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:

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

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

Carla Guel
guelcarla@gmail.com
815-260-7295

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2017 – 2018 Calendar

Welcome to Grassroots Homeschoolers 2017 – 2018 Calendar of Events. Please visit our About page to learn more about our organization.  All Gathering Day activities are held at St. Paul’s Church in Matteson, unless otherwise noted. Please review our Gathering Day Guidelines prior to attending an event.

Gathering Dates and Tentative Programs*
*Programs may change due to unforeseen circumstances, if you are not a member and receiving consistent communication, please contact one of the board members to verify meeting date, time and program prior to attending.

Please remember…

As a member, you are required to pay a $2 facility fee at each gathering.
As a visitor, you are required to pay a $12 visitor’s fee for each gathering you attend.

September 6, 2017 ~ Meet and Greet, Open House

September 20, 2017 ~ “Different is the New Cool” (Outside Presenter)

October 4, 2017 ~ Fitness and Healthy Eating

October 18, 2017 ~ Storm Chasers (Outside Presenter)

November 1, 2017 ~ Halloween Party

November 15, 2017 ~ Thanksgiving Feast (Members Only Event)

December 6, 2017 ~ Holidays Around the World, with Taste of each Country

December 20, 2017 ~ No Gathering due to holidays

January 3, 2018 ~ No Gathering due to holidays

January 17, 2018 ~ Open Gym and Social time, with Soup and Hot Chocolate

February 7, 2018 ~ Outside Presenter 

February 21, 2017 ~ Valentine Party

March 7, 2018 ~ Science Fair

March 21, 2018 ~ TBA

April 4, 2018 ~  Outside Presenter

April 18, 2018 ~ Earth Day, with U of I Master Gardeners Bug Zoo (Outside Presenter)

May 2, 2018 ~ Pet Day

May 17, 2017 ~ Talent Show

TBA ~ Graduation/Awards Night

Grassroots Homeschoolers Curriculum Fair

Grassroots is hosting it’s first Curriculum Fair, on May 31st, at 12pm. Come out and sell your gently used curriculum or pick something up for next year! Bring your books, toys, manipulatives, educational furniture, and MORE! Please check out the flyer for more information. If you have any questions, feel free to email me with them. Feel free to invite your friends too!

PLEASE PARK IN THE REAR PARKING LOT AND ENTER THROUGH BACK DOORS ONLY!

Thank you, we look forward to seeing everyone there.

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NOT Going Back To School Picnic

September has arrived, which means it is time to kick-off another great year with Grassroots Homeschoolers. As is tradition, we will start the new homeschooling year with our annual NOT Back To School Picnic on Wednesday, September 7th.

The picnic will be held at Frankfort’s Commissioners Park, located at 22108 S. 80th Ave. We will meet at the pavilion at 11am.Commissioners Park offers a great place play, with indoor restrooms.

The picnic is open to all families interested in learning more about our cooperative, and homeschooling in general. We will use some of our time, to plan upcoming Gathering Day Activities, as well as discuss possible field-trip ideas. Please come ready with your visions for the coming year, and what you would like to volunteer for. Also please share your ideas on how we can incorporate your family’s special interests in gathering day activities and/or outings. Grassroots is truly a grassroots organization: the more volunteers we have the more fun and education we can provide.

We look forward to catching up with our friends from last year, and making new friends this year. Our next gathering day will be on Wednesday, September 21st, at St. Paul’s church.

 

 

2016 – 2017 Calendar

Welcome to Grassroots Homeschoolers 2016 – 2017 Calendar of Events. Please visit our About page to learn more about our organization. The calendar will be fully populated after our first Gathering Day, on September 7th.

Gathering Dates and Tentative Programs*
*Programs may change due to unforeseen circumstances, if you are not a member and receiving consistent communication, please contact one of the board members to verify meeting date, time and program prior to attending.

All Gathering Day activities are held at St. Paul’s Church in Matteson, unless otherwise noted. Please review our Gathering Day Guidelines prior to attending an event.

  • September 7, 2016 ~ Not Going Back to School Picnic
    • Commissioners Park ~ 22108 S 80th Ave, Frankfort, Illinois 60423
      • Meet at the pavilion near the playground. This is our annual Get together to Meet and Share with other homeschoolers. Come and help us plan activities, field trips and parties for the upcoming year. We move indoors on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at St. Paul’s Church Hall in Matteson.

 

  • September 21, 2016 ~ Open House

 

  • October 5, 2016 ~ Fall Fest

 

  • October 19, 2016 ~ Harvest Day

 

  • November 2, 2016 ~ Halloween Party
    • There will also be an outside presenter on “Incredible Bats”

 

  • November 16, 2016 ~ Thanksgiving Feast

 

  • December 7, 2016 ~ Talent Show

 

  • December 21, 2016 ~ No Gathering due to holidays

 

  • January 4, 2017 ~ Open Gym, Social time, Hot Chocolate and cookies

 

  • January 18, 2017 ~ Nations of the World Day

 

  • February 1, 2017 ~ Outside Presenter 

 

  • February 15, 2017 ~ Valentine Party

 

  • March 1, 2017 ~American Red Cross

 

  • March 15, 2017 ~ St. Patrick’s Celebration/Irish Day

 

  • April 5, 2017 ~ Science Fair

 

  • April 19, 2017 ~Earth Day (outside presenter)

 

  • May 3, 2017 ~ TBA

 

  • May 17, 2017 ~Pet Day

 

 

  • June 9, 2017 ~ Graduation/Awards Night

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