FAQ 2019-2020 CO-OP
WHAT IS CO-OP?
Co-Op is a time for HOPE families to come together and work cooperatively to educate and serve our children academically, socially, and spiritually. Our time together begins with a 30 minute assembly time, followed by two 55-minute classes. We meet twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring, for 5 consecutive Fridays.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Children of all ages from nursery to high school can participate in the program. They must be homeschooling and a current member of our HOPE organization.
CAN CHILDREN BE DROPPED OFF?
A parent or guardian must be present for the entire time. This is both for the safety of all participants and a practical matter. Our Co-op is a parent-led volunteer-run activity. It’s a “participate to play” system. Plan on getting involved through teaching, assisting, or administrating.
WHAT DOES THE Co-op SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?
Co-op runs from 9:30 am -12 pm.
9:30– 9:55 Assembly
10:00-10:55 First Hour Class
11:00–11:55 Second Hour Class
HOW DOES DISMISSAL WORK?
One of our priorities is child safety. Children ages 8 and below will only be allowed to leave their classroom when their parent comes to pick them up. Children ages 9 and up are dismissed at 11:55 am and are expected to be mature enough to find their parent on their own. Exceptions can be made on an individual basis, with the approval of the Co-op director (Brenda Paredes) and only after the teacher has been notified of this change by the director or a coordinator. This change must be requested prior to the first day of Co-op.
HOW DO STUDENTS TRANSITION FROM 1ST HOUR CLASS TO 2ND HOUR CLASS?
Parents should communicate with their children beforehand and ensure that they know what classes they are enrolled in, the teachers’ names and corresponding classroom assignments. Students 9 and up are expected to transition on their own. We try to keep each age group in the same area to allow for easier transitions. Students 8 and below will be escorted to their class by the 1st Hour assistant or 2nd Hour assistant. Parents are welcome to come and make sure their children are in the correct classrooms. However, ALL coordinators will be monitoring to make sure all children are in the correct classroom.
WHAT CLASSES ARE TAUGHT?
Classes vary from term to term depending on what the volunteers want to teach. We have both academically focused classes and leisure or elective style classes. At least two classes are offered per hour for each age group. As we grow we add more classes to accommodate the number of students in each class.
WHO TEACHES THE CLASSES?
Classes are taught primarily by parents. On occasion a guest teacher will be recruited to teach a class (for example a bank employee may be asked to teach a budgeting class), however the guest teacher must be a support member and agree with the HOPE statement of faith.
HOW DO WE REGISTER AND CHOOSE OUR CLASSES?
Registration for Co-Op will begin 2 to 4 weeks before our starting date. An announcement will be made on the FaceBook page and a link will be emailed to parents so they can register their children. Remember that children must be current HOPE members in order to eligble for registration. At least 2 options for each hour for each age group will be available, however, classes are first come, first served. If a class fills up quickly your child will be left with only one option for that hour. However, do not be discouraged, I have found that all our teachers are amazing and always provide a wonderful instructional time! As a teaching incentive, we allow teachers to sign up their children first. Some classes get filled up before registration opens to the public.
IS ASSEMBLY IMPORTANT?
Of course! Assembly is an opportunity for all participants to come together and spend some time in worship through prayer, song, and teaching. Let’s be reminded that every time we meet together with the intent to hear God’s message it provides an opportunity to strengthen our faith and maturity. It also promotes unity, which will strengthen our homeschool community. Those two benefits cannot be taken for granted. Announcements for upcoming activities are also made at this time. Children of all ages are expected to be expected and are encouraged to sit with their class alongside their classmates and teacher, easing their transition to class time.
WHAT DO PARENTS DO WHILE THEIR CHILDREN ARE IN CLASS?
As stated our Co-Op is not a drop off program and one parent must be present for the duration of Co-op. During one hour parents will be in a classroom either teaching or assisting. The other hour they will participate in Parent’s Hour.
WHAT IS PARENTS’ HOUR?
We know homeschooling can be hard! Parents’ Hour is an opportunity to fellowship with other parents that are on the same journey as you. We hope you find this time refreshing, eye-opening, helpful, and of spiritual encouragement. As a group we provide snacks for each other and then spend time discussing helpful homeschool topics.
WHAT ARE THE AGE GROUP DIVISIONS?
There are three subdivisions and 7 age groups.
Preschool: newborns, 2-3 year old, 4-5 year old
Elementary: 6-8 year old, 9-11 year old
Secondary: 12-14 year old (middle school), 15+ (high school)
IS THERE A FEE?
Yes! Our fees help to keep the Co-Op program running by providing facility rental, basic supplies and appreciation gifts. Fees are: 1 child $10, 2 children $15, 3+ children $20. In addition, individual classes occasionally have a small fee to cover additional or unusual supplies or copy costs. This fee rarely exceeds $5. This information will be available during registration.
WHEN AND WHERE?
Information only applies to the 2020 Spring Co-op
Dates: Every Friday, March 6th - April 3, 2020
Time: 9:30 am -12 pm
Location: BT McAllen, 2001 Trenton Rd.
INTERESTED? ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
Feel free to contact Co-Op coordinator Brenda Paredes @ email: or call/text: 956.212.0853