How to Teach Co-op Classes

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Teach Co-op Classes.

How to Teach Co-op Classes

How to Teach Co-op Classes

Are you teaching your homeschool co-op’s classes for teens, this year? Feel a little intimidated? That’s normal and okay. However, you can have the best years yet with homeschooling your homeschool teen co-op courses!

Remember, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school. In that same way, there’s not one-right way to homeschool co-op!

So, what are the practical tips for handling teaching co-op classes for teens?

We 7Sisters have taught homeschool co-op and group classes for decades (even online homeschool classes). We have found a few tips that make teaching the teens go so much better. These same ideas will help you if your co-op is online this year, too.

Know the subject and topic that you are going to teach

I know that sounds obvious, but just in case you were told to teach “History”, you will need to make sure which history you are going to teach! Will it be American History, World History, a special elective History topic? Or will it be a Social Studies/Social Science topic like Geography, Economics, Civics or Psychology? It is so much easier to plan and prepare when that much is clarified!

Clarify the goals for this course

Make sure you are on the same page with the rest of the co-op on these important goals:

Will the class be:

  • One semester
  • Full year

What are specific goals for the course? For instance:

  • We will have completed a curriculum by the end of the (semester or year)
  • Students will have been introduced to the topic through experiences and discussion over the (semester or year)
  • Other goals or a combination

If you are clear about your goals, others can know up front what to expect (and adjust their expectations- or do something somewhere else).

Discover what curriculum or materials you will use.

One way to explore curriculum and material ideas is to bring the topic up in a Facebook group. Homeschool moms in groups are often thrilled to share about what they have used, along with what they liked and did not like. Some of our favorite Facebook groups are:

Be sure to read the descriptions of materials on the publisher’s website? You can usually contact the publisher at their “contact me” or chatbot with specific questions. Also, don’t forget to look at excerpts on their site as well as look for co-op discounts (like 7SistersHomeschool’s fabulous co-op discounts).

Be certain about the level of instruction you are aiming for

Will you be working with:

  • A group of college-bound teens who like intense academics?
  • College-bound teens who just need to get this course out of the way?
  • Career-bound teens who just need the basics?
  • A mixture of the above that will need a mixture of levels of rigor?

Write a course description

This will be something that parents will want to see. Also, occasionally colleges, college athletics or military recruiters will want to see course descriptions.

Course descriptions include:

  • Title of course
  • Curriculum and methods of instruction (text, real books, inquiry-based activities, projects, field trips or whatever)
  • Topics to be covered (you can use table of contents in textbook)
  • How the course will be graded
  • Amount of credit the teen will be earning
  • Level of rigor at which the course will be taught

Create a syllabus

Email or give your homeschool high schoolers a copy. The syllabus will let your students know what to do each week for class. This helps teens develop independent learning skills. Also, for college-bound teens, learning to use syllabi is perfect college-prep skills!

A good idea to include in your planning and syllabus is to include one or more of the following:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Field trips if possible
  • Tests and/or papers

BTW- at 7Sisters we have a guide for how to create a syllabus along with suggested syllabi for many of our courses.

Field trips are fun for homeschool co-ops

When it is time for co-op to start, at the beginning of each class, include a grabber

Grabbers are a way to get students’ heads in the game for each class- it grabs their attention and gets them focused on the lesson at hand. Some grabbers include:

Encourage discussion times in the class

One way to handle this is to use poker chips.

  • At the beginning of class, give each student three or four poker chips (unless there is an extraordinarily shy teen or one with a disability that makes verbal participation difficult).
  • The students get to hand back a chip for each question they answer or on-topic comment they make.
  • When they are out of chips, they have done their talking for the day. (This slows the over-talkers down and encourages the quieter ones to speak.)

Ask for feedback through the year

Periodically during the year, ask your homeschool high school class:

  • What were your favorite topics so far?
  • What were your favorite projects, field trips or activities?

As far as covering the material in a textbook, there are several ways to handle this in your co-op class

  • Have teens read that day’s lesson ahead of time
  • Read it together in class
  • Read it yourself, week by week, and then teach it. Teens can read it later as homework.

At the end of the year, give each student some personal feedback

Don’t just give them a final grade, but also give each student a positive comment about a strength you saw in them over the year. This can have a big impact in the teen’s life.

Be sure to check out 7SistersHomeschool’s Authoritative Guide to Homeschool Co-ops. That post has SO much free information. While you are at it, check out these Homeschool Highschool Podcast episodes about co-ops:

Hey, also, don’t forget that there are other awesome podcasts here at the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network. One of the most helpful is Homeschooling with Technology. You will be amazed at how much rich information and how many resources you will find there. PLUS there are TONS of episodes about Homeschool Co-ops at Homeschool CPA podcast.

Join Vicki for a discussion on teaching homeschool co-op classes for teens.

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Tax Exempt Q&A with Homeschool Leaders

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Economics Explained So You Can Understand It

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #117, Economics Explained So You Can Understand It, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

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In “Economics Explained So You Can Understand It” episode #117, Meredith Curtis explains what economics is in very simple terms so even the most economic-phobic teen or adult can understand. GDP/GNP, Macroeconomics, and microeconomics will make sense to you now. Get rid of intimidation! You can understand economics! Meredith believes that understanding economics is a blessing, especially when we understand biblical principles and apply them to our lives.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

So many people I meet feel intimidated by economics. Why is that?

What Economics Is

Economics is the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services according to Webster’s dictionary.

Goods.

Services.

The dollar bill in your purse.

Economics

  • What people make and do and how those things are sold
  • Studying how, why, and where money goes
  • Who ends up with what and how it gets there

Macroeconomics

The big picture

Economic Systems

  • Command (Government controlled like socialism, communism, fascism)
  • Free Market (People controlled, capitalism)
  • Mixed

What is happening in the world that makes people buy more stuff?

Flow & Distribution of Wealth

Supply & Demand (Big Picture)

Microeconomics

Consumer Behavior

Business Behavior

Production Cost/Customer Willing to Pay/Sweet Spot

GNP/GDP

Economics looks at how people get what they want, who gives it to them, how they get it, and how much they get.

GNP (Gross National Product) or the GDP (Gross Domestic Product)

Total amount of all the good and services that are sold.

Economic Cycle

The economy goes in cycles of growing and recessing. This cycle, if not tampered with, is natural and normal. People go through seasons of spending and saving. A healthy economy has seasons of expanding and decreasing flowing gently from one to another. We will talk more about this cycle next time.

Teaching Economics In High School

Say good-bye to dry boring textbooks!

  • Biblical economic principles for real life!
  • Read Living books and conversational textbook to learn economics
  • Apartment Project and other hands-on experiences
  • Purchase Stock
  • Budget
  • Plan for College
  • Choose a Career
  • Make a Business Plan
  • Start a Business

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6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #116, 6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs-Friendly, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly

In “6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly” episode #116, Meredith Curtis gives practical ways to cultivate a culture that welcomes families with special needs. Parents, children, and teachers can all work together to be welcoming and supportive. Since our homeschool co-ops are filled with special needs children, often that we are unaware of, this is an important topic as homeschooling continues to grow exponentially.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

As we are coming out of the Covid-19 Lockdown, we have become more health conscious. How can we stay healthy? Boost our immune system? Avoid getting sick? Well, the answers are very simple and old-fashioned. You might think your listening to your Grandma when I share these things. However, they work and I will explain why.

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Sometimes special needs are obvious—a young boy in a wheelchair or a severely autistic little girl. Other times, we don’t realize that Johnny is diabetic or Suzi has dyslexia. Because we often gather only a few times a month, we often don’t know all the details of special needs.

I’m not saying that families can’t keep special needs private, but I want to lay out some ways that homeschooling co-ops can be special needs-friendly and cultivate an environment where ALL students, parents, and teachers thrive.

What is a Homeschool Co-op?

For those who are new to homeschooling, a homeschool co-op is a group of homeschooling families that come together to share their expertise in teaching courses and are blessed by other families who do the same.

Examples.

Cultivate a Culture of Truth and Kindness

Truth: All people are value because they are made in the image of God. God has a special purpose for each person, regardless of their challenges. (Psalm 139, Eph. 2:10)

Kindness is a heart issue.

Good manners is on the outside.

Model. Teach. Inspire. Praise. Devotional Times. Address bad behavior.

Address Special Needs at Information Meeting

Mention special needs at that first information meeting at the start of every homeschool co-op year. Share that you value all families, including special needs families. Share any ways you are set up to meet the needs of special needs families. Make those families feel welcome.

Ask Teachers About Alternatives for Special Needs Students in Their Classes

When they fill out forms to teach.

E.G. Laura give oral tests in biology. Pastor Mike extending deadlines. Allowing audio books.

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Meredith’s talks.

Participants will receive LIFETIME access to all the sessions and keynotes, plus coupons, printables, and freebies in the digital swag bag, and access to a private media group.

Homeschooling Special Needs Conference - July 21, 2020

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Have a Special Needs Section in the Registration Packet

Gives families the opportunity to share those special needs.

Approach Families with Special Needs

Leaders can approach special needs families and get the conversation going.

What are your needs?

What do we do if Micah has a seizure in class?

Make Sure the Physical Environment is Special Needs-Friendly

Can Johnny Move around in his wheelchair?

Is there a place Susie can test her blood sugar privately if she feels unwell?

Is there room for Lynda’s service dog?

The Big Picture

Our culture is getting more and more evil and one thing that terrifies me is the idea that some lives are more valuable than others. It is so important as Christians that we stand firm for LIFE! All life is precious to God: from the womb to old age. Those with special needs, especially severe, are a gift to us to remind us that all life is precious in God’s sight—and, ours, too.

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Special Replay: What Homeschool Leaders Don’t Know About IRS Annual Reports

IRS Annual ReportsWhat Homeschool Leaders Don’t Know About IRS Annual Reports

Carol Topp, CPA, the HomeschoolCPA will share tips on important issues that homeschool leaders may not know about IRS Annual Report. This episode will focus on helping homeschool leaders understand a report that the IRS requires from all tax exempt organizations–including your group! It’s called the Form 990.

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HSHSP Ep 153: Helping Homeschool High Schoolers Adjust to Group Classes

This week on HSHSP Ep 153: Helping Homeschool High Schoolers Adjust to Group Classes!

HSHSP Ep 153: Helping Homeschool High Schoolers Adjust to Group Classes. Homeschool high schoolers often take co-op, group or dual-enrollment courses. Here are tips for success.

HSHSP Ep 153: Helping Homeschool High Schoolers Adjust to Group Classes

Sabrina, Vicki and Kym love our homeschool co-ops and group classes. They have been an important part of all their homeschool high schoolers’ education. However, it can be a big adjustment for young folks who haven’t had the opportunity until high school.

While there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school, it’s not unusual to start joining group-learning situations at that age.

Co-op and Group classes:

Share expectations and rules openly and beforehand. (Try not to rely simply on unwritten rules, but try not to have too many rules.) You’ll love this episode to help explain our group classes’ GOOF way to handle this.

Deal well with Mean Moms who don’t know the rules. You’ll like this interview with Melanie Wilson for an explanation of *relationship before rules*.

Here are our tips for walking into group classes for the first time (good for introverts):

  • Enter a room with shoulders back, chin up and a Mona Lisa smile. (These are welcoming nonverbals that tell others it’s okay to talk to you. Download this freebie from Vicki Tillman Coaching for more tips.)
  • Scan the room. Give yourself a minute to calmly choose a chair that looks comfortable for you.
    • Remember, if chairs are in rows, the first 2 rows or a seat down the middle of the room are usually best for academic success. (Called the *T zone*.)

Here are our tips for being in a group discussion class (like Literature class or World Language classes):

  • Teachers: Try poker chips. Everyone is given 3 chips at the beginning of the discussion. Students contribute a chip to the pot whenever they contribute to the discussion. This gives quieter kids the *right* to talk and talkier kids the *right* to take turns.
  • Teachers: Scan the room and invite quieter kids into the conversation. (If you watch nonverbals, you’ll learn when they have something they’d like to say.)
  • Students and Teachers: Try to discover how you *engage* (what kind of learner are you?). For example:
    • Sabrina does better in meetings or trainings if she is taking notes (that’s why she often volunteers as secretary for meetings if 7Sister Allison isn’t there).
    • Kym takes air notes (think air guitar for note taking).
    • Vicki scribbles on her paper to help her focus.
    • How do your students pay attention?

Students: Understand the difference between a lecture and the teacher explaining something to you:

  • If the teacher is in the middle of a lesson/lecture. DON’T interrupt.
    • Jot questions down and ask later.
  • If a teacher is informally chatting.
    • Go ahead and raise your hand to ask question.
  • Don’t publicly challenge your teacher unless you know they like that. (It’s a good way to get on a teacher’s bad side, and besides, it is rude.)
    • Use office hours or email for challenge.

If a student is taking a dual-enrollment college class:

  • Act like a college student.
    • Make us of office hours.
    • Participate in class.
    • Do your work well.
    • Sit in T zone. As Kym says: *Front Row Geeks*.
    • Be the last student out of the classroom.
      • Never close your notebooks while the teacher is still talking.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a delightful, information-packed discussion. You’ll also love these posts. BTW- You can listen to 7Sisters blog posts on Alexa. Here’s how.

5 Tips for Academic Success in College

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How Our Co-op Began

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #075, How Our Co-op Began with Meredith Curtis and Laura NoletteIn “How Our Co-op Began,” Episode #075, Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette reminisce together about history days in the early 2000s where they combined families to spend one day a week studying history with hands-on fun, reading aloud, and listening to audios. As they began to include other friends, a homeschool co-op was born. Learn how they used food to involve the entire family in their studies, especially the hungry dads. Glean ideas for your own co-oping adventure.

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Meet Laura & Meredith and their kids

History Days

Reading aloud

Listening to Diana Waring audios

Crafts, Sewing, Art Appreciation, Drama, Creating Radio Shows, Models

Timelines, Maps

Cooking & Baking

What we studied over the years: American History, British History, Geography, World History

Adding Friends

The homeschool friend whose mom started working and wanted some time with other people

The homeschool friend whose mom couldn’t teach physics

The mom who was struggling

A Co-op Is Birthed

Adding more families

What didn’t work anymore: Listening to Audios, laid back schedule

What continued: reading aloud, hands-on fun, timelines, maps

Memories

Which was Better?

Not really sure; both were perfect for us in the season we were in.

Happy Homeschooling!

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HSHSP Ep 109: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy

This week on HSHSP Ep 109: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy.

HSHSP Ep 109: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy

HSHSP Ep 109: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy

The homeschooling community is famous for co-ops! What are co-ops? They are simply families homeschooling together in some format (co-operating on education).

Homeschool co-ops take lots of formats:

  • 2 families getting together to do fun learning activities
  • Huge co-ops that have 50 families with structured studies
  • 1 topic co-ops
  • There’s not ONE right way to homeschool co-op

What are the benefits of co-ops?

  • Experiencing other teacher’s styles, grading
  • Responsibility of a group setting
  • Fun of some subjects that are delightful in a group
  • Downloading teaching of subjects mom doesn’t like to moms who do like them

Here’s how to start a homeschool co-op you and your teens will enjoy:

  • Start with prayer together
  • Clarify expectations and goals (believe us it will save LOTS of storm and stress later on). Decide the goals co-operatively. Your goals might look like:
    • Aimed at middleschoolers and highschoolers that are science experiences and labs
    • Aimed at mostly reading and writing projects for highschoolers
    • Aimed for multi-subjects and multi-ages
    • Aimed at multi-ages as field trips to historic sites
    • And ENDLESS other goals
  • Decide here you’ll meet
  • Decide when you’ll meet
    • How often
    • Length of school year
    • Breaks
  • Choose class period lengths
  • Will you have a hard start? (Do we wait for everyone to show up? Do we start right on time? This determines who teaches what.)
  • What has God given us to work with?
    • Moms’ interests, gifts and needs
    • Teens’ interests, gifts and needs
  • Determine the costs per family or student
    • Facilities costs (even if you’re in someone’s home, there are expenses to the hosts)
    • Curriculum
    • Course resources and materials
    • What limitations are families experiencing?
  • Clarify logistics
    • Are set-up and clean-up chores assigned?
    • Are moms only involved?
    • Do teens help?
  • Clarify whether there will be a lunch break
    • How will that be organized
    • Beware everyone using the microwave (there’s TOO long a line)
  • Set group check-in times (evaluate yucks and yahoos of the co-op)
    • Also set your own checkins with your teens and yourself

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a helpful discussion about starting your co-op. Also, check out these episodes:

 

HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization Interview with Carol Topp CPA

HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms with Melanie Wilson

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HSHSP Ep 109: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy

Paying Volunteers Q&A with Homeschool Leaders

Paying Volunteers Q&A with Homeschool Leaders

The final episode from the Homeschool Leaders Retreat held in Indiana. Carol Topp discusses how to pay (or thank) a volunteer and paying teachers in a homeschool co-op.

 

 

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Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization

Are you paying workers in your homeschool organization? Can a volunteer be paid? Should a worker be treated as an employee or independent contractor? Do you know the difference?

Homeschool leader and CPA, Carol Topp, has the answers to your questions in her book Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization.

This 130 page book covers paying workers as employees or independent contractors. There are alos chapters on paying volunteers and board members. It includes sample forms, tips and advice to help you pay workers in accordance with the IRS laws to help your organization pay their workers correctly. Written specifically for homeschool organizations.

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