Why does FCFE limit their membership?Answer
We desire for each family to form relationships within the group that would then create accountability, fellowship, support, and new ideas. Because fellowship is important to us, we do keep our maximum membership to 50 families.
Why is your focus on the family and not just the mom? Isn’t she the teacher?Answer
We believe God designed the family to work together in all aspects of learning and living. Therefore, the dad and the kids themselves are an integral part of the homeschool success. This distributes the responsibility onto all family members and helps equip the children to “learn how to learn” and how to love it! We recognize in most cases, this does “flesh out” as mom being the primary facilitator, but it's also true that education isn't just 4 hours a day Monday through Friday.
Can I be in other homeschool groups while in FCFE?Answer
Our members are required to limit their membership to FCFE only. This enables the members to remain focused on their obligations to the group, help maintain a strong and healthy organization, and also provide adequate time to create true and lasting relationships.
Is FCFE affiliated with a particular denomination?Answer
FCFE is not affiliated with a particular denomination. We have a FCFE doctrinal statement that is clearly stated. We do have members of different denominations, but we do ask each of our members to make sure they clearly understand and fully agree with the doctrinal statement before joining.
How do you decide on leadership?Answer
Each year, a nominating committee (President and two members) is set up and individuals are nominated or re-elected to a position on the Executive Committee. The nominating committee joins the EC, praying for God to guide us as we make decisions. Nominees must be a member in good standing and must have been in FCFE for at least one year. A meeting is then held in order for all members to vote on the nominated officers.
Do I have to be homeschooling all my children to be a member?Answer
We do not require the families in FCFE to homeschool all of their children. We know that God has created all children uniquely and we do not think homeschooling is a one size fits all. We do strongly believe each family should seek God and His wisdom in educating their own children. Also, as a member of FCFE, you are agreeing to positively present and support homeschooling overall in a public setting.
I don't homeschool all of my children? How does that work with FCFE?Answer
Even if you do not homeschool all of your children, please know that all are welcome to participate in FCFE events. (Excluding “bee's” and testing)
Can I join if my child isn't school aged yet?Answer
We start accepting families when their child is starting Pre-K (age 4).
Benefits of Membership
Where and how often do you meet?Answer
Most of the meetings, events, and activities are held in Lilburn, Snellville, Loganville and Lawrenceville. The field trips are typically held within Metro Atlanta with a few exceptions. We have several activities available each month such as park days, field trips, Mom's Night Out and teen events.
What do you do to encourage the mom?Answer
The highest priority set is to encourage moms. Our Mom's Nights Out have been a highlight of the group for many years. This is a time for moms to get together and share about their own homeschool life and experiences. It is also a time to share about what God is revealing in her own spiritual journey. Guest speakers are brought in at times and members from the group willingly share their God stories with the intent to encourage and refresh.
Do we have access to testing through FCFE?Answer
Each May, FCFE offers the ITBS test to its members.
How are dads included in activities or events in FCFE?Answer
We believe it is important to include the entire family throughout the year. With Dad as the spiritual head of the home, it is our desire to help him nurture his relationships with his children by setting aside some individual time with them. Every year, our feedback confirms that this is a real desire. There are a number of events planned with dads in mind. FCFE will sponsor Family Park Nights and Couples Conversation Nights throughout the year along with the highlights of the year: the Father/Daughter event and Father/Son outing.