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

Announcement: Homeschool Circus Arts Class

The new session of the Homeschool Circus Arts Class begins Friday September 5, 2014.
MSA & Circus Arts
1934 N. Campbell
Chicago, IL  60647
In previous years a great group kids from 6 years old to teenagers participate.  The kids are broken down into smaller groups to work on a variety of circus skills with multiple coaches.
Your child is welcome to come and try out a class with no obligation to see if circus class is a good fit.  If your child decides that they do not wish to continue to participate in the class then you do not need to pay for the trial class.  If your child would like to continue with circus classes then you pay for the entire session.  No refunds will be given after the second class.
Homeschool Circus Arts Class
This class is for students who want to pick up overall skills of the circus.  Everything from juggling, aerial trapeze, aerial silks, acrobats, hand balancing, trampoline, clowning, object balancing, diablo, plate spinning and much more.
Ages: 6-17
When: Friday 10:30am-12:00pm
Fall Session 1 2014 (8 weeks): September 5, 2014 – October 24, 2014
Cost: 1st child per family $180, 2nd child per family $160, 3rd child per family $25
To register for a class please just show up on the first day of class and pay with cash or check to MSA Circus Arts. Or register on the website
Questions please contact
If you would like to join the circus class but cannot make it to the first class, you are welcome to join at any time during the class session.  The cost of the class will be prorated the week that you join the class.
Make up classes: If your child is unable to make it to class during the session, your child can attend a comparable class during the class session.
Students enrolled in the Homeschool Circus Arts Class are invited to preform in the Student Showcases at the end of the session.  Students are welcome to perform in ensemble acts or individual acts with instructor permission.  Any child that would like to perform in the Student Showcase needs to attend the show rehearsals and one mandatory dress rehearsal.
Performance Date: Halloween Student Showcase October 26, 2014 at 3:00pm
Student Showcase Rehearsal Times: Sunday 10:30am – 12:00pm 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 and 10/12
Mandatory Dress Rehearsal for all Showcase StudentsSunday October 19, 2014 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $30.00
We ask that students who would like to perform in the Student Showcase pay the performance fee to cover the cost of coaches for the 8 extra hours of rehearsal time.

Not-Back-To-School Picnic Pot Luck at Foster Beach

WHAT: NUG annual Not Back to School Family Pot Luck Picnic at Foster Beach

WHO: You and your Family, newcomers welcome

WHEN: Friday, September 5, 2014, picnic potluck usually starts around 5 ish

WHERE: On the hill that overlooks Foster Beach

HOW MUCH: free, bring your own utensils and dishes, your family’s dinner and bring a dish or beverage to share

OTHER: after the regularly scheduled beach day, families will set up their chairs, blankets, etc on the hill, and have a potluck picnic

CONTACT: email Nancy or email Juli

keep an eye on the fb page or the email list the week before-usually there is a roll call of who plans to come and what they might bring. if you have a table the group can use to set up food on, that would be great.

This is for the whole family, all ages, new or old homeschoolers, dads too. We usually stay until its dark. Maybe bring a flashlight to help pack up at the end!



Announcement: YouMedia for Teens

Calling unschooled and homeschooled teenagers!

For the past 4 years teens from all over Chicago have taken the train or bus to the downtown Chicago library each Thursday to gather in a unique space designed just for them. Youmedia homeschool teen club meets on thursdays 1:30-3:30pm to work on projects in the arts and media. It is open to homeschooled teens and has members from all over the Chicagoland region.

Activities at Youmedia are often student driven, and facilitator Matt Jensen works with them to help them accomplish their projects. Lately students have spent a lot of time in the maker lab working with 3D printers and vinyl cutters to design interesting art. Other projects in the past have included collaborative music, book clubs, decorating a library window, photgraphy in the loop and book binding techniques.

Youmedia homeschool teen club is open to all homeschooled teens in the Chicagoland area ages 13 and up. Must have a library card to participate. This is a drop off activity.

If you have any questions please contact Kim Campbell at

To read about Youmedia

Dates: Ongoing year round-but attendance sparse in summer. Busy in fall and winter.

Times: Thursdays  1:30-3:30

Location: Harold Washington Library, 400 State Street, Chicago, Il