My sweet and smart friend, Brandy, created and taught this class last fall. Our co-op ran 12 weeks, so she chose four American Girl dolls and decided to focus on each one for three weeks.
Each week, the girls were encouraged to go home and read one book about the featured doll. During the tea parties, the girls would discuss the books they read. The girls also completed the Where in the World? map mini-books for each doll as part of their history weeks.
Week 1: History Week
Learn about the founding fathers. Were they founders or traitors?
Week 2: Craft Week
Make hornbooks (from plastic cutting boards at the Dollar Tree) and quill pens.
Week 3: Tea Party
Gingerbread cake, apple-butter, and tea.
Week 4: History Week
Santa Fe Trail and Pueblo Indians
Week 5: Craft Week
Make cornhusk dolls
Week 7: History Week
Jewish Emigrants and Immigrants?
Week 8: Craft Week
Week 9: Tea Party
Challah and pomegranates juice*
We were blessed to have a Russian Jew guest speaker come to our tea!
*The Jews believed that each seed in the pomegranate represented a law.
Week 10: History Week
The Great Depression
Week 11: Craft Week
(Recycled Project) Cereal Box Beads
Week 12: Tea Party
Poor Man's Cake and Kool-Aid
I will start with a short piece of fiction.
Once upon a time Scatterbrained Mom went to a co-op planning meeting. All the moms were chattering about what to teach and what they wanted taught for the upcoming fall semester.
Scatterbrained Mom usually had a lot of ideas. She might even share her ideas once in awhile with the entire world wide web. But her ideas abanonded her when the other moms started brainstorming. And her brain. Well, it was empty.
But don't worry. Prepared Mom flew in to save the day; as she whipped printed pages out of her purse, she exclaimed, "Look what I brought!"
All the other moms oohed and ahhed. Scatterbrained Mom glanced at it. A list of co-op ideas: Amazing! Wonderful! "This is fantastic."
Prepared Mom squinted at Scatterbrained Mom with an accusing smile and explained, "It's from your blog."
Nothing to see here. Storytime is over. The moral might be something about getting more sleep. Or not being overcomitted. I wouldn't know. Not all stories must be morazlied; we can make room for a little twaddle, can't we?
Okay, I admit it. I think I have something in common with Scatterbrained Mom: we both enjoy teaching and creating ideas for classses.
Because of my affinity for co-op class ideas, I am hosting a link-up. Please add your co-op class ideas so other moms can easily find your blog posts. I will leave this open throughout the month of September. Unless I fail to remember it and leave it open indefinitely. But I won't forget.
*If you have mutliple posts about the same class, it would be best if you would add all of those links to ONE post on your own blog, then post that one link in the link-up below. Thanks!
I know. I know. A cooking class with kids sounds stressful, right? Well, it doesn't have to be. I decided to limit this class to six students per hour and to teach it twice (so that 12 students total would be able to benefit). Keeping the class size small made this class great.
This was an enjoyable class to teach. I love to cook, and my students REALLY love to cook!
You can click the image below to see the syllabus and how the class was structured.
I think the cost was $40 for each child; they were able to take home what they made (a 9×13 pan of breakfast bars or an 8×8 pan of breakfast casserole). The students were also actively involved in clean-up. They washed their own dishes!
Here are some of the recipes we used (or similar recipes):
Homemade Sausage (we split the sausage into two batches for each student and froze it for later use)
Breakfast Burritos (using our homemade sausage)
Sugar & Spice Muffin Mix (we made a batch of sample muffins in class and each student took home enough mix to make 4 batches at home)
Breakfast Casserole (using our homemade sausage)
Show and Tell (hand-out)
If you'd like more breakfast recipe ideas, you can check out my Off to a Good Start collection on Pinterest.
Happy Breakfast Making!
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