The Tri City Home Educators (TCHE) group meets in the Tri City area, which typically includes Newcastle, Blanchard, Bridgecreek, and Tuttle in Oklahoma. TCHE has been serving this area of the state since 1993.
We have many activities to offer within our group for families, kids, teens and parents. We are affiliated with OCHEC (Oklahoma Christian Home Educators' Consortium) and participate in many events with them such as Capitol Day, Leadership Retreats and the annual Oklahoma Home School Convention.?
We are, by design, a Christian group. We are not, however, associated with any denomination. Each family is to instruct their children in Scripture, in accordance with their own interpretations and convictions.
Our mission is to encourage our member families in the growth of their children emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
In 1993, after a year of feeling like the only homeschooler out here in "the sticks" a mom decided that there must be other like-minded people who didn't all live in NW OKC. After a call to OCHEC for guidance on beginning a support group and an organizational meeting at the Newcastle Library, Tri-City Home Educators was born!
Almost 30 families from Cole, Blanchard, Newcastle, Minco, Tuttle, Norman and SW OKC came to that first meeting with an excitement that started us off with a bang. We immediately had a newsletter, group directory, PE at the YMCA, and a 4-H Club. We even participated in OCHEC's Capitol Day with a booth at the State Capitol.
The first two years included meetings with a variety of guest speakers including Chisholm Trails Festival coordinator and a neuro-developmentalist from The National Academy of Child Development. We also had field trips for all ages, moms' nights out and more.
During the third year the leadership was expanded to include a co-leader and activity coordinators. The added energy increased group events to include History Comes Alive, a Christmas talent exhibition, a spring science fair, and a group awards picnic for a year-end finale.
In subsequent years, some of the mainstays of our group activities have included field trips, Focus for teens, play times and parties for the younger children, Keeper's of the Home, moms' night out, dads' breakfasts, co-op classes, science classes, book sales, bowling, chess clubs, Glory 4-H Club, and our own graduation ceremony.
Through the years the leaders have changed, membership has grown and students have graduated. Our leadership has always been volunteers who are willing to sacrifice their time and energy for the benefit of families who share the goal of educating their children at home. Our original goal was simply to help families do an excellent job of fulfilling the calling God had given them to home school, without neglecting those who were home schooling for other personal reasons.
Since its birth, Tri-City Home Educators has seen three 4-H students earn County Hall of Fame and others earn scholarships to Oklahoma University, as well as, many other colleges. Our diverse group has included families that have produced graduates who have attended college, served in the military, started their own businesses, and joined the work force. We have also seen students attend missions training such as Heart of God's "boot camp" and others who have served God in missions both in this country and abroad. We even have those who have married, had children, and are now home schooling their children with the support of Tri-City Home Educators. This is our success. This is our legacy.
Written and preserved in 2008 by Mrs. Anita Witt, TCHE founder.
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How To Join
How To Join TCHE
Thank you for your interest in the Tri-City Home Educators (TCHE) home school group.
TCHE believes homeschooling, at its core, is parent taught, parent led, and non-government funded education. Therefore, we do not allow membership by families participating in PSAH (Public School at Home) programs, including, but not limited to, K-12 and Epic. If your family is currently enrolled in a government funded program, we would like the opportunity to assist you in withdrawing from the program and provide you with information and support to enable you to be a part of our group.
Before you begin the registration process, please take a moment to read our Bylaws and Statement of Faith. If you are in agreement with the Statement of Faith and willing to abide by the Bylaws of TCHE, you may continue with your registration. If not, thank you for visiting the TCHE Homeschool Group and blessings on your homeschool journey.
Families are approved for TCHE membership after we review your information and see that it is in keeping with our group's policies and that you acknowledge that you agree with the bylaws and Statement of Faith as part of the registration process. We look forward to supporting your family as you home school. If you have any questions please feel to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adopted 2009: Revised 2016
Our Statement of Faith concerns the Person and Work of Jesus Christ (the Gospel) revealed in Scripture. It is that faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3, Eph. 4:5) which distinguishes believers from non-believers. There are many other precious truths taught in the Bible over which godly men have differed in understanding. Therefore, this is not a statement of all that is important to believe but of all that is essential to believe for Christian fellowship and unity (Rom. 15:7).
a. We believe that the Bible is the only inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God (II Tim. 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21)
b. We believe in the Trinity. (I John 5:7)
c. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and fulfilled all prophecy concerning the Messiah. (Luke 24:25-27)
d. We believe all humans are sinful by nature. (Rom. 3:9-18, Rom. 5:12)
e. We believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ as Savior and that it is only by His blood that men will live in Heaven. (Heb. 10:8-14)
f. We reject the anti-Christian tenets of secular humanism, including the general theory of evolution, one-world government, government-mandated sex education, government-mandated parenting courses, modern feminist ideology, abortion and the promotion of LGBTQ lifestyle as an alternate, acceptable lifestyle. We also affirm the biblical definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:6-9).
For all tutors, parents and students for all TCHE activities, including, but not limited to, Co-op.
Modesty is more than dress. It is a mindset. With all the various activities taking place we need to be mindful of how we are representing ourselves physically. We want to protect our families morally as well as physically. Understanding how what you wear affects others is part of spiritual maturity.
PARENTS – You are responsible for your clothing and that of your children, including your teenagers. Failure to adhere to any of these rules will result in your returning home for modest apparel. Dress code violations will be tracked. We will be using a “3 strikes you’re out” policy which means if there are 3 recorded violations in one semester you, or your child, could be removed from TCHE at the discretion of the Leadership of team. There will be NO refunds issued if this occurs.
Dress is to be clean, neat, and modest; no offensive dress will be allowed. Please, remember that modesty is to be portrayed by both parents and students. The following explanations apply to all members:
Modesty rules will be strictly enforced.
SHORTS, SKIRTS OR DRESSES - must be no more than 2 inches above the knee with or without leggings.
LEGGINGS - Leggings are allowed under skirts or dresses as long as they are not worn in the place of pants.
NO visible undergarments – even when bending
NO writing across the backside of jeans, pants, or skirts.
NO bare midriffs – even in bending or when arms are raised
NO offensive or profane words or pictures on shirts, jackets, etc.
NO skin-tight clothing
No cross-dressing of any kind will be permitted.
Ladies must demonstrate additional modesty in these areas:
Developed ladies must wear appropriate undergarments; but they are NOT to be visible.
NO strapless, spaghetti-strapped, or halter tops without another modest shirt under/over them. Straps must be at least 2” in width. (Multiple straps must be secured together to meet 2”)
NO low-cut shirts without a tank top or appropriate undershirt
NO CLEAVAGE – Ladies this is easy to check. Ask someone else! Bend over in front of a mirror to check.
Little girls, preschool-5th grades, must wear shorts or leggings under their skirts.
Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation!
Our bylaws are our guiding principles and rules for our group's operation. These are reviewed and updated as needed on an annual basis. To see our complete list of bylaws please click HERE