How to Create Engaging, Effective Plans for Homeschool Co-op Classes

Teaching a co-op class? Here’s how to create engaging, effective plans for homeschool co-op classes.

How to Create Engaging, Effective Plans for Homeschool Co-op Classes

How to Create Engaging, Effective Plans for Homeschool Co-op Classes

Homeschool co-op classes are such good experiences for our homeschooling high schoolers and youngers. The hard part can be: teaching those classes. You want to be the mom whose class the kids are looking forward to!

You can do this! Here are tips on how to create engaging, effective plans for homeschool co-op classes.

Decide the title/topic

Clarify what you are teaching and the basic goals of the course. What do you want your homeschoolers to walk away with at the end of the course? Here are a few (there’s not ONE right goal for a co-op class, create one that fits your personality and students’ needs).

  • Finish a textbook
  • Gain a basic understanding of the topic
  • Enjoy learning the topic through text, story, projects and field trips

If you are working with high schoolers, write a course description

Some teens may need these later on. Whether they need a course description or not, it will help you and the parents keep clarity on what the course is about and what to expect. Here’s a post that explains how to write a simple course description.

Plans for Homeschool Co-op Classes How and Why to Create Course Descriptions for Homeschool High School Plans
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Decide how many parents will be involved

  • How many teachers?
  • Is there a parent in charge of related activities and/or field trips?

Decide how many weeks you will need to complete the course

  • Is the course 1 semester (10-17 weeks) or full year (20-34 weeks)

Choose course materials

Of course, we’re fans of 7SistersHomeschool.com’s materials for:

Plans for Homeschool Co-op Classes Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective
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Plans for Homeschool Co-op Classes History and Philosophy of the Western World
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Break down what you want to cover week by week, include special event days

  • Project presentation days
  • Flip the classroom days (students teach a lesson after doing research at home)
  • Field trip days

Add engaging opening activities to your plans for each week

Try these:

  • Show a video
  • Have the students do a hands-on activity to spark their interest
  • Ask open ended questions

7Sisters has lesson plan guides to help you plan the activities for each week for these courses:

Plans for Homeschool Co-op Classes Speech I Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills
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Create a syllabus for homeschool high school classes

Teens need to become independent learners. Using a syllabus for courses will help this. Here’s a post with how-to’s for writing a syllabus.

Here’s a post with a suggested syllabus for Introduction to Literature & Composition Part A:

Plans for Homeschool Co-op Classes Suggested Syllabus for Introduction to Literature & Composition Part A
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Remember to communicate to your homeschoolers the WHY of the course and get them involved with discussion and activities

Have a great homeschool co-op year!

How to Create Engaging, Effective Plans for Homeschool Co-op Classes

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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