Founded in 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) is a private, volunteer organization active at the state level, serving homeschoolers in North Carolina and beyond.
In order to better serve, NCHE divides the state into twelve regions. Each region has an assigned number and Regional Director.
Homeschooling is the view that education is best when teaching and learning are integrated into the relationships and activities of the family.
The oldest form of education, homeschooling was legally recognized in NC in 1988.
Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes defines a Homeschool in NC. The Division of Non-Public Instruction (DNPE) administers the NC law governing homeschooling practice.
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How to Homeschool High Schoolers
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It is our goal to have the most informative website about homeschooling in North Carolinia.
Recordings of conference workshops & lectures.
NCHE is proud to share in the work of vast network of passionate educators who serve as authors, speakers, and volunteers.
There are many groups of North Carolinians who are working to promote or practice home education. Find home educators like or near you.
NCHE divides the state into 12 regions. Each region has a director.
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Middle and High school sports include Boys Baseball, Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Cross Country (individual & team), Golf (individual & team), Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys & Girls Swimming (individual & team), Girls Volleyball
Statewide online quizzing for all ages
Spend a week in Raleigh, serving in our capital
A multi-day event occuring in Winston-Salem in late May featuring national and regional speakers, workshops for the curious as well as the experienced and a vendor hall of over 45,000 square feet.
Coinciding with our annual conference, NCHE hosts a graduation ceremony for NCHE members.
Our biannual Spring event in Raleigh. Meet legislators and visit state museums.
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You will need to decide on a philosophy of education before you can decide on curriculum or methods. The books listed under Decide is a good place to start to develop your philosophy. Try writing down what you believe about how children learn. What are you goals in your children's education? What is important to you?
There are many approaches to homeschooling. Belows we provide a quick summary of six common approaches.
The “school model”
Examples: Abeka, Bob Jones, Modern Curriculum Press, Scott Forsman, Alpha Omega, Lifepacks, PACE (School of Tomorrow), Rod & Staff, Houghton-Mifflin, Switched on Schoolhouse (computer-based)
Teach using the ‘Trivium’— learning divided into three stages of development, roughly coinciding with brain development.
Resources & Examples: Well-Trained Mind (Bauer), Teaching the Trivium, Introduction to Classical Studies, Veritas Press, Classical Conversations, Tapestry of Grace
“Living Books” versus “twaddle”
Resources: A Charlotte Mason Education, More Charlotte Mason (Levinson), A Charlotte Mason Companion (Andreola),www.amblesideonline.org, simplycharlottemason.com, For the Children’s Sake (McCauley)
Integrated Learning—learning centered around a common theme
Unschooling & Relaxed Schooling
Loose or No Schedule
Most home educators end up in this category to some extent
Example: Sonlight (literature-based eclectic curriculum) www.sonlight.com
A wide variety of resources is available. The closer your choices fit your family's philosophy and style, the more successful you will be. Most families piece together their own curriculum by picking and choosing the best for their family from different publishers. It is usually best to start small and add later.
There is no one right way to structure your homeschool. One of the beauties of homeschooling is that each family can do it their way, in a way that fits with their philosophy, style and life situation.
The only thing the NC law says about how we must homeschool is that we must school on a regular schedule for at least nine calendar months each year. It doesn’t say how many days per week, which days per week, how many hours per day, or which hours of the day. You as a homeschool teacher can structure your school any way that works best for you.
However, it is helpful to have a plan even if that plan has lots of built-in flexibility. There are many personal factors that will affect your plan, but the age of your children is one of the biggest. More than likely, the older they get the more hours you will spend on structured school.
Make a plan and give it a try, but always be ready to adjust plans that don’t work. We learn what works for us as we try different things. I repeat what I started with—there is no one right way; so be creative.