Greenhouse Homeschool Community of Northeastern Illinois


Greenhouse Homeschool Community of Northeastern Illinois is a network of families enjoying the beautiful journey of home education together.

Greenhouse Homeschool Community park days, mom's nights, field trips, and other activities connect homeschoolers so we can develop friendships, encourage one another, and share wisdom and resources.

Simply a Community

Greenhouse Homeschool Community is not designed to be an academic supplement to home education, nor is it associated with a particular homeschool curriculum or specific to religious affiliation. Instead, Greenhouse Homeschool Community brings together homeschoolers from many walks of life who connect based on their shared passion to educate their children at home, and their desire to do so within a supportive network.

How Greenhouse Homeschool Community Works

A Free, Flexible, Volunteer-Based Community

Greenhouse Homeschool Community is a completely volunteer-run network of homeschooling families organizing social and one-off educational events. There are no registration or membership fees; though, some field trips may require that those who opt to attend pay an entrance fee directly to the subject attraction. Participation in community activities is always optional. To make Greenhouse Homeschool Community possible, each family must volunteer as a condition of membership and participation. Volunteering can include organizing activities, helping during activities, hosting activities, and bringing treats/refreshments when applicable.

Family-Oriented | Not A "Drop Off" Program

Greenhouse Homeschool Community activities, held several times each month, is designed for the entire homeschooling family. Preschool and younger siblings are normally welcome to attend events along with school-aged homeschooled children and their parents. Parents remain responsible for their children during community activities and must accompany and supervise their children at all times.

Schedule & Activities

  • Mom's nights are a cornerstone of Greenhouse Homeschool Community. Held once a month on Friday nights, August through May, these moms-only gatherings are designed solely to encourage, refresh and equip homeschooling moms.

  • Field trips are scheduled at least once a month, August through May, and include a variety of educational destinations.

  • Park days and other social community gatherings are scheduled at a variety of public locations, as well as in member homes, at least once a month, typically year-round.

  • Since member families volunteer to make community activities possible, member families add their own ideas, creativity and "flavor" to the group event calendar through the events they organize.

Member families receive the monthly event calendar via email.

Membership Requirements

To become members of Greenhouse Homeschool Community families must:

  1. Complete online registration at the beginning of each school year, or prior to joining;

  2. Be actively homeschooling at least one child in their household;

  3. Agree to abide by the Greenhouse Homeschool Community Guide;

  4. Regularly participate in (show up to) activities on a regular basis, and volunteer in at least one meaningful way each semester.


Gatherings are held in or around Matteson, Ill.*

Greenhouse Homeschool Community serves Northeast Illinois communities and South Chicagoland suburbs including Frankfort, Frankfort Square, Matteson, Tinley Park, Mokena, Richton Park, Olympia Fields, Flossmoor, Homewood, Country Club Hills, Park Forest, Monee, Manteno, and surrounding areas.

*Field trip locations vary.


Greenhouse Homeschool Community is a volunteer-run group. Current volunteer leaders are:

Amy Sanderson

Amy is a homeschooling mom of two and a second-generation homeschooler. She and her husband live in Matteson, IL.

HSLDA Membership

Greenhouse Homeschool Community members receive a discount on their annual Homeschool Legal Defense Association Membership!

If you're not already familiar with HSDLA, it:

  • Partners with our 100,000 member families, donors, homeschool leaders, legislators, and others who want to protect their homeschooling freedom.

  • Has been trusted for over 35 years to advance and protect homeschool freedom in the courts, legislatures, and in the court of public opinion.

  • Equips parents with resources, educational consultants, and Compassion grants because we love homeschooling and want more families to experience it.

  • Knows the benefits and challenges of homeschooling personally—most of their staff are homeschool parents and grads!