LHCP Thursdays


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.

Thursdays: LHCP will meet at Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church (1722 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205) for 28 Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the 2017/18 school year.  The Thursday classes will be offered à la carte, allowing each family to pick which classes they wish to enroll in.  Children will not be able to remain on campus unless they are enrolled in a class or study hall.  Preference for Thursday 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 Thursday Classes

LHCP will meet at Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church (1722 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205) for 28 Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the 2017/18 school year.  The Thursday classes will be offered à la carte, allowing each family to pick which classes they wish to enroll in.  You can register for as many or as few classes on Thursdays as you desire.  Enrollment is for the full school year.  You do not have to be enrolled in Tuesday classes to take Thursday classes or vice versa, but preference for Thursday classes will be given to those enrolled in Tuesday classes. Children cannot stay on campus without being enrolled in a class or study hall.  Thursday students can enroll in the Tuesday Optional Classes as well.  Our recommended ages/grades are negotiable because you know your child best.

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

Fall 2017 Spring 2018
September – 7, 14, 21, 28 January –  18, 25
October – 5, 12, 19, 26 February – 1, 8, 15, 22
November – 2, 9, 16, 30 March – 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December – 7, 14 April – 12, 19, 26 (spring break – 4/5/18)


Class Tuition:
• Thursday ONLY students taking 4 classes: $750 per student, per year
• Thursday ONLY students taking 1-3 classes: $200 per student, per class, per year.
• Tuesday Core Students taking 4 Thursday Classes: $700 per student, per year
• Tuesday Core Students taking 1-3 classes: $180 per student, per class, per year

Supply Fee:
Varies, see class description

Registration Fee:
• Thursday ONLY Students: $10 per student per class or study hall
• Tuesday Core Students: $5 per student, per class or study hall.

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

Click Here to read about our wonderful teachers!


Early Drop Off – 9 a.m.

Assistant Director: Goldie Hawkins
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.

Study Hall- Offered Every Hour

Assistant Director: Goldie Hawkins
Grades: 1st & Up
Cost: $50/year
Checks made payable to Goldie Hawkins
Offered every hour on Thursday.  Study hall is a quiet time where children can work on their schoolwork, play board games quietly, or play on electronic devices quietly.  This service is being offered as a convenience for parents wishing to enroll in some but not all the classes on Thursdays who do not wish to pick up their children between scheduled classes.  Food is not allowed during study hall.  Inappropriate games, music, etc are not allowed during study hall.


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

Teacher: Jacke Fossaluzza
Thursday PK/K Class Only offered as a full day
Full Day Tuition: $750 per Year
Supply Fee: $60 per Year
Registration Fee: $35/student

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 a 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.
Science
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.


10 a.m. Classes

These are the Thursday Classes that are available at 10 a.m. They are listed alphabetically by class name.  Please note that these are 55 minute classes, so the ending time is 10:55 a.m.    11:55 a.m., 1:25 p.m., and 2:25 p.m.

American Sign Language 2 – 10 a.m.

Teacher: Holly O’Mary
Grades: All, 1 year of previous ASL experience required
Supply Fee: $30

Objective of level 2 is to review their ASL knowledge, work on sentences and whole conversations/stories, receptive and expressive skills practice, glean on fingerspelling rules and increase the number of concepts/signs throughout the year.

 

FULL! – Kentucky History – 10 a.m.


Teacher: Leah Thompson
Grades: 4th & up
Supply Fee: $25 + $6 book rental fee paid to LHS or purchase book online

Experience Kentucky History as it comes alive in the classroom through hands-on crafts, activities, and exploration.  From ancient inhabitants to famous frontier life through the Civil War and more, this course will cover life in Kentucky as well as an understanding of local government. Reading of assigned passages from the provided textbook Faces of Kentucky will be required before class. Student should come prepared to discuss and participate in creating fun historical projects. Supplemental field trips to correlate with lessons will be offered through River City Field Trips.

 

FULL – STEM – Primary – 10 a.m.

Teacher: Amanda Basham
Grades: 1st – 4th
Supply Fee: $25 & notebook and binder
STEM class will be split into three sections for the year.  Section one will focus on the human body, having children explore things such as the digestive system, heart and lungs, skeletal anatomy, and joint and tendon functionality.  Section two will be more focused on engineering and technology, allowing the children to explore how things are made, the resources used, and the thought process behind an engineer’s decision making.  The third and final section of these STEM class will focus on the world around us.  We will review the Solar System, stars, moons, and other galactic phenomena.


11 a.m. Classes

These are the Thursday Classes that are available at 11 a.m. They are listed alphabetically by class name.  Please note that these are 55 minute classes, so the ending time is 11:55 a.m.

 

FULL – American Sign Language 1 – 11 a.m.

Teacher: Holly O’Mary
Grades: All; no experience required
Supply Fee: $30

The objective of ASL beginners class is to introduce students to Deaf Culture, grammatical structure, fingerspelling with numbers/alphabet, basic conversational signs, and expound on those concepts (i.e. learning colors, shapes, making full sentences) throughout the year.

 

1 Spot Left! –Journalism – 11 a.m.

Teacher: Leah Thompson
Grades: 1st & up
Supply Fee: $20

It’s never too early to learn the art of as­king questions.  Foster children’s natural curiosity by teaching them how to ask the questions enquiring minds want to know.  Students will then report their finding in creative ways!  Interview skills are taught alongside early elements of layout/design in fun presentations of fact and opinion writing.

 

FULL – STEM Middle – 11 a.m.

Teacher: Amanda Basham
Grades: 5th & up
Supply Fee: $20 & plain white t-shirt, notebook, and binder

STEM class will be split into three sections for the year.  Section one will focus on the human body, having children explore things such as the digestive system, heart and lungs, skeletal anatomy, and joint and tendon functionality.  Section two will be more focused on engineering and technology, allowing the children to explore how things are made, the resources used, and the thought process behind an engineer’s decision making.  The third and final section of these STEM class will focus on the world around us.  We will review the Solar System, stars, moons, and other galactic phenomena.


12:30 p.m. Classes

These are the Thursday Classes that are available at 12:30 p.m. They are listed alphabetically by class name.  Please note that these are 55 minute classes, so the ending time is 1:25 p.m.

American Sign Language 3 – 12:30 p.m.

Teacher: Holly O’Mary
Grades: All, 2+ year of previous ASL experience required
Supply Fee: $30

Objective of level 3 is to build on previous experience, work on classifiers and descriptives, learn/research on famous Deaf people, learn Deaf History (and tie that in with the modern world), learn more signs/concepts at whatever pace class is at.

 

FULL! –Art Middle – 12:30 p.m.

Teacher: Amanda Basham
Grades: 5th & up
Supply Fee: $25

We will explore the world of portrait art with this class.  Children will learn several techniques that will assist in accuracy of drawings as well as shading and texture techniques as used by professional portrait artists.  In addition, we will explore watercolor pencils, inks, and stamp making.

 

FULL! –General Music (Pre-Band) – 12:30 p.m.

Teacher:  Michelle Gilfert
Grades: 1st – 4th
Supply Fee: $25

This class is open to any student in grades 1st-4th. In it we will explore instrumental music-making by learning to play the recorder, by singing, and by using creative movement. Students will learn the basics of reading music notation, as well as the elements of music as applied to instrumental music. This is an excellent pre-requisite course for students who are interested to learn a band instrument later.

 

Yearbook – 12:30 p.m.

Teacher: Leah Thompson
Grades: 5th & up
Supply Fee: $30

Participate it the creation of LHCP’s 1st Yearbook!  Students will learn advanced publishing techniques, copy writing, editing and photography while producing a yearbook which records school memories and events. There is an emphasis on journalism skills in this class. Participants gain useful, real world skills in time management, teamwork, marketing, and design principles.


1:30 p.m. Classes

These are the Thursday Classes that are available at 1:30 p.m. They are listed alphabetically by class name.  Please note that these are 55 minute classes, so the ending time is 2:25 p.m.

FULL! –Art Primary – 1:30 p.m.

Teacher: Amanda Basham
Grades: 1st – 4th
Supply Fee: $20

Children will be able to explore different forms of art and art techniques.  We will go over charcoal drawings with blending techniques, watercolor, ink, mixed media, and portrait making.  They will learn techniques from numerous famous artists in the process!

 

New Class Added! American Sign Language 1 – 1:30 p.m.

Teacher: Holly O’Mary
Grades: All; no experience required
Supply Fee: $30

The objective of ASL beginners class is to introduce students to Deaf Culture, grammatical structure, fingerspelling with numbers/alphabet, basic conversational signs, and expound on those concepts (i.e. learning colors, shapes, making full sentences) throughout the year.

Band – 1:30 p.m.


Teacher: Michelle Gilfert

Grades: 5th & Up
Supply Fee: $25 per student plus the cost of renting an instrument
*Information about how and where to rent will be distributed at the first class meeting. Instruments include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion (snare and xylophone).*


This class is open to students grades 5th and up who wish to learn to play a musical instrument. In the first class, we will explore types of band instruments, and students will be fitted to an instrument of their choosing. Once students have selected their instrument, we will learn the basics of music-making on that particular instrument, with respect to individual and ensemble playing, as well as care and maintenance of the instrument. Students will learn to play the “greatest hits” of beginning band (familiar and folk songs), as well as more advanced pieces in two or more parts in the ensemble.

 

Cupcake Decorating & Nutrition – 1:30 p.m.

Teacher: Leah Thompson
Grades: 4th & up
Supply Fee: $40 + rotating supplies

Think cupcakes and nutrition don’t go together!?  It’s all about balance in this creative cupcake decorating class where we will alternate between decorating themed cupcakes and creating healthier snacks!  Class focuses on teaching students the basics of food nutrition, how to choose and create healthier snacks, AND of course, decorating cupcakes!  Students will sign up for a rotating schedule to bring cupcakes to class for decorating.


All classes, teachers, and information are subject to change without notice or refund.