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From Amy

“As a mom of four who wanted to be active in a team sport, and not wanting
to run around to 4 different practices on 4 different fields, find myself
needing to be at 4 games at the same time, and wanting to avoid exorbitant
costs of multiple sport teams, equipment, etc. I started HYSL. The
Homeschool Youth Socce League was formed in the spring of 2012 with four
active regions in and around Chicago. We are going into our third season,
this coming March 2013 with 3 current and active regions: Chicago North
(blue), Chicago South (yellow) and the Far North (orange) regions.

This coming season runs for 9 weeks March 23rd through May 18th. Each
region practices within their region, once per week, all ages at the same
time in the same location. Then, there are three tournaments for the
season. Every third week, the three regions will meet to play against each
other.

This league is formed much like the AYSO model. **Parents** *volunteer* to
coach their children, and the whole league is run on volunteers. Family
membership dues (currently $50 for whole family, *not* per child) pay for
the new and replacement of old equipment as well as end-of-year gifts for
children, and any/all adminstrative costs incurred. The cost of a team
jersey is a mere $12/per.

This is an amazing way to build community with in your own particular
region, as well as the homeschooling community at large. Our family has so
thoroughly enjoyed running this league and cherish the growth and
advancements each season.

This is for *all* ages (3 years on up to teens).
There is a evaluation day (March16th) where children 9 years older will
come to show their skills and be placed on their region’s teams based on
skill level and not by age. The under 9 years are placed on teams per age.
The tournaments are held once in each of the 3 regions every 3rd week
during the season.

*HYSL MAIN GOALS*: Everyone learns at least one new skill level (ideally
more) per season; everyone supports one-another; we all have fun!

*TO JOIN:*
Subscribe to the yahoo group at:
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/HYSL_Midwest/
*AND*
Register for the spring season here:
http://www.nakitababy.com/hysl-2013-spring-registration-2/. Online
registration and payment, along with a signed/scanned liability waiver to
be fully registered.

*** Please note***
*New regions are ALWAYS welcome!!!* I will personally train any parent who
is wanting and willing to be a coach of a new region!!! Please email me
directly: mommy@nakitababy.com to discuss the opportunity to open up a new
region to service your area.”

AJCW Winter Session

The latest batch of homeschooler cooperative classes is now available at AJCW. Classes start next week so contact those instructors soon to assure your child’s spot.

I personally will be leading another creative writing session and a philosophy social club. Here are the details for my classes offerings:

Creative Writing Workshop
9:45a – 10:45a
In the third session of creative writing workshop we are moving away from genres and towards themes. Each week the author will work on and share their piece of writing (be it fiction, poetry, persuasive essay,etc…) on the themes chosen. Some themes will be epic, like adventure, revenge or love. Others, not so epic, like computers or weather. The idea is for the theme to be a starting point for creativity and what each writer creates will be in some way connected to the rest of the classes’ creations. In previous sections we became comfortable with reading our works out loud and peer feedback. This time we will continue with those skills and build our strengths with rough draft writing and rewrites. All stories are required to be typewritten and submitted to the instructor for feedback each week. We will publish our favorite stories at the end of the session. Class will be taught by Kim Campbell. She has found plenty of opportunities to share her love of writing with the Chicago community of homeschoolers. She has worked as a literacy tutor, taught writer’s workshops and zine writing workshops and was the founder of the tween and teen clubs with NUG kids.
NOTE: Students need not have attended previous sessions to sign up for this class but should be comfortable working independently on writing and sharing with a group.
Class minimum: 5 students ages 11 years & up.
Cost: $70 per student, $130 for siblings.
Questions, information or to register contact Kim Campbell: kimATkimzyn.com

Philosophy Social Club
11:00a – 12:00p
Using the book Sophie’s World A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarden as a catalyst, the members of the philosophy social club will gather weekly to discuss the great philosophers and their ideas. Students will read 3 chapters a week of the novel at home and during the 6 weeks of class they will have discussed and debated topics ranging from myths all the way up to Descartes chronologically. The class itself will be “flipped”, meaning the reading and research will happen at home and the discussion and lots of lively group work will happen in class. This class promises to be fun and fascinating, as well as a great introduction to western philosophical thought. It will require a commitment to read and the willingness to be an adventurous thinker and presenter. Class will be taught by Kim Campbell. She has found plenty of opportunities to share her love of writing with the Chicago community of homeschoolers. She has worked as a literacy tutor, taught writer’s workshops and zine writing workshops and was the founder of the tween and teen clubs with NUG kids.
NOTE: The age limit of 12 and up is solid. Also: purchase and read the book Sophie’s World A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarden. Online book review: http://www.prolificliving.com/blog/2007/12/22/jostein-gaarder-sophies-world/
Class minimum: 5 students ages 12 years and up.
Cost: $70 per student, $130 for siblings
Questions, information or to register contact Kim Campbell: kimATkimzyn.com

The next session of the Homeschool Circus Arts Class begins Friday January 11th. There is a great group of about 30 kids from 6 year olds to teenagers participating. The kids are broken down into smaller groups to work on skills with multiple coaches.

There will also be a 45 minute Preschool/Youth Homeschool class for kids 3-5 years old.

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 like 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.

Winter 2013 Session
Preschool Class
January 11, 2013 – February 22, 2013
Ages 3-5
Friday 9:45-10:30
Cost $105

Homeschool Circus
January 11, 2013 – February 22, 2013
Ages 6-18
10:30-12:00
Cost – 1st child $155, 2nd child $140, 3rd child free

To register for class please just show up on the first day of class and make payments to MSA Circus Arts. Questions, please contact info@msacircusarts.com

If you would like to join the circus class but can not make it to the first class, you are welcome to join at any time during the class session. The cost will be prorated to the week that you join the class.

MSA Circus Arts
1934 N Campbell
Chicago, IL 60647
773-687-8840
http://msacircusarts.com/contact.html

There is also a 3 day Winter Break Camp if your child needs to get out of the house and burn off some energy during the long holiday break.

Winter Break Camp
Wednesday – Friday January 2 – January 4
9:00am-3:00pm
One week $170.00 Daily Rate $60/day

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Since everyone had so much fun at the last homeschool teen dance, let’s do it again.

Homeschool Teen Dance
Saturday December 1, 2012
7:00pm-11:00pm
Ethical Humanist Society
7574 N Lincoln
Skokie, IL 60077
$10 at the door
Pizza and soda will be served
Questions – juliwalter.billings@gmail.com

The session of the Homeschool Circus Arts Class began last Friday November 2nd, please join us at any time in the session. There is a great group of about 30 kids from 6 year olds to teenagers participating. The kids are broken down into smaller groups to work on skills with multiple coaches.

There will also be a 45 minute Preschool/Youth Homeschool class for kids 3-5 years old.

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 like 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.

Preschool/Youth Homeschool Circus Arts Class
In this fun and unique class, be prepared to move, stretch, bounce and learn the skills of the circus.
Ages: 3-5
When: Friday 9:45-10:30
Fall 2 2012 : November 2, 2012 – December 21, 2012 (7 weeks)
(no class 11/23 for Thanksgiving)
Cost: $105

Homeschool Circus Arts Class
This class is for students who want to pick up overall skills of the circus. Everything from juggling, aerial trapeze, acrobats, hand balancing, trampoline, clowning, object balancing, aerial silks, diablo, plate spinning and much more!
Ages: 6-18
When: Friday 10:30am-12:00pm
Fall 2 2012 : November 2, 2012 – December 21, 2012 (7 weeks)
(no class 11/23 for Thanksgiving)
Cost: 1st child per family $155, 2nd child per family $140, 3rd child per family free.

To register for class please just show up on the first day of class and make payments to MSA Circus Arts. Questions please contact info@msacircusarts.com

If you would like to join the circus class but can not make it to the first class, you are welcome to join at any time during the class session. The cost will be prorated to the week that you join the class.

MSA Circus Arts
1934 N Campbell
Chicago, IL 60647

 

The next NUG Parents Support meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 14.

This month, the topic is:

*Trusting kids (and ourselves!).* Bring your success stories and Aha!
moments. What does your kid know/is able to do that you didn’t “teach” him?
How is your relationship different from what you observe among your
traditionally-schooled friends? What is working? What do you wish could be
better? Share some ideas about how to persevere when you feel overwhelming
doubts.

….and a reminder, about the upcoming meeting themes:

Wednesday, December 11
*Family History Night and Cookie Swap!* *KIDS WELCOME! *Part of what we do
through NUG is build a community. Bring some family stories and pictures,
and share your unschooling journey with other families. Also, share your
favorite holiday cookies and the recipe. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, January 9
*Family Mission Statement.* Why did you decide to homeschool? Is the way
you homeschool consistent with the reasons you embarked on this journey?
Develop your Family Mission Statement, or, if you already have one,
fine-tune it and share insights wit the rest of the group.

Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm at Irving Park
United Methodist Church, conveniently located at *3801 N. Keeler (enter at
Grace)*, just off the Irving Park stop on the Blue Line, and the
corresponding Kennedy exit. There is plenty of street parking.

*Please feel free to raise other questions or topics that are pressing to
you, even if they don’t fall under a particular topic under discussion.* Bear
in mind, however, that the meetings are for the benefit of all who attend,
and if we seem to get too bogged down in one topic, we may have to move the
discussion along so that everyone’s questions can get addressed, as we only
have two hours each month to do this.

Parents’ Meetings are for parents only (with the exception of Cookie
Swap!), however nursing children are welcome. We have fixings for tea, so
please feel free to bring any contributions of teabags or treats.

The church is letting us use the space free of charge, but I will pass a
donation jar at each meeting. Contribute what you can.

Hope to see many of you on Wednesday! –Justyna

 

 

Sandra, homeschooling mom extraordinaire, has scheduled outings to Sky High in Niles for the second Friday of every month thru April. The cost is $10 per person for two hours of jumping time, (usual cost is $11 first hour and $8 each additional hour). Jumping is open to all ages, including parents, (hint hint), and walking toddlers, (there is an area for six year olds and under). First-time participants will have to fill out and sign a release waiver which can be downloaded at http://nil.jumpskyhigh.com/downloads.php or filled out at Sky High. She will be collecting $10 from each participant at the door so please arrive early enough so that we can start on time.

PLEASE email Sandra directly at momofmiantonio@yahoo.com if you have any other questions or plan on joining us, (Sky High wants a headcount to be sure they are properly staffed).

 

Here is the information:

 

Sky High Sports

Trampoline Park

6424 W. Howard Street

Niles, IL 60714

847-801-5867

www.nil.jumpskyigh.com

 

Fridays, 11am to 1 pm

Oct. 12

Nov. 9

Dec. 14

Jan.11

Feb.8

Mar. 8

Apr. 12

 

This fall there is another 6 week session at AJCW for homeschoolers and unschoolers of all ages. Some of the offerings are American Sign Language, one-on-one math tutoring, art, phonics, the study of Buddhism, US history for young people , creative writing, Spanish, and the archeology of Mesopotamia to name just a few. There are classes for children as young as 3 and as old as 16. There is also a new addition of adult workshops starting this session. Its worth checking out and if you like the offerings sign up early with the individual instructors because classes fill up quickly.

 

 

 

The In Home Potluck Picnic is Just 1 Day Away!

It’s this Sunday! The much anticipated InHome family potluck picnic. Clear your calendar and come out for a day of good food, fun games, and great conversations.

WHEN: Sunday, October 7th, from 10 am to 2 pm

WHERE: Busse Woods, Grove #2, located in Elk Grove Village (entrance is off of Higgins Rd, just east of I-290) See Google map or Forest Preserve map

WHAT IS PROVIDED: Plates, utensils, napkins, cups, charcoal for grills, water, and lemonade will be provided, along with good, old-fashioned picnic fun!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING: Please bring a main dish for your family, along with a dish to pass to feed about 10 and a serving utensil as needed. Please also include several recipe cards of your shared dish. While we will supply disposable tableware, please consider being green and bringing your own reusables.

We’ll see you there!

Home Educators Conference Fund Board of Directors and Officers
Directors: Greg Callozzo, Elizabeth Crewe, and Christine McGuire
Officers: Gene Blome, President; Kim Souers, Secretary; and Susan Callozzo, Treasurer

Next session at  AJCW I am leading two classes. Details below. Please send me an email if you would like more information or would like to sign up your children.These classes take place on Thursdays in Skokie starting October 25th. See the website link above for location and time details as well as a complete listing of all of the classes being offered.

Thanks,

Kim

Creative Writing Workshop
10:00am-11:00am

In a continuation of session one, we will explore different methods of creative writing. We will discover the thrills of dialog writing, experiment with types of poetry, sharpen our note taking skills, write eloquent thank you notes and other epistolaries, create comic strips and try our hand at the one act play to name a few things. The session will culminate with a group poetry/story slam for the last class with writers sharing their favorite pieces from session one or two. Attendance in session one is not required to take the second session. So sharpen your pencils or power up your laptop if you prefer and see you there! Class will be taught by Kim Campbell. She has found plenty of opportunities to share her love of writing with the Chicago community of homeschoolers. She has worked as a literacy tutor, taught writer’s workshops and zine writing workshops and was the founder of the tween and teen clubs with NUG kids.
Class minimum: 5 kids ages 9-15 years of age. Required: notebooks, writing utensils creative energy, and basic reading and writing skills.
Cost: $65 per student $120 for sibling duo.
Questions, information or to register contact Kim Campbell: kimATkimzyn.com

 

 

A Young People’s History of the U.S.
11:15am-12:15pm

Did you ever notice history is written by the conquerors? Are you tired of stories about battles won and dates of important treaties and not about soldiers in those battles and the people who experienced those treaties firsthand? Would you like to know what it was really like to be a miner, a woman, a black man or a factory worker during the development of America as a great nation? Howard Zinn attempts to tell history from the lesser heard perspectives. Our class will investigate these perspectives through group discussion and hands on projects.  Class will use the book by Howard Zinn “A Young Person’s History of the United States Volume One” as a starting point to explore what  it has meant  to be an American  citizen from all walks of life through different time periods. We will read chapters independently and convene in class to discuss topics (Columbus & the Indians, Black & White, Who Were the Colonists, Tyranny is Tyranny, Revolutions). We will create art, poetry, expository writing and craft projects based around topics of interest so that each student can delve more deeply in to history through their preferred media style. Class will be taught by Kim Campbell. She has found plenty of opportunities to share her love of writing with the Chicago community of homeschoolers. She has worked as a literacy tutor, taught writer’s workshops and zine writing workshops and was the founder of the tween and teen clubs with NUG kids.
Class minimum: 5 kids ages 11 years and up. Required: Purchase and read chapters as assigned from the text each week: http://www.amazon.com/Peoples-History-United-States-Volume/dp/1583227598

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