Homeschooling is a unique calling with a divine purpose. It is a difficult yet rewarding journey; it takes strength, perseverance, and determination. It is no easy feat, therefore, homeschooling families need camaraderie, encouragement and accountability in order to flourish. Thrive Family Co-op was formed to fulfill these very needs!

Planted in faith-We believe God has called us to plant this co-op in order to help local homeschool families succeed, and we have faith that He will provide exactly what the co-op needs for success. (They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jer. 17:8)

Rooted in love-We believe love is the first and greatest commandment and strive to show God’s love first and foremost in everything we say and do. (Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matt. 22:37-39)

Growing in knowledge-We believe that students at Thrive Family Co-op will grow in knowledge through fun and engaging class time as well as develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime. (And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ…Phil 1:9-10)




Thrive Family Co-op is a place where homeschooling families can gather together for the purpose of building relationships and educating our children.  Parents at Thrive will work together during the co-op day to organize, teach and assist classes where needed. Thrive has been founded on several different styles of homeschooling, one of the primary philosophies being a Charlotte Mason style. We will combine hands-on learning with great living books. We believe that rather than focusing on how much the children know, we want to focus on how much they care, developing character first and foremost.

Thrive Family Co-op is founded on Christian core values, therefore, we will teach from a biblical worldview using mostly Christian curriculum. Although we do not discriminate against non-Christian families participating in the co-op, we do expect parents who are lead teachers to teach from the curriculum provided, even when or if it differs from personal beliefs. The babies and toddlers class will be a loving and nurturing environment where they can learn through play. Our preschoolers will build friendships and experience a gentle learning approach through hands-on lessons and projects. Elementary classes will have fun with Nature Studies, Geography, PE, Artist, Composer, & Poet Studies. Middle and High school classes will also be hands-on when possible and focus on studies and credits needed to graduate such as lab sciences, English and Literature classes as well as elective courses such as Personal Finance and Art. Overall, Thrive Family Co-op is a community of homeschoolers who wish to build lasting relationships together while learning in a fun and engaging environment.

Application/ Contact


Thrive Family Co-op Application Form

Please print and mail to:

Jenny Relaford

10609 E 64th Terrace

Raytown, MO 64133

Upon receiving your application, the leadership team will contact you to set up a Meet & Greet to review your application, get to know one another, and see if Thrive Family Co-op will be good fit for your family.

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Annual Registration Fees

Thrive Family Co-op is a parent-led co-op meaning a parent must be committed to staying on site and teaching or assisting/ helping wherever needed during the co-op day. Our cost is low because we are committed to teaching and investing together in our children.

There may be additional fees for 7th grade and up classes (i.e. science labs or writing curriculum) but we will be upfront about those additional costs before you commit to the class.

We have an annual Registration Fee per family of $300 per family, up to 4 children. (each child past 4 will be an additional $15 annually i.e. a family with five kids=$315, a family with six kids=$330, etc.). Registration fees are non-refundable.

What we do with the $300: $75 goes for building fee, the rest is: all the teacher curriculum, printer fees, most supplies for classes i.e. paper, paints, etc, storage cabinets, mom’s supplies (coffee, etc.).

There will be additional fees where applicable (labs for upper classes, etc.).

Checks or cash only. (Mail to Stacy Rawlings, 8111 Ditzler Ave, Raytown, MO 64133)

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Class Information

Thrive Family Co-op meets at River Church Family, 6400 Woodson Rd, Raytown, MO 64133 on Mondays 10am-2:50pm.

Classes begin August 27th with an Orientation Day where we will move through classes in a shorter manner, then all head to a park together with picnic lunches. Labor Day Break will be September 3rd, our first day of classes will be September 10th, and first semester will end on December 10th. We’ll have a Christmas Party December 10th. Second semester will resume on January 14th and go through April 29th with a Spring Break on March 18th. (Co-op cancellations due to snow will follow Jackson County school district.)

The co-op day will begin with morning announcements as a group. After that, classes will be dismissed. The Preschool will use a combination of The Peaceful Preschool and other Charlotte Mason inspired lessons. The elementary classes (K-6th) will have four total classes consisting of Geography, PE, Nature Studies, & Artist Studies with a combination of Poet & Composer Studies. 7th grade and up will also have four total classes. 7th-8th grades will tentatively have Art & IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) among other classes which are yet to be determined. 9th-12th grades will tentatively have Personal Finance, Art, IEW, and other classes yet to be determined based on needs and abilities of co-op families.


  • The Peaceful Preschool (letter of the week, living books, bible memory verse, snack, art projects, early math, fine & gross motor skills practice, etc).
  • Preschool will also participate in Poet, Composer, Artist, & Nature Study in a fun, light manner.


Nature Study/Science:

  • Apologia Astronomy Try This experiments, assorted Thornton Burgess animal books, Handbook of Nature Study (Comstock), assorted field guides, etc.


  • Specific geographical terms introduced each month relating to physical geography (topography, atmosphere, etc) and geography skills (maps, navigation, etc).
  • Study of a different continent each month focusing on just 1-2 countries in each continent. We will study culture, people, food, heritage, etc. Sep- N America, Oct- S America, Nov- Europe, Jan- Antarctica, Feb- Asia, Mar- Australia, Apr- Africa.
  • Assortment of living books (i.e. Paddle by the Sea, Tree in the Trail, CM’s Geography, etc), Geography Encyclopedia & Atlas.


  • Artist Study that covers biography, techniques & practice, and final project. We’ll cover approximately 6 artists. Curriculum by Jenny & Discovering Great Artists, etc.
  • Poet Study & Composer Study (during Art class we’ll rotate adding to art). We’ll cover brief biographies and either read the poetry or listen to the composer’s works while creating art.


  • Following Charlotte Mason’s theory, the focus of physical training is “to make heroes” and “a serviceable body” -a body fit for serving others. “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.”~ I Cor 6:19. Our bodies are gifts given to us and we want to use them for the Lord, grow strong, and have fun.

7th-8th grades

  • English- IEW Writing & Literature  
  • Art (same as above but at an age appropriate level)
  • Anatomy
  • History

9th-12th grades

  • English- IEW Writing & Literature
  • Art (same as above but at an age appropriate level)
  • Chemistry & Anatomy
  • History & Economics/Government