Educational Co-ops and 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 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
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
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

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!



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
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
Web Site:
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
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: 

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
Web Site:
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: or 697-9021
Web Site:
*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.

Email: ( 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
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
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

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
Web Site:
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
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
*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
Web Site:

How to Choose Curriculum

One school year ends and another one begins. It seems as though the time is too short and there is always something else to do besides check out all the curriculum options for the upcoming year. It can seem overwhelming at times and I wanted to write this to help make the process easier. I have a few questions that can help with making decisions in helping to sort through all the great resources that are available. If you would like to investigate any of the curriculum further there are links to each of them throughout the post. Just click on the underlined curriculum to see in greater detail.

  • Does this curriculum fit the learning approach of my student?  Here are some questions to help determine curriculum choices.
  • Overall, does your child like to do worksheets/ workbooks or likes to write? ABeka, Bob Jones, and Rod and Staff  are all good choices.



  • Does your daughter or son like stories that are read-aloud to them? (Sonlight, history- both Story of the World, and Mystery of History are good choices.)imgres-1.jpg
  • Does you student enjoy memorizing? (Classical Conversations) While your child would benefit greatly from attending  a Classical Conversations campus, if you are not able to do so, you can still purchase their curriculum.


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I know this is a lot of information, so feel free to write a comment or contact me; I’d love to help you.

~ Lisa


Free Informal Assessments



Sometimes a homeschool teacher just wants to know how the pupil is doing with reading comprehension or mathematics skills. While I am a huge proponent of portfolio reviews/ written narratives, I do understand. 🙂 The following are resources for you from Homeschool Giveaways to have an idea of where your daughter/son is in relation to skills. These are not nationally norm referenced tests and cannot be used as a means of assessment to fulfill the homeschooling requirement of Ohio.

State Testing


EdInformatics provides a list of states with assessments and benchmark tests available online (keep in mind that different states have different standards)


Internet4Classrooms has a simple way to find an assessment to meet your needs. When you arrive on the page linked here, you will be asked for information but most is optional. You simply click on the grade level or subject you are interested in testing. There is a wide variety of tests available here for printing as well.

Academic Benchmarks

Academic Benchmarks will give you the state guidelines for different grade levels.

Secondary and College Testing

Test Prep and Test Practice

If you want to give your child a preview of the SAT visit Test Prep Preview or Test Prep Practice. Both websites offer free testing samples which include the GRE, Vocational Exams, Law School LSAT, and many more.

Curriculum Placement Tests

Taking Curriculum Placement Tests is another way to find any gaps in your homeschool academics (these are what I typically use). Several curriculum companies offer free diagnostic and testing tools for your use. Even if you have to register to take the test, you are not obligated to buy the curriculum at all.


Sonlight provides Horizons Math readiness tests.  You will also find tests for Teaching Textbooks, Singapore Math, and Saxon. Once you have your student take the test, look at the results to see where gaps.

Alpha Omega Homeschool

Alpha Omega Homeschool  provides tests for grades 3 and up.  You will have to register but you are under no obligation to purchase anything.

Math Mammoth

Math Mammoth tests are intended to assess end of year mastery.   The tests group the questions by topic, so it is easy to find any gaps in understanding. Let us know in the comments if there are any other assessment testing resources that you like!


10 Big Math Ideas


Math is more than memorizing  facts. Children need to interact with the concepts and ideas that are behind the facts. Here are  10″Big Ideas” to help your daughter or son learn, understand, and enjoy math.

  1. Introduce the concept through experimenting and physical activity. For instance, if you are going to talk about adding, why not start by playing a quick game of counting how many shots can make into the waste basket in 5 minutes with your son. Add up the baskets  and for the sake of an examples you made 6 baskets and he made 11. Altogether there were 17 baskets made. (How many more are needed to get to 20? and the math continues!)
  2. Create math problems that are personal. Let’s say that your daughter wants to buy a Lego set that costs $16.00. Have her figure out how much will she need to earn if she has saved $3.75?
  3. Act out math scenarios. How about setting up a grocery store that has things that can be “purchased”? Use old cereal boxes, empty yogurt cups, etc., mark the prices that you determine and have your child  go shopping. Addition and subtraction can be used for this activity. You can have your shopper go through and pick out what he wants and add up the total. Another time you can give your daughter a set amount and she must stay within that amount to purchase the groceries. If you don’t have time or the inclination to create a store, then use the grocery ads and go shopping that way!
  4. Use as many manipulatives or physical examples when possible. Counters are a much needed aid when students are first beginning to learn the idea that a number stands for a unit.They are also helpful in teaching about sets, addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division. Help your student “see” concepts through illustrations and online videos if reinforcement is still needed.
  5. Talk about math! Have your child explain the answer that they calculated. For instance, 2+2=4. How does she know that? Can she show you how she determined that to be the answer? Sometimes the way a student arrives at an answer in a surprising manner.
  6. Think of different ways to arrive at the number you have chosen. For instance the number is 12. You can have your son think of three different ways to add numbers to have the sum of 12. (9+3, 6+6, 10+2 are just a few examples). You can also do this with all other mathematical operations.
  7.  Use math in a purposeful activity. Baking is a wonderful, practical way of showing fractions in action. If you are working on adding or dividing fractions you can double or halve a recipe. Creating an art project or building something is also a terrific way of “seeing” fractions. This is how I visualized fractions when I was first learning the concept.
  8. Play board games. If your child is learning to count, then rolling a dice (or two) helps reinforce counting. Hi-Ho Cherry-O  is great for children to see the one-to-one correspondence between objects and numbers as they count out the cherries (as well as adding and subtracting). Monopoly, Life, and Masterpiece are all good games for learning about money.
  9. Make math fun! If you are working on graphs, create a questionnaire to ask friends and family and graph the results. Ideas for questions to ask could be: favorite color, favorite food, favorite sport, etc. You can also buy a bag of M&M’s and graph (and count) the colors. You can also use this for an addition or subtraction activity and sets. Oh, the possibilities!
  10. Math takes time! Don’t get discouraged if your child is not catching on to math quickly. Math requires concrete and abstract thinking. Sometimes we are quick to rush through concepts because of the curriculum, but if your student is not ready, do not barge ahead until the concept is learned and understood. Math requires a solid foundation to advance. Do not worry! The understanding will happen, just be patient and keep reviewing. 🙂

~ Lisa


5 Benefits of Memorizing Poetry


Have you ever memorized poetry? No? How many lyrics to songs do you know? These are poems, just set to music. 🙂 So, what purpose is there in having your child memorize poetry? Here are 5 reasons to consider.

  1. Poetry establishes rhythmic patterns, which in turn lead to teaching balance and symmetry. Have you ever listened to part of a poem that rhymes, been given the next line, only to have found yourself anticipating what the last word will be to rhyme with the line beforehand? For instance: Humpty Dumpty sat on a Wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great _____. Oh, yes! You knew it was going to be fall. 🙂


2. Memorizing creates opportunity for your brain to be speedy, quick and oh, so agile! When your brain is required to learn pieces of information, less time is needed later for it to be required to learn something new. Knowing multiplication facts, your address, telephone number and directions are examples of automatic recall because they were committed to memory.


3. “Educators have found that students who were required to memorize from an early age often go on to have more capacity to focus on educational tasks as high school and college students.” Who, as a homeschool educator, would not want that for their child? source:


4. Memorizing poetry introduces vocabulary to students. For instance, would your junior high student know the meaning of this line from Hamlet? “Brevity is the soul of wit.”I would venture to say, no since brevity is the key thought in this line. As a language arts activity, have your student define unknown words before memorizing so the meaning of the poem is understood.


5. History can be incorporated when memorizing poetry. I have introduced some lines of poetry earlier that have a story behind them. For instance, what was the meaning of Humpty Dumpty? Was he really an egg? You can CLICK HERE to read about several explanations for the origin of this rhyme.  As your student memorizes poems, have them learn something additionally about the piece such as a fact about the author, when it was written, etc.


Here are two poems and a saying to help your student begin with memorization. Spread the memorizing out over the course of the month if necessary. These can also be used for copywork and dictation that I have created for this month. March Copywork

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