Yesterday we had our co-op afternoon. Each time we meet, I am reminded how blessed we are to be able to meet with these wonderful families and have each of us contribute to our children's learning.
So this is what a typical co-op afternoon looks like:
First one of the moms calls out, "Bumps on a log!!" Everyone finds a seat and then we have a word of prayer and sometimes sing a folk song or silly song to get us going.
Then we begin our Circle Time. This consists of 4 components, each led by one of the moms. First up was Nancy, who has been teaching us all about composers. This was our last week learning about Edward Elgar. We talked about how he came about to write some of his pieces and then listened to 'Pomp and Circumstance" and 3 variations from "Enigma".
Next up was art so Kate showed us another painting by John Singer Sargent. This one was the 'Oyster Gatherers of Cancale'. We discussed his realism and how the sky and reflections in the water looked so life-like.
Dawn was next, with our memorization passage. We are just finishing Phil.4:4-8 so today we talked about the 8 things in verse 8 that we are to meditate on. Then 2 of the children recited the verses.
Then it was my turn. I introduce a hymn to the children every 8 weeks or so, and we talk about the meaning, define harder words and practice singing it. We did our last week on our current hymn; Rejoice, Ye Pure In Heart. (Sorry, no picture of me, tee-hee!)
Then we moved onto the body of our time together; geography and art. This month it has been Dawn's turn to teach and host (we trade every month) and she has been focusing on the compass and map keys. First the children watched a video about the compass rose you see on maps, and then another portion about how cartographers make maps. Then Dawn had visual aides and showed where SE, NW, etc. are on the rose. She also showed a map of Colorado and the children had to use the map key to find certain locations.
In art we have been learning about form and that it needs to be three dimensional, so the kids each got a fistful of clay to create an object with.
That's it! We usually have a snack; yesterday it was granola bars for the 'littles' and Dawn's yummy Vanilla Cake with a nice cup of tea for the moms. We fellowship for a little while and then head home.
This is the first year I have done a co-op; before this year I felt that we really didn't need one. The Lord brought these wonderful ladies into my life right at the point where we needed a 'hole' filled and I am thankful for each and every one of them!