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  1. I'm teaching a high school class for the first time. For those of you who have taught high school at a co-op, do you have a specific format for grade reports? OR if your students have just taken a class at co-op -- what information do you typically receive? I'm trying to come up with a format that would be helpful but not overly detailed. I do have a course syllabus with a detailed course description and grade breakdown (% for each component). However, I curved quite a bit in the course, and gave extra credit. So I'm wondering how to report grades now. Any help/suggestions would be much welcomed.
  2. We participate in a science co-op and are planning for next year. In the past we have always used Apologia for our classes. We have K-12 with approximately 40 plus children. We separate into 4 classes K-3, 4-6, middle and high school. Are there any other science curriculum that fit well into the co-op setting? I would love some suggestions and personal experience on how it worked out. TIA
  3. It's been awhile since my last visit. I'm hoping that my past involvement in the boards earns me a bit of consideration for my crisis. I need practical advice and being an introvert who recently moved, real life input is limited. We have been homeschoolers for 8+ years. Two of our children (12) & (15) will be homeschooled next year. For the first time, I'm considering joining an academic co-op. The curriculum seems fine. It's not what we've used but it's solid, reputable curriculum. It's one day of class covering history, language arts, science and an elective. Following co-op day there are four days of assignments to prepare for the next class. Assignment are turned in and graded. My children are academically able to do the work. We've just recently moved so meeting people would help us all feel more anchored in our new area. That being said, I'm feeling hesitant about turning over my control and freedom to a co-op. I'm swinging back and forth like pendulum about this and need a dose of perspective from some who have btdt. What says the hive?
  4. Give me the good, the bad, & the ugly. Some very good friends might form a high school co-op next year (unheard of in our tiny area, so a rare opportunity) based on classical/Christian education. The conversation has suddenly shifted to a lot of favorable talk about Easy Peasy. How does it compare to other homeschool curricula common to this board? What are your experiences with it?
  5. I'm tired... and cranky. My 3 year old can't hang as long as our co-op takes without a nap. My voice is actually sore today from repeating myself, that everyone was going to get a crystal (don't ask, I didn't plan the class) and that I was going down the table. I also reminded children over and over that we needed to listen to our teacher and take good care of our supplies. Then when we got home, we all had a nice big meltdown from introverts (including me!) not getting enough down time. I'm exhausted and drained. I have an eye twitch that started right before 4th period. And we've yet to have a truly nut free campus. This is the second week in a row that someone has brought nut products despite numerous announcements. (I have peanut allergic children and we eat lunch and have snacks at this co-op.) Today I decided that from now on the children MUST sit with me at lunch at the picnic table. Their friends are allowed to join our table as long as they are not eating nut products. It's sad that I can't allow my 13 year old to choose her own lunch seat. It is what it is. Am I the only one that is just exhausted at the thought of co-op life? How do you make homeschooling friends? What activities do you do?
  6. A co-op my son has been going to and liking is thinking to extend into high school years. They are meeting about this. My ds would like for it to continue. If you have either had good experiences or bad ones with co-ops at the high school stage, what might be helpful to know or ask as people discuss this possibility?
  7. INTJs, why do you homeschool? For the sake of the kids, do you engage with groups like co-op, CC community, play groups, field trip groups, etc? If so, how do you get along with your group? Are you able to stick with one group very long? If you don't do groups, how does that play out with the kids?
  8. Am looking for any suggestions on career exploration books and websites. Would like to do a co-op class at the 7th-8th grade level. Any suggestions? I'd like to focus on interest inventories, talking about interests and aptitudes, and then career clusters.
  9. I'm interested in teaching a nature-centered science class for our co-op, for 3rd-4th graders. Was thinking of several smaller unit studies tied together. Investigating animal tracks, dissecting owl pellets, that sort of thing. Is there a curriculum out there that I could use to do this, rather than starting from scratch? I've heard of the backyard detective books, wondering if something like those might work? Any thoughts/suggestions would be much welcomed!
  10. Does anyone have suggestions for an interesting, hands-on science curriculum for an elementary co-op class? Geared toward 3rd-4th graders? In the past have done astronomy, earth science, chemistry...maybe something geared toward plants/animals/insects? Any and all suggestions welcome. Would like to keep the cost minimal, but have a lot of hands-on activities. Possibly a lapbook to accompany. :)
  11. If you are part of a co-op where parents are expected to help teach, what does the schedule look like on a meeting day? I'm expecially interested in how elementary grades work. In our co-op there are 3 elem. classes, broken down by grades. There are 3 class periods and the kids rotate through them each week. There are about 10-12 kids in each class. If you are teaching, you teach all 3 periods. The only break is lunch when parents are responsible for their own kids. Right now parents teach 1-2 quarters and help another. They try to give everyone 1 quarter off where you can just drop off your kids. Not everyone likes this, but the leadership doesn't seem to think there is any other way. I know there are other ways to do this. Please share with me your co-op schedule. I would like to be able to share with our leadership some alternate ideas. Thanks!!
  12. I'm thinking of teaching a science course for 3rd and 4th graders at our co-op. Does anyone have experience with Apologia's Young Explorers Chemistry/Physics? Would that be a good fit for this group? Obviously, we could not finish the book in one semester (10 classes, 45 min) but possibly we could continue the 2nd semester. I'm thinking that we would follow the book but do a brief lesson at beginning (10-15 min) and then the remainder would be hands-on activities/experiments. We did do a chemistry (REal Science 4 Kids) pre-level last year, and liked that. But I was thinking this curriculum would expand on that. The other thing I want to ask -- are the materials for the experiments fairly easy to put hands on? We have some basic equipment (graduated cylinders) here. Also I have two classroom kits, one for states of matter and one for polymers which we could use. Would those fit in? Any thoughts and suggestions would be very welcome!
  13. I'm looking for recommendations on how to structure a very beginning world history class. This would be a CO-OP class (10 weeks each semester) for 3rd and 4th graders. My soon to be 3rd grader is really interested in learning about medieval history, but I told her it might be good to start at the very beginning and work up to that. I was thinking of using Child's History of the World for it's very short and easy approach, but then pulling in as much of Story of the World as possible (Ancient Times) and using activities out of that book. We would do a lapbook as well as activities each week to support the lessons. This would be an early introduction, and then the following year 4th we'd start working through SOTW. But on our own at home. Thoughts, recommendations? Quote MultiQuote Edit Report
  14. Have you created a teacher evaluation form/survey for parents to fill out? This would be for a co-op to see how the teachers are doing with such questions as: is homework sent out on time, is the teacher prepared, etc... I am looking for ideas. Thanks
  15. My homeschool group started a co-op four years ago, which we've been part of since then. This coming school year, I decided to make a change and try Classical Conversations (it's new to our area). I will have three children (ages 6,8,11) in Foundations and I will be an Essentials tutor (teaching my 11 year-old and 1-2 other students - it's a small group). Now it turns out that our homeschool group co-op is going in a whole new direction and will be doing Odyssey of the Mind over this next school year. I am wondering if it's realistic...or even healthy...to attempt to do both, since that would take up two mornings (plus an afternoon) each week, leaving us with only three mornings for actual homeschooling, and one of those days is Saturday (our weekend is Sun/Mon), which historically has been difficult to preserve for lessons, though I tried this past year, since it felt like we really needed four days (mornings and partway into the afternoon, then quiet time and extracurriculars). I'm hesitant because this is our first year with CC and with me being a tutor, so I don't want to take time away from what's needed to put the most in to that, but on the other hand, the co-op chose OM (Odyssey of the Mind) partly to remove the burden of teaching from the parents. I wouldn't even have to coach or assistant coach - I could just help out, so there shouldn't be any prep work or homework. My other reservation is philosophical. In a way, it seems like these two programs are diametrically opposed - sort of like conservative vs. liberal, Christian vs. secular, history vs. future, knowledge vs. creativity, wisdom vs. innovation, convention vs. technology. Or, remove the "vs." and could they could be seen as complementary? God is full of paradoxes, so maybe this is like that. And OM does use critical thinking, problem solving skills, so that could fit with logic...but in the classical model, that wouldn't happen until the middle grades, whereas OM includes grammar stage kids. And the lack of adult direction (kids come up with everything on their own) doesn't seem like it would be compatible either...unless all the kids were being taught logic as a separate course to inform their decisions. Then throw in Susan Wise Bauer's view that it's better not to join a co-op at all. Well, at least that's what was best for her family. Since we have been WTM'ers from the beginning, her opinion is worth its weight in gold. And having experienced a co-op these past three years (in fact, the only time we weren't in it was our very first semester and that was just with one child, so I really don't know any different), I can see where it can be problematic. Still, for us, I've felt that the benefits outweighed the downsides...at least until this past year, which was part of what prompted me to make the change to CC. Some others in our homeschool group are doing both, but they are generally less rigorous at home (more Charlotte Mason than WTM) and have younger children.
  16. Any ideas for a fun geography and science curriculum for a hands-on co-op? It would be for elementary age children? I am looking at curriculum and have been searching on here for some ideas but have yet to find much. Thank you!
  17. Has anyone ever heard of a book-swap co-op or is there one on this site? We are using Tapestry of Grace Redesigned, Year 1 this year. I was telling an lady that it's too expensive to buy all the books recommended just in the primary resource list for one level, let a lone two or three. She said that when she lived over seas there was a book-swap co-op. The way she described it was that one family would agree to buy a particular year plan/unit, and another family a different unit of the same year plan and then they would all swap books through mail to share expenses. I can think of a few different ways to do this, besides what she mentioned. If there is not a book-swap co-op that anyone can tell me about, how could we use this site to get one started? (Sorry, I'm not real familiar with how to use forums and this is my first time on TWTM.) TOG shares similar resources with several other curr. such as VP, MFW, and Sonlight. It would not have to be a book-swap co-op specifically for TOG, just a general book-swap co-op. If anyone knows how to use this site to set one up or can recommend a way to set on up online via another site, I can put together policies/rules.
  18. We're visiting a local co-op tomorrow morning. It's our first experience with co-ops so please tell me pros and cons of what I should be looking for, what questions I should ask, etc. All I know about them is that it is a small group with only 7 families this semester, and they are inclusive with no statement of faith. Some of the academic and enrichment classes they're offering in the fall semester sound like they might work well for DD and DS.
  19. Hi, I'm looking for suggestions for grade 7-8 co-op classes. The emphasis on this co-op is FUN and being with friends, not academic endeavors. So, what would you suggest? Thanks, Amy
  20. I'm just curious. I am a member of a large homeschool group in our area that has a co-op and the prices seem steep to me. I know prices can vary from place to place, but in our former city, prices are much more economical.
  21. I met this new homeschool family back in the summer at a co-op field trip. They don't smile. The whole family doesn't smile. Seriously. The mom if you smile at her and keep smiling at her gives you a weak attempt at a smile. I sort of felt unsettled by it. It was really weird at the time and I brushed it off, as they were new and unsettled themselves about meeting all these new people. Later, I learned that Dad had an epiphany and forced the family to start attending the Mormon church. Mom grew up non-denominational. Ok, to each his own. Mom and at least one daughter is deaf, unsure about baby. I studied as a sign language interpreter. So, I'm comfortable around the hearing impaired and can communicate easily. The one daughter seemed a bit wild in her behaviour, dress and physical appearance, like Helen Keller wild and angry. I taught my grade 2-3 co-op class today and our new student arrived. This wild child, daughter. I greeted her verbally (I could see her hearing aids were in), she grunted at me, shoved pasted me and took a seat. OK, that was interesting. I started the class and gave directions making sure the classroom was silent before I gave those directions and making sure she was looking at me and my face was easily accessible for lip reading if necessary. I've done this before, so I know what to do. This child did not follow any directions during the whole class. My friend would have to touch her shoulder, get in her face and repeat everything I said. Then the child would do about 30% of what was asked of her. This is a lapbooking class. There are a lot of directions. I know she could understand what was being said, because she would respond to another girl across the room at a screaming level, trying to enter into that conversation. Then we had snack. I served the snack and she made a huge deal about how we HAD to have a Mormon prayer said over the snack or we were all in sin. :001_huh: I'm thinking, "Sweety, this is a Baptist co-op and we just say a simple grace." Then she turned to one of the few non-denominational kids in the group and said, "You have to pray like this or you could die if you eat this food." The girl looked at her, looked at her food and put down her plate. She then looked at me to ask if it was ok to eat it. I told her it was fine, go ahead and eat your pancakes. I'm not naive enough to believe that statement is a teaching from the Mormon church, but she continued to "share" and "share" and "share" until I finally said, "That's enough dear, time to go wash your hands." I am worried. There is so much to deal with here. 1. Rude behavior. 2. Disregard of instructions. 3. Wandering around the classroom. 4. Taking things from other people's places even though she has the exact same items in front of her. 5. Screaming instead of talking. 6. The whole prayer thing. and so much more I haven't even got into here. I need help, prayers and any suggestions. Also, if you are Mormon, can you let me know if there is something I should know about the whole prayer thing? I don't think there is anything really there, but just in case. Thanks,
  22. We used MP Intro Logic I + Thinking Toolbox last year with high school homeschool co-op kids in a once a week class. This year we want to continue this track with the next academic step in Logic; however, we have a mom who refuses to participate in such a BORING, DRY, and DIFFICULT curriculum (MP Intro II). I have been researching (including buying one of each): MP Intro I-II, Material Logic, Rhetoric Classical Academy Press (CAP) Art of Argument, Argument Builder, Discovery of Deduction, Art of Argument DVDs Nance's Traditional Logic I-II Bluedorn's Fallacy Detective, Thinking Toolbox, Logic in 100 Minutes. 3/10 students are interested in truly academic structure 2/10 students think Logic is "fun" after doing MP Intro I + Toolbox 2/10 students wish they were up to more, but will struggle with the next step 3/10 students took the class because they had to OK! The big question!! WHAT curriculum should I use for this class??? Should I hold to the track and pursue MP + Fallacy Detective? Should I jump ship for a curriculum that is more "fun," but is actually a step back for most of the class like CAP (and that is a step back, right)? I know I can't please everyone, so do I reach for the stars and encourage the class to go for gold with academic MP Logic? Is there something better? What about using MP Intro II with Art of Argument DVDs? These are by far the BEST DVDs I have seen yet! Ack! I don't know what to do! ~Curriculum Junkie & Homeschool Mom of 3 classically trained independent high schoolers
  23. Our co-op is trying to gather some information for history programs for 7th/8th grade. My oldest is only in 4th, so without having a need to look into it before now, I'm not really sure what is out there to fit this category. Can you give me some ideas of good programs to begin my research? TIA
  24. I'm thinking of teaching One Year Adventure Novel in a co-op class that meets once a week for an hour. Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm specifically looking at how to schedule it. We can't possibly watch all 3 videos during each weekly class! Adding an online component is an option but I don't really know how to go about doing that. Ideas?
  25. Hello I've moved to the Lima Ohio area. Anyone here?
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