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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Wake County Testing for Home Educators

Thanks to Dana Adams for posting the information on the types of year end testing that she offers:


Young Girl Does Her Math Homework 

As TESTING time is rolling around…I wanted to remind you that I am an APPROVED TESTING ADMINISTRATOR for Stanford and Iowa tests through BJU Press Testing & Evaluation. If you are wanting to test your student/s with either of these tests and need a testing administrator, I would love to help your family or group. My family and/or group rates are very reasonable, and I am very flexible in testing dates/schedules. I perform testing services within a 150 mile radius of my home. Let me know if I can help–or if you have any questions about either of these tests!

Dana Adams ~





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Tout est possible – Everything is possible

MaxsCoatofArmsTout est possible – Everything is possible
During my first year of homeschooling, I winged it.  I had heavily researched all the different methods of teaching and possible texts to the point that I had gotten completely overwhelmed and decided just to play it by ear.  It was well into spring, when I learned of the Life of Fred and Mapping the World by Heart books.  Thinking that my son would enjoy learning from these books, I immediately purchased them.
As I anticipated the new books,  I thought “Wow!  It’s kind of late in the year to be starting up with this new stuff.”  And then I realized that there is no “late”, much less  “school year”….that is just some period of time that some person made up so that everyone would get the bare minimum of “required” educational days.  The public educational calendar is based on things that have nothing to do with learning:  summer vacation, the tourist industry, and the agricultural seasons.  I realized that, in my head, I had still been stuck on the 180 day, September-June calendar, even though we were no longer bound to it.
I realized that the way I’m teaching my son means he learns every single day, even if we don’t crack a single book.  Even on weekends and holidays.  I realized that I can teach him whenever, whatever and where ever we want and at the pace and style that is right for him.
For the first time since I started homeschooling, I truly realized what it means to be free from all those arbitrary rules and calendars….and all it required was opening the door of the cage and letting them go.

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

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Eclectic Homeschoolers Meeting in Piedmont Triad

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A new support group for home educators has started and you can connect with them on

Yahoo Groups.

Piedmont Triad Eclectic Homeschool Group is a diverse group and is inclusive of everyone.

There will be weekly and/ or bi-weekly “meet ups” so visit their yahoo group to find out the schedule!

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NCHE Graduation Registration Deadline- March 1


Go to Graduate Central to see all that NCHE offers to you to help you celebrate your High School graduate’s accomplishments. Even if your student doesn’t want to participate in the big ceremony in 2014, there are other options that allow you to recognize their achievements too.

You can reserve a graduate article in the Greenhouse Magazine. Half and full-page ads need to be turned in by March 15, 2014 and the graduation reception RSVP  is due April 1, 20014. Graduate central has the details on what is included and the costs to be included in the special graduate edition.

Order a Diploma, or the whole Homeschool graduation package!

Go to the NCHE website to see all the details on this year’s Statewide Homeschool Graduation Ceremony.

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Testing Information for Forsyth County



North Carolina Homeschool laws require that home educated students be tested with a nationally normed achievement test each year. Since the beautiful spring-like weather recently reminded me that end of the year is coming up pretty quickly, I thought we would begin to post testing information for different areas of our state.

I have found that yearly testing usually verifies what I have observed all year-long in my kids. Testing can have value to new home educators, as it can validate a homeschool program to doubting family members and in their own minds. Sometimes a test may reflect a learning deficit that needs to be addressed. We have to keep in mind though, that some kids will be better at “test taking” than others, so your observations (anecdotal records) and a student’s grades for other types of assignments need to be taken into account and in most cases, should be (in my opinion) given a heavier weight in determining your homeschool grades. 

 For high schoolers, taking the PSAT or the ACT Exam can get them scholarship dollars, and the ACT meets NC’s criteria for year-end testing for homeschoolers, so it is a great choice. 

My kids enjoy group testing at the end of the year, but for some students, individualized testing is going to be less stressful and thus, a more accurate indicator of what they know and are capable of learning.

In Clemmons, veteran homeschooling parent, Maria Elliott, M.S. is accepting appointments for 2013-2014 academic year testing- the Woodcock Johnson III NU (Normative Update)  is available.  The basic test takes approximately one hour and meets the requirements for the North Carolina Department of Nonpublic Education.

The Reading sub-tests include: Letter-Word Identification, Passage Comprehension,  Reading Fluency, and Spelling. The Mathematics sub-tests include: Applied Problems, Calculation, and Math Fluency.

The charge is $55.00 for this test. The  optional written test includes the sub-tests: Writing Samples and Writing Fluency. This portion takes an additional thirty minutes and costs $15.00.

In addition to testing, free consultation is available to discuss concerns and give feedback concerning learning challenges.
Ms. Elliott has eleven years of experience as a private Reading Specialist in Forsyth County and is also employed at Sloan Academics.

Call 336-778- 2006 for more information and to make an appointment.

Providers or satisfied customers, please “message me” testing information,  or post the information here in the comments section for our readers. If you want to be sure your link gets added to the side bar so that people can refer back to it, emailing is the best way to contact me, so click on my profile to send me a message.

Remember to let me know which county you are testing in!

Pleasant testing~

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NC Coalition of Home Educators Leadership Summit


You’re invited to the NCCHE (North Carolina Coalition of Home Educators- Political Action Committee) Leadership Summit.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Raleigh NC. The theme for the day is “The UnCommon Core: What Makes America Exceptional” .

Speakers include Lt. Governor Dan Forest, Terry Stoops who is the Education Specialist with the John Locke Foundation, NC Supreme Court Justice, Mark Martin and others.

We will also have special tours of the Lt. Governor’ s mansion in the afternoon. We will have a special activity for Generation Joshua students.  Students who participate must be registered with a Generation Joshua group.

The Summit will be free to NCCHE members. Membership for NCCHE is $25.00 per family.

You may register or join here: NCCHE Leadership Summit

Click on the donate button to pay via our secure site!

Mark your calendars and make plans to join us!!

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“Write2Ignite” Writers’ Conference

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Thanks so much to Sally, for sending us the update on this conference. There is a NEW Teen Track and some Write2Ignite Conference Scholarships are available.

High schoolers who are being home educated can receive great instruction and parents- you can give them credit hours!

Check out the 2014 Conference Information:

The Write2Ignite! Writers’ Conference is March 28-29, at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C. There are two workshop tracks to choose from—one for adults and one geared for teens.

All the workshop presenters are published authors, editors, publishers, and professional writing instructors. Just a few of those presenting this year are Christian actor/writer Torry Martin, Bill Reeves (Marketing agent for Kendrick Brothers and others), authors Jenny Cote, Crystal Bowman, and so many more!

Writing is a great way for homeschool parents to supplement their income while staying home with their children. The workshops will provide information and teach skills for writing for magazines, books, and other publications.

Homeschool teens (middle grades – high school) attend for excellent writing instruction and to receive high school English credit hours. All classes are taught from a Christian perspective. Four of our leadership team members are homeschool moms.

 The conference offers a great deal, all within a Christian environment.

Information can be found at

One adult will get free admission if they bring ten students!

We have several scholarships to offer this year. Deadline for scholarship applications is February 28.

Sally Matheny, N.C. Homeschool Mom, W2I Leadership Team


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Living the Answer Offering Online Classes

Registration is Now Open

Visit Living the Answer to see the classes that are available.

Teacher, David Vogel, focuses on teaching critical thinking skills as well as quality content.

This is a good resource for those who are thinking about homeschool for middle school or high school. They offer multiple student/family discounts and all classes are taught by Mr. Vogel himself.


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Print Out Your Home School Discount Card


Homeschool Discounts

It is that time of the year again- many of my homeschooling friends are planning curriculum for next year and selling curriculum that their children have “outgrown”.

I am sure that you are beginning to think about getting some good deals on books and school materials for next year too.

Remember you can print out a discount card from the North Carolina Department of Non-public Education to show you homeschool.

Once you print this card from their website, you can keep it on hand and use it to identify you as a home educator for the purpose of getting discounts at many retail stores.

Don’t forget it never hurts to ask about a teacher discount- many stores give teachers a discounted price on items they purchase and some activities and museums give a discount on the entry fee ans in the gift shops as well.

Click Here to print out your proof of North Carolina Homeschool. You will need to enter your Homeschool ID # in order for your information to print out.

Happy Curriculum Hunting!

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Classical Conversations Meeting- Clemmons

You are invited to come and learn more about the Classical Conversations Challenge program. “Challenge” is a Christian, classical curriculum for students grades 7-12. Students meet in a community setting one day per week and complete assignments the remainder of the week at home.

Come learn more about the Challenge Program as we hear from seasoned Classical Conversations “Challenge” Director and Area Manager, Jennifer Martin.

Hear an overview of the program’ s objectives, methods and outcomes–what do Challenge students learn and how?

Learn just how prepared Challenge students are for the future!

Ask questions and fellowship with other Classical Conversations parents.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 8th
2:00pm *
*@ the Clemmons Library (in the community room)

I you have any questions, please contact KimberLee at kimberleemcarter@

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Classical Conversations Meeting- Forsyth County

Learn More About the Classical Conversations Classes for Middle School and High School

February 6, 2014 at Redeemer  Presbyterian Church at 1046 Miller Street, Winston-Salem, NC  27103- the meeting will be from 7-9 p.m. in the community room.

You will have an opportunity to hear from a veteran parent, homeschooler, and Challenge director about the entire vision of CC. She will especially be speaking about homeschooling through high school with specifics about curriculum and content for middle school and high school.

Adults only, please- no childcare will be provided.

Refreshments will be served.

If you have ever wondered about Classical Conversations and the Challenge programs (for middle and high school), than this is the meeting for you! Come check it out.

Please call or email Mitzi Coe, if you have questions or concerns at Classical Conversations, Winston-Salem, (Challenge A Director) or  336-650-9393.


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Shakespeare Double Feature in High Point!


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