Speaking Up for Home Education

Fall 2020/ Matthew McDill This is an amazing time in our culture when the words that people use and the causes that people stand for are taking center stage and having serious consequences. On one hand, this is nothing new, and it is always wise to be careful and considerate in the things we say and the movements we join. On the other hand, we may be tempted to shrink back from saying anything at all. It seems that if we take any kind of position on an issue, we are choosing sides in a war and are going to get shot at. Therefore, let’s choose...

Wisdom for the Next Phase of Life

Graduate 2020/ Matthew McDill [A Note to Parents] This year two of my boys are moving out to go to school. My hope is that we have given them the skills and wisdom they will need to live a meaningful life that makes an impact for God. I hope that we have also built relationships with them so that we can continue to guide and teach them. Whether you are graduating your first student or last, whether they are going to school or staying home, our young people are transitioning into a new phase of life. I would like to share with you some of the...

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...

Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Sylvan Heights Bird Park Scotland Neck, NC September 24, 2020 Sylvan Heights Bird Park is designed to give visitors an unforgettable up-close experience with...

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...

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...

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...

NCHE White Paper: Homeschools and Public School Classes

Is dual enrollment in both homeschool and public school legal? It has become fairly common for homeschools to receive solicitations from local school districts offering classes on the Internet or in the classroom. Many school districts are stating that homeschool...

Seven Ways to Welcome Newcomers

This is our twelfth year homeschooling, and although we have been members of the same homeschool support group for 10 years, this year we joined a smaller...

The NCHE Leadership Series part 6

Connecting you with other homeschooling families across our state is our mission! North Carolinians for Home Education separates the 100 counties in our state...

The NCHE Leadership Series part 5

Connecting you with other homeschooling families across our state is our mission! North Carolinians for Home Education separates the 100 counties in our state...

The NCHE Leadership Series part 4

As the face of home education has grown in the last 35 years, the ways we reach homeschooling families have also grown and changed. NCHE media includes:...

The NCHE Leadership Series part 3

There are twelve voting officers on the NCHE board. Our board members are volunteers, and each member is elected annually. Non-voting members of our board...

The NCHE Leadership Series part 2

In 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education was organized by homeschool parents to support and encourage home educators and to protect the right to freely...

The NCHE Leadership Series part 1

Whether it’s in person or online, it’s always fun when North Carolinians for Home Education board members and leaders have an opportunity to get together! We...