Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Chemistry Tutor Available for High School Level Instruction


Former DuPont chemical engineer desires to tutor students in high school chemistry so that they can succeed in the current school year, or can pass the entrance requirements for Del Tech, Wilmington University or University of Delaware.

He is willing to meet with student(s) at a library, or a location such as Borders or Brew Ha Ha.

Contact:

Edward S. Rowse
302 528 0864
esrowse@verizon.net

* Mr Rowse has taught at City Gates Academy in the past, he no longer teachers there because City Gate does not offer high school level courses. City Gates still brings him in periodically to present topics in science. Our contact at City Gates adds that, "he is very good and very nice."


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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Oak Lane Day School


An independent school serving children ages 3-12 from within the greater Philadelphia area.


Art, Music, Science, and Physical Education Classes

Customized for Homeschoolers

Homeschool groups can work with our teachers to customize courses that allow for learning in a group setting that is child-centered and experiential.

Oak Lane Day School
137 Stenton Avenue
Blue Bell, PA 19422

610-825-1055

website


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THE WIZARD OF OZ ~ Presented by Family Stages!

FAMILIES - SCHOOL GROUPS - HOME SCHOOLERS
TERRIFIC PRODUCTIONS FOR ALL!

Here’s a show that captures the spirit of the season as Dorothy and Toto learn “there’s no place like home." Two actors play all the characters in this fun-filled version!

One performance only!
Saturday, December 27 11:00 AM

LOCATION
CHRIST’S LUTHERAN CHURCH
Pennsylvania & Rech Aves., Oreland, PA 19075
(between Glenside & Fort Washington)

TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS
$8.00
TO RESERVE/PURCHASE
215-886-9341
duetpros@aol.com


Duet Productions - Family Stages

website


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Just for Fun ~ Holiday Tree Project!


I know this is breaking with my format a bit, but I was really taken by this project. The link was sent to me by a friend as a way to burn up some nervous energy. I am inundated with catalogues this time of year, most of which go straight into the recycle bin. This project provides a great way of getting some use out of these materials before they are tossed. Also a wonderful way for my kids, as well as myself, to focus some of that ever increasing nervous energy that seems inevitable this time of year! The puppy and the cats are also having a wonderful time tearing them up!

It's very simple, you really should check it out, honest!
For instructions:

Saturday, December 6, 2008

New Online Homeschool Community Seeking Members!


Live Oak


Oak Meadow’s supportive community for parents, students, and teachers interested in home-based learning. Share your experiences, ask questions, and join the conversation!

To check it out and/or join the discussion groups go to:
http://moodle.oakmeadow.com/
Click on "login" on upper right corner of page to get instructions for joining "Live Oak."

About Oak Meadow
Oak Meadow publishes homeschool curriculum materials and has an accredited distance education school. For over 30 years, Oak Meadow has created independent learning materials for families around the world. Through experience, Oak Meadow provides a firm foundation for academic excellence, while offering new opportunities for learning.
Oak Meadow Website

OAK MEADOW
PO Box 1346
Brattleboro, VT 05302

Phone: (802) 251-7250
Fax: (802) 251-7258
Email: info@oakmeadow.com

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Wayne Art Center ~ Classes for Homeschool Students



~ Winter, 2009 ~

Pottery with the Hand and Wheel
with John Wilson
Mondays, 1:00-3:00 pm
January 26 – April 13
(10 weeks, no class Feb. 16, Apr. 6)
$135

Ages 9 and up.
Become familiar in this class with a variety of ways for creating functional and sculptural works from clay. Methods and techniques for both hand-building and wheel throwing will be taught. This fun and informative class will also cover the important area of surface design, using glazes, slips and other innovative ways to create useful and attractive works. John Wilson holds a BFA, Emporia State U; has taught K-12 in Brandywine School District.


Theatre Arts: Let’s Put on A Play
with Pat Jordan
Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm,
January 20 – March 26 (10 weeks)
$125

Ages 7 and up.
Learn improvisation, mime, voice control, projection and character roles, techniques used by professional actors in performing their roles. Young actors and actresses will take part in all aspects of staging a play, including scenery design and construction, costumes and acting. Students will perform play the last day of the session. Pat Jordan holds a BA in Theatre Arts, Villanova Univ.; actress in films, musicals and dramas.

Creative Writing

with Jill Rosenfeld
Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm,
January 22 – March 26 (10 weeks)
$125

Ages 7-12. Explore, discuss, and respond to exciting, imaginative literature. Students will create fictional stories, newspaper articles, poems and more! Learn to write creatively using descriptive language, interesting plots and character development. Student interests will help drive the direction of this course. Jill Rosenfeld has an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Gratz College; BA, Elementary Education, Ryder U.


For information and registration:

WAYNE ART CENTER
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne PA 19087
610-688-3553


Wayne Art Center is located 5 minutes off the Blue Route (St. Davids/Villanova exit)


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Opera Delaware's Youth Program ~ Call for Participants ~ The Mikado!


OPERADELAWARE

Information session

OperaDelaware Studios
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7pm

No auditions necessary for chorus roles.

Auditions for lead roles:
December 20th.

Participation fee: $150

All participants receive vocal, movement and acting coaching.

For details, application and flier:

website


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Delaware Homeschoolers' Coalition General Meeting

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Hartly Fire Hall
2898 Arthursville Road
Hartly, DE

Delaware Homeschoolers
Stay informed and voice your concerns!

Delaware Homeschoolers' Coalition is seeking to hear from Delaware's homeschooling families to discuss issues currently affecting homeschoolers. With the inevitable changes of an election year, DHC urges the homeschooling community to become united, informed on the issues, and involved with the government in a positive, proactive relationship.

This month's agenda includes:

* DHC activities with legislators and the
Department of Education
* Planning a statewide food drive
* Legislative Cookie Day

All Delaware homeschoolers are welcome!

Contact:
Delaware Homeschoolers' Coalition (DHC)
P.O. Box 656
Hockessin, DE 19707
(888) 631-1101

DEHSCoalition@yahoo.com

website

Mission Statement:

Delaware Homeschool Coalition (DHC) is a partnership of individuals, families, and homeschool organizations that focuses on protecting parents’ rights to direct their children’s education, and promoting the interests of Delaware homeschoolers. Membership is open to all regardless of race, religion, political views, family structure, special needs, or educational choices. DHC regularly interacts with its members to better understand and represent their concerns, inform them about governmental activities, and to provide networking and educational opportunities, such as speakers, events, and resources. DHC actively monitors legislation, and interacts with the Delaware General Assembly, local schools, districts, and state agencies whenever necessary, to promote the interests of its membership.


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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Christmas Story (the movie) at Arden Gild Hall!

Hosted by
The Arden Club Theater

DECEMBER 12, 2008
8:00 PM

Arden Gild Hall turns into a home-theater with this one night only showing of the funniest holiday movie ever made!

KIDS BRING YOUR SLEEPING BAGS!
ADULTS CUDDLE UP TO THE FIRE!

Bring your favorite board game and stick around after the movie to enjoy a community family fun night.

TICKETS
$5.00
Includes bag of popcorn & soda.

website


TICKETS ONLY AT THE DOOR

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the DuPont Theater!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2008
2 PM
TICKETS: $12
(run time: 60 minutes)

TheatreWorks USA

An enchanting musical based on the
C.S. Lewis Narnia adventure stories.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE
(Fees apply)

or

CALL
800-338-0881 ~ 302-656-4401
(No fees for phone orders)

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DuPont THEATRE
.......................................................................................
Delaware's Broadway Experience!

website

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Studio Art Class for Homeschoolers at the Delaware Art Museum!

Artist Studio for Homeschoolers
Wednesdays
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
January 14 – March 18
(10 weeks)

Ages 7 - 9
Students will learn the fundamentals of art in the Museum’s Studio. Basic drawing, painting, and sculpting will be explored, focusing on processes and techniques. The class will visit the Museum’s galleries to draw inspiration. Students will learn creative techniques and develop an appreciation for art.

Teacher:
Sam Mylin

$125 Member
$145 Non-Members

* Financial Assistance Available*

Members Online Registration
Non-Members Online Registration

website

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Casting Call ~ Brundibar and The Children of Theresienstadt at The International Opera Theater


International Opera Theater

Seeking Children Volunteers
Ages 6-18
To sing and perform in a remake of an opera performed 55 times by children in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.
No experience necessary.
*
Perform, sing and have fun!
*
Rehearsals
Beginning January 5th
*
Weekday afternoons
&
Weekends
&
Martin Luther King Birthday

Daily Performances
The Ibrahim Theater
International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia
*
Weekdays ~ 11:00 AM
Sunday ~ 3:00 PM
*
Sunday, January 25
through
Friday, January 30

Note: Children will have to miss mornings of school for performances.

Available Roles:
40 children
ages 6-17
Aninka
7-8 year old thin soprano soloist, who can act and move well

Pepicek
9-11 thin boy soprano solist who can act and move well

Windows (narrators)
4 thin, young voiced 1st and 2nd sopranos who have soloist quality voices.
They have speaking lines as well as sing solo, in unison and two part.

Brundibar
12-13 year old boy alto soloist, dynamic personality

Dog
11-13 year old boy alto who can also bark like a dog

Cat
11-13 year old tall thin female soprano who can move gracefully

Bird
8-10 year old thin female soprano who can move gracefully

Baker
year old female alto

Police Person
14-16 female alto

Ice Cream Person
12-13 boy soprano

Milk Person
14-15 high male voice

2 Dancers
Milk-boy age 8-10
Mother-teenager


Contact
:
Karen Saillant
Artistic Director
International Opera Theater

215-545-4385
info@internationaloperatheater.org
www.internationaloperatheater.org

In 2006 The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 as an annual worldwide day to honor the victims of the Holocaust. The International Opera Theater, in collaboration with International House Philadelphia, will share 6 performances of a children's opera that was performed during the Holocaust by a group of children in a concentration camp in Theresienstadt. The composer of this opera, called Brundibar, brought the score with him into the concentration camp in the one suitcase that he was permitted.

Brundibar and The Children of Theresienstadt tells the story of the children who performed in this opera and celebrates the sense of hope that their art, music and drama teachers in the camp imparted to them and that they were able to transfer to their fellow prisoners through their performances.
This original script is based upon writings of prisoners and in addition to the presentation of the short opera includes other music that was permitted in the camp; songs in German, French and Italian, by Ravel, Strauss, Dvorzak and Mascagni. Immortalized by Maurice Sendak in his book by the same title, Brundibar, the little masterpiece children's opera by Czech composer Hans Krasa, was performed 55 times by children in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Second World War.

*Of the 15,000 children that were imprisoned in Theresienstadt, only 100 under the age of 14 survived.


This production is being presented to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and
honors all children who, because of war, were never able to go home.


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IOWA testing offered through City Gates


IOWA Basic Skills Testing
City Gates offers this opportunity for testing to any homeschooled student in grades 3 through 8.

When:
March 16, 17, 18
9:00 to 12:00
(Bring water, light snack & book to read)

Cost:
$60.00
(for non City Gates families)

Deadline to Register:
January, 30th

Location:

City Gates Academy
St Paul's Church
Foulk Road
between
Brandywine High School
&
Brandywine Hundred Library


Go to Website to Download Registration Form:
cgade.org


Contact:
Cheryl Cooper
(302) 234-4276
chkncooper6@aol.com

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Earth Exploreres!

Earth Explorers programs are designed to help homeschooled students with environmental and science topics.

Location:


White Clay Creek State Park
Newark, Delaware 19711

Most programs take place at:
The Chambers House Nature Center


Junior Explorers

(ages 6-8)
1:00 – 2:00 pm
$4.00 per class plus material/or lab fee if needed

Senior Explorers
(ages 9-15)
2:30-4:00 pm
$5.00 per class plus material/or lab fee if needed

Days:
Every Other Wednesday ~ Beginning September 17 until mid-May
Every Other Thursday ~ Beginning September 25 until mid-May

Programs:
December 4 (Th)
Experiments with Water
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December 10 (W)
Nature Crafts Annual Workshop
Materials fee: $1
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December 11**(TH)
Nature Crafts Annual Workshop
Materials fee: $1
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January 7 (W)
Crystal Science Microscope Class
Lab fee: $1
*
January 15 (Th)
Seasonal Habitat Lab II –Winter
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January 21 (W)
Animal Homes
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January 29 (Th)
Working with Animals: Wildlife Rehabilitation
Both classes meet from 1– 2:30
Special fee for this class: $5
(for both Junior and Senior Explorers)
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February 4 (W)
Microscope Studies: Close Encounters of the Everyday Kind
Lab fee: $1
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February 12 (Th)
Dissection/Micro Lab: Plant Parts
Material/Lab fee: $2
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February 18 (W)
Sound Science
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February 26 (Th)
Maple Syrup
Material fee: $2
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March 4 (W)
Micro Lab: Animal Parts
Lab fee: $1
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March 12 (Th)
Batty About Bats
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March 18 (W)
Reading the Landscape
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March 26 (Th)
Lichens and Mosses

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Storybook Explorers
(ages 5 and under)
1:00 pm Cost is $3 per child.
These programs will excite your child about reading and nature at the same time! Kids will have a ball exploring a nature topic from that day’s storybook. Storybook Explorers meet on the same day and location as Earth Explorers and last approximately 45 minutes. A parent or guardian must remain during the program.
Sample topics:
Trees& Leaves, Tracks, Skunks, Bugs and Slugs, Autumn Colors, Butterflies...

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Family Explorer Programs
(Mixed aged family programs)
Fall Hayride and Monarch Hunt;
On the Home front; Gnomes and their Habitats Workshop;
Fossils at the C&D Canal.

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For details:

(302) 368-6560
or
(302) 368-6900

Sign up for the Earth Explorer emailer to receive last minute updates and after class parent sheets by emailing:
Kathleen.Sullivan@state.de.us


White Clay Creek State Park

Park Entrance Fees are in effect for all park programs!

Park Entrance fees are in effect March 1 – November 31.
You can purchase your 2008 Annual Pass
(sold online and at the Park Office Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm).
*DE resident- $3.00 daily pass or $27.00 for annual pass.
*Out of State - $6.00 daily pass or $54 for annual pass.
*Ocean park daily fees are $4.00 DE, $8.00 out of state.
*Out-of-state residents, if you are employed in DE you may be eligible for the in-state annual pass, contact the park office.

New 2009 Annual Passes will be out around December.
Great for gifts!


website

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City Gates Art Class ~ Now Enrolling For Second Semester!

Art at City Gates Academy
Tuesdays
10:00-11:30

Beginning January 20th, 2009

Topics:

"Bigger is Better"
An enlargement project.

"Figures in Motion - Color in Action"
Figure drawing and collage.

"Sculpture"
Using student made armatures.

"Decorative Masks"
Papier mache.

"Optical Illusions"
and/or
"Pop 'Can' Art"
As time allows.

Cost:
$225 for the semester
17 weeks

Contact:
City Gates Academy
302-229-9626

website

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Scholastic's Biggest Customer Appreciation Warehouse Sale of the Season!

Save 25-80% off the cover price on books, software, gifts, and more at the Holiday Warehouse Sale.

Warehouse sales are exclusively for educators, homeschoolers, and Book Fair chairpeople / volunteers.

Register for a sale now!

Sign up to get your Fast-Cart Pass to bypass the sign-in lines and you'll receive a valuable coupon worth $10 off a purchase of $50 or more.

• Save 25% to 80% off the cover price on a huge selection of books, software, gifts, and more.

• Hundreds of items for $1 or less.

• Over 180 locations, there's a sale near you!

website

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fantastical Imaginings: Family Event at DCCA!


Sunday, November 16
1 - 3 pm

Visit the Fantastical Imaginings exhibition and explore the whimsical, imaginary lands created by regional contemporary artists. Join performing artist Ruthanne Ankney for magical storytelling games and create your own fantastical imagining creature or landscape with artist Jessica Masone. Families that complete the fantastical scavenger hunt will have the chance to win a free DCCA family membership!

Ages 4 & up
FREE
Contact:
Education Department
302-656-6466 ext. 7106
veastburn@thedcca.org

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 South Madison St
Wilmington, Delaware 19801

dccamail@thedcca.org
302-656-6466
website

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Image above: Paul Chidester
Compassroast, 2006
Egg/oil tempera on linen over panel
14" x 12"
Courtesy of the Artist and Zg Gallery, Chicago


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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Yuletide Home School Day at Winterthur Museum and Country Estate!

Thursday, December 11, 2008
10:00 am–3:00 pm
$8 per person
$5 for members
Children under 2 free!

Take a tour of the mansion to learn about holiday entertaining in the 19th and early 20th centuries. See re-creations of New Year's festivities from the early 1800s to today, Christmas trees from the 1880s, and the full round of du Pont family entertainments - from card parties and teas to lavish dinners and elegant dances.

Make a holiday craft and visit Winterthur's family-friendly exhibitions: Feeding Desire, a colorful history of dining utensils and K is for Kids, an alphabetical introduction to the Winterthur collection.

Pre-registration required.

call:

800-448-3883

or

302-888-4600

Website


Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Route 52
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, Delaware 19735

Directions

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Frog and Toad ~ The First State Children's Theater!

The First State Children's Theater proudly returns to the Delaware Theater Company with a bright and bouncy musical for the whole family!


Weekday Student Matinees
$5.00

Thursday
November 6th
9:30am & 12:00pm

Friday
November 7th
10:00am

Tuesday
November 11th
10:00

* visit their website for additional dates and admission prices for the public performances

Journey through a year of perilous adventure and wacky amusement with forever friends Frog (the eternal optimist) and Toad (the perpetual worry-wart) and a host of woodland critters. A whimsical look at and loving tribute to friendship, this smart and snappy toe-tapping trip through the seasons with an unforgettable cast of characters will charm and delight all audiences!


70 minutes.

Best enjoyed by ages 3 and up.
Ask the DTC box office about lap passes for ages 3 and under.

More Information

Online Box Office

Study Guide Available

Contact

Johanna Schloss
Associate Education Director
Delaware Theater company
(302) 594-1104 x204
JohannaSchloss@delawaretheatre.org

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Read-Aloud Tours for Children at Brandywine River Museum


Thursdays, October 16 through November 20
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Introduce children to the museum through these special programs.
Each week features a different story and art activity.
Children may participate in one or all of these tour.
Ages 2 to 6 accompanied by an adult.

Reservations are required.
Space is limited.

Fee
Included with museum admission.
Free for members and children under age 6

Register in advance
610-388-8382
education@brandywine.org

PROGRAMS

October 16
The Tree
by Dana Lyons
Leaf collages

October 23
The Art Lesson
by Tomie dePaola
64-color masterpieces

October 30
Too Many Pumpkins
by Linda White
Pumpkin faces

November 6
Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
retold by Tomie dePaola
Tissue paper sunsets

November 13
Olivia
by Ian Falconer
Model Magic© pigs

November 20
The Mitten
adapted by Jan Brett
Paper mittens

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Location
The Brandywine River Museum
U.S. Route 1
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Admission
$8 for adults
$5 for seniors, students and children ages 6-12
Free for children under six and members.

The museum is open daily, except Christmas Day
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information
610-388-2700
website

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Frost Nixon at the DuPont Theater ~ Specially Priced Tickets for Students!

TUESDAY, DEC. 9 - SUNDAY, DEC. 14

$20 TICKETS*
ALL Students

A savings of $50 per ticket!


US History, Government, 
Communications, Media, Journalism.


WANT TO BRING A STUDENT GROUP?

ONE FREE TEACHER'S TICKET

FOR GROUPS OF 15 OR MORE STUDENTS
!



EXTRA!!!

TUESDAY, DEC. 9 AT 7:30 PM ONLY

FREE POST-SHOW Q & A

WITH
CAST MEMBERS & GOV. PIERRE S. DU PONT IV


Special guest Pete du Pont speaks about meeting Richard Nixon and his experiences in Washington as DE's Congressman
during the Nixon administration.

90 minutes, no intermission
* 
Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets

* Offer valid for all performances except Sat evening

FOR INFORMATION 
AND RESERVATIONS

DIANA MILBURN

302-594-3111

800-338-0881
diana.l.milburn@usa.dupont.com


website

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Live Interactive Music Performance at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art!

Bring the family
Live interactive performance
Groundbreaking computer music

Thursday, October 30
6:30 - 8:30 pm

UVA Virginia Center for Computer Music:
20 Years of Play!


TechnoSonics Anniversary Tour

In 2008, the Virginia Center for Computer Music celebrates 20 years of groundbreaking computer music. To mark this occasion, the TechnoSonics tour will stop at the DCCA to showcase the exciting work composed at the VCCM. "Play," the central theme of this year's festival, highlights engaging trends in interactive media such as robotics, audience involvement, computer-mediated performance, and improvisation.

Audience members will be invited to perform!

For more information
or
To reserve seats,
Contact:
The education department
at
DCCA
302-656-6466 ext. 7106
veastburn@thedcca.org

(Ticket will also be available at the door)

Cost:
Free: DCCA Members & Children under 12
$5: General Admission

website


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Six for the Road ~ TLC Special About a Unique Homeschooing Family!


"SIX FOR THE ROAD"
The Learning Channel
a 2 part limited run series
October 29th & November 5th
10 PM ET/PT

This two-part special follows a homeschooling family of six as they explore America in a RV

One year ago on October 15, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, a unique six-member family moved out of their 3,400 square foot house into a 340 square foot RV and set out for an adventure that continues today. Capturing their time adjusting to life on the road as they crisscross the United States.

Having traveled more than 31,000 miles, the family, comprised of parents Vern & Kati, daughters Auvi (14) and Zoe (12), and sons Kelby (10) and Conner (7), along with three dogs, balances homeschooling, running an internet business, navigating the RV culture, and exploring America. Can they adjust to life as modern nomads, or will the limited privacy and increasing cost of gas drive them back to a more conventional lifestyle?

SIX FOR THE ROAD is produced for TLC by Figure 8 Films

For more information:
website

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Introduction to Open Education: Homeschooling to Unschooling

Open Connections
Sunday, November 2
4pm - 6pm

A presentation for those just starting out with home education or for those interested in pursuing home education.

The presentation provides parents or guardians with information on how to comply easily and fairly with the state law, a diverse list of potential resources, and suggestions about how a family can clarify the homeschooling or unschooling path that is right for them.

FREE

For more information:

Barbara
(610) 459-3366

Open Connections
1616 Delchester Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073

www.openconnections.org

Open Connections is an educational resource center and learning community for young people and their families.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bats and Other Creatures of the Night at the Delaware Museum of Natural History

Go batty over nocturnal animals!
Live bats, owls, and other nocturnal animals!


Saturday, October 25
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History gets ready for Halloween with nocturnal animals and special activities that will shed light on the mysteries and misconceptions about bats and other creatures that work nature's night shift.

* Bat expert Tonyea Mead with live bats!
* Owls from the Philadelphia Zoo!
* More nocturnal animals like toads, lizards, snakes, and tarantulas!

* Nocturnal Animal Sound Game ~ listen to recorded animal noises
* Scavenger Hunt
* Animal crafts

Admission
$6 for adults
$5 for children (3-17)
$4 for seniors
FREE for children 2 and younger and museum members

Visitors dressed in Halloween costumes will receive $1 off admission
For more information:
302-658-9111
or
www.delmnh.org

Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE 19807

About the Delaware Museum of Natural History
As the only natural history museum in Delaware, DMNH opened its doors in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. The museum is located five miles north of Wilmington, and three miles from the Pennsylvania state line, at 4840 Kennett Pike (Route 52).


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Delaware Book Festival

Saturday, November 1, 2008
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The First State Heritage Park
Dover, Delaware

* Meet more than 30 nationally recognized authors and illustrators of fiction and non-fiction books for children, teens and adults !
* Come and enjoy author discussions and workshops!
* See favorite storybook characters and create fun crafts — and more!

Visit the Delaware Book Festival website for details on participating authors, planned workshops, and other special events.

2008 Delaware Book Festival
Division of Libraries
Delaware Center for the Book
43 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901


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Monday, October 20, 2008

What About Homeschooler Portfolios?

Wednesday, October 22
from
7pm - 9pm

Open Connections, an educational resource center and learning community for young people and their families, is holding a
"What about Homeschooler Portfolios?"
presentation on Wednesday, October 22, 7-9pm.

This workshop is designed for parents who would like guidance in designing a process for organizing a portfolio, which is required for year-end evaluation for registered homeschoolers. Our goal is to help each family identify a portfolio process that best fits their own temperament, routines and capabilities.

This session costs $25

Location:

Open Connections
1616 Delchester Road,
Newtown Square, PA 19073

To register and for more information,
please contact Barbara
(610) 459-3366

website

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Programs For Upper Level Middle School & High School Age Students from the Delaware Nature Society!

Advanced Field Ornithology
and
Springs & Streams


(For ages 13 to 17)

Wednesday
October 29th


Advanced Field Ornithology
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
$8/student
* Study, map, and compare and contrast bird populations at the Burrows Run Preserve.
* Use GPS systems and topographic maps to calculate area and estimate a variety of seasonal bird populations.
* Calculate differences in population densities for different habitats.
* You will be able to continue the experience as you communicate and share information with students from Central America working on a similar study.
* This program utilizes binoculars, field guides, maps, GPS equipment, directional microphone, and a tape recorder.

Springs & Streams
12:45 PM to 2:45 PM
$6/student
* Visit three sites in a stream continuum at Burrows Run Preserve to test and compare them chemically, physically, and biologically.
* Follow the flow of water from a spring where it exits the ground downstream to the Burrows Run.
* On the way, test and record the changes in the water’s chemical and physical properties and investigate the different forms of life that depend on the stream as the water flows over the land and is affected by the environment.


For More Information
and
To Register:

David H. Pragoff
School and Group Programs Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
302-239-2334 x.133

website


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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Specialy Priced Student Matinee Performances at the Delaware Theater Company!

"Master Harold" and the Boys
by
Athol Fugard

Directed by
Richard Corley


Fugard's masterpiece explores the world of Hally, a white teenager who has grown up in South Africa in the company of Sam and Willie, the devoted black servants in his mother's tea room. This is a powerful story about love, prejudice and coming of age in the age of apartheid.

STUDENT MATINEE PERFORMANCES
Thursdays,
October 23 & 30
10:30AM
Contains mature language

* Great for students studying social sciences,
civil rights, South African history, or humanities.*


Complimentary study guides.

Opportunities to meet the cast after the performance.

Specially-priced student tickets.

Student Matinees:
just $11.50/student
1 free chaperone ticket per
20 students.*
* call and ask about homeschoolers' tickets

Regular Shows:
$15 for students
$13 for groups of 10 or
more students.


ORDER YOUR STUDENT MATINEE TICKETS NOW!
For more info and reservations
call
302.594.1104 x204
or email:
JohannaSchloss@delawaretheatre.org

website



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Friday, October 3, 2008

October is Children's Magazine Month!

An annual celebration to inspire children's literacy around the world.

Cricket in celebrating by offering $6 off a one year subscription on 14 of their award-winning magazines.

To receive the discount
you must enter:
CODE N351


For details visit their
website



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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Presentation on College Admissions for Homeschoolers at Open Connections

Thursday
October 16
7:30pm – 9:30pm


Open Connections will be providing an opportunity for homeschooled teens and their parents to learn about the College Admissions process.

* Learn what colleges are looking for in perspective students, from the viewpoint of a former college admissions officer!

*Hear from other grown homeschoolers who have recently completed the admissions process and are now either current college students or college graduates!

* Become more familiar with the admissions process itself!

If you or your teen have such questions as "how do teens handle the transition from homeschooling to college," or "how do I communicate my high school academic background and achievements in my application?" this event will offer you the opportunity to get these questions (and many more!) answered.

This is free 2-hour event
beginning
promptly at 7:30pm
in the
Gathering Space in the Barn.

Open Connections
1616 Delchester Road
Newtown Square, PA

For further information
or
to register, contact:

Mike Hilbert
Mike@openconnections.org
610-459-3366

www.openconnections.org

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Hawk Watch Field Trip Offered by the Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders Club!

October is upon us, and the raptors are flying!

Join the Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders Club
Saturday
October 11th
9am to 1pm
at
Ashland Nature Center

Learn all about hawk watching and fall migration!

*Meet at the Ashland Nature Center picnic area at 9:00am.
*Visit the Ashland Hawk Watch and learn all about the fall hawk migration.
*Look for Red-tailed, Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks, falcons and more.
*Take a fall hike & enjoy your picnic lunch.
*Try out a variety of binoculars, scopes and other tools used by birders.

If you plan to attend,
please RSVP to
to
Derek Stoner
derekstoner@hotmail.com
302-893-8426
by
Friday, October 10th


Delaware Dunlins would like all the kids who take part in their trips to join for the yearly student membership of $10 and become an official member,
but that is not required.


All are welcome!


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Weaving Classes at the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers!

Learn to Weave on a Four Harness Loom!

Five week session
beginning
October 21st
12:30-3:30pm


For homeschoolers aged 9 and up.
Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers
Mayayunk, Pa.

Fee: $135

For more information check out the Guild's website at www.pghw.org.
To register call or e-mail the teacher Nancy Shiffrin at 610-649-6209,
nancyshiffrin@comcast.net

Maximum 6 students.
Parents are also welcome to take the class.

Students will get to exercise their creativity and their math skills!

They will each learn to prepare a loom for weaving with their own choice of yarns, and complete a project such as a scarf, table runner or placemats.

The Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers,
3705 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127
215-487-9690

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Overnight for Homeschoolers: Ashland Nature Center and Coverdale Farms!

Join Homeschooling Friends
for
Fall Farm Overnight!
Tuesday October 28 – Wed. October 29

Harvest crops from the fields and gardens and take part in livestock chores. Calculate the correct amount of food for each farm animals and feed them! Make a farm fresh dinner, with corn, squash and creamy butter made at the farm. Pop just-picked popcorn at your evening campfire. Use digital cameras and make your own 2009 “Farmers Calendar” Learn how to store seeds,and start your own collection for your own spring garden.

You’ll be staying at the Ashland lodge, then carpool to Coverdale Farm (2 miles away) for programs.

Cost
$35/student
One parent should plan to accompany child at no cost

See the entire series of homeschool programs in the fall program brochure, or on their website: www.delawarenaturesociety.org

For further information

Contact:
Judy Montgomery
Overnight and Outreach Coordinator
Delaware Nature Society
302-239-2334


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Karate for Homeschoolers ~ It Is Not Too Late to Join This Class!

Karate Class for Homeschoolers
at
Petracity

New students can sign up in person for the class.
Thursday October 9th
1:00 pm.

This is the 2nd class of the session.
Tuition will be prorated.

This class is for homeschoolers only!

Thursdays
1:00pm to 2:00pm
10 weeks

Tuition
$50.00
(10 weeks @ $5.00/per class)

Includes
Weapons
Girls & Boys Self Defense
Fighting Form
Discipline, Coordination, and Stretching
*
Test for rank on belts
First Level Completion
Certificate.
*
Indoor Karate Tournament
Medals.

Uniforms
Uniforms are not required but are highly recommended.
Petracity Sells all uniforms.

Registration
In Person or online

Website

For more information
email
petracity@gmail.com

(Please Include the words "Homeschool Karate Class" on your Subject Line)


302-753-8593 3230

Location
Philadelphia Pike
Claymont, DE 19703
Between Rita's & Dunkin Donuts
In front of Claymont Fire Station

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Homeschool Days at Adventure Aquarium

During these special days, homeschoolers, their families and friends can visit Adventure Aquarium at the discounted school group rate without having a group of 20 or more.

Featuring:

over 60 exhibits,

9 new species of sharks

Newly Renovated Interactive Attractions

A scavenger hunt
(available via email by advance request only)

and so much more!


Homeschool Admission - $10.00/Person

not including 7% NJ sales tax

2008 Dates:
September 22-26
October 20-24
November 17-21

Open Daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm

Advanced reservations must be made.

You must complete the order form

(available via email below)

and

mail or fax with payment

at least 10 days prior to chosen date.

Walk-up customers will be charged regular admission prices!

Lunchroom reservations can only be made for groups of 15 or more.

For more information:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Aquarium Drive
Camden, NJ 08103

Jstjean@AdventureAquarium.com
856.365.3300 ext 7544
Fax : 856.365.3311
website



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Ashland Nature Center: Fall Programs for Homeschoolers!

Field Studies Program Series
These programs are designed to meet state and national standards for students age 6 through 12.

Advance registration is required for all programs .

The cost for each program:
$7 per member
$12 for non-members

Homeschool Program #1
Rock Hounds
Course #: F08-098-AS
Max: 15
Date: Friday Sept. 12 Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Investigate the rock cycle as it relates to Ashland’s geologic past and our local geology. Hike the trails at Ashland to discover current examples of weathering, erosion and deposition, and use rock hammers and goggles to collect mineral and rock samples for identification.
Led by: DNS Staff
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Homeschool Program #2
Inspirations Along the Brandywine
Course #: F08-099-AS
Max: 15
Date: Friday Sept. 26 Time: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Enjoy an afternoon along the Brandywine Creek at Point Lookout, farm of Jamie Wyeth.
See the surrounding forests, wildlife and farm animals that are featured in generations of Wyeth art. Try your creative hand while sketching, painting and taking digital photos. Let the Brandywine inspire you! This program meets at Ashland Nature Center, then (van or carpool to Pt. Lookout.)
Led by: Judy Montgomery, Overnight & Outreach Coordinator
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Homeschool Program #3
Fall Migration on Hawk Watch Hill
Course #: F08-100-AS
Max: 15
Date: Friday Oct. 17
Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

View one of the extraordinary spectacles of fall – migration! This is the peak migratory period for Kestrels, Merlins, Peregrines, Bald Eagles and Sharp-shinneds Hawks. Join Ashland’s hawk-watching research team and learn how to use binoculars & spotting scopes and add to the data collected each hour. Hawk identification, migration patterns and use of the hawk migration database will all be explained in this lesson.
Led by: DNS Staff
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Homeschool Program #4
Delaware Bay Study
Course #: F08-101-AS
Max: 15
Date: Friday Nov. 7* Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Investigate the diversity of life in the Delaware Bay Estuary. Study the rich diversity of plant and animals life that depend on the bay. Use dip nets, seine nets and binoculars to search for wildlife. Arrange organisms in appropriate food-chains, identify them as producers, consumers or decomposers.
*This program meets at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge*
Led by: DNS Staff
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Homeschool Program #5
Discovering Trees
Course #: F08-102-AS
Max: 15
Date: Friday Nov. 21 Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Investigate a variety of different trees and observe their similarities and differences. Learn parts of trees and their functions, what trees need to grow, and how trees change throughout the year. Determine the age of the stages of forest succession, search for examples of dominant plants and animals. **Help plant trees along the Red Clay Creek floodplain. *** This program is held at Ashland Nature Center.
Led by: DNS Staff

Homeschool Program #6
Farm Overnight
Course #: F08-103-AS
Min: 10
Date: Tuesday Oct. 28 – Wed. Oct. 29 Time: Tues. 10:00 am to Wednesday 2:30 pm

Discover the joys of farm life as you become a farmer for the day. Harvest crops from the fields and gardens and take part in afternoon livestock chores. Calculate the correct amount of food for each farm animal – and make sure they eat it. Make a farm fresh dinner, with corn, squash and creamy butter made at the farm. Pop just-picked popcorn at your evening campfire. On Wed. use digital cameras and make your own 2009 “Farmer’s Calendar”. Learn how to store seeds, and start a collection for your own spring garden. Home-base will be at the Ashland lodge, then carpool to Coverdale Farm (2 miles away) for programs.
Led by: Judy Montgomery, Overnight & Outreach Coordinator

Fee for this Program: Cost $35.00/ student. One parent should plan to accompany child (at no cost)

Website

Contact:
David Pragoff
School Program Coordinator
302-239-2334
ext.133
or
davidp@delawarenaturesociety.org

If you are a homeschool parent or organizer and are interested in programs for older students or topics that are not covered in our fall offerings, please contact David Pragoff to request a copy of our School Program Brochure.


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