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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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Product Details

  • 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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"I learned that, regretfully, we cannot be all things to all people--only Jesus can."

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.
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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.
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Recently we began a homeschool support group in our area. This book has been invaluable in the process of beginning and setting our group up. The ideas are presented in a clear and organized manner, so that it was very simple to follow the steps from getting started, growing the group, moving towards tax exempt status, and avoiding burn-out. Checklists, sample documents and other resources were also included in the book. Another important section was on conflict resolution because we all know that when dealing with other people there is going to be some issues! In addition to the knowledge in the book, there are several links to sites that provide additional resources, including the author's website. I have found her information to be an excellent source for beginning homeschool groups. On a side note, after reading her book and perusing the Homeschool CPA site, I emailed Carol with several questions and she replied to them!
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After serving in a leadership role for 5 years to a co-op group which was formed about 20 years ago, several aspects of the book were superfluous to my needs. However, I still found many great fresh ideas, numerous checks and balances to implement in the financial arena, and just much needed refreshment and encouragement at a time when I was suffering some "burn out". Carol also has cited other support groups and knowledge bases which were immensely helpful. I recommend highly for anyone serving in a leadership role in a home school co-op!
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Ms. Topp is a WONDERFUL source for all things "homeschool co-op" related! Definitely a book not to pass over on your way to developing, working at, and KEEPING that co-op!

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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