Is your homeschool group exclusive, meaning you limit who can join? Should public school-at-home parents be joining your homeschool group? Some homeschool groups desire to be more exclusive and have all members be “independent” or “traditionally” homeschooling.
On the I Am a Homeschool Group Leader Facebook page, a question was asked about the pros and cons of mixing homeschool and public-school-at-home students in your group-or, put differently, being inclusive (open at all) or exclusive (limiting membership). Many homeschool leaders contributed their experiences and reason for their group’s decision.You can listen to that podcast at
In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, Carol Topp will share some of the reasons that some groups are exclusive and do not allow public school students into their homeschool group including:
- Leaders cannot serve everyone!
- Overcrowding pre-schools or other activities in the homeschool group
- Public school students have their own groups and support networks
- It’s easier to be exclusive. There were too many disagreements in inclusive group
- The group could lose a place in homeschool sports competitions if public school students are included
In the podcast Carol mentioned the Facebook group for homeschool leaders I am a Homeschool Group Leader. Join 400+ homeschool leaders for ideas, encouragement and respective exchange of ideas. https://www.facebook.com/groups/72534255742/
How to Start Them, Run Them and not Burn Out
Need more information on how to start and run a homeschool co-op? Carol Topp’s book, Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out is packed with helpful tips and advice from other homeschool leaders.
Starting a homeschool co-op can be easy! This book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out will give you ideas, inspiration, tips, wisdom and the tools you need to start a homeschool co-op, run it and not burn out!
Carol Topp, CPA