Notchcliff Homeschool Cooperative

For children ages 5-8 years (K, 1st, 2nd)

Not all classrooms have four walls! The Notchcliff Homeschool Co-op is for families who want to balance home school or online learning with social play and nature connection in a small group setting.

This drop-off program is offered for the full year to support your homeschool journey.

2022-2023 Forest Kindergarten Co-op
Sept. 7, 2022 - May 23, 2023 from 9 - 1 p.m.
Monday: Hands-on Science and Social Studies Inquiry
Tuesday: Language and Literacy Exploration
Wednesday: Wild Math and Outdoor Cooking
Thursday: Creative Nature Arts: Music, Art, and Dramatic Play
Friday*: Discover Day/Community Service (optional)

Each day provides a different daily focus, allowing teachers to balance intentional learning experiences with emergent, child-driven explorations. We reference MSDE’s curriculum standards to ensure that children meet homeschool requirements (see MSDE’s homeschool info or components of homeschool instruction video here). The children’s nature journals, photos, and other learning artifacts will provide you with documentation to support your child’s learning adventures at Notchcliff. While much of the children's time is devoted to nature play, we also translate our adventures into activities that align with grade level expectations and standards. 

By joining the co-op, a parent from your family agrees to volunteer with the class. (This includes a mandatory orientation and prior background check). Parents provide helpful support to teachers and get a bird’s eye view into their child’s learning experiences. 

Classes meet entirely outdoors, rain or shine! You will receive complete details about gear and policies when you register. Your child must be five (5) years old by September 1st to meet the age requirement. 

Spaces are available a first come, first serve basis. Additional policies specific to COVID-19 are provided during registration.

Have questions about the co-op? Contact Leah Balkoski for more information.