Every homeschooling co-op is different. Although co-ops are started to meet the needs of homeschooling families in a particular area, the way each one grows and develops is as unique as the students involved. Suzanne Brown is a long-time homeschooling mom and a founding member of the Upstate Homeschool Co-op, one of the largest co-ops in the upstate of South Carolina. The Upstate Homeschool Co-op
#2: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone When we first started homeschooling, we lived in a very rural mountain community. The closest little convenience store was four miles away; it took about 20 minutes just to get to the nearest grocery store of any size. The children and I spent a lot of time by ourselves at home working through lessons together. But
For the past five years, we’ve been a part of a smaller homeschooling co-op. It’s actually the third co-op we’ve joined, and it’s the one we’ve been able to stick with. But not all homeschoolers are part of a co-op, and that’s okay too. Homeschooling Co-op #1 We joined our first co-op when my oldest was just in third grade and my youngest was
We’re about to start our thirteenth year of homeschooling with two in high school, one in middle school, and one in elementary. And while it would be nice to take all the credit as their primary educator, I have to confess – I have had lots of help with homeschooling. Play Groups and Field Trips Even when my children we small, help was there.
About this time of year, many homeschoolers are beginning to plan for summer studies or the next school year. Our co-op is already beginning to form the 2010-2011 class schedules based on student interest and teacher availability. As you decide the subjects you want your children to study, you might consider sharing your own skills with others – and allowing them to share with
If you have a preschooler, you may be wondering if you should be starting a formal schooling program with your child. At what age should he learn to write, read, or count? Are you already behind with his lessons? How greatly will your decisions now impact his education in the future? If you want to homeschool your preschooler, just take a deep breath —