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Unschooling / homeschooling / share care cooperatives and time banks

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I wanted to throw this idea out there because I couldn't find much about it when searching on this site.

There are some people who just really struggle, whether they lack the support from partners or relatives or friends, or they're juggling a lot between caring for the little ones and building wealth.

No matter what someone prefers to call it, educating the youth in a private home or local community setting is connected to our roots. I don't think homeschooling and unschooling and staying at homewould be as increasingly talked about if people weren't coming back to this on some way. I believe that's where the people of the community each take their independent power back and can benefit from the assurance their babies are somewhere safe and learning the truth. Such an environment lays an important foundation for sustainable life practices and teaching the next generation true Independence, if done right and mindfully.

I know of intentional communities who have schools on site where some people are teachers, whether or not they also have kids, and others maintain the role in other parts of the land. Everyone chips in. This is one of the applied strengths of intentional community in that kind of use case.

Does anyone use any type of time bank system, any cooperative or trust organizational structure, to collaborate with others of like mind in sharing the duties of education and caring for their kids? Is this in a community setting, like an IC, or between different people you have come together with in your neighborhood?

What benefits do you see from it, if so?
Where are you in the process of development?
If not, what are some ideas you have about implementing this either in the physical with your local area or virtually, or some combination of that?

I'm very much interested in implementing this as well so I'm not asking solely for the sake of it. I really want to see who is out there and needing this too.

Keep in mind, there is often no money (in the fiat sense) that changes hands in these types of arrangements, although a nanny share may often do this, but that's where several families all chip in for a lower cost to share a nanny they may only need part time. I'm not necessarily talking about that.
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Not exactly what you're talking about but these parents near Montreal take turns teaching kids whatever subjects the parents know. The rules for homeschooling in Quebec are strict so I guess everyone's motivated to show they have some plan/structure in place. It does cost money to use.

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All four of my kids homeschooled at one point or another. We were fortunate to have a homeschooling charter school center. We had teacher support, and some classes through them. They supplied books, art supplies, science supplies etc. And they paid for various third party classes, like chess club and woodworking class. It worked better than some of the other things we did. My sick child did an independent study thing for a while, that was awful. The school district were monsters. But my not sick child did all of high school in independent study and it only took 2 1/2 years.

I'm sure that you can find like-minded individuals many places that would be willing to share responsibility for your children's education. Here in California, you would just R-4 them as a private school. Good luck, whatever you decide.
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