4. Children learn to learn under different teaching styles.

5. Children learn to cooperate with children outside their family.

6. Children learn traditional classroom manners (raising hands, etc.).

7. Sharing the teaching load.

8. A support group for moms.

9. Moms can benefit from strengths, talents and interests of other teachers.

10. For older students it provides a great discussion group for literature and creative writing.

11. Sense of identity or belonging.

12. Meet new people.

13. Can be more fun and exciting to do projects and activities in a larger group setting.

14. A little competition is beneficial for some students. It may help them to try harder or do their best work when they know others will see it.

15. May provide a sense of stability during tough family times: chronic illness in family, difficult pregnancy, move, job loss, etc.

16. Teachers may work harder to prepare lessons because of teaching for a group.

17. May bring out the best in teachers.

18. May provide the motivation to keep on going.

19. Helpful when a student is truly desiring to “go to school.” A co-op can be a useful compromise.

20. Great for high school - teaching labs, languages, and having in-depth discussions in literature, government, etc.


Next time - let’s look at some of the disadvantages as well as a 12-step-plan for starting your own co-op.

Maggie Hogan is a motivational speaker and co-author of The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide, Gifted Children at Home, and other resource books. She and her husband Bob have been home schooling their boys since 1991. Involved in local, state, and national home-schooling issues, they both serve on boards of home education organizations in Delaware. They are also owners of Bright Ideas Press (www.BrightIdeasPress.com), a home-school company dedicated to bringing the best practical, fun, and affordable materials to the home-school market.

Maggie's e-mail address is Hogan@BrightIdeasPress.com