Brevard Christian Home Educators

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Brevard Christian Home Educators, Inc. is a resource for Christian home schoolers in Brevard County.

And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children."
-Isaiah 54:13

There's not a plant or flower below but makes your glories known;
And clouds arise and tempests blow by order from your throne;
While all that borrows life from you is ever in your care,
And everywhere that man can be, you, God, are present there.

Truly, the season of spring is a time to celebrate the wonder of God's creation. We can rejoice with the hymn writer, Isaac Watts, who penned these words nearly three hundred years ago.

Ah, look ahead! Towards the horizon, there it is! If you listen very quietly, you may imagine the distant strains of the "Chariots of Fire" theme. The end of the school year-the finish line!! The school year for a homeschool family is very much like a race.

For some families, the race may resemble an obstacle course. A course filled with the hurdles of spelling tests and math speed drills, an occasional mire due to a research paper, or the wall of boredom. Perhaps, the race may be a sprint, a hard fast-paced push to finish early to allow for extra-curricular activities or extended break. A relay may be more typical; father and mother taking turns teaching specific subjects with different styles to enhance the family's education. A family may see their race as a marathon, steady and even-paced, as they pursue mastery of academics. The homeschool experience allows for each of these models.

In each case, may we press forward to finish well. Let us remember the words spoken to the Jewish believers in in the epistle to the Hebrews, "Let us run with endurance the race set before us." While the author of Hebrews was speaking of the faith journey, we may certainly draw upon the encouragement this verse offers. As the end of the school year approaches consider the following goals, so that you may finish well.

Renew the commitment to complete the course of study you have chosen

Congratulate your students on the accomplishments that they have achieved

Carefully record proper documentation and samples of work

Secure standardized testing or teacher evaluation for your student (under the "Resources" tab you will find information about interpreting test scores and contact information for teachers willing to perform evaluations)

Submit paperwork to the County School Board or non-traditional private school administrator.

As we consider the splendor of God's creation and the blessings we enjoy as homeschool families, may we not forget to be grateful to God who provides so richly for us.

"Come, let us bow down and worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker." - Psalm 95:6

Spring Cleaning

Now, as spring is here, it is time to take care of some Spring Housecleaning for Brevard Christian Home Educators.

Our final meeting for 2013-2014 will be the BCHE May Business Meeting on May 5th at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is for the election of BCHE Board Members for the coming year. Board Members are asked to attend Board Meetings (typically hour long meetings schedule 4 or 5 times through the school year). Please see below the positions, term length, and brief description of duties.

Treasurer (2 year): The Treasurer will collect and dispense monies, maintain financial records, and submit quarterly financial reports to the secretary.

Secretary (2 year): The Secretary will take minutes of the business and board meetings and will maintain the corporation's records.

Communications Director (1 year): The Communication Director will maintain email distribution list and distribute group information. Handle incoming communications.

Member-at-Large (1 year): The duty of the Member at large is to represent the membership.

Area Representative (1 year): The duty of the Area Representative shall be to maintain communication with and represent the needs of support groups as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Janet Jackson, current Treasurer, Melissa Murrish, current Secretary, and Tyler Ross, current Member-at-Large have agreed to allow their names to be placed in nomination to return in those positions. BCHE is currently accepting nominations for the positions of Communications Director and Area Representative. Please contact the Board at if you are interested in one of these positions.

One opportunity for service this year remains. Each year, BCHE tries to provide a Promotion Ceremony for students in kindergarten through 11th grade; this allows each student to receive a Promotion Certificate and share a talent or skill with the other families. We are in need of a volunteer to coordinate this event. This individual would need to secure a facility and date, publicize the event through BCHE channels, and coordinate student's talent and refreshments. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the Board at

Lastly, don't miss the final Park Days for this school year. The first is April 7th, at Noon, at Rotary Park on Merritt Island. What better place to be on a Florida Spring Day! Our last one will be on May 5th, at Noon, at Rotary Park on Merritt Island. Our Central Area Representative, Karen Sheldon will have another lovely afternoon planned! Enjoy lunch and the fellowship of other homeschool families.

Year End Testing Results

Stanford Testing for this school year is now completed. BCHE owes a mountain of gratitude to all of the volunteer proctors, monitors, and helpers that make testing possible. In particular, we are so appreciative of the following individuals:

Janet Jackson, for organizing registration for testing, enlisting and assigning proctors/monitors, and organizing the annual End of Testing Pizza Party.

Rene Hunt, for preparing demographic information on all test forms and preparing completed tests for mailing to the scoring company.

Melissa Murrish and Susie Adams, for helping tidy and refresh the testing facility at the end of each day.

Faith Presbyterian Church and Pastor Bobby Adams, for graciously opening their facility and granting us free reign to use all buildings as needed.

Test results should be available for distribution about 6 weeks following testing (late April to early May). Watch for email from our Communications Director regarding these results.

BCHE, CHA, Central Brevard Christian Co-op.... Which ones am I part of???

Now, to address the confusion that surrounds BCHE, Inc. (Brevard Christian Home Educators, Inc.), CHA (Christian Heritage Academy), and the Central Brevard Christian Co-op.

BCHE's existence and purpose are explained in its handbook: "We are in association for encouragement and mutual edification of those who recognize the scriptural imperative and constitutional right to so educate their children. We place a strong emphasis on spiritual maturity and training along with the other educational disciplines. Our common goal is to see our children excel in every area of growth: spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally and socially." Membership in BCHE qualifies you to have access to year-end Stanford Testing, Graduation, and other activities (field trips, support group meetings, etc.).

Your membership grants you the opportunity to enroll your student in Christian Heritage Academy. There are additional tuition fees and documentation requirements. This is a non-traditional private school accredited by the National Private Schools Education Alliance since 1996. CHA's stated mission is: "provide record-keeping, provide information on requirements and resources, provide library resources, in order to assist parents in providing a Christian education, and do this in a spirit of excellence that glorifies the Lord."

The Central Brevard Christian Co-op is a structured tutoring organization that has no formal ties with BCHE. Much of the leadership and membership of BCHE participates in the Co-op, and the web-based information for the Co-op can be accessed through the BCHE website. Membership in BCHE does not automatically allow a family to participate in Co-op, nor is the reverse true. The BCHE Board has granted permission to the Co-op to share its website, realizing that in doing so, it would be mutually beneficial to both organizations. Information about the Central Brevard Christian Co-op can be accessed by using the "Co-op" tab on the BCHE homepage.

Registration for High School Students

Appointments are now being scheduled for CHA high schoolers. All high school students must schedule a registration appointment with the CHA administrator prior to starting the new school year. Please call the CHA office number at 321-454-2445 to schedule your appointment for registration.

Certified Teacher / Evaluators

Are you looking for a certified teacher/evaluator to review your child's end of the year portfolios? Please check our resources tab. We have added a list of BCHE members who are certified teachers, and are qualified to assist you with portfolio evaluations.

Monthly Support Group Meeting & Field Trips

2014 Seniors

• Go to the graduates tab for more information

Want to become a member? Looking for more information?
Get in touch with us!!

• New members may join the group any time.
• Contact us via phone (454-2445) or email, (
• Mailing address: P.O. Box 540067 Merritt Island, FL 32954