So after a few meetings, changes of plans, and go-around check-ins, we have created a homeschool co-op!
Like every other kind of collaborative effort, it has taken a lot of talking and some compromise, but I am so excited about this homeschooling year.
This is the schedule that we have come up with. It could change, of course, or some parts might not work for some kids, or some other kids might join….
Mornings: Kids will be at home with us. We are going to do language arts and math, so I am scrambling for curriculum now. As someone who has never ever taught with a set curriculum, this is strange. On the other hand, I don’t know what kinds of writing a ten-year-old should be expected to know. I am researching this now, and any suggestions would be appreciated!
Figuring out how to juggle the two of them will be interesting. I see some educational websites in our futures….
This is also the time when we’ll do some chores, maybe learn how to knit together, maybe learn some cooking together? We have recently joined the goat co-op, so maybe we will even be helping milk the goats or move their pasture during this time.
Afternoons: Kids are going to co-op homeschool! What this means is that from about 1:00-4:00 they are rotating around with different parents who are each teaching their passions.
Mondays and Wednesdays they’ll be at Sandhill, a neighboring community. They are going to learn a combination of geography and music, maybe with some storytelling and performing a musical mixed in there.
Tuesdays and Fridays they’ll be at Red Earth, another neighboring community. They’ll be doing science and art on those days.
Thursdays they’ll all be with us! I am going to do some kind of language arts type stuff, maybe reading poetry, maybe writing a collaborative play. I have this idea that we will do A Midsummer Night’s Dream though how that looks with elementary kids I have no idea. My husband will be doing some kind of Spanish class, maybe combined with gym or soccer or games.
The other adults who will be teaching them are so interesting and educated and just great with kids. Also, I will have scheduled stretches of time in the afternoons to work. This means that when I am with the kids, I won’t have to worry about getting things done. And we can just focus on math or reading books or chocolate chip pancakes.
We’ll see if this is as great as it seems it will be.