A homeschool co-op is a group of homeschool families that join together to share in the education of their children. Benefits of a co-op include:
- an opportunity for homeschool children to experience learning in a group setting
- socialization opportunities for both the students and the parents
- the expertise, talents and interests of parents being shared among all students
- the cost of supplies and expenses being apportioned among all parents
Often classes taught in a co-op are those of a more difficult nature (Math and Science), classes that require quite a bit of set up/clean up or that require specific tools (Cooking, Welding), those in which a group of students makes for an optimal experience (Physical Education) and classes that cover a very specific topic taught by an exceptionally qualified parent (ie., an artist teaching Modern Art).
Co-op classes can be an educational and fun addition to your homeschooling program.