What is a “homeschool co-op”?
A homeschool co–op is a group of homeschoolers coming together in cooperation to provide educational and social activities for their children. They are a private enterprise and can be very formal or informal depending on the leaders of the group and its membership. They can be as simple as a park day meet-up once a week where someone plans some sort of activity each week, to as complex as daily classes and projects. Some offer organized field trips. Some ask for a membership fee. And most involve some level of direct parent involvement.
For those in the Coachella Valley, there is a great co-op available called “Desert Valley Cooperative Learning Collaborative” or DVCLC. Check out their site HERE for details!
If you don’t have something like this in your area, consider starting one! You can start by creating a weekly park day. It takes some time, but after awhile you will gather a group of like-minded people that might be ready to pool their resources and start offering some fun and educational meet-ups for all the kids. It doesn’t have to start out large and complicated!
Here are a few articles and websites that might help you get started!
“8 Questions to Ask When Starting a Homeschool Co-Op” from The Homeschool Mom
“Starting a Small Homeschool Co-Op” from American Home Education
“How to Start a Homeschool Co-Op” from Eva Varga