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We just joined a co-op in January and DD took tumbling, art and praise dance. I know they also had cake decorating for older kids, but not sure what else. I am thinking about maybe offering to teach a class next semester, but I don't know what to teach. I love art and thats a possibility. I also just read about a Pioneer Crafts class on a FIAR blog, so that could be fun.

What classes have you seen and/or taken in a co-op setting?

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I think the most important things are to pick something you like and to pick something that isn't going to overwhelm you with work. I usually ask my DS what he wants me to teach and then just do a class based on what he says.
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Well, art is my most comfortable area, but I'm not sure if they will already have a regular old art class covered.

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Well, art is my most comfortable area, but I'm not sure if they will already have a regular old art class covered.
Maybe you could branch off into nature crafts. Everyone loves these kinds of projects , but lots of people don't tend to pursue them on their own and love to have them led in a group. Here's one site of many that has great ideas:
Free Nature Crafts Ideas

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Maybe you could branch off into nature crafts. Everyone loves these kinds of projects , but lots of people don't tend to pursue them on their own and love to have them led in a group. Here's one site of many that has great ideas:
Free Nature Crafts Ideas

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My kids favorite co-op classes have been pottery, mad science, American Girl book group, and swimming lessons.

Pick something you enjoy and have a passion for. You'll do fine.

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Thats what I'm talking about! I would teach almost anything fun, but not really math. We don't have a place for swimming lessons. Mad Science sounds awesome! And American Girl group! Tell me more about that one!

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In the last two years our co-op has had Latin, math games, board games, Lego club, geography, preschool art, PE class, basketball, babysitting/Red Cross training, knitting, choir, manners class, wildlife gardener, planets. We had lots to choose from.

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Great ideas! I am sure I could teach a least a couple of those! I like the manners class, Lego club and planets.
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Thats what I'm talking about! I would teach almost anything fun, but not really math. We don't have a place for swimming lessons. Mad Science sounds awesome! And American Girl group! Tell me more about that one!
Mad Science covered a lot of "kitchen" science experiments. There are lots of books at the library or amazon with ideas. (Search for "Kitchen Science Experiments" or similar.) They made huge messes. It was fun.

The American Girl group also a big hit. You could either choose one set of books (focusing on one character) or do the "Meet xxxx" for a new character each week. They'd discuss the book and do a craft, recipe, game, etc from that time period. They made doll clothes connected with the Addy book. Tie dyed shirts for the Julie book, etc. There were parents that sat in on this class because it was so much fun.

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I think photography would be a really fun one! You could even do this with younger kids in the 5-7 age range. You could have everyone go outside and search for a common theme and take pictures of it.

I saw a homeschooling blog where they took pictures of naturally-occuring letter formations, like clouds in the shape of an O and an old metal swing set that from the right angle made an A.

And, since most people have access to a digital camera these days, it wouldn't cost anything for supplies.
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I hadn't thought of photography, good one. I am getting so many great ideas here... thanks!

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We have done a messy science class, lego, gym, Indian Guides, 50 nifty states, and destruction. In destruction we took apart broken or not needed appliances and the kids used the parts to make art!
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How about a itty bitty book club? Where you read a short book then do an art craft related to the book? Limit to 10 kids or so ages 5-8....
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Thanks, more great ideas. Now I have to pick one. I will have a few years worth after this though!

Any more?

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Wow, I found a link that has 20 pages of ideas!!

http://firstclassskagitcounty.org/do...lass-ideas.pdf

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