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, sensory activities and projects. Elementary classes will have fun with nature studies, Adventures in Literature a literature based 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, history, english writing and literature classes as well as elective courses such as health, personal finance, speech 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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Yearly Membership 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 Yearly Membership Fee of $325 per family up to 4 children. Each child past 4 will be an additional $20 annually, i.e. a family with five kids=$345, a family with six kids=$365. Yearly Membership Fees are non-refundable.

What we do with the $325: $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.).

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Class Information

Thrive Family Co-op meets at River Church Family, 6400 Woodson Rd, Raytown, MO 64133 on Mondays 10:00am-2:20 pm.

Detailed calendar with first days, holiday breaks, and graduation can be found on the Calendar tab.

The co-op day will begin with Family Fifteen a time for everyone to gather together as a group for morning announcements & a devotion. After that, classes will be dismissed to their separate classrooms.

The babies (under 2), toddlers (2), preschool (3-4), Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade, 3rd & 4th grade, 5th & 6th grade, middle school (7th-8th), and high school (9th-12th) will meet together in their classroom and will have rotating teachers coming in to lead them in a Charlotte Mason inspired unit study class as listed and detailed below.

(Yearly class options for middle & high school will be determined every year based on the needs and abilities of co-op families.)

Toddler 2s

  • My Father’s World All Aboard the Animal Train-
    • Colors, shapes, learning about the world around, bible memory verses
    • Character and virtues attainments & habit training
    • Fun sensory activities
  • Art- 
    • Process art projects including Poet, Composer, Artist, & Nature Study in a fun, light manner on their level 
  • Music & Movement-
    • A mixture of gross motor activities, action songs & fingerplays
  • Nature Studies-
    • Nature walks, learning how to observe the natural world, and Montessori style nature introduction using Gentle & Classical Nature units

Preschool 3s & 4s

  • Peaceful Preschool-
    • Letter of the week, rich children’s literature, bible lessons, stories & scripture, hands-on early math & writing skills
  • Music & Movement-
    • A mixture of gross motor activities, action songs & fingerplays
  • Nature Studies-
    • Nature walks, learning how to observe the natural world, and Montessori style nature introduction using Gentle & Classical nature units
  • Art-
    • Projects including Artist, Poet & Composer studies on their level including poetry tea parties

Elementary K-6th

  • Nature Studies/Science-
    • Ecosystems & biomes of the world including varying animal habitats
      •  K-2nd will be using a range of living books & habitat pockets/projects
      • 3rd-6th will be using Properties of Ecosystems by Masterbooks/Answers in Genesis, living books & projects
    • Nature Studies using assorted Thornton Burgess animal books, Handbook of Nature Study (Comstock), assorted field guides, etc.
  • Adventures in Literature
    • Focus on a specific rich living literature book that focuses on geography or history or a biography of a Christian hero 
    • Specific geographical terms introduced each month relating to physical geography (topography, atmosphere, etc) and geography skills (maps, navigation, etc).
    • Study of a different country or region as we read through each book. We will study culture, people, food, heritage.
    • Assortment of living books (tbd), Geography Encyclopedia & Atlas.
  • Art-
    • 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 having a tea party.
  • Physical Education-
    • 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.
  • English-
    • 5th & 6th grader: IEW Level A & Literature 
  • Safety-
    • Cover a range of safety topics using a Safety unit study course
  • Board Games- 
    • 5th & 6th grade will have a board games class where they learn cooperation, sportsmanship & how to play a range of styles of games

Middle School 7th-8th 

  • English-
    • IEW Level B & Literature 
  • Art-
    • Will cover a variety of practical arts including
  • Science-
    • General Science II using Masterbooks 
  • Speech-
    • Will be using
  • Board Games- 
    • Will learn cooperation, sportsmanship & how to play a range of styles of games

High School 9th-12th 

  • English-
    • IEW Level C
    • English Literature- studying good works, learning how to analyze and discuss
  • Speech- 
    • Will learn how to write and present varying kinds of speeches using
  • Personal Finance-
    • A range of topics including budgeting, money, investing, banking, etc.
  • Practical Arts-
    • Two units consisting of wood working & horticultural science
  • Civics-
  • Science-
    • Biology & lab
  • Spanish II
    • Spanish II building on the prior knowledge and Spanish knowledge