Thursday, December 13, 2007

December Field Trip

Here are the notes on this month's field trip from Christy:

Field trip for Friday December 14

The theme of this field trip is generally about inventory. In this case we are talking about the grocery store and the library. Why do we have the items on the shelves that we do, and who chooses the stock. As I mentioned to many of the parents at the library last week, I would like the children to have a vague understanding of demagraphics--how the preferences of specific groups of people determine what will sell, and therfore what will be ordered and stocked.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics

I made the suggestion that you may want to start with a simple example like climate and how it drives local merchandising. For instance, pool supplies and shorts are sold year-round in Flordia, and winter coats are only sold in specialty stores. On the other hand, the opposite is true for northern states and even more-so in Canada. They sell things like snow tires and fur lined coats.

You may also want to talk about how culture influences the products that sell in a specific area. If there is a large concentration of 1st or 2nd generation spanish ansecestry, it is likey they may have a preference for native spanish cuisine. In San Diego, the spanish products were incorporated througout the entire grocery store, where as we have a few shelves of similiar products in our stores.

Of course, many preferences, qualities and characteristics determine what we buy. You could give the children examples of how age, gender, economic levels,and even edcational levels are studied by marketing research departments. Sometimes they actually do surveys and ask individuals about themselves. Sometimes they base their decision to stock a certain product based on previous purchases or buying trends, and sometimes they just guess. They simpley try a product in a given area to see if people will buy it. If they do, they add more to the inventory. If not, they may choose another area to test market. Eventually this information is passed onto advertisers, product developers and buyers.

10:00 am We will be meeting at the Giant Grocery Store in eastern Lebanon.
12:00-1:00 lunch at the Lebanon Community Library
Pack a lunch and we will eat in the community room.
1:00 pm We will have a presentation at the library about thier inventory, and where they get the money to buy the books they stock.We will also get information about their extended services.

As always, in both cases, there will be plenty of time after the completion of the children's presentation for the adults to ask questions. However, I will be leaving for Boston immediately after the last program, so I won't be able to stay. Could another parent please stay to make sure the room is put back in order?

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

November Field Trip


Here's Christy's information for our November Field Trip:

Friday November 9th we will be touring Cornwall Furnace and the Humane
Society

Cornwall Furnace
We will be meeting at Cornwall Furnace at 10:00 am. Please have your
children DRESS WARM and wear comfortable shoes. Don't forget that you
can use your Heritage Society membership, otherwise Adults are $4.00
and Children are $2.00. The tour lasts about 70 minutes. This includes
a 20 minute video.

The best supplemental information I've found is right on their web
site. We will be having a speaker who ties in with the history of the
furnace in January.
http://www.cornwallironfurnace.org/education.htm
http://www.cornwallironfurnace.org/history.htm

For Adults: Listed under additional reading is a book about the local
family, the Coleman's. Does anyone know how the Coleman family is
connected to former President Buchanan? It is a good historical tidbit
of gossip.

Lunch
At this point I am planning to eat lunch at South Hills. If anyone is
concerned about the weather, I will make plans to eat lunch at Pizza
Hut. However, you must let me know, so I can call ahead.

Humane Society
There are no special instructions for the Humane Society. I will tell
the children about a co-worker of my husband's who volunteers for an
animal rescue organization. She did animal rescue in New Orleans after
Katrina.
There is some good information on their web site about animal control
and cruelty. Did you know they have a Thrift Shop and the proceeds
support the facility?
http://www.lebanonhumane.org/

Cornwall Furnace Directions: 94 Rexmont Rd. 272-9711
Use this link to get directions. Use the main entrance to the grounds
and the facility. It is obvious.
http://www.cornwallironfurnace.org/visitor.htm

Humane Society Directions: 150 N. Romona Rd, Myerstown 273-3300
Take 422 E. Turn Left onto N. Romona Rd.
You will see signs from 422.
The parking and entrance is obvious.

Please get back to me about lunch if necessary. Also a general head
count would be nice.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Art History -- Leonardo da Vinci

We're studying Leonardo da Vinci (all ages are welcome--Jenn is doing a younger kids' class in the storytime room for those who prefer that as well). We're starting with a brief lecture about the artist (with handout) and then doing a project. For our project, we're making our own Mona Lisas with pictures of ourselves! We're keeping it simple as far as "medium" goes--crayons rather than paints this week. We're bringing paper for everyone. Here's what to bring:

* Crayons
* Scissors
* A picture of yourself (anyone doing the project) -- basically, take a picture of yourself sitting in the same pose as Mona Lisa (see here: http://www.rossettiarchive.org/docs/op76.rap.html). Make sure to sit like her and also smile your best "mysterious smile!" Upload your picture, print it, and bring it to class. Whatever size you have, we can work with it (I mean, it shouldn't be as big as a sheet of paper or poster, but something we can cut out and put on an 8 1/2 X 11 or half sheet of paper if smaller). Please let me know if you don't have a printer--we can always email it to someone who does (either color or black and white is fine).

Thanks! :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Got This From Laura . . .

A commentary on schooling . . . Enjoy!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Fall Festival--Change

Our apologies for the confusion and date changing. We're having our INCH Fall Festival on SATURDAY, Nov. 3rd from 10am-12 Noon. Next week is supposed to be sunny & a little warmer, so hopefully that'll lead to better outdoor fun for the event! Thanks!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Fall Festival POSTPONED

Due to all the continuing rain & mud, we're postponing the INCH Fall Festival until next Friday, Nov. 2, from 1-3 pm. Next week is supposed to be sunny & a little warmer, so hopefully that'll lead to better outdoor fun for the event! Thanks!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Reminder

Please remember that we're meeting at the Lebanon Library from now on, unless otherwise noted on our schedule. Please always consult our site and schedule to keep up to date. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

More Capture the Flag?

It's not supposed to rain until about 4pm tomorrow, but some of us parents are TOO SORE to play a 4th day in a row!! HOWEVER, keep checking our site--we're in for a lot of good weather and LOTS of us like to play!! 26 people today!! WOW!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Capture the Flag -- DAY THREE!!

Okay, so I'm pathetic . . . MY LEGS HURT!! But, we're up for more!! Several of us (15 yesterday, 21 today!) got together at Cleona Playground yesterday AND today and played several games of "Capture the Flag" -- what fun! So much fun, in fact, that we're doing it again tomorrow! 2pm. Wear white or blue (bring extra shirts if you'd like). Join us for a *really* fun time!! See you there! :) Remember, rain is coming, so come enjoy the sunshine with us!! :)

Young Persons FREE Concert this Saturday!

I know that MANY of us already attend this FABULOUS event! It's THIS SATURDAY!! 3pm at the Hershey Theater!! Concert AND "Petting Zoo!" Don't miss it! Here are more details from the Hershey Symphony site:

The Hershey Symphony currently sponsors two annual programs for youth music education. The annual Young Person’s Concert introduces children (and their families) to the world of instruments and orchestral music. The program comprises a musical program designed for young listeners, a "petting zoo" of instruments, and one-on-one interaction between the children and orchestra members. The performance focuses on an introduction to musical concepts including rhythm, dynamics, and conducting. A major part of the concert is distribution of an activity sheet for take-home learning. This concert is provided at no cost to all that attend and is held at the Hershey Theatre. Declining school budgets have negatively impacted arts education and have created unequal access to sequential musical instruction. This program, unique to the Central Pennsylvania area, provides an opportunity for impressionable young listeners to interact with musicians and to learn first hand the value of music in a child-centered concert.

Isn't that GREAT?! Don't miss it!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Magic Tree House - THE MUSICAL!!

I think this is AMAZING! We're so excited! And you just KNOW it'll be in PA, since the author is from here as our her characters!! How exciting!! Their national tour will commence in fall of 2008! Let's share any information we hear about this!!

More information here:
http://mthmusical.com/press.htm
http://www.bsoinc.com/family/artist.php?artist=mth

Parents' Night Out

Seems we're totally into impromptu. :P I love it.

This Thursday Night at MJ's Coffeehouse at 8pm--come relax, talk, rejuvenate.

CAPTURE THE FLAG!

Several of us got together at Cleona Playground today and played an impromptu game of "Capture the Flag" -- what fun! So much fun, in fact, that we're doing it again tomorrow! 2pm. Wear white or blue (bring extra shirts if you'd like). Join us for a really fun time!! See you there! :)

Law Exploring Post

Here is a copy of an email I've received and promised to pass on to you:

I am the Executive Director for the Lebanon County Bar Association. We are currently searching for interested teens and young adults who may be interested in learning about a possible career in the field of law. Attached you will find the press release, which recently appeared in the Lebanon Daily newspaper, explaining the program. Additional information is available to you should you have an interest. Please give me a call at your earliest convenience, as we will begin the program in November.

Thank you for your consideration.

Dena

Dena A. Woelfling

Executive Director

Lebanon County Bar Association

242 South 8th Street

Lebanon, PA 17042

717-273-3113

Fax- 273-3211

lebcobar@lmf.net


Press release:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2007


The Lebanon County Bar Association is partnering with a national non-profit career exploration program called Exploring for students ages 14-20. (Students must have completed the 8th grade to join and can stay in the program up until their 21st birthday.) The purpose of this partnership is to expose local students to careers in Law to see if this is something they want to pursue as a career after graduation. The idea is for students to engage in hands on learning activities to discover what lawyers do every day. Other related careers will be covered as well, such as judge, paralegal, etc. Cost to students to join is $8.00 for the year, which includes liability insurance and supplemental accident insurance. Leaders are lawyers from Lebanon County who have been trained and have gone through background checks. This group is targeting students in Lebanon County, but students in this age range may join regardless of where they live and what school they attend.

Exploring has been shown to increase young people's self esteem and self-confidence. It helps students develop their character, leadership, and interpersonal skills. Students in this program have fun and make new friends, while learning valuable skills for their future.

Exploring is a national non-profit career exploration program, which is open to both young men and women. For general information about the Exploring Program contact Dena Woelfling, Executive Director, Lebanon County Bar Association at (717) 273-3113 or the national website at www.learning-for-life.org and click on Exploring.

Children's Youth Opera


Passing along some information . . .

The Central Pennsylvania Youth Opera and the Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg will partner to present the children's opera "The Operatunists" in a special school groups performance on Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
Attached is a letter detailing information on our school groups performance.
If your homeschooling co-op or group would like to book tickets, please fill out the form and return no later than November 22nd, 2007-last year, our critically acclaimed production of the children's Holocaust opera "Brundibar" was sold out by December
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: info@cpyo.com
Or, visit our website: www.cpyo.com
Kindest regards,
Addie Appelbaum
Executive Director
Central Pennsylvania Youth Opera

September 25, 2007

As part of its upcoming 2007/08 season, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Opera will join forces with the Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg to present the witty children’s opera “The Operatunists” at a special student groups performance on Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 1:00 p.m at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Mainstage performances are on Saturday, April 19th and Sunday, April 20th at 1:00 p.m.

“The Operatunists” is a backstage spoof of opera, with the familiar melodies of great composers Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Gounod, Bizet and Rossini set to special child friendly lyrics by the popular composing team of Michael and Jill Gallina. Featuring the 3 Sopranos, the Three Tenors, a large cast of comical opera characters, and guest appearances by the composers themselves, this is a grand introduction for children of all ages to the world of opera. Over 50 young talented singers and actors will appear in the production, which will also include sound and light special effects. The opera is 45 minutes in length, and special programs are provided to each student. Upon request, a synopsis of the opera and short biographies of the composers will be provided to better enjoy the production.

Last year, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Opera’s critically acclaimed production of the children’s Holocaust opera “Brundibar” was sold out by early December. If your school or homeschoolers association is interested in attending the student groups performance of “The Operatunists” on April 18th, would you kindly fill out and return the form below to us by November 22nd, 2007. The cost per ticket is $4 for both students and teachers/chaperones-payment is not due until March 1st, 2008.

The Central Pennsylvania Youth Opera is the only children’s opera company in the state of Pennsylvania to train young people ages 8-17 to perform quality children’s opera in mainstage productions and educational outreach programs to the community. For more information on our season, plus free educational outreach programs to schools, please visit our website: www.cpyo.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 717-533-8817; email: info@cpyo.com

Sincerely,

Addie Appelbaum

Executive Director

Central Pennsylvania Youth Opera

Yes, our school/homeschoolers association would like to attend the student groups performance of “The Operatunists” on Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

School Name_______________________________________________________

Address___________________________________________________________

School contact______________________Phone____________Email__________

Number of students attending________Number of chaperones attending_________

Amount due($4 per ticket)________

Please return this form by 11/22/07 to: Central Pennsylvania Youth Opera-P.O. Box 426-Hershey, Pa. 17033. Full payment is due by March 1, 2008.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Articles for Home Educators

A reminder that we have a PLETHORA of wonderful articles and resources on the right hand side of our website/blog. I've added a couple more recently that are really interesting!! Enjoy!

Fall Festival!


We've decided to have a Fall Festival in lieu of a hayride this
fall---so come join us!

Saturday, October 27, from 10am-12 noon.
We'll have fun fall games/activities outside & then a lunch potluck together. Mary has offered her home & yard for the activity!

We'd love for anyone who's willing to help with an activity to chime
in--and we're keeping this strictly a 'fall' theme (i.e., *not*
Halloween). Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

leaf rubbing station
apple bobbing
face painting
frosting/sprinkling 'leaf' sugar cookies
Cider/Cocoa tasting

Some other ideas:
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/september/fall.html

See you there!

Flexibility of Homeschooling

This is a recent article from a wonderful email newsletter we get (Homeschooler's Notebook). I've referenced it so that you can find out more about the author and the newsletter in which she guest authored. That picture is one I've found Googling "Flexibility" -- I think it should be captioned "Superhuman."


The Flexibility of Homeschooling
by Barbara Frank

---

I've always appreciated the flexibility of homeschooling, and never
more than during this past summer. At the end of July, after nearly
10 months on the market, we received an offer on our house, with the
buyer requesting possession less than four weeks later.

Of course, we accepted the offer, thrilled at the chance to finally
get on with our lives. But we had no idea just how crazy it would
be to try to move 19 years of stuff accumulated by our family of six,
not to mention two businesses, in such a short period of time. As a
result, we are now the renters of a house with a garage full of boxes,
plus two storage garages in similar condition. I'm having a hard time
finding just about anything.

But we're managing, and I can't help but think how much harder this
whole process would be if our kids were in school. They would have
had to start school just a week after we moved here. They'd need
school supplies, clothes and all the other 'necessities' of modern
school attendance, whatever they are these days (after 20 years of
homeschooling, I don't even know!) I would have had to find time to
register them at their new schools and attend whatever parent meetings
they require.

Instead, all I've had to do is find the two specially marked boxes
filled with their school books and start school. No, we don't have
all of our reference books on the shelves yet, nor have I been able
to find my lesson plan book. But we're just sitting at the kitchen
table, working a day at a time, and things are going fine. In fact,
adding 'school' to our daily routine has made our new house seem very
much like home.

While it's been a big help during our rushed out-of-state move, the
flexibility of homeschooling is also noticeable in the little things
that happen on any given day. Last night, noisy storms swept through
our area. Our 14-year-old, who has Down syndrome, has always been
terrified of storms. At the old house, he'd cry out for my husband
and me and, being in the next room, one of us would hear him and com-
fort him. Now he's in a room upstairs next to his sister's, while
we're downstairs, so we didn't hear his cries last night. But his
sister did, and she comforted him and calmed him down. However, he
was not able to go back to sleep, so he played and drew pictures
quietly in his room until breakfast time.

Soon after breakfast, he fell asleep on the living room sofa. Now,
if he were in school, I'd have had to wake him up and put him, drowsy
and probably cranky, on the bus. Instead, I just left him to sleep,
and spent the morning working with his sister. He awoke shortly
before lunch, rested though still groggy. By the time lunch was over,
he was in much better spirits, and we were able to have a productive
afternoon together working on his lessons.

That's just one small example of the flexibility of homeschooling.
Many homeschooling families have experienced it by being able to take
vacations in the fall, when tourist areas are less crowded because
most families are back in their schools and offices. It can be seen
in the relief of a mom who can stay home with her new baby instead of
dragging the poor little thing around while she takes her kids back
and forth to school and its related activities. It's very appreciated
by the dad who is able to take a child with him on a business trip,
and the grandparents who can bring their grandchildren home with them
for a two-week visit any time of year they wish.

That flexibility must be a big secret to outsiders, though, because
people always seem to think we homeschool moms have such demanding
lives. Shows what they know!

---

Copyright 2007 Barbara Frank/Cardamom Publishers

Barbara Frank is the mother of four homeschooled-from-birth children
ages 14-23, a freelance writer/editor, and the author of 'Life Prep
for Homeschooled Teenagers', 'The Imperfect Homeschooler's Guide to
Homeschooling', and 'Homeschooling Your Teenagers'. To visit her
website, 'The Imperfect Homeschooler', go to:
http://www.cardamompublishers.com

---

Do you have a special experience to share about the flexibility of
homeschooling? Please write and we can share it with our readers!

Send your emails to: heather@familyclassroom.net

*Put "homeschooling flexibility" in the subject line please.

Classes for Younger Children

Remember, INCH is for ALL AGES! We also offer younger kids' classes during our Chemistry and Art/Music History classes. These classes are held in the Storytime Room. Please see our schedule for details! :) (Artwork courtesy of Laguna Ki-Aikido Dojo which can be found at: http://www.lagunaki.org)

Schedule changes for the next few weeks

Please note the changes on our calendar for the next few weeks. Almost all of our classes are held at the (very generous) Lebanon Library from now on. Please note date changes for Oct./Nov. as well. Thanks, all, for your flexibility!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Schedule of Field Trips for 2007-2008

Thanks again to Christy for organizing our field trips!! Aren't co-ops wonderful?! :) Please remember that this is subject to change:

September

9:00 State Capital

10:00 State Museum

Planetarium Show 10:30-11:30

Walk past Penn Dot

Lunch along Front Street (Information about River)

October

10:00-11:30 Water Treatment Plant

Lunch Coleman’s Park

1:00-1:45 Lebanon Refuse Authority

November

10:00 Cornwall Furnace $3.50 adults $2.00 Children

Lunch

1:00-1:45 Humane Society

December-14th

10:00 Giant Foods- Concentration on inventory selection How? Who? Why?

11:30-12:30 Lunch @ Library

12:30-1:30 Library-Extended services; inventory purchasing, selection and circulation.

January-11th

9:00-10:00* Lebanon Post Office-

10:30-11:30* Lebanon Daily News

12:00* Lunch at Library

1:00 History of Railroads in Lebanon County-Lebanon Library (I found a speaker.)

February-8th

WITF

March-14th

10:00-Blind Association (Lancaster)

1:00 PA railroad museum 687-8628

Lunch 4.00 per child 1 adult free for every 5 children 7.00 for adults

April-11th

9:30 Daniel Boone Homestead $2.00 child, $3.50 adult-Every 5th adult free

Lunch

1:00 Crystal Cave $5.00 child, $6.50 adult

May - 22-23 (Subject to change--we're in the midst of working on this)

Washington D.C.

White House/Capitol Tour

Monuments

June - 27th

10:00 Middle Creek-stream study


And thanks to Mary for passing along this information:

Don't forget that for the Cornwall Furnace , the PA railroad museum, and the
Daniel Boone homestead, you can use a PA heritage Pass and get in free. The
family yearly rate last year was $55. I don't know if it went up or not. I
think the website is www.paheritage.org. You also get a GREAT magazine for
the membership fee. It's a great idea and there are numerous other PA
heritage sights close by (Eckley Miner's Village, Conrad Weiser Homestead,
Landis Valley Farm Museum, and you can get into the Hershey Museum with this
Pass).

Thursday, October 11, 2007

October Field Trip

Here is Christy's information for us for our October Field Trip!

October 12th

We will be touring Lebanon’s water treatment plant and refuse authority. You will need to dress appropriately for the weather. You must wear close toed shoes.

Because they are both outside, we will need to reschedule if there is rain. You may want to warn your children of the smell at both places.

10:00-11:30 Water Treatment Plant

Directions from Annville:

Take 422 toward Lebanon. Turn Right on the road after Dairy Queen (Chestnut St.)

Then turn Right onto Ridgeview Rd.

Follow until you see signs for City of Lebanon Authority.


Carrie:

Take Oak St. to 22nd. Turn Left onto 22nd

Left onto Chestnut.

Left onto Ridgeview Rd.

Follow until you see signs for City of Lebanon Authority.


Resources-

For older children, the first part of the county’s water quality report has some good information.

http://dsf.pacounties.org/lebanoncity/lib/lebanoncity/2006_water_quality.pdf

For younger children, I have always liked this book from the Annville Library.

Do skyscrapers touch the sky? : First questions and answers about the city.

It has some simple descriptions of a city’s infrastructure.

I also included a second attachment to this email. It is of the history and flow of treated water through Lebanon County.

11:45-12:30 Lunch Coleman’s Park

Park-Pack a lunch. There are pavilions, but they are not very close to the playground. You may want to bring a blanket.

1:00-1:45 Lebanon Refuse Authority

Directions:

From Coleman’s Park-

72 North past Heisy’s Diner.

Take first left after Heisy’s

Follow Signs.

Resources-

Their web site has enough information to adequately prepare the children.

http://www.goglra.org/

Good information for older children.

http://www.goglra.org/more_info.htm#sanitary_landfill_liners

You may also want to talk about unacceptable items, and go over this list:

http://www.goglra.org/unacceptable.htm

There are a wealth of books on waste and recycling in the library. Logan and I are using a series called, “Sustainable World”. One book in the series, “Waste”, discusses global waste management and how it effects the future of our environment. I have it out of the Lebanon library right now. Let me know if you want to read it.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Reminder -- RSVP by Friday!

Remember to RSVP by this Friday for The Nutcracker. We have several who have RSVPed already! Thanks!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Fun Friday!

What a lovely morning! We've had a nice tour at the Lebanon Valley Council on The Arts and learned more about what they offer (LOTS of cool classes and they're so open to ideas and on the lookout for so many NEAT things!) and a fun time at the library playing lots and lots of board games! Whoever says homeschooled kids don't get any socialization is SORELY misinformed:












Thursday, September 27, 2007

Lebanon Valley Council on The Arts

My apologies for not giving more notice on this (and I know we have several people out of town this weekend, but I also know that several families are attending tomorrow). Everyone is invited to join us for our art history class tomorrow (Friday, September 28th). Instead of a formal lesson, we're meeting across the street from the library at 10am -- the LVCA is hosting us and letting us know a bit more about their organization and classes and giving us a brief tour as well. Here is their website:
http://www.lebanonartscouncil.org/

After that, we can either play at a playground (if it's not sopping wet) or we can meet in our reserved room at the Library and play board games and visit with one another. Either way, let's enjoy one another!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Headcount for Chemistry Class

It seems our INCH group is growing and that's very exciting!! As we're getting going with our classes and field trips, we're interested in getting an idea of who is attending Chemistry Class at Carrie's house (email for directions).

We meet weekly for INCH and twice a month our meetings are for chemistry class--see our calendar for class times. As part of our Chemistry class, we're also holding fun theme-type classes with younger kids (for INCH members and siblings of those taking the Chemistry Class) led by Jen. We're looking for a count of how many are coming--please respond to this post (in the comments) to let us know who's coming as that helps us know re: supplies, materials, etc. for both classes (chemistry and class for younger kids). Thanks!

Rounds Singing Parties

Come sing with us! No fee, no experience necessary, no audition or solos, just a desire to sing with a group of people who enjoy singing!

We sing rounds such as the timeless Row Row Row Your Boat as well as funny, sweet, and challenging rounds by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Purcell, and Haydn. Format is go-around so you are welcome to bring a round to teach, pick one out of the book, or pass on your turn. All ages welcome to sing and participate, and a sitter will be available for those young people who just want to play while their adults sing. We meet in Annville and sing for about two hours, with a snack break in the middle.

The next 2 Rounds Singing Parties are:

Friday October 12 at 7 pm
Saturday November 10 at 1 pm

Call Peggy for directions 867-4052

Pictures and Portfolios

Just a note that INCH members are welcome to copy pictures posted on our website from our outings and classes, etc. for portfolios if you so wish! Those who have pictures that they'd like to post, feel free to let me know as well!

Friday, September 21, 2007

A reminder

For those interested in keeping up with INCH, our activities, our classes, etc. You are always welcome to check our website. You can also subscribe by email and ANY time our website is updated, you will receive updates by email. We tend to update our site a handful of times every month. It's a great way to keep abreast of things!

Our Picnic Today!!

Wow! Wow wow wow! I am SO happy with our turnout! It has FAR exceeded our expectations and it was SUCH a wonderful picnic with so many great people!! We're so happy that so many have come and had such a good time with us all! We're thrilled! What a great exchange of information and friendship and fun!!

Here are some interesting stats and fun pictures:

13 Families/45 people (Keep in mind our usual is 6 Families/~20 people)

More than half the people there are NEW to INCH!

A good mix of teens, toddlers, babies, adults, etc.

Some considering homeschooling
Some about to start homeschooling
Some who have homeschooled for years
Some who have been homeschooled themselves
Some looking to find out more about INCH
Some looking to share information
Some looking to participate with us
Some looking for classes to join
Some looking for friends
SO MANY STORIES -- so much fun to get to know everyone!!

Everyone seemed to be connected to someone somehow. Six degrees of separation (or less!!) . . .

Everyone seemed to fit in so well--I guess that's partly because we're very open to all and that simple philosophical approach seems to invite, ironically enough, like-mindedness (in a very "open" kind of way). ;) If that makes sense. :P

Thank you, ALL, for such a lovely day at the park!! We've got to do these regularly!!
















Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Nutcracker!

The professional, adult ballerinas of the Donestk Ballet Company of the Republic of Ukraine will once again perform "The Nutcracker" in Lancaster Mennonite High School's Fine Arts Center, joined by the local Ballet Theater of Lancaster's company members (several homeschoolers are a part of this local ballet company). This performance of the famous ballet Christmas story, "The Nutcracker," will be held on Friday, November 30, 2007, at 9:45 a.m. for school groups.

The price of tickets is $8 a person (students & adults with them) for homeschool groups. This is a tremendous discount from the evening performance ticket prices for this production. The Ballet Theater of Lancaster is a non-profit organization that promotes the Arts in Central PA and is facilitating this full performance of "The Nutcracker" for school children.

Homeschoolers do not have to come in groups, but may attend as families or individuals. However, we are coordinating a group trip for this performance if you're interested--all area homeschoolers are welcome to join, INCH members or not. Many families have made seeing "The Nutcracker" an annual Christmas tradition--it's worth it!

Please R.S.V.P. to me (Stacy) by Oct. 5th if you're interested (the sooner we reserve, the better the seats!). Thank you!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Homeschooling Picnic THIS FRIDAY!!

Please feel free to pass this along to all your homeschooling mailing lists and friends! Thanks!

This is a reminder that we're having an INCH picnic this Friday, September 21st at 11am . We are meeting at Union Canal Park (the south entrance by the canal on 25th and Union Canal Drive--located at 25th & Union Canal Drive, Lebanon. 25th Street is behind the movies at the Lebanon Valley Mall off Route 422 OR Tunnel Hill Road off Route 72 north).

Please come and bring your family and friends. Pack a lunch and join us for friendship and fun. We have heard back from many in the community who are attending the picnic for various reasons--to find out more about INCH, meet area homeschoolers, and share information. ALL ARE WELCOME!! All ages. All religions. All curricula. All locations. All kinds of homeschoolers! This is a great opportunity for everyone to share information about our respective homeschool groups and co-ops with one another. Please share with us whatever you know about your own groups and co-ops as we share with you what we do as part of INCH! Consider our picnic an informational swap! :)

More information here:
http://inchoflebanoncounty.blogspot.com/2007/09/inch-picnic.html

See you Friday! :)

Pictures from our Field Trip to Harrisburg

What a fun time of year when kids get back to school and the world is our playground! We get museums and planetariums and historical sites all to ourselves. We have a great homeschool group--SUCH an impressive group of families! The kids have a blast together and we learn tons at our own pace--we love it!

This past week, we've enjoyed a lovely field trip to our GORGEOUS state capitol. It's one of the top 3 most visited capitols in the country. It is really magnificent--the pictures don't do it justice. And the kids ask such great questions!

We've enjoyed a great tour of the capitol (complete with pictures by our Senator's and Representative's photographers for souvenirs for us!), a scavenger hunt in the PA State Musuem (SO much fun!), a show at the planetarium (with another group of homeschoolers!), and a picnic lunch by the Susquehanna River. Very nice morning!!