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Apr 1, 2015
Spencer Mason
Spring 2015
Homeschool Children: A Risk to Other Children?

Three large multi-state outbreaks of measles in the US have prompted numerous articles about the need for children to be vaccinated. Many of the articles have been critical of parents who choose not to have their children immunized against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

Law & Policy
Mar 25, 2015
Steve Lambert
Winter 2015
Trophy Wives and Trophy Children

We’re all familiar with the term trophy wife. This term usually involves the rich, worldly man who chooses to marry not for love, but rather to show off a suitable trophy among his friends and business partners.

Encouragement, Perspective, Fathers, Parenting
Mar 18, 2015
Michael Hardy
Winter 2015
Experience History in North Carolina!

Smoke drifts from a campfire, mingling with the smells emanating from a black kettle suspended above it. A group of children of diverse ages draws near to what appears to be a vision from the past—someone dressed as a Civil War soldier or maybe an eighteenth century longhunter. "Are you going to eat that?" one young scholar inquires. "Did you really sleep out here last night?" "Is that gun real?" The questions often come as quickly as they can be answered, and one answer can generate another host of questions.

History, Field Trips, NC Treasures
Mar 11, 2015
Debra Bell
Winter 2015
Eight Reasons Kids Learn Best at Home

After I finished homeschooling our kids, I headed back to school myself to complete a Ph.D. in educational psychology. I wanted to know how kids learn best. Wouldn’t that be helpful information for homeschooling moms and dads?

Reasons to Homeschool
Mar 4, 2015
Dr. Matthew McDill
Winter 2015
How to Increase Productivity and Reduce Stress

Have you ever been doing laundry and thought, “I really should be doing school with the kids right now?” Have you ever been talking with your children and realized that you were not really listening?

Encouragement, Goals, Family Life
Feb 25, 2015
Matt Bianco
Winter 2015
The Strange Case of the Curious Child

When my children were little, I remember watching my wife sitting with one of them in her lap and flipping through the pages of a book. My child would point to a picture in the book and ask, “What’s that?” My wife would reply, “A cow,” then turn the page.

Reasons to Homeschool
Feb 18, 2015
Diane Helfrich
Winter 2015
Community Service: Get Involved (and Keep Records!)

I recently wrote a post to the NCHE Facebook page on community service, and it sparked such an interest that I decided to expound a bit more in this article for GREENHOUSE. Community service is an important part of living.

High School, Activities, Preparing for College, Character
Feb 11, 2015
J. Mark Fox
Winter 2015
One Way to Remember How Blessed You Are

Cindy and I shared some ideas about building a strong marriage with younger couples in the church recently, and I told this story from Greg Smalley:

Marriage, Biblical Principles, Family Life
Feb 4, 2015
Lorie Codispoti
Winter 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
Jan 28, 2015
Amanda Garner
Winter 2015
Sitting Alone

My husband is the full-time pastor at our church where we have been serving for nine years. When the Lord first called us to this sweet congregation, we had only three young children (four, five and seven).

Encouragement, Family Life, Empty Nest
Jan 21, 2015
Katherine Barnett
Winter 2015
Homeschooling for Life

“This feels just like what I’ve done all my life!” wailed my eighteen-year-old son. He was working on an assignment for an online college history course that he was taking the fall after high school graduation.

Encouragement, Biblical Principles, Faith
Jan 14, 2015
Tanya Dickens
Winter 2015
The Value of Homeschool Community

The only thing better than the family you're born in is the family you choose. Born an only child, I learned to be content entertaining myself. Not one to surround myself with an entourage of friends, I'm completely comfortable shopping, dining and traveling alone.

Socialization, Community. Support
Jan 7, 2015
Kevin McClain
Winter 2015
Kevin’s Kluge: Thoughts on the History of Education, Technology and Socialization

This article is late to the editor and somewhat cobbled together (therefore, truly a kluge). Originally I was just going to write about the history of schooling, how changes in technology helped place new emphasis on socialization as a responsibility of schools.

From the President, Editorial, History, Parenting
Dec 31, 2014
Socorro Hernandez-Hinek
Fall 2014
Homeschool Artists: How to Prepare an Art Portfolio

As a professor of fine art for over twenty years, I have often reflected on the most meaningful contributions of my career, asking myself, “What is the most worthwhile, and useful contribution I have given to young and hopeful art students?” Having worked with hundreds of young studen

Art, College, Practical Helps
Dec 23, 2014
Lorie Codispoti
Fall 2014
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
Dec 17, 2014
Dr. Matthew McDill
Fall 2014
How Does God Want Us to Handle Conflict?

Have you had a fight with someone you love this week? Unfortunately, most of us have. It is amazing how we can experience so much joy and so much frustration from one relationship! We can enjoy the fellowship and love and cooperation. But relationships are also difficult. We often do not agree.

Family Life, Biblical Principles, Faith
Dec 10, 2014
Kim Hyland
Fall 2014
A Cautionary Word

I'm a homeschool mom.

This is a title I have claimed for over a decade, through two graduations and countless joys and tears—mine and my pupils'.

Encouragement, Perspective
Dec 3, 2014
Debbie Crawford, Joanne Giff
Fall 2014
Single Parent Homeschooling—Are You Crazy?

Joanne

Encouragement, Single Parents
Nov 26, 2014
Fall 2014
Mollie Hensley Wins Writers Award Four Years in a Row

Mollie Hensley, age nine, was recently named the first place winner of the third grade entries in the 2014 UNC-TV's PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. She has won first place in her grade for the last three years and won second place during her kindergarten year.

In the Spotlight
Nov 19, 2014
Lisa Bailey
Fall 2014
Celebrating the Teachable Moments

What is your favorite thing about a to-do list? Is it the calming pursuit of listing; all the necessary tasks to be accomplished; the knowledge that you will not forget something important; or maybe the sheer symmetry of the bullet points?

Encouragement, Perspective
Nov 12, 2014
Diana Waring
Fall 2014
Sustainable Homeschooling Includes Rest!

When I began homeschooling in 1985, I was naively oblivious of the time commitment I was taking on—twenty years! But I immediately discovered that being a homeschool mom tends to be a full-time career.

Encouragement, Mothers
Nov 5, 2014
Tracey Rutter
Fall 2014
Thoughts from a Mom New to Homeschooling

Now that the decision to homeschool had been made, I was ready to fully embrace this new adventure. I decided I would attend the state homeschool conference. This was definitely new territory for me. My teen daughter and I went and knew absolutely nobody.

Encouragement, Beginner
Oct 29, 2014
Spencer Mason
Fall 2014
NC: 60,000+ Homeschools, 150,000+ Students

The NC Division of Non-Public Education released a report in August detailing the number of homeschools for the 2013-2014 school year. The numbers revealed 14% increase from the 2012-2013 school year.

Oct 22, 2014
Claudia Whitaker
Fall 2014
Homeschoolers Provide Youth Leadership throughout North Carolina

The 4-H program in North Carolina was founded in 1909 and is still fulfilling its mission to assist youth to become competent and contributing members of society by developing essential life skills through planned, learn-by-doing experiences.

In the Spotlight, Activities
Oct 15, 2014
Spencer Mason
Fall 2014
Common Core and NC Homeschoolers

What Is Common Core?

Law & Policy
Oct 8, 2014
Kevin McClain
Fall 2014
Kevin’s Kluge—NCHE Board Retreats to Haw River

It has long been the practice of the NCHE board to have an extended time together during the summer that includes an official board meeting.

From the President, Inside NCHE
Oct 1, 2014
J. Mark Fox
Summer 2014
Expectation Is Premeditated Resentment

He’s had a tough day at work, with deadlines to meet, the boss on his case, clients unhappy about anything and everything. On top of all that, he’s not sleeping well due to stress, and he’s gained fifteen pounds...

Family Life
Sep 24, 2014
Tanya Dickens
Summer 2014
Prioritizing Motherhood

While homeschooling is full of variety, with its unexpected and daily drama, it can also become chaotic and overwhelming for some. Much like striving to achieve and maintain a successful career, both can take a toll on you.

Mothers
Sep 17, 2014
Diana Waring
Summer 2014
The Power of Gifts

Imagine a beautifully-wrapped box lovingly set in front of you. Carefully pick up and examine this mysterious gift.

Encouragement, Perspective
Sep 10, 2014
Courtney Sanford
Summer 2014
What if the Art Teacher Taught Math?

My thirteen-year-old daughter Ellie was participating in a mock trial event, so we took a field trip, along with several moms and teenagers, to visit a courthouse and watch a real trial. As we waited for the trial to begin, the sheriff talked with the students.

Encouragement

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