- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Aventine Press (April 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593305338
- ISBN-13: 978-1593305338
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Homeschool Co-Ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out Paperback – April 8, 2008
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With this insightful refrain, Carol Topp urges leaders of homeschool co-ops to identify their purpose and define their target.
The opening chapters of Homeschool Co-ops provide a levelheaded assessment of both advantages and disadvantages of participating in a co-op. For example, Topp tackles a significant issue by admitting: "Some people are extremely reluctant to discipline another person's child. Granted, I would never lay a hand on a child, but I do let them know if they are out of line. If you do not like assisting other parents in this way, or if you are very sensitive about other parents verbally disciplining your child, then you had better think carefully about a co-op commitment."
Speaking of interpersonal matters, Topp points us to The Peacemaker by Ken Sande for conflict resolution, and summarizes the key aspects to successful peacemaking: overlooking an offense, reconciliation, and negotiation.
Topp addresses general issues including the double-edged nature of co-op distinctives, as well as specific matters including how to evaluate space and facilities. Valuable checklists, surveys, and links support the author's recommendations.
Quick references sprinkled throughout the text direct readers who seek more in-depth coverage of a topic discussed. Sometimes readers are directed to another chapter within the text, other times they are referred to an outside source, website, or book.
Detailed suggestions for co-op offerings are provided, including classes and activities based upon students' ages, topics, clubs, or curriculum.Read more ›
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.
She gives great information. I use her book often as we have a co-op and a support group in our local area. You will find every answer for every question you could ask.
As a previous reviewer stated, there are Christian information inside the book. I don't find it a reason to NOT read the book as all the information is IMPORTANT for anyone who wants to run or KEEP RUNNING a homeschool co-op.
Thank you for the help, Ms. Topp!!! Wonderful book and great information!! I think you've saved our co-op a headache and nightmares!!
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I read this book cover to cover. Some mom friends also bought the book, and we are meeting this week to start planning a co-op based on our notes from this book. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Tawny the Mommy
Truth be told this book isn't worth the paper it's printed on. The author is some sort of Christian, with an agenda of programming its readers to believe in the Christian... Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by phil
I did not expect this book to be Christian based as it was not listed that way in the product's description. I was looking for a helpful book related to co-ops. Read morePublished on March 7, 2012 by S. Family
First of all, the author has a Christian bent, which surprised me and put me off a little, but once I overlooked that, it had some good information. Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by N. Fine
This book answers everything you ever wanted to know about homeschool co-ops. A Must READ for all homeschool groups! Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by Linda H. Cannady
Carol Topp has lovingly and prayerfully written a simple yet professional book for homeschool groups that is a valuable resource of tips, legal information, and step-by-step... Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by mommyvaca
It's a good starting point but it often refers to her website or other publications. The title announces a how-to book and since she is a cpa I was expecting "pure" legal advice -... Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Multilingual family