Homeschool Co-op Curriculum | Lets Go Geography

Homeschool Co-op Curriculum

frustrated about homeschool co-op curriculum

When I started teaching in our co-op, I quickly learned that finding Homeschool Co-op Curriculum was a challenge. A major challenge. Actually, really frustrating.

Why so hard?

Because co-op curriculum is totally different than school, or even homeschool, curriculum.

For starters, you need WEEKLY lessons. As in 1 per week. And enough activities to fill about 1 hour. And “regular” curriculum doesn’t do that. At. All.

So when I started teaching co-op History many years ago, I picked a book, created a schedule for Reading Homework, and plotted out weekly class activities for the entire year, pulling ideas out of lots of different places.

Then I added an elementary Spanish class. Same scenario, only harder! This time I chose a curriculum, but revised and re-scheduled the thing to fit my once-a-week class. And wrote my own homework. And grabbed games and activities from everywhere else. Whew…that was work!

When my 3rd (and final) class came along, at least I was prepared to be creative all over again! And my geography class has been fun. Soooo very fun. But back to the homeschool co-op curriculum. What to do with geography???

It soon became painfully clear that there wasn’t anything out there that would work.

Kids Geography Curriculum

First, everyone seemed to focus on the the same 10-20 countries. The “popular” countries. Countries everyone has heard of, lots of people visit, and that have lots of resources floating around the internet.

Problem. The world has more than those 10-20 countries! LOTS more!

Another problem. I needed a 3-year rotation. So the same kids could take the class for 3 years in a row and always have something new. Yep, we were going to have to do many more than 20 countries!

Geography for Co-ops

And that’s how Let’s Go Geography was born. Three Years of Weekly Lessons. We color maps. We color and glue flags. Kids learn from books &/or video. We make a craft to remind us of our new country. Coloring pages are optional. Writing is another optional activity for older kids.

Oh, so much fun. Kids learn by seeing & doing. The activities involve them in the learning process from start to finish!

Want to know more? Click this link to learn how Let’s Go can meet your homeschool co-op needs.

LetsGoGeography.com
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Carol Henderson
 

Carol Henderson is the author of the Let's Go Geography curriculum. She previously homeschooled all 5 of her now-grown kids, and currently teaches several history and geography classes at a large homeschool co-op. After creating and then using her own geography curriculum for several years, she has published it here to share with you!

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