Jenny in Florida Posted July 8, 2012 Share Posted July 8, 2012 (edited) We've never really participated in a co-op. I tried a couple of times to get things started when the kids were younger, but it never worked out over any significant amount of time. Last fall, my son did Lego robotics with a local co-op/homeschool group that has been around for many years. It wasn't very formal or terribly structured, but he enjoyed seeing people every week and doing the group activity. He'd like to go back this fall to the same group and take a few classes. They meet three days a week, with four or five classes on each day and a lunch break in the middle. Since we're a good 40-minute drive from the park where they meet and because I'm already planning a full school schedule at home, I don't want to commit to more than one day a week with the group. The day that is best for us over all, for a variety of reasons, has art and critical thinking classes in the morning, followed by lunch, followed by American history and then chemistry and, finally, a "flex class" that will have a variety of subjects and activities throughout the year. Here's the challenge: I'm already planning both American history and chemistry for him at home. And, while they are starting at the beginning with history, we're picking up with Reconstruction and going forward. I've put a lot of thought and effort into planning these subjects, and I'm really happy with what I've already got. I'm not willing to toss our plans in favor of following the group. However, I think he'd enjoy partipating in the classes with other students studying the same things. There are a few classes on the other days that might be of interest to him, but there is no other single day that offers classes both before and after lunch that will work for us. And, since one motivation here is to give him consistent social time with a group, I really want him to have a full day including lunch and free time. Each class will be mixed ages/grades, with homework assignments given at three levels. The co-op leader is teaching this. Her eldest is just high school age this year. Her goal as she explains it to me is to make this class worthy of high school credit for students who do all of the homework, which will include additional reading and writing assignments. So, it sounds like not everyone will be on the same page or doing exactly the same work, anyway. I'd like to ask if it would be disruptive for my son to sign up for those two classes, understanding up front that he will be studying the same subjects at home on a somewhat different schedule. As I said, though, we've never really done a co-op thing. So, I don't know if what I'm asking is unreasonable or rude. Thoughts? Edited July 8, 2012 by Jenny in Florida Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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