Co-ops can be a wonderful opportunity to enrich your homeschool, or they can be a needless distraction from the task at hand, HOMEschooling.
I think it really depends on your family and your season of homeschooling. Sometimes a co-op can be more of a benefit for mom than the children, a bit of a break for a short time or a time to focus on other children.
We have been involved in a couple of different co-ops both in Michigan and in Florida, both were drop off style co-ops. The drop off style worked best for our family because not all of the children were participating. The first co-op we were in was more for me, the worried type of homeschool decision that the kids needed to be in classes. The second time was more for my oldest and his desire to meet other homeschooled middle schoolers. Neither was a bad experience, but not necessarily vital either.
Co-ops can be both beneficial and detrimental to your homeschool day
Try different classes – art, sewing, movie-making are all kinds of classes that have been offered
Enroll your child in a class that is your weakness i.e. math or writing
Another avenue for making friends – for your children and yourself!
A way for children to do work for someone other than mom or to get feedback from another person
Expensive for a big family – if you are enrolling 4, 5 or 6 kids that can add up!
Difficult if all the children don’t/can’t participate – running back and forth dropping off/picking up, entertaining the other kids who are not enrolled, it can make for a long day.
A permanent fixture on the schedule – takes away a bit of flexibility
For us we are opting not to participate in a co-op next fall. Is your family involved in a co-op?