HB574, an act relating to homeschool, was submitted to the House on February 27 by Representative Chris Harris, and is currently awaiting discussion in the House Education Committee. We have not seen a bill that so aggressively attacks our freedom to home educate in more than eight years. If this bill became law, it would…
Homeschooling is often challenging, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes a helping hand is all you need to go from frazzled to thriving. A+ Education Solutions offers homeschool consultation/coaching services, working together with you to troubleshoot and create an individualized plan for your family. You may benefit from checking in biweekly, monthly, or just every once in awhile. You might just need a one-time consultation. Having someone to consult with can give you the boost that you need to get a solid start in homeschooling or to stay the course. Coaching takes place in person and online to accommodate your needs. Whatever your need, A+ Education Solutions is here to help. Call 502-438-4680 for details.
I’m done! I guess God doesn’t intend me to homeschool anymore.
These were my thoughts in 2009, when I just didn’t know how to do it. I had loved homeschooling my daughters for six years, but with two babies, and with the girls getting older and pushing back on me, I decided that season of our lives was over.
I loved teaching, though, so I went back to school and got my Master’s Degree in elementary and special education, and then I taught for the next eight years. I learned many skills and strategies that I wished I would have had when I was homeschooling. Now I am back to homeschooling, this time with my boys and a baby girl.
By no means am I saying that you should have a teaching credential if you’re going to homeschool. However, if you are struggling because you’re overwhelmed with curriculum choices, or because you have a child with learning or behavior issues, it can be helpful to work with someone who has some expertise in strategies and research-based learning.
Over the past eight years, I’ve worked with hundreds of students and families in schools and in private tutoring. Many of those parents struggled to find and educational fit for their children, and many of those children struggled academically, socially, or behaviorally. I have been able to assist those families and students in formulating plans to see academic growth and to increase positive social and behavioral interactions.
Sometimes we just need some informed encouragement. I am able to come alongside you and encourage you to stay the course, and to collaborate with you to formulate a plan for success. Whether you need to evaluate your curriculum options or to have a tutor for a few hours a week (in person or online), I can work with you to meet your family’s individualized needs.
I understand a good deal of what homeschoolers struggle with, because I’ve lived it. And I have children with special needs and academic challenges. So as a fellow traveler, I can relate and help you form a workable action plan. If this sounds like the thing you need, contact me at email@example.com or 502-438-4680.
I started A+ Education Solutions in 2013 because I had a strong desire to help students who need a little extra help to reach their goals. In the process, I started a cottage school that morphed into a more traditional model of a school, partnered with my husband as he pastors our church, moved, had a baby, had a couple of children leave the nest, taught at another wonderful Christian school, and most recently, realized that I need to return home and center myself there. Through all of it, my mission for a vocation has not changed: I believe God has called me to creatively facilitate Christian education for a diverse population of students.
Though I no longer run Jubilee Academy, the model I began there still lives in my heart. What is that model? Well, for starters, it’s a kinder, gentler model of education — an individualized model, where students are seen as real people who have struggles, but who also have much to offer the world. God created each of us with unique gifts, and those gifts are meant to be shared with the world. However, some people buy into the cultural lie that academics and athletics are the prized intelligences, and that others are inferior. Can you imagine a world without artists, mechanics, electricians, fast food servers, and on and on? Two of the most important jobs in the world are plumbers and trash collectors. Think about that for a moment.
But we all have to get through the academics, at least for 13 years. Some of us really struggle, though. And we just need a helping hand, maybe just for a season, and maybe all the way through. Sometimes the student needs direct help, in the form of tutoring and assessment. Other times, the student needs indirect assistance, such as an IEP advocate at school or homeschool support for his parents. A+ Education Solutions is here to help with these needs. Rates are reasonable and assistance is personalized to your family’s needs. Because I’m focusing on health and family, slots are limited, but there are a few left and I am happy to put others on my waiting list. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 502-438-4680. I look forward to hearing from you!
Jubilee Academy has a new website with up-to-date information about the school. The new site is http://jubileeacademyky.org. This website will continue to offer information about A+ Educational Solutions, which offers homeschool consulting, speaking engagements, tutoring, curriculum consulting, cottage school and co-op consulting, and more.
Have you ever thought of starting a cottage school or co-op? If you have considered it, but don’t quite know where to start, or simply want a little help, A+ Educational Solutions offers the help you need.
Our consulting services consist of helping you to determine what you will need to begin, how to find facilities, and how to gain students. We will help you determine what paperwork you need and what kind of curriculum to use. We also provide teacher training in classroom management and lesson planning.
Consultation fees are $40/hour plus travel expenses. We will meet you for an initial $40 consultation and then quote you a consultation plan and billing schedule. Co-op groups and cottage schools may elect to built the consultation fee into their tuition.
By Heather Peavler, Jubilee Academy Director
I am continually amazed and humbled by what God is doing at Jubilee Academy. A year ago at this time, I set out on a venture with one classroom and about ten students, two of whom are my own children. Before the school year began, I added two teachers and doubled enrollment. As the year progressed, I took another leap of faith by adding a preschool and another teacher. By the time we finished the 2013-14 school year, Jubilee Academy had 40 students.
As we embark on our second school year, we have 60 students currently enrolled, and people continue to be added to our number. Some of the most amazing families have joined our Jubilee Family, and they have lent their talents to organize, move, and clean. We have acquired a second building and are in the planning stages of building an additional classroom.
The Great Adventure Class at Southeast Christian Church has graciously replaced the carpet in one classroom, and torn out a wall in another room. They also are going to provide new drywall and carpet for that classroom. They also plan to work on building the additional classroom for us.
The Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center staff also have been wonderful to work with, and have labored to accommodate our growing need for space. I feel that we are particularly blessed to be at Kavanaugh, because it’s a beautiful facility, but mainly because I believe it is “Holy Ground.”
Just because school hasn’t been in session doesn’t mean learning hasn’t been going on at Jubilee Academy. We have had summer camps, the last of which wrap up next week. We also have had individual and group tutoring all summer.
We have some spots left for the 2014-15 school year in some levels and classes, but we are at or nearing capacity in most. I am so excited about the students, families, and teachers God has brought to us, and I can’t wait to see what He has in store as the year progresses. To God be the glory!
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.” –Ephesians 3:20-21
When I got the idea to start a cottage school back in May 2013, I had no idea what God really had in store for me. During the past year, I have learned so much about God’s grace and provision. Here are some of the most important takeaways I have from this amazing process:
1. God is truly in control and I am not. I used to be a control freak. Not anymore. I have learned, through a variety of circumstances, that I am not nearly as in control of things as I had previously tried to be. Jubilee Academy is the first thing I’ve given thoroughly to God, and He has made it blossom into something I never could have envisioned or made happen.
2. God provides when we trust Him. God has provided everything we have needed, including teachers, students, supplies, space, time and energy. Even when it looks impossible, He brings the right thing or person at the right time. We have not lacked one single thing this school year.
3. The Bible needs to be at the center of what we do. At Jubilee Academy, we dive into God’s word on a daily basis and we apply it to our lives and situations that arise throughout the day. I believe this is why our students have formed an accepting community of learners that continues to welcome each new child who joins our school.
4. Students thrive when they feel safe. Many of our students have come from schools where they have been made to feel inferior, and some were victims of bullying. At Jubilee Academy, we have created an environment where this is not tolerated, and the students have noticed. Many of them, as they reflected on the year, mentioned that they are so happy that they aren’t bullied at our school.
5. Learning should be measured by student growth, not by “grade-level” standards. Just because a student is 9 years old, that doesn’t mean he has the ability to learn long division. Just because he is 7, that doesn’t mean he can’t. We need to place students according to their unique abilities, and we need to tailor their learning experiences toward making progress. We assess students three times a year. Our data shows growth. We don’t encourage cookie-cutter kids. We want them to blossom to their full potential.
6. Never limit God! I envisioned a two-day cottage school with maybe 10 students. I ended up with three classes full of students, full-time and part-time programs, forty students, and three other teachers. What an incredible difference between my plans and God’s.
So, as we prepare for next school year, we will have five classes, a Friday elective program, and lots of excitement about the future. Over the summer, we will have several camps, classes, and tutoring opportunities. There will also be parent seminars on homeschooling and educating special needs children.
Already there are 52 students enrolled for the 2014-15 school year, 21 of whom are full-time. Our classes are approaching capacity, and we will put students on a waiting list after that. If you are interested in enrolling your child, or finding out more information, email email@example.com, or call 502-439-4400. Also, policy information and registration paperwork is available at https://apluseducationalsolutions.com/jubilee-cottage-school-policies-and-information/
Jubilee Academy wishes to welcome Tracy Murray OT/L to the Jubilee Team. Reentering the field after 25 years of homeschooling, Tracy brings a wealth of knowledge especially in a unique area she created called Therapeutic Tutoring. She finds that when combining the senses, individual learning styles, sensory integration and OT principles into her academic tutoring she is more likely to see students progress and grasp concepts that have previously been difficult to comprehend. Her students have fun and gain confidence in ways that make learning meaningful. In addition, Tracy’s bring many skills to Jubilee including Sensory Integration training expertise, years of traditional clinical and school based pediatric occupational therapy and in-depth parenting skills being the mom of 8 children herself. In addition, Tracy has a keen awareness of cultural diversity after living in many regions across the US as well as serving as a missionary in Zambia. In addition to sewing and hiking, Tracy loves kayaking and running RecycloCraftz, an ongoing ministry in Zambia.
Tracy seeks to make OT services convenient to all those involved. Services can be incorporated into a student’s day while at Jubilee or services can be done privately at your home. An initial evaluation will be scheduled to assess each student’s needs and the parent’s concerns at a cost of $150. The evaluation and regular OT services are reimbursed through many insurance companies, however, with the costs of sessions are to be paid at the time of service delivery. Regular sessions are billed to insurance at $125/hour with a 20% discount offered when services are paid on the treatment day. We can attempt to gain possible recoupment, but it is not guaranteed. Private pay clients are billed at a flat rate of $70/hour. It is possible to schedule 30 minute sessions if sessions are held at Jubilee. If one or more students are working on similar goals group sessions may be possible thereby incurring a shared cost.
Additionally, Tracy will teach some of Jubilee Academy’s Friday program classes, including Brain Gym, Social Skills, and Visual Perceptual Skills.
Questions and scheduling can be completed via email at MurraysInZambia@gmail.com or by phone at 717-344-2530.
Tracy is looking forward to serving the Jubilee Community and making a difference in your child’s life.