Mother’s Tea

What is Mother’s Tea? 

Mother’s Tea is a time for moms to hang out, enjoy something yummy to eat and drink and some grownup conversation. Moms only, nursing babies are always welcome.
But I’m the homeschooling Dad! What do I get?
Yes, I hear you, Greg Callozzo. Mother’s Tea inc. fully supports you getting a group of dads together to play cards or watch sports or even have tea amongst yourselves. No one is stopping you. In the past, dads have gotten together while Tea is happening and played football or frisbee or run just around outside with the kids.
When does this delightful tea thing happen?
The first or second Sunday of the month from 2-4. Usually teas are held in the host’s home, however if you would like to host a tea at your favorite coffee shop/ teahouse, that’s fine too.
What do I need to do to sign up for a Mother’s Tea?
You need to check the dates at the end of this email and pick a date and then contact  me and/or the NUG list stating your desire for the month you’ve chosen. They get assigned on a first come basis, so if 2 people pick the same month, Tea goes to the person who contacted me first.
Do I have to bake like Yvonnie to host tea? Do I have to serve tea?
While no one will complain if you bake like Yvonnie, it’s not a prerequisite. You can even pick up some baked goods instead of baking yourself. Or heck, Justyna made us all sautéed veggies once and that was a great tea. You can serve coffee or lemonade or your home brewed beer if you like, though many of us really do like tea. If you are new to the group and are interested in hosting a tea, great! It’s probably a good idea to come to a few teas to find out if these ladies are folks you actually  want to invite into your home.The following dates are available if you would like to host a Mother’s Tea.
I signed up for Tea hosting, but my families’ schedule turns out to be way overbooked that Sunday
If you know you can’t host early enough, post a not to the group and see if anyone would like to trade or fill in for you. Obviously, in the case of illness or other emergency, send an email to the list to cancel.
Looking forward to some great teas this year!
Here are the dates for tea: For the address and reminders, watch the FB page and/or yahoo group
September 7 – Amy Eaton
October 5
Novermber 2
December  7
January 11
February 1
March 1
April 12
May 3
June 7



Email Amy E

Ideas for Things to Do

Community Resources

  1. ID cards and discounts
    1. make an id for yourself/kids to use: template at Homeschool Buyer’s Coop
      1. Ventra student discount cards
      2. homeschool educator discounts at many stores
        1. Barnes and Noble
        2. Joann Fabrics
        3. Blick
        4. Tom Thumb Art supply
        5. Half Price Books
  2. Public Institutions
    1. Museums
      1. Many museums have free admission for educators
      2. Many museums offer free admission for homeschool groups
        1. Oriental Museum
        2. Surgical Science
        3. Museum of Science and Industry
        4. Art Institute (has a homeschool kit)
        5. Chicago History Museum
        6. Planetarium (kids can collect badges by doing “missions”)
        7. Shedd developing teen curriculum
        8. Skokie Heritage Museum has homeschool classes
    2. Libraries
      1. Evanston has meetups
      2. Harold Washington You Media
    3. Nature Preserves, volunteer opportunities, h.s. programs North Park Nature Center, Chicago
      1. Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie
      2. Heller Nature Center, Highland Park
      3. The Grove, Glenview
      4. Ryerson Woods, Deerfield (has a farm, woods)
  3. Other Places to Check Out
    1. Pumping Station: One, hacker space
    2. Science Resources
      1. Kids Science
      3. The Plant (hydroponics and fish farming)
    3. Writing Resources
      1. (kid writing classes)
      2. Open Books (mentorships)
    4. G.L.U.E hiking group and book club
    5. YouMedia in Harold Washington Library for teens


    1. Materials:
      1. Jim Weiss narrated History of the World Cds
      2. Podcasts like Wait, Wait, Dont Tell Me
  1. Night Sky app Star Walk app
  2. Geocaching website and app
    1. Art Resources
      1. free art classes
      2. arts outreach, street art
      3. for girls 12-14
  1. Volunteer Opportunities
      1. Treehouse Cat Shelter offers kids volunteering spots
      2. Call around and ask at places you are interested in (or your kids are interested in) take the initiative