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Illness: How to Keep Going

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I have had one of those lingering colds where you just can’t seem to find the energy to do even the simplest of tasks. Teaching, doing lesson plans, cleaning the house and going grocery shopping seem like insurmountable tasks. I need a backup plan to get through this time. I am sure you have been there too. One piece of advice that I would like to give to you is to plan ahead in the event that you might not feel well sometime during the school year. So, while I am less foggy-headed, I thought I’d write some ideas that you can use if you find yourself under the weather.

Math

Here are some websites for math worksheets that will help your student stay on track and review concepts.

Homeschool Math

Math Drills

Soft School 

Looking for educational videos? Here are a few that I think your children will like.

Brain Pop It has some free videos and quizzes on a variety of topics for your daughter to take after she watches them. You can assign one or more depending upon your need. If you enjoy what is offered, you can sign up for a year’s subscription.

Social Studies

Liberty’s Kids are great for American history that I think your son will enjoy. They are well animated and would be great to use.

Ducksters has a variety of articles and games that are interesting that include topics of geography, science, and history.

Board and Card Games can also be educational as they teach children to do some of the following: Read and follow directions, strategize (checkers, chess, tic-tac-toe, Sorry, Monopoly), count money (Life, Monopoly), and add (Yahtzee, card games).

Educational Online Games

Sheppard Software would be a way of reviewing all sorts of topics.

 

Stay well!

~Lisa

 

 

 

 

Homeschool Rocks

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Each year our church fellowship has a week-long camping event with food, fun, campfires, and families. With almost half of our small group being children, activities throughout the week are something that we need to have for them to do. I saw a facebook group called Homeschool Rocks and thought decorating and hiding rocks with encouraging words or pictures would be a fabulous idea for our campout. Perhaps you might like to do it with your children too. I have included academic areas for you in parentheses so you can see how it applies to school. 🙂

You Will Need:

rocks

a bucket of warm, soapy water

paper towels

a pencil

outdoor acrylic paints

paint brushes

newspaper

waterproof markers

Elmer’s glue

Modge Podge or some type of outdoor sealant

paper

a plastic jar or another container

plastic grocery bags- one per person

Instructions: 

  1. Collect First of all, you and the children collect rocks that you want to paint. The best kinds are smooth, especially for younger children since they will paint more easily.  (PE is covered since you are getting exercise hunting for rocks.)
  2. Clean After you have determined which rocks you would like to paint, clean them in a bucket filled with warm, soapy water. Rinse them and place on some paper towels to dry. The paint will adhere much better to a clean surface, and your children will be getting their dirty hands clean at the same time. (Health- Getting all that dirt and grime off is part of a healthy routine.)
  3. Paint Now it’s time to bring some life to those rocks! Cover a table with newspapers, and if you have small children who might get paint in more places than the rock, cover them too (an old shirt and pants will do the trick). Depending on what design you want to create, you may want to sketch lightly on the rock before applying the paint.  If details are being added, then a waterproof marker would be helpful to use. Outdoor patio paints are preferred so the rock weathers well. Allow to dry for several hours. (art)

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  1. Seal  In order for your awesome rocks to be enjoyed for a long time, a sealant such as Modge Podge should be used. This will make the designs weather resistant and shiny. NOTE: If you have used permanent markers on the rocks, apply a thin layer of glue before applying the sealant to prevent smudging. Allow to dry according to the directions on the jar. 41O7V5Vq2FL
  2. Hide No, not you, the rocks! Since we will be camping, the children will go and hide their rocks so that fellow campers can find them. Each person that has hidden a rock can write a clue for others to find their treasure, thus creating a scavenger hunt.  (clues- writing;  directions- math, social studies)
  3. Find Put all of the clues in a plastic jar or other container and have each participant draw out a clue until they are all gone.Give each person a plastic grocery bag. Tell everyone to see if they can locate that rock based upon the clue. Help little ones who can’t read.
  4. Display Have a rock show so that everyone can enjoy the decorated creations.

I think everyone is going to enjoy doing this activity that it can be repeated as many times as you like. I would love to have you post your pictures if you do this.

~Lisa 

Educational Co-ops and Programs

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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. 🙂
CAFE Christian Co-op (a Community of Academics, Fine arts and Encouragement)
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, 2191 Struble Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Time: Wednesdays 9:00 am-4:30 pm. 14 weeks/semester (16 weeks for advanced academic classes) Late August- late April
Cost: Family fee TBD. Class supply fee.
Grades: Pre- K- High School
Contact: http://cafecoop.weebly.com/contact-us.html
Website: cafecoop.weebly.com
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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.”

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

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Clermont Homeschool Co-nnections
Location: Bross Center for Learning, 4435 Aichlotz Rd., Suite 100; Cincinnati, OH 45245
“Clermont Homeschool Co-nnections helps to support home education by providing a secular, inclusive, affordable, conveniently located, semi-cooperative learning experience.”
Time: Classes meet one day per week, sessions vary as they can be one day os several weeks in length.
Cost: Varies based upon number of classes student is taking.
Website:https://clermonthomeschooler.wixsite.com/co-op 
Contact:  ClermontHomeschoolers@gmail.com

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Days of Wonder
This is a program and not a co-op. Our classes consist of multiple ages that have the same teachers several years in a row. Thi sis an alternative to public education for those who cannot afford a private school
Location: 150 W. Main St., Batavia, OH 45103
Time: August- May 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: PS- $280/month full time; $220/half day; K-8 $260/month; HS- $290/month
Contact for Tour: 513-732-2111
Email: daysofwonderschool@gmail.com
Website: http://www.daysofwonderschool.org/
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Family Christian Homeschool Co-op 
Location: Fairfield Baptist Church, Fairfield, Ohio
Time: Fridays 9:00 am -12:30 pm
Cost: $60—Annual Registration Fee/Per Family
$70—Per Semester Fee/Teacher Families $140—Per Semester Fee/Non-Teacher Families. Drop-Off Student and Class-Related Fees are described here: https://www.homeschool-life.com/2303/custom/46399 
Grades: 1st- 12th grade
Email: fchcdirector@gmail.com
Web Site: https://www.homeschool-life.com/2303/index_public
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Great River Learning
Location: Faith Community Church in Mt. Washington, Ohio
Time: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm for three 11-week terms
Cost: $240.00/term for one day/wk; $550.00/term + curriculum membership for three days/wk
Grades: Ages 6-12
Email: lmc@greatriverlearning.org
Web Site: https://www.charlottemasonincommunity.com/great-river-learning-oh.html
One to three days of classes taught the Charlotte Mason way. This is a drop-off program for students ages 6-12.
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Help Homeschool
Location: Milford Christian Church, 844 State Route 131, Milford OH 45150.
Meeting Times: Wednesday, 8:15am-4:45pm
Grades: Pre-K – 12th Grades
HELP Homeschool offers enrichment and academic classes taught from a biblical perspective. We partner with the parent for the purpose of equipping you in your God-given task of educating your children. Parents are given the flexibility to select the classes best suited to your student need and family budget.  Classes are held once a week so families experience minimal disruption to everyday life.
Website: https://www.homeschool-life.com/oh/helphomeschool
Contact: Judy Young: youngfamily@zoomtown.com

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Kingdom Builders    

Location: Grace Bible Church, 12060 Route 42 (Lebanon Rd.), Sharonville, Ohio 45241

Meeting Times: Wednesdays September- April

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.

Website: kingdombuilderscoop.weebly.com  

Contact Information:https://kingdombuilderscoop.weebly.com/contact-us.html
Additional Information: Drop-off opportunities are available for students who are 12 and older by November 1 of the program year.

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The Learning Tree Co-op in Springdale, Ohio
Location: Vineyard Community Church in Springdale off Kemper Road
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
Email: director@learningtreeonline.org
Web Site: http://www.learningtreeonline.org/
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Leaves of Learning
Location: 7131 Plainfield Rd., Deer Park, Ohio 45236
Time: one to five days a week (parent choice) September – May 9:30am-4:30 depending upon class schedule
Grades: pre-school-grade 12
Cost: $100.00 + a materials fee per student to reserve a spot. Varies upon the number of classes taken. See website for more details.  https://www.leavesoflearning.org/tuition.asp
Email: info@leavesoflearning.org or 697-9021
Web Site: www.leavesoflearning.org
* Leaves does not have a Christian emphasis, but does have Christian parents involved.
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Middletown Christian School Homeschool Program
An enrichment program for ages 7-11
Location: Grace Baptist Church. 3011 N Union Road  Franklin, OH 45005 (Middletown Christian School)
Time: Mondays- twice a month 9 am to 12 pm
Description: This is a drop-off program offering classes in Spanish, Art/Music, Apologia Science, PE and more!
Additionally, Middletown Christian Schools offers students in grades 6-12 a partnership program with the school.
Contact: Rhonda Mick rmick@mcseagles.net
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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.
Location: Faith Church,5910 Price Rd., Milford, OH 45150
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from mid-August to mid-May.  All classes meet once a week with the exception of math, which meets both Monday and Wednesday each week.
Cost: Varies, depending upon the number of classes taken.
Website:  www.pathmilford.org
Email: pathmilford@gmail.com
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Providence Extension Program (PEP):
This is not a co-op, but rather a homeschool program 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 18- 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 two 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.
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Veritas Christian Homeschool Group
Location: Tri-County Baptist Church 8195 Beckett Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069
Time:  Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grades: nursery- 12th grade
Email: vchgdirector@gmail.com
Web Site:  https://veritashomeschool.weebly.com Registration begins in December. You may fill out a Waiting List Application if you have missed the deadline.
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West Branch Learning Tree -WBLT Cheviot
Location: Friendship Baptists Church, 8580 Cheviot Road, Cheviot, Ohio
Time: Mondays from 9:30am-2:30 pm
Cost: $90.00 per child (3 child maximum)
Grades: nursery – 12th grade
Email: info@wbltcoop.org
Website: http://www.homeschool-life.com/oh/wbltcoop
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Wisdom’s Way Co-op in Milford
Location: We meet at Faith Evangelical Free Church at 5910 Price Rd. Milford, Ohio
Time: Monday’s from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for 12 weeks
Cost: $40.00 per child ($120.00 maximum) per family
Grades: nursery – 12th grade
Director: Laura Hoevener
Email:  laurahoevener@hotmail.com
Web Site: www.wisdomsway.net

 

1 Key to Teaching Teenage Sons

imagesWhat is one of the keys to helping teenage boys learn? Movement! Boys, no matter what age, need to be active. Some, more than others. Their natural inclination is to be moving and doing. One time I had about all I could take from my early teenage son and his inability to focus. I thought I was failing as a homeschool teacher; having him sit in a chair was like asking a frog to stop jumping.

I called a friend who was the mother of six boys, ranging in ages from 19-8 and told her the difficulty I was having. She invited me to come and see how she taught her active teens. The day that I went to visit changed my way of thinking of teaching my sons. Five of her young men were there and the house was bustling with activity. Not the kind of atmosphere that I was used to when we were in school.

Her two younger sons were sitting at their large kitchen table working on math problems, while her three teenage sons were all working on school in very different ways than what I was accustomed to seeing. One of her teen sons walked around the house while he was reading his textbook, another was listening to music on his headphones and reading a textbook, yet another teenager who had special needs was watching a documentary on animals, pacing the floor in the other room with the television turned up loudly enough that all of us could hear it.  The two boys at the table worked for ten minutes and were dismissed for a short break to go outside and run around or shoot hoops.

My first thought was, “How could she, how could they, get anything accomplished?” Surprisingly, as I spoke to each of them later, each of the boys could tell me what they had learned that morning. Incidentally, the teenager who read while walking around also explained that he learned his multiplication tables while hanging upside down on the swing set.

Did I rush right home, let the boys listen to music, and walk around the house while reading their Algebra? No, because that was not comfortable for my teaching style, but I did have my extremely active 13 year old son run a determined set of laps around the house or shoot some basketball or play with a hacky sack when I saw him beginning to get jumpy, and it really helped! He was able to come back and focus for longer periods of time instead of me telling him to sit up, pay attention, badger him about doing his math problems, etc. No longer when I announced we were going to do math, did he fall out of his chair because I let him do his work on the living room floor (as long as he stayed focused and his handwriting was legible). As both boys grew older, they listened to music with headphones while working on things that didn’t require so much concentration (as long as they could tell me what thy had learned).

You know the level of concentration your son needs to accomplish a task, so don’t abandon everything you are doing. But, if you have a fidgety son who is having trouble staying focused, how about shorter lessons with breaks, a short physical activity,  or doing schoolwork somewhere besides at a desk, such as the floor or the couch?

~Lisa

Science of Sports

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“When am I ever going to use that?” might be a cry that you have heard issued forth from the mouth of your son. The National Science Foundation have produced short videos called the Science of Sports that are interesting and answer that question.  Sports car racing, football, speed skating and snowboarding are featured in these lessons that will engage students. Be sure to discuss these with your junior high or high schooler afterwards.

You could incorporate physical education into your studies too by either going ice skating, roller skating, or snowboarding.  However, I would not recommend taking up car racing. 🙂

I hope you enjoy Science of Sports 

~Lisa