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Q:

How do I become a member of JMJ Tampa Bay?

A:

Please click JOIN and fill out the "Request Membership" form and we will contact you.  We require that at least one participating child be PreK or older.

Membership is accepted year round. Please be sure to read our Vocation Statement located under the "About Us" tab to better understand our mission.   

 

Q:

What classes does JMJ Tampa Bay offer?

A:

For the 2018-2019 school year, we are offering 20 different classes for children from Preschool through 12th grade. 

Classes include the following, by grade level:

Preschool Music 2yrs-4yrs

Catholic Icing 3yrs-4yrs

Art K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Ballet I (K-2), II (3-5)

Ballroom Dance, Middle School and High School

Beginner Violin K-8th

Lego Enginnering K-2

High School Literature 

High School American History

Intro to Photography grades 6-8

Physical Science (Apologia) grades 6-8 

Astronomy (Apologia) grades 3-5

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) grades 3-5

Middle School Narrative and Creative Writing

High School College-Ready Writing

Clubs include:

Garden Club

Q:

Is JMJ a drop-off program?  What programs are offered to support mothers & fathers?

A:

The focus in JMJ is on communityTherefore, we are not a drop-off program.  As our children build community through their classes & clubs, we build community as the primary educators of our children. 

As classes are held, we offer a Bible Study for Moms, Rosary, Gospel Reflection, and social opportunities.

We gather each First Friday to pray as a community in Adoration and Mass.

We offer field trips and social activities throughout the month for our families.

Throughout the year, we offer Moms Night Out, Dads Night Out and Couples Nights. Members are encouraged to add social events to the calendar that uplift each other through the gift of community and faith. We know you'll enjoy finding friends for your children and yourself as we go on this homeschool journey together!

Q:

I am interested in homeschooling and have no idea where to start?

A:

As homeschooling has grown in popularity, the myriad of resources available can be overwhelming!   We recommend that you first start in prayerful discussion with your spouse.  There are many good books available on homeschooling and Catholic homeschooling, in particular.  Books that some of our members have found helpful include Catholic Homeschooling by Mary Kay Clark and Catholic Education: Homeward Bound by Kimberly Hahn.

Perhaps you may already know of a family who is homeschooling?  Reach out to them.  They will likely be very happy to share what they have learned so far.  As with everything in life, homeschooling is very much a journey and not just a destination.

The Florida Parent Educator Association (FPEA) is an excellent resource, as is the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA.)  JMJ is a member of both organizations.

For curriculum, there is an endless and, at times, overwhelming supply available to meet the needs of the homeschooling family.  Research and learn more about the various methods available: Traditional, Charlotte Mason, Classical, Unit Studies and Eclectic/Relaxed/Unschooling.  Our members have used many different approaches, as each family and each child is different.  Some popular Catholic curriculum providers include Seton, Catholic Heritage Curricula, Kolbe Academy, and Mother of Divine Grace.  Web-based options include Starfall and Time4Learning.

Every homeschooling family has had to take a first step.  Just like babies, those first steps can be wobbly.  But over time, wobbly steps become more sure-footed.  And as many of us have learned, all efforts are worthwhile -- especially when they are done with our gaze turned to Heaven.  We often pray in JMJ to be wrapped in our Blessed Mother's mantle.  We pray that for you, too!

Q:

Where does JMJ Tampa Bay meet?

A:

Normatlly, we meet in the Odessa area of Tampa called "Keystone." However, the location we have been meeting is closed due to storage of voting machines and equipment and an upcoming renovation! In the meantime, we are relocating to Land O' Lakes recreation center off Collier Pkwy in Pasco county. This new location offers classrooms, playgrounds, an open gym (air-conditioned) time, and a library right next door where little ones can play.