Junior Co-op

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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)
It all starts at Orientation

At least one parent is required to attend the LAF Co-op orientation. Here you will meet the leadership of Learning and Families, hand in important paperwork, pay any remaining balances, and learn what you can expect in the coming year.

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: August 6, 2022

Time: an evening (TBA)

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

PRACTICE DAY

Junior Co-op families will attend a Practice Day the week before Co-op starts so they can practice going to Co-op! 

Junior Co-op is a great way to enrich your homeschool journey, but it can also be overwhelming to families when they first begin. The practice day will help families get acclimated to Co-op and feel confident when they arrive on the first day. Even families who have participated for many years will benefit from meeting their new facilitators and pod parents.

We require all Junior Co-op families to attend the Practice Day.

Students will meet their facilitators and pod parents, who will help them navigate Co-op. They will sit through a morning assembly, practice walking up to their first class, find out where to put their belongings, and then practice transitioning to breaks and other classes. They can visit the bathrooms and water fountains so they feel more confident, and they can practice getting picked up by a parent at the end of the day. 

This entire day is much shorter than a typical Co-op day, but it will give your Junior Co-op student confidence for the start of the year!

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 either Tuesdays or Thursdays, 8:45 am -12:30 pm. 

When students arrive at 8:45 am, each family sits together in the gym for a brief morning assembly, which includes prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and announcements. After this, students are released to their first class, one grade level 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.

Junior Co-Op Programs​
Below is our list of Junior Co-op programs for the 2022/2023 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 2022/2023 Junior Co-op Facilitators.
Infant Nursery
Facilitator: TBA
 
Fee: $60
 
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: $60
 
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: TBA
Thursday Facilitator: Wendy Coffey
 
Tuition: $245 plus $30 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: Leah Genheimer
Thursday Facilitator: Vanessa Santos
Tuition: $245 plus $30 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 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: $245 plus $50 lab fee per student
 
Must be at least 5 years old by September 1, 2022
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
  • Unit Studies
  • Art
3 – 5 Program
 
Tuition: $245 plus $50 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
Tuesday Facilitator: Jamie Sciesinski
Thursday Facilitator: TBA
 

In this God-honoring study of birds, your child learns about the glorious design and characteristics of flying creatures, including physical characteristics, nesting habits, flight patterns, and more! Your children will learn how to attract various bird species to your yard and identify them by looking at their special physical characteristics, diverse nests, and interesting domestic practices.

Students in this program will use the companion JUNIOR Notebooking Journal.

K – 3 Unit Studies with Gather Round
Facilitator: Brandi McNulty

For the 2022/2023 school year, this class will center around unit studies from Gather Round. More details to come soon!

K – 3 Art 
Facilitator: Crystal Yannucciello

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 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day by Jeannie Fulbright published by the Apologia Company is the first course of study in their Young Explorers Series.

Students will be immersed in the amazing study of birds, bats, insects, and pterosaurs. They will glean basic knowledge of flight, organism identification, nesting habits, migration, echolocation, and life cycles…just to name a few. 

Students will be asked to prepare a short oral presentation every other week on animal of their choice corresponding with the current lesson being studied. The use of diagrams and videos for educational support will also be implemented throughout the year. 

The Notebooking Journal will also be utilized for weekly homework assignments.

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: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl

October: Ribsey, by Beverly Clearly

November: Room One: A Mystery or Two, by Andrew Clements

December: Biography of Choice

January: Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

February: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis

March: Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

April: Hate That Cat, by Sharon Creech

3 – 5 Art 
Facilitator: Olga Spitza

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

Junior Co-Op Supply List​

Junior Co-op Supply Lists will be published in the summer of 2022. Below are the two supply lists for 2021/2022 Junior Co-op. 

The first is the COMMUNITY SUPPLY LIST. These are the items that each family is responsible for purchasing and contributing to the LAF community. These items are delivered to Co-op on the Practice Day. 

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

Check back over the summer for the updated list.

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)

Performing Arts Opportunities

Junior Co-Op Facilitators