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About FireLight

Q:

What is the FireLight Application Process?

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Application Process . . . all steps are required for consideration

  1. Complete the online application at any time during the year. DO NOT FORGET TO INCLUDE THE INFORMATION ABOUT ALL OF YOUR DING CHILDREN. We cannot adequately evaluate a family for membership without this important information.
  2. Sign up and attend an Open House Informational Meeting in either February or April. (We may make other visitation days.)
  3. Sign up and attend a park outing with your kids. Required to see if we are a mutually good fit. 
  4. Notification of status will be sent by May 1st at the latest.
  5. Those accepted will have until May 10th to accept their invitation to join and pay the Registration & Renewal Fee for the upcoming year.

Q:

When are applications accepted?

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We accept applications between February 1 and April 20 for consideration for the upcoming school year. We do not accept new members for the current year once classes begin, but you may apply for the next year. We contact applicants between February and April.

You can complete the form to be notified when the window opens.

 

Q:

Does application guarantee membership?

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Application does not guarantee membership. Any openings are extremely limited since we cap our enrollment.

 

Q:

What age children participate in FireLight?

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We have infant through 18 year old participants.

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Where are co-op meetings held?

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Co-op meetings are held at a church in the Lakewood area of Jacksonville, Florida.

Q:

When are FireLight co-op meetings held?

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Classes will be held from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM on Fridays. Optional classes may sometimes be offered (ie. grammar/poetry or high school sciences) apart from the regular co-op time.

We meet for 12 classes each term, usually the first three weeks of each month. Click here for the 2018-2019 calendar.

Fall Term (Sept. - Dec.) 

Winter (Jan. - Apr.). 

Q:

How much does it cost to participate in FireLight?

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We do our best to keep participation costs as reasonable as possible. 

Please see our Classes and Fees page for specifics.

Q:

Does FireLight offer anything in addition to co-op classes?

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Yes, we do!

We offer the following:

  • picnic lunch and park play time weekly after co-op
  • monthly Mom's Night Out
  • monthly field trips and/or social gatherings for students
  • Learning With Charlotte - a Charlotte Mason book discussion group
  • A Time Apart - yearly Mom's retreat
  • occasional seminars for parents

Q:

Can FireLight students be dropped off or must parents stay on campus?

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FireLight is not a drop-off program. Parents should not leave the church without permission from the FireLight leadership. Everyone's help is needed to ensure that session activities run smoothly and efficiently.

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What is required of parents participating in FireLight?

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In keeping with the spirit of a collaborative learning environment, parents are assigned to either teach or assist for 1-2 of the 3 hours of class time and to remain at FireLight during the full session. Those serving only 1 hour in class will have an additional job. 

Most parents will serve in some additional capacity like clean-up, hospitality, etc.  We will let you know of the service schedule before the beginning of the term.

 

Charlotte Mason Education

Q:

Where can I learn more about Charlotte Mason's educational philosophy and methods?

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Simply Charlotte Mason - This site offers so many wonderful resources, many of them for free - books, curriculum guide, forum, the BEST scripture memory system - it's all here. It really is is a TREASURE TROVE! These are just a taste of what can be found at SCM. SCM makes learning about and implementing a CM education doable and enjoyable!

Charlotte Mason Help - Lindafay Johnson's site has a wealth of information on all things Charlotte Mason. Who was Charlotte? What were her methods? How do I teach this way? All of these questions and more will be answered at this site. You'll also find a curriculum guide and links to great resources for all subjects. Lindafay also writes the Higher Up and Further In blog that is both inspiring and practical.

Ambleside Online - AO is another wonderful and free resource. You can read Charlotte's 6 volume series here for free in both the original language and modern translations. You'll find a free curriculum, vintage Parent's Review articles and lots, lots more.

Q:

Tell me about narration.

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Simply Charlotte Masonhas compiled a wonderful list of narration ideas to share with CM educators. I recommend either printing out the list or bookmarking it for reference. 

A key component of Charlotte Mason’s method is narration. In simple terms, narration is telling back in your own words what you just read or heard. It’s a wonderful evaluation tool that requires much thinking and assimilating on the student’s part. Narration can be done in many ways; here is a list of suggestions. You may also want to download the Narration Bookmark to help with this important part of learning.

www.simplycharlottemason.com

High School Helps

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What about high school?

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Information for High School

FL DOE Requirements for Graduation for Students Entering 9th grad in 2015-2016 - this is for public school students, but is a good reference

High School Graduation Requirements Information from J. Mastronicola

FL DOE Home Education - straightforward info. about homeschooling in Florida

Piecing Together the High School Puzzle - site and book by local Joanne Mastronicola

Credit Planner - Simple, but elegant spreadsheet for planning a high school course of study to meet credit requirements.

Credit Planner - Paper version of a credit planner specific to Florida

Gradebook - Simple gradebook and record keeping spreadsheet.

TranscriptMaker.com - Paid service, but simple to make very professional transcripts. Tracks progress. You can renew only when you need to update your transcript and it saves your progress. You can make your transcript in a variety of ways including by year and by

UF Admission Requirements - Use to get an idea of college admission requirements


PSAT - Info. for homeschool students. Testing Sites