Free Entrance Days National Parks

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With the flexibility of homeschooling we can take advantage of going on vacation in August when other families are preparing to go back to school. The National Parks are celebrating with Free Entrance Days in the National Parks! If you have a fourth grade student, there is a special offer for them to have a free annual pass. Find a park that is close to you and go and enjoy the wonderful outdoors!

Information taken from the National Parks website: The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in ’16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2016:

  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 127 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. However, national parks are always economical, with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.

** National Parks in Ohio are Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Wayne National Forest 

Cat in the Hat Learning Library

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Are you looking for a fun series that your beginning readers would enjoy? Check out Cat in the Hat, a collection of nonfiction books that are interesting and also help young readers since they are set to rhyme.

Elections, nocturnal animals, the Ice Age, inventors, nutrition, and space are just a few of the topics about which your child can read.  The Cat in the Hat website has printable worksheets, activities, and lesson plans too. You can use these are part of your science and social studies curriculum choices if you wish.

Do you have a student who is not fluent with their reading or one who is just beginning to read and would enjoy audio books? There is a section to go to purchase these resources. So, go! Explore and discover all the places you and your child will go. ( Sorry, I couldn’t help it; some words are taken from one of Dr. Seuss’ books.)

To begin your adventure CLICK HERE

Local Educational Co-ops

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Co-ops are such great ways to connect your children and you to other families who are homeschooling. Your children can take classes that you may not want to teach or just don’t have the equipment for, such as chemistry. They are also a terrific way of meeting other homeschool moms. Some of my closest friends are those who I met at a local homeschool co-op. Below is a list of co-ops here in greater Cincinnati. I hope you can find one that you will enjoy.:)
Beth Yada
Parent taught Christian cooperative with an emphasis on fellowship and encouragement to students and parents. Classes (including gym/health), art electives, skating, field trips, presentation nights and graduation ceremony.
Thursdays from Sept through early April
Location: Crosspointe Church of Christ (in Middletown)
Time: 12:30 – 3:00
Class groupings: PreK, K-1, 2-3, 3-5, 5-7, 7-9, 9-12
Contact: Carolyn James
Email: homeschool.bethyada@gmail.com
Web: www.facebook.com/homeschool.bethyada
CAFE Christian Co-op
Just like a cafe is a place to relax, fellowship and enjoy the company of friends, CAFE Christian Co-op is a place for homeschool families to find help, support and encouragement.
Location: Evangelical Community Church in Mt Healthy
Time: Wednesdays 9:00 am-4:30 pm. 14 weeks/semester (16 weeks for advanced academic classes)
Cost: Family fee TBD. Class supply fee. Teacher paid by each parent not through CAFE
Class groupings: 7th/8th grades, 9th/10th grades, and 11th/12th grades
Contact: Kerry Marsh
Email: Kerry Marsh at marshck1@yahoo.com
Website: cafecoop.weebly.com
Classical Conversations
“Across the United States, Classical Conversations Communities exist to complement your home-centered education and connect you with like-minded families. Each community is facilitated by a trained parent-director, and classes are led by trained parent-tutors who model the classical tools of learning. Tutors have the privilege of encouraging students toward becoming lifelong learners while also encouraging parents in the classical teaching of their children.” – www.ClassicalConversations.com

 Local groups meet in these areas:

Bethel
Colerain Township
Goshen
Hamilton
Lebanon
Liberty Township
Mariemont
Sharonville
South Lebanon
West Chester
Days of Wonder Our classes will consist of multiple ages that have the same teachers several years in a row.
Date Organized:
Location: Batavia
Meeting Times: Preschool and grade levels K – 8 meets 3 days per week: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Our full-time High School (grades 9-12) program meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
Cost: $190/mo – for first child from a family. $180/mo – for the 2nd child.$170/mo – for the 3rd child. $160/mo – for the 4th child. Plus supply fee $75 per year, per student.
Grades: Preschool-12
Director: Cynthia Day
Email: daysofwonderschool@gmail.com
Website: http://www.daysofwonderschool.org/
Family Christian Homeschool Co-op 
Date Organized: 2012
Location: Fairfield Baptist Church, Fairfield, Ohio
Meeting Times: Fridays 9:00 am -12:30 pm
Cost: $50—Annual Registration Fee/Per Family
$70—Per Semester Fee/Teacher Families $125—Per Semester Fee/Non-Teacher Families. Plus additional fees for some classes
Grades: nursery- 12th grade
Director: Julie Schmidt
Email: abcdeschmidt@gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.familychristianhomeschoolers.org
Help
Date Organized:  2004/2005
Location: Trenton Christian Church Middletown, Ohio
Meeting Times: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month  from 1:00 – 3:00
Cost: $15.00 for the year  (subject to change)
Grades: Pre-K – 12th Grades
Director: Cherilu DuVal
Email: Duvals@ameritech.net
Website: None
Our members come from Middletown, Trenton, Franklin, Carlisle, and Germantown.

 Kingdom Builders    

Address of Location:  12060 Route 42 (Lebanon Rd.), Sharonville, Ohio 45241

Meeting Dates:  Wednesdays from Labor Day to end of April with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas

General Description:  We are a Christ-centered community that provides a variety of educational and enrichment classes for home-educating families in a safe and loving environment.  We desire to strengthen Christian home-educating families by providing times of close interaction.  We co-labor with each other and God to achieve excellence by serving each other through our strengths.

Fees:  $120/family/semester; $100/family annual registration; additional fees for some classes; $70/semester teacher discount

Contact Information:  kingdombuilderscoop.weebly.com 

Registration Deadline:  variable (Contact through website to be considered for membership.)

Additional Information:  Drop-off opportunities are available for students who are 12 and older by November 1 of the program year.  

Classes Offered:  We offer art, guitar, science, drama, writing, literature, geography, choir, and a variety of other classes for elementary through high school. 

The Learning Tree Co-op in Springdale, Ohio
Date Organized: 1997
Location: Vineyard Community Church in Springdale off Kemper Road
Meeting Times: Monday’s 10:00 – 2:30 (2 semesters of 15-16 weeks each per year)
Cost: $70.00 per child per semester (3 child maximum per family) plus family membership fee of $50.00 per semester. Teachers and leaders get one child’s tuition free.
Grades: nursery-12th grade
Director:  Jen Moore
Email: director@learningtreeonline.org
Web Site: http://www.learningtreeonline.org/
Leaves of Learning
Date Organized: 1996
Location: 7131 Plainfield Rd., Deer Park, Ohio 45236
Meeting Times: one to five days a week (parent choice)
Grades: pre-school-12
Cost: $75.00 deposit to hold your spot plus monthly tuition fees
Director and contact: Diana Osborn
Email: info@leavesoflearning.org or 697-9021
Web Site: www.leavesoflearning.org
*You can drop off your child for classes, so it is not
fellowship-oriented for the mothers.  Leaves does not have a Christian emphasis, but does have Christian parents involved.
PATH-Parents in Academic Training of Homeschoolers
We are a Christ-centered group of volunteer home school parents, partnering together with Christian teachers to provide high quality courses for 7th – 12th grade home school students.  Our goal is to have all courses taught from a Biblical perspective at an academic level to prepare students for higher education.
We offer a full compliment of courses from 7th-12th grade, including: Physics, Anatomy, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Science, General Science, Composition/literature, American History, American Government, Western Civ I & II, World History, World Geography, Spanish I & II, Advanced math, Geometry, Alg II, Alg I, Alg 1/2, Saxon 87, drama and art.
www.pathmilford.org
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Email: pathpartners@gmail.com ( for course availability and more detailed information regarding pricing, days they meet.)
POINT – Middletown, Ohio 
POINT (Parents Offering Inspiration, Nurturing, and Training
Date Organized: 1999
Location:  Waynesville, Ohio
Meeting Times:  Fridays, 9:30 AM -12:15 PM
Cost:  $164 per student for 28 weeks, $35 annual fee per family, and $15 annual supplies fee
Grades: nursery – 12th grade
Director: Brad and Paula Sanders, Director
Email: director@point-homeschool.orgpointdirector@highstream.net
Website: POINT-homeschool.org
Providence Extension Program (PEP):
Specializing in Classical Education with a Biblical Worldview
PEP partners with homeschool parents to give 7th -12th grade students the knowledge of history, writing & speaking, and biblical philosophy vs. World philosophies they need to convince the world to follow them as they follow Christ.
· Experienced Tutors
· Two-day collegiate format
· CORE Concept for Humanities
PEP has a 12 year track record of preparing students for success in college and a life that is glorifying to God. Our strong academics have enabled many of our graduating students to receive college scholarships.
PEP has five Greater Cincinnati locations: Please contact one of the site administrators for more information.
Please see our website for a list of classes www.pep1.org
SEED Educational Initiative

A core historical curriculum that includes history, geography, art, literature, and science. Enrichment and life skill classes will develop communication, team building, and rapport building skills while helping our children develop lifelong friendships plus they are a lot of fun!
Date Organized: 2015
Location: Eastgate Baptist Church, located at 717 Barg Salt Run Road, Cincinnati, 45244
Meeting Times: Friday 10:00 A.M. – 6:15 P.M.
Cost: Family Membership Fee per semester
Grades: Nursery – 12 grade
Director: Rene Normand
Email: Rene@seedhomeschool.com
Website: www.seedhomeschool.com

Veritas Christian Homeschool Group
Date Organized: 2000
Location:Grace Baptist on Middletown, OH
Meeting Times:  Thursday 9:00 a.m. — 2:50 p.m.
Cost: $100 per family per trimester for a.m. classes; $115 per family per trimester for all day (30 weeks total)
Grades: nursery- 12th grade
Director: Leah Green
Email: vchgdirector@gmail.com
Web Site:  www.veritaschristiancoop.org
West Branch Learning Tree -WBLT Cheviot
Date Organized: 1999
Location: Friendship Baptist Church  Cheviot, Ohio
Meeting Times: Mondays from 9:30-2:00pm at
Costs: $80.00 per child (3 child maximum)
Grades: nursery – 12th grade
Director:  Amy Kearns
Email: kearnsamy@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.homeschool-life.com/oh/wbltcoop/
Wisdom’s Gate Cooperative Ross/Oxford/Hamilton
Date Organized: September 2000
Location: West Side Church of Christ on Stahlheber (Hamilton)
Meeting Times: Fridays 9:30am to 2:30pm
Grades: Nursery – 12th grade
Cost: K-12 $50, preschool $40, Toddlers $25, Infants Free (per 10 week semester)
Discounts for teachers and large families
Contact : Shannon McCandless 742-0110, Traci Statum-524-3767, or Shelley Glass- 738-3295
Email: tstatum@woh.rr.com
*You must be recommended to join by someone who attends Wisdom’s Gate.
Wisdom’s Way Co-op in Milford
Date Organized: 1999
Location: We meet at Faith Evangelical Free Church at 5910 Price Rd. Milford, Ohio
Meeting Times: Monday’s from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for 12 weeks
Cost: The cost is $40 per child (maximum of $120) per family
Grades: nursery – 12th grade
Director: Laura Hoevener
Email:  laurahoevener@hotmail.com
Web Site: www.wisdomsway.net

Enjoying the Days

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“An Oreo a day keeps anxiety away.” No, I don’t mean the cookie, but rather my cat, Oreo. As you can see by the picture he has a rather laid back approach to life. I wish I could have that attitude. I want that attitude towards the small things that I make a big deal out of, and for what purpose? I have to ask myself.

So, if I want to aspire to be like my cat (lol), how do I get there? I am pondering… Okay, I think I have some ideas. See if you agree.

  • Don’t worry. Easier said than done, but I think God is pretty clear on this matter.
  • Find joy in life. Oreo couldn’t be happier than when he is fed and has had some attention given to him.
  • Take one day at a time. I highly doubt if Oreo even thinks past the second that he is living until his tummy starts to rumble.
  • Trust in the Master. Oreo trusts my husband and will come whenever Dale calls him. I want to trust and obey when God calls me to do something.

Have a great day!

~Lisa