Friday Class Schedule

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 Unit Literature Music Music
9:30-10:30 Literature Music Unit Science PE
10:30-11:30 Music Literature Science PE Art
11:30-12:30 Unit Art Music Literature Science
12:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Art PE PE Art Literature
2:00-3:00 PE Science Art Unit Geography

Upper

Yellow (7th/8th) Blue (9th/10th) Red (11th/12th)
8:30-10:00 Art
Spanish ll
Art
Spanish ll
AP Psychology
Art
Spanish ll
AP Psychology
10:00-11:30 Literature
Civics
Civics
Chemistry
AP Human Geography
Chemistry
AP Human Geography
11:30-12 Lunch
12:00-1:30 World Geography Literature
World Geography
AP US History
1:30-3:00 Show Choir
Photography
Show Choir
Photography
Show Choir
Photography
Literature

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

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

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

Seahorses Unit

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

Seahorses Art

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

Seahorses Literature

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

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

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

Banana Smoothies PE

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

Banana Smoothies Unit

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

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

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

Time Travelers Literature

Mrs. Allison Andrews The Time Travelers Literature class will read 1-2 chapter books per session….

Time Travelers Music

This class aims to provide a more in-depth music curriculum, using singing, instruments and composition…

Time Travelers Unit

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

Dolphin Swimmers PE

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

Dolphin Swimmers Art

Course Description A work of art can be analysed by considering a variety of aspects…

Dolphin Swimmers Unit

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

Dolphin Swimmers Science

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

Red – Literature

2018-2019 Red Class Syllabus From short stories to Mark Twain to memoirs to mysteries, this…

Blue – Literature

Blue Class Syllabus/Book List 2018-2019 Session One: Foundations We will spend the first session reviewing…

Yellow, Blue – Civics

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

Yellow, (Blue)- Literature

The Yellow Literature Class is geared towards 7th-8th grade readers and writers. During the 2018-19…

Yellow, Blue, Red Art

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

Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers can opt out of the Kindermusik class and arrive at 9:30 for our full…

Ladybugs

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

Lost and Found!

Last chance for Lost & Found!

This Friday MORNING, please COME INSIDE when you bring the kiddos and peruse the many items that have been collected in the LOST & FOUND!!!

We have THREE BIG boxes of books📚, water bottles🍼🥤, lunch boxes🎒, shoes👟, clothing 🧥👕👖🧢🧤🧣 and more that miss their families and would like to come home.

This Friday MORNING ☀️ we will lay everything out on tables to make it easier to find any items that may belong to your family. I will also take pics and post on our FB page.

Alternatively, if you know you are missing something, post a description below and we will try to find it for you!

Although we would love to make sure every item is reconnected with it's family, there just isn't enough room to keep everything so long. Therefore, anything left after lunch will be packed up and donated to charity.

As always, there will be hot coffee in the lounge so please come inside, grab a coffee, have a look around, (find that missing lunch box) and enjoy a little chit chat with other parents 😃

Art Tinker Room

Help us build the tinker lab of the ODE art room. I'm asking families to look through their closets storage areas, and crawl spaces. Please consider donating unwanted items to the ODE art room. We are looking for very nontraditional items in addition to items most would consider art materials. Basically if you don’t want it let us see if we can make something out it. Here's a list of items we'd love but please consider donating anything you like. We will make sure the unwanted donations make it a donation box in the area!

List of possible donation items:

cardboard boxes

recyclable items; cans plastics, paper

wood scraps

string

yarn

glue/tape

hardware

wire

old electronics

old lamps

books

magazines

games

old toys

blocks

legos

unwanted kitchen items

paper plates

chopsticks

toothpicks

envelopes

paperclips

any art or crafty item

old posters

plastic silverware

old fabric

old clothing

anything you can think of

Our brilliant art students would benefit from anything you can thing to donate. Make some room in your home before Christmas comes! Our deepest gratitude! Thank you ODE Families!!!

Lauren Feece

Moms in Prayer

We are starting up our Moms in Prayer hour hosted, once again, by Alison Doyle.

Moms in Prayer will meet at 8:30 AM every Friday during ODE. We will pray over our children, our homes, our relationships and whatever we bring to share.

Please join us for prayer this Friday at 8:30 AM.

Click to read more about Moms in Prayer International.

String Lessons in Oak Park for your child – tailored to the home schooling family!

The Oak Park String Academy has daytime lessons available and would love to add homeschooled children to their available slots.

 

***Special note from Meg Lanfear:

If families sign up before September, they will receive a discount of $135 off! I am always willing to work with families who can come for lessons during the day, so even if lessons are something that a family might think is out of their reach, they should contact me to discuss.

Meg Lanfear, Founder & Director
Oak Park String Academy
www.OPStringAcademy.com
(630) 886-6183

Here is some information:

The Suzuki Method emphasizes several techniques and philosophies which often align with the goals of homeschooling parents. Here are a few:
You are the Suzuki Home Teacher
-In the Suzuki Method, parents attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week. The role of the Suzuki “home teacher” naturally complements the role of the homeschooling parent because parental involvement is integral to the success of the method. Previous musical knowledge from the parent is not at all required because the teacher ensures that parents understand all unfamiliar technical and musical concepts.
 

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Developing the Whole Child

The purpose of music instruction is not to create professional musicians, but to develop the whole child through the study of music. Dr. Suzuki’s goal was not simply to develop professional musicians, but to nurture loving human beings and help develop each child’s character through the study of music. Our faculty also think of music as a means of teaching children skills like the ability to focus one’s attention, time management, goal-setting, the satisfaction of hard work (and accompanying success), teamwork, and self-assessment. These are valuable skills for all children, homeschooled or otherwise!

 

Click HERE for more further detail on their website.

Meet old and new friends at the park!

Taking kids to the park this summer? Join other homeschool families and increase the fun! Here is the park schedule of parks and dates.

We will join TEACH's park days to draw on more local homeschool families. This is a great way to meet new people or catch up with old friends. Park Days will be on Thursdays for the months of June and August while Park Days will be on Fridays for the month of July. Meet up time is 12pm. Kids play and moms chat! Sometimes there are only a couple of moms and kids, and sometimes there’s a crowd. Either way, it’s always fun. Sunscreen and lunches are recommended; blankets and chairs are handy to have. If you’d rather enjoy the pool that is available at that park start a thread to see if others want to join you. Marshell will not make it out to all the park days but you are still welcome to call, text or email her.

For questions regarding Park Days: Marshell Edwards Cell (773) 677-2348 or marshell.edwards@icloud.com

All the parks listed have washrooms and some have tennis courts, ball fields and other special areas, so bring any equipment you think may be fun to have.

Thursday, June 14: Commons Park in North Riverside

Off DesPlaines Ave, behind the North Riverside police station

Thursday, June 21st: Maple Park- Oak Park

Harlem Ave, N of Roosevelt Rd

Thursday, June 28th: Taylor Park

N. Oak Park, 400 W. Division Ave, on RidgelandAve

Friday, July 6th: Station Park

Forest Park, 7400 Harrison St, on Harrison just east of Des Plaines Ave., across from the pool

Friday, July 13th: Proksa Park

Berwyn, 3001 Wisconsin Ave, on 31st between Oak Park Ave and Harlem Ave

Friday, July 20th: Stevenson/Memorial Park

Bellwood, 3105 Washington Blvd— just west of 25th Ave
(SEPARATE SPLASH PAD, $2 per child, chaperone free)

Friday, July 27: Gordon Park

La Grange, Ogden Ave and Tilden Ave, just east of La Grange Rd on Ogden Ave (SPLASH PAD)

Thursday, August 2nd: Station Park

Forest Park, 7400 Harrison St, on Harrison St, just east of Des Plaines Ave, near the pool

Thursday, August 9th: Longfellow Park

S. Oak Park, 610 S Ridgeland Ave, just north of Jackson Blvd (SPLASH PAD)

Thursday, August 16th: Gordon Park

La Grange, Ogden Ave and Tilden Ave, just east of La Grange Rd on Ogden Ave (SPLASH PAD)

Thursday, August 23rd: Scoville Park

800 Lake St, Oak Park, across from Oak Park Library

Thursday, August 30th: Field Park

Oak Park, 935 Woodbine, cross street is Division Ave (SPLASH PAD)

 

Summer Camp Opportunity

This opportunity has already passed.

Salem Christian School in Logan Square is offering summer camp for a variety of grade levels and duration.

WHO? Any child ages 3 to 13
WHEN? Week of June 25 through week of August 6th, 8:30am - 4:00pm (Extended Care available upon request and for an additional charge)
COST? (includes a lunch) Salem Students: $150 per week, non-Salem Students: $200 per week