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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 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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Winners of PHB Homeschool Writing Contest 2015

Dear Fellow Homeschoolers,

I’m thrilled to announce that the winners of the PHB Homeschool Writing Contest have been selected!  The winning stories have been published on the Philadelphia Homeschool Blog.  You can check out the winning stories by clicking below:

All of the students did a fabulous job!  Thanks for participating!

Sincerely,

Gwen Fredette

Contest Coordinator

Posted by Gwen Fredette on December 16th, 2015

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2015 Homeschool Writing Contest

“PHB” Homeschool Writing Contest!!! 2015

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’m hosting my fourth annual Nationwide Homeschool Writing Contest on my “PHB” 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 3 through 8.

How to Enter:  

1)  Read and abide by the Contest Rules.  Please click here to obtain the rules: Writing Contest Rules

2.) Write a story of 1000 words or less, beginning with this starter:

“Run, ___(Character Name)____!”  I screamed.  “Run!”  But my little brother/sister wouldn’t move.  He/she just stood there, knees knocking, frozen in fear.  Slowly the creature approached, snarling with fangs bared …. 

What is your creature?  A wolf?  A monster?  An alien from outer space?  A fire-breathing dragon?  A silly neighborhood kid dressed in a Halloween costume?   Something worse?  Is your younger sibling really in trouble or is this a practical joke? Will you be a hero or is your sibling doomed to a fate worse than death?  Tell us about it!

3.)  Fill out and mail in your entry form and story.  Please click here to obtain the entry form2015 Entry Form Writing Contest

Deadline:  All entries must be post-marked by Saturday, November 21st.

Where to Send Story:  Please see “Writing Contest Rules” for details.

Categories:   Entries will be separated into 3 categories:

  • Grades 3 & 4
  • Grades 5 & 6
  • Grades 7 & 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 in December, 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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Institute for Excellence in Writing:  excellenceinwriting.comlogo

Whether you are teaching a kindergartener or high schooler, IEW’s enjoyable, effective, and simple-to-use method for teaching writing is guaranteed to work!

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Our special offer and drawing can be viewed here. http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/files/online_promo.html

Let this be the year your family experiences Excellence in Writing!

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Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s Schoolhouse Teachers.com:  www.SchoolhouseTeachers.comST-new-small

Imagine the overwhelming 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, encouragement, or advice?  Take time to discover www.TOSmagazine.com, a FREE digital magazine. On the go?  Read TOS on your mobile device with FREE apps at www.TOSApps.com.  Let TOS supply the tools you need to squelch your frustration and boost gratification!

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Peace Hill Press:  www.peacehillpress.com TwitterPHPLogo copy

For over a decade, Peace Hill Press has made classical education accessible to parents, teachers, and students. We create resources for teaching reading, history, geography, grammar, and writing, including books by our founders, Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise (authors of The Well-Trained Mind, a bestselling guide to education at home). Whether you’re a veteran educator or a nervous first-timer, Peace Hill Press will give you the tools and confidence you need to bring classical education to the next generation.

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Silver Lining Press: http://slphomeschool.wordpress.com/ gokoldschoolhouse

Glory of Kings Science Curriculum for Grades K – 3 (Created by Yours Truly!)

*Christian Curriculum

* Literature-Based

*Uses Popular Science Books

*For Multiple Ages

*Simple, Easy to Use!

*Fun, Hands-on

*Creative Projects

*Only $10 per E-copy; $20 per hard copy!

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Special Thanks also to the panel of judges who are helping to make this contest possible:

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Pam was a homeschooling mom for 9 years and is a  published picture book author.  For the last several years Pam has coordinated the “Teens Write” program for the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.  She lives in New Jersey, with her husband, Daryl, and daughters, Anna and Mary.
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Kim is a moderately crunchy-granola, homeschooling pastor’s wife who has spent the past 20 years of her life living in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.  She currently resides in a Lego minefield in Gilbertsville, PA with her husband, Carl, and their six Minions – four homemade and two adopted from foster care.  Kim has highlighted parts of their adoption quest on her blog – It’s a Vertical Life With a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Bucknell University, she has a knack for writing and editing and has shared her gift as the former editor and contributing author to the blog on All Things for Mom (https://www.allthingsformom.com/) and, most recently, as one of the editors of the newly released Simon & Schuster novel, Shifting Time.  In an effort to regenerate brain cells, Kim frequently attempts to lock herself in her bedroom with a good book and a white noise machine.
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Michelle is a Christian wife and mother of three who lives and homeschools in Philadelphia. Michelle began her writing career as an obituary writer in NJ.  Armed with a degree in English and Professional Communications from St. Joseph’s University, Michelle has also worked in communications at a Philadelphia independent school, where she served as assistant editor for the school’s semi-annual academic journal, and wrote press releases and articles for publication in area newspapers.  Michelle’s love of the written word has led her to her current part-time positions with a national handwriting curriculum company, and in the author events department of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  When she is not reading or writing, Michelle can often be found practicing with her church’s bell choir, knitting socks for her family, or working out in the swimming pool at her local community center.

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Rosario Cintron: www.thelatinalens.wordpress.com & www.mamimusings.wordpress.com.Guest Blog Profile Photo

Rosario currently lives in Langhorne, PA with her husband. Together they have a 3-year-old daughter and baby daughter.  She also has two stepchildren. Rosario is a Believer and stay-at-home mom who keeps busy managing two concurrent blogs: The Latina Lens, which explores the depth of the issues that affect and inform the Hispanic/Latino experience in the U.S.; and, Mami Musings—an honest look at the beautifully complex realities of wifedom and motherhood, with a little adventure thrown in as she tries to inject a little bit of style and beauty into her family’s everyday life as a novice DIYer.

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Theresa is wife to Chris, mother of four, Classical homeschooler and part-time ultrasonographer who writes when nudged by the Spirit.
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Gwen Fredette:  http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/ and https://ureadthru.wordpress.com/me

I am not a judge this year but will continue to act as the contest coordinator and liaison with the winners. Here’s a quick bio of me:

Gwen lives with her husband and four beautiful children in Philadelphia, PA, and has been homeschooling for over ten years.   In addition to writing weekly for 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 October 14th, 2015

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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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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.
*Preschool-12
*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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Welcome to the Homeschool Curriculum store at NEST Learning! We understand Homeschoolers and provide them with homeschool curriculum and supplements including the NEST Animated New Testament, Animated Bible Stories and Animated Hero Classics series. We understand how important selecting the right homeschool curriculum is for your family, so we carry trusted homeschool curriculums like Alpha Omega, BJU Press, Learning Wrap-Ups, Rosetta Stone Homeschool, Saxon Math & Phonics, & Wordly Wise 3000. In addition, we offer supplemental tools, classroom supplies, educational toys and games.  Everything you and your family could need to help teach and instill strong character values in your children.
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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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Outline: Civil War Era

Greetings Fellow Homeschoolers!

Hope your school year has been joyful and productive thus far!  Beginning next week and through the Spring of 2015, I will be posting history lesson plans on the Civil War Era.  The lessons will be similar in format to lessons you’ve already seen and used from this “U Read Thru History” site.  Each week readings will be suggested for different grade levels, discussion questions will be listed, and activities will be suggested per grade level.    In response to numerous requests, I will also be posting a Unit Study book list for each grade level.  I hope and pray these lessons will be a blessing to you and your family!

Following is the outline for the Civil War Era Unit Study:

Winter & Spring 2015 (American History)

Civil War Era

  • Book List: Civil War Era
  • Week 1: Mexican War
  • Week 2: California Gold Rush
  • Week 3: Harriet Tubman
  • Week 4: Slavery & Underground Railroad
  • Week 5: Abraham Lincoln
  • Week 6: Frederick Douglass
  • Week 7: Civil War: The Telegraph & the Train
  • Week 8: Civil War: Hot Air Balloons
  • Week 9: Civil War: Ironclads
  • Week 10: Emancipation Proclamation
  • Week 11: Civil War: Daily Life
  • Week 12: Civil War: Gettysburg
  • Week 13: Civil War: Medical Advances
  • Week 14: Civil War: Soldier’s Life
  • Week 15: Buffalo Bill
  • Week 16: Sitting Bull
  • Week 17: Test: Civil War Era

If you have any questions about these History Lesson Plans, please feel free to email me.  My email is gwen.silverliningpress@juno.com.  If you’ve found great resources that might be a help to others using this curriculum, please feel free to write messages on the comments section of each post for others to see.  Thanks!  – Gwen

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3rd & 4th Grade Winners, Homeschool Writing Contest 2014

Writing Contest Winners 2014 — 3rd and 4th Grades

Congratulations to the following 3rd and 4th grade winners of the “PHB” Homeschool Writing Contest!!!

1st Place: Vivian, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 3 from Lansdale, PA for the story entitled “Shelter Troubles”.  Vivian’s wonderful winning story is reprinted below.

2nd Place: Charlotte, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 4 from Thomasville, NC, for the story entitled “Grapple the Cat and Evil Catsten”.

3rd Place: Isabella, a traditional homeschooler in Grade 4 from Coppell, TX, for the story entitled “A Wonderful Secret”.

The winners have been notified and will be receiving their prizes from the sponsors shortly.

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 writing contests in the future.  Please try again!

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:

  • Marlene Bagnull
  • Pam Halter
  • Michelle Lofton
  • Rosario Cintron
  • Julia Melone &
  • Kay Ben-Avraham

As promised, following is a reprint of Vivian’s fantastic winning story:

“Shelter Troubles”

     I looked around, but I realized with a sudden dread there was no way out.  I was trapped!

     You see, it all started out when I was hunting in the woods one day.  It was my morning meal, and I was hungry.  It was snowing; birds were scarce.  I was looking for bugs or possibly a nest with chicks in it, but the only things I found were a few measly flies and millipedes.  Of course, it would hold me off for the morning.  I don’t have a big appetite; I can hunt fairly well without getting too skinny.  I have claws like needles and teeth like daggers — I am a wildcat.

     You might be wondering how I was raised.  Both my mother and my father were wildcats, but my father died right after my birth.  Yes, I do have siblings, but I do not need to mention their names right now.

     For a bed, my mother scraped leaves into a large, flattish pile on the ground, usually under a tree.  Dead leaves that had fallen from the trees were best for making beds like these, but they were not always available.  When we were old enough she taught us how to make these beds and how to hunt.  But she wasn’t like other mothers and widows that would be house pets.  She was tough.  She did mourn over my father’s death, but not for very long.

     Like I was saying before, the day was gloomy.  Everywhere I looked I saw white, white, and more white.  I learned to not mind walking through snow, rain, and dew.  All wildcats learned to do that.  I jumped onto a branch on a tree and climbed up.  I peeked into a bird’s nest, but it was empty.  I sighed.  Then I leaped down and sat in the snow.  Little did I know what was ahead of me and that it would change my life forever.

     As I trudged though the cold snow, I felt the presence of another creature behind me.  A car had driven up and screeched to a halt at the corner.  No cars ever drove in the winter time!  The streets were sheathed in ice.  As I sat wondering about this,  I felt arms grab me.

     I was shoved into a cage and driven away in the car.  Never had I experienced this before!  I clawed at my cage, meowing, but no one let me out.  I looked around, but I realized with a sudden dread there was no way out.  I was trapped!

     Soon the car stopped at a big shelter.  I could hear dogs barking and parakeets screeching as someone brought me into the shelter.  I was put into a different cage, one that was clear plastic.

     I was scared.  I didn’t know where I was.  Hours went by as I sat in my small cage.  There were two dogs next to me, barking and howling their heads off.  I tried asking them where I was.

     “Hey, you dog, over here!” I said.  The dog turned his head toward me.

     “What do you want?” the dog asked.

     “I want to know where I am!” I hissed.

     “Oh, you’re in a pet shelter.  People come and take you home.”

     “People?” I wondered aloud.  I didn’t know much about people.  But before the dog could explain to me why people were going to take me away, the lights were switched off.  I heard a bell ring and the sound of keys locking something.  I was locked in the shelter at night!

     I freaked out.  No one was going to bring me out of here!  I was stuck for a whole night with only little nuggets as food.  Did they expect me to eat these?  They didn’t have meat in them!  They were hard and unappetizing things.  I would rather starve than eat these!

     Soon all the barking ceased.  The tweeting and screeching stopped.  Everyone one was asleep!  How I longed for one of those colorful parakeets right across from my cage!  I soon found myself getting quite drowsy.  I yawned and fell asleep on my hard little carpet that was at the bottom of my cage.

     The next morning the whole shelter was alive again.  People swarmed the shelter.  Some people bought fish and parakeets, and occasionally a cat or a dog.  No one wanted me.  I wondered if it was because of the little sign that was stuck on my cage.  I soon found what it meant.

     A little kid and his mom came up to me.  The little kid pointed to me.  The mom read the sign aloud.  “Not up for adoption.  This cat is not neutered.”  She led the kid away from me.

     After a few days of waiting patiently in my cage, I was taken out of it and driven to a veterinary clinic.  They brought me in and set me on a while little desk.  The entire room was white!  There were scary machines all around.  It had a funny smell.  I was getting nervous.  So just as a vet walked in, off I zoomed!

     I leaped off the counter, skidded out the door, and stopped when I saw pets and people everywhere.  I ran down the stairs, under people’s legs, until I was at the bottom floor of the clinic.  I looked around frantically.  Where should I go? What should I do?  I spotted a door that led to outside. I crouched down and ran under the chairs that people were waiting in.  There were screams, and just as a person opened the door, I was out!

     I was free!  I am now more careful around cars and I rarely interact with people anymore.  Yes, sometimes I have to move from bed to bed, and yes, sometimes I have a struggle finding food, but for the most part, being a wildcat is better than being a house cat!

I am a wild cat, and the first cat ever to escape a visit to the vet!

Posted by Gwen Fredette on December 12th, 2014

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