GIFT in Elgin is waiving their registration fee for this month!

December 16th, 2014

G.I.F.T. – Quality Fine Arts Classes for Homeschoolers

Godly Influenced Fine Arts Training – Established 2001

GIFT says their registration fee will be waived for new families enrolling in December 2014 for second semester starting in 2015.

Take advantage of this soon if you are interested. You can find all their information at the website, GIFThomeschool, http://www.gifthomeschool.org/.

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Transcript software

December 5th, 2014

With high school comes the somewhat daunting task of preparing a transcript. Personally I have enjoyed Homeschool Tracker. I have used it for about 5 years now and while it had a bit of a learning curve, I really enjoy all the different uses of the program for keeping track of all my kids’ academic progress. This used to be a free trial download that I enjoyed so much I bought the full version. Now, as so many programs do, it requires a membership.

I recently heard about another more affordable option through HSLDA.

High School Transcript Service

Fast Transcripts gives homeschool parents the ability to create professional high school transcripts with error-free GPA calculation. Cost is only $16 per year per student ($12 for HSLDA members). For families like mine, it would be better to purchase the program for $110 ($96 for HSLDA members) and own it for life.

Do you have a favorite transcript template or program?

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Hour of Code — do you have a budding programmer?

November 18th, 2014

Received via email:

Last December, our friends at Code.org launched the Hour of Code. This year we are excited to offer a bunch of new ways for your child to participate!

What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is an hour-long introduction to computer programming designed to demystify coding and show students that everyone can learn the basics. At Khan Academy, we’ve crafted several custom-made tutorials for your child that require no prior experience.

Try Hour of Code on Khan Academy!

Hour of Drawing with Code: Your child will learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world’s most popular programming languages via two great options:

  • Drag-and-drop: block-based coding for younger children with less typing skills and children on tablet devices (ages 8+).
  • Typing: keyboard-based coding for older children (ages 10+).

Hour of Webpages: Your child will learn to make their own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).

Hour of Databases: Your child will learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create tables, insert data into them, and do basic querying (ages 12+).

Last year, 15 million students tried computer programming for at least one hour during Computer Science Education Week on Khan Academy and other platforms.

This year, our goal is to reach 100 million students.

Let’s join Microsoft, Google, Apple, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Malala, and millions of others around the world to make history. Start planning your child’s Hour of Code today!

Pamela Fox
Computer Science Content Engineer

PO Box 1630, Mountain View, CA 94042 | Our Privacy Policy

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Swap Shop coming to Elburn

October 30th, 2014

1 John 3:16-18

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Location: Elburn Community Center Gym,
525 N. Main Street,
Elburn, Illinois

Dates & Times
Drop off – Nov. 7, 10 am – 7 pm
Swap – Nov. 8, 9 am – 3 pm

Open to ALL!!

What is a Swap Shop ?

Swap Shop is a chance for moms to swap out things they no longer need for things they do. If you wouldn’t be ashamed to give it to a friend, then we’ll accept it.

All items not swapped will be donated to charity.

Nothing to swap? Please come anyway and be blessed with God’s provision.

Who organizes the Swap Shop ?

This event is hosted by Authentic Moms, a local Christian mom’s group.

Our desire is to follow 1 John 3:16-18

- to love with actions & truth, not just words.

Would you like to volunteer for a chance to pre-shop?

Or do you have other questions? Contact – authenticmoms@gmail.com

Items we swap include:
- Baby items
- Gently used clothes & shoes
- Children’s Toys
- Furniture
- Books, Games & School Supplies
- Household & Kitchen Accessories
ALL Items are for SWAP, not SALE

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Six Flags Read to Succeed

October 30th, 2014

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program is open for registration.

We get lots of freebies for all the reading that goes on around our house, but these tickets are the most frequently used. We rarely miss a year to take advantage of this program or the free tickets we get through it. Even though the water park is an addition fee now, we still love our day together at Six Flags.

Sign up now and be sure to return to the site after your kids are done with the reading to log their hours so you will receive your free tickets via email.

Any homeschool family with kids in the K-6 grade range is welcome to participate. You mist sign up individually, not as a group or co-op, so follow the link and get your family registered!

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Fox Valley Wildlife Center classes

July 27th, 2014
Make crafts, play games, and hang out with our animal education ambassadors at the Fox Valley Wildlife Center. Each week will focus on a different topic:
Week 1: Classification for Kids
Week 2: Habitat Hodgepodge
Week 3: Skeletal Sleuths

Week 4: Endangered Illinois

Junior Journey Grades K-2:
August 2, 9, 16, 23     10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Elementary Exploration Grades 3-5:
Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27      10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

$15 per child per Saturday, or join us for the entire series for only $55!

To register or for more information email  fvwceducation@sbcglobal.net.
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Red Clay Dance Academy in Fuller Park

July 21st, 2014

Received this information via email:

Fall Class Schedule and Rates

September 10, 2014 to December 13, 2014

Program Schedule 2014 You may select multiple classes

Class Time: Age Group: Day(s) Date: Cost:
Creative Movement 9:00am-9:45am 3-5yrs Sat 9/13 to 12/13 $75
Ballet Technique 10:00am-11:00am 6-9yrs Sat 9/13 to 12/13 $75
Jazz Technique 11:00am-12:00pm 6-9yrs Sat 9/13 to 12/13 $75
Ballet Technique 12:30pm-1:30pm 10-14yrs Sat 9/13 to 12/13 $75
Jazz Technique 1:30pm-2:30pm 10-14yrs Sat 9/13 to 12/13 $75
Hip-Hop Dance 6:00pm-7:00pm 6-9yrs Thurs 9/11 to 12/11 $75
Hip-Hop Dance 7:00pm-8:00pm 10-14yrs Thurs 9/11 to 12/11 $75
Afro-Contemporary 6:30pm-7:45pm Adult 18+ Wed 9/10 to 12/10 $10/class

**Cash or Credit Card Only

Classes held at:

Fuller Park

331 W. 45th St.

(near 47th & Princeton)

REGISTRATION OPENS August 1st.

Last day to register is September 2nd

Call 773-624-8411 to register today!

Red Clay Dance Company

Phone: 773-624-8411       Email: ceep@redclaydance.com

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Fine Arts classes in St. Charles

July 17th, 2014
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Silver Dollar City Homeschool Rates

June 9th, 2014

Silver Dollar City has a homeschool weekend in the fall

Event Details

  • Exclusive Homeschool classes available! Tickets must be pre-purchased.
  • Continue to watch the website for a Homeschool Weekend Schedule of Activities.
  • Registration at Guest Relations Horseshoe from 8:30-Noon (pick up FREE goodies).
  • The Marvel Cave Mystery Tour is back in 2014! Join fellow spelunkers as you travel through Marvel Cave attempting to solve the mystery of what nearly wiped out our Gray Bat population a couple decades ago. Complete a student workbook as you go from station to station gathering evidence and solving equations to help you determine the culprit. Book early, only 1 tour available.
  • Meet master craftsmen and watch them in action as we Salute The Great American Cowboy during National Harvest Festival.
Event Ticket Prices
Adult (age 12+):$47.00 + tax $50.51
Child (age 4-11):$37.00 + tax $39.77Price includes 2-day admission.

Ticket Details

Meal tickets available and include buffets! These optional meal tickets are charged in addition the admission price.

• Adult: $11.82 ($12.70)

• Child: $6.33 ($6.80)

Or you can use this special Homeschool rate with a code anytime, it looks like. Check the web for all the details.

(Thank you, Kristen!)

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Youth Hunter Education Challenge

June 4th, 2014
Info on reserving your spot for the YHEC (if you have difficulty viewing the brochure here, you can see their facebook page below for the rest of the details):
Just a reminder that registration is needed soon if you would like to attend this year’s event.
There are limited spaces and we expect to fill up this year. We wouldn’t want you to miss out!
We are expecting a great event this year!
If interested, please send me:
Adult Volunteer(s) Names
Participant(s) Names & Ages
Address & Phone Number
I will send you confirmation of your pre-registration along with the registration forms which I need mailed to me by Sunday, June 8.
Thank You!
Melissa Martin
Illinois Youth Shooting Alliance
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