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by Mary Ann Kelley

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Louisiana Homeschooling Co-ops

Collaborative LaboratoryShreveport/Bossier City

Collaborative Laboratory, or CoLab for short, is the first ever secular homeschool cooperative in the Shreveport-Bossier City area. Hosting three distinct days of classes, CoLab offers themed days for anyone's desires or needs. CoLab shares a hands on, project-based approach to education in a small group setting and has classes such as robotics, coding, gardening, theatre, and liberal arts. CoLab writes, builds sets, and performs their very own original play each year.

Louisiana Homeschooling Classes & Academic Enrichment

eLearningK12.comAcadiana

eLearningK12.com offers a complete online curriculum that correlates to state standards, along with flexible tutoring and consulting services. Students can work from home or come in for instruction from an experienced teacher. Private diplomas and transcript services are available when students fulfill program requirements. Locations include Thibodaux, Donaldsonville, Houma, Baton Rouge, Houston, and Acadiana.

National EMS AcademyAlexandria, Baton Rouge, Covington, Gretna, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles

The National EMS Academy (NEMSA) is looking for high school graduates interested in a career in EMS. With campuses throughout Louisiana and Texas, NEMSA offers entry-level, continuing education, and refresher courses for a number of EMS career pathways, including EMTs and paramedics. The Academy is a division of Acadian and operates in partnership with South Louisiana Community College and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. A nationally-accredited EMS training facility and also an authorized American Heart Association Training Center for CPR and continuing education courses. For more information on how to make a difference and become a medic through the National EMS Academy, visit www.becomeamedic.com.

Project Learning Tree at Burden Center's Trees and TrailsBaton Rouge

PLT brings the classroom outside for environmental education. Docents lead hands-on activities that teach about endangered and invasive species, tree identification, and more. There is an optional 3 mile hike. Field trips last 3-4 hours and can be combined with the Rural Life Museum which is also located at Burden Center.

Northpoint Homeschool EnrichmentBossier City

Northpoint is a drop-off program for twice-a-week homeschool enrichment classes, including languages, public speaking, arts, and more. Classes are approached with a hands-on, project-based, and learner-directed attitude - with as much community integration and skill building as possible.

Education DestinationBroussard

Education Destination, LLC is a locally owned and operated supplemental learning center focusing on achievement, and assisting students and their families with innovative and multi-sensory educational programs. Owner and facilitator, Kelly Roussell Francis is a certified teacher with over 10 years of experience.

Nutty Scientists of AcadianaLafayette

Nutty Scientists is a European and world leading provider of fun, hands-on, interactive programs for children of all ages related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Music, Robotics, and Health & Nutrition (STEAM). With presence in 35 countries and growing, each year we work with more than 9 million children all over the world. We educate while having fun!

Chicken coops IncorporatedLafayette

Chicken Coops Incorporated offers a variety of chicken coop designs that can be customized to fit all your needs. They are built and delivered to the location you specify. Coops and chickens can be RENTED to homeschoolers to just experiment with raising chickens.

Homeschool P.E. ClassesLivingston Parish

10 Weeks of classes for school aged children. Taught in our fully equipped, air conditioned facility. Instructor has a degree in physical education. A free trial class is available. Starts on November 2, 2009, from 1-2pm. Group will continue to meet every Monday from 1-2pm for class for ten weeks. A new term will immediately follow and is available for returning students. Meeting room, parent viewing area, and concession is available.

Young Entrepreneurs AcademySlidell/Lacombe/Pearl River/Mandeville

Young Entrepreneurs Academy is an after school 30 week long program meeting once a week on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 7:30 were students will create a business idea, conduct market research, write a business plan, pitch to a panel of investors and ultimately launch their very own real businesses. Contact Ann Bowser (985) 643-5678 for more information.

Audubon State Historic SiteSt. Francisville

Oakley Plantation rests within the Audubon State Historic Site, a part of the Louisiana Office of State Parks in Historic St. Francisville, La. The park is located 20 minutes north of Baton Rouge off the Great Mississippi River Road, U.S. Hwy 61. Today 100 acres of the original Oakley Plantation, where artist naturalist John James Audubon stayed in the late summer of 1821 is open to the public. The site includes an interpretive center. Guided tours are offered daily of Oakley House, the plantation "Big House". Visitors may tour on their own the gardens, slave cabins, barn and kitchen of the plantation. The park has a nature trail, a covered picnic pavilion seating 50, and an open picnic area seating over 100. A visit to Audubon State Historic Site creates an opportunity for students to take a step back into the past. Our professional Park Rangers lead each group in an immersive walk through history which includes a guided tour of Oakley House and one activity of your choice. Home School programs are offered from September through May, and are scheduled from 9:30 AM until 1 PM Tuesday through Friday. No admission is charged but all groups must preregister. The minimum group size for these activities is 20 and the maximum 60. To preregister please contact the site at 1-225-635-3739 or email at audubon@crt.state.la.us

Louisiana Classical ConversationsStatewide

CC is a national homeschooling program that uses a Bible based curriculum taught in a christian, classical tradition. Classes are geared for age 4 through high school.

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