Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Looking for some peer-group learning for your children? 

Classes start next week! 

Art, Science, Language Arts/Creative Writing, Math, Spanish, Piano... and a bit more. 

There are open spots for children from 5-8 and for 9 and up. These nature-based programs are focused on learning in a fun and inclusive way.




Saturday, August 24, 2013

 The 4th annual Philadelphia Honey Festival
 The Wagner Free Institute of Science

Friday, September 6th


In addition to an interactive lesson, natural history specimens, and scavenger hunt, this special program also includes a visit from the president of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, honey extraction and tasting, open hive demonstration (weather permitting), and bee-related crafts and activities!
This event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated and reservations are required.

For more information or to register for the program, please contact:
(215)763-6529 x 17.

More information, including the complete 2013-2014 schedule of Wagner Institute homeschool programs can also be found on our website:


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tools of the Artist: Egg Tempera Demonstration and Lecture

March 21, 11 a.m.

Tools of the Artist:
Egg Tempera
 Demonstration and Lecture

Brian Baade and Kristin deGhetaldi, painting conservators at the University of Delaware, will discuss the use of egg tempera from the early Renaissance to its displacement by oil painting after the 1500s, and to the medium's resurgence in the 20th century. They will explain the materials historically used for tempera painting and introduce the scientific tools used for their identification. Demonstrations will include creating organic pigments and painting with egg tempera.

Virginia O'Hara, curator of collections at the museum, will speak briefly about artists represented in the museum's collection-including Andrew Wyeth, Peter Hurd and George Weymouth-whose preferred medium was egg tempera. 

The program is free for members and included in museum admission.

Brandywine River Museum
Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Homeschoolers are invited to a FREE open house just for homeschoolers at Philadelphia Rock Gym in Oaks (near the Target/Lowes/Movie Theater plaza)

April 6th 1:00 – 4:00.  

All gear is provided and lots of help for those who have never climbed before.  This is for all homeschooled children up to age 13 and it’s FREE!   Very young children are welcome but they must be able to walk in order to climb.

Philadelphia Rock Gym
E-520 122 Mill Rd
Oaks, PA 19456
P: 877-822-7673

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fourth Annual Kids' Greenfest at NCCL School

Saturday, April 20
 Rain or Shine!
Free admission, free parking!

Journey down the path for a greener future! Kids and families are invited to try hands-on activities to learn about green technology, energy alternatives, wildlife, food and conservation. Follow the green footprints to find new ways save money and the planet! Kid-led exhibits as well as sustainability experts will share practical, easy methods for changes everyone can make.

Activities will include recycled art projects, a bike rodeo, a re-fashion show with a recycled twist, a seed planting station, a green footprint scavenger hunt for prizes, storytelling, face painting, live music, a kids' book swap, kids clothing and toy resale, giveaways and much more! Guest speakers include U.S. Senator Chris Coons and Dr. Richard Wool, University of Delaware.
NCCL School is a small, alternative school with an enrollment of 85 children, ages 5 to 14, Kindergarten through 8th grade age. For more information, call NCCL School at 302-368-7772 or visit .

Newark Center for Creative Learning
401 Phillips Ave., Newark, DE 19711

Terry Foreman
302-731-5801  cell: 302-562-3737
 Bette Balder


Homeschool Evaluations offered at Talking Stick Learning Center

Talking Stick facilitator Paige Menton is excited to offer homeschool evaluations again this year (through grade 6) on the following dates:

Friday, May 24 12:00-2:30
Friday, May 31 12:00-2:30
Monday, June 3 2:00-5:00
Tuesday, June 4 1:00-3:30
Friday, June 7 11:00-3:30
Thursday, June 20 1:00-5:00
Friday, June 21 1:00-5:00
Tuesday, June 25 2:00-5:00

Evaluations take half an hour. The fee is $30 and $20 for siblings. Evaluations will be held at our Whitemarsh location. Our goal is to put parents and young people at ease and to have a relaxed conversation about the learning that has interested them throughout the year. 

Please email Paige directly to
 Talking Stick Learning Center
St. Thomas Whitemarsh Church
Bethlehem Pike and Camp Hill Road
Whitemarsh, Pa, 19034
(484) 416-0615

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Homeschoolers Takes First Place in Filmmaking Competition!

!!!!!!!!!! THEY WON! !!!!!!!!!!
First place, youth division!

Teddy created this film along with Billie Rose and Will, all homeschoolers, as part of the 2012 Fringe Wilmington Extreme Filmmaking Competition.  

The competition begins with a meeting of all the filmmakers where they are given mystery elements that are required to be incorporated into their five minute films, all filmmakers leave the meeting at the same time, when the clock starts clicking and all films must be completed and turned in on or before the deadline. 

This year's required elements were:
prop:  a bag of Cracker Jacks
theme:  the kids were given the theme "discovery"
video clip:  the kids were given a psychedelic "dream" sequence featuring Fringe organizers Rich Newman and Tina Betz.

Here is the link to their 2012 award winning film:


Homeschoolers in the News!

Very nice article in the News Journal about Local Homeschooling family's participation in this years' Finge Wilmington Extreme Arts Festival.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Young Artists ~ Delaware Art Musuem Wants to Show Your Work!

October 6th, 2012
10am - 2pm

The Delaware Art Museum
Centennial Juried Exhibition
 Youth Exhibition

 Showcasing the work of young artists living in the State of Delaware.
Young artists, ages 13 -18, are invited to bring one two-dimensional work of art—no larger than 12 inches in height or width—to the Museum on Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Exhibition space is available first-come, first-served, and works of art submitted will be on display in the Museum from October 20, 2012 through January 13, 2013.
Courtney Waring
Director of Education
Delaware Art Museum

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Delaware Homeschools ~ It's Time to Renew Your Enrollment with DDOE!

Paper filing no longer available.
Nonpublic School Enrollment for the 2012-2013 School Year
Must be filed no later than October 31st, 2012
DDOE warns:
Homeschools not completing forms 
by October 31st, 2012 
Must Be Closed!

From DDOE's letter to all Single-Family Homeschools:

This year, the enrollment form can be found by going to or going to, seleclting the link titled "Nonpublic School Information", then selecting "Enrollment for Single-Family Homeschools".  All single-family homeschools must use this form.  This is an online enrollment form.  Please follow the instructions on this form.  Hard-copy enrollment spreadsheets are not available from the Delaware Department of Education.  If the Internet is not available where you live, please visit the public library in your area in order to complete the online enrollment form.  The deadline for submitting this form is October 31st, 2012.  Homeschools that have not responded by October 31st must be closed.  Since the link to this form will not be available after October 31st, 2012, an immediate response is necessary.  Please visit for periodic updates.  If there are any questions please feel free to contact [John Goodwin] at 735-4157.