Sycamore Homeschool Co-op
About us, Dates, Monthly Fees, Registration
A Day in the Life
Our new co-op facility in Somerset, Ohio is being designed with love and intention and is meant to be a home-away-from-home while you and your family are at co-op. Our space functions as a place of learning for our kids, and a place of refuge and support for our families.
We are so excited to open the doors to our new space in September of 2023!
When you arrive at our co-op you are welcomed into a cozy seating area where the kiddos love to gather to play cards, board games and draw. This space will also serve as one of our classrooms. This is where you will sign-in for the day.
You will pass through a short hall where our restroom is located and enter our second classroom. This classroom will be outfitted with a hand washing sink, a mini fridge and a microwave. Mamas and papas can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while reading books to our little ones. This space will offer an exploratory play area for our younger kids and serve as a preschool room as well.
Our smaller classroom is in the third room. This space is more intimate and cozy but will still hold 8-10 school age students comfortably. This space will also have access to our outdoor learning area.
Our "school year" is September- May, with December off for family time. We also operate on a reduced frequency schedule in the summer, concentrating more on "experience and field trip" types of activities.
Classes are taught by volunteer co-op parents. We utilize this option to keep our monthly fees as low as possible by not hiring teachers. This also allows our parents a creative outlet to share their passions. Each co-op day will come up with a list of class offerings at the beginning of the year based on what our participating parents are wanting to teach. Each class must approved by the director before being offered. This ensures that the class fits with the mission of Sycamore and is appropriate for all kiddos. Examples of classes taught in previous years include:
Night Sky (all about stars and planets)
Literary Arts (writing poetry, short stories, and skits)
Babbling Brook Tells a Story (class about water and water science)
Earth Day Everyday
Raw Food Cooking
STEM through Legos
All Around the World (geography)
Foreign Language- Spanish and French
Mammals of North America
As a participating co-op family, each parent will be expected to teach a class at some point in the school year. We also ask that every parent chips in to help with clean-up and general day-to-day flow of the co-op.
This program is open to those who have an oldest child who is 6+ and has notified with their home school district as homeschoolers and have been excused from compulsory attendance. If your oldest child meets these requirements, any younger sibling may attend co-op as well.
Weekly Co-op Days
Co-op Days will be offered as follows:
Monday- 10:00 am- 1:30 pm- REGISTRATION OPEN
Thursday- 11:00 am- 2:30 pm- REGISTRATION FULL- CLOSED
Friday- 10:00 am- 1:30 pm- REGISTRATION OPEN
Monthly participation fees are charged September- May
Participation fees are deducted the 1st of the month at the following fee schedule:
$45 per family per month
Monthly fees directly support overhead costs including: building rent, utilities, insurance and supplies.
DID YOU KNOW?
We are a Qualified ACE Service Provider! That means you can use your ACE Funding for our Homeschool Enrichment Program fees!
Because we rely on memberships to sustain our program, no refunds of ongoing monthly participation fees will be given after registration. If there are extenuating circumstances, these can be discussed with the director.
Financial assistance may be available. Please send an email to anya@beneaththesycamore if you are interested in applying for financial assistance.
Registration Fee and Schedule
A non-refundable $100 registration fee per family is due by June 15, 2023. Registration fees go toward directly supporting and stocking the co-op. This will help purchase necessary supplies and secure your family’s spot for the upcoming year.
Upon registering, you will be asked your first three preferences for co-op day. You will be emailed by the director with your assigned co-op day. (We will do our best to accommodate your day of choice, but registration will be first come, first served) At that point you may accept or decline the spot held for you. If you accept, your non-refundable registration fee of $100 is due no later than June 15, 2023. If we do not receive your registration fee by that date, your spot will be given to someone else on the waiting list.
Calendar Year Schedule
We will implement 6 weeks on, 1 week off from September – May; with an extended break period the month of December.
FIRST TERM- FALL 1- 6 WEEKS
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
FALL BREAK- OCTOBER 16-21
SECOND TERM- FALL 2- 6 WEEKS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 23- SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
HOLIDAY BREAK- DECEMBER 4- JANUARY 7
THIRD TERM- WINTER 1- 6 WEEKS
MONDAY, JANUARY 8- SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17
WINTER BREAK- FEBRUARY 19- 24
FOURTH TERM- WINTER 2- 6 WEEKS
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26- SATURDAY, APRIL 6
SPRING BREAK- APRIL 8-13
FIFTH TERM- SPRING- 6 WEEKS
MONDAY, APRIL 15- SATURDAY, MAY 25