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FAQs



Q:

What exactly is Mankato Homeschool Connection (MHC)?

A:

MHC is a 501c3 nonprofit group that exists to encourage the Christian homeschool community in their walk with Christ and each other to better equip all to bring the light of Jesus into their homes and throughout all the world. MHC strives to do this through meeting once a week throughout much of the traditional school year for an afternoon of enrichment classes. Parents are essential to the process as they are the ones who teach the classes. There are a total of 18 weeks of enrichment classes plus 3 weeks in the fall where there are more laid back classes held at a local park. MHC has no paid employees, only volunteer parents. Interspersed throughout the year are also field trips, special events for families and parents such as Moms Night Out, holiday parties, and swimming, and many other activities. When you join MHC, you can expect to be given many opportunities to build a community of other homeschoolers. Beyond the main co-op day that is the core of MHC, how much or how little you participate in is up to you. 

Q:

Is this a Christian group?

A:

Yes!  All of our members must sign and agree to our Statement of Faith as part of the registration process.

Q:

What does it cost to join?

A:

We try to keep fees as low as possible for our families but need to cover our insurance, administrative costs, website access for each family, and weekly building rental. The fee for 2022-23 will be $150. Financial assistance is available by request for any families whose financial situation might prevent them from joining otherwise. 

Q:

How often do you meet?

A:

We meet on Thursdays throughout the school year starting in September and ending in May. We will have 3 park days to begin the school year in September followed by 3 different six week sessions of our actual co-op classes along with approximately 6 field trips throughout the year. 

Q:

Where do you meet?

A:

Due to the size of our group and availability, we currently meet for our co-op days in St. Peter. Our fall park days in September are held at a park in Mankato. 

Q:

What grade levels can participate?

A:

We have classes for Preschoolers through 12th grade. A nursery is also provided for the youngest family members. 

Q:

What classes do you have to offer?

A:

Rather than following a specific curriculum, we rely on the strengths of our members.  Our classes vary by grade, but we typically have Physical Education, Art, Science, and Social Studies classes that have included Botany, Slime Science, Molecular Gastronomy, Team Building, Cooking, Mind Benders, Story Time Tea, American Revolution, Geography, Oregon Trail, Anatomy, Junk Drawer Physics, Sewing, and many others. Parents are encouraged to teach classes in areas they are gifted in and we often have a great variety of options due to that. 

 

Q:

Can my high schooler earn credits by taking classes at co-op?

A:

Credits and grades for high school students that are homeschooled are given by their parents. However, we plan to offer classes this year to those students in grades 8-12 that could be used for credit if the student chooses to do the optional homework and the parents wish to give them credit. The teachers of the courses will assign a grade based on the work the student turned in for the class but it is up to the parents if they want to use that grade. 

This year we have our high school schedule planned out for the entire year so students know exactly what to expect. The classes first session will be Financial Literacy and Astronomy. Second session will be Caring for God's Masterpiece: Personal Health  and Financial Literacy: Debt Free College and Beyond. Third session will have Geography and Science: Caves. Field trips that correspond to these courses will also be offered. If students chose to complete the assigned homework, we suggest the following credits: Personal Health & Wellness 1/4 credit, Personal Finances 1/2 credit, and General Science 1/2 credit, Geography 1/4 credit. You can always supplement these courses at home to earn more credit for them as well. 

Q:

What school supplies do I need to provide for my child(ren)?

A:

Children can bring a backpack with a peanut free snack and water bottle each day. All actual school supplies such as crayons, markers, pencils, etc will be provided by the co-op when they are needed. 

Q:

Can we just participate in the special events and field trips?

A:

Unfortunately no. We desire to build community with all of our members and our co-op day is central to that. All the other special events and field trips are extra opportunities for further building of those relationships for our members. 

Q:

What are my responsibilities as a parent?

A:

As a co-op, we rely on the participation of parents.  Each participating parent is required to teach and assist classes. While many people feel intimidated by the idea of teaching a class, these same parents often report that they ended up loving it.  We have found that every mom or dad has something to offer, and we've found that when every parent offers what they have, we become a much better organization! We also have fundraising opportunities through the year that we ask all families to be involved with whenever possible to help pay for other expenses not covered by the registration fee. Finally, there will be special activities and events that are offered that will need volunteers to help run. Please consider helping out in at least one of these through the year. 

Q:

Can I just drop off my child(ren) or have them attend with another family?

A:

No. This is a co-op that requires the participation of parents to be successful. A parent needs to be on-site with their children each co-op day.

Q:

Do I have to fundraise?

A:

While we encourage all families to participate in fundraising as many of the opportunities provide a chance to practice new skills or serve in new ways, we realize it is not always possible for everyone. In the past, we have done things such as serving at Pizza Ranch, doing a read-a-thon, and selling t-shirts. In the event you are unable to fundraise at all, we ask that you donate $75 instead as a buy-out of your fundraising responsibilities.

Q:

Can I visit Mankato Homeschool Connection to see if it is a good fit for my family?

A:

Yes. Once our fall session is underway, you may schedule a visit by emailing [email protected]  

Q:

When is the deadline to register for the 2022-23 school year?

A:

Our current members will receive priority registration in early June. New members may begin registering June 16th and all registrations need to be in by June 30th. 

Q:

If I miss the registration deadline, can I register later in the year?

A:

If space allows, we will allow new families that missed the summer registration to register in October 2022 to begin attending co-op classes in January 2023. We cannot guarantee this option though as we may be at capacity already. 

 

Q:

My child reads at a higher/lower grade level. What grade should I put him/her in?

A:

Most of our classes do not have a strong emphasis on reading or writing, and teachers are very understanding of different ability levels.  As their parent, we understand you know your child best and trust you to decide what grade they would fit in with best considering both their academic ability and maturity level. We just ask that whatever grade level you register your child for, you keep them in that level throughout the year.