I have a confession to make. We don’t belong to any homeschool co-ops and I’m okay with that. 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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