August is nigh! That’s code for “Time to start freaking out about homeschool curriculum choices and co-op classes!” I need some of Heather’s super advance planning skills, but I just can’t bring myself to think about the coming year before we’ve even finished the current one. I can’t believe it will be August tomorrow. Tomorrow! The super stores are stuffed with back to school goods and we haven’t even been to the lake yet.
Well. I’m at least planning things out before September, so that’s a plus. Here’s what we’re teaching this year at our homeschool co-op:
Discover Africa! I’m teaching this one with my 10 year old son who can, when read to from a random ordered list, locate all the countries on our world map in under 11 minutes. Holy geography-brain, batman!
After searching high and low, I couldn’t find any decent notebooking pages that would cover *all* of the African countries. Some only featured 7 or 11. What the what? So I’m making my own. I’ll offer the whole unit here when I get it finished.
Our students will embark on a journey with us, even receiving passports they get to keep. (The passport picture above was swiped from Satori Smiles; she links to the downloadable files to make your own, plus she has lots of great ideas for stickers, stamps, and dates. How fun is that?
Out of this World! There were 9 planets forever. We even know a cute song about them! Then they took away Pluto, but then they brought it back, along with 4 more dwarf planets. I’m going to teach 8 – 12 year olds the current (but ever changing) status of our home solar system. We’ll make pocket solar systems, notebook away, and launch rockets we build ourselves at the end of the semester. Woot! (And it looks like I’ll be making notebooking pages for this class too, I’ll offer them here if I do.)
Sparrow Girls Oh my, am I ever excited about this one. My little girl has been super jealous of all her brothers’ fun Cub Scout activities. She wants in on the excitement, too! With no Girl Scouts program nearby, and a mom who doesn’t want to jump through all the hoops to create one, I figured I’d just make one from scratch (I might be a little bit crazy). We’re basing it loosely on the Tiger Cubs program with a hefty dose of The Daring Book for Girls thrown in for good measure. Girls will get a sash and earn real patches and gem-snaps throughout the semester in several key areas: Health & Fitness, Handicraft, Kindness, Nature, Learning, Fun & Games, and Girl Power. Each achievement area has three sub-groups with lots of life skills activities like first aid, woodworking, manners, math, classic games, and bow & arrow shooting, just to name a few!
I’ll post more about it as I nail down all the details. It’s going to be so much fun!
What my kids are (tentatively) taking at the co-op
Obviously most of our learning is done at home, and we’re not hitting core subjects here, but the co-op is a great opportunity for our children to mingle with tons of other homeschooled kids, have a bit of a ‘classroom experience,’ and allows a little money making when we teach classes ourselves (at least enough to pay for all their other classes!) Here’s what I’m planning on signing them up for:
J. (10, turning 11)
To Be a Pioneer
(Teaching) Discover Africa!
Out of this World
N. (8, turning 9 towards the end of the semester)
Eating Around the World
Discover Africa or Human Body (can’t decide)
Hullaballo (a fun classic games class)
Magic Tree House Adventure
Sons of Liberty
K. (6, turning 7)
Learning & Movement
AIM or Creative Corner
Core Kids Choir
Are any of you involved in a homeschool cooperative? They tell me ours isn’t exactly a co-op since we charge for classes, but I don’t know what else to call it. Mom schools, maybe?