Homeschoolers often take advantage of educational opportunities at museums, community centers, local libraries, after-school programs, churches, parks and other community resources. Also, secondary school students may take classess at community colleges. It is a good idea to find out up front if there is a cost or fee associated with using any of these resources. The fees for other resources such as online or distant learning, tutors, driver's education, music lessons, etc. should also be determined.
Sometimes socialization can be an issue for homeschooled students. Many homeschool families address this issue by joining community sports teams or the YMCA, participating in scouting or other clubs, and getting involved with church groups or volunteer ogranizations. Some of these organizations charge a fee for participating in these activities and there is also a charge for purchasing uniforms.
Homeschool co-ops are another means of socialization. These are groups of homeschool families who join together to provide a classroom environment where students can do hands-on and group learning such as; science experiments, art projects, spelling bees, discussions, field trips, etc. The cost associated with these activities are usually determined collectively by the co-op or it is determined by the cost of the particular activity.
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