Podcast 003- Membership

Learn More About Membership

Discover and enjoy the benefits that come along with co-op membership.


Welcome everybody! I’m so excited to have you on the line tonight. This is Rayna Remondini with Howard County Homeschooling and I’m excited to share all the information about enrollment. And without further ado, I think we should go ahead and get started.

So, what we’re talking about tonight is going to be in reference to the 2019-2020 school year. The question that I get asked most frequently is, “What’s the difference between co-op and Meetup membership?” If I were to do the bottom line and just give it a one-sentence answer, I would say, “Co-op membership is equivalent to wholesale pricing, where Meetup membership is retail.” And what I mean by that is that for a co-op member, they pay $10/per class, where a Meetup member is paying $14.99.

Co-op members pay a $55 administrative fee, which is charged per family. And that’s charged every semester, including summer session. So, for the spring and for the fall and for the summer, $55 administrative fee also gets them the benefits of having sibling discounts. And in addition to that, they have discounts for social events. And these are more so like pertaining to our science fair, spelling bees. But at the same time, both memberships receive the benefits of having field trips, and enjoying group social events as well as attending co-op classes.

Okay, well let’s move on. I’m going to take you guys over to the website. Okay. So now that we’re at the website, let’s take a look at membership and what that looks like online. So you’re just going to come over here to the Membership header, and that’s going to give you a drop-down of either co-op or Meetup. And now that you know the difference between the two (2), if you choose co-op membership, that’s going to take you to a screen that looks like this. Which we finished. It had 7 questions. It takes you less than 2 minutes to do it. But the most important thing is to hit the FINISH button. When you hit this ‘Finish’ button, that’s going to take you to a page that offer the Early Bird Discount. Now this is only good until May 31st. It ends May 31st, which is right around the corner. So, if you want to take advantage of this, you want to make sure that you go ahead and sign your child up now.

Click Here – Meetup membership, and that will take you to a page that looks like this. And here at the Meetup platform, if you’re familiar with it, you know that you can get all the information about our field trips.

Any questions?

We’d just like to say that we appreciate your feedback. We appreciate your reviews and we appreciate your patronage. If you have found value, and continue to find value in or co-op, please head over to your social media account and let Facebook know. Tell us on our page. Give us a review. Give us a recommendation. Tell us what we’re doing right, (and if you want to), send an email to: rayna@hchomeschooling.org and tell us what we can improve on. Thank you so much for your time. We appreciate you and until next time… have a great day!

Podcast 001- Getting Started (Georgette)

Getting Started on your Homeschooling Journey

What to do when you’re considering withdrawing your child from school.


Knowing your state’s requirements is one key to successful homeschooling. But each state is different. So in this podcast, we focus on the state of Maryland.  If you’re homeschooling in Maryland, you’ll need to know the following simple steps.

Submit a Homeschooling Notification form to your local county.  This must be done 15 days before your homeschooling instruction starts.  You can find this form on our website under the Resources tab.

The Maryland regulation includes several options for homeschooling:

  1. Maintain a Portfolio – Under this option you agree to maintain a portfolio of your child’s work and meet with school officials semi-annually for a review.  You’re not required to use formal curriculum or a correspondence course.  You can create your own program.  Just make sure to keep good records.
  2. Approved Correspondence Schools – Home Study International in Takoma Park and Calvert School in Baltimore are two approved correspondence schools.  You must use their teacher advisory in order to not be subject to public school reviews.  The cost per child is about ~$950.00.
  3. Recognized Religious Satellite Schools – There are a lot of recognized satellite schools in Maryland.  However, all but one or two are Christian based, and costs vary from $250 to over $1,000 per family.  Enrolling in one of these programs will exempt you from public school reviews.

Withdrawing your child from public or private school is not difficult.  Just be aware that there’s an adjustment period for children who have gone to public school before, and the more they’ve attended school, the longer the adjustment time they’ll need.

Even though Maryland offers several options on how you can homeschool your child, there’s one law that must be followed regardless of whether you report to the county for homeschool reviews, enroll in a correspondence school or a religious satellite; and that’s the required curriculum.  While Maryland doesn’t prescribe a set curriculum for homeschoolers, it does require that your teachings include the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Health
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Your child is not required to take state tests.  However, if you’d like for them to take standard tests, please contact your local officials.  Every year you’ll need to notify the state about which option you’re homeschooling under.  This can be done in writing or over the phone.  No special forms are needed.

Homeschooling your children can seem like a daunting task, but there are many groups and organizations in Maryland that exist to help.  You can find a wealth of advice and support on our website, and learn about upcoming social events and field trips on our Facebook page and in our Meetup group.

If you’ve ever attended a social event, field trip or co-op class sponsored or organized by Howard County Homeschooling (HCHC), please visit our Facebook page and recommend us.  We appreciate you and your feedback!

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GEORGETTE – A mom who is 1 month into her homeschooling journey, speaks about her experience with notifying school officials of her intent to homeschool and the challenges she now faces.