Creating a Cooperative Learning Center: An Idea-Book for Homeschooling Families Paperback – July 1, 2000
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Katharine Houk is an experienced home education leader [who] provides solid and practical knowledge. - Ted Wade -- Gazelle Publications web site, 2001
Katharine Houk provides a thorough road map for people seeking ... details necessary for creating learning centers that enhance homeschooling. - GWS -- John Holt's Bookstore, 2000
About the Author
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 189 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0963609637
- ISBN-13 : 978-0963609632
- Publisher : Longview Publishing; 0 edition (July 1, 2000)
- Language: : English
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I would have been more interested in hearing about how the organization was structured at different points in time. How they divided up the work loads. It seemed like they each just picked a class to sponsor and then were fully responsible for it (maybe not but it wasn't clear).
They assigned children over 7 clean up duties.
They provided on site mailboxes for member to member communication (ie file folders in a cabinet).
They had mandatory meetings to determine classes offered the following semester.
They enforced that an adult had to be present while a child was in a class.
Their location, classes and general organization changed as the families and size changed.
AND That trying to contain so many homeschooling families could definitely lead to conflicts of interest since so many that choose to hs are choosing to 'do it their own way' in the first place.
It isn't that I didn't find any information in this book but it was a far cry from what I was hoping for and I doubt I will go back to it for anything in the future. There wasn't anything I really feel that I need to share with my emerging co-op.
My suggestion is to check it out from the library before you purchase it.
But if your group doubles or triples in size, and the phone rings off the hook, what will you do then? Wouldn't it be great to set up a cooperative learning center in the community where members can share in the learning adventure together?
Katharine Houk's book presents a successful model that can be duplicated in other communities. Katharine's group founded their cooperative learning center years ago and it remains successful to this day. This book tells the story of how they did it, including some of the problems and solutions. Steps from the very beginnings of the group are discussed, leading you down the path toward creating your group's cooperative learning center.
The book includes philosophies, copies of bylaws, samples of registration materials, fees, examples of course offerings, surveys, rules, and samples of the forms they used.
As a homeschooling parent who participated in several cooperative learning centers over the years, centers that got started well but didn't last, I can recommend this book whole-heartedly. This book has the nuts and bolts you need to launch a successful cooperative learning center.
Where was this book back when I needed it?
Even if you aren't looking to create some kind of center, but just want to get together with friends in a more organized way, this book will help. There are so many good ideas and helpful nuggets here.