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Dec 12, 2012
Spencer Mason
Fall 2012
Virtual Public Schools and Homeschooling Don’t Mix

On June 18, homeschool parents in Iredell County received an invitation from Iredell-Statesville Schools (ISS) superintendent, Brady Johnson, to attend a “community based meeting to discuss the idea of a partnership with the school system.” The primary purpose of the meeting was to di

Law & Policy
Nov 7, 2012
Laura Sailer
Fall 2012
Why Do I Homeschool?

After over twenty years of homeschooling, four kids, two dogs, three high school graduations, one college graduation, one wedding and one grandchild, I think I can boil my initial motivation down to one simple answer.

Reasons to Homeschool
Oct 24, 2012
Mike and Ronda Marshall
Fall 2012
Challenges and Adaptations

From the President
Oct 10, 2012
Kevin McClain
Fall 2012
Introducing GREENHOUSE

It is my pleasure to introduce the inaugural issue of GREENHOUSE magazine, a publication of North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE). The publication is considerably different than the Greenhouse Report, the publication subscribers received in the mail a few short months ago.

Encouragement
Aug 15, 2012
Stephanie Cox
July/August 2012
NCHE Scholarships Awarded

In December 2011, forty-eight homeschool seniors sent application packets to be considered for one of six scholarships that NCHE administers. Transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, two letters of recommendation and a personal essay were required from each student.

Inside NCHE, Events, Scholarships
Aug 8, 2012
Kevin McClain
July/August 2012
Toward the Greenhouse: Reflections on Analogies for Schooling

I enjoy a good analogy—the comparison between two things for the purpose of clarification. My mind starts to rattle and spin like a dervish when word pictures or stories are employed to better explain complex ideas.

Jun 27, 2012
Debby Alston
May/June 2012
The ADD Mom Homeschools

“It ain’t fittin’, it just ain’t fittin’,” declared Scarlett O’Hara’s mammy in a scene from Gone with the Wind. Many times, I have wondered if “it just ain’t fittin’” for me, a mom with Attention Deficit Disorder, to homeschool my kids.

Jun 12, 2012
Davis Carman
May/June 2012
Fathers: Will Your Children Say “I Want to Be Like You”?

A while back I received a phone call from my son who attends a Christian college in New York City. We talked about classes, girls and his lack of money; then he got to the real point of his call.

Family Life
May 9, 2012
Spencer Mason
May/June 2012
Are You Training Animals or Discipling Children?

My wife, Debbie, and I began our journey in home education in 1981, and I have been in homeschool leadership since 1988. Therefore, I have had the opportunity to talk with many homeschool parents over the years.

Family Life, From the President
Apr 12, 2012
Carol Barnier
March/April 2012
How to Teach Your Platypus

“My boy’s a platypus!” she gushed enthusiastically.
“He’s a what?” I was certain I must have misunderstood her.
“He’s a right-brained, quasi-lateral, confrontational platypus!”

Struggling Learners
Jan 18, 2012
J. Mark Fox
Jan/Feb 2012
Often the Unplanned Is the Most Memorable

A recent weekend I shared with my five sons was meticulously planned. Well, let me qualify that. It was about as planned as it could be by my standards.

Family Life
Jan 4, 2012
Mari Fitz-Wynn
Jan/Feb 2012
Burned Out? There is Hope!

What happens when a creative, enthusiastic, home educator suddenly finds that the wonderful activities, projects and learning well has suddenly run dry? What happens when lunch and shopping dates with “the girls” have more appeal than history dates?

Encouragement
May 1, 2005
J. Mark Fox
May/June 2005
Keepers of the Springs

Health and life was restored from the waters that flowed pure again. Peter Marshall said that it is the mother who is the modern day keeper of the spring. Her ministry to the family, he said, keeps it glowing with health.

Mothers, Encouragement, Faith
May 1, 2005
Hal & Melanie Young
May/June 2005
Not on Our Watch!

In mid-March, Governor Mike Easley proposed to make private, Christian and homeschools accountable to the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI). As soon as the information was verified, NCHE sent out an alert, and homeschool families responded by the thousands. The public reaction brought a delay in action;

Law & Policy, Homeschool History
May 1, 2005
Hal & Melanie Young
May/June 2005
Hal’s about It: Is There Anything You People Don't Do Well?

In light of all the good news, can we blame outsiders for asking, "Is there anything homeschoolers don't do well?"

From the President
Mar 1, 2005
Hal & Melanie Young
March/April 2005
Hal’s about It: Happy and We Know It

But for most of us, this is the life. It’s hard work: bothersome at times, downright troublesome days, but generally speaking—a life we’ve chosen and can’t imagine trading.

I discovered a pattern in much of the educational and policy research that confirms homeschoolers’ commitment and satisfaction.

From the President, Encouragement, Reasons to Homeschool
Mar 1, 2005
J. Mark Fox
March/April 2005
Outside the Greenhouse

There is nothing like the protection that a family can provide as we raise little ones to maturity in the greenhouse of home education. It is a safe place that nurtures these children like olive plants (Psalm 128:3) as they grow up.

Empty Nest, Encouragement, Faith, Family Life
Mar 1, 2005
March/April 2005
What Do You Do When You Fall Behind?

I have learned through the years to fully rest in God and trust His plans for our school.

Encouragement, Faith
Mar 1, 2005
March/April 2005
The Value of the Homeschool Conference

Cheer up! Homeschool conference season is just around the corner!

Homeschool conferences are a great place to learn what went wrong and to share the excitement of what went right during your homeschooling year. You can learn how to get better organized, find new answers to puzzling problems, grow encouraged and do what homeschooling moms love to do most—shop for new school materials!

Encouragement, Support, Conferences
Mar 1, 2005
March/April 2005
How to Fail at Homeschooling in Three Easy Steps

As I have reflected on that time in our lives, I have come to realize that I took three basic steps to becoming a homeschool failure. My hope is that, in sharing my mistakes, I will speak to the heart of some other mother who finds herself gazing a little too fondly at the big yellow school bus.

Encouragement, Reasons to Homeschool
Mar 1, 2005
March/April 2005
Ten Reasons You Should Attend the NCHE Annual Conference

by Amelia Harper and Deborah Wuehler

1. You can gain new ideas and find creative resources. Many vendors reveal new products at the conference. You will find ideas that you have never seen!

Conferences
Mar 1, 2005
March/April 2005
They Call Her Blessed

It can be a hectic lifestyle, one that can chase the sanity from even the sanest individual, the patience from the most long-suffering saint and the serenity from the calmest person. It is often a demanding job, a thankless occupation and an overwhelming mission. So, I penned the following words of tribute to my wife, Karen, and in fact, as a tribute to all homeschool moms.

Encouragement, Mothers
Jan 1, 2005
Hal & Melanie Young
Jan/Feb 2005
Hal’s about It: So you’re homeschooling?…Wait, don’t answer yet.

Homeschooling is one of many routes to educating our children. When my family started homeschooling eleven years ago, there was no question about which highway we were on—the public and the private schools were on totally separate roadways, and the homeschool path had only been paved for a little while.

Now there are many places where the roads converge. Homeschoolers have more classroom opportunities, and students in traditional schools are finding ways to study at home. More and more students can be found at their kitchen table "doing school," yet not all of them are following the homeschooling route.

From the President, Perspective
Jan 1, 2005
J. Mark Fox
Jan/Feb 2005
Duty is Ours, Results are God’s

Adams cared deeply that slaves be set free, but whether they ever were or not was not his motivation. He fought for their freedom because it was the right thing to do, not because it was the most expedient.

History, Politics, Faith, Character
Jan 1, 2005
Diane Allen
Jan/Feb 2005
In the Dreariness of Winter We Wonder: Is there Life after Homeschool?

A friend used to say that the hardest thing about homeschooling was January and February. Isn’t that the truth?

Perspective, Encouragement, Empty Nest
Nov 1, 2004
Hal & Melanie Young
November/December 2004
Hal’s about It: Peace or Freedom

The government couldn’t depend on controlling a population that had freedom to choose, so the task was to limit their choices first, then condition them to prefer their constrictions rather than seek out their future in a world without guarantees.

Just be wary of the call of “peace and security.” Freedom is a risky thing, but it’s what allows parents to effectively educate kids with special needs, precocious readers, those gifted in mechanics or dance or music, who may be all in the same family!

History, Perspective, Law & Policy
Nov 1, 2004
November/December 2004
Homeschooling the Only Child

I soon began to notice that I was alone, in a sense. I never saw an only child on the cover (or the inside) of Teaching Home, or any other resource I found. I began to observe that homeschoolers are a prolific group—most of my friends had three or more children, and they weren't slowing down.

Yet, despite doubts from without or within, I returned to the comfort that God has ordained all our circumstances and His calling and provision still stands. My son truly enjoyed his own company and had no problems being an only child. We were able to go on more adventures using fewer resources, than anybody I knew, and we greatly enjoyed our years together at home.

Family Life, Perspective, Encouragement
Sep 1, 2004
Cindy Townsend
September/October 2004
Reflections of a Reluctantly Retired Homeschool Mom

There I was, two years after my youngest had graduated from high school, walking through the annual NCHE Book Fair. This was the third NCHE conference that I’d attended with no one to buy for and nowhere to apply my new knowledge from all the wonderful workshops. What torture!

Empty Nest, Encouragement, Perspective
Sep 1, 2004
Hal & Melanie Young
September/October 2004
Hal’s about It: Civics Class Meets Real Life

Being people who treasure their individual freedoms and realize how jealously those freedoms must be guarded, we homeschoolers have always been a politically active group. From the very start of the modern homeschooling movement, families across the philosophical spectrum have taken a keen interest in the political situation around them.

Politics, From the President
Jul 1, 2004
July/August 2004
Math: It's a Team Sport

However, when studying math, most children miss a strong grounding in the ability to think for themselves. They get into the rut of just doing what the math book tells them to do when they see a certain type of problem. This rut can be not only boring, but it can stunt their intellectual growth...

Math, Methods

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