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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Fall 2010 Classes

Red Clay’s classes will begin this Tuesday, September 7th.

Two important changes:

We we will be meeting at Lifeboat Tutoring Center in Watkinsville.  (Click here for map.) This location will allow us to use the same facility every week for the same price!  There will be two classrooms and an activity room for preschoolers.

Also, we will be meeting from 11-2p.m.

Below are the schedules for the first day of each class.  They will alternate Tuesdays thereafter.  For more details and course descriptions, click here.  Please be prepared to pay fees on the first day of class.

Tuesday, Sept. 7:

11AM-11:30AM: Elementary/Middle School Spanish

11:30-12PM: High School Spanish

11AM-12PM: Latin

12PM-1PM: Lunch/Play (parents supply their child(ren)’s lunch)

1PM: Break dancing

1PM: Latin (high school)

Tuesday,  Sept. 14:

11AM-12PM: Kick boxing

12PM-1PM: Lunch/Play (parents supply their child(ren)’s lunch

1PM:  Film making

Preschoolers may stay the entire time or they may leave early.  The first day of class will be an informal meet and greet, and parents can discuss activities they wish to conduct for the children.

For questions or to find out how you can come join us, e-mail Sarah Stennett at snsple (at) yahoo (dot) com.


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September 2010 Picnic/Meet and Greet


Please join us on Friday, September 17, 2010 from 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. (or whenever we’re ready to leave) for a picnic at the William Harris Homestead in Monroe, GA.

From Athens, take Hwy. 316 to Hwy. 11, turn left, and the Homestead is just three miles down on the right.  (From Atlanta, turn right on Hwy. 11.)  It’s a beautiful 19th century Homestead with an original log house, barn, smoke house and other outbuildings.   View the website at www.harrishomestead.com

This event is free.  You just need to bring a picnic lunch for your family.  Please bring a blanket too – there are a few picnic tables, but there may not be enough seating for everyone.

Please note that this is NOT a tour of the Homestead.  It’s a picnic, and you are free to roam around and enjoy the grounds while you’re there.

Coordinator:  Shelli Pabis

Questions and for more detailed directions: shelli (at) mamaofletters (dot) com

The Red Clay Co-op welcomes any homeschooler to attend one, some or all of our activities!  We hope you can come!

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Fall 2010 Classes

Sarah has been working hard to arrange some classes for the co-op.  (Thank you, Sarah!)  She has tried to keep the costs at a minimum.  Below are the fees, schedule, and class descriptions with teacher bios.  If you are interested, please download and fill out the Sign Up Sheet and e-mail it to Sarah at snsple (at) yahoo (dot) com.  Also e-mail her with any questions, comments, suggestions.

Click here –> Sign Up Sheet


$50 co-op fee per family (location fee)

Additional class fees (paid to teacher):

$40 total semester fee for Latin

$40 total semester fee for Kick boxing

$40 total semester fee for Break dancing

$0 total semester fee for Film making

$0 total semester fee for preschool

$35 total semester fee for Spanish ($30 for siblings.)


Classes will be held on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 7, and the classes will alternate weeks as follows.  Note that the location will also alternate.  Walker Hall is located at Sandy Creek Nature Center and Ben Burton Park is located on Mitchell Bridge Road.

Note:  Time has changed to 11a.m. – 2p.m. with a lunch/play break from 12-1.  And ALL classes will now be held at Lifeboat Tutoring in Watkinsville.

Class schedule:

Sept 7- 11am-2pm: Spanish, Latin, Break dancing, preschool

Sept 14-  11am-2pm: Kick boxing,, Film making, preschool

Sept 21-  Spanish, Latin, Break dancing, preschool

Sept 28- Kickboxing, film making, preschool

Oct. 4- Latin, Spanish, Break dancing, preschool

Oct. 11- Kick boxing, Film making, preschool

Oct. 18- Spanish, Latin, Break dancing, preschool

Oct 25- Kick boxing, Film making, Preschool

Nov. 2- Spanish, Latin, Break dancing, preschool

Nov. 9- Kick boxing, Film making, preschool

Nov. 16- Spanish, Latin, Break dancing, preschool

Nov. 23- Kick boxing, Film making, preschool

Nov. 30- Spanish, Latin, Break dancing, preschool

Dec. 7- Kick boxing, preschool

Dec. 14-  Spanish, Latin, Break dancing, film making (screening)

Note that the preschool class will be a cooperative effort among parents to plan activities for the children.  Park days will give the students a chance to explore nature and do some outdoor games and activities.


Latin: a cordial introduction, is a fairly structured class, as one of the benefits of learning Latin is the practice of orderly thinking.  Students will receive weekly lists of words to learn, along with puzzles and fun worksheets to aid in their memorization.  We will spend part of our class time reviewing the words and their various forms (conjugations and declensions) and part of our time will be spent playing Latin word games and reading from various Latin translations including selections from Dr. Seuss, Hans Orberg’s Lingua Latina, and Latin for All Occasions, which includes fun phrases such as “Paene adventimus? (Are we there yet?) and Suntne illi glires novi? (Are these dormice fresh?).

Latin will be taught by Valerye McGreevy who, according to her children, lives “in the middle of nowhere” (more exactly, that would be just east of Lexington) in a home that is, more often than not, filled with joyful noise.  She has been “officially” homeschooling since 2005 when her eldest would have started Kindergarten.  After sampling many curricula and teaching “methods,” the McGreevy family finally settled on the ‘what is working best right now’ method of teaching, which combines elements of Charlotte Mason, unschooling and very structured theme or unit studies.

Spanish: As Spanish has become the second most spoken language in the United States, this class will provide a background into “el español” by covering basic topics such as the alphabet, numbering, colors, foods, household items, family members, and beginning grammatical expression of thoughts, ideas, and everyday conversations.  An introduction to Spanish countries and cultures will also be presented through forms such as music and geography, in order to further help students gain a basic understanding of the multiplicity of peoples who speak the language.


Kickboxing: styles taught will be boxing, kickboxing, and a little bit of jeet kune do, which is the form of martial arts that Bruce Lee uses.

Breakdancing: a very demanding and fun workout

Sanquan Holland will be teaching both Kickboxing and Breakdancing.  He practices martial arts with his friends so that they can help each other improve their fighting styles.  He has been practicing breakdancing for three years.  Sanquan is attending Athens Tech in order to get his Health-care assistant certificate.  He currently works at Bell’s.

Film Making: In this intro to film making, the students will learn basic film making terminology, write and edit their screenplay and make their own storyboard.  They will cast their short films, hold a rehearsal, film their short (and act as a crew member on their peer’s short films), edit their short film, and screen the finished film.

Sarah Stennett will teach the film making class.  Sarah is the founder of Red Clay co-op, and she is new to homeschooling.  She will be homeschooling her two nephews, ages 10 and 4.  Sarah says her movie, “Zombie Outbreak,” was terrible, but it’s still listed on the IMDb (Internet Movie Database).  She says almost the whole town of Byron played as extras.


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Sarah is still seeking a suitable location for the co-op to hold classes in the Fall.  If anyone can recommend a place that would not be too expensive, please e-mail her at snsple (at) yahoo (dot) com.


I have added some links to the website for various resources in Georgia that I’m aware of.  I’ve also added a few blogs of Georgia homeschoolers that were sent to me.  Please look the links over and send me any others that you’re aware of that we should list here. Right now I’m requesting only Georgia-related sites, but as we grow, we may add a page and link up to other sources on the Internet as well.

I’ve also added a Volunteer page, which simply asks for anyone willing to contribute to Red Clay to please do so!

Please send any links, comments or ideas for the website to shelli (at) mamaofletters (dot) com

Thanks and I hope everyone is having a great summer!

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A Call for Submissions

There are a lot of sources and places to find information about homeschooling, but for some of us, it’s hard to tell what is secular in nature or not.  One goal of the Red Clay Co-op is to create an online resource for homeschoolers, especially for those who are seeking advice on secular homeschooling.

Anyone can contribute, and you don’t have to consider yourself a “writer” or an “expert.”  Please write anything that interests you about homeschooling.  Tell us what homeschooling means to you and your family or write a review of a curriculum or book.

We also want your recommendations for links or activities around the area that homeschoolers may be interested in.  Or, if you have a question, send it to us, and we’ll post it online to see what kind of response you might get.

You don’t have to be a member or live in this area to contribute to the website.  Read our Submissions page to get more information, and send your articles to shelli (at) mamaofletters (dot) com!


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Red Clay’s Beginnings…

Red Clay Cooperative is a new, secular homeschooling group for Athens, GA and the surrounding areas.  At this time we are in the planning stages.  We want to offer elective classes for older children and also a class for preschool age children.  We will also plan field trips and other activities.  Please e-mail Sarah Stennett at snsple (at) yahoo (dot) com for more information.


Currently Sarah is working to secure space at Tuckston United Methodist Church in Athens.  They offer their rooms for free.  If anyone has any other suggestions for free (or cheap) space, please e-mail Sarah.


Right now there will be no fee to join Red Clay Co-op, but there may be small fees associated with the classes.  Members only need to pay for what they want to participate in.


Sarah has found someone to teach both dance and martial arts.  Both classes will be $5 per semester.  Please e-mail her, if you are interested or need more information.

We may also be able to offer drama and Spanish soon.  And if anyone knows of someone who will teach Latin for a small fee, please e-mail Sarah.


Find the group on Facebook!  Click here or do a search for “Red Clay Co-op” on Facebook.

Stay tuned for more info…


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