What's New - Non-PPLD Homeschool Events

RSSDo you know of a community program for homeschoolers? Is your group holding an event that is open to all homeschoolers? Do you want to hear about upcoming opportunities for your family in the Colorado Springs area? If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions then this is the place for you! This blog is for homeschool programs, classes, etc. not sponsored by PPLD.

To have something posted contact Corrie at cbaker@ppld.org. She will need all the necessary information two weeks in advance. Be sure to include: what it is, who can attend, when it is (date and time), where it is, and who to contact. If any pertinent information is missing it will not be posted.

In conjunction with their Orchestra Moves kids concert, the volunteers from the Kids Phil branch of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic are conducting a series of three classes at the East Library specifically for homeschool students. The concerts are rather unique, because they invite audience participation through singing, dancing, and even playing (on recorder or violin) along with the orchestra. Link Up is aimed at grades 3-5, but would likely be appropriate for the musically precocious 1st grader up through 7th grade. These classes will teach the children basic music principles (rhythm, pitch, notation) while also teaching them songs to sing and choreography to go with some of the concert repertoire.

The classes will be held at the East Community Meeting Room from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 4
  • Wednesday, March 11
  • Monday, March 16

Go here and register your children/group for the concert on 2 April 2015. The cost is $4.50/person if you sign up before 27 February and $5 each after then. After you register, you should receive an email from Annalisa Young (the docent who will be teaching) offering the option to attend these classes. Respond with the names and ages of the children you will bring, and Annalisa will send you a confirmation email.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Annalisa via email at annalisacyoung@gmail.com or by phone (719) 355-6502.

For the 34th year, Colorado College will offer a three-week summer program for gifted elementary school students. Children entering grade one through grade six next August are eligible for these courses, which are designed to challenge the children’s intellectual and creative abilities.

Directed by Professor of Education, Charlotte Mendoza, at Colorado College, the program brings to the campus, teachers who are experienced and skilled in working with gifted children and who are well educated in their fields. Each teacher has an assistant to help provide the individual attention that gifted children need.

Who: Children entering grades 1 - 6
When: June 9 - 26 (8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., M - F)
Where: Palmer Hall, Colorado College

For more information, visit:

The YMCA of the Pikes Peak region is offering open swim at two of their locations starting in November.

Where: Briargate Y - 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday starting November 7th
Tri-Lakes Y - 2nd and 4th Friday starting November 14th

Time: 1 pm - 3 pm

Cost: Children (17 and under) - $3.50
Adults - $10.50
Families (up to 4 people) - $14.00
YMCA Members - FREE!

For more information, check out the attached flyer.

What: Homeschool Days at the Denver Botanic Gardens
When: All are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • History at Hildebrand Ranch (held at the Botanic Gardens) - Sept. 8, 2014
  • Exhibition Exploration: Chlhuly - Oct. 20, 2014
  • Plants that Changed the World - Nov. 17, 2014
  • Mysteries of Mycology - Jan. 26, 2015
  • Starting a Garden - Mar. 16, 2015

How Much: $11 per day, per child ($44 if you sign up for all 5)
Contact: Melissa Gula, Children's Garden Program Coord., 303-370-8040