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For those of you in or near the Fox Valley area, you may or may not have been able to attend the Homeschool Resource Fair this past Monday. Either way, I am making the vendor booklet available online for those that might be interested in many of the resources local to that area.

Here is the link to where you can find it:

You can either right click the link and select  “Save As” to save this file to your computer or click “link” to open from website.

Hope this is helpful especially to those that were unable to make it on Monday night.

Crossroads offers sports just for homeschoolers

If you are looking for homeschool sports this is the place to begin your search. Excellent program and a variety of sports available. Check out all the details on their website Crossroads Christian Youth Center.

Meet up in Oswego & Fox Valley area

Looking to connect with other homeschoolers face to face? This meet-up might be just the thing.

This is a place where homeschooling families from the Western Suburbs can connect with each other, socialize, make friends, set up events & playdates, ask questions, share ideas, explore resources, network together and have fun!   Most of our Meet-ups are in the Oswego, Naperville, Aurora, Yorkville, Montgomery and Plainfield areas however, anyone from neighboring towns is welcome. Many of our field trips also are in nearby areas. We are looking for active participants to get involved with events. We are a group that welcomes all philosophies on homeschooling.

Name: Fox Valley Homeschoolers

Location: Oswego, Il

Primary Contact Person: Joni Choudhary


Co-op in Fox Valley area holding open registration

Please contact Tri-Cities Enrichment Co-op directly for course descriptions or more detailed schedule information:

Are you looking for a homeschool group for your family, some additional enrichment classes, or academic classes to round out your curriculum at home? Consider Tri-Cities Enrichment Co-op (TEC)

We are a Christian homeschool group of families who will meet on Tuesdays (new day) for the 2010-2011 school year at Lord of Life Church – La Fox, IL – just west of Geneva in order to provide various classes to our children.  Our instructors are qualified teachers who love the subject areas that they are teaching. We pay these teachers to teach these classes.   As part of the co-op, parents are expected to serve at the co-op during the times that their children attend.   Since this is a parent run co-op, the success of our group depends on the involvement of caring, committed parents.

We offer Apologia Chemistry, Apologia Biology, Apologia General Science, Apologia Physical Science, and Science- God’s Design series, Spanish, Literature, Shurley  Language Arts/IEW Writing,  Art, ballet, Bob Jones US History, Speech , Old Testament Bible, American Girl History, Elementary Geography, Gym, and Classical Conversation’s Foundation classes.   We have classes for kindergarten through High School.

Please email if you would like more information.

Open Registration for classes will be held at Lord of Life Church, Corner of Rte. 38 & Burlington Road-LaFox on May 17  from 12:30-2:00.   Registration packages will be provided at Registration or are available upon request.

Gymnastics classes in the Fox Valley area

Excel Gymnastics has long served homeschoolers in the Fox Valley area with a homeschool gymnastics class at their Batavia facility. This class meets on Thursdays from 11:00-12:00 for kids ages 6 and up.  They also have preschool classes (3-4 years) and a Kindergym (5 year olds) at the same time (the preschool class is 45 minutes long).  The class is at Excel Gymnastics in Batavia (2301 Main St., Batavia).

They have offered to recreate this class at their St. Charles facility if they can gather enough interest.

Amy is spearheading this effort and any questions or interest should travel through her (see email below). She shared some of her thoughts on her children’s experience in Excel’s homeschool gymnastics class:

We love these classes and the coaches (at the Batavia location) are fabulous.  We have done gymnastics classes through the park district and other locations and our experience at Excel far surpasses these other classes.  This is a great opportunity for exercise and I have even seen boosts in my kids self esteem since starting these classes.  They offer classes for preschoolers at the same time, which is very nice for families with younger kids as well.

New Class Possibility:  Suggested time is Wednesdays from 11:00-12:00 at the St. Charles location  (3N800 Peck Road, St. Charles).  Coach Tony said that there would be a preschool class (45 minutes) at the same time and that they could also combine 4 & 5 year olds for a Kindergym class as well.  The homeschool gymnastics class would be for kids ages 6 and up.

The new session starts next week, but they said they could start the new homeschool class anytime in case families were not ready to start next week.  They need only 4 kids to start the class! And, they have great sibling discounts available right now (25% off the second child’s class!)

Please email Amy ( as soon as possible if you would be interested in this class for one or more of your kids. You will need to let her know how many kids you would like to enroll, their ages, and which location (Batavia or St. Charles).  If they hear from enough interested students to get a new class going she will contact Coach Tony at Excel and let him know so that they can move forward with making these arrangements.

Thanks to Kris Besic of Positive Connections Homeschoolers for passing along this information.