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Yay! It’s Spring and everything is busy! Birds, flowers, and especially children are expending their energy and enjoying the warmer temperatures. What is a homeschool mom to do in keeping studies going when it is so nice outside? What about taking your school outside? There are many wonderful ways you can incorporate school and the magnificent outdoors.

  • Find a tulip and study all of its parts. The tulip has large petals, pistil and stamen. If you can pick the flower and cut open the ovary your children can discover what is inside. Click on the labeling image and copy it to create your own worksheet.

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  • Look at the clouds! Grab an old blanket, take it outside and lie down so you can get a great view of the clouds. Spring has a wide variety of amazing cloud formations. If you happen to pick a day that has cumulous clouds (big, puffy), children love trying to find clouds that look like images of something. (ice cream, bunnies, etc.) You can also predict the weather because certain clouds (cumulous type) mean rain and others mean fair weather (cirrus).

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How about trying to identify the clouds? With the above picture, you can print out your own cloud identification viewfinder. All you need is the printout, a large popsicle stick, and some glue! CLICK HERE for the printout.

  • Collect worms!  Get a glass jar, add dirt and some worms and study how they react to different temperatures. You can put them in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes and then take them out to see what happens. Have your children predict what will happen and make a hypothesis. Notice that the worms are more sluggish and also where they have gone in the dirt. They will have migrated to further down in the soil. Why? Have your children try and explain why they have done this. If you are really interested in doing a more in depth study, here is a worm jar activity, worksheets, and more activities to do, just click on the image.

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  • Draw! Grab a clipboard, some paper, pencils, an eraser and head outdoors. For your little ones, drawing general pictures of what they see is terrific, but if you would like to do a nature study, have your older students draw with more detail. Start with a stationary object such as a dandelion (That’s one thing they are good for! lol), and have your student draw as much detail as possible. Bring a magnifying glass with you to see the anthers. If you have a flower identification book that would be perfect to take along. After your outdoor adventurer has finished, write the common name of the flower and its scientific name as well. Date it and keep it in a safe place so you can go out another day.

Enjoy your day!

~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. 🙂
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
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

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 – 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: 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 – 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.
Website:  www.pathmilford.org

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 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 16 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, Milford, Northern KY, and Springdale. 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
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

February Copywork

Presidents Day and Black History Month are both in February and I wanted to honor each  of these historical events by featuring quotes from famous people. I have enjoyed learning about George Washington and Martin Luther King over the years of studying history.

I just finished reading Booker T. Washington’s autobiography and all I can say is, what an incredible man! If you have never read Up from Slavery, I highly recommend it. Booker was known as the Black Moses and did so much for the Negro community in helping educate former slaves during the Reconstruction period. It was difficult to limit myself to a couple of quotes! CLICK ON LINK FOR COPYWORK february-copywork-dictation-passages

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Here are some books for your student to read about each of these men who helped shape our history.

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David Adler has written excellent biographies for elementary students to enjoy. Featuring his life from birth through his two presidencies, this can be a read aloud for first and second grade students.  Grades 3+

Click on book to purchase.

 

51vvb8vnyal-_sy386_bo1204203200_ Writing with a quill pen, rolling beeswax candles, and playing games that were popular during George Washington’s time are a few of the 21 activities that are in this interactive biography. Timelines, maps, and journal entries are included in this For Kids series that your student is sure to enjoy! Grades 4+      Click on book to purchase.

 

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In the book, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” that was spoken at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the hardships and triumphs he experienced along the way bring the speech to life. Grades 3+ Click on book to purchase.

 

 

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Using the six enduring principles that “Uncle M.L.” taught, King’s niece describes events that took place during the Civil Rights movement in which practiced them. Grades 5+ Click on book to purchase.

 

 

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“Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, Booker began a five-hundred-mile journey, mostly on foot, to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. When he arrived, he had just fifty cents in his pocket and a dream about to come true. The young slave who once waited outside of the schoolhouse would one day become a legendary educator of freedmen.

Award-winning artist Bryan Collier captures the hardship and the spirit of one of the most inspiring figures in American history, bringing to life Booker T. Washington’s journey to learn, to read, and to realize a dream.” – Booklist   Grades 2+ Click on book to purchase. 

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Chronicling Mr. Washington’s life,  this is a graphic novel biography for elementary students who would like to learn more about the amazing and selfless man who helped educate freed blacks after the Civil War. Grades 2+ Click on book to purchase.

 

 

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This Dover Edition of Up From Slavery is such an affordable price for  a wonderful book. Mr. Washington had such wisdom in educating blacks and reaching out to whites during the Reconstruction Period. I found myself wanting to underline much of the book because of the things he had to say about love, forgiveness, working hard, and the value of education. Why did I wait so long to read this autobiography? This is a keeper for your home library. 9th grade +  Click on book to purchase.

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

Dental Health Month

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February is Dental Health Month and this year’s theme (2017) is about the importance of drinking tap water. At first glance you may not see the connection between water and teeth, but sweet, sugary drinks promote tooth decay. Listed below are activities and some resources to help you teach.

How about starting out with the proper way to brush those pearly whites?

Video The is a 2 minute clip from Colgate about proper brushing.

Nothing quite helps with discussing the effects sugar has on teeth than an experiment!

SCIENCE Experiment

You will need: 1 jar, 1 can of dark soda, and 1 egg (not hard boiled)

Empty the contents of the soda into the jar. Add the egg and cover the jar. Have your daughter predict what is going to happen to the egg. Write down the prediction. Ask her how long she thinks it will take for something to happen to the egg. Record this as well.

Check the egg after one day. What has happened to the egg? Write down observations.(You will notice that the egg is slightly discolored. No change with the shell.)

Check the egg in one week and take the it out of the jar. Write and/or draw what has happened to the egg. (You will notice that it is getting darker, but the shell is not softening yet.)

Check in two weeks and take the it out of the jar. Write and/or draw what has happened to the egg. (Egg continues to darken, but the shell is not soft.)

Check in three weeks and take the it out of the jar. Write and /or draw what has happened to the egg. (Egg continues to darken, and the shell might be showing signs of softening.)

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Check in four weeks and take the it out of the jar. Write and/or draw what has happened to the egg. (Egg is very dark and some, if not all, of the enamel should be worn off. (Eww!)

 

How about a game or art activity to help with dental health?

Eat This! Not That! Game  Cut out pictures of food from magazines or grocery flyers, or images from the internet . Ask your son to find healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables and milk. Then look for unhealthy foods, such as candy and soda. Put all these pictures into a large pile. Take two small brown bags and draw a “happy tooth” on one bag and a “sad tooth” on the other. Together, sort out the pictures and place them in the correct bag. (source: http://www.colgate.com)

Art project: Older students can create a a collage of pictures showing good and bad choices.

Here are some worksheets. 🙂

American Dental Association has some worksheets for elementary students. Just scroll down the page to download them.

Oral Health Made Easy You could use some of these worksheets when you watch the brushing video.

Teeth Printables for preschool and early kindergarten at Mama’s Learning Corner look like fun for younger students. The packet includes a maze, dot-to-dot, writing pages, and the alphabet.

What happens when people see actual teeth that have been soaked in soda?

Video  This is an interesting and funny video about young adult soda drinkers. I am not sure they changed their minds, but hopefully they did!