Co-ops are wonderful! People who have a better handle on certain subjects expose my kids to better classes, inspiring them to grow in ways maybe I couldn’t. The ability for my teaching to grow as I teach other kids. It’s been a great thing!
Our Co-op has classes that go for 5 weeks per quarter (we take a break during winter, so two quarters in the fall, two quarters in the spring) and each class is about 55 mins long. My kids get two classes each Friday we get together, and I either help or teach. (You need to participate in either being a helper or a teacher and the ages go from baby to high school.)
So this last quarter that we are in I chose the topic of American Indians.
Why? Because I wanted to learn more, it was in the section of Attentiveness in our Konos Character Curriculum – Volume 1 with Lesson Plans (Volume 1)book and I thought it would be so much neater to do it with others.
I really like the volumes, loaded with tons of ideas and great thoughts on character, and great ideas to do it in a co-op group. To implement KONOS on a day to day basis is not always the easiest for my family but yet it brings out so many neat discussions! We have used it this past year for a variety of subjects but why not just use it for Co-op?
So this is what the first two weeks looked liked as I tried to cut it down the a group of kids ranging from 7-10 years old.
Week 1 – Native American Indians – Woodland Indians
(Where do they live? What are the different groups? What do we know about them?)
I assigned kids a tribe and tried to give them some work, but they had a hard time (a lot of the kids in this class are very hands-on, artistic kids.). Near the end of class I gave them some paper with lines and had them start planning out what they would like to do with beads to make some wampum. Homework was to bring in pictures of their tribe and tell the class a little about what they learned.
Week 2 – I took a big poster board and wrote Woodland Indians on it. They brought in their pictures and information and we stuck it all on the posterboard. It took longer than I thought (I have about ten kids in the class) and then we started working on our looms. My mom had already helped me cut out something to help string the thread, but I didn’t realize how long that would take to do 10! So if I ever do this class again I will remember to thread it first. They picked out the beads they needed based on their chart and started stringing them.
Tomorrow we hit Week 3 and my plan is to let them finish making their wampum (which may take half the class), make lacrosse sticks with broomsticks or just wood and jugs, and play some lacrosse. I will possibly start talking about Plains Indians, but if we don’t get there, I will assign them a tribe they can look up so we can talk about them in Week 4.
I have so many things I would love to do with this class, but I am allowing God to lead me through it, because even my best laid plans can fall short. 🙂
If you are interested in hearing more of about this class, I could try to write out what we did in more detail and add pictures to it! 🙂
Be inspired today!