Chicago Homeschool Habitat is a blog that keeps you, ideally a Chicago-based homeschool parent, plugged in to events, classes and activities that would be of interest to homeschoolers. The coverage may be spotty, but I can’t be everywhere at once, so if you notice something missing, please email me the details so I can slap it up here. My email is something like this: kimATrelaxedhomeskool.com
Chicago homeschool Habitat is a more practical offshoot of Relaxed Homeskool, my personal blog which likes to celebrate the joys, rant about the setbacks and observe with wonder what the heck my kids, kids in general and the world is up to in regards to learning and living.

I love links. If you have a blog or website which could be useful, specifically to Chicago or Illinois homeschooling families, please email me for a link, and feel free to return the favor.

Another thing I love, comments. On my other blog I get them in droves, because it is much easier to comment on a personal blog than on a link to an event. I get it. But if you have a thought on the post, don’t hesitate to post it anyway, no matter how mundane. It’ll sustain me as I search daily for relevent material, be it at the park building or online. I swear I bring home a flyer a day in order to post stuff here! Not that you care. No, you’re too busy having fun and remaining blogless…or, or one-blogged.

Thanks for reading!



9 Responses to “What is Chicago Homeschool Habitat?”

  1. on 21 Mar 2008 at 4:38 pm chuck bosko

    Good evening Kim- My name is Chuck Bosko and I am a district Executive for the Chicago Area Council- Boy Scouts of America. I and my fellow DE’s (as we call ourselves)constanly strive to meet new people -and thier children- and introduce them to the scouting program. Perhaps you may have questions as to how scouting may be of interest for families that home school. The area of Chicago that I serve is basically the Northwest corner. Allow me to state that scouting can be tailored for every environment. As Joan Rivers says- “Can we talk?” I am available -708 205 3541 (cell) 312 421 8800 ext 212 (scouting office) Thank you and I would like to engage in conversation.
    chuck bosko

  2. on 17 Jul 2008 at 10:26 am Elliott W. Woodards

    To Whom It May Concern

    My wife and I currently hold seminars that are informative as well as practical. We not only demonstrate methods of self defense and abduction prevention but teach children and parents what their state of mind has to do with their success in assault and abduction prevention.
    We also teach general fitness, exercise and health. My wife and I have home schooled both of our sons and know how difficult it is to find good fitness and exercise programs for children in the home school environment.
    You will find our rates on our web site.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Elliott W. Woodards

  3. on 11 Sep 2008 at 12:26 pm Loren Foseid


    I found your site and I hope you can point me in the right direction. I work for a production company that is delivering a national college funding expo and we are coming to Chicago on Sept 28th. The tour focuses on financial aid, scholarships, resume building, and literally everything a college bound student will need to consider to be successful in college. The event is free for anyone to attend thanks to our national sponsors. We have invited all the high schools but we have not found a way to contact students and families that choose the home school route. If you could help me find a way to reach them, it would be great. Home schooled kids so often get left out of things like this because it’s hard to target them. Below is a link to our tour website. Check it out, and tell your friends!

    Loren Foseid
    503.345.4356 ext:25

  4. on 03 Mar 2009 at 4:04 pm Julie Renner

    Hi there,

    I am a previous homeschool parent and a certified teacher. I have 2 girls in school full time and one at home still (age 2 1/2). I would love to find a venue for teaching. I taught at our homeschool co-op before moving and now am looking to find an outlet again. I love to teach and have a big heart for homeschoolers. Let me know if you know of any possibility! Thanks!

    Julie Renner

  5. on 05 Feb 2010 at 9:08 am angel

    i have a child with ADD and she is struggling in the public school system. She recently i pulled her out because i felt they were going to destroy what ever self esteem she has left. Im interested in homeschool but i really like the idea of the co-op. i live in chicago. I need help fast can you offer any suggestions. thanks

  6. on 16 Aug 2010 at 7:48 pm Elizabeth Kirk

    Hi Kim,

    I recent talked with a woman at the Rock Around the Block Street Fair on Belmont who does home schooling for profoundly gifted children in Chicago. We did not exchange information, but I would like to get in touch with her. My daughter is 21 months old and already counting, identifying letters everywhere we go, and speaking 3 languages pretty well. I am starting to think about pre-school and schools and would like to talk with her more extensively. The woman I spoke to was had dark brown hair and was about 5ft 2in with olive skin.
    I expect she teaches in the city as I believe she mentioned she lived near by the street festival, which was in Roscoe Village.
    If you happen to know who I am referring to, would you mind connecting us? My email is ekirk@nmh.org.

    Thank you
    Liz Kirk

  7. […] always thought that Ferris Bueller’s day off in the Windy City was the epitome of what homeschooling teens should and often do experience.  The trio’s slow trek through the Art Institute is a prime example.  No official […]

  8. on 15 Jun 2011 at 1:48 pm Christy Willis

    Hey there Kim,
    I am a homschooler of 3 wonderful children. For years I searched for a group that would fit our needs and share our concerns. To my surprise, there were none in my are that did so. Thats when my husband and I decided to create a group of our own! JC Roots Christian Homeschool Group is a fresh group that is community minded. We believe that with eachothers help we can make huge impact. On July 20,2011 we are hosting a “Homeschoolers Summer Picnic Bash”. This FREE event is for homeschooling families looking for a group or just curious about homeschooling. There will be games, prizes and much more! Visit our website for more information. And if there is anything I can do to make your efforts easier, please let me know! I look forward to hearing from you!

  9. on 20 Mar 2012 at 6:47 pm Laurie Bender

    I would love to offer my services to the homeschooling community here in Chicago, both in piano as well as in academics beginning this summer and next fall. I have 24 years of experience teaching piano, and will be teaching piano privately full-time at my studio at The Catherine Cook School. I have 28 years of classroom teaching experience in lower elementary grades…all in private schools, but mostly in first grade.

    The feading/spelling program I currently use has revolutionized the way my students are able to read, spell, and write, and I have many references to back that up. I know of no other teacher or school in Chicago using the program I use, and I would love to share my program with any parents who may be interested in learning about it and using it with their children. It is applicable to children from SK through third or fourth grade…and possibly beyond. It is taught through music, which I feel is always a great way to teach anything. I was trained in how to teach this program when I took a class in CA about ten years ago called “First Focus Phonics.”

    Feel free to contact me at Lbender@ccookschool.org or firefly531Qcomcast.net if you are interested in piano or in learning more about my reading program.

    Thank you!

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