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    Quote Originally Posted by MissLemon View Post

    Does that sound like a "normal" co-op? It seems kind of half-baked to me, but I dunno. It could totally be that I'm the problem in this scenario.
    I don't know how normal it is, but I do know that the local co-op will not tell other people except for paid members if they are doing a day at the park or public library, as if others have cooties. I don't think they will check, but everyone does seem to know if you go to events or not.
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    $5 for the whole class (or $30 when you add in the extras?) or for each week? Because for the whole class, $30 sounds like an absurd bargain.

    The big one that I mentioned that started near us is $100 per family to join, plus $25 and materials for each class. So for me to enroll my kids for the full day would have been $300 plus materials and nearly every class had a materials fee of some kind, so probably more like $400 for one semester. PLUS, I would have been required to teach and parents aren't supposed to leave (you have to designate someone if you do). And we would have lost a full day of homeschooling. No thanks.

    The other big one that I mentioned that we know families in is more like $50 per family for the semester, plus class fees, which vary wildly. However, I wouldn't have been required to teach and my friend who does teach just charges enough to cover her kids being there so she breaks even. She says everyone does that. So if I wanted to drive way out there, that would probably break out to be just the cost of the gas. Not that I really do... but I know one of my boys wants to have a "school day" with classes and homework at some point soon, so we may be stuck choosing the lesser of two evils on that one.
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    I joined a new co-op when it got started this past year because I already knew the people that were starting it from another group. It's worked out really great for us. The membership fee isn't a lot really, it's $45 -$60 for the year, which compared to some other options is really a bargain, then you pay by class and pay whatever fees are associated with field trips you want to attend. The classes are held in church, but the group is secular. Aside from the decor, there's really no mention of Christianity and the space is nice. I like that we can choose to do the full day of classes, or just take one class. Or take no classes and just come for field trips, parks days, and events.
    I was a member of one co-op that didn't work well at all for us. We signed up for the full day of classes but it was a little overwhelming and with it being the first year it was a little disorganized and just overall stressful for us. I also tried to jump into a teaching position that just pushed me past my comfort level.
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    I am leery of parent led activities. It's always the same 1-3 women in charge here, and they are all great idea people who lack follow through and/or get bored and drop projects midway through. They also do not like to delegate or share control, but then moan endlessly about no one helping. They have a finger in every pie - it's bled into every semi-organized homeschool extracurricular we've been involved with. With dd's ASD issues and my lack of desire to manage other people's kids, I haven't been excited to start something on my own. I'm also not crazy about the whole concept, for many of the reasons Oksana gave. It would take a unique opportunity to capture my interest at this point.
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    $5 a class? Wow. The local city co-op here does classes by the semester. One semester tends to cost between $100-300 depending on the class, but I'm not expected to teach, or clean up at that one, or even, really be present at all. That one I LIKE. And, it has a few cool classes we might try when Tech is a little older. Though talking my husband into leaving Tech alone with anyone he hasn't know for like a decade, is difficult. How he made it through pre-k I will NEVER know.

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    Yes, $5 a "class". The classes are more like group activities, held at the community center/rec center. Last week was "Easter Crafts", which was basically the kids coloring for an hour, then doing an egg search at the park. The week before that was a trip to a community beach, another week was "spring crafts", another was a trip to the fire station. So, no academic stuff, and it's all lead by the same 2 or 3 moms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissLemon View Post
    Yes, $5 a "class". The classes are more like group activities, held at the community center/rec center. Last week was "Easter Crafts", which was basically the kids coloring for an hour, then doing an egg search at the park. The week before that was a trip to a community beach, another week was "spring crafts", another was a trip to the fire station. So, no academic stuff, and it's all lead by the same 2 or 3 moms.

    What are they doing with the money? Charging for a trip to the fire station or the beach? That sounds kind of ridiculous. Usually the ones that charge are for art or science supplies.
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    "We aren't the droids you're looking for." LOL!!! Perfect.

    Yeah, I'm not into paying someone to arrange a play date for my kid and me. Though, I personally, am past the play date age with mine....
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    Mariam, the money goes to the city recreation center. I don't totally understand the financial relationship. The city doesn't "own" the co-op, or do any advertising for it. All of the advertising is word of mouth and you join via facebook. I guess the fee is for use of the space at the rec center? Except...we don't always use the space, and you can't just go to activities outside of the rec center to avoid paying. The rec center processes all of the payments. They don't pay for any supplies for us, except they bought some sports equipment, (jump ropes, hoola hoops, that sort of thing, but we dont own the stuff, the rec center does, so it is available for public use), at the start of last year. The co-op does all the set up and clean up. Rec center provides a room when we want it, and tables and chairs on those days.

    If you teach a class, you still have to pay the fee. When I offered to host a lego club, the co-op said fine, but I'd have to bring all the legos because the rec center didn't have any for us to use, and I'd still have to pay the weekly fee. I was like, yeah, I don't think I'm going to do that. I don't want to haul 5 zillion pounds of legos 45 minutes there, and then have to clean up the 5 zillion pounds of legos and haul them 45 minutes back home, AND pay for the experience, when I could go to the library lego club and *not* pay and *not* have to bring 5 zillion pounds of legos.

    Anyway, sorry to veer off into whining and griping territory! I tried grouching to my hubby, ("Is this weird? Or am I being weird? Because it feels weird, but maybe it's me?"), but he just shrugged and said "I dunno".

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    MissLemon, I think we married identical men! My husband does the same thing! Maybe it's a guy thing?

    And why would you have to pay the fee for the class if you are teaching it? That just sounds...bizarre. At the city co-op, the fees for the classes go to the teachers while the joining fee pays for the space. Which seems reasonable to me, as the most expensive classes are the lego robotics classes, and the least expensive are just like the language classes. I can't see teaching a class AND paying for my kids to attend the class I'm teaching. That just seems...weird.

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