Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Middle Creek Studies

The program for this week is water fowl. Bring a donation of a dollar or two is possible.

We are very fortunate to have these classes offered to us at no cost.

Please remember the rules: No running inside the building. Maintain inside voices. All children, regardless of age, are welcome to participate if they are willing to participate. Children who are not interested in participating should play quietly, away from the attending group.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Friday's Field Trip - Valley Forge and Washington's Crossing

From Christy: Here are the particulars for the field trip this Friday. I would like a headcount by tomorrow at 3:00. Pack a lunch, and we will eat on the grounds of Valley Forge. I have a GPS,so anyone is perfectly welcome to follow me. Let me know.

November 14th

Philadelphia

Washington Crossing Historic Park-10:30-11:30 http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/index.htm

Washington Crossing Historic Park • 1112 River Rd. Washington Crossing, PA 18977 Phone: 215-493-4076

Admission without Heritage Pass: $4.00 adult $2.00 children No Charge with pass.

Here is something to discuss on your way to the tour: General George Washington and men of the Continental Army and militia crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 and marched to Trenton, New Jersey.....you all know the story.

Valley Forge 1:00 http://www.ushistory.org/ValleyForge/

1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406 Phone: (610) 783-1077

Normally there is a $3.00 charge to tour Washington's Quarters, but it is closed for construction. There is no other charge for this trip.

We will all start at the visitors center. We should see a film that lasts about 20 minutes. The rest of the tour is self-guided and best seen by car. There are a few stops along the tour route that we should get out of the car to see: Stop 2 has several huts where the soldiers lived and Stop 9, Varnum's Quarters, is staffed with a park ranger to answer questions. Stop 9 is closed to the public after 4pm.

Here is something to discuss on your way to the tour:

Though no battle was fought here from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778, a struggle against the elements and low morale was overcome on this sacred ground.

Directions: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Lebanon&1s=PA&1y=US&1l=40.340801&1g=-76.411697&1v=CITY&2c=Washington+Crossing&2s=PA#a/mapsprint/l:::Lebanon:PA::US:40.340801:-76.411697:city:/l:::Washington+Crossing:PA::US:40.293301:-74.870796:city:Bucks+County/l:::Valley+Forge:PA::US:40.096901:-75.470001:city:Chester+County/m:::::0:0:/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e

Saturday, November 01, 2008


We are SO PROUD of our INCH kids!


Everyone did SUCH a wonderful job at the service project this past Friday. Everyone dressed up, was so well-behaved, presented beautifully, smiled big, and really did such a great job cheering the residents. We had several wonderful musical numbers, a very good gymnastics performance, fun poetry readings, a historical recitation of the Preamble, and the kids even got to hand out some adorable crafts (made by some of our very own INCHers) for the residents. Great, great job, everyone. As Christy said, the ONLY complaint was that there wasn't more!! Thank you, INCHers! :) And thanks to all who helped coordinate the event and for all the parents helping out with this! It was, in a word, FABULOUS!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Field Trip - Ashland-Pioneer Tunnel, Power Plant, Miner's Village

From Christy:

Please read and respond.

October- Friday October 3rd-Energy

Ashland-Pioneer Tunnel-9:30-11:00 http://www.pioneertunnel.com/home.shtml

19 th & Oak Sts. Ashland, Pennsylvania, 17921 Phone: 570-875-3850 or 570-875-3301

We are booked for both tours. This is the group rate per person. We will be trouing inside the tunnel mine and taking a train tour of a strip mine on the face of the mountain. This is apparently an award winning tour!

Pre-K through 6th Grade 7th Grade through High School and College
Total for Both Tours.......$ 8.00 Total for Both Tours......$ 10.00

One teacher or chaperone may come free
for each 20 students. Extra adults are $ 10.00 .
2 and under is free

Power Plant 12:30-1:30 (No Charge) (Ultra Constellation Operating Services)

4 Dennison Rd, Nesquehoning, Phone: 570-645-8721

There are some very serious, non-negotiable regulations for this tour.

Children under age 5 are not permitted on this tour. There is a large conference room where you can stay with smaller children. The staff said if the child is age 5 they can go on the tour, but they need to be accompanied by a parent. They also warned that you may need to carry a 5-year-old because it is an "open grid stairway". Everyone attending must wear long pants, and closed, flat-soled shoes. They will not be allowed to tour otherwise. I will have waivers to be signed by every member of the touring group.

*Eckley’s Miners Village-2:00-3:00 (Heritage Pass) (No pass-3.00 per child and 3.50 per adult) http://www.eckleyminers.org/contact.html
Eckley Miners' Village, 2 Eckley Main Street, Weatherly, PA 18255 Phone: (570) 636-2070

I was given a study guide for this tour. I looks like it is best used after the tour. You will each get a copy.

Follow the typed directions below to Ashland, the first location. Then we will use the mapquest directions for the rest of the trip.

Directions:From I-81 North: I-81 North to Exit 116; Rt. 901 West to Rt. 54 East to Ashland turn right onto 20th St. and go all the way to the end. (about 45 minutes)

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Annville&1s=PA&1z=17003&1y=US&1l=40.3775&1g=-76.5539&1v=ZIP&2c=Nesquahoning&2s=PA&2a=4+Dennison+Rd#a/maps/l:::Ashland:PA:17921:US:40.7693:-76.3493:zip:Schuylkill+County/l::4+Dennison+Rd:Nesquehoning:PA:18240-2242:US:40.856768:-75.876894:address:Carbon+County/l:::Weatherly:PA:18255-5030:US:40.9687:-75.7807:street:Carbon+County/l:::Annville:PA:17003:US:! 40.3776 :-76.554:zip:Lebanon+County/m::6:40.673211:-76.180724:0::/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e

Home arrival will be about 4:30. Some of you may not be attending the full trip. When you respond, please indicate if you will be attending the whole trip or if you will be attending destination 1, and/or 2, and/or 3

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Landis Valley Colonial Days Field Trip

From Christy:
As you all know, we will be going to Landis Valley Museum tomorrow. We were told that we don't need to schedule a specific time of arrival, but I called today to check when other groups may be coming. They said we may want to aim for 11:00 am to avoid some of the morning school groups. You can really go whenever you want, but if several of our families are going to show up at the same time 11:00 am would be the best time. Send me some feedback.

2451 Kissel Hill Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601-4809
717-569-0401
For those of you who will be coming from yonder, basically just get yourself to 72 South and follow the above directions the rest of the way.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Brandywine Battlefield Field Trip Tomorrow

From Christy:

I was contacted by some people interested in going on the field trip to Brandywine Battlefield and The Wyeth Museum, so I will be going tomorrow. If you would like to go, please email me sometime today. If you are not interested in going tomorrow, you can easily reschedule a group meeting time that is more convenient for you. Actually, for this tour, there is really no particular benefit to going as a group for that matter. The only benefit would be if you were planning to schedule a class, and if you attend a class, you can not use your Heritage Pass for the cost of the class. You can not use your pass on special event days either.

See the Field Trip link to the right for more details.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Parents' Night Out Tonight

A reminder that this Thursday is Parents' Night Out at 7pm at MJ's Coffeehouse in Annville! Come relax, visit, and share.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Middle Creek Studies

Here are directions and information from Christy about this Friday's class:

Our field trip will be on Friday September the 19th at 10:00 am. We will be learning about mammals at the Middle Creek Wildlife Preserve in Kleinfeltersville.

Let me know if you are coming, and how many school aged children will be participating. There is no charge for this class, but I would like to take up a collection. If everyone would please consider contributing a dollar or two per family, per class that would be appreciated. I won't pass around a hat or anything. Just find me and give me your contribution, and I will write a check for the amount I receive at the end of each class.

Some families had questions about the age range for this class. The class itself is for kindergarten on up. There is a play area for smaller children just outside the classroom. This is a family friendly environment.

The directions are a little complicated if you are not familiar with the Schaefferstown area. (From Lebanon) Take Walnut Street East to 5th Ave (897). Turn right and drive about 15 minutes into Schaefferstown. This will be a stop sign intersecting 897 and 419. You have to turn left or right. Turn left and follow through Schaefferstown to Kleinfeltersville. (419 turns back into 897) Follow signs to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and then to the visitor's center. We will be meeting at the visitor's center at 9:50.

You can also call 733-1512 to get directions from other areas. I did not find specific directions on Map Quest. The address is 100 Museum Rd in Kleinfeltersville.

*Those of you coming from 81. Take the Lebanon exit, follow 72 South into Lebanon. 72 turns into 10th St. At the corner of 10th & Walnut you will see Tabor United Church of Christ on you left. Turn left onto Walnut St.-- Follow the above directions (From Lebanon). Email if you would like to meet me at the church and follow me the rest of the way.

How to prepare: Nothing is specifically needed for this Friday, but you may want to start some continued discussion for the entire year of classes at Middle Creek. You could look at the photos on the State Game site. http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/browse.asp?a=458&bc=0&
c=69867&pgcNav=| You could also have your children start a scrapbook of wildlife pictures and captions. Maybe some of the pictures they could copy and paste from web sites, and some they could photograph themselves. For smaller children you may want to start a discussion about habitats and ecosystems. For older children you may want to discuss biomes. For older children I also love this site http://www.mbgnet.net/.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Knitting Group

Knitting Group meets Monday from 1-3 at Lisa's house. Here is the information from Cristen:

We'll learn how to finger knit, casting on, the knit stitch, and casting off. If there's still time left we'll try the purl stitch too. I will bring wooden knitting needles for the kids to keep, and I will bring yarn for the kids to keep as well. Much of the yarn is synthetic (acrylic), so if anyone wants to buy their own cotton or wool yarn to bring that's fine. You can find it at Michael's, Wal-Mart, or any yarn shop or craft shop (like Martin's Craft Barn). Adults who want to knit need to bring their own needles and yarn.

Note from Stacy: If you are planning to come to this activity, we must know beforehand so we can make sure that there is room, make sure you know the safety guidelines for the farm so you can discuss them with your children, and make sure that we have enough supplies, so please email Cristen or the INCH email (if you're new) to let us know. Thank you!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Group Games This Friday

We're meeting at the Annville Library this Friday for Group Games and INCHworms.

This month for academic games (meeting downstairs), Cristin and Mary have a number of math stations set up with all kinds of fun math activities:

*Some of the games will be board games like Equate, which is sort of like Scrabble except you're making equations. Many activities will be from the book Family Math. Here are some examples:

*Venn Diagram sign in- everyone can sign in on a big Venn Diagram based on whichever statements apply to them.

*Guess and Group- the child reaches into a container (of beans for instance) and pulls out however many she(or he) can hold. Before looking at her hand, she guesses how many she has. Then she actually counts how many are there and fills in a chart.

*Tangrams- I'll have photocopies of tangram puzzle pieces for the children to cut out. Then, there are many options for them to choose from. They can try to use their pieces to make a bird puzzle, or use their pieces to make different shapes (can you make a square using 2 tangram pieces? How about a rhombus?).

*Value of Words- Each letter is given a corresponding price (A=$1, B=$2, C=$3, etc.), then the children can figure out problems like, how much is your first name worth? Can you find a word worth exactly $50?

And more!

This month for cooperative games (meeting outside), Peggy and Terrie have a whole bunch of fun stuff to play including:

*Knots on a Rope

*Can you Guess Who I Am?

*Spices in the Pantry

*Zoom

*Car-Car

And more!

Jenn and her crew will have all kinds of fun things ready for INCHworm fun! See you Friday!

Monday, August 25, 2008

INCH Annual Picnic 2008

INCH PICNIC
Friday, September 12, 2008

11am
South Hills Park


This year we are having an Olympic Theme to help celebrate the spirit of the games! Everyone is asked to bring an international dish to share (please also bring a half sheet of paper describing what's in the dish as well as a bit of cultural triva about it as learning enrichment for all of us). We will eat at 11am and then have a variety of athletic games from which to choose so you may want to wear sportswear. We will also be taking a group INCH picture at 1pm (Karen will oversee this).

We really want this event to promote an exchange of ideas and resources. If you're interested, please feel free to bring your own folding table to display information about your group's meetings and activities or to show or sell or exchange educational books and materials.

Our picnic is for all INCH members, prospective members, and all homeschoolers! Bring yourselves, your families, and your lunches and join us as we eat and play together. This is a wonderful networking opportunity where we can all share some great homeschooling resources with one another. Come get to know us and have fun with us! We welcome you!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

2008-2009 Schedule of Classes

INCH meets on Fridays for classes and field trips (unless otherwise noted). Here is our general schedule (always consult the 2008-2009 Calendar View at right for specifics--the calendar is the most updated INCH schedule): 1st Fridays are Group Games and INCHworms. 2nd Fridays are Field Trips. 3rd Fridays are Middle Creek Studies. 4th Fridays are Physics and INCHworms. 5th Fridays are Service Projects. We also have various extra curricular activities and groups. And we also have occassional Parents' Nights Out.

If you're interested in joining INCH, please email and let us know! All are welcome!

Please note any changes in red!

September


Sept. 5 (Fri) - Group Games* at Annville Library 10am

Sept. 7 (Sun) - Religious Studies Group

Sept. 12 (Fri) - Annual INCH Picnic (prospective members welcome!) at South Hills Park 11am

Sept. 15 (Mon) - Knitting Club at Lisa's Farm 1-3pm

Sept. 18 (Thurs) - Parents' Night Out at MJ's Coffeehouse 8pm

Sept. 19 (Fri) - Middle Creek Studies

Sept. 23 (Tues) - Field Trip (Click for More Information)

Sept. 25 (Thurs) - Field Trip (Part 2) (Click for More Information)

Sept. 26 (Fri) - Physics* at Annville Library 10am


October


Oct. 3 (Fri) - Field Trip (Click for More Information)

Oct. 5 (Sun) - Religious Studies Group

Oct. 10 (Fri) - Group Games* at Annville Library 10am

Oct. 14 (Tues) - Newbery Award Book Club at Christy's House 6:30-8pm

Oct. 16 (Thurs) - Parents' Night Out at MJ's Coffeehouse 8pm

Oct. 17 (Fri) - Middle Creek Studies

Oct. 20 (Mon) - Knitting Club 1-3pm

Oct. 24 (Fri) - Physics* at Annville Library 10am

Oct. 31 (Fri) - Service Project


November

Nov. 2 (Sun) - Religious Studies Group

Nov. 3 (Mon) - Sharing Nature Activities Levitz Park
10-12pm

Nov. 7 (Fri) - Group Games* at Annville Library 10am

Nov. 11 (Tues) - Newbery Award Book Club at Christy's House 6:30-8pm

Nov. 14 (Fri) - Field Trip (Click for More Information)

Nov. 17 (Mon) - Knitting Club 1-3pm

Nov. 20 (Thurs) - Parents' Night Out at MJ's Coffeehouse 8pm

Nov. 21 (Fri) - Middle Creek Studies

Nov. 28 (Fri) - NO CLASSES


December


Dec. 5 (Fri) - Group Games* at Annville Library 10am

Dec. 7 (Sun) - Religious Studies Group

Dec. 12 (Fri) - Field Trip (Click for More Information)

Dec. 15 (Mon) - Knitting Club 1-3pm

Dec. 16 (Tues) - Newbery Award Book Club at Christy's House 6:30-8pm

Dec. 18 (Thurs) - Parents' Night Out at MJ's Coffeehouse 8pm

Dec. 19 (Fri) - Middle Creek Studies

Dec. 26 (Fri) - NO CLASSES


January

Jan. 2 (Fri) - NO CLASSES

Jan. 4 (Sun) - Religious Studies Group

TBA - Farm Show

Jan. 13 (Tues) - Newbery Award Book Club at Christy's House 6:30-8pm

Jan. 15 (Thurs) - Parents' Night Out at MJ's Coffeehouse 8pm

Jan. 16 (Fri) - Middle Creek Studies

Jan. 19 (Mon) - Knitting Club 1-3pm

Jan. 23 (Fri) - Physics* at Annville Library 10am

Jan. 30 (Fri) - Service Project


February

Feb. 1 (Sun) - Religious Studies Group

Feb. 2 (Mon) - Sharing Nature Activities Levitz Park 10-12pm

Feb. 6 (Fri) - Group Games* at Annville Library 10am

Feb. 10 (Tues) - Newbery Award Book Club at Christy's House 6:30-8pm

Feb. 13 (Fri) - Field Trip (Click for More Information)

Feb. 16 (Mon) - Knitting Club 1-3pm

Feb. 19 (Thurs) - Parents' Night Out at MJ's Coffeehouse 8pm

Feb. 20 (Fri) - Middle Creek Studies

Feb. 27 (Fri) - Physics* at Annville Library 10am


March

Mar. 1 (Sun) - Religious Studies Group

Mar. 6 (Fri) - Group Games* at Annville Library 10am

Mar. 10 (Tues) - Newbery Award Book Club at Christy's House 6:30-8pm

Mar. 13 (Fri) - Field Trip (Click for More Information)

Mar. 16 (Mon) - Knitting Club 1-3pm

Mar. 19 (Thurs) - Parents' Night Out at MJ's Coffeehouse 8pm

Mar. 20 (Fri) - Middle Creek Studies

Mar. 27 (Fri) - Physics* at Annville Library 10am


April

Apr. 3 (Fri) - Group Games* at Annville Library 10am

Apr. 5 (Sun) - Religious Studies Group

Apr. 10 (Fri) - Field Trip (Click for More Information)

Apr. 14 (Tues) - Newbery Award Book Club at Christy's House 6:30-8pm

Apr. 16 (Thurs) - Parents' Night Out at MJ's Coffeehouse 8pm

Apr. 17 (Fri) - Middle Creek Studies

Apr. 20 (Mon) - Knitting Club 1-3pm

Apr. 24 (Fri) - Physics* at Annville Library 10am


May

May 1 (Fri) - Group Games* at Lebanon Library (note change in location) 10am

May 3 (Sun) - Religious Studies Group

May 4 (Mon) - Sharing Nature Activities Levitz Park 10-12pm

May 8 (Fri) - Field Trip (Click for More Information)

May 12 (Tues) - Newbery Award Book Club at Christy's House 6:30-8pm

May 15 (Fri) - Middle Creek Studies

May 18 (Mon) - Knitting Club 1-3pm

May 21 (Thurs) - Parents' Night Out at MJ's Coffeehouse 8pm

May 22 (Fri) - Physics* at Lebanon Library (note change in location) 10am

May 29 (Fri) - Service Project


June

June 5 (Fri) - Group Games* at Annville Library 10am

June 7 (Sun) - Religious Studies Group

June 9 (Tues) - Newbery Award Book Club at Christy's House 6:30-8pm

June 12 (Fri) - Field Trip (Click for More Information)

June 18 (Thurs) - Parents' Night Out at MJ's Coffeehouse 8pm

June 19 (Fri) - Middle Creek Studies

June 26 (Fri) - Physics* at Annville Library 10am


Chess Group meets on Tuesdays at MJ's at 7:30
Soccer meets on TBA at TBA
Theater Group meets every TBA (looking like Monday or Wednesday) 6-8pm beginning in February (through early June)
Spanish Language Group meets TBA
Scrapbooking Nights TBA


*We also have fun playtime and classes for younger children (INCHworms) during our Group Games and Physics classes.

2008-2009 Schedule of Field Trips

Field Trips 2008/2009


Many thanks to Christy and her kids' field trip planning committee for organzing these for us! More information will be forthcoming via email from Christy before each field trip as necessary.

You can use your Heritage Pass for anything marked with (*).

Join Here: http://www.paheritage.org/index.php/join-us

We will be packing a lunch unless otherwise written.


September-23rd

*Brandywine Battlefield -10:00-12:00 AM http://www.ushistory.org/brandywine/cal.htm

Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site, Box 202, Chadds Ford, PA 19317, Phone: 610-459-3342


September 25th

*Landis Valley Museum-http://www.landisvalleymuseum.org/

Colonial Days! 9-2:30pm and Heritage Passes will be honored.

Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 Phone: 717.569.0401

Directions: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Annville&1s=PA&1z=17003-1520&1y=US&1l=40.332&1g=-76.5062&1v=STREET&2c=Chadds+Ford&2s=PA&2z=19317&2y=US&2l=39.858&2g=-75.596&2v=ZIP&r=s#a/mapsprint/l:::Lebanon:PA::US:40.340801:-76.411697:city:Lebanon+County/l:::Chadds+Ford:PA:19317:US:39.858:-75.596:zip:/l::2451+Kissel+Hill+Rd:Lancaster:PA:17601-4809:US:40.092032:-76.280766:address:/l:::Lebanon:PA::US:40.340801:-76.411697:city:Lebanon+County/m::7:40.09933:-75.992069:0:0:/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e

(If someone has been to this location, let me know what you think of these directions. I would have gone through Lancaster to 30 to Rt 1, but Map Quest says the turnpike is faster.)

We may possibly be visiting the Wyeth Museum as well.



October- Friday October 3rd

Ashland-Pioneer Tunnel-9:30-11:00 http://www.pioneertunnel.com/home.shtml

19 th & Oak Sts. Ashland, Pennsylvania, 17921 Phone: 570-875-3850 or 570-875-3301

Pre-K through 6th Grade 7th Grade through High School and College
Total for Both Tours.......$ 8.00 Total for Both Tours......$ 10.00

One teacher or chaperone may come free
for each 20 students. Extra adults are $ 10.00 .

2 and under is free

Power Plant 12:30-1:30 (Ultra Constellation Operating Services)

4 Dennison Rd, Nesquehoning, PA 18240-2242 Phone: 570-645-8721

*Eckley’s Miners Village-2:00-3:00 http://www.eckleyminers.org/contact.html
Eckley Miners' Village, 2 Eckley Main Street, Weatherly, PA 18255 Phone: (570) 636-2070

Directions http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Annville&1s=PA&1z=17003&1y=US&1l=40.3775&1g=-76.5539&1v=ZIP&2c=Nesquahoning&2s=PA&2a=4+Dennison+Rd#a/maps/l:::Annville:PA:17003:US:40.3775:-76.5539:zip:/l:::Ashland:PA::US:40.7817:-76.3461:city:/l::4+Dennison+Rd:Nesquehoning:PA:18240-2242:US:40.856768:-75.876894:address:Carbon+County/l:::Weatherly:PA::US:40.9417:-75.830002:city:Carbon+County/m:::::0::/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e


November 14th

Philadelphia

*Washington Crossing Historic Park-10:30-11:30 http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/index.htm

Washington Crossing Historic Park • Box 103, Washington Crossing, PA 18977 Phone: 215-493-4076

Valley Forge 1:00 http://www.ushistory.org/ValleyForge/

1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406 Phone: (610) 783-1077

$3.00 for the Washington House

Directions: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Lebanon&1s=PA&1y=US&1l=40.340801&1g=-76.411697&1v=CITY&2c=Washington+Crossing&2s=PA#a/mapsprint/l:::Lebanon:PA::US:40.340801:-76.411697:city:/l:::Washington+Crossing:PA::US:40.293301:-74.870796:city:Bucks+County/l:::Valley+Forge:PA::US:40.096901:-75.470001:city:Chester+County/m:::::0:0:/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e


December 12

QVC-10:00-12:00

http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/app.html/params.file.%7Ccp%7Cst_main,html/left.html.file.%7Cnav%7Cnavhqvisit,html/walk.html.%7Cnav%7Cnavhqwel,html

$4.50 per person Children 6 and under are free

Philadelphia Mint 2:00

151 Independence Mall East on 5th Street between Arch Street and Race Street.

http://www.usmint.gov/mint_tours/index.cfm?action=philadelphia

The United States Mint does not provide parking.

Directions:http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Lebanon&1s=PA&1y=US&1l=40.340801&1g=-76.411697&1v=CITY&2c=West+Chester&2s=PA&2a=1200+Wilson+Dr+#a/mapsprint/l:::Lebanon:PA::US:40.340801:-76.411697:city:/l::1200+Wilson+Dr:West+Chester:PA:19380-4267:US:39.99438:-75.582649:address:Chester+County/l::151+N+Independence+Mall+E:Philadelphia:PA:19106-1819:US:39.953474:-75.14827:address:Philadelphia+County/l:::Lebanon:PA::US:40.340801:-76.411697:city:Lebanon+County/m:::::0::/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e


January

The Farm Show

The Farm Show is located in Harrisburg and lasts all week long. Closer to the month, we will pick a time and place to meet. Maybe we will choose to just visit independently.


February 13

Lebanon Area/Grantville

Gap Museum 10:00-11:00 Charles Oellig 861-2402 http://www.dmva.state.pa.us/ftig/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=442963&ftigNav=|

VA-Medical Center 11:30-12:30 http://www.va.gov/kids/k-5/index.asp

Recycling Center - I will get back to you with specifics.


March 13

Penn State

Earth and Mineral Science Museum 10:00-11:00 http://www.ems.psu.edu/museum/

16 Deike Building University Park, PA 16802-5000 Phone:814-865-6336

Frost Entomological Museum -11:15-12:15 http://www.ento.psu.edu/home/frost/education.html

AccuWeather, Inc. 1:00-2:00 http://www.accuweather.com

The children must be at least 9-years-old to go on this tour. They are firm about this rule. I will be glad to take the older children on this tour. There are many options for the younger children while this tour takes place.

Matson Museum of Anthropology

http://www.anthro.psu.edu/matson_museum/visitor_services.shtml

Palmer Museum of Art http://www.psu.edu/dept/palmermuseum/education.html

Directions: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Lebanon&1s=PA&1y=US&1l=40.340801&1g=-76.411697&1v=CITY&2c=University+Park&2s=PA&2z=16802&2y=US&2l=40.8077&2g=-77.8602&2v=ZIP&r=s#a/maps/l:::Lebanon:PA::US:40.340801:-76.411697:city:/l:::University+Park:PA:16802:US:40.8077:-77.8602:zip:/l:::Lebanon:PA::US:40.340801:-76.411697:city:Lebanon+County/m:::::0::/io:1:::::s:EN:M:/e

These are only directions to University Park. I will have specific directions to each museum and AccuWeather.

I only scheduled the Earth and Mineral Museum and the Entomological Museum. If your children would like to visit the Anthropology and Art museums, let me know and I will schedule a tour.


April 10

TBA


May 8



Gettysburg

Gettysburg Battlefield
http://www.nps.gov/gett/
Phone: 334-1124 X3151

Directions: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Lebanon&1s=PA&1y=US&1l=40.340801&1g=-76.411697&1v=CITY&2c=Gettysburg&2s=PA#a/mapsprint/l:::Lebanon:PA::US:40.340801:-76.411697:city:/l:::Gettysburg:PA::US:39.830799:-77.2314:city:Adams+County/l:::Lebanon:PA::US:40.340801:-76.411697:city:Lebanon+County/m::6:40.08577:-76.821449:0::/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e


June 12

Kutztown

Rodale Institute http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/on_our_farm

Kutztown University Dornish Collection of Children’s Literature

Dornish Collection
The J. Robert and Alice R. Dornish Collection is the donation of Dr. J. Robert Dornish. Professor Emeritus of the

College of Education. It is a collection of autographed children's literature that must be used in the Archives Room. The materials do not leave the library.

It is best to follow the directions on the Rodale web site. The college is very close. *

Group Games Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, we have two different options when we get together for group games on first Fridays (check calendar)--competitive, academic games and non-competitive, cooperative games. Here is our schedule for the games:

September

Academic: Math Games (Cristin)
Cooperative: Knots on a Rope, Can you Guess Who I Am?, Spices in the Pantry, Zoom, and Car-Car (Peggy/Terrie)

October

Academic: Geography Bee/Jingo (Peggy)
Cooperative: (Combined with above group this month)

November

Academic: Spelling Bee (Rebecca)
Cooperative: Various (Peggy/Terrie)

December

Academic: Game Shows (Logan)
Cooperative: Various (Peggy/Terrie)

January - NO MEETING

February

Academic: Spelling Bee (Rebecca)
Cooperative: Various (Peggy/Terrie)

March

Academic: Math Games (Cristin)
Cooperative: Various (Peggy/Terrie)

April

Academic: Spelling Bee (Rebecca)
Cooperative: Various (Peggy/Terrie)

May

Academic: Math Games (Cristin)
Cooperative: Various (Peggy/Terrie)

June

Academic: Board Games
Cooperative: (Combined with above group this month)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Religious Studies Group

This group is for all families who enjoy learning about the different religions of the world. We will study religions and spirituality together and attend various services together as well. We hope to cover Catholicism, Mormonism, Judaism, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, and many more!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Parents' Night Out

A reminder that TODAY is Parents' Night Out at 7pm at MJ's Coffeehouse in Annville! Come relax, visit, and share.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hosts Needed for Exchange Students!

There are still 3 students needing placement! Please see this post for more information.

Here is a message from Sharon:

I am very happy to share with you a NEW HOSTING OPPORTUNITY. I have several students who are arriving in August to attend school in the Lebanon Area for the 2008-09 school year. These students all speak English, have their own insurances and bring their own pocket money for expenses. Host families provide room and board and receive a very generous monthly hosting stipend!! If you have ever considered hosting a student, but were worried about the expense, this stipend relieves that worry.

This is a great way to learn about another culture and share America with a foreign teen. Are you willing to open your hearts and home to one of these students? Please contact me right away if you are interested in learning more about this fantastic opportunity! I need to get families in place for these kids as soon as possible!! Call: 717-272-9565 or email blessingsgaloreptl AT yahoo DOT com!

*****

A bit more info:

For more information, please visit www.nacelopendoor.org. The FAQ link will answer alot of questions . . . Students have their own spending money and buy their own books, school supplies, personal items, etc. Host families provide a loving home, meals and transportation.(Most families live within busing distance to the school!). These students will all be attending school in Lebanon, so the host families must live within a reasonable distance to the city.

There are 3 boys left to place:

Sungwoo
will be in the 9th grade. He likes movie, playing the guitar, computers, sporting events, soccer, baseball. table tennis, horseback riding, He hope to have a job someday in sports marketing, He comes from a family of four and He is a protestant. He says he is a cheerful and sociable person.

Dong Uk
will be in the 11th grade. He enjoys acting, current events, sporting events, soccer, cycling, baseball, basketball, political activities, table tennis, camping, and more!
He is interested in broadcasting and hopes to be an actor someday. He cannot eat seafood. He says of himself " I think my strongest point is to consider others. Getting along with people is another strong point. However I'm kind of timid, so I try to change it."

Ja Hyun will be in the 9th grade. He enjoys fishing, pets, sporting events, playing piano, insect collecting, soccer and Tae kwon do. He is interested in the building industry and s looking forward to sharing his Korean culture with his host family and classmates. He will cook Korean food for host family if they want.

Hope this helps! Somebody may see the perfect new addition to their family! If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Ganz at blessingsgaloreptl AT yahoo DOT com for more information!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

PNO this week


A reminder that this Tuesday is Parents' Night Out at 7pm at MJ's Coffeehouse in Annville! Come relax, visit, and share.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Reminder - Friday Summer Playdates

Well, it's that time of year! Since we don't have a lot of scheduled summer INCH activities (though that may change from time to time--field trips, etc.), let's get started with our summer playdates!

Like this past year, let's meet at Cleona Playground (unless otherwise stated) on Fridays at 10am. Feel free to pack a lunch and stay a while. This isn't anything super organized or involved --whoever shows up shows up, but it's instant weekly playdates this way.

As in years past, when we have enough people for group activities like soccer and "Capture the Flag," game on! :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Field Trip

Here is the info from Christy about this week's field trip:

Our field trip will be on Friday June 27th at 9:30 am. We will be taking a stream study class at the Middle Creek Wildlife Preserve in Kleinfeltersville. We will be getting in the water up to our knees, so make sure the children wear old shorts and shirts. They should also wear water shoes or old sneakers that they can get wet. Bring towels. You may want to bring an extra change of clothing just in case the children get muddy. Adults should plan to get into the water too.

Some families had questions about the age range for this class. The class itself is for kindergarten on up. All children participating in the class should understand that it is a learning experience, and not time to play in the water. Can smaller children go in the water? I asked a family who had taken this class with a different group, and she said there is an area close to the class area where the children can put their feet in. All children absolutely must be well supervised! There is only one staff member from the Game Commission giving this class. As always, if you have your hands full, I would be more than happy to take an older child to this field trip if you think it safest not to take your smaller children. Please just let me know. I can also help a school age child participate in the class if you need to go elsewhere with a small child. Small children can not play near the class.

The directions are a little complicated if you are not familiar with the Schaefferstown area. (From Lebanon) Take Walnut Street East to 5th Ave (897). Turn right and drive about 15 minutes into Schaefferstown. This will be a stop sign intersecting 897 and 419. You have to turn left or right. Turn left and follow through Schaefferstown to Kleinfeltersville. (419 turns back into 897) Follow signs to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and then to the visitor's center. We will be meeting at the visitor's center at 9:30. Email if anyone would like to follow me there.
You can also call 733-1512 to get directions from other areas. I did not find specific directions on Map Quest. The address is 100 Museum Rd in Kleinfeltersville.

How to prepare: Nothing is specifically needed for this Friday, but you may want to start some continued discussion for the entire year of classes at Middle Creek. Logan and I used several books from the library to study aquatic life last year, and I will bring some of them on Friday. Hands-on was still absolutely the best. You may want to have your children start by exploring the photos on the State Game site. http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/browse.asp?a=458&bc=0&c=69867
&pgcNav=| You could also have your children start a scrapbook of wildlife pictures and captions. Maybe some of the pictures they could copy and paste from web sites, and some they could photograph themselves. For smaller children you may want to start a discussion about habitats and ecosystems. For older children you may want to discuss biomes. For older children, I love this site http://www.mbgnet.net/.

Would anyone like to have a picnic lunch at Middle Creek?

Let me know if you are coming, and how many school aged children will be participating.

Please do not email Stacy with questions about the field trips. You should email me (mdeiner AT comcast DOT net).

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Friday Summer Playdates

Well, it's that time of year! Since we don't have a lot of scheduled summer INCH activities (though that may change from time to time--field trips, etc.), let's get started with our summer playdates!

Like this past year, let's meet at Cleona Playground (unless otherwise stated) on Fridays at 10am. Feel free to pack a lunch and stay a while. This isn't anything super organized or involved --whoever shows up shows up, but it's instant weekly playdates this way.

As in years past, when we have enough people for group activities like soccer and "Capture the Flag," game on! :)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Heads Up

FYI, some dates to keep in mind and things to be thinking about:

June - 27th at 10:00 is our Middle Creek-stream study (not our usual 2nd Friday)

We're having an INCH brainstorm session in the next couple of months discussing next year's INCH activities, schedule, field trips, outings, classes, groups, picnics, locations, etc.

So far what we do have set is a monthly Physics class/lab, a monthly field trip, and a monthly Middlecreek class. So, a lot of REALLY neat things! Be sure to keep your eye on the site, emails, and discussions. And all of what we're doing seeks input from kids and parents alike! So get ready! Thanks!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

It's Not on the Test

Extolling the virtues of "No Child Left Behind" . . .

Friday, April 25, 2008

May 2nd - INCH Meeting

Please note that our next INCH meeting with be a combination meeting and learning session in preparation for our Washington D.C. trip. More details to follow . . .

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Celebrating Earth Day

This Friday, April 18th, we are celebrating Earth Day as our Friday activity. We are meeting at Union Canal Park (behind the mall) at 10am and enjoying various "stations" of activities and fun and learning! Feel free to pack a lunch and stay and visit a while! The families of INCH are pitching in with some great activities--here are some of the activities we're doing:

* A Swap Table--Home schoolers can bring any books or clothing (no toys, please) in good condition. Fellow home schoolers can take what they want, and the rest will be donated to charity. The leftover books will be taken to the library and leftover clothing will be taken to the homeless shelter. Of course, this prolongs the inevitable landfill. Adults, if you have anything else you would like me to take to one of these charities, since I am going there anyway, I can also take your stuff. No furniture please. I will be bringing my husband's truck, so large bags are fine. If anyone has any boys summer clothing sizes 7/8, I have a family who is always in need. Could you let me choose a couple of pairs of shorts and T-shirts for them first? See you all Friday!

* Mini-"relay" (trash vs. recycle) -- learning what we can recycle and what is trash with a hands-on game

* Planting bean seeds in little cups and talking about how we can care for the earth

* We can decorate cloth bags to use when we shop at stores instead of the store's plastic bags. We would talk about where the plastic bags go & how bringing your own reusable bag saves the earth!

* Reading the book "The Lorax" and talking about what could have happend to give the book a happy ending...such as planting a tree for everyone they cut down, learning about the local ecosystem before going in and building the factories etc.

* Some nature games on animals or leaves that help us better appreciate nature and the earth

If anyone else has anything they'd like to contribute, please let us know--feel free to comment on this post or email us. If we need to bring anything for any of these activities, please also let us know that. If anyone knows of an area where we can do some litter clean up, that's great, too. Thanks, everyone! See you Friday -- we're having gorgeous weather!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

April PNO


A reminder that this Thursday is Parents' Night Out at 7pm at MJ's Coffeehouse in Annville! Come relax, visit, and share.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

April Field Trip

Here is the information from Christy's email:

These are the directions to Daniel Boone Homestead then to Crystal Cave and return home.
You may want to take 72 north to 22 East to 78 depending where you are coming from.

We are scheduled to tour the Daniel Boone Homestead at 9:30 am. Attached is all the information provided by the facility.
You can use your Heritage Pass. Otherwise the cost is $2.00 per student and $3.50 per adult.

Please pack a lunch. There is a very large pavillion at Crystal Cave.
We are scheduled to tour Crystal Cave at 1:00 pm. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and the cave is about 54 degrees. Dress appropriately.
The cost is $5.00 (4-11) for children $6.50 for adults.
610-683-6765

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

This Friday

A reminder that there is no official INCH meeting this Friday and we are not meeting at the library. Thanks!

Friday, March 21, 2008

What a GREAT PNO!

WOW, that was record-setting attendance! 7 of us (and a couple more stopped in for a while, too)! What a fun, fun, FUN parents' night out. I can't say enough how impressed I am with the families of INCH. It's so rejuvenating to get together at MJ's coffeehouse and talk about anything and everything. Thanks to all for making it such a great evening!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

March PNO


A reminder that this Thursday is Parents' Night Out at 7pm at MJ's Coffeehouse in Annville! Come relax, visit, and share.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

March Field Trip

Hey Everyone! Here is our information from Christy--thank you!! Attachments have been sent by email . . .

Friday March 14th, we will be meeting at the Susquehanna Association f/t Blind and Vision Impaired at 10am.
I included an attachment to supplement this trip.
Give yourself at least an hour to get there. Here are the directions:
Go onto PA-72 S. 17 mi
Turn RIGHT onto PA-72/MANHEIM PIKE. Continue to follow PA-72 S. (0.4 mi)
PA-72 S becomes N PRINCE ST/US-222 S/PA-272 S. (0.8 mi)
Turn LEFT onto W CHESTNUT ST/PA-23 E. (0.1 mi)
Turn LEFT onto N QUEEN ST/PA-72 N. (0.1 mi)
End at 244 N Queen St Lancaster on the left.
Parking is limited. You may need to circle the block and park on the street.
The tour will last at least an hour. It is about a half hour drive to our next stop.
We will be visiting the PA Rail Road Museum in Strasburg.
You can use your Heritage Pass for this tour.
The tour is due to begin at 1:00pm.
Pack a lunch. If we have time and the weather is nice, we will eat at the local Strasburg Park (near the museum). If we don't have time, we can eat at the museum. They have picnic tables outside. If the weather is bad, we can eat in our cars.
Here is supplemental material:
I also included an additional attachment to supplement this trip.

Here are the directions to the museum.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Super Science Party

From Jack and Jill Preschool:

We are trying to reach homeschooling parents and children in an effort to extend them this INVITATION TO JACK AND JILL'S SUPER SCIENCE PARTY. The date is Monday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Jack and Jill Preschool, 280 Hillcrest Rd., Lebanon. The event is free (although donations are welcome) and open to all young children in the area. Activity centers include electricity, tasting, water, smelling, touching, simple machines, hearing, plants and more. An insect dig, sensory walk, live farm animals and animals from Zoo America are planned. You can either come with your children to the event or become involved by setting up a hands-on science center for the children. If you want to do that, please call Rita Moore at 273-2168. We hope you will help us spread the word by forwarding this to other homeschooling parents and/or parents of young children in the area. We anticipate lots of learning fun and we hope that you will join us.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Law Day

Dear Teacher/Educator:

The Lebanon County Bar Association is pleased to announce the 50th anniversary of Law Day. The state-wide celebration is observed on May 1, 2008. The program is designed to bring together judges, lawyers and schools to help children learn about the law, the legal system and to celebrate the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality.

This year’s theme, “Growing Strong Citizens”, encourages kids to explore ways in which they can become active, involved citizens, who can make a positive impact on society.

The Lebanon County Bar Association invites all fourth and fifth grade students at the Lebanon County schools to participate in its annual essay contest based on the theme, “Growing Strong Citizens”. One winner will receive a $250.00 savings bond. The winning student will be invited to attend the Law Day Ceremony held at the Lebanon County Courthouse on May 1, 2008. That student will be presented their award by the President Judge, The Honorable Robert J. Eby. Rules and guidelines for the essay contest are attached.

A toll-free Law Day hotline (1-877-329-7621) is available to you to register your class to receive a Law Day brochure and “lesson plan” to help your students better understand how to become a strong citizen.

If you are interested in having a judge or lawyer visit your classroom this school year; to schedule a visit to the courthouse; or need additional information, please respond by calling the Lebanon County Bar Association – Dena Woelfling – 273-3113, by March 31, 2008.

Sincerely,

Dena A. Woelfling

Executive Director, LCBA

Friday, February 22, 2008

INCH Cancelled Today

Due to the snow and freezing rain, INCH is cancelled today. Have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

February PNO

A reminder that this Thursday is Parents' Night Out at 8pm at MJ's Coffeehouse in Annville! Come relax, visit, and share.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

T&D Cats Field Trip

Here is the information from Laura about our special discounted outing:

Well, we're on for T & D' S Cats of the World for Friday May 9th! I have us set to tour at noon, and plan to take a picnic lunch to eat at their covered picnic area before hand. I am planning to "pull out" here at 10:30 that should put us there at 11:30- giving 1/2 hour to eat our PB&J, and visit with the parrots in the outer zoo area.Here is the website link, there is tons of info there for families to access before hand ---
The group rate is....
Ages 3-12 is $4.00 (with the discount) and ages 13 and over $9.00 (with the discount), under 3 is free.

I cannot stress enough how much better this is than a zoo - you are truly close enough to count the whiskers on the tigers! About 2-3 feet away and they are seeking human contact, so they want to be near humans - unfortunately. The lemurs and ringtails alone entertain us for hours! they have an emus and deer feeding station where the girls love to collect the branching feathers of the emus -one quill two feather ends - very cool!

Here is yet more information from an earlier email:

We have a very special place we love, it is a big cat/tiger sanctuary near Williamsport - about 1 and 1/2 hours away- and it is so very wonderful. Ed worked with the MIL of the girl that gives the tours, Terry the owner is a terrific guy ex state police trooper, and he is just all about rescuing these lions and tigers (sadly now more animals) from bad situations, and giving them wonderful places to live. He now has quite a large collection of critters on a beautiful wooded estate. Lizzie's favorites are the Lemurs, someone bought them at an exotic pet auction thinking they would be cute house pets! They are in huge wonderful cages, and live in a family setting like in the wild, and you can get so close to them - they always are so entertaining.

Anyway, besides T & D's there are picnic facilities, as well as a yummy ice cream shop about a half hour away, this is a beautiful place, you are about two feet from the lions and tigers, and emus, and deer, and tons of other really neat critters.

I have done this for our field trip group before. The charge is minimal. We usually pick up something on the web site wish list to take along, this is a favorite activity for the girls to help them feel like they are involved in the rescue side, not just a zoo tour.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to email Laura at centralpahomeschooling@earthlink.net--thank you!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Free Baseball Tickets!

It's that time of year again. Please share the info with others as you see fit--this is available to all homeschoolers.

The Lancaster Barnstormers has a really neat reading program where you read 4 books "outside the curriculum" over the next few weeks, sign your bookmarks to indicate as much, and let me know how many bookmarks you've completed (and therefore how many vouchers--for free baseball tickets--we need to order).

The game for homeschooled students is Thursday, May 29th. And if for any reason, you are unable to attend on the scheduled night, any and all unused ticket vouchers will be accepted on Monday, June 23rd.
Besides the free tickets, you also get the following:

* Students will be recognized on the field with a special parade
* School Spirit will be judged in a banner design contest (winning school gets an autograph party with Barnstormers players and Cylo--the mascot)

We've done this with friends (this past year) and it is GREAT fun. Minor League Baseball is really fun--lots of games, lots of giveaways. There is also a small playground right inside the park so you can play while you watch the game.

Anyway, if you're interested, please let me know so I have an idea of how many bookmarks to request. Please email me at inchoflebanoncounty@gmail.com and let me know how many bookmarks you'd like! Please note that I won't be replying to each email but will keep count and ask for extras as well.

Also, please mark on your calendars that you must let me know about your completed bookmarks by April 17th so that I can put in the order for tickets!

Thanks!