Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Homeschool and Family Activities in the Duluth/Superior Area for the Week of December 15th


Reminder of homeschool and family opportunities going on in the next week (Scroll to see them all since I offer some details).

**Tuesday, December 16th (and every Tuesday): All family Gym and Swim at the YMCA in Superior. Gym time is from 2 to 2:30pm and swimming is from 2:30 until 3:30pm. You do not need to be preregistered and you can pay per time.

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
9 North 21st Street Superior, WI 54880
P 715-392-5611 www.superiorymca.org

**Tuesday, December 16th (and every Tuesday): The Duluth YMCA offers ongoing structured Gym and Swim classes. Details on how to register for these 7 week structured lessons can be found at http://www.duluthymca.org/

**Tuesday, December 16th (and every Tuesday): Toddler Tuesdays at the Great Lakes Aquarium at 10am

**Wednesday, December 17th (and the third Wednesday of the month): Homeschool Climbing at Vertical Endeavors from 2 to 4 pm.

All ages are welcome. $10 per climber, harness is included.

**Wednesday through Friday, December 17th & 18th from 9am to 7pm, December 19th from 9am to 5pm: Scholastic Book Fair - A chance to pick up some great books at amazing prices. In addition, you can preregister for some added coupons. ($10 off $50 or $25 off $100) by going to www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/warehouse

**Wednesday, December 17th (and every Wednesday, when standard school is open): Open Ice Skating at the Duluth Heritage Center at 6:30pm for FREE for all ages

**Thursday, December 18th (and every Thursday) at 1:30pm: All ages play time at Little Jacks in Cloquet. A lot of space to run, play and climb in addition the space offers trains, cooperative play space and books. No cost with lots of space, worth the drive. In addition, they have a coffee shop and small café. For families with food allergies, those attending have done a great job containing food and wiping down hands and the area. 103 Avenue C, Cloquet, MN 55720

**Thursday, December 18th: For those registered, Hartley has its monthly nature class. I am not sure if they have any more spaces, but wanted to make you aware of the opportunity. If they are full, considering marking your calendar to register next fall for these fun, ongoing classes.

**Monday, December 22nd - Christmas Caroling at Viewcrest Nursing Home at 2pm. Students are welcome to make cards for the residence or to bring a musical instrument to play (a piano is available). Contact Sheri Burns if you need more information or to let her know that you will be attending.

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: http://www.thelifexcellence.com/

In addition, free math and science tool for families can be found at  http://www.toolsformath.org

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: peterfam6@gmail.com.

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
E-mail: steve@wow.us

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: www.seamssewcool.com.
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 gaelynn.lea@gmail.com 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.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Reading tutor Patti Burggraff


I have been a licensed MN Elementary teacher since 1992. Along with class room teaching, I have held many private teaching/tutoring sessions with elementary age students which include: reading, writing, math, science, social studies and piano lessons. I am currently focusing on tutoring students with reading deficits, specializing in dyslexia. The curriculum I use is the Susan Barton system which is Orton-Gillingham based. This system is language based, multisensory, structural and sequetial and has been proven by many certified teachers to help dyslexic and struggling readers who have trouble with phonemic awareness and phonics.
This is a two year curriculum if taught in its entirety.  Monthly updates are sent to parents to assess student growth and decide how much tutoring their child needs. Students who complete all 10 levels will be reading and writing at the mid ninth grade level.  I have a class room at Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle and my schedule is Mon-Thurs from 8:15am-6:15pm. The cost is $30.00 per hour lesson and I meet with the student 2x/wk all 12 months of the yr.
I can be reached at bpjburg@q.com or at 218-390-7272.
— Patti Burggraff

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ice skating at the Heritage Center

Enjoy free indoor ice skating for families at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center.
The Duluth Parks and Recreation sponsors skating sessions. Open skating is 6:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday until the end of May. These sessions are free and open to the public for pleasure skating (meaning no hockey). Please bring your own skates.
Website: www.duluthheritage.com/
Address: 120 S. 30th Ave. W., Duluth
Phone: (218) 464-1711

Friday, August 31, 2012

Back-to-Homeschool handout 2012

I made an 8-page handout for Northland CORE's Back-to-Homeschool Information Night. Click here if you'd like to download a copy. — Beverly