As, we are still a relatively new co-op, we are still making structural changes to try and find the best format. Listed here are some of the changes we will be making:
First, we will be removing grade designations from classes. Since we are not academic intensive, grade level is unimportant. Instead, to promote friendships and peer interaction, classes will be divided by children's age. We will divide those ages as evenly as we can. In order to keep classes reasonable sizes, we will not allow for children to be moved up into a class that they didn't make the age cut-off for. A child who is having trouble adjusting may be moved down, but it is not recommended. The parent and one of the leaders would need to have a talk to make that change.
Second, We will be adding some classes. We will have Nursery only from 0-2years, Primary 1 for 3-4 year olds, Primary 2 for 5-6 year olds, Secondary 1 for 7-8 year olds, Secondary 2 for 9-11 year olds and Teens at 12-18 year old. The nursery will continue to have small activities for the older kids, such as play dough time and coloring. Primary 1 will be combined with Primary 2 for P.E. and then will have Art class and then free play in the nursery or on the play ground, as they are usually bushed by third period. Primary 2 in addition to PE will have Art every semester, and Alternate between Speaking this semester and Music next semester. Secondary 1 and Secondary 2 will also be combined for Gym and then will trade classes each semester to make curriculum planning and supplies easier. This semester Primary 1 will have applied science and speaking, and Primary 2 will have Music and Art. Next semester that will be reversed.
Teen class will still be combined for PE and Teen Teams Class, but will have two electives to choose from for their first period. This semester the electives they have chosen are Photography and Survival skills. We are very excited to see how connected the teens are getting!
Third, we will be trying out moving the lunch period to the end. We aren't sure that the younger kids can make it through three periods, but we will give it a try and see if it works. if it doesn't we can always change it back.
Last, we are going to try putting a limit of 15 kids per class. if a class grows to larger than that, we will try to split it to make another class. This would be another major experiment, that may or may not work out.
We are praying that God blesses our next semester as much as he has the past three. We want to help as many homeschoolers as we can to stop feeling isolated but instead feel like they have a bunch of healthy friendships for the whole family.