Joining the Albuquerque Homeschool Co-op
Joining the Albuquerque Homeschool Co-op is a simple process which you can begin by -->clicking here
<--. However, we recommend that you first learn more about co-op membership by reading the information below.About the Albuquerque Homeschool Co-op
Our goal is to provide a warm and enriching environment where homeschooled kids and their parents have opportunities for friendship, support and educational activities.
We call ourselves a co-op because members cooperate to provide enriching experiences for their children and themselves. For example some members set up tours, others like to plan parties or classes, and we all help to welcome new members. Every member shares in the benefits of our group, and every member contributes in ways that come naturally to them.
We are a diverse, inclusive group, and as such we welcome members regardless of their religious belief or non-belief, homeschooling method (boxed curriculum, eclectic, unschooling, etc), parenting style or location in the Albuquerque area.Who can join
The criteria for joining the co-op are simply:
* be a current resident of the greater Albuquerque area, so you can attend activities,
* have a child between 0 and 18 years old,
* be home schooling your child full time, or if your child is not yet compulsory school age, firmly intending to do so.
After reading these guidelines, you may decide you prefer a group that is more exclusive (for example, one for Catholics, unschoolers, or residents of Rio Rancho), or one that is more inclusive (for example, those enrolled part time in APS Family School, or those looking for summertime enrichment for their non-homeschooled children).
If either of the above is true for you, keep in mind there are many homeschooling groups in our area. You might even decide to start you own. You can find help and support on our public homeschooling forum, which is open to everyone. The public forum can also be a helpful resource if you’re considering homeschooling but haven’t made a decision yet.Membership benefits
In addition to the public online homeschooling forum, which is open to everyone, we also have a private forum and online calendar just for members. The members forum and calendar cannot be accessed unless you join the co-op. Registering on the public boards is not the same thing as joining the Co-op.
Members of the co-op can look forward to many exciting activities for their children and themselves. We typically have several activities to choose from each week. For the privacy and safety of our children, the co-op calendar of events is available only to members.
In a typical month we offer park days, visits to the zoo or museums, classes such as art or history, and moms nights out. Many activities are free, some charge a small fee to cover expenses or entrance fees.Participation RulesDues
There are never fees or dues associated with joining Albuquerque Homeschool Co-op. However, we do require all members to participate as described below.User Names
All Co-op members are required to use their first name and last initial as their user name. The use of real names creates a feeling of community that can't be replicated with an alias.Co-op Directory
All Co-op members are required to have their information listed in the Co-op directory. This is so you can be contacted if there is a change in a scheduled event. The directory also facilitates personal friendships among members, which is what Albuquerque Homeschool Co-op is all about.Attendance
There are no minimum attendance requirements, but we would love to see you as often as you can. Posting
Every three months the membership boards get pruned of members who haven’t posted within a 3 month period. This is done in order to maintain the privacy of all active members. In the event you are pruned due to inactivity, simply contact the Admin Team if you are able to post at least one time every three months and would like your membership re-instated. The public portion of the boards will remain open to inactive members. In the event you are removed from the members boards due to inactivity, you must attend a park day before your membership can be reinstated.On-going groups and classes
Groups or classes are considered on-going when they actively meet or have scheduled activities for three month or more. For example, a history class that meets monthly for a year could be considered on-going. An on-going group can have its own sub-forum for the ease of all participating in the group. If you would like to have a sub-forum, contact the Admin team and we’ll provide you with one. There are, however, a few rules regarding sub-forums:
* An activity or class is not eligible for sub-forum status unless it has been active for at least 3 months.New Members
* If a sub-forum becomes inactive for more than 3 months, it will be removed.
* A sub-forum may be started by any member, whether new or veteran.
* A sub-forum can only be open to current Albuquerque Homeschool Co-op Members.
* A sub-forum may not have a financial chair. Albuquerque Homeschool Co-op is neither a non-profit nor not-for-profit, and we do not handle money unless it is to cover the costs of supplies, entrance fees, or trips. In cases where money is collected for costs or fees, the sub-forum facilitator will collect the money or ask/appoint a volunteer to collect it.
* We will not host sub-forum which falls under the umbrella of an active or inactive non-profit or not-for-profit organization.
* Admin. reserves the right to add or remove sub-forums on a case by case basis.
New members have the same benefits as members. A new member may host or start a class or plan an outing as soon as they join. Regardless of how long you have been a member, the governing rule of the co-op is really the golden rule itself; treat others as you wish to be treated.
All posts and in person interactions should be respectful and non-derogatory. If your opinion should vary from others, that is fine and just lends to our wonderful diversity. However, please remember that hostility and disrespect toward any member will not be tolerated, and the Admin. Team reserves the right to remove the membership status of anyone who is consistently hostile or disrespectful.
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