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
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 classes in the arts and 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 Cooperative, we all share in the work and joy of our Friday meetings. All families fully participate in the responsibility of the Co-op'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, they 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 under FAQ 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 Corp. and send to the Financial Secretary with "donation" in the memo.
Our Lady of Mount Virgin School
450 Drake Avenue
Middlesex, NJ 08846
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 School 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 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 has been the perfect place for members' needs since then.
How Do I Become a Member?
We do ask that one of the children are at least 5 years old by October 1.
1.) Peruse our website and read the documents listed on the sidebar.
2.) Click on "Request Membership in this Homeschool Group" on right sidebar.
3.) Fill out all information, especially the ages of your children. This will help us determine if there is room in a particular age group to accommodate your children.
4.) You will be contacted via email with more information and an invitation to spend the day with us to help you determine if our co-op is a good fit for your family.
5.) If after your visit you decide to join, please submit your first tuition payment to the Financial Secretary. You will then be able to create a username and password to gain access to all information on our website and be included in the family directory. It is imperative that you read all emails from Little Way and posts on the forum as well as regularly read the FAQs to stay informed.
Please note: We do not keep a Wait List. If you fill out the membership info and later decide you are no longer interested in joining, please let us know. Your information will be deleted. If you decide in the future to join, you will need to request membership again.
Thank you for your interest in the Little Way Co-op, and we hope to hear from you soon!