Providing secular homeschooling support



Detailed information concerning how the KC-CIRCLE co-op works is available under our Guidelines, but here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.

Is KC-CIRCLE just for homeschoolers?

No. KC-CIRCLE is not just for homeschooling families. Any family looking for a respectful, family learning environment is welcome to join LEARN and KC-CIRCLE, regardless of what educational choices they have made (homeschool, public school, private school). We would like to point out that there are more homeschooling families involved, especially during the school year when many families participating in public or private school are busy with those activities.

Is KC-CIRCLE religious?

No. KC-CIRCLE is a secular group that welcomes all families, regardless of religious affiliations or beliefs. We ask that all families keep this in mind in order to maintain a respectful environment for everyone.

Do we have to practice all aspects of Attachment Parenting?

While our original member families identified most strongly with the attachment parenting philosophy, we no longer emphasize this any kind of requirement for joining us. We do ask that families be respectful to each other and to others when participating in KC-CIRCLE events. We ask that families do not engage in or promote hitting/spanking, shaming, ridiculing, etc. within KC-CIRCLE events and in online communications with other members. If you ever need assistance communicating to peacefully resolve a problem with another member, one of our board members or other parents would be happy to help facilitate a resolution. For more information on what attachment parenting is, see What is NP?, and for more information on nonviolent communication, see the Center for NVC.

Do I have to offer a class in order to participate?

Yes. Every family must offer at least one class during a session in order to participate. A class could be a field trip, a series of classes, or a one time class. Meet-up style play dates or field trips do not count. Guided tours, group discount tickets, large parties with organized activities and field trips connected to classes do count, as well as organized classes pertaining to a particular subject.

Is there a fee?

KC-CIRCLE officially became part of the LEARN Home Education Network in August 2014. LEARN, a Missouri not-for-profit, has a $30/family annual fee (see LEARN’s Membership page for all membership options and other info). All families who participate in LEARN, KC-CIRCLE, or both, are asked to pay this minimal annual fee, and they all enjoy the membership benefits.

Once your family has paid the annual membership fee, the only fees you may incur are for individual KC-CIRCLE classes. There may be individual fees for admission to field trips or for classes arranged with outside teachers, but you can choose which activities you sign up for. Families are not allowed to make a profit from classes (you may charge for supplies or admission rates).

If your family does not want to join LEARN, you may pay a $10 non-member fee per quarter to participate in KC-CIRCLE.

When do families hold co-op classes?

KC-CIRCLE utilizes a Google calendar to schedule classes and field trips. KC-CIRCLE families may schedule their offerings on any day and at any time they want, there are no set days or times for classes.

When are the sessions for KC-CIRCLE?

KC-CIRCLE sessions follow the seasons. Fall Session is September, October, and November. Winter Session is December, January, and February. Spring Session is March, April, and May. Summer Session is June, July, and August. The planning month for each session is the month prior to when the session starts. We plan for fall during August, for winter during November, for spring during February, and for summer during May.

Please note that LEARN offers a completely separate set of classes held on Wednesdays at the Brush Creke Community Center. To find out more about LEARN Wednesday classes, please see the LEARN Gathering and Community Classes page.

Can I drop my child off at classes?

KC-CIRCLE is a family style, community learning environment. Unless a class specifically states that children may be dropped off, parents are expected to stay with their children. We encourage multi-generational learning and community!

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