Last year I thought we would be doing activities on a Thursday with fellow homeschoolers. Unfortunately, they all were in a co-op through a local church group. We chose not to do the co-op for a few reasons (not our denomination and very vocal about theirs and we didn't want confusion, having dc with struggles coming out of a school we didn't want to put him in a situation he couldn't handle with a parent who might not handle him well, etc) and were certainly okay. We participated a bit with a social/activity group, however they met on Tuesdays often and we couldn't participate because I was working on Tuesdays.
Fast forward to this year... I changed my work schedule from Tuesday to Thursday so we could participate in the social group. School has started and activities are scheduled (a mom of a hs age hser schedules stuff). We have gone to 4 activities through the group so far. We have been the only ones for 2, the other 2 a family we met at the store has also come to join us. No one else. Apparently the folks involved last year with younger (not high school kids) have all either moved or stopped homeschooling. Meanwhile I have run into some of the people we used to associate with from other places and they are all involved in the co-op and loving it. Now I am working on Thursdays. I still have the religious concerns about the co-op, however now that ds is being homeschooled on his own (sibling back in school) I am concerned that he is having pretty limited interaction with other homeschooled kids.
I guess I could use some btdt about co-ops. Should I be thinking of trying to change work schedule to participate? Or do I look to see if there are other co-ops further away on Tuesdays? Or try to start up something different on Tuesdays myself?