Five Reasons to Consider Homeschool Co-Ops

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Homeschool Co-OpsThe concept of homeschool “co-ops” is to “cooperate” with one or more families to share any part of the homeschool educational process. They can be as simple as two families meeting together, or large and organized — and even publicly funded. When I was homeschooled in the late 1980s, there were very few organized options for co-op homeschooling. Today, homeschool co-ops are diverse and take many forms.

Whatever the form, homeschool co-ops are very useful for enriching your homeschool plans with additional academic and social learning opportunities. As I’ve shared in the past, I started my own homeschool co-op — a girls book club — this year with a handful of moms and daughters from our local homeschool group, and it’s been a blessing in so many ways for my three daughters and our homeschooling mission.

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I explain what different types of homeschool co-ops exist today, the pros and cons, and how homeschool co-ops can be a beneficial addition to your homeschooling agenda — even if you don’t live in a big city with lots of programs available. Click here for the full post.

Do you participate in any homeschool co-ops? If so, is it a large organized co-op or smaller and informal? What do you enjoy? What are the challenges? If not, what questions or concerns do you have about co-op schooling? Let us know in the comment section below.

Renée Gotcher is a wife, writer, editorial consultant, and home-educating mother of three daughters. She has been married for 26 years to her best friend Kenny, whom she met while attending Oral Roberts University in the early 90s. Renée was homeschooled during her last two years of high school and started homeschooling in 2010. A former journalist, she is currently editor of NextGen Homeschool and blogs on personal topics at A New Chapter. Her family lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.