Junior Co-Op

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

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 and Thursdays.

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 and Thursday 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 on Tuesdays 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 on Tuesdays. 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.

Junior Co-Op Programs

Below is our list of Junior Co-Op programs for the 2021/2022 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 2021/2022 Junior Co-Op Facilitators.

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
Tuesday Facilitator: Wendy Coffey
Thursday Facilitator: Leah Genheimer
 
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 (Tuesdays Only)
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 per student
 
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 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
  • Literature
  • Art
K – 3 Science — Apologia Land Animals 
Tuesday Facilitator: Christina Reed
Thursday Facilitator: Keischa Rogers
 

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: Olga Spitsa

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.

September – Beezus and Ramona
October – Charlotte’s Web
November – The One and Only Ivan
December – biography of choice
January – Lily’s Crossing
February – My Side of the Mountain
March – The Magician’s Nephew
April – Love That Dog

3 – 5 Art 
Facilitator: TBA

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

Junior Co-Op Supply List

Below are two supply lists for 2021 – 2022 Junior Co-Op. 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 Junior Co-op Orientation on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Sarasota Alliance 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.

Grade (age) Level Supplies To Bring
Nursery: Birth -- Age 3 (not in pre-K class)
  • Clorox Wipes
Pre K
  • Glue Sticks (4 pack)
  • Construction Paper
Kindergarteners (in K - 3 Program & Self contained)
  • Art Paper: Multimedia Canson XL Mixed Media 9 x12, 60 sheets, 98 lb
  • 12 x 18 construction paper
  • Glue Sticks (4 pack)
  • Rubber Cement
1st Grade
  • Heavy Duty flat plastic plates (not sectioned)
  • Multimedia Canson XL Mixed Media 9 x12, 60 sheets, 98 lb
  • White cardstock
2nd Grade
  • Paper Towel
  • Heavy Duty flat plastic plates (not sectioned)
  • Art Paper: Canson XL Watercolor 9 x12, 30 sheets, 140 lb
  • Elmer’s glue
3rd Grade
  • Baby Wipes
  • Art Paper: Canson XL Watercolor 9 x12, 30 sheets, 140 lb
  • Paper plates
4th Grade
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Canson XL multimedia oil and acrylic pad 9 x12, 24 sheets, 136 lb
  • Paper cups
5th Grade
  • Rubber Cement
  • Canson XL multimedia oil and acrylic pad 9 x12, 24 sheets, 136 lb
  • Tape

Personal Supply List

Grade (age) Level Supplies To Bring
EVERY STUDENT
  • Back pack
  • Snack and water bottle
Pre-K Students
  • 2” white 3 ring binder with presentation view (plastic sleeve on outside)
  • watercolor paints
  • play dough multipack
  • preschool scissors (small with safety feature)
Self-Contained Kindergarten Students
  • Supply Fee
  • (see facilitator for details)
  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals TEXTBOOK (optional)
Our 50 States (K - 3 geography) Students
  • Our 50 States textbook and workbook (Notgrass)
  • Colored pencils
  • Pack of crayons
Literature 3 - 5 Students
  • 3-prong 2-pocket folder (one pocket labeled literature resources and one writhing resources) with blank lined-paper
  • Pencils and pens
  • 3 x 5 index cards (lined or unlined)
  • Storage box or ring
  • A copy of each book: September - Beezus and Ramona October - Charlotte’s Web November - The One and Only Ivan December - biography of choice January - Lily’s Crossing February - My Side of the Mountain March - The Magician’s Nephew April - Love That Dog
Science (K - 3) Students
  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals TEXTBOOK (1 per Family)
  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals JUNIOR Notebooking Journal
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • 1" 3 ring binder
  • 1 individual bag of m&m's or skittles (for lesson 1 experiment)
  • 1 big bag of individually wrapped candy (like Halloween candy bags)
Science (3 - 5) Students
  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals TEXTBOOK (1 per Family)
  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals Notebooking Journal
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • 1" 3 ring binder
  • 1 individual bag of m&m's or skittles (for lesson 1 experiment)
  • 1 big bag of individually wrapped candy (like Halloween candy bags)
Art (K - 5) Students
  • 2 Foam boards (to be kept at home until requested by art facilitators)

2021/2022 Junior Co-Op Opportunities

Meet Our 2021/2022 Junior Co-Op Facilitators