Homeschooling Parents | Share Your Skills

homeschooling co-op

About this time of year, many homeschoolers are beginning to plan for summer studies or the next school year. Our co-op is already beginning to form the 2010-2011 class schedules based on student interest and teacher availability. As you decide the subjects you want your children to study, you might consider sharing your own skills with others – and allowing them to share with you.

If you have a skill, a hobby, an interest, or a subject you enjoy, you can teach other children along with your own. You don’t even need to be in a co-op to get started. You can offer the class to your homeschooling friends — it can be a casual class, meeting in your living room or at a park, or a more formal class, meeting in a library or community building. You might charge a small fee for your time, or you could barter for other classes or services.

Need some ideas? Here are some topics to get you started:

  • Foreign languages – Are you fluent in a foreign language? These are a must for college-bound high school students
  • Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics: These lab sciences can be harder to fit in the family’s schedule when there are lots of little ones around.
  • Math — Teaching upper level math classes can be difficult, so if you’re good in math, you would be able to fill this need.
  • P.E. — Are you athletic? You can organize exercise activities and team sports.
  • Literature — Do you love to read? Do you appreciate good literature? Form a group to read and discuss the books you choose.
  • Chorus – Are you a good singer? Consider directing a children’s choir.
  • Personal Finance – If you manage money well, you could teach this topic to teens.
  • Art – Do you draw or paint? Do you like to do crafts? You could start an art class working with your favorite medium.
  • Photography – Are you an amateur photographer? A professional one? Share your enthusiasm with students as they learn the basics of taking a good picture.
  • Scrapbooking/Stamping – If your creativity flows in this area, show the students how to preserve memories by creating their own personal scrapbook.
  • Home Economics/Cooking – Does your family rave about your cooking? Consider starting a class for budding chefs and teach about kitchen safety, nutrition, and preparing meals.

The list of possibilities could go on and on…just take what you know, and share it!

Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell

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