Date Title Category
6 Jan 2016
Jolene Kreiling
Fall 2015
Ten Things My Personal Trainer Taught Me about Homeschooling

Self-doubt swam through my mind as I climbed the steps to the workout floor of my local fitness center. Would I be able to handle this? Could I do it? Would I throw up? After spending the summer dealing with an ankle injury, surgery to fix it and then recovery, I honestly felt like a slug.

Goals, Practical Helps
30 Dec 2015
Debra Bell
Fall 2015
Top Five Free Online Resources for Your Homeschool

I want to point you to some of the most amazing online sources of support for your homeschool, but first, I want to tell you why these resources are free. The A2K movement (i.e.

Helpful Websites, High School, Online Classes
23 Dec 2015
Theresa Jones
Fall 2015
Competitive Debate: More Fun than You Think!

In 1999, we made the single best decision of our homeschooling experience. We decided to get involved in competitive speech and debate.

High School, Activities
16 Dec 2015
Debbie Mason
Fall 2015
Math and the Young Child

Because I love math (and majored in it), it was my favorite subject to teach. Now that all my kids are grown and my homeschooling days have passed, I really miss teaching math, especially algebra.

Beginner, Practical Helps, Math
9 Dec 2015
Amy Sloan
Fall 2015
Make Your Priorities a Part of Your Reality

It is probably not hyperbole to say that there is one thing that has transformed our homeschool in the past year. A simple 30-45 minutes each day revolutionizes our perspective.

Practical Helps
2 Dec 2015
Spencer Mason
Fall 2015
Homeschoolers and Online Classes

In recent years, homeschoolers have been receiving solicitations from a variety of online school programs. There are a number of online homeschools such as A Beka Academy, K12 Homeschool, Liberty University Online Academy and Keystone School Online.

Law & Policy, High School
25 Nov 2015
Katherine Barnett
Fall 2015
Giving Thanks for an Abundance

I was recently doing morning devotions with my children, pondering the upcoming holidays. I was trying, like all good homeschooling moms, to weave in some wonderful history lesson that would help bring meaning to the Scriptures, and also somehow benefit the rest of our homeschooling lessons.

Faith, Perspective, Thanksgiving
18 Nov 2015
Diane Helfrich
Fall 2015
Newbie Confusion and the Value of Connection

When I starting homeschooling in the dark ages (really only sixteen years ago, but it now seems like a lifetime ago!) I launched into something I really knew little about. I knew that the public school system was failing us and that we needed another solution.

Support, Community, Beginner
11 Nov 2015
Lorie Codispoti
Fall 2015
Surveying the Sites

We’ve been busy surveying the Internet for websites that you will enjoy. Our goal is to provide something for everyone so we’ve organized these fun, informative, and educational sites into four categories for you to explore.

Helpful Websites
4 Nov 2015
Spencer Mason
Fall 2015
The Delconte Case: The First Step in NC Homeschool Freedom

For a quarter of a century, home educators in North Carolina have found it relatively easy to comply with our homeschool law. Anybody who has had much contact with the Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) has learned that everybody there is homeschool friendly.

Homeschool History, Inside NCHE, Law & Policy
28 Oct 2015
Brian Gilpin
Fall 2015
NCHE Celebrates Thirty Years of Legal Homeschooling in North Carolina

In the spring of 1985, a significant victory took place in the long legal fight over home education in North Carolina.

Homeschool History, Law & Policy
21 Oct 2015
Kevin McClain
Fall 2015

It’s the fall of 2015, the beginning of a new academic year. I trust you had a summer full of activities that took advantage of the great resources in NC, from our mountains to our beaches. I hope you were able to schedule an extended visit with family and friends.

From the President
14 Oct 2015
Diane Helfrich
Fall 2015
An Election Day Opportunity for High School Students

In our homeschools, one of the great things we have is flexibility. We can engage in experiences that are sometimes hard within a traditional system because they require being away from the school.

7 Oct 2015
Amanda Garner
Summer 2015
Invisible Disabilities

We faced a new season in our homeschool this past year as we decided not to return to the co-op we had participated in for a number of years.

Encouragement, Perspective, Community. Support
30 Sep 2015
Christina Parker Brown
Summer 2015
Trusting God in the Process

I recently went to a homeschool coffee social with new and seasoned homeschool moms. It was rewarding to go as an encourager. I hadn't realized that somehow over the last fifteen years, I had gone from a novice homeschool mom to being seasoned. (Although weathered or battle-scarred might be a better description.) I am now the mom I looked at fifteen years ago and thought, "Wow, she sure has it all figured out now that she has all those years of homeschooling under her belt." If she only knew.

Encouragement, Faith, Biblical Principles, Perspective
23 Sep 2015
Debbie Crawford, Joanne Giff
Summer 2015
A Beautiful Calling, but a Real Struggle—The Life of a Single Homeschool Mom

Anyone who has been called by God to homeschool will immediately understand the title of this article. Homeschooling can be romanticized in our minds.

Encouragement, Single Parents
16 Sep 2015
D. Kevin Brown
Summer 2015
Teaching the Important Stuff

Most homeschool families desire to teach the principles of God to their children so that they grasp, and eventually own, their own faith—they get it, when it comes to following Jesus Christ.

Perspective, Goals, Biblical Principles, Character
9 Sep 2015
Kathryn (Bell) Gomes
Summer 2015
The Redesigned SAT—Math

Last winter the College Board announced a completely redesigned SAT, creating lots of questions and anxiety about the new format. In this article, I’d like to address the changes to the math sections of the test. All of the information I am citing is available on the College Board website.

Testing, Math, Preparing for College
2 Sep 2015
Steve Lambert
Summer 2015
Who Benefits the Most from Homeschooling?

Study after study demonstrates that statically speaking, children taught at home do better academically than children taught in classrooms.

Encouragement, Perspective, Biblical Principles
26 Aug 2015
Debra Bell
Summer 2015
Marking Memorable Moments in Your Homeschool

One of the attractions of homeschooling is the opportunity to seamlessly fuse our children’s education with the rhythms of family life. One of the downsides, I learned, is children are never quite sure where they stand in terms of their educational progress.

Back to School, Family Life
19 Aug 2015
Dara Halydier
Summer 2015
Learning to Serve

Homeschooling opens up a myriad of opportunities for service and allows the parent to display servant leadership that can then be emulated by the children. Servant leadership is the biblical leadership model that Jesus used. He did not sit to the side and give orders.

Character, Ministry
12 Aug 2015
Denise Moore
Summer 2015
Never Too Old to Continue to Learn

I have always loved learning new things. While my children were still at home, I learned how to run sound (for my church), how to buy stocks (for a stock club) and Latin (just for fun). These were topics that I initially knew absolutely nothing about—I was definitely a “Greek to me” novice.

Empty Nest, Methods
5 Aug 2015
Sally Matheny
Summer 2015
Pickin’ and Grinnin’ with Music and NC History at the Earl Scruggs Center

If you grew up watching The Beverly Hillbillies, you may remember musicians Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. Occasionally, they sauntered through the Clampetts’ mansion door pickin’ and grinnin’. If you missed their appearances, you didn’t miss out on their music. Scruggs and Flat also performed the theme song for the show.

NC Treasures, Field Trips
29 Jul 2015
Lorie Codispoti
Summer 2015
Surveying the Sites

We’ve been busy surveying the Internet for websites that you will enjoy. Our goal is to provide something for everyone so we’ve organized these fun, informative, and educational sites into four categories for you to explore.

Articles of Interest

Helpful Websites
22 Jul 2015
Rebekah Hendricks
Summer 2015
From Classroom to School Room

It's amazing how God can change your heart in ways you would never expect.

15 Jul 2015
Elizabeth Macdonald
Summer 2015
Make This Summer a Turning Point for Struggling Readers

As the summer draws in, parents around the country are carefully planning their summer strategies for encouraging learning. The strategies themselves vary hugely depending on the children, however, there is one element that is consistent across the board, and it is some form of reading.

Struggling Learners, Reading
8 Jul 2015
Kevin McClain
Summer 2015
Kevin’s Kluge: Behind the Scenes at the Thrive! Conference Teen Game Night

The annual conference, our thirty-first, just concluded. It was an exciting experience with wonderful opportunities, as usual. There were lots of things I did during the conference that left an impression on me.

From the President, Conferences
1 Jul 2015
Evelyn Bickley
Spring 2015
How to Give Yourself a Scholarship

One February morning a few years ago, I stood in my son’s bedroom looking at his Apologia biology textbook. He had been diligently working his way chapter by chapter through the book, and I was preparing to quiz him on the vocabulary and end of chapter review questions.

High School, Practical Helps
24 Jun 2015
J. Mark Fox
Spring 2015
Read a Good Book to Your Children

When my children were little, we would read good books together several nights a week. We spent time with Peter and Lucy in Narnia, with Laura Ingalls on the Minnesota prairie and we even walked the battlefields of France with Sgt. Alvin York.

Parenting, Fathers, Faith, Family Life
17 Jun 2015
Tanya Dickens
Spring 2015
Everyone Wins When Spouses Show Mutual Love and Respect

It's never healthy for people in a relationship to compare responsibilities, but if someone feels their role in the home is minimized or taken for granted, it's easy to get caught up in this game.

Family Life, Marriage, Parenting