Encouragers Homeschool Group
EncouragersHomeschoolGroup@gmail.com
Kissimmee, Florida
"Encourage one another and build one another up." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Questions & Answers

  1. What is the purpose of Encouragers Homeschool Group (EHG)?
    To bring homeschool families together for the purpose of encouraging one another’s decision to home school, to enrich our homeschooling experiences and to spur each other on to new experiences, as we travel together on our homeschool journey. (1 Thess, 5:11)
  2. When and where do you meet?
    Enrichment classes meet Tuesdays from 10:00am -12:30pm in Kissimmee, FL. Field trips, support meetings and special events are on varied days and times provided in our private group calendar of events. All classes, trips, meetings and events are RSVP mandatory.
  3. What does EHG membership include?
    FULL Membership $30/yr Includes admission into weekly co-op classes & monthly support group meetings, as well as inclusion in planned field trips & special events which usually have a low cost ticket price or fee. PARTIAL Membership (no class option) $15/yr Includes admission into monthly support group meetings, as well as inclusion in planned field trips & special events which usually have a low cost ticket price or fee.
  4. How much is the membership fee and what is the money used for?
    The EHG "Full" membership fee is $30 annually per family, and is used towards class materials, leadership training and event expenses. The "Partial" membership fee is $15 annually per family, and is used towards leadership training and event expenses.
  5. What other costs or fees should I expect during the year?
    Other possible expenses: Various class fee's (we try our best to keep the classes free but sometimes a small fee is required), field trips, group t-shirts, parties, graduation/recognition ceremony and special events. The statewide homeschool support group FPEA membership is not included. You can join the FPEA with a discount by providing our group's code provided to you upon membership in the fall.
  6. What does “co-op” mean?
    Co-op is an abbreviation for “cooperative” where we all work together to get things done. We are a group whose members seek to pool their talents and resources in a collective effort to broaden the scope of their children’s education through enrichment type classes, educational opportunities and support to one another.
  7. Is there a difference between “Co-op” and “Support”?
    Yes. Webster’s Dictionary defines support as “…to keep from fainting, yielding, or losing courage: Comfort: to keep (something) going.” Co-op refers to the education enrichment classes offered by EHG and “support” refers to the various benefits EHG provides its members to support them in their homeschool journey.
  8. What type of support is offered?
    We offer support through enrichment classes, field trips, social media forum, Graduation/Recognition ceremonies, holiday celebrations, and support meetings for parents/family. Fellowship and friendships abound in our very eclectic group.
  9. As a member of EHG, what is required of me?
    All members are required to volunteer in some manner to help the group as follows: FULL Members-must teach 1 class (along with a co-teacher) & volunteer in 1 other capacity each year. A minimum of 1 volunteer responsibility must be fulfilled each semester. PARTIAL Members-must coordinate/lead 2 monthly support meetings, field trips, or special events. A minimum of 1 volunteer responsibility must be fulfilled each semester.
  10. Does my child have to participate in classes?
    No, these classes, as well as all we offer, are optional for members. You choose what you want and do not want to participate in. If you choose to participate in the classes, you may choose to take all or some of the classes, it is up to you. Just please keep in mind that as a volunteer teacher we depend on your willingness to show up and be committed to teach alongside your co-teacher.
  11. I teach my child at a different grade level than their age, how do I determine which level class they should take?
    Class divisions are determined by the child’s actual age, however specific circumstances/situations may be considered at the discretion of the Leadership Team. If you feel your child should be placed in another class, please see a member of the Leadership Team for consideration as soon as possible.
  12. This is my first year homeschooling, if my child takes enrichment classes, should I be teaching them other subjects at home?
    Yes, we offer enrichment classes which are a supplement to your child’s personal education plan. It is the parent’s responsibility to teach the core subjects such as reading, writing, and math. Classes are designed to provide a social connection for your child, as well as provide classes that are easier to facilitate in a group setting.
  13. Does EHG offer classes or child care for preschool or kindergartners?
    We do not offer nursery, so babies stay with the parent. We will offer preschool class based on the volunteers & schedule. Kindergartners are included within our class levels.
  14. If I have a problem, concern or issue within the group, what should I do?
    Any issues among group members should be dealt with directly one on one and with much prayer, mercy and grace. If the problem still persists, please provide feedback via e-mail to inform the Leadership Team.