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(Editor’s Note: This week we welcome the Fox family to Tuesdays at Our House. We love to read about what homeschooling looks like in other homes– it’s the best way to see the variety of styles and “flavors” of homeschool! If you’d like to share a typical homeschool day with us, please send an email toTuesdays@thehomewriter.com.)
We are in our 14th year of homeschooling and have been through many changes during that time. My two oldest have graduated, and now I only have my youngest (who is ten). Most days of the week, we follow a schedule; school starts at 9:00 and we do our subjects in order. We take a lunch break from 12:30-1:30 and finish around 3:00. I usually schedule lighter work on Mondays, which leaves room for nature studies, art, or the library. The highlight of our week is Tuesday.
Tuesday at our house is Legacy day! We have been with Legacy Home School Co-op for four years, and we love it. Every Tuesday, we pack up our backpacks and lunchboxes and leave at 8:30 to spend the day learning with friends. My daughter’s co-op classes this year are IEW, History (Story of the World 4), Science (Apologia Exploring Creation Chemistry and Physics), Spanish, and Literature. I assist in the IEW class and teach Literature. Class time consists of instruction, discussion, and reinforcement of the textbook reading. Each teacher assigns homework to be completed at home during the week. Each family is responsible for their own math, English, spelling, and any other classes they want their child(ren) to have.
Benefits of Co-op Classes
Legacy is the best thing we’ve done in our homeschooling adventure so far. My daughter has the benefit of working with friends and learning from other moms who really have a passion for what they are teaching. We spend the whole day together with these families, so my daughter also gets a taste of traditional schooling. We are very blessed to be part of this amazing group. Not only do we learn together, but we also socialize (yes, I used that word). Actually, it is so much more than “socialization.” We take fields trips, do service projects, and celebrate special days together. The children in my daughter’s class all get along so well — they want to do everything together. We’ve formed wonderful friendships which go beyond what I expected from a co-op.
How About You?
Thanks for taking the time to visit the Fox family. Do you attend a co-op that you really love? Leave a comment or send an email telling us about your day — you may be featured in an upcoming Tuesdays at Our House!