If you are not sure what a co-op is, you can read about it here. Here are some benefits of joining a co-op you may want to consider.
• A time for socialization and fellowship with other homeschool families
• A time for your kids to learn about working in a group outside your family
• A great place for only children or small families to work in a bigger environment
• A place for like-minded families to share ideas and meet new people
• A way to take a class or two off your plate as the parent and let another parent lead
• A place where your child can learn from someone that may have more knowledge in a subject than you
• A time for kids to experience learning from another adult
• A place to learn about learning in a classroom environment
• A great place for foreign language, presentation skill development, and science experiments and art projects
• A great way to get the family out of the house
Many communities have co-op classes available. You can find them through Yahoo groups, online, at homeschool functions, and on community boards. If you can’t find one in your community, consider starting one. It can be as big or as small as you and your community need and does not take much to start.