"To succeed, JUMP as quickly at opportunities as you do conclusions." ~Benjamin Franklin
Everyday we learn new things, go new places and meet new people. This is what we have been up to lately!
What is a homeschool co-op? Simply put, it's a huge help in your homeschool journey. If you have one in your area, I would suggest checking it out. It is extremely helpful in teaching your child subjects that you might have little experience in, and also provides time for them to interact with their peers once a week.
Now, most of the co-op's that I have run into are religious based and will NOT let you attend in less you sign an agreement that states you believe in the same religious beliefs that they do. There are a few secular ones out there so keep looking if the religious thing is not you, or your child's cup 'o tea.
Our area started a co-op and did amazingly well for their first year. Both of my daughters attended classes in political process, Spanish, literature ("A Tale of Two Cities"), finance, speech and drama. I was able to teach the middle and high school drama class and had an absolute blast! Sometimes homeschooling on your own in a small community can be isolating. Being a part of our little group really helped us in feeling like we were a part of something really great! It also broke up some of the monotony that can start to drag you down at times.
A great way to start your own homeschool co-op (if there is not one in your area) is start a local homeschool facebook page. It's a great way to get a critical mass together to get one of the ground!
"The Lord of the Rings" could well be considered one of the most influential novels of the past century. Tolkien, an Oxford professor, used poetry, invented languages as well as reference resources on genealogies and chronologies which makes it a great piece of writing to study. Our friend Kate, a professor of education, was kind enough to lead our small group in the unit studies and discussions that followed. The curriculum we used was from Home Scholar Books and I would highly recommend it!
Thanks Kate for helping us on our journey to Middle-earth! A big THANKS to Kate for also teaching Mollie and Maddie SAT writing prep!
Wow! It took WAY longer to get this out! I was hoping to get it out before Christmas, but time got away from me as usual. The first part of the video I look like a maniac crazy person, which my kids would say was true. Really, we just sped up the recording to make it a tiny bit shorter. I have a tendency to ramble. I am obviously NOT a professional actress!
Maddie shot this tutorial and edited it. My job was rendering it which is much harder than one might imagine!
So, Enjoy Making Max!
"Homeschooling is not about sitting at the kitchen table with a pile of textbooks all day, recreating school in the isolation of the home (unless, for some reason, you want it to be). For many-maybe most- families, homeschooling is about getting out and about. It is about opening to possibilities, about finding learning opportunities around every corner, and about having the 'luxury' of making the kinds of community connections that are sustaining and enjoyable. It is about exploring the world with open eyes and minds, trying new things, going new places, meeting new people. It is a veritable kaleidoscope of experiences that provide a unique educational path for every child-and parent. You can find or create anything you want, and have a blast doing it."