All posts tagged: Mason co-ops

Preparing for a Year of Teaching Biology by Beth Pinckney

Many of you who regularly read the ChildlightUSA blog are no doubt devoting some of your summer to planning for the upcoming school year –  reading catalogs, ordering books, making lists and lesson plans, wondering about how to structure (or unstructure!) your time in the months ahead.  It’s a daunting task.  All of us, teachers in public, private, and home schools, agonize at times about how we will implement the ideas we have begun to internalize: how to find the best living books, how to live out the ideals of masterly inactivity, how to foster proper habits, how to make education an atmosphere, a discipline, a life. I, too, am at work planning for next year, specifically for my co-op teaching.  In the year ahead, I’ll be working with a group of middle school students, exploring topics in biology and natural history.  As I develop a plan for the specifics of what we will do together, I reflect on some of Miss Mason’s writings (in italics below) and ask myself questions like these that follow …

A Charlotte Mason Co-op by Leslie Noelani Laurio

We just got home from a long, fun day. We picked blueberries and toured a small museum specializing in a local historical statesman. Afterwards, the kids waded in the creek on the museum grounds while we moms chatted about our plans for the upcoming school year, nutrition and books we’ve read recently. As always, we’ve come home from this excursion a little tired from the sun and activity, but without feeling rushed or stressed. The day has been enjoyable and educational. We do something like this every Friday as part of our Charlotte Mason co-op. When homeschoolers hear that I’m involved in a CM co-op, they’re always intrigued and want to know how that’s done. The co-op grew out of our local CM mom’s study group. Some of the moms had been involved in our area’s more general homeschool co-op that’s run similar to a traditional classroom, with parents teaching classrooms of kids out of textbooks, but these moms wanted something different – something more low-key, more like the education Charlotte Mason wrote about. We …