News & Announcements

8 Sep 2017
Field Trips

Field Trip: Lazy 5 Ranch

Join NCHE at the Lazy 5 Ranch!  We will be visiting there on Friday, November 10.  Participants must arrive no later than 10:45 and will be permitted to stay as long as you wish.  Picnic areas are free for our use on a first come, first served basis. 

The ranch is home to more than 750 animals from six continents. As a group, we will view them from the comfort of a horse drawn wagon taking us along a 3 1/2 mile tour of the animals' habitats.  You can also drive your own vehicle along this road as well.  Exotic animals include varieties of deer, cattle, kangaroos, ostriches, camels, rhino, zebra and giraffe--which we will get to feed! 

Advance registration and payment is required.  Admission fee includes wagon tour (approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour), animal feed, the option to drive through the animals habitat areas again in your own vehicle, and access to picnic area.  Registration is $10.50 per child (ages 2-11), $11.50 per adult (12 and older).     REGISTER NOW.                                                                                                                

Please note that no pets or service animals are permitted.  For anything you might want to purchase on-site, Lazy 5 does not accept debit or credit cards.                     

Registration is transferable but non-refundable.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, November 8. 

7 Sep 2017
Field Trips

Museum of Life and Science Field Trip

Join NCHE on Thursday, October 12, for a day at the Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC!  With 84 acres of things to explore, there is sure to be something for every learner in your family.  This highly rated science museum features an indoor two story science center; a butterfly pavillion; a haven for rescued black bears, lemurs, red wolves and others; a dinosaur trail; the Ellerbe Creek Railway; treehouses and other interactive outdoor play and learn opportunities.  Your admission includes self-paced time in all areas.  If you decide you want to ride on the Ellerbe Creek Railway, tickets ($5 each) will be available on site from the Museum on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTER NOW

Advance registration and payment required to guarantee our discounted rates.  Tickets will be held for your pick-up at the Museum of Life and Science on October 12. 

Admission for everyone 3 and older is $11.50 (includes tax).  Regular prices are $13.98/student and $19.35/adult.  Children 2 and younger are free.  Tickets for the optional train ride are available for purchase on-site directly from the Museum for $5.

Registration is transferable but non-refundable.  Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 10. 

6 Sep 2017

Field Trip: Biltmore Estate

Join NCHE at the 16th Annual Field to Table Homeschool Festival at the Biltmore Estate, Asheville.  This one day event--choose either Thursday, September 21 or Friday, September 22--is filled with hands-on activities, animals, demonstrations, crafts and great memories for your family!  Included in your visit to "America's Largest Home" are self-guided tours of the house, gardens, conservatory, winery, and Antler Hill Farm where all the special homeschool activities will take place.

Registration fee (paid directly to the Biltmore Estate) is $23 plus tax per person for ages 4 and older.  Advance reservations and payment are required. Lunch and accommodations options are available. 

To purchase your tickets, call 861-855-4661, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information on the Biltmore Estate, click here

14 Mar 2017

NCHE Night with the Charlotte Hornets

BUY TICKETS HERE!

Enter Promo Code: HOMESCHOOL

*NCHE encourages you to purchase in-between Sections 228-231 so the families can sit on the same side of the arena!

  • *IMPORTANT TICKET INFORMATION*

Click on available seats (blue dots) to add to your cart, then log in or create a new account to proceed to checkout.  To print tickets, please visit myhornetsaccount.com and enter your login information within 14 days of the game.

NCHE Homeschool Night Highlights:

  • Fun, family-friendly school spirit night with fellow families and students.
  • Post-game free throw on the Hornets NBA court for everyone who attends with NCHE!
    *Details will be sent out at a later date
  • NCHE will receive recognition on the scoreboard.
  • Ticket savings off the face value and no per ticket fees
  • $25 200-Level – Curve Mid
  • $19 200-Level – Curve High
    (Prices above do not include applicable NC state taxes, Savings is vs. regularly priced tickets purchased online or by phone)

*Important Note: Special ticket offer and incentives are only available when you buy through the link provided above. Tickets purchased through other outlets will not be honored.

NCHE will be there to greet you! Looking forward to seeing you!  Questons?  Contact Evelyn Bickley at evelyn.bickley@nche.com.

16 Feb 2017

Raleigh Museum Options for Capital Fest 2017

 

Photo by Alexisrael

Tuesday, March 7, will be an exciting day for Homeschool families in North Carolina.  In addition to the great line-up of activities at Capital Fest, here are some other educational opportunities in the downtown Raleigh area.  All are within walking distance of Capital Fest sessions and legislative visits. 

1.  North Carolina Legislative Building:  Opened in 1963, the Legislative Building is the current meeting place of the North Carolina General Assembly.  In addition to housing senate and house chambers and offices, the building features a 28 foot mosaic of the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina and other architectural features. Self-guided tours are available, but NCHE has also arranged for a FREE, 30-minute docent led tour of the building at 2 pm.  Free; Space limited; advance registration required.  To be added to the list, please send an email to NCHE Activities Director Evelyn Bickley at evelyn.bickley@nche.com.

2.  North Carolina Museum of History (also houses the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame):  Free admission; open until 5 pm.  In addition to the Story of North Carolina exhibits and a reproduction of the Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer, special traveling exhibits are "Selma to Montgomery: A March for the Right to Vote" and "The Photographs of Hugh Morton."  Click here for a link to activities to do with the kids before and during your visit:  http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/learning/kids

3.  North Carolina Museum of Natural Science:  Free admission to exhibit halls; open until 5 pm.  Admission to traveling exhibit of "The Secret World Inside You" discounted 50%, now only $5 for homeschoolers on March 7. Admission to 3D movies available for $3. Advance reservations NOT necessary.  Simply ask for the NCHE Capital Fest Homeschool Discount at the admission desk. 

The Old Capital Building and the Governor's Mansion will not be open for tours on March 7. 

Click here to register for Capital Fest.

 

6 Jan 2017

Field Trip: Discovery Place Science Museum

(Photo courtesy of Discovery Place)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017:  301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC; check-in between 10 and noon

Come and spend the day with NCHE at Discovery Place Science Museum, one of the top-rated science museums in the nation. Enrich your students' education with a trip to the Rain Forest, a hands-on encounter with out-of-the-ordinary animals, or an interactive visit with a chemist.  Be lifted high in the air by a vacuum powered Air Chair or lie on a bed of nails unharmed.  The youngest visitors (age 0-7) and their caregivers will enjoy the KidScience, a room full of hands-on learning.

Learn about 13th century Mongolia through the special, limited time exhibit of Genghis Khan.  With more than 200 items on exhibit, view the weaponry, musical instruments and everyday artifacts of life during the Mongol empire.  

Choose from two optional IMAX film experiences:  The Mysteries of China or Secret Ocean

REGISTER NOW

Advance Registration and payment required to guarantee our discounted rates.  Tickets will be held for your pick-up at Discovery Place on February 21. 

Admission for everyone 2 and older is $9 (regular prices are $13.94/student and $18.23/adult).  Children under 2 are free.  Discounted tickets for IMAX shows may be purchased on-site for $5.36 each (regular price of $9/student, $10/adult). 

12 Dec 2016

Ski Beech with NCHE!

Join other homeschoolers January 23 at Beech Mountain, NC!
Learn more about Beech Mountain Resort at http://www.beechmountainresort.com/

$30 per person fee (a $90 value) includes:

  • lift ticket (either DAY 9-5 or TWILIGHT 1-9);
  • rental equipment;
  • 1 hour group lesson

$20 per person fee includes:

  • lift ticket only (for those who have their own equipment)

A tubing option exists: $25 per person (pay when you arrive; no need to pre-register for tubing); Runs scheduled for 10, noon, 2 and 4.  Register in person 2 hours before desired run. Minimum height requirement: 42".

REGISTRATION

PRE-REGISTRATION BY 6 p.m. JANUARY 20 IS MANDATORY TO GUARANTEE THE SPECIAL RATE.

To register, email the following information to ski trip registrar, Glenna Toney, at riderschoicewnc@bellsouth.net with JANUARY 23 in the subject line:

  • Name of EACH participating individual who will ski or snowboard
  • What type of SKI or SNOWBOARD equipment will be needed?
  • Will person(s) be participating in group ski or snowboard lesson? (Children under 8 may not be part of the group ski lesson.)
  • DAY or TWILIGHT lift ticket
  • Number of optional hot lunches desired ($8/meal)
  • Phone number where you can be reached on ski day

Expect a confirmation email with additional details from Riderschoice.  If you do NOT receive a confirmation, you are not on the list for January 23. 

PAYMENT

Payment is made on-site at Ski Beech.  PLEASE NOTE:  Homeschool families will be expected to show current, appropriate proof of homeschooling (such as a print-out of your NC DNPE registration).  Adults attending must be accompanying their legally homeschooled  (19 or younger and not yet graduated from high school) children, grandchildren, or younger siblings. 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation can be made to riderschoicewnc@bellsouth.net until 6 pm on January 20.
Cancellation after that time will need to be arranged directly with Ski Beech.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

Ski Beech only closes for ice storms or high winds.

QUESTIONS? 

Please contact either Evelyn Bickley, NCHE Activities Director at evelyn.bickley@nche.com or Glenna Toney, ski trip registrar at riderschoicewnc@bellsouth.net.

26 Sep 2016
Field Trips

Field Trip: Old Salem Tour & Candle Tea

Old Salem

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Old Salem Visitor's Center, 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC.

NOTE:  This is a 2-part field trip.  You can attend the Candle Tea portion OR the Old Salem Footsteps Through History tour OR both.  Please note registration deadline for Footsteps Through History is November 3.  Candle Tea tickets will continue to be sold while supply lasts. 

Old Salem

The Footsteps Through History tour is a self-guided town visit and includes admission to the doctor's house and medical museum, the potter's shop, the joinery (furniture making) and other town buildings and gardens.   It also includes an educational video on the history of Old Salem at the Visitors Center and admission to three self-guided galleries in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) that feature ceramics, textiles and furniture. 

Old Salem Tour

Candle Tea

Hosted by the Home Moravian Church of Winston-Salem, the Candle Tea is a Christmas tradition.  This abbreviated version includes a 40 minute tour of the Single Brothers house with special emphasis on the kitchen, candlemaking, the Nativity story, the Moravian putz (miniature replica of Old Salem), and a Moravian sugar cookie. 

Tours group size is strictly limited due to fire codes.  If you want to be with your friends, please have one person order all the tickets for your group. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.  Every effort will be made to give you your preferred time.    

Register Now

Register Now! Registration for the Old Salem Footsteps Through History tour must be made by November 3 to insure the discounted admission price.  Tickets will be held at the NCHE desk in the Old Salem Visitors Center for pick up on December 5. Registration for the Candle Tea will be while supply lasts.

Prices: Old Salem Footsteps Through History Adult (out of high school):  $31.95

            Old Same Footsteps Through History Student (ages 4 and older):  $15.75

            Candle Tea (everyone ages 2 and older):  $1.75

You will receive an email confirming your reservations, with admission time, details, and further information. Tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

10 Jul 2016

NC Homeschooling Growth Continues

The NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) just published the NC homeschool statistics for the 2015-2016 school year on their website. The number of state recognized homeschools grew by more than 10% to 74,653. DNPE estimates that there are about 1.6 students per homeschool for a total of 118,268 students ages 6 through 17. NCHE believes that a more realistic estimate is 2.5 students per homeschool for a total student population of 186,633. Also, since most homeschools with students only below the age of 7 do not officially open a school (because the law does not require it), there are actually more homeschools than this number represents. 

In January 1988, there were about 1046 homeschools in North Carolina. When NCHE convinced the NC General Assembly to pass a favorable homeschool law that was ratified on June 20, 1988, the number of homeschools began to grow rapidly. By the end of the 1988-89 school year the NC homeschool community had experienced a phenomenal 32% increase in numbers to 1,385 homeschools. In 1991 the number of NC homeschools had jumped to 4,127. Many authorities said that home education was just a passing fad, and they predicted that in a few years the interest in homeschooling would dwindle. Those authorities were wrong. Twenty-eight years later, growth in the number of NC homeschools continues at an unparalleled rate. 

74,653 North Carolina Homeschools by County After 2015-2016 School Year

Alamance  

1,078

Cumberland 

1,888

Johnston  

1,769

Randolph  

1,454

Alexander  

384

Currituck  

245

Jones  

111

Richmond  

226

Alleghany  

71

Dare  

279

Lee  

387

Robeson  

797

Anson  

150

Davidson  

1,519

Lenoir  

279

Rockingham  

804

Ashe  

315

Davie  

403

Lincoln  

598

Rowan  

1,399

Avery  

169

Duplin  

243

Macon  

463

Rutherford  

566

Beaufort  

328

Durham  

1,226

Madison  

353

Sampson  

303

Bertie  

89

Edgecombe  

263

Martin  

141

Scotland  

140

Bladen  

248

Forsyth  

2,402

McDowell  

523

Stanly  

573

Brunswick  

904

Franklin  

765

Mecklenburg  

5,607

Stokes  

426

Buncombe  

2,730

Gaston  

1,579

Mitchell  

142

Surry  

743

Burke  

744

Gates  

103

Montgomery 

210

Swain  

136

Cabarrus  

1,838

Graham  

140

Moore  

773

Transylvania  

434

Caldwell  

657

Granville  

487

Nash  

714

Tyrell  

26

Camden  

82

Greene 

87

New Hanover  

1,269

Union  

2,609

Carteret  

753

Guilford 

2,764

Northampton  

98

Vance  

342

Caswell  

203

Halifax  

276

Onslow  

1,477

Wake  

6,982

Catawba  

1.142

Harnett  

1,411

Orange  

676

Warren  

94

Chatham  

482

Haywood  

649

Pamlico  

95

Washington  

100

Cherokee  

275

Henderson  

1,331

Pasquotank  

416

Watauga  

403

Chowan  

100

Hertford  

79

Pender  

526

Wayne  

721

Clay  

85

Hoke  

502

Perquimans  

96

Wilkes  

784

Cleveland  

852

Hyde  

52

Person  

346

Wilson  

476

Columbus  

354

Iredell  

1,520

Pitt  

917

Yadkin  

316

Craven  

790

Jackson  

295

Polk  

240

Yancey 

242

1 Dec 2015

Facebook Groups for Four Areas of Special Needs

Born out of the desire for on-going connections among parents who attended our recent Summit for Teaching Exceptional Children, NCHE Support Groups are here for you to ask questions, share advice and arrange meet-ups. The privacy settings are "closed" so that what you share will not appear in anyone's Facebook feed unless they are a member of that support group. As of now, we have created four groups: autism, down syndrome, learning differences and physical disabilities. You may join as many as are appropriate for your family, and please let us know if you think we should create additional groups.

 

Autism
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NCHESummitAutismSupport/
Down Syndrome

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NCHEDownSyndromeSupportGroup/
Learning Differences

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NCHELearningDifferencesSupportGroup/
Physical Disabilities

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NCHEPhysicalDisabilitiesSupportGroup/