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The Little Way is an intentionally Catholic co-op where K-8 students participate in Mass and receive instruction in literature, music, and the Catholic faith. Join us as we learn and grow together in a friendly, fun, and faith-filled environment!

The Little Way will meet on Wednesdays from August 28th to May 14th for the 2024-25 academic year. Each week we meet at 9:00am for a family Mass at the church. Students then move to the classrooms in Hobert Hall for age specific instruction. At the end of the morning, all ages return to the church to participate together in a children’s choir. Dismissal is from the choir loft at 12:00pm.


Curriculum*

Lower Elementary (K-2)

  • Block I – Literature Explorers
  • Block II – In God’s Creation

Upper Elementary (3-5)

  • Block I – Geography with the Saints
  • Block II – Literature

Middle School (6-8)

  • Block I – Literature
  • Block II – Geography with the Saints

*Subject to change

Registration

The Little Way Homeschoolers group is committed to helping our Catholic homeschoolers grow closer to Christ, learn about their Catholic faith, and find support in a friendly community. We also strive to make this program as affordable as possible. After submitting the application form below, please wait for an email confirming that we have spots available in the program for your children.

Upon acceptance into the program, all families agree to make a $30 donation to the parish, and also to pay a $20 supply fee for each child per class (these class payments go directly to each teacher). (E.g. A family with two children would pay $30 donation + ($20×2) + ($20×2) = $110.)

Schedule

9:00-9:40 | Family Mass

9:40-10:00 | Snack & Opening Prayer

10:00-10:45 | Instruction Block I

10:45-11:30 | Instruction Block II

11:30-12:00 | Choir

12:00 | Angelus Prayer & Dismissal


FAQ

What books will the classes be reading in the literature block?

Our teachers are planning out reading lists full of great, age-appropriate classics. The lower elementary group (K-2) will read lots of picture books together (with authors like Tad Hills, Janet Stevens, Jon Klassen, Henry Cole, and Kate DiCamillo) and the upper elementary group (3-5) will read books like Nim’s Island (Wendy Orr), The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate), and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (Betty Macdonald). Our Middle Schoolers will be reading books like Watership Down (Richard Adams) and Voyage of the Dawn Treader (C. S. Lewis).

Can I just drop off my child for the co-op?

We expect parents to stay and participate in the 9:00am mass. After mass, you will drop off your child (or children) in Hobert Hall and pick them up again at 12:00pm from the choir loft.

Can I stay at the church during co-op?

You are welcome to go spend some time in prayer in the church or sit upstairs in the hall (if it’s not occupied by another group). If it’s nice out, you might opt to be outside, sit in your car, walk at the park across the road, or spend time downtown at the local coffee shop. Parents will not be permitted downstairs in the classroom area between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

I would love to teach! How might I get involved?

We would love to hear from you! Please contact [email protected] about any possible openings.

Do we need to be registered members of St. Bridget of Ireland Catholic Church in order to participate in the co-op?

You do not need to be a registered member of St. Bridget, but you will find yourself attending mass there each week through our Family Mass (9:00 AM). Our co-op is intentionally Catholic and we hope not only to nurture the faith of the children, but to strengthen our parish family as well. If you would like to register at St. Bridget, you may do so here.

When is payment due?

We ask that you make the $30 donation to the church before the first day (August 28). This can be done at a weekend mass, or anytime through FaithDirect. The $20 classroom fee will be paid on the first day of class. These payments will go directly to each Instruction Block teacher. The classroom fee funds the supplies, material, and curriculum each teacher will need to purchase and prepare for your child. Because of this, it will be nonrefundable.

I submitted an application; when can I expect to hear back?

You should hear back from us shortly! We will be reviewing your application to make sure we still have space for the age group selected. You can contact us anytime at [email protected].

Will the children’s choir be performing during the year?

Parents will receive dates in advance for any performances planned. (In other words, to be determined!)

How did you come up with the name, Little Way Homeschoolers?

In our admiration of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, we are committed to providing ‘ordinary things with extraordinary love’ to our children. Like St. Thérèse, we want to show God’s goodness in all the little things we do.