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Homeschool Cooperative - Families join together to educate their children.
A homeschool cooperative is a terrific way to give your homeschooled children a chance to participate in theater, dancing, singing, music, gymnastics, martial arts, etc.
There are all kinds of homeschool co-ops, offering many different things for all ages. What the co-op offers will depend on the skills and talents of the parents and/or volunteers running or participating in the co-op.
While it's true your kids have a chance to learn similar things from being in the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H, the advantage of a homeschool co-op is your children get to meet and fellowship with other homeschooled kids.
Classes are divided into age groups and usually meet about once or twice a week. As a parent, you are still the main teacher, but this gives your kids a chance to experience being taught under someone else for a short period of time during the week, plus gets you both out of the house.
Admittedly, there's a chance that neither you or your kids will like the local homeschool co-op, but you'll never know until you try. Most homeschool families participate in some form of a cooperative.
If there isn't a homeschool cooperative near your location, you might want to get in touch with other homeschooling parents and see about starting one of your own!
We are members of homeschool buyers co-op. According to their website it was started by a homeschool dad, and they are the world's largest co-op. I find them to be a great source for homeschool curriculum. The group buys allow you to get volume discounts. You also earn 'smart points' which can then be used to purchase curriculum. They also offer free homeschool I.D. cards and free classifieds. And best of all - membership in the co-op is FREE.
Support and more - Homeschooling should not and does not have to be the sole responsibility of the parents. It is important for the parents to find a local support group or attend a local homeschool convention where you will be able to mingle with other homeschoolers. Members in the group help each other with best practices, discuss approaches to homeschooling, share stories and advice and provide encouragement to each other. Some groups organize field trips.
There are several regional homeschool conventions across the United States. More information about these conventions and registration can be found by clicking on the icon below.
Today, let's make a list of the people we still need to forgive. Then let's make up our mind to forgive at least one person on that list. Finally, let's ask God to cleanse our heart of bitterness, animosity, and regret. If we ask Him sincerely and often, He will respond.
Are you having one of those days? Maybe things started out right, my first cup of coffee, Bible study with the Lord, and me asking Him for mercy and grace, ready to face the day.
But life happens and things don't always go as planned (an understatement).
Our family had planned a picnic along with boating and some fishing for Herb and Matthew at a local lake here in Virginia. We arrive at our destination and have a great picnic lunch. Then the fun starts. I realize I've forgotten to bring a book to read while they go out on the boat. No big deal, I'll just walk around the lake for some exercise, that is until I see a snake. A scream and back to the truck I go. I'll just listen to the radio and enjoy the peacefulness (more like trying to stay cool in a hot truck with the door open to get some air flow and sweat just rolling down my face).
Meanwhile, Matthew and Herb have launched the boat and it starts taking on water! Why? They have no idea. They didn't get very far before they realized the boat must have a serious hole in it as it was filling up with water rather quickly. All is not lost though; remember, they brought fishing poles. The boat goes back on the trailer and they decide to bank fish.
But it's one of those days. Yes, they had 3 fishing poles in the bed of the truck along with the battery for the boat motor. Unbeknownst to them, while driving, the battery shifted and pushed all three fishing poles against the truck snapping off the ends. Yes, all three poles were broken and unusable.
Time to call it a day and head home. I was irritated with the expenses incurred and the wasted day and grumbling about it until I heard a song from our new cd "What A Friend We Have In Jesus". I started to sing along
"What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer!"
My grumbling changed to gratitude. I gave the day's happenings to Jesus. I thanked Him for all the blessings He gives us. Really, my day wasn't that bad, and He gave me peace.
Friends, if you're having one of those days, turn it over to Jesus. No matter what is happening in your life, when you start praising Him, He will give you peace, calm your storm, and give you joy as you journey through life.
Rejoice in the Lord,
p.s. If you find yourself having one of those days, just click on the 'continue reading' link where you can listen to some of our bluegrass gospel music and/or purchase a cd.
Hi, I'm Carolann Henderson, and here you'll learn how to be teachers of good things and be homeschoolers living well as we journey through life, to God be the Glory.
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Favorite Bible Verses: "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."Proverbs 3:5-6 "With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:" Ephesians 6:7