Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Park Days

Homeschool Park Day!

Every Friday of the Month
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

See locations and dates below.

Play, hike, fly a kite, or whatever you'd like to do
Make new friends
Have some laughs
This playground time is for you!

All ages invited, all ages are usually represented

July 11 & 18 -
Chester Bowl Playground
    1800 E. Skyline Parkway

July 25 -
Churchhill School playground
    515 Granite St. in Cloquet, MN

August 1 -
Wade Bowl Park
    N. 12th St. & Catlin Ave.
    Superior, WI

August 8, 15, 22, & 29 -
Lester Park
    61st Ave. E/Lester River Rd. & Superior St.

September 5, 12, 19, & 26 and October 3, 10, 17, & 24  - 
Chester Bowl Playground
    1800 E. Skyline Parkway

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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Postsecondary Eduation Options (PSEO) Informational Session and Tour at Lake Superior College

Lake Superior College (LSC) is holding an information session and tour for homeschool students regarding Postsecond Education Options (PSEO) on July 21st at 2pm.

We will meet in the lobby of building "S" (it is the newest building on the right).

Come and find out about PSEO and what LSC has to offer homeschooling families!

For more information on Lake Superior College, visit:

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:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Used Book Sale and Student Showcase (Formerly Experts' Night) 2014


Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Set Up at 5 p.m.
Sale and Demonstrations from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Mount of Olives Church

1500 Swan Lake Rd, Duluth, MN 55811

  Northland CORE is hosting a Used Book Sale and Student Showcase (formerly Experts’ Night) on the evening of Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
  Tables for the used book sale are $10 per tables. Individuals are welcome to share a table with another person, if they coordinate it. Please email northlandcore at gmail dot com to receive details on where to mail the payment for the table. Payments need to be received before the book sale.
  The Student Showcase offers families a chance to gather and give their students a chance to shine. The Student Showcase is like a science fair, but projects can be about anything. Each project should include a visual display (for example, a tri-fold poster board), a discussion or explanation of the chosen topic and a hands-on activity (such as a coloring page, quiz, food sample or science experiment). The level of difficulty and amount of help the students get is entirely up to the homeschooling parents.

  The event will be at Mount of Olive Church in Duluth, Minn., at 6 p.m. Those who need to set up are welcome to arrive anytime after 5 p.m. The sale and demonstrations will start at 6 p.m. and end by 8 p.m. get the chance to walk around to see other displays and talk with other students. There will be a comments sheet on each table so the students can get positive feedback about their project. Participants are free to leave early if the evening gets too late for little ones.
  We'll have our audience cast votes for a favorite exhibit. The exhibitor with the highest votes will receive a special recognition. Each participant receives a ribbon and positive feedback. The event is open to all Northland homeschoolers.
    $10 per table for the used book sale. 
    A $5 donation per family would be appreciated, to help pay for the facility rental

  Registration is not required, but it helps to know how many people are coming. Please send e-mail to northlandcore at gmail dot com

Pictured: Projects from previous Experts’ Nights. To see more photos, click on the links under Photo Albums on the left side of this web page.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Twin Ports Homeschool Choir 2013-14

UPDATE: Homeschool Choir will be starting our spring session on Wednesday, Jan. 22. We meet on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. Ages 10 and up. Leave a comment or message me if you have questions. We are about 50 kids strong, and will give a concert in the spring consisting of patriotic, sacred and fun music.

The Twin Ports Homeschool Choir will be starting its third year on Sept. 4th. The choir is for
students 10 years to 12th grade, plus younger siblings who can actively participate in a
positive manner. We had a great year last year with about 40 students of all ages, and I look
forward to seeing it grow in size and ability this year!

There is a minimal fee of$20 per student, $15 per sibling.
Also: The Twin Ports Homeschool Band is up in the air. Contact me if interested.

You can get in touch with me via Facebook or my

For more information about myself, Choir, Band and other music lessons, classes and opportunities.

— Matt Wheeler

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Homeschool skating lessons

Duluth Figure Skating Club is offering daytime lessons for Homeschoolers and Preschoolers

Winter Session is Jan. 9 - Feb. 13, 2014
Thursdays, 1-2pm

Register online -

Contact Dianne with any questions: (Join CORE's facebook page for her contact info.)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hartley Nature Center Homeschool Classes 2013-14

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 15 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 2013-2014 school year is $90 for HNC members and $135 for non-members. Scholarships available for qualifying students!  
Space is limited!

Lake Superior Zoo homeschool classes 2013-14

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.

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

Cub Club: ages 4-6
  Fall 2013 Session: Skin & Scales  Sept 19 or 20: What's Buggin' You?
  Oct 24 or 25: Leap & Splash
  Nov 21 or 22: Shells, Scales & Turtle Tales
  Dec 19 or 20: Reptile Romp

  Spring 2014 Session: Feathers & Fur
  Jan 16 or 17: Feathery Friends
  Feb 20 or 21: Life at Night
  March 20 or 21: Monkeying Around
  April 24 or 25: Paws & Claws

Homeschool Classes: ages 7-17
  Fall 2013 Session: Insects & Reptiles  Sept 25: Insects & Spiders
  Oct 16: Frogs & Salamanders
  Nov 13: Turtles & Tortoises
  Dec 11: Snakes & Lizards

  Spring 2014 Session: Birds & Mammals
  Jan 8: Birds
  Feb 12: Creatures of the Night
  March 12: Primates
  April 16: Big Cats & Bears


Duluth Art Institute homeschool classes 2013-14


Duluth Art Institute’s Homeschool Art Series – 2013-14

Classes will be held at the DAI’s Lincoln Park site, 2229 W. 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55806
Meets SECOND Monday morning of the month, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
$200 (DAI members); $240 (nonmembers)

Oct. 14 • Nov  11 • Dec. 9
Jan. 13 • Feb. 10 • March 10 • April 14 • May 12

Artventure! (Ages 7-11)
Instructor: Liz Vandersteen
Our homeschool class is back to once a month but there is still just as much art as before!  All of the projects will be new, with connections made to all aspects of the curriculum, literature, science, social studies and more.  Visual art is the earliest form of expression and communication.  Come explore art through the ages and from around the world.  Investigate the historical context and purpose of art objects from different cultures and eras, and gain insight into what self-expression meant to them.  Then become a part of art history yourself, as you create art projects inspired by what has been created in the past.  Learn about the elements and principles of design – the building blocks of every artwork.  Students will use a variety of materials, such as clay, plaster, charcoal, watercolor paint, and much more.  Study guides and more research opportunities will be provided for parents to further the process throughout the month with their children.  A snack will be provided.  

Registration begins now:
Phone (218) 733-7560 or (218) 723-1310
Drop-in (4th Floor – Depot, 506 W Michi­gan Street)

At least 50% of tuition must be paid upon registration (cash, checks, MasterCard and Visa are accepted). The remain­ing balance is due by the first class on October 14th. 15 student limit.

Sign up for a $60 DAI Household Membership!  One year membership benefits include 20% discount on classes, subscription to our newsmagazine listing upcoming events and classes, postcards for gallery openings, opportunity to exhibit in the Annual Member’s Show in January (kids can exhibit too!), and free admission to ALL Depot exhibits. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Duluth and Superior YMCA Gym and Swim Classes

The Duluth and Superior YMCAs are Offering a P.E. Class for Homeschool Students.
The Duluth and Superior YMCAs are 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
$44 members; $75 non-members

Superior YMCA
9 N 21st Street
Superior, Wisconsin 54880
(715) 392-5611
Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:30pm
$30 members; $60 non-members. Each additional child is $10 less.
Financial Assistance Available

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 2013-14 School Year:
Sept. 12 • Oct. 10 • Nov. 14 • Dec. 12 • Jan. 9 • Feb. 13 • March 13 • April 10 • May 8

  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.

2013-14 Homeschool Schedule
$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.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Homeschool days at Twin Ports Gymnastics

Krista Almquist, director at Twin Ports Gymnastics in Superior, is offering non-structured open gym class for homeschoolers on the first Thursday of the month. This activity will be for homeschoolers only, boys and girls. Children up to age 6 can go from 1-2 p.m.; ages 7 and older from 2-3 p.m. The cost for this hour-long class is $5 per child. Memberships are available ($30 individual/$50 family), which reduces the cost to $3 per child. Ask for details on memberships. There is no need to preregister, but each child will need a signed waiver on file.

Dates for the 2013-14 School Year:

Sept. 5 • Oct. 3 • Nov. 7 • Dec. 5 • Jan. 2 • Feb. 6 • Mar. 6 • Apr. 3 • May. 1

Address: 3000 Hill Ave., Superior
Phone: (715) 395-6119

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 2013-14 School Year:
  Sept. 4
  Oct. 2
  Nov. 6
  Dec. 4
  Jan. 1
  Feb. 5
  March 5
  April 2
  May 7