Monday, November 11, 2013

Karen Lange's New Book

I’m so excited to be a part of Karen Lange’s blog tour! Her new book, Homeschool Co-ops 101, has just been published and it’s a winner. Congratulations, Karen!

homeschool co-ops 101

Essential co-op tools, tips, and options for today’s homeschool families. Thinking about joining or starting a homeschool co-op? Not sure if a co-op is a good fit? Homeschool Co-ops 101 weighs the pros, cons, and creative options available for today’s homeschool family.

  • Section 1 includes essential, digestible info on co-op ingredients such as planning and organization, schedules, teaching, finances, and addressing conflict and burnout.
  • Section 2 shares a sampling of co-op games and activities, and
  • Section 3 contains five hands-on unit studies. These ready to use studies include lessons on Leonardo da Vinci, Birds of Prey, Public Speaking, Tall Tales, and Creative Writing, and are suitable for co-op or home use. This section also includes unit study guidelines that are easily customized to suit any topic.
  • Section 4 offers suggested books, curriculum, and other resources.
Karen Lange has gathered insight from years of co-oping and now shares her own and others’ experiences in this valuable and encouraging handbook.

Homeschool Co-ops 101 is available at:
karen lange

About the Author Karen Lange, her husband, and three children were active in co-ops during their sixteen-year homeschool journey. Her experience includes serving as a local homeschool support group coordinator and consultant for a state homeschool network in New Jersey. Karen’s children have since graduated, and she is now a freelance writer and online writing instructor for homeschooled teens. You can connect with
homeschool co-ops 101Karen at her Blog, on Twitter, and Facebook.

Blog Tour Schedule
November 4 ~Ruth Schiffman, ~Robyn Campbell,
November 5 ~Carol Alexander,
~Diane Estrella,
November 6 ~Gena Mayo,
~Marja Meijers,
November 7 ~Sandie Crozek,
~Melissa Brander,
~Cecelia Lester,
November 8 ~Susan Reinhardt,
~Cecelia Lester,
November 10
~Laura V. Hilton,
~Melissa & Tiffany,
~Janette Dolores,
November 11 ~Susan Sundwall,
~Michelle Isenhoff,
November 12 ~Carol Alexander,
~Jeanette Levellie,
November 13 ~Susanne Dietze, ~Sherryl Wilson,
~Anne Payne,
November 14 ~Rhonda Schrock, ~Abi Buening,
~Amber Schamel,
November 15 ~Crystal King, ~Barb Winters,
~Tyrean Martinson,
November 16
November 17 ~Amada Chavez,
~Cindi Clubbs,
~Rebecca Boerner,
November 18
~Carlene Havel,
~Cindy Loven,
November 19
~Karen Loethen,
~Amy Smith,
November 20
~Darlene Arroyo-Lozada,
November 22
~Sarah Bailey,
~Thumb Updown,
December 2
~Jennifer Shirk,
~Ticia M.,
My Review

Right from the beginning, with a simple explanation of what a homeschool co-op is, and through to the end where we find practical ideas for activities, this book will be an invaluable aid to families who have chosen home schooling. Ms. Lange addresses various concerns from her own experience as a homeshooler and puts your mind at ease. She knows what she’s talking about. She knows what relatives say and she knows how difficult it can be at times. The personal notes she adds lets other home schoolers know that this is more than an academic exercise. This book was written from the heart.

It’s evident that considerable thought and research went into the writing of this book. Lange encourages soul and goal searching when parents are in the planning stages of setting up a co-op. She uses examples of actual planned activities – if they worked out and if they didn’t. She quotes parents who have been through the experience and makes no bones about success and failure and why that can happen.

These elements and so much more will make homeschoolers want to have this one in their libraries. I highly recommend it. 

The Giveaway Open to US addresses only. One person will receive a $25 Amazon GC and a copy of Homeschool Co-ops 101. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered: a Rafflecopter giveaway The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced December 5, 2013. Good luck!
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code. Winning entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as e-mailed, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Diane at That’s What I’m Here For… and sponsored by the author, Karen Lange. The author provided me with a free copy of Homeschool Co-ops 101 to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free book.VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


  1. Susan,
    Thank you so much for hosting today. Your support means a great deal to me! Thanks also for your thorough and kind review. I am thrilled that you found it a great resource. I appreciate your help and encouragement!

    1. Blessings back, Karen. I know how hard it is to write and promote a book and really enjoy helping a fellow writer!

  2. Jennifer Brown BanksNovember 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    This is great news, indeed. Thanks, ladies, for sharing!

  3. Thank you for the thoughtful review and for hosting Karen with her debut book. I hope your readers find her book helpful.

    1. A big thanks to you as well, Diane! Couldn't have done it without you! :)

  4. Thanks for hosting Karen on your blog today, Susan. I enjoyed reading your review.

    Be well. :-)

    1. Thank you, Janette! I appreciate your support! :)

  5. I agree with you,Susan, considerable thought went into the publication of this e-book, I know God will use this book to help a lot of homeschooling parents make necessay decisions about the educational needs of their children.

  6. Cecelia, thank you for your kind words and support! This is my prayer as well. :)

  7. Thank you everyone for taking time out of your busy days to stop by and wish Karen well. She deserves it!

  8. I love it that Karen shares her experience so others don't have to re-invent the how-to co-op wheel. :)

    I've read this book, and it will bless parents for many years to come.

  9. Susan,
    Thank you! I appreciate your honest assessment. :)