Birdhouses 101

At HomeGrown @ LNC in Bryn Athyn PA., there are awesome classes and workshops offered for kids and parents to take part in. We have been fortunate to share in many of these workshops that are hosted at this beautiful space.

Today we had the opportunity to learn about the Eastern BlueBird as well as build a bird house which will provide shelter for many seasons to come. This was a hands on workshop where not only the adults, but the kids were also able to get a feel for using power tools. It was a fun project with a very informative presentation to start us off.

Be sure to check out all the upcoming workshops and classes that are available to the public.   https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownLNC/

 

 

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Drawing Foundations

Today was the start of the 1st four-week session,

Drawing Foundations with Terri.

The kids (and some parents) all seemed to enjoy all the great tips they learned on how to draw faces. These are one hour classes and they are meant to offer a foundation to build on. There will be different topics offered each week, with the option to work on what was offered the prior week.

Terri is a homeschool Mom and well-known in the community. She knows that  affordability is so important and she has been able to do that with these workshops.

If you would like to sign up for one of these drawing workshops that are held at The Uncorked Artist in Warminster ( https://www.theuncorkedartist.com/), please be sure to sign up on the event page via this link : https://www.facebook.com/events/1856458508000497/

 

 

Terri Waterman has always said that creating art is so natural. She loves experimenting with different ways of making inspirational art as it opens up her soul to the countless ways of seeing the world. She graduated in ’88 with a BFA from Rosemont College with an associates in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. She has immersed herself in both worlds and brought it all together as a visual communicator.

Please be sure to visit https://www.terriwaterman.com/ for more information and to see all of Terri’s works that are available to the public.

Learning about natural dyes

Today was a very fun afternoon spent at The SilverLake Nature Center in Bristol PA. Aside from the beautiful trails and amazing Earthship that is located at the Nature Center they also offer very interesting ( and affordable) classes to the public.

My daughter and I participated in a Natural Dyes Workshop today. We learned the various methods used and the preparation process for the material you will be working with.  After a short trek outside ( on yet another warm November day), we chose some flowers and leaves that we wanted to transfer onto the material.

Once back inside, we wrapped our prepared shirts ( Prepped with Alum and Cream of Tartar) with string and rubber bands, or around a stick, and we then chose which pot to submerge them in. There was Turmeric, Black Bean, and Red Cabbage( with some vinegar added). Once the shirts were resting in our chosen natural dye, we started on the loud part!!

Taking the flowers and leaves we picked earlier, we placed them on the material and covered them with either cardstock or paper towels.  We gently hammered the top of the towel to help the essence of the plant transfer. It was a cool project and one that you could play around with to determine what effects work and which did not. Some came out more abstract while others were obvious leaves and flower patterns.

It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon, and I highly recommend checking out the center as they have amazing homeschool programs also.

http://silverlakenaturecenter.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Sew Much Fun Sewing Studio

 

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Bucks County Homeschoolers is excited to share with you a wonderful local business where your child can learn the skill of sewing while producing some of their own awesome creations.

Sew Much Fun Studios was created by Lisa Shull, of The Fabric Loft.

Lisa has been running a successful custom window treatment and design business for over 30 years. She has taken her sewing skills to the next level by opening a sewing studio to teach others and spread the love for sewing!

Sew Much Fun Studios is a fun and exciting place for kids and adults to learn the basic skills such as hand sewing, working on a sewing machine, working with patterns and much more. There are many creative projects to choose from on all skill levels and the studio has a huge selection of fabrics, felt, buttons, ribbon and other embellishments to personalize each project.

The studio is located at Wrightstown Health & Fitness on Durham Road in Wrightstown and offers morning, after school and Saturday classes. Each class is 1 ½ hours long and limited to 2 – 3 students. Classes are grouped into four sessions and students are guaranteed to make a fabulous project during each class. Both the parents and the kids are amazed at the great things we create and, after just one class, students can’t wait to come back! Adults are enjoying our classes too, as a refresher or as a new found hobby. We take special requests, such as learning to hem pants or make pillows.

Lisa would like to offer classes to homeschoolers and is excited to share her space with those in the community.

Visit  sewmuchfunstudios.com for more information on how you can sign up and start having sew much fun!

 

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Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve…at night….

Tonight we had the opportunity to visit the preserve and learn all about bats. The program was led by Matthew Wund, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology at The College of New Jersey.   After an informative slide show and some interesting Q & A, out to track some bats we went. Provided to us were location devices that would help us to see the high frequency waves undetectable to our ears.

We began our trek through the darkness listening for bat clicks, and although we were unable to locate any bats on our walk around the preserve at night, we did find a tree frog! We also were able to admire the stars on the beautifully clear evening . Being in the peaceful silence of the preserve at night was a treat in itself.

There are some night walks coming up soon, as well as other programs that are open to the public.

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve relies on memberships, donations, sponsorships and more to continue to be able to offer such a beautiful space and wonderful programs. They are also always looking for naturalist volunteers as well as summer teen opportunities.

If you have never been to Bowman’s, check it out. You’ll be in for a treat!  

https://bhwp.org/

 

 

 

Let’s Cook PA!! Let’s have fun!

 There are a multitude of skills one can achieve when doing an everyday activity.  That activity is…

  COOKING!!!!

Instead of just cooking alone in your kitchen, contact Let’s Cook PA!, and turn it into a fun and engaging experience for your kids~ www.letscookpa.com

Here are just a few of the skills your child will achieve from having fun in the kitchen!

Math: counting, recognizing numbers, recognizing fractions, adding fractions, multiplying (if doubling a recipe), dividing (if cutting a recipe in half), measuring, using sequential order (you’ve got to follow the steps in order), exploring temperature

Language Arts: reading, following written, step-by-step directions.

Science: exploring mixtures and solutions, exploring the chemical changes caused by applying varying temperatures.

Life Skills: learning how to prepare food, learning about good nutrition, exploring kitchen safety and hygiene

Let’s Cook PA! is a way for children, teens, and even adults to learn how to cook while being creative and having fun in the kitchen. Let’s Cook PA! focuses on providing a safe space for students to develop a relationship with food through hands on learning, as well as being an educational resource for students interested in eating healthier.

The goal of Let’s Cook PA! is to help you host a fun and enriching cooking event or party, as well as expand your knowledge in a cooking class setting. You can learn to create delicious food, anywhere!

 Chef Monica believes in the healing power of food and the unifying power that food brings to the table. She is passionate about educating the community on healthy living, cooking at home and being creative with food.

Chef Monica is a certified chef and health consultant. She graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. Chef Monica has taught culinary classes for adults and children and has worked as a head chef, event planner, social media manager, general manager, and health and wellness consultant. Her experience spans the globe from Philadelphia to New York to California and even Italy. She is excited to share her knowledge and passion for health and cooking with you and your children!

For more information on setting up a class or private lessons, please visit www.letscookpa.com or e-mail Chef Monica at letscookpa@gmail.com

 

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Your Speech Path, LLC.

 

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Your Speech Path, LLC is a unique private practice serving children to young adults, birth-21. Speech therapy is provided in the comfort of the client’s home with individualized treatment! Erin Gaul MS, CCC-SLP is the owner and primary speech-language pathologist who specializes in aural habilitation for deaf/hard-of-hearing children and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. However, Your Speech Path, LLC works with a variety of populations (Down syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Deaf/hard-of-hearing, etc.) and has extensive experience with articulation and phonological disorders, auditory processing disorder, receptive language, stuttering, dysarthria, feeding, AAC, voice, sign language, etc.

Erin is available for individual and group therapy, evaluations, consultations, screenings, and educational in-services for parent and children’s groups and programs. Find out more at www.speechpathwitherin.com

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Science Fun

If you’re looking for a fun and educational trip for your group, I highly suggest iFly in King of Prussia. https://www.iflyworld.com/king-of-prussia/.

After planning a trip months in advance for a local homeschool group and wondering if the price might deter some from attending, I am so glad it turned out to be a hit!

The day started with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education program which was led by an awesome educator who kept the kids engaged. They were given an interactive presentation, hands on activities and we ALL enjoyed some awesome water demos in the wind tunnel. There was a short intro on what to expect from our 1 minute flight time.

We were given a short fly once inside the tunnel then the instructor gently guided us up for our 30 second high fly. Included in the price was the education program, hands on demos, and one minute regular fly and high fly. The kids all left with a smile on their face and a cool little swagbag with a few goodies inside from iFly.

 

It was a very cool experience. If you’re interested in doing this activity with a group you will need a minimum number of participants. It was a fun event and we are glad to have had the chance to try it out!!

Back in the Saddle

Taking a break from outdoor riding for the month of February is a good idea for most people, right?

We like to lay low during this month, hibernate and look forward to Spring coming. We did not ever guess there would be days approaching 70 degrees in February!

So after a month hiatus, and itching to get back to her lessons, wouldn’t you know that upon returning today we bundled back up with our winter gear, because yes it is STILL Winter although last weeks temps would say otherwise.

After riding in snow, rain and bitter cold… you know that it is something you love.

Both my kids found their passions around age 9. For my son it was, (and still is) baseball. My daughter found horseback riding and has immersed herself into learning as much as she can.