Q: What is expected if we join?
- Each family must be willing to joyfully make this community a priority. Attendance is mandatory for all teachers and students for each of the 6 co-op meetings in the fall, and each of the 6 co-op meetings in the spring. As well as the planning meeting and the family night each term. This co-op layout cannot work if each family is not committed.
- Each family must be willing to host and drive to others homes throughout Lynchburg and the surrounding areas.
This co-op is designed so that each family will take turns hosting at their home. This scheduling has been considered on our part so that no one family is responsible for our gathering each time. Sharing the honor of hosting between us will also give our families the opportunity to practice hospitality, generosity, and serving.
- Every parent must be willing to put in the time to attend the planning meeting, create lesson plans for their subject and teach at the co-op meeting.
Every parent will take a different subject (to be determined at our planning meeting). This will include agreeing to study and use the Charlotte Mason methods in your area of teaching. Planning meetings will be held 12 weeks before the beginning of the term.
- Every parent must be willing to invest in the all the children.
Relationships are key with a living education. So often we come and go and just barely make sure our own children get what they need. Since this co-op will be “for the children’s sake”, we are asking that you invest in all the children participating.
- Every parent participating must be willing to avoid grooves and keep the forest impulse of learning alive.
As we want to be certain not to get stuck in a rut, each of us should continue to grow and learn mor about the CM philosophy of education. Regular participation in TBG Charlotte Mason Book Study is important.
- Each family will be responsible for completing the assignments between meetings that have been prepared for them.
There will be assignments between meetings that everyone must complete at home so that each child is prepared for the following meeting. This shows respect for the teacher as well as the student. Also, each teacher must come prepared to teach their subject. Additional information should be shared at a later time or at home so as not to infringe on that teacher’s lesson.
- Each family participating must be committed to “Education as an atmosphere, a disciple, and a life.”
This includes but is not limited to a creating a supportive, loving, and kind community, devoted to lifting each other up. Doing our best to work towards discipline ourselves and our children in good habits such as listening attentively, narrating accurately, observing closely, focusing on what is good, noble, and beautiful, and doing our best- the first time and every time.