Global Christian Co-op is a brand new Co-op that was birthed out of a Christian homeschool play group. This is a program that will focus not just on academics, but also on raising up children who are filled with passion for Jesus, and a love for people and sharing their faith. Real life trades, business development, and missionaries sharing with us will also be incorporated into our group learning too. The approach for learning will be creative, hands-on, interactive, and will elicit group discussion and group activity, along with incorporating elements of Charlotte Mason in the areas of short subject lessons, and nature studies.
Another focus will be on building friendships and community among families by participating together in field trips, homeless ministry, evangelism events, Bible studies and worship events, and future mission trips. We want God’s presence to be felt in everything that we do, and we embrace the 5-fold ministry and the gifts of the spirit. The goal is for children to be well-rounded, to experience a variety of academic subjects and electives, to be an active part of a community of believers, and to grow to become passionately in love with Jesus. Academics will be a part, but not the only part. Jesus comes first in everything that we do!
Our location will be at a church in the Kemspsville area of Virginia Beach, and our classes
will be for students from Kindergarten - 12th. We will be breaking into groups for our learning, kind of like the one room school house model of K-4th, and 5th and up. Since grade level math and English can be done at home, our program allows for electives to be done in groups of lower school age, and middle/upper school age.
Wednesday's from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. are a time of elective offerings for all ages. The cost of electives is $35 to $50 per month, for the hour long elective, depending on the course. Some courses will offer a 10 percent sibling discount. All teachers are experienced in their subject area, love Jesus, and will teach from a Christian perspective and worldview. Lessons will be creative, hands on, interactive, and will allow for group discussion along with individual work. See below for a listing of course offerings by the hour. Families can participate in Wednesday's electives, or both Monday and Wednesday's programming, and parent's are to remain on the property during all electives.
Field Trip Friday's
Each Friday, families can join in an optional group Field Trip together starting in the morning. Some past field trips include Museums, the beach, worship in the Park, Williamsburg, or even weekend camping or tubing. Fellowship and fun, and growing together as families and community are a huge part of our group. All group events will glorify God and help us to grow closer as a community of believers and friends.
"How good and pleasant is is when brothers live together in unity", Psalm 133:1.
"Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another..."
Monday's Group Day
Monday's Group Day is for ages K-12, and will cost $100 for monthly family tuition. We will learn a variety of subjects as a group, and will split into 2 groups for lower and upper grades for specific subjects. Each parent will volunteer in co-leading one 20 minute subject lesson weekly, and in a non academic volunteer area such as set up. We will have a nursery area for moms with babies to use. Missionaries sharing and real life trade seminars will comprise the last 30 minutes weekly. After 1 p.m., families can enjoy fellowship at the the park across the street. Families can participate in Monday or Wednesday's programming, or both.
9 – 9:20 – Prayer and Worship
9:20 – 9:40 – Devotional 15 mins, then split for Bible/apologetics by age
9:40 - 50– Break
9:50 – 10:10 – Worship Arts or Spanish/language - groups by age
10:10 – 10:20 – Break
10:20 – 1050– Worship Arts or Spanish/languages – groups by age
1050 – 11:20 – lunch and recess – outside, across street or multi-purpose
11:20 – 11:30– come inside and transition
1130 – 1150 – Science or Art - groups by age
1150 – noon – Break
noon – 12:20 – Global Studies or Creative Writing - groups by age
12:20 – 12:30 - Break
12:30 – 1 pm – Missionary Speaker or Real Life Trade Demo
My name is Lauren Holmes, and I love Jesus with all my heart! I am excited to bring together a group of Jesus loving families in order to educate our kids for His glory. My academic background consists of degrees and studies at Duke University, George Mason University, and Regent University, and I have served as a Professor, Lead Faculty Area Chair and Mentor for the State of VA at two Universities, Faculty Mentor, Teacher, Curriculum and Workshop Developer and Leader, and owned multiple businesses. All of that being said, my first priority is that our children love and serve Jesus, have fun, have a vibrant community, and learn to be evangelists even as kids, no matter what career path they choose. Jesus first, and academics second. The goal is for academics to be a part, but not to be the only part. I want learning to be fun and laid back, and not a burden to families. We will continue to always seek Jesus first as to how He wants to lead us to as we teach our children not just academics, but also how to grow in Christ and share His word with others.