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, 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

Share the flyer!  Help spread the word!

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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Printable Flyer – Share This!

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 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 @

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 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 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.

Logo Contest Announced

7 Rivers Recycling Logo Contest

High School students from the 7 Rivers Region are invited to create a logo for
7 Rivers Recycling, LLC and potentially receive an award and/or recognition.

Entrants must read the entirety of the contest rules before submitting a logo.

7rivers logo contest rules

Deadline for entries is Earth Day – April 22, 2015

7 Rivers Recycling (7RR) is a local recycler focusing on less traditional materials such as old mattresses, computers, light bulbs and more.


We are looking for a digital image logo that is a simple, creative and memorable. The logo must not infringe on protected trademarks or protected artistic license. The logo must be substantially created by an individual high school student of the 7 Rivers Region.

7rivers logo contest area


One logo each will be selected for 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place by a panel of judges. Also, 7 Honorable Mention logos will be selection by a panel of judges. The aforementioned 10 logos, with the names of associated Entrants, will be recognized on the websites of 7RR, Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling and D&M Recycling. Regardless of the judges’ selection, 7RR may adopt any submitted logo as its business logo. In the event 7RR does adopt a logo from this Contest, there will be an additional award for that logo. In the event one or more logos are determined to be too similar to readily distinguish one from another, then the logo(s) submitted later will be removed from consideration.

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Logos must be submitted using jpeg, pdf, eps, png, tiff, or ai file types.  No more than two logos may be submitted by a student.  More than two submittals by a student may cause all of that student’s submittals to be rejected.

​​​​​​​​​​The following required information must be submitted with the logo:

~ Entrant’s name
~ If under 18, name and contact information of parent(s)/guardian(s), including phone number and  email. If over 18, Entrant’s contact information, including phone number and email.
~ Entrant’s High School Name and physical address.
~ Name & contact information of a teacher in Entrant’s high school who we may contact.
Logo and above required information must be sent to with “Logo Contest” in the subject line of the email.

Contest is open to all public, private, and home school high school students in the following Wisconsin counties:La Crosse, Juneau, Vernon, Buffalo, Monroe, Trempealeau,  Jackson — except those students who have an immediate family member who is an employee of Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling Service Inc. or D&M Recycling LLC

Read over the rules and get creative!

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Young Authors Festival


For Who? Any students K-8 in the general Greater La Crosse and surrounding area who love reading and writing and a parent
When? Saturday, April 25, 2015
Where? University of Wisconsin, La Crosse – Cartwright Center
Cost? $10 per student with one parent free
Additional parent pays $10

The annual Young Authors Festival, formerly Young Authors’ Conference, co-sponsored by the Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council, Wisconsin State Reading Association, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Viterbo University, draws about 350 elementary and middle school-age students from throughout the Coulee Region. Last year this was the first time the event was open to homeschoolers.

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Tom Watson, creator of the “Stick Dog” series will be the featured author for the 2015 event. 

The Young Authors Festival is an opportunity for students to share their writing. Any piece of writing is welcome! If your student doesn’t have writing to share, there’s writing workshop he/she can attend.

Parents can either join their children in the sharing session or writing workshop – or attend a session for parents on nurturing young readers and writers.

Imagine a giant room filled with inspiring writers — What an encouragement for your young writer to know that there are others like them!

Registration deadline is March 25th, 2015.

Below is the flyer and registration sheet.
Authors Festival 2015 & registration

Schedule: 8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:45 Welcoming session in Valhalla
8:45-9:30 Sharing Session/Writing Workshop/Parent Session
9:30-10:00 Snack
10:00-11:00 Tom Watson!
11:15-? Closing remarks, Evaluations, Autographing by Author

Authors Festival April 2015

Authors Festival April 2015 Registration

The Authors Festival is brought to you by
Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council, Wisconsin State Reading Association
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Viterbo University

Click below to register online.