One thing that many homeschooling families look for is interaction with other kids. Not necessarily the same age, though sometimes that is the case, but other kids to learn with, discuss with, and have fun with. Additionally, mom enjoys some time with other adults having adult conversation as well.
A great tip for broadening your homeschool experience while getting you and the kids some interaction is to consider doing a class with another family. If you are not in a co-op this can be a very great way to give some variety to your homeschool and keep your weeks from being too monotonous.
Doing a class with another family can be as big or as small as you want it to be or need it to be. You can try one class, a unit study, a once a month class or anything you feel might fit into your schedule. Remember – that’s the joy of homeschooling, fitting it into your schedule and being flexible.
Here are some examples of some situation that might work for you:
Bible Study – consider a once a week (or bi-weekly or monthly) Bible study for you and another family. You can do the reading at home and the discussion when you get together.
Languages – languages are a great class to do with other families. This can give your children a time to speak and interact with other students studying the language they are studying. It doesn’t even have to be formal, you could just get together monthly and cook a cultural meal while everyone practices talking in the new language. Or you can have a weekly class together to work on the language. Whatever works for you.
Science – many families have trouble getting to the science experiments. Consider getting together with another family and doing the science experiments that go with your science curriculum. You may need to find a family that is doing the same curriculum as you can find a family that is interested and choose a curriculum together. You could do all the assignments together or just a few experiments each month.
Unit studies – if you just want to get together with another family occasionally, consider choosing a unit study to do one day a week for a 6 weeks and see how it goes. There are many available and this can be a great way to break up the year or the semester.
Art/Music – art and music are other subjects that seem to get pushed to the sidelines in a time crunch. However, if you have scheduled time each week to do art and/or music you will make time for it. Doing it with another family will keep you accountable.
Physical Education – are you having trouble making your family get up and do PE? Doing it with another family can keep you accountable and make it more fun. Learn new games, take turns teaching about a new sport, or just do something together like a bike ride, hike, aerobics, or running at a track.
Have you done any classes with another family? How did it work? What did you like or not like about it? I would love to hear from you.