The Washington Times-Herald

July 12, 2013

Home schoolers to have informational meeting

Lindsay Owens
Washington Times Herald

WASHINGTON — First Families Home Educators, a Christian support group formed to provide support and assistance to families wishing to home school their children, will be having a home school information night on July 23 at the Montgomery Ruritan Building.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a workshop titled “Flexibility: It May Save Your Sanity.” At 5 p.m. another workshop on ideas to avoid home school burnout will take place. The main speaker, Jamie De Silvia of Riverside, Calif., will take the stage at 7 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken to help cover the travel expenses of De Silvia.

“I am very excited to share my cousin Jamie De Silvia with my home schooling family and anyone else seeking information and/or encouragement concerning home schooling at our upcoming event. Although Jamie and I are first cousins, we didn¹t know the other existed until a few years ago,” said Amanda Swartzentruber, who serves on FFHE’s leadership team with her husband Kevin.

“We met in person two years ago and have continued to grow closer to one another since. We both share a love for the Lord and God had gifted us with kindred spirits in Him. Jamie is a wonderful wife, mother, teacher and speaker. I consider myself truly blessed to be able to learn from her in the time she is here.”

Several display tables will also be set up offering a wide range of displays and allowing those interested in becoming home school providers a chance to ask questions.

Attendees can also look at curriculum and used curriculum will also be available for purchase. More than $100 in door prizes from home-based businesses will also be distributed.

First Families currently has about 70 families from Daviess County and the surrounding areas that belong to the home school Co-op. The group, which meets at the New Hope Christian Church, 559E CR 100S, is a Christian organization but does not promote a specific doctrine or denomination.

Families participating in FFHE are offered several events and activities such as field day, physical education activities, sports teams, state testing and more.

FFHE Co-op operates under the Families First Home Educators Association. All participants are required to be members of the association and must pay a $20 annual fee. Registration for the association is available online. A Co-op registration form also must be filled out online if possible.

Forms are available to those who do not have Internet access. Those registering must also pay an additional fee to the Co-op ranging from $5 to $15 to help cover operating expenses and supplies.

“Our family is incredibly blessed by our involvement in FFHE and the FFHE Co-op,” said Kevin Swartzentruber.”

The network of encouragement that God has blessed us with in our endeavor to school our children at home is phenomenal. The old saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ is a reality in our lives.  FFHE members work together to provide 12-week enrichment classes in the fall and spring semesters for students age 2 through high school. Classes meet every Wednesday. A staffed nursery is also available for younger children.

“Each family supports and encourages the one another as we strive to live out the biblical call not only to educate our children, but to prepare them to fulfill the purpose that God has placed on their lives. We rejoice with one another, we sorrow with one another, we share life together. There is joy of fellowship in the home school journey,” said both Amanda and Kevin Swartzentruber.

For more information on Families First Home Educators call 486-3288 or find them on Facebook.