This class will read and discuss various works of Western literature, at roughly the junior year of high school level. The aim is to have more fun by becoming improved readers, which allows for greater competence, which allows for still more fun. We will use the historical approach, the material approach, the structural approach, any approach that looks promising and expands the continuing revelation that reading can be. That last sentence clause sounds a little heavy, but I’m going to stick with it until informed otherwise.
Class time: Tuesdays, 10:30am-Noon
Class dates: September 9-October 28(8 weeks)
Class fee: $120 (Drop-in $15)
Instructor: Ben Huizenga
Location: Ben’s house, Northside of Chicago.
I have organized a literature class for teens with Ben Huizenga. The class is open for registration now. This class grew out of the my son’s desire to do more work with literature at a high school level and participate with other kids. He has chosen to continue to homeschool/ unschoool through high school age but also is feeling like he wants to do some organized work appropriate to that level. I think this class will be fun and also meet the needs/desires of our older kids who want autonomy but also some structure.
Homeschool Youth Soccer League- HYSL
Season to run:
Saturday, September 13th through Saturday October 18th.
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am
Location: Legion Park on Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago
ALL are welcome! Registration will *close* Saturday, September 6th.
Chicago North is the only region to run this fall. There will be *no* tournament dates this season. Regular season structure will return in the Spring of 2015 with tournaments back into play.
– The age groups per team are wider to include more capable players at all levels.
– All of the teams in any one given region practice all on the same day at the same time so that if you are a family with more than one child playing you will not have multiple children on various fields, times or days during the week.
– The tournaments are held once per month to allow homeschool children of one region/city to play against homeschool teams of another region/city.
– And… the cost is far more affordable.To join this group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HYSL_Midwest/info) you must be a parent with homeschooled children interested in playing soccer. OR, you are a homeschooling family who want to be kept in the loop with what is going on in HYSL, AND/OR you are a parent who is willing to volunteer time in coaching, assistant coaching, referring, and/or team parents or region organizers.
To add, this particular yahoo group services those in or surrounding the Chicago area, but not limited to those in Wisconsin, Indiana, or Iowa who are willing to make the drive once per month to participate in tournament games that will be held centrally in the Chicago area.
And finally, this league would not be possible without parent volunteers! Without parents stepping up to help get this off the ground, we would have never seen our first tournament Spring of 2012. If you are joining this group in the hopes to participate in the fall (or future) season(s), please consider volunteering your time as a coach, assistant coach or team parent to allow more children to play in the seasons to come.
Tuesdays, starting at noon onward.
NUG PARK DAYS 2014
Hours: 11-2, family activity (not a drop-off)
Bring lunch for your family and, at certain parks, extra clothes, swim
suits and/or towels.
On rainy or super hot days, we’ll cancel. Check email or call before
July 28 Rehm Park
East Ave. & Garfield in Oak Park (exit 290 at Austin)- POOL
($9 per person)
August 4 Portage Park
4100 N. Long (playground is at Irving Park and Central) – POOL
August 11 Hamlin Park
3035 N. Hoyne (near Diversey & Damen) – POOL
August 18 Harold Washington Playlot Park
5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd (near 53rd & Lake Shore Dr.)
August 25 Unity Park
2636 N. Kimball – WATER SPRINKLER
Sept. 1 NO PARK DAY (Labor Day)
Sept 8 Peterson Park
5801 N. Pulaski (in North Park Village, follow signs to
Sept. 15 Riis Park
6100 W. Fullerton (playground is on Meade near Fullerton)
Sept. 22 Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt (1 block west of Western Ave.)
Sept. 29 Maple Park
1105 S. Maple (near Harlem and Roosevelt Rd.), Oak Park
(exit 290 at Harlem)
For more details about these parks, including directions, see
This schedule is subject to change.
For more info contact Wini: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beach Day is a social meet up on Fridays during summer and fall.
Where: Foster Beach
When: Fridays from 11-4 (time is approximate) mid May through early October, depending on weather.
Bring: picnic, blanket, chair,umbrella, sand toys, beverages, kites- ( note: flotation toys and water wings are not permitted)
Why: Fun! Beach days are very relaxed gatherings. Come when you can, stay as long or as little as you like, bring friends, bring family, bring whatever makes you happy at the beach!
We are the Northside Unschoolers Group
How NUG works in a nutshell:
We are a non-directed support group, which means that there are no official leaders, just people interested in offering their energy and ideas to the community. All activities are offered and organized by individuals, based on their interests and needs. For example, if someone wants to organize a field trip, she/he determines when it will happen, where it will take place, what age groups can participate, how much it will cost, etc… that information is then posted to the website, and people can choose to participate or not.
If the thought of diving into a new crowd seems intimidating, Read this article about strategies for “breaking in” to an existing homeschooling group.