This non-profit ministry is dedicated to supporting Christian homeschool families and partnering churches, serving as a resource for both curriculum materials and homeschool communities.
Welcome to Homeschool New England
Homeschooling your children can be one of the best experiences of your life, and you do not need to be isolated in this venture. Our Biblical model is taken from the bible in John 17: 21 when Jesus says: “I pray for them all to be joined together as one even as you and I, Father, are joined together as one. I pray for them to become one with us so that the world will recognize that you sent me.”
Having a homeschool community to walk with you on this venture of educating your children means you do NOT have to do it all alone. Christian co-ops can become a special loving group of people who come beside you and help you in this journey. Once again . . . you do NOT have to homeschool alone. Co-ops can also be a place where both you and your children can grow closer to the Lord and closer to each other. Come on . . . You can do this! Contact us today for more information.
So, What Is A Co-Op Anyway?
Homeschool co-ops or pods consist of a group of families who come together on a regular basis to create an educational experience for their children. A homeschool community can start with YOU and a few others. It doesn’t need to be elaborate. Co-ops generally offer activities or educational experiences such as art classes, missionary speakers, drama presentations, field trips and much more. Co-ops can start in a home, a local park or a church, but it needs someone brave enough to step out and shout, “Welcome! Let’s be friends!”
What you should know before you start
Pray, trust God and do some research! Find out if there are other co-ops or pods near you.
Ask a few questions:
- Where and when do they meet?
- What types of activities do they mostly do together?
- AND, how welcoming are they to you and to your children?
As a Christian, you might want to make sure their activities, and other things, are a fit for your children. If not it could be that the Lord is tugging on your heart to start your own co-op. You can start small and limit your co-op to only a few families, or you may over time want to grow it to a much larger gathering.
Also, before you get too far down the road, go to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and check out their website. They have been Christian partners to homeschoolers for decades, and they can answer most of your legal concerns. Their website address is: https://hslda.org/get-started
What is next?
You may seek to start your homeschool co-op with children of a similar age or with families near your home. Parents can be very creative so build a core team of Moms that have a similar vision for the co-op.
Questions to answer are:
- How many times a week or month do you want to meet?
- What are the types of activities you want to have your children involved with in the co-op?
- Are you going to charge a monthly or annual fee for art and other items?
- Do you want a simple website that outlines who you are?
You might want to partner with Churches
In your community there might be several churches that might help you get started by providing a place for your co-op to meet. And, your homeschool may fall under their insurance umbrella and/or their nonprofit status.
Questions? Contact us
Those of us at Homeschool New England believe: “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.” (Psalms 127: 3) So, we want to help you see your children grow to become all that the Lord wants them to be as they develop their unique gifts and talents. We want their minds able to feast on beautiful lessons, rich with literature, art, science, music, math and many other things while being surrounded by like-minded friends.
We want you and your children to find a community that is fueled by a love described in 1 Corinthians 1:10. “I urge you, my brothers and sisters, for the sake of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree to live in unity with one another and put to rest any division that attempts to tear you apart. Be restored as one united body living in perfect harmony. Form a consistent choreography among yourselves, having a common perspective with shared values.”
In short, a Christian co-op or pod can be a great homeschool community that consists of people who encourage each other as they equip their children with a feast of knowledge and His unchanging truths. You can do this . . . so let’s be friends!
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