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More kids learn at home than attend all the public schools in Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Rhode Island combined!

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What are homeschool co-ops?

Homeschool co-ops are small or large groups of homeschool families who join together to teach their students certain subjects. Usually parents take turns teaching the classes or are given part of the responsibility for the group. The co-op may divide the children into age groups or they may teach all of the students together. Co-ops are usually formed out of larger homeschooling groups. Co-ops provide group instruction for homeschooled students. It is important to find a co-op that meets your child's needs. It is best to start with enrichment type subjects in a co-op so that students can learn to work in groups and with an instructor other than just their own mother. As students mature, more difficult subjects may be taken in a co-op setting. Do not automatically assume that a co-op setting is needed for all homeschoolers to be successful in later classroom settings, like college. Make sure your child will learn best in a co-op and that the instructors are open to hear your concerns as your child's primary teacher.

Most state organizations can provide lists of support groups in various regions of the state. Another good way to locate support groups is to visit your local library.

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