Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Co-ops: The way *we* do it!
Well, it's not a REAL co-op.....at least, I'm not sure what makes a co-op "official", but this is just our family getting together with another hs'ing family to learn together. Fun stuff~
Basically, my friend is using KONOS as her main curriculum and it has co-op lessons & ideas. So we look over it together before Tuesdays (either at our small group Bible Study, or church, or whenever), get a gist of the main ideas, gather what we need beforehand, then meet for a few hours together that day. We alternate weeks: one week we'll get together at my house, one week her house. Lunch is usually shared, we just bring whatever we have - no one has starved thus far - it's not a big ol' planned thing.
This week we are discussing beavers. So today we talked about beavers, looked up new vocab words in the dictionary, wrote out some simple definitions, drew a pic of a beaver, a dam, the resulting pond & the beaver lodge (and they learned how to label their picture). Do you know what "castoreum" is?? Me either - we looked it up!
So now we are ready for our co-op day tomorrow. We're gonna be attempting a dam somewhere on our property (or something vaguely similar....), matting up some fake fur, talking about working together as a family & planning ahead/preparing for the future. And whatever else Brooke & I come up with.
I just wanted to let you know what we do on these days. I think some families hear the words Co-op and think of elaborately planned reports, hi-tech science experiments, expensive classes, etc.....and while those *do* exist (and can be very beneficial, I'm sure), there *is* another option. A much less expensive, more laid-back, yet still quite educational - AND FUN - way to have a co-op!
So give it a try! If you are lucky enough to have another hs'ing family close by, ask them how they might feel about getting together and learning. Once a week, twice a month, or even just monthly. It's just breaks up the week a bit, while still accomplishing "school" ~ and it's just what this Momma needs!!