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

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

F.E.E.T. gearing up for 2013-14 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.  This year the following fine arts classes will be offered: string ensemble, art ( grades 4 and up), band (grades 4 and up), and choir(older and younger).

For our parent taught FEET Families classes we will be offering nursery and pre-school/kindergarten for the youngest. There will be both lower and upper elementary classes which will include one quarter of Poetry, Public Speaking/Writing, two quarters of Educational Games, and one quarter of Book Club. There will be a year long class of Team Challenge for the elementary children as well. A Moms Prayer/Devotional Group will also be part of our day. Drama will be offered to those in grades 7-12. The drama leader is new to our group, so I asked her to share a little about herself, below is her response:

Kim Collins will be leading the drama class and directing the 2014 FEET Dinner Theater production. Kim has a passion for both homeschooling and theater. She's homeschooled her 16 year old daughter for most of her education. Currently, they are part of the L.O.V.E. co-op that meets in Duluth, where Kim facilitates the high school level of classical education, co-facilitates the Fine Arts class, teaches Homeschool Debate and has directed two plays, most recently an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. You may have seen one of three productions she has directed or assistant directed at the Douglas County Historical Society since moving to Superior four years ago. You'll Find It At Roth's, and recently, The Big Dig were both popularly received there. Kim's background includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater, with a special emphasis in Voice for the Actor. She has performed, directed, vocal coached and taught various theater classes in both educational and professional settings in many of the various cities that she has lived during the last 20 years. Kim has a special place in her heart for youth in theater, and she strives to make each student's drama experience a positive, fulfilling opportunity for self-discovery and personal growth.

There is more information in the attached registration packet. Click here to download the packet.

Please contact a board member if you have any questions or would like to register: Shammah and Hope Parks 390-4413, Leslie Gorski 384-9873, Paula Peterson 485-1535, Kerri Carlson , and Deb Johnson 878-0128. Or Brad and Jackie Vogt 389-6266

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!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Photos from Experts' Night 2013

Experts' Night 2013
Thanks, everybody, for coming to Experts' Night 2013! If you click the photo above, you should get to our photo gallery.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Library volunteers needed to deliver books

  The Duluth Public Library is recruiting volunteers to deliver books to library patrons who cannot physically visit the library.
Call or email Cheryl Skafte, Volunteer Coordinator, at 218-730-4334 or to request an application and submit it by March 29.  
Volunteers should expect to serve around 4-6 hours a month. Training will be provided. A more detailed description and a volunteer application is available online at

(Ms. Skafte contacted Northland CORE because she thought this would be a fun thing for homeschool families to do together.)