Self-Directed Group Learning Experiences for Homeschoolers
55-Acre Nature Parkland in Northwest Philly
Since 2006 * Philadelphia, PA
4 to 10 Year Olds
Talking Stick has been renamed Harmony and is offering programming for 2021/22 for 4 to 10 year-olds only. We have also simplified many processes and policies so read everything through even if you have participated in the past!
Our Day Program meets independently on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in our Garden Classroom.
Harmony runs from September 7, 2021 until May 26, 2022. Vacations are the week of November 22nd, December 17-January 3, March 18-25.
We are located at the Garden Classroom on the Farm Side of Awbury Arboretum. Park on Ardleigh at 6336 Ardleigh St and follow the walking path to our facilities. See our directions to get to the correct side of the arboretum.
The yearly tuition for each participant for one day is $2100, for two days is $4200 and for three days is $6300.
Limited financial aid is available to those who qualify on a first come first served basis.
The last month’s payment is due after registering and before the program year begins. You will receive an invoice after you register and are not fully enrolled until you make this deposit. It is non-refundable.
All tuition payments will be made online through our website. Families will be invoiced in the middle of the prior month and must make a payment before the first of the month.
Harmony will be following CDC guidelines that apply to schools:
Participants and facilitators will stay three feet apart and wear masks at all times.
Everyone will eat six feet apart.
All surfaces and materials will be routinely disinfected throughout the day.
Temperatures will be taken upon arrival before the adult dropping off can leave.
If someone tests positive for COVID, they cannot attend Harmony until they have tested negative.
If a participant contracts COVID and may have exposed others to the virus, Harmony may close for anywhere from one day to one week.
(Subject to change depending on a number of factors including CDC
Local Philadelphia Resource
Founded in 2006 in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia
Harmony Learning Community has been serving the local homeschooling community for more than a decade.
We Know This Community. We Live Here.
Harmony Learning Community is a Philadelphia non-profit educational initiative that offers young people an environment to explore, collaborate, and create.
The Harmony Learning Community method organically develops essential life skills such as decision making, creative problem solving, communication, self-management, and critical thinking. We provide a safe and supportive space that respects the individual and nurtures children's innate curiosity and desire to learn.
It is our goal to support this community by balancing sustainability with affordability, with a focus on making our programming accessible for all families. We partner with longstanding anchors of the neighborhood, like the Awbury Arboretum, to sustainably share space and pool resources.
We are a service group of Mt. Airy Community Services Corporation (MACSC), a 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to serve as a stable financial umbrella for nonprofit groups serving the Northwest section of the city of Philadelphia. Learn More
Harmony Learning Community Families Live across the Greater Philadelphia Area
Our current families come from across the city, across the state, and even across state lines. We are very proud to serve as an accessible homeschooling hub for the local and greater Philadelphia communities.
Our Philosophy is Unique
Organic Self-Directed Group Learning Topic-Based
We've successfully navigated and charted the complex waters
surrounding how to effectively homeschool toddlers
all the way through teens.
The Harmony Learning Community Philosophy
Learning Comes Naturally
Harmony Learning Community is based on the idea that the ability to learn is innate. We are born with the drive to experience the world around us, including relationships with other people, and apply our experiences to make decisions about what we want to do in the world.
We have committed this organization to joyfully addressing the following question: Since learning is inherent, what are the ways it is most effectively nurtured in young people?
Philadelphia is rich with homeschooling families and resources.
Homeschooling your children can be a complicated and confusing decision. Here are some resources we've collected to help.
Katie has a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is ardent about the importance of self-directed learning experiences and works to make such experiences as accessible as possible. She has worked in alternative learning environments such as the Albany Free School and Open Connections.
Katie founded Harmony Learning Community in 2006 and now serves as Founder, Co-Director, and Lead Facilitator. Katie leads the Day Program. Katie is also responsible for all staff training as well as the development of the vision, mission, and philosophy of Harmony.
Andy received a B.S. in early childhood and elementary education from Temple University and her M.Ed. in computers and technology from Arcadia University. She was employed as a kindergarten teacher with the School District of Philadelphia for ten years before the birth of her first child.
Andy is continuing her plans with her husband to live life unconventionally while unschooling their three children, supporting organic and local products, crafting, gardening, listening to great diverse music, and coexisting in this life-long learning process. Andy is a trained Harmony Facilitator working with our Day Program.
Jen received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Temple University and a Professional Coach certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Before having kids, she worked as the director of a before & after school program, was a case manager and trainer for a workforce development program, and was an advocate for older adults in a non-profit setting.
These days, she loves being on the homeschool journey with her two young kids (age 7 & 4) and learning alongside them in the vibrant city of Philadelphia. In her spare time, she runs Gimme Trip, a small trip planning business that grew from a love of travel and planning. When she’s not homeschooling or planning trips, she can often be found in the Wissahickon taking photos or hiking.
Alia received a B.A. in psychology from Rosemont College and became a Registered Nurse after graduating from Roxborough School of Nursing. Before homeschooling her three children for the last 13 years, she managed multiple alternative education programs in the greater Philadelphia area.
Each Family is Part of Our Family
We've been serving this community for more than a decade,
we live here and are part of the fabric of the community,
and many of our families have been with us from the beginning.
“Rowan just said to me yesterday that he wishes that TS ran all year round. Harmony is the base of our tribe, our homeschooling community. It's where we come to for friends and support. I love all the ways of life, the ideas, the new things they are exposed to at TS. We've been at Harmony for a long time, it's the only thing we all have always wanted to keep doing year after year.”
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Harmony is as accessible as possible to the families in our community.
We pride ourselves on maintaining low, sustainable operating costs, offer financial aid when possible, and even allow your child to try us out for a full day, for free, to make sure we are a good fit.