Is a "True" Family Co-op right for my family?
Are you willing to cooperate with others to improve your family's home school?
Would you be able to teach a class to help other home school families, in return for having others teach something they love to your kids?
Would you like to have opportunity to fellowship with other home school families while getting some school work done?
Then the "true" family co-op may be for you.
In a "true" co-op home school families pool their talents and resources to help one another serve all of their children's educational needs. Everyone has a job (or two or three), and benefits from the work and support of others. Fees are kept small and go to serve the whole group (i.e., utilities, facilities, insurance and supplies), rather than to pay an individual teacher.
Co-op’s can be centered around a particular philosophy of education (Classical, Charlotte Mason, Unit Studies, textbooks) or program (Konos, Apologia, Abeka etc), or interest (science experiments, geography, arts). Each group needs to share their needs and vision with each other to form a plan of action. A commitment to see the plan through for a designated time (a semester, a year, a six week block) and then the work, and the fun begins!
Our probable meeting time would be on Wednesdays from 8:45am to noon; with optional enrichment time from 12:45pm to 1:30pm. An example of one format would be to allow each family member to have three classes each week (i.e., Science, Language, and History), with each parent teaching one class, helping in one class and being off to plan, prepare or fellowship during one class period.
We would meet at 7401 Elkhardt Road in North Chesterfield, Virginia.
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Contact Eileen Schlaudt at JamesRiverEagles@comcast.net for additional information.