Thursday, March 24, 2011

MusicBuild 2011 - A Contest for Young Inventors!

The Music School of Delaware

proudly presents

MusicBuild 2011!

MusicBuild 2011 is a contest and opportunity for young inventors to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity in the invention of a new musical instrument or an original device that creates musical sounds. Individuals and teams are encouraged to enter the contest. It is open to pre-college age students in two age categories. Enrollment at the Music School is not necessary. Presentation and judging will take place in conjunction with The Music School of Delaware’s Showcase event on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at The Grand Opera House. Contest winners will receive cash prizes and will be introduced on The Grand’s main stage.

MusicBuild applications are due May 2, 2011.

Applications and Details

click here

or email:


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Homeschool Geography/History Fair


Saturday, April 30, 2011


CollingdaleChristian Family School

814 Andrews Avenue

Collingdale, PA


A fun time for homeschooled children to showcase their knowledge of a geographical region or era in history without the pressure of being judged for their work. Also an easy way to teach children presentation skills in an area they are enthused and excited about.

All participants will receive a participation certificate, and students traveling through the exhibits will receive passports.


SET UP: 9:15 a.m.

FAIR OPENS: 10:00 a.m.

FAIR ENDS: 11:30 a.m.

CLEAN UP: must be done by noon.



Full 2.5' x 6' table or half that. Tables will be provided. Tables will need to be covered with a cloth.


To stand in the back of your exhibit, labeled with the title of your exhibit. (geographical region or historical period)


Anything else you decide to display; pictures, charts, fact pages; can go here, as well as on the table. A map of your region is also good for display.


To mark in each student's "passport" as he/she visits your exhibit. The stamp should have something to do with the region/era you're presenting. For example: an eagle to represent the United States, the Irish flag for Ireland, etc.


You may provide samples to represent your region/era, but this is not necessary. Example: Goldfish crackers for presentation of Japan. Keep it small and simple.


You may hang things from ceiling tiles, play music, do cultural dances, dressing up in costume is recommended but not required. Doll, models, charts, books, artwork, are all good ideas!

Someone must be at the exhibit at all times!

A parent, sibling or friend who has worked on the project.

Know your material and be ready to explain what your visitors are seeing.


Pat Burns


Spring Drama Programs for Homeschoolers!

Spring Home School Drama Programs


Cecil College


Newark Parks & Recreation

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Cecil College

Community Drama Program

Elkton Station, MD


Ages 8-14 Rachel Barton

Tuesdays, April 12-June 7th 12:45-2:15 pm YHS406-01 Fee: $95

A brand new course featuring a potpourri of Shakespeare’s most well known tragedies and comedies. Students will perform staged scenes and monologues from plays they select as well as learn to interpret the literature. It’s a wonderful way to discover his most famous works and to live the times in which he lived.

Cecil College

Elkton Station

Elkton , MD


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Newark Parks & Recreation

Newark, DE

Drama Programs



Ages 4-6 Rachel Barton

Creative Dramatics/Treasure Trunk Theatre allows imagination and creativity to abound in fun filled theatre games specifically designed for the preschool crowd. Young Actors will learn to explore their feelings and thought processes while gaining the confidence and poise to express them. Self-confidence, positive interaction with others, self-expression, and spontaneity will be emphasized through our entertaining theatre games. We will create costumes and props to enhance our performance skills. Families are invited to watch our stage performance during the last class.

Activity #0071-111
Fee: $74

Fridays RDF: $58

Apr 1 – May 13 1:15-2:15pm

(No class Apr 22) 6 sessions

George Wilson Center



Ages 8-14 Rachel Barton

Our popular home school course where performing Shakespeare can be such a fun experience as students learn to interpret and perform one of his plays in an abridged version as well as learn about his historical and literary significance. As an added bonus, we will explore the times in which he lived and bring history to life as we develop real or imaginary characters and how they intertwined with the Bard. A dynamic way to learn history as well as performance skills with a final Shakespearean performance for families and friends. All the World’s A Stage!

Activity #1033-111
Fee: $119

Fridays RDF: $105

Apr 1 – June 10 2:30-4pm

(No class Apr 22, May 27) 9 sessions

George Wilson Center



Newark Parks and Recreation

220 Elkton Road, Newark, DE 19711

Phone: (302) 366-7060


"The AristoCats Kids" ~ Summer Theater Camp!


Two-week summer theater camp!

This exciting fun-filled camp will incorporate classes in music, movement, games, basic acting skills (voice projection, vocal and body expression, stage movement, script reading), interpretation and improvisation, costuming, character development and simple set design.

The camp will conclude with 3 musical performances of Disney's "The Aristocat's Kids".

Grades 1st - 8th

Tuesday, July 5th ~ Saturday, July 16th
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

Church in the Vineyards
Jennersville, PA.


Friday, July 15th at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, July 15th at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 16th at 10:30 a.m.


Tuition for the summer theater camp is:

$350 for one child.

$575 for two children.

$675 for three children.

Registration form available at


Karen Rossi

Avon Grove Community Theater
P.O. Box 173
London Grove, PA 19360



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Science & Nature Programs for Homeschoolers from the Delaware Nature Society!

Delaware Nature Society
Homeschool Programs are Now Online!

These programs are designed to meet state and national standards and are appropriate for students age 5 and older. From Mining and Minerals to Farm Photography to Overnights at the Ashland Lodge, we are sure to have programs suited for your curriculum. Programs are held at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford, Delaware and at multiple sites in New Castle County, Delaware including the Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin and Coverdale Farm in Greenville.

Click Here to View Offerings!

Advance registration for all programs is required.

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

Delaware Nature Society


Sunday, March 20, 2011

"Julius Ceasar" Shakespeare Workshop!

Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater
"Julius Ceasar

A Five Week Workshop
Led by
Artist in Residence ~ Aaron Oster

Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater's Artist-in-Residence program invites students to study Shakespeare through performance. Teaching Artists are professional theater artists with extensive teaching experience who work collaboratively with students in hands-on activities that address both the literary and performative aspects of the plays.

Meets PA standards for literacy, arts, and the humanities.

April 8 - May 6
10:00-11; 30


Middle and High School Students


Debby Rosan

Haverford Township Free Library
1601 Darby Road
Havertown, PA



Tennis Porgram for Homeschoolers!

"Quick Start"
Tennis Program

Organized by a homeschool mom!

5 - 14 year olds

Fridays - 6 weeks

April 15th - May 20th

10:00am - 1:00pm

ages 5-7 ~ 10-11am
ages 8-10 ~ 11-12pm
ages 11-14 ~ 12-1pm

Glasgow Park Tennis Courts


Susan Clarke


MyServe, Inc.
David Taylor, Program Director



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Curriculum Sale & Swap

Curriculum Sale & Swap

Sponsored by the

"DE Classical Home Educators' Network"

Postponed till June!

Faith Southern Baptist Church

(Across the street from Cherry Hill Middle School)

2494 Singerly Rd.

Elkton, MD 21921

If you would like to set up a table to sell, please call Carolyn.

(Set up no earlier than 9:30 am)




The 3rd Annual March Madness Chess Tournament at The Woodlawn Library!

Special Event!


The 3rd Annual March Madness Chess Tournament!

All ages and skill levels welcome!

Please register with the Adult Reference Desk.

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Woodlawn Library
2020 West Ninth Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19805

(302) 571-7425


Monday, March 14, 2011

Drop-In Chess Club at Woodlawn Library!

3pm - 5:30pm

Drop In Chess Club

All ages and skill levels welcome!

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Woodlawn Library

2020 West Ninth Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19805

(302) 571-7425

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Renaissance Capture the Flag!

Next Game: Kennett Square, Second Friday in March.

Renaissance Capture the Flag!

A bi-monthy capture the flag game for homeschoolers of all ages!

Play a style of Capture the Flag that involves foam swords, shields, daggers, spears, foam arrows and bows. The game also includes a serious amount of improvisational acting (mostly around dying!). It is cooperative and fun spirited.

When & Where
2 sessions

Second Friday of Each Month
Anson B. Nixon Park
Kennett Square, PA

Fourth Friday of Each Month
Smedley Park
Springfield, PA

See website for more details


Flying Model Aircraft Workshop at Newark Center for Creative Learning!

Saturday March 12th
10 am - 12 noon

Ages 10-12
Parents welcome to join in.

Limited to 20 Students!
Advance Registration Required




Delaware Children's Museum!

9am - 4:30pm
Seven Days a Week!

FREE parking!
Easy to find on Wilmington's Riverfront!

$12 general admission
(12 months and under are free)


Delaware Children's Museum
550 Justison Street
Wilmington DE 19801


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fourth Fridays Drumming Circles at The Newark Arts Alliance!

at the Newark Arts Alliance

"Fourth Friday Drumming Circles & Music Jam"

Focus will mostly include African and Mid-East rhythms, but all drumming is welcome. Participants are asked to bring a drum or other percussion instrument. Melody instruments (such as flute, clarinet, etc.) are also welcome, as are dancers if room allows. Open to everyone, but children should be accompanied by their parents.

No advance registration needed.

There's no fee to participate.
Donations are always appreciated.
NAA membership is not required.

For More Information:
Contact Rebecca
(302) 464-0392.

Newark Arts Alliance
"developing community through the arts"
Market East Plaza
276 E. Main St., Suite 102
Newark, DE 19711


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Homeschoool Museum Classes ~ Philadelphia Museum of Art

Homeschool Museum Classes are designed to serve small homeschool co-op groups or individual homeschool families. Each class takes place in the Museum’s permanent galleries and is designed as an interactive lesson that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities including discussions, drawing and writing in the galleries.

Preschool age group class will have a book read to them in the galleries, look at original works of art that relate to the book, and make an art project to take home.

Sessions Remaining in 2011

April 6th
10am - 12pm
ages 5-7; People, Places & Things
ages 8-11; Painters and Painting & Studio session
ages 12-17; Painters and Painting

May 4th
10am - 12pm
ages 3-4; Art in Blossom
ages 5-7; Days of Knights & Studio session
ages 8-11; Days of Knights
ages 12-17; Art of Renaissance

June 1st
10am - 12pm
ages 3-4; Knights and Dragons
ages 5-7; Drawing and Discovery in Galleries
ages 8-11; Drawing and Discovery in Galleries
ages 12-17; Drawing and Discovery in Galleries

Student Fees
$8 per class (Museum Members)
$10 per class (Non-Members)

Reduced Rate if you sign up for 4 classes or more
$ 7 per class (Museum Members)
$9 per class (Non-Members)


$4 per class (Museum Members)
$5 per class (Non-Members)
$1 off each class when signing up for 4 or more classes

Space is limited
Advance Registration required
* Registration due 4 pm on Wednesday of week preceding the lesson.

To register:

Division of Education

Philadelphia Museum of Art

P.O.Box 7646 Philadelphia, PA

If you have any questions, please contact:

Janette Wheeler



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

College Apprentice Positions with the Delaware Shakespeare Festival.

College Apprentice Company

Auditions & Interviews

DSF offers apprenticeships for college students who wish to start their careers before graduation. Apprentices work with the Festival's professional directors, actors, designers, and staff to gain hands-on experience both on and off the stage. DSF offers performance, production, stage management, and front-of-house apprenticeships. All apprentices will be offered a series of Master Classes and will work side-by-side with the professional DSF technical staff to perform set-up and strike duties each day of tech and performances. Modest stipend. College credit may be available.

Auditions for Acting Apprentices

Saturday, March 5th


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Interviews for Stage Management


Non-Performance Positions

Saturday, March 5th


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Brandywine Hundred Library

1300 Foulk Road

Wilmington, DE.

Callbacks for Acting Apprentices will be held during the 1-4pm time as well.

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For more information


To obtain an audition or interview slot


No phone calls please.



"Tom Sawyer" at the Delaware Children's Theater!

Saturdays & Sundays
February 20th ~ March 13th

Mark Twain's "All American Boy" will delight both children and adults. The sleepy little town of of Hannibal, Missouri is the backdrop for the antics of Tom and his best friends Huck Finn. Meet Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and Injun Joe and all your favorite characters. See Tom whitewash the fence, watch Tom attend his own funeral, and experience life on the Mississippi in a simpler time.


1014 Delaware Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19806



Endangered Species Day! ~ A Program at the Brandywine Zoo!

The Brandywine Zoo is home to many species of endangered animals. Come meet some up close and in person. More importantly, find out what you can do to save some of these cool species from becoming extinct!

Friday, May 20th 2011
10 am - 1 pm

$2 per person
Pre-registration required

Checks payable to:
The Delaware Zoological Society

Contact & Location & Mail Registration

attn: Sarah


Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE 19802
(302) 571-7747


Screening of Award Winning Documentary ~ Food, Inc.


Post-Movie Discussion Panel

of Local Health and Wellness Professionals

Wednesday, March 16th
6 to 9pm

Essene Market

719 S. 4th St.

Philadelphia, PA

Suggested Donation of $2

All proceeds will benefit Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit education, advocacy, and rescue organization.

This screening is being hosted by homeschooling mom,

Brittany Sharpe McCollum


A word of caution for the squeamish:

There aren't many, nor are they emphasized, but there are a few scenes of animals being slaughtered in this movie.


Earthday - Students & Schools Event at the Brandywine Zoo!

Friday, April 15th 2011
10 am - 1 pm

$2 per person
Pre-registration required
Check payable to:
The Delaware Zoological Society

Contact & Location & Mail Registration

302-571-7787 attn: Sarah


Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE 19802
(302) 571-7747


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Freeschool Lounge ~ First Friday of Every Month!

First Friday of every Month

Come to the Freeschool Lounge
The Garage in Kennett Square

11am - 3pm

"Refuel, Relax and Reconnect"

Bring your lunch, your favorite boardgame or craft, a song to share.
Come to find community both old and new!

For directions and details:


Classical Conversations - West Chester Campus

Currently accepting registration for the upcoming school year!


Meadowcroft Presbyterian Church
1255 Westtown Rd
West Chester, PA 19382

Classical Conversations is a national organization made up of local communities.

CC's mission is "to know God and to make Him known".
CC's model is to combine Classical learning and a Biblical Worldview.
CC's method is for parents to equip parents in CC communities.

Not a drop-off program.
Families attend one day per week and learn together!

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Foundations Program
Specially trained, parent tutors model the classical method and present new grammar for the week in 7 different subjects: math, English, science, Latin, history, geography & timeline. The children have presentations, participate in fine arts, a science project, and a fun review time.

Intensive language arts and writing program for 3rd-6th graders.
Students learn all the sentence structures, parts of speech, diagramming, and use Institute for Excellence in Writing materials to learn writing structure and style. Essentials also includes 30 minutes of advanced math drills disguised as fun games.

Challenge levels
Older Students
College-Prep Program
A trained, parent-tutor models the Classical method as it is applied to the study of grammar, exposition, logic, research, debate and rhetoric. Students learn to think through subjects using a Biblical world-view.

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Information meetings scheduled on the following dates:

* Monday, February 28th
7:00 - 9:00 pm
322 Tapestry Circle
Exton, PA 19341
Hostess: Lyn Fernandez, CCWestChester Director

* Monday, March 21st
7:00 - 9:00 pm
322 Tapestry Circle
Exton, PA 19341
Hostess: Lyn Fernandez, CCWestChester Director

We also invite parents to come visit our campus, to see our programs in action!

To arrange a visits call:
Director, Lyn Fernandez

Classical Conversation's National Website

Classical Conversation West Chester Website


Classical Conversations ~ Informational Meeting!

February 15th
10 am

Barnes and Noble
Concord Mall, Route 202
Wilmington, DE

Learn more about the classical education method and get an overview of the Classical Conversations program. Be encouraged to know there are other parents out there, like you, wanting their children to have the benefit of a classical education.

Classical homeschooling in a Christian environment.
A local community of like minded families who get together with their students to study Christian, college-prep academics in a classical environment.

Grades K4-12th grade.

The Grammar school studies memory work in several subjects including history and Latin, skip counting, related cartography/geography, the arts, public speaking, science experiments and much more. The High School studies a rigorous range of academics including geometry, calculus, physics, history, theology, composition and more. All under the careful eye of a trained, paid tutor, while involved students also participate in mock trial, protocol, field trips, Socratic circles and other related events!

Registration for the 2011-2012 school year is now open.
Enrollment is limited, so please contact asap if you are interested.

For more information: