We found our home and community within Cascadia. When we moved here 4 years ago we began searching for a homeschool co-op right away. We found Cascadia and felt right at home with our 3 and 6 year olds.  The classes were fun and interesting for our 6 year old and our toddler was welcomed and entertained by all of the families.   My children and I have made lifelong friends, and we look forward to homeschooling within this loving community for many years to come.

Ericka, Non-Profit Owner, Cooperative Member

 

What We Offer

Our Vision

Cascadia Learning Cooperative aims to foster an active community of homeschooling families that work together to enhance the education and development of their children. We strive to create a safe and welcoming space where learning, creating, playing, and socializing happen naturally. We honor the different backgrounds, lifestyles and education choices that our members make and support an atmosphere of sharing and connection.

  • Cascadia Learning Cooperative is a part-time secular program following the Agile Learning Center model for Eugene-Springfield area homeschoolers and unschoolers ages 5 to 16.

  • We are an active learning community with a high level of parent involvement.

  • We are designed to be supplemental to the learning that families are doing independently, and do not offer a complete curriculum.

  • We are open three days a week – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

  • Children take a variety of classes such as language arts, math, sciences, geography, art, social studies, and theater, plus have plenty of time to socialize and play outside.

  • Children can come for 2 or 3 full days. Children ages 5-6 have the option of attending Wednesdays only.

  • We value social justice and celebrate diversity at Cascadia.

Meet Our Founder

Melissa saw the need for an organized homeschool and unschool community program in Eugene and drew from her extensive knowledge and experience to create Cascadia Learning Cooperative. As well as teaching for over 15 years, Melissa founded and ran a democratic school in Michigan, which is still open today. She is also the mom of two lovely children who graduated from Cascadia. Although she is no longer our director, she remains an active consultant to the current director and a dearly loved community member.

Melissa Palma
 
Lucina
Armstrong Michaud

Meet Our Director

Lucina is thrilled that her family is a part of such a vibrant community. She has been homeschooling her children from the start and is committed to creating a space where families feel safe, supported, and engaged. Lucina is a midwife and lactation consultant who taught at the college level and ran a free standing breastfeeding center where students were trained in providing lactation care. She also founded and ran an English school for children and youth in Merida, Venezuela. Her passion is working with families and she has done that for 20 years in both healthcare and education. Currently, her two sons attend Cascadia and her two year old daughter is an integral part of the action.

 

Daily Schedule

Drop Off

9:30 - 10:00

 

Cascadia opens at 9:30am and children are welcome to come at that time. We encourage families to arrive with time for their children to sign in, see their friends, put their stuff away, and get settled before class starts. 

Check In

10:00 - 10:30

During this time, our whole community, kids and parents alike, comes together to listen and share, to practice democratic process, to vision and improve our cooperative, and to practice the skills of empathy and kindness in different situations and activities. Our intention is that this time is fun and engaging and strengthening for our collective.

Morning Classes

10:30 - 11:45

Children have class time with their cohort. Morning classes are academic and address core subjects such as math, science, and design. Our science is biology this year and we have several guest presenters and field trips during this class time.

Lunch & Free Play

11:45 - 12:30

We eat lunch as a community. Children rotate through lunchroom clean up duty. During free play time there is ample time for children to play outside in our playground area. Children are usually very active playing games like tag, capture the flag, and foursquare. When it is too wet or cold, children play a variety of games and activities inside. 

Children are welcome and encouraged to form clubs that meet during free play times. These clubs are always inclusive and student led, and often supported by a parent. Currently our Role Play Club is producing a movie with green screen effects to present at our end of term showcase.

Afternoon Classes

12:30 - 1:45

Children have class time with their cohort. Afternoon classes are academic and address core language arts subjects such as reading, writing, history, grammar, cursive, research, creative writing, and more.

During this time, children under the age of ten have two thirty-five minute classes with a short break in between. This supports them in staying engaged and gives them a chance to move their bodies.

Free Play

1:45 - 2:15

During free play time there is ample time for children to play outside in our playground area. Children are usually very active playing games like tag, capture the flag, and foursquare. When it is too wet or cold, children play a variety of games and activities inside. Children are welcome and encouraged to form clubs that meet during free play times. 

Electives

2:15 - 3:15

Children select from a variety of electives based on their interests. These classes are mixed ages and include everything from a diverse array of art classes, music, and acting to competitive sports, dungeons & dragons, and yearbook. Children have opportunities to request classes and parents are encouraged to teach anything that they are really excites them. We also bring in skilled community members to teach certain electives.

Daily Closing

3:15 - 3:30

We come together as a community to check in about how our day went and if we met our goals for creating the space that we intend to create. We also distribute end of day tasks.

Free Play & Pick Up

3:30 - 4:00

 

During this last free time of the day children play together outside, or inside if the weather is harsh. Children rotate through clean up duty and assist in tidying up our space. Parents come inside to help tidy up and to sign their children out for the day.

Children must be signed out by a parent or guardian by 4:00pm. 

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Drop Off

9:30 - 10:00

 

Cascadia opens at 9:30am and children are welcome to come at that time. We encourage families to arrive with time for their children to sign in, see their friends, put their stuff away, and get settled before class starts. 

Check In

10:00 - 10:15

We come together to start the day off with the intention. We get updates and engage in an activity to get us energized and excited to be together.

Morning Classes

10:15 - 11:15

Children have class time with their cohort. Morning classes are academic and address core subjects such as math, science, and design. Our science is biology this year and we have several guest presenters and field trips during this class time.

Lunch & Free Play

11:15 - 12:00

We eat lunch as a community. Children rotate through lunchroom clean up duty. During free play time there is ample time for children to play outside in our playground area. Children are usually very active playing games like tag, capture the flag, and foursquare. When it is too wet or cold, children play a variety of games and activities inside. 

Children are welcome and encouraged to form clubs that meet during free play times. These clubs are always inclusive and student led, and often supported by a parent. Currently our Role Play Club is producing a movie with green screen effects to present at our end of term showcase.

Afternoon Classes

12:00 - 1:15

Children have class time with their cohort. Afternoon classes are academic and address core language arts subjects such as reading, writing, history, grammar, cursive, research, creative writing, and more.

During this time, children under the age of ten have two thirty-five minute classes with a short break in between. This supports them in staying engaged and gives them a chance to move their bodies.

Free Play

1:15 - 2:00

During free play time there is ample time for children to play outside in our playground area. Children are usually very active playing games like tag, capture the flag, and foursquare. When it is too wet or cold, children play a variety of games and activities inside. Children are welcome and encouraged to form clubs that meet during free play times. 

Community Building

2:00 - 2:30

During this time, our whole community, kids and parents alike, comes together to listen and share, to practice democratic process, to vision and improve our cooperative, and to practice the skills of empathy and kindness in different situations and activities. Our intention is that this time is fun and engaging and strengthening for our collective.

Electives

2:30 - 3:30

Children select from a variety of electives based on their interests. These classes are mixed ages and include everything from a diverse array of art classes, music, and acting to competitive sports, dungeons & dragons, and yearbook. Children have opportunities to request classes and parents are encouraged to teach anything that they are really excites them. We also bring in skilled community members to teach certain electives.

Free Play & Pick Up

3:30 - 4:00

 

During this last free time of the day children play together outside, or inside if the weather is harsh. Children rotate through clean up duty and assist in tidying up our space. Parents come inside to help tidy up and to sign their children out for the day.

Children must be signed out by a parent or guardian by 4:00pm. 

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Eugene, OR 97402