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How We Survive a Co-op Day without Tears

Homeschool Ideas

The first week of a homeschool co-op can be overwhelming and stressful for many mothers, but there are some things you can do to prepare and to avoid the worst. Here are some of our tried and true suggestions:

  1. Gather your supplies this weekendand put them in a safe place to grab Monday morning and to load directly into the vehicle. I like to put my supplies in our trunk on Friday, so I have time to remember all the things I have forgotten between Friday and Monday.
  2. Pick out clothes for EVERYONE the night before the co-op day, put them in a safe place, and inspect all children the following morning well before departure time. (Leave no room for the unexpected missing shoe as everyone is walking out the door!)
  3. Review the Co-op Rules with your children over the weekend.The #1 rule and virtue we will be covering the first week is: DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING BEFORE ASKING FOR PERMISSION. The facility is not our property. We demonstrate patience and charity when we follow this simple rule.
  4. Pack plenty of snacks for the car trip to and from the co-op.If the natives are restless, all is lost!
  5. ARRIVE EARLY! See this postfor tips on arriving on time.
  6. Make sure you have a quick dinner already plannedor already in the crock-pot. There is nothing worse than getting home later than expected and still having to cook!
  7. Plan to relax with the kids when you get home. Some time to reconnect, chat, and rest is great for the entire family after such an eventful afternoon. Time for some snuggles and stories.

Online Second Year German Class for Catholic Homschoolers Spring 2012

The Rolling Acres School

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Description: Using the textbook, “German Made Simple” by Arnold Leitner, students will continue learning the German language. The course structure will be the same as in German I, but the standards will be higher and grammar increasingly more difficult. We will complete the book by the end of the fall semester, so the spring semester will be an intensive workshop in mastering the skills learned in German I and the fall of German II. There are homework assignments, quizzes, memorization activities, a long composition, and two exams for this course each semester.

Instructor: Alecia Rolling, M.A.

Age Range: 7th-12th grade

Live Class Time: 1:30 pm ET Thursdays

Course Information Packet: Second Year German, semester 2

Pre-requisite(s): Second Year German, semester 2 or equivalent. Contact us for placement.

SEMESTER 1 WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AS AN INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE.

Online First Year German Class for Catholic Homeschoolers Spring 2012

The Rolling Acres School

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Description: Using the textbook, “German Made Simple” by Arnold Leitner, students will begin learning about the German language by following the story of an American business man and his family who must move to Germany for business purposes. We learn German with them! In addition, students will translate short stories and children’s poems to work on reading German, and students will compose German each week as they grow in their knowledge of the German language. Memorization assignments will include the basic Church prayers in German, children’s poems, and famous German quotes. There are homework assignments, quizzes, memorization activities, a long composition, and two exams for this course each semester.

Instructor: Alecia Rolling, M.A.

Age Range: 7th-12th grade

Live Class Time: 10:30 am ET Thursdays

Course Information Packet: First Year German, semester 2

Pre-requisite(s): First Year German, semester 1 or equivalent. Contact us for placement.

SEMESTER 1 WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AS AN INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE.

Online First Year Latin Class for Catholic Homeschoolers Spring 2012

The Rolling Acres School

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Description: Using Benjamin D’ooge’s Latin for Beginners as our grammar textbook, we will begin learning how to compose, translate, and speak Latin. Composition assignments are created by the instructor to add an element of fun to the learning experience. Students write about a variety of topics that are dear to them, such as family and friends. The instructor carefully chooses primary texts from ancient authors, medieval saints, and Church documents for translation exercises. The spoken element comes in the form of memorized Church prayers. Students learn the basic Latin prayers of the Catholic Church that Pope Benedict XVI has said every Catholic should know in Latin. In addition to these prayers, students also memorize some Latin poems and prose sections, all carefully chosen to aid in the comprehension of Latin grammar. There are homework assignments, quizzes, memorization activities, a long composition, and two exams for this course each semester.

Instructor: Alecia Rolling, M.A.

Age Range: 7th-12th grade

Live Class Time: 9:00 am ET Thursdays

Course Information Packet: First Year Latin, semester 2

Pre-requisite(s): First Year Latin, semester 1 or equivalent. Contact us for placement.

SEMESTER 1 WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AS AN INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE.

Sample Online Logic Lecture for Catholic Homeschoolers

The Rolling Acres School

At Rolling Acres School, we are continuing to add sample materials for online courses! These sample materials translate to some FREE materials for those looking for ideas and tips. Here is a sample logic lecture!

CLICK HERE.

The course enrollment deadline at R.A.S. is August 31, 2011 and courses begin on September 5, 2011.

From what we can tell, no other online course provider is supplying so many peeks into their courses for the year.

Sample Online History Lecture for Catholic Homeschoolers

The Rolling Acres School

At Rolling Acres School, we are continuing to add sample materials for online courses! These sample materials translate to some FREE materials for those looking for ideas and tips. Here is yet another FREE sample lecture, this time a history lecture!

CLICK HERE.

The course enrollment deadline at R.A.S. is August 31, 2011, and courses begin on September 5, 2011.

From what we can tell, no other online course provider is supplying so many peeks into their courses for the year.

Online Philosophy Course for Catholic Homeschoolers

The Rolling Acres School

The Wonders of Nature: Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral (Fall Semester Only)

Description: “Wisdom begins with Wonder” it has been said.  Rather than merely focusing on the writings of the western philosophical tradition, this course begins with the more common and more accessible things that make us wonder.  Focus is placed upon these things through guided adventures, or “field assignments” as we call them.  Field assignments include everything from stargazing to watching classic films, from making cookies to saying prayers.  These experiences, when approached critically, give rise to moments of perplexity, lines of questioning, and revelations of beauty and mystery.  In these moments we find the goal of the assignments—to help the students form the firm footing of wisdom through close and critical contact with the true, good, and beautiful things of the world and behind them the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty.  Assigned readings drawn from literary and philosophical sources find their proper place at this point, providing insight, direction, and the genius of great minds who share the students’ experiences and perplexities.  The students come together having each experienced the adventure and read the texts to discuss these, providing the dialectical element necessary for any truly human understanding of things.

This one semester course focuses upon the experiences to be gained in the world of ‘natures’ (not ‘nature’ in the modern sense).  Students are asked to observe various phenomena closely, to re-enact some famous experiments in natural philosophy, and to interact with various types of things in various types of ways.  Discussions will likely cover topics like the wisdom of nature and the limitations of that wisdom; the order of nature; what math is and its relation to nature; how to tell a cow from a horse; the idea of a creative God; what is life; what is silly and worthwhile about environmentalism; why we eat animals; the ontological value of mud; and many others.  Students will be tasked with various writing assignments, including: close descriptions of physical phenomenon, summarizations of texts, analysis of arguments, persuasive essays for and against arguments in our readings, and reflections on the significance of experiences.  In addition, and perhaps most importantly, students will be called upon to participate in discussions, asserting positions and working out reasons for and against them in courtesy and good humor.

In summary, this course can be taken as an introduction to philosophy or a survey of the earliest Greek philosophers that begins where these first philosophers began, with the ‘problem of the world’ and all of the things we find in it.  It operates on the assumption that speculation must flow from the things that we are given to know through our senses.  It attempts to move students toward wisdom, by helping them see what things are and why they are that way.  This is Aristotle’s approach, and it is a good one.  The authors covered will include the natural or pre-Socratic philosophers, Plato, Aristotle, and some other more recent selections.  The skills the course will teach are to read, to write, and to speak carefully and well.

(This is a Philosophical Adventures course. For an explanation of the course concept, click here.)

Instructor: Kenneth Rolling

Age Range: open to 10th–12th grades

Live Class Time: Wednesdays 5:00 pm ET

Course Information Packet: The Wonders of Nature (updated 08/18/2011)

Pre-requisites: none