In years past we have enjoyed being a part of a local homeschooling co-op. This year however, the co-op we were a part of disbanded. We didn’t find out till right before school started this school year, which did not give us enough time to find another one. We were pretty bummed. The kids had a lot of fun when we did participate, and I got some much-needed mom time. So, not being a part of a co-op this year has been pretty disappointing, however there are some benefits we are slowly finding out about.
After having finished up with all the holiday rush we were able to get some needed down time before the new year. Now that we are getting back into the swing of our normal schedules again, the benefits are really coming to the surface.
One Less Appointment to Keep Track of.
Our Co-op met approximately twice a month, or every other week. It wasn’t completely consistent so we had to keep track of the year schedule. Not a hard task, but still a task none the less.
One Less Lesson to Plan
Part of our co-op responsibilities were to teach or help with at least one class each session. That would mean preparing lesson plans for those classes. I had some easier classes to prepare for, however it still took effort on my part to get everything together for each co-op day.
One Less Bill to Pay
Even though our co-op was priced fairly, the reality is it still cost money. We have been able to put the money we would have been spending on the co-op into other homeschool needs and wants.
One Less Day Away from Our Core Classes
Our co-op was more of an extra-curricular group. The classes were things like art, drama, P.E., photography, block building, etc. So even though the kids all get some benefit out of it, in the end we still would be missing about 2-3 days a month from our normal core lessons. I would work hard to add in some extra, each week we had co-op to cover those days, however this year we don’t have to worry about that. We are able to focus on our core classes each day and not worry about missing out or having to cram to stay on track.
One More Fun Activity We Can Sign Up For
There are so many offers sent to us from our state homeschool department, that we can take part in. Most all of them look amazing and would be great days out or field trips to focus, hands on, with material we would love to study. However,with being part of a co-op we have in the past had to turn down most of those offers to keep up with our core material. This year I can actually say yes to some of these offers and get some great hands on learning field trips in, without the guilt of falling behind.
So as you can see, we have more money and time on our hands which we are able to put to good use. While we are hoping to be involved in another co-op next year, we are enjoying this time of rest and learning. How about you? Do you take part in a co-op?