Thursday, March 18, 2010

Delaware Art Museum ~ Programs for Homeschoolers!

The Elements of Art

Learn how the basic elements of design (line, color, shape, and texture) work together as a visual language by exploring the Museum’s collections.

March 31 – April 21
(4 weeks)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost per child:
$14 Members
$16 Non-Members
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Age Groupings
For programs listed above

Your child’s experience will match the following age-based categories

Ages 3 – 6
Students and 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.

Ages 7 – 9
Students take a guided theme tour for 30 minutes followed by a 30-minute art activity inspired by their tour.

Ages 10 – 13 and 14 – 18
Students take a guided theme tour for 60 minutes which includes writing exercises, sketching in the galleries, and take-home assignments.
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Homeschool Programs Information

Saralyn Rosenfield
Family Programs Manager



Thursday, March 11, 2010

Oak Meadow ~ Spring Sale ~ Curriculum and School Enrollments

Early Spring Sale
One Week Only
March 8 - 15, 2010

10% off all curriculum and craft materials

5% off all K-12 enrollments

Sale ends Monday March 15th

To begin the enrollment process,
please call Oak Meadow offices
to speak with an enrollment counselor
between 9am and 5pm eastern time,

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Explore, Create, Experiment, Integrate
Oak Meadow's
Creative Homeschooling Curriculum!

Oak Meadow Curriculum & School
P.O. Box 1346
Brattleboro, VT 05302



Friday, March 5, 2010

Iditarod 2010 begins Saturday March 6th!

Don't miss this amazing, historic, annual, race!

History, geography, math, science, social studies, reading, or just for fun!

Incorporate the race in your curriculum!

Iditarod site for teachers!

Resources page

Iditarod insider


Astronomy at Brandywine Creek State Park!

Saturday, March 13th
6:00 p.m.

Join members of Delaware Astronomical Society to learn about constellations and basic stargazing.

The Program will start inside with an introduction and then head out to see the stars!
Equipment is available or you may bring your own.
Red filtered flashlights only please!

Pre-registration suggested.
$2 per person.

Please call to register:


Claire Mickletz
Park Interpreter
Brandywine Creek State Park
PO Box 3782
Greenville, DE 19807


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fiddler on the Roof at Delaware Children's Theater!

March 7, 14, 21
2:00 p.m.

March 13, 20;
7:00 p.m.

Adults, $25.00,
Students/Seniors, $15.00

For tickets and information
Please contact:

Delaware Children's Theater
1014 Delaware Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19806-4704
(302) 655-1014



Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Homeschool Overnight Adventures at the Ashland Nature Center!

Geology, Watersheds and Orienteering Overnight

Investigate the geology and geography of Ashland.
Use a topographic map and compass to navigate trails and locate contours of a watershed.
Learn about landforms, the formation of rocks, and use rock hammers and goggles to collect mineral and rock samples for identification.

Thursday, March 23, 10:00 am
Friday, March 24, 1:00 pm

Target age group is 12 - 16.

Join other homeschoolers for this overnight adventure.
Stay in the beautiful Ashland Lodge - heated and comfortable.
Spacious great room and kitchen.
Separate boys/girls bathrooms and dorms.
Simple meals are planned.
Participants will be asked to bring grocery items to share.
One adult per family should plan to attend.
Price includes lodging and instruction.
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$20 per student for Delaware Nature Society members.
$30 for non-members.
No charge for adults.

For further information contact:
Judy Montgomery, Overnight and Outreach Coordinator
302-239-2334, extension 127

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Design Your Own Overnight Retreat!
Interested in organizing your own Overnight Adventure?
Schedule a 2-day retreat during January, February or March and rent the Ashland Nature Center Lodge for only $300. Programs can be provided for an additional cost. Reserve your dates now.

Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mill Road
Hockessin, Delaware 19707



Brandywine Zoo ~ Programs for Homeschoolers!


March 18, 2010
9:30am-12 noon
(For Grades K-12)
Come and take action in saving our ecosystem! Get hands on experience and create your own green products that you can take home and use. Programs may be held simultaneously for older and younger grades, based on registration.
Registration strongly suggested.

$8 per person.
$6 per Delaware Zoological Society members.
ONE adult is free per family.

To Register:
or call

Nicole Goodsell
Education Outreach Coordinator
Brandywine Zoo
1001 N. Park Dr.
Wilmington, DE 19802
phone: 302-571-7850 x224
fax: 302-577-7480



Birds in Focus
Friday, March 12 - 1:30-3:30 pm
Member/Non-Member: $5/$7
Course #: W10-142-AM

Explore the unique and varied adaptations of native birds, including body shape, beaks, and feet. Investigate how these adaptations help them survive in their habitats. See mounted specimens and study the diversity of species in the Delmarva region. Use binoculars on a guided bird survey through different habitats. Find out how birds are affected by seasonal changes.

Weighing at the Mill

Friday, March 26 - 1:30-3:30 pm
Member/Non-Member: $5/$7
Course #: W10-143-AM

Discover how corn and wheat are transformed into food products inside historic Abbott's Mill. Conduct experiments while weighing corn, wheat and wood at various stages in the milling process. Arrange items in serial order based upon your research.

It all Starts with Soil
Friday, April 16 - 1:30-3:30 pm
Member/Non-Member: $5/$7
Course #: W10-144-AM

Discover soil and how it influences plants, animals and people. Conduct scientific experiments to identify the three basic components of soils and compare soil types from forest, meadow, and swamp. Observe soil layers with augers and test pH to distinguish humus, sand and clay.

Pond and Stream Study
Friday, April 30- 1:30-3:30 pm
Member/Non-Member: $5/$7
Course #: W10-145-AM

Immerse yourself in pond and stream ecology and get up close with the animals and plants of these aquatic ecosystems. Use dip nets and waders to survey the inhabitants of Abbott's Pond and Johnson's Branch. Discover the life cycles of insects, fish, frogs, and turtles that live in the pond. Examine the unique plants that make their living in the water.

Advance registration for all programs is required.

David Pragoff
School and Group Programs Team Leader
302-239-2334, ext.133

Click to Register

15411 Abbott's Pond Road
Milford, DE 19963


Free Family Programs at the DCCA!

The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts invites you and your family to attend their Winter/Spring 2010 series of fun-filled and educational family programs.
Enjoy docent-led tours of the galleries, scavenger hunts, and activities led by DCCA Teaching Artists.
These programs are
free to the public and no pre-registration is required.

SPLASH: An Exploration of Paint

Sunday, March 21, 2010
Noon - 3 pm
Ages 4 and up

Come get your hands messy with a DCCA Teaching Artist as we investigate the wide world of paint! Art activities will include explorations of color, texture, and shape. Families are invited to visit the galleries with DCCA docents to compare and contrast the different types of paintings on view. Smocks will be provided!

Animation Station
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Noon - 3 pm
Ages 4 and up

Join DCCA resident artist Carlos Ferguson and Tiny Circus for an afternoon of stop motion animation. Children and families will have the opportunity to make their own paper characters that will star in animated shorts. Families are encouraged to return to the DCCA on the evening of Friday, May 7th for a video screening of animated films that will include pieces created during the family program.

Art & Community Picnic and Outdoor Video Screening

Friday, May 7, 2010 5 - 9 pm

Video Screening: Sunset
Bring your family to the DCCA for an outdoor screening of short video animations created by Wilmington community-members with DCCA resident artist Carlos Ferguson and Tiny Circus, who travel the country in the Tiny Circus rolling magic lantern, a solar-powered, vintage Airstream trailer equipped with sound and a movie screen. Enjoy a picnic at the Justison Landing Greenspace, adjacent to the Riverwalk, before the show begins at sunset.

Justison Landing Greenspace, adjacent to the Riverwalk and just south of the corner of Justison and West Streets. Look for the vintage Airstream trailer!

DCCA Parking Lot

What to bring:
Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic fare. This event is rain or shine! In the event of rain, the movie screening will be held inside the DCCA, where picnic space will also be available.

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

200 South Madison St
Wilmington, DE 19801



Field Study Programs ~ Ashland Nature Center, Coverdale Farm and DuPont Environmental Educational Center!

Maple Sugaring
Friday, March 12 - 1:00-3:00 pm
Member/Non-Member: $7/$12
Course #: W10-136-AS

Learn to identify maple trees and the function of roots, branches and leaves. Discover the history of maple sugaring, tap a tree, observe the changes in maple sap as it is boiled and becomes maple syrup, and taste the final product. Program meets at Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE.

Land & Water

Friday, March 26 - 1:00-3:00 pm
Member/Non-Member: $7/$12
Course #: W10-137-DC

Look at the land from the perspective of an osprey, raccoon and snapping turtle. In the marsh, find evidence of water interacting with the land. Investigate how humans affect soil erosion and deposition. Program meets at DuPont Environmental Education Center, Wilmington, DE.

Cycle of Life
Friday, April 9 - 1:00-3:00 pm
Member/Non-Member: $7/$12
Course #: W10-138-AS

Learn about producers, consumers and decomposers and their importance in Earth's cycle of life. Use magnifiers, collecting containers and guidebooks as you hike through a marsh, forest and field to discover live organisms. Program meets at Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE.

Farm Photography
Friday, April 23- 1:00-3:00 pm
Member/Non-Member: $9/$14
Course #: W10-139-CF

Discover farm life through a camera lens! Use cameras to learn photography skills and compose digital photos. Create your own "Farmer's Almanac" calendar page to capture the month of your visit. The cost of this program includes photo paper, almanac matting page and use of camera. Program meets at Coverdale Farm, Greenville, DE.

Advance registration for all programs is required.

David Pragoff
School and Group Programs Team Leader
302-239-2334, ext.133

Click to Register