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PHB Homeschool Art Contest Winners (2016)

The winners of the 2016 PHB Homeschool Art Contest have been chosen!PHBART

Special thanks to all the students who participated!  You did a fantastic job!  We can tell that you all worked very hard.  I hope more art contests can be hosted on this blog in the future.  Please try again!  The winners have been notified and will be receiving their prizes from the sponsors shortly.  You can see their winning artwork displayed below.

Special thanks to the following Sponsors who helped make this contest possible:

Special thanks also to the panel of judges who worked to select the winners:

  • Georgia Franchetti
  • Abigail Fredette
  • Sarah Klein
  • Anne Macha
  • Julia Melone
  • Delmalyn Vaughn
  • Kelly Wong

Art Contest participants were judged based on the following criteria:

  1. Artwork portrayed theme of “Science & Technology”
  2. Design/Composition
  3. Craftmanship/Skill
  4. Creativity & Originality
  5. Aesthetically Pleasing 

As promised, following are reprints of the winners’ fantastic artwork.

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Category 6th – 8th grades:

1st Place: Naomi, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 6 from Flemington, WV, for her artwork entitled “Trapped in Technology”.

Phenomenal artwork for a 6th grade student!

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2nd Place: Sarah, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 6 from Lumberton, NJ, for her artwork entitled “A Scientist at Work”.  

The judges loved her bold colors and simple design.

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3rd Place: Faith, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 6 from Milford, MI for her artwork entitled “Mad Scientist”.  

The judges loved her attention to detail.

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Category 3rd – 5th grades:

1st Place: Sophia, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 3 from Collinsville, IL, for her artwork entitled “Man on the Moon”.  

The judges loved her wonderful use of water color paints.

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2nd Place: Grace, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 5 from Cypress, Texas, for her artwork entitled “Researching the Past”.  

The judges loved her creative use of scientific images.  Check out the test-tube burning through the table!

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3rd Place: Noah, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 5 from Romeoville, IL for his artwork entitled “Solar System Tour Fleet — Passing Jupiter”.  

The judges loved his bold colors.

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Category K – 2nd grades:

1st Place: Alex, a traditional homeschooler in Grade K from Philadelphia, PA, for his artwork entitled “Teslas Go Driving with No Pollution”.  

Teslas are electric cars that create no pollution.  Creative image of modern technology!

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2nd Place: Norah, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 2 from Portage, MI for her artwork entitled “Portals into the World”.  

Creative way to show the power of a simple scientific tool — the magnifying glass.

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3rd Place: Elizabeth, a  traditional homeschooler in Grade 1 from Park Falls, WI for her artwork titled “Exploding Experiments”.  

Fantastic artwork for a 1st grade student! Check out the baseball picture in the background.

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Posted by Gwen Fredette on June 29th, 2016.

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From Old Schoolhouse Store: Free Curiosity Files

PHB  Homeschool Art Contest!!! (2016)PHBART

I’m thrilled to announce I’m hosting my third, annual, nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest!   Click HERE for contest details.

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Free Curiosity Files from Old Schoolhouse Store

Have you heard of the Curiosity Files? They are an amazing series of downloadable e-books that cover all kinds of incredible things the Lord has made! Things like Cave Fish, Zombie Fire Ants, Slime Eels, Red Tides, Whirlpools and much more! There are 18 different e-books! For a limited time we are offering this $125.10 series for FREE!!! That’s right – FREE! Hop over to The Old Schoolhouse Store, type in Curiosity Series and put in code CELEBRATE…then enjoy them on us! Click HERE for a sample of Blue Diamond.

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Posted by Gwen Fredette on April 10th, 2016

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2016 PHB Homeschool Art Contest

PHB  Homeschool Art Contest!!! (2016)PHBART

I’m thrilled to announce I’m hosting my third, annual, nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest!  Here’s the details:

For Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the continental U.S. in grades K through 8.

How to Enter:  

1) Read and abide by the Contest Rules.  Please click here to obtain the rules: Art Contest Rules (doc) OR Art Contest Rules (pdf)

2.) Create a work of art according to the theme: “SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY”.   Your artwork should also meet these requirements:

  • Art work must reflect the theme “SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY”.
  • Any homeschooled student in grades K – 8 can participate.
  • Must be on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper
  • Art work can be done in any medium (pencil, crayons, colored pencil, paint, markers, etc.)
  • Art work must be created from the student’s imagination or through direct observation.  (No copying!  See contest rules for details.)

3.) Fill out and mail in your entry form and art work.  Please click here to obtain the entry form:  Entry Form ART Contest (doc) OR Entry Form ART Contest(pdf)

Deadline:  All entries must be post-marked by Saturday, April 30th, 2016.

Where to Send Art Work:  Please see Art Contest Rules (doc) or Art Contest Rules (pdf) for details.

Categories:   Entries will be separated into 3 categories:

  • Grades K – 2
  • Grades 3 – 5
  • Grades 6 – 8

Prizes:  1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes will be given for each category.

1) 1st prize:

2.) 2nd prize:

3.) 3rd prize:

All entrants: will receive a certificate for participating in the contest.

Winner Notification:  Winners will be notified by email and announced on the Philadelphia Homeschool blog in mid May, 2016

Judging:  See panel of judges listed below (following the sponsors).

Special Thanks to the Sponsors who helped make this contest possible!

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The Old Schoolhouse Magazine: www.TOSMagazine.com  ST-Main-900x900-1

Imagine the frustration you would feel if you couldn’t access the right tools for a job you were expected to do.  Do you ever feel that kind of frustration with homeschooling?  Just as a carpenter needs tools, you need the proper equipment in your teaching toolbox. At www.SchoolhouseTeachers.com, you will find an abundance of inspiring lessons and helpful resources to fill your toolbox.  Do you need homeschool inspiration, support, or advice?  Discover www.TOSmagazine.com, a FREE digital magazine. On the go?  Read TOS on your mobile device with FREE apps at www.TOSApps.com.  Need homeschooling resources? Order a free Homeschool Welcome Basket. Let TOS supply the tools you need to squelch your frustration and boost gratification!

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Berean Builders provides K – 12 science written by Dr. Jay L. Wile specifically for homeschoolers.  The material is rigorous science but written in a conversational style as if Dr. Wile was teaching the student directly.  Most courses require no special purchases other than the textbook, answer book, household supplies for labs, and a blank notebook.  High school biology and chemistry do require some specialized purchases if you wish to complete all the experiments.
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Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/1601_AnswersInGenesis_Logo_Spot306C_BookCentered
Answers in Genesis is an apologetics (i.e., Christianity-defending) ministry, dedicated to enabling Christians to defend their faith and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus particularly on providing answers to questions surrounding the book of Genesis, as it is the most-attacked book of the Bible. We also desire to train others to develop a biblical worldview, and seek to expose the bankruptcy of evolutionary ideas, and its bedfellow, a millions of years old earth (and even older universe).
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K Love: http://www.klove.com/klove

K-LOVE is a pioneer in the non-commercial, listener supported Christian music format. With over 446 signals across the United States, K-LOVE reaches millions of listeners each week and strives to deepen their relationships with Christ. K-LOVE features positive and encouraging music 24/7. Through the support of listeners, K-LOVE is committed to improving local communities by building strong partnerships with churches and other organizations. You can listen to K-LOVE in Philadelphia at 106.9, on our free app, or online at klove.com.

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Special Thanks also to the panel of judges who are helping to make this contest possible:
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Georgia Franchetti:
Georgia Franchetti is a homeschooling mother of six.  She and her husband, Matt, met as children in a homeschool group and have been involved in the homeschooling community for most of their lives.  Georgia studied art at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and studied costume design at Temple University and Penn State.  She has worked as a summer camp art instructor, mural painter, and seamstress.  Always eager to try new things, Georgia has made jewelry, dolls, prom dresses, quilts, and has recently been learning to crochet.  She occasionally teaches homeschool art classes from her home.
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Abigail Fredette:
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Abigail Fredette is a freshman at Drexel University studying animation and visual effects.  She has had over four years of rigorous artistic instruction, and aspires to be a professional animator in the film industry.  In her free time, she likes to draw and does freelance illustration for children’s books.  She has also had her work displayed in various galleries throughout the city of Philadelphia.  She loves pigeons, fantasy novels, and the Tuscan pesto chicken sandwich from Cosi.
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Sara is a wife and homeschooling mother of three.  Sara received her BFA degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she studied Jewelry, Metals and CAD-CAM.   Her professional life included stints as a CAD-CAM modeler, designer and prototype creator.   However, none of these things could adequately prepare her for the challenge of motherhood…or homeschooling!  Sara currently runs a Classical Homeschooling community, tutors SAT students, teaches Sunday school, sings on her worship team and tries to find time to take a shower.  She still finds art in the beauty of the everyday.
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Anne Macha, BFA (Illustration, Arcadia University) is married with two children and lives in Philadelphia. Anne teaches art at a local school and has developed her illustration style through exploring art and design in diverse cultures.
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Julia Melone: http://themelones.blogspot.com/PB120081

Julia is an artist, wife, mother, homemaker, and Jesus-lover who has lived in Philadelphia for eleven years. She graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2006 and thrives on creativity in daily life. Her hobbies include writing, photography, handlettering, and spending time with her daughters. She and her husband blog very occasionally at http://themelones.blogspot.com.

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Delmalyn Vaughn:delmalyn

Delmalyn LaBrake Vaughn has a BFA from Kutztown University with a concentration in Communication Design.  She has completed numerous art courses at Main Line Art Center and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  Delmalyn has exhibited work in community art shows in Phoenixville, PA, Haverford, PA, and a juried show in Gwynedd Valley, PA.  She also has participated in and contributed paintings to various volunteer community art projects for non-profit organizations in Philadelphia, PA.   Oil, water color and acrylic are mediums of choice and she is always ready for any opportunity to spend time working in a studio with other painters!
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 Kelly Wong has a background in architecture at Penn State University and has been teaching art classes for homeschoolers for 11 years. In her classes, she loves incorporating art history with introducing new skills and materials. She is currently the Costume Designer for ASH Theater Company in Philadelphia, PA. In her spare time, when she is not being asked questions by her 4 children, she enjoys investigating historical methods of clothing construction, fabric shopping, hand sewing and pencil drawing.
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I am not a judge on this panel but will be working as facilitator and contest coordinator. Here’s a quick bio of me:me1

Gwen lives with her husband and 4 beautiful children in Philadelphia, PA, and has been homeschooling for over 13 years.   In addition to writing weekly in her blogs, PhiladelphiaHomeschool and U READ Thru History (a free online homeschool history curriculum), Gwen has written three homeschool science curricula and has been busy at work on her first children’s novel.   A committed Christian, Gwen seeks to exalt Christ in all of her work.
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Homeschool Writing Contest Posted by Gwen Fredette on March 31st, 2016

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PHB Homeschool Art Contest Winners (2015)

The winners of the 2015 PHB Homeschool Art Contest have been chosen!PHBART

Special thanks to all the students who participated!  You did a fantastic job!  We can tell that you all worked very hard.  I hope to host more art contests in the future.  Please try again!  The winners have been notified and will be receiving their prizes from the sponsors shortly.  You can see their winning artwork displayed below.

Special thanks to the following Sponsors who helped make this contest possible:

Special thanks also to the panel of judges who worked to select the winners:

  • Georgia Franchetti
  • Sarah Klein
  • Julia Melone
  • Delmalyn Vaughn

Art Contest participants were judged based on the following criteria:

  1. Artwork portrayed theme of “Music”
  2. Design/Composition
  3. Craftmanship/Skill
  4. Creativity
  5. Aesthetically Pleasing 

As promised, following are reprints of the winners’ fantastic artwork.

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Category 6th – 8th grades:

1st Place: Mary Rachel, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 8 from Hiram, Ohio, for her artwork entitled “Garden Song”.

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2nd Place: Clarissa, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 7 from Raleigh, NC, for her artwork entitled “The Waltz of the Dancing Mice”.

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3rd Place: Elizabeth, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 7 from Hermitage, TN for her artwork entitled “Notes on Pointe”.

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Category 3rd – 5th grades:

1st Place: Jaycee, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 5 from Miami Springs, FL, for his artwork entitled “Music Man”.

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2nd Place: Gabriel, traditional homeschooler in Grade 5 from Rocky Mount, NC, for his artwork entitled “Never Too Old to Learn”.

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3rd Place: Claire, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 5 from Alvordton, OH for her artwork entitled “Nature’s Symphony”.

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Category K – 2nd grades:

1st Place: Hannah, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 2 from Monee, IL, for her artwork entitled “Middle C Earth and Space”.

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2nd Place: Sophia, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 2 from Collinsville, IL for her artwork entitled “My Ukelele”.

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3rd Place: Rachel, a homeschooler in Grade 2 from Cedar Park, TX for her artwork titled “Nature is Music”.

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Posted by Gwen Fredette on May 20th, 2015.

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Medical Advances, Civil War

Note: To find out about the Nationwide “PHB” HOMESCHOOL ART CONTEST, click  HERE:  https://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/homeschool-art-contest-2015/

Entries must be postmarked by SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH, 2015!  

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Week 13: Medical Advances, Civil War

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Read K – 3: Clara Barton: Spirit of the American Red Cross by Patricia Lakin

4 – 6:

  1. Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne AND
  2. Clara Barton’s biography from this site: http://www.ducksters.com/biography/women_leaders/clara_barton.php

7 – 8:

  1. The Story of Clara Barton by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack AND
  2. This article on surgery before Anesthesia: http://thechirurgeonsapprentice.com/2014/07/16/the-horrors-of-pre-anaesthetic-surgery/
  3. This article on Anesthesia: http://www.jlrmedicalgroup.com/about-anesthesia/agony-to-anesthesia  AND
  4. This article on Medical Innovations of the Civil War: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31326/5-medical-innovations-civil-war  AND
  5. Read “Note”.  See below.

Note: The word “Anesthesia” comes from 2 Greek words meaning “Without Sensation”

Discuss:

      •  Who started the American Red Cross? (Clara Barton)
      • Describe what happened to Clara’s brother David and how Clara helped? (David fell and was injured; he became very weak and sick; Clara cared for him for 2 years until he recovered)
      • What was Clara’s first job? (teacher)
      • How did Clara help during the Civil War? (collected clothes, food, medicine, other supplies for soldiers, helped injured soldiers)
      • Was Clara’s work dangerous? (yes; she helped injured soldiers right at battle sites; one time a bullet shot through her sleeve and killed a soldier she was helping)
      • What was Clara’s nickname during the Civil War? (angel of the battlefield)
      • The American Red Cross helps what people? (victims of wars and natural disasters)
        Questions for Grades 7 – 8:
      • The discovery of what substance before the Civil War revolutionized Medical care around the world? (Anesthesia)
      • What were operations like before anesthesia? (agonizing pain; traumatic, many died from pain)
      • What does anesthesia do for patients? (causes them to fall asleep, feel no pain)
      • What is anesthesia made from? (ether)
      • What does the word anesthesia mean? (without sense)
      • Name 5 other medical innovations during the Civil War? (amputations, anesthesia inhaler, closing chest wounds, facial reconstruction, ambulances to ER)

Activities: K – 3: Pick 3 worksheets from this Disney American Red Cross booklet for your child to complete: http://public-static.disneystorycentral.com/ddb/redcross/9781423198451/index.html#/page/4
4 – 6: Clara Barton worksheets: http://www.nps.gov/clba/forkids/upload/jrranger_worksheet_travelingcb_final.pdf
7 – 8: Complete these worksheets: http://www.nps.gov/clba/forkids/upload/jrranger_worksheet_travelingcb_final.pdf
Then, consider the following:
• Medical attention on the battlefield (from Clara Barton & other nurses)
• Anesthesia
• Amputations
• Anesthesia Inhaler
• Closing chest wounds
• Facial reconstruction
• Ambulances to ER
Which of these do you consider to be the most important contribution to the Medical field during the Civil War? Explain your answer in writing on the back of one of the above worksheets.

Copyright April 8th, 2015 by Gwen Fredette

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2015 Homeschool Art Contest

Homeschool Art Contest!!! (2015)PHBART

I’m thrilled to announce I’m hosting my second annual, nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest on my Philadelphia Homeschool Blog!  Here’s the details:

For Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades K through 8.

How to Enter:  

1) Read and abide by the Contest Rules.  Please click here to obtain the rules: Art Contest Rules (doc) OR Art Contest Rules (pdf)

2.) Create a work of art according to the theme: “MUSIC”.  Your artwork can reflect instrumental music, vocal music, dance, listening to music, etc.  Your artwork should also meet these requirements:

  • Art work must reflect the theme “MUSIC“.
  • Any homeschooled student in grades K – 8 can participate.
  • Must be on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper
  • Art work can be done in any medium (pencil, crayons, colored pencil, paint, markers, etc.)
  • Art work must be created from the student’s imagination or through direct observation.  (No copying!  See contest rules for details.)

3.) Fill out and mail in your entry form and art work.  Please click here to obtain the entry formEntry Form ART Contest (doc) OR Entry Form ART Contest  (pdf)

Deadline:  All entries must be post-marked by Saturday, April 25th, 2015.

Where to Send Art Work:  Please see “Art Contest Rules (doc) or Art Contest Rules  (pdf)” for details.

Categories:   Entries will be separated into 3 categories:

  • Grades K – 2
  • Grades 3 – 5
  • Grades 6 – 8

Prizes:  1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes will be given for each category.

1) 1st prize:

2.) 2nd prize:

3.) 3rd prize:

All entrants: will receive a certificate for participating in the contest.

Winner Notification:  Winners will be notified by email and announced on the Philadelphia Homeschool blog by the middle of May, 2015

Judging:  See panel of judges listed below (following the sponsors).

Special Thanks to the Sponsors who helped make this contest possible!

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Artistic Pursuits:  http://artisticpursuits.com/121210_ap logo_v20 00

At Artistic Pursuits Inc., we believe every child can understand the concepts of art and enjoy the process of putting ideas and visual images on paper. We’re committed to the goal of helping children become visually aware of the wonderful world we live in, and be able to work in creative ways within this world. We offer parents and teachers a simple way to give children a quality art education that will prepare them to meet creative challenges in their future endeavors.  Children learn and love the freedom they have to select their subject, working from direct observation using quality art materials.
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*art instruction in DRAWING, PAINTING, AND SCULPTURE

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The Old Schoolhouse Magazine: www.TOSMagazine.com  ST-Main-900x900-1

Imagine the frustration you would feel if you couldn’t access the right tools for a job you were expected to do.  Do you ever feel that kind of frustration with homeschooling?  Just as a carpenter needs tools, you need the proper equipment in your teaching toolbox. At www.SchoolhouseTeachers.com, you will find an abundance of inspiring lessons and helpful resources to fill your toolbox.  Do you need homeschool inspiration, support, or advice?  Discover www.TOSmagazine.com, a FREE digital magazine. On the go?  Read TOS on your mobile device with FREE apps at www.TOSApps.com.  Need homeschooling resources? Order a free Homeschool Welcome Basket. Let TOS supply the tools you need to squelch your frustration and boost gratification!

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Our family has loved the Trailblazer books!  They make a great supplement to your history curriculum!

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The award-winning TRAILBLAZERS by Dave & Neta Jackson are action-packed historical fiction novels introducing great Christian heroes. Each page- turning book portrays a significant period in a hero or heroine’s life and ministry as seen through the eyes of a young protagonist. A page in the front of each book explains exactly what is fiction and which events and characters are historical, and a “More About” chapter at the end provides a brief biographical overview of the hero’s life. They help kids learn about pioneer missionaries and other important Christians . . . while having fun doing it.

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K Love: http://www.klove.com/klove

K-LOVE is a pioneer in the non-commercial, listener supported Christian music format. With over 446 signals across the United States, K-LOVE reaches millions of listeners each week and strives to deepen their relationships with Christ. K-LOVE features positive and encouraging music 24/7. Through the support of listeners, K-LOVE is committed to improving local communities by building strong partnerships with churches and other organizations. You can listen to K-LOVE in Philadelphia at 106.9, on our free app, or online at klove.com.

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Special Thanks also to the panel of judges who are helping to make this contest possible:
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Georgia Franchetti:
Georgia Franchetti is a homeschooling mother of five.  She and her husband, Matt, met as children in a homeschool group and have been involved in the homeschooling community for most of their lives.  Georgia studied art at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and studied costume design at Temple University and Penn State.  She has worked as a summer camp art instructor, mural painter, and seamstress.  Always eager to try new things, Georgia has made jewelry, dolls, prom dresses, quilts, and has recently been learning to crochet.  She currently teaches homeschool art classes from her home.
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Sara is a wife and homeschooling mother of three.  Sara received her BFA degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she studied Jewelry, Metals and CAD-CAM.   Her professional life included stints as a CAD-CAM modeler, designer and prototype creator.   However, none of these things could adequately prepare her for the challenge of motherhood…or homeschooling!  Sara currently runs a Classical Homeschooling community, tutors SAT students, teaches Sunday school, sings on her worship team and tries to find time to take a shower.  She still finds art in the beauty of the everyday.
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Julia is an artist, wife, mother, homemaker, and Jesus-lover who has lived in Philadelphia for eleven years. She graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2006 and thrives on creativity in daily life. Her hobbies include writing, photography, handlettering, and spending time with her daughters. She and her husband blog very occasionally at http://themelones.blogspot.com.

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Delmalyn Vaughn:delmalyn

Delmalyn LaBrake Vaughn has a BFA from Kutztown University with a concentration in Communication Design.  She has completed numerous art courses at Main Line Art Center and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  Delmalyn has exhibited work in community art shows in Phoenixville PA, Haverford PA and a juried show in Gwynedd Valley PA.  She also has participated in and contributed paintings to various volunteer community art projects for non-profit organizations in Philadelphia PA.   Oil, water color and acrylic are mediums of choice and she is always ready for any opportunity to spend time working in a studio with other painters !
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I am not a judge on this panel but will be working as facilitator and contest coordinator. Here’s a quick bio of me:
Gwen lives with her husband and 4 beautiful children in Philadelphia, PA, and has been homeschooling for over 10 years.   In addition to writing weekly in her blogs, Philadelphia Homeschool and U READ Thru History (a free online homeschool history curriculum), Gwen has written three homeschool science curricula and has been busy at work on her first children’s novel.   A committed Christian, Gwen seeks to exalt Christ in all of her work.
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Homeschool Writing Contest Posted by Gwen Fredette on March 29th, 2015

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