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Ready…Set….Co-op!

Doha Home Educators is getting ready to launch our Spring Co-op 2017. But what exactly IS a co-op? And what exactly do home schoolers get from one?

Co-op is a shortened form of “cooperative” and as the name implies, a pooling of resources. In this case, it’s home schooling parents coming together for classes and social time. DHE has been doing co-ops since 2011.

 

Though some home education networks have elaborate cooperatives that cover base subjects and run throughout the year, we have a more modest offering here in Doha. As our space and time to use it are limited, we offer extension classes one morning a week for terms – one in the autumn, and one in the spring. (Yes, we know it’s February. Trust us – that’s spring here in Doha. By the end of March, it will be summer again!)

Our classes include cooking, PE, and introductions to languages, as well as hands-on science and hands-on crafts such as paper creations and crochet. It really all comes down to what parents can offer to teach. Whatever skills  our families feel that they can share become our classes for that term. It’s great fun, and a learning opportunity for all!

In addition to the learning benefits, home schooled students get a chance to truly spend time with each other. They learn how to interact, engage, and share ideas with peers as well as teachers in a new way. Socialization is not an issue at co-op!

Our newest co-op will open this week, and we’re excited to share pictures and experiences with you!

Nautae Sumus!

DHE is pleased to have our largest class ever at Regatta Sailing Academy!  Nearly 20 sailors are learning each week. Although most are beginners, we have a few advanced sailors on the water as well. Huge thanks to Sam, Matt, and Spike at Regatta who are teaching us!

DHE’s “Youngers” subgroup is designed for our youngest home educators, with more hands-on projects and social time.

Recently, our 3-8 year olds have been enjoying a lot of art! From a mosaics class to museum & drawing visits, our children have been able to explore art in various forms from different cultures and times. A huge thanks to the mums who help make this group happen – we love our littlest home schoolers!

 

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Once again, DHE members will be doing coffee and conversation for those who wish to learn more about the possibility of home schooling. Join us at IKEA from 9-11 AM this Saturday, 3 September!

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Join us for coffee & chat!

Back to school….or not!

Summer is coming to a close, and many people are returning to Doha. Most of DHE’s members are preparing for their new year of school.

And some are not.  And that’s okay.

With dozens of families from all over the world, DHE members have many different schedules to suit their needs. So when it comes to making a home school schedule, there are as many as there are homeschooling families!  Some are in the middle of their school year. Some school year round. Homeschooling allows for choices.

As long as you’re meeting your home country/state/province requirements, you can do whatever suits your family. Paralyzed by choice? Not to worry. American blogger Kris Bales has some great suggestions on how to set up your home schooling year.

Happy planning!

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Co-op has a schedule. The rest is up to you! 😊

It was with great pleasure that Doha Home Educators participated as a special delegation to The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) in Qatar.

Seven DHE students had the amazing experience of one of the largest international MUN conferences in the world, held at the QNCC 27-29 January, 2016. These students learned public speaking skills, research skills, and learning ideas from another perspective – life skills hard to obtain in regular school settings, public or home! The MUN experience helped our students to grow, and promoted leadership skills. DHE is proud of these incredible young people, and look forward to working with the MUN program here in Qatar in the funture.

DHE’s 10th co-op has successfully launched!

Students are learning about art, electronics, physical education, mind-bending logic, cooking, and much more!

DHE is thrilled that we have been able to provide such cooperative learning opportunities to the home schooled expatriate community for five years now. But the key is “cooperative!” We are non-profit, and the teaching and organization is an all-hands-on-deck endeavor by parents. Huge thanks to our many parents who have stepped up to teach this term, and to all our other parents in helping roles – it is due to you that things like co-op happen!