Today is the second Wednesday of the month - aka Co-op Day!
As I've mentioned before, we were in a co-op a couple of years ago that we LOVED, oh so much. Due to several of our homeschooling friends choosing to attend private high school, our co-op dissolved. We were so sad. It forced us to get out and meet some new people, but still we really missed our co-op.
Fast-forward to last spring, some people started talking about co-ops, and what they should look like. I knew that if we chose to join or participate in a co-op, it would have to be a relaxed one, no strict school scheduling. What I really envisioned was a completely unschooling co-op with a focus on a different theme each month (this is still my ultimate dream, if money were no object, and if I had an awesome devoted space - maybe one day.). What I developed is a co-op that is relaxed with an awesome line-up of popular kid-friendly classes open to children of all ages. Yup, I'm in charge (apparently my plate was NOT completely full).
We only meet once a month, so it is perfect for our already extremely full schedule. We have classes available from 1 - 3, with a 4H meeting following right after co-op. Classes include: Teen/Tween Book Club, Science, Musical Arts, Art, and Photography.
Today was only our second co-op day of the year. There were less people in attendance this month, but it was still an amazing turn-out.
I am teaching / facilitating the art class. This month's project was watercolor painting - we had three different projects (last month I had so much extra time... I wanted to fill it up for sure this month.) So, everyone was able to watercolor paint shells - they look awesome! And, everyone was able to experiment with watercolor crayons (meh, I wasn't impressed). Lastly, everyone was able to make a masked, watercolor salt painting. Next month, the plan is puppets (and no paint!). I will be spending some time on Pinterest finding some great puppet ideas to share with the class.