Ohio: Support Groups
C-A-T-C-H: Cincinnati Area Teaching Children at Home
Norma Curry
tessimal@yahoo.com
513-402-2061
Geographic Area Serving: Cincinnati and its Tri-State area around Southwestern Ohio
Description: C-A-T-C-H is a non-directed totally inclusive and totally free community-based home education support group. Join by joining the Yahoo group at the url above. Participate as much or as little as you wish. All members are welcome to organize activities and events or to notify others of activities they discover in the community. Members may also ask questions, answer questions, contribute ideas and resources, provide news about events and activities, participate in discussions, or just lurk on the e-list and absorb all the great information posted there by about 1000 member families. Those who want to join, but who don't have a computer at home, can arrange for someone to meet at a public library to set up a free e-mail address and to learn the basics of Internet access for group membership.
Requirements: List rules and netiquette are posted at the Yahoo!groups list site.  All members are required to follow these simple rules.
Benefits: Many members plan group activities for all different age groups and members are welcome to join these activities, following posted sign-up procedures for each event. Or, members who would like to get something started in, for instance, a different part of the Cincinnati metropolitan area, can organize something and let others know how they can join in. The group "newsletter" is the Yahoo!groups e-list that is available 24/7, 365 days a year, to all members. Membership includes the opportunity to attend a group Ohio portfolio assessment gathering once a year and homeschooling veteran members who can answer questions and help new members understand Ohio's home education regulations.
Cost: None
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Christian Home Educators of Carroll, Columbiana, & Star
Celia Hartmann
Celia@DustBunniesAndBooks.com
Geographic Area Serving: Carroll, Columbiana, and Stark Counties (also Harrison, Jefferson), Ohio
Description: CHECCS stands for Christian Home Educators of Carroll, Columbiana, and Stark Counties. We are a group of about 40 conservative Christian families.We meet on Thursdays for co-op classes for the traditional school year. We generally have one field trip/speaker/event per month during the traditional school year. In the summer, we meet two to three times per month at an area park or members' house for swimming. We have several co-op classes, such as Science, Art, Music, Gym, and Drama. Class fees vary, but are kept at a minimum (mostly to cover the cost of the copies, materials, etc.).
Requirements: We require dues to be paid yearly, which helps pay for newsletters, etc. Members must be able to sign a statement of faith, since we are conservative Christians, and prayer and discussion of God is integral to our studies. We also require that members homeschool according to Ohio Administrative Code 3301-34 or 3301-35-08. (That is, that you are NOT using a cyber school such as Virtual Academy/K12, OHDELA, etc. which has different rules and regulations within the Ohio Code and is really public school at home, doing work that is mandated by the public schools/government.) Moms (and/or Dads) are expected to help out the group in someway. Without parents commitment of time to the group, we cannot be a co-op. Each is needed to make the group work. Some moms helps out by teaching a class, others help organize field trips, etc. There are many ways to help out, and we have a list.
Benefits: The number one benefit is the support of like-minded homeschooling families! Number two would be great co-op classes! Members also receive 8-10 newsletters per year. We generally have one field trip/speaker/event per month during the traditional school year.
Cost: $15 yearly
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Dayton Area Homeschoolers
Ginny Risley
therisleys@ameritech.net
DaytonAreaHomeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Dayton, Ohio
Description: An informal, inclusive group of homeschoolers, or those interested in learning more about homeschool, in the Dayton Ohio area. We have no religious affiliation, all are welcome. The main idea: to share info, go on field trips, teach or participate in co-op classes in all subjects, support each other in whatever method of homeschool we use. The main goal is to have fun learning with our children. Help yourself to the valuable FREE resources in the Links and Files, and check the Calendar for upcoming outings. We meet the 2nd Monday of every month, 7-9pm, at Oakwood United Methodist Church, 206 E. Hadley Ave., Dayton OH 45419 (Corner of Shafor and Hadley, in Oakwood).
Requirements: No requirements to join. All are welcome! We encourage all ages to attend the very informal meetings.
Benefits: Yahoo Group site offers a multitude of free resources, members help each other by answering questions and solving problems. Field trips, speakers, curriculum fairs, etc. Member-run group.
Cost: None
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Deuteronomy 6
Amy Wert
Deuteronomy_6-owner@yahoogroups.com
Jenny Camps
Deuteronomy_6-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Elyria, Ohio
Description: Deuteronomy 6 is a Christian Home School network of families that join together for the purpose of encouragement, support, fellowship and pooling the gifts and resources given to us by God. meet at Church of the Open Door in Elyria Ohio during Wednesday Night Clubs from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Feel free to bring your children and enroll them in the Wed Night Clubs Program at the church, a small fee is occasionally requested for some classes.You are welcome to bring any questions, prayer concerns, curriculum, and show and tell projects that you might have to share. We will try to help you with them as you help us!
Requirements: None
Benefits: We occasionally meet for coffee or a playground day other than Wed. Learn about these by joining the Yahoo Group.
Cost: None
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Grace Home Extension Program
Diane Wardell
dwardell@totalwellness.com
440-256-1911
440-749-0954
Geographic Area Serving: Northeast Ohio - Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull Counties
Description: Grace Home Extension Program is the perfect place for Christian homeschooling families to participate in classes to receive academic credit or for families who would like to enhance their children's homeschool experience. Grace Home Extension Program follows the classical education model and classes are offered in all subjects for grades K-12. Grace Home Extension Program believes "we should be consciously striving to prepare the next generation for the new battles they will face" (Francis Schaffer) and we take this mission seriously while at the same time making learning fun. For more information and to view the class schedule, please visit our website.
Requirements: Observance of rules located in Grace Home Extension Program's handbook
Benefits: Besides the variety of classes offered, there is also an Open House held at the end of the year to display all the students hard work to their friends and family, a Curriculum Sale each June and a certified teacher to administer standard achievement tests.
Cost: Yearly amount varies based on number of students
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Hearts Toward Home
Chasta AtLee
info@heartstowardhome.org
740-262-3079
Geographic Area Serving: Marion, Ohio area
Description: Hearts Toward Home is a Christian support group for Christian families home-educating their children. We offer bowling and roller skating activities, field trips, science fair, talent show, sports including volleyball and basketball, annual member hayride, yearly testing, and other activities.
Requirements: Statement of Faith and membership dues
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: $15 yearly
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Home Educators' Cooperative Learning Community - HECLC
NiQui Chatfield
info@HECLC.com
614-678-2228
Geographic Area Serving: State of Ohio
Description: HECLC is an Ohio association of families that choose to educate their children at home. Our Mission: To provide information, resources, and support to home educators, their families, and those interested in home education. To provide information regarding educational and social opportunities that encompass cooperative, nurturing and multi-generational environments for adults, teens and children in the homeschool community. To promote an open and inclusive community for home educators in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Please join us in our quest to unite the entire homeschool community!
Requirements: Participation is open to anyone of any belief system, creed, race, gender, age, national origin, or educational philosophy or family type.
Benefits: By Joining the Home Educators' Cooperative Learning Community your homeschooling family will enjoy many member benefits: Discounts at local and national businesses that supply or support the homeschool community; Homeschool Identification Card.Access to HECLC Resource Center that includes valuable information for homeschoolers; Discounts to local, State, and National Homeschool Events; And much, much more... We are adding more benefits all the time. Take advantage of our FREE open enrollment today!
Cost: None
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Homeschool Social Events
Charisse Junk
homeschoolsocialevents@gmail.com
513-755-1331
Geographic Area Serving: Cincinnati and Dayton
Description: Homeschool Social Events coordinates prom, dances, camp, lock-in, and gatherings for homeschool teens.
Requirements: Must be homeschooled or guest of homeschooler to attend events.
Benefits: To make new homeschool friends and attend events specifically for teenagers.
Cost: Depends on event. All fees go to specific event. There is NO monetary personal gain.
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Homeschooling In Marysville [HIM]
Geographic Area Serving: Marysville, Union County
Description: Homeschooling In Marysville (HIM) is a Christian homeschool support group and Co-op serving Marysville and Union County, Ohio. We welcome all homeschool families for encouragement, support, learning, and fun.
Requirements: Complete a membership form and pay the membership fee (additional costs associated with co-op participation).
Benefits: Support, learning and fun
Cost: $5 yearly membership fee
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Miami County Christian Home Educators of Ohio (McCHEO)
Kim Wolf
wolfhomeschool@erinet.com
937-698-0022
Kelly Snyder
vabelle@woh.rr.com
937-339-0241
Geographic Area Serving: Miami County and surrounding area, Ohio
Description: McCHEO supports Miami County and surrounding area homeschool families. Monthly meetings...speakers, demonstrations, workshops...geography fair, field trips, gym at local YMCA, clubs, park days; current news on state legislation and homeschool concerns. Monthly newsletter.
Requirements: When you sign and hand in your McCHEO membership form, you are telling us that you agree with our statement of faith and that you will commit to EITHER taking charge of one field trip OR one service opportunity at sometime during the year.
Benefits: When you join McCHEO you have the opportunity to fellowship with other like-minded homeschool families. We have a mentoring program for newbies, if you so desire. You will have a place for news, awesome speakers, help and encouragement in the hard times, a place to ask all the questions you want...there are NO silly questions...a place for your children to make the best life-long friends, clubs to join, great fun at gym days and homeschool sporting events (volleyball teams for girls, basketball teams for boys), field trips, etc. Homeschoolers are great individuals, but it is no place to be an island...everyone needs a great support group!
Cost: $15 yearly
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Ohio Home School Ski & Snow Boarding Club
Barb
bsbdfb@msn.com
Geographic Area Serving: All of Ohio
Description: Home schoolers can buy season passes (anytime and once a week packages) on-line and save money like families in schools do when they join their school ski club. We need 15 members to be a group. Last year we had 30 people at each resort. You can pick from 2 resorts in Ohio. Mad River Mountain in Bellfontaine Ohio or Snow Trails in Mansfield Ohio. There is no fee to join our group for a season of fun this winter. Sign up is on-line with the resort. Please email me for more information, costs and our club code to get the discounted passes. Prices will be available in mid September. This is our 14th year of skiing Ohio and we are open to all families including adults. These are great family sports, always looking for more skiing moms. A lot of moms hang out in the lodge but skiing is much more fun! Snow Trails even has a program for the very young to learn to ski. This club was started so we could save money and ski & snow board like other schools.
Requirements: There are no fees. This is a organization that is solely for the purpose of helping other home schoolers save money and ski or snow board cheaper at either resort. We will plan a few pot lucks at each resort so members of the group can connect if they want to meet the others in the club. These pot lucks are not mandatory but are fun events.
Benefits: The main benefit is a year of skiing or snow boarding at the school rate rather than paying full price for season passes (anytime or once a week passes) The passes can include rentals and lessons or can just be a pass to ski or board for the season. The lessons at either resort are an excellent way to try the sport. The weekly passes are a way to try the sport for a season and not have to purchase equipment until you know you want to continue in the sport. Also skiing or boarding weekly passes turn into anytime passes in late February for the rest of the season.
Cost: no fees to join, just pay the ski area on-line with our group code and pick up your pass the first time you go
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Our Lady's Mantle
Roxy Rubinic
mrubinic@juno.com
Geographic Area Serving: Columbus, Ohio
Description: We are a Catholic Homeschool group with most of our activities and events located on the west side of Columbus.
Requirements: Membership is open to any Catholic family who is currently homeschooling or considering homeschooling.
Benefits: Our yahoogroup is used to share information pertinent to homeschooling, faith, and family life. We also have several field trips or get-togethers each month.
Cost: None
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Van Wert Homeschool Co-op
Geographic Area Serving:
Description: We are a co-op for Christian homeschool families which provides encouragement, support, learning and FUN! We offer bi-weekly co-op classes in the fall and spring as well as occasional field trips.
Requirements: All members must sign a statement of faith and agree to teach or help in some way.
Benefits: Support and classes.
Cost: Dependent on classes
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