LHCP Tuesdays

2017/18 Louisville Homeschool Cottage Program!

Louisville Homeschool Cottage Program (LHCP) is an inclusive, secular cottage program that is dedicated to providing homeschooled children with opportunities to participate in fun classes with peers of the same age range.  LHCP is not intended to replace homeschooling done at home by parents, and is not a school. LHCP proudly welcomes ALL homeschoolers.  We offer the most affordable cottage program in the Kentuckiana area, and have payment plans available.  You must be a member of Louisville Homeschool to register for classes!  You can become a member online at http://louisvillehomeschool.org/lhs-members/.  Please do not contact Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church with questions regarding LHCP, as they will not be able to provide any answers.  We have updated our name to reflect that we are not a school, but an enrichment program.  You will see people refer the this program as LHCS and LHCP.

Tuesdays: LHCP will meet at Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church (1722 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205) for 28 Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the 2017/18 school year.  Tuesday classes will MOSTLY remain the same format as 2016/17 where each child is enrolled for the full 4.5 hours, but we will offer an ELECTIVE class before the “CORE” programming starts.  These elective classes will be from 9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m., and will be an additional fee.  Children not enrolled on Tuesdays can take the elective class à la carte, just like a Thursday class. Preference for Thursday classes and the Tuesday Elective classes will be given to those enrolled in Tuesday classes.

 What Parents are Saying

These are direct quotes taken from our satisfaction survey. Reproduced here with permission:

“We have loved attending LHCP. We have gone through almost every other cottage program in Louisville over the years, and this is the first one we have really felt welcomed at. Thank you so much for this wonderful program!”

“We cannot thank you enough for providing this welcoming resource to homeschoolers in the Kentuckiana area. Thank you! We are so thrilled to have finally found a home in such a lovely community.  My kids are so happy which is such a relief.”

“Thank you so much for giving my children the opportunity to engage a diverse group of kids in a supportive, fun environment!”

“Jump in! Don’t wait because classes fill up quickly.  My children count down the days whenever LHCP is on break because they cannot wait to go back.  The teachers and staff are amazing.  They do so much.  It has really given my children that consistent friend group that they’ve been looking for. “

“I like the Tuesday /Thursday set up the way it is. It is nice to have at least one day with the same group of kids in order for consistency and to build friendships, etc….Sofia enjoys the classes so much and know one hour goes so quickly….can LHCS just switch to five days a week ? Ha!”

“I am so happy that we made the decision to enroll our kids here! It has provided a safe and fun learning opportunity for our kids! They talk non stop about what they did that day and the friends they have made. With LHCP you get a perfect balance of experiencing a school-like setting and getting to homeschool. Thank you teachers and staff for all the hard work that goes into making LHCP so amazing!”

“Great opportunity to enrich your child’s homeschooling experience.”

“Even if your child is resistant at first, stick with it because the community is great.”

“I absolutely love Mrs. Gardner. She is so wonderful with my child. She does an amazing job with the children.”

“Silas & I love LHCS as is! I plan to enroll all three of my kids next year. Thanks!”

“I fully recommend LHCS. I was worried at the beginning of the year that it might take away too much time from our homeschooling, and that it would be a waste of time, but it has been such an amazing addition to our lives. My children look forward to “school” every week without fail. They are learning things that I wouldn’t teach them at home book-wise and socially. I have never been concerned about “socialization,” but I am glad to see my children making lifelong friends through this program. LHCS and its teachers have surpassed my highest expectations. “

“My son loves going to LHCS. It is the highlight of his week. He is by nature a shy child, but he has really blossomed at LHCS. It adds a wonderful new dimension to our homeschooling. ”

“I love the service projects we did, and the theme days and parties will help connect the students even more. Those kinds of things are always fun!”

“Teacher was amazing and kind…This teacher explained things and encouraged children to learn and help each other. It was fun to see the work displayed on boards and rotated weekly. The writing exercises were wonderful and provided room for individual Thinking and facts.”

“My child loved just about everything at the cottage school. She enjoyed her teacher, Mrs. Gardner and the subjects she taught. It sure makes a difference when a teacher can choose what to teach and how to teach without the pressures of testing! My child also has made a great group of friends!”

“This class was fun to watch bond and encourage each other… The class was filled with fun learning activities and hard work. I believe each student was challenged and grew in their development.”

“This is a great program that allows your child to have that “school experience” while still being conducive to homeschooling.”

“My child enjoyed all of it! And cried it was over after the showcase!”


2017/18 Tuesday Classes

Our Tuesday CORE programming consists of 4 classes starting at 10 a.m., and ending at 2:30 p.m..  This year, we are offering an à la carte Elective class at 9 a.m..  The elective classes function just like a Thursday class, and are open first to Tuesday students, then Thursday students, and finally to students not enrolled in any other classes.
Our recommended ages/grades are negotiable because you know your child best.

Classes will meet on the following 28 Tuesdays for the 2017/18 Program Year:

Fall 2017 Spring 2018
September – 12, 19, 26 January –  16, 23, 30
October – 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 February – 6, 13, 20, 27
November – 7, 14, 21, 28 March – 6, 13, 20, 27
December – 5, 12 April – 10, 17, 24 (spring break – 4/2/18)

CORE Programming Costs:

Full Day Tuition: $750 per Year

Supply Fee: $60 per Year

Registration Fee: $35/student or $55/family (July 1, 2017, the annual registration fee increases to $55 per student, $85 per family)

Early Drop Off – 9 a.m.

Grades: All Grades
Cost: $50/Semester
Checks made payable to Goldie Hawkins
Early Drop off is a convenience offered for parents who need to bring their children in early.  Children will be able to talk, play quiet games, and Ms. Goldie will probably lead them in some morning physical activities to get the jitterbugs out. Food is not allowed during early drop off.  A minimum of 3 students must be enrolled or this will be cancelled.

Pre-Kindergarten (Age 4) & Kindergarten (Ages 5-6):


Our classroom will consist of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. We will learn how to work together as a class to build problem solving skills, communication, and social awareness, as well as the importance of teamwork. Other lessons will require students to work individually to help build their confidence to complete tasks independently. Whether students are working individually or as team, their emotional development will be at the forefront. As the students continue to develop their ability to recognize their feelings and what causes them, we will work on skills to help manage these emotions and behaviors. Through weekly play and hands-on activities (e.g. STEM projects, playing sight word bingo, forming a human number line), students will recognize learning is all around us, continuous, and fun! Children MUST be potty-trained prior to the start of classes. Please pack a weather appropriate change of clothes in each child’s backpack.  This class can be taken with or without the Thursday class.

Sample Day Overview:  
Morning Greeting
We will sharpen our listening skills by singing (and listening) to a morning greeting song. These skills will continue as we listen to and connect with our peers.
Reading, Letters, and Numbers
A life-long love for math and reading begins at an early age. We will learn the importance of and how letters, words, and numbers play a role in our lives.
Activities will range from learning about our bodies and healthy eating to focusing on weather/seasons, water, and nature.
Social Science
Exploring the world around us! We will explore who makes up our family and community as well as other cultures around the world.  “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, celebrate, and accept those differences.”
Closing Discussion
We will recap what we have learned that day. Students will share a feeling about the day (e.g. a proud, happy, or frustrating moment), or give a compliment to a friend.

Early Primary (1st/2nd split):



Language Arts
Language arts class will be a mix of reading, spelling, and phonics.  Kids will learn through rhyming books, songs, and games the parts of speech, sight words, common sounds, rhymes, prefix, suffix and more.

Math class will be a cover a wide variety of arithmetic and geometry.  We will explore addition, subtraction, fractions, shapes, measurements, multiplication and division.  Students will learn through math games, crafts, and visual demonstrations with hands on aspects.

Social Studies

Social studies will explore geography including the 50 states and capitals, history of our country, where we live, the past and present U.S. Presidents, land forms, different bodies of water, continents, and more.  We will learn through books, songs, visuals, game play, and a several hands-on activities directly related to the subjects.

Unit Studies

We will combine all subjects including art and languages when doing unit studies.  Each unit study will be based on a children’s book, dissecting the book and its content for maximum learning and fun!  This class will include art and science along with snippets of foreign languages.

Upper Primary (3rd/4th split): 


During our literacy time, reading and writing will be intertwined, as we practice comprehension skills that help us understand what we read, such as making connections with the text, making predictions, using our background knowledge, and more. We will read great books, looking at what the authors did to make them great, and then use those skills in our own writing. We will also try out a variety of styles of writing as we become stronger writers ourselves.

This will be a jam-packed music class! We will learn to read notes and rhythms, gain experience and skill as singers with group singing games and songs, and learn all about the families of instruments and how each makes sound. Together we will listen to some famous pieces of music and talk about their characteristics, using music vocabulary that we will learn together.

Social Studies/STEM
Through interactive notebooks, living history books, and activities, we will focus on various topics in Social Studies- which could range from the Oregon Trail, to map reading, to famous inventors and more, based on students’ interests. We will alternate Social Studies units with STEM units. STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is a buzzword in education today. Students will have the opportunity to work with partners or on teams to solve problems, use supplies strategically, and build their creations, then test and present to the class.

Beginning American Sign Language
American Sign Language, or ASL, is thought to be the 3rd most used language in the United States. Children love learning to sign, and are quick to pick it up and remember the signs! Together we will learn the ABCs, numbers, how to introduce yourself, how to ask questions, and more. We will learn by playing games, watching videos of deaf signers, working with partners to practices, and signing in front of the class.

Early Middle (5th/6th Split)


Language Arts- We will work our way through  a carefully chosen classic work of fiction with activities and lessons designed to compliment. (Anne of Green Gables)

Zoology- We will explore the Animal Kingdom and the classes of Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals.  After studying each of these classes we will research a specific creature of interest and complete lessons on that choice.

Exploring Famous Artists- As a class we will explore famous artists from the mid 1800’s to the present.   We will learn about Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Cubism, Abstract, Surrealism, Pop Art, and more.  Students will work to create a piece of art in the style of the artist we are studying.  No artistic ability is necessary, this class is about the process not the product.
Famous American Women of History- Throughout history there have been many incredible women who have helped to shape our world, but often their stories are not told in traditional history classes or textbooks.  We will learn the stories of some of America’s most celebrated female figures in history.  Susan B. Anthony, Louisa May Alcott, Amelia Earhart, Coretta Scott King, Geraldine Ferraro, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Temple Grandin, and Ella Baker are just a few of the figures we will cover.

Upper Middle (7th/8th Split)


Introduction to World Literature
Children will be introduced to the fundamental writers in World Literature. We will read abridged versions of several books and texts from different literary periods and genres adapted to young readers. Students will learn about the different literary styles and themes in different time periods.

Writer’s Workshop
Students will be introduced to the art of writing. There will be two major writing assignments for the year. The first will be a short novella that we will write as a book. Students will focus on improving their writing skills, on grammar and learn about how author’s use literary devices to convey their stories. As a group, we will come up with the essential elements of writing. The second part of the year, we will work on a play. We will have fun while learning the essential elements in the English language.

Student will be introduced to man and his place on the earth.  We will examine the intersections between the development of the world and history. We will look at different biomes and show how environment has influenced the development of states, show the multiple factors in which culture, history, nature have influenced man’s development on the planet

Introduction to World History
Students will learn the fundamentals of World History. We will focus on the histories of different civilizations and diasporas: Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South and Central America. Students will learn about the major historical events from Antiquity to Modern History.

Elective Class Costs:

This year, we are offering à la carte elective classes at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays.  The elective classes function just like a Thursday class, and are open first to Tuesday students, then Thursday students, and finally to students not enrolled in any other classes.


  • Tuition: $200 per class, per student, per year
  • Supply Fee: Varies by class
  • Registration Fee: $10 per class, per student until 6/30/17


  • Tuition: $180 per class, per student, per year
  • Supply Fee: Varies by class
  • Registration Fee: $5 per class, per student until 6/30/17

If you register on or after July 1, 2017, the annual registration fee increases to $15 per class for elective classes.

 Creative Lego Building – 9:00 a.m.

Teacher: Leah Thompson

Grades: 1st -8th

Supply Fee: $40/year

Become the Master Builder you’ve always wanted to be! Everything is awesome in this problem-solving Lego class where students will complete critical thinking challenges as well as enjoy plenty of time for creative building. 

Performing Arts – 9:00 a.m.

Teacher: Ashley Gardner
All grades, but geared to 3rd& up

Supply Fee: $30/year & students supply their own costumes
Min. Students: 15

Producing a musical- Come join the fun! Over the course of each semester, we will learn songs, speaking parts and choreography, rehearse, and perform a musical! The actual musical will be chosen once we see the ages and number of students who enroll. This class must have a minimum of 15 students.






All classes, teachers, location, policies, prices, and information are subject to change without notice or refund.   You can find us on thehomeschoolmom.com!