In case we have any new readers here, I’d like to just give an update of where we are with our homeschool co-op. We have done a lot of neat stuff this year and have plans for great things this spring!
So far, we’ve done geocaching (including searches and placing our own cache), a first aid and wilderness safety course, Aboriginal dot painting, cooperative games, a felting workshop, a class in electricity and renewable energy, board games, a class in astronomy, and developing our own business. We ended up having to postpone creating an earth loom until spring, so that will be coming up before too long!
For those not sure about how our co-op is structured, you can check out what I wrote here, and get all the basics. We are an inclusive, secular group. We’re informal in the sense that we plan what we’re doing as a group, and it’s based on the kids’ interests. This is not a co-op where we all provide lessons in “regular” areas of curricula such as math or language (unless the kids request that, but so far we haven’t had any of those requests). We generally work as one group, not divided into age or grade categories. We envisioned a sort of cooperative learning experience provided mostly by parents in the group, or willing children. We hope that some of the kids will lead classes now and then!
The next co-op (March 26) will be about finance and the stock market. Watch for an upcoming post with details, coming soon!
I am hoping to (finally!) be able to have the Earth Loom co-op on April 23. It will be installed in Chittenden, and it does take a little longer for spring to reach there, so we’ll have to see if the ground thaws in time. Stay tuned!
On May 7, we will be using the co-op time to have a Geography Fair. Should be a lot of fun!
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer.