Getting Out of the House is Easy for Homeschool Kids
Homeschooling is on the rise, and the greater Kalamazoo area redefines what it means to homeschool.
Whether you are a homeschooling veteran or just starting out, Kalamazoo has an astounding array of support groups, classes, and extracurricular options certain to fit your style of homeschooling and family dynamic.
Don’t forget that your kids can also take advantage of classes and groups anywhere such as Girl Scouts or classes at The Suzuki School, so this list is by no means exhaustive.
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Classes + Activities: Secular Homeschoolers
Art & Music
Kalamazoo Music School and the Jazz and Creative Institute offer homeschooling families daytime private music lessons (virtually or in-person) in guitar, ukulele, piano, voice, drums, bass, violin and viola.
They also are home to SW Michigan’s premier youth jazz orchestra and vocal jazz ensemble with auditions every October.
Design Street | 115 W Bridge St, Plainwell, MI 49080
Design Street offers art classes for homeschoolers ages 5-18 using multiple art techniques and media.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts | 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Soul Sparklettes Art & The Glitter Bomb | online (locally owned)
Local mom Julie Soul’s passion for art is evident in over 300 projects and lessons from her company. Perfect for homeschoolers, teachers or parents who just want to share art with their kiddos.
Kalamazoo Nature Center | 7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Once a month, the KNC holds a homeschool science class for ages 4-12, beginning in the fall. Classes focus on exploring native Michigan habitats, studying and recognizing seasonal changes in plants and animals, and becoming a scientist.
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute | 701 W Cloverdale Rd, Hastings, MI 49058
This nature center offers homeschool group field trips, classes, and lesson plans for elementary-aged kids.
Sarett Nature Center | 2300 Benton Center Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Homeschoolers, six and up, can take a natural science class at Sarett Nature Center.
Homeschool Discovery Days at the Air Zoo
6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Homeschool Discovery Days are the perfect addition to any homeschool curriculum.
The Air Zoo’s homeschool programs meet both Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Michigan Science Standards with dynamic, hands-on lesson plans and interactive demonstrations and tours.
Schedule: First Tuesday of select months
Times: Check-in: 12:30 PM; Class 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Fees: Fees: $13/participating child; $10/participating member child.
Adults (one adult required to attend) $8 and non-participating children $8/each (5-18) which includes daily admission.
Members and children 4 and under are free.
Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center | 600 W Vine St Suite 400, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Homeschooled students can apply to the KAMSC in eighth grade. Once accepted, students spend a half-day in intensive mathematics, science and/or computer courses.
Sports & Fitness
Both Branch Gymnastics and Kids Gym offer homeschool gymnastics classes during the day.
Swing away with the Kalamazoo Cougars middle school golf team that operates secularly through the Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation program.
Kingdom Sports | 8151 Merchant Place, Portage, MI 49002
Soccer classes for homeschoolers are offered at Kingdom Sports for kids 8 and older.
Homeschool run club for kids ages 8-12. The 2022 Fall session will take place at Haven Church on Sprinkle Road.
Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area | 13421 Mann St, Jones, MI 49061
YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo – Portage | 2900 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024
The YMCA offers homeschool classes at the Portage location for gym, yoga, and swimming. They can also schedule additional homeschool classes for groups upon request.
Classes + Activities: Religious Homeschool Programs
Art & Music
The Homeschooling Performing Arts (HPA) is a Christian organization in which students and parents work together to produce music, drama, and musical theatre productions.
An independent Christian choir, the Kalamazoo Homeschool Choir is for homeschooled kids 7-12 in the Kalamazoo area.
West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts (WMHFA) is a Christian non-profit organization that offers music classes, band, ensembles, and orchestra.
Reformed Heritage Christian School (RHCS) offers classes for homeschoolers in high school, including their popular art classes.
Sports & Fitness
A non-profit organization ran under the Kalamazoo Homeschool Sports (KHSS), the Kalamazoo Cougars offers baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, and volleyball.
The Southwest Michigan Homeschool Speech and Debate Club meets weekly at the Ransom District Library in Plainwell.
Support Groups for Homeschoolers
Starting to homeschool can be intimidating; connecting with other homeschooling families will allow you to share resources and form friendships.
There are many ways to find your tribe and friends for your kids: Meetup groups, co-ops, school partnerships, and online groups can all help you develop your homeschool support network.
If you are looking for a group for parents already unschooling their families, or if you want more information about the unschooled lifestyle, visit Kalamazoo Unschoolers.
Out and About Homeschoolers is a spot for homeschool families to check in and see where other homeschoolers are hanging out around Kalamazoo.
Battle Creek Young Homeschoolers members share resources, celebrate successes, and get together for playdates, field trips, and fun events.
Find secular homeschoolers in the Kalamazoo area through the closed Facebook group Kalamazoo Secular Homeschoolers. They regularly host group activities and field trips.
For school partnerships, students enroll as part-time students with the school systems and can take elective classes, online and dual enrollment courses, and participate in established community partnerships. SW Michigan Partnerships include Gull Lake Partnership, Hamilton School District Partnership, and Niles Virtual Partnership.
Battle Creek HEART is a Christian homeschool group for homeschooling families in the greater Battle Creek area. They offer family field trips, park days, play dates, and mom support.
A Catholic homeschool support group, JMJ provides mutual support, prayer, and offers educational and spiritual opportunities. They include field trips, book clubs, and park days.
Classical Conversations is an organization that supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. There is a weekly meeting and a scheduled curriculum to follow.
With over 45 classes in a group setting and tutors for all aspects of spiritual and academic growth, Kalamazoo Area Tutoring is a Christian co-op.
R.E.A.C.H. Kzoo is a Christian homeschooling co-op. They meet Wednesdays at the Lighthouse Community Church in Kalamazoo.
Servants of the Immaculata Catholic Co-op provides enrichment opportunities for preschoolers through middle school and core classes for middle and high school.
Homeschooling Discounts + Rewards
Discounts & Sales
Two used curriculum sales happen every spring, the TLC Annual Used Curriculum & More Sale and the KAHSA Used Curriculum Sale. Both have used curriculum, books, games, manipulatives, kits, and other resources.
Use your homeschooling educator discount card at Barnes & Noble on select days to receive up to 25% off books and other merchandise on Homeschool Educator Appreciation Days.
Participate in the annual INCH Conference held every May in Lansing. With keynote messages, vendors, and over 100 workshop choices, with a focus on Christian homeschooling.
Pizza Hut Book It Program is a reading program for K through 6th Grade, including homeschoolers. Set the reading goal for a chance to earn a FREE personal-size pizza.
Local libraries often have summer reading challenges for kids with fun prizes. Check with your local branch for details.