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Ask Jeanne: The people who run the homeschool co-ops and classes we're interested in won't let me sign up my academically advanced child above his age group What gives?

Ask Jeanne: Age Restrictions in Homeschool Co-ops and Classes

I’m a new homeschool mom with an eight year old who is really advanced in his academic skills. My problem is that the people who run the classes and co-ops we’re interested in won’t let me sign him up above his age group. This includes our county recreation department, the local history museum, and activities sponsored by our local homeschool group. How can I get them to place him correctly so he won’t be bored?

This is one of the reasons we took him out of school. He started reading and writing at an early age, and he got in trouble in school because he already knew how to do everything they were working on in the classroom. I’m frustrated that people don’t seem to accept that he is gifted and should be in higher level classes. People talk about homeschoolers being able to work at a customized level, but then they apply restrictions that are similar or identical to school. What gives? ~ Frustrated Mom Continue reading »

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: 8 Questions to Ask When Starting a Homeschool Co-op

8 Questions to Ask When Starting a Homeschool Co-op

Homeschool co-ops work well as part of the educational landscape of some families. However, you may not be able to find an existing co-op that is near enough your home to be practical, or it may not meet the academic, creative, or social goals you have for a co-op. The other problem may be that there is a flourishing co-op nearby, but the co-op is full and has a waiting list.

You can organize a new homeschool co-op yourself, and these 8 questions will help you decide the best way to do so. Continue reading »

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: From School to Homeschool Co-op

From School To Co-op

Many children come to homeschooling directly from attending school, or the kids have been homeschooled their whole lives, but their parents’ only existing model for group learning is the school classroom from their own childhoods.

When parents hear about homeschool co-ops, they are excited about the possibilities that this kind of learning community might offer to their family. Continue reading »

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: Joining a Homeschool Co-op

Joining a Co-op

How can I join a co-op?

If you’re looking for a homeschool co-op, keep in mind that co-ops have different approaches to new families. Some co-ops are “closed,” meaning they already have all the families they can accommodate, and they are not accepting new members. Others take new members every year or every couple of years, as children age out, families move away, or needs change.

Some co-ops actually hold an open house or allow families to visit during the spring of one year in order for parents and co-op participants to consider whether prospective members and the co-op are a good fit for one another. Continue reading »

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: What is a homeschool co-op?

What Is a Homeschool Co-op?

A homeschool co-op is a group of families who meet together and work cooperatively to achieve common goals. Co-ops can be organized around academics, social time, the arts, activities, crafts, service work, or projects — or some combination of these.

Activities and classes that are part of a co-op may be led by parents, or the parents may chip in to pay all or some of the teachers and activity leaders. There may be as few as three families in a small co-op or as many as several hundred children in the largest co-ops. Continue reading »

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: What is a Homeschool Swap?

The World’s Smallest Homeschooling Co-op

My first homeschooling swap occurred in North Carolina when we were just starting out. A mom who was an artist with great homemaking skills taught my kids the basics of baking, sewing, and making pottery, and I worked with her kids on their writing. Her children and mine were widely spaced apart; I did high school work with her older teens, and my children were at young elementary ages. In fact, her children babysat for my kids — but we never actually homeschooled all the kids “together.” Continue reading »

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