By Sarah Read
Homeschool families in the area will begin using it this fall for shared learning, team building and cooperative education, as several groups partner together to bring classes and opportunities to Oakfield Christian Learning Center.
The school building, located at the southwest corner of 14 Mile Road and Wabasis Avenue, will be re-opening this fall as a new homeschool hub, known as Oakfield Christian Learning Center. Since its closing in 2004, the school has sat with minimal occupation for nearly 10 years. It has been used sporadically for programs such as Upwards Basketball, Awana, and short-term homeschool groups.
“We’re really excited about the all the possibilities, and what it means for area homeschool families,” shared Beth Crawford, of OCLC.
Greenville Michigan Inclusive Connection for Home-learners (G-MICH), an active homeschool support group and co-op, will be partnering with OCLC at this facility and running their activities and classes together. G-MICH offers a parent-led cooperative along with monthly field trips, mom times, curriculum days, unit studies, skating parties, and other social activities. This new joint venture with various middle and high school level courses and programs from OCLC, will optimize opportunities and resources for area families who home educate.
In addition to these weekly class and gym options, Oakfield Christian Learning Center will be a new campus for Classical Conversations. Classical Conversations combines the classical tools of learning and a biblical worldview. The Rockford CC Community helps area parents equip each other. A free informational meeting (kids-welcome) at OCLC for Classical Conversations will be held this Saturday, July 27 from 1-3 p.m. CC will be offered on Fridays this year. Learn more at www.classicalconversations.com.
An open house and organizing event for G-MICH with final registration will be held next Wednesday, July 31 at the learning center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families are welcome to attend and get more information at that time. Weekly cooperative classes, through G-MICH and Oakfield, will be available at the school building on Mondays this fall. For further details, please visit www.oclcenter.org or www.greenvillemichiganhomeschoolers.webs.com. Contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrangements are also being made for virtual learning at this location and possible opportunities through the public school system for various elective classes, depending on interest. A new, informal homeschool soccer league through G-MICH is also being organized for Tuesday evenings.
“A lot of homeschool families in our area can’t make it out to the homeschool building south of Grand Rapids on a regular basis for the many music programs, tutors, and offerings they have there,” explained Stephanie Herzog, of G-MICH. “This new space availability will hopefully grow to accommodate many of those options in a more viable travel distance for northern region home educators.”