Interesting Links

A few things I’ve been mulling over recently:

  • I’ve been reading about co-schooling and thinking what a fantastic thing that would be, if I could find someone with a similar educational philosophy and kids similar ages to mine.   I’m thinking it would be a particularly awesome way to do languages.  Has anyone heard of other people doing this?
  • The Wall Street Journal contends that most fantasy sports team names are not very original.  That is because the Wall Street Journal did not consider my fantasy football teams named after otherwise cute animals turned fierce by competition (PugnaciousDoomChiknz, TinyLizardDoomWaryers, etc) or my husband’s obscure Seinfeld references (ThesePretzelsAreMakingMeThirsty, StuffYourSorriesInASack).  Anyway, I’d be interested to know how many women play fantasy sports for their own fun and how many play to share a game with their husbands or boyfriends?  If you do the fantasy sport thing, how do you pick your team name?
  • Thoughts on taking a yearly retreat – why you should and how to do it: I don’t see how I could pull this off, but it sounds fantastic.
  • How to make a cool ruffled pillow using things found ’round the home.  Every time I say or think the phrase “things found ’round the home” I remember Pinky and the Brain, which reminds me of my friend Heidi who lives far away and how we used to be so insufferably silly in 9th grade.  I miss those days.  Anyway, this pillow idea looks totally doable and I might try it.

Have a great weekend!

10 thoughts on “Interesting Links

  1. When I was homeschooled in middle school, my mom had a co-schooling arrangement — at some point she taught Latin in exchange for someone to teach us math, as math wasn’t really her strong suit (and we were probably more likely to listen to/not get openly frustrated in a way that only middle school girls can with someone who wasn’t our mom). I’m horrible at math, so I’m pretty sure I am going to have to find some kind of co-op or co-schooling arrangement for when my kids are past like…fractions.

    My fantasy sports teams have random sort of names, usually from pop culture — the only one that is coming to mind at present was More Cowbell. 🙂

  2. I think co-schooling is a neat idea. There’s an homeschool organization local to me that some of my friends have participated in that puts on “Friday school,” which is only from about 8 AM-noon on Fridays during the school year. I believe the morning starts with a short chapel service for all, and then there are three “blocks” of age-appropriate classes (there is a sign-up at the beginning of each semester; kids get to choose which classes they want to attend). From what I’ve seen, the classes are not super-academic, but are more extra-curricular things that homeschool students might not otherwise have opportunity to participate in (such as drama, group sports, etc.) Parents must be involved during two of the three blocks, whether through teaching, assisting, cleaning up, patrolling the hallways, etc., and then they have one block free for socializing with other co-op parents (or for running errands, I suppose!) I’m thinking of enrolling my kids when they are a little older (they’re about your kids’ ages now).

    I am intrigued by the idea of sharing the teaching of “academic” subjects with other parents. I haven’t thought much about it, and I’m interested in seeing what other people have to say.

    1. Melissa, what you’re describing sounds like a co-op, which is also a great option for homeschooling because it gives kids the opportunity to take classes they might otherwise miss (and, to be honest, classes public school and private school kids might also miss, but they don’t have the co-op option). The thing that intrigued me about co-schooling was the idea of a few families (the group in the article I linked is three families) that meet together a few days every week to share academic classes.

      The benefits I see to that are similar to the ones named in the article: focus on the plan, incentive to branch out in teaching because you’re exposed to more issues and learning styles, and social support. I think Alissa’s point in comment above yours that learning from someone other than mom is sometimes good in certain phases works with this too.

      I think it would be challenging to find a family or two that had kids of similar ages and/or abilities and who shared your educational vision, but if you could, I think it would be really cool. In my case it would be extra cool if the mom or moms spoke French or Spanish fluently because I can’t decide what to do about languages.

  3. We have been doing exactly what is described in that co-schooling article for 3 years with another family who has children of similar ages. Want to move to Lafayette and join us? We could really use a third mom…. 🙂 We plan out our school year together and twice a week we do math and language arts together, and one day we at history. It is wonderful, especially with little ones and with classical schooling – both of which need a lot of mom/teacher time. Great encouragement and accountability, too.

    Do you have other links on this subject? A google search for “co-schooling” didn’t yield much. Please send them… I don’t know anyone else who has done this before; it was very cool to see how these other families were making things work, especially with older kids.

    1. Anna, you and Lisa came to mind immediately when I read that post – I have talked with Lisa a little bit about how you combine teaching and I would love to know more. I also searched for other articles on co-schooling and didn’t find any. Maybe other people use another term? In any case, the post is one of a series so maybe there will be more forthcoming from that blog.

      And if we ever move to Lafayette I would love to join your consortium, although I fear I would be dreadfully intimidated by you two!

  4. What we actually do in co-schooling, Pinky, is plot to take over the WORLD!!!!
    WAA, HAA, HAA, HAA, HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

    Actually, it’s working wonderfully for our situation, providing many of the benefits of homeschooling with the benefits of classroom instruction. Of course, with that, come some of the downfalls of both homeschooling and classroom instruction.

    Instructing young minds and souls is exciting and intimidating. (I highly recommend an annual retreat. I’ll watch your kids.) But I didn’t know Anna and I were intimidating!

  5. When I read this post, I thought of Anna and Lisa. I’ve told my husband several times that I wouldn’t mind being around Lafayette to be near them. Where we live now, there are a number of families who have some type of co-schooling but I don’t really know them. And I’ve known a few others in the past few years. You really have to agree, as you said, on your educational philosophy and goals etc. I have known of at least one set of two families who used to do this, but stopped because they didn’t view things the same way. And of course you have to have children who are about the same ages. I’ve often thought that I’d love to have someone to do this with. Seems really good to share teaching according to your strengths, having the accountability, the chance to learn in a bit larger group, and for me, it would help give some structure. I only have one who is actually school aged and I feel like I can’t get it all done, or keep it balanced so that we are covering all subject areas in the right amounts. For now, we are in a co-op one day a week which usually means that it’s not very academically challenging but for our family it’s working alright and it suits what we need.

  6. I have always loved your FF team names! I play in 3 leagues, but they are all named the Mt. Morris Mayhem. My husband had chosen the Mt. Morris Mauraders and I wanted to keep with the aliteration theme.

    Sounds like you have been doing some interesting reading!

  7. Catherine,
    Thanks for the nice link love. What obstacles do you face in pulling off a yearly retreat? I’d love to know because I’m sure others face the same thing.

    Honestly, I don’t know what’s cooler, your fantasy football names or just the fact that you have fantasy football teams. 🙂

    Enjoy your Tuesday!

    1. My main obstacles would be finances (affording to go somewhere) and logistics since I have three small kids and my husband works on weekends frequently. And, to be honest, even if he wasn’t working, I think he’d be overwhelmed at the prospect of taking care of them all by himself for that long!

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