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Cobblestones is a unique blend of traditional and non-traditional learning methods offered to enhance and enrich your homeschool journey; just as cobblestones along a well worn path are all different, so are our children and their learning styles. As we strive to "come alongside" you on your homeschooling path, we want to be your homeschool helper no matter how you choose to "do school" - whether you choose "unschooling", "outschooling", or "inschooling"; as long as your goals are to teach your children to love the Lord God with all their heart and soul and strength, we encourage you to join us and our Cobblestones Community.

We are currently offering classes on Mondays and Thursdays in Powhatan. Our classes meet from September – May each year, except for the extracurricular classes, which will have dates listed. There are thirty-one weeks in our school calendar.

Our classes feature weekly lesson plans with coordinating weekly homework. All the planning is done for you! Classes offer the benefits and flexibility of multi-age classroom style learning. Our classes are designed to enhance each participating student's home school experience - not replace it. Students are taught in small group settings, with lots of hands-on learning and individual attention from caring teachers. Students are responsible for completing their work assignments at home, with parental help as needed.




Thoughts from Cheryl Hair, Director of Academics

When we began homeschooling (many years ago), there were not that many options out there. Our first two years were with textbooks that we ordered online from home school companies. It didn't take us long to see that this wasn't working for our family. A friend from church introduced my friend and I to the Charlotte Mason approach of learning. She graciously invited us to her farmhouse, where she spent the day encouraging, explaining, and letting us pore over her home library - with hot tea of course. It was a day that changed our home school journey. Our children fed chickens and gathered eggs, and were read wonderful stories by her daughters, as we soaked up all we could.  I purchased a copy of "A Charlotte Mason Companion" (it is still one of my favorite books and though quite used still sitting on my library shelf), and we were off to a new way of learning - a lifetime of learning and memories!!

We began using real, living books for history, science and literature, learned through play (not just in kindergarten), and school was no longer the struggle that it had been - my kids enjoyed it, and loved our new way of learning. For those families who have struggling learners, the Charlotte Mason approach is such a gentle way to learn. Our days became days of reading great stories and literature - on the sofa, in front of the fire, at the park, lots of hands-on activities, art, music, and our afternoons were free for outdoor play, a quiet time each afternoon (for all of us), and which ended with us all of us gathering at the kitchen table for tea, while I read our latest literature book. We had nature walks, kept Nature Notebooks, and had lots of narration, great discussions, copywork, and as they got older, we incorporated Notebooking into our studies.

My desire is to help those in the home school community to instill that love of learning into their children, and to understand that each family is unique, and we don't have to fit into that box like everyone else. We should not compare ourselves or our children to others. We offer classes that use great books/literature, and lots of hands-on activities, making learning fun - especially during the elementary years. We provide classes that have children of multiple ages - just like learning at home. At Cobblestones we do not desire to take the place of your homeschool, but to implement your childs studies and learning.

Jul
01
Membership Fees Increase
July 1 - Thursday
Aug
01
Deadline for Proof of Progress
August 1 - Sunday
Aug
05
Open House & Meet the Teachers - Cobblestones Academy
Thursday
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Aug
15
Deadline for NOI
August 15 - Sunday
Aug
26
Orientation - Cobblestones
Thursday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Warning & Disclaimer

As you know, Coronavirus, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a means to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death.

Participating in James River Home School Foundation DBA James River Eagles and James River Cobblestones programs or accessing the facilities that we utilize could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. James River Home School Foundation in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in our programs or utilizing these facilities. We will take precautions with social distancing, sanitizing/cleaning, etc., however, there could still be a risk. If your family has someone immune compromised, you may want to consider taking the semester/season off.

Depending on current Virginia requirements in September, we may require a COVID-19 Acknowledgment and Waiver that is required to be signed before class begins.

James River Cobblestones
is now accepting memberships for
new families!

Membership and Class Registration

So....How do I become a member and register for classes?

If you have checked out the list of classes offered (you can click the class to see all the class details, including the cost); then you can check out our Instructors here. If you are sure you want to enroll in one or more classes, you need to "join" our Cobblestones Community. MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Early Bird Membership Fee: There is a yearly membership fee of $65 per family on or before July 1st. This covers the membership and the class registration fee for one student. Payment for additional students per family is $65 each with a family cap of $195.00.

Regular Membership Fee: After July 1st the yearly membership fee increases to $75 per year. This covers the membership and the class registration fee for one student. Payment for additional students per family is $75 each with a family cap of $225.00.

As this is a closed community, class registration can only take place after your membership to this group has been approved and membership fees are paid. Once you are logged into the secure site as a member you can sign-up for classes. All fees must be received prior to the start of classes.

Membership fees are non-refundable UNLESS:

  • the class you enrolled in is cancelled
  • you are denied membership for any reason
  • classes get cancelled due to any COVID-19 restrictions (refunds maybe proportional).

Parents must be in compliance with the homeschool laws for the State of Virginia.

Please see our "FAQs" about membership, class registration, and other related questions. You can also contact our Academy Director at [email protected]

Thanks for your interest in James River Cobblestones.

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COBBLESTONES COMMUNITY HAS BEGUN!
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Rich
[email protected]
804-380-9909
JaNett
[email protected]
804 514-9268

FAQ's

How do I enroll or register for a class or classes with Cobblestones?

To enroll in any Cobblestone class(es) you must first request membership in our Cobblestones Community. Class registration can only take place after your membership to this group has been approved and membership fees paid. Once you are logged into the secure site as a member you can sign-up for classes.

Membership fees are non-refundable UNLESS:

  • the class you enrolled in is cancelled
  • you are denied membership for any reason
  • classes get cancelled due to any COVID-19 restrictions (refunds maybe proportional).

 

How much does it cost to be a member.  What does that include?

Membership fees per family are $65.00 for each school year which includes class registration fees for one student; addtional students are $65 each with a family cap of $195. Membership fees increase after July 1st to $75 per student with a family cap of $225.00. Registration usually begins in March and ends in September. These fees are used for:

  • Cobblestones Academy Insurance Costs
  • Cobblestones Website and Administrative Costs
  • Cobblestones Classroom and Library Facility Usage

When are you in session?

Our fall session begins in September. Full courses will run September – May (3-week break in December & 1- week spring break). We will also offer separate fall and spring extracurricular classes. Class duration will be as noted on Cobblestones schedule (high school classes may be 1 ½ hours or longer). Class dates will be listed on the website calendar - please note holidays and/or teacher days.

Is my Membership fee refundable?

No, the membership fee is non-refundable UNLESS:

  • the class you enrolled in is cancelled
  • you are denied membership for any reason
  • classes get cancelled due to any COVID-19 restrictions (refunds maybe proportional).

What do classes cost?

Class prices vary and are paid directly to the teachers and can be found under Class Descriptions. You can then click the class you're interested in to see all the class details.

Where do I find information on what classes are being offered for the upcoming school year?

Class information is posted on the website under the Class Registration tab - Class Descriptions. Then click on any class to see additional class details.