World Vision event coming to Oak Brook

The following information is from World Vision and might be helpful to raise awareness of various needs surrounding the AIDS issue in Africa today. Please note that this is geared toward adults and older children (12 and up).

You’re invited!

We’re excited to let you know that World Vision’s popular Experience: AIDS exhibit is coming to your area soon. This amazing interactive, walk-through experience takes you on a virtual journey to Africa, where you’ll walk in the steps of a child affected by AIDS.

You already have a heart for the poor and oppressed of the world. Now, here’s a unique opportunity for you and your friends, family, and neighbors to come see, hear, and experience the life of a child impacted by the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time: AIDS.

This FREE exhibit (already seen by more than hundreds of thousands of visitors across the country) will open your eyes to the AIDS pandemic through stirring audio and captivating photography. Visitors tell us it’s like being transported to the heart of Africa.

So, don’t miss the chance to visit the World Vision Experience: AIDS exhibit and step into Africa. Reserve your tour time by clicking here. (Allow approximately 20 to 30 minutes for your Experience tour.)

The audio portion of the Experience contains situations that may be disturbing to children younger than 12. Parental discretion is advised.

To find out more about the tour and preview the stories, visit We look forward to seeing you there.

God bless you,

/s/ Rich Stearns
Rich Stearns
President, World Vision U.S.

Lake County Forest Preserves

The Lake Country Forest Preserves has a number of events to supplement your homeschool experience. Be sure to check out their calendar of events whether you live in Lake County or not.

They have all kind of events from Historical home tours, to nature hikes, to helping around the farm, to art, to water sports.

Coming up in September is a homeschool farm day, rescheduled from a rained out day in the spring.

When: Wednesday September 16, 2009
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Where: Bonner Heritage Farm (Lindenhurst)
Ages: 5 – 12
$3.00 per child (Lake County Residents)

$5.00 per child (Non-Residents)
Regular Registration Deadline: September 15, 2009
Registration Options: Register online, by telephone at 847-968-3321 or by mail or fax using this form

This often fills up, so be sure to register soon if you are interested.

See their website on the links above or call for more information.

Office Max Teacher Appreciation event

We rely on Office Max for lots of little, and occasionally big, items throughout our homeschool year.

Here is an event I have enjoyed in recent years (important note: check your local store for dates. Some have held these already, and others may not be on this same day, call ahead to make check your local details) :

Office Supplies Paper Technology Ink and Toner Furniture
Receive a FREE Reusable Shopping Bag and get 15% off everything you can fit inside*
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PLUS, Receive a Coupon to EARN 15% in MaxPerks® Bonus Rewards on any printer purchase. Present your MaxPerks ID card and the coupon in-store to earn 15% in Bonus Rewards. Coupon Valid August 9 thru August 15.

*Valid August 9, 2009. Offer available to MaxPerks® Rewards for Teachers members or new teacher member sign-ups only.
All merchandise must fit inside this bag to qualify for the 15% discount. 15% discount applies to all regular, sale and clearance priced items, before taxes. 15% discount offer not valid on purchases of computers, monitors, printers, gift certificates, OfficeMax brand gift cards, general-use prepaid cards, phone cards, MaxAssurance® or assembly. Merchandise must be in original packaging. Discount applies to in-stock items only. Discount may only be used once. Special orders are not eligible for the 15% discount. Not valid with any other coupon offer, Associate discount card(s) and/or Retail ConnectSM Card pricing. No price adjustments from previous ads will be made. One bag per customer. Valid in-store only. No rainchecks will be given for this 15% discount. Void if copied, sold, transferred, taxed or where prohibited. Not valid on prior purchases or for credit card payments. No cash or credit back. Cash value .001¢. © 2009 OMX, Inc.
In the event the store runs out of the reusable bags, a substitute bag will be provided for use with the 15% discount. See store associate for complete details and exclusions.

♦Offer valid for MaxPerks® Rewards for Teachers members or new teacher member sign-ups only. 15% Bonus Reward valid on any printer purchase. Bonus Reward offer is available from August 9, 2009 to August 15, 2009. Items, and related Bonus Rewards, are available while supplies last. Member’s MaxPerks ID card and coupon must be presented at time of purchase; no Bonus Reward adjustments will be made after purchase. Bonus Reward offer valid in-store only. For percentage based Bonus Reward, percentage of Bonus Rewards issued is based upon price actually paid by Member, as advertised price can be reduced by any applicable coupon or discount. Bonus Rewards will be issued in the next statement cycle. Bonus Rewards for these offers, along with any other Bonus Rewards a Member may have earned during the same period, will be issued in the form of a reward card redeemable toward future purchases. Reward card expires 90 days from date of issuance except for reward cards for FL Members, which expire 1 year from date of issuance.

Private in-store event is for personal use only. Excludes gift cards. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Commercial credit cannot be used for payment. No other coupons will be honored at this event. Delivery items included. Not responsible for printing or typographical errors. All amounts represented in this email are subject to change. OfficeMax®,, OfficeMax Express®, OfficeMax ImPress® and FurnitureMax® are registered trademarks of OMX, Inc.

Notebooking pages sale

Walmart is not the only place for back to school specials. The homeschool community is also bursting at the seams with special deals for people looking to stock up on items needed for the year ahead. For just another couple days you can enjoy an incredible discount at

Here is the deal through Friday, August 7th, 2009:

Gearing up for next year? Have a big wish list? With so many homeschooling curriculums, resources, and books available, it’s tough to pick and choose the best for your family and it’s even more difficult to make it all fit your budget. We cut the busywork out of our days years ago with notebooking and put an end to the major spending as well.

Finish your year without regrets!
At the end of the school year, instead of looking at unfinished workbooks and curriculums with regret and guilt, we pull out our notebooks and look back with joy and satisfaction on all we learned. It’s amazing to watch the kids read back over their notebooks – such pride and enthusiasm for what they captured from their studies.

Now is a great time to get started!
Perhaps you are a seasoned notebooking family or maybe you’ve been waiting to finish your current course of study before giving notebooking a try.  Whatever the study, whatever the topic . . .now is a super time to start (or stock up) with one (or ALL!) of our sets because . . .

EVERYTHING in the store is 50% off!

**Use the discount code below during checkout to receive your savings**

Use 50% discount code = b2school09 during checkout!

Click Here to Visit Store

Right now she has an unreal sale — for just $50 you can get all the pages she has created (the list is huge! States, Latin, history, character, etc.)

Even if you don’t decide to take advantage of the deals she has to offer right now, you can check out her many free resources that she has made available. I have used a number of these over the years with my kids. Well done, and ready to use.

Book Sale!!!

Home School Textbook and Guided Reading Sale

When: Friday August 7th from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: 439 S. Liberty St. Elgin, IL 60120
What: Great bargains on individual and whole book sets including —

  • Houghton Mifflin,
  • Saxon
  • Purposeful Design
  • A Reason for…
  • Open Court
  • and more.

Plus guided reading sets to build your school library.

From K-12, new and used.

Cash only.

Mini-homeschool expo

The CHESS homeschool support group is planning a small scale Homeschool Expo on August 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church (15150 Oak Park Ave. in Oak Forest).  They are asking those who assist and support homeschoolers in the community to come out and share information regarding their areas of support.  A “New to Homeschool” seminar to assist new homeschoolers will also be available. The evening will also provide an opportunity to register for the CHESS support group.
If you would like more information or would like to reserve a table at this event, please e-mail Sandi Grutzius (

Used Curriculum Sale

Title: Used Curriculum Sale
Location: Johnsburg Library
Link out: Click here
Description: 10:00 – 12:00 Used Curriculum Flea Market
Sell some stuff, buy some stuff, ask lots of questions!
A limited number of tables, half tables and parking spaces are available by advanced reservation only. To sell at the used curriculum flea market please contact:
Kathy Wentz or leave a message at 847-497-4407. Please specify a table, half table or parking space when you leave a message.

12:00 – 1:00 Eat, Meet and Greet

1:00 – 4:00 Open Forum Q&A
Ask questions and hear real answers about the different homeschooling styles, curriculum choices, what has worked (and what hasn\’t!), legal information, where to find resources, and much more!
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2009-07-18
End Time: 16:00