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 at one of the addresses below. We would love to hear from you. If you would like to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God bless you, your families, and your home schools!
Let us take a minute to let you know how thrilled we are about your journey into teaching your children at home. Home education provides a door to a world of opportunities for knowledge, character development, family time and the building of your child’s self esteem. Your home school will be unlike any other in that you have the ability to tailor the design, schedule, curriculum and organization of your school to fit the needs of your students.
The next question that arises is...how? There isn’t a simple answer, correct formula or perfect way to home school. If your children are learning then you are doing it right!
Please take a minute to look through the wealth of information provided on these pages. One element of any home school is enrichment activities. Our children not only need the attention we give our lesson plans and classroom activities, but also our time in the preparation of activities outside the structure of mathematics, reading and writing. BCHE offers these types of enrichment activities.
So where do you begin?
Consider the following:
1. Why do you want to home school? Whether your reasons for home schooling are educationally driven or stemming from challenges in public school systems, you will need to determine your level of commitment to lesson plans, organization, financial adjustment and flexibility. Look closely at the pros and cons of home education as they relate to your family. What level of commitment do you have toward involving your child in outside enrichment activities? Membership in a home school support group is an excellent way to provide interaction with other home school students and families. See About BCHE for more information on membership.
2. Where can I get information on home education? Many places offer information on home education and the laws that surround home schools in Texas and across the United States. Not every state carries the same laws or requirements, so it is a good idea to check each area individually. A good start is the Home School Legal Defense Association at www.hslda.org or the Texas Home School Coalition at www.thsc.org. The Abilene Public Library also has a wonderful selection of books on home education.
So, what comes next?
1. Choosing and purchasing curriculum – Curriculum may be purchased from a number of locations. Mardel has curriculum you can purchase in store or order and have delivered to the store. Internet searches and the public library will provide you with a host of suppliers to choose from; www.lamppostpublishing.com is one of those great websites.
2. Bookfairs and Conferences! - a great option for just seeing what is out there is to attend a book fair or home school conference. BCHE has a conference each year in mid-summer. This year's conference is July 16, 2016 and is aimed squarely at newcomers. A great place to touch and feel curriculum is a used book sale. BCHE's sale this year is at the end of the one day conference. Click the image above to get details.
The Texas Home School Coalition (www.thsc.org) puts on two conferences each year, one on Mother's day in Arlington and one later in the Summer in the Woodlands in Houston. Check their site for details. There are several other curriculum fairs and conferences throughout the school year in Texas.
3. Prepare and Do - You can avoid frustration by organizing your home and study materials and following your lesson plans. Set daily and yearly goals to keep you on track. Record achievements and grades to help you document your child’s progress. Prepare a transcript for your high school student to assist in college entrance. See www.homeschoolforhighschool.com or www.homeschooltranscripts.com for more information on preparing a transcript.
4. Withdrawing your child from public school - If your child is already in public school, you'll need to follow a few simple steps listed below to withdraw your child:
5. Follow the Texas Law for Home Education - Texas law requires the following:
6. Finally, relax! - Schedules and curriculum can change. Find what works best for your family and utilize it. If it doesn't work, try something else! You're free!
May God bless your home school!
Big Country Home Educators serves pretty much the entire Big Country Area. Cities include but are not limited to Abilene, Anson, Baird, Brownwood, Cisco, Clyde, Coleman, Colorado City, Cross Plains, Early, Eastland, Haskell, Hawley, Lawn, Merkel, Rotan, Snyder, Sweetwater, Throckmorton, Tye, and Winters.
Please note that this site is a landing page intended for information purposes only. Our primary site is under construction and will be available soon! We appreciate your patience!
Click on the Event images to the left to go to that event's sign up form.
If you need to join BCHE, contact Tammy Anderson at email@example.com!
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