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!


Thank you, we look forward to seeing everyone there.


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


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.