Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Homeschoolers Takes First Place in Filmmaking Competition!

~ DRUM ROLL PLEASE! ~
!!!!!!!!!! THEY WON! !!!!!!!!!!
First place, youth division!

Teddy created this film along with Billie Rose and Will, all homeschoolers, as part of the 2012 Fringe Wilmington Extreme Filmmaking Competition.  

The competition begins with a meeting of all the filmmakers where they are given mystery elements that are required to be incorporated into their five minute films, all filmmakers leave the meeting at the same time, when the clock starts clicking and all films must be completed and turned in on or before the deadline. 

This year's required elements were:
prop:  a bag of Cracker Jacks
theme:  the kids were given the theme "discovery"
video clip:  the kids were given a psychedelic "dream" sequence featuring Fringe organizers Rich Newman and Tina Betz.

Here is the link to their 2012 award winning film:



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Homeschoolers in the News!


Very nice article in the News Journal about Local Homeschooling family's participation in this years' Finge Wilmington Extreme Arts Festival.




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Monday, October 1, 2012

Young Artists ~ Delaware Art Musuem Wants to Show Your Work!

SUBMIT YOUR WORK!
October 6th, 2012
10am - 2pm

The Delaware Art Museum
Centennial Juried Exhibition
 Youth Exhibition

 Showcasing the work of young artists living in the State of Delaware.
Young artists, ages 13 -18, are invited to bring one two-dimensional work of art—no larger than 12 inches in height or width—to the Museum on Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Exhibition space is available first-come, first-served, and works of art submitted will be on display in the Museum from October 20, 2012 through January 13, 2013.
Contact:
Courtney Waring
Director of Education
Delaware Art Museum
cwaring@delart.org
302.351.8509
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Delaware Homeschools ~ It's Time to Renew Your Enrollment with DDOE!


NEW THIS YEAR
ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY!
Paper filing no longer available.
 
Nonpublic School Enrollment for the 2012-2013 School Year
Must be filed no later than October 31st, 2012
 
DDOE warns:
Homeschools not completing forms 
by October 31st, 2012 
Must Be Closed!

From DDOE's letter to all Single-Family Homeschools:

This year, the enrollment form can be found by going to www.doe.k12.de.us/enroll or going to www.doe.k12.de.us, seleclting the link titled "Nonpublic School Information", then selecting "Enrollment for Single-Family Homeschools".  All single-family homeschools must use this form.  This is an online enrollment form.  Please follow the instructions on this form.  Hard-copy enrollment spreadsheets are not available from the Delaware Department of Education.  If the Internet is not available where you live, please visit the public library in your area in order to complete the online enrollment form.  The deadline for submitting this form is October 31st, 2012.  Homeschools that have not responded by October 31st must be closed.  Since the link to this form will not be available after October 31st, 2012, an immediate response is necessary.  Please visit www.doe.k12.de.us/npschools for periodic updates.  If there are any questions please feel free to contact [John Goodwin] at 735-4157.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

4H Open House!


Due to inclement weather the 4-H Open House has been cancelled this evening.

September 18th
Newark, Delaware

The New Castle County 4H is having an open house at the Cooperative Extension Office. The Office is located behind the Daycare at the corner of Wyoming and Library Streets, in Newark. The entrance is on Wyoming.

Website

Contact:
Mallory Vogl
mvogl@udel.edu

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"Earth From Space" at the Delaware Museum of Natural History!

June 16 - September 3, 2012
   
Each day, high above the clouds, dozens of sophisticated imaging satellites circle the earth. These high-tech machines are capable of capturing extraordinary conditions and events that are nearly impossible to document from the surface of the planet.

Experience the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit: Earth From Space!  See incredible images of our planet from a new vantage point with satellite photographs displaying major cities, forest fires, hurricanes, and river deltas.  Plus, discover how satellites are being used for more than just space exploration, including tracking massive flocks of birds in their annual migrations.

For more information:

4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19807 
302-658-9111


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Labyrinth Walk at the Delaware Art Museum!

This event is over but you can check out more labyrinth work by British environmental artist Linda Gordon in the "Backyard Pilgrim" blog of artist, labyrinth creator, and former homeschooling mom, Carol M. 

Backyard Pilgrim

Thursday, June 21st
10 to 11:30 am

This is a joint labyrinth walk via Skype with Aunehead Arts Center in Devon, England!  The labyrinth is located behind the museum in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir.


2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, Delaware 19806
302.571.9590
866.232.3714 (Toll free)

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oasis in Space ~ Planetarium Show: at the Delaware Museum of Natural History!

Exploring the galaxy in search of water.
June 16 through July 8, 2012

Monday through Saturday:
Every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: Every 30 minutes from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
(no showings at noon)

In conjunction with Earth from Space, the Museum's latest traveling exhibit on display June 16 through September 3, the Delaware Museum of Natural History proudly presents Oasis in Space, a spectacular, limited-run planetarium show.  Visitors will embark on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe and galaxy, and travel through our Solar System visiting all of our planets in search of water - a key ingredient for life on Earth.

Oasis in Space will be shown at timed intervals throughout its limited run. These special presentations are free with admission; however, seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

ADMISSION: 
$9 for adults
$7 for children (3-17)
$8 for seniors
FREE for children 2 andyounger.
FREE for museum members.


For more information:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
(302) 658-9111


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Monday, June 4, 2012

Photography Camps at Longwood Gardens!


Photojournalism: Longwood Up Close
July 16–20
9:00 am–2:00 pm
Ages 11–15
$180/Members
$200/non-Members

Campers will explore Longwood’s different ecosystems while journaling the wonders of nature through digital photography (cameras provided). Longwood’s experts will highlight different ecological areas within the Gardens, while campers capture amazing images. Campers will create digital stories with a laptop (provided) using Photo Story 3. They will also have an opportunity to have fun with some hands-on, garden-based projects in this week long camp.

Location: Catalpa Classroom, and in and around the Gardens—rain or shine
Please dress appropriately, no flip flops, hats and sunscreen suggested
Lunch: Please bring a brown bag lunch, no thermoses.

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Photojournalism: Longwood Up Close Using the iPad 2 or newer
(BYOD... Bring Your Own Device)
July 23–27
9:00 am–2:00 pm
Ages 11–15
$180/Members
$200/non-Members

Campers will explore Longwood’s different ecosystems while they journal the wonders of nature through the lens of the iPad 2. Longwood’s experts will highlight different ecological areas within the Gardens, while campers capture amazing images. Each camper will create an iMovie with the iPad 2 and have an opportunity to complete some hands-on, garden-based projects in this week long camp. Students must provide their own iPad2 for this camp.

Location: Catalpa Classroom, and in and around the Gardens—rain or shine
Please dress appropriately, no flip flops, hats and sunscreen suggested
Lunch: Please bring a brown bag lunch, no thermoses.

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Zooming in on Nature: Digital Photography
August 6–10
9:00 am–12:00 pm
Middle and High School Students
$130/Members
$150/non-Members  

Aspiring photographers will learn the key elements of digital photography while taking photographs that convey the magnificent gardens of Longwood. Students will develop skills to capture and communicate nature’s beauty in this one week camp experience. No equipment necessary. Digital cameras will be provided for the week-long camp experience, but students are welcome to bring their own.

Location: Catalpa Classroom, and in and around the Gardens—rain or shine
Please dress appropriately, no flip flops, hats and sunscreen suggested
Lunch: Please bring a brown bag lunch, no thermoses.

 
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For more information:
Lori Bradley
Coordinator of School & Youth Programs
610.388.5400
longwoodgardens.org


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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Intro to Open Education: Homeschooling to Unschooling!


Sunday, June 10

4:00-6:00pm

Open Connections, an educational resource center and learning community for young people and their families, is giving a presentation for those just starting out with home education or for those interested in pursuing home education.  This two-hour presentation provides parents and guardians with information on how to comply easily and fairly with the state law and how to create the educational path that is right for their family.  The discussion includes numerous examples of resources and alternatives to conventional curricula.

For more information contact:

Barbara
(610) 459-3366
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Open Connections
1616 Delchester Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073

 


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Friday, June 1, 2012

Brandywine Treasure Trail Passort is back!

$35 per adult, or 
$75 for a family
(two adults and up to three children under 18)

Visitors receive a passport good for one-time admission to:
* The Brandywine River Museum,
* Delaware Art Museum,
* Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 
* Delaware Historical Society & Read House, 
* Delaware Museum of Natural History,
* Hagley Museum and Library,
* Longwood Gardens, 
* Mt. Cuba Center,
* Nemours Mansion & Gardens,
* Rockwood Park & Museum, and
* Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. 

Visitors who return a completed passport will be entered into a drawing on October 1 for gift certificates from top local restaurants!

For more information:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Delaware Center for Horticulture!

June is Discover "TheDCH" month and it promises a full slate of garden tours, social events, discount shopping sprees, workshops and family fun to capture the interest of everyone from folks looking for fun in the city, to novice green thumbs and experienced gardeners. Come see how The DHC is greening neighborhoods and educating the young and the young at heart with fun, relevant events and programs.

For more information:
TheDCH.org
302-658-6262


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Beyond Words: The Symbolic Language of Plants at the Delaware Art Museum!

Extended date!
Now through July 29, 2012

This exhibition features approximately 40 works of art by 17 artists known as Studio 155, a group of Washington, D.C.- based artists who work together and individually to expand their visions of the natural world through botanical art. Part of the Museum’s Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition will feature images of plants based on the historical symbolism of plants throughout history.

For more information:


Friday, May 25, 2012

Hagley: Free Admission for Active Duty Military Personnel and Their Families!

Hagley Museum and Library is one of more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

For more information:

Meg Marcozzi
Marketing Manager
Hagley Museum and Library
mmarcozzi@hagley.org
302-658-2400, ext. 238

Blue Star Museums Program:


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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Annual Bonsai Show at Brandywine River Museum!

June 2 & 3
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
 
An outstanding selection of bonsai (ornamental trees and shrubs whose growth is trained using an ancient Japanese craft) will be on display in the Brandywine River Museum Courtyard.  Members of the Brandywine Bonsai Society will be present to demonstrate training techniques and answer questions regarding special care of the trees.  

Included with general museum admission:
$12 for adults
$8 for senior citizens
$6 for students
Free for children under six
Free for Brandywine Conservancy members

For more information:
Brandywine River Museum
610-388-2700


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Longwood Gardens ~ Fireworks and Fountains!



For more information:


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Summer Art Camp Programs at the DCCA!

Deadline Approaching!    REGISTER NOW!    
Six Sessions: June 25 - August 10
Registration Deadline June 1st
Space is limited!
Ages 4 - 15

The DCCA will offer weekly camps from June 25 through August 10, 2012 for ages 4 - 15.  Children will work with professionally trained Teaching Artists and have full access to DCCA galleries. Campers will explore contemporary takes on a number of art themes, including technology, language, and innovative materials. Optional weekly pre-camp (8 - 10 am) and post-camp (4 - 6 pm) sessions are available for an additional fee.

Need-based scholarships are available for all camp sessions

Visit the DCCA website for more information or to register online:
http://www.thedcca.org/camp

For more information:
Jane Chesson
DCCA's Curator of Education
jchesson@thedcca.org
302-656-6466 x7101


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Oak Meadow ~ Annual Curriculum Sale!

"If you want to love homeschooling, use Oak Meadow. Have faith in it and enjoy it. It's more than a curriculum, it's a guide for a wonderful lifestyle of learning with your family."

Oak Meadow Parent
35th Anniversary Survey, 2011

For More Information:

info@oakmeadow.com
802-251-7250


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Wednesday, May 16, 2012


“Providing education in a caring environment that is conducive to learning and develop the intellectual, emotional, social, artistic, and physical capabilities of every child.”

Dragon Martial Arts is excited to offer Homeschoolers an opportunity to fulfill their PE requirements through The Dragon Martial Arts Program. 

The Dragon Martial Arts Program provides the essential tools to develop confidence and a mind-body-internal spirit connection. The key elements of the program are designed to accommodate each child's needs in their development as good citizens.

Dragon Martial Arts gives children an opportunity to develop focus, self discipline, self control, coordination, fitness, leadership and self defense-self awareness.

 For more information
contact:

Senior Master Heath
Dragon Martial Arts
Owner/President

Dragon Martial Arts
364 A Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills PA 19342
(610)459-5929
                                                                                                 dragonmartialarts@verizon.net
                                                                                                 www.dragonmartialarts.net

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Birding Field Trips!

Enjoy the Spring migration season!

This coming weekend there are two field trip opportunities for the Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders Club:

Saturday, April 21

Delmarva Ornithological Society field trip.
Lums Pond State Park, south of Newark, DE.
Bob Strahorn will be leading.

This trip is "Dunlins Recommended" and will explore the varied habit of this wonderful park. The meeting time is 7:30am at Glasgow High School, and the trip will last until late morning. If you are interested in participating, please contact Bob to register:
302-584-2065
bstrahor@comcast.net
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Sunday, April 22
Delmarva Ornithological Society field trip.
Middle Run Natural Area, north of Newark, DE.
Derek Stoner will be leading.

This trip will be in search of interesting nesting birds like Eastern Bluebird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Barred Owl, and Field Sparrow, as well as migrants like Broad-winged Hawk and warblers. We will meet at 8:00am at the main parking lot off of Possum Hollow Road. If you are interested in participating, please contact Derek Stoner to register:
302-893-8426
derekstoner@hotmail.com

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Friday, March 23, 2012

TOUR the N.C. WYETH HOUSE & STUDIO AND KUERNER FARM!

APRIL 1 - MAY 27
Tours depart from the museum
Tuesday through Sunday
10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Admission:
$6 per person in addition to museum admission.

Tours are handicap accessible.
(Children under 6 not permitted on these tours.)

N.C. Wyeth House and Studio
The house where N.C. Wyeth raised his extraordinarily creative children and the studio in which he painted many of his memorable works of art have been restored.

Kuerner Farm
For more than 70 years, the Kuerner Farm was a major source of inspiration to Andrew Wyeth.
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The Brandywine River Museum

Museum Admission

Adults, $12

Seniors, students with ID and children ages 6-12, $6

Free for children under 6 and Brandywine Conservancy members.

Group Rates available.

Museum admission is free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon, from January 15 through November 18.


Brandywine River Museum

U.S. Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

• Phone: 610-388-2700

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Philadelphia Museum of Art ~ Museum Classes for Homeschoolers!


REMAINING DATES:


April 4, May 2, June 6

Programs for the following age groups:

Ages 3-4 (Preschool)


Ages 5-7 (Grade K-2)


Ages 8-11 (Grades 3-6)

Age 12-17 (Grades 7-12)


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The program consists of 2 hour classes held monthly on every first Wednesday from October to June. The theme of each class changes from month to month. Participants are divided into small groups by age, and each group works with the same Museum Educator throughout the year. Each class takes place in the Museum’s permanent galleries, and is designed to be an interactive lesson that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities including discussion, drawing, writing, role playing, and games. Preschool age group class will have a book read to them the galleries, look at original works of art that relate to the book, and make an art project to take home. The Preschool classes are from 10 am-11:45 am.

Fees:

$8 per class - museum members

$10 per class - non members

Chaparones fees:

$4 per class members

$5 per class non members

$1 off each class when signing up for 4 or more classes.

* advance registration required


Contact:
Janette Wheeler at 215 684 7582


website

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Meet Local Artist Robert Jackson ~ Discussion and Book Signing!


WHAT:
Bob Jackson will discuss his art and a new book about his art in a lively and informal chat. Robert C. Jackson Paintings contains 130 images of Jackson's paintings with details, photographs of the artist at work, sketchbook reproductions, and an interview. Jackson is one of a group of contemporary artists dedicated to preserving the great American still life. Copies of the book are available in the Brandywine River Museum Shop for $59.99 (hard cover).

WHEN:
Saturday, April 7
1 to 3 p.m.

WHERE:
Brandywine River Museum

ADMISSION:
The lecture and book signing is free for members and included with museum admission.

MORE INFO:
Brandywine River Museum
610-388-2700

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

FREE Water Ice at Rita's to Celebrate the First Day of Spring!



Mark the First Day of Spring

FREE

Italian Water Ice at Rita's

For the past 19 plus years, Rita's has been giving away a free, regular size Italian Ice to each and every guest to mark the first day of spring! In 2011, Rita's guests showed their spring spirit and over 1.2 million cups of Italian Ice were given away in a ten hour period!

Rita's annual giveaway will be held on Tuesday, March 20 from noon to 9 p.m. at all open Rita's locations. This is surely a tasty tradition that you won't want to miss!

website


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Philadelphia Museum of Art; Homeschool Classes


REMAINING DATES:

March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6
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MARCH'S OFFERINGS:

Ages 3-4 (Preschool)

Enjoy a workshop on Colors and Feelings


Ages 5-7 (Grade K-2)

Explore the topic: How Was it Made?


Ages 8-11 (Grades 3-6)

Get to know Vincent van Gogh and his friends, exploring and trying some Impressionist techniques and styles.


Age 12-17 (Grades 7-12)
Explore works of art as inspiration for a variety of writing activities.

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This program consists of 2 hour classes held monthly on every first Wednesday from October to June. The theme of each class changes from month to month. Participants are divided into small groups by age, and each group works with the same Museum Educator throughout the year. Each class takes place in the Museum’s permanent galleries, and is designed to be an interactive lesson that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities including discussion, drawing, writing, role playing, and games. Preschool age group class will have a book read to them the galleries, look at original works of art that relate to the book, and make an art project to take home. The Preschool classes are from 10 am-11:45 am.

Fees:

$8 per class - museum members

$10 per class - non members

Chaparones fees:

$4 per class members

$5 per class non members

$1 off each class when signing up for 4 or more classes.

* advance registration required


Contact:
Janette Wheeler at 215 684 7582


website

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Enrichment Programs offered by Wilmington Montessori School!


Science Club

Ages 7-11
Wednesdays, 4:10-5:20
12 Weeks 1/25-4/18—no class 3/28 or 4/11)
$190
Join teacher Maribeth Low to explore what science is and what is says about the world around us. Children are naturally inquisitive, and want real answers to their questions! They are also naturally inclined toward hands-on experimentation. We will combine these two natural interests to guide the student into scientific thinking and actual science investigation. Children are able to delve into physics, biology, chemistry, scientific record-keeping, and more. Students will participate in small group discussions focusing on both the results and interpretations of experiments.

Adventures In Music
Ages 5-8
Tuesdays,
4:15-4:45
12 weeks (1/17-4/17—no class 3/27 or 4/10)
$190
Linda Bunting-Rios has been providing vibrant musical experiences for schools and camps for over 15 years. She plays piano and guitar and uses these, in addition to her singer/songwriting abilities, to make each class an exciting experience. Classes will consist of carefully selected songs, exposure to world music and instruments (with an emphasis on guitar and piano), music theory and music theatre.

Drama Workshop
K-2nd grade
Mondays, 4:15-5:05
12 wks (1/23-5/7)
$195
Taught by actor, playwright, director and educator George Tietze, this workshop is designed to allow students to fully express themselves physically, emotionally and intellectually. In training as actors we engage body, mind and soul; each class will emphasize physical exercise to increase flexibility and spatial/body awareness, vocal exercises to increase verbal acuity and activities designed to help with concentration and mental agility. Students will learn how to bridge their own natural facility with imaginative play into a more complex and thorough narrative while they learn the rudiments of stage presentation and improvisation.

Photography
Ages 9-12
Mondays, 3:45-5:15
12 weeks (1/23-5/7)
$200
Join pro photographer Heather Siple to learn the nuts and bolts of still photography, with an emphasis on making the most of your own camera! Topics include composition, lighting, shooting motion, portraits, nature photography, color vs. black-and-white imagery and more with weekly photo shoots, discussions and critiques. The class will culminate in the creation of a student anthology and art show.

Dance Groove

Ages 6-8
Thursdays, 4:15-5:00
12 weeks (1/19-4/19—no class 4/13)
$195
This high energy class is a jazz based introduction to dance designed to build rhythm, balance, coordination, and musical awareness. Students will learn how to execute jumps, turns, funky footwork & elements of break-dance. Emphasis is on fun! This class encourages self expression, cooperative group work and showcases student inspired choreography. The atmosphere is relaxed and the focus is on creative process. Movements are age appropriate and music conveys a positive message. No prior dance experience needed. Have a favorite song or CD? Bring it with you!

Yoga
Ages 4-7
Thursdays, 3:30-4:00
12 weeks (1/19-4/19—no class 4/10)
$190
Breath. Stretching. Sound. Stillness. Aaahhh… Yoga is the perfect way to unwind after the busy school day! Yoga balances mind, body and spirit and has many proven benefits including improved flexibility, posture, circulation, respiratory, digestion, and immune system. Yoga combined with meditation relaxes the entire body while stimulating imagination and creativity. Children will learn how to focus, balance, energize and calm themselves. Keren Portia has over ten year’s experience as a Children’s Yoga Instructor and Montessori Educator, and she is eager to share her expertise with us!

Hola EspaƱol! Spanish
Ages 4-7
Wednesdays, 3:30-4:00
12 Weeks (1/25-5/2)
$190
Each 30 minute class introduces the students to 3-5 core words, and the students interact with the vocabulary through music, movement, art and games. While the kids are playing, singing, dancing and making crafts, they are learning SPANISH! The students will receive a detailed newsletter each week highlighting the week’s lesson. Each lesson is designed specifically for preschool & elementary aged children by certified teachers.

Creative Movement
Ages 3-5
Mondays, 3:30-4:10
12 weeks (1/23-5/7)
$195
Emphasis is on dance and creative movement activities which are designed to increase kinesthetic awareness & encourage exploration through music, singing, circle games and pantomime. A variety of props and rhythm instruments are utilized to enhance learning and inspire spontaneous play. This class fosters self expression and provides students with an opportunity to improve balance, coordination & gross motor skills. Children should wear attire that permits ease of movement and sneakers.

Tennis
Mondays,

8 weeks (1/9-3/19)
Ages 5-7 3:20-4:05 $125
Ages 7-9
4:15-5:05 $150
MyServe Tennis brings us the United States Tennis Association's latest innovation in teaching young students the skills for playing tennis in a relaxed, fun atmosphere with no long lines, no repetitive drills. Children will learn the specific large motor and hand-to-eye coordination skills necessary to play the game of tennis through a series of special games and exercises. . . and will eventually learn to rally and keep score!

Gymboree

Thursdays, 8 weeks (1/19-3/8)
Your child will enjoy movement to music, songs, puppets, props, sports and fitness skills along with cooperative and parachute play. All classes are presented by experienced Gymboree teachers and provide your child with unique developmental play activities

Gymboree for Toddlers 4:10-4:45 $105
This class is designed around a concept such as “Up and Down”, “In and Out” or “Over and Under”. By using a concept the children can foster an understanding of a particular area each week with emphasis on gross motor movement. Children at this age are also very interested in imagination and creative play. We will incorporate various themes such as “Gymboree Circus”, “Down on the Farm” or “Teddy Bear Picnic”. This allows children to use their imagination while exploring physical, social and cognitive development.

Gymboree for Preschool 3:35-4:05 $105
This class is specifically designed with your child’s growing social skills in mind. It focuses on co-operative play, following directions and gross motor movements. We will also introduce foundations for various sports including racquet sports, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, hockey and baseball.

Soccer Shots
8 weeks (4/6-6/1)

For ages 4 & 5: Fridays, 3:30-4:00 $130
Each 30-minute session is designed to creatively introduce your child to the sport of soccer. Soccer Shots is a national youth sports program with a provider in New Castle County. Sessions incorporate basic soccer skills, exclusive Soccer Shots games, Word of the Day, use of imagination, fun fitness activities and exercises, development of coordination, balance, and agility, and character-building lessons

For ages 6-8: Fridays, 4:15-4:45 $150
Using the same basic structure as the class above, this session is designed for older children, challenging their more advanced physical and cognitive skills.

Tee Ball

Ages 5-7
Mondays, 4:15-5:00
8 weeks (4/2-6/4) rain or shine!
$150
Join Gerry McVey for a weekly introduction to America’s game, developing basic skills, teamwork strategies, and knowledge of the rules of baseball…and for now, that ball stays still while you hit it!



To REGISTER:
www.wmsde.org/Extendedday


For More Information:


Cass Winner
cass_winner@wmsde.org
(302) 475-0555

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Doodle 4 Google Sponsored by The Delaware Children's Museum!


The Delaware Children’s Museum is supporting Doodle 4 Google, a national competition open to students in grades K-12, by encouraging Delaware kids to enter and by exhibiting the State Finalists’ doodles in an exhibition this summer.

The annual competition, like so many of the DCM’s programs and exhibits, encourages and celebrates the creativity of young people. Submissions will be judged in five grade groups—K-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12—and official entry forms can be obtained at the DCM or online at http://www.google.com/doodle4google.

The winning doodle will be featured on google.com, and the winning doodler will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school, and other prizes.


Note: Official Rules explicitly include US homeschoolers!

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Philadelphia Museum of Art ~ Museum Classes for Homeschoolers!



Fees:

$8 per class - museum members

$10 per class - non members

Chaparones fees:

$4 per class members

$5 per class non members

$1 off each class when signing up for 4 or more classes.

* advance registration required


This program consists of 2 hour classes held monthly on every first Wednesday from October to June. The theme of each class changes from month to month. Participants are divided into small groups by age, and each group works with the same Museum Educator throughout the year. Each class takes place in the Museum’s permanent galleries, and is designed to be an interactive lesson that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities including discussion, drawing, writing, role playing, and games. Preschool age group class will have a book read to them the galleries, look at original works of art that relate to the book, and make an art project to take home. The Preschool classes are from 10 am-11:45 am.
Contact:
Janette Wheeler at 215 684 7582

website

January’s First Wednesday Classes for Homeschoolers includes different offerings for the different grade level classes as follows:

Preschool:
Discoveries through the Museum.
Book: Seven Blind Mice, by Ed Young
This class will include a Museum tour and an art project.

Grade K-2
How artists observe the people, places, and animals of the world.
The class will examine portraits, landscapes, and still life paintings.

Grade 3-6
Themes in American Art, with connections to changes in American Society over the last two centuries.

Grade 7-12
How artists have interpreted the ideas and the mythology of the classical world.

Talking Stick Learning Center ~ Open House


Friday, January 6, 2012
10 am to 12 pm

Talking Stick is an alternative education non-profit that offers day long drop-off programs and supplemental classes for homeschooled and unschooled youth in the Philadelphia area. Their focus is on self-directed learning, creative conflict resolution, and hands-on exploration of academic subjects. The 40 acre campus is located Northwest Philly, Route 309, and the PA Turnpike. The Open House will provide an opportunity for families to see our space, and spend some time with our facilitators.

Please RSVP as space is limited:
talkingsticklearningcenter@gmail.com

For More information:
www.talkingsticklearningcenter.org
(484) 416-0615

Location:
St. Thomas Whitemarsh Church
Bethlehem Pike and Camp Hill Road
Whitemarsh, Pa, 19034


Math Circles at Talking Stick Learning Center


Talking Stick will again offer Math Circles
beginning January 17th!


Math Circle for 9 and 10 year olds
For Ages 9 to 10
3:30pm - 4:25pm
Tuesdays
January 17, to February 21, 2012
Tuition: $120
Tuition (Sibling): $108

Math Circles introduce children to mathematical thinking and mathematical concepts by presenting open-ended problems and inviting participants to use their creative thinking skills to generate possible approaches. For example, the ancient Egyptians and Greeks needed to measure land accurately enough to be able to assess taxes, yet they had no concept of fractions. In addition to using ropes and pegs, they came up with a system of using a compass and straightedge to construct diagrams to scale on “paper.” Our recent Math Circle students attempted some of these “Euclidian constructions.” While facing challenges such as “How can I create a perpendicular bisector of a line segment without a ruler or protractor?” our participants ended up discovering the need for concepts such as circle, diameter, radius, parallel, plane, point, line, tangent, arc, circumference, and so on. To loosely paraphrase Math Circle founders Bob and Ellen Kaplan, “If you want people to learn A, ask them to perform B, which requires knowledge of A to complete the task.”

The next Math Circle will run for six Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:25 beginning on January 17th, and is for students 9 and 10 years old.

There will be a Math Circle for students 11 to 13 beginning on February, and one for students 6 to 8 years old beginning in April.


More info and to register

Math Circle Blog

Space is limited, so please sign up early.

St. Thomas Whitemarsh Church
Bethlehem Pike and Camp Hill Road
Whitemarsh, Pa, 19034
(484) 416-0615
www.TalkingStickLearningCenter.org