Creekside Homeschoolers Programs Coming in Fall – Platteville

Creekside Homeschoolers is a new program starting in Fall 2015 at Apple Creek Farm in Platteville.

If your child would jump at the opportunity to do challenging, interesting projects and spend time with friends and adult mentors on a weekly basis, Creekside may be a great option for your family.

A small group of kids ages 10 and up will meet 1-2 days per week for project-based, interest-led learning in collaboration with friends and an experienced adult mentor/teacher.

There are also Summer Adventure Camps
ages 10 and up and a
Children’s Playgarden for ages 2.5 to 6. 

Creekside Homeschoolers will meet from
9:00 to 3:00 on Mondays and/or Thursdays 

from September 10 to December 17, 2015.  

Check out their website for more information if you’re interested!


Homeschoolers Act-it-Out

Here’s a Homeschool Theatre class that will be happening in Winona at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts.

Homeschoolers Act-it-Out

Specially designed for Homeschoolers in the Winona Area, this class will encourage students to work as an ensemble as they build stage presence and off-the-cuff creativity. Students will enjoy exploring the world of theatre and improvisation, but enjoy the side benefits of developing communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. On the last day of class, friends and family will be invited to an open house where students will present a variety of scenes & improvisation games.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 29- Nov. 3rd

Time: 10am- 11am

Age: ages 8 & up

Instructor: Jamie Schwaba

Registration will remain open through the first week of classes in each semester length session. Classes that reach maximum enrollment before this time will be closed to additional registrations. If a class has low enrollment, all participants will be notified by email about the cancellation and students will be allowed to select an alternative class choice.

Creature Investigations at Norskedalen

Creature Investigations at Norskedalen

Summer Education Programming

Get your registration in now!

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Come to Norskedalen and Learn all About Frogs, Toads, Bats, Butterflies, and Birds 

Register Now for Workshops:

Ages 5-7      9:30-11:30   Fee:  $6/child/class ($5 for members)

Ages 8-10   1:30-4:30     Fee:  $7/child/class ($6 for members)

Creature Investigation Opportunities:

Friday, July 10-Leaping Frogs and Hopping Toads-Can you jump as far as a frog-take the leap challenge!   (Register byMonday, 6/29)


Thursday, July 23-Busting Bat Myths-Are bats really blind and do they fly in your hair? (Register by Monday, 7/13)


Thursday, August 6-Flutterby Butterfly-Check out Norskedalen’s field for butterflies-how many kinds can we find? (Register by Monday, 7/27)


Wednesday, August 19-Bird Basics-Why do different birds have different beaks-try out a beak or two and see what you would eat! (Register by Monday, 8/10)


Limit 12, class will be cancelled if insufficient enrollment.

School / Summer Program Group Accommodations

Have a group?   Norskedalen’s regular classes are available to groups with a minimum of 15 students (25 for Pioneer Life).  Choose from: Skin and Bones; Owl Prowl; Nature Hike; Pioneer Life; Trees, Forests & You; and Wetland Wonders. Call Norskedalen for scheduling and fee information, 608-452-3424

Contact:  Mary Dresser,

Norskedalen Education & Community Outreach Coordinator




Wisconsin CHEA Chicago Christian Heritage Trip

WI CHEA Chicago Christian History Trip Oct 20152015 Wisconsin CHEA Chicago Christian Heritage Trip
Saturday, October 3
rd, 8 am to 10 pm

This fall, Wisconsin CHEA will be hosting a very special Christian Heritage Chicago History Trip.

This exciting tour is open to ALL AGES and ALL PEOPLE– NOT just homeschoolers! Invite your friends, family and neighbors. Go ahead and spread the word, but hurry and get your registration in soon because seats are filling up fast!

  • Learn about baseball player turned evangelist Billy Sunday, and visit his grave. Billy Sunday was billy sundayone of the most influential evangelists of the twentieth century. Also, we will watch the biography of Billy Sunday on the bus on the way to Chicago.
  • See the most impressive collection of Biblical artifacts in the Western Hemisphere at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. oriental instituteThis collection is home to parts of the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, parts of Darius’ palaces, bricks from Nebuchadnezzar, and more.

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  • Tour “the Old Lighthouse” at the Pacific Garden Mission and watch a LIVE taping of the longest running radio drama in U.S. history— Unshackled. They will then provide a great dinner for us. pacific garden mission

Travel will be on an air-conditioned coach bus. Pickup/Drop off at Brookside Church in Brookfield, WI, and First Baptist Church in Oak Creek, WI.

COST: $35 per person; plus lunch money and a love offering for Pacific Garden Mission. Register now.

All ages are welcome, however, please note that you are paying for a seat. Therefore, ONLY a child young enough to sit on a lap all the way to Chicago and back may come for FREE. Yes, there are restrooms on the bus.

If we fill one bus soon, we MAY be able to offer a second, but not unless we have a large enough demand for that second bus.

**Please note that if you are not close enough to either pick up/drop off point, and you can get together a group of 50 people in your own area, we may be able to get a bus to your area for a pickup, and make arrangements for your bus to join us on this tour!! Please email Jan Gnacinski at for more information.

TO REGISTER, please visit:
Payment must be made at time of registration.


Home School Fall Sports Program – West Central Eagle Running Club

An invitation to you or your child or your friends to join our Home School Fall Sports Program: WCE Running Club General Info Doc

It’s going to be a great XC season!
Hope you or your friends can join the team!


We’d like to invite you to be a part of our club. Our club prepares students to compete in cross country (XC). XC is a challenging sport that requires commitment and consistency. Benefits of XC include; great friends, hard work, increased fitness level, competition, lifelong skill, conditioning for winter sports, etc.

Club info: We are a local Home School Cross Country Team that trains twice a week in Sparta and competes in local WIAA XC Meets. Our season is 9 weeks long. Practice begins the middle of August. We have a total of 12 practices, 7 high school meets, and 6 middle school meets. Our last meet is a WI Home School XC Championship race in Madison. High School runners are encouraged to begin regular training on their own beginning in early July, middle school runners should begin training in early August.

Club specifics: This program is open to homeschoolers in 7 – 12 grade. Club Fee is $45, which includes a club owned uniform. Other costs incurred by some of our team members in the past have included: Good quality running shoes ($60-120); WCE tshirt, sweatshirt, etc ($10 – $30 ea); Championship tshirt ($10); end of season booklet ($14); gas, etc to practice and meets ($ varies).

Check out our website: Look for our schedule and for our booklet to get a feel about who we are as a club.

If interested, contact Barbara Hoffland, Once on the contact list you’ll receive emails about once a week.

Hope you will plan on joining the challenge of XC this season!


Coach and Barbara Hoffland

2015 WCE Meet Schedule

8-28 @ Cashton 9-28 @ Mel- Min, Melrose, High School

9-10 @ G-E-T, Ettick, High School 10-2 @ Cashton, Middle School

9-15 @ North Crawford(tentative), Soldiers Grove 10-10 @ Arcadia

9-19 @ Brookwood, Ontario 10-17 @ Madison

NOTE: Public charter school or private school students from homeschool families may join. Participation is subject to approval by director on an individual basis.


Tent Camp

Tent Camp is a great summer youth camp north of Black River Falls near Alma Center, WI (map).  My friend’s kids have been going there for more than 10 years and the older ones are now counselors there now.

You gotta love the fact that it’s only $30 for 3 days.

Everyone has a blast with classic camp fun and more.

Tent Camp is an adventure helping meet the spiritual, physical, and
entertainment needs of youth.It includes sleeping in tents (one big tent for boys and one for girls) swimming, mini golfing, & hiking.

They play basketball, volleyball, water balloon games, capture the flag, whop ’em, box hockey, carpet pool, four square, lightning, foos ball, & air hockey. They have BIBLE time, videos, song time, puppets, water slide time, campfires, & snack time.

Bring a friend along, or come and make a new friend!

The cost is $30… call 715-964-6176 for more information.

Dates for Summer 2015:

Ages 5-7 July 21-22
Ages 7-9 June 25-27
Ages 8-10 July 23-25
Ages 11-13 July 13-15
All Girls (ages 10-13) June 22-24
Boys Wilderness (ages 8-10) July 7-9
Boys Wilderness (ages 11-13) June 29-July 1
Teens (ages 14+) June 17-20

All camps begin with registration from 9-10 am and end at 4:00 pm. Except for Teen Camp which begins at 7:00 pm.

Tent Camp registration form can be downloaded here.
Make checks payable to: AMF Activities and mail to: American Missionary Fellowship, W11209 Avon Rd, Alma Center, WI, 54611

Tent camp is run by Ralph and Connie Schram, and Karl and Charity Lehrke.

They’d love to have your kids come!

More information here:

Any questions?

Give them a call…. camp number is 715-964-6176.

Tent Camp
W11209 Avon Rd, Alma Center, Wisconsin 54611

Surf’s Up at Noah’s Ark Waterpark : Report Card Days This Weekend!

Noah'sArkWaterparkGraphicReport Card Days at Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells are scheduled for June 14, 15, 16, 2015.

During Noah’s Ark 2015 Report Card Days, any report card (K-12) with just one “A” grade from the 3rd or 4th quarter of the 2014/15 school year will get a student in for free.
All day.

Homeschooled kids, too! Just bring your report card with the A on it!  (Check Donna Young’s site for templates that you can use.)

College students in the family? They can ALSO get in free, with ONE “A” during Report Card Days.

Regular Parking costs just $5. Cash only.
The main parking entrance is located off Wisconsin Dells Parkway.

Noahs Ark Dark Voyage
All the splash for a lot less cash!

Regular adult admission is $38.99 – but here are a couple of extra deals…
Smart Day Tickets
College Days
Military Days
Grandparents Days

Purchase SMART DAY TICKETS in advance
for 24.99. Great Deal!

Save up to $14.00 on selected days!
• Must purchase at least one day before designated “Smart Day”
• Valid only day selected.
• Everyone pays same price!

Noahs Ark College Days

College Days – June 15 through 20

College students and college instructors save 50% on General Admission tickets. You must have this coupon and show a valid college I.D. to receive discount.

Military Days – May 23 through June 30th

All Active, Reserve or Retired Military personnel get in FREE!
Family members receive ½ of General Admission Ticket. Military member must provide military ID. (No coupon required.)


Bring your grandkids! One FREE admission for grandparent with purchase of Jr. ticket. You must print and bring this coupon.

Noah's Ark LogoNoah’s Ark
1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 254-6351

What is Classical Conversations?

What if your child’s school was amazing?
What if your child loved learning?
What if your family became stronger through school?

Classical Conversations is a home-centered, Christian education program that equips you to teach your children through resources and community support.The “classical” model of education divides learning into three phases based on the growth of the student:

Classical education aims to build the skills needed for leadership: logic, debate, public speaking, clear reasoning, researching, writing, and communicating.

Now, you can use a classical model on your own – without Classical Conversations…

There are plenty of books and curricula developed to teach all of the skills and provide practice to prepare students to become leaders in any field they pursue.

You can pick and choose from Charlotte Mason ideas and add the Latin, fine arts, and nature studies to round out any sort of modern education.

You can have your students study classical works of literature. Or you can become part of a Classical Conversations community!

Come learn about the mission, model and method of Classical Conversations.

Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families.

With Classical Conversations, you don’t have to go it alone!  Children along with one of their parents meet together weekly with a parent-tutor.

Corresponding to the 3 phases of classical education, Classical Conversations offers Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge programs.

Students (ages 4-11) in the FOUNDATIONS program study history, sciences, arithmetic, and geography. The tutor leads the class in five thirty-minute segments that cover new memory work, a science project, a fine arts activity, public speaking, and memory work review time.

Further success comes from being able to communicate ideas well. Learning the ESSENTIALS of language and writing, and drilling basic arithmetic facts using games for ages 9 to 11 is the next step in the Classical Conversations program. Students compose sentences and learn the rules of writing by talking about them (the dialectic model). Parents learn about English grammar and writing, too, because they attend class with their students. They watch a parent tutor model the lesson so that they can continue the lesson at home.

CC CHALLENGE covers a full curriculum of subjects for middle and high school students. There are six levels: A, B, I, II, III, and IV. Typically students begin A when they are 12 and progress through each level completing Challenge IV as a senior.  Each level progresses through math, Latin, science, and literature with additional seminars which include economics, history, philosophy, theology, logic, and drama.

Come learn about the mission, model and method of Classical Conversations.

Classical Conversations is growing and new campuses are forming in the area.  This is very exciting!

There is already a strong Classical Conversations group in the Platteville area.

Classical Conversations of Viroqua started 2 years ago and is now ready to more students for the 2015/2016 school year.

Classical Conversations Information Meeting scheduled:

Sylvan Meadows Farm Store, 207 S. Main St., Viroqua
Thursday, June 11 @ 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Cheryl Mickelsen, Director Foundations/Essentials, CC of Viroqua triviumtutor21 at gmail dot com

Cheryl is also contracting for the paid position of parent-tutor in the Classical Conversations Foundations program in Viroqua .  A tutor must be a parent of a registered Classical Conversations Foundations student (between the age of 4-12 yrs) who has an interest in promoting classical education by tutoring the weekly grammar of the seven disciplines:  History, geography, timeline, English, Latin, math, and science.  Also, opportunities to lead science experiments and fine arts activities. Registered Foundations tutors/substitutes will have attended a 3 Day Free Practicum this summer AND receive 9 hours of instruction in the afternoon sessions. Be a committed Bible-believing Christian with a Biblical worldview. Sign a contract with the Director who will have interviewed all applicants prior to being hired. The tutor is an independent contractor.

Reverse Summer Learning Loss: TenMarks Free Math Program

TenMarks Free Summer Math Program for Families

If you’re looking for a way to keep your kiddo’s math skills sharp this Summer, give this a try…

Check out this free program from Amazon – TenMarks.

It’s individualized for every student and they spend just an hour a week online.

TenMarks online program (a $39.95 value!) is free this summer,
and any student in First Grade through High School can participate.

All you need to do to start, is enter your name, zip code, email, and your child’s name and a grade level.

No credit card needed!tenmarks online math skills free summer 2015

Your student will be assigned a login and password.

After logging in, the student will take a diagnostic assessment that covers core topics from the last school year.

The TenMarks online program is adjustable to fit your student’s level.

Getting Started:
1) Give username and password to your child.
*Note: if you are using the same browser as your child, please be sure to log out of your parent account before having your child log in to the student account. 2) After logging in, your child will take a diagnostic assessment that covers core topics from the last school year.
2) Create custom rewards to help encourage your child. Custom incentives motivate your child to build their math skills and confidence.  The rewards are personal and totally up to you… pizza, video games, puppies, a visit to the zoo — anything from stickers to tablets!
NOTE: TenMarks and Amazon are not involved in providing rewards. Rewards are completely up to you to create and give to your child.

Follow or Modify Your Child’s Program

  • Keep track of your child’s progress on the Reports Page.
  • Optionally, add and remove topics or change the order of your child’s program on the Assignments page.
  • If the program is too challenging or easy, you can reset the program with a different grade level.

Students Earn Points and Level Up

  • Students can track their own progress.
  • Every assignment completed earns an extra 100 points plus a performance bonus.
  • Jam Session questions earn an extra point for every correct answer.

Motivate Your Child and Watch Their Progress!

    • Create multiple rewards which your child will earn in sequence.
    • Come back to watch your child’s progress.

NOTE: TenMarks and Amazon are not involved in the fulfillment of any reward.

Driftless Area Art Festival – Last Call For Young Artists

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Driftless Area Art Festival
Saturday, September 19   10:00-5:00
Sunday, September 20   10:00-4:00
Beauford T. Anderson Park, Soldiers Grove, WI

Once a year, all manner of talented artists who live and create in the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa, southeastern Minnesota, and northwestern Illinois, gather together at the Driftless Area Art Festival.

While visual artists have already been juried in, and the art festival is now full…

There is still time for young artists, ages 5 to 19, to participate in the KidsArt Gallery and the Teen Art Gallery.

The KidsArt Gallery is a popular feature of the Driftless Area Art Festival.  The purpose of the KidsArt program is to applaud and encourage the creativity of area students.  The Kids’ Creativity Zone makes the tent a popular destination.

The work of elementary and middle school students from all parts of the Driftless Area is invited.  Art teachers and clubs can organize joint submissions, or students can submit independently.

Art works can be entered through school art programs, private art programs, or individually.

All pieces submitted are exhibited and there’s no fee for participating.

KidsArt Gallery entry forms are due May 30, 2015. 
KidsArt Gallery Participation Form

Teen Art Gallery

In 2011 the Driftless Area Art Festival began a new tradition, the inclusion of the work of high school artists. This is a remarkable opportunity to exhibit and be presented as an experienced artist. There is no entry fee for this show, and it is an easy opportunity to exhibit and get involved with the local artist community.

“We’re really proud of the work exhibited in the Teen Art Gallery,” said Anne Tedeschi, coordinator of the Teen Art Gallery. “The young artists who exhibit their work show amazing talent, and we hope to encourage them to continue creating their art.”

Teen Art Gallery entry forms are due by August 15, 2015.
Teen Art Gallery Entry Form

This exhibit has two artist jurors for selecting the awards. Award categories are:
• Best In Show – Cash Prize of $75, Blue Ribbon and & Art Supplies
• Second Prize – Cash Prize of $50, Red Ribbon
 Third Prize – Cash Prize of $25, White Ribbon
 Three Achievement Awards will also be given

Full details on the 2015 Driftless Area Art Festival, including pictures from the KidsArt Gallery and information on all the artists and supporters of the Festival, are available at