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FAQs

CWF Info

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Membership Requirements

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What is required of member families?

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Teaching: A parent or guardian is required to teach and/or assist 3 of the 4 class periods. 

Cleaning: Each family is assigned to help clean the church after co-op 2-3 times each semester. It takes just 30-45 minutes. Duties include vacuuming the rooms, wiping down tables and sinks, and gathering trash. Click here for the Cleaning Schedule.

Volunteer Duties: In addition to cleaning duties, each family will be assigned to a volunteer committee. While we are happy to take requests for volunteer duties, the board will assign them based on need. These duties are vital for the functioning of our co-op and allow us to also offer holiday parties, field trips, a yearbook, and our closing program. 

Snack Schedule: Co-op days are fun but can be very busy for parents! To make break time more enjoyable, we all take turns bringing in a snack to share during our off hours. Each family will be assigned 2 weeks to bring in either a salty, sweet, or fruit/veg type snack. Check here for the Snack Schedule.

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Do I have to teach?

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Yes! A parent from each family is required to teach at least 1 workshop, assist in 2 others, and will have one hour off to fellowship with other parents. Parents who teach 2 of more classes receive priority registration for the semester.

If you are new and miss the deadline for submitting a class, you may still be allowed to participate in the co-op but will have to assist in 3 classes and take on extra cleaning or volunteer responsibilities.

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Can we send our child with another family?

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We are not a drop-off co-op and do not allow this option as a general rule. We have, on occasion, allowed members in good standing to send their children in with another family due to extenuating circumstances. If too many families wish to do this, however, our co-op would quickly fall apart! We reserve the right to limit this option to just one or two families each semester and will rescind the privilege if it becomes a burden on the co-op.

No matter the circumstances, all families are expected to perform volunteer responsibilities. Any family that does not teach a class will be assigned additional duties.  

Note: Children must be Kindergarten age or older to attend without a parent and must be assigned to the care of an adult of another willing family. This adult assumes full responsibility for your child in your absence and we will require additional paperwork in certain circumstances.

Classes & Workshops

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How long is CWF?

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Our co-op runs 2 semesters -- 10 weeks in the Fall and 12 weeks in the Spring. Workshops run from 9:45 am to 2:30 pm. Families commit to spending the entire day at co-op and students get to take a class of their choice all four periods . Each parent teaches one or two workshops, assists in others, and has one hour off to fellowship with other parents. Since our co-op is made up strictly of parent volunteers, instructors are not paid. This keeps our costs reasonable for most families. Teachers may charge a nominal fee to cover the cost of materials or may request a certain textbook and/or supplies be bought for the class. 

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What does my child need to bring to CWF each week?

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Your child needs to have a backpack with the following age-appropriate items: a folder for each class, pens, pencils, writing paper, crayons or colored pencils, scissors, liquid glue or glue stick, and a ruler. Please check on these items a few times each semester to swap out dried up glue sticks or sharpen pencils. (There are no pencil sharpeners available at the facility, so please send extras!)

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Do you have workshops for high schoolers?

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Yes, we have workshops for high schoolers. Although choices vary from semester to semester, please see our Course Grid to get an idea what types of classes are typically offered for each grade. At the end of every semester, we also make up a wish list to help parents get an idea of what classes are in demand.

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What if my student isn't excited about any of the classes offered a certain hour?

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You are definitely going to run into this at some point if you are a long time co-op member! Please remember, however, that as a parent-led co-op selections will vary widely from year to year. And the classes your kids love will more than make up for the few that they don't. Remember, even if your student doesn't love all 4 subjects, chances are he or she will still have a lot of fun making friends and trying something new.  

If they are really opposed to their choices here are some other options:

  • Look at the classes one grade level up or down to see if you can find a better fit for your child. You may contact that teacher directly to ask if he or she is willing to make an exception and allow your child into that class (see Directory for email addresses).
  • If the classes offered seem too hard, ask the teacher if you can revise your child's workload. If a class seems too easy, supplement it with your own assignments. Our teachers really do want their students to learn and enjoy themselves and most likely will work with you!
  • If your child is older, have them offer to assist in another class or be a teacher's helper.
  • Finally, offer up a class of your own! (This option is only available if you talk to the board prior to registration opening and may not be possible if it will interfere with another class).

We do not allow late arrivals, early departures, or free periods just because a student is not interested in a class during a particular hour. Please understand that many families join a co-op purely for social interaction. Your student's presence is a valuable part of the co-op experience to others! Encourage your child to be positive about trying something new and assure them that they are a blessing to their classmates!

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I have a baby or a toddler. Is there a place for them as well?

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If we have families with babies or toddlers we will run a nursery. If you are the parent of a baby or toddler and you don't see a "Nursery" row on the class registration grid already, you will most likely have to spend your teaching and assistant hours in the nursery/toddler room during your first semester at CWF. If we know we need a nursery before the class grid is set for the semester, we will ask other parents to help out as well. 

Note: the nursery is for younger siblings only. CWF families must have at least one child of school age (K-12) to participate.

Costs

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How much does CWF cost?

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CWF is very reasonably priced. Since our parents all volunteer their time, the only expenses are member registration and materials fees for workshops.

Registration is $130 per family per semester for new families and $115 for returning families. This fee includes church rental, group liability insurance, and web maintenance. Workshop fees range from $2 - $20 per student per class for the entire semester.

Average total cost for families with:

  • 1 student: $130 - $160 per semester
  • 2 students: $145 - $205 per semester
  • 3 students: $160 - $225 per semester

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What does the registration fee cover?

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The Registration Fee mainly covers church rental and liability insurance*. A small portion of it also goes to administrative and overhead costs such as postage, photocopies, cleaning supplies, and website hosting.

*The insurance fee is only for liability coverage in case the church or church property gets damaged while CWF is in session. Families are responsible for their own medical insurance in case a child gets injured while at CWF. 

Teaching Guidelines

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I don't know what to teach.... Any ideas!?

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You can teach anything you wish! Go with your strengths or personal interests. If you are new, it might be helpful to stick to the basics such as art, gym, geography, or social studies. Our class sizes tend to be smaller, so please offer your classes to multiple grade levels. Common groupings are Pre-K/K, 1st - 3rd, 4th - 6th, 6th & up, and High School only.

You can also visit our forum to see if there are any class requests (note: you must be a member to access the forums). Pinterest also has some wonderful ideas -- search "Homeschool Workshops" or "Homeschool Co-op" ideas or classes.

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What should I charge for the workshop I offer?

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The short answer: estimate your costs for the consumable goods per student that will be used during the semster and charge ONLY that amount! You may not be reimbursed for education kits or a complete curriculum. We highly recommend you allow parents to purchase their own textbooks (but please list them in your course description). 

The long answer (with examples, tips, and the reasoning behind this) can be found here.

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Can I teach more than one workshop?

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Yes! We love when parents teach more than one workshop. Spouses, grandparents, and high school students may also submit classes! Teaching two classes will also give your family a higher priority during registration. 

One option is to teach the same workshop to a higher and lower age group. It is easier for parents to plan but gives our kids more choices!

Absences

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What if I or one of my children gets sick?

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If you will be unable to attend CWF for any reason you need to call the Absentee Coordinator ASAP so we can make sure your classes* and volunteer jobs are covered. See the Directory to find out the name and number of the Absentee Coordinator. (Only members may access the Directory.)

When texting or emailing the Absentee Coordinator, please include the following: your name, the names and hours of the classes you teach and assist, and whether any of your children will be attending with another family.

*In most cases your class assistant will be filling in to teach your class if you are absent. One of the responsibilities of teachers and assistants is to make sure the assistant is prepared to fill-in with no notice. Please make sure your assistant is ready!

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What if we have already planned a vacation?

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You may have one pre-planned absence each semester. Please inform the Absentee Coordinator as soon as possible with your plans so that a substitute can be arranged for your classes. (See the Directory to find out the name and number of the Absentee Coordinator. Only members may access the Directory.)

Social Media

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Does CWF have a Facebook page?

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Yes, we do! But it's a closed group and only available to current or past members of CWF. Click here to join.

Note: While any member may post to our FB page and we encourage everyone to use it to socialize and plan spontaneous get-togethers, we ask that no official CWF functions be planned or announced exclusively through Facebook. Some members do not use Facebook and we don't want to exclude anyone who chooses not to use social media!

Advertising & Fundraising

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Can I advertise my business with CWF? Can my kids offer their fundraising items?

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It depends. Members may put flyers, samples, or other marketing materials in the parents' room. This includes order forms for student fundraisers. All families get one hour off to socialize and will have a chance to see what you are offering then. Please do not approach parents directly to "pitch" your product or fundraiser. 

Third parties may advertise with CWF by emailing flyers, offers, coupons, or discounts to info@cwfhomeschool.org. If we feel your product or service will benefit our members, we will share whatever you send us on Facebook and possibly print out your flyer to put in our parents' room. 

Please do not use the directory to mass mail or email our members!

This includes asking for money for a good cause such as a needy family you know or a short term missions trip. We do have a program in place to help members of the CWF community. If we plan on supporting someone as a group -- for example, to start a meal train for a new mom -- we will include it in the weekly announcements (even then we won't ask people individually or pressure anyone to participate).