Neosho Christian Co-op (NCC) will conduct a home school question and answer session at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Calvary Baptist Church, 2650 Oakridge Extension, Neosho.

Neosho Christian Co-op (NCC) will conduct a home school question and answer session at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Calvary Baptist Church, 2650 Oakridge Extension, Neosho.

On the panel will be experienced home school parents who will address issues such as home schooling an only child, special needs children, children in high school and elementary, and working while home educating.

The Neosho Daily News asked NCC coordinator Teri Ray some questions about the upcoming event and about the classes, which begin in February.

I understand there is a Q&A session for the Neosho Christian Co-op on Jan. 17. Can you explain what the main purpose of it is?
The members of NCC realize that there are many people who may be considering home schooling their children but they have questions or are unsure where to start. The purpose of the Home School Q&A is to provide real life answers to the questions parents may have based on the experience of several different mothers who have offered to participate on a question and answer panel. Traci Cornell will be providing information on home schooling an only child. Susan South will talk about educating special needs children. Mary Fisher will answer questions dealing with working outside the home and teaching your children. Cindy Watkins will answer questions concerning educating children in a wide range of grades while I will answer general home school questions and those about the cooperative. A representative from Crowder College will be on-site to answer questions relating to home schoolers attending college as well as dual enrollment questions.

Who is invited to attend the Jan. 17 meeting?
Anyone who is interested in home education is welcome to attend this event. There is no cost involved and you do not have to be registered with NCC to participate. Since we were all first time home schoolers at one time, we understand the fear and confusion that newcomers may face. We want to be a resource for other home school families. Not that we have all the answers, but that we can share what works, or doesn't work, for our particular circumstances.

Please give some background information about NCC.
Neosho Christian Co-op was begun as a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church, Neosho in 2011. Our first semester was fall 2011. The purpose of NCC is 1) to allow students to be involved in academics and electives which are more difficult to teach with only one or two students, 2) to allow parents to encourage and edify one another as home school parents, 3) to allow both parents and students to socialize with peers, and 4) to give students an opportunity to learn under different teachers, teaching styles, and expectations in order to prepare them for college and/or the work place.

Is this an annual event?
Actually, registration occurs at the beginning of each semester. This is the first time we've offered a Home School Q&A session.
Whether we offer it again will probably depend on the response we receive this time.

Are you seeing more and more people coming to this event?
Our first semester we had 17 families involved in NCC. This past semester (Fall 2012), we had 26 families participate. We had 49 children in fall 2011 and 75 students this past fall.

What is the next step after the Jan. 17 meeting?
Registration for the spring semester will occur the same day as the question and answer session. On Jan. 24, there will be a mandatory parent meeting for those families who register for the spring semester. The meeting is to discuss this semester's classes. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at Calvary Neosho.

I understand that the NCC classes begin on Feb. 7 from 12:45 to 4 p.m. at the church. What is the cost of the February classes?
The cost is $20 per family per semester.

Anything else to add?
NCC is Christian based but non-denominational to allow home school families of area churches a chance to participate. All classes are taught from a Biblical, Christian perspective. All those desiring to attend NCC must read and sign the Statement of Faith. For further information, interested families may contact me at or call Calvary Baptist Church at 451-4763 and leave their name and number for a return call.