2021/2022 Junior Co-Op Opportunities

The LAF Junior Co-Op offers programs for
  • Babies
  • Crawlers and Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • Kindergarteners
  • Elementary Aged Students (K – 5)

It all starts at Orientation!

LAF Junior Co-Op orientation will be held on August 31, 2021 at Sarasota Alliance Church on Bee Ridge Rd. in Sarasota. It is mandatory for at least one parent to prepare for the coming school year.

At this orientation, parents will receive their volunteer training as well as be able to meet the LAF leadership team and the class facilitators.

Junior Co-Op orientation is August 31, 2021.

What We Believe

It’s important to know that while Learning and Families welcomes all families, we teach from a Young-Earth-Creationist perspective. To view our Statement of Faith, click on the link below.

What to Expect on a Junior Co-Op Day

Nursery through 5th grade students attend junior Co-Op, which meets Tuesdays, 8:45-12:30.

When students arrive at 8:45 am, each family sits together in the gym for morning announcements. After morning announcements and prayer, students are released to their first class, one class at a time. Parents walk younger siblings directly to their nursery class before going to their volunteer position. Pre-K through 5th-grade students are escorted to class by their respective pod parents.

Each class is organized by grade. Within the class, there are smaller groups called pods. Each pod of four to five students has a specific pod parent responsible for helping them, managing behavior, and escorting them to bathroom breaks. Pod parents are responsible for their individual pod but also work together to take care of the entire class. Between each class in the k-5 program, students have a short snack/play break. Pre-K and Kindergarten classes have snack time in the classroom.

At 12:30, when Co-Op is finished for the day, parents pick up their students from their classrooms. We do offer the opportunity for families to purchase pizza for lunch if they would like, and families are welcome to join others at Rothenbach Park (on the east end of Bee Ridge Rd) every Tuesday immediately following co-op if they wish.

New Kindergarten Opportunity

In the 2021/2022 school year, we are very excited to introduce a new self-contained kindergarten class as an option for parents of four to six-year-olds. Parents of students in this age range can choose the Pre-K class, which focuses on basic learning skills such as color, shape, letter, and number recognition, character building and social skills, as well as hands-on, interactive activities indoors and outdoors throughout the day.

Parents can also choose the new self-contained Kindergarten class. This class will help prepare students for a more focused and formal learning environment. These students will do many of the hands-on science experiments that students in the K – 5 program are also doing, but will spend more time focusing on both academic and social skill-building to help prepare students for the more focused and less directed learning environment.

Lastly, parents of five and six-year-olds can choose the full three-class Junior Co-Op program. In this program, kindergarten through 5th-grade students rotate through three classes. Kindergarten through 3rd grade attends world geography, land animals, and art. Fourth and fifth grades attend literature, land animals, and art.

To meer our new Junior Co-Op facilitators click on the link.

Opportunities
Infant Nursery
Facilitator: TBA
 
Fee: $50
 
Birth through Age 1
The Nursery is a low-key room where babies from birth through age 1 can sleep, play, be rocked, held, or given whatever else they need
2-3 Year Old Nursery
Facilitator: Amanda Perez
 
Fee: $50
 
Ages 2 – 3
The 2-3 year old Nursery is open-play classroom with lots of toys and books. The class will spend most of the day playing freely. However, they will have a snack time and may have a group storytime, sing songs together, and play outside from time to time.
 
Pre-K
Facilitator: TBA
 
Tuition: $235 plus $25 lab fee
 
Ages 3-5
Pre-K students are all potty trained and can communicate clearly. In this class, preschoolers work on basic learning skills such as color, shape, letter, and number recognition, character building and social skills, as well as hands-on, interactive activities indoors and outdoors throughout the day.
 
Self-Contained Kindergarten 
Facilitator: Leah Genheimer
 
Tuition: $235 plus $25 lab fees
 
Ages 4 – 6
This program is brand new for the 2021-2022 school year! This class will help prepare students for a more focused and formal learning environment. These students will do many of the hands-on science experiments that students in the K – 5 Program are also doing, but will spend more time focusing on both academic and social skill-building to help prepare students for the more focused learning environment of the K – 3 Program
K – 3 Program 
 
Tuition: $235 plus $35 lab fee
 
Must be at least 5 years old by September 1, 2021
Kindergarten-aged students who meet the age requirement and are ready for a formal academic program can choose this option.
Third graders who are not quite ready for the rigors of the literature program can choose this option.
See below for specific class descriptions:
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Art
3 – 5 Program
 
Tuition: $235 plus $35 lab fee
 
Third graders who are stronger readers and ready for a more challenging academic program can choose this option.
See below for specific class descriptions:
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Art
K – 3 Science — Apologia Land Animals 
Facilitator: Christina Reed
 
 
 

Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day makes every day an adventure as you take your child on a safari through jungles, deserts, forests, and farms—without ever leaving your backyard! During this course, your child will examine and enjoy the incredible variety of enchanting creatures God made to inhabit the earth. Students in this program will use the companion Junior Notebooking Journal.

K – 3 Geography
Facilitator: Brandi McNulty

For the 2021/2022 year, K – 3 Geography will focus on “Our 50 States,” a one-year American geography and literature course from Notgrass History designed for students in grades 1-4. This unique course combines the flexibility and richness of a unit study with the simplicity of a textbook-based approach.

K – 3 Art 
Facilitator: Crystal Yanniccello

Explore Art through weekly Artist study and art technique in a fun and fresh hands-on atmosphere.

3 – 5 Science — Apologia Land Animals 
Facilitator: Dionne Chang 
 
 

Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day makes every day an adventure as you take your child on a safari through jungles, deserts, forests, and farms—without ever leaving your backyard! During this course, your child will examine and enjoy the incredible variety of enchanting creatures God made to inhabit the earth. Students in this program will use the companion Notebooking Journal.

3 – 5 Literature 
Facilitator: Jessica Falde

Exciting literature study of Award-winning books in a book club-style setting with a monthly book to read, discussions, and presentation opportunities. Explore different writing styles with some writing instruction each month.

3 – 5 Art 
Facilitator: TBA

Explore Art through weekly Artist study and art technique in a fun and fresh hands-on atmosphere.