Step 1: Decide

NCHE has worked hard to pioneer and establish friendly homeschool laws in NC because we believe that parents have what it takes to educate their children at home. The first step in homeschooling is simple and often underestimated: you must decide to homeschool. We want you to make an informed decision, so NCHE provides the latest research and statistics about homeschooling in North Carolina, as well as the benefits of a home education, when you explore at the top, right of this page.

Speak with Experienced Homeschoolers

NCHE has an active Facebook page where you can read, ask questions, and discuss topics with homeschoolers.

Regional Liaisons are also great resources.  RLs are dedicated volunteers who are knowledgeable about homeschool support in specific geographical regions across our state.  Find your NCHE regional liaison or active homeschool groups in your area on the NCHE regional pages.

Attend Conferences

NCHE’s Thrive! Conference is the best homeschool conference in North Carolina.  This 3-day event features knowledgeable speakers, a huge vendor hall, 1:1 mentoring, activities for children, a college fair, and the largest homeschool graduation ceremony in the state.  The Thrive! conference is the best place to learn about (or learn more about!) homeschooling.

The Summit is our annual 1-day conference for educating exceptional children and boasts large-group learning sessions from national speakers and small-group breakout time where you will meet other families homeschooling children with special needs.

Reading

You already have a philosophy of education which guides your thinking and your actions—everyone does! Learning about different philosophies will help you become aware of your own ideas so you can hone them and help your children grow in knowledge and in character.

Perusing homeschool bookstores, and reading articles on homeschool blogs, websites, and in publications like the GREENHOUSE magazine will help you identify basic educational concepts you agree with.  Knowledge of these concepts will help you select curriculum and determine how your homeschool will operate.  It’s that simple!

Hungry for more?  Check out the GREENHOUSE archives of past articles.

Great Resources

  • Better Late Than Early, The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook (formerly titled Home School Burnout), Raymond and Dorothy Moore
  • For the Children’s Sake, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
  • Home Schooling for Excellence, David and Micki Colfax
  • Homeschooling the Early Years, Linda Dobson
  • The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start by Linda Dobson
  • Homeschooling the Middle Years, Shari Henry
  • Learning All the Time and Teach Your Own, John Holt
  • The Three R’s Series and You Can Teach Your Child Successfully, Ruth Beechick
  • The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling, Debra Bell
  • Educating the Whole-hearted Child, Clay and Sally Clarkson
  • 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, Cathy Duffy
  • The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
  • The Heart of Homechooling Christopher Klicka
  • Ignite The Fire, Terri Camp
  • Getting Started in Homeschooling, Sonya Shafer (free ebook at simplycharlottemason.com
  • A Charlotte Mason Companion, Karen Andreola
  • When Children Love to Learn, Cooper, Anderson, Macaulay and Beckman

Talk to your Child

Your children are far more likely to find success using curriculum they think is fun, interesting, attractive, and exciting.  Include your children in your decisions.  Ask for their help in choosing curriculum and establishing your homeschool routine; they are some of the best conversations you will have!