No lines! No waiting!

No lines! No waiting!

Click HERE for 5 Easy Steps to register for 2014-2015 at Community!

Meet Beth!

Beth Vess is our newest Community tutor, offering both American History and American Government. She is a veteran homeschool mom with a passion for life-long learning. Sure, she comes with credentials but, more importantly, she comes with enthusiasm to inspire and teach students. Her family has been part of the Community family from the very beginning. She has always been such an encouragement to us and we are so thrilled she agreed to join our team of tutors for 2014-2015!

Beth lives in Millington, TN with husband, John, and youngest son, Paul. She has successfully launched 3 homeschool graduates into college and careers. A true homeschool pioneer, she describes her early homeschooling years as a little bit solitary and "finding my own way" which is why she's delighted to see the many resources and opportunities now available to the Memphis-area homeschooling community!

Beth loves to talk gardening, has a keen interest in history and approaches literature like many do a sporting event! She's a born teacher who's invested in students' success, both personal and academic. In fact, Beth is already preparing for her future students with dedicated research planned all summer long! (Did we mention how she loves to learn?)

Caught in the act! Beth is a born teacher.
If you have a homeschooling high schooler who needs a Social Studies credit, contact Beth for more info on how you can register with Community. Our registration fee is discounted through May and, as a Community family, you will have first dibs on Community's classes before next year's registration season begins. We'd love to partner with you for 2014-2015!

Our 2014-2015 schedule is here. See more on American History here and American Government here. See our 5 Easy Steps to register with Community here

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Do you have your plans in place for 2014-2015?

Community is still registering for classes for the 2014-2015 school year. We can't believe how full we are already! What a difference a year makes! We are thrilled to be partnering with so many new homeschool families for 2014-2015.

Do you have your plans in place? We'd love to have you join us for 2014-2015! Contact us and we will help you get started or answer your questions. If we can't offer you what you need, we will direct you to someone who can, even if it's another local tutorial. We are in this homeschooling thing just like you and love the eclectic community we are part of in Memphis and the surrounding areas!

Community is proud of our excellent team of tutors because we see firsthand how much they care about our families and students' success! Their classes are filling quickly or nearing maximum capacity. If you want in for next year, contact tutors now to reserve your student's spot!

Current availability (depending on level) in the classes below:

=> Histories: American and World, Humanities 1

=> Sciences: Elementary as well as HS overflow and A & P

=> Pre-Algebra and High School Math

=> Art (3rd grade and up)

=> High School English 3 

=> British Literature w/ college prep writing and ACT prep (for upper level HS students)

=> Elementary Writing

Click here for our 5 EASY STEPS process with no lines 
and no waiting and discounted registration until May. 

Community is happy to answer questionsencourage and support homeschool moms & dads!
Let us know how we can partner with YOU!

Community Homeschool Support Group Planning Meeting

Community is holding a planning meeting for those interested in helping launch a homeschool support group. All homeschool families are welcome. This group will not be exclusive to current Community families and will operate autonomously from the Community tutorial. The goal is to provide opportunities for homeschool families to come together for field trips, service projects, special interest clubs and youth events. Possibly most important and #1 on the agenda will be to provide homeschooling moms an opportunity to get together at least once a month without an agenda other than to just relax and encourage one another!

We are looking for volunteers and leadership. If you are interested in learning more, please join us:

March 19th • 1pm 
Highland Church
400 N. Houston Levee

Learn more about our tutorial here! See our 2014-2015 class offerings here!

Backstory: Homeschool Mom

This blog has several articles in a series called Backstory, written to encourage current homeschool moms and dads. We also have a series called Homeschool Beginners because Community gets many questions from folks in both categories. When we say our heart is to encourage homeschool families, we really mean it. 
And, when I hear moms say that they want to homeschool but they are afraid, I know she is likely the best candidate for homeschooling because she is the mom who will find a way.
I have 4 kids from 10 to 20. I could write a blog series on all the mistakes I've made over the years but, I probably won't go that route. In spite of a faulty self, I have always tried my best to do what I felt was best for each of my kids, just like any other mom, homeschooler or not. My kids are home educated but I have been doing plenty of learning myself. Here's my Backstory.

I hope you will be encouraged and inspired.
- HJ

Most of us begin our homeschool journey with optimism and enthusiasm. We picture ourselves coming alongside our children with a firm but loving hand to guide them into becoming life-long learners. Diligent study skills, extraordinary projects, family reading time, and the joy of togetherness motivate us to say "yes" to a homeschool lifestyle of learning. We love them enough to make the sacrifices that educating at home entails and they will love us for it! Right? Well, sort of.

I know, for me, that lasted about a week. 

By Day 1, YOU may learn that they learn in a style much different from yours. By Week 2, YOU may learn that their intentions are much different from yours as well. After Month 3, YOU may learn that distractions are real life and, sometimes, can not be avoided because you are not running an institution but nurturing a home and family. As the school year drags determinedly along, you may learn that you're too hard, too soft, not quite as disciplined as you imagined you'd be, or maybe you just need to chill out because a crying student is not a learning student. The first days and weeks of homeschooling can make or break your plan over the next few years. 

When the real work of learning starts, it starts with you, homeschool mom. 

Go ahead and make your plans. Do it joyfully and obsessively because that's part of the process! Pore over books and new curriculum until your eyes cross because that's necessary. Join a support group, have long talks over endless cups of coffee with other homeschool moms, enroll your kids in too many extracurricular activities at church and in your community. Buy a how-to-homeschool book or two or dozens. Educate yourself on your favorite subject of all: your child.

Then, as you begin your homeschool season, remember that "a mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled". The responsibility you've undertaken is as innate in you today as it was when you guided them through eating, talking, walking and training. Just like then, you will learn that every scenario will not go as planned. You will learn to become flexible so you will not break.

Know this: There will be days you want to quit. Don't give up just yet. Determination and Perseverance will be called upon daily to play a huge role if you are to continue to fulfill the call to home educate.

There's a reason, along with so many others, I'm still here after 15 hard-fought seasons of homeschooling. I honestly believe it's worth it. Don't let fear keep you from doing what you feel like you are called to do for as long as you are called to do it. That's no way to live! Posting this transparent article is scary to me, but, if it helps encourage other homeschool moms, I can and will. If I can overcome my insecurities, misguided intentions, failures and all my fears, so can you!

Armed with determination, perseverance and lots of flexibility, you can succeed, homeschool mom. Your results will not come in yearly testing or grade point averages but, kindled carefully over time, you will learn that the rewards of homeschooling are immeasurable. At some point, the seemingly endless hours that you dedicated to your child's education will become a glimpse of a moment but will reflect forever in the person your child will become. And, you'll never regret the investment.

Someday, like my grown sons have, your child may even say, 'Thank you, Mom'.

(But, don't hold your breath just yet. ;)

Open House is February 27th!

Community's 2014-2014 Open House and Early Registration is this week!

Come tour our facility, meet our tutors, learn more about 2014-2015 class offerings, and sign up for  community-wide spring field trips and our spring workshops. Plus, visit Homelife Academy, Faith Heritage and MHEA sports representatives. Our Open House is a low pressure opportunity to learn more about home education and the homeschool community in the Memphis area. We'd love to meet you and answer any questions! 

• See our class offerings for 2014-2015 by clicking here
• See spring field trips open to all homeschool families! Details here
• Learn more about our workshops here.

If you already know you'd like to join us next year, go ahead and contact tutors to reserve your student's place! You can find out more by clicking directly on the class via the schedule or clicking the links on the menu to the left. 



Open House and Early Registration 


February 27th

11a to 1p


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February 12th, 2014

Community's inclement weather policy is to close when Shelby County and Memphis city schools close. However, since we have received multiple reports regarding icy road conditions, particularly on Walnut Grove and Houston Levee, Community WILL NOT be having classes today. 

Stay safe!

Meet Paul!

Over the past year, Community has received multiple requests for art class offerings for all ages. Since we begin our planning process early, we had considered several options, hoping to be able to offer a quality art program at Community beginning in the fall 2014. Having exhausted all leads up to the last minute before announcing our new schedule, we were discouraged. No art tutor we interviewed was panning out. We were resigned to putting a Community art program on the back burner for another season when we casually sent out several more messages as a final effort. Almost immediately, we had one name recommended to us by 4 different, unconnected folks as well as the endorsement of a highly respected art tutor in the homeschool community. Upon such great recommendations, we put in a call to Paul Miller. We knew he was a perfect fit when, during that first conversation, he placed us on hold to explain to his young son that he needed to play quietly because "Mommy is making a person and needs her nap". If he gets that, he definitely gets homeschool families!

Paul is not just a family man but a talented and accomplished artist as well as a gifted teacher. He credits his wife, Lisa (also a teacher), with recognizing that he had it in him all along to teach. His passion for art expression traces back to his childhood when he begin drawing and painting. As the only artist in his family, he understands how to encourage that expression in his students while guiding them through a variety of media and techniques.

He currently runs an after school art program at the U of M Campus School and is pursuing his freelance career. You can see more of his personal art work here or catch the upcoming reception featuring his pieces at Gallery Fifty Six.  A gallery of past and present students' art pieces can be viewed on his website and, while you're at it, check out the fantastic testimonials for Paul by students and parents alike.

In addition to his class offerings with Community for 2014-2015, Paul is offering an upcoming Visual Art workshop with Community this spring. The registration fee for spring workshops is free for new families and you can find out more about all of them at our Open House on February 27th.

See Paul's 2014-2015 class offerings here.

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Meet Becky!

While we are genuinely sorry to lose Ms. Liz when our spring semester ends, we know family comes first and she's in a season that calls for more time at home. Community will miss her, especially her students!

We are, however, proud to introduce Becky Ballard who will be teaching elementary and middle school sciences as well as our Elementary Foundations class. Becky is a second generation teacher who is as enthusiastic as she is experienced. She has lived all over the world and boasts teaching certifications in states from sea to shining sea but her biggest influence as a teacher is her father who passed along his passion for teaching. She is a devoted mom, an energetic Pilates instructor, and, guess what? She LOVES science experiments. We are so excited to have all of Becky's seemingly unending energy to pour into our students in 2014-2015!

Want to know a little more about Becky? We did, too, so we asked her!

What's your favorite dessert? 

"Hot, ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookies!"

What's your idea of a perfect vacation?

"Me, with my toes in the sand, watching my kids play in the ocean."

If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be?
"I'm excited to one day hug Jesus and say "Thank you!".

What's one thing people don't know about you but you wish they did?
"I love to sing but I can't very well...I wish I was the next American Idol!"

What a wonderful addition to our Community! See more on Becky's science classes here. Becky's Elementary Foundations class is for students who need to review and sharpen up those fundamental elementary skills. Learn more about this class, starting in 2014-2015 for 3rd - 6th graders, here.

Interested in learning more about Community? Start with our 2014-2015 class offerings.



Spring Workshops at Community

Community is offering 3 workshops coming this spring, designed to engage and inspire your creative student and prepare your college bound teen for the ACT test. You can register for all of our workshops at Open House or by contacting tutors via email.

Visual Art Workshop
We will be hosting Easel Town's Paul Miller in a workshop for ages 9 and up. We know you will be impressed with his skill as an artist and talent as a teacher. Community kids are are looking forward to having him as our resident art tutor for 2014-2015! The younger students will meet on Wednesdays from 9:30a to 11a while high school aged students will meet on Mondays from 9:30a to 11a. His workshops will be offered from March 17 through April 7. Register with Paul here!

ACT Math Prep Workshop
Our resident math tutor, Jenny Radmer, is offering her ACT workshop again this spring just in time for April ACT testing. Since math mastery is a huge component of college entrance exams, Jenny is focusing solely on math skills specific to the ACT for the college bound student. Jenny is a popular tutor at Community. Students appreciate her laid back style while parents have been impressed with her thorough attention to detail and integrity as a tutor. Her workshop will be offered Mondays from 1:15p - 2:45p from March 17 through April 7. Register with Jenny here and learn more about her workshop here

Guitar Heroes with Memphis Jones
Finally, don't miss the exclusive opportunity to have your aspiring musician experience this one! Memphis Jones is passionate about Memphis music and its roots as well as a sought after entertainer. He travels extensively as a performer and personality as well as working closely with Graceland, Elvis Radio, and the Tupelo and Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureaus. As a worship leader at TLC Memphis and frontman with his CCM band, he has a unique insight into youth culture. He mentors and equips young players, encouraging them to find purpose in their talents. This workshop will focus on different eras of guitar music, the historic impact of each and include hands-on technique and practical theory. This workshop, geared for players who are ready to advance to the next level, will be offered on Mondays from 11:30a - 12:30p from March 17 through April 7. Memphis Jones is on Twitter and facebook. Register for Guitar Heroes with Memphis Jones by contacting him here.


Community Spring Workshops


March 17 through April 7

Mondays or Wednesdays; Times Vary


$100 per student for each workshop
including FREE REGISTRATION for new families!
Paid directly to tutor. Minimum 6 students per workshop. Limited space.


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