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Illinois: Support Groups
Arlington HOUSE
Vid Axel
vidaxel@axeldesigns.com
Geographic Area Serving: NW Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois
Description: Arlington HOUSE (Home Oriented Unique Homeschooling Experience) is a nonsectarian homeschooling support group in the northwest suburbs of Chicago (Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Rolling Meadows). We have about 40 families with children ranging from newborn to mid teens.We all homeschool for a variety of reasons and in a number of different ways, but the constant is respectfulness and being supportive of one another, and having lots of fun.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Activities Include: weekly park days in the summer, weekly gym days in the winter, weekly pool days, twice monthly beach days, twice monthly field trips, culture nights, members only email list, knit and crochet lessons (upon request), and community service activities through HEARTS - Homeschoolers Educating Assisting and Reaching-out Through Service.
Cost: $5 yearly
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Big Muddy Homeschooling Community
Geographic Area Serving: Alton, IL (and surrounding areas)
Description: We are a casual group of friends in and around the river town of Alton, Illinois who educate our children at home. We are a secular set of free thinkers who enjoy the diversity of style and flexibility in life that homeschooling allows. The goals of the Big Muddy HSC are to serve as a supportive resource for parents and create enriching opportunities for children. We look forward to learning, laughing, and growing together! Please join us!
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support and enrichment opportunities
Cost: None
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Bountiful Homeschool Blessings
Christine
heritagemom@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Chicagoland & Suburbs, Illinois
Description: Bountiful Homeschool Blessings is an email group forum in which Chicagoland Christian homeschool families can exchange goods/services, in order to support each other in the lifestyle to which God has called them.
Requirements: Membership is open to Christian homeschooling families in Chicago and its suburbs.
Benefits: We formed this email group so that Christian homeschoolers can connect with each other in order to bless and be blessed! Members have given many items away; they have also sold other items. Members have also received needed items and services (such as homeschooling materials, and services such as haircuts, help with moving, etc.). We desire that member Christian families would bless each and help each other. Please see our website for more information!
Cost: None
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CHAMPS (Christian Homeschool Arts and Music Programs)
Geographic Area Serving: Chicago and Northwest Suburbs
Description: CHAMPS is a weekly homeschool enrichment program that is possible because of the loving efforts and volunteer support of member families. We hold classes on Mondays from September-May at the Cardinal Drive Church of Christ, Rolling Meadows, Illinois. We join in fellowship to celebrate our children’s gifts and achievements twice each year, as they demonstrate their growth in music, song, art, drama and foreign language. Our class offerings are established by the needs and desires of our families. Currently our program operates with over 70 families. Class offerings now include programs for preschool through high school students in several academic areas as well as performing arts and private instrumental lessons.
Requirements: Homeschooled students Prek-12th grade.
Benefits: Class offerings now include programs for preschool through high school students in several academic areas as well as performing arts and private instrumental lessons.
Cost: Operational fees based on the number of classes each family takes. Class costs are established and paid directly to instructors.
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CHANGE East
Contact@changehomeschool.com
Geographic Area Serving: Mt. Prospect, Illinois
Description: We have enrichment classes every other Friday for children all the way through highschool. We provide a library and field trips and parties. Support group meetings are once a month for the parents. We meet mostly in Mt. Prospect.
Requirements: All members must sign the doctrinal statement of faith for the group.
Benefits: Newsletter, field trips, parties, enrichment, library
Cost: $30/year (Additional fess for co-op classes)
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Chicago Homeschool Co-op
Alice Hollowed
ahollowed@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Chicago, Illinois
Description: Chicago Homeschool Co-op (CHC) aims to provide community and support for homeschooling and unschooling families in the Chicago area. CHC is an inclusive group. We welcome members regardless of their religious beliefs or non-belief. Our members are diverse in our homeschooling styles, philosophies, race, ages, and experiences. We value this diversity and aspire to learn and grow with our children by sharing our time, resources, skills and interests. As we strengthen our community within the group, we also hope to participate meaningfully in our larger community. We call ourselves a co-op because members cooperate to provide enriching experiences for their children and themselves. Each member participates as much as they desire and are able.
Requirements: To become a member of the CHC, we ask that you live in Chicago (or near suburb) and be homeschooling your child(ren) full time, or If your child is pre-school aged, you are intending to homeschool.
Benefits: Activities include group play, field trips, park days, and member-led learning activities, classes and experiences.
Cost: None
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CHILD
Elena
CHILD_Illinois-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois
Description: C.H.I.L.D. (Chicagoland Homeschoolers Inclusively Learning and Discovering) is a group for families in the western suburbs (primarily DuPage county) of Chicago who seek to connect with others for support, ideas, and enjoyment. The group is secular and inclusive, with children currently ranging in age from infants to teens. All are welcome!
Requirements: We welcome families who are currently homeschooling, or families who are considering this choice. When applying to join the group, please provide a brief introduction, including your location and age(s) of your child(ren).
Benefits: Playgroups and meet-ups will typically be on Fridays within the general areas of Elmhurst (NE border) and Woodridge (SW border). However, as the group strives to be member-driven, dates and locations may vary.
Cost: None
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CHOSEN
Alicia
lukeg@jcwifi.com
815-291-2245
Barb Schexnayder
berrybrookfarm@mchsi.com
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Freeport Area
Description: CHOSEN homeschool group is a Christian group designed to encourage parents as they home educate their children. With regular parent meetings, Homeschool Enrichment Days, field trips, a Yahoo loop and more; we invite you to join this group of moms who are passionate about their children and encouraging one another.
Requirements: Fill out a registration form and submit membership fee.
Benefits: Parent Meetings, Encouragement and Fellowship, Field Trips, Homeschool Enrichment Days, HSLDA Discount, CHOSEN Used book and Curriculum Sale, Scholastic Book Orders, Yahoo Loop, Facebook Page
Cost: $15 yearly
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Christian Workshops of the Fox Valley (CWF)
Geographic Area Serving: Elgin, IL and surrounding towns
Description: CWF is a Christian home school co-op offering classes for homeschooled children pre-school through high school. We meet Mondays from 9:45am-2:30pm at Epworth United Methodist Church in Elgin. One parent of each family volunteers to teach at least one class which keeps our co-op reasonably priced.
Requirements: CWF families commit to staying the entire day at our co-op (We have four class periods from 9:45am to 2:30pm). Every parent is required to teach at least one workshop and assist in two other workshops. Each parent is also assigned one free period to fellowship with other parents who are off that same hour. Each family has cleaning duty 2-3 times per semester. We do this as a service to the church and it takes about 30-45 minutes after co-op.
Benefits: Our Mission Statement: We are a cooperative of home school parents who teach workshops from a Christian worldview. Our goal is to supplement, support, and encourage each other through workshops, which are not meant to replace what is taught at home. We are not a school and do not intend to be a school. To achieve our goal we require a high level of commitment from parents, students, and teachers.
Cost: Registration Fee + cost of classes chosen (between $2-15 per class per semester)
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Cornerstone Christian Homeschool Cooperative (CCHC)
Geographic Area Serving: Will, Cook, Kendall, Kane counties
Description: Cornerstone Christian Homeschool Co-Operative of Joliet (CCHC) was created to bring homeschooling families together in educating their children. We strive to offer quality academic and enrichment classes taught by teachers who express faith in Christ. Our teachers use resources that instill Christian character, biblical principles, and traditional values. We seek to unite families and students to enhance their homeschooling experience.
Requirements: In order to register and be accepted into our group, you must have a direct referral from an established CCHC family. This enables our cooperative to preserve our family-oriented atmosphere as well maintain the safety of all our members.
Benefits: Academic and enrichment resources
Cost: Semester registration, yearly insurance, semester class tuition
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Crossroads Area Home School Association (CAHSA)
Teresa Fulling
cahsa.info@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Bloomington/Normal, IL and surrounding communities
Description: CAHSA was formed to create a sense of community as well as to provide an easily accessible network of communication and resources which will better equip parents, enhance the experience for students, and educate local communities about the viability of homeschooling. We offer various co-ops and activities including band, choir, prom, and graduation.
Requirements: Families should be currently home educating students in K-12th grades and live within a 45-minute radius of the Bloomington/Normal area.
Benefits: Support and information
Cost: None at this time
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Decatur Homeschool Network
Kelly Ramirez
kelramirez@aol.com
Geographic Area Serving: Decatur, Illinois
Description: The Decatur Homeschool Network is a dedicated group of homeschool families from the Greater Decatur Illinois area. Members of this network share homeschool information and available community resources for their homeschooled students and families. With the mutual goal of providing the best education possible for their children, this group is meant to be a source of support and information for experienced and inexperienced homeschoolers alike. This group is a non-denominational Christian group; all members agree to abide by a code of Christian conduct. All correspondence within the group will focus on the topic of homeschooling. Our individual family traditions and theologies may differ, but we are united in Christ as Christian brothers and sisters. Respect for each other and Christ-like attitudes should be evident in all group communication and activities. This is an e-group, thus all information is disseminated through e-mail. Information about outside group activities or educational opportunities will be posted regularly. Discussion topics relevant to education are welcomed. All members are invited to participate.
Requirements: Membership needs to be approved by the moderators.
Benefits: The main idea of our group is to open the lines of communication among the homeschool members of our community and the surrounding area.
Cost: None
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DREAM Homeschool Life
Geographic Area Serving: Northwest Suburbs of Chicago
Description: DREAM is a Christian support group for parents who home educate their children. Our membership is open to any homeschooling family for support. Our vision is to help homeschool families achieve their vision. What we offer is a DREAM - Discussion, Resources, Education, Activities, Mentoring. We want people to know that we are more than just help for homeschool families. We are here to bring people together, provide opportunities for fellowship, share field trips and much more. We are currently meet at 7PM on the 4th Tuesday of the month August through May (special dates in Nov /Dec) at the Elk Grove Village Library in Elk Grove Village, IL.
Requirements: Our membership is open to any homeschooling family for support. Annual registration fee is $25/family.
Benefits: Friends, Special Needs group, Teen Group, Speakers, Montly parent meetings and lots of Field Trips
Cost: $25 yearly
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Dubuque Chess Club
Earl Zismer
ben@defeatmyticket.com
Geographic Area Serving: Dubuque, Illinois
Description: Club meetings are the first Saturday morning from 9am to Noon, the following Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm, the third Saturday from 9am to noon, the following Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm. We meet upstairs at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library located on the corner of 11th and Bluff Street. Chess boards, pieces and clocks are provided and all are welcome to attend.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Free Chess lessons!
Cost: None
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GIFT Homeschool Enrichment Program
Geographic Area Serving: For anyone who wishes to come to Elgin, Illinois
Description: G.I.F.T. (Godly Influenced Fine Arts Training) Homeschool Enrichment Program located in Elgin, Illinois. Our mission is to facilitate Godly influenced fine arts training for homeschool families in a positive learning environment. G.I.F.T. is a non-profit enrichment program, organized by volunteers, offering classes to homeschoolers of all ages (pre-school to adult). Classes are taught be paid, professional teachers and are open to all homeschoolers regardless of faith. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 9 am - 3 pm, September - May in Elgin, IL.
Requirements: None.
Benefits:
Cost: Monthly fee and cost of any classes taken.
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HEARTs for Scott (Home Educating All ouR *children* Together)
Geographic Area Serving: The surrounding area of Scott AFB which may include but are not limited to: Belleville, Shiloh, O'Fallon, Fairview Heights, Mascoutah, New Baden, Trenton, Lebanon, Troy, and Collinsville.
Description: HEARTs for Scott is an all-inclusive, family-centered home school support group in the Scott AFB area, who strive to follow Christ-like principles and values. HEARTs has no official political or religious orientation, although we do abide by biblical standards.
Requirements: Must have a FACEBOOK account and request membership on our HEARTs group page. FOLLOW all instructions posted in the ABOUT section on the page.
Benefits: Fellowship in the home schooling community through: • Giving support and encouragement to traditional and single parent families currently home educating their children and supplying resources and encouragement to those exploring the option of home education. • Combining our talents and sharing our resources to enhance both social and academic opportunities for our children. • Respecting one another through charity and patience. • And sharing love and faith through our beliefs.
Cost: None
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Home Educated Teen Group
Jacci Richards
homeeducatedteengroup@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Lake, McHenry, Kane, Cook
Description: All home educated teens (ages 13-19) and their families are invited to join our teen group. Our group consists of home educated teens who participate in projects, take field trips, classes, plan and run community service events etc while having the opportunity to interact with their peers in a relaxed and informal setting. While the kids are doing their thing the parents have the opportunity to talk and exchange ideas and information on the home educating life. We are very casual and fun. Our group is open to everyone. We understand that not all teens will be interested in doing the same thing at the same time, so feel free to attend the events appropriate for your teen. Each month the teens choose a community service project that will be completed one week of the following month. Upcoming activities in the works; Kite Building & Flying, Day at the Movies, Scavenger Hunt, Fishing, Day at the Beach, Chicago trip, Volo Bog, Moraine Hills Hike, Learning about Finances Class (how to balance a check book, set up a budget etc), Excel Basics class, Job Application & Interview Skills Class, Acting and Theater Classes, Cooking Class (the kids will actually shop, prep and cook dinner to take home) , Documentary film about Home Education, Photography class, College Prep Class & more! We welcome any ideas and suggestions you and your teen may have and we look forward to meeting you. If you have questions, ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to meeting anyone interested in joining us!
Requirements: Must be 13-19 and home educated. No dues, no requirements. Just the willingness to meet new people and build new friendships in a safe, educational and fun way!!
Benefits: Build friendships, expand communication skills, tutoring, mentoring...there really are to many to list. This group has been a great asset to the home educating experience for our members.
Cost: None
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Homeschool Illinois Network
Nikki Mackovitch
earthstorm@comcast.net
708-422-4819
Geographic Area Serving: Illinois and Neighboring Borders
Description: This list is for the discussion of topics related to homeschooling in Illinois and neighboring borders. Posting of events, organizations and homeschool websites is welcome. But please do not post any affiliated links or advertisements. This is group is open-minded and OT posts are welcome as long as they are not too far off beat. Come join us to discuss homeschooling interests, ideas, curriculum and to share your information as well. Or just stop by to chat with other homeschoolers in your area.
Requirements: The only thing required to belong to this group is that you are located in either Illinois or a neighboring border.
Benefits: We do plan trips from time to time, share in homeschool resources, get-to-gether with those near us and as a group participate in many organizations available to homeschool families.
Cost: None
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Homeschool Resource Center
Brian and Kristi Boss
hsrc@homediscipleship.org
708-235-1901
Geographic Area Serving: Monee, Illinois
Description: The Homeschool Resource Center is a ministry of Family of Faith Church. It exists to provide information, encouragement, fellowship, and resources to Christian homeschooling families. The Center hosts periodic events that support homeschooling and home discipleship. A sports program has also been developed for Christian homeschooling families to experience community, support, and athletic enrichment. For more information, call 708-235-1901 or e-mail hsrc@homediscipleship.org
Requirements: We charge a $10 fee per year to use resources from our extensive library.
Benefits: We offer homeschooling families in the area: ~ Email information loop to send current info on upcoming events, opportunities (sports, music, classes, ect.), field trips, and discounts that pertain to homeschooling, home discipleship, and families. ~ Homeschool Resource Library, $10.00 membership fee per family per year ~ Periodic events ~ Used curriculum for sale ~ ICHE Convention Discount Rates ~ HSLDA Membership Discount Rate ~ Various sports teams for both boys and girls
Cost: None
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Homeschooled Special Needs Children
Adrianne Elbe
Jeffelbe@earthlink.net
847-360-8933
Geographic Area Serving: Gurnee, Illinois
Description: The group is very informal, and meets on the second Monday of each month at the Warren Newport Public Library in Gurnee, IL at 7 p.m. We typically meet only during the "academic year". Some of the families have children with CP, but there are a number of families with children on the autism spectrum. The group is open to all faiths and all disabilities.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support
Cost: None
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HSGS (Home Schooling Gifted Students)
hsgschicago@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Chicago, Illinois
Description: Home Schooling Gifted Students is a support group for families dealing with the challenges of home schooling gifted children. Many support groups exist for home schooling, and many exist for gifted issues. We are one of the few groups to combine these two challenges. If you live in the Chicago area and are interested in home schooling a gifted child, please join us!!
Requirements: We have no requirements, other than a supportive attitude regarding the challenges of home schooling gifted children.
Benefits: We provide a safe place to discuss giftedness in the context of home schooling. General home school support groups are traditionally not a welcome place to discuss the challenges families with gifted children face. We offer an alternative. We encourage classes, field trips and fun events at which our children can develop friendships with true peers, something that is critical to the healthy development of the gifted child.
Cost: None; $50.00 membership fee for HSGS Friday Co-operative
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Illinois Christian Home Educators
Kirk Smith
info@iche.org
618-302-7810
Geographic Area Serving: State of Illinois
Description: Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE) is an organization that serves homeschool families throughout the state of Illinois. We have an annual convention for homeschoolers that attracts around 4,000 homeschool parents. ICHE also sponsors other annual events, such as a Southern Illinois Convention, a father and son retreat, a retreat for mothers and daughters, a conference specifically for support group leaders, and more. ICHE also publishes a quarterly magazine, The Alliant, that contains articles, resources, event alerts, and other information for homeschooling families in Illinois. We also provide support for homeschoolers through our office staff of homeschool veterans and graduates. We are available to answer questions both through phone calls and emails. ICHE also maintains a listing of Christian homeschool support groups throughout the state to which we can refer families that contact us.
Requirements: ICHE is a non membership organization.
Benefits: Families who provide ICHE with a contact email address will be placed on our email list for event and legislative alerts. Those who provide a US mail address, will be added to the mailing list for our complimentary magazine, The Alliant. Both lists are kept entirely confidential and are never sold, rented, given or in any other way distributed to other people or organizations.
Cost: None
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Jackson County Christian Home Educators
Jenny White
jcched77@live.com
618-987-2046
Burke Shade
shade79@gmail.com
618-549-3333
Geographic Area Serving: Southern Illinois
Description: It is our goal to support homeschooling families in Southern Illinois through personal contact and email notification. JCCHE hosts monthly support group meetings and a Graduation ceremony each May. The rest of the activities are organized by any member who sees a need and has the time to co-ordinate a solution.
Requirements: Have children approaching school age or currently in school and Be sincerely interested in pursuing the best educational options for your family.
Benefits: Many of our members have been homeschooling for 20+ years and are available to answer questions and help you avoid common pitfalls. We can get you in touch with a person that can help you choose curriculum or help you through those difficult days when you wonder if you can really do this.
Cost: None
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Jefferson County Christian Home Educators
Angie Whipple
whip86@gmail.com
618-237-7795
Michelle Gowler
lmgowler@accessus.net
618-242-6509
Geographic Area Serving: Area around Mt. Vernon, IL. Jefferson County
Description: Our group does something at least once a month. Some months it is mom's night. Some months a family gathering. Other months it is gym day or field trip or even a parents only meeting. Some months we have more than one function.
Requirements: We do require dues of $10 for the school year to join, but you are welcome to receive newsletters for 3 months trial before making the decision to join or not to join. If you have not joined after 3 month trial then you are removed from the list.
Benefits: Activities and support
Cost: $10 yearly
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Johnsburg Public Library Homeschool Resource Center
Maria Zawacki
mzawacki@johnsburglibrary.org
815-344-0077
Geographic Area Serving: Johnsburg, Illinois
Description: The Johnsburg Public Library received a $55,000 grant in 2001 to establish the Homeschool Resource Center (HRC). Items in the HRC include curriculum materials, science equipment, math manipulatives, educational board games and kits, software, and homeschooling books, magazines, and catalogs. Anyone possessing a valid Illinois public library card may check items out for six weeks.
Requirements: A valid Illinois public library card
Benefits: Because the HRC is located within a public library, there is no fee to check out the materials.
Cost: None
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Lake County HOUSE
Katie Cavanaugh
KatherineCavanaugh@ymail.com
847-323-0098
Geographic Area Serving: Lake County, Illinois
Description: We are located in and around Lake County, Illinois. Our mission is to provide non-sectarian and non-political support and information for homeschooling families as well as providing socialization and shared educational opportunities for our children. Lake County H.O.U.S.E. (Home-Oriented Unique Schooling Experience) provides many clubs and field trip experiences organized by and for its members and others in the homeschool community, as well as a lively dialogue concerning homeschool interests and educational opportunities in the Lake County and Chicagoland areas. New members are always welcome.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Email discussion list; monthly activity meetings and moms' meetings; member-driven field trips, classes and co-ops; support for your homeschooling family of any style
Cost: $7 yearly
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LaSalle County Homeschoolers
Minette Armstrong
minettearmstrong@yahoo.com
815-579-4312
Geographic Area Serving: LaSalle and surrounding counties
Description: We are a new NON denominational homeschooling group in LaSalle county. This group is mostly to provide support to fellow homeschoolers & their parents. We would like to start weekly meet dates for the children to get together & talk/play/work on projects or homework together & give parents some time to talk & give/receive support. We will be going on monthly field trips also. We will begin meeting in Ottawa but as the group grows we can meet in different cities as well.
Requirements: Just be a current homeschooler or interested in homeschooling and live in LaSalle county or surrounding counties.
Benefits: Support from fellow local homeschoolers & fun field trips monthly
Cost: None
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Legacy Christian Co-op
Michelle Collins
michelletdpa@gmail.com
815-254-4628
Geographic Area Serving: Bolingbrook, Naperville, Plainfield, and surrounding communities
Description: Legacy offers families the opportunity to supplement their homeschooling with academic and enrichment classes and events. Joining this group also means becoming a member of a Christian community where families are willing to serve with a spirit of unity and cooperation. Here we share blessings, support, fellowship, accountability and responsibility. When each member uses their time, talents and energy to help, the group runs smoothly and we all enjoy the blessing. Please take some prayerful time to consider joining this group. If you then feel LCC would be a support for your family, we would love for you to join us.
Requirements: Membership is open to homeschooling families whose oldest participant is 6 or older at the beginning of the semester for which you are registering.
Benefits: Being a member of LCC allows your family to participate in everything that we sponsor: Field trips · Parties · Mission projects · Guest speakers or special events which are scheduled throughout the year · Once-a-month Mom’s Night Out · Yahoo e-group · Two sessions of 12-week class days per year
Cost: Yearly family fee is $75. Class fee is $15.
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Naperville Home Educators
Holly Ramsey
ohiohol@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Naperville, Illinois
Description: This group is open to any and all home educators in the greater Naperville, IL area. Feel free to post questions concerning home education, list field trips, let others know of great activities you've found in the area, promote your home education support group, tell us about great resources and events etc. Polite people of all home educating philosophies are welcome.
Requirements: Polite home educators in the greater Naperville IL area are welcome to join.
Benefits: Area events of interest to home educators, discussion forum, internet resources sharing, and encouragement
Cost: None
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Northside Unschoolers Group
Elyse Hahn
elysehahn@yahoo.com
Winifred Haun
708-524-1262
Geographic Area Serving: Chicagoland area, Illinois
Description: The purpose of the Northside Unschoolers Group (NUG) is to provide information and support to families who unschool or are interested in unschooling their families. NUG was founded in 2001 by two unschooling families on the north side of Chicago. Ten years later over 100 families regularly participate in the group's weekly, monthly and annual activities. Homeschoolers of all philosophies are welcome to attend any group meetings or activities.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Information and support
Cost: None; classes or workshops fees may apply
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Rockford Area Roman Catholic Home Educators (RARCHE)
Janine
WeLoveJMJ@comcast.net
Geographic Area Serving: Rockford, IL
Description: RARCHE offers parental support and activities for Catholic home school families.
Requirements: Catholic homeschooler
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: $10 yearly
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SAMHE Scott Area Military Home Educators
Geographic Area Serving: Scott AFB and the surrounding area.
Description: SAMHE is open to all military, AD, Retired, Reserves, Guard, and DOD families with base access.
Requirements: Base access is required for many activities. Please sign up for group through website.
Benefits: Events and support
Cost: $12.50 yearly
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Schaumburg H.O.U.S.E.
Schaumburghouse@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Schaumburg and surrounding areas, Illinois
Description: Schaumburg HOUSE is an inclusive homeschooling group in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. We have children from age four to highschool.
Requirements: None
Benefits: YMCA classes, field trips, nature classes, club days, monthly, social events, parent support and much more
Cost: $15 yearly
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Scott Area Military Home Educators (SAMHE)
Geographic Area Serving: Scott AFB, Belleville, O'Fallon, Shiloh, Fairview Heights, Collinsville, Highland, Trenton, Lebanon.
Description: We are a group of military related families living around Scott AFB. We are a non-denominational group as our intent is to provide support for families that are homeschooling and dealing with the challenges unique to the military. Membership to our group provides families with information about educational as well as social opportunities. SAMHE membership provides information about classes both on base and in the local community through our membership forum. Currently we are not endorsed by Scott Air Force Base as one of their programs. You will find our group very welcoming and friendly. Our Yahoo Group is our primary mode of communication and all members are encouraged to regularly check the messages through one of the three methods available. We have a very active group that meets regularly. Hope you will join us!
Requirements: Base access is required. We welcome families who are currently homeschooling and all those who are considering homeschooling.
Benefits: *Parent Meetings, *Encouragement and Fellowship, *Field Trips, *Homeschool Enrichment Days, *HSLDA Discount, *Facebook Page, *Discussion board on internet, *Veteran homeschoolers available for mentoring
Cost: $10
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Springfield Illinois Homeschool Group
Chelo Felice
trill@insightbb.com
Geographic Area Serving: Springfield and surrounding areas, Illinois
Description: This is a Yahoo group to post all the events, activities, discounts, and other things of interest to homeschoolers in the central Illinois area, focused around Springfield. While this group is linked with many SAHA (Springfield Area Homeschool Association) events, anyone is welcome to join.
Requirements: All Springfield (and outlying areas) homeschoolers are welcome to join regardless of race, creed, religion, etc., but we do ask for a little personal information in your sign up email, just to verify you're a real person.
Benefits: Group calendar lists area events, while links and files provide useful resources for new and veteran homeschoolers. Park days are planned on a regular basis; field trips occur several times a year; and organized events such as the Six Flags Six Hour Reading Club and St. Jude's Mathathon are coordinated through this group.
Cost: None
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St. Clair County Christian Home Educators
Josh Peterson
sccche@gmail.com
618-806-5674
Geographic Area Serving: Serving the St. Louis Metro-East area of Belleville, Swansea, O'Fallon, Fairview Heights, Shiloh, Scott AFB, Mascoutah, Lebanon, Freeburg, Smithton, Millstat,
Description: We are a Christian homeschool support group serving the Metro-East and surrounding areas in Southern Illinois. Established in 1989, we currently serve approximately 200 families and welcome new members as agreed upon in our Statement of Faith.
Requirements: Members must sign the Statement of Faith, pay the registration fee of $25, and properly register.
Benefits: Registration allows you to participate in the SCCCHE activities, field trips, co-op group, music groups, and other events. The membership card can get you discounts at many local stores.
Cost: $25 registration fee
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The Ark Family Resource, Ministry & Learning Center
Laura Straus
info@ArkHome.org
Geographic Area Serving: Capron/Harvard, Illinois
Description: We are relatively new to the Capron/Harvard Stateline area of Illinois and Wisconsin and are opening up the resource center to promote home schooling and offer family support. Our group offers a resource center, classroom space, and may be open to members throughout the week for their educational, support, or encouragement needs. Sometimes just a place to do homework together or a mom's time out! All ages served. 0-4 in the Pre-K area, offering a soft play gym and wide variety of early learning materials and supervision as parent's need time out or to work with older children. 5-12 Age groups have a variety of resources, classes and activities to choose from.13+ For the older groups, activities are organized based on the needs, requests and free choice. Parent Development programs offered Summer programs organizing now. Check web site for calendars.
Requirements: All families are required to complete registration forms and acknowledge receipt of the policy handbook. We are a not for profit organization so donations are requested for various activities and to help support the resource center. While we have Christian values and operate under them, we do not require members to sign a statement of faith to participate.
Benefits: We are organizing year round programs and a newsletter for members as well as email calendar updates. A wide variety of seminars and on site resources are available for member's use. Eventually we will be scheduling field trips and other special activity days. A variety of flexible choices and schedules are available to members, from family support to instructor workshops, to cooperative learning experiences, all supporting the family unit and enhancing the learning experiences of our children. Outdoor areas are available to members for nature hikes, outdoor education, small river fishing, playground, camping and picnicking.
Cost: $50 yearly
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Tri-County Christian Home Educators - TCHE
Sheri Klaas
fklaas@netzero.net
630-553-0317
Laura Carlson
tlamjeb7@cs.com
815-498-4915
Geographic Area Serving: La Salle, DeKalb, Kendall Counties, Illinois
Description: Tri-County Christian Home Ed. (TCHE) is a Christian Home Education group that currently services around 60 families. Our ages range from pre-school thru high school. Our monthly support group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00p.m. We meet at Parkview Christian Academy in Yorkville. Our group also has several other opportunities throughout the year. Fieldtrips, Coop, Art and Science Fair are a few.
Requirements: All members must sign our statement of faith and pay a yearly fee.
Benefits: Our group provides a monthly support meeting. We have a monthly newsletter as well as an in-house resource library. We have a very active membership, with families participating in activities such as, library clubs, planned fieldtrips, coop, and moms nights out.
Cost: $30 yearly
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VOYCE Home School group
Andrea Bailey
ar.bailey@live.com
773-596-4517
Geographic Area Serving: South Chicago, South Suburbs, Northwest Indiana
Description: VOYce is a homeschool groupT that provides support for working parents interested in homeschooling for academic and religious reasons. We seek to build Christian character,while providing excellence in academics. We are a Christian group that seeks to provide opportunities that relate to the education of children and the support of their families. Our group is for those already homeschooling or curious about homeschooling their daughters in grades 6-8. We provide 3 1/2 days of structured learning and 1 1/2 days of social and immersive learning activities including field trips and community service. We also schedule parent involvement and student advocacy workshops. We are based in the Beverly area and our activities span the metropolitan Chicago area, primarily the south side and south suburbs. We also help with state compliance for your child's educational goals.
Requirements: We work with middle school aged girls (ages 12-15 or grades 6-10) and we ask that parents be participative in their child's learning process.
Benefits: We provide a safe and secure learning environment free of bullying and other social and academic obstacles. For working parents we can assist with educational goals around your schedule.
Cost: books and supplies
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West-Suburban Moms Who Homeschool Teens
Muriel Beth Wheeler
BethAKAMuriel@gmail.com
630-664-0112
Geographic Area Serving: Western Suburbs (focus on Kane County, but surrounding areas also welcome)
Description: The purpose of this group is to provide support for moms in Kane County (and surrounding areas) who are currently homeschooling high-school-age teens. We are a diverse, secular group, open to homeschoolers and unschoolers of all religions and learning-styles. We are united in our desire to provide educational and social opportunities that further the growth of our children and help them to become mindful, independent young adults.
Requirements: All homeschoolers of high-school aged teens are welcome to join our group.
Benefits: Support
Cost: None
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Will Unschoolers
Olif VanPelt
ovanpelt@comcast.net
Geographic Area Serving: DuPage, Will, Kane and surrounding counties in Illinois
Description: Our group consists of about 20 families with children 0-12 years old. We are interested in expanding the age. We are currently meeting every Wednesday alternating between the Joliet and Naperville/Aurora area.
Requirements: Our members are following the unschooling philosophy. We are open to everyone. We have no religious or other requirements.
Benefits: We provide support to unschooling families and families who want more information on this type of lifestyle. We have weekly playgroups and occasional fieldtrips.
Cost: None
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