Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Homeschool PE offered by XL Sportsworld

Homeschool P.E. Class starts September 26th   Weekly one-hour session from 2-3 p.m., taught by a qualified physical education teacher and full-time soccer coach.  The 8-week program costs $80 per student and will include multi-cultural sports such as soccer, rugby, cricket and more.
The class will focus on the students being active for the full hour in a fun, safe, pressure-free environment.
Call XL Sportsworld for more information: 407-641-4791  

Programs for Homeschoolers at the Orange County Library!

The Orange County Library System has recently begun offering a
Home School Study Hall to support home school families and give them an opportunity to meet. The Home School program will take place on the first Wednesday of each month beginning at 10 a.m. at the Orlando Public Library. The study hall will focus on a different library resource or topic each month. Check our online calendar to see what is coming up next and to register. For an overview of the resources the Orange County Library System offers to support a home school education, browse our Home school e-guide.

In addition to our regularly offered story and craft programs, each month, the Library also offers numerous science programs for preschool and elementary age children. These programs are part of our Science Smart series sponsored by Siemens and our efforts to give families informal and hands-on opportunities to share science experiences.

Upcoming Science Programs include:

·         Gatorland Wrangler

·         Snake Education with a Twist

If you have any questions about library services or recommendations for programming you would like to see in the future, please contact:

Natalie Houston
Youth Outreach Coordinator
Orange County Library System

Saturday, August 31, 2013

New Homeschool Classes offered by Starving Artist Studios!

801 Orienta Ave. Ste.#1000, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

24 hour advanced notice is required. Classes are for students of all ages in Dance, Theatre and Music.
Music History~Music Theory~Group Piano~Ballet
Hip Hop~Tap~Acro~Jazz~Drama~And More

Call 407-370-4909 and reserve your spot in the class. Classes and private lessons are offered every day of the week. Call for more information or for a Fall Catalog.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Homeschool Classes at Maitland Art and History Museums

The Maitland Art & History Musuems is offering a variety of art classes for homeschoolers from April through May.  Here is a detailed list of the classes.  You can also go to the Maitland Art & History Musuems website for other children's classes and summer camps.

DATE: April 4th, 2013
TIME: 11:00AM-12:00PM
LOCATION: Cottage at Lake Lily
TUITION: Members $8.00, Non-members $10.00

Have you ever received a very special bouquet of flowers or found a plant you wanted keep and hang on to?  For many years people have taken these special objects and lovingly pressed them in books, dried them, or preserved them in other ways.  Learn about how you can best do this then search through the park for the prettiest flowers and natural objects.  Make collages with your finds and other special items provided by A&H.

DATE: April 16, 2013; 1:30-3:00pm
LOCATION: Cottage at Lake Lily
TUITION: Non-members $15, Members $13.50

Do you like to dress up? Do you enjoy shopping or sewing? Then this workshop is for you. Spring into Fashion and learn about fashions of the past and make fashions of the future. Design your own hat and shirt to take home.

DATE: Monday April 22, 2013 1:30-3:00pm
LOCATION: Cottage at Lake Lily
TUITION: $10.00 Non-members, $8.00 Members
AGES: 6-12

Help save the Earth this Earth Day by creating cute, fun, useful projects from ordinary household items. Create a juice container wallet, soda tab jewelry, a sculpture, or choose another project. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring items to upcycle.

DATE: May 2, 2013
TIME: 10:00-11:00 AM
LOCATION: Cottage at Lake Lily
TUITION: Nonmembers $5.00, Members $2.00 One caregiver free with each child, additional adults $3.00

Everyone likes Trains! Learn about how Maitland and other towns like it were formed because of trains.  Play train themed learning games and create train themed art projects.  If we’re lucky the train will come by just outside our window.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

VENUE: Studio 4, 231 W. Packwood Ave, Maitland, FL 32751
DATE: Wednesday May 8, 2013; 1:00-2:00pm
TUITION: Non-members $10.00, Members $8.00

Pick your scent and pick your shapes to make beatiful soap gifts for someone special this Mother's Day. Learn about the history of Mother's Day and A&H Staff will guide you as you create scented soaps and bath salts. Projects will be gift wrapped upon completion so the surprise won't be spoiled.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Solimar Academy provides customized K-12 Homeschool Program

The Solimar Academy Independent Study Program was created by Victoria Kindle Hodson and Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis, authors of Discover Your Child's Learning Style and founders of the LearningSuccess™ Institute.  Their organization trains and certifies parents and teachers to become LearningSuccess Coaches.

I first discovered the Learning Success Institute when I started homeschooling my oldest daughter for 1st grade.  That year we used Laurel Springs School but our coach was a LearningSuccess trained coach.  The following year we signed up with Learning Success to create a customized program that worked perfectly for her.  It also gave me confidence in what I was doing as a "coach" to help her develop her interests at home and start an enrichment program for homeschoolers here in Orlando.

Now that I've had my kids in public school (because I wanted them to have that experience), I feel even more certain that homeschooling is the right option for us to have a balanced family life and allow my kids to develop their interests.  I wanted to believe the school I had enrolled them in was different, when it was really just another public school focused on standardized testing and meeting the states standards for "core curriculum".  

Solimar Academy is different from other distance learning programs for homeschoolers because there is no set curriculum or focus on state standards, it is all customized to the child's learning style and interests. The goals of the program are to:

  • Develop natural talents & interests
  • Develop communication and problem solving skills
  • Increase confidence and motivation for lifelong learning
  • Help students discover their direction / mission in life
  • Develop goal setting and planning skills
  • Develop money management and other life skills
  • Prepare students for productive adulthood
None of these goals are being accomplished when kids are forced to focus on achievement tests all the way through high school graduation!

Solimar Academy is a distance learning program and is located in Ventura, CA.  It is registered as a Private School in California and awards high school diplomas. For more information you can visit the Solimar Academy website.