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Home Based Arts Usa Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children's Museums, Children & Youth, Education, History Museums, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Youth Development Programs

Mission: CHILDREN'S HISTORICAL PUBLISHING LEARNING ACTIVITY BOOKS When students and parents choose a Learning Activity Book from Children’s Historical Publishing they are preparing to R – READ E – ENJOY A – ANALYZE and D – DISCUSS Sample Printable Page Topics of interest for all ages and in a variety of subjects!! Children’s Historical Publishing has chosen to enhance subjects through visual and written mediums that meet the needs of children in all of our elementary classrooms. Whether it’s reading about local and statewide heroes and places or scanning aeronautical information on space history, children are learning and using skills needed to demonstrate their understanding of interesting topics! LEARNING ACTIVITY BOOKS “LABS” Each LAB creates opportunities for all students to learn no matter what their learning styles or teachers’ instructional styles. It is the purpose of our activity books to reach all levels of readers and provide a beginning point of interest that can lead to extensive research for oral and written communication on topics of interest relating to local, state and national standards CHILDREN'S HISTORICAL PUBLISHING & Topics Our Learning Activity Books provide opportunities for teachers, parents and students to read and enjoy topics on: Local History Regional and state history Space (Aeronautics) & history Significant people in local, state and national history Economic impact on local and national regions Impact of inventions on the world Historical impact of selected American cultures CHILDREN'S HISTORICAL PUBLISHING & EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS Anyone preparing materials for students today knows that they must meet the needs for students to achieve “proficient or above” in reading fiction and non-fiction materials. Children’s Historical Publishing provides in each book opportunities to enhance vocabulary, read for comprehension, use higher level thinking skills, and promote research and written communication as written in instructional guides and lesson plans. There are over 23 books to choose from. 400,000 have been donated to schools throughout Western Ohio.

Target demographics: aid the students with broder thinking skillsand more nformation about there surroundings and how to function comfortably in our society.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 books are distrubted on average yearly.

Geographic areas served: Ohio

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I support the work of this organization and the dedication of the board of directors and the volunteers. This is a worthwhile organization to donate to and to support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization and can vouch for the work that they do for the children and families in our community. The publications and learning activities in the books should be used by the schools to enhance the growth of youth in our neighborhoods.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great non profit that produces children's learning activity books. We rely on donations and grants to do our work. Please help us support the children we need to reach with our books.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I discovered Home Based Arts I was completely blown away by the quality and readability of their work. It is simply amazing that they are able to bring stories of great individuals to their audience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a blessing to get enough Learning Activity Books to give to a whole classroom of children. Some of these kids never get a book of their very own-- to get to keep one of these books on high quality paper helps them respect and take good care of their book when we use it in class, and means so much more when they can actually take it home. The teacher curriculum guides make it so much easier to work in class activities and makes it even more fun for me. Thank you for having more than one title too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer assisting with many types of projects to support their work throughout the year I am fortunate enough to be familiar with the dedication it takes to move a Learning Activity book from concept into the hands of thousands and thousands of grade school kids.
I watch as they multitask seeking funding, writing grant requests, coordinating the writers, artists, historian and editors and printers to actually create the book, and curriculum directors and teachers who write the Teacher Curriculum guide and make sure the writers keep the copy appropriate for grade school reading levels. All that along with what it takes to run a non profit on the inside.
All the work seems worth it when I see a kid who gets one of the books for the first time open it and get excited! I listened in on a focus group of kids talking about 3 of the titles and saw how much the books really mean to the kids, how the read the real messages about people who are inspiring, achieve success often in the face of hardship, and make a difference n our world.
Seeing those kids appreciate the book makes all my volunteer hours totally worth the time and effort.
Keep on doing what you're doing! So many kids, and their teachers and parents, need what you offer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am always amazed at how this organization publishes new Learning Activity Books each year-- and always with a topic so relevant to grade school kids! Locally the Water Water Everywhere book (100th anniversary of the "Great Flood" brought poignant images and the story in language suitable for grade schoolers. As always they tied it into themes of success-- of sticking to it-- this time with pride in your community.

And they keep sending tens of thousands of these to schools with companion teacher's curriculum guides year after year. I always look forward to the new titles!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The high quality of the books and subject matters are certainly a very admirable part of this organization, They are dedicated to making students think on a higher level with hope and determination!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teachers, parents and, most importantly, children have shared feedback for years that they love these books. Readers are particularly fond of the subject matter, which covers historic figures, events and topics in a fun way that are not addressed with such detail in schools. The organization keeps publishing books that are as entertaining as they are educational.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Children's Historical Publishing actually does what so many non-profits want to do...make a meaningful impact in people's lives. They make a tremendously positive impact upon the lives of children with their learning-activity books. Most importantly, they've placed more than 370,000 books into kids' hands through schools, parents, family members and friends, which speaks to how effective they are as an organization. CHPS truly is a great non-profit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As I observed students reading about the Tuskegee Airman, it was amazing to me how much respect they had for what went before them. I believe Children's Historical Publishing presents material on topics that no one would ever think that students should be exposed to. Students truly enjoy being introduced to these values in a way that make sense.I hope more classrooms are able to take advantage of this material.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have known the folks at Home Based Arts since they started and can tell you that they do a great job in bringing these wonderful and historical coloring books to children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know many of the people involved in this charity and they ware wonderful people!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I think the work this group did on the Haki and the Rule of Law Book found a way to communicate with children about how Law works. From the notes from history like the Magna Carta to how we run our cities and classrooms according to the rule of law-- all to maintain order and justice is awesome.

As an ex parole officer I can only say how wonderful it would have been for the men I monitored to have had in their youth a better understanding of how Law came to be, how it helps us run as a society, and how the justice system works. Maybe I'd have had a few men better prepared to re-enter into society.

Thank you HBA for your wonderful work.

1 Curt D.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Home Based Arts in several capacities, including researching and helping write some of their learning activities books. I have heard nothing but compliments on how well the books have been received, by both the students and their teachers, and feel proud to have been a part of the process. At this time HBA has distributed over 400,000 books to children. Many of them deal with history, a passion of mine, and something I feel is important to pass on to future generations. I believe that HBA's books make learning easy and fun and proves that learning can be fun!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked in the non profit world for decades, and was executive director of a major community center. We relied heavily on volunteers and collaboration with other non profits.
The education materials by Children's Historical Publishing for primary grade school children were a wonderful addition to our day care and after school care centers.
Their generous contributions were gratefully received.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HBA is doing great things! The compassion it has to educate and touch the hearts of young people is to be commended.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Home Based Arts is an amazing organization that truly cares about children. Through their creative learning activity books, HBA helps young people (in age and at heart) understand the world around them in a fun, meaningful, and memorable way!

1 johnjr

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to nominate HBA for being an excellent tool in changing the mind-set of our children! This form of education has an impact upon the young minds of today's world!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I've had the opportunity to work with HBA and I think the books are very informative and serve as a positive in teaching history to our children. HBA books could serve as a supplement in our educational system.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to submit the strongest nomination possible for Home Based Arts USA (EIN 31-1434722).

HBA creates learning activity books on a variety of subjects, from “The Law” to the “Great Dayton Flood of 1913,” from “Money Talks” to “Aerospace,” from tolerance to friendships, the series is constantly expanding beyond the current 15 books.
Together with the free books for grade school students comes the teacher guide to help facilitate the subject matter. Endorsed by teachers and schools statewide, HBA has already distributed in excess of 400,000 books.

The executive director, Joyce Reid Kasprzak, works tirelessly soliciting and selling potential sponsors on the value of these books, beloved by the children and treasured by teachers. HBA would be a most deserving winner and would be able to expand the lineup of these fabulous teaching books.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have helped this organization get feedback on one of the their books that was donated to schools across the state of OH. The appreciation and feedback from the Curriculum Directors and Teachers has been outstanding, and the students' comprehension of the subject matter was significantly improved as a result of this book. I am very impressed with the mission and accomplishments of Home Based Arts and hope that they can continue with their great work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is committed to teaching children to read and become aware of historic people in a way they may understand. They donate books to schools and are very active in the community writing about topics such as The Tuskegee Airman, Paul L Dunbar and others.