FAQs about The Learning Connection

Q:

What is The Learning Connection?

A:

The Learning Connection is a Christ-centered home school support group ministering to families in Northwest Jersey.  We are here to encourage you on this journey of homeschooling through many facets.  Some of the variety of family activities that you can take part in are as follows but not limited to.

  • Mom's nights out
  • family nights
  • field trips
  • holiday party's
  • Co-op
  • geography and science fairs
  • standardized testing
  • graduation events for all ages
  • and much, much more

TLC Purpose

TLC desires to see parents rediscover their God-given role to educate their children ---"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." (Deuteronomy 6:7)

Our vision would be that through the practical application of God's word and prayer we would heed His instruction in loving, educating, and equipping our children to the fullest extent of their ability --- "That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillars, sculptured in palace style." (Psalm 144:12)

The Learning Connection believes that God has given to parents the primary responsibility to raise and educate their children. Since He has given His people all things pertaining to life and godliness, they need not feel inadequate or fear failure in the area of educating their children. Therefore, TLC seeks to encourage and assist the parent in this calling through the variety of ways that its individual members enable the group. We are able to rest in knowing that in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us and that includes the education of our children. We must stand firm in knowing that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it.

In acknowledgment of the fact that God is in complete control, we must, therefore, cast aside any form of pride and in sincere humility live out the convictions we have to home educate our children. We must never become self-righteous as to condemn those who have chosen to do otherwise (Philippians 2:1-4).

TLC VISION

TLC desires to see parents rediscover their God-given role to educate their children ---"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." (Deuteronomy 6:7)

Our vision would be that through the practical application of God's word and prayer we would heed His instruction in loving, educating, and equipping our children to the fullest extent of their ability --- "That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillars, sculptured in palace style." (Psalm 144:12)

Q:

 What is the TLC co-op (The Learning Connection Co-ops)

A:
TLC Co-op is a cooperative learning opportunity for children Pre-K through 12th grade which we are hoping to meet once a week for 6 hours during the school year starting in the fall of 2012. The mission of TLC Co-op is to support and assist parents in the training of their children by providing classes to supplement and enrich their education in a class environment. Because this is a cooperative effort, there will be a pooling of our resources and skills. Everyone must contribute so that this co-op can be a success. One parent must be present every hour that their children are attending classes.
 
This is a ministry cooperative by families to families. Prices of classes are determined by the costs of supplies alone. Teachers will be giving of their time. We count on the active involvement of every family member to make co-op day a success!

Our role is to encourage the parent, through support, assistance, co-op classes and relationship building.  We do not function as a school.  We do not choose what parents teach.  Some parents will teach using a curriculum and some will create classes using many different sources.  

 
Please Note: Although we offer pre-school classes, all TLC Co-op families must have at least one school age child participating in the classes who must be at least five years old by September 30th.
Q:

Do I have to stay for all class periods?

A:

No! You only need to stay and participate during the time your child is in class. If your child is only interested in the 3rd hour of classes, please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the class and leave when you are finished.

Q:

What do I do with my child that is under 3 years old?

A:

We have a toddler and infant nursery for children who are too young to take classes. When you register for class, you must also register for the nursery. If you have a child in the nursery, you are required to help there for at least one class period.  

 
Please note:  PreK classes are for children who will be 3 before the semester begins.
Q:

How am I expected to help if I take part in the TLC Co-op?

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Since this is a true co-op and is meant to be a pooling of talents, we need everyone's help! When you register for classes, you will be asked to serve in some way. For example: If you do not feel led to teach you can sign on as a teachers helper which would involve helping the teacher keep order, taking young children to the restrooms, helping with crafts, etc.. Every family is also expected to be scheduled for set-up or clean-up which in most cases you are scheduled for this once a trimester.  Exemptions from this is board approved.  Some other areas of help may be as a copy person or class photographer.

Q:

What is involved in signing up for set-up and/or clean-up if I take part of the co-op?

A:

 

You have the opportunity in your profile to choose which one you prefer.  
 
Set-up - arrive at 8:45 AM and help set up classrooms to make ready for TLC.
 
Clean-up – Cleaning whiteboards/chalkboards, emptying trash, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming and wiping off tables at the end of the co-op day.  Putting tables and chairs back.  Making the building ready for church. Basically, leaving the building better than we found it.  
 
 
There will also be a detailed clean up/set-up list at the information table on co-op days.
 
Cleaning usually takes about 1 hour and your kids can help!
Q:

Do I have to be present the whole time my children are at the co-op?

A:

Yes. In order for your child to participate, you must be present and helping the entire time your child is at co-ops. You may not drop your child off, or leave them in the care of another parent who is already at the co-op. If you cannot be present for some reason, you may substitute someone in your place who will fulfill your responsibilities. You can use a neighbor, friend, grandparent or adult (over 18) sibling. This person stands in your place, following your schedule.

Q:

What should I do if we have to be absent from co-op?

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If you can't make it to co-op, you need to call as soon as possible to let the teachers you were assigned to help know that they will be short handed. Every person is important and teachers need to know if they need to find extra help if you will be missing.
 
If you have set-up or cleaning duties, you need to find someone to switch with and then call the cleaning coordinator to let her know.  Find the cleaning coordinators number under Contact Information.
 
If you wake up that morning and cannot make it, please call Michele Gross ASAP (6 AM is not too early) to let her know.  Please find her phone number under the Contact Information.