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About BucksCountyHomeschoolers

I am the proud Mom of two awesome kids. I have been able to allow my kids to learn what their interests are at different times; it has been an amazing journey so far. The most important lesson I have learned is that it is THEIR experience ultimately, I am here to help facilitate it and enjoy it with them. ~Life learning at home~

Happy New Year 2020!!!!

So excited to start 2020!!

There have been many changes already for this new decade, and through them all I have practiced the gift of gratitude!!

The new year began with a move into a new home for me and my kids. As we close out one decade and begin anew, I look back with appreciation of what we have and a love for all the people who we share our lives with.

I am especially grateful to share this journey with all of you!

To help other parents who may  be considering homeschooling for their family, we invite you all to join us at an upcoming event!!

WHEN /WHERE/WHAT TIME :

Saturday January 11th at the Uncorked Artist located at 319 W County Line Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040 from 1pm-4pm.

Join us as we connect with other homeschoolers in the community and gather to bring you an informational “How to start Homeschooling” seminar.

We welcome our speakers that will cover all ages and grade levels.

1:15-1:45pm : Homeschooling through Preschool with:  Simona Lederman with Nature Playschool will share with us in more detail the positive aspects of allowing children to explore and learn as they are inherently meant to, through nature. When we think of early education, we think it all comes through books. There are so many additional approaches to learning at a young age! Come hear more about them with Simona and Dave.   www.natureplayschool.org

1:45-2:15pm : Homeschooling through Elementary with :     Meg Shupp is a Homeschool Evaluator for students in grades K-6 and K-12.  Meg can assist with any questions you may have with regard to homeschooling if your child has an IEP. You can request to join a group where you can see all the adventures her family took while homeschooling on the road!  In person and distance evaluations available.  www.facebook.com/groups/2124812227833909/about/

www.facebook.com/Homeschool-Evaluations-with-Meg-104851754369607/

2:15-2:45pm : Homeschooling through High School with : Emily Schnarr has been a highly respected homeschool parent and evaluator in the community for many years. She is the foster coordinator and oversees the foster program through WAGS. She is PA certified teacher with experience in both elementary and secondary education, and a certified Special Education teacher with a Masters in Reading. She has completed homeschooling her daughter who is now enrolled and thriving at college.

Emily has always believed in  focusing on child-directed learning, and embraces that there are many avenues with which people can learn. Emily is a wonderful advocate for you and your family throughout the homeschooling process. She is available for evaluations both in person and long distance. 

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2:45-3:15pm An Alternative to Homeschooling through High School with : 

Brad Wuerstle and Steffi Eger of The Lotus School of Liberal Arts will share with you an alternative to traditional schooling through High School. There ARE options, and if homeschooling your kids through their high school years seems overwhelming, we invite you to learn more about the Lotus School of Liberal Arts located un Upper Bucks County.

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3:15-3:45pm Q&A with an esteemed panel of Veteran Homeschooling Parents from the community.

We welcome :

Stephanie(Stevi) Wright McOrmond & Jeff McOrmond :  Two amazing and knowledgable homeschooling parents with three teen homeschoolers. Always willing to help others and offer guidance when needed.

Megan Williams: Well known in the community for sharing her knowledge of self directed learning, and her love of homesteading.  We welcome Megan, Homeschooling Mom of three beautiful kids.

 

There may be a few additions to this awesome list!

For up to date information, please follow the Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/401623617452215/

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE AT: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/help-how-do-i-start-homeschooling-tickets-79560159579

 

 

Been Awhile

It’s been awhile since a post has been shared.

 

This past Summer was fun and jam packed with two awesome community events that were shared in Bucks County.

These events open up doors for many people and made connections for others!

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We are now focusing more on classes, activities and personal interests.

When I asked my daughter at the start of the year what she would like to learn more about, ( aside from the things she works on daily) here are some of the topics we have explored.

Some we will try only once while others we will revisit and  incorporate into our daily routine.

Archery: This has been SO much fun. Thank you to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau Of State Parks/Delaware Canal and Ralph Stover State Parks for helping us organize two Archery classes at Lake Nockamixon Park in September and October. More will be coming in the Spring, and we will also be offering a Nature Art Teen program on 10/28/19 and a Winter Raptor Program which will be coming soon!

 

We have also taken many day trips, one was Graeme Park Homeschool Day where they offered a brief history on the sport of Archery as well as an interesting guided tour of  The Keith House, the only surviving residence of a Colonial Pennsylvania Governor.

 

 

An introduction to Brush Lettering at a workshop offered from ArtMuse in Doylestown has peaked a new interest and creative outlet! More classes on learning this technique will be in our schedule for sure! www.artmusepa.com

 

This year we were able to apply for the FREE YMCA membership for 7th graders! If you have not taken advantage of this offering, you should! All kids starting their 7th year are offered a free membership that will allow them access to classes, pools, and other offerings that they have!

Also coming up Thursday 10/24 an exciting class offered at The Uncorked Artist Creative Studio, these monthly classes are for pre/teen and will offer various projects! This week they will be making animal pet beds or a handmade cozy crotched scarf!

Also coming up in future classes;  jewelry making, wood projects, and other creative offerings to bring them together and connect while having fun!    www.theuncorkedartist.com/

If you are a parent and have a special event, or class that you partake in and you would like to share the information about it with others, please email buckscountyhomeschoolers@gmail.com

If you would like to advertise on www.buckshomeschoolers.com, please send an email today!

Family Fun at The GreenRoots Gathering

Join the 1st Annual GreenRoots Gathering coming to Bucks County Pa.!!

There will be something for everyone at this weekend event! Happening in New Hope Pa June 15-16, Father’s Day weekend which makes it a wonderful opportunity to share in nature filled, and family focused activities. You can choose to camp under the stars or if that is not appealing to you, there is also indoor lodging available!

Included with all entry tickets : Yoga, Mindfulness for kids and adults, Sound Healing, Plant Walk, Smudge Bundle making, Henna workshop, Belly Dance class, Lectures on Health and Wellness, KIDS AND FAMILY YOGA, Kids nature hike and crafts, kids tie dye workshop, Teen gathering with karaoke and bingo, Drumming for the whole family, and MORE!!!!

Bring the family, make beautiful memories!

Share the magic.

Tickets available now : www.greenrootsgathering.com 

Recycle/ReUse/Have FUN!

If you’rescreen shot 2019-01-23 at 10.00.28 am looking for a creative space to learn valuable sewing skills, look no further than with Lisa Schull of Sew Much Fun sewing studio.

She is located in the beautiful Wrightstown Fitness Center and has an accommodating schedule for homeschoolers.

Lisa encourages her students to not only embrace their specific style, but she takes it a step further by sharing her entrepreneurial spirit with them as well.

One of the latest projects was a pair of $1 jeans we found at a local thrift store. (  http://awomansplace.org/in-full-swing/what_is_in_full_swing.html) These jeans fit great except for the length! So an easy solution was to transform them into an adorable and trendy denim skirt!  Lisa was as excited as her student to make this fun up-cycled skirt!

Classes are held once a week or every other week based on your needs.

 

Have SEW MUCH FUN creating your next project with Lisa~

 

 

Half way there.

This is the time of year we often reflect on all that we have completed for our school year so far. It is a time to take a look at what it working, and what needs to be tweaked.

We began this year with a bit more structure then years past with academics, and it has been going well!

On the list of extra activities that have taken place so far:

Sewing at https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchfunstudios/?ref=br_rs

Drawing lessons with Terri Waterman http://terriwaterman.com/

ASL classes at the local community college, BCCC. http://www.bucks.edu/

Various topics have been covered with online classes from Outschool   https://outschool.com/#usZbPiXZHz

Weekly recipes gathered from many online resources and in person demos at local establishments.

There have been many one time classes; How to play the Djembe Drum, Henna 101, and Yoga.

We are looking forward to a break over the holidays, but excited to start up again in January with a fun gathering at Great Wolf Lodge with many of our homeschool friends!

Feel free to share any fun classes or activities your family has shared in over the past few months!

 

September

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September is here, and for us it marks the start of a weekly schedule with activities and events, and less lazy days spent with friends just hanging out enjoying last-minute changes in an ever so flexible life.

Although flexibility is still  important, we do start to fill the days with  activities. It is always a sad ending to what was an amazing summer. So many wonderful things that took place in such a short amount of time.

The idea of Fall being right around the corner does bring with it an excitement for fun enjoying outdoor activities in the cooler temps.

If you are looking for less structured classes that will starting up in September/October, check out some of the homeschool offerings that are held at the beautiful Uncorked Artist studio in Warminster PA.

Djembe for Kids  (a one time class) https://www.facebook.com/events/2148380508816692/

Homeschool Drawing Class  https://www.facebook.com/events/763746227333291/

Also starting is a Bi Weekly Sewing Class at Sew Much Fun Studios in Wrightstown.

Space is still available. You can sign up with Lisa at http://sewmuchfunstudios.com/

Classes are currently scheduled every other Monday starting 10/1 – 11:30am-1pm ( The cost is $108 for three classes) The kids are encouraged to create their own works of art as well as learn sewing techniques from Lisa while making traditional projects that are offered.

Enjoy the start of your year and feel free to share anything local you think others may want to know about!

 

 

Summer camp~Summer FUN!

So as the summer is about to arrive and we pull off our rain boots and  slide on our flip-flops, we realize,  IT’S JUNE!!!!!!

If you are looking for some fun and not your normal summer camps for the kids, check out this awesome list of fun camps.  Be sure to sign up soon!

Let’s Cook PA with Chef Monica :  www.facebook.com/letscookpa   Email Chef Monica to register at letscookpa@gmail.com

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SEW much fun at SEW MUCH FUN STUDIOS :  sewmuchfunstudios.com Contact Lisa Shull to register now for this fun and engaging summer session!

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Music Classes With Dayle Music LLC :  www.facebook.com/daylemusic Check out their facebook page and website for all information on summer sessions…..

It will be music to your ears~

 

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Jump on and take a ride at Painted Dreams Horse Farm :  www.facebook.com/PaintedDreamsHorseFarm Summer sessions are filling up fast, but lessons are always available!

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Summer ART FUN at The Uncorked Artist….get your art on with themed camps for kids!

Register online at :  www.theuncorkedartist.com/events/kids-camp-express-yourself-4-days

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There you have it! Cooking, Sewing, Music, Horses, and Art……

What kid would NOT WANT TO TAKE THESE CAMPS~!!!!!

 

Barn Nature Center

Are you looking to for a fun, hands on, and informative trip with amphibians, reptiles, and birds? Plan a trip to The Barn Nature Center in Doylestown PA. 

www.barnadventures.com/

Starting with an intro from Mr. Beaks and on to meeting some of the local residents that were all very interesting and honestly so cute! The kids learned many interesting facts about them and also how many of them got their names! One such interesting fact was the snakes tail which they can release at any section when they feel threatened. This would distract their predator who would then chase the moving tail while the snake got away!

After meeting some other residents of this awesome facility, we stepped into the aviary. Here we stood like statues while birds perched on our hands to eat the feed that we were given. This was a very cool experience, and everyone seemed to enjoy it ( I think….) !

Plan your visit today and help support this local non profit that is doing so much to help educate and share with the community!

 

( Thank you to  Melanie Doroshenko Scott of 

 www.melaniescottevents.com/ for the beautiful photos )

Having SEW much fun !!

 

The month of April started with weekly sewing classes at  sewmuchfunstudios.com ~ With small classes of less then 5 kids, it is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to get one on one guidance from Lisa Shull.

With over 30 years experience Lisa has embraced her passion with teaching others while spreading the love of sewing to kids and adults!

When you take a class at  Sew Much Fun Studios  you will learn the basics about the sewing machine and how to hand sew. There are many fun projects to make and most often students will take home a project every session.  Lisa is always coming up with new ideas and is always open to suggestions.

With all the wonderful projects my daughter made that she has decided to either gift or keep, we are excited to start another session in May 2018.

There may be one or two spots still open, call today and join us!

 

 

 

Cooking up something DELICIOUS!

Vegetarian cooking for some is intimidating ….. Today the kids saw first hand not only is it easy and fun, but

SOOOOO DELICIOUS!

 

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  Chef Monica with www.letscookpa.com took the kids on a cooking exploration for two hours today teaching them techniques and an abundance of information on cooking a fresh meal from scratch using organic ingredients.

They started with a homemade enchilada sauce that topped the vegetarian enchiladas which were filled with amazing ingredients such as broccoli, spinach, black beans, cheeses, herbs, and spices. The enchiladas were paired with a delicious Mexican cinnamon horchata drink and finished off with cinnamon brownie truffle bites that were the most amazing treat I may have ever tasted!

The smell of the meal was amazing in itself, the taste was off the charts!

The kids LOVED the class and asked right away when they could do it again!!!

Monica will be offering an adult cooking class next month at Homegrown At The Lord’s New Church in Huntington Valley PA. Also offered this summer will be a kids camp!

For more info on setting up a class, contact Chef Monica : Letscookpa