Today, Our #RookieMomSquad’s Homeschool Mom, Jessica Watson gives us 50 Homeschool Co-op Class Ideas. Joining a homeschool co-op is the easiest way to save your sanity while homeschooling. If you’re thinking about starting your own co-op, creative class ideas are a must. Scroll through our ultimate list of homeschool co-op class ideas and I promise you’ll find what you’re looking for and more!
Homeschool Co-op Class Ideas- [Over 50 Classes] from Elementary to High School
We discovered the nirvana that is a well-run homeschool co-op early in our homeschooling journey. Kids for my kids to play with, mamas on the same wavelength and classes I could never come up with on my own? Yes please!
When we shopped for a homeschool co-op that worked for our family I quickly realized that classes are key. If my kids didn’t love the co-op class list, I could chat it up with the moms all I wanted but one or more kids would be hanging from my leg before the class ended.
If you need new class ideas for your homeschool co-op or are beginning your own, I’m here to help. There are so many homeschool co-ops popping up, offering unique classes is the best way to retain families. It can be exhausting to come up with new ideas each year and develop curricula to go along with it. I spent some time searching my favorite homeschool sites and Pinterest, of course and created the ultimate list.
Here are some tried and true homeschool co-op class ideas and quite a few I’m dreaming of too. Happy scrolling!
Homeschool Co-op Class Ideas for Young Kids
Little ones are so fun to create co-op classes for. They need simple, fun ideas that give them a chance to play together. Make sure you talk with moms about what they are looking for in a homeschool co-op for their little ones. I’m sure they’ll offer endless ideas for you to build on! The key is to keep things simple and offer options for parental involvement. Here are a few to get you started:
Edible art class
- Hands-on History
- Storytelling for young children
- Art and Motion
- Messy science
- Letter of the Week
- Storytelling for young children
- Exploring the senses
- Around My Neighborhood
- Rhyming with Suess
Homeschool Co-op Class Ideas for Elementary Schoolers
The co-op class ideas for elementary and middle school-aged kids are endless. Generally these kids are eager to learn and want to have fun. Make their classes unique and engaging to keep the kids happy. Find ideas that would be difficult or too messy to replicate at home and the moms will be happy too! Kids this age should be working on some independence in learning so classes free of mom and dad are beneficial… unless they’re teaching! Try these to ideas to get you inspired:
- Teambuilding challenges
- Exploring the 50 states
- ABCs of Camping
- Book inspired cooking class
- LEGO engineering
- American Girl History
- Crazy Kid Concoctions
- Traveling the continents
- Board game class
- Plot the stars astronomy
- All About Insects
- Dr. Suess study
- Foreign language immersion course
- Minecraft math
- Master gardener
- Recycle, repurpose and refurbish
- Quilting your history
- 4-H Club
Homeschool Co-Op Class Ideas for High School
High school co-op classes can be tough. The kids may know more than we do, or at least think they do! The key to high school co-op classes is to find unique classes that inspire their homeschool learning. Make sure they have a chance to hang with friends and get used to college-like deadlines. At this age a focus on preparing them for a future of taking care of cars, bills and household duties are a plus too! A few of these creative courses might fit your teen audience:
- Composer study
- American poetry
- Cookbook creation
- Buddy teaching/tutoring program (with younger co-op group)
- Bills and banking
- Nutrition-based cooking
- Dissection course
- Public speaking club
- Life skills
- Mock trial simulation
- Nature study for teens
- Volunteer-focused class
- Car care 101
- Coding/computer programming
- Master robotics
I hope this list of class ideas gives you a fresh start on the year. There is so much information out there on homeschool co-op ideas. If I haven’t provided a link I promise you can find how-to hints on Pinterest or by googling.
As a parent, it’s great to see all of these new co-op class ideas popping up. I love giving my kids options and the chance to meet like-minded classmates. Co-ops have been an amazing way for my kids to meet friends and explore. What’s even better is they give me a little bit of a break. I’ve loved connecting with the other homeschooling moms we’ve met. Now you can head to coffee with your homeschooling friends refreshed with a new list of co-op class ideas.
I’d love to hear what you would add to the list. What’s worked for you in past homeschool co-ops? What hasn’t? If you can add to my list let me know in the comments. I’d be happy to hit 100 ideas before we hit the ground running this homeschool year!
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