This is a list of activities and resources that might be of
interest to homeschoolers. Most are not affiliated with NHCH.
Community College of
Non-credit classes are available for children and adults in art, dance, gymnastics, swimming, etc. Visit CCAC for more details.
Scholastic Book Clubs
Homeschoolers can order from Scholastic Book Clubs just like classroom teachers do. You can register at the Scholastic website. There are also periodic sales at the Scholastic warehouse in the Waterfront shopping center in Munhall. The warehouse phone number is 1-800-451-7181.
Homeschool Buyers Co-op
The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is the world’s largest purchasing cooperative for homeschoolers. It is a nonprofit, founded and operated by homeschooling families. They feature “Group Buys” for Christian and other curriculum in order to get volume discounts for homeschoolers. Membership is free and confidential. homeschoolbuyersco-op
Enrichment Day is a
homeschooling co-op offering a variety of classes at
The Sewickley YMCA is offering Homeschool Enrichment Classes. Some of the classes offered have included music, swimming, gym, sign language, public speaking, Odyssey of the Mind, math tutoring, and piano. For more information contact the Sewickley YMCA and ask for Cindy Ward, x. 105.
Pam Swayne tutors reading using the Orton-Gillingham method, and specializes in helping children with dyslexia. For more information, you can contact Pam through Trina.
Academy offers access to individual high school courses taught by
Monart Art Classes
Marie Long is a group member who teaches classes in pastels, printmaking, watercolor, clay, and drawing. Many of her classes focus on a particular artist or style. She is flexible and will teach small groups for one or more classes, at your home or hers. For more information, contact Marie.
Laura Hilston offers art classes in her home. Private drawing lessons are also available for children ages 8 and up. For more information, please contact Laura.
Art classes with Linda Frank. Contact her at email@example.com. The primary purpose of the classes is to expose the student to art history, art movements, and famous artist past and present. I focus on helping them acquire a knowledge of color, perspective, techniques and art vocabulary.
Karen Morrison is offering
art classes to homeschoolers in their own homes. She
of The Art Institute of
Beading Classes and Parties
"The Bead Lady" will teach two beaded projects at your location to children age 6 and up. She will also do adult home parties, with a premium to you if you host. For more information, contact Kathy Shomo's shop, The Blue Bead.
AWANA is a nondenominational ministry that assists churches in
reaching children and teenagers with the Gospel. Clubs are located at
several area churches, including
Community Bible Study
The Bible study is structured and includes small group discussion, a teaching lecture, and a take-home commentary with homework questions.
Whole families are encouraged to come, and children and adults will follow the same study; preschoolers will learn Bible stories. For more information go to www.pittsburghnorthhillsevecbs.org
Pioneer Clubs are geared toward reaching children with the
Gospel. Some of the local churches offering Pioneer Clubs include
Crestmont Alliance Church in Aliquippa, Ruthred Lutheran Church in
Bethel Park, Stone Ridge Convenant Church in Allison Park, St. Paul's
United Methodist Church in Allison Park and Covenant
Bible Study Fellowship
Bible Study Fellowship is a comprehensive inter-denominational Bible study program for adults and children that helps you gain a practical understanding of this important book. A class for women and infants through pre-K meets in Sewickley on Wednesday mornings. A class for men and school-aged children meets in Gibsonia on Tuesday evenings. See bsfinternational.org for more information.
Offers age-appropriate dance education in an encouraging, non-competitive environment. The classes offered are ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. Home-schooling families receive a discount.
This is an inexpensive after-school dance program including ballet, tap, and jazz for pre-school through sixth grade. Other North Hills School Districts offer similar programs.
Ballet Baroque offers classical ballet in West View; for more information contact Bobbie Paulson.
Alpen Schuhplattler und Trachtenverein
Spotlight offers drama, dance, voice, and piano lessons with
full-length ballets and musicals presented 3 times a year. The studio
is located at
Saltworks Acting Classes
Classes in acting, musical theater, improvisation, and more are offered to children age 6-16. They are held at Orchard Hill Chapel in Wexford, with options including eight-week classes in the spring and fall, one-day workshops, and summer day camps. For more information visit Saltworks.
The Center for Young Musicians
Visit The Center for Young Musicians for more details.
Kathryn Gardner is a violin and piano instructor with ten years of teaching experience. Contact her via email.
MaryBeth Schotting is an Artist Lecturer in Violin, Director
String Preparatory Division, at
Lisa Marsnik (www.lisasviolinstudio.com) is a violin teacher with over thirty years experience teaching children as young as three years old and revising the technique of older students who have professional goals. Contact her via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Band Instrument Instruction
In Home music lessons for band instrument players. Contact Rick Murrell at email@example.com or call 412.398.1645
Allison Gioscia is available to
teach flute. She received her Master's degree in flute in June
2008 and has performed in venues throughout the
Janet Graham is a piano instructor with 10 years teaching experience. She utilizes a highly effective curriculum that integrates all aspects of learning music in a fun and exciting way. Please contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (412) 837-2662.
Frick Art and Historical Center
Attractions include the
Offers a variety of programs for homeschoolers ages 6-12 on Tuesday afternoons. These classes are designed to enhance inquiry skills and deepen your child's interest in science. For the current schedule and more information visit Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Offers workshops geared toward homeschoolers on Thursdays; visit Carnegie Museum of Art workshops and scroll down for the homeschooler section.
Offers several different kinds of workshops for families, preschoolers, and homeschoolers. For more information, visit Carnegie Science Center Workshops.
Home of the Audubon Society of Western PA, Beechwood offers five miles of trails through various habitats, a children's activity room, an excellent nature store and a specialized library. Family programs are offered year-round. For more information, visit Beechwood.
Various classes and mini-camps are offered throughout the year for all ages. For more information, visit the Pittsburgh Zoo.
This free "drive yourself" tour of 4 or 5 different farms is held in late September or early October. For more information contact the Butler County Conservation District at (724) 284-5270.
Offers a variety of classes, hikes, and conservation activities for children and families year-round. For more information, contact the park naturalist, Meg Scanlon, at the North Park office.
C-mite Program at CMU
Primarily science classes for children who scored greater than 90% on any standardized test. For more information, contact Karen Morris via the NHCH directory.
This Yahoo group is an organzation of parents who are committed to the home education of their special needs child. The group is open to any parent who is currently homeschooling or cyper schooling their child with special needs, or any caregiver investigating the home school option for their child: Special Needs Homeschoolers of Western PA
Specifically designed for boys and girls in grades K-6, this
ministry seeks to develop self-esteem, sportsmanship, character,
athletic skills, and respoect for authority. Register in October for
groups which meet at the Allison Park Assembly of God or the
Soccer training for U9, U10, and U11 players. Visit Northern Steel Soccer.
If you have children in 5th grade or above who are interested in being on an organized team, please contact Harry and Janice Sanders at email@example.com. There is both a middle school and high school team and we play Christian schools all over the area.
Meets for 2 hours every Monday for soccer (Sept-Oct; Apr-May), basketball (Jan-Mar), and baseball (Jul-Aug). Cost is $25/yr per family for liability insurance. For more information, contact Mary Weaver via the NHCH directory.
Ice Skating at
Ice skating lessons at
Offers classes for homeschoolers; off Rt 8 in Cranberry.
Offers classes for homeschoolers; off Rt 8 in Gibsonia. Call for information.
Rising Star Gymnastics
Offers classes in gymnastics, tumbling, and trampoline. Studio
is located on
Community swim times for
Shaler Area Swim Programs
Discounted classes for homeschoolers are offered at the
beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. For more information,
Gym classes are being offered at the
Baierl Family YMCA, Thursday afternoon Swim & Gym Class for children in grades 1 - 6. Contact the Y or Charlotte Davis for more information.
Informal Homeschool Gym Class, contact Cheryl Pfingstl for details.