Thursday, March 7, 2013
Tell Me About Your Co-op
In Oklahoma, the kids and I were involved in an awesome Homeschool Co-op. It was right up our alley. We met on Friday mornings. One morning it was "mom's meeting" with childcare for the kids. Two Fridays we had P.E. and Music class. And the fourth Friday we got together for a service project. There were various other class opportunities that met at different times, like art and writing. We went on at least one field trip a month and the moms went out for dinner or a fun activity one evening a month. It was a large group so we carved out a smaller group of about five families that all had girls the same age. We did lots of fun things together. The parents even had an Ugly Christmas Sweater party one year. It was so much fun and we miss it like crazy!
Here in Missouri, we have to drive 30 minutes to our Co-op in another town. Most of the families that attend are military families with a major Air Force base nearby, so the turnover rate is high depending on length of stay at the base. The Co-op is set up more as an enrichment co-op with the kids taking classes. My two are taking "Holidays Around the World" and "Water World". They didn't get to choose which classes they wanted. These were the only classes offered for their age. So far we have met very few people. I have only really spoken to a couple of the moms and the kids haven't met any friends at all. We go in, go to class, and leave. There has been a lot of fighting going on between the moms, publicly on the Yahoo group forum, and the extra activities are limited. In a nutshell, we don't like it and are not planning on attending after this semester.
But we want to be in a Co-op! We live in a town of less than 3,000 people and there are other homeschool families here. We just don't know them. I am thinking of ... **gulp** ... starting up a small Co-op here. I kind of have in my mind what I would like it to look like, but I have only a limited view of Co-ops.
So, here is where you come in .... Are you in a Co-op? If so, how is it structured? What do you do? Do you like it? What are it's pros and cons?
I would really appreciate your input as I consider taking this step.