What is a Homeschool co-op?
A cooperative of local homeschooling families who engage in mutual support and encouragement. Ours gets together for classes, field trips, and state testing.
How do I participate?
We welcome all homeschool families in the Columbia County area. We are a relaxed bunch, usually offering elective style classes for our mostly elementary and preschool aged children. We request that the homeschooling parent participate on some level, whether it be as a teacher, assistant to a teacher or in some other capacity. Mostly the curriculum used is decided upon by the parent teaching the class, but we do have topics and materials available if needed. We strongly encourage all parents to teach on a rotating basis to provide everyone with the richest experience possible. Download Registration Form or Contact Us for more information.
what is Columbia County Tuesday Co-op's yearly schedule?
This year we will offer one ten week and one twelve week "session," with breaks during the holidays and in Spring. For example, 1st session would be Sept.-Nov., with the 2nd session starting in March. Actual session start times vary from year to year and are mutually decided upon during the planning meetings typically held in August preceding the school year. The dates and times of these meetings are generally posted here, in our Facebook Group "Columbia County Tuesday Homeschool Co-op" and within the Facebook Group "Columbia County Homeschool Group." Please check here and join the Facebook group(s) to stay up to date on any Co-Op information.
What Day and Time are classes offered?
We meet on Tuesdays within session dates, typically from 10am to 12pm, with light duty cleaning following. We have offered two one hour classes, one 2 hour class, and one 90 minute class, depending on the teacher availability, class topics, and general consensus of participating families. Class times are determined at the August planning meeting preceding the current school year.
How are the classes determined?
Classes are divided by age and grade groupings, but can also be chosen by interest. We currently offer classes up to grade 6, as our registered families dictate.
What kind of classes are typically offered?
Class topics are chosen by the parent teaching the class and discussed in the August planning meetings. In the past we have offered: Science Experiments with a focus on the Scientific Method, Economics, Chess, and Creative Writing for the older grades (3-6); Unit Study on China, Maps, Animal Biology, Electronics, Cooking, and Music for the lower grades (1-3); and the littlest kids (pre-K through 1st) have studied geography, marine animals, anatomy and much more! Teachers are encouraged to follow their passions and interests to create a richer experience for the kids.
Is there a fee?
Nursery is provided for free for registered families. Cost is determined by class topic, usually a minimal fee to cover supply costs or specific amounts if certain materials are used (for example, we offered an electronics class last year which required we purchase kits for each pair of students). We currently request a family fee of $10 per session which we gift to the church for generously donating their space and to offset the cost of supplies used. Please visit our Current Session page for more information on classes and fees.