HOW DO I START
Most frequent questions and answers on hosting a group
“You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment…”
(Matthew 10:9-10, The Message)
To become a coach, you will need a space for your team to meet (most people use their kitchen table!) and a heart for educating the next generation! The materials that you use will be the same materials you would use in educating your own children. Find a team and name them! Then compete!
Each coach sets its own timetable. You just choose 4.5 hours in the week that fit your schedule. (Elementary groups only meet 2.5 hours.) Some families may prefer to run their team times from 8:00-12:30. Some may meet from 10-3:30 with a one hour lunch. You can choose any day of the week. It’s all up to you!
Teams must have at least three members to compete, but four members are recommended. Teams are also allowed up to two alternates that they can substitute in throughout the game. Hosts can register up to three teams in their home. (For example, a host could register 12 students as 3 teams of 4 members, or 2 teams of 4 members with 2 alternates each.)
Besides the satisfaction of coaching a team to victory (okay, we may be a tad competitive), being a host is super beneficial to your own homeschool. It is so easy to become distracted with the “day to day” operations. Coaching a team puts you directly in touch with what your children are learning!
A teacher has the option of hosting three different groups: elementary (3rd-5th), middle school (6th-8th), or high school (9th-12th) Elementary students all work on the same curriculum for Bible, science, and history, and rotate through a three year cycle. Middle school students all work on the same curriculum for Bible, science, and history and rotate through a three year cycle. Math and language are taught on at grade level at home, and the time at Illumination is used to sharpen the skills they are working on. High School runs on a four year cycle in a similar manner. When the program is completed, students will have fulfilled all graduation requirements.
Upon registration, there will be one name declared on the form as “head coach”. Hosts are welcome, however, to develop their own network of assistant coaches and helpers. It will be up to each individual team how they divide the team funds.