How does our co-op work?
The family comes for the day and a parent remains on site to help with teaching classes, assisting in classes, and/or helping with other functions so that the co-op runs smoothly. Working together as a team to educate our children fosters a feeling of community while building camaraderie and lasting friendships. It also allows the formation that is being learned at St.JPII Co-op to be practiced at home the other days of the week.
What classes are taught?
At St. JPII, the K-8th grade teachers will provide instruction one day per week, with assignments that are to be completed at home for 2nd through 8th grade. The coursework will meet the county requirements in the following subject areas:
- Writing (Language Appreciation for K-3rd grade)
Since Math is such an individualized subject that cannot be appropriately taught with instruction only one day per week, that is to be done at home with whatever curriculum parents prefer. In additions, parents of K-3rd grade students would need to do a Reading program of their choice at home. While Religion is not taught as a separate class (except for the 2nd and 3rd graders, who are preparing to receive the Sacraments or just received them), the Catholic Faith is interwoven into all our courses and part of the routine of our day. Most parents use a catechism course at home based on their parish's Religious Education department preference.
What curriculum do we use?
Our curriculum is not based on one specific program, but is pulled from multiple sources (see the Sample Book List below). We operate on a four-year cycle with the time period of history directing the theme of each year. In general, those years are Ancient Lands (Greece, Rome, and the Biblical era), Medieval Times, Renaissance Period, and U.S. History... throughout all is the focus on the Catholic Church's contribution to mankind. History, Literature, Writing, and Art come from these time periods. Students in K-8 study the same time period, with older children learning topics in more depth than younger ones.
This unit-based type of program is more efficient for teaching and also allows for great family discussions at home!
To give you an idea of how our day at the co-op looks and what curriculum we use, a sample schedule and book list are available for viewing at the links below.