HEC Book Fair – Announcing Door Prize List

Attention attendees of Book Fair 2015!

All adults attending the Fair are eligible to register to win from the following prizes:

2015 Book Fair Prize Giveaways

  • Beginning Architecture Classes from Homeschool Architecture (3 online classes)
  • $100 in Digital Goods from Media Angels
  • Truth Seekers – The Missing Link: Found & Literature Study Guide by Christina & Felice Gerwitz, Media Angels
  • An Insider’s Guide to Successful Science Fair Projects by Felice Gerwitz, Media Angels
  • KidCoder Beginning Web Design Course (DVD & Student Text) from Homeschool Programming
  • Moonfinder (A beautiful full color Storybook that explains the astronomy behind the moon’s changing phases) by Jay Ryan of Classical Astronomy(3 copies)
  • Introductory Science Course (1-year online) with workbook & answer key from Science Shepherd
  • Excellence in Literature Reading and Writing through the Classics – English I Text: Introduction to Literature by Janice Campbell, Everyday Education
  • Transcripts Made Easy, The Homeschooler’s Guide to High School Paperwork by Janice Campbell, Everyday Education
  • Get a Jump Start on College! A Practical Guide for Teens by Janice Campbell, Everyday Education
  • McGuffey’s New Third Eclectic Reader 1857 Edition With Instruction for Use With Charlotte Mason Teaching Methods by Janice Campbell,Everyday Education
  • Webucator Free Training for Homeschoolers

Home Educators Cooperative Annual Book Fair

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Home Educators Cooperative Annual Book Fair Friday, May 8th Viroqua

Mounds of new and used books and more from over 30 individual sellers:

children’s books, text books,
puzzles, games,
pre-school toys,
art supplies,
math manipulatives,
science kits,
educational media

 “Something for everyone fits this book sale. I always find something I didn’t even know about before!”

Student and Family Business Sales Displays
Come to see (and buy)
natural homemade health/home care products,
plants & flowers,
comic books,
knitted & baby items,
cards, jewelry, toys, dolls,
cartoon drawings,
Usborne Books,
fine handmade gifts…

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Door Prizes, Discounts…

    Brilliant Minds Online
    Media Angels
    Kid Coder
    Transcripts Made Easy
    Excellence in Literature
    McGuffey Reader
    Christopherus Waldorf Curriculum
    Classical Astronomy (“Moonfinder”)
    Milestone Documents
    Science Shepherd
    Wisc. Parents Association

Event Details:

What: Home Educators Cooperative Book Fair

When: Fri May 8, 2015, 4-8 pm CDT

Where: The GYM in Viroqua (next to Cornerstone)

Free Admission

Open to the Piublic

Website: https://homeeducatorsbookfair.wordpress.com/

*The goal of Home Educators Cooperative is to support, educate and encourage homeschool moms and their families while encouraging homeschoolers of all backgrounds/styles to work together as a community for the benefit of our children and homeschooling.*

Spring Environmental Education Day at Norskedalen


Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center

Norskedalen’s Environmental Ed Day
Thursday, May 21
9:30 am to 1:30 pm
(bring your own sack lunches).

This entire day of programming is only $6 per student.

Reservations are required.
Please call Norskedalen at 608-452-3424
to reserve your
homeschool group now.

Students move from station to station learning about raptors,  snakes, lizards, turtles, local fish habitat in the trout stream; flintknapping with Blueberry Jack, meeting Smokey the Bear, and hiking the trails.

Spring Environmental Education Day for students K through 9th grade.  Read below for more information on this fantastic day!
Raptor Program

Give your students an up close and personal look at live raptors! Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialists will be on hand with a Red Tailed Hawk, a Barred Owl and a Screech Owl to teach students more about these fascinating birds!
Snakes, Lizards & Turtles, Oh My!

Herpetologist Dan Nedrelo will be on hand with his many reptiles and amphibians in this fun filled presentation for all. Students will delight in seeing snakes, lizards and other creatures of all sizes and maybe even touching one or two! Come prepared to laugh and learn!
Blueberry Jack

Do you know what flintknapping is? Have you heard how trout get their rainbows? Or can you tell how old a turtle is? Blueberry can spin many a story and will delight students with his tales and demonstrations.
DNR Fisheries

Norskedalen is located in the valley of one of the best trout streams in the world! The Department of Natural Resources will take older students on a trip to the local stream for a presentation on fish habitat in one of the premier locales of Wisconsin.
Smokey Bear

It’s Smokey’s Birthday! What student can resist a high five from this Forest Service mascot? By bringing awareness to the prevention of wildfires, Smokey is a welcome friend in the forest. Bring it on in for a bear hug!
Nature Hikes

A day to Norskedalen isn’t complete without a hike out on to one of our trails! You might spot a fawn, a chittering squirrel, or an eagle soaring high. You’ll definitely see blooming spring wildflowers, deer tracks and babbling brooks!

Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center
Coon Valley WI

Can’t make it to Environ Ed Day?
Call for other programs available!


Homeschool Art Contest (2015)

SW Wisconsin Homeschools:

For the second year in a row, Gwen Fredette is hosting a Nationwide Homeschool Art Contest on her blog, “Philadelphia Homeschool”. The contest is for any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades K through 8.

The theme for this year’s contest is:


Artwork must be postmarked by this Saturday, April 25th.

God has graciously given sponsors who are donating some fantastic prizes. These include free curriculum from Artistic Pursuits, Subscriptions to SchoolhouseTeachers.com, books on CD’s from Trailblazerbooks, gift cards to Nest Entertainment, and Christian CD’s courtesy of K-Love Radio station.

More details about the contest can be found at

Please feel free to let your friends and homeschool network(s) know about the contest. Last year’s contest was a great success, and she is looking forward to an even greater response this year.

Originally posted on Philadelphia Homeschool:

Homeschool Art Contest!!! (2015)PHBART

I’m thrilled to announce I’m hosting my second annual, nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest!  Here’s the details:

For Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades K through 8.

How to Enter:  

1) Read and abide by the Contest Rules.  Please click here to obtain the rules: Art Contest Rules (doc) OR Art Contest Rules (pdf)

2.) Create a work of art according to the theme: “MUSIC”.  Your artwork can reflect instrumental music, vocal music, dance, listening to music, etc.  Your artwork should also meet these requirements:

  • Art work must reflect the theme “MUSIC“.
  • Any homeschooled student in grades K – 8 can participate.
  • Must be on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper
  • Art work can be done in any medium (pencil, crayons, colored pencil, paint, markers, etc.)
  • Art work must be created from the student’s…

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Home Educators Book & Resource Fair, May 8th in Viroqua WI

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Last Call for Participants!

Home Educators Cooperative
Book Fair
Friday, May 8th, 2015,
4 pm to 8 pm
The G.Y.M.
(next to Cornerstone Academy, S3655 Duncan Lane,
Viroqua WI 54665)
just off Highway 14 & County Road Y,
between Westby and Viroqua

Besides the mounds of used books, curriculum, and educational materials for sale, a new addition to this year’s Book Fair will be Student and Family Business Sales Displays.

Come to see (and buy) comic books, handmade baby items and cards, plants, handcrafted jewelry, cartoon drawings, Usborne Books, and fine handmade gifts.

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Make your plans to attend,

but time is short if you wish to participate…


Last chance to get in as a used book seller/ student or family business exhibitor: Registration closes on April 23rd.
Contact: HomeEducatorsCooperative at gmail. com to request selling space.


Interested in participating as a featured organization at the Book Fair?

Do you have something to share that is unique, exciting, and of special interest to homeschoolers?

Here’s an option that may work for you:

We feature items of interest in our Book Fair Welcome Bags, Information Resources Booth, Door Prize Giveaways, and on the Book Fair Website.

You may be able to provide flyers, brochures, business cards, a promotional item, discount offer, or other web-based / physical materials.

Contact: SwiscHomeschools @gmail. com to find out if you are eligible to provide information or materials and be featured at the Fair.

Jump in now and be part of this growing regional homeschool event.

Hope to see you there!

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Speech and Debate Invitational, April 27-29 in Oshkosh

On April 27 -29, several hundred home schooled students (ages 12 – 18) will gather at the Gruenhagen Conference Center in Oshkosh, WI, for the Region VI Invitational sponsored by the National Christian Forensic and Communications Association (NCFCA), the third largest speech and debate league in the country. The tournament will include eleven different speech categories and two styles of debate.

In order to provide our students with valuable feedback, we recruit judges from the community.

In short – we need you! It’s a 2 1/2 to 3-hour time commitment, which includes a brief orientation, the 1 1/2 hour round, and time for filling out your ballot in the hospitality room (where we will offer you delicious refreshments) afterwards. No experience is required! We are training our students to communicate to people from all walks of life – not just “experts” in the field of communication.

To see the exact times we need judges, go to ncfcajudges.com. Scroll down to the map and select the state of Wisconsin and then select the Region VI Invitational. The tournament schedule will pop up after you do that. The times listed are arrival times. Please sign up for a round that is convenient for you – you may sign up for more than one if you would like. Also, please feel free to send this along to anyone you know who might be willing to support and encourage youth. If you have any questions, you may contact Maria SteenePoorte at ncfcawijudges @ gmail.com.

Homeschool Made Simple Video Workshop at Special Introductory Price Until April 15th

Compass Classroom has just launched a new video series for parents, Homeschool Made Simple with Carol Joy Seid.  homeschool-made-simple__14281_std

If you’ve always wanted a chance to get encouragement from a 30 year veteran homeschool parent, now’s a great time.  You can get the 6 part workshop at just $19 through April 15th, 2015.

By using a literature approach to homeschooling, you can do it with just 3 tools: a math book, a Bible, and a library card.

Compass Classroom’s Big Spring Sale is in full swing with products like Visual Latin and Word Up! also reduced this week.

Go take a look and don’t forget you can download FREE LESSONS for all of the curriculum at Compass Classroom!

Compass Classroom Highlights:

  • NEW Homeschool Made Simple with Carol Joy Seid – Carol brings 30+ years of teaching homeschool parents to this rich and practical new series for moms & dads.
  • WordUp! The Vocab Show – This zany vocab series is just $10.50. Kids can’t get enough of WordUp!
  • Visual Latin – Our most loved curriculum is 30% off!
  • Fun Electives – Grammar of Poetry, Economics for Everybody & Filmmaking from the First Directors can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
  • Classical Unit Studies – Quarterly unit studies on classical Greek drama, literature, history, and philosophy
  • Bible Education – Story book, audio recordings, and free eBooks


Tri State Homeschool Drama “Emma” This Weekend in Platteville

 The Tri-State Homeschool Drama Troupe presents


a romantic comedy play
adapted from the novel by Jane Austen


Friday and Saturday,
April 10 and 11 at 7:00 each evening,
plus a
2:00 Saturday afternoon matinee

$5 for adults, $3 for students, $20 maximum per family

The play takes place onstage in the auditorium of the
Platteville High School
710 E. Madison Street

(Note:  The high school is on the left, just as you head into Platteville on Hwy 80.  Take the first round-a-bout to the left, which is E. Madison St.)

A Note From Director & veteran homeschool mom,  Jacquie Schmaedick:
We are ‘in the thick’ of rehearsals, sewing and preparing props and set changes for our upcoming performances of ‘Emma’. How wonderful to know there are other Jane Austen fans out there who may be interested in seeing our show; I hope schedules permit.

“We have attended these homeschool plays in the past, and they are all very well done.  It’s worth the trip!”
~Mary Jo 

Book Sales, Fairs, and Conferences – This Week!

All of these have free admission and are open to the public. We have more information listed on our Book Sales, Fairs, and Conferences page.

Hillsboro Area Homeschoolers First

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Open to the public
Hills Manor – Community Room (next to Dollar General)
in Hillsboro

Home Educators Cooperative is hosting the
Annual Homeschool Book Fair and Used Curriculum Sale

Friday, May 8th, 2015
pm – 8 pm
The G.Y.M. (next to Cornerstone Academy, S3655 Duncan Lane, Viroqua WI 54665)
just off Highway 14 & County Road Y, between Westby and Viroqua

Discounted seller registration ends March 23rd.
Please email  homeeducatorscooperative@gmail.com to request selling space.

Chippewa Valley Annual Book Sale & Kid’s Craft Sale
Sponsored by HomeStars (Homeschool Ministry of Bethesda Lutheran Church)

Sat., March 28th
9 am to noon
Bethesda Lutheran Church, 123 W Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701

Spring Book Sale
Sponsored by Friends of Bekkum Library

Sat., March 28
9 am to 1 pm
Bekkum Memorial Library, 206 North Main Street, Westby, WI 54667 (in the Westby Community Room downstairs)

Teen Car Control Clinic in La Crosse

Gundersen Teen Car Control Clinic

If you were driving your vehicle and suddenly lost control, would you know what to do?

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for United States teenagers, accounting for more than one in three deaths. Young people are at a greater risk for traffic accidents due to one major reason—lack of experience. While teenagers represent only 5% of the total licensed population, they account for over 12% of motor vehicle crashes.

Gundersen’s Division of Trauma is committed to keeping teens safe by offering a Teen Car Control Clinic. This free program teaches teen drivers vehicle control techniques in a controlled environment. Considering 67% of teenage motor vehicle crashes in the Gundersen service area are due to loss of control, the clinic provides young drivers a chance to hone their skills and prepare themselves for dangerous situations that may arise on the road. The clinic will not only teach the fundamentals of vehicle control during the classroom session, but it will also offer invaluable behind-the-wheel exercises with one-on-one instruction.

During the in-car portion of the clinic, instructors will familiarize students with proper braking concepts, vehicle weight transfer and cornering, and unexpected lane changes. The session is designed to heighten students’ awareness and responsiveness to real-world situations and boost confidence in their own skills.

Registration for the spring session of the teen car control clinic is now open.
The dates are Saturday April 25 or Sunday April 26 from 7:45-4:30 each day.
You only attend one day. This course is offered in the spring and the fall and has been attended by many homeschooled teens in the area.

“This was so amazing. My son learned so much last fall and greatly improved his driving skills. I can’t recommend this more highly.”

The class fills up quickly!  Pre-registration is required by April 17th for this session.  See details below to register.

Saturday, April 25 or Sunday, April 26, 2015
7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Gundersen La Crosse Campus, south parking lot.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The clinic teaches fundamentals of vehicle control during classroom sessions and behind the wheel exercises. Teens will leave with an increased sense of confidence in their ability to handle their vehicle as well as increased awareness of hazards on the road. A parent/guardian must attend the course with the licensed teen (16-19 years of age).

You must use your own vehicle for the driving portion of the course.

This is a free clinic but a $50 deposit is required at registration which will be refunded in full after completion of the program. To register, go to gundersenhealth.org/teencar. Information about payment options can be found on the web-site.

Pre-registration is required by April 17th for the April 2015 session.

The fall dates for 2015 are October 17 and 18 and will be in Winona at the Technical College.

For more information about this program call (608) 775-2011.


This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the School District.

You must use your own vehicle for the driving portion of the course. It is recommended to use the vehicle the teen typically drives. Course requirements include:

  • Teen must be between the ages 16-19 years old
  • Participants are required to have a valid driver’s license to participate (no permit drivers)
  • A parent or guardian must attend the course with the teen
  • Car must be in good mechanical condition and safe in the opinion of the instructor. All cars will need to pass a brief safety inspection. No visible leaks of any kind.
  • The car must be legally registered, licensed and insured to participant or their parent/legal guardian.
  • No race cars or special-use vehicles. The use of Nitrous Oxide will not be allowed.
  • Tires must have visible tread.
  • The car and trunk must be cleaned of all loose items.
  • The battery and spare tire must be secure.
  • Have plenty of gas in the car for the day’s event.

Dress comfortably and according to the weather. Closed toed shoes are required. Much of the course is outdoors.

Register for a Teen Car Control Clinic
Saturday, April 25 | REGISTER
Sunday, April 26 | REGISTER

Contact Brenda Miller
(608) 775-3054

Teen Car Control Clinic Flier
Add your name to the waiting list
Inquire about future Teen Car Control Clinic courses

Clinics are typically held in the spring and fall.
Contact (608) 775-3054 for more information.