Being involved in a homeschool co-op has been part of our lives since we moved to North Carolina. I was really excited when I first heard about it, but nervous at the same time since I didn't know anyone. Our co-op has been great at times, almost dissolved at others and in the last year or so has started morphing into something of it's very own now :)
About a year or so ago I took on the organizing for our local co-op with another mom helping. There were times I loved it and times that it stressed me greatly. Little did I know that it was only the beginning and that as word got out we would grow by leaps and bounds. Last year I didn't like that it seemed I was the one solely responsible for the decisions. I am the type of person that doesn't want to make anyone upset and I have a difficult time making decisions more often than not (LOL) I decided that I needed a team of experienced moms to help this year. I decided that a group of four ladies would be great. I made sure that I asked experienced moms that I knew had tons of great ideas. I'm not always great at coming up with ideas, but can usually make sure they happen :)
We have been working super hard the last few weeks. Coming up with classes, descriptions, guidelines for the co-op etc. I never knew there could be so much involved in running a co-op. I've realized that more often than not you need to be proactive and think about what will more than likely happen rather than what is happening now :) I'd love to hear from others about what they have found worked great in their co-op and what didn't. What classes were super fun for the kids and what types of activities your groups did for back-to-school and end-of-the year parties.