What is a homeschool co-op?
First off let’s discuss what a homeschooling co-op is. Homeschooling co-ops are usually created by individuals and families. The goal of a co-op is to bring students together and learn different skills. The benefits to joining a homeschool co-op is that your child might learn some skills that you might not be teaching at home. Some examples of these are art, music, mechanics, etc. This also gives you a support system and other like minded adults to share your ideas and homeschooling goals with.
Know the homeshcool co-op’s rules!
Most co-ops are very strict and require that you participate in almost all of the activities they have. Be sure you know all of the co-ops rules and guidelines BEFORE you sign up. This can save everyone a lot of time. You want to be sure that the co-op is a good fit for your family and your schedule. Some co-ops will meet only once a month and others might meet once a week or more.
It’s always nice if you can contribute something to the group. Can you volunteer some time to the group? Bring snacks? Clean up? Watching younger kids? Teach a skill? Get involved and get to know the members of the co-op.
I wouldn’t recommend joining more than one or two co-ops at the most. They are a lot of work, but can have lots of benefits for you child and can even allow you the opportunity to “sneak” in some adult time. 😉
Find a local homeschool co-op!
If you are interest in joining a co-op you can search for them by state here in the state resource data base. Also ask around and see if anyone in the area is familiar with any homeschooling co-ops. Check on Facebook. Search “(your city) homeschool co-op” and see if you get any results. If you have looked far and wide and cannot find one, then you might consider starting one yourself.
Need more information on co-ops? Please read our post about co-ops where we give you some tips on how to avoid co-op burnout.