Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Odds Bodkin, Downloadable Tales!


Rivertree Productions is happy to announce that all Odds Bodkin's recordings, including The Old Masters--Odds' vintage early story
audios--are now available for download at

The Old Masters include:

o The Teacup Fairy: Very Old Tales for Very Young Children
o With a Twinkle in Your Eye: Funny Folktales from Everywhere
o The Wise Little Girl: Tales of the Feminine
o Giant's Cauldron: Viking Myths of Adventure
o The Blossom Tree: Tales from the Far East
o The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales from Around the World
o Rip' Roarin' Paul Bunyan Tales

Odds' other classic titles are also available:

o The Little Proto Trilogy
o The Adventures of Little Proto
o Little Proto's T-Rex Adventure
Little Proto and the Volcano's Fire
o The Odyssey: An Epic Telling
o The Hidden Grail: Sir Percival and the Fisher King
o The Rage of Hercules
o The Harper and The King: The Story of Young David

MP3 files of these musical stories can be yours at a 40% savings!
Just click Odds' Store on our welcome page.

Download Odds Bodkin's stories onto your iPod or MP3 player and take his stories with you anywhere you go!

For more information, contact:
email at

Happy listening.

Rivertree Productions


Friday, June 20, 2008

Art Camp at First Alliance Church!

6-12 year old

June 23-27, 2008
9 am-3 pm
Part-time ~ 9am-12noon

Flexible Schedule!
may attend:
All-week or Part-week
Full-time or Part-time

You provide a lunch.
They provide 2 snacks a day.

Sam & Kate Mylin always create a fun time for all campers!
Learn the basics of art and move on from there.
Multiple stations in paint, pencil, comics, structures, etc.

Art Show Thurs. evening for all to attend!

Campers earn "Sam bucks" throughout the week to bid on auction items Friday afternoon.
~ Friday is fun day ~
Working together in teams in the morning
then auctioning off their works of art in the afternoon.

For more information and fees please contact:

Marie can email the registration
form and fee schedule.

Art Camp at First Alliance Church
2145 Graves Rd.
Hockessin, De.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

White Clay Creek State Park
Newark, Delaware

Drawing Animals and Nature
ages 7-12
June 28
9 am – 11:30 am
Celebrate the start of summer with an animal drawing class!
Learn how to draw animals and make fun collages.
$11 per child

(302) 368-6900

Chambers House Nature Center:



Museum Explorer Programs at the Brandywine River Museum!


Programs for ages 3 to 10 scheduled for Thursdays at 10 and 11 a.m.;
Programs for ages 10 to 14 scheduled for Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
* Thematic guided tour followed by a hands-on art project.

Museum Explorer Mornings
ages 3 to 10 accompanied by an adult
10 am or 11 am*
Each workshop lasts 90 minutes

July 10 - Cool Colors
Children will explore what colors are hot and what colors are not! On a gallery tour, they will learn how artists use colors to create paintings, then design a colorful composition using oil pastels.
July 17 - Treasure Tales
Children will discover Treasure Island and other pirate stories through illustrations from the museum's collection, then decorate a box to hold small treasures using assorted gems, shells and other materials.
July 24 - Animated Animals
Children will search the museum for animals of every shape and size in paintings and sculpture, and then create a three-dimensional animal from pipe cleaners, pompoms and more!
July 31 - Seasonal Scenes
Children will journey through four seasons in scenes of lazy summer days, fall foliage, winter wonderlands and spring blossoms. Afterwards, they will make a tissue paper landscape of a favorite time of year.

Advanced Explorer Workshops
ages 10 to 14.
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The days and themes are:

July 8 - Shadows and Shapes
Children will learn artists' techniques for making painted and drawn objects look real, including their use of scale, shading, shapes and color, and then create still life compositions with oil pastels.
July 15 - Putting It into Perspective
Children will analyze artists' depictions of interior and exterior spaces, including their use of line, perspective and scale, and then capture the museum building from different angles in pencil and watercolor.
July 22 - Portrait Study
Children will investigate how artists create likeness whether portraying famous persons or close friends, and then experiment with pose and setting while drawing a self-portrait.
Reservations are required
Please include name, phone number and program date and session.

Workshops are free with museum admission
$8 per adult;
$5, children six and over and seniors.
Children under six and museum members are free.

The Brandywine River Museum
Route 1
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Open daily, except Christmas Day,
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information


Knowledge Quest ~ Timelines, Blackline Maps, History Curriula, and more!

Historical outline maps and time-lines designed for the interactive study of world history and geography.

Especially for homeschoolers - a family run business.
These black-line maps are used in the series:
"The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child"

* For more information visit their website.
* Subscribe to their e-newsletter for updates and freebies:
* Call for a free catalogue:

Summer SALE
through Friday, June 20th


City Gates ~ Now enrolling for Fall 2008!

City Gates
Located in North Wilmington
This year, offering classes once a week, on Tuesdays.
Classes are for home schooling students from 4th -9th grades.

English classes
Focusing on literature, grammar, composition, and vocabulary building.

Math classes
* ABeka math texts for 5th-7th,
* McDougal-Littell texts for pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Algebra II/Trig,
* Jacobs for Geometry.

History classes include
* Ancient History; Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation; Early American; and Later American for middle schoolers.
* Government/Geography, World History and American History are offered for high schoolers.

Science classes
Hands on project-oriented classes.
* Middle school science classes cover all of the different types of science in varying degrees of difficulty.
* High school classes include Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Foreign Language
Offering several levels of both Latin and Spanish classes.

Gym and Art
Classes offered.

If you would like to sign up for any classes please contact:

Mara Sharp
(302) 229-9626

For more information visit their website.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Biology Lab kits for Middle school through Highschool

eScience Labs Expands Its Product Line of Affordable Home Science Kits!

Quality at-home science experimentation tools offers homeschooled students the opportunity to explore biology with affordable, environmentally friendly hands-on lab kits.

The Next Generation of Hands-On, Home Science Labs

* Comprehensive, but flexible, hands-on labs designed to fit with any curriculum or teaching style;

* Supplemental online content and teaching aids that are fun and engaging for students;

* Safer experiments for both students and the environment;

* Lab Manuals that are clearly written, concise, informative and make labs user friendly;

* Written and Designed by PhD level educators/scientists with decades of experience;

* Complimentary support for student questions via email and phone.

Visit their website for more information.


Oliver at the Wilmington Drama League!

There's only one weekend left

Friday & Saturday,
June 20 & 21,
8:00 pm

Sunday, June 22,
2:00 pm

$15 Adults
$12 Seniors & Students
$8 Children

Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd
Wilmington, De 19802

Box Office: (302) 764-1172

Avon Grove Recreation Association Community Theater

Performing this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical
Avon Grove High School auditorium
West Grove, PA.

A cast of over 70 hailing from PA, DE and MD!
A great family event!!

Visit their website for Tickets and details!


Homeschooler's special for Disney on Ice - The Incredibles!

The Incredibles On Ice
Coming this Fall!
School Groups Show
October 17th 10:30AM
Tickets are $12 each
(with homeschooler's discount)

When calling for your tickets, just let Kyle know that you are a homeschooler.

Kyle Knichel
Family Show Account Executive
Wachovia Complex Group Sales
(215) 952-5409
fax: (215) 389-9506
3601 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148


UU Homeschool Community Co-op

New Homeschool Co-op!
Beginning September 2008!!
The UUCH is an inclusive, secular homeschool co-op meeting at the UUFN in Newark ( and serving the surrounding homeschool communities of Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. UUCH's vision is to foster friendships and a sense of community by providing diverse, enriching and educational programs in an accepting and safe environment and creating a sense of connection by offering regular meetings and activities.

Tuesday afternoons
Small classes for various age levels.

Currently planning class schedules for the fall semester.

Parents with a special interest, hobby, field of study, etc., are invited to instruct one of our classes. As a co-op, parent volunteers make the classes happen. There are also other opportunities and requirements for volunteering such as aiding in the preschool class, aiding in co-op classes, janitorial, etc.

The spectrum of class subjects is as broad as the facilitator’s imagination. Some examples include Pottery, Foreign Languages, Literature, Knitting, Sewing, Quilting, Chemistry, Woodworking, Math games, Photography, Drama, Journalism, History of Delaware, etc...

The fall semester will run for twelve weeks, and each Tuesday there are three one-hour long sessions. Teaching fees, course materials, etc., will be paid for by the parents of co-op students.

Registration packets will be available in July and registration will be due August 5th.

Family event and parent meeting in August.

Classes will begin September 9th, 2008.

Kaecey (

Visit their Website!


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Les Mis - Don't Miss it!

Here's a sneak preview from one of the rehearsals. Click here. These kids are fabulously talented. The show promises to be every bit as thrilling and of the same caliber as a professional cast. The price is right. Buy your tickets now, I promise, you won't be to miss this production!

Student Edition
20-21 & 27-28
8:00 p.m.

Les Misérables School Edition
Performed entirely by students
School edition specially adapted and licensed by

Tickets are selling quickly!
Tickets range from $15 ~ $35

To place your order, call The DuPont Theatre Box Office
(302) 656-4401 or visit

There are many well-established competitions in Delaware that recognize the best students in various areas of the arts, including; All-State Music, All-State Band, as well as State championships in every single sport from football to swimming. There is one area that needs a bit more attention. Specifically with those students involved in the performing arts. There are so many talented students from schools across the State, the time has arrived for "theatre" to finally takes its place in the spotlight... and on center stage!

Join us this June to experience our inaugural production, LES MISÉRABLES® SCHOOL EDITION up close and personal.
This show is being co-presented by J. Alexander Productions and The DuPont Theatre.


pssst: My son Jesse is in this production!


Monday, June 2, 2008

Introduction to Open Education: Homeschooling to Unschooling

Introduction to Open Education:
Homeschooling to Unschooling

Sunday, June 22
4pm - 6pm


Open Connections, an educational resource center and learning community for young people and their families, is giving a presentation on Sunday, June 22 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.

Open Connections
1616 Delchester Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073

For more information and to register, please contact Barbara at (610) 459-3366.