Homeschool Resource Center

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About the Homeschool Resource Center (HRC)

Questions, Answers and other Helpful Information about the
Homeschool Resource Center (HRC)

In 2001 the Johnsburg Public Library received a $55,000 grant to establish a Homeschool Resource Center, which today is located in the library's former Study Room. Funding for this grant was provided by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using federal LSTA funding.

With the HRC's materials you can '"try before you buy" a wide variety of curriculum materials including Sonlight, Alpha Omega, Rosetta Stone, Singapore Math or Five in a Row and see if they are right for your family's unique needs before you start spending a lot of money on things that may or may not work.

Q: What exactly is in the HRC?

Q: Who can use the HRC?
A: Anyone at all! You do not need to homeschool. We do require children to be accompanied by an adult, however, because of the many small pieces and fragile items.

Q: May I check things out?
A. Anyone with a valid, full service, Illinois public library card (a library you are paying taxes to) may check out items.  (Click HERE to see the Illinois law regarding rules for purchasing a library card if you are NOT paying taxes to any public library.)  We do remind you though that while book items may be returned to any Illinois library, they should be returned at least 2 weeks before they are due to allow for transit time.  All non-book items need to be returned directly to the Johnsburg Library.

It is also very important that you understand you are responsible for all of the pieces of any item you check out. Please count everything before you leave and again before you return it.

Q: How long may I keep the items?
A: All items in the HRC can be checked out for 6 weeks. You may renew the items for an additional 6 weeks as long as there are no holds on the item.

Q: How is the HRC collection arranged?
A: The materials are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System. We cannot arrange books by grade level because too many materials are for multiple grade levels. Here is a quick guide:

000 Generalities
          020 Library & information sciences
100 Philosophy & psychology
200 Religion
300 Social sciences
          320 Political science
          330 Economics
          340 Law
          370 Education
          390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
400 Languages
          425 English grammar
500 Natural sciences & math
          510 Mathematics
                    512 Algebra
                    513 Arithmetic
                    516 Geometry
          530 Physics
          540 Chemistry & allied sciences
          550 Earth sciences
          570 Life sciences
600 Technology (Applied sciences)
700 The arts
800 Literature & rhetoric
          810 American literature in English
          811 Poetry
          812 Drama
          815 Speeches
900 Geography & history

Other Helpful Information

Children's Historical Fiction and Math Literature Lists
The library purchased a large number of Historical Fiction titles for children with grant funds. All of these books are shelved in the regular juvenile and young adult fiction collections. They have been marked with a green "Historical Fiction" label on the spine. Check the listing of Historical Fiction for Children for titles and time periods.

Also available is a listing of the Math Literature located in the library. Be sure to check out these wonderful resources!

Bulletin Board
There is a bulletin board in the HRC for anyone to post information about local homeschooling events or special offers for homeschoolers. The Johnsburg Public Library in no way endorses or checks the information posted on the bulletin board, so please use the information on it with discretion.

Need Personal Assistance?
An educational consultant is available for free one-on-one meetings in the Homeschool Resource Center on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. To schedule an appointment please call the library at 815-344-0077.  The educational consultant is a volunteer and not a Library District employee.


Homeschool Internet Resources

How To Begin Homeschooling

If you are looking for information on how to begin homeschooling, background information and legal information is available at the following sites:
A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling Web Site
Ann Zeise has created this wonderful, informative and very well maintained site.  No matter where you live or what your personal philosophies toward homeschooling are, you will find useful information here.
Home Educators Resource Directory
Comprehensive resources for the home educator.
Homeschool Diner
At the Homeschool Diner you'll find a full menu of articles, curriculum ideas, links to online resources. You'll also find helpful suggestions, friendly advice, and a little homeschool humor, on the side. Open 24/7.
Homeschooling Legal Defense Association
Advocates for the rights of homeschoolers and the right of parents to direct their children's education. Though a Christian organization, it works on behalf of both secular and religious homeschoolers.
National Home Education Research Institute
This Christian non-profit organization has done a great deal of research on and about  homeschooling over the past decade or so.  Some information is available on line.
Illinois Specific Information
Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators
Illinois Christian Home Educators
Information about IL law, conventions, support groups and more.
Illinois H.O.U.S.E
(Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience)
Statewide non-denominational site has very accurate state legal information (including samples of form letters and procedures), a field trip page of ideas of what to see and where to go near you, and the best homeschool supplier list I have seen on any state or national list to date.
Popcorn & Peanuts:ALL the Illinois Home Education Laws in One Place
This independent site has a wealth of information on everything from removing a child from an Illinois school in the middle of the year to driver's education classes and graduation requirements.


How to Get a Catalog Listing of All HRC Items



Information Useful for Librarians

Who are Homeschoolers and What do They Want? 

To Feel Welcomed: Homeschoolers want to be welcome to use the library during school hours. Many complain of librarians who frown at them and ask them why they are there during school hours. Yet, what better place to learn?
Late readers: There are many different educational philosophies, some of which encourage delaying teaching reading until after the age of 8 or 10 (ie: Waldorf and Moore Academy). Some homeschooled children also have difficulty with reading skills, just as some traditionally schooled children may. They are coming to the library looking for help. Please do not judge the parents to be neglectful if the children are 'behind'. There may be reasons you are unaware of. 
Grade Levels: Many home school children are at several different grade levels of curriculum. They may be in 4th grade math and 2nd grade grammar. The question "What grade are you in?" is often not an easy one or a comfortable one. Please ask instead what grade level book they are looking for.
Special Needs: Many homeschoolers have children that have special educational needs. In fact, many have left the school systems because of special needs and they are struggling to meet them at home instead.  The need could be for age appropriate yet high school level reading material for an 8 year old - or for books that don't look childish but are of a low level for an older student. Educators for decades have long sought such materials, and homeschoolers are no different. Knowing the books in your collection that fit these unique needs is a terrific boon to homeschoolers.

ConfidentialitySome homeschoolers fear losing their right to homeschool. They fear that they will be harassed or that laws will change and, if they are known in the community, they will lose their right to homeschool.  Please be aware that many homeschoolers will worry that if they give a library their name and phone number on a homeschool contact list that the information might be given to another governmental agency. Some even fear coming forth as a homeschooler for fear that the library staff will report them as truant. Trust is hard won in many cases, and takes time.

 Eight Popular Homeschooling Philosophies
School-at-Home -
This is the most familiar style to those of us who attended schools ourselves. Generally it involves four or more subjects a day, taught during specific time periods. Generally this style uses prepackaged purchased curricula, but certainly not always.
Classical (Trivium) -
Classical Education organizes education into three Biblical categories. These three categories are Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric, otherwise known as knowledge (learning the facts), understanding (organizes the facts into rational order), and wisdom (taking that knowledge and understanding and uses it in practical ways). This is the original liberal arts education. Memorization, dialog, writing and languages are stressed.
Charlotte Mason -
A Christian-based philosophy of education that stresses good literature (rather than textbooks), copying of relevant materials, and dictation. Nature walks are stressed throughout. Structure is crucial and training of good habits begins in infancy.
Waldorf -
is a non-Christian spiritually based program featuring delayed academics and a rich variety of music, arts and literature. The aim of Waldorf education is to educate the whole child -- head, heart and hands. The curriculum is geared to the child's stages of development and brings together all elements -- intellectual, artistic, spiritual and movement. The goal is to produce individuals who are able, in and of themselves, to impart meaning to their lives. Rituals of daily and seasonal life are strongly emphasized.
Montessori -
The original works of Maria Montessori have been gravely distorted here in America by a lack of copyrights on her name, but the original concept was to respect the child's inner desire to learn and allow him/her to make spontaneous and free choices within a carefully prepared environment (structure the environment, not the child). The role of the adult is to observe and use brief teachable moments to introduce new concepts (usually by doing the activity quietly herself and waiting for a child to ask a question about it).
Unit Study Approach -
Unit studies can be as flexible or structured as a family wants. They allow for a great deal of individual choice in both the choice of units to be done and in the materials used. It is usually an in-depth study of one specific topic (baseball, the planets, trees, puffins) that takes into account many areas of the topic, such as geography, science, history, art, etc. It is a complete immersion into the topic so that the student will see things as a "whole" instead as isolated subject areas.
Unschooling -
Unschooling is not how something is done, but why. Unschooling is the belief that all people, no matter how old or young, have a built in desire to learn (unless that desire has been crushed by outside forces). It is a belief that if you allow a person of any age to pursue their own interests throughout life they will end up gaining the knowledge they will need in order to pursue the life they want. Unschoolers use textbooks, movies, classrooms and correspondence courses, museums and magazines, jobs and volunteer positions (and the rest of the world) to learn. Unschooling is not, however, never saying no and letting the wolves raise your children.
Eclectic -
Any combination of the styles listed above. This is really what most homeschooling families are.

How To Create a Homeschool Friendly Library
(on the cheap!)
Answers to Questions:
Put links to popular sites on your web page to refer people to and/or compile a resource binder of information from a wide variety of current on-line sources such as:
A2Z Homeschooling Web Site
Ann Zeise has created this wonderful, informative and very well maintained site.  No matter who or where you are, you will find useful information here. Note, there are a lot of banner ads at this site. If that bothers you, check out the next site! 
Homeschool Diner
If the site above doesn't have it, this one certainly does! Terrific collection of information and articles. 
Home Educators Resource Directory
Comprehensive resources for the home educator.

Answers to Legal Questions: Compile a binder of legal information from a wide variety of current on-line sources.

 Area Supervisory Teachers contact list:  Some states require the use of supervisory teachers in order to homeschool. Having a local homeschooler create a list of local teachers (and their specialties?) can really make the life of a new homeschooler far easier. All you have to do is provide a space to post the information and try to make sure it is updated once or twice a year! 
Area Support Group contact list:  Having a local homeschooler create a list of regional support groups, cooperatives and businesses that offer homeschool specials (ie: weekly bowling or twice a week dance lessons are common in many areas) can really make the life of a new homeschooler far easier. All you have to do is provide a space to post the information and try to make sure it is updated once or twice a year. 
Be Welcoming: Homeschoolers want to be welcome to use the library during school hours. Many complain of librarians who frown at them and ask them why they are there during school hours. Yet, what better place to learn?
Book Classification Labels such as those for reading levels, historical fiction and math literature
Book Discussion Groups such as those with Junior Great Books
Cataloging with Homeschoolers in Mind: see the section below for helpful tips
Educator Cards with extended checkout periods and reduced/no fines
Find an Active Homeschool Volunteer:  Those patrons who are requesting more services may very well be just the resource you need to get some of these ideas implemented!
Fliers and Pamphlets and Catalogs:  While many suppliers only offer online catalogs and magazines, some are still available in print. If possible, get a collection of them and provide a vertical file of these wonderful resources. 
Free Use of Meeting Room(s) for classes, meetings and speakers:  Yes, sometimes a homeschool group may hire a speaker or teacher. Does this mean they can't use your meeting room to hear their chosen speaker? If so, would you be willing to hire the speaker? 
Hi / Lo Readers for reluctant readers and tame YA and Adult fiction for advanced readers
Information Center: A bulletin board & more!
Interlibrary Loan that is free and friendly
Reader's Advisory: lists of math literature, historical fiction, and/or popular literature-based curricula (such as Sonlight, Veritas Press, or Five in a Row) materials that your library already owns and where to find the items.
Reading Level Assessment Tools: Microsoft Word, San Diego Quick Assessment, AR lists, Reading Counts lists, Lexiles, etc.
Scope and Sequence Charts: Compile a binder showing a typical course of study for each grade level available from
Understand Grade Levels: Many home school children are at several different grade levels of curriculum. They may be in 4th grade math and 2nd grade grammar. The question "What grade are you in?" is often not an easy one or a comfortable one. Please ask instead what grade level book they are looking for.
Unit Study Kits or backpacks for a variety of ages
Cataloging With Homeschool Educators In Mind:
The problem many new homeschoolers have with Mr. Dewey's System:  Many homeschoolers will never find the cool new math game books you bought if they are off in educational games (371.307) because they are looking for math materials and wouldn't think of looking outside of the 500s. They need to be near the other math books at 519.2.
J FIC vs. Math or Science:  The same pre-planning works for the many wonderful math literature books such as the Sir Cumference series or The Librarian who Measured the Earth that are often shelved as J FIC (children's picture books).   You can help homeschoolers by using book classification labels or even by asking homeschool volunteers to help create a listing of all of these 'mixed uses' books in your library.  Please click HERE for a list of math literature books as a place to start a search of your library's holdings.
 'Homeschooling' vs. 'Home Schooling' :  New homeschoolers may not know where to look in the library. They go to the OPAC and type in 'homeschooling' for a subject search and find nothing because the Library of Congress has it listed as 'home schooling'. They look in the education section (371.) and again find nothing because the LoC has it categorized as 'family life' and tucked away at 649.68. These new homeschoolers then decide you aren't catering to their needs.  However, many will never ask!  If you can't recatalog materials, get the word out using signs, posters, bibliographies or information centers!
 Knowing you can't recatalog your entire library, know too that creating bibliographies featuring books you already own is a terrific way of helping home educators, as well as making the most of what you already have.
Historical Fiction From Any Specific Time:  Many home school patrons can't find appropriate historical fiction about specific topics like the Revolutionary War or Ancient Egypt because those books are listed by author's last name and they have no idea where to even begin.  You can help by using "Historical Fiction" book classification labels or even by asking volunteers to help create a chronological listing of all historical literature in your library.  Click HERE to see the Johnsburg Public Library's Historical Fiction list.

Many curriculum suppliers are great about listing a wide variety of recommended titles for specific eras. Posting a few of these lists will make everyone's lives much easier!
We would recommend:

Veritas Press (catalog)
Greenleaf Press (catalog)
Five in a Row (catalog)
Sonlight (catalog)
Beautiful Feet (catalog)
The Well Trained Mind (book)
The Complete Home Learning Source Book

 Purchasing for the Homeschool Resource Center (HRC):
A homeschool volunteer (who is also a former teacher) gathered specific recommendations for items from a wide variety of homeschoolers (both on-line and those from area support groups), books, and catalogs. These lists were then compiled, sorted by subject area and then by appropriate age levels.  Purchases were then made based on the survey responses.  Purchases were made using a $55,000 grant. Funding for this grant was provided by the Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using federal LSTA funding.  We also gladly accept donated materials in good condition.  Materials that are not used are sold by our Friends group at a 'Used Curriculum Fair" that is part of our annual Homeschool Open House.
Based on the survey results we specifically targeted the following purchases:
Educational philosophy books (371.042)
Homeschool information books
Curriculum and unit study materials
Textbooks currently used at the local public schools.
Homeschool magazines
Catalogs of homeschooling materials (free!)
Historical fiction and non-fiction books
Science and technology books
Math game books (cataloged in math rather than in games)
Educational board games and puzzles
Video and audiotapes
Microscopes and telescopes: (2 stereomicroscopes, 2 compound microscopes, astroscan telescope and Celestron with tripod telescope)
3-D anatomy and geology displays
3-D specimens of plants and animals
Physics and Chemistry equipment
Foreign Language tape and video systems
NOTE:  The collection in the HRC is carefully curated and updated to maintain a successful balance of educational philosophies, perspectives, and subjects.  Changes to the original collection have been necessary due to rapidly expanding curricula options, technological advances, and changing needs in the community.  VHS tapes originally purchased with grant funds have been replaced by DVDs.  Educational computer games are no longer as popular because they have been replaced by mobile applications.  The HRC collection is weeded regularly just as any collection in the library, using the same weeding criteria based on circulation statistics and condition and age of item.  Annual purchases for the HRC are budgeted for from the library's regular Library Materials budget line item.
Christian vs. Secular Materials
Probably one of the most frequently asked questions we have been asked is in regards to how we found a balance in regards to religious materials. Admittedly this was one of the most difficult aspects of selecting materials. Every effort was made to find materials in every subject and in every grade level for every need.  There are some materials that are specifically Christian, but there are always non-religious materials to balance them. For instance, we do have books on both Creationism and Evolution.  So far, everyone we have had feedback from (including Atheists, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Wiccan) has complemented us on the balanced job, so the added effort seems to have been worth it!

How Helpful Is the HRC CollectionTo Homeschoolers?
Most families switch styles and/or curriculums an average of 7 times in the first 2 years of homeschooling! This switching around can cost tens of thousands of dollars to an already struggling single income family.
 What About Circulation?
What kind of circulation has Johnsburg's Homeschool Resource Center generated?  Annual circulation for items in the HRC averages approximately 3% of the library's total circulation.  (The size of the HRC collection is also approximately 3% of the library's total collection.)  Reciprocal borrowers account for 80-90% of the total circulation of the HRC collection.  Homeschool educators have driven in from several hours away (with picnic baskets!) to make a day of visiting and making use of HRC materials.

Click HERE to see the Top 100 Circulated Items in the HRC.

Click HERE to see the Top 100 Books in the HRC.

Click HERE to see the Top 100 Non-Book Items in the HRC.

Some pages for you to look at if you are considering adding a Homeschool Resource Center to your library:

Homeschool Resource Center grant.pdf221.07 KB
Homeschoolers Library Usage Interest Survey.pdf87.52 KB

McHenry County Homeschooling Groups


This contact list is for the exclusive purpose of helping homeschoolers to find the support group right for their family. This list is not to be used to promote sales, events, or any religious or political causes. Anyone found to use this list for a purpose other than intended will be publicly named and homeschoolers throughout the state will be asked to boycott your cause, service or other promotion.
If you have an event or service the specifically relates to homeschooling you may promote it by 1) sending it to the Johnsburg Library and 2) asking the list owner of: MCHENRY CO HOMESCHOOL HAPPENINGS to post it on her site.
List owner:
Statewide Support (and basic legal information):
Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators
Illinois Christian Home EducatorsWebsite:
Illinois H.O.U.S.E.
(Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience)
SUPPORT GROUP (families get together for social time, activities and field trips),
COOPERATIVE(volunteer hours are required and parents teach each other's students)
OFFERS CLASSES (the group hires teachers for anything from piano to Calculus)
Active Homeschoolers
activehomeschool is an active group and we are looking for new members to join. We meet up weekly for lots of fun activities, park days, nature walks, holiday parties and more. We are located in Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Algonquin and Crystal Lake areas.
We are a secular supportive group, all ages, all educational methods and all religions welcome.
Apple Tree North (Cooperative)
Apple Tree Christian Homeschoolers Inc. is a Christian  homeschooling co-operative for children 1st-12th grade and their younger siblings.  We desire to bring glory to God by providing activities, fellowship, and learning opportunities to enhance a family’s homeschooling journey.  We meet several times monthly in Lake Villa, IL on Wednesdays, September through April.  Apple Tree has a scope and sequence for each grade that offers alternating unit studies of history, science, and literature, along with weekly music, drama, physical education, and art.
The Ark Resource Center (Offers Classes)
For information about this group email
Barrington Area Home Schoolers (Support Group)
Barrington Area Homeschoolers exist to strengthen Christian home school families by fostering relationships, providing activities and inspiring learning. We hold monthly support meetings for parents and offer a GREAT variety of field trips and enrichment and service opportunities for students. The monthly meetings are held in Crystal Lake. Through our email group and newsletters, members can find out about all kinds of opportunities (such as teen and pre-teen club events, special needs support) and have the opportunity to ask questions as they come up in life/school. Membership closes October 1st.  New families to home schooling and to the area are welcome to join at any time during the year.
Tammy Massey, Membership Coordinator 847-836-2347 or,
Mari Jaeger, BAHS Leader 224-688-4349 or
Classical Consortium Academy (Offers Classes)
C.C. is a one-day-a-week, comprehensive, academic program that follows a classical method in both the subjects taught and how those subjects are taught. Students are in C.C. classes on Mondays and are responsible to accomplish homework from those classes during the week under their parents' supervision. C.C. serves students in third through twelfth grades.
The Classical Consortium meets every Monday from mid-August until mid-May, except holidays, at the Village Church of Barrington. Students are in classes from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.
Tuition for C.C. Grammar students is $1.375/year, Logic students is $1,475/year and Rhetoric students is $1,775/year. Tuition may be paid in monthly installments. Books must be purchased separately. A comprehensive booklist is provided by C.C.. No Statement of Faith is required for students families. Check out their web site at:
Jennifer Burns fourthdegree @ 847-863-6867
 Curious Owl Christian Homeschool Co-Op
All are welcome!  We meet in Crystal Lake, IL for 12 weeks per semester, 9:30am to 2:00pm.
This is a parent-run, super fun enrichment/academic co-op with no paid teachers.  Our goal is raising our children with a biblical worldview and glorifying God while enjoying fellowship, doing life together, and building life-long friendships for our family.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any and all questions that you may have.
Ronnie, 847-226-5813
Field Trip of the Month Club
Centered in Woodstock, but open to anyone in the Chicagoland area! This informal, once a month club will meet at a previously discussed location to network, support and explore different places together! Information for our monthly places of interest and other homeschool support can be viewed on our facebook page "Woodstock Homeschoolers". If you are not on facebook, you can also email Becky Corbin at to be placed on an email mailing list with information on upcoming trips and outing opportunities. Runs September through May. Open to all ages!
Grace Community
Grace Community is a dynamic group. Grace changes yearly with the gifts and educational desires of the group's member families.
If you would like to add your gifts and talents to our cooperative please contact Jennifer:
 jennifer @ gracecommunitycoop . org  
  • Christian home school cooperative
  • Accepting new families
  • Meets Thursdays 9:30 to 2:30
  • In Woodstock
  • Kindergarten through high school
  • Academic and enrichment
  • Questions: jennifer @ gracecommunitycoop . org

Grace Community is a community of Christian home school families cooperating to Educate, Stimulate, and Support one another in our calling to educate our children at home to "...bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Eph. 6:4)

As a cooperative, Grace Community meets Thursdays, September through December and February through May.

Grace Community is not affiliated with any particular denomination. Our families attend a variety of area churches.

One of the purposes of Grace Community is to provide experiences that home educated children can only experience in a co-op situation.  Students experience being part of an academically oriented class in a classroom situation with a teacher other than their parent; they have a ready audience for their academic achievements; and practice group cooperation and appropriate competitive skills.

For more information concerning Grace Community and Registration details, contact Jennifer:
jennifer @ gracecommunitycoop . org

H.E.A.R.T. (Homeschool Enrichment Achieved Respectfully Together) (Cooperative)
H.E.A.R.T. (Homeschool Enrichment Achieved Respectfully Together) is a nine-month, weekly program for homeschooled children from Kindergarten through 8th grade that supplements the teaching they receive at home through qualified instruction in the areas of art, science, Spanish, and physical education. In addition, students may choose between music, drama, strategic games, and a bible study. Older students are able to take classes in speech, physical education, Spanish, sign language, home economics, sewing, project club, robotics, stop motion animation, advanced art, 3D art, business basics, cool chemistry, phun physics, cooking and baking, gardening, tae kwon do, and critical thinking. Also students are exposed to a wide variety of other subjects during month-long unit studies taught by parent volunteers.
The program is on Thursdays from 8:30 am to 3:20 pm at The Village Church of Barrington.
No Statement of Faith required. Yearly tuition for H.E.A.R.T. students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grades is $900. Students in Fifth through Eighth Grades are able to join us for the morning ($585/year), afternoon ($450/year) or all day ($945/year). Tuition may be paid in equal monthly installments. In addition, parents of kindergarten through third grade students must volunteer roughly 15 hours per student enrolled and parents of fourth through eighth grade students must volunteer roughly 7 hours per enrolled student. When parents are not volunteering they are not required to be on site.
Check out their web page at:
Annie Johnson or 847-287-6881
Heartland Homeschool Workshops (Cooperative)
The purpose of the workshops is to provide high quality, academically challenging, spiritually uplifting classes to supplement, support, encourage, but not to replace, what is being learned at home. Our workshops are a unique educational experience in that we combine a high level of commitment from parents, students, and teachers. Interview and Statement of Faith required.
Check out their web page at 

For more information or to apply for enrollment, please contact our new family coordinator:

Heritage Homeschool Group (Support Group)
HHG is a Christian mother's support group that meets once a month in Harvard. They offer occasional field trips for member children. Statement of Faith required.
Karen Savino 815-943-1934
Homeschool Support Group
The Homeschool Support Program at Nature Walk Montessori School, for children in 1st to 8th grades, integrates homeschooled students with those in our full-time Elementary Community. Homeschoolers attend classes on Thursdays during regular school hours (8:30am to 3:15pm) and receive lessons in the various areas of the Montessori Cosmic Curriculum, with an emphasis on Math and Science. Additionally, there are two half-days, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 3:15, to follow up on lessons and assignments. In every case, students are dropped off and classes are guided by trained and certified Montessori Elementary Teachers. Parents participate by receiving weekly class summaries, attending observation sessions and parent-teacher conferences, and joining us for outings and school festivals and events.
Indian Hill Homeschool Group (Cooperative)
IHHSG is a Christian co-op offering non-credit enrichment classes for preK through high school, and for-credit high school classes.  Non-credit classes meet on Tuesdays generally from early September to late March.  For-credit classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (day depends on the class) from August to early May.  We take a substantial break in December 
Meeting location: Indian Hills Bible Church in Ingleside, IL
 Lakeland Tapestry Fellowship
Tapestry Fellowship is an offering of the Lakeland Church Home Educators ministry of Lakeland Church, located in Gurnee, IL.  Our focus is on providing support and fellowship as described in our mission statement:  In our effort to effectively disciple and train our children as followers of Jesus Christ, Lakeland Home Educators will seek to provide support and encouragement to home educating families, foster Christian friendships, and grow in our individual relationships with Jesus Christ, becoming like Him as we relate to our children, each other and the world.
Our co-op is based first on providing required class activities and discussions based on Tapestry of Grace curriculum and secondly providing additional accountability and fellowship through other optional courses such as Latin, Spanish, PE, science, art, music, and writing.  We meet on Wednesdays.  We have classes for grades K-12, with nursery and preschool for younger siblings. 
In the morning, all levels use Tapestry of Grace curriculum and "living" books as students process the material and shape their biblical worldviews.  The primary vehicle for Tapestry group learning in grades K-6 is hands-on activities, with supporting discussion; parents still function as their children's primary teachers and mentors following the curriculum at home the rest of the week.  Grades 7-12 Tapestry students participate in group facilitator-led discussions which enrich their ability to process and understand the reading and questions the students have previously done at home.  We also plan field trips and two yearly large group family Celebrations.  Learn more about Tapestry of Grace curriculum at
Note that due to space constraints, priority is given to those who attend Lakeland Church and others who indicate interest early.  Contact Kate at for additional information.
 McHenry Classical Conversations (Offers Classes)
Classical Conversations is a classical, christian, Community Supporting homeschooling parents by helping them lead their children to know God and to make him known in a supportive community.
Our McHenry Campus is located at
The light House Church Assembly of God 
2742 Barney Ct 
Mchenry IL, 60050
behind Culvers.
Brenda Brushaber, Director
McHenry County Homeschool Happenings (Support Group)
The homeschooling community of McHenry County, IL is widespread and diverse. This on-line only group is designed to help all of us in McHenry County stay in touch with one another, share events, and help each other find the local resources we need to succeed beyond our wildest dreams. This group is for all McHenry County homeschoolers no matter your educational philosophy, curriculum, or religious background and is not intended to discuss those issues. Respect for all is mandatory.
Web Page:
List Owner: McHenry_Co_Homeschool_Happenings-owner @
Society of St. Scholastica Home School Group SOSS (Support Group)
Society of St. Scholastica (SOSS)  is a Catholic homeschool group that primarily draws from Lake and McHenry County in Northern Illinois.  Established in 1985, we have 50-70 families in a typical year.  As mothers we provide particular themed events throughout the school year and also activities that meet on a monthly basis.   All activities vary but can include themes consistent with scholastics, tween groups, teen groups, events centered around the liturgical year, social gatherings, and monthly Mom’s meetings geared towards mutual support.
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Splendor of Truth Catholic Home Educators (SOTCHE)
We are a group of homeschooling Catholic families. Our location spans the IL/WI border: from southeastern Wisconsin to northeastern Illinois. We have families from Racine, WI to Lake Bluff, IL and from Lake Michigan to McHenry County, IL.
As like-minded Catholic home educators, we share information relevant to homeschooling. We share advice, activities for our children and learning experiences. 
Our member families and teaching styles all look a little different. We embrace the diversity our group represents in teaching and curricula. We support, encourage and learn from each other and pray for each other. 
Our activities include field trips, Co-op, gym classes, support meetings for moms and moms’ book club, to name a few. 
Veritas Catholic Home Education Cooperative
Veritas is a Catholic cooperative for home-educating families located at St. Mary's in Huntley.  We meet on Wednesdays for Holy Mass, classes, and fellowship.  We offer parent-led academic and enrichment classes for Pre-school aged children through high school.  One day a month we join together for a special event, which may be anything from a field trip, park date, guest speaker, or liturgical year celebration.
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