Beneath the Sycamore, A Learning Cooperative, is a community and homeschool gathering space located in Baltimore, Ohio, just 30 minutes outside of Columbus. Our cooperative is rooted in the desire to build life-giving, supportive relationships amongst families and individuals alike. We believe that people need other people, and that we are all better equipped to do life when surrounded by a supportive community.
At Sycamore, all are welcome.
For our community members, we offer a variety of engaging, creative and wellness classes. We also provide a welcoming space for support groups and meet-ups. Please check back often as this is an area we are currently expanding and adding to.
Our homeschool co-op is home to more than 30 families and 65 kids from across the central Ohio area. For our homeschool community, we offer in-class, cooperative style learning days, as well as art + nature based outdoor exploration days.
What sets us apart? Please feel free to browse our site to learn more. If you have any questions or would like to be added to one of our groups or our waiting list, please send us a message!
Sycamore was founded on the deep desire to create a space for connection and belonging; a place to nurture relationships and foster growth between families and children alike. We are a unique group that embodies the true lifestyle of living in community with one another. We share resources, knowledge, support, encouragement, and a love for learning.
We strive to help bring back the beauty and power of connection with other people. We give homeschoolers the opportunity to connect with one another through art, nature, classes, and outings. We offer families the kind of community and support they need. We give space for moms and dads to gather monthly and partake in activities that help form deep-rooted, lifelong friendships; as well as allowing them a reprieve from the stresses of everyday life.
Our Core Values
When we live authentically we give others around us permission to be who they are as well. We are real here. The good and the bad, the ups and the downs.
All are welcome at Sycamore.
Regardless of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, you are welcome, loved, accepted and respected.
Everyone has something to give. We value collaboration over competition. When we work together, we learn and grow together. Investment in our community, collaboration with other civic and business leaders, and public service are a natural extension of who we are.
At Sycamore, part of our mission is to provide a safe space for families to build community amongst each other. We aren't meant to do this life alone.
Sycamore Nature Groups
Our Sycamore Nature Groups meet weekly for hikes, art and nature activities. We have a rotating schedule of parks we gather at around the Central Ohio area. We currently have one group that meets in Delaware County and two groups that meet throughout Franklin and Fairfield counties. Parents and/or caregivers participate in the nature hikes alongside their children and we meet for approximately two-hours, once per week.
We follow the philosophy of "there's no such thing as bad weather" and therefore make every attempt to get outside in all seasons. This branch of Sycamore meets year-round.
Sycamore Classroom Days
Based in Baltimore, Ohio, our 4000 sq. ft. facility offers a home-away-from-home for our co-op classroom days. When you enter our space you are greeted by a cozy seating area with intentional spaces for conversation and coffee. This space is a favorite amongst the kiddos too as they gather around the community table to draw, play games and converse. We also have two classrooms, a yoga and dance studio that serve as a third classroom, and a nursery/toddler room with developmentally appropriate activities for our littlest saplings.
We meet September through May and take an extended time off for family in December. We spend our summers exploring the world around us through field trips and hands on activities in lieu of classes.
Sycamore Community Classes
Sunday Night Yoga with Joy has been a staple of our community class program for almost a year now. Joy truly lives up to her name. She provides an open, welcoming, come-as-you are class for all bodies. To book a class with Joy, you can visit her booking page at https://www.joyyogalove.com.
Check back for more community classes and events coming soon!