August 2016 UPDATE

We are so excited to start our very first class semester! It’s been a lot of hard work, but we are sure it will be a lot of fun and beneficial to so many families (including our own)!

We have a few things to inform you about:

  1. The class start date has changed: classes will begin September 22nd and end November 17th, 2016.
  2. You will be receiving an email from your child’s/children’s teacher(s) no later than mid-September. This will have information about the class, expectations, contact information, and will open up the lines of communication so that you can ask your teachers any questions that come to mind.
  3. There will be no class October 27th.

Thank you all for making this a reality!

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June 15th, 2016: Last day to register for classes!

1202479_origBiomes, inventors, finance, music, and Spanish. These are the classes we are offering for our inaugural semester of classes (Fall 2016)!

Here is a compilation of some of the questions that have been asked (if you have other questions, don’t hesitate to ask!!):

1. How many kids will be in the High School Finance class?

Since the class involves group discussion and such, the minimum is set at 5. The max is 12. If you are interested in the class, please register! Any class that doesn’t meet its minimum by the registration deadline will be cancelled, anyone who signed up will be immediately notified and will be refunded.

2. I would like to join 2 classes but they overlap by 5 mins. Would it be OK to join both?

If you are ok with that overlap, it isn’t a problem. The classes are in the same building and not far from each other at all. As long as the student coming in a few minutes late is not disruptive and can jump right in, it should be fine.

3. Does it cost anything?

There is a one-time $5 registration fee for each class (payable to the co-op), and then an additional one-time material’s fee that will be collected at the end of the registration period (after June 15th), which will be collected by the instructor when he/she contacts you. This fee is different for each class and can be found in the class descriptions.

4. Is the finance class only for high-school? Can younger kids be in the class?

Yes, this class is intended for kids 14 and up, but if you feel your child is appropriate for a high school finance class, please let us know! As homeschoolers, we know that age isn’t a determinant of knowledge or ability. The age groups and grade levels we used to classify the classes have been used to provide an idea of the “target audience” for the class. But we are more than happy to work with you in order make accommodations that would be best for the student, so please contact us!

 

5. The music class doesn’t say what age group is eligible. I don’t know if my child would be too old, too young, or “not talented”.

Music lends itself to many levels of challenging experiences. In an ensemble, you need some basic (easier) beats/melodies and you also need more complex rhythmic patterns, melodies, and harmonies. It’s a whole spectrum of difficulties and ease. However, although this class is not for any specific age group, it does have a few prerequisites: 1) the ability to pay attention, 2) the ability to follow directions, 3) respect for self and others, 4) know all numbers and letters.

As for the talent part – Music as we know it is a human phenomenon. Everyone has a musician within.

6. Do parents have to provide instruments for the music class?

Marion (the instructor) will bring a wide variety of musical instruments for the class to use. Side note: parents might be asked to join in too!

7. Your classes are very affordable, but I have multiple kids and it adds up!

The co-op admin fee basically covers the administrative costs (a percentage of the admin fee goes to the facility, there is a cost when collecting money – sometimes we are charged, and the co-op’s registration fees that we pay the county. If any money is left, it is saved in case we need extra materials for classes, for any other administrative expense, etc. The materials fees cover the most basic materials we will use in the class (it is likely many of the materials might be paid for out-of-pocket by the instructor).

The instructors are not making money. The time we have devoted to the development of the co-op, and developing the classes, teaching the classes, setup, clean up, etc etc has been carved out from our busy schedules without any compensation.

We don’t require parents to do volunteer, so we rely on any open spots our schedules (usually at the wee hours of the night) and any monetary help we can get from the fees.

Parents willing to help in any way are highly encouraged to do so! We are all in this together. Homeschooling can be difficult, but we are trying to create a community that provides support, interesting and stimulating classes, and a shared love for learning.

Registration Countdown – 4 days!

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Music, Inventors, Spanish, Finance, and..BIOMES!

(REGISTER HERE)

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Have you heard of the giant anteater?  It can smell 40 times better than humans and has a tongue that can extend 18 inches.

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Do you know that polar bear’s fur is not white?  It is hollow and reflects light.  So, they appear to be white when they are not.

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Is the bald eagle bald? No, it has white feathers that may look bald when seeing them from far away.  Their wingspan can be 7 feet wide.  How does that compare to your arm span?

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Did you think that coral was just part of the rocky reef surface?  These organisms, called coral polyps, are very much alive and are carnivores.

Do you like learning about animals and their habitats?  Come and join us and learn more concerning all these amazing animals in their various habitats.

(REGISTER HERE)

Registration Countdown – 5 days left!

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5 days left to register for our classes. We are keeping them affordable, minimizing cost on our end in order to pass on the savings! (Register HERE) Speaking of money, don’t forget to register for our Dave Ramsey class for High School students.(Register HERE)

Whether prepares to become an astrophysicist or a day laborer, a teacher or a doctor, a welder or a dog groomer… EVERY person needs to understand personal finance.

Here are five facts about young people and money that should encourage you to enroll your high schooler in a personal finance class…

1. Kids know they don’t know. 54% of parents rated their teenager’s knowledge of money management as either “good” or “excellent,” but 78% percent of the children of those respondents rated their own knowledge of money management as merely average or even poor. (Capital One and Consumer Action, 2003)

2. Most parents aren’t stepping up. Only 26% of 13-21 year olds surveyed said that their parents taught them how to manage money. (JumpStart Coalition for Financial Literacy) Many parents don’t teach their kids about finances and budgeting because the parents themselves are living in a financial disaster of their own. They don’t want to admit this to their kids (out of embarrassment or concern that the kids will worry about family financial stability) or they do not want to appear hypocritical so they avoid the topic altogether. This just sets the kids up to follow in their parents’ financial footsteps.

3. Bankruptcy at 20? The fastest growing group declaring bankruptcy is young adults, ages 20 to 24. (Alejandro Cabezut, 2004)

4. Financial literacy makes for informed citizens. ”One of the key lessons of the recent financial crisis is the importance of personal financial literacy. Besides improving their personal financial decision making, teaching students economic principles will help them as citizens understand and make choices about many of the critical issues confronting our nation.” ~ Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve System

5. Don’t let your child be a statistic. More than 70% of students graduate college with an average of $25,550 of student loan debt. More than 25% of our country is living above their means. Arguing about money is the top predictor of divorce, and half of all divorced couples cite financial problems as the root cause of their divorce. The average household has credit card debt of $15,762. More than three quarters of Americans live paycheck to paycheck with little to no savings. Students who are taught about personal finance have a much greater understanding of money and the ability and resources to help avoid these money pitfalls.

(Register HERE)

Registration Countdown: 6 days left!

Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 4.05.37 PMWe are offering Finance for High School students, Biomes and Inventors for Elementary, Spanish for Middle School, and Music for many age groups.

(Register Here)

“All the other classes have clear age groups, why not the music class?”

Glad you asked.

The class is intended to provide students with a various opportunities to actively engage in music-making in a group environment. Music is a unifier, transcending age and preconceptions about what it takes to be musical.

Here are 6 requirements the student must meet in order to join the class:

  • Know all the letters and numbers (and be able to count at least to 8)
  • Be able to follow multiple-step directions
  • Be able to pay attention for at least 5 minutes at-a-time
  • Be respectful toward self, and others (e.g., wait his/her turn to talk/play, be kind and helpful to peers, feel proud his/her of own accomplishments).
  • Understand that actively participating can take place at his/her time. Some people need more time to observe others before playing, some want to jump right in. Both are welcome.
  • Understand that EVERYONE can be a musician because music takes many many many many many forms and it is a human phenomenon. So don’t doubt your skills. You’ve got this!

(Register Here)

Top 8 Reasons to Be a Part of Brandon Learning Co-op

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#1 We are inclusive: Brandon Learning Co-op was created taking into account everyone in our community who embraces learning, without an affiliation with any particular religious belief or lifestyle. As long as we respect each other, cooperate with each other, and grow together in a positive manner, the benefits will flow naturally. Register HERE

#2 We are families working together to make this happen: our website might be fancy (just kidding!) and our name might sound like a big corporate machine, but the truth is, we are just homeschool families that have gotten together to put this together. We take time out of our day (intertwined somewhere within our crazy schedules) and we put all of this together. Register HERE

#3 It’s small (for now) but it’s full of dedication and love: we are offering 5 classes. It may not seem like a lot, but there is a lot of work involved in getting these classes going! We didn’t want to just put anything out there, we wanted to create something unique, applying the same standards we would expect for our own kids. Register HERE

#4 Our kids will be in the classes too! and we are paying for the classes too (no freebies!). That just goes to show you: it’s up to par! Register HERE

#5 AFFORDABLE is an understatement: Our greatest effort has been to create a set of classes that would be affordable for homeschoolers. We are homeschoolers ourselves, and we know the struggle of finding classes that won’t break the bank. Because we worked really hard to keep costs to a bare minimum, we are able to pass the savings on to you. Register HERE

#6 It’s FREE to be a part of the co-op: all our classes are a la carte, and there is no membership fee to be a part of the co-op. Register HERE

#7 You don’t HAVE to teach (or do any particular job)…but your help and teaching is more than welcome! The co-op cannot exist without the parents who step up to teaching, but we do not require anyone to do so. It really is up to you how you decide to pitch in. Even sharing a post from our blog is a big help! Register HERE

#8 We NEED you. You are the sunshine and the rain that will help this little seed thrive.

Register HERE

Fall 2016 class at-a-glance (5 of 5)

MP900448661 (1).JPGWhether you have played an instrument before, or have never played music, just by being a human being you are biologically made to understand, engage in, and create music. In this hands-on class we will learn about the many dimensions of music in a creative and engaging way.

 

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning – Plato

For more information and to register

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