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FAQs

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Is this a Christian group?

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Yes!  All of our members sign our Statement of Faith as part of the registration process.

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What does it cost to join?

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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, building fees, and this year other costs we will incur due to our unusual schedule/meeting places. Because there are so many unknowns with what this year will bring, we are only charging for insurance and website fees for the fall. Your $50 registration fee is for the fall only. If we are able to resume our classes inside in the new year, we will charge an additional fee at that time not to exceed $50 for families registered for the fall. Families who did not register for the fall will be charged more at that time to cover their insurance and website charges as well. The final amount will be based on how many time we are able to meet but will not exceed $100 total for the year for any family. Scholarships are available for any families in financial need. Families are asked to provide individual "school supplies" for their children. This will include crayons, scissors, school box, pencils, backpack, etc to limit having to share supplies. 

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How often do you meet?

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We meet on Thursdays throughout the school year.  This fall we will meet as one large group. However, in preparation for hopefully meeting inside early next year, we are asking families to pick a morning or afternoon option as well. Typically, we also go on several field trips, have family events, date nights, and moms' night out.  We have a large Valentines Party, a high school prom for the community, and culminate the school year with a Field Day at a local park. For specific dates, please see our calendar. 2020-21 will be an unusual year for us and activities may vary depending on what our state allows. We will find creative ways to still gather as a large group such as all outside meetings this fall. Family events, date nights, and moms' night out will still be held as well. We will hold as many of our usual other events as possible.   

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What grade levels can participate?

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We have classes for Preschoolers through 12th grade. For the fall, all children under 2 years of age will need to remain with their parent during our outdoor activities. Once we can resume indoor meetings, we provide a nursery for the younger ages. 

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What classes do you have to offer?

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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, and many others. This fall we will focus on activities that can best be done outdoors such as physical ed, art, group games, nature activities, and more. The more creative the parents, the more creative the classes! 

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What are my responsibilities as a parent?

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As a co-op, we rely on the participation of parents.  Each participating parent is required to teach and assist classes, as well as serve on an Action Team. This fall, every parent will be expected to teach and/or assist outdoor classes as well. 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.

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

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While visiting will give you a great feel for who we are, we cannot accomodate visitors at this time. In the future, you may schedule a visit by emailing mankatohomeschoolconnect@gmail.com.

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When is the deadline to register for the 2020-21 school year?

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Registration opens August 3, 2020 for families that have previously been part of Mankato Homeschool Connection. New families can begin registering August 12. Registration closes August 20 for everyone. We have a limit of 60 families total so please register as soon as possible to guarantee your place. We will have a waiting list for any additional families interested. 

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

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New families will be added on a space available basis in January.

 

Q:

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

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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.