I know some of you can’t even imagine what it would be like not to be a part of a homeschool co-op…and others of you are thinking, “What’s a co-op?”
Basically, a co-op is a group of homeschooling families who meet at a certain time and usually have different parent-led classes that students attend. There are secular co-ops, but many tend to lean more toward specific religions or curriculums. When you’re eclectic in your homeschool approach like we are, finding a good fit co-op can be…challenging to say the least. So, what do you do when you can’t find a good fit homeschool co-op?
Good Fit Homeschool Co-op Alternatives
There are a lot of reasons why you might not be able to find a good fit homeschool co-op. Maybe your schedules don’t mesh. Maybe your beliefs don’t align. Maybe you’re in a small town without a lot of like-minded homeschoolers. Whatever the reason, it’s okay.
It really is.
There’s a bit of guilt associated with not being connected to a co-op – especially when other homeschoolers ask you about it. The awkward pause or the gushing about how much they love their co-op can be a bit uncomfortable. Let’s face it, homeschooling discussions usually start off slightly uncomfortable!
So, what can you do in place of a co-op? Are your kids doomed to forever be denied socialization? Of course not! If you can’t find a good fit homeschool co-op, try one of these options instead:
Join a library or book store book discussion group
Sign-up for a local robotics team
Become active in your church’s youth group ministry
Volunteer at senior centers
Serve at a soup kitchen once a month
Join a local gym with options for all family members
Take homeschool classes in person or online
Join a sports team
Take classes at the local arts center
Go on field trips with friends and family
Take your schoolwork to the park
Skype with family and friends around the world
Take classes at the community college
Attend special events in your community
Start your own homeschool co-op!
Whatever you decide to do, just know that there are many, many, many families who don’t participate in co-ops and their homeschoolers turn out just fine. Finding a good fit homeschool co-op takes time, but if you’re determined to join one, you’ll eventually find one – or you’ll end up starting your own. Happy homeschooling, friends!
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