My girls are not that spread out in age, they were only 2-3 grade levels apart. However, they did have huge differences in their interests, talents, and needs as far as outside activities and classes. Having a co-op that varies fun classes geared towards socializing (there's that homeschool buzz word) and other classes with more "meat" was always a blessing for us. Planning a co-op that way isn't always easy, but when we were able to pull it off, we all benefited. Our Fall 2011 semester is a good example.
Today, I'm highlighting some social classes along with one important (and needed) class for our older students.
Do you remember playing classroom games in elementary school?
Head's Up 7-up?
What about more active games, or new board games that are best played in a large group? Our K-2 grades were able to have fun with all of those types of activities in our Games and Fun Class. These were activities that many homeschool students don't get an opportunity to play. It wasn't academic but it was a learning and growing experience and everyone had fun!
Another more "fun" class idea was Crochet I and II. Yes, in a homeschool co-op setting. It was a very relaxed class where students, from beginning to advanced, were able to work on projects geared towards their level. Having more than one teacher who knew how to crochet was crucial to the success of the class, but we were blessed with several ladies who knew how to crochet (and some who didn't). Everyone learned and shared and the girls (and boys) who took the class came away with a new skill that will stay with them for life. An awesome opportunity especially for those parents who are not crafty but have children who are and want to learn.
While the FUN was going on...I had the
Here is the full list of all the classes we offered at L.I.F.E. that semester:
Games and Fun* - (educational board games, classroom games)
Running Fun and Playful Games - (Outside Games and P/E)
All American- Learn about the U.S. with songs, literature, history, sign language, games, and puzzles
Math 24 Game
Jamestown - A Book Club with lots of projects.
Around the World in 80 Days - A book study with activities
Educational Games - Board games including some unique strategy games
Claymation - I'll be posting later about this FANTASTIC class. I hope to include the video they created :)
Middle and High School Grades
Presenting 20th Century History – Students present fun reports on 20th century topics, including some crazy props!
Crochet I and II *
History of U.S. – America, the Story of US videos from the History Channel (with discussion)
To Kill a Mockingbird - book study and discussion
For more information on how to start a homeschool co-op, class ideas, or about joining L.I.F.E. click here, or the tab on the top of this page.
If you would like details, or "how-to's" on any of the above classes, send me a message at fourelevenrox at gmail (dot) com or leave a comment. I'll be glad to get as much information to you as possible!
Oh and here's a nice photo of a special guest we had....
That was mean, wasn't it? HA/HA! Well, I figured if I had to suffer, I may as well share the pain! I also figured I better warn you, in case you decide to tackle it yourself. Really though, it was interesting, not as gross as it looks, kinda cool. It didn't even stink! Some of the microscope experiments were awful! The dissections were odor-free. In fact, we did this pig as an extra assignment. It wasn't included in the Apologia Biology I course. We just wanted to try it.
You can order dissection specimens and other supplies for Apologia here:
I was going to cook bacon this morning...but I've decided to wait another day or two. I don't have the stomach for it anymore......