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FAQs

Q:

Who is the group for?

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The CBC Homeschool Support Group is for those families who are home educating their children. 

Children participating in the co-op morning enrichment classes must be six years of age and enrolled in a first grade homeschool program and are of sufficient character and motivation to participate in the program.  Families without school age children will not be admitted to the homeschool co-op.  This reserves kindergarten, preschool, and nursery spaces for families home educating school age children.

Q:

When does the group meet?

A:

The CBC Homeschool Support Group meets on Tuesday or Thursday.  A family comes on only one of the co-op days.  The Co-op meets each week during the traditional school year beginning after Labor Day in September and ends about the third week of May.  There are several days off during the year due to holidays. 

The program starts at 9:30 a.m. with morning devotions and concludes at 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday or Thursday.  Afternoon academic classes and clubs are also offered.  Information for these programs are explained in another packet.  

Q:

What do the children do during the co-op morning meetings?

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Each week, the children in early elementary participate in four enrichment classes each semester.  These classes include Art, Physical Education, Music, Drama and various other classes. The children in early elementary will be divided into groups, based on their age, and will rotate to the various classes.  These early elementary classes are one semester in length.  Early elementary children will take 8 classes over the course of  the year. There is also an opportunity for the children to have lunch together. 

The children in upper elementary through high school will have an opportunity to choose from a list of  parent-offered elective classes for three 50 minute sessions.  These classes are year- long classes.  These elective classes vary in type: audit, homework, competition, or credit.  

There is a kindergarten, preschool, and nursery program for children in those age categories.  

Q:

What do the parents do while their kids are at the Tuesday or Thursday morning co-op classes?

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One parent from each family must participate in the co-op each week as either a teacher/assistant, nursery worker, or in an administrative role (e.g. planning field trips and special events, coordinating support group activities and speakers, preparation of the yearbook and end-of-year awards, etc.).  Parents should indicate their preferences for how they would like to volunteer when applying to join on the enrollment application.

In addition, parents are given an opportunity on co-op mornings to attend one support group meeting that provides an opportunity for fellowship, teaching, and encouragement.  These meetings may include a Bible devotional, prayer, group announcements, discussion of homeschool issues, opportunities to examine curriculum resources, and presentations on topics related to parenting and homeschooling.  

Q:

What does the co-op cost?

A:

The fee for the year for the Homeschool group is $100.00 per each school age child, $60 per each preschool child with a family maximum of $400.    This fee covers art supplies, music and instruments, physical education equipment, classroom needs, and awards certificates. 

Additional fees for individual classes are known at the time of registration.  These additional fees may include the purchase of textbooks, costume rental, and personal materials.  There may be some additional cost as the year progresses for various activities you have the options to participate in (e.g. for field trips, pictures, testing, yearbooks, etc.). 

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What should the parents/students wear?

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Students should dress neatly, modestly, and also appropriately for the weather.  Due to the fact that many of the young people will be having physical education weekly, you should dress your child to participate in physical activities.  They will need a good pair of running shoes, and then appropriate dress for the weather.  Modest shorts (Finger tip length or longer) are permissible on warm days. Shirts should cover the shoulder, the midriff, and the back.  They should not be low-cut, tight nor revealing when bending over.  Jeans (without holes) are permitted.   Plan to bring a sweatshirt or have your child dress in layers when the weather turns cold. 

The key principle for dress for students and parents is modesty.  Undergarments are to remain undergarments and not be revealed.  Remember the Four L’s of Dress –Long , Loose, Lots, and Layers.   Also, please no jewelry in PE classes, as it gets in the way of many PE activities and can easily get lost. Those not dressed appropriately will not be allowed to participate in co-op classes.

Q:

What classes do you offer the lower elementary schools kids?

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Kids in the Lower Elementary grades rotate through classes that are one semester in duration. All kids take all of these classes - plus others.  Usually, there are Science classes and other classes offered depending upon the what the parents want to teach.

DESCRIPTION OF CLASSES FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

Music:  This activity will involve the children in a vocal choir and an instrumental choir with the hand-chimes/handbells.  They will learn how to read music through musical games and activities as they learn to sing and to play the hand-chimes/handbells.  This activity will give them an appreciation for music as well as learning teamwork and group cooperation.  The students will perform at Christmas and in May for families and friends after shortened classes on a co-op morning.

Art:  This class will engage the children’s creativity through stimulating art projects, which may include drawing, painting, sculpture, stitchery, weaving, and holiday art.  Students will also study the techniques of a variety of artists.

Physical Education (PE):  This activity will allow the children to play group games and train them in physical fitness.  A number of units of study are planned for the year, which may include: badminton, soccer, football, relays, volleyball, field hockey, tumbling, and track/field.  One part of the PE program is the President’s Challenge, a program of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.  Each child will be tested at his/her age level on five different physical fitness tests measuring strength, endurance, and flexibility.  Each child who attempts all categories will be given an award based upon their participation and achievements.

Drama/Acting Classes:  This class provides opportunities to develop skills acting by participating in drama skits and plays.  Two Elementary Drama Nights, held on April 20, 2015 (Thursday group) and May 4, 2015 (Tuesday group), and a Jr/Sr High Drama Festival Weekend, held on  May 1 and 2, 2015  allows the young people a chance for public performance.

Q:

What classes do you offer Upper Elementary, Middle School and High School students?

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Students in Upper Elementary through High School are allowed to select three Elective Classes.  These classes will meet each week during the co-op year and will be 50 minutes long.  These classes will consist of many different type of classes that the young people will have an opportunity to choose to attend but they may change each year depending upon the parents who are willing to teach them.  These classes may include Sign Language, Spanish,  Government, Health/Safety, , Chess, Public Speaking, Science Lab, Literature, Debate, American Girls, Geography, Electronics, Robotics, Math, Sewing, Quilting, Scrapbooking, Odyssey of the Mind, French, Chinese, Literature, Latin, History Chemistry, Biology, etc.  

If you would like to teach or request a particular subject for the upcoming year, please put that in your enrollment application.  The class list - and the opportunity to register for them - will be available on this website in July.

Q:

Do we have to come every single week?

A:

Participation in the co-op is a nine-month commitment, and depends upon the active participation of all members to ensure a positive experience for all families. 

Therefore, parents and children are expected to attend co-op meetings every week, except in cases of sickness, travel, or a family emergency.  We ask all families to be careful not to schedule appointments or other activities during co-op mornings since an absent teacher or student (especially in music and drama classes) can be disruptive to the program. 

If a family has a sick child – but there are other school-age children in the family that are well – parents may leave these children to attend their homeschool classes, while the parent remains at home with their sick child. Parents must have a medical release form (included) and a contact telephone number on file in order to leave their children at co-op.

 

Q:

Does the co-op close if there is a snowstorm?

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Cancellations Due to Inclement Weather:  The Support Group will follow the Fairfax County Public School Announcements for cancellations due to weather.  When FCPS closes for the day, we will not meet.  When the schools are delayed (either one or two hours) due to weather, we will meet at our usual time.

Q:

Do the teachers offer grades or transcripts?

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Course work Grading and Transcripts:  The Capital Baptist Homeschool Co-op is not a school but a support group.  The co-op does not issues course work grades or prepare a transcript for students.  Course work grades and transcripts are the responsibility of the parents for their own children.  Parents may request co-op parent teachers input for co-op course work.  Since many high school courses are “For Credit”, co-op parent teachers may issue grades to help parents in their transcript preparation.  All grading by co-op parent teachers whether they be test scores, mid-term or final grades should be issued privately to the student and his parents.

Q:

Do you have to be a member of the co-op to be on the C4 Speech and Debate club?

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No, you do not need to be a part of the co-op in order to belong to the C4 Speech and Debate Club.  For more information on the C4 Speech and Debate Club click HERE.