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FAQs

General

Q:

How long is CWF?

A:

Our co-op runs 2 semesters (fall and spring). Workshops run from 9:45 am to 2:30 pm. Families commit to spending the entire day with us which allows each student to take 4 classes of their choice. 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. 

Q:

Do you have workshops for high schoolers?

A:

Yes, we have workshops for high schoolers. Although it varies from semester to semester, please see our Course Grid to get an idea what types of classes are offered for each grade. We try to make sure every age group above Kindergarten has at least two choices per hour.

Q:

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

A:

If we have families with babies we will run a nursery. If you are the parent of a baby or toddler, you will most likely have to spend 1 or 2 of your assist hours in the nursery/toddler room. 

Q:

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

A:

Your child needs to have a backpack with the following age-appropriate items: 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 send extras!)

Q:

Can we send our child with another family?

A:

We are not a drop-off co-op and do not encourage this option. 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.

Q:

Does CWF have a Facebook page?

A:

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

Membership Requirements

Q:

What else is required of member families besides teaching?

A:

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. A parent or teen will be assigned to watch your children in the community room while you clean. Click here for the Cleaning Schedule.

Volunteer Duties: In addition to cleaning duties, each family will be assigned a volunteer responsibility. 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 every week and allow us to also offer holiday parties, field trips, and our closing program. If you are new, feel free to choose the volunteer position you'd like to request (the list is found on the bottom of your profile page) -- but please don't change it if the board assigns you something else. (Note: Set-up and Tear Down team members will not be required to clean.)

Snack Schedule: Co-op days are fun but 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 1 or 2 weeks to bring in either a salty, sweet, or fruit/veg type snack. Check here for the Snack Schedule.

Costs

Q:

How much does CWF cost?

A:

CWF is very reasonably priced. Since our parents all volunteer their time and are not paid, the only expenses are member registration and materials fees for workshops.

Registration is $140 per family per semester for new families and $125 for returning families who pay their deposit and submit classes by the final day of the previous semester. 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.

So if a family has three kids, a semester would include at least 120 class periods. The total cost, including registration and workshop fees, would probably be around $225 for the whole semester. What a bargain! 

Q:

What does the registration fee cover?

A:

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.

Q:

What does the insurance fee cover?

A:

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. 

Absences

Q:

What if we have already planned a vacation?

A:

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.)

Q:

What if I or one of my children gets sick?

A:

If you will be unable to attend CWF you need to call the Absentee Coordinator ASAP so that we can find another parent to cover your workshops. 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.

Teaching

Q:

Do I have to teach at CWF?

A:

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 will have to take on extra cleaning or volunteer responsibilities.

Q:

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

A:

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."

Q:

What should I charge for the workshop I offer to teach?

A:

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.

Q:

Can I teach more than one workshop?

A:

Yes! We love when teachers teach more than one workshop. Teaching two or more classes will also give you a higher priority when registering for classes.

One option is to teach the same workshop to a higher or lower age group. It gives our kids more options!