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Book sale at the Homeschool Resource Center

May 25th, 2010

To register, please visit:  http://sites.google.com/site/hrcopenhouse/

Johnsburg Library HRC Open House and Used Curriculum Flea Market


July 10th from 10:00 – 4:00

(set-up for the Flea Market begins at 8:30 when the library opens)

10:00 – 12:00 Used Curriculum Flea Market

Sell some stuff, buy some stuff, ask lots of questions!

A limited number of tables and parking spaces are available by advance reservation only.

Those who do not register in advance may bring a blanket and use the lawn to sell.

Each seller is responsible for pricing and selling his/her own materials.


To reserve a space (free!) to sell at the used curriculum flea market please fill out the form below.

Answers to all questions are REQUIRED.

12:00 – 1:00 Eat, Meet and Greet

Bring a lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10 each) and join us!

You must reserve boxed lunches in advance (see below).

1:00 – 4:00 Open Forum Panel Discussion Q&A

Ask questions and hear real answers about the different homeschooling styles, curriculum choices, what has worked (and what hasn’t!), legal information, where to find resources, and much more!

This year’s featured panel members are:
Barbara Frank,

author of The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling and LifePrep for Homeschool Teenagers

&

Alison McKee,

author of From Homeschool to College and Work: Turning Your Homeschooled Experiences into College and Job Portfolios and Homeschooling Ourselves, Unschooling our Children.


This event is FREE.

Children are, of course, invited to attend but we do not have room for child care

and any noise must be kept to a minimum in the library.

Homeschool Resource Center at the Johnsburg Public Library
3000 N Johnsburg Rd, Johnsburg, IL 60051
(located on Johnsburg/Wilmot Rd. – 2 blocks north of Chapel Hill Rd.)

CHAMPs

May 24th, 2010

Christian Homeschool Arts & Music Programs, NFP (CHAMPs) is accepting registrations for the 2010-2011 school year.  A discounted registration fee of $35 per family will be offered for registrations received or postmarked by May 31. The fee will rise to $45 per family through June 30 and will increase to $55 per family thereafter.

They offer enrichment classes for K-12, as well as some preschool activities.  You can view their course schedule and class descriptions online at www.champshomeschool.com

If you have any questions, you can email the CHAMPs board at champs-board@yahoogroups.com

Received from Cheryl Seda, Secretary of Christian Homeschool Arts & Music Programs

Virtual vendor hall

May 12th, 2010

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Many of you are fortunate enough to attend a homeschool convention this year and will get to enjoy the overwhelming vendor hall atmosphere. But, just because finances, scheduling conflicts or travel arrangement have kept you from attending this year doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the vendor hall experience. I’ll be booth hopping right from home at the Schoolhouse Expo, and I’m not even attending the expo (which is sold out, btw).

If you’re researching or buying homeschool curriculum, you have to check out the Vendor Hall at the Schoolhouse Expo! It’s open to everyone. Browse through companies such as Rainbow Resource, WriteShop, Apologia, Latin Road, Phonics Road, Multiplication Shake, Go Phonics, and MANY MORE!

Latin Road, Phonics Road has freebies in their booth. Rainbow Resource has a free shipping offer. Spears Art Studio has a free CD. Real Science by Gravitas has a 25% discount coupon.

There is just so much to see. Stop by and meet the virtual hostess from each company, browse their selection, and look for “conference specials”.


You don’t even need your walking shoes or suitcase to lug your purchases in! Be sure to check out the Schoolhouse Expo Vendor Hall.

Summer Reading

May 11th, 2010
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Often during the summer months we spend some extra time in books. With a lighter school schedule, more daylight hours, and more enjoyable weather, we love to stretch out with a book, inside or outside.


Why not reward your kids for time spent between those covers?


Of course, first check out your local library. Many of them have summer reading programs beginning this month or next with fun incentives to keep your kids reading.


But, that’s only the beginning:

- Scholastic won’t actually give you something (other than virtual trophies), but you can log minutes to help move toward a world record.


- Barnes & Noble will give your child a free book if they read 8 others and fill out the forms from their website.  (Hat tip to Debra for that link!)


- Borders will also give your under 12 year old a free book in exchange for reading 10 other titles.


- If you haven’t already checked out Book Adventure, that can always help motivate your reader. My kids have not used this much recently, but in the past did win some of their prizes for reading the books and correctly answering questions on a quiz after the reading.


- Feel free to make up your own. Grab some little trinkets at a garage sale, on clearance, use outings as a reward, or just plain old cash. Set goals, and watch your kids dig into those books.


Reading in itself is an amazing reward, but some kids do need that little extra nudge to keep at it. Any other creative ideas or programs for encourage reading in your child?


Open Gym in Carol Stream

May 10th, 2010

More proof that it never hurts to ask. This looks like a fantastic, brand-new opportunity in Carol Stream. Designed just for homeschoolers, and very reasonably priced (see DuPage Cheer’s website for more details). As always, I would encourage you to give them a call before heading out there. But, here is the information as I received it, and as posted on their site:

DuPage Cheer & Power Tumbling

&

DuPage Training Academy

Are coming together to offer a fabulous…

HOMESCHOOL GYM CLASS!

TUMBLING

BASKETBALL

VOLLEYBALL

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

BATTING CAGES

Homeschooled children ages 5-18 can come, workout and have fun in a safe environment with professional coaches available for lots of different sports.

Surely you will find a favorite!

Fridays from 2-3:30 p.m. (starting 4/23/10)

115 Alexandra Way in Carol Stream

(1 block east of Gary Ave and North Ave)

$10/first child

$5 each additional child

$20 Max per family

No need to call or register-just come when you can.

Pass this along to all your friends!

QUESTIONS?  Call Guy 630.588.9000

Scholastic Book Sale!

May 9th, 2010

Coupons on top of deals all wrapped up in a warehouse stocked with books, what could be better?

Look up Illinois dates and locations, pre-register to print your coupon, and go shopping!

Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse Sale
Don't miss your chance to attend our Huge WareHouse BookSale!   Exclusively for School and District Employees, Bookfair Chairpeople and  Volunteers
$10 Off your $50  purchase.  Get Coupon!
$25 Off your $100.00 purchase.  Get Coupon!
Register online for your FAST- CART Pass and valuable savings  coupons!
To get detailed directions and a map to the sales nearest you,  visit our web site:  www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/warehouse.  Questions?   Call toll free 1-866-233-1692

Kane County Christian Homeschoolers — Used Curriculum Sale

May 6th, 2010

Another great opportunity to pick up some USED CURRICLUM at great prices.

The Kane County Christian Homeschoolers are having their annual used curriculum sale.

Many sellers will be on hand with their no-longer-needed materials. I find these sales a great place to pick up deals and advice on what to buy and why.

When: Friday May 14, 2010

Time: 1:00-4:00 PM

WhereMorning Star Community Church in Aurora, Illinois

Members and non-members are welcome to sell and, of course, everyone can come and shop.

Free resource – Homeschool 101

May 5th, 2010

Check out this amazing deal from  the Old Schoolhouse Magazine:

Homeschool 101

Are you considering homeschooling, or are you curious and simply want to know more?

What if you were offered a commendable, complimentary class on homeschooling, taught by experienced educators and included hands-on tools for your personal use?

The course is called Homeschool 101 . . .
Would you like a front row seat?

The Old Schoolhouse® is thrilled to share this FREE resource with you—a digital supplement to the Schoolhouse Expo.

Free museum days this week!

May 4th, 2010

More free field trips! Info from Free things in Chicago . . .

Looking for things to do in Chicago with the kids? Here are some of the museums in Chicago that have free days this week.  Found another? — leave a comment for the community!

The Chicago History Museum is free to the public every Monday, 9:30am-4:30pm.

The Museum of Science and Industry has free general admission (basic entry) to the public on Monday May 3

The Adler Planetarium is free on May 4th with hours being 9:30am – 6pm during the summer; 10:00am – 4:00pm otherwise; Charter One Discount Days at the Adler are made possible by the generous support of the Charter One Foundation.

The National Museum of Mexican Art is free every day but closed on Mondays.

Museum of Contemporary Photography. Free every day and open Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm (Thurs. until 8pm), Sun. 12-5pm. 600 S. Michigan Ave. at Columbia College, Chicago.

The Notebaert Chicago Nature Museum has “Free Days” every Thursday.

The Oriental Institute. Free every day (suggested donation of $7 adults, $4 children). Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-6pm (Wed. until 8:30pm), Sun. 12-6pm, closed Mondays. 1155 East 58th Street at University of Chicago.

The Art Institute of Chicago is free to the public every Thursday evening (May 6) from 5pm-8pm.

The Chicago Children’s Museum is free for everyone – every Thursday evening (may 6 this week) from 5-8pm

The Lincoln Park Zoo is free and open to the public 365 days per year. Generally open 10am-5pm.

Flute Camp in Oswego

May 2nd, 2010

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Dr. Cate’s Flute Camp

A week of fun learning about the flute by playing
in small ensembles, flute choir and private lessons.  They have
technique class daily and a special guest who teaches about a flute
from another part of the world, pool and pizza party, and concerts.

Where:  Oswego High School

When:  July 19-23, 2010

Who: 7th through 10th graders

Mailing address (different from meeting location):

777 Royal St. George Dr.
#720
Naperville,  IL 60563

Website: www.fluteline.com (general website) or check out just the flute camp information

For more information contact Dr. Cate:

- Email dr_cate@fluteline.com
-
Phone 630-428-3278

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