Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Starbucks Offers Free Coffee for Homeschool Parents!

September 29

Free for Homeschool Parents!

A complimentary tall size (12 fl. oz.) cup
Pike Place Roast from Starbucks.

This promotion is part of Starbucks “Great Start for Great Teachers” promotion and open to all teachers. Homeschoolers are included, thanks to HSLDA who intervened when they were alerted that homeschool parents were not included in the promotion.

Thank you to Starbucks for recognizing the contribution of homeschool parents.

In order to pick up your free cup of Pike Place Roast you will need to present evidence that you are a homeschooler.

Any one item on the following list should be accepted by Starbucks:

*Home School Legal Defense Association membership card.
*Membership card from a state homeschooling organization.
*Notification from a school district or state government recognizing compliance with compulsory attendance.
*Paperwork submitted showing intent to establish a homeschool program.
*Paperwork showing the establishment of a private school.
*If you don’t have one of the items on this list be creative and try to provide other proof of homeschooling.

Please note: the final decision about whether to accept proof of homeschooling resides with Starbucks.


Monday, September 22, 2008

Eyes on Earth ~ Exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History

Eyes on Earth
This exhibit explores the satellites and space technology used to monitor hurricanes, study the ozone layer, and much more.

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

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009

Monday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday: 12-4:30 p.m.

$6 adults,
$5 children (3-17),
$4 seniors,
free for ages 0-2 and members

Thousands of miles above Earth, satellites track weather, monitor pollution and forest fires, create maps, predict storms, and find holes in the ozone layer. At the Delaware Museum of Natural History's interactive exhibit, Eyes on Earth, learn what a satellite is, discover the different types of orbits, and explore cutting-edge technology similar to that used by NASA scientists.

· Create infrared images of hot and cold objects.
· Launch marble "satellites" into "space" at the orbit table.
· Step into the Ozone Zone and see how ultra-violet light can change an object's color.
· Design your own working satellite.
· Sit on a solar panel and piece together satellite puzzles.
· Send a polar satellite spinning around a model Earth.
· Find out how oceans can impact the weather.


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 home to the state's only permanent dinosaur display, surrounded by exhibits of mammals, shells, and other specimens from around the world. The museum houses world-renowned scientific collections of mollusks and birds, including the second largest collection of birds' eggs in North America



A rotating roster of regional artisans will showcase their crafts at the annual Harvest Market in the Brandywine River Museum courtyard this fall. Some of them may also demonstrate their craft-making process. Unique items such as hand-woven scarves and sweaters, hooked rugs, wooden boxes, quilted items, specialty dolls and more-perfect for holiday gift giving- will be available for purchase.

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
September 20, 21, 27 28;
October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19, and
November 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23

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

$8 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, students and children ages 6-12; free for members and children under six. Price includes admission to the Brandywine River Museum.

Brandywine River Museum,
610-388-2700 or

Exhibiting American art in a 19th-century grist mill, the Brandywine River Museum is internationally known for its unparalleled collection of works by three generations of Wyeths and its fine collection of American illustration, still life and landscape painting.

The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The museum is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for seniors, students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for children under six and members. For more information, please call 610-388-2700 or visit


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Crayola Factory ~ Homeschool Days!

The Crayola FACTORY®

Rivers Landing

February and September are "homeschool friendly" months at The Crayola FACTORY!

Homeschoolers pay only $6.50 per admission
plus 5% tax

Tuesday through Friday

9:30 - 3:00

Activities are geared for children 3 through 10,
but all ages are welcome to participate.

At The Crayola FACTORY you can color, draw, paint and create with the latest Crayola products! Each creative space invites you to play and explore while learning and having lots and lots of fun. See how Crayola Crayons and Markers are made. Learn about the history of the Crayola brand. Explore dozens of interactive projects and activities. This is not the real manufacturing plant, but instead a visitor center that allows the child inside each person to unleash its creative spirit. Each quarter, themes and projects change, giving visitors a variety of projects to create throughout the year.

Located in eastern Pennsylvania along the New Jersey border, the Lehigh Valley region is home to the three cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.

30 Centre Square
Easton, PA


For more information:


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders Club ~ Field Trip to Prime Hook!

Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders Club
September Field Trip Details
Sat. Sept. 20
“Prime Time at Prime Hook”
9:00am – 1:00pm

Meet at Prime Hook headquarters at 9:00am.

September is a perfect time to visit this gorgeous National Wildlife Refuge.
Search for shorebirds, swallows, waterfowl and birds of prey. Learn to use a spotting scope and receive checklists and notebooks for your upcoming adventures!

Please bring:
*a hearty lunch
*water bottle
*binoculars (or borrow ours)
*light jacket
*baseball cap

If desired also bring:
a camera, insect repellent

Check forecast
we will be outdoors for several hours
dress for the weather

RSVP to Derek Stoner by Sept. 19th

Basic Driving Directions
Follow Delaware 1 south through Milford.
Look for traffic light at intersection of Route 1 and Route 16. (Brown refuge signs are posted)
Turn left onto Route 16 East toward Broadkill Beach. At 1.1 miles from traffic light, turn left onto Turkle Pond Road.
Follow Turkle Pond Road 1.6 miles to office/visitor center.

The address to use for this destination is:
11978 Turkle Pond Rd. Milton, DE 19968

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge website:


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wilmington Drama League ~ Youth Acting Classes!

Doorway to Drama

For kids ages 7 – 15

Cost $175


10 a.m. to noon

September 27 through November 22

Plus Thursday, November 20, 6 - 8 p.m.

Calling all young actors!! It’s time for the Acting Classes for Youth - a fun Saturday series for young actors. The classes are run by our own Kathy B. and cover all aspects of theatre, including movement, teamwork, audition techniques, music, diction, and much, much more. The final day of class will be a performance on our stage.

This class is for kids ages 7 to 15 at all levels of experience!

To register


For more information:


(302) 764-3396

Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19802


Delaware Theater Company ~ Fall Acting Classes!

Acting Up
(ages 8-12)

Have fun through theatre games and exercises exploring voice, body, and imagination. Demonstrate your new acting skills in a showcase performance for family and friends on the last day of class!

Fall Session:
Saturdays, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
September 27 - November 1, 2008
(6 classes)
Instructor: Gigi Naglak


Acting for Teens
(ages 13-18)

Student actors acquire new skills in portraying realistic characters and staging scenes in this creative, teen-friendly environment! Showcase your performance skills before family and friends on the last day of class!

Fall Session:
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
September 27 - November 1, 2008
(6 classes)
Instructor: Michelle Jacob


Five Ways to Register:

Call the DTC Box Office

Call the Department of Education and Community Engagement
302.594.1104, ext. 204

Fax the registration form

Mail the registration form
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Register online
Online Box Office

Instructors are subject to change without notice.
Class size is limited. Register early!

For more information
To be placed on their Theatre Class mailing list:
(302) 594-1104 ext. 204



Wednesday, September 10, 2008

OperaDelaware's Artist Training Workshop!

Fall 2008 program
Saturday, September 13th!

11am-2pm for Beginners (ages 7-11)

1pm-5pm for Intermediates (ages 12-17)

Students will spend each weekend cycling in and out of sessions in voice, movement, acting, costuming, set painting and other featured lessons such as Clown Arts, Dance and Martial Arts movement as well as introduction to conversational German, Italian, French and Spanish. Intermediate students will also receive individual master classes in voice or acting.

Those who are interested in the technical arts option will be able to explore thoroughly one aspect of the technical side of theatre, including stage management and wardrobe management. Beginners will be presenting Chip and His Dog, while Intermediates will tackle Down in the Valley. On Friday, November 7th, the students may perform during the day at a location TBA, and will present a public performance on Saturday, Nov. 8th at 11am.

Winter Programs:

Registration Form

Tuition for the Program is $300.00 per session.
Financial Aid is available for qualified applicants.
Please call (302) 658-8063 ext 3253 for details.

Gina Scarnati



Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Chester County Homeschoolers Science Fair

January 24, 2009
8:15 to 12:30
Calvary Chapel in Chester Springs
(This is a change of location from previous years)

Awards ceremony!
Best of show prizes!
Goody bags!

Open house at 11am

Grades K-12 may enter!

Grades 4-12 can advance to the Chester County Science Research
Grades 6-12 can advance to the Del Val
Science Fair where scholarship and prize money are awarded!


Coffee, juice, bagels and fruit will be available before the fair.

$8.00 per project.


There are plenty of sites for ideas for projects if you google science fair projects but some of the best ones come from your child's imagination and interests!

Volunteers Needed
* set up
* clean up
* various tasks during the fair

Homeschool Dance Classes

Ballet and tap
girls and boys

10 Week Session
Professional Dance Instructor

3-4 year olds: 9:30am
5-6 year olds: 10:15am,
7-11 year olds: 11:00am

3230 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont, Delaware
Across from the Claymont fire station
in between Rita's and Dunkin Donuts.


$50.00 for 10 weeks
($5.00 a class)
No registration fees

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Union Ramp Park

The People at Union Ramp Park want you to know that their park is a great place for homeschoolers to come have fun while fulfilling Phys. Ed. requirements and socializing with other kids!

Union Ramp Park is a 22,000 Sq. ft. indoor ramp park that caters to skateboarders, bmx bikers, in-line skaters, and kids who ride scooters. They provide kids with a safe, fun, and most importantly positive environment in which they can relax and perform a physical activity in a stress-free atmosphere. The staff is helpful and friendly, often joking around with the customers or sharing tips on how to improve. Everyone working there, rides there as well. Creating a nice sense of community in the park.

They even have someone on staff who was homeschooled and used his visits to the park to fulfill his Phys. Ed. requirement!

Union Ramp Park provides everything a child needs in their park including protective equipment like helmets and pads, skateboard, scooter, or bike if they don't bring one. They are happy to work with and accomodate large groups as well as providing a private room in which they can gather, talk, and socialize together.

Sounds like a great place for a field trip or a regular park day event!

Union Ramp Park
540 E. Union St.
West Chester, PA 19382

Office: 610-431-9325



Homeschool Programs at the Delaware Art Museum!

Chas Rietveld, 2003
by Garry Knox Bennett

Glory of Stories
(ages 3-6)

Students & parents/guardians participate in a story-reading which leads to a viewing of relevant works of art, followed by a hands-on art project. Parents/guardians are required to stay with their child during the story and tour portion of the program and may be asked to assist during the art activity.

Tour Program I
(ages 7-9)

Students take a guided theme tour for 30 minutes followed by a 30-minute art activity inspired by their tour.

Tour Program II
(ages 10-13 & 14-18)

Students take a guided theme tour for 60 minutes which includes writing exercises, sketching in the galleries, and take-home assignments.

Session 1 :
Decorative Arts and Crafts

September 18 - October 9 (4 weeks)
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Students will explore a wide array of art mediums from the organic glass forms seen in Dale Chihuly’s Persians to the zany chair creations found in the special exhibition:
Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker.

Session 2:
Themes in Art

October 15 - November 5 (4 weeks)
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

It’s not always easy to figure out what a work of art is about. In this session, students will investigate and discover a variety of themes portrayed in art such as nature, love, and adventure.

Session 3:
Stories in Art

November 12 - December 10
(4 weeks, no class November 26)
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Every picture tells a story! Students will enjoy learning about the stories behind portraits and illustrations in the Museum’s permanent collection as well as photographs in the special exhibition:
Bare Witness:Photographs by Gordon Parks

The Glory of Stories program follows the same schedule as the Tour Program below; however, weekly themes vary and may not cover the same material.


The Delaware Art Museum’s Homeschool Programs offer Homeschool families a wonderful art education experience! Kids will build a foundation for visual arts, as well as hone their observation skills through discussions of works in the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Additionally, art activities, writing exercises, and take-home assignments extend the student learning experience beyond the galleries.

Homeschool Programs are designed for different age groups and are offered as 4-week sessions. Homeschool families can choose to sign up for one or more session. Children will be automatically enrolled into the appropriate program based on their age.

Price per child each session:
$14 Members / $16 Non-Members

Families with 3 or more children enrolled in any of the Homeschool
Programs receive a 20% discount on the total cost.

For more information, contact Saralyn Rosenfield
Family Programs Manager


Philadelphia Young Playwrights: Playwriting Workshop for Homeschoolers ages 10 - 13!

9:30am to 12 noon
October 7, 2008 through December 2, 2008
The Free Library of Haverford Township

After two very successful programs for homeschooled teens this wonderful learning and growing opportunity is being offered to homeschoolers ages 10-13!

$135 per participant for the entire 20 hours!
(that's $6.75 per hour)

October 7, 2008 through December 2, 2008
(no class on October 28th)

9:30am to 12 noon

The Free Library of Haverford Township
1601 Darby Road,
Havertown, PA

10-13, grades 5-7
(there's some flexibility inquire via e-mail)

The program is limited to 12 students.
Please register via e-mail
to Sharlene by

Deadline to register:
September 8, 2008.

Amy Hodgdon
Director of Education for
Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

The Philadelphia Young Playwrights organization has been bringing the art of play writing to schools and community organizations in the Philadelphia area since 1987.

Since 2007 they have been offering this highly successful program to homeschooling teens. Students learning the art of play writing and performance, gain skills in literacy, writing, revision, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. The program also promotes the exchange of ideas, tolerance, diversity, community involvement and access to the arts. Self-esteem, a sense of individual and group responsibility will also be enhanced via this program.

Students write an original group-authored play during eight dynamic, hands-on workshops. Professional actors put the students' work-in-progress up on its feet as a means of generating feedback for revision and inspiring students' efforts. A final performance of their play is presented at the concluding festival which is open to the community and scheduled in the early evening.

In May of each year, Philadelphia Young Playwrights holds a festival where young
playwrights from all over the region submit their original work. Selected plays are performed in area theaters by professional actors. Each play submitted, even if not chosen for performance, is carefully reviewed by professional teachers and playwrights and returned with tremendous, positive feedback.

The play created during the workshop will b eligible for submission to the festival!


Studio Art Class for Homeschoolers at the Delaware Art Museum!

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
September 17 – November 19
(10 weeks)

Ages 10-14

Students will learn the fundamentals of art in the Museum’s studios. Basic drawing, painting, and sculpting will be explored, focusing on processes and techniques. Art history will be discussed, including visits to the Museum galleries, focusing on artists in the collection. Students will learn creative techniques and develop an appreciation for art.

Sam Mylin

$125 Members
$145 Non-Members

To Register:

Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, Delaware 19806


Chess Club at the Woodlawn Library!

Thursdays @ 6 pm

All ages are welcome.

Little or no skill required.


On Sept 18th the club is hosting a simultaneous exhibition with Chess Master David Gertler.

Mr. Gertler is the #1 rated player in Delaware!

Woodlawn Library

2020 West Ninth Street
Wilmington, DE 19805

Phone: 302-571-7425


Arden Club Theater: Free Preview Tickets to Kiss me Kate!

A delightful rendition of Cole Porter's
Kiss Me, Kate!

This lively jazz revival version includes a seldom heard duet between Lilli and General Howell. The cast includes a few Opera Delaware regulars as well as Tisch School graduates, semi-professional performers, a top-notch dance troupe and a live orchestra.

This is family fun!

ACT is opening the theater to schools and homeschoolers for a
free Preview Show!

Thursday, September 11th

call the box office
302-475-3126 x 4

If you wish to attend the free preview be sure to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Your name will be included on the reservation list at the door.

ACT has had several homeschoolers as part of their troupe including Christopher Kraus who is a Board Members and a regular piano

Other productions for the 2008-09 season:
* The annual One Act Play Festival
* Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss

Students always receive a discount for regularly scheduled shows.
ACT provides discounted group tickets for large parties and/or organizations.

Arden Club Theatre

An up and coming, award-winning theater company.

Arden, Delaware
Just off I-95 @ Harvey Road
The theater is housed within the historic
Arden Gild Hall.