A Homeschool Cooperative is a cooperative of families who homeschool their children. It provides an opportunity for children to learn from other parents who are more specialized in certain areas or subjects. Co-ops also provide social interaction for homeschooled children. They may take lessons together or go on field trips. Some co-ops also offer events such as prom and graduation for homeschoolers.
Homeschoolers are beginning to utilize Web 2.0 as a way to simulate homeschool cooperatives online. With social networks homeschoolers can chat, discuss threads in forums, share information and tips, and even participate in online classes via blackboard systems similar to those used by colleges.
With budgets tight and extra money scarce, a lending library in your homeschool group or co-op is one way to benefit every member. Do you have curriculum you only have half-finished before you realized it was wrong for your child? Do you have curriculum from years past that all of you kids are too old for or how about children several grades or more apart? Then you have unused or partly used curriculum and books around your house. I started one several years back with books, cd-roms and curriculum … more