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May 21, 2014
Diana Waring
Graduate 2014
With the End in Mind

Finishing the homeschool race well means finishing.

 Now, this does not mean that you have to finish every book, conversation, subject, or project. We all have lots of unfinished projects and business and books in our lives.

Graduation
May 14, 2014
Diane Allen
Spring 2014
Understanding Achievement Test Scores

Once you have chosen an achievement test and administered it, the final step of the annual process is interpreting the score report. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that this can be the most intimidating step.

Testing, Practical Helps
May 7, 2014
Amy Sloan
Spring 2014
Upon a Life I Have Not Lived

Upon a life I have not lived,
Upon a death I did not die,
Another’s life, Another’s death,
I stake my whole eternity.

Encouragement, Faith, Mothers
Apr 30, 2014
Diana Waring
Spring 2014
The Value of a Homeschool Conference

Imagine asking a doctor, “Do we need doctors?” or a fire fighter, “Do we need fire fighters?” or a museum curator, “Do we need curators?” Of course each would answer, “Yes!” There is a certain subjectivity with an answer framed from the self-interest of continuing their careers, isn’t there? Even though that is obvious, nevertheless, when we stop and look at the question objectively, we agree that there really is a need for doctors, fire fighters and curators.

Conferences
Apr 23, 2014
Jen Greenholt
Spring 2014
Why We’re Still Talking about Socialization

There is one question that every homeschool parent dreads. I bet you know the one I mean: “What about socialization?” Homeschool graduates like me dread a related comment: “You were homeschooled? But you’re so normal!” Cue the eye rolls. Yes, we know; it is a modern miracle.

Character, Socialization
Apr 16, 2014
Rachael Carman
Spring 2014
God’s Plan for My Homeschooling Journey

We started this journey eighteen years ago. Through a series of circumstances, we found ourselves in a situation we never could have predicted. The system had failed us, and we had pulled our oldest son out of public school.

Encouragement, Mothers, Perspective, Faith
Apr 9, 2014
Kevin McClain
Spring 2014
Kevin’s Kluge: NCHE, a Pioneer in Educational Freedom in NC

One of the best parts of the role of president is that I get to represent an organization with a thirty-year legacy of advocating for educational freedom. There is a growing educational reform movement in America, which means increased public dialogue about alternatives to the status quo.

From the President
Apr 2, 2014
Diana Waring
Winter 2014
Persevering Perspective

You are facing extraordinary challenges, regardless of how easily your kids are learning. Parenting itself is more demanding, more fraught with difficulties, than ever before, and homeschooling adds layers of complexity, stress and labor beyond that.

Encouragement
Mar 26, 2014
Jolene Kreiling
Winter 2014
My Homeschooling Deadly Ds

I don’t know about you, but I find myself beginning every school year with goals paralleling my mental image of a homeschooling Cleaver family. June wakes up cheerfully at least an hour before the rest of her family.

Encouragement
Mar 19, 2014
Dale Brown
Winter 2014
NCHE Athletics: Cabarrus Claims State Championship in Boys Soccer

The 2013 NCHEAC Boys Soccer State Championship was held in Winston-Salem, October 18-19 at the Sara Lee Soccer Complex. Six teams competed in the tournament and seeding of those teams was based on regular season results.

Sports
Mar 12, 2014
Matt Bianco
Winter 2014
Raising Renaissance Kids

When I was growing up, many of the families I knew had pizza night and game night. Not mine. We had go out to dinner night, usually every other Friday on payday. We didn’t have any other family nights, though.

Family Life, Practical Helps, Fathers
Mar 5, 2014
Lorie Codispoti
Winter 2014
Surveying the Sites

Not everyone has the time to survey the Internet to find informative, fun, and educational websites for their family to enjoy. That’s why we offer this column. By dividing it into four sections, we work towards our goal—to provide something for everyone.

Helpful Websites
Feb 26, 2014
Debbie Thompson
Winter 2014
How to Choose an Achievement Test

Many parents have questions about which achievement test would best fit their students. There have been several factors to take into consideration, but today, there is a new one: Do you want the test to be aligned to the Common Core?

Practical Helps, Testing
Feb 19, 2014
Dale Brown
Winter 2014
NCHE Athletics: Asheville Three-Peats in Varsity Volleyball at the State Tournament

Three athletic programs—Asheville, Greensboro and North Wake—claimed a state title at 2013 NCHEAC Girls Volleyball tournaments held in Winston-Salem, October 18-19.

Sports
Feb 12, 2014
Jason Jimenez
Winter 2014
Experiencing a Good Marriage

There is nothing more heart wrenching than sitting across the table from a Christian couple who want a divorce. I remember meeting with a couple I knew very well and respected highly. So (to my surprise) when they started to share with me their marital problems, I was totally thrown off guard.

Family Life
Feb 5, 2014
Claudia Whitaker
Winter 2014
Homeschooling and 4-H Partnership Remains Strong

The youth education program of NC Cooperative Extension, 4-H, is based at NC State and NC A&T State Universities. In 2012 there were 237,591 young people between the ages of five and nineteen who participated statewide with the help of 20,780 adult and youth volunteers.

Feb 1, 2014
Winter 2014
NCHE Athletics: Elissa Dawson Will Attend UNC on Diving Scholarship

Elisabeth Andrews Dawson (Elissa) is the daughter of Mark and Robin Dawson of Durham. Elissa has been homeschooled all her life. She is a national level diver who has been diving for eight years on club teams. Elissa received scholarship offers from UNC, Duke, Kentucky and Tennessee and signed her National Letter of Intent to dive for UNC.

Sports
Jan 29, 2014
Marji McIlvaine, Diane Allen
Winter 2014
Let’s Talk about Achievement Tests

Achievement testing is the educational topic most likely to incite questions and concerns among homeschoolers. Homeschool parents have questions about the nature of achievement testing and why some states require testing for homeschoolers. Many parents also become concerned that their children pass their grade at the end of the year. Given these concerns and questions, it is no wonder that some parents become quite contentious altogether about the topic!

Practical Helps, Testing
Jan 22, 2014
Ernie Hodges
Winter 2014
NCHE Athletics: A Photo Finish!

The NCHE Athletic Commission (NCHEAC) Cross Country Championships ended with the closest race in our history in the boys division with only 0.53 seconds separating first and second place.

Sports
Jan 15, 2014
Spencer Mason
Winter 2014
Law and Policy: More Homeschool Regulation Will Not Prevent Child Abuse

The success of homeschooling has been well documented, and the number of homeschools in NC continues to grow. The Erica Parsons case has brought a lot of unwarranted attention to the homeschool community.

Law & Policy
Jan 8, 2014
Kevin McClain
Winter 2014
Kevin’s Kluge: NCHE Moving Forward: Updated Vision and Bylaws

This issue is the first issue of 2014. It's a new year, and NCHE, like so many homeschooling parents in NC, is busy. We've been busy working on the organization—how we understand our work and go about it. In December, the organization approved some significant bylaws changes.

From the President, Inside NCHE
Jan 1, 2014
Wendi Hilton
Fall 2013
Our Adoption Story

Our adoption story started in 1984. We went to see a movie that gave us a desire to want to give a child a home that does not have a home. The movie was not about adoption but for some reason it gave us a desire to adopt. I am not sure why it affected us like it did, but it left us with the desire to help children through adoption.

Family Life
Dec 18, 2013
Delnora Williams
Fall 2013
Strategies for Success

Smoke filled the house. Josiah came to me saying that something was burning, but he didn’t know the source. I was too preoccupied to come and help him locate what was burning. But when I came to dinner, there was no mistaking that a cloud filled the house. Still I didn’t do anything.

Faith
Dec 11, 2013
Todd Wilson
Fall 2013
Do What You Believe

I just spoke to a group of homeschoolers in Northern Indiana. It was a great meeting with lots of laughs. I could tell from the tears and nods of affirmation that what we talked about penetrated straight to the hearts of the moms in the crowd.

Dec 4, 2013
James and Tanya Dickens
Fall 2013
Benefits of Homeschooling Adopted Children

We have adopted four children, three girls and one boy. Our first two girls came to live with us in 2007, and the other two came to live with us in 2012.

Family Life
Nov 27, 2013
Lorie Codispoti
Fall 2013
Surveying the Sites

Not everyone has the time to survey around the Internet to find informative, fun, and educational websites for their family to enjoy. That’s why we offer this column. By dividing it into four sections, we work towards our goal—to provide something for everyone. We hope that you will enjoy what we’ve surveyed for you this month.

Helpful Websites
Nov 20, 2013
Nancy Coleman
Fall 2013
Weary? Rejuvenate Your School with a Day of Activities That You Love!

The first day of school has come and gone, and your routine is well underway. Fall can be a time of waning excitement, and perhaps disappointment and discouragement have started to set in. You had a good start, but are realizing that you are only halfway to Christmas break, and there are many long days ahead before you reach the end of your school year. Thinking about it, you may feel like your head is barely staying above water. This can be an overwhelming time for teachers and for students. It’s time for some coping strategies!

Encouragement, Faith
Nov 13, 2013
Kevin Brown
Fall 2013
Brown Family Adoption Story

Adoption is part of God’s plan for mankind as the Apostle Paul recorded in Romans 8:15, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’”

Family Life
Nov 6, 2013
Melissa Jennings Lake
Fall 2013
Why I’m Passionate about Unschooling

My name is Melissa, and I’m an unschooler. I will admit that I’m more comfortable saying that now than I ever have been. These days nobody blinks at the idea of homeschooling.

Methods
Oct 30, 2013
Ernie Hodges
Fall 2013
Homeschooler Patrick Geotze Signs Professional Contract with the Boston Red Sox

Patrick Goetze, son of Kenny and Debra Goetze of Zebulon, NC, signed a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox in early July.

 
Sports

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