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Getting Off to a Great Start

Are you new to homeschooling or within your first three years? Homeschooling is an adventure, a new lifestyle and a journey like no other. Feeling nervous and unsure is completely normal. Come learn the things that we wish we had known when we began homeschooling twenty years ago. This seminar covers the basics of homeschooling, the common pitfalls for beginners, and includes important tips to get off to a great start!

What Our Mom Did Right; What Our Mom Did Wrong

What will your kids think about homeschooling when they’re adults? Now that Debra Bell’s four kids have grown up, graduated and started families of their own, her oldest daughter reflects on her experiences and those of her siblings. In this tell-all session, Kathryn shares six things she’s grateful for and four that she would go back and change.

Legal Issues Affecting North Carolina Homeschoolers

This workshop addresses the most frequent legal problems that HSLDA assists our North Carolina member families with each year and how to avoid them. It also addresses the effect of the changes to the law that were enacted in 2013 by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Homepreschooling: What to Do with Our Smallest Students

When does homeschooling really begin? Do you need a curriculum to homeschool your preschooler? Do you need some advice on keeping those busy little guys occupied while you are schooling the older kids? This workshop will be a practical look at these youngest members of our homeschool.

You Can Do Unit Study

Everyone talks about the magic of unit study as if it were the key that could unlock the learning kingdom. But doesn't it require creativity, preparation and resources? Isn't it easier to just let them use a stack of textbooks and workbooks? How will I know that I've covered everything? You'll learn which subjects are appropriate for unit study, how to create your own unit studies easily and inexpensively. And you'll leave with the confidence that you and your student can make the homeschooling journey into something more joyous and less tedious than what you've been experiencing.

The Girlfriend's Guide to Homeschooling or "All the Things No One Tells You"

You've read the books, researched curriculum, talked to other homeschool parents—you're ready, right? Or maybe you've started homeschooling and discovered that the reality doesn't necessarily match up to what you thought. Should you quit? Come, be encouraged from a mom who has been there, done that, and is still homeschooling after ten years!

Elements of Style: How to Homeschool in the Twenty-first Century

Are you confused while considering or contemplating homeschooling your children? This workshop is designed to help guide parents in making the decision to homeschool. We will discuss the variety of pathways available to help families make solid choices and arrive at their destination. Tradition—techie—tutors: What is the right fit for your family? What fits your lifestyle, your budget or your education goals?

Choosing Curriculum

Whether you're a rookie or have been teaching for a few years, choosing curriculum can be daunting. A former curriculum junkie will share experiences to help you avoid wasting money on things that won't work for you. How do you make sense of all the choices and find the best options for your family? If you want to maximize your homeschool dollars and end up with the best materials for your child, join us for this session.

Getting Started and the Homeschool Law

Deciding to homeschool is a big decision for a family and you will have many questions. Where do I begin? How do I start? What does the law say? Do I need a classroom? Do I have the ability to teach my children? Will they listen to me? Yes, you can homeschool successfully! These and many other questions will be answered by a veteran homeschool dad. This workshop is designed to help you get off on the right foot with your homeschool. Come learn from our experiences!

Become the Mom You Want Your Children to Remember

Before we ever begin homeschooling, our children are learning life lessons from the way we live. Join me to consider timeless ideas from Charlotte Mason and others on developing noble character, good habits and helpful routines, not just for children, but also for parents. Learn to focus on things that truly matter in order to become the mom you want your children to remember.