Exciting Event at the Des Plaines History Center

Homeschoolers to learn about life during WWII

Homeschool families are invited to imagine what life was like during World War II at the Homeschool Adventures program, “War Factories in Des Plaines,” Wednesday, February 4, from 1-4 p.m. at the Des Plaines History Center, 781 Pearson Street.

Students will learn about how normal family lifestyles and routines were disrupted during the war years and how many people, including women, flocked to various factories to produce much-needed military supplies. The session will include a fun and educational project.

Students will explore and discuss the products and working conditions of Des Plaines factories in the 1930s and 1940s,” said Philip Mohr, History Center curator. “Everyone will then form a factory assembly line in an activity that demonstrates efficient manufacturing in the World War II era.” This exercise will be added to the History Center’s “A Des Plaines Factory” traveling trunk that local schools can rent for $20. Traveling trunks provide historic and reproduction artifacts that students can see up close and touch as well as structured hands-on activities. They also include materials for reading exercises and worksheets at various grade levels.

Homeschool Adventures programs are designed for children, ages 5-12, with an adult and last for three hours. The fee is $3 per child for non-members, $2 for members. The next session will take place March 4 and will also include a social studies activity. For more information about this program or the traveling trunks, please call 847-391-5399.

The History Center gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of Des Plaines, the Des Plaines Park District, its members, and other contributors.

Poster for Feb 4 Homeschool Adventures


Arlington Heights Memorial Library – Events for Homeschoolers

You do not need to be an Arlington Heights Resident for these programs.

The Hub: Early Open for Homeschoolers

Event Details

11/05/2014 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Attention Homeschoolers! The Hub will be opening early just for you so come and take advantage of all we have to offer. Read a book, play video games, complete a DIY kit, surf the web and lots more. Our Teen Staff is here and ready to help.

For teens grades 7-12.

Registration Details

No Library Card Required



Homeschool Book Discussion

12/02/2014 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Join us for a lively discussion of the book Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins, a tale of three unusual friends who belong to The Little Girl and what happens when they venture outside her room. Books available at the Kids’ World desk

Kids’ World Details

Minimum Age:

7 years

Maximum Age:

10 years

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Here’s a great opportunity to support the Holmes from our group, and other homeschool families in a theater endeavor. This theater group does great work.

Amanda Greco-Holmes writes

The kids have been busy rehearsing their next show with E.D.G.E Youth Theatre and wanted to invite you to come see them in C.S. Lewis’ beloved tale, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Sophia plays Lucy, the young girl who first discovers the entrance to Narnia through an old wardrobe. Daniel appears on stage as an animal inhabitant of that magical land.

The show will take place at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago.

Sunday, October 19th – 7pm
Monday, October 20th – Noon
Tuesday, October 21 – Noon and 7pm

Home School Swap Box

This is a new group, thought it might be fun for family geography study!

Homeschooling Families exchanging information in the form of brochures, maps, items of interest, crafts, recipes, souvenirs and more from their city and state with other families across the country and beyond!! Items are usually sent in the small Express Mail boxes that are free at the post office. ($5.80 postage) or via Media Mail. Media Mail is not accepted for International postage.

Great for learning Geography, History, Social Studies and more!!!

Homeschool Coffee

The Arlington Heights Library is hosting a Homeschool Coffee.  Drop by the library to share and network with other homeschooling families. Several of our new STEM kits will be available as well as selected materials from the Johnsburg Public Library District Homeschool Resource Center. Children welcome. This is a Drop In program, no registration required, nor do you need to be Arlington Heights Library Cardholders.