Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Northland Core Gets a New Look!

Northland CORE is moving it's website home to a new address - please update your bookmarks accordingly!  The website will be transitioning to and this will no longer be maintained.  Please let us know if you see any errors or missing information on the new site so we can update it or if you know of any events that can be added to the calendar.  Thank you!

Please change your bookmarks to: 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 Homeschool Year!!

We offer a listing of meet-ups, classes and activities for Duluth, MN, Superior, WI and those areas that surround these two beautiful towns.

Our Facebook site offers the chance to find out about opportunities, set up events and connect with our local homeschool community. We invite all homeschooling families and those considering homeschooling to join our group.

Homeschool Basics 2017-2018 School Year

The link below contains a file with a number of basics for those in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

In Minnesota, you register with the district, but you do not need to use the forms that the district sends. Both Minnesota Homeschool Alliance (MHA) and the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) offer usable forms that meet the requirements of what you must report to the district.

In Wisconsin, you register with the state. Wisconsin Parent Association has information on registering in Wisconsin.

Activities for Homeschoolers in the Area (scroll down in the blog for further information on each of these events)
     Park Day: Every Monday
     Roller Skating: Second Thursday of the Month
     Bowling: First Wednesday of the Month
     Climbing: Third Wednesday of the Month
     YMCA Gym and Swim (Duluth)
     YMCA Open/Semi-unstructured Family Gym and Swim (Superior)
     Lake Superior Zoo Classes
     Speech, Literature and Writing Classes by Sara Floerke
     F.E.E.T Co-op
     Spirit Mountain Skiing - January through March
     Classical Conversations

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Park Day 2017 - Rain or Shine

Park Day
Duluth Heights Community Center
33 W Mulberry St, Duluth, MN 55811
Mondays 2-4

There is plenty of room to run and play. The facility has both an outdoor playground and an indoor play area. In addition, there are indoor bathroom facilities. This is a well attended meet up. All ages are welcome.Parents must stay on-site.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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 2017-18 School Year:
Sept. 14 • Oct. 12 • Nov. 09 • Dec. 14 • Jan. 11 • Feb. 08 • March 08 • April 12 • May 10

  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.

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

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.

2017-18 Homeschool Schedule
  • September 20th
  • October 18th
  • November 15th
  • December 20st
  • January 17th
  • February 21st
  • March 21st
  • April 18th
  • May 16th
$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.

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.

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 12th.
Duluth YMCA
302 W 1st Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

(218) 722-4745
Tuesdays 2-4pm
$53 members; $83 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

Lake Superior Zoo Homeschool Classes

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. Purchase 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

Homeschool American Literature Class - Fall 2017


Homeschool American Literature
Class Grades 9-12
Fall/Winter 2017-18
Duluth Public Library

Using the Lost Tools of Writing curriculum, we will be focusing on the invention, arrangement and elocution of ideas resulting in nine essays based on readings from American Literature. The Lost Tools of Writing curriculum relies on an in-depth, technically and creatively disciplined strategy. Here’s a website to check out the resources and philosophy-- We’ll be using the level one book. The goal of this course is to prepare students for organized, thoughtful, academic writing. We will be reading American authors from Benjamin Franklin to Ray Bradbury; from poetry and short stories; from novels to nonfiction. We will be exploring themes by way of literary analysis. This class is designed for students who are beginning to comprehend abstract literary ideas and who have mastered the basics of composition. Because this class is for high school credit, there will be an expectation of at least five hours of homework per week. The class period will be an hour and half, and we will be meet at 11am on Tuesdays in the Gold Room at the downtown Duluth library. The cost for the class is $110/semester plus a one time fee of $39 for a workbook. Classes begin on October 3, so contact Sara Floerke register or ask a question. ( or 218/340-5302)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Homeschool Speech Class - Fall 2017

Homeschool Speech Class
Suggested for Grades 7-12
Fall/Winter 2017-18
Duluth Public Library

Using the Institute for Excellence in Writing-- Speech curriculum, our class will be developing and presenting six types of speeches. We will begin with introduction speeches and move through narrative, descriptive, persuasive, demonstration and extemporaneous speeches. The students will be learning proper speech standards while also practicing their craft. The goal for this course is to prepare students to be able to organize their thoughts and demonstrate confidence as they speak in front of an audience. There is no curriculum to purchase. We will be meeting in the Gold Room at the Main Library on Tuesdays at 2pm over the course of the academic year for 14 weeks. The cost for the class is $100. Classes start on November 7, so contact Sara Floerke to register or ask questions. ( or 218/340-5302)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Homeschool Writing Class - Fall 2017 Grades 6-8

Homeschool Writing Class
Suggested for Grades 6-8
Fall/Winter 2017-18
Duluth Public Library

Using the Institute for Excellence in Writing materials, we will be going through nine units to move students from finding main ideas to crafting research papers and critiques by the end of the 24 weeks. The goal for this course is to prepare students for organized, academic writing. We will spend 15 minutes a week on grammar, and creative writing will be a minor piece of the agenda. This class is designed for early writers. This year we will be working with Rockets, Radar and Robotics material from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. I’m excited to give your students an opportunity to dig into and synthesize current science into their writing. The website for IEW curriculum -- We will be meeting in the Gold Room at the Main Library at 1pm on Tuesdays over the course of the academic year for 24 weeks. This is a course which has seen strong academic results for students. The cost for the class is $100/semester plus a one time cost of $29 for a workbook. Classes start on October 3, so contact Sara Floerke to register or ask questions. ( or 218/340-5302)


                   Classical Christian Community

Classical Conversations is a group of homeschooling families in the Northland region that meets weekly. We share a focused, classical model based curriculum and guide our families through the curriculum, equipping them to succeed. Our program starts at age 4 and continues through High School. Not only are we a local community of supportive parents and students, but we are part of a greater collective of over 100,000 homeschoolers around the world. Classical Conversations is about community, equipping, Christ and encouragement. We would love to have you join us!

For more information: visit or contact
Mary Rantala     
Foundations and Essentials Director     

Testing Information

                    On-Site Standardized Testing in Duluth!
                              May 9 and 10 in morning
                                      Grades K - 12
                             Open to all Homeschoolers
Using the Stanford-10 National Achievement Test (SAT-10),  a nationally-recognized test used by educators across the United States, particularly in private schools and homeschools. 
On-line options also available. 
or contact our local Test Coordinator Sara Floerke at 

Sara Floerke is also available for one-on-one testing. 

Sara Floerke

Thursday, July 23, 2015

F.E.E.T Co-op in Esko

Register now for F.E.E.T. Co-op in Esko

Families Enriching Education Together (F.E.E.T.) will be meeting on Tuesday’s this year at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Esko. We are a group of Christian Homeschoolers who gather together to enrich our children’s home education by offering a place for group learning and support. We also offer opportunities for field trips and group events throughout the year.
We have parent led enrichment classes. We also have a band for students in grade 4 and above, as well as a Jr. Choir, and a Sr. Choir.
If you are interested in learning more about our group please contact us at: