Required Materials

Elementary Supplies

Your Dolphin Swimmer, Time Traveler, Banana Smoothie, Seahorse, or Dragon needs the following items for Session I.

  • A 3-Ring Binder with 5 Dividers, labeled with the five classes that are not PE
  • Lined paper
  • Pencil
  • A sack lunch

You will also need to get your child a copy of the literature book that the will be reading and discussing in literature class. For Time Travelers and Banana Smoothies, that book will be Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue by Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer. For Seahorses and Dragons, your book is 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass. Check your library, the Swan system, Amazon, or download it on your Kindle, use and Audio Book credit, steal it off your sister-in-law's bookshelf, or whatever way works best for you. 

We may have other needs that will be communicated as we go - but this is all you need for now. There should be nothing that will incur any expense. 

*Please note that we are also collecting box tops. If you have any to donate, we would be grateful to receive them. There will be a box in the lobby each week.

 

WELCOME!

One Day Enrichment exists to support homeschooling families. We meet on Fridays for the whole school day, offering a wide range of classes. At the elementary level, our classes aim to provide enrichment. We assume the basic fundamentals are being taught at home through a wide range of philosophy and curriculum. Many of our families are deeply immersed in a rigorous, daily program while others embrace a more relaxed approach. Consequently, the time frame when students reach proficiency in reading and math skills is very broad. So we at ODE focus instead on classes that really are better in a group or require more skill and expertise than the average mom typically has. It is very difficult to play a game of kickball or dodgeball at home. Creating a choir is a challenge on the living room couch. And how about art? Children love art - but for a busy (and oftentimes exhausted!) homeschooling mom, art can easily be left by the wayside because it is not critical to academic development, and finding the required materials can be an overwhelming obstacle. And of course science experiments are the same way! Who has time to plan experiments in advance to make sure science they happen? Sometimes it is hard just to get the required ingredients to even feed the little guys, let alone do science experiments with them!!

We recognize and applaud the very deep investment parents make in the lives of their children when they make the decision to homeschool. Homeschooling can be exhilarating and should be rewarding as you watch your children grow and develop, but of course it is also exhausting. At ODE we understand that homeschooling young students offers very little respite, and we are so glad to provide a day when you as a homeschooling mom can take a few hours to rest, run errands (without the endearing, incessant questions!), go to lunch with a friend, make plans for next week, or do anything that strikes your fancy. This is a huge part of our mission - caring for mom! To that end, we never want you to feel pressure to be at ODE to pitch in with anything at all. Yes, you read that correctly. We do not want you to feel pressure to help with anything. However, community is important and can help with days that seem hard and long. Knowing you are not the only one in your situation, not the only one struggling, can be a lifeline. Hearing the stories of others can be just the balm you need. To help us connect, we do provide moms’ coffees from time to time, and we hope that you will make use of our forum and closed facebook group to connect with others and to draw encouragement from others who have been exactly where you are.

Many ask if ODE is a Christian program. The founders of ODE are Christians. The current director of ODE is a Christian and a member of Judson, the church that graciously hosts our program. Most of our teachers are also Christians. They believe in God and his love for each one of the people He created, and that we can know Him and be known by Him. Our salvation comes through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, his son, and we humbly acknowledge our need for him on a daily, even hourly basis. Having said that, we do not require that our families believe the same way. We welcome any student and family who wants to come to ODE, and we respect and value each student and each parent. We want to be very sensitive to the very diverse group that we represent, and we are grateful and acknowledge your valid views and opinions. We hope and pray that there would never be any circumstance where someone feels belittled or unvalued because of their beliefs or opinions - when it comes to religion or politics or any other issue. We are all enriched by cultivating authentic relationships with people who are different from us, provided we put aside our preconceived generalizations and begin from a position of humility and respect for all people.

You may wonder if your child will be asked to do homework for ODE. We do believe that for a class that meets once a week, your child’s experience will be richer if they do add time at home and do some work on their end. We post homework on the website every Monday morning for your student to do for maximum success in the class. You can even use the class and the homework as a springboard for deeper study or more work in your homeschool - especially in the literature, unit, and science classes. Having said that, we again want to emphasize that our desire is to come alongside you and lighten your load. If you are very busy during the week and doing homework for ODE would be a burden to you, and you do not wish to spend any time on it, that is ok. We do hope that as the students get older, they will be able to independently find and complete their work, but again, that is up to your discretion as the parent.

You may feel confused by the class names - Dolphin Swimmers, Time Travelers, Banana Smoothies, Seahorses, and Dragons. These names were voted on by the students themselves, and we love the creative flair. We have five levels for six actual grades of elementary. We know that homeschooling can be a little more loose as far as age ranges, and we want you to feel free to place your child where you think she or he will thrive. As a general rule of thumb, the Dolphin Swimmers group is for 1st and 2nd graders. Time Travelers is for 2nd and 3rd graders, Banana Smoothies for 3rd and 4th, Seahorses for 4th and 5th, and Dragons for 5th and 6th graders. So it is not necessary to move to the next level every year, but most years they will probably move up. Please do communicate with us about any questions you might have about placement and we will be happy to help you find the best group for your child!
Any other questions? Please feel free to shoot an email to info@onedayenrichment.com. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

2019/20 Year Calendar

Kick-Off Picnic - Aug. 30, 2019

Session I

Week 1 - Sept. 6, 2019

Week 2 - Sept. 13

Week 3 - Sept. 20

Week 4 - Sept. 27

Week 5 - Oct. 4

Week 6 - Oct. 11

Week 7 - Oct. 18

Week 8 - Oct. 25

 

OFF - Nov. 1, 2019

 

Session II

Week 1 - Nov. 8

Week 2 - Nov. 15

Week 3 - Nov. 22

OFF on Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving

Week 4 - Dec. 6

Week 5 - Dec. 13

OFF on Dec. 20, 27, Jan. 3 for CHRISTMAS

Week 6 - Jan 10, 2020

Week 7 - Jan. 17, 2020

Week 8 - Jan. 24

 

Session III

Week 1 - Jan. 31, 2020

Week 2 - Feb. 7

Week 3 - Feb. 14

Week 4 - Feb. 21

Week 5 - Feb. 28

Week 6 - March 6

Week 7 - March 13

Week 8 - March 20

 

OFF- March 27, 2020

 

Session IV

Week 1 - April 3

OFF April 10 for Good Friday

Week 2 - April 17

Week 3 - April 24

Week 4 - May 1

Week 5 - May 8

Week 6 - May 15

Week 7 - May 22

Week 8 - May 29

 

Grand Finale - May 29, 2020

 

Friday Class Schedule 2019-2020

These are the preliminary Preschool and Elementary class schedules for Fall 2019 through Spring 2020.

Preschool

There are two options for our Ladybugs and Grasshoppers. They can choose to begin at 8:30 and take a Kindermusik class or they can arrive at 9:30. Pick-up time is 3:00.

Ladybugs
(3-4 year olds)
Grasshoppers
(4-6 year olds)
8:30 - 3:00 Kindermusik followed by ODE programming Kindermusik followed by ODE programming
9:30 - 3:00 Regular ODE Preschool with no Kindermusik Regular ODE Preschool/Kindergarten with no Kindermusik

Elementary

Dolphin Swimmers Time Travelers Banana Smoothies Seahorses Dragons
8:30-9:30 Science Literature Unit Science Art
9:30-10:30 Unit Science Science PE Music
10:30-11:30 Art PE Literature Music Science
11:30-12:30 Music Art PE Unit Literature
12:30-1:00 ----- LUNCH -----
1:00-2:00 Literature Unit Music Art PE
2:00-3:00 PE Music Art Literature Unit

Click here to view the schedule for the Upper School ODE Academy classes.

2018/19 Year Schedule

Kick-Off Picnic - Aug. 24, 2018

Session I

Week 1 - Aug, 31, 2018

Week 2 - Sept. 7

Week 3 - Sept. 14

Week 4 - Sept. 21

Week 5 - Sept. 28

Week 6 - Oct. 5

Week 7 - Oct. 12

Week 8 - Oct. 19

 

OFF - Oct. 26

 

Session II

Week 1 - Nov. 2

Week 2 - Nov. 9

Week 3 - Nov. 16

OFF on Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving

Week 4 - Nov. 30

Week 5 - Dec. 7

Week 6 - Dec. 14

OFF on Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4 for CHRISTMAS

Week 7 - Jan. 11, 2019

Week 8 - Jan. 18

 

OFF - Jan. 25, 2019

 

Session III

Week 1 - Feb. 1

Week 2 - Feb. 8

Week 3 - Feb. 15

Week 4 - Feb. 22

Week 5 - March 1

Week 6 - March 8

Week 7 - March 15

Week 8 - March 22

 

OFF- March 29, 2019

 

Session IV

Week 1 - April 5

Week 2 - April 12

OFF April 19 for Good Friday

Week 3 - April 26

Week 4 - May 3

Week 5 - May 10

Week 6 - May 17

Week 7 - May 24

Week 8 - May 31

 

Grand Finale - May 31, 2019

 

2018/19 Course Descriptions

Key for class levels

Please note that we don't necessarily fit into exact grades, especially as homeschoolers learning at our own pace, so this is a very general guideline. Please put your child in the level in which you feel he or she will thrive. 

Elementary:

Dolphin Swimmers - 1st/2nd graders
Time Travelers - 2nd/3rd graders
Banana Smoothies - 3rd/4th graders
Seahorses - 4th/5th graders
Dragons - 5th/6th graders

Upper School:

Yellow - 7th/8th
Blue - 9th/10th
Red - 11th/12th

Test course

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Bridge Literature 2019/20

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Speech & Debate 2019/20

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Spanish 2019/20

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Art 2019/20

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P.E. 2019/20

Mr. Johnathon Miller Course Description PE exists to engage the students in a positive, communal,…

Theater 2019/20

Ms. Linnea Carrera Introduction: In Theater Arts students will learn theater history, dramatic analysis, and…

US Geography 2019/20

Course Description Ms. Tara Clark This course will cover the geography of the United States….

History 2019/20

Ms. Shama Jacover Shama Jacover is a certified teacher and has taught within various CPS…

Science 2019/20

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Literature 2019/20

High School Literature Class 2019-2020: Book List  Welcome to the high school literature and composition…

Spanish 2019/20

Course Description Mrs. Sylvia Amador Spanish 2/3 or Advanced Spanish This class will help students…

Art 2019/20

Course Description No course description yet.

P.E. 2019/20

Mr. Johnathon Miller Course Description PE exists to engage the students in a positive, communal,…

Biology 2019/20

Ms. Ariana Potter Please click HERE for the description, syllabus, and all related course information.

Literature 2019/20

Course Description This class will encourage students to read a variety of genres. We will…

Chicago History 2019/20

Teacher Ms. Shama Jacover Overview: This class will utilize various research techniques and data collection…

P.E. 2019/20

Course Description No course description yet.

Literature 2019/20

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Music 2019/20

Course Description This year in music we are exploring “what is music?” The answer to…

Unit 2019/20

Mrs. Christy Tello Hello wonderful families of ODE!! This year 2019/2020 in our UNIT class…

Science 2019/20

Course Description Introduction to General Science. In this class we will learn about the building…

P.E. 2019/20

Mr. Johnathon Miller Course Description PE exists to engage the students in a positive, communal,…

Literature 2019/20

Dolphin Swimmers – Literature Session One During this session, we will be reading books with…

Music 2019/20

Course Description This year in music we are exploring “what is music?” The answer to…

Unit 2019/20

Course Description No course description yet.

Science 2019/20

Course Description Children learn by doing! Throughout the year at ODE we will be learning…

P.E. 2019/20

Mr. Johnathon Miller Course Description PE exists to engage the students in a positive, communal,…

Literature 2019/20

Session 2: The Dragons will be reading Frindle by Andrew Clements.     Dragons -…

Music 2019/20

Course Description This year in music we are exploring “what is music?” The answer to…

Dragons Art 2019/20

Ms. Melissa Hammer Course Description: These courses will build on the fundamentals of art and…

Science 2019/20

Course Description Introduction to General Science. In this class we will learn about the building…

P.E. 2019/20

Mr. Johnathon Miller Course Description PE exists to engage the students in a positive, communal,…

Literature 2019/20

Session 2: The Seahorses will be reading Frindle by Andrew Clements.     Seahorses -…

Music 2019/20

Course Description This year in music we are exploring “what is music?” The answer to…

Unit 2019/20

Mrs. Christy Tello Hello wonderful families of ODE!! This year 2019/2020 in our UNIT class…

Science 2019/20

Course Description Introduction to General Science. In this class we will learn about the building…

P.E. 2019/20

Mr. Johnathon Miller Course Description PE exists to engage the students in a positive, communal,…

Literature 2019/20

Session 2: The Time Travelers will be reading The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey (The Dragonsitter…

Music 2019/20

Course Description This year in music we are exploring “what is music?” The answer to…

Unit 2019/20

Mrs. Christy Tello Hello wonderful families of ODE!! This year 2019/2020 in our UNIT class…

Science 2019/20

Course Description Children learn by doing! Throughout the year at ODE we will be learning…

Dragons World Geography

Mrs. Nancy Quandt World Geography will systematically cover the study of all the continents. The…

Dragons Literature

Mrs. Criminger’s session I, upper elementary literature classes will have two types of activity. 1….

Dragons Science

Mrs. Kathy Galassini Intro to Earth Science In this class we will learn about the…

Dragons Art

Mrs. Lauren Feece Course Description: This course introduces the student to a new way to…

Dragons PE

Mrs. Jennifer Mattuci Description P.E. is a high-energy, fun class that will get students moving…

Dragons Music

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Seahorses Unit

Mrs. Christy Tello Learning about Illinois from A to Z. From Jane Adams to Zoos…

Seahorses Art

Ms. Melissa Hammer Course Description: These courses will build on the fundamentals of art and…

Seahorses Literature

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Seahorses PE

Mrs. Jennifer Mattuci Description P.E. is a high-energy, fun class that will get students moving…

Seahorses Science

Mrs. Kathy Galassini Intro to Earth Science In this class we will learn about the…

Seahorses Music

Show Choir is a performance-based class, where students learn to prepare and perform popular music….

Banana Smoothies Art

Ms. Melissa Hammer Course Description: These courses will build on the fundamentals of art and…

Banana Smoothies PE

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Banana Smoothies Unit

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Time Travelers Science

Rock-On. An introduction to Earth Science Mrs. Kathy Galassini Through hands-on-learning students will be introduced…

Time Travelers PE

Mrs. Jennifer Mattuci Description P.E. is a high-energy, fun class that will get students moving…

Time Travelers Art

Ms. Melissa Hammer Course Description: These courses will introduce & explore the fundamentals of art…

Time Travelers Literature

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Time Travelers Music

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Time Travelers Unit

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Dolphin Swimmers PE

Mrs. Jennifer Mattuci Description P.E. is a high-energy, fun class that will get students moving…

Dolphin Swimmers Art

Ms. Melissa Hammer Course Description: These courses will introduce & explore the fundamentals of art…

Dolphin Swimmers Unit

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Dolphin Swimmers Science

Rock-On. An introduction to Earth Science Mrs. Kathy Galassini Through hands-on-learning students will be introduced…

Red – Literature

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Blue – Literature

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Yellow, Blue – Civics

Mrs. Elizabeth York Class Description: CIVICS – US and IL Constitutions and US Flag Code…

Yellow, (Blue)- Literature

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Yellow, Blue, Red Art

Exploring the Creative Spirit: Upper School (7-12th grade) Mrs. Lauren Feece Course Description: This course…

Grasshoppers

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Ladybugs

Ladybugs can opt out of the Kindermusik class and check in at 9:30 for our…