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SELAH meeting

August 31st, 2012

Southside Enrichment for Language Arts and History has a few more openings to fill for Fall classes.

Classes Begin September 6th!!

SELAH offers a safe and wholesome environment where the growth of leadership skills such as commitment, confidence, discipline, and integrity are encouraged through the teaching and training of language arts while creating a healthy outlet for artistic expression.

We meet every Thursday at Eagle Rock Community Church in Homer Glen — course offerings are:

10:00-12:00 noon – High School Art
10:00-12:00 noon – Footlights Theatre Class
10:00-10:55 am – Show Choir
11:00-12:00 noon – Beginning Guitar
12:00-12:30 pm – Lunch Break
12:30-1:50 pm – Literature/History Classes
2:00-4:00 pm – Junior Art Class
2:00-4:00 pm – Spotlights Theatre Class
4:30-6:00 pm – Speech & Debate Club

Check out their website for more details: http://selahenrichment.blogspot.com/

Free kids’ admission to Brookfield Zoo

August 13th, 2012

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Brookfield Zoo, beautiful weather, just before settling back into the books. Who can pass this up?

Free Kids’ Days, for kids 11 and under, are Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 13-15. In addition to free admission for kids, the zoo’s North Gate parking lot will feature interactive games and healthy eating tips at the Meijer Mobile Virtual Playground. Meijer dieticians also will share tips on nutritious school lunch planning.

Kids are free for these few days and special fun activities to go along with. Of course, you still pay $10 to park and $15 for any accompanying adults as well.

Read the rest of the article at Chicago Parent.

Homeschool Day at Raging Waves!

August 11th, 2012

Home School

Speech and Debate Club in Warrenville

August 6th, 2012

Received via email:

On August 27 from 7-9 p.m. there will be an information/registration meeting for all those interested in the Ignite NCFCA speech and debate club.  Prospective students ages 12-18 and their parents and siblings are welcome.

The meeting will take place at the same facility at which we’ll be meeting regularly—Grace Church of DuPage, located at 27W344 Galusha Ave., Warrenville, IL 60555.

Come see our students showcase excerpts from some of their speeches from last year’s competitive season and see a short explanation and example of team policy debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate.  Meet the board members and hear about our new coaches.  We’ll give you a brief description of what we expect from students and answer any questions you might have.

Registration forms will be available at the meeting.  Questions, please contact Jen Yonke at jen42@yonke.org.

Regular meetings will begin September 10th.  Extemporaneous speaking will meet between 4:15-5:00; speech will meet between 5:00-6:30; devotion and announcements at 6:30 after which speech students are free to leave or are welcome to remain for a potluck dinner until 7:15; debate will meet between 7:15-9:15.

For more information about Ignite visit http://ignitechicago.org/.  For more information about NCFCA see http://www.ncfca.org/.

P.S.  Ethos debate camp, coming to Wheaton August 20-24, is open for registration at http://www.ethosdebate.com/.  Questions, contact Jody Cantey at jodycantey@yahoo.com.

Our curriculum plans and link to more

August 6th, 2012

Not Back to School Blog Hop

The new year!
We have a couple weeks yet before we begin. August 22 is our official start date at this point, but at least we know where we are headed.

I made myself a master list like the following but just with the generic subjects listed and then a box for each day of the week. Then I won’t forget what they should be doing each day. And, I can use it to record their grades for each assignment in each subject which will make record keeping so much easier.

In the past I would pull out their individual notebooks and pull their grades off the top of each graded assignment. Now, I will just record it all onto my master sheet throughout the week and just have one paper of info to put into the computer on the weekend. That will make my weekend job a 15 minute one rather than an hour long one.

Lots of the same. We know what works for us and what we love, but some new stuff, too. Of course, since we don’t really follow the regular school calendar, many of these books and subjects they are already in the midst of.

I am streamlining a bit this year and doing history all together. Obviously their homework and their interaction with the material will be quite different over the 8 year age span, but we will all be in the same time period and it will tie into our Bible time as well. Science for all 2-8th will be the same as well. My 8th grader already finished Physical science and General Science so she gets to have fun with us this year as she isn’t really ready for high school science yet.

I am mixing up grammar this year. We love Rod & Staff, but it gets a little repetitive year after year. So, I am going to switch every other year and pepper in Shurley and Easy Grammar. We gave both of these an introductory run during our summer school and they seem to fill the need well.

High School continues to stretch us, but mostly in a good way. This year we will tackle Spanish and Advanced Mathematics (including pre-calc) together.

Nathan — 2nd grade
First Language Lessons (mostly oral)
Saxon Math 3 (already half way through)
Handwriting without tears — big focus!! Trying to improve his pencil grip and penmanship this year
All About Spelling level 3 (almost done)
Truth quest History (Beginnings — ties into Bible)
Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
PE — baseball, gym and swim, PE at co-op
Brooke – 3rd grade
Rod & Staff English 3 (half way through)
Saxon Math 5/4 (half way through)
All About Spelling level 3 (almost done)
Truth quest History
Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
A Reason for Handwriting T (half way through)
PE — soccer, gym and swim, PE at co-op
Faith – 6th grade
Easy Grammar Level 1
Saxon Math 8/7 (half way through)
All About Spelling level 4
Truth quest History
Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
PE — soccer, gym and swim, PE at co-op
Paige – 8th grade
Shurley English 7
Algebra 1 (half way through)
Puppetry (Co-op)
IEW Level B (Co-op, I’m teaching)
All About Spelling level 4
Truth quest History
Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
PE — soccer, gym and swim
Blake – 10th grade
Apologia Chemistry (Co-op)
PE — baseball, gym and swim, PE at co-op
Bible
Spanish 1
Advance Mathematics (Saxon)
IEW Level C (Co-op, I’m teaching)
Truth quest History
Full days, but wonderfully full. I look forward to another year of exploring life and our amazing world with my kids. In between it all we continue to enjoy the antics of a two year old who breathes new life into everything. Thankful to God for another opportunity to live life in the midst of my family each day.

Tri-Cities Enrichment enrollment still open

August 5th, 2012

Received via email:

Attention Home school families –

Looking for excellent teaching from a Christian worldview and a community to connect and grow with?

Check out TEC - Tri-Cities Enrichment Co-op meeting on Tuesdays at Lord of Life church!

We still have openings in the following classes:

·            The Arts:

o   2-3            Ballet I (ages 4-6)

o   3-4            Inspired By Art (Grades 3 & up)

o   3-4            Ballet II (ages 7-10)

o   3-4:30       Sewing (Ages 8 & up)

o   3:30-4:30 Choral Techniques (Grades 7 & up for 30 weeks)

o   1-2            Story Time Art (Grades K-2)

·            Grades K-6:

o   8:15-10     Classical Connections classes (grades 1-6)

o   11-12        Geography Adventures (grades K-2)

o   2-3            American Girl History (grades 1-4)

·            Foreign Languages:

o   9-10          High School Spanish III

o   10-11        High School Spanish I

o   10-11        Latin (grades 3-5)

o   1-2            Latin (grades 5th & up)

·            Science:

o   9-10          Apologia General Science (Grades 6 & up)

o   11-12        Science (Grades 5-6)

o   1-2            Science (Grades 3-4)

o   4:30-5:30 Introduction to Computers (Grades 7 & up for 15 weeks)

Classes begin September 11th and are 24 weeks long.

Other classes may have limited space available, as well.

If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact:

·         Leeann Acosta (leeannacosta@att.net) or 630.587.8045

·         Kim Jimenez (kimjimenez@comcast.net) or 630.406.9529

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