|Guess who the artist is this semester?|
Our homeschool co-op, Truth, Beauty, Goodness, met last Thursday, kicking off the new semester. This is our fifth semester together and it has been such a blessing that I thought I might write a few posts about it. Generally speaking, I am not the co-op type. I have participated in a few different groups over the past 16 years and felt that I didn’t have the time or energy to give up a day every week for something that may or may not be worthwhile. Don’t get me wrong – I love all the friends and their children, but inevitably the load was carried by only a few individuals. Also, I can only relate personally to so many children at a time and I’m pretty certain of the philosophy behind the methods I want used, which oftentimes was in conflict with the methods being practiced.
|Girls tasting and seeing in the Yoder’s garden.|
Then one day, while I was preparing a Shakespeare lesson, a composer study, a picture study and a million other things for my homeschool, I thought to myself, “What if I could find some other families that wanted to study these same subjects?” What if we split the teaching up and I would only have to teach one of these subjects?” “What if it would enhance and augment what we do at home, not replace or substitute?” “What if…” – you get the picture.
|Handicraft – veggie cupcakes! (crushed oreos and molded starburst)|
I kept thinking and praying while bouncing some ideas off of family and friends. Out of this process Truth, Beauty, Goodness Co-op was born. TBG is a bi-monthly co-op that covers Shakespeare, poetry, composer study, picture study, nature study, hymns and folk songs and handicrafts. The teaching philosophy behind it is based on the writings of Charlotte Mason.The pictures on this post are from our first meeting this semester. (Thanks, Bobby Jo!) I refer to this group often, so I thought I might write about how we go about some things.
Before I ask any moms to participate, I give them some beginning considerations to help them decide if the group would be a good fit. Here are the questions I ask them. I hope this may give you some ideas to work with and maybe try a group of your own. I will be sharing more details over the next few weeks.
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