St. Herman of Alaska Homeschool Co-op
â€śOf all holy works, the education of children is the most holyâ€ť
St. Theophan the Recluse
Fifteen years ago two homeschooling families with 8 children total met
with little more thought than field trips and classes on Orthodoxy.
Those humble beginnings have blossomed into St. Herman of Alaska
homeschool co-op with around 32 children and their parents. We meet
twice/month to learn, pray and worship together. Our co-op meetings
always begin with a modified â€śMolieben for the Instruction of Childrenâ€ť.
â€śClassesâ€ť vary according to interest but center around the Orthodox
faith â€“ Saints, Old Testament, Feasts, etc., and then another subject
for that semester â€“ art, Colorado History and cooking are a few.
Spending time together benefits all those involved in ways that help us
bond as a community of believers.Â We are blessed to build community by
playing games, worshipping, squabbling, reconciling â€“ getting to know
one another in real life circumstances that help us to realize that the
Church is there and it is â€śreal lifeâ€ť.
(written by one of our original 8 children) â€śAs
a former co-op attendee I can speak to the benefits our co-op holds for
children. Many of us are surrounded by friends and family who are
skeptical about the faith we hold. Meeting together with my peers and
discussing my faith with my brothers and sisters in Christ not only
strengthened my Orthodox faith, but strengthened the friendships with my
fellow students many of which I still hold to this day. Iâ€™m grateful
for those early days of study, and for all I was taught about what it
means to love the Church and those in it.â€ť