Western Connecticut Homeschool Co-op (WCHC) is a secular organization with the mission to offer academic, enrichment and social activities for our homeschooled children. We meet one day a week (Tuesdays) as a community of teachers and learners. Our group is inclusive and non-sectarian, and we strive to create an environment that encourages kindness and respect.
The WCHC welcomes families of all backgrounds and faiths. The church, where the WCHC meets, is conveniently located off Route 202, just four miles north of New Milford's town center. With plenty of outdoor space, including grassy areas, a beautiful stream, blacktop with basketball hoop, and a covered picnic area, our kids have wonderful opportunities for outdoor playing and learning and for simply hanging out together. The interior space includes a spacious central gathering area and a fully functional kitchen, used for cooking classes and preparation of our delicious, nutritious lunch, prepared by a parent chef. The space also includes a wonderful mix of classrooms, several with audio visual equipment.
The WCHC strives to offer a healthy balance of academic, arts-oriented, and social opportunities for kids from elementary through high school age (5-18). For the fall session, we have the following classes: Writing, STEM Challenge, Art Class, Current Events: Upbeat Stories, Educational Games, Fun Read-Alouds, Lego Playtime, K’Nex Creative Building, Improv, Flag Football, Knitting for Beginners, Acting with Movement, and more!
Classes for teens include high school level classes in a variety of disciplines. The WCHC also organizes outside activities such as field trips related to course material as well as social time for kids and teens. Generally, classes are taught by co-op parents, whose combined skills, experiences, expertise and/or enthusiasm allow for the course variety described above. This co-op is a volunteer organization facilitated by the families who participate in it.
We meet one day a week, on Tuesdays (9:30 am to 2:30 pm), from mid-September through May (with holiday/seasonal breaks). The daily schedule includes four class periods and lunch. The year's calendar is divided into three separate sessions: fall, winter, and spring.