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


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:

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.


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 A. Woelfling

Executive Director

Lebanon County Bar Association

242 South 8th Street

Lebanon, PA 17042


Fax- 273-3211

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 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:
Or, visit our website:
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:

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


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_______________________________________________________


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:

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:


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:

*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:

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:


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)


10:00-11:30 Water Treatment Plant

Lunch Coleman’s Park

1:00-1:45 Lebanon Refuse Authority


10:00 Cornwall Furnace $3.50 adults $2.00 Children


1:00-1:45 Humane Society


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.


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.)




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


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


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


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 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

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.


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.


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

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


From Coleman’s Park-

72 North past Heisy’s Diner.

Take first left after Heisy’s

Follow Signs.


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

Good information for older children.

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

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!