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 I had been given or had used for my three kids. I advertised at the homeschool meetings that it would be available on a lend out basis. I offered to take anyone’s used curriculum off of their hands, catalog it, and make it available to lend out to the whole group. Before I knew it we had about 3000 titles. Anyone in the group could come try out curriculum through the lending library, helping them to make more informed decisions and saving them money. People were swapping one year’s worth of curriculum for another. It was a money saver for everyone in the group. People considering homeschooling could come and see all the different types of curriculum in one place. It is an easy thing to do that only requires time. If you gather several families to help, no one will be overburdened with the work.
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Mary Elissa Williams (elissawilliams)
I'm usually thinking out of the box. I have been a homeschooler for about 15 or so years with 3 children in college,1 dual enrolled in highschool. I ran my own business as a family entertainer / birthday … more
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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.