Every second Thursday PEACH hosts a meeting from 7pm to 9pm to provide support, information, fellowship, and encouragement to local homeschoolers. Meetings reflect a variety of topics important to homeschoolers:
- testing and assessment
- subject specific
- learning methods
- curriculum fairs
- international night
- homeschooling high school
- college and career preparation
- Mom’s night out
- historical reenactments
Our monthly meetings are a great way for our members and local homeschoolers to meet and discuss homeschool and parenting issues, or chat and make friends. PEACH students also come to learn and meet with friends.
Our Activities VP oversees the scheduling and organization of monthly field trips. This year PEACHes will visit the Newport Aquarium, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and the Aullwood Audobon Center. We will also tour Fort Ancient and have a scavenger hunt, explore the KitchenAid factory, enjoy performances at the Dayton Philharmonic and Victoria Theatre, spend a day at the Cincinnati Museum, play laser tag at LaserQuest and learn the science of light and optics, and attend the Learning Tree Farm sheep shearing, and many more interesting and educational sites in our area.
Monthly Homeschool Skate
Each month we meet at the Kettering Recreational Center for a Homeschool Skate. It isn’t an exclusive event – it is open to all homeschoolers in the area, so it is another opportunity for homeschooling families to connect in a fun atmosphere.
PEACH Family Picnic
We have an annual Family Picnic in the fall to kick off our new PEACH year and enjoy fun, food, and fellowship. Our PEACH families often invite their friends and family, and we celebrate the joy and freedom of homeschooling.
PEACH members organize small groups within PEACH based on location, curriculum, learning methods, ages of children . . . This provides additional support and helps build needed homeschool connections. There are different Care Groups each year based on the needs and interests of our members.
Social Groups for high schoolers
PEACH homeschooling high schoolers plan activities so they can meet with their fellow homeschoolers and share friendship, experiences, future plans, and mutual support. Groups are organized as Freshman/Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors. They’ve planned movie and game nights, cookouts, scavenger hunts, laser tag, bowling, and visited local attractions.
December Children’s Craft Sale
Our regular December meeting is a Children’s Craft Sale, where PEACH kids can make a variety of crafts and baked goods to sell. The December 2014 Children’s Craft Sale will be part of Xenia’s Hometown Christmas. It’s a wonderful night of companionship and enjoying the holiday season.
PEACH Spelling Bee
Students from first grade to seventh grade are given word lists to study, and we host our own little Spelling Bee. It’s a great time to support our kids and give them a fun and educational experience, with a fellowship time afterwards to celebrate their accomplishments.
Spring Shining Stars Showcase
Each spring we host a meeting that features our PEACH student’s interests and achievements with piano and other instrumental performances, skits, songs, and displays of their projects.
Each spring PEACH organizes annual Achievement Testing so that Ohio homeschoolers can fulfill the state requirement to provide an assessment with their yearly notification. Testing is organized by experienced testing coordinators who help parents order the proper tests and answers their questions about testing. PEACH arranges the time and place for children to take the tests with qualified test proctors. We use The Stanford Achievement Test from BJU Press Testing Service.
The Saturday before Memorial Day is our annual PEACH Graduation. This is a formal graduation that celebrates the accomplishments of our graduating homeschoolers and their families. The ceremony starts with student performances, commencement procession, a video presentation featuring our graduates, a special speaker, and a cookie reception.
Homeschool Curriculum Sale
We end each PEACH year in June with a Homeschool Curriculum Sale so our members can sell their gently used homeschool resources. As with all our other meetings, this one is free and open to the public, so homeschoolers in our area can see the many and varied curriculum choices available, and discuss learning methods and resources with fellow homeschoolers.