I think this is an important group of topics.
What subjects will be taught?
Who is qualified to teach them?
How will this work?
I think the keys to this co-op working are also some of the ways to
approach answering these questions:
clarity of purpose and
consistent honesty with respect to our abilities to meet our goals.
One of the reasons that I wanted to have a pool of people doing this
together was to also increase the likelihood of varying expertise in
different areas, and that we could all bring this expertise and love
for particular material to bear on our teaching of different subjects
Now the secular curriculum is all provided, but as for the limudei
kodesh, this is something we will have to find is either within our
capabilities or not. It seems from what I have read that the first
young years that we are beginning with ( pre-k, jk, sk and perhaps
grade 1 ) are all things that we can collectively cover with a lot of
different materials and with some hebrew speakers on board. There is
already a possibility that we may have some people that not only
speak hebrew, but also teach it. The ideal of course is to have
someone or a few people who are either FFB or have been immersed in
the learning for a long time. However, I do think/feel that this will
have to be evaluated on an ongoing basis. If at any time we feel that
the curriculum is beyond our skills within the group, then we can look
at different options -
a) hiring someone together to come and teach these areas, (still
probably less financially stressful than sending the kids to day
b) revisit the idea of integrating the kids into the day school
c) find some new families that have these teaching skills and
integrate them into our co-op,
d) other ideas that anyone else may have.
For sure the most important thing is to convey the values and love for
Torah that we all want our kids to grow up with and into, in the ideal
ways that we see for our families and future families. I think the
more honest we are with each other from the get go about our goals and
values, the more likely we are to be able to consistently re-evaluate,
and to measure whether we are in a place to continue as we are or
whether we must change in order to truly potentialize the education
process for our kids.
My husband and I also feel that it is important that we evaluate
before beginning each new year to see if this is still a working
process or if there needs to be a change. So each new year we will ask
ourselves if we are to continue homeschooling or if we need to look
into formal education in order to get the best learning situation for
our kids. I think this is important so that we don't get stuck in just
thinking in one direction without asking what is the best way to go
So, these are some of the thoughts I've been having in response to
these questions and concerns, I would love to hear more from others on
this board to hear thier input and ideas, and more questions and
concerns. The more we put on the table, say and talk about now, the
less we will have to haggle our later.