What is Co-op?
Co-op is a structured learning time, organized and carried out by and for Ithaca LEAH members. The purpose of Co-op is to encourage students to learn something new in a group setting, while fostering a sense of community.
Who is Co-op For?
Co-op is for families who are members of Ithaca LEAH with school-aged children and their younger siblings.
Where Do We Meet?
Currently, Ithaca LEAH Co-op meets at Bethel Grove Bible Church on Route 79, east of Ithaca.
What Types of Classes are Offered at Co-op?
Classes are offered on a wide range of topics, often extra-curricular in nature, sometimes taking advantage of a group setting, and are not intended to replace or supplant the academic track that families have in place. Each semester’s classes are determined by what participating families choose to offer.
Family Expectations for Co-op Time
The general expectation is that one adult from each family will either teach or co-teach a class or be a helper in classes and take a small job related to Co-op.
Sample Co-op Schedule
For example, classes Fall 2011 included (age groups are approximate)
|Hopscotch Around the World, Book of Virtues Drama, One Small Square, Cooking & Fun, Jr. FIRST LEGO League|
|3rd-5th||Land of the Ferris Wheel-Home of Popcorn, L’Alimentation – The Art and Practice of Eating, Hand Quilting, Tissue Paper Flowers, Poetry, Bible Story Drama, Flower Pressing|
|5th-8th||Spiders, Skeeters & Ants, Oh My!, Advanced Cake Decorating, Choir, FIRST LEGO League, L’Alimentation, Speech|
|8th & up||Soccer, Worldview, Handwoven Fabric Baskets, Mission Impossible, Great Cathedrals|