Homeschool Co-op

There are many different types of Homeschool Co-ops.  Some are small, a few families meeting to study a particular subject  together in their homes.  Some are larger, including all members of the family, in a group setting, or focusing on one age group. A co-op that includes many subjects, classes, and grade levels meeting simultaneously is the type of co-op that worked best for my family.

A good book to learn about homeschool co-ops that are class-based including a step-by-step guide is:

Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them, and not Burn Out.

Look inside here.

There are samples in the book for by-laws, membership requirements, etc. The above link will give you an excerpt from chapter one.  Click here for a link to the book's home page and a sample from chapter four.

Learning in Family Education Co-op Classes (LIFE) 

At LIFE Co-op, members are asked to sign a Co-op Agreement, a Waiver of Liability, and pay a Co-op fee, in addition to class fees, if there are any.  The Co-op fee is per family and the money collected is given to the church or facility for use of the building.  This primarily covers the cost of electricity and other expenses.  Some facilities have a set rate, others do not.  Typically, the fee is $20 a semester depending on the number of families participating.

Class fees are typically from $0 to $10, some being higher for costly supplies, most are less than $5.  Class fees cover the cost of supplies.  None of the parents receive income for teaching.

If you are thinking about starting  a homeschool co-op based on classes, my suggestion is to start small. You can read my previous post about how LIFE Co-op Classes got started by clicking here.

If you are looking for class ideas to teach in a co-op, I will be posting examples of LIFE Co-op schedules of classes.  The links are here for your quick reference:

Fall 2009
Spring 2010 
Fall 2010
Spring 2011
Fall 2011
Spring 2012

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