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FAQs

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 school-aged (Kindergarten or up.)  Our preschool clubs are provided for the preschool-aged siblings of JMJ members as their older siblings are in classes.

Membership for 2016-17 is currently full with a wait list, though we invite you to submit your interest form in the event that space becomes available.  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 2016-17 school year, we are offering 28 different classes and 7 clubs for children from Preschool through 12th grade. 

Classes include the following, by grade level:

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

Ballet I (K-2), II (3-5) and III (6-12)

Ballroom Dance, Middle School and High School

American Government & Economics 9-12

Latin 9-12

Literature K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12

Biology 9-12

General Science 6-8 

Science Alive! K-2, 3-5

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

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) 3-5

Middle School Writing

High School Writing

Theology of the Body 9-12

 

Clubs include:

Music for Little Ones, Preschool Music & Movement

Storytime Club for Preschoolers

Lego Club 3-5

Middle School Games Club

Middle School & High School Sports Club

Latin Club

Garden Club

Q:

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

A:

The focus in JMJ is on community.  Therefore, 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.

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!