How can I thank my homeschool group’s volunteers?

How can I thank my Homeschool group's volunteers?How Can I Thank My Homeschool Group’s Volunteers?

It’s the end of your homeschool organization’s school year and you want to thank your volunteers. They work so hard, so you hand out generous gift cards as thank you gifts. You may have just created a tax liability for your volunteers! Carol Topp, CPA, the Homeschool CPA discusses ways to thank your volunteers that are tax-free.

Visit Carol’s website here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization

Are you paying workers in your homeschool organization? Can a volunteer be paid? Should a worker be treated as an employee or independent contractor? Do you know the difference?

Homeschool leader and CPA, Carol Topp, has the answers to your questions in her book Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization.

This 130 page book covers paying workers as employees or independent contractors. There are alos chapters on paying volunteers and board members. It includes sample forms, tips and advice to help you pay workers in accordance with the IRS laws to help your organization pay their workers correctly. Written specifically for homeschool organizations.

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Relax and Enjoy the Ride!

mary hoodHomeschooling should be a natural extension of your family life!  Learn while living!  Learn while loving!  And, while you are at it, teach your children to love learning!  Join us today as I interview Dr. Mary Hood, an expert in the field of enjoying a successful, yet relaxed homeschool experience!

Check out Mary’s websites here:

http://archersforthelord.org/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/maryhoodgroupies/

Be Ready Always … Honing Public Speaking Skills via Co-ops

P2140015Teaching children to master public speaking skills is a must, and using the safe and friendly environment of a co-op makes this task easy!  Listen in to hear specific instructions on how to be intentional as you plan public speaking opportunities for the students who attend co-ops.   After all, we do want our children to be ready always to give an answer!

Frequently Asked Questions about Homeschooling, Co-op Style!

This podcast will answer the questions below that have been asked by those who have yet to enjoy homeschooling co-op style:

  1. How in the world do I find people to co-op with when so many of my friends are either engrossed in a compete curriculum or they already belong to a larger, formal co-op?
  2. Is every parent expected to participate?
  3. Does every student have to participate?
  4. Are adults ever involved who do not have children in the co-op?
  5. What if your group, for one reason or another, can’t stay at the facility where you are meeting?
  6. What if you damage something at the facility?
  7. How do you handle snacks with children who have allergies?
  8. How do you pick a theme?
  9. What subjects should you cover?
  10. Should you include field trips?
  11. What do you do about discipline problems?
  12. How important is it to have a newsletter?
  13. What do you do with toddlers and babies during co-op?
  14. What if someone drops out in the middle of co-op?
  15. What if someone wants to join in the middle of co-op?
  16. Are there hardship situations that take special handling?
  17. When you homeschool co-op style what do you do about high school transcripts?

If you have questions that are not included in this podcast, leave a comment and we will answer your questions as well!

 

Plan Now for a Fall Co-op

Now is the time to start thinking about fall co-ops.  If you have never been a part of a co-op, consider giving it a try next fall.  You will find the experience quite rewarding!  Several of our podcasts on the Ultimate Radio Network discuss how to start a co-op, but this week’s podcast will give you specific step-by-step instructions for how to begin now planning for the fall!  Below is a sample parental assignment chart as well as the front page of a co-op newsletter.

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newsletter front sample

The 1, 2, 3’s of Co-oping

1, 2, 3’s of Starting a Co-op   Join me as I give simply, step-by-step instructions for starting a successful co-op!  Use the handout included that goes along with the podcast!  (Click on the blue link ‘1, 2, 3’s of Starting a Co-op.)

The Psycho with 6 Loves Co-oping! Who knew?

Melanie is a psychologist, author, radio show host, and a homeschool mom of six who loves to homeschool co-op style!  Join me as I interview Melanie tomorrow and hear about her co-op experiences!  For more information about Melanie, go to her website at http://www.psychowith6.com/

host of The Homeschool Sanity Show

Co-op therapy — help for a struggling mom!

This week’s interview is with Charlotte, a homeschooling mom who struggled through an unwanted divorce.  Never having participated in co-ops before, she decided to give it a try and has not regretted it for a minute.  Listen in on December 18th at 10:00 am EST as Charlotte shares her experiences.

 

Thoughts on Co-oping from the Mastermind of the Ultimate Radio Show

Truthseekers-Novels-2790672Felice and I met at a homeschooling convention many years ago and have been friends ever since!  Felice has a heart for encouraging, training, and helping homeschooling families enjoy their homeschool adventure.   Listen in as Felice shares her co-oping experiences as well as her thoughts and advice regarding making the study of science (as well as other subjects) meaningful!

Added bonus:  Hear how Felice and her daughter, Christine, began writing the Truth Seekers mystery series of exciting fiction books!  My children loved these books.  They are centered around homeschooled children who solve mysteries.

Using a “novel” approach your children will race through hundreds of pages of heart-pounding mystery, suspense, and edge-of-your seat adventure!

Three novels in the series:

  • The Missing Link Found
  • Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak
  • The Keys to the Past: Unlocked

“The Truth Seekers Mystery Series” is sure to get even the most reluctant reader interested. Why?

1. It’s a page turning mystery novel
2. It was written by a homeschool kid for other kids
3. The characters are Christian role models and adventurous
4. The story is engaging and fun!

 

Philosophy Adventure with Pat

philosophy adventure When I first saw this product  advertised I could not wait to get my hands on it.   I so hoped it would meet my expectations and it did!!!   Finding a curriculum that encourages students to think, discuss, study, and share is rare, but Philosophy Adventure fits the bill!  Why philosophy is an elective and not a mandated subject is beyond me!  Listen in as Stacy Farrell shares her motivation for creating this wonderful product that can be used either by an individual or in a classroom or co-op setting.  Of course I recommend you use it in a co-op setting in order to increase opportunities for discussion!  After all, homeschooling together is better!!

 

 

 

 

 

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