Today is co-op day for us!
Do you guys remember me telling you about co-op?
Once a week on Fridays, the boys each have three classes that they take from 9:30-12:30. In addition to the Friday classes, there are regular field trips, monthly events, and so forth throughout the year.
In shopping around for a co-op group, I discovered that there are so many different options, styles, and purposes to homeschool groups. In the end, I knew I was looking for something…well, enjoyable!
I wanted the classes the boys took to be special areas of study and easily added to whatever we were already doing at home. I wanted educational, yes, but I also wanted social and fun.
My 3rd grader is taking American History, Ocean Discovery, and Art. My 9th grader takes Speech and Debate, Engineering, and World Missions. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
The boys each seem to love their classes, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience so far! All-in-all I think we’re blessed to have found a great group of local homeschooling families to get to know.
I even stepped (way) outside of my comfort zone and decided to teach the Ocean Discovery class. Ya’ll? It has been a blast! Somehow, God has turned me into a homeschooling mother who has dissected a shark and lived to tell you about it.
Yes, I have pictures and they are gruesome.
The whole me teaching a class thing was honestly just my way of helping my youngest feel more at ease with a new group. He really wanted me to teach a class, and I figured if we were going to be a part of a group, we might as well get in there. I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy it so much, but it’s really turned out to be a ton of fun!
Note to anyone thinking about teaching a co-op class: Nothing scores more brownie points with 3rd-5th graders better than bringing in shark carcasses to slice open!
This week we’ll be learning about Cnidarians. Phylum Cnidaria includes species such as jellyfish and sea anemones. We’ll be making this simple jellyfish craft today and I thought I’d share it with all of you.
I found several fancier versions on Pinterest that required sewing, fabric, or way more time than I have in my class, so this is my much simpler-less craftiness required version. I also needed something that didn’t require a trip to a specialty craft store. I got everything I needed in one quick, last minute trip to Walmart.
Simple Jellyfish Craft
paper bowls-something sturdy, but not Styrofoam because paint won’t stick to that.
paint-I used tempera and acrylic.
gift ribbon-the kind that curls up when you slide scissors down it.
extra cups for water
paper towels to blot your brushes
1. Paint the bottom of your bowl any which way you want. I decided to go with this extremely bright and neon version of a jellyfish. Realistic, no?
2. Poke two small holes in the top of the bowl and string one strand of ribbon through the holes and tie it off underneath. You’ll use this loop to string the “tentacles” through.
3. Cut off a ton of ribbon and string it through. I used two bunches in opposite directions. Curl some strands with scissors but leave some limp.
4. Glue on googly eyes.
There you have it! A simple jellyfish craft!