September 2014 Service Project

I received the following information from a friend and thought this would be a great service project that the kids could do for the month of September.

A boy by the name of Jonah, has been diagnosed with a disease called CVID (Common Variable Immune Deficiency). This is a disease where his body does not make antibodies to fight off infection, and as a result his body starts attacking all of the normal/healthy parts of the body (organs & such). The infusions he gets are like Chemo and are making him ill. He is allergic to the infusions, but he needs the infusions to live. He gets aseptic meningitis from the infusions. Jonah just turned 8 years old and attends Shawnee Elmwood when he is healthy and able.

I am urging you to send him a cheerful card, stickers or picture, etc.!  Let him know how strong and brave we know he is! If you are unable to send a card, please say a prayer for him.

I would LOVE to see all of the HE kids color a picture, make a card or write a letter to Jonah. I will be collecting these items at our first co-op on Friday, October 3, 2014 and will send all of these letters together to Jonah.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

HSLDA 2014 Essay Contest


2014 Essay Contest

Kick off your school year with HSLDA’s 13th annual essay contest! Offering cash prizes upwards of $200, this contest is open to all homeschooled students ages 719 and runs through November 1, 2014. Our themes for this year’s contest focus on inventions.

Each student is invited to enter up to two essays relating to the theme for his or her age category.

Entries must be post marked by November 1st.

Visit the HSLDA website for more information!

Armstrong Air & Space Museum’s Young Astronaut Program

Young Astronaut Program

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum’s Young Astronaut Program

As a Young Astronaut you will explore topics about space, rocketry, aviation, engineering, astronomy and more!

The Young Astronaut Program will run bi-weekly from

October 7, 2014 to May 14, 2015.

 Tuesdays: 4:30-5:30PM: First Session 10/2/2014—Open to students in grades 5-7 (Specialists)

 Thursdays: 4:30-5:30PM: First Session 10/7/2014—Open to students in grades 2-4 (Cadets)

 Saturdays: 10:30-11:30AM: First Session 10/11/2014—Open to students in grades K-1 (Beginners)

 Program fee is $30 per child, which covers the entire year

 Visit the Armstrong Air & Space Museum’s website to download your child’s application:

Fall Soccer Enrichment Program

Dave Tilton will be offering homeschool children from ages 5 and older a weekly soccer program. Details are still being finalized but he hopes to meet on Thursdays around 3:30 pm at a place to be announced, hopefully in the Shawnee area. The session will run for 6-8 weeks, and will start in mid to late September.

Dave will have a booklet made up for each individual participating so they can keep track of self improvement. They will also get a shirt with their number on it.

Cost will be $15.00 per child. This will cover a shirt, book and minimal instruction costs. You can find out more about his ministry at Coffee Amor.

Please sign-up with Misti Wilson 419.230.7792 by September 9.

HSLDA & HB 597


Passing HB 597 would be a key step toward stopping the Common Core in Ohio by repealing and replacing the Common Core academic standards and related assessments. For those of you who were unable to attend, you can see a video of Michael Donnelly’s testimony (and others) before the House Rules and Reference Committee online.

Please contact your elected representatives and ask them to support HB 597, and ask candidates where they stand on this issue in the upcoming election.

Reading Eggs 4 week FREE trial

reading eggs


From Reading Eggs, the multi–award winning reading program for homeschoolers.

For a very limited time only, receive a FREE 4 Week Trial to Reading Eggs.

The Value of Volunteering


HSLDA : Homeschool Heartbeat published a great podcast this week discussing The Value of Volunteering. Please take some time to listen to why volunteering is so important and learn some great ways that your family can serve.

It is the goal of Home Educate to offer one volunteer opportunity each month for the entire family to participate in. Some of our upcoming ideas are:

  • card showers
  • rake & run (stop at a random house rake the leaves into a pile and run before they know who did it!)
  • packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child
  • shoveling snow
  • ringing bells
  • trash pick up
  • food drive

If you have a great opportunity for us to serve as a group or family, please contact us. Keep your eyes posted to our events page to see how you and your family can volunteer this month!


2014 Moms Meet-up Kickoff Party!

HE Kickoff

Thursday, September 18, 2014

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Lima Community Church


Let’s kickoff the school year right and score big! Everyone get on your favorite football or sports team’s jersey! If you’re like me and don’t have any… beg, borrow or just wear whatever you want! Come out for support & encouragement as we kickoff the new school year!

If you haven’t participated in any games (events) yet this is the perfect time to come out and meet your teammates! Please bring a dish to share with your teammates!

Homeschool moms need support, they need to get out of the house and have adult interaction and they just need to have a good laugh. Come meet up with other area moms as we make new connections, learn more about each other and share a few good laughs!

*If you are a Dad that homeschools, you are more than welcome to come as well… I’m sure you can teach us a few plays!

Click here for more information and to RSVP for the big game!

(If you have any football themed items or decorations that we could use for this event, please let us know in the comments!)

Please note that there will be NO August Moms Meet-up!

Pre-Register NOW for 2014-2015 Co-op Classes!

You can now pre-register for our 2014-2015 Co-op to be held at Lima Community Church on the 1st Friday of each month, beginning October 3, 2014. Bi-monthly classes more than likely will meet on the 3rd Friday of the month as well.

Deadline Submission: Friday, August 22, 2014.

We have a great list of classes to choose from:

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Chess
  • Etiquette
  • French
  • Music & Rhythm
  • Open Gym
  • Orchestra Ensemble
  • Spanish

This is a tentative offering, all classes are subject to change and require a min # of students.

Please note that Home Educate is working to obtain sponsorships to help pay for the costs of classes being offered. Our ultimate goal is to secure enough funding to make all classes FREE. We are also working on fundraising opportunities for individual homeschool families.

Deadline Submission: Friday, August 22, 2014.

Visit our 2014-2015 Co-op Class listing for more information!

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