Encouragers Homeschool Group
EncouragersHomeschoolGroup@gmail.com
Kissimmee, Florida
"Encourage one another and build one another up." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
About Encouragers
Encouragers Homeschool Group (EHG), was founded in the year 2007 as a ministry of First Baptist Church of Poinciana Florida. Starting in the year 2016 EHG changed locations based on community needs and began as a ministry of Shingle Creek United Methodist Church of Kissimmee, Florida. 

We are a Christian group and we have a Statement of Faith. This means that you and your children will be in contact with Christian homeschoolers in our group.
  • We are here to support all homeschoolers, not just Christian homeschoolers. Thus, you and your children may be in contact with others who do not share your faith. This is a good opportunity to teach children your values and discuss the differences in your faith and that of others.
  • Our Members may not agree with our Statement of Faith. However, we ask them to not actively oppose our Statement of Faith in an official manner.
  • We pray and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in our Co-Op classes and Support Group Meetings. We may pray audibly to God and to Jesus at an activity or Co-Op or meeting. We Pledge Allegiance to the flag of The United States of America. We ask those who oppose these activities to simply remain quiet or leave the room. We will not criticize you for not engaging in these activities, and we will not force you to participate in these activities. Conversely, please do not try to force any of our Members to stop participating in these activities.
     
EHG does not discriminate against families/students on the basis of race, religion, color, national/ ethnic origin or abilities.
What is a Co-Op?
Encouragers Homeschool Group (EHG) is homeschool cooperative; a group of families with similar interests, beliefs and academic hopes for their children. These families create a co-op with the intention of working together to enhance the educational opportunities that they are able to present to their children. A co-op is a cooperative effort, meaning done in cooperation with others and marked by a willingness to cooperate and work together.
Some benefits of a co-op are:

1) You and your children will both develop friendships.
2) Coming together with peers is fun and it enables both adults and children to learn from each other.
3) If a parent is weak in a particular subject, another homeschooling parent can teach that subject.
4) Character growth is developed in homeschool co-ops because children learn to take instruction from someone other than their parents. They also learn how to share, interact with their peers and be a friend.
5) Students benefit by learning from someone else for a change, adapting to other teaching styles.
6) Allows children the opportunity to work in small groups and do group projects together. This gives children the benefit of learning from each other and being part of a team.
7) It brings fresh perspectives to the table, it is a great gift to be able to be in a well-balanced co-op where parents can compensate for each other’s weaknesses and benefit from each other’s strengths. Our blessed children get the best of both!

However, the hardest thing about a co-op is getting everyone to help /volunteer and be involved. Parents may think that "magical fairies" just come and set up co-op every week, when there is actually a lot of work, creative thinking and most of all prayer and God direction that goes into it. (We thank our Leadership Team and families who understand how to help and volunteer!)
Help us to make this co-op the best it can be for your children and ours. Lend us your strengths and allow the children to benefit from them. We have many opportunities for you to help out and get plugged in. We thank you and we are looking forward to a fantastic year!