Explorers


Who can join?:  Eagles Nest Members in good standing. Explorers Co-op is open to grades PK-12, with childcare for infants and toddlers. (Note: ENCHEA Members may only be a part of either Explorers or Voyagers co-op, not both.)

What we are: Family!
Explorers is a homeschool enrichment cooperative within Eagle’s Nest Christian Home Educators’ Association (ENCHEA). Each 6-week term, we EXPLORE a new, member-selected unit via creative learning styles in a fun, loving, (and fun-loving!), Christian environment. Our goal is to join families through learning and love of the Lord. We want families to build relationships, enrich social aspects of the homeschooling experience, and feel connected within the homeschool community.

When we meet: Three, 6-week terms per year, meeting once per week
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where we meet:
Royal Baptist Church
70 Mayo Royal Industrial Blvd
Newnan, GA 30263

Cost: $50 - Annual Family Fee (discounts provided at various times), plus Class Fee (per child, per term). Class fees are $5 or $15 per unit study (6 weeks) to cover the supply costs.

Format: Explorers Teams divide children by age and/or grade level (whichever is appropriate for the child); class sizes vary due to participation, with a cap at 15 students per team. Each team is named after a famous historical explorer. All school age students (K-8) will study the same unit, at grade level through means of art, history, sciences, and other applied learning. The Pre-K class will have age-appropriate lessons, sometimes (but not always) related to the unit study. Babies and Toddlers will be cared for in a nursery setting. 

The below table represents the typical plan, the Explorers Staff does split age groups/grades as needed. 

 

Team Name

Ages

Grade

Class Fee per Child/Unit

Babies

0-24mths

 

$5

Toddlers (walking)

2-3

 

$5

Marco Polo

4-5

Pre-K

$15

Columbus

5-6

Kindergarten

$15

Magellan

7-8

1st/2nd

$15

Armstrong

8-9

3rd/4th

$15

Cortes

10-12

5th/6th

$15

Lewis & Clark

12-14

7th/8th

$15

Admiral Byrd

14+

High School

$15 + one time materials fee (TBD)

Schedule:

Explorers Co-op meets from mid-morning to early afternoon with two learning blocks, a meeting at “The Well” for moms, and a family, picnic-style lunch. Everyone works together to make this happen. There are opportunities for multi-age as well as age-level interaction through group assembly, classes, lunch, playground time, field trips, field days, and service projects. Each seven-week unit includes 1 Plan & Play Day, 4 Class Days, and 1 Explorers Fellowship Day (optional).

9:45 - 10:00

Arrival time

10:00 - 10:20

Assembly & Announcements

10:30 - 11:30

1st Hour Class (Unit Study)

11:40 - 12:10

Family Lunch – Picnic style

12:20 - 1:20

2nd Hour Class (Unit Study)

1:20 - 1:30

Pick-up children / Clean-up for scheduled members

Dates for 2017-2018 (all dates are pending approval):

1st Semester: Farming/Homesteading
Orientation & Class Fees Due – 8/29/17
Begins 9/12/17, Ends 10/24/17

2nd Semester: Businesses That Started in Georgia
Class Fees Due – 10/24/17
Begins: TBD

3rd Semester: Wild Animals
Class Fees Due – 2/6/18
Begins: TBD

Dates to be added: Mom’s Night Out, Service Project Dates, Christmas Party, Field Day, and anything else the group as a whole would like. Please remember that our ability to add more fun events will be based on active volunteering & participation in planning by the entire group.

Weekly Family Expectations:

  • Come every week on time and ready to participate
  • Understand this is an Annual Commitment 
  • Adults – will be a part of a teaching teaming that will teach or assist for one-hour each 6-week term as scheduled.
  • Teaching does not occur Week 1 or Week 6. 
  • Enjoy an hour of refreshment (snacks & beverages too) at "The Well", during your off-hour.  “The Well” is a discussion group covering various topics pertinent to homeschooling, parenting, Christian living, etc. It's a wonderful place to relax, find help, encouragement, seek prayers, advice and lots of laughter.
  • PLEASE NOTE: You are expected to attend a MANDATORY meeting for ALL members prior to the start of each school year. We will discuss rules, guidelines, and give a facility tour. Date & Time is determined annually.
If teaching other kids makes you nervous, we have Staff Team Coordinators who can assist with ideas for planning as well as an opportunity to coordinate with the other teachers on your Team prior to the term. You are not alone! You will also be able to select age level preferences and do our best to accommodate your requests; however, classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please understand that the Babies & Toddlers class will be filled with expecting, nursing, and moms with children in those classes first.
 
Waiting List
Each school year, there is a waiting list. To be placed on the waiting list for Explorers, contact Jessica and Holly at enexplorersco@gmail.com.
 
When emailing, please include the following information:
  • Parents’ Names
  • Address
  • Home & Cell #
  • Email address   
  • Kids’ names & dates of birth
  • Allergies if any
  • Teaching experience and interests
  • School year date (i.e. 2016-17)

Waitlisted families will be contacted between June – September each year to assess acceptance into the program. We do have occasional mid-year openings. A good rule of thumb, it is always better to be added to th list 

Thank you for your interest in Explorers!

Jessica Jackson, Director & Holly Davis, Assistant Director

For a list of frequently asked questions, CLICK HERE

For information about our sister co-op, Voyagers, CLICK HERE.