Big Country Home Educators
For more than 25 years, Big Country Home Educators has supported home school families of the Texas Big Country. Located in Abilene, TX, we offer home school families in the area a number of types of support. BCHE is a non-profit Christian led organization, led by an elected board of volunteers. We provide resources in the areas of mentoring, events, and networking to help families have the richest home education experience possible. If you live in West Texas, and are a home educator, we would love to have you join us
Whether you are brand new to home schooling, or a veteran, we can help you find friends and resources to enhance your home school life. We have teams within our organization that provide support in the form of mentoring, special events, and activities. We encourage each family to engage in the lives of others, and to use the resources at our disposal to help each other.
As we grow and times change, so does our group. Let BCHE be there for you. If you have any questions, please e-mail us. We would love to hear from you. If you would like to join, please click JOIN. If you would like to renew your membership, but have not taken the time, please click RENEW.
BCHE students and families gathered at Mr. Gatti's for a tour and lunch in February. A tour guide took the group to the pickup area and explained how pizza was prepared for pickup. Then she took the group to each of the different types of party rooms and the entertainment room. She explained what the purpose for each room was. The group was then led to the kitchen area to see how the pizza was made. In one room, everyone was surprise to see how big the machine was that they used to mix the dough. Afterwards, students and families had a great time eating pizza. Then we played games and rode the bumper cars in the entertainment room. Everyone had a blast! ~Ronda Davis
On Jan 16, students gathered at the zoo for a class on poisonous and venomous animals. They learned that venomous animals bite their prey while poisonous animals harm their prey if eaten. Students then went to the reptile building to hear a worker speak about the different types of insects and animals that are poisonous and venomous.
On Feb 29, students learned about canines and famines, which are dogs and cats. They broke up into groups and explored different types of skulls. They had to identify the skulls as a canine or a feline by examining it. Then they went into the zoo to find canines and felines. They were giving a challenging question: "Is a ferret a canine, feline, or neither?" Do you know?
BCHE families were taken on a tour of the Ktab studios. The group learned how stories were developed and how the weather was done. Bob Bartlet, Sam Nichols, and several other newscasters spoke to the group. Students were able to take pictures with the newscasters and on the set. Everyone had a blast pretending to do the weather. It was a very educational and fun field trip! ~Ronda Davis
BCHE has negotiated an amazing opportunity for young children to learn music. We are now offering music classes once a week. Classes are for members only. Please see the details on our event registration page.
Minda Ciardi has been a music educator for the past 10 years. She has taught in Clyde, Plano, Lubbock, and Abilene. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Abilene Christian University and a Masters of Arts in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. She also holds a Certificate of Kodály Pedagogy from the University of North Texas.
A Note from Minda:
I chose music education as my career because I firmly believe that all children need music in their lives as they mature into well-rounded individuals. Music develops discipline and responsibility, and provides students with an outlet for creativity and emotion. My lessons incorporate singing, movement, games, playing of instruments, critical listening, and creative activities that allow the children to be musicians. As a Kodály teacher, my teaching emphasizes a quality and sequential curriculum; the teacher being a facilitator for the students' discovery of musical elements. Music education in this manner assists in the development of the whole child through motor development, concentration, problem-solving, and the development of memory. I teach with these words of Kodály in mind: "Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not a torture, but a joy for the pupil; instill a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last for a lifetime…Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime" (Selected Writings, p. 120). I believe that every child can enjoy music and gain a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. In whatever manner it may be, I am committed to a career of teaching children and using music to make a difference in their lives.
The Christmas craft party was a lot of fun for students and parents. Students went from table to table creating different crafts. They could create candy reindeer, paper ornaments, manager scene, paper stars, and elf hats. Afterwards, they had snacks and exchanged gifts.