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First Day of Homeschool Co-op

Today is our first day of co-op! We’re very excited, and I just wanted to share. I’ll be back later to update this post with pictures and commentary, but for now, wish us luck!

Warmly,

~h

UPDATE: Success!!

Many, many thanks to PB&JMom for a wonderful day! She put together a great theme that covered geography, science, art, history, cultural studies, literature and critical thinking skills. Her topic was Brazil and she did a great job presenting the information, working with the children to engage all ages and encouraging them to think about things they’ve learned in the past. I was most impressed (she had a slideshow… you just can’t help but be impressed when there’s a slideshow involved!), and learned that my little project for November’s co-op is going to need some beefing up to qualify as a co-op day!

The kids all came home with maps of Brazil (my boys cheesed out on coloring theirs – I don’t know where they were when we were coloring maps…), the Brazilian flag (which they did color), Brazilian ecosystems and animal life, a lengthy discussion on the Amazon Rainforest and even had a Brazilian themed lunch of black bean soup, fresh mangoes and avocados, and Brazilian lemonade (which was absolutely incredible).

After lunch and some outside playtime, the kids crowded inside for a craft; they made rain sticks from paper towel tubes, small nails, brown rice and masking tape.

We wrapped up the day’s lessons with a Welcome to Brazil YouTube video, then sent the children outside to play. Some of them sneaked back inside though.

We ended up with PuddleJumper as an overnight buddy; one of the few that the boys have had – the first, now that I think about it, who isn’t both a girl and related to them… what fun!

Warmly,

~h

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4 responses

  1. What a fun day!

    So far our co-op days have been safety themed to help the kids work towards scouting badges, and we did a unit on peace and conflict resolution. Which came in real handy because the daughter of our friend has been encountering some bullying on the playground. And she was able to learn ways to handle the situation. Gotta love when a plan comes together for the best. 🙂

    We also do yoga, taiko drumming *traditional Japanese drumming*, some outdoor time, science experiements, and crafts. Whichever works with that days lessons.

    October 14, 2010 at 4:12 am

    • donna

      My granddaugter is not exactly encountering bullying on the playground.She just says NO ONE will play with her,and she ends up playing by herself. She’ll ask if she can play with them..I just told her to join in and start playing. Do you have any suggestions? She’s always a happy sweet child at home. I don’t know why kids(girls) would not want to play with her. She is taller than everyone in her room. Maybe that is the reason? thanks for any suggestions.

      October 19, 2010 at 8:44 pm

  2. I love the picture of the boys with the laptop. I think Yoga or learning some outdoor games would be fun too. Great ideas from dysfunctional homeschooler… Love the conflict resolution idea.
    My favorite part of the day was when we were all looking at the oversized book and they were begging me to read this or look at that. Ending it on that note made me happy. 🙂 Looking forward to some artwork next month!!

    October 14, 2010 at 10:01 am

  3. Looks like you all had heaps of fun….and that’s one very organized mumma!

    October 15, 2010 at 3:55 am

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