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Learning Vine info for the year ahead

March 22nd, 2013

Passing along:

The Learning Vine has just published its 2013-2014 Enrichment Program catalog at the LV website:

We offer 48 different courses this year, including graded high school electives that can count for credit. These include Music Theory, Advanced Art, Photography, Pottery, and Creative Writing.

We offer courses in athletics, life skills, visual arts, music, literature study, creative writing, and science enrichment for all ages.

New this year: Cartooning, Children’s Choir, Do-Re-Mi Music, Cinematography,
E-Commerce, Supreme Court Simulation, LEGO Robotics, and Young Investors’ Simulation.

Registration opens to the public on April 5th. Please see details at the website.

Karine Bauch
LV Director

Homeschool and Gym group meeting in Beverly area

March 12th, 2013
A homeschool friend shared this on facebook:
The Beverly/Morgan Park Home School & Gym Group, Inc. is hosting a Visitors’ Day on Tuesday, March 19, at 9am-noon. Our co-op gathers weekly in the Beverly area on Tuesdays. Our age range is Infant thru High School.
The Beverly/Morgan Park Home School & Gym Group, Inc. is a co-operative non-profit. We exist to provide Chicago area and nearby suburban home schooling families opportunities to participate in sports, academics, creative co-op classes and other activities in a God-centered learning environment.

Some of the Gym Activities and Co-op classes we are doing this year:
Soccer Literary Sessions
Basketball Choir
Floor Hockey Science Experiments/Dissection
Ultimate Frisbee Cooking

Please RSVP to our Membership Coordinator Laurie, to reserve your spot. Please include the following information.

Name of Parents Attending:
Names and Ages of Children as of Sept. 1, 2013:
Phone Number:

Once Laurie receives your RSVP, she will email you a confirmation with additional details about the day. Please note: We are limited in the number of visitors we can accommodate at one time.

ETA: Wanted to let you all know this is a Christian group so you have a better idea if it will suit your needs or not. ~Thank you!

March 8th, 2013

Home School Resource Fair

Monday, March 11

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Riverside Community Church

in St. Charles at Randall & Crane Roads

Area homeschoolers are invited to attend a Resource Fair featuring organizations offering services to the Fox Valley home school community.

Come, discover local co-ops, support groups, sports opportunities, private lesson instructors, tutors and more!聽 Representatives from each organization will be on hand to answer questions about their services.

Take home a directory listing each organization and their contact information for future reference, free of charge!

For more information, please email

Greenhouse Open House

February 14th, 2013


The Greenhouse is having a Sampler Night for interested families. They offer one day a week classes as well as enrichment classes for homeschooled students.

In collaboration with parents, The Greenhouse exists to develop a new geneartion of leaders who will serve the commond good and in all thngs bring glory to God.

Come hear all about the Greenhouse!

Date:Thursday Feb. 21
Place:Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Address: 802 E. Geneva Road, Wheaton, IL

Homeschool University Open House and Book Sale

February 12th, 2013


Monday, March 4th & Thursday, March 7th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

HOMESCHOOL UNIVERSITY meets in West Chicago and is a co-op for homeschool families that provides classes for preschool through senior year in high school. Stop by and join us as we bring education to life! While you鈥檙e there stop by our book and bake sale and visit our Creation Expo. New parent meetings on both days. Visit for more info.

If you are interested in HSU, we welcome you to visit our upcoming Open House on Monday, March 4th & Thursday, March 7th. At this time you can take a tour of our school, meet teachers and students and see what we are all about. We will also have an informational meeting on Monday at 10:30 and Thursday at 1:00.

Please r.s.v.p. at and let us know what day you are coming and the grades of your children. We welcome your questions and invite you to bring your homeschooling friends along with you.

Bake and Book Sale on both days. (Book sale ends at 2:00)

Homeschool University…where home and school come together.

Choosing a co-op

January 22nd, 2013

For most of our homeschool years we have not involved ourselves in a co-op. However, there have been certain seasons when we have found them a helpful addition to our curriculum.聽 As we enter into a new year, many people find themselves beginning planning for next school year. Since we are still teaching and running a household the planning can be a long process, and it is beneficial to take your time and digest the resources, information, and opportunities that surround you.

Sharing from personal experience, I thought it might be helpful to put into writing some of the important considerations in choosing a co-op.

The top three I think are the most important — schedules, cost, and family fit.

Scheduling – Take some time to consider all of the scheduling ramifications of a co-op. You will be committed, each week on a certain day and time to be somewhere, whether it is all day or just an hour or two. This can be a great thing, but make sure it fits in your daily routine and your weekly schedule. Make sure you understand the commitment before jumping in. And, can you back out at the end of the semester if it isn’t a good fit? Especially if the co-op requires volunteer hours or the teaching of a class, all of those will fall on you as well.

Cost – Be sure to add up all the expenses — class fees, books, registration fees, per semester costs, etc. At one point I realized that instead of my child taking one class I would rather spend a little more on what we were doing at home and just enjoy staying put.

Family fit – What are your kids’ ages? Do they have programming available for everyone? Are you kids interested in the classes available? Are you still juggling naps? Consider each child and their needs and developmental ability to make sure it is a workable fit.

Reasons to skip it (at least for now)

Takes you away from each other – One of the huge joys of homeschooling is time together. Some homeschoolers spend much of each day in the car chasing opportunities for different children. Not wrong to take advantage of a beneficial time of learning, but sometimes you might find the greater benefit in staying home. Sometimes.

Immaturity and other issues– Another one of the many reasons that I homechool is that some of my kids would not have fit well into a classroom at the state designated age for kindergarten. They needed to run a bit still. Different kids at different ages will benefit more or less from a more structured class environment. Most co-ops are a little more flexible than a traditional classroom, but it is still important to consider the suitability of the situation to your child’s personality and level.

Husband’s perspective- Always seek unity. I don’t rush into anything without talking it over with my husband. Sometimes he leaves the choice to me and is fine either way, but other times he has a stronger opinion about our participating, or not, in a particular activity. I always value his perspective on the situation and want to make a decision that we both are comfortable with.

Other considerations –

Accountability – I think I hear this the most often for why people joined a co-op. They just wanted someone else on a regular, but not daily, basis keeping them and their child on track. Other homeschoolers are in exactly the same place as you and there is something wonderfully enlivening about seeing them once a week and knowing that the rest of the week they are grinding away at the assignments as well. Academic excellence is an important goal and if the co-op will gently keep you on that path, then that is a great reason to join.

Tough subjects — whether it is a subject you hate or one you just plain ol’ don’t understand, a co-op can be a real life saver in certain subjects. Whether it is high level math, speech, writing, or high school science (Physics played a role in our co-op consideration), you might find a co-op a great fit for filling your teaching gap.

Educational philosophy– They might not have to agree with your completely, but you will want to at least be compatible. Be sure you understand their approach and how it affects their classes (worksheets and books chosen, topics of study, class structure, etc.)

Time commitment – you will usually be required to assist, teach, or fill volunteer roles. Don’t forget about transportation times. This will cost everybody’s time if you have other kids at home that you are teaching.

Doctrinal statement – This may or may not apply to you, but this was a significant factor in our decision. Do they have one? Must the teachers agree to it? Must the families agree to it (one parent or both)? Are classes taught from a clear, stated worldview? Do you fit with it, or are you just “ok” with it?

Size and experience– Pros and cons both ways here. I prefer small and personal, others prefer large with lots of choices. Some might like fresh and innovative, others might prefer established and with a track record.

Behavior expectation– what do they expect in class and how do they enforce it? This is important to know if your child happens to be the one that struggles in a new setting or if he might be influenced by the “other kid” who does.

And, a few NOT good reasons to join a co-op :

(these may be way down on your list somewhere, but they will hopefully never be the driving force behind your decision to seek out a co-op)

Socialization – Hopefully you are as sick of hearing this as I am. Your kids need you, not a group of peers to show them how to relate in this world. Yes, they need to work that out with others at times, but you don’t need a weekly commitment to a co-op to accomplish that.

Default -Everyone’s doing it. Um, if everyone jumped off the cliff . . . 馃槈

Insecurity – Do seek out other homechool moms that can encourage you in your journey, but don’t assume that you need someone else teaching your child for them to get an adequate education.聽 There are lots of resources that you can use right at home in a subject that you struggle with.聽 Trust who God has made you to be and His wisdom in placing these children under your care. You can do it!

There is not one perfect co-op and even amazing co-ops don’t necessarily make a suitable fit for every family. Take your time and get to know the co-op, the leadership, some of the members, and even the facility. It does not matter if they worked well for others, what matters is if it will improve your homeschool or take away from it.

I know my bias comes through in this post and as much as we love what we have received and been able to offer through our current co-op, I am more of a non-co-op person. I just love being at home with my kids learning and living life together. But, I also know what an amazing tool a suitable co-op can be in your homeschooling arsenal, so weigh the decision, and enjoy another year of homeschooling whether it’s all under your roof or a little here and a little there.

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:

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聽a community to connect聽and grow with?

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

We still have openings in the following classes:

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

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

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

o聽聽 3-4:30聽聽聽聽聽聽 Sewing (Ages 8 & up)

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

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

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

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

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

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o聽聽 9-10聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 High School Spanish III

o聽聽 10-11聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 High School Spanish I

o聽聽 10-11聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Latin (grades 3-5)

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

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

o聽聽 11-12聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Science (Grades 5-6)

o聽聽 1-2聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Science (Grades 3-4)

o聽聽 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:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Leeann Acosta ( or 630.587.8045

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kim Jimenez ( or 630.406.9529

Classical Conversations meeting in Bolingbrook

July 23rd, 2012

Some info from the Naperville Home Educators Yahoo group on an upcoming informational meeting:

What: Classical Conversations Challenge A Info Meeting
When: Tuesday July 24, 2012
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Fountaindale Library, Meeting Room B, 300 W. Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, 60440
Challenge A is coming to Bolingbrook! If you would like more information, join us for this informational meeting. Challenge A uses the tools of memorization and discussion to help kids develop their skills in six different areas: logic, grammar, debate, research, exposition and rhetoric.

New Co-op forming!

May 29th, 2012

Received this info via email and hope it is helpful to some of you, and please forward it to friends and friends of friends that might be interested!

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

Beverly/Morgan Park Home School & Gym Group

We are a new 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 God-centered learning environment.

We will meet weekly on Tuesdays from approximately 8:45-12:15 at St. Paul鈥檚 Bible Church (located in Beverly, 1960 W. 94th St., between Damen and Winchester) starting in Fall 2012.

We are a co-operative group accommodating ages Nursery to 8th grade.聽聽Therefore, one parent from each family will be expected to participate weekly with gym activities, co-op classes or in some other capacity.聽聽There is a yearly fee per family.

Some of our Gym Activities:





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Some of our Co-op Classes:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽Geography Landforms

路聽聽聽聽聽聽Cooking & Holiday Foods

路聽聽聽聽聽聽Water and Air Rockets

路聽聽聽聽聽聽Team building


Join us for an informational meeting Monday, June 4th, 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul鈥檚 Bible Church to learn more!

Please RSVP to if you plan to come. 聽We want to ensure that we are prepared with the right amount of refreshments and copies.



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