NC Homeschoolers Outnumber Private School Students!

More Parents are Choosing Home Education as an Alternative to Private Schools

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People are choosing homeschooling over private schools, as an alternative education for their children in record numbers in North Carolina.

Parental concern about drug use and negative peer pressure in schools are top reasons parents make the choice to teach their kids at home. Other reasons include a desire to share their own faith with their kids. Many parents simply want to take advantage of the opportunity to provide a “one-on-one” academic experience that students would be unable to receive at either a private or public school setting.

Home education is less expensive than private schools, averaging around $500-1000 in curriculum expenses each year in our state, but overall, homeschooling has great shown results.

Standardized assessment exams (done yearly in NC) show average homeschoolers score in the 65-89th percentile range. Homeschooling also provides a good academic foundation so that students taught at home fare well at the college level. A 2010 study by Dr. Michael Cogan of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, found that college students who homeschooled in high school have higher than average GPA’s throughout their college years. Homeschoolers have learned to stay the course through some rough waters, resulting in higher graduation rates than private or even public schooled students.

Another great thing about homeschooling is that we have more time for a higher level of civic involvement and community service and this carries on into adulthood. According to reports by the HSLDA who recently surveyed homeschooled grads:

  “76% of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 24 voted within the last five years, compared with only 29% of the corresponding US populace. The numbers are even greater in older age groups, with voting levels not falling below 95%, compared with a high of 53% for the corresponding US populace.”

These increasing numbers say some things to me about the future of home education:

  • More choices- as home educators have become more “mainstream”, I have noticed more companies offering homeschoolers educational discounts similar to the ones received by other schoolers. More classes and curriculum are available. Better quality and more choices add up to more resources we can use to give our children the very best education.
  • More diversity- as more people choose to teach their kids at home, we are blessed by having a greater variety of families to learn with, and socialize with!
  • A better education for ALL children.-as people make the move to homeschool, private and public schools will also make better choices as they strive to woo back parents and students.

It is really exciting to see how much is happening in homeschooling circles. I think we can look forward to a growing future for all students in North Carolina!

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Free Pizza From Pizza Hut

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Homeschoolers Can Join the Book It! Program and Earn Free Pizza Too

BOOK IT! motivates children in grades K-6 (ages 5-12) to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza!

Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! was created in 1985. You can now use online enrollment to enter your family in their home educator’s Free BOOK IT! program and get your materials for the 2014-2015 school year. Families must enroll individually.

The deadline to enroll is September 1, 2014, so follow this link to the BOOK IT! website and enroll right away!

The program materials will be sent out in September, but the program will allow later enrollment as long as they have materials, so if you are reading this post after September 1st, try their website anyway and see if they still have materials available for your family.

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Co-op in Greensboro

Register Now for Fall Classes

EMMA (Enriching, Mentoring, Mastering, and Achieving) offers classes for students in grades K through 12.
They offer core  classes and electives.
EMMA classes meet on Fridays (Tuesdays for some high school classes) in southern Greensboro with easy access from Business 85.
For more information about our program, email resourceclasses@yahoo.com or visit their website at www.emmagso.com .

 

 

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Co-operative Classes in Guilford County

Your Homeschool Can be Enriched by Cooperative Learning Classes

Maybe your homeschool needs some “spicing up” and you are just too worn out to keep on being creative. Perhaps your students are longing for more social interaction then they are getting.

You may want to check the NC Homeschool-ology side bar for a homeschool support group, or check Yahoo to see if there are any online support groups getting together for field trips and play-dates…or you may want to think about joining and helping out with a co-op. These are classes either taught by, or organized by a group of parents who (just like you) teach their kids at home.

Often a group can provide extracurricular and even core classes. More often than not, they also help your students develop friendships that last!

If you are looking for homeschool enrichment classes in the Guilford County (Kernersville) area, you might want to check out Hillcrest Homeschool Enrichment Classes. Fall registration is ending soon, but they also have a winter semester so you might want to bookmark them and follow their website to see what they will be offering in the future.

This is just one co-op. There are co-ops listed on the sidebar for other counties as well, so don’t despair if you are too far away from this one!

If you have information about a co-op or classes, please leave me a comment below with some information, or email me (click on my Gravatar/profile pic).

I would love to include your information on our website to help people connect with your group!

 

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Arts Evangelica Dance Camp 2014

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 Dance Camp Registration Closes This Week

 

 The Arts Evangelica Dance Worship Camp registration closes Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Camp runs July 21-25 in High Point.

For more details contact artsevangelica@gmail.com or visit their website.

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Museum of History in Raleigh – July Activities

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Before air-conditioning, you know that North Carolinians had some rather innovative ways to survive summer’s sizzling southernheat: porch swings, ice boxes, soda fountains, swimming holes, and other cool comforts.

In July the Museum of History will present two children’s programs that focus on ways folks used in the past to beat the heat.

Adults can beat the heat, as well, by taking advantage of a variety of indoor programs in July with lunchtime lectures such as History à la Carte: Making the Twin City. Hear about the formation of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

July’s Artist at Work program will feature Andy Sterlen, a self-taught tailor who re-creates clothing from the mid-1700s to the 1920s. His demonstration will involve making an 18th-century gentleman’s coat. After watching him, try sewing a stitch yourself!

July Programs

Time for Tots: Look at Lighthouses
Tuesdays, July 1 and 8, 10–10:45 a.m.
Ages 3–5 (with adult)
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

Learn about North Carolina’s amazing lighthouses, and make your own beacon of light to take home.
History Corner: Beat the Heat!
Wednesday, July 2, 10–11 a.m.
Ages 6–9 (with adult)
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

How did folks keep cool before air conditioners and swimming pools? Explore old-fashioned ways to beat the heat!

History Hunters: Hot Enough for Ya?
Wednesday, July 2, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Ages 10–13
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

What do porches, wells, and swimming holes have in common? Find out as we investigate southern summers before electricity.

Story Time in the Gallery
Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; 10–10:30 a.m.
Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Pirates, Ahoy!
Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.–noon
Ages 5–8 (with adult)
$10 per child; $8, museum members
Space is limited; to register, call 919-807-7992.

Calling all buccaneers! Set sail for the museum to hear tales about Blackbeard and other seafarers and to make crafts. You might even challenge a real pirate to a sword fight.

Home Front Happenings
Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m.–noon
Ages 6–9 (with adult)
To register, call 919-807-7992.

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a kid in North Carolina as World War II raged overseas? In this program, we’ll explore that time—you might even be the star of your own radio show!

 

Adults and older students:

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story.

History à la Carte: Making the Twin City
Wednesday, July 9, noon–1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Chris Jordan, Director, Education and Programming, New Winston Museum

Jordan will briefly outline the events and key characters that led to the creation of Forsyth County, the establishment of Winston in Salem’s backyard, and the six decades of enormous growth prior to official consolidation in 1913.

Artist at Work: Andy Sterlen
Saturday, July 12, noon–3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Sterlen, a self-taught tailor who re-creates clothing from the Georgian, Victorian, and early Edwardian eras (1750s–1920s), will be working on the most visible part of an 18th-century gentleman’s wardrobe—a coat.

Make It, Take It: Sew a Stitch
Saturday, July 12, noon–3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Watch Andy Sterlen create historic costumes during his Artist at Work program, then learn to stitch a patch or sew on a button yourself.

Conservation Assistance Day at the Western Office
176 Riceville Road, Asheville
Friday, July 18, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Appointment required: call Lorraine at 828-296-7230, ext. 221.

Do you have questions about caring for your treasured possessions? Make an appointment and take up to three objects to the Western Office, Archives and History, in Asheville, for assessment and advice on care from a museum conservator.

Saturdays in the Garden

Saturday, July 26, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join the museum’s garden staff for an informal tour of the History of the Harvest exhibit along Bicentennial Plaza and see what’s going on out there! Tours begin at the information desk in the lobby.

For further information about any July programs, call 919-807-7900, access ncmuseumofhistory.org, or like us on facebook.com/NCMuseumofHistory.

Mark your calendars for all this and more at the Museum of History in Raleigh.

Admission is free except as noted for special programs. Parking is free on weekends.

NOTE: The Museum of History will be closed for Independence Day on Friday, July 4.

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Forsyth County – American Heritage Girls

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We are excited to let you know that there is a new American Heritage Girls group here in Clemmons.

Registration starts Thursday, July 17, 2014 at  New Hope Presbyterian Church, 2570 Harper Rd. in Clemmons, NC.

From 6:30-7:00 p.m. there will be an information meeting and from 7-8 p.m. you will be able to register.

If you are interested in this program, but are not in the Forsyth County area, you can check out their website for information on finding an American Heritage Girls’ Troop in your area: Find a Troop .

For more information about American Heritage Girls and what they do you can visit here.

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Kernersville Children’s Photography Classes

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This is the second session for these photography classes.  Classes begin on Tuesday July 8th and end Aug. 12th. There will be five classes, plus a gallery exhibition at the end of the session.

* For children ages 11 and up*

Please write to me at thedogearedbookstore@gmail.com for a registration form and for meeting details.

Cost of class: $60, plus cost of printing photos.

Second session classes begin on Tuesday, July 8th at 10:00 am.

Scheduled location shoots: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens, downtown Kernersville, 4th of July park.

*About me*

I have owned a camera since I was in third grade when my father gave me my very first Brownie box camera. Since that day, I’ve had a camera in my hand. Over the last five years, I have photographed in a professional capacity for local area businesses, including Oak Ridge Shrubbery and Landscaping, Old Salem, and Real Science.  I also have experience with event photography, portraits and even product placements.

This fall I will be teaching beginning digital photography for 1-5th grade with High Point Home Educators.

View samples of my photography here!

*Class Goals*

To become proficient at the technical aspect of photographing with a digital camera and working with those images including digital editing, saving, sizing, posting and printing of those images.

To learn to shoot with digital cameras… and learn to maximize the quality of the output from them.

To develop the habit of looking closely at the world around you and finding
art and beauty in even the smallest or simplest of things.

*Course description*

Materials needed:

Single lens DSLR (digital single lens reflex) is ideal, but a simple “point and shoot” camera is fine.

Computer/Laptop must have USB or media ports (ie. Google Chrome notebook and some tablets have neither of these). You will not be required to bring it to class.

Picasa Photo Editing Program (available free online)

Tripod (suggested, not required).

Be prepared to bring in at least one printed photo per week for sharing and discussing; sometimes more than one photo will be required. At the end of the class, we will have a little gallery exhibition where the students will display their work for family and friends. They will need to have 5 of their photographs printed up professionally. All photos must be printed up on photo-quality paper, not on a home printer. Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Wal-Mart printers etc. are all fine.

*Class Lessons*

1. Getting to know you and your camera

2. Editing: the basics

3. Portraiture

4. Action shots

5. Architecture and tone

6. Gallery Exhibition

Jamy Gearhart, *Joy 365* Bringing you a whole year of joy, one day at a time

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Posted in Davidson County, Davie County Activities, Extracurricular and Fine Arts Education, Forsyth County Events, Greensboro Area, Piedmont Area, Winston-Salem, Yadkin County

Independence Day Activities- Tryon Palace

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Enjoy a glorious fourth of July!

Friday July 4, 2014 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy activities including free garden admission, music and a live reading of the Declaration of Independence at 11 a.m.

Hear the patriotic spirit of our forefathers come to life this Fourth of July with music by Tryon Palace’s Fife and Drum Corps, and a live reading of the Declaration of Independence.

There’s no better way to connect with the true meaning of Independence Day than spending the day in the 18th century. You’ll enjoy crafts, games, fresh lemonade, costumed characters and FREE garden admission throughout the day.

And don’t forget to bring your picnic lunch!

Reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Palace steps and Fife & Drum performance: 11 a.m.
Craft activities: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
FREE Garden Admission: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For questions email,  info@tryonpalace.org  or phone 252-639-3500. Check the webpage for rain information and other details http://www.tryonpalace.org/events/glorious-fourth.

All activities during the Glorious Fourth are free, but interior tours require the purchase of a ticket.

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Greensboro Home Educators First Annual Prom!

Greensboro Home Educators’ first annual homeschool Prom is here! Tickets must be pre-purchased so get them today- don’t wait and try to get in at the door! These tickets are first come first served, so there is no guarantee that they have tickets today, but below is a link where you can pay and register online:

GHE Prom

 

Moonlight Enchantment

Before the clock strikes 12…
May 31st, May 31st, 2014
7:00 pm 7:00 pm – Midnight

Bur-Mil Park Event Center
5834 Bur-5834 Bur-Mil Club Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27410

TICKETS:
Tickets must be pre-purchased, are non-refundable, and are available on a first come first serve basis. Tickets are available to be purchased by any homeschool students ages 15 and up. Attendees may purchase one additional ticket for a guest.

Ticket costs are as follows:
$30 per ticket if purchased on or before April 15
$35 per ticket if purchased after April 15

You may register and purchase tickets one of two ways:
1.) Register by printing off and filling out the form below and sending it in with your check or money order (no cash) to:

Becky Gill
GHE Prom
4016-H Battleground Ave. #298
Greensboro, NC 27410

Register and pay with PayPal online at greensborohomeeducators.onefireplace.com

*Please note that you must fill out the registration/agreement form in order for your registration to be completed. Payment without the completion and submission of the form is not sufficient for entrance into the prom. This form can be emailed or mailed to the above address.

OTHER INFORMATION:

-Although light snacks and beverages will be available free of charge throughout the evening, we encourage each prom attendee to eat a full meal before arriving.
-A photographer will be available to take professional portraits as well as candid shots during the evening. Photo purchasing information will be provided at a later date.
-We will have a professional DJ, Jason Barnes, playing your favorite songs. Please let us know what songs you want to hear! Do not assume that your favorite songs will be played. Please email your requests to GHEprom@gmail.com by May 1st. Be advised that only songs that have been approved by the GHE Prom committee will be played.
-We want everyone to have a wonderful time. Please be conscientious and follow the dress code and behavior requirements set forth on the registration/agreement form. We reserve the right to deny entry or ask anyone who is not following these rules to leave without reimbursement for ticket costs.
-If you have any questions, please send them to GHEprom@gmail.com

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Kernersville Beginning Digital Photography Classes

Jamy, one of our blog contributors, is offering a great opportunity for your students this summer. A beginner’s class in digital photography! Jamy has experience in both photography and in teaching multiple ages. You won’t be disappointed if you sign your kids up for this activity!

Many thanks to Jamy, for letting us know about this!

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Summer Beginning Digital Photography

For children aged 10 and up

Registration and full payment for June classes must be received no later than May 19th

Please write to me at thedogearedbookstore@gmail.com for a registration form.

Cost of class: $50, plus cost of printing

  1. Ages 12 and younger – Monday at 10:00 am beginning June 2, 2014

  2. Ages 13 and older – Wednesday 10:00 am beginning June 4, 2014

  3. There will be a third, mixed-age, Thursday class offered that begins on June 23rd, after public school is released for summer break. I get enough interest in it, I will divided it up by age like the first two classes.

Class run time is about one hour, may run longer if needed.

Classes will meet at Kernersville Branch Public Library for a lesson and then we will go “on location” to various places to take photos. Scheduled location shoots: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens, downtown Kernersville, 4th of July park.

About me

I have owned a camera since I was in third grade when my father gave me my very first Brownie box camera.  Since that day, I’ve had a camera in my hand.  Over the last five years, I have photographed in a professional capacity for local area businesses, including Oak Ridge Shrubbery & Landscaping, Old Salem, and Real Science.  I also have professionally photographed events, pet and family portraits and even product placements.

To see samples of my photography, you can go to this link:  https://plus.google.com/photos/104223033085280961461/albums/5656396990099201809?authkey=CNHS4JyTqdLCbQ

Class Goals

To become proficient at the technical aspect of photographing with a digital camera and working with those images including digital editing, saving, sizing, posting and printing of those images

To learn to shoot with digital cameras… and learn to maximize the quality of the output from them.

To develop the habit of looking closely at the world around you and finding art in even the smallest or simplest of things.

Course description

Materials needed:

  • Single lens DSLR (digital single lens reflex) is ideal, but a simple “point and shoot” camera is okay if that’s all you have…just understand that the depth and the photo quality will be lower.
  • Computer/Laptop must have USB or media ports (ie. Google Chrome notebook and some tablets have neither of these)
  • Picasa Photo Editing Program (available free online)
  • Tripod (suggested, not required).
  • Be prepared to bring in at least one printed photo per week for sharing and discussing; sometimes more than one photo will be required. At the end of the class, we will have a little gallery exhibition where the students will display their work for family and friends. They will need to have 5 of their photographs printed up professionally. All photos must be printed up on photo-quality paper, not on a home printer. Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Walmart printers etc. are all fine.

Class Lessons

  1. Getting to know your camera: This class time will be dedicated to helping each student learn the basics about their individual camera’s function and capabilities.
  1. Editing: the basics. Getting to know Picasa and how to crop for composition.
  2. Understanding light, shadows and subject: portraiture
  1. Framing a photo and understanding depth, composition and closeups

  1. Atmosphere and tone: making evocative photos

  1. Gallery Exhibition

JamyGearhart
Joy 365
Bringing you a whole year of joy, one day at a time
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2014 Piedmont Earth Day Fair

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The 9th annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds from 10a.m. – 5p.m.

Founded by PEA, the Piedmont Earth Day Fair is the Triad’s largest Earth Day Celebration and environmental education event.

This FREE event offers interactive children’s activities, environmental demonstrations, more than 100 earth-friendly exhibitors and live music by After Jack, Doug Davis and the Solid Citizens, and Doby.

Details at http://peanc.org/content/piedmont-earth-day-fair

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Winston-Salem Performing Arts Partnership

The Winston-Salem Recreations and Parks and Janice Price-Black form a partnership/collaboration to educate children in the world of Performing Arts.  This program will offer young people, the community, homeschool and daycare centers, classes in ballet technique, lyrical, liturgical dance, tap dance and private voice, musical theatre, and beginner piano. 

The Performing Arts Program is under the direction of Janice Price-Black.  Mrs. Price-Black is known for her work with children throughout the Piedmont Triad Area and South Africa.  She was formerly the co-founder/artistic director for the Artistic Studio School for the Performing Arts¸ Director for the Mount Zion Summer Arts Camp and Fine Arts Director for Quality Education Schools.  She has dedicated herself to the development of children through the fine arts, with positive results.

The Performing Arts Program  began enrolling in February and is located at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, 2001 Pittsburg Avenue Winston-Salem.  The fees for the classes are $60.00 per month for ballet, lyrical, liturgical dance and private lessons in voice. Musical theatre and beginner piano are $75.00 per month.

Please contact Janice Price-Black, for more information or to register your child for The Performing Arts Program at (336)497-8920.

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