Homeschool Family Skate

What: Homeschool family skate
When: Wednesdays, at 11:00 (come 15 min early to rent/put on skates)
            Begins: September 10, 2014
Place:  McFetridge Ice Arena, 3843 N. California Ave, Chicago
Cost:  $9/family
Skate rental is available for an additional fee ($3)
Join us if you can!

Girl Scouts

Hello all!

Our first Girl Scout meeting will be September 10th at Faith United Church in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago. (5051 W Belle Plaine) from 10-12.
This first meeting will be rather informal and give parents and leaders time to discuss our calendar, mutual expectations, fees, registration, etc.
We charge a twice yearly activity fee of $40 (September & January). Some additional fees may apply for girls who opt for activities above and beyond our twice-monthly meetings. Girls who will be selling cookies or attending other formal Girl Scout events will also need to buy the uniform, either on line or at any of the local Girl Scout stores.
Girls who will be 5 as of October 1 AND who are ready to be dropped off for a 2-hour activity are welcome to come to this meeting! We welcome new girls and families are encouraged to join us at any time of the year. We are currently offering troops at the Daisy through Senior level.
I am the organizer of the troop, but as of tomorrow I will be on vacation until Labor Day so please be patient if you reply to my email and it takes me some time to get back to you.


Any questions?

Announcement: Classes for younger Children in Dunning neighborhood

Hello,I live in the Dunning Neighborhood (near Addison, west of Harlem), and am planning to host some new and continued activities. My daughter will be 7 in October and my son is 2.5.
Please let me know who might be interested in these activities, if you could be regular attendees, and the ages of your children. Space is more limited for Baking and Math/Ya since they will be in my home, and I am hoping for families with children who are around my daughter’s age. I don’t mind younger siblings around my son’s age.
I can answer any questions
Thanks! Questions or To Sign Up:

Email Jennie

Jennie (Adelina and CJ)
I’d like to form a small group to meet to read some “living math” books (literature that includes math concepts), try some Rightstart abacus lessons, and play some math games. Also, I’d like the kids to write/illustrate stories etc. to share in a Young Author’s group…giving the kids a real audience.
Here are my tentative dates for fall:
Fri. Sept. 5th, 11-2pm
Fri. Oct. 10th, 11-2pm
Fri. Nov. 14th, 11-2pm
Fri. Dec. 12th, 11-2pm
Let’s meet at the Che Che Pin Qua Woods (near Irving Park and Cumberland) once a month to document how nature changes there. Kids can write/sketch each time, hike and explore, and parents can bring nature-related storybooks and snacks to share.
Tentative dates below:
Wed. Sept 3rd, 12-2pm
Thurs. Oct. 2nd, 11:30-2:30pm
Thurs. Nov. 6th, 11:30-2:30pm
Thurs. Dec. 4th, 11:30-2:30pm
Let’s meet at the Dunning Library (close to Addison and Harlem) once a month so kids can read books and write stories in an older/younger buddy pairing, and enjoy Ms. Sharon’s wonderful science time, just for homeschoolers!
Tentative dates below:
Fri. Sept. 19th, 11-2pm
Fri. Oct. 3rd, 11-2pm
Fri. Nov. 7th, 11-2pm
Fri. Dec. 5th, 11-2pm
My almost-7-yr-old daughter wants to be a baker when she grows up! So we formed this Holiday Baking Club last Feb.!
Here are the tentative dates for fall:
Thurs. Sept. 11th, 11:30-2:30pm
Thurs. Oct. 30th, 11:30-2:30pm
Thurs. Nov. 20th, 11:30-2:30pm
Thurs. Dec. 18th, 11:30-2:30pm

Announcement: Thin Ice Theater fall registration

Thin Ice’s Mission

The mission of Thin Ice Ensemble Theater is to provide students of all abilities with a comprehensive, collaborative, and confidence-building theatrical experience through immersion in great plays, while providing the community with affordable, high-quality theater.

Class Offerings for Fall 2014

Join Thin Ice this fall for classes in musical theater, scene study, stage combat, and the works of Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss. Check out the schedule and get more information on our Classes page!

Announcement: Family Camping at Covert Park, MI

NUG Family Camping at Covert Park.
Thurs-Sat Sept. 18-20 (reserve 2 or 3 nights, your choice).

We usually camp in the small loop (see map on their site).

The sites currently available for that weekend are #4, 5 and 10-15. Our family will be, as always, in #9.

Also, rustic tent sites, except T8 and T9 are available.

Here’s the website with all the info:

There is usually a potluck dinner one evening.

Please check on the FB page or yahoo group to coordinate with the other attending families.

Announcement: Scouting Around at Emily Oaks

Encourage your homeschoolers to enjoy the joys of autumn by exploring the natural world, learning new skills, and having fun outdoors at Emily Oaks Nature Center’s “Scoutin’ Around” program in Skokie this fall.Registration begins August 15 for Skokie residents and August 22 for non-residents. Registration deadline isFriday, September 5. Please mark your calendars!
Class Details (NEW This Season!)
Invite a friend–Scoutin’ Around will also be offered on Monday afternoons! Class time is extended from 1:15-3:30 p.m. Program registration includes the entire season of 9 or 10 weeks; weekly registration and refunds for missed classes will not be available.
Mondays (9 weeks)*
Age 6-7
9/8 – 11/10
1:15-3:30 p.m.
$84 Res / $105 Non
# 346031-40
Age 8-10
9/8 – 11/10
1:15-3:30 p.m.
$84 Res / $105 Non
# 346031-20
Tuesdays (10 weeks)
Age 4-5
(“Nature Neighbors” program)
9/9 – 11/11
1:15-3:30 p.m.
$180 Res / $225 Non
# 340421-02
Age 6-7
9/9 – 11/11
1:15-3:30 p.m.
$93 Res / $116 Non
# 346032-40
Age 8-10
9/9 – 11/11
1:15-3:30 p.m.
$93 Res / $116 Non
# 346032-20
* Monday class will be the same topic as Tuesday; please register for only 1 section. No class Monday 10/13.
Children will participate in age-appropriate play and learning activities with others in their age group. As in past seasons, each fall class includes a nature-focused topic or skill, outdoor games or activities, and creative endeavors like crafts, dramatic performances, or storytelling. Throughout the season, each child will maintain a journal/scrapbook to record information, drawings, and reflections from each class. Participants will also receive a weekly resource page to encourage further exploration at home.
This season’s weekly topics:
Weird & Wild Plants
Weird & Wild Animals
Canoeing on Emily Oaks Pond
Restoration Project at Emily Oaks
Nature Symphony & Sound
Stalk-Walking Skills
Autumn Leaves
Wilderness Survival
Super Soil


Residents of Skokie can register starting August 15, 2014

Non Residents can register starting August 22, 2014

Registration Information

Pre-registration is required. To register, visit or come to Emily Oaks in person. Payment in full will be due at the time of registration.

Online registration tips:

  1. Have your Skokie Park District Web ID and Password handy. (Call Emily Oaks and we can email your info to you if you have forgotten it.)
  2. Go to
  3. Click big orange button on top right side of page called “Register and Search for Programs”.
  4. Enter ONLY the keyword “homeschool” or “neighbors” as search criteria.
  5. Click the shopping cart icon for the section you want to enroll a child in.
  6. “Checkout” with a credit card and wait for the receipt to show, confirming registration.

In order to provide a safe, positive experience for your children, we will abide by our minimum and maximum participant limits. Please register your children as soon as possible, as space is limited and registration will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Announcement: Informal Soccer Game for Homeschoolers

Ever had a dream in which you’re passing a genius ball that sets your team’s striker in a perfect position for a stoppage time winning goal?

……Now imagine what if that same striker is your own child? Or your dear mommy?

A world cup (late) recovery event and a warm-up to the upcoming HYSL new season

What: Non-competitive, multi-age, co-ed, free and very informal game for home school parents and youth (age limit: 6-106). Open for all skill levels: from experienced players to those seeking for fun, exercise and a good company.

When: Tuesday,  September 9th, from 5:30pm to dusk (or until the last player drops)

Where: Jefferson Park grass field: W Lawrence & Linder / 4822 N. Long Ave, Chicago – http://www. Jefferson-Memorial-Park/
Playground + spray in view from the field Food options across street

We’ll have a ball or two, 2 goals and colored jerseys
The only mandatory “to bring” is YOU + your good sports spirit
Cleats and shin guards and a water bottle may be useful but are not mandatory

Note: this event is not part of the HYSL season.
NO registration or RSVP, just come. See you on the field!

Questions and More Details:   Email Yael