Developmentally Appropriate Kindergarten: The Value of Play

Spring 2019 / by Laura Sowdon If you are homeschooling kindergarten this year and have asked homeschooling friends what to do, you may feel you have only two options: an academic year full of curriculum or unschooling, where you just trust your child will play their way to all the skills they need. Are you frustrated? I am. As an occupational therapist (OT), I know there is at least one more choice—developmental kindergarten. Developmental kindergarten focuses on helping children develop all the underlying skills they need to be...

Five As for the Novice Homeschooler

Fall 2018 / by Christina Parker Brown In our homeschool, we have discovered what I call “secrets” that have served us well over the past eighteen years. They have been discovered as we unwrapped homeschooling year after year. I want to share them with you as you start out, because I wish I had known about them much earlier. As you start out, think about taking these action steps. Adopt Adopt a flexible mindset. Sometimes, character qualities will be more important than lesson plans. Be prepared to put down math and deal with these...

Investing in Your Homeschool

Spring 2019 / by Charles Terry Some of you may not be aware, North Carolina public schools currently have $10,042 of funding allotted per student. That means that my four children, had they attended public-school, would have had $40,168 allocated toward their education this year. Think about that for a second. While public schools do need money for books, supplies, and salaries, there has not been any proof that spending more money guarantees a better result. However, what could you do in your homeschool if you had that much money...

Camping field trip 2019

Family Camping Field Trip September 13-15, 2019 Rescheduled Join NCHE and homeschool families from across the state for our...