Homeschooling Series

Homeschool Education Series for Adults  (6 Sessions/6 Libraries)
All six sessions run from 5:45-7:45 pm at participating McHenry County libraries. Kathy Wentz, homeschool authority and educator, presents this informational series for veteran, new, and prospective homeschool parents. Sessions will be followed up with Q & A, so come prepared with questions! Some libraries will offer Zoom options. Register for each session individually with the hosting library (links and phone numbers are listed below in each program description).

1. The Cure for the Math Curse: Huntley
Monday, May 23, 5:45 – 7:45 pm
Math, the subject most of us freak out about the fastest. How can we ensure our children LOVE math and are good at it when we don’t like it ourselves? Learn how to break the mold of math anxiety by breaking the bad teaching habits that create it, and learn new ways of approaching math to replace the old fear-inducing habits.
Beginning May 1, register online or call 847-669-5386, press 4

2. Homeschooling 101: Crystal Lake
Monday, June 13, 5:45-7:45 pm
Interested in homeschooling? This is a terrific opportunity to get answers to the most common questions people have about homeschooling including:

  • How do I homeschool within the law? 
  • What about socialization?  
  • Which curriculum is best?  
  • What is all this about learning styles and philosophies?  
  • How much does it cost to homeschool?  
  • What does my child need to learn at each grade level?  
  • Am I allowed to homeschool my special needs student?  
  • What does my child need to graduate high school?  
  • What about college?  

If you would like answers to these questions (and more!), this is the workshop for you!
Beginning May 1, register online or call 815-459-1687, ext. 6

3. Homeschooling for Cheapskates: Woodstock
Monday, July 11, 5:45-7:45 pm
Homeschooling doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, many of us find that homeschooling is virtually free! Join us for a discussion about how to homeschool by using materials and resources available for free on the Internet, at the library, or in your community. Be sure to bring your impossible dreams!
Beginning June 1, register online or call 815-338-0542

4. Dynamic Homeschooling Through High School: Cary
Monday, July 25, 5:45-7:45 pm
High school can be a phenomenal time for a homeschooler! Worried your student will fall behind or that you won’t be able to figure this out? Join us!
Beginning May 19, register online or call 847-639-4210, press 3  

  • What curriculum and class options do we have?
  • What do I really need in order to graduate high school?
  • How can we cover (without being an expert) world languages? Advanced Math? Chemistry?
  • How do we know we are covering everything we need to?
  • I have special needs. Can I still go to college?
  • How do I prepare for college?
  • What about the ACT and SAT?
  • How can we prepare now to save money on college?

5. Creating Official Homeschool Transcripts: River East
Monday, August 8, 5:45-7:45 pm
Creating credible official transcripts for your student’s college applications can seem intimidating but, with a little planning, is quite easy. This workshop will provide recommended titles for high school classes that will make your student stand out, ideas for organizing what you did into documented credits – and when not to use something as a credit, sample transcripts that have been used successfully by countless families, and hints and tips galore! This is a terrific workshop for those homeschooling grades 8-12 and their interested teens.
Beginning July 11, register by calling 815-385-6303

6. Homeschooling 102: Harvard
Monday, August 22, 5:45-7:45 pm
If you are thinking about starting homeschooling or began recently and are looking for some additional information or “tweaks” this is a great workshop for you. Join us with your questions!
Beginning May 23, register by calling 815-943-4671

  • How do I homeschool within the law?  
  • Why is deschooling before we open the first textbook important? 
  • How do I know my child’s learning style?
  • Why is my educational philosophy important to know before I buy a curriculum? 
  • What does my child need to learn at each grade level?  
  • What does my child need to graduate high school?