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St. Herman of Alaska Homeschool Co-op

“Of all holy works, the education of children is the most holy”
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 “Molieben for the Instruction of Children”. “Classes” vary according to interest but center around the Orthodox faith – Saints, Old Testament, Feasts, etc., and then another subject for that semester – 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.  We are blessed to build community by playing games, worshipping, squabbling, reconciling – getting to know one another in real life circumstances that help us to realize that the Church is there and it is “real life”.

(written by one of our original 8 children) “As 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. I’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.”

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