Co-Op Philosophy and Overview
LIGHT Co-op & Philosophy
The LIGHT Co-op is an activity that falls under the LIGHT Homeschool Support Group, and is just one of the many activities offered by our group as a way to support each family’s unique homeschool plan. Participation in the co-op requires that a family first be a member of the LIGHT Homeschool Support Group.
Our co-op is unique from many other “homeschool co-ops”, in that our main focus and goal is to offer support for the parent and not academic classes for our children. We believe when parents feel encouraged and supported, they are more equipped to provide their own children’s education, without needing to rely heavily on outside classes. Our underlying philosophy and aim is to keep parents engaged and supported.
Our wide offering of classes are focused on enrichment. A few select classes, aimed at high school aged teens, are offered, and can be used toward credit as the parent sees fit. Our main focus for our children is fellowship and exploring new topics.
We believe that the interaction between parents of all stages and walks of homeschooling is beneficial for everyone. Therefore, we strive to create for parents a place to fellowship with other parents and have access to our homeschool library to find resources to help them.
The participation of all parents is essential to the success of the Co-op. The vast majority of our teachers are volunteers from within our families, and each parent is required to help in some way during our weekly meeting. Parents are required to stay during co-op hours to encourage conversation and networking.
Because our co-op incorporates the whole family, babies through high school, the hours of co-op are limited, as to not be burdensome or “too much” for one day. The number of weeks we meet is also limited for the purpose of giving families a needed break and more free time during the holiday months, as well as being done by the end of April to give parents time to finish their school year strong.
Registration and Wait List
Due to the popularity of the co-op in our support group, we have a registration process we follow that includes a wait list. To participate in co-op, or to be put on the wait list, you must first be a member of the LIGHT Support Group. An additional registration for fall session of co-op starts in August (spring reg. starts in Dec.), with returning families having priority in registration. If you have not been a member of the LIGHT or of the co-op, your name can be placed on a wait list and then added to the co-op as space allows. You will find the co-op registration and wait list links on the website after your LIGHT membership is activated. The co-op committee will contact you regarding space availability for co-op after returning members have registered.