Thursday, March 6, 2014

Start A Co-Op? Who Me?

Co-Ops don’t have to be time consuming or control your weekly lesson plan.  Co-Oping does not mean you have to do an entire unit with other families or become a teacher. You can Co-Op in a way that benefits your student and work with your home school life!

I. Work with a small group.
Choose families that you already know and feel comfortable with. Maybe a family that you sit with in the Great Hall while your kids are in a workshop or someone you sit with at the park while the kids play. II. Work Together on a Small Unit Pick a topic or unit that you are already planning on doing this year. Share what your plan is, what your learning goals are. What do you want your student to get out of it? Share your ideas and resources. III. Pick a small part of the unit to do together and a day to do it. This will allow each family to attack the subject matter in their own way and work the group lesson and plan into their own family's schedule. For science, you may do the lab together, but each family can address the other parts of the unit in their own way and in their own time.
VII. Share your success and challenges! We would love to hear about any families who choose to co-op, let your adviser know how it is going!
IV. To avoid frustration make sure every participant has a responsibility role. For example: those that do not like to lead teach could supervise siblings, make a treat, host the event or sponsor purchasing materials.  V.  Establish clear boundaries in the beginning. If it is in your home and you need everyone to depart by a specific time then state that upfront and adhere to with a gentle reminder if it is disregarded.  VI. Trade co-op roles with others. For example: your a math wiz and another interested co-op parent loves science. You can head up the math and they can take over science.

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