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edtheredhead



Joined: 02 Apr 2005
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Location: Northwest PA

PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:56 pm    Post subject: To Coop or Not to Coop Reply with quote

We have the opportunity to join a coop for the fall, however there are some issues.

1. The coop is designed for kids 8-17. Our daughter is 6. They say that while she is eligible, it is not really designed for kids her age, etc. etc.

2. I would have to teach a class for kids her age. Honestly, I've got no idea what to teach & how well I would do with a group of 6 year olds.

3. I suspect that the coop is completely (or high percentage) of moms. Not sure I could handle 3 hours of all women & 6 year olds.

Are any of you in coops? I would appreciate hearing both the pros & cons.

Thanks.

Ed.
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Joined: 25 Feb 2005
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Location: Orlando

PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ed,
It sounds like a small co-op group. I'm not sure if I'd be interested in that one.

We belong to a large co-op here in FL, mainly to let them deal with all the paperwork with the state. My first year homeschooling (2003-04), I did everyting here at home. Last year (2004-05), I did send them to "Wednesday School" where they did Art, Science, Economics, and Geography in a classroom setting. It was taught by other parents who had a gift in those areas. They also offer other classes Mon-Fri where I could essentially send him to school.

The way this organization is classified with the state is more like a "parent lead private school". So more or less, we're actually enrolling them into a private school, but we as parent decide what and how they are taught. Does that make sense?

Their website is: http://circlechristianschool.org/. I don't know if they have something like that up there in PA, but you may want to look into it.
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Rich



Joined: 18 May 2005
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Location: Coastal New England

PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:16 am    Post subject: On the subject of Co-ops Reply with quote

Hi guys,

Over the years, I have been involved in a number of co-ops; even starting one of my own. In general, I am in favor of working with such groups for the simple reason that the children, and to some extent, the parents, have the opportunity to network. Our kids need to feel connected with other kids and if at all possible, homeschooled ones. Humans are by nature, "pack animals." We all look back on our lives at various ages, and the memorable things both good and bad, have something to do with the people connected to us at those times.

I cautiously mention the parenting network piece because as a man, I have not been able to establish a successful relationship with another homeschooling parent. My kids however, have done so. I've been better accepted in the "Pagan", granola, homeschooling (unschooling) groups where academics take a back seat to learning what mother earth has to teach us than in the Christian groups with strong academics. It's the same old thing; nice, Christian men associate with other nice, Christian, men, not nice Christian, women. It seems that our society is perpetually stuck in sexrole stereotypes.

As an upshot, this last year, I worked with a Christian group that was amzingly welcoming to me. Although they were out of their comfort zones, the women felt it was admirable that a dad would take up the role of homeschooling and included me in ways and places that no man has gone before. They even went so far as to try to NOT use the collective "moms" and used "parents" instead. There, I was to teach my share of classes including gym and Bible. My kids were in middle, jr. high, and highschool grades, so I made an effort to teach or help teach in their levels. At different times however, I taught the primary group. I never felt more welcomed anywhere else, but was still kept at a distance. Regardless, the women were not going to identify with me or any of my experiences. It didn't matter if I was very good at changing diapers, rocking babies, fixing skinned knees and knew a whole lot about breastfeeding. Additionally, I could speak about the trials of having adolescent boys and girls. On the matter of lesson planning, I have a lot of experience in teaching three different age groups and have much to say about information processing disorders, remedial reading and writing. Because I was a man, it was assumed I knew nothing about these things and whenever I tried to join in discussions, the subject changed or I was patronized. " Isn't it nice that you try to help your wife as much as you do..."

In closing, I strongly believe that any opportunity to connect with other homeschooling families should be sought; if not for ourselves as teachers, for our kids. Homeschooling is riddled with challenges year after year, and any effective support system will make that easier. We need to share ideas, to vent, to learn from each other, and so do our kids. Make the effort.
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edtheredhead



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just wanted to update everyone. Tomorrow we're going to a picnic that the coop is having at the zoo. After that we'll make a decision as to whether to do it or not.

Thanks for the encouragement & advice.

Godspeed.
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