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Homeshooling Help in the Pocono (NEPA)

Homeschooling Help for Busy Moms (NEPA)

by / May 21, 2012

Homeschooling is solidly winning the public –vs- home school debate by the numbers alone. The study revealed that homeschoolers out-performed students in the public schools by 30-37% in all subjects and that minority students fared much better than their public school counterparts. Organizations and businesses are responding to this trend by offering parents of homeschoolers top notch educational resources including classes, field trips, curriculum materials, and support groups. Check out the list below to find help in providing your children with the best educational opportunities for success.

 

 

1. East Stroudsburg School District’s Virtual Academy
321 N Courtland St
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
570.424.8500

The East Stroudsburg School District is one of a growing number of K-12 public school districts (25% across the nation) that are offering virtual education courses to their communities. Through East Stroudsburg’s VA (Virtual Academy) students receive full-time tuition free education, state-certified teachers, state standardized curriculum, computer packages with printer and headphones, online resources and textbooks, participation in district sports and activities, internet monthly stipend, and a safe school environment.

 

2. DaVinci Science Center
3145 Hamilton Boulevard
Bypass Allentown, PA 18103
484.664.1002

The DaVinci Science Center offers a world of discovery to young minds in grades 1-7. Created by a group of dedicated science educators, the home school program is based on presenting science in a fun and interactive environment. Classes are offered September-November (fall) and January-March (spring). Students are grouped by grades, 1-2, 3-4, and 5-7. Classes are $12 per student and $10 per student for Science Center members. Family Open Houses are held in April and December and cost $20.

 

3. Pocono Environmental Education Center
538 Emory Road
Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328
570.828.2319

PEEC advances environmental education, sustainable living, and appreciation for nature through hands-on experience in a national park. The Center is a great place to bring students from every educational venue for environmental lessons. New to the Center is a home school camp, Half a Week at PEEC. This special home school program will give 9-17-year-old homeschooled children the opportunity to meet other homeschoolers, and participate in an excellent Environmental Education program that meets PA, NJ, and NY science requirements. The cost of the camp is $135 per person and includes two nights lodging, six meals, and ten classes. Adults receive half price admission. Camp dates are April 23-25, 2012 (register by March 26), September 5-7, 2012 (register by August 1), and November 5-7, 2012 (register by October 1). The Center is also available for day trips as well.

 

4. Pocono Homeschoolers
poconohomeschoolers@gmail.com

Pocono Homeschoolers offers an abundance of information for homeschoolers including accredited evaluators, links to and information about providers of extra-curricular activities including music instruction, voice lessons, art classes, physical education instructions, writing instruction, and a list of local libraries offering home school educational programs.

 

5. Pocono Christian Home Education Center
1028 Tara View Drive
Stroudsburg, PA. 18360
570.629.4292

This organization is a tutorial cooperative of dedicated students and parents that offer high quality ongoing Christian-based home education programs. Classes for elementary and secondary school students include literature, writing, art, Spanish, French, math, sewing, science, and choir. All classes are held at the Berean Bible Fellowship Church in Stroudsburg.

 

6. Home Educators Resource Directory
This website offers a comprehensive list of home school groups and associations within Pennsylvania. Their resource page has a listing of organizations and sites that specialize in every topic one might encounter in the home school experience. Find information and tools on everything from academic subjects, where to purchase supplies and materials, field trip and outing recommendations, physical fitness curriculums, music, arts, writing, test prep, and more.

 

7. Pocono Historical Museums
Ask any child and they’ll tell you that learning history hands-on is much better than reading from any book. The following Pocono museums welcome school groups and children will learn about coal mining, Indian history, railroad history, and state history. Check individual sites for pricing and scheduling. In Pike County, visit: Pocono Indian Museum and Schocopee School House. In Carbon County, visit: Eckley’s Miners VillageMauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center, and Summit Hill Historical Society Museum. In Monroe County, visit: Bell School,Driebe Freight StationStroud Mansion Museum.

 

8. Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary
Long Ridge Road & Elizabeth Street
White Mills, PA 18473
570.253.5500

Take the learning experience outdoors to the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary where kids will learn about native wildlife, native flora and fauna, as well as discover the art of glassmaking at the Sanctuary’s Glass Museum.

 

9. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
347 Quiet Valley Road
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
570.992.6161
farm@quietvalley.org

Quiet Valley offers educational programs for homeschoolers including Farm Tours (for grades 1 and up), Farm Hand Adventures (for grades 3 and up), 1893 One Room School House (for grades 3 and up), Molly (the sheep) and the One Room School House (for grades 3 and up), and the Hands On History Groups, which are programs that teach on topics related to farm life on a Pennsylvania/German farm. Children will learn about food cultivation and preservations, clothing in the 1800s, how people lit their homes, and all manner of simple machinery used on the farm. Prices and times are listed on the website.

 

10. National Canal Museum
2750 Hugh Moore Park Road
Easton, PA 18042
610.991.0503

A short drive from East Stroudsburg, the National Canal Museum provides educators, both public and home school, with an extensive curriculum on the historic importance of the country’s canal system from steering the boats with mules to the history of the canal system and its economic impact on the country. The museum has an immersion program specifically geared toward homeschoolers. Immersion Days covers state standards for math, science, engineering, geography, and history for grades 3-8. Students will enjoy a canal boat ride, learn about canal life, buoyancy, simple mechanics, and blacksmithing. Immersion Days runs April 23-27, April 30-May 4, May7-11, 14-18.and 21-25. The cost is $12 per student and teachers and chaperones are free.

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