Welcome to PACE!

The Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange, or PACE, is a homeschool bookstore located in York County, PA with over 27,000 books and educational manipulatives.  We carry new and consigned items.  Most books are discounted with used items at least 40% off of retail.

The store is open Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to six  and other days by appointment.

Consignments can be brought in any open day. We accept current edition curriculum, classic books, educational games and manipulatives.

If you subscribe to this blog you will receive updates of interesting things brought in on consignment, sales in the store and articles on homeschooling.

For payment in the store we accept cash or checks.

Location: 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg PA 17019 (Click for Mapquesthere) Do not use an IPhone GPS to find us–it will take you to the wrong location. Car GPSs are fine.

 

Contact:  (717) 432-9947     or      PACEbooks@live.com

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Writing Contest Deadline Reminder

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

This is a reminder that the deadline for the writing contest is this Friday, February 12. All entries must be received by email or postmarked by that date.

So far I have received only ONE entry from a boy—come on, guys, take up the challenge!! :-)

All the details are available at this link: PACE Homeschool Writing Contest

 

Thanks!

Julie Helms
PA Curriculum Exchange
25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-9947
PACEbooks@live.com
Open: T/W Noon to six pm
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Quarter Sale for Groundhog’s Day! :-)

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

It is time once again to thin out my Bulging Bargain Bookshelves!  Each item in the bargain section will be a quarter (25¢). Sets of books are 25¢ per item. This includes 6- 7,000 books from the topics of math, science, history/geography, language arts, readers, Bible, homeschool helps, and old edition BJU and Abeka.

quarter

This is a great opportunity to stock up on educational resources. For a quarter, it’s easy, for example, to buy a science book and cut it up to use the pictures for a lap book–no guilt involved. :-)

This sale will be Tuesday Feb. 2 and Wednesday Feb. 3 from noon to 6pm. There will be no appointments for sale shopping.

Young children are always welcome in the store, but if you have an option to not bring them this week–it would probably be safer for them ;-)  (I’ll be temporarily removing the play area this week since it’s in the bargain section and there is just no room if we add in people, too).

Hope to see you next week!

Julie Helms
PA Curriculum Exchange
25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-9947
PACEbooks@live.com
Open: T/W Noon to six pm
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Homeschool Fiction Writing Contest 2016

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

The PA Curriculum Exchange is sponsoring a fiction writing contest open to all homeschoolers in Pennsylvania from ages 11-18. Real cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place!

You can submit fiction in the form of flash fiction, short story, or a novel excerpt. There are two groups: Ages 11-14 and 15-18. First and second prize will be awarded for each group.

First place winners in each group will receive $50 cash. Second place will receive $20. All four winning entries will be published on this blog.

Group 1    Age 11-14    1st place:$50  2nd place:$20

Group 2   Ages 15-18  1st place:$50  2nd place: $20

 

The Details:

  1. Submit your work of fiction in one of the following forms:
    1. Flash Fiction (or a short, short story)—Tell your story in 1,000 words or less.
    2. Short Story—2,500 word maximum.
    3. Novel—An excerpt or chapter from your novel up to 2,500 words. If it isn’t the first chapter of the book, include a brief synopsis for background info. Synopsis should not exceed 300 words and is not included in the word count and will not be judged.
  2. Entry fee is $2 per entry. Two entries per person allowed.
  3. Entries can be mailed, emailed, or dropped off at the store (addresses below).
  4. Deadline is February 12, 2016. Winners will be announced here on this blog on March 25, 2016.

Format:

Entries should be typed or computer printed, double-spaced, double-sided, and stapled. Put a heading on the first page (or include a cover page) with the following info: Name, Age, Address, Email, Phone Number, Category (flash fiction, short story, or novel excerpt), and Word Count (exclude title, heading, and synopsis in count). If emailing, send as an attachment, preferably in MS Word.

 

Judging:

Entries will be judged on

Following directions 10%

Grammar, spelling, mechanics 30%

Craftsmanship and style 30%

Originality of story 30%

There will be a volunteer panel of four judges that include a writer, two editors, and a librarian. All are experienced homeschool moms or homeschool graduates.

 

 

Fine Print:

*No poetry or nonfiction.

*Work must be original and not previously published.

*Parents must not help in the writing or proofreading of the entry. They can help with brainstorming, but the written work should be completely that of the student.

*Contest is open to any child currently being homeschooled in PA.

*All entries remain the property of the writer, except permission is given for the winning entries to be posted on the PACE blog. If you enter a hard copy, keep a digital copy in case it is the winning entry. It will need to be forwarded for publishing on this blog.

*Entries won’t be returned.

*Mailed entries must be postmarked by February 12, 2016.  Late entries or entries without the $2 fee won’t be considered.

*Entries mailed or dropped off should have the $2 fee per entry included. Emailed entries can pay through Paypal, but add a $1 fee (no matter how many children in family or entries per child submitted—$1 max), to help cover the Paypal fee.

*Multiple entries or multiple children in a family can submit their entries together.

*I’ll send an email confirmation receipt for all mailed and emailed entries.

*I would like to run this contest on a regular basis. If you have a business that would be interested in sponsoring one, let me know. I would love to increase the prize amounts and/or the number of winners or categories for future contests.

Mail to or drop off during store hours to:

PACE
25 Ridge Road
Dillsburg, PA 17019

Email to:

PACEbooks@live.com

PayPal:

Payments to PACEbooks@live.com

Feel free to forward this information to other homeschoolers, co-ops, groups, etc.

Julie Helms
PA Curriculum Exchange
25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-9947
PACEbooks@live.com
Open: T/W Noon to six pm

 

 

 

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Holiday Hours

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

 

We will be closed now through the holidays. I will be here though and available for appointments. Just call or email for an appointment.

Regular hours resume Tuesday, January 5. (Tues and Wed 12-6).

Remember, we have tons of games, manipulatives, and reading books that make great Christmas presents for cheap!

Merry Christmas!

Julie Helms
PA Curriculum Exchange
25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-9947
PACEbooks@live.com
Open: T/W Noon to six pm
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Biggest Ever Quarter Sale

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

It’s end of summer and time to thin out my Bulging Bargain Bookshelves!  Each item in the bargain section will be a quarter (25¢) Sets of books are 25¢ per item. This includes about 7,000 books from the topics of math, science, history/geography, language arts, readers, Bible, homeschool helps, and old edition BJU and Abeka.

quarter

This is a great opportunity to stock up on educational resources. For a quarter, it’s easy, for example, to buy a science book and cut it up to use the pictures for a lap book–no guilt involved. :-)

This sale will be Tuesday Sept. 29 and Wednesday Sept. 30 from noon to 6pm. There will be no appointments for sale shopping.

In case this helps for planning purposes, in previous sales early in the day is busier and more crowded than later. If the weather cooperates, I’ll put a table or two full of books outside to help ease the crunch.

Young children are always welcome in the store, but if you have an option to not bring them this week–it would probably be safer for them ;-)  (I’ll be temporarily removing the play area this week since it’s in the bargain section and there is just no room if we add in people, too).

Also, I recommend bringing along your supermarket cloth bags—they are great for holding books. If you have plastic bags you’d like to donate, I’m pretty desperate.

Hope to see you next week!

Julie Helms
PA Curriculum Exchange
25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-9947
PACEbooks@live.com
Open: T/W Noon to six pm
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Fred, TT, M-U-S and Apologia

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Just a head’s up–I’ll be doing a quarter sale next week. I’ll send another blog post in a day or two with details. It’s going to be the biggest one ever.

Here’s some stuff I have in that may be of interest (Everything is at least 40% off retail):

Life of Fred:

Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Edgewood, Farming, Goldfish, Honey, Ice Cream, Jelly Beans, Fractions.  I think these may be older versions: Beginning Algebra set, Advance Algebra set

Teaching Textbooks:

CDs only: 4th, 5th, 6th

CDs and Workbook: 5th, 6th, Algebra 1 (2.0)

Apologia:

I have tons of this but wanted to mention I got in another Chemistry 2nd edition $40/set  this week for anyone still desperately looking.

Math-U-See:

Instruction sets (TE and CDs) for Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Zeta, Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Stewardship. I also have blocks, algebra inserts, fraction overlays, and skip counting CD and book.

Please email me if you want anything set aside.

Other: I got in a nice glockenspiel and a keyboard.

Thanks!

Julie Helms
PA Curriculum Exchange
25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-9947
PACEbooks@live.com
Open: T/W Noon to six pm
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Apologia Chem, Teaching Textbooks & Jay Wile’s New Chemistry

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Our Saturday hours are over now (gone with the summer!) But I still take appointments in addition to the regular T/W 12-6 hours.

I have one copy of Apologia Chemistry 2nd edition textbook sold and solution/test. $40. This title wins the award for “most requested book”!  Email or call if you want it set aside for you.

Teaching Textbooks in stock: Current editions–Math 5 w/ workbook sold, Math 6 with and without workbook, Pre-Calc.  These are all 40% off retail. Plus I have older versions of the upper maths.

Life of Fred: Just one today….Decimals and Percents sold

Math-U-See: We have most of the titles and manipulatives (all 40% off). I mostly have the Instruction Kits (TE and DVDs) not the workbook/tests. Email what you are looking for.

Brand new–hot off the press– Jay Wile‘s new high school Chemistry. (This is not Apologia, but his new company Berean Builders) $59.  I also have his elementary science series. Wile

Upcoming Bargain Section Sale: Due to the massive influx of bargain books in the $1 section this summer, I will be planning a quarter sale for the last half of September. I’ll post a date in another week.

Thanks!

Julie Helms
PA Curriculum Exchange
25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-9947
PACEbooks@live.com
Open: T/W Noon to six pm
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