Faye, a homeschool mom and columnist for the DC Examiner.com, has a list of lessons she learned while being in two homeschool co-ops this year.
When we joined two homeschool co-ops last year, it completely changed our homeschooling life. For one thing, I had to be sure not to plan anything else on co-op days, because we were already busy. Sometimes this made scheduling field trips a little tricky, but the juggling was well worth the effort. Another big change was that on co-op days, we all had to get up at a scheduled (earlier!) time, so that we could be out the door on time. We aren’t big morning people around here, but I think the change did us good. And finally, it brought more friendship and support into our family and into our lives, which was perhaps the biggest blessing of all! There were many other things that I learned, and I thought it would be fun to share a few of them:
1. Kids who are not used to daily “school” may not always have pencils, pens, or paper. Be sure to bring extra!
2. No matter how hard you wish, if your co-op is exactly 18 minutes from your house, you will not be able to get there in 10 minutes. Leave early (or at least on time).
3. Even if you are the “teacher”, sometimes you will be late (refer to #2 for the solution to this problem)
4. A big roll of paper and a box of crayons are indispensable for keeping little ones occupied. The paper may come in handy for other uses (see #1).
5. You probably already know this, but kids NEED time to run around outdoors. If your co-op doesn’t have access to an outdoor space, try to find a way for the kids to take a walk or play some indoor games. Getting the wiggles out is very important.
More of Fay’s lessons learned coming soon.
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Carol Topp, CPA