Junior Co-op

LAF Junior Co-op is open to Pre-K through 5th grade students and their younger siblings. It meets on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 8:45am – 12:30pm, September through April.

The LAF Junior Co-op offers programs for
  • Babies
  • Crawlers and Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • Kindergarteners
  • Elementary Aged Students (K – 5)
100% Parent Involvement

LAF Junior Co-op is a cooperative learning opportunity that requires parents of all students to remain on campus throughout the Junior Co-op program and serve in their assigned Service Roles. Parents will not be asked to prepare lesson plans or lead classes. Our paid facilitators do all of that! But parents do help in the classrooms, hallways, gym, concession stand, coffee shop, welcome table, and wherever else is needed.

At least one parent or adult family representative from each family enrolled in LAF Junior Co-op is required to remain on campus serving in their assigned area during all of Junior Co-op. That means parents cannot send their child to Co-op under the guardianship of another Junior Co-op parent or guardian or family already in attendance. If a parent or guardian is not present with a child, the child will not be permitted to attend Co-op that day.

Junior Co-op is a supplemental educational opportunity for families. Families are welcome to participate at whatever level works best for their family. There are no attendance requirements or required homework. All assignments are optional and can be done at the discretion of each individual family.

It all starts at Orientation

At least one parent is required to attend the LAF Co-op orientation. What to expect at orientation:

  • Meet the leadership of Learning and Families
  • Hand in important paperwork
  • Pay any remaining balances
  • Get set up with our Brightwheel security system
  • Meet your child’s class Facilitators
  • Get a copy of the syllabus for each class
  • Hand in your community supplies
  • Learn what you can expect in the coming year
  • Receive training for your assigned Service Role


You will receive an email prior to the orientation with any paperwork that needs to be filled out and submitted, along with detailed instructions on how to prepare for orientation and what to expect. 

Date: Sunday, July 28m 2024 (families with last names A – M)

Monday, July 29, 2024 (families with last names N – Z)

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Renewal Church, 7221 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota

What We Believe

It’s important to know that Learning and Families teaches from a Young-Earth-Creationist and Protestant perspective. To view our Statement of Faith, click on the link below to ensure that we can serve your family well.

What to Expect on a Junior Co-Op Day​

Nursery through 5th-grade students attend Junior Co-op, which meets either Tuesdays or Thursdays, 8:45 am -12:30 pm. 

Families begin to arrive about 8:30 am. Parents drop children off in the gym at the sign that corresponds with their group, and then parents sign in at the Support Table for their service role. At 8:45 am, students begin reciting their memory verses for the Pod Parents, and just before 9:00 am, we have a brief morning assembly, which includes prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and announcements. After this, students are released to their first class, one group 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 students’ age. 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 and Thursday, immediately following co-op, if they wish.

Registraton fee

Beginning in the 2024/25 school year, we are adding an annual registration fee of $25 for each student in all age/grade levels. The fee will help offset the cost of the security measures we are putting in place in  2024/25. At Orientation this year, you will be onboarded to our new Brightwheel check-in system, and every family member (junior kiddos ages 5 and up included) will also receive a new ID card.

Junior Co-Op Programs

Below is our list of Junior Co-op programs for the 2024/2025 school year, along with a description of what is offered in each program and the costs for each.

Please note that our K – 3 Program and our 3 – 5 Program are not a la cart programs. Classes included in each program are listed below the general program information, including information about the facilitators and materials/curriculum to be used.

Click here to meet our 2024/2025 Junior Co-op Facilitators.

Infant Nursery
Facilitator: TBA
Fee: $90
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: TBA
Fee: $130
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.
Tuesday Facilitator: TBA
Thursday Facilitator: Nichole Antomattei
Tuition: $320 plus $35 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
Tuesday Facilitator: TBA
Thursday Facilitator: Jessica Ponzar
Tuition: $320 plus $70 lab fees
Ages 4 – 6
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 and the multi-cultural exploration 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: $320 plus $70 lab fee per student
Must be at least 5 years old by September 1, 2024 to participate.
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 also choose this option.

See below for specific class descriptions:
  • Science — Apologia Swimming Creatures
  • Countries and Culture
  • Art
3 – 5 Program
Tuition: $320 plus $70 lab fee per student
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 — Apologia Swimming Creatures
  • Literature
  • Art
k-3 program classes
K – 3 Science — Apologia Swimming Creatures
Facilitator: Jamie Sciesinski
Get ready to take an underwater journey exploring all of God’s swimming creatures. We will learn so much about these beautiful creatures from tiny plankton to the largest whale! We will be having fun with hands on activities and dissections as well. Let us deep dive and learn all we can about these amazing creatures.
Students in this group are welcome to use the JUNIOR Notebooking Journal for homework assignments.
Countries and Cultures
Tuesday Facilitator:  TBA
Thursday Facilitator: Kristin Henry
Get ready to explore the world by diving into the culture and history of different countries. My Father’s World – Exploring Countries & Cultures will be our guidebook on this adventure.
Please note: World travelers are not required to purchase the curriculum unless they’d like to continue their explorations at home.
K – 3 Art 
Tuesday Facilitator: Crystal Yannucciello
Thursday Facilitator: Soon Sim Hakes

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

Projects include a wide range of techniques, media, tools and inspirations!

3 – 5 Science — Apologia Swimming Creatures
Facilitator: Dionne Chang 

This year the 3-5 graders will embark upon an adventure of epic proportions as they study the swimming creatures of the fifth day. The journey begins with an investigation of the watery environments in which they live, followed by a look at all the aquatic species from A to Z. Several dissections will be offered to marvel at God’s design of the anatomy of these unique species. Students will also work weekly to form models their favorite aquatic species for an ocean diorama as their Year End Project. Students will also have the opportunity with each lesson to give an oral presentation on an animal of the deep. So grab your snorkel and lets go explore!

The Swimming Creatures Notebooking Journal will be utilized in weekly homework assignments and subject matter reinforcement.

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.

September: Beezus and Romona by Beverly Cleary 

October: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

November: Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff

December: Biography of Choice

JanuaryThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

February: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

March: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

April: Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

3 – 5 Art 
Tuesday Facilitator: TBA
Thursday Facilitator: Brittany Davidson


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

Projects include a wide range of techniques, media, tools and inspirations!

Junior Theatre
Facilitator: Marina Smith


Jr. Theatre fosters a love of acting with select ensembles. Work together with your fellow classmates as we put on a fun and engaging production!

Fall Play: To be announced Summer 2024!

Coach Phil

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is dedicated to making disciples through a strategy of engaging, equipping, and empowering coaches and athletes to know and grow in Christ and lead others to do the same.

This Physical Education program focuses on Fitness, Fun, and Friendship to build strong Character and Teamwork in youth. 

There will be a 10-minute FCA Huddle at the end of each class with a fun mixer game and short devotional. Parents are invited to come and participate in this time. 

Junior Jazz Dance

Future of Dance

Future of Dance is on a mission to change lives through the transformative power of dance! They do so by offering a top-notch curriculum in dance education taught by world-class teachers to children in their studios, outreach programs, and summits.
2024/25 Junior Co-Op Supply ListS

Below are two supply lists for you for 2024/25 school year. The first is the COMMUNITY SUPPLY LIST. To figure out what you are responsible for purchasing and contributing to the LAF community, find the grade level for each of your children who are registered for Junior Co-op. If you’re unsure what grade level to choose, go by where he/she would be placed in public school.

Bring these supplies to the LAF Co-op Orientation on either Sunday, July 28 or Monday, July 29, 2024 (depending on which night your family attends) at Renewal Church, 7221 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota.

The second list is the PERSONAL SUPPLIES that your student will need to bring on the first day of Co-op. Be sure personal supplies are clearly labeled with your child’s name.

community SUPPLY list
Grade (age) Level Supplies To Bring
Nursery: Birth -- Age 3 (not in pre-K class)
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Paper Towels
Pre K
  • Baby Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • One Pack White Card stock
Kindergarteners (in K - 3 Program & Self contained)
  • Art Paper: Multimedia Canson XL Mixed Media 9 x12, 60 sheets, 98 lb
  • Glue Sticks (4 pack)
  • Gallon Ziplock storage bags
  • Rubber Cement
1st Grade
  • Heavy Duty flat plastic plates (not sectioned)
  • Multimedia Canson XL Mixed Media 9 x12, 60 sheets, 98 lb
  • Glue Sticks (4 pack)
2nd Grade
  • Paper Towel
  • Heavy Duty flat plastic plates (not sectioned)
  • Art Paper: Canson XL Watercolor 9 x12, 30 sheets, 140 lb
  • Box of #2 Pencils
3rd Grade
  • Paper Towel
  • Art Paper: Canson XL Watercolor 9 x12, 30 sheets, 140 lb
  • Paper plates
  • Baby Wipes
4th Grade
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Canson XL multimedia oil and acrylic pad 9 x12, 24 sheets, 136 lb
  • Pack of mini hot glue sticks
  • Elmer’s Glue
5th Grade
  • Canson XL multimedia oil and acrylic pad 9 x12, 24 sheets, 136 lb
  • Clear Tape
  • Rubber Cement
  • Clorox Wipes
Personal Supply List​
Grade (age) Level Supplies To Bring
  • Back pack
  • Snack and water bottle
Pre-K Students
Self-Contained Kindergarten Students
  • Backpack
  • Water Bottle and Snack
  • Oversized shirt for messy art projects
  • Art Smock or Oversized Shirt for art projects (please write students name in item)
  • Give the following items to the Faciliator:
    • 1 Pack White Heavy Weight Card Stock, 8.5" x 11"
    • 1 Pack Assorted Color Card Stock Paper, 8.5" x 11"
    • Crayola Crayons, Classic Colors
    • Sidewalk Chalk
    • Glue Sticks (Crayola or Elmers recommended)
    • Gallon Ziplock storage bags
    • Unscented Wipes
Countries and Cultures
  • Pencil
  • 3-ring binder with tan separators
  • Scissors
  • Clored pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • Simple folder for storage
Literature 3 - 5 Students
  • 1.5” 3-Ring Binder (to share with Science class as well)
  • Pencils and pens
  • 3 x 5 index cards (lined or unlined)
  • Storage box or ring
Science (K - 3) Students
  • Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures, 2nd Edition
  • Young Explorer Series: Junior Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day 2nd Edition
Science (3 - 5) Students
  • Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures, 2nd Edition
  • Young Explorer Series: Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day 2nd Edition
  • 1 3-Ring binder (shared with literature)
  • Pencils
  • Glue
  • Scissors
Art (K - 5) Students
  • Accordion file holder

Performing Arts Opportunities

Physical Education

PE Classes for Junior Co-op and Middle School Students

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