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Homeschool Contests, Workshops, Discounts and More

There are many opportunities available to homeschool families.  Listing of these does not imply an endorsement by CHAP.  Please review all thoroughly. 

* Contest

National Math Competition The National School Improvement Alliance will conduct the Pennsylvania State-wide Math Competition for 1st-8th Graders on March 3, 2018 in Philadelphia.  When you register, you get access to a team of math teachers, principals, and college professors. Approximately 600 students from each State-wide Event will progress to the Regional.  Cost per student is only $10. If student progresses to Regional or National, there is NO additional entry cost One of the Regionals will be held in Philadelphia, PA with Nationals to be held in May 2018 in Washington D.C. 

Essay Scholarship Competition - The annual VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Essay Scholarship competitions are up and running.  This is an excellent opportunity to develop language arts skills while developing appreciation for our nation!

Essays are due no later than October 31 at a VFW near you!  Contact your local VFW to verify if they are participating in the contest. If they are not, go to the next nearest VFW!

  • Patriot Pen is a written essay by grades 6-8.
  • Voice of Democracy is for grades 9-12 and is an oral essay.
  • Specific topics and judging guidelines are specified on the attached entry forms.
  • Contact: Charles Yost, Chaplain, 995 Yocumtown Road, Etters, PA 17319,

STEAM ChallengeThe STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) Challenge is a competition that kids in preschool-8th grade can participate in.  You can visit the challenge page of our website at to learn more and sign your family or group up. Use the coupon code rlc2017 to receive a discount on entries.  Challenge entries will be accepted from SEPTEMBER 12 TO NOVEMBER 22

HSLDA's Essay Contest This year's theme is Where Would You Go? Who Would You Be?
All homeschool students ages 7-19
are invited to submit thoughtful responses to the prompts for their age category.  *All ages are as of September 1, 2017. You won't want to miss out on this, because winners will receive up to $200 in cash prizes! View contest info and guidelines here. Submissions accepted Sept 1 - November 1, 2017.

Student Book Competition on Heroines - The National Youth Foundation (NYF) is pleased to announce the Amazing Women’s Edition (AWE) competition.  AWE calls upon students in grades K to 8 to write and illustrate original books on heroines in their communities.  Winner will receive $500 and the winning book will be published in hard cover and donated to public libraries.  The deadline for the submission of completed books and applications is January 4, 2018.  Contest details and application material can be found at  For questions, please email or call (610) 742-3671. 

* Outdoor Education

Black Rock Retreat in Quarryville, PA - Fall Homeschool Days Give your kids an engaging day of hands-on learning with other area students.  Find out more and register today @ .


Snipes Farm and Education Center Whether you are considering a field trip to the Farm, lessons about nutrition, healthy eating, farming, sustainability and ecosystems, nature, animal or plant life - Snipes can help you and your group.  For more information about year-round programming, or to schedule a field trip, visit website:
Or contact Lea Della Vecchia at 215-295-1139 ext 109 or

Sylvan Learning Center in Palmyra, PA - Homeschool STEM Club Designed for grades 1-5, focuses on robotics, engineering, or coding, 1-3 PM first Monday or third Wednesday of the month.  To enroll go to and click on STEM classes 

* Field Trip Ideas

Old Windmill FarmEnjoy a hayride, pumpkins, and a taste of home grown popcorn.  To book a field trip contact Jesse Lapp at: or call 717-687-7929.  262 Paradise Lane Ronks, PA 17572

Crayola Experience - Click Homeschool Special $9.99/person  or call 610-515-8000 (press 4) no group minimum, groups of 15+ are $8.99 each.  30 Centre Sq, Easton, PA 18042

sweetFrog - Offers a hands on activity to teach the children weight, mass, temperature, volume and currency.  They have a program designed for students in grades K-5 as well as a middle school experience. The cost is $5 per child attending and it includes a delicious frozen treat! 
    Please contact Angelina Ford, or 774-571-5946. 

* Discounts

eTAP (Teaching Assistance Program) Founder Blaise J. Subbiondo started eTAP, Inc. in 2000 as an educational resource to assist Students, Educators and Parents succeed in their education objectives.  They off a 10 day free trial or use the coupon 50%3mo to receive half off 3 month use.
Learn more at:

CTC Math  Patrick Murray, the founder of CTC Math, is an internationally acclaimed math teacher with more than 22 years experience teaching. He has the very rare ability to deliver math concepts in a simple, easy to understand way in just a few minutes.  Homeschoolers receive 60% off and can try a 2 week trial free.
Learn more at:

Notebooks for Students

Homeschool families can purchase from NFS as individual families or form a group for a Group Order. In both cases the families must provide their homeschool documentation to NFS. The type of documentation is based by what is required by your state of residence.
Notebooks for Students is a nonprofit private operating foundation located in Carlsbad, Ca. Incorporated in 2011, our mission is to address the ever-growing Digital Divide within the national student body by increasing the availability of computers to all educators and their students. NFS operates the following programs: College Program, School Sales Program, BYOD Program, K-12 families, and Homeschool Program. General website is: use the Homeschool tab to learn more.

* Job Openings Outside of CHAP  

  Director of Operations - (August 21, 2017)

Veritas Press is looking for someone to fill their Director of Operations position.  This is a key position at Veritas.  Information about the position can be found HERE.

Veritas Press
1805 Olde Homestead Lane
Lancaster, PA 17601

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