Let’s get this year started!

While my public school parent-friends celebrate their children returning to school, I am over here excited for the start of our 2017-2018 co-op year; for another year I get to spend with my girls and for all the learning we will get to do together!  I mean, for real, my 12 year old daughter is excited to do a research paper on WW2 and do some more in depth research beyond what is in her current history workbook.

My excitement is even greater with the additional classrooms the new location has given us and I am thrilled to share this years Session 1 schedule!

To read the descriptions for the classes, jump over {HERE}

I am looking forward to seeing what the future brings this co-op year!

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We’ve moved!

A lot has happened since the end of the co-op year in May.

The church we were meeting at moved locations and were working to sell the building.  When our 2016-2017 year ended, we had been in contact with the potential buyers and had plans to continue using the building come August.  Unfortunately, the sell fell through and the owners chose to put the building on the market with a realty company.  In order to do that, we had to move out.  That was the beginning of July and sent us Board members into a real panic!  July was supposed to be all about getting the class schedule ready, getting the building prepped for the start of classes, meeting with potential parent-teachers who had questions.  Not having to scramble to find a new meeting place!  With the help of our fabulous co-op members, we had several places that were open to hosting our co-op which was amazing!  On Tuesday the 18th, we got an official yes and all breathed a huge sigh of relief!  Our new meeting place will be…

Westside Baptist Church!

Westside Baptist is located at 801 Historic 66 W, Waynesville, MO 65583

 

So now we are once again able to fully focus on getting the class schedule all ready for our upcoming 2017-2018 year!  We are beyond blessed.

~Deanna

 

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Summer Time!

There are a lot of our co-op families who have hit “summer mode” in full force, some who are slowing down but still schooling, and some who are gearing up for a move.  No matter where you fall, summer can be equal parts great and terrible.  A chance to sleep late (if we are lucky), no rigorous schedules, outside play, swimming… over-tired and cranky littles, bugs, too high temperatures, and the often heard “I’m bored”.  So, what are we to do?

How about this fun looking Summer Bucket List!?

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Here’s another big list of ideas for you.

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We love comments so share with us!  How will you spend your summer this year?  What fun activities do you have planned?

Space Exploration

This session, the 6-8 year old group has the chance to learn about Space Exploration and Engineering.  Only problem is that they are during the same hour!  This made me wonder, what can I find online about space exploration that’s free or low cost?

My first stop is usually Pinterest (seriously, I love this website).

One of the first things I came across a set of free worksheets that can be found {Here} and coloring pages that can be found {Here}.

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Next I came across an art project that could work for younger kids and includes upcycling the cardboard from a frozen pizza and Dollar Store craft items (glitter glue and pom-poms).  You can find the full instructions {Here}!

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You can even bring the learning into snack time like Amy Hudson over at Creative Kid Snacks did {Here}!

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If the weather is nice, take your lesson outside with sidewalk chalk like Kimberly from Natural Beach Living did {Here}.

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For the Lego lovers out there, go visit Jen from Kitchen Counter Chronicles {Here}.

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For the techies, there is a NASA app through iTunes {Here}.

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Hopefully this will give you some ideas for your little Space Explorer.

Session 4 Info

Session 4 is fast approaching!  Here is a quick guide to finding the information you will need:

To read over the class descriptions, visit {Here}

To see the hourly schedule, visit {Here}

The forms you will need for registration day can be found {Here}{Here}{Here}, and {Here} so you can keep a copy for yourself.

If you are new to our co-op, you can download a Membership Form {Here}  and find directions {Here}.

Registration Day is March 7th and will go as followed:

Board Members and Lead Teachers will register from 9am – 10am

Returning Members from 10am – 10:30am

New Members from 10:30am – done.

Registration Day is also the last day for “school” pictures!  These pictures are being taken at no cost and will go into our very first co-op yearbook.

Welcome 2016

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Like most people, you are probably thinking about the possibilities this new year holds.  Each new year can be like a clean slate, a chance to start fresh or a chance to improve on things from years past.  For homeschooling families, resolutions aren’t just about self though.  They tend to be all encompassing.  Self, home, our children, and their education… and overwhelming.   What changes, adjustments, or resolutions are you looking to make?

Upping the lesson plan game~ Not all curricula comes with pre-planned lesson plans so we have to write out our own.  There are a lot of different ways to go about this and can take time to find a system that works for you.  Here are a few ideas found on Pinterest:

Printable Weekly Lesson Planner you can find {Here}.

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{Here} is a link to the “Ultimate Free Homeschool Planning List”.

If you are wanting a more simple method (or one that doesn’t require stock in printer ink), {Here} is a blog post about using spiral notebooks.

Jen at Forever, For Always created a {Document}  to help organize what grade her children are in for each subject.  This would be helpful for large  homeschool families.

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From {Binders} to purchased planners, this post could go on and on.  Share with us how you manage your lesson plans!