If you are thinking about home schooling, we would love for you to join us at our Introduction to Home Education seminar. The event is free and open to anyone who is considering home schooling this year or in upcoming years.
You will not only be able to hear a lot about the nuts and bolts of home education, but you can also interact personally with some experience home schoolers from the area.
Speakers for the evening include Pastor Matt Timmons and Glenna Amiralian, who will cover topics such as “A House that Fears the Lord” and “Starting Homeschool on the Right Foot.” A panel of homeschooling families will also be available to answer questions and give personal testimony to the benefits of home education.
There will also be information available for the local Classical Conversations group. Other possible groups may be represented too, such as the Ashland home school gym class, the Mansfield area homeschool support group (Training Leaders for Christ), and other local home school activities/groups.
The event is tentatively set to be held at the Ashland Public Library on Tuesday August 6th from 6:30-8:30. Children are welcome to attend with their parents and refreshments will be available.
Please join us for an Information Meeting:
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7-9 PM
1165 Shady Ln, Ashland
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Classical Conversations is a national classical and Christian homeschooling program seeking to empower parents. Classical Conversations meets once a week, providing weekly accountability, encouragement, and structure that supplement and support what is being taught at home. On a weekly basis, we offer Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge programs in local communities. Find out how Classical Conversations can help you redeem your own education so that you can do the hard, but rewarding work of teaching your own children.
Foundations is for ages 4-12. We meet weekly for 24 weeks each year. We work on memory work in history, math, Latin, English grammar, science, and geography. We also do science experiments and fine arts projects together as well as oral presentations. Students are placed in classes of 8 with a paid tutor who is also a homeschooling mom.
Essentials is for 3rd-6th graders. We meet in the afternoon after Foundations from 1:00-3:00. We spend 45 minutes on intensive English grammar, 30 minutes on Math games, and 45 minutes on Institute for Excellence in Writing assignments. The kids love it, and the parents have been delighted with the boost that Essentials provides to their children’s academics.
Challenge is for 7th-12th graders. Students meet with a tutor weekly for 30 weeks each year to study core subjects such as literature, history, science with labs, math, logic, debate, theology, geography, and two foreign languages. Emphasis during class time is on discussion, presentation and lab work with students taking responsibility for additional research, reading, and assignments throughout the week.
Please join us for the evening to learn more about the classical model of education from a Christian perspective and Classical Conversations.
Also, visit our website at www.classicalconversations.com to find out more about these programs.
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*The What and How of Record Keeping and Building a High School Transcript*
Have you begun or are you considering home schooling your high school teen? This workshop is designed for you if you are concerned with record keeping and transcript building. Are you worried about forgetting important information on the transcript? Have questions about the whole process? Where to begin? HOW to begin? What to include? Many people are not even sure exactly what a transcript is. A clear and complete transcript is an important support of the diploma that you issue your teen. In this two hour seminar Diane Monreal will walk through record keeping and transcript building using the binder developed for her own children. Binders will be available for sale for $15 when you pre-register. Extras will be available the evening of the event on a first-come basis.
*When: 7:00 PM on Monday October 10, 2011*
*Where: Christian Ministries Church, 1305 State Street NW, North Canton, OH 44720*
*RSVP: Jonathan & Shirley Mitchell, email@example.com or 330-495-2240 by Monday, October 3. Please include the number attending.*
*Cost: NONE! If you’d like to make a donation to the church for hosting us, great!*
We’ll serve some light refreshments at the conclusion of the seminar. We very much look forward to your joining us!
~Diane Monreal is a homeschooling mom and much loved assessor from Concord, Ohio. She and her husband have graduated two children and are high schooling their third at home as well.
~Christian Home Educators of Ohio is Ohio’s non-profit statewide homeschool organization. This seminar is provided by CHEO at no charge due to the financial support of homeschooling families across the state. To learn more about CHEO visit www.cheohome.org.
The following was first found on WSJ.com and may be located here.
How to Get a Real Education Forget art history and calculus. Most students need to learn how to run a business, says Scott Adams.
I understand why the top students in America study physics, chemistry, calculus and classic literature. The kids in this brainy group are the future professors, scientists, thinkers and engineers who will propel civilization forward. But why do we make B students sit through these same classes? That's like trying to train your cat to do your taxes—a waste of time and money. Wouldn't it make more sense to teach B students something useful, like entrepreneurship?
I speak from experience because I majored in entrepreneurship at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. Technically, my major was economics. But the unsung advantage of attending a small college is that you can mold your experience any way you want.
There was a small business on our campus called The Coffee House. It served beer and snacks, and featured live entertainment. It was managed by students, and it was a money-losing mess, subsidized by the college. I thought I could make a difference, so I applied for an opening as the so-called Minister of Finance. I landed the job, thanks to my impressive interviewing skills, my can-do attitude and the fact that everyone else in the solar system had more interesting plans.
The drinking age in those days was 18, and the entire compensation package for the managers of The Coffee House was free beer. That goes a long way toward explaining why the accounting system consisted of seven students trying to remember where all the money went. I thought we could do better. So I proposed to my accounting professor that for three course credits I would build and operate a proper accounting system for the business. And so I did. It was a great experience. Meanwhile, some of my peers were taking courses in art history so they'd be prepared to remember what art looked like just in case anyone asked.
One day the managers of The Coffee House had a meeting to discuss two topics. First, our Minister of Employment was recommending that we fire a bartender, who happened to be one of my best friends. Second, we needed to choose a leader for our group. On the first question, there was a general consensus that my friend lacked both the will and the potential to master the bartending arts. I reluctantly voted with the majority to fire him.
But when it came to discussing who should be our new leader, I pointed out that my friend—the soon-to-be-fired bartender—was tall, good-looking and so gifted at b.s. that he'd be the perfect leader. By the end of the meeting I had persuaded the group to fire the worst bartender that any of us had ever seen…and ask him if he would consider being our leader. My friend nailed the interview and became our Commissioner. He went on to do a terrific job. That was the year I learned everything I know about management.
At about the same time, this same friend, along with my roommate and me, hatched a plan to become the student managers of our dormitory and to get paid to do it. The idea involved replacing all of the professional staff, including the resident assistant, security guard and even the cleaning crew, with students who would be paid to do the work. We imagined forming a dorm government to manage elections for various jobs, set out penalties for misbehavior and generally take care of business. And we imagined that the three of us, being the visionaries for this scheme, would run the show.
We pitched our entrepreneurial idea to the dean and his staff. To our surprise, the dean said that if we could get a majority of next year's dorm residents to agree to our scheme, the college would back it.
It was a high hurdle, but a loophole made it easier to clear. We only needed a majority of students who said they planned to live in the dorm next year. And we had plenty of friends who were happy to plan just about anything so long as they could later change their minds. That's the year I learned that if there's a loophole, someone's going to drive a truck through it, and the people in the truck will get paid better than the people under it.
The dean required that our first order of business in the fall would be creating a dorm constitution and getting it ratified. That sounded like a nightmare to organize. To save time, I wrote the constitution over the summer and didn't mention it when classes resumed. We held a constitutional convention to collect everyone's input, and I listened to two hours of diverse opinions. At the end of the meeting I volunteered to take on the daunting task of crafting a document that reflected all of the varied and sometimes conflicting opinions that had been aired. I waited a week, made copies of the document that I had written over the summer, presented it to the dorm as their own ideas and watched it get approved in a landslide vote. That was the year I learned everything I know about getting buy-in.
“Why do we make B students sit through the same classes as their brainy peers? That's like trying to train your cat to do your taxes—a waste of time and money. Wouldn't it make sense to teach them something useful instead?”
For the next two years my friends and I each had a private room at no cost, a base salary and the experience of managing the dorm. On some nights I also got paid to do overnight security, while also getting paid to clean the laundry room. At the end of my security shift I would go to The Coffee House and balance the books.
My college days were full of entrepreneurial stories of this sort. When my friends and I couldn't get the gym to give us space for our informal games of indoor soccer, we considered our options. The gym's rule was that only organized groups could reserve time. A few days later we took another run at it, but this time we were an organized soccer club, and I was the president. My executive duties included filling out a form to register the club and remembering to bring the ball.
By the time I graduated, I had mastered the strange art of transforming nothing into something. Every good thing that has happened to me as an adult can be traced back to that training. Several years later, I finished my MBA at Berkeley's Haas School of Business. That was the fine-tuning I needed to see the world through an entrepreneur's eyes.
If you're having a hard time imagining what an education in entrepreneurship should include, allow me to prime the pump with some lessons I've learned along the way.
Combine Skills. The first thing you should learn in a course on entrepreneurship is how to make yourself valuable. It's unlikely that any average student can develop a world-class skill in one particular area. But it's easy to learn how to do several different things fairly well. I succeeded as a cartoonist with negligible art talent, some basic writing skills, an ordinary sense of humor and a bit of experience in the business world. The "Dilbert" comic is a combination of all four skills. The world has plenty of better artists, smarter writers, funnier humorists and more experienced business people. The rare part is that each of those modest skills is collected in one person. That's how value is created.
Fail Forward. If you're taking risks, and you probably should, you can find yourself failing 90% of the time. The trick is to get paid while you're doing the failing and to use the experience to gain skills that will be useful later. I failed at my first career in banking. I failed at my second career with the phone company. But you'd be surprised at how many of the skills I learned in those careers can be applied to almost any field, including cartooning. Students should be taught that failure is a process, not an obstacle.
Find the Action. In my senior year of college I asked my adviser how I should pursue my goal of being a banker. He told me to figure out where the most innovation in banking was happening and to move there. And so I did. Banking didn't work out for me, but the advice still holds: Move to where the action is. Distance is your enemy.
Attract Luck. You can't manage luck directly, but you can manage your career in a way that makes it easier for luck to find you. To succeed, first you must do something. And if that doesn't work, which can be 90% of the time, do something else. Luck finds the doers. Readers of the Journal will find this point obvious. It's not obvious to a teenager.
Conquer Fear. I took classes in public speaking in college and a few more during my corporate days. That training was marginally useful for learning how to mask nervousness in public. Then I took the Dale Carnegie course. It was life-changing. The Dale Carnegie method ignores speaking technique entirely and trains you instead to enjoy the experience of speaking to a crowd. Once you become relaxed in front of people, technique comes automatically. Over the years, I've given speeches to hundreds of audiences and enjoyed every minute on stage. But this isn't a plug for Dale Carnegie. The point is that people can be trained to replace fear and shyness with enthusiasm. Every entrepreneur can use that skill.
Write Simply. I took a two-day class in business writing that taught me how to write direct sentences and to avoid extra words. Simplicity makes ideas powerful. Want examples? Read anything by Steve Jobs or Warren Buffett.
Learn Persuasion. Students of entrepreneurship should learn the art of persuasion in all its forms, including psychology, sales, marketing, negotiating, statistics and even design. Usually those skills are sprinkled across several disciplines. For entrepreneurs, it makes sense to teach them as a package.
That's my starter list for the sort of classes that would serve B students well. The list is not meant to be complete. Obviously an entrepreneur would benefit from classes in finance, management and more.
Remember, children are our future, and the majority of them are B students. If that doesn't scare you, it probably should.
—Mr. Adams is the creator of "Dilbert." Copyright 2011 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Please invite any of your friends or neighbors who are considering homeschooling their children to Knox County Christian Home School Assocation’s sixth annual Home School 101 seminar. Better yet, come with them! Veteran homeschoolers will explain the basics of homeschooling, answer questions about legal and socialization issues, provide samples of various curriculums, and introduce the many resources available locally and nationally, preK through high school. The meeting is FREE, no RSVP required.
· Tuesday, June 14 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Both parents are encouraged to attend.
· Public Library of Mt Vernon and Knox County, basement meeting rooms, 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mt Vernon, OH. Parking is available in the lot behind the building or on adjacent side streets.
· No childcare is provided; it’s a boring meeting for kids so please arrange a babysitter.
Two kinds of Home School 101 help are needed, now through June 14:
1. Pray for the evening and those who will attend. Some years, the battle is obvious (posters being ripped down, a combative parent in attendance); other times it’s more subtle (problems with the Library’s air conditioning or a malfunctioning printer). Pray that we would communicate the many blessings of homeschooling with clarity and with love.
2. Help us advertise! If you know a potential homeschooler who has questions about the event, please invite them to contact Melanie Hexter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-397-8996, or direct them to www.kcchsa.org for the details.
Diane Monreal is with Christian Home Educator's of Ohio (CHEO). Diane has two children in college and one still at home. She is able to cover all types of homeschooling and is really knowledgeable and empowering in her encouragement.
Diane will be presenting a workshop on Homeschooling High School (including transcripts, record keeping, college admissions and a Q&A session). Diane will offer a Transcript Notebook complete with graph paper, worksheets and dividers as well as wonderful lists. The cost of the Transcript Notebook is $15 for those who would like to purchase one.
Monday, May 2, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
Parkview Christian Church
1912 Burbank Road, Wooster, OH 44691
Please RSVP to Patty Reinarts via e-mail at MaTo2boys@gmail.com or via phone at 330.439.4331 by Friday, April 29, 2011.