The Richmond Register


April 9, 2014

Open for learning

Red Cedar Co-op welcomes families with spring picnic

BEREA — While some may not have known all of the words or the exact notes to sing, parents and children in the Red Cedar Learning Cooperative enjoyed an afternoon jam session together Tuesday, complete with guitars, a ukulele, drums and a harmonica.

Young musician Sayer Kobersmith, 10, was called on to perform a few harmonica solos, while even younger musician Soren Burns, 2, let loose on the drums.

The picnic continued with miniature boat-making, bubbles, splashing in the creek and do-it-yourself ice cream sundaes.

The Berea-based home school cooperative meets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday, August through May, at the Friends Meeting House on Harrison Road.

Established in 2005, Red Cedar offers support and training to families pursuing active and self-directed community-based learning, said member Kim Kobersmith.

“Believing that learning is a lifelong process that arises naturally, we strive to nurture the natural love of learning and encourage active engagement in one’s own learning process with the help of mentors,” she said. “Co-opers value honoring the particular gifts and talents of individuals, interaction within a community of diverse ages and practicing win-win conflict resolution.”

Each week, community members are brought in to lead workshops on some basics, like music, science, writing and math. However, parents also collaborate to plan projects in other topics in which the children are interested, such as carpentry, peace and justice, drama, cheese making, needlework or sewing, said co-op member Katie Gardner.

Workshops and projects are conducted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a musical jam session and plenty of free play. Home school families who are not members of the co-op are invited to come by from 2 to 4 p.m. each Tuesday afternoon to play with the other children or learn more about the program, Gardner said.

Amy Burns, of Lexington, came down Tuesday to see what the co-op was all about. She said she was interested in homeschooling her 2-year-old but knows that it will be challenging.

“You definitely need a community to take this on,” she said.

The co-op is currently made up of eight families, with children ranging in age from 6 to 16. But Red Cedar had more than 20 families at one point, so workshops and projects are adapted each year to cater to the differing age groups, said Thyne Rutrough, one of the co-op’s founding members.

“All members have a voice,” she said, when it comes to making decisions about the co-op.

“It is great to have a network of friends that are sailing the same seas and can listen, share ideas and support us in our choice to home school,” said member Laura Poulette.

The Friends Meeting House on Harrison Road features a backyard play area, creative play materials and an art room. Children also can enjoy nearby biking and walking trails and a creek.

For details, visit the website at or contact Michelle Hayden at 859-353-7721 or 

Text Only
  • 7-29 YMCA-Schools.jpg YMCA, county district to provide after-school care

    The Telford YMCA is partnering with the Madison County School District to provide after-school child care for kindergarten and elementary students.
    YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace and Madison County School Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the partnership Monday afternoon.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25 Camp Invention 1.jpg Young inventors turn trash to treasure

    The first day of Camp Invention began with a room full of objects ready to be recycled, Sarah Shaffer, director of the camp said Thursday.

    July 24, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-22 Band Camp 1.jpg Band students ‛take over’ MCHS campus

    The Madison Central High School campus has been “taken over” for two weeks by 170 students attending band camp.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-22 Child vs Wild Camp 3.jpg Campers learn hazards of the ‛wild’

    Fifteen “Child vs. Wild” campers crowded around a plate full of gooey marshmallows, freshly toasted by camp leaders on a St. Mark Catholic School stovetop Monday.

    July 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • MCHS, Caudill win world archery titles

    Caudill Middle School and Madison Central High School won their divisions in the National Archery in Schools Program World Championships in Madison, Wisc. this past weekend

    The win is a third consecutive title for Caudill Middle School and a first for MCHS.

    July 13, 2014

  • 7-12 White Hall principal.jpg Eversole returns to White Hall as principal

    The White Hall Elementary School-based Decision-making Council has selected Monica Eversole as the school’s new principal.
    Eversole was serving as guidance counselor at Lexington’s Dixie Magnet Elementary School.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • School board to save $53,000 yearly by refinancing bonds

    The Madison County School Board authorized issuance of almost $10.5 million in school building revenue bonds at its monthly meeting Thursday.
    The board approved a recommendation from the Madison County School District Finance Corporation to issue slightly more than $10.49 million in bonds to help finance renovation projects at three district elementary schools.

    July 12, 2014

  • Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield

    The kindergarten center that will serve the county’s four Richmond elementary schools will be known as the Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield.
    The Madison County School Board at its monthly meeting Thursday night chose the name for the all-kindergarten academy that will be housed in the former Mayfield Elementary School.

    July 10, 2014

  • Naming of kindergarten academy on school board agenda

    Naming of the new kindergarten academy to be housed in the former Mayfield Elementary School building is on the Madison County School Board’s agenda Thursday evening.
    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Madison Central High School lecture lab.

    July 8, 2014

  • Bluegrass Christian School closes

    Bluegrass Christian School did not get enough enrollment contracts by June 30, and its board of directors has decided to cease operations.
    The school will be dissolved Aug. 1., according to a Tuesday statement from the six-member board.
    Families may pick up transcripts, records and prepaid tuition or application fees the week of July 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the statement added.

    July 2, 2014