Kalamazoo Homeschool Resource Guide

Homeschool Resource Guide

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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FEATURED PARTNER

Kalamazoo Music School

Kalamazoo Music School (KMS) and Jazz and Creative Institute (JCI) believe that music is created in community – and that is the principle we are built on. We offer quality guitar, ukulele, piano, voice, singing, bass, drum, trumpet, saxophone, and trombone lessons online or in-person in all styles, in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. We are a supportive, musical community that loves your creativity!

Kalamazoo Music School

310 N Rose St
Kalamazoo,  Michigan
49007

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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.

All-Inclusive

Early Elementary Kzoo Homeschoolers is a Meetup group open to all homeschoolers with early elementary-aged children. Activities include park days, poetry teatimes, art classes, field trips, and a focus on making friends.

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.

Secular

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 PartnershipHamilton School District Partnership, and Niles Virtual Partnership.

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Religious

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 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.

CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

Many local museums, nature centers and gyms offer classes exclusively for homeschoolers:

Secular

Art & Music

Kalamazoo Music SchoolJazz & Creative Institute | 310 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Kalamazoo Music School and the Jazz and Creative Institute offer homeschooling families daytime private lessons (virtually or in-person) in guitar, ukulele, piano, voice, drums, bass, strings, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone.

They also offer interactive, virtual group classes for ages 5 and up, and in-person, outdoor and socially-distanced “Fresh Air Sessions” for large and small jazz groups.  Group learning/playing experiences and curricula for homeschool organizations and families are also available.


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

Homeschoolers can contact the KIA to arrange a tour or special class for a homeschool group, adapted for grade levels attending.


Nature

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.


Science

Air Zoo | 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Homeschool kids 5-14 can take a science class at the Air Zoo once a month. Subjects vary every month, and classes are divided by age.


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

Branch Gymnastics | 6712 Financial Pkwy, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Kids Gym | 9027 Portage Industrial Dr, Portage, MI 49024

Both Branch Gymnastics and Kids Gym offer homeschool gymnastics classes during the day.


Kalamazoo Cougars Golf

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.


Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area | 13421 Mann St, Jones, MI 49061

Swiss Valley offers a Homeschool Ski Special for homeschool students and their families every winter.


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.


Religious

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.

Sports & Fitness

A non-profit organization ran under the Kalamazoo Homeschool Sports (KHSS), the Kalamazoo Cougars offers baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, and volleyball.

Other Groups

The Southwest Michigan Homeschool Speech and Debate Club meets weekly at the Ransom District Library in Plainwell.

HOMESCHOOLING DISCOUNTS & REWARDS

Discounts & Sales

If you’re looking to buy or sell used curriculum, consider the closed Facebook groups Kalamazoo Area Homeschool Curriculum Buy and Sell and Kalamazoo Area Homeschoolers Buy, Sell & Swap

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.

View a list of discounts available with a valid homeschool educator ID card (one option available here). TLC Co-op also offers a free ID.

Rewards Programs

Six Flags Read to Succeed encourages students in grades K through 6th grade to read for fun, Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags. 

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.

Full Directory of All Lessons + Learning Opportunities

Kalamazoo’s full directory of lessons and learning opportunities at your fingertips. Classes for kids of all ages – including general classes and special interest classes.

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