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By Heather Idoni

Added Monday, August 02, 2010
Vol. 11 No. 43, August 2, 2010, ISSN: 1536-2035
© 2010, Heather Idoni - www.FamilyClassroom.net

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We are back from Philadelphia! :-)

Before heading to Philly, Jim and I spent 2 days in Ocean City, New Jersey -- jumping the
waves and enjoying the sun and family-friendly atmosphere.  Did you know this little
community is alcohol and gambling free?  It is only a few miles from Atlantic City, but
worlds apart.

After that we went to Philly.  We visited the Free Quaker Meeting House and Betsy Ross House,
ate at Reading Terminal Market (thanks to all who made that great suggestion!), and then we
headed to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.  We also visited the U.S. Mint --
very interesting.  By far our best memories of Philadelphia were the many living historians
walking around in period costume.  We got to hear from many of them -- the guy who played
Lafayette was incredibly convincing!  It will be fun to take the boys in September.

We would have gone to the art museums in Philly, too, but we decided to head to New York
City (Manhattan) for a few days.  We took in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of
Modern Art (MoMA) and visited the Martha Graham modern dance studio where Carman (our
18 year old) may study someday.  We went to the top of the Empire State Building, the "Top of
the Rock" at Rockefeller Center, attended a wonderful service at Times Square Church, rode
the subway, the bus, and in a bicycle taxi -- and *walked* probably 20 miles all told.

We also took a great cruise around the southern half of Manhattan and near the Statue of
Liberty.  NYC is a fun place to visit -- but I wouldn't want to live there.  No way.

Thanks again to everyone who shared tips -- it was great even in the 100 degree weather!

-- Heather


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"I own a small business that requires me to be in the office from at least 8am to 1pm.
That means I have to homeschool my three boys (ages 10, 9 and 7) in the afternoon. My
mom watches my kids while I’m at the office and I give them independent work to do while
they are there, but when it’s time to study in the afternoon they seem to be hard to get
focused. Any suggestions from other working moms on how they juggle it all?" -- Angela

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"I worked part time at the beginning of our homeschool adventure. From reading your
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