National Christian College Fair in Charlotte and High Point This Week


National Christian College Fair:

The National Christian College Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 30 from 6-8 p.m. in the high school gym at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point.

Outstanding Christian colleges and universities will have representatives on hand to talk with interested students and parents. A representative from Anderson University in South Carolina will conduct a financial aid seminar from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

This event is open and free to all in the community. Students may register for the fair and receive a bar code at

This is a tremendous timesaver at the fair. Students who have the bar code do not have to spend time completing information cards for every school from which they wish to receive materials.

At the same website, you may also find a list of the participating colleges along with a college search function and helpful articles about college selection.

On Monday, September 29, the National College Fair will be at Charlotte Christian School at 7301 Sardis Road in Charlotte, North Carolina, 28270. College representatives and displays will be available from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Forsyth County Homeschool Tennis Team

There is a great opportunity to start homeschool tennis teams in Forsyth County!

Practices would be held at Forsyth Country Day School for students in grades 7 and up. The organizers would like to be ready with a boys’ team by spring and a girls’ team by fall 2015, but practices and organization of the teams will begin right away.

Once Karen sees the amount of interest in tennis teams for home educated students, she will begin to work out the logistics, connect with other teams regarding matches, and keep us updated. This opportunity is available through the Forsyth Home Educators Athletic program.

Boys and girls, 7th grade and up should contact Karen Marley to express their interest and ask any questions. Please include your contact information, and your son or daughters ages and grades in your email.

Team members will need to be members of FHE and can join at the FHE website for just $10/family/year.

Membership in FHE includes a lot of benefits;tools like a newsletter, email updates and a calendar to help you organize your homeschool and activities. Special access and pricing for events like the Fall Family Dance,  parent education workshops, the FHE Prom, graduation, mom’s fellowships, field trips and more, are all included in your yearly membership fee.

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How to Update NCDNPE


The North Carolina Division of Non-public Education continues to make improvements to their website that make our lives easier in so many ways. Now home educators can now do almost all their reporting online, you can request a Driver’s Eligibility form online for your teens, print out a Homeschool teacher’s card, and you can verify or update your homeschool information at their website too. You can still give them a call at (919) 733-4276 to request a DEC, or for questions.

From their website:

The North Carolina Division of Non Public Education now provides a way for Chief Administrators of home schools to update their contact information and school enrollment numbers or to close their home school online. This will allow Chief Administrators to submit changes to their home school information at any time during the year.

The online Home School Updates and Changes form replaces the Annual Home School Update Survey. Home schools will no longer need to fill out an annual survey or otherwise inform DNPE of continued operation from year to year.

Update information received through the Home School Updates and Changes web portal will be used for correction of home school information in DNPE’s records. Submitted changes via the online Home School Updates and Changes form will be processed within 5-7 business days. After 5-7 business days, you will be able to go to DNPE’s website and print a Home School Verification Record that will reflect any changes made to contact information.

To gain access to the form, you will need to enter your School ID. If you do not know your School ID, you can retrieve your School ID on DNPE’s website by providing the email address you used to register your home school. If you did not provide an email address or are otherwise unable to retrieve your School ID, please contact DNPE for assistance at (919) 733-4276.

Participation in the online Home School Updates and Changes program is completely voluntary. Your participation helps the Division of Non-Public Education ensure accuracy and efficiency.

This procedure will take the place of the updates we used to do by postcards each year.  Remember DO NOT file a new NOI every year- just update your information with them at the online form above.

If you are just beginning your home education program, and your student will be seven this school year, you will need to file your Notice of Intent to Operate a Homeschool, online (except during the months of May and June!). They still request that you provide proof of your high school diploma and you can fax that to them at the secure fax line they will send to you in a follow-up email.

Please note, it came to my attention recently, the web filing system for Homeschool NOI’s is only available during business hours, (8:30 am – 4:30 pm) so if you are an early bird and find you have trouble filling online there, check the time, and try later!

I think the improvements make their website very “user friendly”!

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NC Homeschoolers Outnumber Private School Students!

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


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


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 or visit their website at .



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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

Ballerinas Dancing in School Pageant

 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 or visit their website.

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Museum of History in Raleigh – July Activities


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, or like us on

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


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



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 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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Independence Day Activities- Tryon Palace


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,  or phone 252-639-3500. Check the webpage for rain information and other details

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 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

*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.


-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 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

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