July 13, 2007, Newsletter Issue #185: The Advantages of Joining A Homeschool Co-op

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A homeschool co-op has many advantages for a parent who is teaching an elementary homeschool program. Here are just a few:

You and your children will both develop friendships. Coming together with peers is fun and it enables both adults and children to learn from each other. If a parent is weak in a particular subject another homeschooling parent can teach that subject. For instance, a parent who is weak in math can allow another parent to teach their child math. Then, the parent who is weak in math may teach a subject he or she is in such as history or geography. Children learn about public speaking and how to get up in front of a group through giving reports, doing show-and-tell, or simply reading a story. Character growth is developed in homeschool co-ops because children learn to take instruction from someone other than their parents. They also learn how to share, interact with their peers and be a friend. Homeschool co-ops are a good break from home and something both parents and children look forward to each week. Homeschool co-ops make homeschooling families more accountable and they are more likely to stay on track.

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Sarita Holzmann
Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.

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