North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE)

North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) NCHE.com NCHE is a non-profit organization active at the state level, serving homeschoolers in NC. Join us at https://www.nche.com/join. In 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education was organized by homeschool parents to support and encourage home educators and to achieve the right to freely home educate in North Carolina.

Since that time, NCHE has endeavored to serve the homeschoolers in NC. NCHE continues to work to promote the excellence of home education, provide support for those who choose to do so and protect the right to homeschool. NCHE is governed by a working board of directors who volunteer their time and efforts to serve homeschoolers. While we desire to serve all homeschoolers and work to make NC a good homeschooling state for all, NCHE board members are Christians. A non-profit organization, NCHE operates on the basis of biblical principles and welcomes members of all races and religions.

Since that time, NCHE has endeavored to serve the homeschoolers in NC. NCHE continues to work to promote the excellence of home education, provide support for those who choose to do so and protect the right to homeschool. NCHE is governed by a working board of directors who volunteer their time and efforts to serve homeschoolers. While we desire to serve all homeschoolers and work to make NC a good homeschooling state for all, NCHE board members are Christians. A non-profit organization, NCHE operates on the basis of biblical principles and welcomes members of all races and religions.

Mission: NCHE's threefold purpose is: to PROTECT the freedom of educating at home, to PROVIDE encouragement & support to families who choose home education for their children, to PROMOTE home education as an educational alternative.

Operating as usual

Seems that Socrates' admonition was true then and is still true. ~Debbie
11/08/2020

Seems that Socrates' admonition was true then and is still true. ~Debbie

In my 20 years of homeschooling, I have found that having a Teacher/Student Conference is very helpful for most of my ch...
11/07/2020
Homeschool Parent Student Conference - A Plan in Place

In my 20 years of homeschooling, I have found that having a Teacher/Student Conference is very helpful for most of my children. For the one who struggles with perfectionism, it helps them learn to set reasonable goals and celebrate setbacks as new challenges. Those lacking in the motivation department are encouraged to be more diligent. Everyone benefits from a healthy review of their progress and setting a map for the next stage of the journey.
~Jessica

Having a Parent-Student Conference with each of your kids can be a fantastic way to end a semester or a school year. They get to see all they've accomplished, and you get to help them think about changes for the future.

Spark children’s enthusiasm for science through hands-on experiences. Start exploring the scientific world today with Th...
11/07/2020

Spark children’s enthusiasm for science through hands-on experiences. Start exploring the scientific world today with The Science Exchange.

https://handsonscience.net/

Are you thinking about how to prepare your homeschool student for college? This can be really overwhelming! But we belie...
11/07/2020
How to Prepare for College - North Carolinians for Home Education

Are you thinking about how to prepare your homeschool student for college? This can be really overwhelming! But we believe you can do it and we are here to help! This post on the NCHE Blog will point you to a few fantastic resources that will give you what you need to prepare your homeschool student for college.

Sometimes parts of homeschooling feel really overwhelming! This is especially true for some during the high school years and preparing for college. But we believe you can do it and we are here to help! I want to point you to a few fantastic resources that will give you what you need to prepare your....

Breaking the monotony of school at home, how to make the most of a field trip ~Melanie
11/06/2020
Improving Homeschool Field Trips

Breaking the monotony of school at home, how to make the most of a field trip
~Melanie

Homeschool Field Trips: We start them young with trips to the fire department and the water treatment plant. We go to historic farms, art museums, animal shelters, state and national parks, corn mazes, and caverns.

Only 4 more days to register for the Tiger World trip scheduled for November 10!  Registration deadline is this Sunday.
11/06/2020
Tiger World Field Trip for North Carolina homeschool students

Only 4 more days to register for the Tiger World trip scheduled for November 10! Registration deadline is this Sunday.

Please join with NCHE on this outdoor Tiger World field trip. You will see 54 species of exotic animals in a natural setting and have the opportunity to observe them running, playing, swimming, eating, sleeping, and interacting with their handlers.

Thankful kids in November ~Melanie
11/05/2020
40 Thanksgiving Gratitude Activities and Crafts

Thankful kids in November
~Melanie

Thanksgiving gratitude activities and crafts provide an easy way to teach children about gratitude and nurture thankfulness at home or in the classroom.

If you have a struggling reader, be encouraged! In this week's featured article from GREENHOUSE magazine, Sandra Peoples...
11/05/2020
Supporting Struggling Readers - North Carolinians for Home Education

If you have a struggling reader, be encouraged! In this week's featured article from GREENHOUSE magazine, Sandra Peoples offers four ways you can make reading easier for your child (and for yourself!)

https://www.nche.com/supporting-strugging-readers/

Supporting Struggling Readers by Sandra Peoples | Nov 3, 2020 | Fall2020, GREENHOUSE | 0 comments Fall 2020/ Sandra Peoples One fall Friday night during my senior year of high school, I cheered for my friend Wes who was playing tight end. “Go 98!” I yelled. My friend in the bleachers next to me ...

Where to go WednesdayPilot Mountain is located in Surry and Yadkin counties and invites outdoor enthusiasts to a vast ar...
11/04/2020
Pilot Mountain State Park | NC State Parks

Where to go Wednesday

Pilot Mountain is located in Surry and Yadkin counties and invites outdoor enthusiasts to a vast array of activities.

Pilot Mountain State Park

11/04/2020

Has anyone used the CLT (Classic Learning Test) as their college admissions test, and what was your experience?
~Debbie

Who do you look to when you need a little homeschool help? When it comes to homeschool mentors, there are several differ...
11/03/2020
Five Types of Mentors You Should Have - North Carolinians for Home Education

Who do you look to when you need a little homeschool help? When it comes to homeschool mentors, there are several different types of people in the homeschool community who can provide the help you are looking for.

Discover the five types of mentors that every homeschool parent should have when you read the latest post on the NCHE blog.
https://www.nche.com/blog-five-types-of-mentors/

Do you have a mentor? Homeschool mentors are people who believe in home education. They believe in your ability to teach your children. When you need them, a good mentor will provide you with encouragement, practical advice, wisdom, or, let’s face it: a reality check! Here are five different types...

Considering homeschooling? Here’s a quick benefits in a nutshell article. ~Melanie
11/02/2020
The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

Considering homeschooling? Here’s a quick benefits in a nutshell article. ~Melanie

Click here to find out more about both the pros and cons of homeschooling, which is becoming more popular by the day.

It's time for Sports Monday!Are you or others in your area interested in the sport of fencing for your students? Michael...
11/02/2020

It's time for Sports Monday!
Are you or others in your area interested in the sport of fencing for your students? Michael Walsh is trying to get the NCHEAC fencing season rolling, and he wants to schedule four tournaments (winter/spring) followed by individual and team finals. Right now, there are two teams in Wilmington, one near Greensboro, and one in Winston-Salem. If you have an interest in participating or in starting a team in your area, please contact Michael at [email protected].

11/01/2020
Some students seem to enjoy and succeed at school more than others. The good news is that this does not mean that your s...
10/31/2020
Helping Your Children Find Their Strengths - North Carolinians for Home Education

Some students seem to enjoy and succeed at school more than others. The good news is that this does not mean that your students who do not enjoy school are not smart. They are just smart in different ways.

I had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Kathy Koch about how parents can help their children discover their God given strengths so they can establish an identity and future in accordance with God’s design. Check out this video on the NCHE Blog.
- Matthew

Some students seem to enjoy and succeed at school more than others. The good news is that this does not mean that your students who do not enjoy school are not smart. They are just smart in different ways. This is the liberating and empowering premise of Dr. Kathy Koch’s book, The 8 Great Smarts: ...

With a very important election next week, we will all start hearing arguments about the Electoral College. It's importan...
10/30/2020
How the Great Compromise and the Electoral College Affects Politics Today

With a very important election next week, we will all start hearing arguments about the Electoral College. It's important to understand the history of why the system was established as it was and how it still serves us today. Many people confuse our system with a pure democracy, which it is not. The Electoral College serves to preserve a say in our governance for smaller-population and more rural states who would otherwise be governed by the opinions of those who have little understanding of the needs of those areas. This article has a great historical discussion along with how it is all working out now. Great civics lesson!
~ Diane

Larger states wanted congressional representation based on population, while smaller states wanted equal representation. They met in the middle.

Fascinating Fact Friday- preparing your teen for college can be daunting.  Let our panel of veteran homeschool moms set ...
10/30/2020
Preparing for College: Practical Help for Parents and Teens

Fascinating Fact Friday- preparing your teen for college can be daunting. Let our panel of veteran homeschool moms set you on the right course with this FREE webinar! Each has successfully sent kids off to higher education. Sign up today!

In this webinar, we will focus on best practices in preparing for college throughout high school and the college application process.

Fairy tales are simple, fun ways to engage young readers--and teach them at the same time! What are the favorites in you...
10/30/2020
Why Fairy Tales Are Important to Childhood

Fairy tales are simple, fun ways to engage young readers--and teach them at the same time! What are the favorites in your house?

Not everyone believes in the importance of fairy tales for kids. In fact, 25% of parents recently surveyed said they wouldn't read fairy tales to a child under five years old because they didn't teach a good lesson or were too scary.

10/29/2020
Stunning Drone Footage Captures Sheep Herding In New Zealand | Good Morning Britain

This is a short but amazing drone video showing the movement of sheep. They compare it to the movement of a flock of starlings. I see it as similar to the movement of a school of fish. Either way, it's a remarkable new way to see patterns of movement in life. Enjoy!
~ Diane

Subscribe now for more! http://bit.ly/1NbomQa Broadcast on 12/02/16 Drone footage from a farm in New Zealand shows the interesting formations and patterns cr...

10/29/2020

Help us out. What are your favorite homeschooling high school books?

What should a typical homeschool day look like when you have a child who just won't sit down? In this week's article fro...
10/29/2020
How Do I Homeschool This Energetic Child? - North Carolinians for Home Education

What should a typical homeschool day look like when you have a child who just won't sit down? In this week's article from GREENHOUSE magazine, homeschool graduate Laurel Solorzano brings realistic expectations and strategies to weary parents.

https://www.nche.com/how-do-i-homeschool-this-energetic-child/

How Do I Homeschool This Energetic Child? by Laurel Solorzano | Oct 27, 2020 | Fall2020, GREENHOUSE | 0 comments Fall 2020/ Laurel Solorzano Maybe you’re about to start your new journey into homeschooling or maybe you’ve always known that it’s what you want to do, but your child is just now ag...

As I follow many state-wide homeschooling facebook groups, I see many of our recent COVID-related homeschoolers frustrat...
10/28/2020
Restarting the “science of reading” conversation

As I follow many state-wide homeschooling facebook groups, I see many of our recent COVID-related homeschoolers frustrated by their child's lack of reading ability. In fact, this is a national problem. Then I read this article that talks about how many schools have been teaching reading and the failures of that system. I don't know what public schools in NC are doing, but this article talks about all the picture cues in current reading education that lead kids to guess at words rather than decode them. I do know what homeschoolers tend to gravitate to--phonics, and I know it works. If you'd like a bit more, read on. It was a very interesting article.
~ Diane

Early childhood literacy advocacy has been a quiet casualty of our current annus horribilis.

Where to go Wednesday I’ve been reading more about the Underground Railroad in NC.  I definitely need to add this short,...
10/28/2020
Halifax Underground Railroad

Where to go Wednesday

I’ve been reading more about the Underground Railroad in NC. I definitely need to add this short, informative hike to my list of things to do when I’m Down East.

Welcome Welcome to the Halifax County Underground Railroad Trail website. This site was initiated by the Halifax County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Halifax County Underground Railroad Committee, after extensive research in conjunction with North Carolina State University History Department....

A story of a family's decision to homeschool after looking at the options in a COVID-19 world.
10/27/2020
Why We Decided To Homeschool Our Children This Year

A story of a family's decision to homeschool after looking at the options in a COVID-19 world.

Like millions of American parents this fall, my wife and I decided to homeschool our children this fall. This is the story of why and how we made that decision.

10/27/2020
How we add fun to our Homeschool Memory Work

In a recent NCHE Facebook Watch Party, Matthew McDill interviewed Andrew Pudewa (you can watch the interview here: https://www.nche.com/teaching-writing-with-andrew-pudewa/
One of the things that he discussed that really caught my attention was the importance of memorization scripture and poetry in learning language and writing skills. Then, I watched this VLOG about fun ways to help your children memorize. If you'd like some great ideas, check out these links!
https://youtu.be/fmxdrWRksHI
https://pambarnhill.com/ultimate-guide-memory-work/
~ Diane

We love doing memory work in our Morning Basket. Now that my kids are older it is a pretty simple process, but when they were young we actually had different...

Are your children's manners a little rusty? Find three books for teaching manners when you read the latest post on the N...
10/27/2020
Three Books for Teaching Manners - North Carolinians for Home Education

Are your children's manners a little rusty? Find three books for teaching manners when you read the latest post on the NCHE blog.

https://www.nche.com/blog-three-books-for-teaching-manners/

Let’s face it: we’ve all been cooped up for the past few months. Now that we are beginning to return to normal activities, does it seem like your children have forgotten how to behave around other human beings? Fear not! We are here for you! Here are three helpful books that are great for family...

I love science in the weather and how it affects photography. I get a newsletter from NCWxGuy@nc.rr.com that goes to ear...
10/26/2020
About Ansel Adams - The Ansel Adams Gallery

I love science in the weather and how it affects photography. I get a newsletter from [email protected] that goes to earth science teachers and general science teachers. I'm copying the body of an email from John White who sends these and is an Air Force weather guy at Ft. Bragg. Enjoy!
~Diane

"You, the reader – quite literate about the Earth System including the natural environment around us – are likely at least a little familiar with Ansel Adams.
I love science in the weather and how it affects photography. I get a newsletter from [email protected] that goes to earth science teachers and general science teachers. I'm copying the body of an email from John White who send these, and is an Air Force weather guy at Ft. Bragg. Enjoy!
Among his most well-known photographs is Moonrise, Hernandez: https://www.anseladams.com/ansel-adams-famous-images/
Flip to pages 10-11 to read about this preparedness-meets-opportunity union of art & science.
You may be wondering why this WxGuy is obsessing over this photograph and its art-science complement.
I’ll confess: my critical thinking cap is about worn out this year, but let’s give this famous photograph the good old college try.
About Moonrise, Ansel explains, “The situation was desperate: the low sun was trailing the edge of the clouds in the west, and shadow would soon dim the white crosses.” (page 11)
Again: “The situation was desperate: the low sun was trailing the edge of the clouds in the west, and shadow would soon dim the white crosses.”
There’s more: “…I suddenly realized I knew the luminance of the moon – 250c/ft2.” [candela/square foot]
Obviously, there’s a LOT of science here – and in many of Ansel’s other photographs, too.
One of the very interesting and very classroom-friendly aspects of meteorology is the behavior of light (optics, e.g., rainbows, sun dogs, halos, shadows) in the atmosphere. You simply cannot study Ansel Adams’ work without developing an appreciation of "…the Range of Light.”
Almost forgot -- one more thing: “the clouds”… awesome clouds in many of his photographs, even in Moonrise, Hernandez.
Did you notice the undulating form of the clouds?
So dust off that critical thinking cap! Ansel provides the virtual classroom with ready-to-study photographs of the marriage of science and art!
Enjoy… and share with your art teachers and friends!"
JAW
Fayetteville

“At one with the power of the American landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been a visionary in his efforts to preserve this country’s wild and scenic areas, both on film and on Earth. Drawn to the beauty of nature’s monume...

A hearty congratulations to our NCHEAC volleyball and boys soccer teams who participated in the state tournament last we...
10/26/2020

A hearty congratulations to our NCHEAC volleyball and boys soccer teams who participated in the state tournament last weekend! Winners are as follows:
Girls Volleyball
Varsity: Alamance Acers
JV: NorthWake Storm
Middle School: North Wake Storm
Boys Soccer
North Wake Storm
For more information on team scores and all-tournament players, see https://www.ncheac.com/ncheacsports.
We recently posted that the registration date for the state tournament for swim teams was 11/01/20; note that the date has changed to 12/01/20.
Finally, if you have pictures of any sporting events you are able to pass on to us, we would love to have them. Please send them to [email protected].

10/25/2020
Make plans to join us for our Preparing for College webinar. And if you have questions you would like for us to address,...
10/24/2020
Preparing for College: Practical Help for Parents and Teens

Make plans to join us for our Preparing for College webinar. And if you have questions you would like for us to address, let us know in the comments.

In this webinar, we will focus on best practices in preparing for college throughout high school and the college application process.

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Notes about our page: About Facebook Admins This page has a number of admins who post under the NCHE name. As leaders in NCHE, we have in common that we hold to the mission, purpose, and core values of NCHE, and we are all Christians. We do not all have the same homeschool philosophy or methods, and we do not all have the same doctrine. Our differences help to make our organization stronger and our decisions wiser. When we post, you will see our individual personalities and passions reflected. While many of our posts do not contain religious content, some will. NCHE Policy on Political Campaigns Under the Internal Revenue Code, "all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” Posts to the NCHE page with text, images or links that support or oppose a candidate or a political party are deemed by the IRS to be participating in a political campaign. A post with political content by someone not connected to NCHE is considered to be indirect participation in a political campaign. Please do not post any text, images or links that support a candidate or a political party. These types of posts will be removed. NCHE Facebook Posting Policy for Advertisements In an effort to mannage the content of the NCHE page, we ask that you not post an advertisement for your business, product or service. The NCHE Facebook fan page exists as an integral part of our goal to serve homeschooling families. As part of this service, we often post resources of interest on our page. NCHE recognizes there are many quality products, services, and resources available to homeschoolers, and we enjoy sharing the information with our Facebook fans.

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North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) was founded in 1984 to support and encourage home educators and to achieve the right to freely homeschool in North Carolina. NCHE has advanced legislation that has made it easier to homeschool without onerous government involvement. As a result, the number of homeschool students in North Carolina has skyrocketed over the years, even moving ahead of the number of private school students in the state. NCHE continues to vigilantly watch our legislature for any threats to homeschooling, and we provide resources for families to make their homeschool journey a rewarding experience. We are a non-profit organization that operates on the basis of biblical principles and welcomes members of all races and religions.

NCHE Membership Membership in NCHE is available to anyone who supports home education. NC residents who are homeschooling must be in compliance with the NC homeschool law. Membership is obtained by donating any amount to NCHE (suggested donation is $35). The service of NCHE is made possible by the generous and consistent contributions of its supporters.

Our Vision North Carolinians for Home Education has a vision for flourishing families and thriving generations in which people remain passionate, curious and actively engaged in their faith and in their learning. Home education is a great way to educate children, especially young children, and to nurture future generations. Home education situates a child’s development in their natural environment and encourages learning that is experiential and knowledge that is integrated. Home education fosters strong social relations, starting in the home. As a result, home education nurtures the whole child. NCHE encourages parents in their home education and advocates for a state which respects and protects the right of parents to practice home education.

Our Mission Our mission is to help homeschooling families in North Carolina to excel in educating their children. We do this by working to: • Protect the rights of North Carolina citizens to homeschool, • Equip families with the information and encouragement they need, and • Connect families with other homeschooling families and groups across the state.

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Hi. Can anyone tell me the laws/rules for homeschooled students when it comes to signing up for public school sports? Does it depend on the county and the rules they set it is there a state law? My child would like to tryout for middle school baseball and basketball but when I called (previous to the Tim Tebow Act) we were told it was not allowed.
Would an Associate of Fine Arts be accepted in the diploma "section" when submitting a NOI to homeschool?
FREE Event Please check out this event tomorrow that will feature a virtual planetarium show about the OSIRIS-REx mission. On Tuesday, the spacecraft will be taking a sample of the asteroid, Bennu. Next year, the sample will head back home and will arrive in 2023. This is a great opportunity for you and your kids to learn about the mission from mission scientists. Thanks! https://www.facebook.com/events/1010062052800119
sharing ... "Now through December 1st we are offering a FREE hunter education course online for youth 16 and under! It is important to be prepared before going out to hunt and to know all the safety protocols and laws in North Carolina. . Due to COVID-19 many of the free options for hunter safety courses are not being offered. We also know that due to the pandemic resources may be limited so click on our website below to find out more information and to get your code. **Only North Carolina youth 16 and under are eligible. No out-of-state residents or anyone over 16 can receive these vouchers**"
I have these for free Lexington, NC 5th grade Beka
Who here is involved with the Athletic Commission?
Hello Everyone!! Roberdel Baptist Preschool will be having our fall picture day on Thursday, October 1st. The pictures are from Lifetouch/Shutterfly. We will have the same photographer that has taken our pictures for the last several years. He is absolutely wonderful, extremely patient, and quick! He has offered to stay later after preschool hours if any homeschool families are interested in having pictures taken of their children or family. There is no obligation to purchase, but he will print out the proofs for you right then! The prices are very reasonable, but they normally also offer an option to purchase a CD with the pictures for you to print. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will need to sign families up in 10-minute increments, starting at 12:15. If are interested, please comment below with your name, number, and how many people you will want to have photographed. Then, we can begin assigning times accordingly! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! Thanks! Rockingham , Richmond County
Is there a code from NC for G Suite Education to allow non-profit access for free? I got this from Google today "In order for us to approve your application, we need the G Suite Code provided to you by your state organization. If you do not have this code yet, please contact your state organization and request it."
If anyone is looking for a supplement to the Cold War or Civil Rights movement (or more)... Billy Graham Library has free downloadable lesson plans for students and teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade available online. Topics for study include Billy Graham’s work during the Cold War and the U.S. civil rights movement of the ’50s and ’60s, his role as pastor to many American presidents, and his pioneering use of technology. https://bit.ly/3kMqTpI Resources include interactive elements and take-home pieces for student groups. Each standardized lesson plan meets both North Carolina and federal educational standards, and features suggested activities, discussion questions, and original source material for an amplified learning experience. While the education pieces are meant to enhance a visit to the Billy Graham Library, most can be used without traveling to Charlotte. For those that are homebound – especially in this time of Covid-19 – a brand-new, virtual tour of the Library has just launched online (https://billygrahamlibrary.org/virtual-tour/).
Good afternoon! We have dedicated ourselves to ‘homeschooling’ our 3 kids, 5,8, and 13 years old. Could you share some things you do? schedules you have? Activity ideas? Anything will help! NC!
This was posted in another group by my daughter. Can anyone help? Does anyone know how to unenrolled a kindergarten student? My 5 year old attended pre k last year so she was automatically enrolled in kindergarten at our near by school. I didn’t know she was and being that you don’t have to register a homeschooler until they are 7 I didn’t think I had to create my school yet. The school is telling me I need to because you can’t unenroll without being a registered homeschooler. Has this happened to anyone?
Tomorrow Night!!! Please feel free to forward to anyone you think might like to attend (Mooresville/Statesville Area): Homeschooling Get Together You are invited to our home for a night of encouragement, connection, and resources for your homeschool journey. Whether homeschooling will be a new endeavor or you are a seasoned homeschooler, this night is for you! We will have some guest speakers, curriculum resources, giveaways, and refreshments. Please PM me for our address and let us know the number of people coming with you. Looking forward to seeing you: 📷Thursday, August 13th, 2020 📷7:00-10:00 pm 📷Bring a friend