My oldest will be in first grade next year, and I recently met some moms who are starting a co-op.
I remember loving our education co-op the year that we did it. I enjoyed taking classes in specific subjects, and most of all I enjoyed the social opportunities every week.
I’m definitely looking forward to my kids being able to participate in a co-op, but right now I’m wondering, is there a point during first grade?
I guess what I want from a co-op is something that enriches, not replaces. I remember taking Art, Shakespeare, and Debate–things that were better in a group and we’re necessarily something we were going to tackle at home. Had we kept going to co-op, I might’ve taken something like High School Biology with other kids and participated in all the dissections.
But for first grade? I’m just not sure if it’s worth the time commitment, and I don’t know yet about cost.
What has your experience been with co-ops? Are they worth it for young students?