As you lean on the Lord to direct your path through the homeschooling years you may find He will lead you to be a part of a support group or perhaps even a co-op. You may ask yourself, “Well what is the difference?” Let me first explain that the term “co-op” is a group of homeschooling families that join together for similar purpose to “cooperate” and pool their resources to meet the needs of their homeschooling community.
I once took a field trip with my children to a pumpkin patch. We had a very educational afternoon. One thing I have taken with me for years is that I learned that all pumpkins are squash, but not all squash are pumpkins. A similar comparison can be made between co-ops versus support groups. Many co-ops offer a support group component, but support groups generally are not co-ops. Okay, now that I have officially confused you, let me break apart these two distinct titles.
What does a support group have to offer?
Is a co-op right for your family?
What are you finding you need?
Let me try to navigate the support group and...