Sorry if there's a thread like this already! But, I thought it'd be interesting to see where y'all are at, and if there are any similar families in our area!
Where are you?
What ages and styles are you using?
Do you co-op?
We're in Allenstown, NH. Our daughter is five and we're pretty much going with the flow! Her almost three year old sister is tagging along learning everything with her. We're in a couple of co-ops but for their age range they're pretty flexible with learning and activities. Nothing specific. More like educational playdates than anything.
We are in Northwestern PA.
My dd is 7.5 and we are unschoolers at heart with a classical bent. Most of what I strew dd's path with are things that are in keeping with classical unschooling (latin, ancient history, grammar) but she has plenty of time and freedom to follow her own interests as well.
No, we've never used a co-op.
Eastern Washington State
Ages 11 and 8 (9 in October) --will be grades 6 and 3. My 5 yr old will do half day kindy. We are very eclectic, but becoming more structured because the kids want it. We are very hands-on and will keep this aspect about us as we add the structure.
We don't co-op. I really don't like them--at least the ones around her. I feel all bristled when I explore them as options. I am, however, starting a 'social group' of sorts for tweens/young teens. I am hoping that it will be a monthly large group gathering that the kids come to for fun. Just fun. The parents will hopefully get to know each other well enough that they feel comfortable dropping their child off for the fun--and hopefully everyone will rotate houses for movies/games and the kids will also have skating events, sledding/tubing, whatever we can think of. And, furthermore, I hope that every child finds another that they really 'hit it off with'.
We're in Denver Colorado. Ds is 5, we are part of a small learning co-op, nothing official but the parents take turns putting on 6 week classes. We are also part of a once a week enrichment program for homeschoolers with the school district, this our first year we'll see how that goes. We are Unschooling unabashedly and loving it.
We live in New York City.
Ds is 10 and our style is "relaxed, child-led Charlotte Mason". My two older kids are not homeschooled anymore.
Ds and I are not that fond of co-ops so we don't bother with them. We prefer to do tons of other types of classes and field trips with the homeschool groups we belong to.
We are in the north bay (san rafael), california. I have a 13.5 year old and a toddler. This is our first year homeschooling and dd is super excited.
We are using a mix of Oak Meadow for humanities and science, an online algebra course and Japanese. We're also doing Living Poetically, as well as a health and nutrition and fine arts/music curriculum just cobbled together by me. I guess that makes us eclectic. We are pretty structured on a daily basis - dd has ADD and needs a certain kind of structure. She is also very creative so within that structure there's a lot of room for her to play around.
There is not a co-op nearby for her age group, though I wish there were. We are trying to get together a group of kids for fun, like AAK (wish we lived near enough to join yours!).
We live in the Desert Southwest, USA.
We have participated in at-home preschool co-ops with my oldest son when he was 3 and 4.
We participated in a homeschool co-op with my oldest 2 sons 2 years ago and are preparing to attend
a once-a-week co-op this coming Fall with the 2 oldest again.
We like doing this every once in a while (a few months at a time and then after a year or two break)
because it is fun to get to know new friends and learn things we might not be doing at home.
Most of all, we like to do our own things, as well as travel, so I don't rely heavily on co-ops to "do our homeschool".
We are life learners, with Charlotte Mason leanings.
We are in South-Eastern Idaho
I have a 9 year old that is doing k12 this year, a 5 year old that we are doing a little of this a little of that program, and a 3 year old who loves head of the class, and starfall as his "schoolwork"
There are not very many co-ops in the area and the only one that is close enough to really join is too spendy for us right now, ($80 a month, you get one month free if you pay for the whole school year up front.)