We Joined A Co-Op

This is our seventh year homeschooling. The first year and a half we used a charter school. But since then AJ and I have been on our own. In the beginning she was so involved with gymnastics that the idea of a co-op didn’t even cross my mind. She was at the gym four or more days a week, so spending another day away from home wasn’t really an option.

She has been out of gymnastics for a few years now and aside from church on Sundays and Wednesdays she is home almost every day. Now that she is in high school I felt that we needed to at least try a co-op. The kids in the neighborhood are all a lot younger than she is, and I thought that being around other homeschooled kids would be good for her. Until we joined our co-op I hadn’t met any other homeschoolers in real life. I have quite a few homeschool friends online, but none in person. The truth is, I thought it would be good for both of us.

Amazingly, there ended up being a co-op about ten minutes away from my grandma’s house. I saved up the money and signed AJ up.

Co-op Classes

The co-op day is the length of a regular school day and has five periods. There are kids from preschool to high school seniors. Each class is divided by age. Some are specific like 8 – 12 while others are 10 and up or 9 and under. I was amazed by the variety of classes available. Since we already have a full schedule of core classes, I had AJ pick elective type classes for her co-op day. I will be adding the classes to her transcript. Some will only be a quarter of a credit, but it will add a variety to her transcript. Here are the classes she is taking.

Recycled Art – This class seems fun. They use old materials and turn them into works of art. The week of the eclipse they made pinhole viewers that turned out neat.

Hula – This was a class that she was very excited about. The instructor is Polynesian. This class was for kids 10 and up and only has three kids. She is getting a lot of instruction.

Science – This semester they are working on earth science. AJ studied earth science in 6th grade, but there are always new things to learn. They do a lot of hands on learning, which is her favorite.

Mask Making – This is another art type class. They learn about different masks and then create their own version. So far they have finished two of them.

Theater – Theater was one class I really enjoyed in school. I knew that AJ would enjoy it too. I am so thankful that they offer it at the co-op because I couldn’t afford any acting or drama classes for her.

While she is in her classes I help out in other classes. Since I can’t walk or do much, I sit most of the day. But it is still nice to be around other people once a week.

AJ loves co-op day and I can’t wait to share how the classes go. Do you belong to a co-op?

 

 

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