Our K-8 program is organized like a co-op. A homeschool co-op is a group of families who learn together and work cooperatively to achieve common goals. Co-ops can be organized around academics, social time, the arts, activities, crafts, service work, special projects—or some combination of these.
How does Chavitos K-8 Co-op work?
Our K-8 co-op is located in Puyallup Washington.
There are four sessions, each are three months long.
Fall session: September-November
Winter session: December-February
Spring session: March-May
Summer session: June-August
Morning electives block 9-12: Science, Art/Nature, Marimba, Cooking, Farm Chores/Nature Play, Spanish
(Lunch/Movement 12 - 12:30) Some classes are whole group and others are broken into smaller grade levels. For example we have a higher science class grades 4-8 twice a week.
Afternoon academics block 12:30 - 3pm: Math, English Language Arts (ELA). These are broken into K-3 and 4-8 grade classes.
(including movement, cleanup and closing circle)
This is a drop-off program. Unless teaching a class, volunteering time in the garden, or in an otherwise scheduled volunteer position, parents will drop off their children. Our co-op is academic focused, influenced largely by place-based learning. Because teaching in this niche genre requires a specific skill set, we don't rely on parents as our main teachers, and parents do not stay on site. There are still plenty of ways we rely on parent collaboration to build an education platform for children to thrive!
We have three different options for our K-8 Program
You can enroll your child for as many or as few days as your family needs.
It is $33/day.
We prioritize students who attend the whole 3 class block 9-12.
Example class offerings:
Spanish, art, social justice, marimba, cooking, science , gardening, field games, and farm chores. Classes are multi-age, and sometimes broken into groups. For example on Monday there is a whole school art class and on Tuesday older kids take marimba while younger kids do nature art.
Classes are limited to 20 students with a student teacher ratio of 2:10.
The current rhythm is listed below.
Students under 8 attend all 5 days (lessons are sequential)
Students 8+ may attend 2-3 days/wk or max of 24 hrs/week
Rates vary. Please see rates page.
Literacy and Math each class is 1 hour long. This is taught as multi-aged classes. Grades K-3 in one class. Grades 4-8 in the other.
There will be whole a group lesson, and small group lessons depending on the developmental/academic needs of the students and the standards they are ready for.
Spanish is sprinkled into songs, numbers and concepts, but English is the main language for these lessons.
Current Daily Chavitos K-8 Rhythm for 2023-2024
Farm Chores, Spanish, Social Justice, Cooking, Field games and Gardening are taught whole school K-8. Science is taught as a whole group three times a week on M/W/F and twice a week those concepts are expanded and elaborated in a higher level science class for grades 4-8.
Academics are broken into two groups of K-3 and 4-8. All academics are differentiated through 1-1 conferences, whole group and small group lessons. Each child's academics is highly differentiated depending on their needs, interests and what they are ready for. We use Montessori principles to do guided reading and math.