Essential co-op tools, tips, and options for today’s homeschool families.
Thinking about joining or starting a homeschool co-op? Not sure if a co-op is a good fit? Homeschool Co-ops 101 weighs the pros, cons, and creative options available for today’s homeschool family.
- Section 1 includes essential, digestible info on co-op ingredients such as planning and organization, schedules, teaching, finances, and addressing conflict and burnout.
- Section 2 shares a sampling of co-op games and activities, and
- Section 3 contains five hands-on unit studies. These ready to use studies include lessons on Leonardo da Vinci, Birds of Prey, Public Speaking, Tall Tales, and Creative Writing, and are suitable for co-op or home use. This section also includes unit study guidelines that are easily customized to suit any topic.
- Section 4 offers suggested books, curriculum, and other resources.
Karen Lange has gathered insight from years of co-oping and now shares her own and others’ experiences in this valuable and encouraging handbook.
Homeschool Co-ops 101 is available at:
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Karen Lange, her husband, and three children were active in co-ops during their sixteen-year homeschool journey. Her experience includes serving as a local homeschool support group coordinator and consultant for a state homeschool network in New Jersey. Karen’s children have since graduated, and she is now a freelance writer and online writing instructor for homeschooled teens.Blog Tour Schedule November 4
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I’ve been homeschooling officially since 2008, of course it began long before then, when my husband and I decided upon finding out I was pregnant with our 2nd baby (we had lost our 1st a few months prior to a miscarriage) that we would homeschool her. This did not go over well with many people – but we were committed and dedicated to it. Learning begins at birth and continues well until the day one passes into eternity, so for us our homeschool journey began in 2002, but officially in 2008, but I digress, almost from the start I began researching which groups we could join when it came time to do so. I started first with just a support group and was a member for 3 years then we found a co-op and were members for 4 years, I think. We are no longer a part of any co-op, so you may ask why did I agree to write a review on a book that deals with co-ops? I’ll tell you, I think co-ops have their place in the homeschool world.
Karen has written a very concise book from explaining what a co-op is and how to start one, to organizing and running it. It’s a short book, my Kindle Fire tells me it’s 78 pages long but it’s chock full of information and some of it I hope to put to use one day when I have more time to dedicate to maybe running my own co-op. Part of the reason we are no longer in one is because my children and I became disheartened at the running and lack of organization we saw – yes even young children can pick up on this! In reading this book, I believe there can be a way to run and organize a co-op in a way that everyone benefits, the children (all ages), the parents, the place where the co-op meets – versus being a dictatorship.
Not only does Karen tell you how to run and organize a co-op but she also gives unit study ideas which you can use to get you started! Such as in Chapter 15 which is titled “Tall Tales” she covers a unit study idea that spans arts and culture and language arts for grade K through 12! She includes websites (of course you’ll want to peruse these yourself as is the case in all areas of Internet safety and sometimes websites die), books, supplies you’ll need, background information, and even suggested study and activities for the mentioned unit study. She also gives lists of sources for things such as lesson planning and curricula one can use in planning their teaching for a co-op.
If you’ve ever wondered what a co-op is and are new to homeschooling this is a great resource to start with. If you’re interested in starting your own but don’t know how, this is the book to grab. If you’re just interested in co-ops well I’d still say this is your go-to guide to learning and before leaping. I know right now I’m not a place where I can start and run my own co-op but eventually I’ll come back to this book and consider starting one and even if I don’t start one this book has given me ideas on just doing classes here and there over the school year and do it with organization.
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