Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Plan Now for Fall Co-ops!!

Now is the time to start thinking about fall co-ops.  If you have never been a part of a co-op, consider giving it a try next fall.  I think you will find the experience quite rewarding!  Several of our podcasts on the Ultimate Radio Network discuss how to start a co-op, but this week's podcast will give you specific step-by-step instructions for how to begin now planning for the fall!

When you are the one in charge of organizing the co-op you can pick the families you would like to join you, what day/time to meet, how long the co-op should last, and what subject to discuss.  Having family integrated co-ops that include parents means a lighter, shared workload!!

Here are a few benefits of homeschooling co-op style:

Safe and friendly environment for socialization
Fellowship with other families
Shared workload means less work
Audience provided for student presentations
Conducive to group activities
Highlight of the week for many
Thematic snacks
Students learn to use power point
Endless choice of themes
Easy to incorporate multi-media teaching

Here is a copy of a sample parental assignment chart as well as a front page of a newsletter from one of our co-ops:

We have published a few guides that make co-oping easy and I am available to consult if you need help getting started!  Listen to this week's podcast and make a plan for a fall co-op!!

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