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.


Edward S. Rowse
302 528 0864

* 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."


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




THE WIZARD OF OZ ~ Presented by Family Stages!


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

Pennsylvania & Rech Aves., Oreland, PA 19075
(between Glenside & Fort Washington)


Duet Productions - Family Stages



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:
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

PO Box 1346
Brattleboro, VT 05302

Phone: (802) 251-7250
Fax: (802) 251-7258


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)

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)

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)

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:

413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne PA 19087

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


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


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:



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!

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


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.


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!


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

Includes bag of popcorn & soda.




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

2 PM
(run time: 60 minutes)

TheatreWorks USA

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

(Fees apply)


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

* * * * *

Delaware's Broadway Experience!



Studio Art Class for Homeschoolers at the Delaware Art Museum!

Artist Studio for Homeschoolers
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.

Sam Mylin

$125 Member
$145 Non-Members

* Financial Assistance Available*

Members Online Registration
Non-Members Online Registration



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!
Beginning January 5th
Weekday afternoons
Martin Luther King Birthday

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

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

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

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.

12-13 year old boy alto soloist, dynamic personality

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

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

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

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

Karen Saillant
Artistic Director
International Opera Theater


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.


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.

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

(for non City Gates families)

Deadline to Register:
January, 30th


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

Go to Website to Download Registration Form:

Cheryl Cooper
(302) 234-4276


Earth Exploreres!

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


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

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

December 4 (Th)
Experiments with Water
December 10 (W)
Nature Crafts Annual Workshop
Materials fee: $1
December 11**(TH)
Nature Crafts Annual Workshop
Materials fee: $1
January 7 (W)
Crystal Science Microscope Class
Lab fee: $1
January 15 (Th)
Seasonal Habitat Lab II –Winter
January 21 (W)
Animal Homes
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)
February 4 (W)
Microscope Studies: Close Encounters of the Everyday Kind
Lab fee: $1
February 12 (Th)
Dissection/Micro Lab: Plant Parts
Material/Lab fee: $2
February 18 (W)
Sound Science
February 26 (Th)
Maple Syrup
Material fee: $2
March 4 (W)
Micro Lab: Animal Parts
Lab fee: $1
March 12 (Th)
Batty About Bats
March 18 (W)
Reading the Landscape
March 26 (Th)
Lichens and Mosses


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...


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.

For details:

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

Sign up for the Earth Explorer emailer to receive last minute updates and after class parent sheets by emailing:

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!



City Gates Art Class ~ Now Enrolling For Second Semester!

Art at City Gates Academy

Beginning January 20th, 2009


"Bigger is Better"
An enlargement project.

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

Using student made armatures.

"Decorative Masks"
Papier mache.

"Optical Illusions"
"Pop 'Can' Art"
As time allows.

$225 for the semester
17 weeks

City Gates Academy