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Create positive connections

with other Northern Illinois families

who educate their children at home!

Welcome to Positive Connections ! We are an inclusive and member-driven group. Our primary purpose is to GIVE HOMESCHOOLING FAMILIES A WAY TO SHARE ACTIVITIES WITH OTHER HOMESCHOOLERS. Doing fun things together gives us all more opportunities to establish meaningful connections, support each other, and build community.

This group relies on the members to schedule real-life events and activities, and build our online community.All members of Positive Connections are encouraged to think of activities to share with other homeschoolers, and to use the group calendar to invite other members to attend. Meetups can be large or small, indoors, outdoors, active, quiet, artistic, athletic, academic, or whatever anyone thinks up ! We can attend public events together, meet in public or semi-private spaces, or schedule small events in our homes. All members are also encouraged to use our group’s discussion forum to establish online connections with other members.

IMPORTANT: All members are STRONGLY encouraged to organize a minimum of two (2) meet-ups. The types of meet-ups to organize are endless... be creative (spelling bee anyone?!) or be simple (let's play at the park). The choice is yours.

We welcome families with children of all school ages and abilities who strive for individualized, child-centered learning at home.We embrace diversity and respect differences. We welcome homeschoolers of all levels of experience. We welcome all homeschoolers regardless of homeschooling style/approach/method. We each use what works best for our family and children.

We welcome neurodiversity.We especially want to acknowledge the unique intellectual, emotional and social needs of homeschooling families of children with non-neurotypical styles of learning and relating, including gifted children, twice exceptional children, and those with learning and social challenges.

Homeschoolers living in all of northern Illinois are welcome. Positive Connections has members living in the following counties: Kane, DeKalb, Winnebago, McHenry, Cook, DuPage and Lake. Activities may take place in any of these areas. However, the majority of members are in areas convenient to St. Charles and Elgin. Large, group-wide holiday-oriented events or picnics will most likely be somewhere near St. Charles, as this is the most central area to the group. Centrally located meetups tend to draw the most interest, and meetups in areas that are further away tend to be smaller. There are smaller clusters of members in different areas (Rockford, DeKalb, Streamwood, Algonquin), and it is helpful when members who live near each other can contact each other and coordinate on planning some events.

Prospective Members: You are invited to join if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a parent of a child between the ages of 3 and 18. You have a genuine interest in homeschooling.
  • Your intent here is to have your child or children participate in real-life activities with homeschoolers.
  • You reside in the northern Illinois area for some part of each year.
  • You agree to behave in a manner that is respectful of other families' choices, both in person and online, in your contact with this group. (This includes educational choices, including public and private schools.)
  • You agree to the Terms of Membership statement at the bottom of this page.

To join, click, “Join Us”, and answer the questions. Your answers will be visible on your profile within the group, but can be edited at any time. You will receive a reply asking for an email response. We must receive an email response before your membership will be approved. For the safety of all members of this private group, we must verify that each applicant is a real person with a genuine interest in homeschooling. We don't like to turn away fellow homeschoolers, so please be sure to reply to our e-mail messages. Your email address will not be shared with the group - only the organizer and co-organizers will have it.


By joining Positive Connections Homeschoolers, you agree that your membership in and permission to participate in the activities organized by any member of Positive Connections Homeschoolers is at the sole discretion of the Organizer and Co-organizers. The Organizer and Co-organizers may suspend or terminate your membership, access to and use of the group's Meetup site and right to participate in group activities at any time, for any reason. Membership dues paid to the group are not exchanged with any guarantee of goods or services to be delivered by the group.

By joining Positive Connections Homeschoolers, you acknowledge that Positive Connections Homeschoolers is a SOCIAL group only. We are a group of private individuals inviting each other to participate in private social events, or attend public events together. Any and all information about homeschooling that is exchanged between members is not professional or expert advice. Members who choose to follow advice or act on information received through Positive Connections Homeschoolers' message forum, email list, Meetup site, or from any member of the group, either directly or indirectly, do so at their own risk. Each member is encouraged to do their own research before making any decisions related to home educating their child or children.

By joining Positive Connections Homeschoolers, and in choosing to participate in activities scheduled by any member of the group, you agree that there may be risks involved with participation, and that all risks may not be expected or anticipated based on the description of the group or the description of any specific event or activity. You voluntarily consent to fully accept and assume all risks associated with your and your child’s or children’s participation in any activity organized by any member of Positive Connections Homeschoolers. You agree that the group's Owner, Organizer, Co-organizers, Assistant Organizers and Event Organizers are not in any way responsible for accidents or incidents that may occur as a result of your and your child’s or children’s participation in the Positive Connections Homeschoolers group.

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Founded Mar 22, 2009


Courtney Fredrickson and 23 more…

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