Welcome to First Class Homeschool Ministries
What is a Homeschool Co-op?
A homeschool co-op, or cooperative, is a group in which every member family participates to provide classes for the students.
At First Class, we encourage the entire family to participate, including fathers and grandparents!
The most important aspect of a co-op is that everyone does something. Some parents teach, some set up and clean up, some are hall monitors, etc. Each person contributes to make the class day a success!
Who teaches what?
Some parents will volunteer to teach a specific class because their children need to cover this subject and think it will be more fun for them to share it with a group. Others teach certain topics just because they enjoy teaching them. We tell parents who are unsure about teaching to really think about what they love to do or learn about. If you like scrapbooking, teach it! If you enjoy biology, chances are that another parent just like you will be happy to assist you. Remember, the commitment is only about eight classes in the fall and ten classes in the spring.
Don't be surprised If another parent in the co-op hears that you have a particular talent and asks if you would consider teaching that subject. It's how we are able to offer such a wonderful variety of classes!
First Class Makes It Easy to Plan a Homeschool Co-op!
With your application's approval, FCHM will provide you with tools, online support, downloadable forms and a completely functioning website that is just for your local group! We will also mail you a startup kit within five business days. This kit includes a binder that tells you how to start your co-op from start to finish, a CD of forms you can use, a free FCHM t-shirt and even a free subscription to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine for the co-op director. We'll help you get connected and support you every step of the way!