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Alternatives to a Traditional Homeschool Co-op
Most co-ops are designed with older students in mind and can require a substantial commitment of either time or money. I dearly, dearly love the K-12 co-op I used to help lead. However, like most co-ops, we did require all parents to serve in exchange for the privilege of being in the group, as well as contribute financially. This often requires an investment of time and money that is based on providing more than what’s really necessary for homeschool families of only young ones.
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Establish Your Own Homeschool First
This may just be my personal insight, but many co-op leaders agree, in your first year of homeschooling with a younger one, you really need to invest more time in getting your feet wet, establishing your own family rhythms and routines, finding out what works best for you and your unique situation.
As one mom told me when I began, it is a lifestyle, not just a school choice. Spend the time figuring out what works for you and your child before becoming deeply involved with others outside your home.
Young Child’s Needs
Most young children do not need a large group for social interactions until later, and that is when a larger co-op is most beneficial. In a larger co-op, they will be at the lower end of the age range and it can sometimes, depending on the child, be a bit intimidating. And, while this is generally not an issue with most homeschoolers, the more older children involved, the wider the range of behaviors, attitudes, and phone apps.
Bond with Other Families
While great friendships can still form in a large co-op, it’s also easier to get lost and not completely connect. Homeschooling is a wonderful way of life, but it can also be stressful at times. Having a smaller group of families to connect with is simpler in many ways, and can also provide a deeper level of support.
Limit Potential Virus Exposure
Especially in this time of pandemic, existing co-ops have many challenges already in meeting and you likely want to limit your interactions to a smaller circle as much as possible.
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What is The Homeschool Sisterhood?
Designed by veteran homeschool mom and homeschool mentor to thousands of moms who desire to turn their stressful homeschools into restful homeschools, Ana Willis. She *gets it.*
Homeschool Sisterhood is an incredible membership site that will take you from stressed to blessed, from confused to confident, and from overwhelmed to rested.
This membership is for moms who want to ditch busy, find clarity, and homeschool with confidence, peace, and joy.
Every month Homeschool Sisterhood will focus on a specific topic and you will have access to:
- Habit Training
- Homeschool Experts Interviews
- Book Clubs for Moms, Teen, and Kids
- Family workshops in a variety of subjects from writing to arts, cooking, foreign languages, etc.
All strategically designed to help you follow a homeschool success path.
You will also have access to special discounts for all future resources and events.
The Homeschool Sisterhood will give you the content, the community, and the accountability you need to homeschool successfully from a place of rest and confidence.
All outside social media, so you can redeem your precious time and invest in the most important people in your life – your family.
I’m so grateful for Ana’s vision for the homeschool community in the Homeschool Sisterhood and hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity, too!
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