Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I register?
Members that teach a parent-led class may register first. Open enrollment includes 3 dates, tba. You must register in person.
Registrations are processed in the order they are received on a first come, first serve basis.
Please contact us to receive the registration forms and class options.
How much does it cost to join?
The Family Membership Fee + the class cost for each student= $ total.
What is required for member participation?
1. Stay on-site with your children.
2. Either: Teach 1 class each week OR Help in 2 classes each week.
3. Help with Tasks.
Parents teach their own children all mandatory subjects at home, then join us on Fridays for elective and group classes. Some of the high school level classes may count towards your home accreditation. This is not a drop-off program.
What are Tasks?
Tasks are jobs that help our co-op. Tasks are claimed when you register. Examples include the Yearbook team helper, Hot Lunch Manager, Set up or take down one room, and door greeters. Contact us for a complete list.
Can I make payments?
The family membership fee is due with registration and will not be refunded.
Homeschool Kingdom offers easy payment due dates:
If you need further payment plan assistance, please make arrangements with our treasurer in advance.
What is non-refundable?
The Family Membership and Class Fees are non-refundable.
How many co-op meetings are there per semester?
We meet three sessions of 8 weeks each (fall, winter, and spring), that means we meet 24 times per year.
There are also field trips, family events, adult's night out, and date nights (all optional and fun)!
Can I register for just one class?
Yes, you can register for just one or any number of classes.
Can I leave my kids here while I run to pick up coffee?
Sorry, no. A parent must be present in the building with their children at all times. Parents are responsible for the health and supervision of your own children.
You are welcome to leave during lunch, but you must take all of your children with you.
I babysit someone else's child. Can I bring that child?
No, sorry! Only your own children can attend HSK with you for insurance purposes.
Can you help me find my class?
Your first day, we give you a welcome packet full of information. It includes a facility map complete with fire exits, directions to find each classroom, schedules for each of your children, your volunteer schedule, the Connect hour topics, board member contact information including photographs, a review of our rules, calendar of events, and all the details of how to make yourself comfortable. We also have guides that will help you navigate the building.
What's your name again?
Homeschool Kingdom offers park days, field trips, and some adult fun nights throughout the year. Summer is a great time to meet your new group of friends at one of our activities. We would love to have you join us at our next event. Please contact us for more details. We wear name tags for the first few weeks of class each semester.
What is the statement of faith?
We are a Christian group. You should expect prayer, occasional Christian class projects, class discussion from a Christian perspective, and sharing of Christian homeschool curriculum materials. All members, Board of Directors, and Independent Instructors are asked to sign our Statement of Faith. We ask that they personally believe one or more of the statements and teach in a manner consistent with those beliefs. Our statement of faith includes the Illinois Christian Home Educators (www.ICHE.org) statement of faith, the Apostles’ Creed, and the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith.
Do I need a teaching degree to be a volunteer parent-teacher?
No, you do not need a teaching degree for a parent-led class. We mirror the current IL laws. They do not require you to have a teaching degree to teach your child at home and neither do we.
Can Dads attend?
Yes! We love to have dads attend the semester, visit when possible, or even volunteer to lead a class! We have many dads that are able to attend on a regular basis.
Is Connect Hour mandatory to attend?
Absolutely not. We have added Connect Hour as something that will give back to you. If you prefer to find a quiet corner and read a book, be our guest. Or if you would rather watch your child participate in one of the instructed* classes, that’s fine too. If you would like to be one of the paid babysitters* during this hour, please let a board member know.
If you feel more comfortable, you are welcome to bring your child age 0-3.
What is the dress code?
There are no uniforms. You may dress in casual, business-casual, or exercise clothes. If you are not sure if an item is appropriate, feel free to ask.
What is the cleanup process?
Our responsibility is minimal. We are blessed that our host facility hires their own janitorial service. We do not need to clean the facility. Some of the Tasks include setting up one room or taking down one room.
Is my child too sick to attend HSK?
Please stay home if you or your child have had a fever or other symptoms in the last 24 hours, if you currently have colored nasal mucus, or if you've had lice in the last 14 days.
If someone appears possibly contagious, we reserve the right to ask you to leave for the day.
How will I be notified if class is canceled due to a snow day?
We send out a group email no later than 8am Friday morning. Please check your email on questionable days.
How does my child know it's time for Piano, Guitar, or other private instruction*?
It is the parent's responsibility to keep track of time and maintain their children's appointments. The independent instructor* classes are more costly and we want you to get your full value. The instructors* will remain in the room until your child arrives. It is the parent's responsibility to bring the student to the instructor* on time. No extra time will be given in addition to the allotted time. It is not the job of Homeschool Kingdom to remind students or parents of the schedule.
Who plans the classes?
HSK consistently offers gym, art, science, and nursery as standard classes. Additional variable classes are added based on teacher availability and co-op requests. Volunteer teachers are able to choose their own curriculum or teach from what HSK has prepared. We are happy to add your class ideas to our schedule. We just need a volunteer teacher to lead the class and volunteer helpers to lend a hand. Come to one of our class planning meetings and add your great ideas!
What are the rules?
1. Treat the facility carefully, not damaging any items.
2. Speak and act with respect to all adults and children.
3. If you leave the building, your children need to go with you.
4. Parents are responsible to change their own children's diapers and assist their own children in the bathroom.
5. Parents are responsible to bring their own children to scheduled appointments. No additional time will be granted.
6. No nuts or nut products allowed.
7. The Homeschool Kingdom board reserves the right to expel based solely on the vote of the board at any time.
Can I be denied membership?
Yes, the HSK Board reserves the right to deny membership to anyone for any reason. We also reserve the right to expel members at any time.
What type of organization is this?
Homeschool Kingdom is a Non-for-Profit Organization. This means we are legally not allowed to profit from this group. We are not a 501c3, so we are not able to give you receipts for tax exemptions. None of the board members take a salary. In fact, please let us know if you would like to see our finances at any time.
What's the difference between Independent Instructor* and Parent-Led?
Here are the different "groupings" of classes:
Independent Instructor Classes or Private Lessons: These are classes taught by an independent consultant who is an expert in their field. They are willing to come on-site to provide instruction in exchange for payment. They do not have children enrolled in HSK. They are not volunteers.
Parent-Led Classes: These are classes taught by parents in the group who are volunteering to teach a class to a group of children. This is essential for the co-operative to be able to offer a wide range of classes for everyone. The parent teachers and helpers are not paid. This helps keep the cost low for everyone. Parent-teachers do not have to be experts-- it just takes a willing heart and a positive attitude!
Free Nursery: This is actually a "parent-led class" and counts toward the 2 class hours that members are asked to volunteer. If you have children in this age group, you might enjoy volunteering for the free nursery but you may also volunteer elsewhere. There is no cost since this is included with base family membership fee.
Paid Nursery: Connect hour provides a time for all members to have fellowship and learning while paid babysitters* watch children (aged 0-3).
*All Independent Instructors and babysitters are independent contractors. Homeschool Kingdom does not have any employees.