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I'm later than I'd like in writing my Lesson Book post today, and I have so much more I need to get done today! One thing on my to-do list for this week is to gather some information and get my thoughts together in preparation for a meeting to discuss the possibility of our homeschool group's co-op expanding to offer some high school classes. One of which I might be teaching.
For the most part, I've found co-ops to be easiest when my kids were younger. After all, the academic schedule doesn't need to be as structured, so our small 12-week co-op was a wonderful break from the usual routine. We moms shared our interests and abilities so that kids could get art instruction or hands-on science even if their own moms weren't particularly good at those subjects. In those days, I taught a couple of geography and history type classes, and even a little bit of science. That wasn't too intimidating for me as a teacher, because I could choose to teach subject matter with which I was reasonably comfortable; and even if I wasn't an expert, I had a pretty good knowledge advantage over my students just because of their age.
|Middle school Finance/Economics co-op class|
|Co-op 2012 Physics class with their catapults|
Being involved in co-ops has been so rewarding for us in the past that I'm looking forward to this challenge. And it really would be a challenge as well as an opportunity! It would be a weekly commitment of preparing lessons and grading or evaluating student work. It would also be a weekly commitment to block out that afternoon each week and get to class, which would be about a 45-minute drive one way. So on a personal level, I need to be sure it's worth that time and effort for me and for Kennady. I'm sure it would be, but I have to be honest that losing the control over that portion of my calendar over an entire school year gives me pause!
|Elementary grades Art/Geography co-op class|
|Gym class - ours is a co-op!|
|Middle school biology lab at co-op|
|Middle school art class at co-op|
Do you participate in co-ops for high school level classes? Leave a comment and let me know! Then please link your posts about homeschooling high school here - I'd love to see what you are working on! (FYI - this is likely the last week that the High School Lesson Book will feature a link-up. I've decided to limit my link-up hosting to the Virtual Fridge and Homeschool Highlights for now. Thank you to all who have participated in this link-up in the past, or have joined the Homeschooling High School Blog Roll. As I think ahead with our co-op plans, I'm also starting to think ahead to what the High School Lesson Book might look like in 2017.)
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