Many homeschoolers love homeschool co-ops and find that they add great opportunities for their kids to learn, make friends and more.
I thought I would love it too, but I didn’t. Sadly, I was surprised to discover that I’m not a fan of homeschool co-ops.
Why Homeschool Co-ops Aren’t a Good Fit for My Family
1. They caused added stress to our schedule and homeschool day.
Classes are held on certain days, at a set time and in a specific place. Life happens and sometimes making these classes can become stressful to you and your children.
2. Classes can be expensive, especially when you’re enrolling multiple children.
Homeschool curriculum, school supplies, field trips and more are expensive enough alone without the added cost of expensive homeschool co-ops classes and the gas to get there.
3. Split classes require multiple trips and days away from home.
Unless your children are all the same age/grade you’ll likely have to make multiple trips a day or a week to have all of your children participate in homeschool co-op classes.
4. Homeschool co-op classes often can be taught at home.
Why do your children need to leave home to be taught what they can learn at home? After all aren’t we supposed to be homeschooling?
5. Homeschool co-ops take me away from my priorities.
As a wife, help meet and mother, my home is a priority for me. When I’m running around taking my children to classes a couple times a week, my home isn’t being cared for like it should be.
Homeschool co-ops can be a wonderful resource for some homeschooling families, but they aren’t for us.
If you find that they don’t work well for your family it is ok. No homeschool is like another, so don’t get caught comparing yours to someone else’s homeschool. If your children love co-op classes I’m so glad that you found a a resource that your family loves! The beauty of homeschooling is that it is all about choices and finding what works best for your family!
Have your children ever participating in a homeschool co-op? If so, what was your experience?