NELCHA Co-op is a sub-group of the Northeast Louisiana Homeschool Christian Association that was established in August 2006. We have two locations for co-op. The West Monroe group meets on Wednesdays at Cedar Crest Baptist Church and the Monroe Group meets on Thursdays at College Place Baptist. Co-op was founded by homeschool parents exclusively for homeschool children in Northeast Louisiana. It is our desire for families to unite in the education of their children as unto the Lord. Students are encouraged in a Biblical world view and are given opportunities not only academic in nature, but spiritual, social and emotional. Parents share homeschooling concepts, special skills and talents, and various curriculum as they teach the students at co-op.
Everyone involved in co-op has the opportunity for growth and encouragement through the experience of parents and students alike. It’s co-operative teaching and learning! Responsibilities are shared equally in order for co-op to function at its optimum. Unlike public and private schools, parents do not drop off students for the day, but remain at co-op as an integral part of their education and that of other students.
There are many ways parents may participate in co-op, such as teaching, co-teaching, being a class helper, and cleaning. Students are required to attend a minimum of two consecutive class hours in order to participate.
Chapel at Co-op
Each co-op day includes a chapel service during which time there is singing, prayer and a short teaching or devotion. During chapel, members of co-op come together to dedicate the day to the Lord, to give Him thanks for what He has done, and to receive what He has to give to us for the day. Parents and students alike are encouraged to share during chapel, and are often called upon to prepare a devotional, special music, or lead in prayer. Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children during chapel time.
While we cannot require participation in chapel, it is considered a hallmark of the co-op day. We believe it is essential in promoting unity of heart and mind, and it is often a platform for important announcements.