Local support for your homeschool journey!
Membership is Rewarding
- Group Discounts to special programs and events in Abilene
- Free family events in Abilene
- Access to academic and fine art classes through the Co-op
- Fellowship with other like-minded families
- Special Group events like Prom and Graduation
- Themed parties at Christmas and Valentine’s Day
Family MembershipBase Membership
$ 78Per YearFamily membership applies to those living in your household, for whom you are parent or legal guardian.
$ VariousPer EventSome events are free and/or discounted.
We coordinate field trips, park days, science fairs, and other fun activities for member families. While there are a few public events each year, most BCHE activities, events, and classes require current membership. This helps to ensure student safety, family privacy, and allows for better access to negotiated discounts and adequate insurance coverage.
Whether you are new to homeschooling or a seasoned veteran, BCHE can afford you many benefits that will enrich your family’s home schooling experience. In addition to educational field trips and fun special events, members of BCHE enjoy the following benefits of membership:
- Discount with the Home School Legal Defense Fund
- Discount for Texas Home School Coalition
- Student Photo ID opportunity (useful for drivers ed, student discounts, SAT/ACT testing)
- Teacher Discount at Wally’s Party Factory
- Teacher Discount at Books-A-Million
It takes a lot of work to pull off all the events, activities, classes, and fun that we enjoy in our homeschool community, but many hands make light work!
There is a volunteer requirement of all BCHE families. We understand that there are certain seasons of life that allow families to give a lot of their time, and other seasons of life that mean a family’s contribution to the BCHE community might be as simple as helping to set up for a reception. No worries–there’s something for everyone! When you register/renew your membership, you’ll be asked to choose a volunteer option that will benefit the families of BCHE. You’ll be contacted, along with others who have volunteered for the same option, and sent reminders with more details about how you can help with that particular area of service.
If you find, once dates for particular events and activities are set, that you can no longer help in that specific area, you’ll be contacted so that you can choose another. We do our best to choose dates that prevent too many BCHE activities from overlapping on the calendar.
Remember that Co-Op Registration (should your family choose to participate) comes with a family Co-Op service requirement that is IN ADDITION to your regular BCHE volunteer spot (that’s why Co-Op volunteering isn’t in the list below). Co-Op Volunteer Spots must be selected as part of Co-Op Registration.
Special Event help (Prom, MS Banquet) is usually requested at the time of that event registration, when we better know specific volunteer needs. Usually, parents of attendees are emailed and asked to assist with serving, decorating, cleaning, etc.
Teen Nights – CLOSED Plan it on your own or grab another parent and plan a meal and an activity for our awesome group of teens! These are generally held in public places/churches for the sake of space (we have a large group!) and for the sake of those with pet allergies. You can ORGANIZE (plan and execute meals and activities, etc) or CHAPERONE (provide adult presence, sign-in/out, and clean up).
Elementary Activities – game nights, field trips, learning opportunities, parties
Science & History Fair – set-up, clean-up, table pick-up and delivery, reception, certificates
Spelling Bee – set-up, clean-up, reception, certificates
Photography – we always need good photos of events (excluding professionally photographed events)
Art Contest – set-up, clean-up, judging, certificates/awards
Used Book Sale – CLOSED inventory, set-up and book organization, check-out, book pick-up organization, clean-up
Open House/Conference – set-up, errands, general help before and during the event, reception, clean-up
Un-First Day of School Party – CLOSED food prep, set-up, errands, games, activities, clean-up
Field Day – help with organization and execution, snacks and prizes
Kindergarten Graduation – event prep, decor, certificates, linens, gifts
End of Year – CLOSED decor, certificates, food, gifts
Sports Ed – coach/assist/chaperone regular Sports Ed activities
Safety City – CLOSED BCHE manager and chaperones for event (must be third grade parent)
Administrative – CLOSED office chores, inventory care, etc
Mentoring – Help with monthly meetings held to offer a new homeschoolers an opportunity to ask questions and explore possibilities.
Family Camping Trip – planning, prepping, activities, clean-up
Moms’ Nights – fun events for fellowship
Other – If you’d like to help plan a NEW activity or event, email and let us know. We’ll get the details together and add it to the site calendar so members can sign up. Let us know how you can contribute to the BCHE community!
As volunteer spots fill up, they will be removed from the selection list, so choose early! If you have questions about volunteer service and helping to plan activities for our kiddos, please email [email protected] Let’s make it a great year!
I have read and understand the Big Country Home Educators’ By-Laws, and also understand and agree that Big Country Home Educators (hereafter BCHE), it’s agents, representatives and/or board members are not liable for any losses or injuries sustained to myself or my children while participating in activities sponsored by BCHE; and I agree to hold blameless BCHE, it’s agents, representatives and/or board members against any such losses, damages or injuries.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our membership chairman at [email protected].