History Co-Op

I have no idea how long it’s been since my last post.  So, surprise, I know this blog still exists!

I thought this blog post could be about the co-op I started!  Earlier this year, after thinking about how last year’s school year went, I decided I needed a way to make sure we actually did the projects from Story of the World.   For my boy, the hands on activities far outweigh the stories and coloring pages.  It’s fun.  And we weren’t doing it at home.  Either I decided we just didn’t have time that week, or I didn’t plan in advance and have the supplies on hand, or I just didn’t want to deal with the mess.

That had to change though!  So, with the help from a friend, I created a weekly c0-op for Volume 2.  We met every Friday for one hour at my friend’s house who had already set up a few co-op classes.  I planned out the first semester with projects from each chapter and… it was fun. After the Winter break I moved the co-op to my own house, and planned it out for a quarter instead of a semester.

Some of the projects I would never have done on my own, and ended up being my favorite things we have done this year.

We made crusader surcoats with pilgrimage badges, a tapestry about our favorite day (Green Bubbles drew about when Megatron was born!), and created Charlemagne’s crown.

History has become a win in our house.  This is our third year homeschooling Green Bubbles and I finally feel like I have a handle on almost all of our ‘subjects’.  History, Reading, and Science are all set in stone for what works.  Now I just need to figure out Math and Writing!

Co-ops don’t have to be organized, huge affairs.  You don’t have to hire professional teachers.  And they aren’t nearly as scary to teach by yourself as you think it is.  Trust me.  I was so nervous the first few classes, but it was much easier than I thought it would be!  As long as you have a plan and are prepared for each class in advance, the class just flows.




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