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Leisa Rogers

- County Ambassador

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Support Groups and Co-ops

Clinch Valley Home Educators

Our group’s purpose: We are first a support group to offer encouragement, insight, assistance, and fellowship to other homeschooling families. At our monthly meetings we will have structured activities for the children and time to share our learning in a comfortable, encouraging, and social atmosphere. These monthly meetings would not be considered a Co-op but we have started a separate “Engage the Senses” Co-op that runs at different times through the year. (Contact Crystal Smith with questions

The meetings will be on the fourth Friday of each month (except for Nov and Dec which will be on the 3rd Fri.) at the Washburn/Northside Community Center (behind the Washburn School on hwy 131), unless advance notice is given for another location. They are free but we occasionally ask for a voluntary love offering for a speaker or special guest. We do ask for donations of paper products such as plates and cups and supplies such as craft supplies when needed, if you can. We also bring snacks and drinks to share unless otherwise noted.

We will usually have activity centers for the little ones at the meetings, in addition to our scheduled activities.

We want to be sure that EVERYONE receives all information regarding our group/group activities. We’ve established a protocol to ensure that this happens.  The protocol for passing along “official” information to the group is as follows:
First send an email to Katie Nemeth at

Katie will then send out the email to the group, and Emily will get it out on Facebook. This will be more efficient and hopefully will ensure everyone receives the information. Anyone is welcome to post or comment positive information regarding homeschooling on the Facebook page, but if you want your information to go out to the entire group please use this protocol.  Not everyone uses Facebook, and not everyone checks their email. Please check one or the other for up-to-date information regarding potential location changes, added activities, cancellations, etc.

Contact Katie at * if you are not on the email list and would like to receive updates.
Here is our schedule for each month; details for each will be posted prior to that month:

Aug- Welcome meeting, School kick off. At this meeting we will divide up responsibilities so one person isn’t left with a heavy load. If you would like to coordinate a month’s activities or an extra field trip, this is when those decisions will be made.

Sept- Down on the Farm Day at the Tennessee Valley Fair, dates to vary according to the fair.

Oct- Geography fair

Nov- (3rd Fri of the month) –A Thankful Feast bring a dish to share

Dec- (3rd Fri of the month) – Book Report, Review, Share. Present a book of your choice any way you like.

Jan- Speaker/ Entertainer or math games TBA

Feb- Speaker: Cumberland Gap State Park Ranger or other TBA

March- Science fair

April- Art Party!

May- Field Day, Location and Date to vary

June-Summer fun!  Library programs and Barbourville KY water park $1 Wednesdays and Kids bowl free

July- Summer fun!  Barbourville KY water park $1 Wednesdays and Kids bowl Free
Various field trips and activities may be added throughout the year. So please be sure to check either the Facebook page or your personal email for potential changes. Anyone is welcome to plan these.

We are excited about the growth of our group and praise the Father in Heaven for putting us together to support and encourage one another on this homeschooling journey. We encourage you to come to the meetings and participate, but you are also welcome as a spectator. We just want you to come. As iron sharpens iron... We cannot encourage one another if we are not there. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

(*Clinch Valley Home Educators is separate and not part of AliYah Academy.)

Contact Details

Smoky Mountain Home Education Association
P.O. Box 18501
Knoxville, TN 37928



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