About Grassroots Homeschoolers

Grassroots is open to anyone with an interest in homeschooling. Based in Matteson, Illinois, we are a non-denominational, nonsectarian, registered non-profit organization. Our purpose is to support and nurture homeschooling families. We provide a social network of growth and camaraderie as well as practical information to our community members and all others who are either actively involved in homeschooling or considering embarking on the homeschooling adventure.

We are a diverse group with members spread across the entire Chicago Southland region. Participants range in age from pre-K all the way up through high school, and we even have a few baby brothers and sisters who join in the fun. Grassroots is a family-friendly organization.

Our gathering days are the first and third Wednesday of each month. From September to May, Grassroots meets in the gymnasium at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 6201 Vollmer Road, Matteson, IL 60443. The church is located on the south side of Vollmer Road, approximately 3/4 miles west of Interstate 57, and parking is available in the back lot. The south entrance to the gymnasium is open by 11:30am on each gathering day.

Each time that we meet, we offer an educational and entertaining program. From guest speakers and parents sharing their expertise to a science fair and holiday parties, Grassroots strives to engage children at their levels while still challenging them to greet and embrace new ideas.

The gathering day also gives parents a chance to talk with one other, to seek out support and information, and build friendships with other homeschooling families.

For more information regarding Gathering Days, please see: Grassroots Homeschoolers Gathering Day Guidelines.

Grassroots membership dues are $60 annually. These membership fees go toward bringing in guest speakers, craft supplies, and holiday parties. They also fund our newsletter. Published monthly, it features detailed information on gathering day programs, events, and field trips.

Volunteers are what make a group successful. Therefore, we have a participation policy. We ask that all parents who are able donate some of their time to enriching the Grassroots experience, whether through leading a craft session, giving a gathering day presentation, or volunteering time behind the scenes to ensure that Grassroots can continue offering the kinds of opportunities and experiences that our children need and desire.

Members are also encouraged to plan field trips or other activities outside of our gathering days. Check with your local museums, parks, and libraries – with advance scheduling, homeschooling groups often enjoy special discounts or free admissions.

Grassroots is truly a grassroots organization: the more volunteers we have the more fun and education we can provide.
If you think you might be interested in joining us but would like to try us out first, we always welcome visitors. There is a $12 visitor fee per day per family.

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Gathering Day!
For more information on joining Grassroots Homeschoolers, please contact one of our organizers:

Lydia Koster
lydiakoster@yahoo.com
708-860-3354

Arlene Olson
wdisneyw5@aol.com
708-704-1758

Lynette Hoffman
lynette510@yahoo.com
708-769-4381

Calendar

We have decided what calendar is happening this year during our meeting. Remember any of the dates can change. Please call one of the board with questions about dates coming up. All Meetings are at St. Paul’s Church 6201 Vollmer in Matteson , IL. unless location is given below.

Gathering Day Dates and Tentative Programs.

September 2, 2015 Not Going Back to School Picnic
Location: Oakwood Park in Matteson, 4450 W. Oakwood Lane.

September 16, 2015 Lights for Learning

September 30, 2015 Field Trip (Working on setting up a trip to the County Line Apple Orchard

October 7, 2015 Family Culture Fair (Sign up at previous meeting for what country you will be
studying with your family.)

October 21, 2015 Art Day

November 4, 2015 Harvest/Halloween Party

November 18, 2015 Thanksgiving Feast,

December 2, 2015 Presenter STEM Robotics

December 16, 2015 Holidays Party (Winter Wonderland)

January 6, 2016 Game Day

January 20, 2016 Music Day

February 3, 2016 Talent Show

February 17, 2016 Valentines Party/P.J. Party/Pizza Party

March 2, 2016 Horticulture Day

March 16, 2016 Science Fair

April 6, 2016 Pet Day (Animal Day)

April 20, 2016 Earth Day

May 4, 2016 Cinco de Mayo

May 18, 2016 Health/Fitness Day

June 1, 2016 Gathering Day? Graduation/Awards Night Practice, Ice Cream Social?

June 10, 2016 Graduation/Awards Night

2014 – 2015 Photo Gallery

Our Photo Gallery is a work in progress; just like life. :-)

Please enjoy these pictures from a few of our wonderful Gathering Day events.

 

Grassroots Homeschoolers Halloween Party
Grassroots Homeschoolers Halloween Party

 

Grassroots Homeschoolers Science Fair
Grassroots Homeschoolers Science Fair

 

Grassroots Homeschoolers "Soil Sammies"
Grassroots Homeschoolers “Soil Sammies”

 

Grassroots Homeschoolers Pet Day
Grassroots Homeschoolers Pet Day

Grassroots Homeschoolers’ Gathering Day Guidelines

   Grassroots Homeschoolers’ Gathering Day Guidelines

Arrival & General Rules:

Read and review these Gathering Day Rules with your children at home and at the Welcome Table upon arrival.

Park in the back lot of the Church and enter through the Gym doors located through the fenced in play yard.

Doors to the Gym Open at 11:30am.

All members and visitors check in at the Welcome Table.

Members pay a $2 facility fee for each Gathering Day.

Visitors are required to fill out a visitor’s form and pay a $12 visitors fee.

Member’s Grandparents and spouses are always free.

The Welcome table will close at the start of our Gathering Day programs.

Please be sure to complete any business prior to its close!

Wear a name-tag (available at the Welcome table) and have your children wear them too. It makes it easier for us all to get to know each other and helps visitors and new members feel welcome.

Post Items of Interest on the bulletin board and submit them to the newsletter editors.

All are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy while visiting and making new friends before the scheduled Program.

Set-up a table and chairs for your family, or make arrangements to share this responsibility with friends.

Please clean up any mess you make and throw away all lunch debris.

Children are NOT allowed in the Hallways, supply rooms, or kitchen unless authorized and attended by an adult.

Parents/Guardians must remain on the premises with their children at all times.

Programming Rules:

Because our Gathering Days are held in a gym, the noise levels can seem chaotic at times. Please remind your children that work is being conducted in the Church Offices and we must keep our noise levels to a minimum.

Once the call for announcements begins, Parents must gather their families and participate or sit with them until the end of the scheduled program. If your child is not interested in the day’s activities/program, they are welcome to gather at the opposite end of the gym and play quietly until the activity/program has ended.

Children may play in the backyard area under close adult supervision, only when the St. Paul Preschool children are not occupying the space. Use of the playground equipment is prohibited.

All families are encouraged to help with any clean up needed after the program is complete.

Use of the Gym floor is permitted only after all Gathering Day Programs are complete.

Use of any St. Paul’s gym equipment is prohibited. Please bring your own gym balls or use the equipment proved by our group.

At the Close of the Program, or sooner if you will be leaving early, please take down and put away your families table and chairs, or make arrangements to share this responsibility with a friend.