Monday, November 4, 2013

Homeschool Co-ops 101 by Karen Lange, Book Tour & $25 Amazon GC Giveaway

homeschool co-ops 101
Essential co-op tools, tips, and options for today’s homeschool families. Thinking about joining or starting a homeschool co-op? Not sure if a co-op is a good fit? Homeschool Co-ops 101 weighs the pros, cons, and creative options available for today’s homeschool family.
  • Section 1 includes essential, digestible info on co-op ingredients such as planning and organization, schedules, teaching, finances, and addressing conflict and burnout.
  • Section 2 shares a sampling of co-op games and activities, and
  • Section 3 contains five hands-on unit studies. These ready to use studies include lessons on Leonardo da Vinci, Birds of Prey, Public Speaking, Tall Tales, and Creative Writing, and are suitable for co-op or home use. This section also includes unit study guidelines that are easily customized to suit any topic.
  • Section 4 offers suggested books, curriculum, and other resources.
Karen Lange has gathered insight from years of co-oping and now shares her own and others’ experiences in this valuable and encouraging handbook.
Homeschool Co-ops 101 is available at:
karen langeAbout the Author Karen Lange, her husband, and three children were active in co-ops during their sixteen-year homeschool journey. Her experience includes serving as a local homeschool support group coordinator and consultant for a state homeschool network in New Jersey. Karen’s children have since graduated, and she is now a freelance writer and online writing instructor for homeschooled teens. You can connect with Karen at her Blog, on Twitter, and Facebook. homeschool co-ops 101
Blog Tour Schedule
November 4 ~Ruth Schiffman, ~Robyn Campbell,
November 5 ~Carol Alexander,
~Diane Estrella,
November 6 ~Gena Mayo,
~Marja Meijers,
November 7 ~Sandie Crozek,
~Melissa Brander,
~Cecelia Lester,
November 8 ~Susan Reinhardt,
~Cecelia Lester,
November 10
~Laura V. Hilton,
~Melissa & Tiffany,
~Janette Dolores,
November 11 ~Susan Sundwall,
~Michelle Isenhoff,
November 12 ~Carol Alexander,
~Jeanette Levellie,
November 13 ~Susanne Dietze, ~Sherryl Wilson,
~Anne Payne,
November 14 ~Rhonda Schrock, ~Abi Buening,
~Amber Schamel,
November 15 ~Crystal King, ~Barb Winters,
~Tyrean Martinson,
November 16
November 17 ~Amada Chavez,
~Cindi Clubbs,
~Rebecca Boerner,
November 18
~Carlene Havel,
~Cindy Loven,
November 19
~Karen Loethen,
~Amy Smith,
November 20
~Darlene Arroyo-Lozada,
November 22
~Sarah Bailey,
~Thumb Updown,
December 2
~Jennifer Shirk,
~Ticia M.,
My Review

One of the things I liked best about homeschooling was the freedom - not being tied down to someone else's schedule. But that didn't mean I wanted to go it alone. For several years, we participated in a local co-op. I wish I had a resource like Homeschool Co-Ops 101 to get me started at the time.

Whether you're looking for opportunities to network with other homeschooling families, looking for social outlets for your children, or hoping to find someone who's good at teaching a subject that you struggle with, there are many benefits to joining a co-op.

Karen packs all the “need to know” information you might be looking for into this easy-to-read 78-page book. And that’s good, because a homeschooling parent is a busy parent!

  The Giveaway Open to US addresses only. One person will receive a $25 Amazon GC and a copy of Homeschool Co-ops 101. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered: a Rafflecopter giveaway The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced December 5, 2013. Good luck!
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code. Winning entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as e-mailed, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Diane at That’s What I’m Here For… and sponsored by the author, Karen Lange. The author provided me with a free copy of Homeschool Co-ops 101 to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free book.VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


  1. Sounds like great info. I'm thinking about homeschooling my future kids one day.

  2. Good Morning, Karen & Ruth -

    I've read Karen's book and was impressed with her thorough treatment of the subject. The principles and ideas can be used for kids whether or not they're homeschooled. They make learning fun!

    Susan :)

  3. Congrats to Karen for publishing a well thought out book for those interested in home schooling. I'll mention this to my sister-in-law, who just started this journey.

  4. Congratulations on the book! And thanks for the giveaway. We've just started out homeschooling journey.

  5. Ruth,
    Thanks so much for taking part in the tour. I appreciate your friendship and support! Thanks also for your kind review. I'm so glad you liked the book! Your opinion means a lot to me. :)

    Thank you! Wishing you the best on your future educational journey! :)

    Thanks so much! Your input means a lot. :)

    Thank you! Thanks too, for passing the word! :)

    Have a great week,

  6. Caitlin,
    Thank you! Thanks for connecting on FB and Goodreads too. :) Best wishes on your homeschool journey! :)

  7. Thanks for your thoughts on the book and for being a part of the blog tour. Have a super week!

  8. Such a great resource for those on this journey or considering it!

  9. YaY for my pal Ruth! Excellent review. I really love the unit studies. (We're using it in homeschool.) They think I'm smart. *wink* YaY Karen!

  10. Diane,
    Thanks so much for all your help with this tour! I'm blessed with so many wonderful friends. :)

    Thanks so much! I appreciate your input! :)

    Aw, you are so sweet! So glad to hear you are finding the lessons useful! :)


  11. Yeah, I kind of already own the book. *shrugs* What can I say? =)

  12. This sounds like a great book! I have a close friend who is considering home schooling, but she still has at least a year to decide. I will definitely pass along the links to this book. Thanks, Ruth; and congratulations to Karen!

  13. Crystal,
    Thank you! Thrilled to hear you have the book already. Appreciate it very much. :)

    Thank you so much! Thanks for passing the word along! :)

    Happy writing,

  14. I don't think I could ever home school my kids. I have complete respect and admiration for people who can do that. Thanks for the book recommendation.

  15. My husband and his sister were home schooled and my sister in law is planning on home schooling. I'll mention this book to her!

  16. Alex,
    Thanks a bunch! :)

    You know, it can be a great way to go, but it isn't for everyone either. Thanks for weighing in! :)

    Seems that everyone knows someone who has homeschooled these days! Thanks for spreading the word! :)

    Happy writing,

  17. Very creative idea! Will mention it to some friends.

  18. People choose to home-school for many reasons. I admire those who feel up to the task.

  19. I was unaware of a book that gave information about co-ops. I do not know if it would help me now. But it would be very useful for those who have never experienced one.

  20. Patricia,
    Thanks so much! Thanks too, for spreading the word! :)

    You are right, it can be a daunting task and needs to be the right fit for a family. Thanks for your thoughts. :)

    I had people asking me about them often, and I was encouraged by someone to write it down to share. :)

    Have a good week,

  21. This sounds like a great resource book. Congrats to Karen on her release.

  22. Medeia,
    Thank you! And I hear congrats are in order for you as well! :) That's exciting
    news. :)
    All the best,

  23. This sounds like a wonderful resource for parents who are homeschooling their children. I am sure joining a co-op has a lot of benefits and this book will help parents navigate through the homeschooling journey. Thanks for sharing and wishing Karen the best of luck!

  24. Jess,
    Thanks so much for your kind comments and good wishes! :)
    Happy weekend,

  25. Best wishes to you, Karen. I'm sure your book will be a great help for homeschool parents. Thank you for the review, Ruth.

  26. Connie,
    Thank you! Appreciate your kind words. :)
    Happy weekend,

  27. Congratulations Karen! Wishing you mega success!


  28. Nas,
    Thanks so much! Appreciate your support! :)
    Happy weekend,

  29. Ruth, if I had school-age children, I would definitely be doing homeschooling and be interested in learning more about home school co-ops.

  30. This sounds like a great resource for homeschoolers.

  31. Jean,
    Thanks for your input! Nice to meet you! :)

    Thanks so much. :)

    Happy writing,