My son turned 5 a couple months ago and I have pretty much decided we are going to homeschool, at least for kindergarten and see how we like it from there. We already have quite a few homeschooling friends. Our area has one homeschool co-op, but very unfortunately for us it is on Fridays. It is quite large and they do quite a few things from it, sports, plays, parties, graduations, plus all the classes for learning. Most of my friends do belong, and I always thought that it would be so beneficial that if we did homeschool, we should join. However, one of the things we like about homeschooling is going with my husband on his frequent trips for the reserves that always occurs over Fridays. Therefore, we would either have to give up traveling with my husband, or miss several co-op days. I guess each co-op is only an 8 week session and it isn't free - but also the co-op obviously wants each parent to contribute. So I have pretty much decided we just cannot do the co-op.
Will we be ok without a co-op? To me, it doesn't seem very common to homeschool without being involved in a co-op.