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Book Review: Homeschool Co-ops 101 by Karen Lange #grow4christ #review

on November 25, 2013

homeschool co-ops 101

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:


~~~Barnes and Noble~~~


karen langeAbout the Author

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.

You can connect with Karen at her Blog, on Twitter, and Facebook.

homeschool co-ops 101

Blog Tour Schedule
November 4
~Ruth Schiffman,
~Robyn Campbell,
November 5
~Carol Alexander,
~Diane Estrella,
November 6
~Gena Mayo,
~Marja Meijers,
November 7
~Sandie Crozek,
~Melissa Brander,
~Cecelia Lester,
November 8
~Susan Reinhardt,
~Cecelia Lester,
November 10
~Laura V. Hilton,
~Melissa & Tiffany,
~Janette Dolores,
November 11
~Susan Sundwall,
~Michelle Isenhoff,
November 12
~Carol Alexander,
~Jeanette Levellie,
November 13
~Susanne Dietze,
~Sherryl Wilson,
~Anne Payne,
November 14
~Rhonda Schrock,
~Abi Buening,
~Amber Schamel,
November 15
~Crystal King,
~Barb Winters,
~Tyrean Martinson,
November 16
November 17
~Amada Chavez,
~Cindi Clubbs,
~Rebecca Boerner,
November 18
~Carlene Havel,
~Cindy Loven,
November 19
~Karen Loethen,
~Amy Smith,
November 20
~Darlene Arroyo-Lozada,
November 22
~Sarah Bailey,
~Thumb Updown,
December 2
~Jennifer Shirk,
~Ticia M.,


My Review:

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.



The Giveaway

Open to US addresses only. One person will receive a $25 Amazon GC and a copy of Homeschool Co-ops 101. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered:

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The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced December 5, 2013. Good luck!

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code. Winning entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as e-mailed, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Diane at That’s What I’m Here For… and sponsored by the author, Karen Lange. The author provided me with a free copy of Homeschool Co-ops 101 to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free book.VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

3 responses to “Book Review: Homeschool Co-ops 101 by Karen Lange #grow4christ #review

  1. I really appreciate you being part of Karen’s blog tour and for the thoughtful review of her book. Have a lovely week and be blessed!

  2. Karen Lange says:

    Thank you so much for being a part of the tour. I appreciate your help! Thanks also for your thorough and kind review. I value your input and insight as a homeschool mom. I agree, we are homeschooling from the day they arrive.

    Blessings to you and your family!

    Happy Thanksgiving,

  3. Karen Lange says:

    P.S. I meant to mention that the paperback will be available soon! 🙂

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