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September 29, 2011
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September 29, 2011
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About 15 years ago a co-worker and friend, Toni Bell shared one of the Home Based Arts Books with me, supporting her husband William Bell. I found them to be an excellent way for me to teach my Son's about their community and the Dayton area as well as, share them with my Grandchildren who lived in Virginia. The collection reminded me of the Black History Books my Mother taught me from. Facts about positive people and history from where we live and about people we see every day. In this world of video games, cell phones and activities that don't require human interaction, it's very important to me to keep the children close. I hold them and read to them. I encourage them to color pictures and read to me. These books will always be a tradition in my Family as I encourage unity in learning and spending quality time with our children.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 29, 2011
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September 29, 2011
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Home Based Arts is one of the most unique and creative concepts I have seen yet. This region of the nation has always been known as the "Cradle of Creativity" and Home Based Arts certainly does a superb job of compiling both historic and cultural aspects of those topics with their ingenious activity books so our youth learn this type of subject matter . Books such as Dayton Inventors, People Places & Things, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Charles F. Kettering certainly make learning fun! The scope of their organization is both national as well as international and certainly puts our region on the map by telling our story so well. I would encourage you to contact them about the possibility of compiling your historical story this way.

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by the excitement their books create

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add more staff to be able to be more national in scope

September 28, 2011
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September 28, 2011
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Home Based Arts Usa Inc is a wonderful liazon for both children and adults to become more adapt in history and the arts. They do this through a serious of learning activity books which help to peak the interest of children. I feel the book really helped my children learn about local history and the arts. I recommend these books to anyone who wants to increase ones knowledge on a national level, meeting the ohio proficeincy standards.
September 27, 2011

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September 27, 2011

I have watch and particiapted in Children’s Historical Publishing division continually developing new LABs—Learning Activity Books.
•The books focuse on special topic studies for elementary and middle school students. These books and teaching guides are designed to help bridge the gap on
topics that do not have in-depth curriculum coverage.
•All topics include learning and activities that will help develop student's knowledge based on Common Core reading and math standards.
•The kids think they're coloring books and games-- teachers and parents love the word games, writing activity and essay contest.
•The books are carefully crafted to be used in Grades 1-7 depending on the title.
•Curriculum Guides for teachers are offered free available as a download from this site.
•All books are printed on high quality real paper-- not newsprint.

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I have observed teachers and students with the Children’s Historical Publishing Learning Activity Books become enchanted with the material and very surprised and proud about their community. The children were given a pre-test and then a post test. Common Core reading and math standards were used and their scores improved over 50%.

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I would ensure that the Children's Historical Publishing Learning Activity Books had more national exposure. I would hire the services of a distributor so that the organization can be more of its own social enterprise. The funding of more books for children would then be an easier task.

September 26, 2011

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September 26, 2011

I used the Rule of Law for my youth summer Camp. They were very happy about it it made so simle for them to understand Moral Law and legislative law. They were able to undersatnd that law was made to protect and not to entrap us.

From the art work in the book it became so vivid for the
visual learners to comprehend what the book was talking about. I am bent on using their historical books to help the youth undersatnd the history of their country and Dayton. They recently published a book about Hall of Fame and I hope it will be good.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization when I used one of their book Rule of Law. The kids came to understand why laws are made and why it should be kept.

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If I had to make to this organization, I would suggest that the state should partner with the organization and make availble to the public more of these books to the public. I believe being free only a few books are published at a time.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

partnership with State

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

yes

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

very good and proud

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 26, 2011

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September 26, 2011

Home Based Arts USA Inc. provided a childrens book that was focused on one of our key assest in the Write Dunbar Business District called the Walk of Fame. The value of this book is very high in that it provides info on 130 accomplished individuals and groups from the Dayton Region that can inspire, motivate and provide great historical knowledge to children given them pride in the area which they live.

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I have had ecperience with this organization over the years and I know that each of their projects have exceeded expectation.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make the books that are produced part of the overall cirriculum for all children before they graduate 8th grade.

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

The resources that were provided by Children's Historical Publishing
to the Kettering City Schools teaching staff were an incredible learning tool.
The books offer a wealth of information that students easily identify with, the context is grade level appropriate, illustrations are
cleverly incorporated throughout the books, and there are pertinent learning activities that relate back to the reading.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working closely with them to provide additional teaching resources to the staff of the Kettering City Schools.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything. They are extremely professional and an outstanding group of people!

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

Having moved back to the Dayton area only five years ago, after having lived other places for the past 30+ years, I was struck by the humble and persistent efforts to reach an underserved population in the midst of such an unrelentingly perilous economic situation. Through it's children's workbook series Home Based Arts not only tries to keep hold of a large at-risk sector of the local community, it offers a novel way of providing a voice and history with which many can then identify and in which all may find a modicum of pride. This sense of 'self', as well as its attendant feeling of accomplishment, is critical for the flourishing of the individual and the success of the community.

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I've seen the happy recognition in the face of other social service workers when these books are mentioned and shared the feeling of joy when a young person was given one of these workbooks and began to devour it like a good meal. One can't really describe the good that comes when a child recognizes a bit of him-/herself in the pages being read...

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had the access/ means, I think I would partner this non-profit with a larger and more far-reaching marketing and distributing company for further exposure.

September 20, 2011

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September 20, 2011

Home Based Arts has been part of the Miami Valley area education community and community at large-- giving over 350,000 Learning Activity Books to kids. The books, all written to state proficiency standards are interesting and fun for the kids-- what's more is they also teach throug the stories about perseverance, hard work and ovecoming challenges.

As a volunteer I am always treated with respect by an organization that values my contributions and welcomes my input. They run on a snug budget, always finding ways to funnel funds to more kids. Their web site, www.childrenshistoricalpublishing.org gives the full background and is the place teachers and parents get the FREE curriculum/teacher guides for the books.

I alwasy personally seeing the delight on the face of the little kids who get a book-- a "real" book all their own. They love the books on inventors, aearospace, law, arts, and so many other titles that interest the kids. And I also love that while the kids love having their own book and reading the stories and even doing the acitvities at the end of the books, knowing that they are learning history, science and social studies.

Whether I am assisting setting up a display table at a community fair or festival, packing books to take to schools or interacting with others in the organization I get such a satisfied feeling knowing we reach kids who, without Home Based Arts/Childrens Historical Publishing, would just never have these opportunites to learn and grow and feel pride.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the smiles on the face of the kids who get the books, reading the feedback from teachers and interacting with parents and teachers who so value the Learning Activity Books. And, like other adults who pick up the books, admit "I didn't know that!" as I too learn about the subjects.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage them to go national.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Opportunities on occasion to meet ALL the other volunteers-- so we can share stories and our vision.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learned so much about history, introduced me to new friends, and exposed me to how books are made, and provided opportunities for me to strech my own limits. I also so value how the organization appreciates the skills I bring to the table.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Satisfied like a good meal-- fed spititually and emotionally.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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