The Gift of Graduation – Reflections

Graduate 2020/ Briggs Greenwood I stand in the back of a ballroom filled to the brim with families and friends—my eyes tearing and my heart overflowing. I’m sure I also look stressed and tired, and it’s very likely that my shoes are in a corner somewhere. By 7:00 pm, I will be ready to drop, but it’s my favorite day of the year. I have had the extreme privilege to coordinate NCHE’s graduation ceremonies for the last several years. I took on the role because I like to organize events and create hospitable experiences for people. I still enjoy...

Changes and Reflections: From the Rear-View Mirror

Graduate 2020/ Diane Helfrich It has been six years since I graduated my last homeschooled child and sent her off into the world. In these six years, I have had a bit of time to reflect on things I might have done differently. The wisdom I hoped to impart to both of my children is this: there are no wrong decisions. There are only decisions, and if this decision isn’t working, then make a new decision. I did the best I could (as we all do) in the process of watching my chicks fly from the nest. I can say that there are no regrets here, but I...

Structure or Flexibility?

Graduate 2020/ Dava Banner The ideal homeschool schedule has both structure and flexibility. The purpose of a schedule is to help you accomplish the things you think are most important. A schedule also helps you make the most of your time. Your life will usually run more smoothly when you have a schedule. Many children love structure, but too much structure can be stifling. Flexibility can still be built into a routine. Creating margins in your routine means that you don't have to miss out on good things that were unscheduled. We have basic...

As Homeschooling Grows, Do Children Need More Protection?

On July 20, 2020, Jane R. Wettach wrote an article for NC Policy Watch, As homeschooling grows, children need protection. She writes, “A new report from Duke Law School makes a modest proposal focused on the few homeschooled children whose educational needs are not...

Senate Bill 857 Will Help Homeschool Families Financially Hurt by Covid-19

North Carolinians for Home Education favors Senate Bill 857, “Private School Families Tax Incentive.” We encourage homeschoolers to express their support for this bill to the senators who are members of the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. (See contact...

Updates on HB 1047 & SB 706

Update June 17, 2020 SB 706, “Education Changes for Military-Connected Students” Substitute Adopted In the the 11:00 a.m. meeting this morning, the Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education adopted, with a unanimous vote, the SB 706 substitute, that removed the...

NCHE Responds to the Harvard Summit

Many of you have already read about the Harvard Summit that will discuss regulating home education. This is a disturbing development as we observe a growing agenda by some to increase government oversight of home education. I wanted to take a moment to provide a...

Record Review Meetings 2020

The North Carolina the Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) has emailed invitations to randomly selected homeschools inviting them to attend record review meetings at local libraries or community centers. Homeschools are not required by law to attend these...

How to Homeschool Art

Art has always been a huge part of our homeschool because I am an artist. I love making art, I love teaching art, and I love watching children create art!...

Can You Really Homeschool through High School?

I’ve heard a number of homeschool parents say that they plan to homeschool until high school and then put them in public school. I can understand why;...

How Does Learning Happen?

Scores of books have been written on educational philosophy. A lot of those resources make education harder than it has to be—especially since most people...

As Homeschooling Grows, Do Children Need More Protection?

On July 20, 2020, Jane R. Wettach wrote an article for NC Policy Watch, As homeschooling grows, children need protection. She writes, “A new report from Duke...

The Best Seat in the House

After around 20 minutes of listening to amazing music at an outdoor, open-air, pavilion, I realized that I had been watching the projected image of the...

We Can Help You Get Started Homeschooling

So many parents in North Carolina are now choosing to homeschool that the state site for opening a homeschool was unable to process any more requests earlier...

Summer Reading Goals

There was a mother who had a plan and bingo was its name-o. B-I-N-G-O! Visual helps like progress charts are a great way for homeschool parents to help their...

Virtual Field Trips

We know that just because our usual out-of-the-house activities have been curtailed due to COVID-19, our desire (and our desire for our children) to learn and...

Activities Update

July 22:  NCHE Athletic Commission is planning on fall sports of volleyball, boys soccer, and cross-country providing certain conditions are met.  For...