Friday, January 25, 2008

We're Not In Preschool Anymore, Toto...

Last term I was involved in the preschool room for our home school co-op. This term I decided it would be best if I removed myself from the preschool room and moved into the Michigan History class. My reasoning was simple, little girl does better interacting if I am not there. If I am there she tends to cling and "play" shy child. I feel like she will participate more if I am not in the room.
Today I had a planning meeting for Michigan History. No curriculum. Raw ideas. We created a time line and formulated concepts we want to present. It is so not preschool. I guess I am a little intimidated. There is a reason I use a curriculum. I like a preset curriculum. It makes me feel safe. This out on my own thing is going to be a good growing experience. I will be responsible for the Lewis Cass Expedition including the advertising of Michigan and Michigan Industry in the 1800's. What I don't already know I will soon be learning. As my dad likes to say, "If you want to learn something, teach it to someone else."
There's No Place like Michigan, There's No Place Like Michigan...

4 comments:

Rochelle said...

I was involved in a home school co-op when we were homeschooling... and I remember that transition too. I did better with the older kids because they cried less! And my daughter was less clingy when I wasn't in her class. Welcome to Michigan! It's a great history lesson!!

J said...

I have a 100+ year old book (copyright 1906) titled, "History of Michigan". It may be something you could show the kids and/or something you could use to get some info. Let me know if you want to borrow sometime during the co-op.

J said...

Here's another resource for you co-op. Someone emailed me this and I had it saved in my reference files - maybe it could be something to kick-off the co-op with...

http://richards-creations.net/I_am_Michigan.html

Kellie said...

I loved Michigan History. Have a blast.