Memorial of our patroness, St. Therese of Lisieux.
"Instead of being discouraged, I told myself: God would not make me wish for something impossible and so, in spite of my littleness, I can aim at being a saint. It is impossible for me to grow bigger, so I put up with myself as I am, with all my countless faults. But I will look for some means of going to heaven by a little way which is very short and very straight, a little way that is quite new...It is your arms, Jesus, which are the lift to carry me to heaven, And so there is no need for me to grow up. In fact, just the opposite: I must stay little and become less and less."
–St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul, 113
New to Homeschooling?
Little Way Homeschool Cooperative encourages all families wishing to join to have at least one year of homeschooling under their belt before applying for official enrollment. Homeschooling is an incredible journey and while the collective learning environment and support of other homeschool families is key to overall long-term success, sometimes one has to learn to walk before one can run!
The first year of homeschooling consists of taking A LOT of baby steps before the confidence, experience and skills are mastered to be able to fully participate in and contribute to a Cooperative.
Little Way endeavors to support ALL homeschooling families, no matter what stage of learning the family is in, and we have “peer mentors” available to help perspective families who are looking for guidance, advice and support prior to acceptance to our Co-op. Please leave us an e-mail with any information you are seeking and we will contact you soon!
The Little Way Homeschool Co-op started with a handful of families who offered Music and Art in a home setting. Eventually, Maureen Debrot and six other families contracted a larger space to expand. The contract was signed to rent three rooms and the Cafeteria at Little Flower in Berkeley Heights on August 15, 2003.
In 2010-2011, the use of the building expanded to the second floor to accommodate 40-45 families.
In 2012-2013, The Little Way Co-op had expanded to fifty families. It was at this point that the facility could no longer house the needs of the members.
Fortunately for Co-op members, Our Lady of Mount Virgin School and facility was available for lease and was the perfect place for members' needs since then.
Little Way Homeschool is a homeschooling cooperative which seeks to provide support to homeschooling families in the fostering of the formation of the children in the Catholic Tradition by providing various extracurricular activities.
Respect, dignity and faith in God are nurtured in a classroom atmosphere and small groups. With the aid of this environment, we believe the children will form moral principles and attitudes, friendships, and reinforcement of family values that will strengthen their faith and their contribution to society.
We are a group of mostly Catholic homeschooling families that began in 2003 with seven families. Currently, we consist of over 50 families from Union, Morris, Somerset, Bergen, Hunterdon and Middlesex Counties of NJ and from PA. As a Christian Co-op, we ALL share in the work and joy of our Friday meetings. All families fully participate in the responsibility of the Cooperative's success. The small group of Board Members facilitates planning and decision making, but not without the input of Group Liaisons and the membership as a whole. Everyone is encouraged to offer input and recommendations.
Our group is a member of HSLDA that takes advantage of a significant discounted group rate. To be in the Co-op, all families are required to have this membership. If a family chooses not to take advantage of the group rate, one must provide their HSLDA membership number and expiration date.
Members agree to abide by the Statement of Responsibility, Volunteer Agreements, Fee Schedule and the Procedures to assist in the overall function of the group.
Costs to run the Co-op are mostly covered by the family fee. We welcome and encourage our members to make a donation, no matter how small. Please make out donations to Little Way Homeschool Co-op and send to the Finance Coordinator with "donation" in the memo.
Our Lady of Mount Virgin School
450 Drake Avenue
Middlesex, NJ 08846