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Holocaust Museum Open House

September 24th, 2012

2012 Educator Open House

Register Online!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

4:00 – 7:00 pm

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive

Skokie, IL 60077

Admission is FREE for elementary, middle, and high school teachers and administrators.

Join us for self-guided tours of our exhibitions, student and teacher program information, free resources and materials, and refreshments.

Admission is FREE for elementary, middle, and high school teachers and administrators.

SPECIAL OFFER: Discounted “Educator Membership” for $25. Must be in attendance to purchase.

RSVP required by Monday, October 15

Register Online

If you have any questions, please contact education@ilhmec.org.

Sponsored in part by the Mayor Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Education Fund

Todd Wilson coming to Sycamore

September 22nd, 2012

Don’t miss this!

Todd Wilson of Familyman Ministries will be
appearing at First Baptist Church, Sycamore, IL on Friday, September
28, 2012 at 7:00 pm.(Doors open @ 6:30)

A free will offering will be
taken. Sponsored by the HEART homeschool Support Group. Questions -
Contact: heart2homeschool@yahoo.com

Carole Joy Seid Seminar

September 19th, 2012

November 3rd, 2012; Chicago area

Begin With the End in Mind

When: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: $45 online until October 23rd (spouse attends at no additional charge)
$45 postmarked by October 19th
$55 at the door

Where: West Suburban Community Church
825 N. Van Auken
Elmhurst, IL 60120

Questions:   Michelle (630) 263-5238; mlpollard7@gmail.com
Karen (630) 279-2647; k.semrau@att.net

Review — Learn Our History

September 18th, 2012

Political correctness has sadly altered the history that many children learn today.

Mike Huckabee has helped to start a company with resources to combat this sometimes inaccurate view of the past and to help build pride in our country and our heritage. These videos can easily help your student gain an understanding of historical events while taking pride in our national heritage.

This particular video looks at the challenges the world faced leading up to World War II. Both in Europe and Japan, Learn Our History shows the attacks on freedom and the need for America to take a stand.

Product: Origins of World War II by Learn Our History

Details: A DVD that uses five cartoon teenagers to travel through time to get a behind the scenes look at the events and personalities instrumental in the origins and duration of World War II.

Price: $19.95 plus s/h or take advantage of their free gift offer and get it for $9.95 plus s/h. This second option also signs you up to receive a new video each month for $11.95 plus s/h until you cancel your order. You can also choose video streaming and not pay shipping. Scroll down their preview page for all the pricing details.

A significant event that took place less than a hundred years ago can still seem like ancient history to young students. This video series helps it come alive and is a great supplement to any study of this time period. You might want to try to find a veteran from WWII that could help the kids see even more clearly how close this is to them and to take pride in our history and our country today.

WWII veterans are getting more scarce as the years go by, but this video is readily available. My kids enjoyed watching this round the world look at some of the events of WWII. We have not studied modern history extensively, so much of this was new material to them. It gave them a great overview of the causes, people, and events without bogging them down in details or in too many of the gruesome facts. Even my 2 year old asked to watch the “airplane” movie again.

It is a short film, but packed with information. The cartoon characters were a little predictable, but they got the job done, and taught the lessons well. We felt this was definitely worth the time and we enjoy having it around as a resource and supplement to our history program.

Disclosure: I received this product free from Learn Our History for the purpose of posting a review. This review contains my honest opinions and experiences.

Six Flags reading program coming soon

September 17th, 2012

Here’s the latest info from Six Flags. Registration opens in just a few weeks!

On behalf of Six Flags, I would like to thank you for your past participation in our Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club and provide you with some detail about our upcoming 2012-2013 program. In this electronic world that we live in, reading has become more important than ever. We plan to continue to do our part by offering you and your elementary school students free tickets to Six Flags when they participate in the Read to Succeed program.

Beginning October 9th, you will be able to register online for Read to Succeed at sixflags.com/read. At that time you will need to have the following information available to complete your registration:

  • Your name
  • Name of your school
  • Your email address
  • Your school’s physical address (for ticket delivery)
  • Number of students in each grade you teach

If you are a school coordinator (registering on behalf of multiple teachers) you will need:

  • Name of each teacher
  • Email address of each teacher
  • Approximate number of students in each grade each teacher teaches

We will send you another note on or before October 9th when the new Read to Succeed online registration form is ready to go.

Thank you again for your participation in Read to Succeed!

Sincerely,

The Six Flags Read to Succeed Team

Photo shoot at DuPage Children’s Museum

September 13th, 2012

Is your child one of the new faces of DCM?

We’re updating DCM’s look for our marketing materials and will be holding a professional photo shoot in the Museum on Friday, 9/21 and Saturday, 9/22 to capture the spirit of curiosity, creativity and discovery experienced by our young visitors. Candid and portrait-style photos will be taken of children playing with exhibits, learning with their families and engaging with staff and volunteers.

You can help!

Visit the Museum on one or both of those days to participate and become a part of the DCM story. The Museum will be looking fantastic after its annual shutdown for maintenance and upgrades, with new exhibit areas to discover and explore. Come check it out and bring your best smiles!

If you want to participate, join our event on Facebook or Google+. Also, please take a minute to fill out this form to help us have the best photo shoot possible.

We hope to see you there!

Unique homeschool soccer opportunity

September 12th, 2012

Received this via email and Amy said she would love to have this shared with a broader audience. Please contact her directly for more information.

As many know, I am the founder of the Homeschool Youth Soccer League
(HYSL). I have been approached by a gentleman from Chicago Fire, the
professional soccer league right here in Chicago (
http://www.chicago-fire.com/) about a wonderful opportunity for the soccer
enthusiasts among us. This offer, I putting out to not only the HYSLeague
members, but to the homeschooling community at large because I am certain
that there are several of us out there who would love to participate in
this wonderful opportunity.

Wednesday, October 3rd Chicago Fire celebrate their 15th year anniversary.
With many activities, and a game that evening, they have offered to sell
tickets to a large group of us at a discounted price. If we have at least
100 people interested purchasing tickets at $14 per person, we would also
be given the opportunity to play on their field before the game! They are
also offering a parking pre-purchase price of $12 (over reg. $15). The time
I was given was 3:00pm for this date, but will verify because I see the
game is at 7p. (It could be that we are invited by 3pm to the festivities
going on that day, and will have our pre-game play on the field during this
3-7pm slot.)

I’m just, first, putting feelers out there to see if we can even come close
to 100 people. If this seems to be something of interest, and we would have
100 to take advantage of this opportunity, then I would move forward to
finalize plans with Chicago Fire.

If you think your family would like to participate, could you please email
me asap: mommy@nakitababy.com and let me know how many tickets you’d
purchase for this event?

Health and food festival in Chicago, free

September 11th, 2012

Join OV in Chicago for Food, Fun, Ideas, and Music!

Cultivate Festival

Join Organic Valley this Saturday, September 15th in Lincoln Park for the Chipotle Cultivate Festival—a free all-day celebration bringing together food, farmers, chefs, artisans, thought leaders, and musicians.

Stop by our booth in the Kids’ Area to play games and get coupons and giveaways, plus free Stringles™ and Single Serve Milks for your kids!

See you there—and thanks for being a friend to organic family farmers!Organically yours,
The Farmers and Staff of Organic Valley

Online science class

September 7th, 2012

This was forwarded to me, and so I’m passing it along as some of you might be interested:

Creation Kids: Online Classes

Dear Friends,

This is an invitation to join us for our upcoming Online Creation Kids Class. No special equipment, no place to drive. We come to you. You can check “science lab” off your list, because we do the work for you.

CSI has partner with author, home school mom and owner of Media Angels Inc, Felice Gerwitz. This partnership was formed with the purpose of introducing a series of online educational classes for kids.

Tom DeRosa along with host, Felice Gerwitz will cover the topics from CSI’s Elementary Science Curriculum, Investigate the Possibilities.” Exciting fun for middle school children or your upper elementary students.

Forces and Motion and Matter are the topics of this first series of classes. Join us for:

*Experiments
*Explanation
*Discussion and Questions: Ask Mr. DeRosa your questions

Date: Monday September 24th
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Time: 3:00PM 4:00PM Eastern

Six classes
Cost:
Only $5 per class
Payment options: Weekly $5 for Six Classes Or Get one class Free: $24.95

SIGN UP TODAY!

We are so sure you’ll enjoy this class we’ve recorded a preview just for you. Our gift.

Visit http://mediaangels.com/creationkids/�to redeem your video, no strings attached. Creation Kids Class videos is found on the Class Previews page. If you have any questions? Please contact Felice at felice@mediaangels.com

Thank you!

September 6th, 2012

Just gotta say “thanks.”

When I started this site 3 years ago it grew out of a passion for homeschooling. Of course, my passion is driven in part by my faith in Jesus Christ that I do not feel could be fully passed on to my kids if I didn’t get the chance to live it out in front of them 24/7. I fail, I learn, I grow. Through it all they see that learning doesn’t quit when you graduate and homeschooling is a whole-family, whole-life endeavor.

Thank you for sharing my enthusiasm. Sharing this site with your friends, relatives, and fellow-homeschoolers at co-ops and support groups.  Thank you for sharing with the rest of us about events, activities, support groups, contact information, ideas, and more.

Looking forward to the continued growth of this site as a helpful resource for Chicago area homeschoolers, and thank you for making that possible!

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