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As homeschooling grows so do homeschooling organizations such as homeschool co-ops. Now homeschool leaders have a book to guide them through starting a co-op, running ...
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As homeschooling grows so do homeschooling organizations such as homeschool co-ops. Now homeschool leaders have a book to guide them through starting a co-op, running it and not burning out!
In this book you'll find:
Pros and cons of being in a homeschool co-op.
How to start a co-op including running your first planning meeting
Ideas for classes and activities for all ages
Helpful advice on dealing with volunteers, setting policies, managing money and handling conflict.
Posted June 28, 2008
This book is a must have for any one wishing to start, maintain, or save a dying co-op. I would have loved to have had this book years ago when I joined my first co-op. Being brand new to home schooling, the other moms and I knew nothing on how to get a co-op off the ground. We forged a path through uncharted territory, figuring it out as we went. Though we gained friendships, fellowship, and a shared learning experience, we weren¿t without our struggles, personality conflicts, and growing pains. That¿s when a book like this is invaluable. Anything you want to know about cooperation of families working together - small co-ops, large ones, mission statement and purpose, leadership and volunteer roles, handling conflict, potential class topic ideas, location, and even tax-exempt issues are explained. It¿s all there in this well written 170-page book. The author writes: It may not be problem free to start or run a home school co-op, but most homeschool parents find that co-oping is worth the commitment and expense! Homeschool co-ops are becoming more and more popular because they are meeting the needs and expectations of homeschooling families. There is no stone left unturned! No matter what your need or group size, this book is a great help to start and keep your Co-op healthy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2008
While I have never been a member of a co-op, I was thinking about getting together with one or two other families to have either an art class or science class-- the two subjects that have sadly fallen by the wayside in our homeschool. Carol's book came at the perfect time! Let me tell you some of my favorite things about her book: -Carol's writing style is very easy to read. It didn't take extra energy 'that I did not have' to just get through the book-- I actually enjoyed reading it! -Included in her book are real life stories and situations. Not only does it make things more interesting, but you can tell the book contains her personal experience with co-op's along with the experience of other homeschoolers. -As you would expect from a CPA, the book is very well organized. Nothing irks me more than a book with no flow and no sense in the order of chapters. -The book is very thorough and divided into three main sections: Starting a Co-op, Running a Co-op, and How to Avoid Burnout. -Examples of various forms, mission statements, etc. are included. She also has very pointed questions to ask yourself in each chapter. Not one to just convince you that a co-op is for everyone, Carol helps you to see the many benefits of a co-op as well as to count the cost. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has even thought about starting a co-op! This has encouraged me greatly and I plan to pass this useful resource on to others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2008
Are you thinking about starting a homeschool co-op? Are you involved a homeschool co-op that needs some re-structuring? Carol Topp, who is also a CPA, has written a how-to guide on how to start, run, and not burn out. As a homeschool group leader for many years, I would have benefitted from this book when our group went through a major reorganization. Growing pains are never fun, but our growing pains would have been easier with this resource. This books contains space for you to answer questions, and it gives you outlines of questions to ask when structuring your co-op. This book contains 11 chapters, and one chapter that ALL homeschool co-ops should read is the one about 501(c)(3) Tax-exempt Organizations. There is a handy checklist and list of resources. I highly recommend this book for any homeschool leader or member.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.