Preschool

  1. Music and Movement (Songs, action songs, finger plays and rhymes, worship songs, rhythm instruments.)
  2. Circle Time (talk about weather, calendar, shapes, colors, etc. and have Show and Tell at the end)
  3. Drama (act out a well loved story such as the Three Little Pigs or a Bible Story. When not practicing, play acting games, action songs, etc.)
  4. PE (Ring around the Rosie, What time is it Mr. Fox, Simon Says, Pretend to be different animals, Red Light Green Light, etc.)
  5. Community Helpers (Talk about a different person in the community every week such as Librarians, Firemen, Policemen, Pastors, Nurses, Doctors, Farmers, Veterinarians, etc. Dress up, make crafts, say rhymes, and bring people in who do these jobs to come as guest speakers.)
  6. Center Time (have different parents volunteer to bring in sets of toys each week and set them up in centers. Toy ideas: dress up for girls, dress up for boys, trains, blocks, duplos, kitchen play, tools, baby dolls and accessories, etc.)
  7. Story Snacks (Read a few story books on a specific theme and then have the kids make a simple snack that goes with the theme. Example: Read several books that have boats in the story line and make apple boats–apple cut in half, put peanut butter on top, stick toothpick in and add a quarter slice onto toothpick for sail.)
  8. Four Seasons (Songs, crafts, finger plays, games, about the four seasons, how animals and plants look and live during the seasons, and what activities people do.)
  9. Science Exploration (Sensory tables, simple chemical reactions like volcanoes or Elephant’s toothpaste, magnets, physics (drop balls vs. feathers or make duplo cars and roll them down a slope, etc.)
  10. Human Body (Songs, crafts, finger plays, games that themed around major body parts such as teeth, head, eyes, shoulders, feet, etc.)

Elementary/Middle School

  1. Famous Artists (Study an artist each week and do a project that incorporates that artist’s style.)
  2. Pioneer Days (Read a pioneer book Farmer Boy in class and do a craft that goes with the chapters you’re reading.)
  3. Lego Challenge (Have a different challenge each week to build such as a house, animal, dinosaur, tallest tower, a cartoon character, a picture, etc. and then have the kids show and explain their creation; or have each project be a challenge such as a Lego rubber band car that goes farthest, a tool you can actually use, a team building the best castle, etc.)
  4. Pottery & Sculpture (Use clay to make different types of pottery and sculpture using slab method, pinching, coiling, and general forming of figures or animals.)
  5. Countries & Cultures (Invite immigrants from other countries to come share about their country and their own story using speaking, pictures, objects, maps, music, food, etc. You can also talk with people who live in other countries over video chat.)
  6. Travel Around the World (Study a different country each week using maps, videos, art projects, current events, food, etc.)
  7. Cool Chemistry (Do projects each week involving chemical reactions: blow up a balloon using yeast, explode a bottle of pop with Mentos, make a volcano, make rock candy, make homemade ice cream, test acids and bases using liquids from around the house, etc.)
  8. Kid Congress (Create your own country, make a constitution, create a flag and passports, have elections, make a map, decide on laws, decide on immigration, figure out how to encourage businesses to move to your country, decide on taxes, decide on spending, etc.)
  9. Gameschooling (Play board games, math games, group games, history games, card games, etc.)
  10. PE (Tag games, dodge ball games, ball games, playground games, sporting games, etc.)
  11. Math Mania (Math games, math competitions, math songs, math story books–example One Grain of Rice–math projects, etc.)
  12. Engineer It (Teams create challenges such as tallest tower made of cards or cups, popsicle stick bridge that can hold the most books, tin foil boat that can hold the most pennies, catapult that can launch farthest, strongest bridge made of toothpicks and jelly beans, etc.)
  13. Drama (produce a play and perform it at the end of co-op)
  14. Improv drama (find improv games online. Practice games each week and perform some at the end of co-op)
  15. Speech (We love IEW’s Speech Boot Camp)
  16. Government & Economics (The Uncle Eric book Penny Candy is a great book for this age on economics.)

High School

  1. Drama (produce a play and perform it at the end of co-op)
  2. Improv drama (find improv games online. Practice games each week and perform some at the end of co-op)
  3. Speech (We love IEW’s Speech Boot Camp)
  4. Biology (Apologia or Abeka have good programs. Do a chapter or two each week plus labs, or just do the lab work together and the families can do the chapters at home)
  5. Government & Economics (There are lots of textbook or online video driven courses for this topic)
  6. Art (pottery, painting, drawing, perspective, human figure drawing, sculpture, applied art, etc.)
  7. Digital Art (digital drawing, animation, photoshop, video editing, etc.)
  8. Movie Making (create a short movie. Some can act, some direct, some edit, some film, etc.)
  9. Yearbook/Journalism (create a yearbook for your co-op or a weekly paper)
  10. Photography (learn how to use a DSLR camera. Learn about lighting, composition, landscape, portraits, etc.)
  11. ASL (learn sign language)
  12. History (World, American, or specific times or places)