70 Class Ideas for Groups

My kids have enjoyed some wonderful classes with our homeschool co-op. Our group tends to concentrate on offering classes that require kids to work together, something not easily done at home with just one family, and classes that might not typically be taught in a homeschool. This is one of the reasons why I love our co-op. We do some really cool things! Are you looking for class ideas for your group? Then this list is for you. Continue reading “70 Class Ideas for Groups”

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Reteaching for Understanding

Although we may have the best of intentions with our lesson plans and instruction, sometimes we are not effective teachers. I had this experience recently. I was teaching a mock trial class for our homeschool co-op and discussing the types of questions that are used during a direct examination of a witness. Once I had finished my instruction, I asked the kids to create questions for the witnesses of our case. My helper and I walked around and observed the class as they worked. Before long, it was apparent that the kids did not really understand the concept. We tried to clarify what they were supposed to do and then let them continue with the task. Continue reading “Reteaching for Understanding”

Outsourcing your Homeschool

Outsourcing your Homeschool

It is not uncommon for homeschool parents to outsource some of their children’s classes. Sometimes parents post questions online asking others where to find a local teacher for a certain course or to recommend resources. When I read these posts, I often wonder about the backstory. What led up to this decision? Why is this person looking to outsource this class? What is the parent’s real motivation? Continue reading “Outsourcing your Homeschool”

Free Curriculum at the Library

Free Curriculum at the Library

Homeschooling can be expensive, or it can be free. Free? Yes, free in the sense that you can homeschool without spending money on curriculum. However, you will likely spend more time gathering materials. As long as you have access to a library, preferably with inter-library loan, and the internet, you can find the tools you’ll need to educate your child. Continue reading “Free Curriculum at the Library”

Embracing the Chocolate Volcano

Embracing the Chocolate Volcano

When my children were young, I often used a thematic approach when planning the school year. I would choose the main topics that I wanted to cover and then search for related material for each subject area. Sometimes the related material was a bit of a stretch, but if it fit the theme and seemed worthwhile, we would use it. This approach led us to some great resources that we might have otherwise never known. Continue reading “Embracing the Chocolate Volcano”