Monday, January 25, 2010

Audition for Pillow Play at the Wilmington Drama League ~ "Happily Never After"

Audition Dates

Saturday, January 30th
1pm – 4pm

Tuesday, February 2nd
6:30pm – 9pm

Performance Schedule:
April 10 - 10 am and 2 pm at WDL,
April 11 - 2 pm at Mary Campbell Center
April 17 - 2 pm in Newark at Newark Library

Director Eric Merlino seeks kids for this short play, which will be produced in the Drama League lobby and other local venues.

No preparation is necessary,
readings will be from the script.

The course of true love never runs smoothly. Consequently a marriage counselor has opened an office in the kingdom to see how famous fairy tale couples are faring. Everywhere the counselor looks--disaster! Sleeping Beauty will do nothing but nap; the Frog Prince refuses to give up his amphibian ways; and nothing will pry Cinderella away from her beloved cinders. Naturally, the spouses are complaining, and there is no choice but to rewrite the endings of the famous stories. Everyone is run through the computer for new matches. While the results are not exactly pleasing to the newlyweds, they're hilarious to audiences young and old. Finally, even the counselor himself admits he needs help!

Pillow Plays are short plays geared toward kids. They are presented in WDL lobby with a cast of kids and teenagers, and help introduce live theatre to young audiences. The plays are then taken on the road and performed at the Mary Campbell Center, the Newark Library, and other local venues.

The Pillow Plays are FREE; however, any donation to the Wilmington Drama League is graciously accepted, and will help us continue our mission of providing excellent theatre to the community.

The Wilmington Drama League

10 W Lea Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19802-1325
(302) 764-1172


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Homeschool Skate at the Adrenaline Skating Center (former Elsmere rink)

Homeschool Skate at the Adrenaline Skating Center
(former Elsmere rink)

Friday, February 12, 1:00 - 3:00

$3 per person (includes admission & regular skates).
Inline skates
are $2 extra;
Parents skate for free.

215 New Road , Elsmere , DE

Snack bar is open!
No outside food except for babies. 

Adrenaline Skating center, formerly known as Elsmere Skating Center , is
under new ownership as of August 2008. The skating center is newly
renovated with a private party room, new sound system, freshly painted
inside and out along with being WIFI accessible.

Come let the kids skate!
Parents can skate, talk, or access the internet
 via WIFI.

For more information:



Monday, January 18, 2010

College Board ~ Homeschool Admissions Information Page!

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.

Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.

Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities and concerns.



Saturday, January 16, 2010

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event at the Delaware Museum of Natural History!

African-American "Champions of Nature"
Celebrated in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Monday, January 18, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with special activities highlighting African Americans' contributions to the field of natural history at African-American Champions of Nature.

* Children can piece together insect puzzles as a tribute to entomologist Charles Henry Turner (1867-1923).

* Agricultural scientist George Washington Carver's (1864-1943) many uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, and other plants are revealed in an interactive matching game.

* Visitors can learn about marine biologist Ernest Everett Just (1883-1941) by making a spiny sea urchin.

* Ornithologist Robert A. Gilbert is honored through our display of various bird wings, bills, and feet.

Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807

Activities are included with regular museum admission:
$7 adults, $5 children (3-17)
$6 seniors (60+)
Free for children 2 and younger.
Free for museum members.

For more information:
(302) 658-9111


IOWA testing at Citi Gates Academy!

March 15th - 17th 2010
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

St Paul's United Methodist Church
Foulk Road in North Wilmington - ust off Rt. 202, next to the Brandywine Hundred Library.

January 25th, 2010

$65.00 per student for non-CGA families.

The IOWAs offer a thorough review of students' abilities in a wide range of subject. City Gates offers this opportunity for testing to any home school student from 4rd to 8th grade wishing to assess their knowledge base.

Details and a sign-up forms available.

City Gates Academy
P. O. Box 7581
Wilmington, DE 19803-0581

For those of us who have never done this before:

Q. Who gets the test results?
A. The results are sent to the CGA test coordinator who them mails them out to the individual families.
Q. Are the results confidential?
A. Yes, the actual results are sent to each family.
Q. Is there a way to prepare a child for the tests if they have never done a test like this before?
A. Yes. If this is the first time a student has taken the IBST, when registering please indicate as such and request a practice/preparation test.
Q. What if the child does not do well, does some "higher" authority get involved.
A. That is up to each individual family. As stated previously, the test results are confidential. No one has access to the answers except you, so no one else will get involved.
Q. What are the tests like, can I/we see a sample?
A. The only sample available to see is the practice test. People can check out the BJU press website for more information. There is an additional charge for each practice test. There are also other resources available on the BJU Press website for test practice


Sunday, January 10, 2010

White Clay Creek Park ~ Homeschool Programs!

Alternating Wednesdays and Thursday

Storybook Explorers
(ages 5 and under)
$3 per child
1:00 pm

Junior Explorers
(ages 6-9)
1:00 – 2:00 pm
$4.00 per class
(plus material fee if needed)

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

Discounts available for multiple classes.

Registration and payment must be received by the Park Office no later then noon Friday before the program.

For a complete listing of Earth Explorer programs:




2010 Delaware State Parks Pass ~ Now Available!

To buy one online:


Delaware Residents - $27.00 for annual pass.
Out of State - $54 for annual pass.

(Out-of-state residents employed in Delaware may be eligible for the in-state annual pass)

Park entrance fees are in effect March 1- November 30.

Annual pass stickers allow your vehicle and its occupants to enter most state parks without paying the daily entrance fees (except for the Brandywine Zoo, Fenwick State Line Beach and Fort Delaware State Park.)

For More Information:

Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-9220


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Update: YMCA ~ Programs for Homeschoolers!

It's not too late!
If you could not start this week, you can still sign up.
The Y will pro-rate the fee!

(Also note: you need not be a member, nor do you need to purchase a program membership to participate in these homeschool programs.)

January 5th, 2010!
Home School Physical Education
ages 6-12
1:40-2:40 pm
Homeschool Art Class
ages 7-13
12:30-1:30 pm
Pre-school Art & Crafts
ages 4-6
12:30-1:30 pm
Class sizes are limited.
PLEASE register in advance!

Amy Jimison

Brandywine YMCA
3 Mt Lebanon Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19803


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Newark Arts Alliance ~ Art Classes and Much More!

Art Classes for the New Year!

Posted below are classes for kids but they also have wonderful offerings for teens!
Not limited to classes in the visual arts!
Visit their website to see all that they have going on!

Painting by Twilight
January 6-27
th, 6:30-8:30pm
4 Wednesdays
Ages 12-15.
Are you a fan of the Twilight books and movie? This class will create artwork inspired by books and films. We will paint beautiful landscapes inspired by the Seattle setting of Twilight, paint moonscapes and character portraits. This class will teach you how to paint with oil paints, charcoal, and India ink. This is a great class for anyone who loves the Twilight books and is inspired to create beautiful, dramatic works of art.
$84members/$92 non-members

Mommy and Me Art Class
January 16-30, 11am-12pm
3 Saturdays
Ages 4-5.
Parent and child will make art together in this first introduction to basic art techniques. We'll use pastels, tempera paint and model magic clay to make colorful works of art that will inspire you to continue your art exploration at home. Daddy's and grandparents welcome too! Fee includes child accompanied by one adult.

Wonderful Winter Wear Art Date
January 29
th, Friday
Ages 8-11.
Take the chill off winter with your very own fleece hat and scarf. Sewing not required. Bring your imagination and the possibilities are endless. Choose from rugged sports or frilly and fancy themed hats and scarves for winter wear. Make a date with art and warm up with a spaghetti dinner.
$30M/$33NM (includes all supplies and food)

Alice in Wonderland Illustration Workshop
February 3-24
th, 6:30-8:30pm
4 Wednesdays
Taught by Jen Mrozik. Ages 9-14. Come learn how to create illustrations of characters from Alice in Wonderland! We will creatively design works of art in ink, watercolor, charcoal and sharpie marker. Images from the new Tim Burton film will be our inspiration!

A Victorian Valentine Card Making Workshop
Tuesday, February 11
Taught by Jen Mrozik. Ages 6-9pm. Come create beautiful hand crafted cards for your loved ones! We will learn about Victorian Styles of card making and make our own versions using lace, glitter, collage and ribbons!

“Where the Wild Things Are” Soft Buddy Workshop: Session 1
Feb. 27-March 6, 1-3pm
2 Saturdays
Ages 10 to Adult.
Join the craze and make your own, soft, stuffed monsters, thingys, animals or people. We’ll draft patterns from our own crazy drawings and pick from a variety of felts, furs and printed fleeces to hand sew our buddy together. We’ll embellish with buttons, yarn, sequins, beads and markers, then stuff it. (who needs “Build a Bear”?) Basic hand sewing skills helpful but not necessary. This is a great class to take with a friend or a parent/child combo. All materials provided.

“Where the Wild Things Are” Soft Buddy Workshop: Session 2
March 13-20, 1-3pm
2 Saturdays
Ages 10 to Adult.
Those taking Session 1 can continue their quest and make more crazy stuffed buddies. Think clouds with feet, or a turtle with wings, etc. Beginners also welcome to join this open workshop. See description from Session 1 above.
All materials provided.

St. Patrick's Day Celtic Art Workshop
March 4-25
th, 4-6pm
4 Thursdays
Ages 9-12.
Everyone has heard of "Saint Patrick", but don't know much about him! Come learn all about Saint Patrick, Celtic Art, and Irish Art! We will do printmaking, clay and metal work. We will also learn about Celtic symbolism – a great class to learn while being creative.

Paint Play
March 6-20, 10:30-12pm
3 Saturdays
Ages 5-7.
Explore the wonders of painting! We'll learn how to mix and blend colors, paint wet on wet, and use sponges and brushes to get lots of textures and lines with tempera paint. We'll do backgrounds and foregrounds and plan paintings in a couple of stages. A good overview for young artists.

Beatrix Potter: Artist and Activist!
April 8-29
th, 4-6pm
4 Thursdays
Ages 6-9.
Come make some beautiful artwork inspired by Beatrix Potter, author of the Peter Rabbit stories! She was an artist and nature lover. We will create beautiful watercolors, make our own "Peter Rabbit" doll, and celebrate Earth day with a "Rabbit Tea Party!" This class will be tons of loveable fun!

Fabulous Foot Wear Art Date
April 23, Friday
Ages 8-11.
This class has something for everyone, fun for boys and girls! Boys bring your Vanns and Chuck Taylors style sneakers. We'll add flames, cool rock star details, far out space drawings or hot Anime designs for a custom look that will turn heads. Girls bring you favorite white canvas shoes, canvas Mary Janes or tennis shoes. Paint on colorful hearts or flowers and glue on sparkle gems and glitter to create a shoe that will dazzle. Come create fabulous footwear and stay for a pizza dinner.
$32M/$36NM (student should bring their own footwear, all else will be provided)

Mary Cassatt: The Art of Family
May 6-27
th, 4-6pm
4 Thursdays
Ages 9-12.
We will learn about American artists Mary Cassatt from Philadelphia! We will draw pictures of mothers and children – including your own family portrait as a Mother's Day gift! We will use pastels and watercolors. Come learn about a great American woman painter and make some meaningful artwork for mom!

Saturday Art Explorers
May 15-29, 10:30am-12pm
3 Saturdays,
Ages 8-11.
Let's explore some interesting art techniques to create 2-D art that stands apart from ordinary paintings. Scratch art (scraffito), tissue paper collage and wax resist watercolor paintings will be "discovered".

For more information and to Register:

Newark Arts Alliance
"developing community through the arts"
phone: 302-266-7266
Market East Plaza
276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, DE 19711

Tues.-Sun., 11am-3pm Thursdays, 11am-7pm


T.L.C. ~ Homeschool Co-op!


God's Way Homeschool Co-op

A Homeschooling Group of Christian Families that meet once a week at Faith Community Church in Brookhaven, PA.

Classes for all ages, from first grade through High School.

All classes taught by the Mom's in the co-op.
(Not a drop off facility, each Mom has service requirements that involve either Teaching and or Assisting in classes.)

Classes change from Semester to Semester.

Always includes Art and Gym for all age groups.



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Free Lesson Plans:

Zometool works closely with teachers and school districts around the country to produce manuals and lesson plans. Materials are available covering math, art, architecture and science activities from 1st Grade through Freshman college. All lesson plans meet U.S. national standards in their subject areas.


Academic Bowl for Middle Schoolers!

The Academic Bowl Team at Charter High School is sponsoring a tournament for middle school students on January 8th. Teams of homeschooled students are welcome to compete!

Each team needs 4 students at the same grade level.
(For example: All 4 in 6th grade - no combined ages.)
Please note that you will need to organize a team of 4 to participate;
They will not assign you to a team.

Questions cover math, science, history, geography, current events, literature, art, music, etc. - Like Jeopardy without the cash reward!

For more information:


"Snow White" presented by Family Stages, inc. and Duet Productions!

This time the story is told from the dwarf’s point of view:
Big people cause the trouble and then the little guy has to save the day! Snow White finds her prince, but it’s the dwarf who comes to the rescue.

Sunday, January 17th
2:00 PM
Monday through Wednesday
January 18th - 20th
10:00 AM


700 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Oreland, PA 19075
(between Glenside & Fort Washington)
East Pennsylvania Ave is now accessible from
Rt 309 North & South and the PA Turnpike at the Fort Washington Exit.
It’s well marked. Follow the signs.



(They also offer classes, workshops and performances at three locations!)



Auditions for the Wilmington Children's Chorus!

Children in grades 3 through high school are invited to audition for the area's most exciting singing opportunity for young people!

Auditions will be held by appointment
on January 9 and 10, 2010


Philip Doucette, Manager of Operations

For more information and to download the audition music: