We started school Monday. I’d been telling the kids all summer we’d start school Monday. I had all the curriculum (except for our technology class materials, from TechTrep Academy) ready. I had our homeschool group plan ready. And then Sunday afternoon I finally admitted to that nagging feeling that was eating away at my gut, that our homeschool group wasn’t really going to be the best fit for us this year. I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS!!! Did I ever mention I’m not good with sudden, unexpected changes?
Then the question became “well, what do we do instead?” I knew it wasn’t reasonable for us to drop “Plan A” without having a “Plan B”, and I didn’t have one. Not doing homeschool group at all is not an option for us (I go crazy, they go crazy, it’s not fun). In the back of my mind I remembered that there’s a homeschool co-op in the same area as our last homeschool group. I’d met some of the moms last spring at that fateful conference where I learned about Tech Trep. And I’d more recently met one of the moms at a binding party. (Yes, I’m a homeschool nerd and I own a spiral binding whole punch machine. We had a binding party for people to use it and spiral bind their material and books that were falling apart. Those are GREAT get-togethers!)
For once in my life, I actually remembered the name of a group when I wanted information about it! It was amazing! I Googled the group name, found the details, and saw that registration for fall semester was opening Monday morning at 8 for paid co-op members. This was Sunday night at 11:00. I talked to my husband, and he agreed that my concerns with continuing with “Plan A” were valid, and that I should look for something else. I showed him the co-op website, and he agreed immediately that it sounded like it would be a good thing for us to try for our family. So I immediately sent in the membership application, and hoped.
Monday morning, 8:45, I saw the email that my application had been accepted. That meant that I could attempt to register for classes with the co-op. I got on it right away, and was disappointed that the VERY FIRST CLASS, the one that first got me excited for the co-op, was already full. I did find an alternate class that will work and got all 4 of my school age kids registered for co-op classes for 3 hours every Monday. AND, in addition, this co-op has a teacher running a preschool class! So my 3yo will be in that class also, which will be a HUGE benefit for him.
Breaking the news to the kids did NOT go over well. They loved the old homeschool group and being with people there. The main issue with that group was that each of my 5 kids in classes in that group met a different hour. We started at 9:15 for the 3yo, then 10 for the 5yo and one of the twins, an hour break at 11, 12 for the other twin, and 1 for the oldest. That was FIVE HOURS of trying to keep children entertained not at home. If we lived closer it might have continued to work, but the distance was prohibitive for the benefit I was getting. And so it goes… The children are starting to get used to the idea now, and it is what it is. We’ll meet the group this coming Monday for a back to school picnic and facilities tour, and hopefully they’ll be more okay with the idea. Only time will tell.