Do you have upper-school students? Enroll in upcoming classes now!

ODE Academy is taking enrollment now for the upcoming school year. There will be both in-person classes and a join-by-Zoom option.

We offer 16 classes including Chemistry, World Geography, Writing and Composition, Philosophy, Spanish, and Illinois History. We also offer AP courses including, AP Human Geography, AP Literature, and AP European History.

Wherever you are in the world, you are welcome to join these classes. If we are unable to meet in person, then all students will participate via Zoom. If we are able to meet in person, then those who do not reside in Chicago can continue to join the class by Zoom.

Virtual students will benefit from all of our online materials and weekly lectures. Teachers will be available for students to communicate with and receive feedback on their work throughout the week. They will also be included in class discussions and the community that is built through the classroom experience. Virtual students also benefit from a significant decrease in tuition costs. 

If we are able to have in-person ODE classes, we will only be able to accept 10 to 12 students in each class. If the circumstances prohibit any students from meeting, all students will have the option of enrolling virtually.

We have wonderful teachers who have prepared high-quality courses for our students this fall. We are making these great courses available for everyone whether virtually or in-person. ODE was started to support homeschooling families with select classes and community. Don’t miss out on a great school year!

Academy Class Schedule 2020-21

Bridge (7th, 8th)High School
8:30 – 9:30Spanish 2 or PE8:30 – 10:00Writing and CompositionPhilosophy
9:30 – 10:30Spanish 1 or PE or Art10:00 – 11:30LiteratureAP European History
10:30 – 12:00World Geography or Science11:30 – 12:00LUNCHLUNCH
12:00 – 12:30LUNCH
12:30 – 2:00Literature12:00 – 1:30AP HUGChemistry
2:00 – 3:00Illinois History1:30 – 3:00AP Literature

Please click on the classes to see a brief overview description. Teachers are working on a syllabus and will be posting those as they are available. We will also be posting required materials in the coming days as well. Check back periodically for this information.

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ODE fitness opportunities

For the students

Do your students need a plan to keep them active and healthy? Recent studies have shown that the one area homeschooled students do lag slightly behind their school-attending peers is in physical fitness. It can be a challenge to incorporate PE into crazy homeschooling days, especially if your student is not on a sports team.

PEO.fitness provides just the thing for homeschooling families. Created by homeschool families for homeschool families. Watch this video to learn more.

For the moms

No one works harder and is pulled in as many directions as a homeschooling mom! Finding the time to go to the gym or a run may seem like a distant memory or a lofty dream for the future. You may be a mom who just delivered your 15th baby or had your only child 17 years ago, but most likely you fall somewhere between. But for any mom, this program may change everything. Most women experience some degree of abdominal separation during pregnancy and childbirth, leading to various health concerns, pain, and vulnerability. This program safely provides a clear path for your healing, and then places you on a trajectory to strength and fitness possibly surpassing your pre-baby self! Every Mother is the gift every mother needs, and can fit seamlessly into your busy days.

Virtual ICHE Conference – FREE!

“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3

ICHE is hosting an entirely online Family Conference instead of meeting at Olivet Nazarene University this May. This is a great opportunity because all this wealth of information and resources is available to us entirely free of charge.

WHEN: the weekend of May 28-31

The Cost – FREE!

Friday Class Schedule 2020-2021

These are the preliminary Preschool and Elementary class schedules for Fall 2020 through Spring 2021.

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 – 3:00Kindermusik followed by ODE programmingKindermusik followed by ODE programming
9:30 – 3:00Regular ODE Preschool with no KindermusikRegular ODE Preschool/Kindergarten with no Kindermusik

Elementary

 Dolphin SwimmersTime TravelersBanana SmoothiesSeahorsesDragons
8:30-9:30ScienceLiteratureUnitScienceArt
9:30-10:30UnitScienceSciencePEMusic
10:30-11:30ArtPELiteratureMusicScience
11:30-12:30MusicArtPEUnitLiterature
12:30-1:00– – – – – LUNCH – – – – –
1:00-2:00LiteratureUnitMusicArtPE
2:00-3:00PEMusicArtLiteratureUnit

Resources (during lockdown)

Resources

Grade
Posting Date
Class Name
Teacher

Science Resources (3/28/2020) by Lillian Kong time-travelers
Dolphin Swimmers Lit. Book #5 (5/8/2020) by Allison Andrews dolphin-swimmers
A Boy Called Bat #2 (4/15/2020) by Allison Andrews time-travelers
Dolphin Swimmers Lit. Book #2 (4/15/2020) by Allison Andrews dolphin-swimmers
A Boy Called Bat #6 (5/14/2020) by Allison Andrews time-travelers
Dolphin Swimmers Lit. Book #6 (5/15/2020) by Allison Andrews dolphin-swimmers
A Boy Called Bat #3 (4/23/2020) by Allison Andrews time-travelers
Dolphin Swimmers Lit. Book #3 (4/24/2020) by Allison Andrews dolphin-swimmers
A Boy Called Bat #7 (5/21/2020) by Allison Andrews time-travelers
Dolphin Swimmers – Lit book #1 (3/31/2020) by Allison Andrews dolphin-swimmers
Dolphin Swimmers Lit. Book #7 (5/22/2020) by Allison Andrews dolphin-swimmers
A Boy Called Bat #1 (4/2/2020) by Allison Andrews time-travelers
A Boy Called Bat #4 (5/1/2020) by Allison Andrews time-travelers
A Boy Called Bat #1.5 (4/9/2020) by Allison Andrews time-travelers
Dolphin Swimmers Lit. Book #4 (5/1/2020) by Allison Andrews dolphin-swimmers
Dolphin Swimmers Lit book #1.5 (4/9/2020) by Allison Andrews dolphin-swimmers
A Boy Called Bat #5 (5/7/2020) by Allison Andrews time-travelers

Week 7

Grade
Posting Date
Class Name
Teacher

Week 6

Grade
Posting Date
Class Name
Teacher

(3/6/2020) by Lillian Kong time-travelers
Literature – Time Travelers (3/8/2020) by Allison Andrews time-travelers
Literature – Seahorses and Dragons (3/8/2020) by Allison Andrews seahorses
Dolphins Swimwmers-UNIT (3/9/2020) by Christy Tello dolphin-swimmers
Seahorses and Dragons-UNIT (3/9/2020) by Christy Tello seahorses

Week 5

Grade
Posting Date
Class Name
Teacher

Plants (2/28/2020) by Lillian Kong time-travelers
Paper Helicopter (3/1/2020) by Tia Whitfield banana-smoothies
Paper Helicopter (3/1/2020) by Tia Whitfield seahorses
Literature – Seahorses & Dragons (3/1/2020) by Allison Andrews seahorses
Dolphin Swimmers-UNIT (3/1/2020) by Christy Tello dolphin-swimmers
Seahorses and Dragons (3/1/2020) by Christy Tello seahorses

Week 4

Grade
Posting Date
Class Name
Teacher

Rocks (2/22/2020) by Lillian Kong time-travelers
Literature – Dolphin Swimmers (2/21/2020) by Allison Andrews dolphin-swimmers
Literature – Time Travelers (2/21/2020) by Allison Andrews time-travelers
Literature – Banana Smoothies (2/21/2020) by Allison Andrews banana-smoothies
Literature – Seahorses (2/22/2020) by Allison Andrews seahorses
Literature – Dragons (2/22/2020) by Allison Andrews dragons
Seahorses and Dragons-UNIT (2/24/2020) by Christy Tello seahorses
Dolphin Swinners-UNIT (2/24/2020) by Christy Tello dolphin-swimmers

Week 3

Grade
Posting Date
Class Name
Teacher

Atmosphere (2/14/2020) by Lillian Kong time-travelers
Literature – Seahorses (2/14/2020) by Allison Andrews seahorses
Literature – Dragons (2/14/2020) by Allison Andrews dragons
Literature – Dolphin Swimmers (2/14/2020) by Allison Andrews dolphin-swimmers
Dragons-UNIT (2/17/2020) by Christy Tello dragons
Dolphins swimmers-UNIT (2/17/2020) by Christy Tello dolphin-swimmers
Seahorses-UNIT (2/17/2020) by Christy Tello seahorses

Week 2

Grade
Posting Date
Class Name
Teacher

Marshmallow Shooter (2/13/2020) by Tia Whitfield banana-smoothies
Marshmallow Shooter (2/13/2020) by Tia Whitfield seahorses
Literature – Seahorses & Dragons (2/8/2020) by Allison Andrews seahorses
Seahorses and Dragons UNIT (2/10/2020) by Christy Tello seahorses

Week 1

Grade
Posting Date
Class Name
Teacher

A FANTASTIC resource for Mom!

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Tax Tips for Homeschooling Families

Our own James Quandt wanted to share a few tricks he has up his sleeve that has saved his family $$ – he wants to pass those on to you!

Did you know you can take a tax credit for some of you home schooling and ODE costs?  It is viable on your Illinois state taxes, not on your federal tax return.  For the taxes most of us are working on currently, the 2019 state tax return due on 4/15/2020, the credit is for Line 16, called “Property tax and K-12 education expense credit amount from Schedule ICR.”
Follow the IL-1040 Instructions (found of course on the IL Dept. of Revenue website under Tax Forms), but the essence of the credit is: 1) You can get credit for things “significantly used up” in your teaching between 1/1/19 and 12/31/19 for your home schooled kids, including tuition (including that paid to ODE) and consumable books (workbooks in which students write), as well as PE tuition (ie, gymnastics classes, soccer instruction) to private gyms or organizations; 2) From the same website location, print or read Publication 119 and also Schedule ICR.(and Schedule ICR Instructions); 3) If you own your home, or in any other way take a property tax credit on your state taxes, Schedule ICR is already the form that you use; 4) You can only get a maximum of $750 from this, but that is pretty good! 5) Publication 119 states: “You will be allowed 25 percent of your student’s qualified education expenses after the first $250.”  After spending $250 on home school expenses during the year, you get 25 cents back for each dollar spent; 6) You need to send receipts for each expense you claim, and the receipts need certain information on them–check your receipts ahead of time, giving enough time to request the organization re-issue any receipts that lack the information (for instance, some receipts lack the issuer’s address).
We have probably gained a couple thousand dollars over the years from this credit.  More work, but more money!

*****Important Tax Update!!*******

THE DEADLINE TO FILE YOUR 2019 TAXES HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM 4/15 to 7/15. This announcement was made by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday, 3/20.