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Due to a difference of opinions, we have a new homeschool group. We live in an area where there are already fewer homeschoolers. 

 

What are some of your favourite things you've done in smallish homeschool groups (15 families for now) and smallish coops (6 families?)

 

We already have weekly park days, a monthly book club and a monthly board games day.

 

Thanks!!

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I ran a homeschool group a couple of years ago for a very small group.  We rotated through some activities that a lot of us didn't get done at home.  We had art day (used oil paints for one project, tried to do things that we wouldn't have done at home), book club, nature studies, geography day, field trips, and science days.  

 

It was a fun year.  We met twice a month for the kids and rotated the above activities and once a month for mom's night out.  

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Due to a difference of opinions, we have a new homeschool group. We live in an area where there are already fewer homeschoolers. 

 

What are some of your favourite things you've done in smallish homeschool groups (15 families for now) and smallish coops (6 families?)

 

We already have weekly park days, a monthly book club and a monthly board games day.

 

Thanks!!

 

We were careful not to plan too many activities, so that the parents and children could be home with each other more than they were with the support group. :-)

 

We did a park day on the first Friday of the month, and a MNO the first Monday evening. **We met twice a year to plan field trips, which we *always* scheduled for the second or fourth Fridays. We thought it was important to keep a consistent schedule so as not to mess with people's own schedules.

 

We also did a couple of family get-togethers, usually a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, and something in the spring. Sometimes we did a presentation day in the spring but not consistently.

 

 

 

**Our "field trip committee" consisted of whoever showed up at the planning meeting. :-) We did not require members to organize field trips, but we only allowed each person who came to the meeting to plan two field trips, so if only two people showed up, there would only be four field trips. We never had that problem. :-) We had a very detailed field trip-planning worksheet (including detailed directions; in today's world of GPS devices, I would still do that, because not everyone has GPS, and because you cannot always trust those things), and we finalized all field trips at our meeting. Anything which could not be finalized was put on hold until the next meeting. I took the worksheets and made detailed hand-outs for the members. We required people to pay in advance for all field trips (unless it was something that it didn't matter who showed up), by a deadline, and we didn't give refunds.

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