Sunday, January 1, 2012

Philadelphia Museum of Art ~ Museum Classes for Homeschoolers!


$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.
Janette Wheeler at 215 684 7582


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

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:

For More information:
(484) 416-0615

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
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