Flexible schedule, kid-tailored curriculum, and the benefits of advancing at the child’s learning pace—are all elements of homeschooling that parents cherish. Would joining a co-op threaten these freedoms? Join us as Mike Smith and Heidi St. John explore this topic on today’s Home School Heartbeat.
Heidi, can you explain to our listeners how you define a “supplemental” program and then explain why you think it’s good for families that are homeschooling?
Heidi St. John:
Well, First Class has been designed to supplement, not to replace the child education at home. I think that’s the most important thing. Most First Class co-ops start their classes in late September or early October to give parents time to settle into their own homeschool routines before they add co-op classes. The primary reason we gather together is to nurture the relationships that help us go the distance in home education. First Class offers the tools and materials they need to succeed and then it’s up to the parents to choose and teach classes. Classes are offered one day a week and are generally enrichment classes. Jay and I have seen parents teach everything from Ukrainian egg design to cab draftings. Most homeschooling parents are looking for some sort of connection with other homeschool families and First Class offers that connection in a Christ-centered environment through the local church with no ties whatsoever to public school programs such as virtual schools or parent-partnering programs. First Class network provides parents and churches with all the resources that they need, including a website and online database with no strings attached. This way, we keep our independence and reap all the benefits of working together to train our children up in the way of the Lord.
Well, thank you for joining us on the program this week, Heidi. And listeners, until next time, I’m Mike Smith.