FREE Online Resources

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Since all public school students in Ohio are home for the next three weeks (or longer) I have seen some fantastic online opportunities for students. I hope you find some resources here for your family.

Scholastic Learn at Home– This website has cross-curricular units with reading and can include science, math, writing or fine arts. Grades Pre-K – 6th grade and higher

Storytime Online– This website has videos, websites, and podcasts that help promote early literacy.

Amazing Educational Resources– This has a very long listing of various companies and services that are being offered. Note: All of the resources are not free, but the listing lets you know if it is or not.

Mr. Otter Art Studio– You can go here for free art classes for your student. Even though I have zero ability (or confidence!), I think I could do this!

Museum Tours Would you like to go to an art gallery in England or France? No problem! Check out these collections and virtual tours.

$5 Dinners Erin and her sons have live daily cooking lessons or you can watch them later. Taco Soup is on the menu for today.

The Cincinnati Zoo is having a Home Safari Facebook Live every weekday at 3:00pm where they will feature an animal and have a home activity to do as well.

The San Diego Zoo has a Galapagos Tortoise video. The youngest animal is 85 years old!

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! If your daughter or son likes Elephant and Piggie or the Pigeon books, Mo Willems draws and talks about his books. This is so inspiring for your budding writers. Mr. Willems is such a great host!

Just a quick reminder that there is one more week for you to enter my Giveaway for one of two free portfolio reviews. See last week’s post for more details. 

Have a great week!  ~Lisa~

2020 Portfolio Review Giveaway


2020 Portfolio Review Giveaway
It’s spring and that means it is time for my Annual Portfolio Review/ Homeschool Assessment  Giveaway. If you would like to win one of two free reviews please enter the contest. (a $40.00 value) There are several ways to win!  The Giveaway winners will be announced on Monday, March 23, 2020. 

You can send portfolios electronically and choose to meet with me by zoom, Facebook, or by phone.

Click this link to enter:  2020 Portfolio Review Giveaway

Have a great week! ~Lisa ~ 

2020 Homeschool Co-ops & Programs

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 (such as a cooking class) 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 and your family will enjoy. 🙂
Bright Ideas Co-op
This is a faith-based homeschool network that offers educational and enrichment opportunities.
Location: Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, OH.
Time: Fridays 9:00am-12:00pm
Grades: K- 8 with nursery and preschool classes for siblings.
Phone: (513) 549-0680
Facebook Page:
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
Charis Classical Academy 
Charis Classical Academy is a partnership program that offers a distinctive Pre K-8th grade classical education. CCA combines the individualized beauty of homeschooling with the order and discipline of a traditional classroom.
Location: West Chester Baptist Church, 6856 Dimmick Road, West Chester, OH 45069
Time: Core Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 8:15- 3:30, Electives Day: Monday 12:00-3:30
Cost: Prices vary
Grades: Pre K-8th grade
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

Divine Mercy Homeschool Co-op 
Location: St. Margaret of Cortona, 6000 Murray Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227
Time: Mondays  all grades 8:00am-3:30pm and Wednesdays- high school 8:00am-2:30pm
Grades: Pre-K-12
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
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: 
Grades: 1st- 12th grade
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
One to three days of classes taught the Charlotte Mason way. This is a drop-off program for students ages 6-12.
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.
Contact: Judy Young:

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.


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

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 annual family membership and registration fee of $150.00. Teachers and leaders get one child’s tuition free.
Grades: nursery-12th grade
Web Site:
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.
Email: or 697-9021
Web Site:
* Leaves does not have a Christian emphasis, but does have Christian parents involved.
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
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.
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 Registration begins in early April.
Veritas Christian Homeschool Group
Location: Tri-County Baptist Church 8195 Beckett Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069
Time:  Tuesday 8:45am -2:35pm Late August- early May
Cost: $115.00 per family, per trimester (A.M. classes) All day- $130.00 per trimester, per family. There may be additional lab fees.
Grades: nursery- 12th grade
West Branch Learning Tree -WBLT Cheviot
Location: Friendship Baptist Church, 8580 Cheviot Road, Cheviot, Ohio
Time: Mondays from 9:00am-2:30pm
Cost: $90.00 per child to become a member, some classes require additional fees
Grades: nursery – 12th grade
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

Village Roots Homeschool Co-op
We are made up of a variety of families with various learning and teaching styles, but see our co-op as a relaxed homeschool, and sometimes unschool environment. We are a judgement-free zone, and understand that we are all doing the best that we can with the tools that we have. We come together to build each other up, provide support and encourage our children and each other as teachers.
Location: Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church, Mt. Healthy, Ohio 45231
Time: Tuesdays from 10:00am- 3:00pm and some Thursdays, September- May
Grades: 12 years and under

Multisensory Learning

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Did you know that we all remember and learn better if we have information presented when it involves our senses?  I think about when I am learning something new (like gardening) I like to read a description of the plant and growing conditions, and see pictures of it. If there is a video about the care of it then I like to watch it which involves both seeing and hearing. The final step in the learning process is to purchase the plant and care for it. (hands-on) Sometimes that’s more multisensory than I want!

Do you have a child who just can’t seem to get a concept? You have gone over the example in the text several times. So, instead of just reading the directions and explanations one- more- time, try doing something else, get the senses invloved. For instance, instead of textbooks and worksheets see if you can…

  • watch /take notes on an educational video on the subject
  • discuss the video that was viewed
  •  read library books on the topic
  • go on a field trip if appropriate
  • talk to someone who understands the topic and might be able to give a different perspective
  •  go on to another topic and come back to it a while later
  •  have your child draw pictures of what they understand this far
  • create a comic book about the topic
  • listen to an audible version if possible
  • give your child an opportunity to vent (Write a nasty letter to fractions, geography, etc. Just remind them that what is written on the paper only applies to inanimate objects. 🙂 )
  • Act out the topic if possible. Years ago I had a student that did not understand Shakespeare so the whole family did a reader’s theater and even acted out particularly difficult scenes he was struggling to understand.
  • Create a  video, PowerPoint, or a tri-fold board If you are reading about the Battle at Vicksburg, find maps of the battle; go on Google to see the battlefield; draw the area and the battle plan, etc.
  • Use Post-It Notes and break down the topic into smaller pieces. Addition- Point 1- Each number of objects is represented by a number. (2 candy bars or small candies) and (2 people). Point 2- You can add these together to see how many you have in total. Ask your child what they think the number will be. Point 3: Count them (2 candy bars or small candies ) and (2 people) and determine if the answer given was correct. Point 4: Eat the candy bar or small candies if the answer was correct. If not, cut the candy bar in smaller pieces or use more small candies for extra examples.

I know there are other ideas, but I hope this will give you some other options for teaching. If you care to share I’d love for you to comment.


Have a great week! ~ Lisa ~ 



Testing Options for Homeschooling


Last week I discussed the option of the Written Narrative option.  This week I wanted to give you some resources if you would like to do testing.

Here are things to consider:

  • Which test do you want your child to take? The ITBS? CAT? Standford? Think long term and stay with the same test so that you can compare how your son/daughter measures up from the previous year.
  • How well does your child test? If you have a student that is anxious and you do not think it would be a good indication of what they know, consider doing a portfolio review/ assessment instead.
  • Does your child read well? Much of the test is read independently, even in the younger grades.
  • Has your child taken a standardized test before? If not, practice filling in bubbles beforehand. This can confuse some students if they haven’t done this before.
  • Qualifications– Some standardized tests have administrator requirements. Others do not so be sure to check on that detail.
  • Time– Consider the amount of time it will take for the test. You do not do the test all in one sitting and it will take several days. Also, order tests early as some companies (BJU Press) only allow you to order until a certain date.
  • Cost– If you are ordering a test that will need to be mailed, how much will it cost in order to do this? Doing an online test can be less expensive and the results will be given to you much quicker. Prices vary from $25.00- $45.00

Here are websites to order standardized tests.

Have a great week!  ~Lisa~