How To Start A Preschool Co/op
You have decided to home school preschool and or want to supplement your current preschool schedule with a Co/op. Personally I decided to home school for the early years and wanted to find a way to build in the social aspect of preschool beyond a typical play date. There are options out there for K & up co/ops but nothing geared towards preschool.
I happened to belong to a Mops group at the time and met another Mom who had decided to home school preschool for a year, and we came together to form a small co/op for a few years. Below are the Steps we took to set it up.
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Steps To Creating A Homeschool Co/op
1. Find a few moms or dad’s who are interested in doing a preschool co/op….think Mops groups, church, play groups etc. I recommend no more than 4 to 6 moms and children.
Note : Our group had 4 moms and 6 children total.
2. Decide on a philosophy or direction you want your Co/op to go….
Note : Our group had more of a Montessori feel to it and each co/op day consisted of the following activities:
A. Sensory Bin – That rotated between houses each week so that each family got to play with it for a whole week.
B. Movement Activity
C. Hands on Craft or Activity within the month’s focus
D. Story Time
E. Snack & Free Play
3. Meet together and decided on a schedule and how many days a week you would like the co/op to go run
Note : Our Co/op ran on Tuesdays from 9:30 -11:30 we rotated houses and each host was responsible with the above schedule including providing snack. We planned one field trip every 5 weeks or so. We picked out a theme each month and the activities revolved around that theme. Lastly each month we rotated who made the sensory bin.
4. Have Fun! In our co/op we all participated and it was a great support! Our children became great friends, and they looked forward to it each week.
5. Enjoy this time with your little one’s it goes by way to fast! Personally seeing my children learn and make connections has been an immense joy!
Have you started your own pre school co/op or elementary & up co/op? What are some aspects or tips you have learned along the way? If you are new to homeschooling and or would like more information please comment or email!
Til Our Next Adventure,