Faith Life Home Educators

We are a family-oriented, Christian support ministry for home educators. Activities include field trips, gym time, meetings for parents, service projects, and an annual graduation ceremony.

Home School Co-op

Winter Semester – Classes will run from 10:30am-3:00pm for ten weeks beginning Wednesday, February 15th.

Do you homeschool? Are you looking for a way to meet new people and get your family connected? Join us once a week, for ten weeks each semester, and participate in a variety of classes. There is something for kids pre-K through grade 12! Come share experiences, get encouraged and have fun! A family-oriented, Christian support ministry for home educators. Activities include field trips, gym time, meetings for parents, service projects, and an annual graduation ceremony.



Classes

Winter Classes

Co-op Chapel – 10:30am – 10:50am

  • 1ST PERIOD – 11:00 – 11:45
  • 2ND PERIOD – 11:55 – 12:40
  • LUNCH – 12:40 – 1:10
  • 3RD PERIOD – 1:20 – 2:05
  • 4TH PERIOD – 2:15 – 3:00PM

Open to all children as well as parents.

Chapel time provides all of our co-op families with the opportunity to start the co-op day together. This is an important time for sharing announcements and information, collectively celebrating our country by saying the pledge of allegiance and singing The Star-Spangled Banner, and having children recite their memory verses. But perhaps the most important part of chapel is taking time to pray for all of our children and the teachers, asking God to be in the very midst of our educational experiences. Chapel is not required as some families only attend afternoon classes, but we encourage your family to join us for this special time starting at 10:30 am in Motion City.


PERIOD 1: 11:00 – 11:45

Grades: Preschool-Kindergarten (Ages 4 & 5) Must be at least 4 years old to participate

Nursery Rhymes and Concepts of Print

Teacher: Beth Morrison

Description: We will be learning a new nursery rhyme each week. We’ll be focusing on concepts of print that helps the child know and recognize ways in which print 'works'. Children will be looking at word families, rhyming words, and sight words. Each child will be writing, cutting, gluing, and will be bringing home a new emergent reader each week.

Fee: $5

Notes: Maximum number of students is 10 This class is available in the first and second period.


Grades: Preschool (3-4 year olds)

Preschool Rocks!

Teacher: Amy Crane

Description: Fun for our very youngest co-op members!  Each week we will begin our class with calendar time and practice days of the week, months, the date, and track the weather.  Children will also explore a different classic children’s book and make a mini-craft.  To help us get to know each other better, each child will have the opportunity to be “Star of the Week” and share some special things about themselves.

Fee: $10

Notes: Maximum number of students is 10. This class is available in the first and second period.


Grades: 1-4

Legos

Teacher: Tara Lilly and Alicia Magada

Description: Show your creativity as you build Lego creations! Each week will offer free play (with project ideas) and a time at the end of class for Show & Tell. There will also be some building challenges scattered throughout the semester. This is an ideal class for any Lego-maniac!

Please plan to bring your own box of Legos each week.

Fee: $5

Notes: Maximum number of students is 15. This class is available in the first and third period.


Grades: 1–6

History Makers: Historical Men and Women of God

Teacher: Anna Aquino

Description: We will be discussing mighty men and women of God post Biblical days, some church history, and how God led these men and women to affect the culture and the church.  Figures such as: Martin Luther, John Wesley, Corrie Ten Boom, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr., and Bill Hamon.  We are also going to be talking about note taking and when we discuss each figure they can take notes in a journal we'll make.

Fee: $10

Notes:


Grades: 4th and up

Sewing

Teacher: Maria Williams

Description: Be ready for a fast paced class from start to finish! This semester we're going to learn a wide range of skills including lining bags, zippers, buttons, pockets, interfacing, project design, and lots of other tips and tricks to sewing success. We'll be making pocket pillowcases, fold up coloring kits, a lined tote, flannel pants, and a zipper pouch. It's my goal that by the end of this class, students would feel comfortable enough to work on a machine on their own and ignite their creativity for sewing. The fee will cover all supplies, though you're more than welcome to bring in fabric you want to use.

Fee: $40

Notes: Maximum number of students is 6


Grades: 4–6

IEW Writing

Teacher: Stephanie Shooks

Description: Using IEW’s proven method, we will learn how to make writing fun and easy.  IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) uses a step by step checklist to take the fear and dread out of writing, creating well written paragraphs and papers.  We will be learning how to key word outline, write using the key word outline, add dress ups to our papers-including –ly words, who-which clauses, five-sense words, strong verbs, action verbs, quality adjectives and more.  If you have a child who is overwhelmed by writing a paper or even a paragraph, then this is a perfect class to introduce an easy to follow “formula” to help them become excellent writers.  All source texts will be provided and final paragraphs can be typed or handwritten.  Don’t worry, this is not a long paper writing class, we will only be writing a few paragraphs a week.  Each child will come away from this class with a portfolio of their amazing writing. I welcome and encourage parents to attend and learn alongside your child.

Fee: $20

Notes: Maximum number of students is 10


Grades: 7 – 12

Pinterest Art

Teacher: Katie Gastaldo

Description: This art class will be inspired by the many art projects and DIY's on Pinterest. We will be working with canvas, paints, markers, some light tool work, and much more. We will inspire each other, have fun creating, and learn helpful DIY skills. Please note: you may want your student to bring a smock to class each week.

Fee: $35

Notes: Maximum number of students is 12


PERIOD 2: 11:55 – 12:40

Grades: Preschool - Kindergarten (Ages 4 & 5) Must be at least 4 years old to participate

Nursery Rhymes and Concepts of Print

Teacher: Beth Morrison

Description: We will be learning a new nursery rhyme each week. We’ll be focusing on concepts of print that helps the child know and recognize ways in which print 'works'. Children will be looking at word families, rhyming words, and sight words. Each child will be writing, cutting, gluing, and will be bringing home a new emergent reader each week.

Fee: $5

Notes: Maximum number of students is 10

** This class is available in the first and second period


Grades: Preschool  (3-4 year olds)

Preschool Rocks!

Teacher: Amy Crane

Description:  Fun for our very youngest co-op members!  Each week we will begin our class with calendar time and practice days of the week, months, the date, and track the weather.  Children will also explore a different classic children’s book and make a mini-craft.  To help us get to know each other better, each child will have the opportunity to be “Star of the Week” and share some special things about themselves.

Fee: $10

Notes: Maximum number of students is 10

** Note: This class is available in the first and second period.


Grades: 1-5

Beginner/Intermediate Jazz

Teacher: Addie Kolda

Description: In this Jazz class we'll explore the movement of jazz. Focus will be on the fundamentals of movement and expression.

Fee: $15

Notes: Maximum number of students is 10


Grades: 1-6

Cast, Craft, and Creativity

Teacher: Dan Aquino

Description: Get ready for an adventure in creativity, casting and crafting with this class.  We will be using paper mache, alginate casting, and mask sculpting.  Along with completing four different projects, we will learn some fun crafting skills as well as be taught by an artist who has worked for special effects in film and as a scenic artist for Disney.  Enjoy the world of creativity as you spread your wings and create!

Fee: $50

Notes:


Grades: 2nd and up

Music

Teacher: Maria Williams

Description: In this introductory class the students will start with the staff and move through clefs, notes, intervals, accidentals, scales, instruments, rhythms, circle of fifths, and famous composers. Students will have some homework, but it'll be fun! My goal by the end of this class is for the students to have a foundation in music theory and hopefully encourage them to pursue music in some capacity. Students will have their own manuscript book along with various games and worksheets.

Fee: $15

Notes: Maximum number of students is 15


Grades: 7-12

I Survived! History

Teacher: Fran Porter

Description: This course includes sessions that look at a number of major events that occurred around the world and, specifically, in the United States.  Some of the events include the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, sinking of the Titanic in 1912, shark attacks of 1916, The Great Chicago Fire, the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the attacks of 9/11, the Japanese tsunami in 2011, and the Joplin tornado in 2011.  We will observe the causes and look at pictures from the actual events.

Fee: $20

Notes:


Grades: 7-12

IEW Writing

Teacher: Stephanie Shooks

Description: Using IEW’s proven method, we will learn how to make writing fun and easy.  IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) uses a step by step checklist to take the fear and dread out of writing, creating well written paragraphs and papers.  We will be learning how to key word outline, write using the key word outline, add dress ups to our papers-including –ly words, who-which clauses, five-sense words, strong verbs, action verbs, quality adjectives and more.  If you have a child who is overwhelmed by writing a paper or even a paragraph, then this is a perfect class to introduce an easy to follow “formula” to help them become excellent writers.  All source texts will be provided and final paragraphs can be typed or handwritten.  Don’t worry, this is not a long paper writing class, we will only be writing a few paragraphs a week.  Each child will come away from this class with a portfolio of their amazing writing. I welcome and encourage parents to attend and learn alongside your child.

Fee: $20

Notes: Maximum number of students is 15


PERIOD 3: 1:20 – 2:05

Grades: Preschool–Kindergarten

Early Reading and Writing

Teacher: Anna Aquino

Description: We will be reading several books and will discuss the stories and their characters. Students will learn about letters and the sounds they make.  We'll also use coloring pages that help with letter recognition and writing.

Fee: $15

Notes:


Grades: Preschool - Kindergarten

Beginner Dance

Teacher: Addie Kolda

Description: In this class we’ll explore movement and learn the very basics of dancing. The focus will be mainly rooted in ballet with other styles added too. A great way for kids to cultivate their creativity and get moving!

Fee: $15

Notes: Maximum number of students is 10

Note: This class will be from 1:20-1:50.


Grades: K-3

Homeschool Gym

Teacher: Coach Christopher Quickert

Description: The Homeschool Gym provides a safe and positive physical education experience for homeschooled children. We use a variety of games and activities that are both fun and educational. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere in which children of varying ages can come together and learn physical skills that will lead them to a lifetime of health, fitness and fun. http://welcome.homeschoolgym.com/

Fee: $65. Sibling discount – Two children $105, three or more children in the same family, $125.

Notes:


Grades: 1-4

Legos

Teacher: Tara Lilly and Alicia Magada

Description: Show your creativity as you build Lego creations! Each week will offer free play (with project ideas) and a time at the end of class for Show & Tell. There will also be some building challenges scattered throughout the semester. This is an ideal class for any Lego-maniac!

Please plan to bring your own box of Legos each week.

Fee: $5

Notes: Maximum number of students: 15

** Note: This class is available in the first and third period.


Grades: 1-7

Farm Life

Teacher: Tracy Scholl

Description: Have you ever wondered what it's like to grow up on a farm?? In this class you will get to find out!  We will talk about crops, farm equipment, farm animals, farm chores and responsibilities and learn why farms are important and a necessity.  If all works out, during our 2nd to last week in class, we will have a few farm animals for the kids (and parents) to see and pet.  Please note: it will be brought up in class that some animals we raise for food, however it will not be a huge topic.  

Fee: $25

Notes:


Grades: 5th and up

Poetry and Tea

Teacher: Beth Morrison

Description: Come to Hear

                       Come to Eat

                       Words and crumbs and tea

                       Express your thoughts

                       your feelings too

                       and then you soon may see

Fee: $5

Notes:


Grades: 7-12

Major Battles of the Civil War

Teacher: Fran Porter

Description: We will study ten of the major battles to determine the who, what, where, when, and how of each one.  We will look at actual pictures from the events and study maps about the flow of the battle.

Fee: $20

Notes:


PERIOD 4: 2:15 – 3:00

Grades: Preschool-Kindergarten

Early Reading and Writing

Teacher: Anna Aquino

Description: We will be reading several books and will discuss the stories and their characters. Students will learn about letters and the sounds they make.  We'll also use coloring pages that help with letter recognition and writing.

Fee: $15

Notes:


Grades: 1-5

Beginner/Intermediate Ballet

Teacher: Addie Kolda

Description: In this ballet class we’ll start learning about the basics of ballet technique. We’ll focus on grace and beginner knowledge to build the foundation of your dancer.

Fee: $15

Notes: Maximum number of students is 10


Grades: 3–6

American Sign Language

Teacher: Missy Enright

Description: Come join the fun of learning American Sign Language (ASL)!

From numbers and the alphabet to full sentences, you can learn all the basics of American Sign Language.

Fee: $12

Notes:


Grades: 4–12

Homeschool Gym Class

Teacher: Coach Christopher Quickert

Description: The Homeschool Gym provides a safe and positive physical education experience for homeschooled children. We use a variety of games and activities that are both fun and educational. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere in which children of varying ages can come together and learn physical skills that will lead them to a lifetime of health, fitness and fun. http://welcome.homeschoolgym.com/

Fee: $65, Sibling discount – Two children $105, three or more children in the same family, $125.

Notes:


Grades: 6-8

Science Fair Study Hall

Teacher: Beth Morrison

Description: Have a question about your science fair project? Need some help interpreting your data? Having a hard time expressing your ideas and conclusions? Come and I'll help YOU do it!

Fee: none

Notes:


Grades: 7-12

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Teacher: Amy Sunderman

Description: We will take a look at how temptation comes as we journey into this literary classic written from the perspective of "one devil to another". Students will examine these fictional letters and respond to the messages within through reading, writing, and classroom discussion.  Please bring a pen, notebook, and Bible (hardcopy, no devices please) each week.  This class will have homework.

Fee: $15 (includes a copy of the book and additional materials)

Notes: Minimum number of students is 5

Tara Lilly

Tara Lilly lives in Blacklick with her husband, Ben, and three kiddos Brooklynn, Jordyn, and Brennan. She loves shopping, enjoys a good cup of coffee and hanging out with teenagers at Stonybrook Church where she helps lead youth group.

Katie Gastaldo

Katie lives in Pataskala with her husband, Jonathan, and is the mother of two amazing kids, ages five and ten. Her family loves crafting and pinning which has inspired her to teach a Pinterest art class at co-op this winter.

Stephanie Shooks

Stephanie has been homeschooling her three kids (Luke, Jake & Abby) for nine years with the support and encouragement of her husband Matt. She is well versed on homeschooling with special needs and incorporating therapy/IEP goals into everyday learning. As a self-proclaimed, lifelong learner she holds certificates in technical theater, dog grooming, disaster relief, weather spotting, home organization and has an Amateur Radio License. She loves to read, bake, clean, organize, plan in her Happy Planner, fix things around the house, build with power tools, play with her puppy, serve at church, spend hours on Pinterest and is currently starting her own blog.

Anna Aquino

Anna M. Aquino is a super fabulous woman of God, wife, ninja mom of two, traditionally published author and guest minister/ speaker. She has been a guest on TBN, The Gospel Channel, and various other media programs. Anna is currently at work on her 22nd book, along with five screenplays, children’s book series, and two devotionals. However Anna has learned there is a difference in the world between the writing side and the publishing side. She is the published author of An Ember in Time, Confessions of a Ninja Mom, Cursing the Church or Helping It? two other inclusions in anthologies, and a blog that is read around the world. While she is more known for her nonfiction writing she loves fiction writing and is very excited to have just signed a fiction trilogy with an agent. An Ember in Time was released in 2016 and Marriage in Time will follow this summer. While Anna was born and raised in Ohio, her family and she lived in Central Florida for 13.5 years. They relocated back to Ohio a year ago under divine direction to be members of Faith Life Church. Anna is excited to be teaching with the Faith Life Co-Op and is looking forward to pouring her passion of the written word into the students.

Beth Morrison

Beth’s heart for teaching began early in her life with teaching her sister math. In high school she entered into a teaching mentorship program which confirmed her love to teach children. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor in Early Elementary Education. She was then quite surprised when the Lord told her to ‘wait’ and not get a full time teaching job. Instead, he placed her in a position to take care of her father and grandmother. She has followed the Lord and is so excited and honored to be able to teach her own children and the children at FLHE.

Christopher Quickert

Christopher Quickert isn’t above performing pratfalls if that’s what it takes to help a build a child’s confidence and skills in the gymnasium. Known as “Coach Q” or “Coach Chris” to his students, Quickert began teaching fitness classes for kids at a Columbus Recreation Center in 2003, the same year he began to homeschool his daughter Aiden. Equipped with a Bachelors’ of Science and Masters of Education from the Ohio State University, Quickert had seen the problems of contemporary classrooms firsthand. Little was accomplished because of the amount of time teachers spent managing behavior instead of teaching. Determined to do things differently, Quickert learned that listening to his students, respecting them and above all, making sure they stay active and have fun has kept the need for management to a minimum. He incorporated his program as the HomeSchool Gym in 2004 as it began to expand from a single recreation center to several. Now in multiple locations, both urban and suburban, it has become one of the most popular resources for Central Ohio’s substantial homeschooling community.

Tracy Scholl

Tracy is a homeschooling mom of a 5th grader and a senior. She has homeschooled her kids for six years and wouldn't change it for the world. She is a resident of Johnstown, and graduated high school from Licking Heights in 1996. Tracy is a certified EMT, OHSSA Softball umpire and works part time at Tractor Supply. In her "spare" time she spends time with her horses, watches her daughter ride, and her son play travel baseball.

India Keith

India N. Keith is an Ohio native. She is the oldest of 8 siblings and discovered a love of teaching as a child. India has a Psychology degree from Oberlin College. She graduated with a Masters in Social Science Administration from the former Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She spent 15 years in the fields of social work and higher education. Her work as a Trainer for employees at Columbus State Community College changed her life in ways she could never imagine! India met her husband, Jesse, at CSCC and things have never been the same! They have 5 amazing little boys and homeschool 4 of them. After nearly 7 years as a stay at home mom, India became a work-from home mom. She currently teaches English online to children in China. She loves teaching and appreciates how the Lord has allowed something she loves doing so much to bless her family.

Suzy DiTanni

Suzy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Malone University with a B.A. in Adult Fitness and a B.A. in Business with a concentration in Marketing. Prior to becoming a mom to her four amazing children she worked as a Personal Trainer, and later as a Marketing and Sales Associate for DiYanni Homes. She currently lives in Etna with her husband Josh, their four children: Isabella, Olivia, Sophia and John-Luke, and their puppy Findlay. Ten years ago she told her sister that unless God came down from heaven and told her she had to homeschool that she would NEVER consider it. Five years later she knew without a doubt that God had called her to start homeschooling so she jumped right in and will be forever grateful that she listened to the call.

She is passionate about the role that reading aloud plays in forming her children's character, fostering their imagination, encouraging creativity, and creating bonds that will last a lifetime. She is excited to be sharing her passion for children's books with your preschoolers this session.

Suzy loves traveling, skiing, swimming, hiking, biking, exercise, cooking, reading and taking spontaneous road trips with her amazing family.

FAQ

When and where do Co-op classes take place?

Co-op classes are held on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 3:00pm. We meet at:

Faith Life Church
2407 Beech Road
New Albany, OH.


How long is a co-op semester?

A co-op semester is 10 weeks long. For specific beginning and ending dates, see the Fall and Spring class schedules.


Can co-op classes act as a replacement for teaching at home?

Faith Life co-op classes are not a replacement for your academic homeschooling efforts and are geared toward enrichment only. At this time, we do not offer core subjects for middle school and high school.


What type of classes do you offer?

Typically, Faith Life Home Educators offer classes that involve fun, hands-on learning in a social setting. We lean toward choosing classes that homeschool parents can’t (or don’t want to) do at home. Messy art projects, science experiments, PE, and singing groups are just a few of the classes that are regularly in our line-up. For a list of specific class descriptions for the current session, please see the current class schedule.


How do I know if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather?

Delays, cancellations, and last minute information are posted on our Facebook page, listed under the Faith Life Home Educators link at www.faithlifechurch.org. Please check for updates before heading to any FLHE event.


Do you make up snow days?

No, we will not make up snow days. We have found that doing so pushes the semester too far into the holiday season.


Who can participate in co-op classes?

Classes are available for homeschoolers in grades K-12. We offer limited preschool classes, for ages 3 & 4 year-olds. You must be considered a home schooled student in order to participate.


Is this a Christian Co-op?

Faith Life Home Educators Homeschool Community is a ministry branch of Faith Life Church. We embrace Biblical principles, looking to God to lead and guide as our community grows. While we do not require attendees to be a member of Faith Life Church, we do ask that, while attending FLHE functions, participants be respectful of our Church beliefs. Please look in our Handbook for our Statement of Beliefs.


Can I register other children besides my own?

Because each family is required to sign a waiver of liability, you may register only for children of which you are parent or legal guardian. If you choose to transport other families’ children, they must register and pay separately and you must fulfill their volunteer obligations in addition to your own.


Can I drop my child off for co-op classes?

Faith Life Church is not a drop-off co-op. Since our classes are taught by parent volunteers and helpers, everyone’s help is needed during co-op hours. Every parent will have some downtime during co-op, however. This is a great time to chat with other parents, do some laps in the parking lot, or take a moment to catch up on reading.


Do I need to volunteer during co-op?

In keeping with the spirit of a cooperative, a parent from each participating family is expected to remain at co-op and serve in some capacity.


How much does it cost to participate in co-op classes?

The prices for the classes vary based on the cost of the supplies needed for each child. Since our teachers volunteer their time, the cost is kept fairly low. The average price per class is between $10 and $20 per semester, but some might be more or less. Class prices are listed with each class on the class schedule page.


Are there any fees beyond the class fees mentioned above?

Yes, each family is charged a $40 fee per family, per school year.


At home, my child is working above grade level. Can I put him in co-op classes above his age group also?

This is a very popular question, because we have many bright homeschool students who are working above grade level. For co-op purposes, however, we do ask that you enroll your child in classes according to his age/grade. In order to ensure space for all of our families, we ask that you respect these guidelines.


Do we have to take classes for the entire co-op day?

You do not have to participate in all day classes in order to participate in co-op.


What do I do if I have to miss a week of co-op?

Since every parent fulfills a volunteer position each week, it is very important that you let us know if you need to miss co-op. Please email your child’s class teacher.


I’m not sure if I will be able to commit to co-op attendance, but right now I think I would like to participate. Should I go ahead and register to hold a place?

Please do not register for co-op classes unless you are sure you would like to participate and are committed to attend regularly.


How do I register?

Registration for the winter will open soon.


How and when do I pay for co-op classes?

Co-op classes can be paid for online when registration opens.


Do I get a refund if our family drops out of co-op?

After you register, if something comes up that makes you unable to participate in co-op classes, you can receive a full refund for all but $40 of your co-op fees up until the first day of co-op classes. Once classes begin, you will not receive a refund, as much of the money will have already been spent purchasing supplies for classes.