So here's the thing: I am already signed up for co-op, and this year they are doing an Art & Music class, using the AO artists and composers. But my problem is co-op is every other week, but I have been doing Artist/Composer Study every week at home this past school year. I like to do it every week, plus look/listen throughout the week randomly (OK, I really do love it). I hang up the pictures every week on the wall in our schoolroom. We do a completely different order of artists/composers than AO and SCM. And I already bought my pics for the artists we had planned to do, so I really don't want to drop it here at home. If we do both ours and co-ops, 2 of my kids are going to be getting extra art and music, and I'm honestly not sure how I feel about that. DD9 isn't going to be thrilled. It's not that she "tolerates" it now, she is fine with it, but art & music really just aren't her thing, kwim? My other dd10 loves art, but isn't such a fan of studying art pieces. She's fine with music, but again, she wouldn't want to do extra.
I also am not a fan of how it's taught. We did a short 5 co-op-day art/music class last school year, and it was ok, but... I am ok with different ways of teaching once in a while, but not "all the time," all year, kwim? I still prefer the CM way to be the bulk of it (if not all).
But the rest of co-op looks great! Geography is the other class offered. (You have to do both classes offered - not one or the other or both.) They are using Mapping the World by Heart. It looks really awesome, so I am excited about that one. They are also going to do some robotics, which my 9yo is going to die of excitement about when I tell her. She LOVES science, technology, and robotics. She and Daddy are already building a real working robot together here at home.
Hubby doesn't quite understand my dilemma. He gets the CM method for the most part, but I don't think he can really understand the big deal without knowing how CM (and therefore I) teach it vs. how co-op is teaching it. He's not a fan of me having to buy another set of prints all over again, though (since I had already purchased what we would need). And I would have to as part of the class.
So help me out. What would you do? Grin and bear it for the school year, or ???