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FAQs

Q:

Do I have to join 4-H to participate in your classes?

A:

Yes. Our co-op is also a 4-H club. 4-H membership gives us insurance coverage, access to 4-H resources and materials, and allows us to offer classes at low cost.

Q:

Who can join Thames Valley 4-H?

A:

We are a 4-H club which means we welcome all children ages 5-19.

We meet in Norwich on Friday during the day, which effectively makes our target group: homeschoolers in New London County.

Q:

Do I have to be a volunteer in your club in order for my child(ren) to participate in classes?

A:

In order for our co-op to function properly we need parent volunteers. Parents teach the classes, assist the teachers, clean up and run every aspect of our group. We require every parent to volunteer in some capacity. We will waive the volunteer requirement for families who have special circumstances. If you feel you have special circumstances that make you unable to volunteer for a session, please contact the club leaders at thamesvalleyhomeschoolcoop@gmail.com.

Q:

Do you have classes for teens?

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At this time we do not offer classes for teens. This is because we have not been able to get enough teens to make it work. If you have a teen and are interested in our co-op contact us. If we have enough interested families we will add classes to meet their needs.

Q:

Can I drop off my child?

A:

Children over the age of 8 can be dropped off if you let us know in advance. For families with younger children we understand that situations may come up where you need to drop off your children. Small children can come to co-op without their parent or guardian as long as they have a designated adult who will be responsible for them. Parents who regularly drop-off their children are still asked to volunteer in some capacity.

Q:

My child has special needs. Can we still join?

A:

We welcome all children and families into our co-op. If your child has special needs please let us know so we can more effectively serve your family.

Q:

Where are classes held?

A:

We don’t have a “forever home”, but we typically meet in or near Norwich, CT.

Q:

When are classes held?

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We have 8-week-long class sessions in the Winter, Spring, and Fall. Each session we hold classes on Fridays, typically in the 10:00am - 2:00pm time-frame.

Q:

What is the typical daily schedule?

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We generally begin our day around 10 in the morning and go until around 2. During that time we offer classes in 45-90 min blocks with breaks for snack and/or lunch.

Q:

What is a homeschool co-op?

A:

A homeschool co-op is a group of families who meet together and work cooperatively to achieve common goals. Co-ops can be organized around academics, social time, the arts, activities, crafts, service work, projects — or some combination of these.