The following is a post by contributor Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera.
Before my son was born, I’m not sure I had ever heard the word “co-op.”
It speaks to the weird loner-joiner vibe that can hit new mothers, I think, that by the time my son was 2, I was co-op-ing like nobody’s business.
At one point my husband actually asked me: “Is everything we’re doing a co-op?”
Gently, patiently, with the sage wisdom that comes with being a part of something for two whole weeks, I explained that no – everything was not a co-op. Just our two separate buying clubs, and the place I had started doing a lot of our grocery shopping, and a parenting group I had joined that was taking a very democratic approach to its governing system.
Co-op is short for “cooperative,” and essentially means people working together toward a like goal. In the homeschooling sense, co-op means homeschooling families that come together to offer classes or programs, or sometimes just support one another.
It took us a bit of time and a few wrong turns before we found our homeschooling co-op. But once we did, we knew it was the perfect fit for our family.