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Co-ops and educational programs 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. ūüôā
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
‚ÄúAcross 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.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď www.ClassicalConversations.com

 Local groups meet in these areas: Bethel; Colerain Township; Goshen; Hamilton; Lebanon; Liberty Township; Mariemont; Sharonville; South Lebanon; West Chester

Clermont Homeschoolers Co-op

Date Organized: 2017

Location: Bross Center for Learning, 4435 Aichlotz Rd., Suite 100; Cincinnati, OH 45245

Description: The Clermont Homeschoolers CO-OP helps to support home education by providing a secular, inclusive, affordable, conveniently located cooperative learning experience. This is a year-round program with flexible, short sessions rather than long school style semesters. Sessions are generally 4 to 8 weeks. Occasionally we will offer offsite activities that may include local parks, or community volunteering and more. In addition, we host occasional parent workshops, holiday or seasonal parties, and Mom Nights!

Website: https://clermonthomeschooler.wixsite.com/co-op

Days of Wonder Our classes will consist of multiple ages that have the same teachers several years in a row.
Location: Batavia
Meeting Times: Preschool and grade levels K ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď for first child from a family. $180/mo ‚Äď for the 2nd child.$170/mo ‚Äď for the 3rd child. $160/mo ‚Äď 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‚ÄĒAnnual Registration Fee/Per Family
$70‚ÄĒPer Semester Fee/Teacher Families¬†$125‚ÄĒPer Semester Fee/Non-Teacher Families. Plus additional fees for some classes
Grades: nursery- 12th grade
Director: Kristen Luckey
Email: fchcdirector@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 ‚Äď 3:00
Cost: $15.00 for the year  (subject to change)
Grades: Pre-K ‚Äď 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: Application Fee: $70, annual, non-refundable (for all membership levels)
Family Membership Fees:
Standard Family Fee: $110 per semester
Teacher or Director Family Fee: $40 per semester Board Family Fee: $40 per semester
Drop-off Family Fees (all fees are per semester)
$65 per Co-op Class taught by Co-op Volunteer (plus supply fees if applicable) $25 per Paid Class taught by a Professional Teacher (plus paid class fees)
$10 per Study Hall
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‚Äôs 10:00 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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.
Website:  www.pathmilford.org

Email: pathpartners@gmail.com ( for course availability and more detailed information regarding pricing, days they meet.)
POINT ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 and 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
    National Honor Society, National Latin Exam, National Spanish Exam
    Student activities (prom, ski club, yearbook, etc.)
PEP has a 17 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 four Greater Cincinnati locations: Mason and Milford. Please contact one of the site administrators for more information.
Please see our website for a list of classes www.pep1.org Registration begins in early April.
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. ‚Äď 6:15 P.M.
Cost: Family Membership Fee per semester
Grades: Nursery ‚Äď 12 grade
Director: Rene Normand
Email: Rene@seedhomeschool.com
Website: www.seedhomeschool.com

SPARK! Secular Homeschool Co-op

Location: Fort Wright, KY

Meeting Dates: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm.

Description: The structure of our co-op allows for both students and parents to take an active role learning and building our community. The parents and students together introduce and create the schedule for Offerings (Classes). We also offer a variety of daily activities students can choose from to help facilitate their learning when not participating in scheduled Offerings. Offerings and activities are non-compulsory and students have the option to participate as interested, collaborate with others, or follow their individual pursuits. Our co-op parents work with students to set their intentions each day and help assess the progress they have made toward their goals.

Cost: Costs of space, resources, and other expenses are covered by a very modest tuition based on the number of days per week a student attends.

To learn more details: https://sparkcoop.wordpress.com

Contact: https://sparkcoop.wordpress.com/contact-us

Veritas Christian Homeschool Group
Date Organized: 2000
Location:Grace Baptist on Middletown, OH
Meeting Times:¬† Thursday 9:00 a.m. ‚ÄĒ 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: Mandy Lail
Email: vchgdirector@gmail.com
Web Site:  www.veritaschristiancoop.org Registration begins in December. You may fill out a Waiting List Application if you have missed the deadline.
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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 12th grade
Cost: K-12 $50, preschool $40, Toddlers $25, Infants Free (per 10 week semester)
Discounts for teachers and large families
Email: tstatum@woh.rr.com
*You must be recommended to join¬†by someone who attends Wisdom‚Äôs 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‚Äôs from 1:00 ‚Äď 3:00 PM for 12 weeks
Cost: The cost is $40 per child (maximum of $120) per family
Grades: nursery ‚Äď 12th grade
Director: Laura Hoevener
Email:  laurahoevener@hotmail.com
Web Site: www.wisdomsway.net

Seed Educational Initiative

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If you live on the East side of Cincinnati here is a homeschool co-op informational meeting you can attend to learn more details.

You may have heard about SEED.  You may have read about SEED.  Now is the time to come and see what SEED is up to on the East side of town!

SEED Educational Initiative, Inc.

Open House 2016 – 2017 School Year

Come meet the SEED families and hear about the exciting classes planned for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Bring the whole family! Q & A Session and a facility tour will be conducted at 5:00 P.M.

When:                  Saturday, February 27, 2016

¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 4:30 P.M. ‚Äď 5:30 P.M.¬†

Where:                Eastgate Baptist Church (Main Floor of the School Building)

                              717 Barg Salt Run Road

                              Cincinnati, OH 45244

Cafe Co-op

classroom-pupil-image-1-150x150Here is information for a co-op in the Mt. Healthy/Springfield Township area. They would love to have high school students be a part, so if you have an older student consider joining them this fall. They have a great schedule lined up for the fall and registration is going on right now.

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. CAFE stands for a Community of Academics, Fine arts and Encouragement.
We are a medium-sized group of families meeting in the Mt. Healthy area. The co-op has both paid tutors and mom-taught classes, ranging from biology to ballet, art to American history, flute ensemble to First Lego League teams. Our Fine Arts Recital at the end of the year showcases the more performance-oriented classes and we finish the evening with a reception and art gallery.¬†Classes are “a la carte”– some families stay all day and some just come for a class or two. Teachers set their own prices, and are paid directly, although there is a family fee to offset administrative costs. We do ask that families join with us and help in some capacity–teaching, being a classroom helper, taking charge of a cleaning job.
 
This year we have expanded to include full high school level classes, as well as additional junior high classes. We are excited to be able to offer a program to help families find the upper level classes that they need, and we are thrilled with the level of knowledge, passion and experience that God has provided in our upper level tutors. We look forward to watching our upper form students grow and blossom! 
 
Please check out our website for the specific list of classes, policies and schedule (http://www.cafecoop.weebly.com/) and feel free to contact me with any additional questions. Several of our elementary classes are nearing capacity, but we do not have a waiting list. 
Join us at the CAFE!

The Early Bird Catches a Co-op

bird_wormI was reviewing some information I had posted in July about homeschool co-ops and thought I’d send a note about when to inquire about them. NOW is the best time to do that as many co-ops are registering families before the school year ends. I have listed some reasons for and against participating in a co-op since it is important to consider what you are committing your family to participate in for the year.

3 Reasons to Join a Co-op:

  • Co-ops can enrich your academic program. Many co-ops have science labs, art, music, and physical education programs available to students. You may not have the equipment at your home or it can be difficult to do these activities by yourselves.
  • Co-ops provide social interaction opportunities for your child(ren) and you. It is not only important for your child to meet other children, but it is just as important for you to meet with other fellow homeschoolers. You just might meet your best friend at a co-op. ūüôā
  • Co-ops support and encourage you. There were quite a few times that I needed some suggestions or a person to discuss matters with in regards to homeschooling. It’s nice to have other women who are on the same journey as you.

3 Reasons to Not Join a Co-op:

  • It is time consuming. You will be away from home for at least half of your school day. Look at your ¬†school calendar and see how you will complete your academic subjects if you join a co-op. You will need to make accommodations to accomplish this, whether it is for your children to do schoolwork before you leave for co-op, or do it when you return home, or do it over the weekend. My boys were early risers so we did a math lesson beforehand.
  • It is a commitment. Once you make the decision to be involved in a co-op you are agreeing to be there for the entire duration of that session. Some co-ops have semester-long classes and some have year-long classes, so be sure and see what that entails before signing up for classes.
  • You will be required to help. A co-op is different than a drop-off program in that you will need to volunteer to help in some way. You may need to teach a class or be a classroom aide, so be sure to check and see what is expected of you.

If you are interested in finding out about co-ops here in the greater Cincinnati area, click HERE for a list of local co-ops. I hope you find a group that works for your family.

If, by chance, you don’t get into a co-op you could organize a small group of your own, but that’s a topic for another day…

~Lisa

 

Educational Cooperatives: Do I Join?

As a home school mom I found that I needed a community of people with whom I could share this amazing adventure called home schooling. I found that being a part of a  co-op was a lifeline for me and my children; it not only helped with academics, but the support I received from the women there was a blessing. Our family has developed lifelong friendships as a result of our  involvement.

My reasons for joining were:

  • having my children take classes from those who had an interest,excitement, and expertise in offered classes
  • preferring not to teach certain classes
  • that some classes are better in a group setting
  • opportunities for my children to be exposed to different teachers and teaching styles
  • having my children be accountable to teachers for assignments and deadlines (especially during jr/sr high years)
  • interaction with other home school children (Dare I say- socializing?!)
  • friendships for my children and me

I must say that while every class was not exactly what we wanted, many exceeded my expectations. I truly believe that the classes were more than they would have experienced had they stayed at home (art in particular!). This also provided me with an outlet for me to teach more than just my two children- once a teacher, always a teacher! ūüôā

Should you join a co-op? I canna’ say, (Scottish for cannot) but here are some things to consider:

  • What are my reasons for wanting to join a co-op?
  • Does it fit our schedule?
  • How much¬†preparation¬†will it involve? (teaching class, getting ready, making lunches,etc.)
  • What are the costs? (classes, gas, lunches, extra fees for supplies, etc.)
  • How many weeks does the co-op meet?
  • Will I be able to honor the time commitment that I will make to this co-op?

I can tell you from our experience that my children and I enjoyed being a part of a large home school community. I enjoyed meeting weekly and hanging out with home school moms in our Chew N’ Chat room.

If you are unsure of whether you should join, call the contact person and speak with them; they can help you with questions you may have about joining. Also, stop by for a visit. This will give you an idea of how things are run and whether it will be a good fit for you and your family.

A word of caution- don’t over commit. The idea of a co-op is in its name; you will be required to help in some manner. Many co-ops have a half-day option. Guard your time and plan out your schedule if you decide to join. Your own school takes¬†precedence over any other activities.