We NEED YOUR HELP: Site Supervisors Needed for Spring 2019

We’ve had some feedback, questions and concerns regarding the Site Supervisor volunteer position. We hope our answers give you some new insight and inspire you to lend us a hand!

 

Why-Pic“Why do you need Site Supervisors?”

We – the 4 organizers – have been taking on this job from day 1, in addition to all the other responsibilities we do ON A DAILY BASIS, day and night as volunteers. We ensure everything runs smoothly, splitting the work amongst the four of us. But our growth has been exponential and we have come to realize we need to delegate some duties to keep up with our growing list of responsibilities. We anticipate at least DOUBLE the work staring in the Spring 2019. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

“5 hours is too much!”manage-time

Trust us. We understand it’s a big chunk of time. Rest assured, you will not be alone, at least one of us will always be present, and the work is minimal. This position is a great fit for someone whose child(ren) would be in classes all day anyway, and we can ensure your child(ren) get into all the necessary classes by giving you priority registration.

 

 

A day in the life of a site supervisor:

8:45am: Pull up to the location and you’ll see other families ready to help setup. You’ll be greeted by teachers eager to set up their classrooms and share their knowledge, and the kids from these families will be happy to help and play with your kids!

9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm: Classes start, things quiet down, your child(ren) skips to class, you sit down and can get some of your work done, read a book, make art…basically use this time as your own but keep yourself available for anything that might be needed. An organizer will be running around getting things done and you can always reach her with any questions or needs from any of the families, but families will know you are a consistent point-of-contact.

9:50am, 10:50am, 11:50am, 12:50pm: Kids transition to other classes, families leave and arrive. Ten minutes of activity between classes.

1:30pm: Time to start cleaning up common areas. You go to the waiting area and find families eager and ready to help clean up. Cleanup happens in less than 10 minutes with so many helping hands!

1:50pm: Classes are over. The day is done, kids are happy and filled with ideas and knowledge, and everyone is grateful for your time and availability to help! We couldn’t do it without you!

 

“Can’t we break it up into smaller windows of time?”

More volunteers means more background checks which is a cost we cannot afford at this time. However, if you think you can fulfill some of the time, please contact us. At this point any help will make a difference!

 

“But, teachers don’t work for 5 hours at-a-time…”

Correct. Most teachers don’t block out 5 hours of their day to volunteer. Instead, they block out hours of their time throughout their week to plan a syllabus, budget for materials, go shopping for materials (sometimes voluntarily paying out-of-pocket to keep material fees low), spend time putting materials together, prepare the night before for class, arrive early to set up for class, build rapport with each child, show our children the care and attention they would for their own children, shape minds in positive ways, create a fun and engaging environment, nurture learning and cater to individual needs, and the list goes on. It’s difficult to quantify what teachers are doing for our kids as volunteers.

4ab766c21921df310245ad5ddeaf625fConversely, site supervisors are a key component of our co-operative effort, and we cannot do this without your help. Although your work is not the same of what a teacher would do, it’s equally important and vital to our effort to provide quality, affordable and inclusive learning opportunities to our community.

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Spring 2019: Status Update, AND Volunteers Needed

  1. Spring 2019: STATUS UPDATE

    • Teacher Meeting Wednesday October 17th, 2018. During this meeting we will be able to verify with our wonderful volunteer teachers the schedule of classes, room assignments, and all the other items we need to address.
    • Brandon & Gardenville total classes = 42! (Spring 2018 we had 18 classes! Way to go Volunteer Teachers!!). Here’s the breakdown:
      • Brandon 17 classes:
        • 7 classes Spring 2019 Session 1.
        • 7 classes Spring 2019 Session 2.
        • 3 classes Spring 2019 Extended Session.
      • Gardenville 26 classes:
        • 3 classes Spring 2019 Extended Session.
        • 11 classes Spring 2019 Session 1.
        • 12 classes Spring 2019 Session 2.
    • We are finalizing the schedule of classes with the teachers and will hopefully be finished by end of October and we estimate that registration will open up in November.
  2. We are in great need of volunteer supervisors for our two co-op locations!

If you are interested, want to learn more about the opportunity, have questions, etc, we highly encourage you to attend the teacher’s meeting Oct 17th, 2018, 1-3pm in Brandon (email us for details about location: brandonlearningcoop@gmail.com)

We need 4 volunteers:

  • Brandon Spring 1: Tuesdays January 15th – March 12th, 2019, 8:45am-2:00pm.
  • Brandon Spring 2: Tuesdays March 26th – May 28th, 2019, 8:45am-2:00pm (no classes April 2nd, 2019).
  • Gardenville Spring 1: Thursdays January 17th – March 14th, 2019, 8:45am-2:00pm.
  • Gardenville Spring 2: Thursdays March 28th – May 23rd, 2019, 8:45am-2:00pm.

PERK: If you meet the qualifications to be a site supervisor, you will get to register with the teachers for the site where you would volunteer! This opens up opportunities to volunteer without having to teach, and you get first dibs at registration time!

Job Description:
– Be responsible for each attendance card for each class. Cards must be handed to teachers prior to class and received back immediately after class. Verify card has been completed for the day.
– Make sure setup and break down crews complete their tasks.
– Be responsible for first aid kit (not to administer but to hand to parents if anything is needed).
– Act as initial point of contact for teachers if they have an issue in their classroom while teaching (an organizer will always be available to respond to any issue, but if we are not at the front desk, we need someone to be the first point of contact who can relay the information to us as soon as possible).
– Be on site during the whole co-op day (15 mins prior to start of first classes, remain until everything is put back in its place).
– Must be able to be fully focused on co-op responsibilities. So, if the site supervisor has kids that are not in classes, must have another parent responsible for them during those times.
– Cannot be a teacher at the site that you want to be the site supervisor.
– Assist in preparation for presentation day (communication with teachers, signup genius).
– Undergo the mandatory background check (paid for by the Alliance).
– Be available for an interview with the organizers.

Plant the Seed of Knowledge: Submit Your Class Idea! (Friday deadline)

Have an idea for a class? CLICK HERE TO ACCESS OUR SUBMISSION FORM.

 

Click here to see the knowledge our wonderful volunteer teachers have shared with the kids!

Here’s what they have to say about their experience teaching:

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Jenga during Jugando Aprendemos, a Spanish class with an emphasis on games to learn Spanish! Led by Ms. Marion Haase

“Being a volunteer educator with BLHC has been an amazing and rewarding experience. It has been very well organized yet low pressure and a comfortable environment. The administration has been extremely supportive and helpful. I do not have any complaints in my 2 years of teaching and look forward to continuing hosting classes!” 

-Lauren Giordano (Art of Reading 2017-2018, Charting and Graphing 2018, Crazy 8s Math Club 2018)

 

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Samples from Ms. Suzette Foister’s Art Class

 

“Sharing my passion and knowledge with students has been awesome.  I love seeing their excitement and enthusiasm when learning becomes fun, and feel I get as much from the classes as the kids.  They teach me things too.”

-Judi Quinn (Nifty Fifty U.S. Geography 2018, Westward Ho U.S. Geography 2018, Creative Writing 2018, We the People 2018, Where in the World? 2018, Data Probability & Statistics 2018)

 

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Crazy 8s Math Club is always fun with Ms. Jennifer Gabot!

“I would say I’m not a natural at this, don’t know everything about my topic, and sometimes get tongue tied and say the wrong things from what I meant.  If I can do this, then anyone can!  It’s a fulfilling adventure!!”

Cindy Green (Intermediate Conversational Spanish 2018)

 

Spring 2019 Class Submissions Wanted!

Want to teach?

Please CLICK HERE to fill out our class submission form! You’ll find a full description on that form (please read it in full). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask by contacting us!

Why teach?

  • Make a difference
  • Lifelong learning for you and the kids
  • Share your knowledge
  • The list goes on…BUT! There’s also a PERK to teaching with us:
    • YOU GET FIRST DIBS WHEN REGISTRATION COMES AROUND!(Classes fill up quickly, so it’s a big advantage to be able to register first!)

Need some inspiration? FOLLOW THIS LINK to see what other teachers have taught in the past!

READ ABOUT OUR STORY! We started small, and have grown exponentially! 100% volunteer work from EVERYONE INVOLVED has brought us to provide affordable and inclusive classes to many families, and now we are recognized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization!

COMING SOON! Spring 2019 Class Submission Form – What will you teach?

Yes, it’s already that time again! Teacher’s submissions will be accepted WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK! So, be on the lookout for the submission form, which we will publish soon!

In the meantime, think about what you’d like to teach, and here are some pointers to help you figure out what works best for you as one of our wonderful volunteer co-op teachers!

 

Things to think about:

  1. How many classes (weeks) will you teach? In the Spring we will have TWO sessions (Spring 1 Session and Spring 2 Session). You can teach for one of those, both, or do a single extended class that lasts for the entire duration of both sessions (Extended Spring Session). Here are your choices:
    • Spring 1 Session:
      • Tuesdays, January 15th – March 12th (Brandon Rec Center)
      • Thursdays, January 17th – March 14th (Gibsonton – Gardenville Rec Center)
    • Spring 2 Session:
      • Tuesdays, March 26th – May 28th (Brandon Rec Center) – skip April 2nd
      • Thursdays, March 28th – May 23rd (Gibsonton – Gardenville Rec Center)
    • Extended Spring Session:
      • Tuesdays, January 15th – May 28th (Brandon Rec Center) – skip April 2nd
      • Thursdays, January 17th – May 23rd (Gibsonton – Gardenville Rec Center)
  2. What will be the age range and grade range you will teach?
  3. What will be the duration of your class? Also, what time slot(s) do you prefer?(45 min? 50 min?)
  4. What is your minimum and maximum class enrollment (how many kids)?
  5. Will you collect a materials fee from parents? If so, how much?
  6. Will you need a co-teacher, or a classroom helper? (Co-teachers are actively involved in planning, teaching, etc, and class size and content must be a factor taken into account for this decision).
  7. Most importantly: what are you passionate about? What knowledge do you want to share and explore with the kids? What do you want to teach?

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” – Fred Rogers

Why teach?

  • Make a difference
  • Lifelong learning for you and the kids
  • Share your knowledge
  • The list goes on…BUT! There’s also a PERK to teaching with us:
    • YOU GET FIRST DIBS WHEN REGISTRATION COMES AROUND! (Classes fill up quickly, so it’s a big advantage to be able to register first!)

We were recently granted 501(c)3 Federal Non-Profit Status! We’ve come a LONG WAY in just 2 years, all through hard work from 100% volunteer efforts – everyone is a volunteer, even the board members! It is truly a co-operative effort. Read about our story here!

Need some inspiration? Check out what our past volunteer teachers have taught! Classes we have offered include: inventors, geology, forensic science, anatomy, math, American Sign Language, paleontology, gardening, building your character, art, fiber arts, drama, art history, reading, Spanish, music, flutes, percussion, biology, geography, astronomy, history, government, creative writing, citizenship, and statistics!

  • Teresa Beebe
    • Inventors Club (Fall 2016) 2nd-5th grade: students studied a different inventor each week along with participating in an activity related to that week’s inventor. Students completed their own “invention” project including brainstorming, design and presentation.
    • Geology (Spring 2017) 2nd-6th grade: Students explored billions of years of Earth’s history! They learned about the different types of rocks and minerals, caves, fossils and much more. Will include hands on activities and a final project.
    • Detective Science (Fall 2017) 4th grade and up: Class included hands on activities introducing students to forensic science. Students had the chance to gather clues, search for and analyze evidence and learn how science helps solve real-life crime.
    • Intro to Anatomy (Spring 2, 2018) 4th-6th grade: Ever wondered how we breathe or why? Or how our eyes move at the same time in the same direction to see just one image? Students spent the first 8 weeks exploring the amazing systems that make up our bodies from noses to neurons and tendons to tonsils! The last week students presented an anatomy project of their choice that they worked on throughout the session. There was some at-home work required each week to be completed before the next class session.
    • Let’s Have fun with math (Spring 2, 2018) 5th – 8th grade: Primarily group discussions and activities that will cover topics from Upper Elementary to pre-algebra. Topics included but not limited to factors, multiplication, division, area, perimeter, fractions, and problem-solving. Students should be proficient and understand basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well a basic understanding of fractions.
    • Comparative Anatomy with Dissection (Fall 2018) 10 years old and up (5th grade and up): Students studied the similarities and differences in the anatomy of different organisms. We discussed evolutionary biology, cladistics and phylogenetics. During the course we dissected the following: earthworm, crayfish, fish, frog and fetal pig. Each student had their own specimen and all supplies were provided.
    • Inventors Club #2 (Fall 2018) 7-11 yrs old (2nd – 5th grade):During this course, the students studied a different inventor each week along with participating in an activity related to that week’s inventor. In addition, students completed their own “invention” project including brainstorming, design and presentation.
  • Stephanie Brown
    • Sign Language (Spring 1 2018) K-2nd grade: This is a survey course introducing American Sign Language vocabulary for early elementary students with little to no prior knowledge. Games, songs, stories and fun with sign language will be had.
  • Rose Casino-Fries
    • Dinosaur Exploration (Fall 2017) K-2nd grade: Let’s talk dinosaurs! When did they exist and how do we know about them? Students learned about different types of dinosaurs while having fun.
    • Gardening (Spring 1&2 2018) 6-12 years old: The idea behind this class is to introduce children to various gardening and conservation concepts. Topics included plant anatomy, herbs, vegetables, pollinators, water conservation, composting, hydroponics, native vs non-native, garden visitors, and more! This class was intended to run for two sessions (18 weeks) with a new topic each week. This allows ample time to actually grow and harvest something. The class took place outside, as a hands-on class held at one of the pavilions followed by work in the garden.
  • Christina Edwards
    • The Human Body (Spring 2 2018) K-3rd grade: An exploration of the major bodily organs. Students explored the basic anatomy and physiology of the human brain, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, stomach, liver and kidneys, and small and large intestines.
    • Character Building (Fall 2018) 5-8 yrs old (K-3rd grade): An encouraging class to explain the importance of good character. We explored the benefits of character traits such as attentiveness, courage, diligence, gratefulness, patience, and more. Building future leaders of character through discussion, crafts, and group activities.
  • Daryl Everett
    • Intro to ASL (Spring 1 2018) 9-12 years old: An introduction to conversational American Sign Language and Deaf culture. This class included grammar, vocabulary, cultural norms, and some technology.
    • Sign Language (Spring 1 2018) K-2nd grade: This is a survey course introducing American Sign Language vocabulary for early elementary students with little to no prior knowledge. Games, songs, stories and fun with sign language will be had.
    • Signs and Science (ASL) (Spring 2 2018) 3rd-5th grade: In this class, students did hands-on scientific activities and learned some ASL signs related to our topic. Topics cut across the scientific disciplines with Foundations of Scientific Understanding used as a reference. 
    • Intro to ASL (B) (Fall 2018) 8-13 yrs old (3rd-6th grades) An introduction to conversational American Sign Language and Deaf culture. This study included grammar, vocabulary, cultural norms, and some technology. This was a continuation of Spring work but had access points for new students. A creative project was planned for the final 2 weeks of class which included the use of face paint on hands/arms. 
    • Beginning Sign Language (Season B) 4-8 yrs old (K-2nd grade): This is a survey course introducing American Sign Language vocabulary for early elementary students with little to no prior knowledge. Games, songs, stories and fun with sign language. Topics included: ABC’s/Pleasantries, Things you see outside, Seasons, Days of the Week, Farm Animals, Zoo Animals, Fruits and Vegetables.
  • Cat Fialla
    • Art (Spring 1 2018) K-2nd grade: Each week students learned about a different famous artist and created their own art based on the style and techniques that artist used. At the end of the semester, an art gallery displayed during presentation and expo day, exhibiting select art pieces created by the students.
    • Fiber Arts (Fall 2018) 9-14 yrs old (3rd grade and up): Children created with their hands using embroidery thread, yarn, fabric & other related items. Activities included hand sewing, tie-dying, weaving, embroidery and finger knitting.
    • Intro to Drama (Fall 2018) 6-13 yrs old (K-8th grade): Have fun in a support environment while building confidence with public speaking! This class was full of cooperative games to encourage your child to come out of their shell. No prior drama experience required!
  • Suzette Foister
    • Art (Fall 2017, Fall 2018) ages 5 and up: An 8 week class focusing on a different theme every week. Suzette incorporated a bit of art history and reading into the lessons as well. Topics included lessons on famous artists and their techniques, the 7 elements of art, and the principles of art. It was fun and suitable for ages 5 and up. Suzette’s ultimate goal was for the kids to have fun. She didn’t want the children or the parents to feel as if they are just doing another craft. She wanted them to take away some fun facts and a love for art!
    • Art at Noon (Fall 2017) ages 5 and up: An 8 week class focusing on a different theme every week. Suzette incorporated a bit of art history and reading into the lessons as well. Topics included lessons on famous artists and their techniques, the 7 elements of art, and the principles of art. It was fun and suitable for ages 5 and up. Suzette’s ultimate goal was for the kids to have fun. She didn’t want the children or the parents to feel as if they are just doing another craft. She wanted them to take away some fun facts and a love for art!
    • The Human Body (Spring 2 2018) K-3rd grade: An exploration of the major bodily organs. Students explored the basic anatomy and physiology of the human brain, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, stomach, liver and kidneys, and small and large intestines.
    • Art History and Creativity (Fall 2018) 8 yrs old and up (3rd – 5th grade):We explored the art and history of different nations and time periods every week. Students had the opportunity to create a piece of art each week. This class created opportunities for self guided creativity. Students were encouraged to doodle/draw in sketchbooks outside of the classroom. The goal was for each student to develop a love for art, history and confidence in their ability to create with little direction.
  • Jennifer Gabot
    • Crazy 8’s Math Club (Spring 1 2018, Fall 2018) 3rd-5th grade: 8 weeks of fun with math! We will move around, build new things, explore, make a mess, and even have fun with marshmallows!
  • Lauren Giordano 
    • Art of Reading (Fall 2017, Fall 2018) ages 3-5: Introduction to phonics and sentence structure through a book and craft.
    • Charting and Graphing (Spring 1, 2018) 4-7 year olds: Students learned how to create and read charts and graphs through various activities.
    • Charts & Graphs with Science (Spring 2 2018) 4-7 year olds: Students learned how to create and read charts and graphs through a different experiment each week!
    • Crazy 8s Math Club (Spring 2 2018, Fall 2018) K-2nd grade: making math fun by playing hands-on games, building stuff, making a mess and having FUN!
  • Cynthia Green
    • Intermediate Conversational Spanish (Fall 2018) 9+ with consideration for those with prior experience (3rd grade +): This class was designed to offer opportunities for Spanish students to utilize the vocabulary they already know in complete sentences and phrases. Emphasis was on understanding some grammar by conjugating some verbs and learning important different word usages (such as “ser/estar”). Students partook in reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish.
  • Marion Haase 
    • Music Makers I (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017) ages 6+: Emphasis on beginner music theory, music appreciation, ensemble performance, rhythmic and melodic ear-training, and improvisation. Kids had hands-on experience with various instruments, learning principles of music notation, performance, stage presence, etc.
    • Music Makers II (Fall 2017) For kids who have taken Music Makers I or have had musical training in the past. This class builds upon the concepts covered in the previous class.
    • Jugando Aprendemos (Fall 2017, Spring 1&2 2018) all ages: Learn Spanish vocabulary and phrases by taking part in games, songs, art, dances, and more.
    • Flutes & Voices (Spring 1&2, 2018) 2nd grade and up: An introduction to the recorder and choir. Other instruments were used in the class to help anchor an understanding of the music.
    • Spanish Mundo (Fall 2018) 5-7 yrs old (K-2nd): Learn about a different Spanish-speaking country each week (geography, culture, music, food, vocabulary) while practicing common phrases. At the end of the semester, each child presents a poster or project about a Spanish-speaking country.
    • Tempo Buckets! (Fall 2018) 10 – 14 yrs old (5th – 8th grade): We learned about music, performance, rhythm, choreography, and more using 5 gallon paint buckets as our primary instruments, as well as real drum sticks. Other auxiliary percussion was be included as well as some pitched instruments. Students did a performance at the end of the semester.
  • Dawn Ivey
    • Overview of Biomes (Fall 2016) grades 1st-5th: Students learned about the aquatic, desert, forest, tundra and grasslands biomes in an interactive forum. They learned about the climate, animals, plants, physical characteristics, and locations of each biome. Students gained knowledge that they used to create a project that was shared at the end of semester presentation.
    • Reader’s Theatre (Spring 2017) min. 2nd grade reading level: Students were assigned select parts that they practiced reading in a variety of voices while expressing various feelings/emotions. The focus was on reading fluency, reading aloud, voice projection and reading with inflection. Students were not expected to memorize lines as all parts were read directly from the script.
    • Inventors Club (Fall 2018) 7-11 yrs old (2nd – 5th grade): During this course, the students studied a different inventor each week along with participating in an activity related to that week’s inventor. In addition, students completed their own “invention” project including brainstorming, design and presentation.
  • Anita Morales
    • Overview of Biomes (Fall 2016) grades 1st-5th: Students learned about the aquatic, desert, forest, tundra and grasslands biomes in an interactive forum. They learned about the climate, animals, plants, physical characteristics, and locations of each biome. Students gained knowledge that they used to create a project that was shared at the end of semester presentation
    • Dinosaur Exploration (Fall 2017) K-2nd grade: Let’s talk dinosaurs! When did they exist and how do we know about them? Students learned about different types of dinosaurs while having fun.
    • Let’s Have fun with math (Spring 2, 2018) 5th – 8th grade: Primarily group discussions and activities that will cover topics from Upper Elementary to pre-algebra. Topics included but not limited to factors, multiplication, division, area, perimeter, fractions, and problem-solving. Students should be proficient and understand basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well a basic understanding of fractions.
    • Ahoy, Matey! (Fall 2018) 5-8 yrs old (K-3rd): Introduction to maps and map reading with a pirate theme. We hunted for pirate treasure all over the world by sailing the seven seas and visiting the continents we encountered. We also learned how to use a compass so we can navigate our way around the world looking for our treasures.
    • Super Solar System (Fall 2018) 6-9 yrs old (1st – 3rd grade): Come explore our Solar System ! Let’s learn and have fun while exploring this amazing world we live in . This class is perfect for both beginners or students with more knowledge on the subject. The class included reading, crafts, group projects and more. Most importantly had fun . 
  • Ruby Mumo
    • Art of Reading (Spring 1 2018) 3-5 year olds: Intro to reading and phonics, complemented by stories and crafts
  • Vanessa Power
    • Art of Reading (Spring 1 2018) 3-5 year olds: Intro to reading and phonics, complemented by stories and crafts
  • Erin Powers
    • Crazy 8’s Math Club (Fall 2017) K-2nd grade: Fun math club that helps kids enjoy math and see how it fits into everyday life. https://crazy8s.bedtimemath.org/home/what
    • Our Earth Rocks! (Fall 2018) 8-11 yrs old (3rd-5th grade): Get down to earth and learn about the rocks and minerals that make up our wonderful planet. This class focused heavily on rock and land formation along with properties of rocks and minerals. 
  • Olivia Sutherland
    • Florida History Class (Fall 2018) 8 years old and up (3rd – 5th grade): Our students made Florida Lap Books. Each student made their own. There was reading, writing, coloring & creating. We learned about the first settlers and created a timeline and some of the tools they used in their day.
  • Judi Quinn
    • Nifty Fifty U.S. Geography (Spring 1 2018) 3rd-7th grade: Students learned about regions of US, interesting facts and monuments; each student did an in depth study of one state.
    • Westward Ho U.S. Geography (Spring 2 2018) 3rd-7th grade: Be a pioneer and experience the westward movement with all it’s adventures. Passages from books by Laura Ingalls Wilder will be used to give information from a child’s point of view. We will try pioneer crafts and food of the era. Each student will keep a pioneer journal.
    • Creative Writing (Spring 2 2018, Fall 2018) 5th-8th grade: We will look at different reasons for writing and ways to improve word choices through shades of meaning. Students will work on informational and fictional writing after discussing the differences in each form. Students will learn to self edit, and will also have peer and teacher editing.
    • We The People (Fall 2018) 10 yrs old and up (4th grade and up): This was an introduction to government and the Bill of Rights. We discussed the three branches of government, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizens. 
    • Where in the World? (Fall 2018) 10 yrs old and up (4th grade and up): What is the longest river? the highest waterfall? largest desert? Find out in this fun filled class while exploring cultures around the world. Each student did an in depth study of a country with provided guidelines.
    • Data, Probability, and Statistics (Fall 2018) 10 yrs old and up (4th grade and up): Students should have a good knowledge of multiplication and division before signing up for this class. We looked at the many ways in which this type of math influences our life. There was a final project with given guidelines.

We Are Now a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization!

We are very excited to announce that The Alliance for the Pursuit of Knowledge (our umbrella organization that houses both Homeschool Learning Co-ops and the Community String Ensemble) has received its new official status as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization!

Since our humble beginnings two years ago, our entirely volunteer based community organization has strived to provide the community with quality affordable opportunities for learning and growing.

We, the officers, are grateful to how well our efforts have been received by our community, and for your willingness to step up and help our mission become a reality. We hope our new status will open new avenues to create more affordable opportunities and resources for the community!

For now we are getting ready for our Fall 2018 semester at TWO locations with 25 classes starting on September 2018.

Fall 2018: Homeschool P.E. & Co-op Registration Closing Soon!

In this post: TWO important pieces of information!

  1. Fall 2018 Registration for classes at Gardenville and Brandon will close soon!

Classes that still have spots available:

Brandon, Tuesdays

Data, Probability and Statistics (10y.o., 4th+)

Where in the World? (10y.o.+, 4th+)

 

Gardenville, Thursdays

Art History and Creativity (8y.o.+, 3rd-5th)

Creative Writing (10y.o.+, 4th+)

Fiber Arts (9-14y.o, 3rd+)

Florida History (8y.o.+, 3rd+)

Intermediate Conversational Spanish (9y.o.+, 3rd+)

Spanish Mundo (5-7y.o., K-2nd)

Tempo Buckets (10-14y.o., 5th-8th)

  1. Gardenville Rec Center will be offering another Homeschool P.E. class on Wednesdays. It will begin September 12th, 2018. They have not set up their portal for registration but as soon as it’s up, we will be sure to let everyone know!

Heads up! Fall 2018 Presentation Day Change (for Brandon)

We have encountered another hiccup with our Brandon site.
On  Tuesday Nov 6, 2018 (the final day of classes/presentation day) the Brandon Rec. Center at Sadie Park will be used as a voting site so our usual space will not be available to us for our Presentation Day.
THE GOOD NEWS:
We will combining the Brandon presentation day with the Gardenville presentation day on Thursday Nov 8th, 2018 (instead of Tuesday Nov. 6th, 2018).
(Gardenville Rec Center: 6215 Symmes Rd, Gibsonton, FL 33534)
We know that many of you have full schedules and this change may present some challenges, but hopefully we are giving you ample notice to make it to presentation day!
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are looking forward to the new semester and seeing all the families continue to embrace and partake in learning as a community effort!

Sewing Class Registration opens MONDAY 7/9/2018

The American Sewing Guild volunteers its services at the Community Center as long as they can get the space and volunteers from their local Chapter.  They don’t charge for the sewing camp.  Their mission statement is “Advancing Sewing as an Art and Life Skill”. 

 

When: Class starts Sept. 10th, 2018 (Mondays) for 8 weeks

Time: from 10am-noon

Ages: kids aged 10+ (Exceptions for 9 year olds that can stay focused on sewing for 2 hours.).

Price: Free at Sadie park

Who: led by American Sewing Guild

 

Registration Link (registration opens Monday July 9th, 2018 at 9am)

 

WE STILL HAVE SPOTS (Fall 2018 Registration)

We still have some spots left in some classes! The descriptions are below. Follow THIS LINK to register!

We also have waitlists for classes that are full, so be sure to get on the list!

 

Brandon and Gardenville (Riverview), Tuesdays and Thursdays, September-November, 2018.

 

Brandon Sadie Park

Dates: Tuesdays, September 11th, 2018 – November 6th, 2018 (Presentation Day will be 11/6)
Location: Sadie Park (510 E. Sadie St, Brandon, FL)
Ages/grades: 5 y.o. and up; elementary and middle school
Cost: $9 for 9-week session (per class, per child). Additional materials fee $0-25 payable to teachers directly.


Crazy 8’s Upper Grades: Season 2: 1 spot left!

10:00am-10:50am

Age group:  8-11 yrs old (3rd-5th)

Materials fee: $5 (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students:12  students

Description:Crazy 8s is a super fun math club that will get your child excited to learn. We will race, jump, build, dance, and have some friendly competition all while learning math! Students should be able to multiply, skip count, and measure at a basic level. We work in small groups or as a whole group to work on fractions, creating 3D shapes, counting money, making patterns, measuring with our feet and more.

Teacher: Jennifer Gabot


Data, Probability, & Statistics: 4 spots left!

11:00am-11:50am

Age group: 10 yrs old and up (4th grade and up)

Materials fee: $ 5 (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students: 12  students

Description:Students should have a good knowledge of multiplication and division before signing up for this class. We will look at the many ways in which this type of math influences our life. There will be a final project with given guidelines.

Teacher: Judi Quinn


Our Earth Rocks: 6 spots left!

1:00pm-1:50pm

Age group: 8-11 yrs old (3rd-5th grade)

Materials fee: $10 There will also be a small supply list coming out for a few recycled items we will need. Parents will be notified as soon as possible. (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students: 15 students

Description: Get down to earth and learn about the rocks and minerals that make up our wonderful planet. This class will focus heavily on rock and land formation along with properties of rocks and minerals.

Teacher: Erin Powers


Where in the World: 5 spots left!

9:00am-9:50am

Age group:  10 yrs old and up (4th grade and up)

Materials fee: $8 (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students: 12  students

Description: What is the longest river? the highest waterfall? largest desert? Find out in this fun filled class while exploring cultures around the world. Each student will do an in depth study of a country with provided guidelines.

Teacher: Judi Quinn



Gardenville Rec Center 

Dates: Thursdays, September 13th, 2018 – November 8th, 2018 (Presentation Day will be 11/8)
Location: Gardenville Rec Center (11514 Corwin St, Gibsonton, FL)
Ages/grades: 5 y.o. and up; elementary and middle school
Cost: Each class costs $9/child for a 9-week session. Additional materials fee $0-25 payable to teachers directly.


Art History and Creativity: 8 spots left!

11:00am-11:50am

Age group: 8 yrs old and up (3rd – 5th grade)

Materials fee: $25.00 with siblings discount of $5.00 (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students: 12 students

Description: We will explore the art and history of different nations and time periods every week. Students will have the opportunity to create a piece of art each week. This class will create opportunities for self guided creativity. Students will be encouraged to doodle/draw in sketchbooks outside of the classroom. The goal is for each student to develop a love for art, history and confidence in their ability to create with little direction.

Teacher: Suzette Foister

 


Creative Writing: 7 spots left!

12:00pm-12:50pm

Age group: 10 yrs old and up (4th grade and up)

Materials fee: $5.00 (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students: 12 students

Description: This is a repeat of Spring 2 class. We will look at word choice and style for different writing audiences. Have fun while improving your writing in creative ways.

Teacher: Judi Quinn


 Fiber Arts: 9 spots left!

12:00pm-12:50pm

Age group: 9-14 yrs old (3rd grade and up)

Materials fee: $25 (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students: 12 students

Description:Children will create with their hands using embroidery thread, yarn, fabric & other related items. Possible activities include hand sewing, tie-dying, weaving, embroidery and finger knitting.

Teacher: Cat Fialla


Florida History: 9 spots left!

10:00am-10:50am

Age group: 8 years old and up (3rd – 5th grade)

Materials fee: none

Max # of students: 15 students

Description: Our students will be making Florida Lap Books. Each student will make their own. There will be reading, writing, coloring & creating. We will learn about the first settlers and create a timeline and some of the tools they used in their day.

Teacher: Olivia Sutherland

 


Intermediate Conversational Spanish: 8 spots left!

1:00pm-1:45pm

Age group: 9+ with consideration for those with prior experience (3rd grade +)

Materials fee: $2.00 (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students: 14 students

Description: This class is designed to offer opportunities for Spanish students to utilize the vocabulary they already know in complete sentences and phrases. Emphasis will be on understanding some grammar by conjugating some verbs and learning important different word usages (such as “ser/estar”). Students will be reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish; parents will need to provide folders with pockets, paper, and tabs to hold the paper and folders for their students. Vocabulary lists will be provided after registration so students can review and study over the summer the basic necessary language before class. Parents needing a list prior to registration to access their childs’ abilities can email me. Students need to be able to write without assistance, and if is a beginner, need to be of a maturity that they can learn the necessities for conversation over the summer

Teacher: Cynthia Green


Poetry: 4 spots left!

11:00am-11:40am

Age group: 6-8 yrs old (1st-2nd grade)

Materials fee: $2.00 (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students: 15 students

Description: We will learn about different types of poetry each week and create new poems together as a class.

Teacher: Ruby Mumo


Spanish Mundo: 6 spots left!

9:00am-9:50am

Age group: 5-7 yrs old (K-2nd)

Materials fee: $5 (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students: 12 students

Description:Learn about a different Spanish-speaking country each week (geography, culture, music, food, vocabulary) while practicing common phrases. At the end of the semester, each child will present a poster or project about a country of their choice.

Teacher: Marion Haase


Tempo Buckets: 2 spots left!

11:00am-11:50am

Age group: 10 – 14 yrs old (5th – 8th grade)

Materials fee: $6.00 (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students: 12 students

Description: Learn about music, performance, rhythm, choreography, and more using 5 gallon paint buckets as your primary instrument, as well as real drum sticks. Other auxiliary percussion will be included as well as some pitched instruments. Students will do a performance at the end of the semester.

Teacher: Marion Haase


We The People: 2 spots left!

10:00am-10:50am

Age group: 10 yrs old and up (4th grade and up)

Materials fee: $8.00 (one-time fee, payable to the teacher on the first day of class)

Max # of students: 12 students

Description: This is an introduction to government and the Bill of Rights. We will discuss the three branches of government, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

Teacher: Judi Quinn