Hello parents! We are a group of three families in San Francisco, looking to expand our homeschool co-op. We are seeking children between the ages of 5 and 8.
We participate as parents, one full-time, and have a teacher's assistant helping us. We have designed an entire floor of a large Victorian to be our classroom, and meals are served in the formal (but easy-going!) dining room. We are adjacent to a park, for outside time.
Our kids are very social. We take field trips and plan various outings with the larger homeschool community. We often go on nature hikes with ranger guides, have visited farms to learn to shear sheep and card wool, traveled to Treasure Island to find buried treasure (buried by certain adults), do public service at a nursing home, learned Chinese calligraphy and visited the fortune cookie factory.
We try to provide challenging material that stretches our kids' skills and creativity. Children learn at their own paces, some racing ahead, some taking their time, but get a lot of 1:1 attention from us, in addition to supporting each other. They pursue interests such as drumming, chess, writing books, yoga, animal care and the arts. Our kids are bilingual. In addition to English, our children speak Spanish and Finnish.
We are inspired by Waldorf and Montessori. The parents have graduate degrees and have studied at Vassar, MIT, and abroad. We have had successful careers as entrepreneurs. Our staff assistant was a teacher and administrator at a preschool for 22 years, prior to working with us.
You can see how we work and our interests and projects by reading the rest of this blog!
The School Day
A normal school day is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Participating parents should arrive at 9 to prepare. Currently the kids are in a nature and wilderness course on Tuesdays.
Circle time begins around 10 am, and lasts 10-20 minutes. Afterwards there are stories and projects. And then we work on our individual studies (reading and writing and curricular things). When studies/workbooks are done, there is free play until lunch at 11:30. After lunch we have specialized activities, such as gardening, band practice, dramatic arts and art classes. School is officially over at 2:30.
Then we go to our afternoon activities, which are currently:
- Park Days (with other homeschoolers) 2X a week
Member families are required to participate in the planning and operation of the school. The minimum responsibilities to the school are:
- At least one parent must work at the school on alternating weeks or months, planned 3 months in advance.
- At least one parent must attend 1 parent meeting per month, which fall on the 1st Thursday at 7:30 p.m., held at the school.
- Each family will be responsible for menu planning, shopping and preparation during their work weeks. Currently the children eat hot meals each day, together.
4 days a week:
$350/month (not including lunch. We currently have one student on a special diet)
$500/month (including lunch)