What I see with science at co-ops around here is that people either all use Apologia at home and then gather at the co-op to do the Apologia experiments together, OR, the co-op science is separate and self-contained from what their at-home science is. People are not so interested at the 7th-12th grade levels of doing experiments that don't match up with their program, so they usually don't have time to do a Chemistry course at home, and then try and skip around to find the information in their program that matches up with the experiments that will be done at co-op later that week.
As I say, the only exception I see in our area is when a co-op offers a science that is completely separate and self-contained (i.e., not much support work at home required -- so can just show up and do the different science at co-op, and then do own choice of unrelated science program at home).
- a co-op class that is support for doing individual big science fair projects
- ocean science (check out this book by Seymour Simon)
- "pot-pourri" of hands-on activities (example: dissection one week, building structures another week, and doing pH testing on a third week)
Other ideas for middle school classes:
- public speaking
- study skills
- current events
- geography/cultures/comparative world religions
- electronics "club" (soldering kits and components)
- cake decorating
- wood working
- chess "club"
- movie making
- beginning coding
- drama/theater -- maybe even an intro to Shakespeare!
- personal finance
Edited by Lori D., 28 December 2017 - 03:16 PM.