friday through August

TIME: 1-5 pm

WHERE: National Museum of American Jewish History 101 S Independence Mall E  Phila. 19106

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click here for their Facebook Page or their main website

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ACES Spring Registration Open!

WHAT:  Come explore science at U. Penn. Our mission is to enable the active scientific exploration of the young people in our local community!  We understand that sometimes, science can seem boring to kids. We’re here to help students see how fun and interesting science can be!  Each ACES program features the following:

  • Six hands-on experiments
  • A lab notebook containing questions and observation sections about the day, as well as instructions for take-home versions of all the experiments
  • A streamlined online registration process
  • A certificate of participation for each student, with a skills list
  • Exciting introductory and wrap-up demonstrations
  • A participant survey, with a raffle for a chemistry set
  • A parent feedback survey

WHEN: Saturday, May 19th

TIME: 1-4:15 pm

WHERE:  231 S 34th St.   Phila 19104

WHO: 3rd-8th grade co-ed students

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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CHAP Homeschool Convention

WHAT:  Looking for a homeschool convention?

WHEN: Saturday, June 1-2

WHERE:  Lancaster Convention Center 25 South Queen St.  Lancaster, PA 17603

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

 Just a side note, ENOCH of New Jersey is not holding their convention this year.
They are referring people to CHAP. You can find their announcement here.

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Homeschool Informational Meeting

How to Start Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Informational Meeting:

WHAT: Hosted by yours truly, Sarah Lambert, and my friend, Angela Chung. We will have some presenters from various groups and activities for homeschoolers. Shawn Baker, the Homeschool Supervisor of the Philadelphia School District, will be sharing and available for questions. If you are interested in homeschooling, have some questions as to how to go about it, want to learn more about the resources here in Philadelphia, or need to connect with some veteran homeschoolers, then this is the place for you or your friends to be!

Meeting Will Cover the Following Topics:

  • Benefits of Homeschooling,
  • Required Paperwork (by law)
  • Homeschool Education: Statistics to Prove it Works
  • Traditional Homeschooling / Virtual Charter Schools
  • Curriculum Options
  • What about Socialization?
  • Support Groups for Parents & Kids
  • Classes/Activities/Programs for Homeschoolers in Philly
  • Questions and Answers about Homeschooling

WHEN: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE: Northeast Community Church – Basement Chapel

3300 Tyson Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149

COST: Free!!!!

PLEASE RSVP TO: Angela Chung (angela.pfl.chung@gmail.com) by 5/8/2018 so we have an idea of how many to expect

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A few more days are available to submit your art work for this year’s contest! 

2018 art contest

 

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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

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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:

 

WHERE TO TAKE STANDARDIZED TESTS in 2018?

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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 angela.pfl.chung@gmail.com

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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.)

Website: http://audreybjohnson.webs.com/

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

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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 : sarah@thelambertfam.com .  Thanks!