Category Archives: Activities and Outings

Activities, trips, gatherings, friendships

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.

After searching for a riding facility that was not an hour drive and didn’t break my bank every week, we found an awesome family run Equestrian Center.

Rolling Coach Stables in Ivyland, PA. (near Warminster) is an excellent place to receive lessons. They offer horseback riding lessons for beginner to advanced riders. Cori Reich is their resident trainer who has over 20 years of experience. She keeps the riders focused and offers constant support while they are in the ring. She is patient when teaching about tacking and untacking the horse and is always willing to answer any questions her students may have.

So if you have been considering riding, this might be a good fit for you and your family too!.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/RollingCoachStables/about/?ref=page_internal

 

 

 

Owls and Owl Pellets

Did you see what happened today????  THE SUN WAS SEEN!!!!

It has felt like forever since we had a glimpse of the sun, let alone feel its warmth.

So needless to say I was beyond happy to spend the day in our favorite classroom, the woods.

After a very informative presentation on Owls and an even more engaging pellet dissection where the kids were able to take a look at what tasty treat was enjoyed last by a particular owl. We had the pleasure of enjoying this absolutely perfect sunny day hiking along the paths of PennyPack. Although muddy from all the rain we have had, it was a walk full of interesting stops to glimpse at different sights along the way. The final destination was a spot which was scoped out earlier by Pete  who works at the center, he was able to locate an owl for us to observe.

Taking turns glimpsing through his viewer, we were all able to look at this peaceful bird in its undisturbed setting. Although he knew we were there appreciating his beauty, he seemed to not be bothered at all.

Homeschool events are held at this location. There are links below for more information.

Such a fun day learning and seeing owls!!!

https://www.facebook.com/Pennypack-Environmental-Center-216427898382013/

 

 

~Enjoy our Monthly Guest Blogger~

Thank you to one of the Premier Advertisers on The Bucks County Homeschoolers site, Dayle Magida for this Month’s Guest Blog.

(Interested in becoming an advertiser? Please email  buckscountyhomeschoolers@gmail.com)

Through her extensive teaching and years of experience, Dayle has made quite an impact on her students. We hope you enjoy this post from her. Please be sure to connect with her for more information on private and group lessons. 

 

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Studies have proven over and over again that music lessons are one of the greatest gifts you can give to you children! Science shows that children who learn to play an instrument, even for just a few years, reap many of the following, wonderful benefits.
They are better in reading/math and overall academically
They are better able to focus
They have more self-esteem and play better with others
They score higher in standardized test scores
They have more creativity
To read more about the incredible benefits of music lessons please take a look at this article https://mic.com/articles/108022/science-just-discovered-something-amazing-about-what-childhood-piano-lessons-did-to-you#.nwR8TzO3R

At Dayle Music, we believe that learning to play an instrument should always be fun! We use games, songs, stickers, and a prize reward system that keeps our young students excited and motivated. Children as young as four can start with private lessons or join a small group class. Our small group class is currently located at Newtown Parks and Recreation (new locations coming in the fall!) For more information on the group class “Piano Fun for Kids” please contact Newtown Parks and Rec at (215)968-2800 x239 or go to their website  https://newtownfun.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29935

For more information about private lessons email Dayle Music at daylemusic11@gmail.com

Read more about Dayle Music on our website www.daylemusic.com or visit our Dayle Music Facebook page and find out why we were voted “Best of Bucks 2016” for Music Instruction!

Get your child started with music lessons today!

Learning in the Moment

Sometimes opportunities are presented and we can use them to teach and become involved with what is happening.

Such is the situation happening at Standing Rock . Short of actually heading to North Dakota, we have found ways to be part of this historic event that is unfolding . Through efforts of coming together and making others aware of what The Water Protectors are there doing, to getting together care packages we have been helping to share the information that is unfolding.

This is not an issue that has emerged overnight, this has been happening for many years in fact. If you would like to get involved, there are many sites to gain further information. Some that I can attest to are :

http://www.arrows4americanindians.org/

and

http://www.defunddapl.org/

Also available is an online syllabus : https://nycstandswithstandingrock.wordpress.com/standingrocksyllabus/

Local events that also are happening:

https://haltpenneast.org/

It is not over until we stop destroying  Mother Earth .

There are too many alternatives to continue this destructive path.

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~Creative Learning ~

Learning about Van Gogh at The Uncorked Artist in Peddler’s Village is always more fun when shared with about 25 other homeschoolers!

That is just what we did on Monday, this informative and fun art class with be offered at an affordable rate of $20 per child once a month. Be sure to check out the website for more information on when the next class will be happening. Sign up early as space is limited!

http://www.peddlersvillage.com/shop/Uncorked-Artist

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Continuing with painting, because one can never paint enough……..

Paint in the Moment http://www.paintinthemoment.com/ also offers classes at The Lord’s New Church in Bryn Athyn. Recently held was a wonderful class that started with a calming, focused meditation that allowed us all to quiet our minds and open our hearts. The result, these beautiful paintings.

For upcoming homeschool classes and workshops that are offered at Homegrown @ LNC you can go to https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownLNC/?fref=ts.

Offerings include:  painting, needle felting, clay creations, photography, music lessons, dance, yoga and more!

 

 

 

To wind down our creativity, we had the opportunity to create beautiful Terrariums at Greenology Organic Living. Also located in Peddler’s Village, the kids were able to learn about these creations and then make their very own. https://greenologyorganics.com/

Summer Fun

Arts are alive this summer from needle felting to painting. It is all about creativity. And with the heat we have had to endure, being inside while creating some cool things is not a bad way to go.

We enjoyed  fun, themed, one day camps that were hosted at The Uncorked Artist.  ( these camps are still going on through August)

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Also offered were summer workshops with Paint in the Moment. Mobile workshops are held in around Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Homeschool group pricing is available.

http://www.paintinthemoment.com/

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My daughter also learned the joy of needle felting with Lori Odher. She offered a two-week class at Homegrown @ The Lord’s New Church in Bryn Athyn. Lori also offers classes in sewing, felting, and quilting. You can contact Lori @ 215-840-9279

https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownLNC

Needle Felting Class
Needle Felting with Lori