2021 Mizizi Homeschool Co-op Enrollment Form
The Mizizi Homeschool Co-op serves to support 25-30 African-American homeschooling families each semester. Our students get the best of both worlds by joining learning cohorts twice a week. Students supplement their homeschool education with our refresher courses on math and reading as well as Pan-African History and Science. We partner with local inventor Jocari Beattie of Jobe Products to offer science. Reading is taught by the award winning program Decode, led by educator and founder LaToya Whitlock. Art is taught by SPEED Museum resident artist, Jabani Bennett. Pan-African history and our morning check ins remind our students daily of their greatness and the importance they hold in our community. Every day we focus on an Ancestor and a Pan-African leader. We pour libations, sing the Black National Anthem and say the Black Child’s pledge together to start each morning.
Our educators attend frequent workshops on Gentle Child Rearing, Play Cousins Culture and more. They implement techniques with the children that strengthen their social and emotional skills and help them work problems out among themselves or for themselves. Students are able to take breaks, move their bodies and retreat to the calm down corner as needed. Our behavior plans are tailored to each child’s needs and our small class sizes allow for personalized care and attention. We find that giving children opportunities to express themselves, learn and play as a group, and lead self-guided or team-guided activities are vital to children, especially to Black children as our culture is rooted in communal living.
Parents gather monthly to workshop issues they are having with homeschooling. They share their challenges and strengths along with resources. Through the HS Co-Op they are given access to IXL, an online learning platform where they can evaluate their child’s learning based on KY Standards for learning. In studies Kentucky schools that used IXL outperformed schools that did not. IXL's Diagnostic was found to be a good predictor of subsequent academic performance as measured by MAP Growth, with a correlation of .85 in math and .82 in ELA.This finding also held true among ELL, special education, and economically disadvantaged students. Play Cousins Collective is giving homeschooling families an academic advantage!
The program as a whole is evaluated by BLOCStar, an initiative of Metro United way, as an out of school time program. We have consistently scored highly because of our investment in social and emotional learning, decision making and self expression.
To enroll your child fill out the form below and a Mizizi team member will reach out to you.