Archive for March, 2014

Volunteers needed in Will County’s Heritage Village

March 28th, 2014

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Would you like to know how it feels to a be a Pioneer? Dress in a Pioneers Costume? Meet new people? Volunteers needed at the Will County Historical Society’s Heritage Village, in Lockport,Il

Our goal is to keep the Heritage Village open one weekend a month during the summer. It will take at least three volunteers to keep the buildings open & show people around.

We are looking for families or groups that would like to volunteer together. Children could play on the grounds with traditional toys, play games or just walk around in costume. Adults would monitor visitors to the school house, depot, farm house and calaboose.   Home school families could set up in the school house, sit at the desks and fell what it was like to learn in a one room school house atmosphere.

Costumes would be provided, but costumes are not mandatory.

Hours served will count toward community service hours for high-schoolers. Miles driven to the Village would be tax deductible.

If you , your family, or group would like to volunteer at the Heritage Village, please contact Sandy Vasko at 815-341-0226.

State of Homeschooling With Rep. Hultgren

March 27th, 2014


Monday, March 31 | 6:00-8:30PM

Johnsburg Public Library

3000 N. Johnsburg Rd., Johnsburg, IL 60051

Come meet Rep. Hultgren for a discussion and update on the state of homeschooling at Johnsburg Public

Library’s Homeschool Resource

Center. The event is open to the


For any additional questions,

please contact Susan Russell

in Rep. Hultgren’s Geneva Office at or


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Gym group in Beverly/Morgan Park area

March 26th, 2014

Are you a home school family looking for fun physical education activities and co-op classes?

Beverly/Morgan Park Home School & Gym Group

This is a local group that was created to provide opportunities for home schooling families to participate in sports, academics, creative co-op classes and other activities in a Christ-centered learning environment.

Where: St. Paul’s Bible Church (located in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, 1960 W. 94th between Damen & Winchester)

When: Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Duration: September – May (divided into 2 semesters with holiday breaks)

Yearly Membership Per Family Fee: $235*

They are a Christian, co-operative group accommodating home school students infant through high school. In order for the group to be successful, one parent from each family participates weekly with gym activities, co-op classes, or in some other capacity. This gives the group opportunity to benefit from the skills of parents and helps the group run smoothly. All families meet for the duration of the co-op year. The offer Nursery and Preschool class for children ages 0-4. Students ages 5-12  participate in all activities scheduled for their age group. Below are some examples from the past

Gym Activities:

• Soccer

• Volleyball

• Basketball

• Bowling

• Swimming

• Ultimate Frisbee

Co-op Classes:

• Literature

• Anatomy

• Basic Electricity

• Music History

• Art

• Drama

The co-op year is divided into two semesters with holiday breaks. The weekly schedule is divided  into 3 co-op classes and 1 gym class that last for four weeks.

For the 13-17 age group we offer a little more flexibility in their schedule. See below:

• All students participate in gym classes (including the first semester “team building”)

• At the start of each semester, class choices are made

• In the event that a class is not being offered or a student doesn’t want to take it, they can bring school work from home and work independently in a parent supervised study hall

• They also require that the students volunteer twice a semester in some capacity at the Co-op.

If you are interested and would like more detailed information, please email the Membership Coordinator at Please include ages of children as of Sept.  and a phone number. They will be scheduling visits for April.

*Fee: The non-refundable registration fee is $45; yearly membership fee per family (NOT per child) is $235. This covers all co-op classes, gym activities and weekly snacks. This fee is due on or before the start day in September. After the first day, this fee is non-refundable. As a cooperative, all members participate in the “Great Lakes Scrip” fundraising program to  subsidize (essentially earn back) the cost of their membership and help to keep the fee minimal for all families. (For more  information on how that works feel free to contact them).

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High School Boys Basketball team forming

March 25th, 2014

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If you are homeschooled and interested in participating in a high school boys basketball team, please contact us at

We are currently working on putting together a team, schedule and league formation for 2014/15. We welcome you to inquire as well as tell any homeschool high school boy basketball players that you may know of. We will be scheduling a parent meeting soon.

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Speech and Debate Competition

March 17th, 2014

Communication Festival

What: Art/Music/Forensics

Where: North Central College, Naperville, IL

When: March 25-27

Showcase your talents.Competition for all three including photography,painting,drawing, vocal,instrument,speech,debate.

Who: Grades k-12.for art and age 7-19 for forensics.

Organization Name: Lifelong communicators

Contact Person: Diana Wolfson


West Suburban Home School Band

March 14th, 2014
2014 Spring Open House and More

The West Suburban Home School Band will be holding an Open House during regular rehearsal times on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

All interested home schoolers are invited to come and watch any rehearsal in Cornelius Hall at Resurrection Church at the NW corner of Army Trail and 59 in Wayne.

Rehearsal times for the four different band levels are:

5:15-6pm Cadets (beginners),

6-7pm Concert Junior,

7-8pm Concert Senior,

8-9pm Symphonic.

Feel free to come any time and stay as long as you like. Free gifts for all who visit!

For more information or questions, please contact the director, Karen Borow, through the website

Mark your calendar for the following performances–

The WSHSB’s 13th Annual Spring Concert at 7 pm, Friday, May 16, 2014, at Edman Memorial Chapel, on the campus of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. This concert is NOT a function of Wheaton College.Map and directions are on

Thursday, June 5, the WSHSB will play from 12 to 12:30, just prior to the keynote speaker at the ICHE Convention.

Cornerstone Journalism Institute

March 13th, 2014

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Cornerstone Journalism Institute

One of our institute instructors, Russ Pulliam, has homeschooled his children with his wife and he himself is associate editor/columnist for the Indianapolis Star. He is also a board member and occasional writer for World magazine ( He has been coming up to Grand Rapids, Mich., for several years now to provide basic writing and reporting instruction. He is a very effective instructor who engages the students in hands-on writing activities.

In the past, some families have driven their child to our institute, got them settled and unpacked and then went camping themselves while their child enjoyed CJI. Just an idea. Others have had their students fly into Grand Rapids, Mich, airport, where one of my staff could pick them up and return them to the airport at the end of the week.

More information is available at:

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HSU Open House March 10th and 13th

March 1st, 2014

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