Homeschooling doesn’t mean that you will have to do all on your own. Everyone needs help and you are no different. At times, things may become a bit overwhelming and these are when co-ops can come in to support you. A group of homeschoolers who can get together to help each other and take their children forward.
If you don’t have a co-op in your locality yet, it’s about time you start one. Being a member of such a group have the following advantages:
1. Your children get to socialise and make friends
And you eliminate the biggest fear associated with homeschooling. Your children’s peers will come from the same educational background and there will hardly be any communication gap. Everyone will benefit from the group and it’s certainly a win-win for all.
2. You can tutor together
Instead of teaching a subject just to your child, you can give lessons to all the co-op students. Similarly, another parent can take over from you for another subject and your time is free then. You can engage in some other activities or simply relax.
3. You can share books and stationery
This is a great way to save some extra buck and put it in your child’s college fund. You can hand down your child’s books to another family in the co-op and borrow a Lego set for your child without having to buy one. Any savings will matter and co-ops provide that.
4. Exchange notes as parents
Within a co-op, you will have a few who are experts and a few who are newbies. All of you can help each other out and learn to homeschool together. Your children will benefit from the process and you can brainstorm to implement new techniques. It’s a much better way than doing it alone.
Get in touch with other homeschooling families and start your group. All of you have one common goal, so why not achieve it together?