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Chess

August 29th, 2013

Grandmaster Yury Shulman, 2008 US Chess Champion will once again teach homeschoolers the game of chess.

30 minutes will be spent playing chess with other students at their ability level and 30 minutes will be instruction on the game.

There will be 4 sessions for the ‘13-’14 year.
Session #1 will run Sept. 9, 16, 23 ,30 & Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Session #2 will run Nov. 4, 11, 18 & Dec. 2, 9, 16

With advanced registration, (CLOSING 9/1) the cost will be $8/hr (a 25%-60% discount to his other classes). Drop-ins are still welcome at $10/hr (please bring cash).

All classes will take place at Yury’s home studio 428 Waverly Rd., Barrington, IL 60010.

For more info or to sign up, go to http://shulmanchess.com/clubs/ scroll to homeschool and fill-out the registration on-line, paying through pay-pal.

Barrington Area Homeschoolers (BAHS) started this group, but welcome ALL homeschool families to participate.

Free Museum Day September 28, 2013

August 25th, 2013

For one day you can enter a museum for free! (I know we are a little spoiled around here with all the great museums and so many with free days for us Illinoisans)

The Smithsonian Magazine hosts this event, so you can check out their site for all the details and to register.

The ticket is good for two people, and is limited to one per household, so please keep that in mind.

However, there are some great places on the list – SciTech in Aurora, Graue Mill in Oak Brook, Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago,  and more!

Check it out and please pass it along.

Homeschool Trampoline time

August 22nd, 2013
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HOME School Program
Home School Program will not be available during any Holiday breaks, as we will be open to the general public during this time.
1:30pm-3:00pm on Wednesdays, September through May.
$8/jumper for the 1st 4 jumpers
$6/jumper for additional siblings (more than 4)
Epic Air Park
1675 N. Lancaster
South Elgin, IL 60177

Phone: 847-608-0600
Fax: 847-608-0646
E-mail: info@epicairpark.com

Deal from Homeschool Buyers Co-op

August 18th, 2013

I just took advantage of this and wanted to share my excitement . . .

Homeschool Buyers Co-op has a great deal on The One Year Adventure Novel right now. You can get 15% off this amazing curriculum if you order by the end of Monday. Most likely you will actually get 20% off because the more people that order, the better the discount becomes. As long as just a couple more people order the group will hit 100 orders and the 20% discount rate.

I had just decided to use this curriculum and saw this deal come across my page. This is a video course with quizzes and a student workbook for a full year of high school writing. High school students in Illinois must earn two credits in a writing focused class, so this is definitely something we need. And, I have a great instructor via video to teach my kids! It is expensive (about $200) which is why I was thrilled to get a hefty discount. Aside from college tuition and books this is our only curriculum purchase this year, so I decided to go with it. I know we will enjoy it for year to come.

Wish I could give you a more thorough review of the product, but it does look fantastic, and my daughter (just turned 14) really enjoyed the couple lessons she previewed. When I said I wasn’t sure we could afford it she said it could be her birthday gift if that would help cover some of the cost. That’s how excited she was about this program, willing to pass on birthday presents to get it!

If you are interested, be sure to head on over for this deal soon, it will end at midnight (I think that’s 2 am here) Monday the 19th.

The deal: Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op One Year Adventure Novel

ETA: They have already reached the 20% off level, so all purchases will now be nearly $40 off the list price!

REACH — Classes in Skokie

August 7th, 2013
We have a new sponsor here at the Chicagoland Homeschool Network and we would love for you to check out the site and spread the word about this dynamic co-op. Here is a bit about REACH!
Hello, parents of homeschooled teens!
We had a wonderful second year of classes and are looking forward to our third.  We meet on Tuesdays at Lakeside Church, 3939 West Howard Street, Skokie.  Classes meet from early afternoon to evening to allow drivers to avoid rush hour on both ends and to accommodate sleep schedules :)
Our starting point is great teachers, true experts in their fields who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with our students, some of whom happen also to be homeschool parents. Once again, our proximity to Northwestern University has been an asset.

We offer one class in each time slot.  Students are welcome to take one, two or all three classes.  These are drop-off classes, for which the minimum age for participation is 13.  Students not taking a class in a given block will have access to quiet space with internet access to participate in an online course or do other work.

We are excited about the upcoming year and hope to see many of you in the fall.  The students learn a lot and really enjoy being together.  Some are there for the entire 9-hour day, and still need to be pried away at the end to go home!

The schedule is as follows:
12:30-2:30 PM  
  • Art History, Theory and Criticism   – 1st semester: Modern and Post-Modern with Shane Campbell, gallery owner, adjunct assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute and homeschool dad
  • 2nd semester: Renaissance to Modern with instructor t.b.a.

2:30-4:30 PM

  • Exploring Musical Composition – 1st semester: Instrumental Masterpieces and Composition Lab
  • 2nd semester: Operatic Masterpieces and Composition Lab

Both taught by Laurann Gilley, member of the music staff at Lyric Opera of Chicago and the opera department at Northwestern, and homeschool mom

4:30-5:30 PM    Dinner break
5:30-7:30 PM   Statistics with Aaron Schechter, BS and MS in Applied Math/Statistics from Johns Hopkins and PhD candidate in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at Northwestern
The classes are followed, from 7:30-9:30, by a meeting of the Chicagoland Model United Nations Club, an award-winning independent high school MUN club (http://chicagolandmunclub.org/ …and now a 501c(3)!)  to which many of the students belong and which is open to new members.
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They will have detailed course descriptions available soon and will schedule an Open House so that families can see the facility and meet the instructors.
Greater detail is available at: http://www.homeschool-life.com/il/reach/
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