Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Annual Homeschool Student Showcase - Formerly Experts Night

The Annual Homeschool Student Showcase - Formerly Experts Night

When: Friday, May 1st - Set up 6pm; Showcase 6:30 to 7:30 (or 8, if we have a lot of demonstrators).

Where: Mount of Olives Baptist Church - 1500 Swan Lake Rd Duluth, MN

Register: Email Amy, the names and ages of the students that will be demonstrating at Northlandcore at gmail dot com (sorry the email is not in normal format  to avoid bots picking it off our website and spamming our email).

A donation of $2 per participant is recommended (to help cover the facilities cost), but please don't let this hold you back if you have a large family. Just donate what you can - even if it is only a couple of dollars for the whole family.

Come join our area's long standing tradition of great homeschoolers. Even if your family is not participating, we invite you to attend and support our amazing homeschool community!

All ages are welcome to display their talents, create a display, teach/display information about a topic that they are passionate. ***Please no messy displays, the area is carpeted*** If you are concerned/in doubt that your child's display may be messy, please contact me in advance and together, we can make sure that all proper safeguards are in place. We can decide if a floor covering would work or if a different display may be necessary.

You can see previous years under Experts Nights on left side of Northland Core's website. I hope that these ideas will get your child's creativity and enthusiasm going!

I hope to find last years pictures and to get them up. I apologize that they are not already there.

Testing Information

The following individuals are available in our area for testing your students.

Sara Floerke

Deanna Torfin

Friday, April 24, 2015



The Duluth Budgeteer newspaper is looking for high schoolers this summer as it continues its participation in a state journalism internship program.
Do you have an interest in writing, photography, and other aspects of journalism?
Let the Budgeteer News know immediately.
EMAIL: to get information on how you can apply.

Here are the details:
You must be a high school student, age 16-19, who will work for the newspaper in any aspect of the business 20 hours a week for 10 weeks. Dedication and commitment to the job is key, and interns will get full training and encouragement from staff at the paper. This is a learning opportunityas well a job opportunity.
For a job well done, you will leave with clips for future employers and a letter of support from the editor.
The pay is $8 an hour with a flexible work schedule.
The position will fill up fast, so get on our list of interested candidates today.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Open Courthouse" Outreach Event - May 1, 2015

"Open Courthouse" Outreach Event - May 1, 2015
 12:30 - 4:30 pm

On Friday, May 1, the doors of the Duluth courthouse will be open to the public as part of a Law Day “Open Courthouse” event designed to showcase the work of the Sixth Judicial District.  It is also designed to educate students and the public about the role of judges, attorneys, law enforcement, court staff and citizens in administering Minnesota’s justice system.  The event is hosted in partnership with the Minnesota State Bar Association, with the support of the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, the Sixth District Public Defenders Office, the Volunteer Attorney Program, the St. Louis County Law Library and the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.
The scheduled events are:
·         An opening keynote address with Justice Dietzen in Judge Floerke’s courtroom
·         Tours of the courthouse including:
o   Law library; holding area; arraignment courtroom; chambers (SRF); discussion of civil and criminal case processes (ELH and SLT); jury service (DMJ)
·         An Information Fair taking place in the Jury Lounge on 4th floor featuring:
o   eCourt; Specialty Courts; Self-Help services; Jury service; GAL program; PDs; County Attorney; MyMnConservator; MSBA; Sheriff’s Office K9 unit
·         There will be displays in the hallways
o   LEP Plans; ADA accommodations; Judge bios; case statistics; courthouse history
·         The Volunteer Attorney Program will be conducting mini self-help clinics using the conference room off of the law library

·         Sheriff Litman has offered to set up some of their SWAT equipment off the 2nd Street Entrance.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Barry Stebbing 3 Day Art Class

  Hi All! Sheri has been in contact with Barry Stebbing's office about having a 3 day art class. (There was one a couple of years back). We would need to have 70 students and the price would be around $30-40 for the class (plus any markers/colored pencils). The dates would be October 19-21.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and see approximately how many students we could get. If you'd like more information on Barry, you can check out his website Interested people can email to Sheri Burns at derekandsheriburns at As of 3/11 - we have approximately 40 students.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hartley Nature Center Homeschool Classes 2014-15

Hartley Nature Center
3001 Woodland Ave.
Duluth, MN 55803
(218) 724-6735

Hartley Nature Center offers monthly programming for homeschooled youth ages 4 through 15, with volunteer opportunities for older youth interested in assisting classes. Our popular homeschool classes are now available in a morning (9-11 am) session or an afternoon (1-3 pm) session. Registration begins August 13 and families register for an entire year (9 sessions that run September through May) of programming.

Classes are divided into:
Preschool Porcupines (ages 4&5)
Ramblin’ Raccoons (ages 6&7)
Bushwhackers (ages 8&9
Nature Scientists (ages 10-12)
Hartley Stewards (ages 13-15)

The cost for the 2014-2015 school year is $93 for Hartley Nature Center members and $139 for non-members. Scholarships available for qualifying students!  
Space is limited!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Local Science and Math Support

Amos Tarfa, is a local teacher and founder of Learning Institute for Excellence (LIFE). LIFE offers courses and tutoring in math and science.

LIFE has passionate teachers who invest in students to mentor them while helping them excel at math, science, leadership, and many other areas of study and application.

More information can be found at:

In addition, free math and science tool for families can be found at

Sunday, June 1, 2014

F.E.E.T. GEARING UP FOR THE 2014 – 2015 School YEAR

F.E.E.T.  GEARING UP FOR THE 2014 – 2015 School YEAR

Families Enriching Education Together (F.E.E.T.) will be meeting on Tuesdays this year at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Esko.  We are a group of Christians who gather together to enrich our children's home education by providing various group activities which are valuable yet difficult or impossible to implement individually at home. 

Our enrichment classes are parent lead. We have classes available from nursery ages through high school.  This year we will continue the following fine arts classes: band (grades 4 and up), and both a junior choir (approx.1
st to 6th grade) and a senior choir (approx. 6th to 12th grades). We are also considering offering string ensemble again this year.

There is an ‘early bird discount’ for those families registering by the June 16th deadline. Class titles, and teaching assignments will be made based on the information received from these packets. This information will be shared with everyone at the June 30th parent meeting at St. Matthew’s.
Any families interested in joining FEET are welcome to come visit with some of our families at Braun Park in Cloquet on June 17th from 11:30 to 2:30 during our first summer fun day. Braun Park is located at 1385 Lawrence Road, Cloquet.

If you have questions concerning registering for next year you may contact Paula Peterson at:

Monday, August 26, 2013

Lake Superior Zoo homeschool classes 2014-15

Lake Superior Zoo

72nd Avenue West & Grand Avenue
Duluth, MN 55807
(218) 730-4900

Homeschool Classes: ages 2-17
We’ll explore science concepts using the outdoors as our classroom and live animals as our teachers! Travel with the seasons and learn how animals survive the changing weather around the world. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. New this year: Purchase as a four-program session and save!
Purchased separately:
Members: $13 per class
Nonmembers: $15 per class
Purchased as four-program session:
Members: $45
Non-members: $55
All classes are Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.

Fall 2014 Sessions:

Zoo Tots: ages 2-3 with a favorite adult (no older siblings please)
  1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 10:30 - 11:00 am
  Onsgard Room, Main Building
  No Zoo Tots on Labor Day

Cub Club: ages 4-6
   Friday, September 12, 2014 | 10 a.m.-Noon | Animal Eyes
   Friday, October 10, 2014 | 10 a.m.-Noon | Animal Ears
   Friday, November 14, 2014 | 10 a.m.-Noon | Animal Noses
   Friday, December 12, 2014 | 10 a.m.-Noon | Animal Touch
Homeschool Classes: ages 7-17
   Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 1-3 p.m. | Animal Eyes
   Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 1-3 p.m. | Animal Ears
   Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 1-3 p.m. | Animal Noses
   Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 1-3 p.m. | Animal Touch

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Duluth and Superior YMCA Gym and Swim Classes

The Duluth YMCA is Offering a P.E. Class for Homeschool Students.
The Superior YMCA is Offering Unstructure Gym and Swim time for the Entire Family.
The Duluth YMCA is offering 45 min. of structured gym time and 45 min. of pool time with a new skill taught weekly. 
Registration:  Classes are grouped into 7 week sessions. Registration is opened one week prior to each 7 week session. The first class is September 10th. Registration opens September 3rd for YMCA members and September 5th from non-members.

Duluth YMCA
302 W 1st Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
(218) 722-4745
Tuesdays 2-4pm
$43 members; $69 non-members

The Superior YMCA is offering Open Gym & Swim for the entire family.
Families can pay as they go or sign up for the session and save some money.
A great way to enhance the home school experience for the whole family. This course is designed to provide a free time for home school students/families to learn and play together. Time will be divided into a half hour in the big gym or kids gym and then an hour in the pool. You can come for just gym or pool or both. Anyone under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult and the adult must be in the water with their child. Pay by the day or sign up for the whole session and save.
2:00-2:30 pm Gym & Kids

Gym Open
2:30-3:30 Open Pool

Cost per Family for seven week session:
Member $25
General Public $65

Cost per Individual for seven week session:
Member $7
General Public $19

Cost per Family per time:
Member $5
General Public $10

Cost per Individual per time:
Member $2
General Public $3

Superior YMCA
9 N 21st Street
Superior, Wisconsin 54880
(715) 392-5611

Friday, August 23, 2013

Homeschool skate rollerskating at World of Wheels

World of Wheels
1218 Oakes Ave., Superior
(715) 392-1031
Homeschool skate is the second Thursday of the month from 1-3:30 p.m. Cost is $4 per skater; skate rental is included. Rollerblades are $2 extra. You also may bring in your own skates. Strollers are allowed if pushed by an adult.

Dates for the 2014-15 School Year:
Sept. 11 • Oct. 09 • Nov. 13 • Dec. 11 • Jan. 08 • Feb. 12 • March 12 • April 09 • May 14

  This longtime homeschool event includes a live DJ, contests, games and prizes. Admission is free for non-skaters. Parents may walk alongside their children to help them skate. Strollers are allowed on the rink, if pushed by an adult.
  The manager requests no outside food be brought in. There is a snack bar that includes fresh popcorn. There are some arcade games, claw machine and a prize store, too.
  World of Wheels is newly remodeled with a larger seating area, new carpet and a resurfaced skating rink. See pictures on the World of Wheels website.

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World of Wheels Skate Center
1218 Oakes Ave.
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: (715) 392-1031

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Homeschool days at Vertical Endeavors

Vertical Endeavors offers Homeschool Days to homeschool students and families on the third Wednesday of the month! Indoor rock climbing is a great way to introduce your students to a unique experience in a controlled, professional environment.

2014-15 Homeschool Schedule
  • August 20th
  • September 17th
  • October 15th
  • November 19th
  • December 17th
  • January 21th
  • February 18th
  • March 18th
  • April 15th
  • May 20th
  • June 17th
  • July 15th
$10/person * 2-4:30 p.m. *

Includes harness. To speed up the check-in process, please fill out the digital waiver prior to your visit. You will need to print and sign the completed copy, then bring it in on your first visit. Call us at (218) 279-9980 for more information.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Homeschool bowling at Incline Station

Incline Station Bowling Center will host homeschool bowling again for the 2013-14 school year. The address is 601 West Superior Street (across the street from the main library), Duluth, Minnesota 55802. Phone: (218) 722-BOWL
The cost is $2.75 per game, including free shoes. Food is available to purchase.
1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.
You can show up with just your family and enjoy the group rate no matter how many bowlers come! It's also a great opportunity for homeschool co-ops or clubs to have some fun together.

Dates for the 2014-15 School Year:
  Sept. 3
  Oct. 1
  Nov. 5
  Dec. 3
  Jan. 7
  Feb. 4
  March 4
  April 1
  May 6

Monday, August 19, 2013

Seams Sew Cool sewing lessons

Check out this great website for sewing lessons:
Classes start the week of 9/18/13

Monday, May 13, 2013

Fiddle lessons from local musician

  GAELYNN LEA IS NOW TEACHING FIDDLE Gaelynn Lea has been playing fiddle in Duluth for almost 20 years & is now offering private lessons. All ages welcome! Reasonable rates. Call 218-349-6483 with questions & for pricing. Gaelynn Lea is offering private fiddle lessons for children and adults, as well as concert planning and music marketing services.

Private Lesson Rates:

$15/30-minute lesson
$20/45-minute lesson
$25/60-minute lesson

Pay for 4 lessons in advance and receive the 5th lesson free!

Concert planning and music marketing rates available upon request. Call 218-349-6483 or email with questions!