Years ago, long before we had kids (yes, there was such a time!) I had this crazy scheme in my head. It was this grand plan to educate my not-exsisting-at-the-time kids at home. Not only to teach them at home, but to teach them along with the help of other parents. I invisioned us all gathering together and teaching a variety of subjects while sharing thoughts and ideas. It was cute and sweet and one day I wanted to put this plan into action.
Vincent turned 5 this year. Typically a child of 5 years of age would start Kindergarten. So as I had planned, I decided to teach Vincent at home. I searched the web over to find other mom’s to teach with me. I didn’t know what I was looking for exactly, but I knew what I wanted. If that makes any sense at all (and I am supposed to be teaching my kids…um yeah). So I started teaching Vincent at home and all the while we were finding our groove. Oh “teaching day 5” I met another homeschooling mom at Vincent’s Awanas. She told me of this really cool group of other mom’s who also homeschooled. It was called a coop. To say I was interested was an understatement. I was down right giddy and I looked forward to Friday (the day that the coop meets) more than ever.
The coop meets every Friday and is like a regular school, except it is all run by other homeschooling moms. Each class is taught by a mother who is educated to teach the subject. Each class is broken down into age ranges. Vincent’s class is for pre-K and Kindergartners, Kenniston is all pre-K, and the twins go to the nursery. They also have higher grades, but we will get there next year. I, of course, got to help out (you are required to, though I would have no matter what). I got to be in Vincent’s room and will continue to be the whole school year! The teacher and I brainstormed and have some great ideas we will use. I was completely and totally in my element. I loved every moment of it!
Let me just tell you a little more about the classes…First of all, there is 15 students ages 4-6 years old. The cool thing, there are 3 teachers. That is a 5 to 1 ratio! How many kindergarten classes have that kind of ratio? Yeah, not many! Kenniston’s classroom also has a very low ratio and is a very hands on type environment. Both classes are run similar to a Montessori style room, though the coop is not an actual Montessori coop. In my teaching at home I try to use Montessori techniques whenever possible.
The whole family cost is just under $200 and thanks to Nana’s help (she is very interested in the kids education) we were able to pay for it that right away. That cost is so minimal compared to other schools we had looked at previously. Oh, and the cost includes childcare for the twins (and Kenniston’s pre K). How awesome is that?
Did I mention this is a Christain organization? Did I mention I was one of quite a few mommies who have more than the average 2.5 kids? Have I mentioned how excited I am? ok, I will calm down now.
For now you can see the Vincent on his way to his first day.