NURSERY - ages 0-2
Your littlest ones will enjoy discovering all the toys in our large playroom. Parents work together to supervise this time and care for these littlest co-op attendees. Toddlers will have the opportunity to engage in story time, music, and snack, if one is provided by parents. We have a separate area for toddlers to play, and for changing, nursing and napping. (Naps for the kids, that is, not the parents!)
Our Nursery Director helps to make sure all of the parents who volunteer in the nursery are working together to supervise the kids, change diapers, and help little ones who are dealing with separation anxiety. Every family handles this age differently, and we encourage parents to communicate with the Nursery Director about how you want your situation handled. During registration, you will be asked if other parents in our nursery have permission to change your child's diaper. If you answer no to this question, you will be required to stay in the nursery with your child for your entire time at co-op.
Snacks and other supplies are not provided for this age group. We encourage parents to only send in nut-free snacks, due to the potential of little hands grabbing a friend's snack before an adult can stop it. Parents who have kids in the nursery will most likely be required to volunteer in the nursery for at least one period. We give priority to parents who WANT to serve in our nursery, so if you have a little one who needs to be with you, you can request to be assigned to the nursery for each period your child will be there.
We allow moms to wear their babies if they want to volunteer in another area, with the exception of our kitchen classes. We ask that toddlers plan to spend the day in the nursery because they do create noise and space challenges in classrooms with the older kids.
LITTLE ONES LEARN AND PLAY - ages 3-4
This program is for children who turn 3 by September 1st for our fall semester and by February 1st for our spring semester. It runs for the full 3 hours of co-op. Because of the amount of little ones in our program, we have 2 separate rooms of this age group, divided randomly. Siblings will be placed together unless a special request is made to separate them.
Each week we start off our day with a fun, hands-on activity while we wait for everybody to arrive and sing our Morning Song. Then we go to the gym together for games. We separate back into 2 separate rooms for a snack (provided by co-op), Bible lesson, play time, music, story and craft before we end the day w/ our Good-bye Song.
We can generally honor requests for parents to stay with their child and help with this program, however, at times we do have to move parents in and out of this program because of the limited number of spaces for parents. Parents who are helping with the group part time are either in there for 1st period, or for both 2nd and 3rd periods. Due to space constraints, we cannot guarantee placement in these rooms if you have a toddler tagging along.
Please note that our Little Ones Learn and Play program is primarily for the younger siblings of our homeschooled students. If we have space available after General Registration has closed, we will be happy to admit families whose oldest homeschooled student is 5 and younger. Parents should apply on our RegPack system during General Registration and they will be notified if they are accepted after General Registration has closed.
STATION TO STATION - age 5
This program class is designed to be a year-long program (so the math lessons, for example, will progress throughout the year). It is for children who turn 5 by September 1st for our fall semester, but your child may join our group in the spring semester if they turn 5 by February 1st. They begin their day in the gym to get the wiggles out. Then it is into our rooms for a snack and drink (packed by mom or dad) before our stations begin. The children are divided into small groups, and they spend the remainder of the day (2nd and 3rd period) rotating through the following stations: Bible, Science, Math, Reading, Journal and Craft. Each week the children will be sent home with a math homework sheet as well as a craft project. At the end of each semester, the children will be allowed to take home their journal.
Our space for parent helpers in these rooms is limited. We do our best to accommodate parents who wish to be with their children during 1st period, but we do not have room for more than 1 volunteer during 2nd and 3rd periods. If you are interested in being in these rooms, we recommend that you volunteer to be a Table Leader when we are recruiting Table Leaders at the end of each semester.
Please note that our Station to Station program is primarily for the younger siblings of our homeschooled students. If we have space available after General Registration has closed, we will be happy to admit families whose oldest homeschooled student is 5 and younger. Parents should apply on our RegPack system during General Registration and they will be notified if they are accepted after General Registration has closed.
MISSION: TRANSITION! - ages 6/7
This class is for emerging readers who are still working on reading and writing independently - perfect for our 1st graders who are not quite ready for classes with "big kids." The kids will start out in the gym with the Station to Station kids and then break off into their own room for a snack (packed by mom or dad) and get ready to have fun as we reinforce essential reading and math skills. This class will have the structure and fun of our Station to Station class, but the additional learning to get our younger kids ready to transition to 1st-3rd grade classes. If you are wondering if this program is right for your child, please email us questions BEFORE you register.
Our space for parent helpers in this room is limited. We do our best to accommodate parents who wish to be with their children during 1st period, but we do not have room for more than 1 or 2 volunteers during 2nd and 3rd periods.