Date Title Category
12 Feb 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
5 Feb 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.

1 Feb 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.

29 Jan 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
22 Jan 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.

15 Jan 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
8 Jan 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
1 Jan 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
18 Dec 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.

11 Dec 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.

4 Dec 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
27 Nov 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
20 Nov 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
13 Nov 2013
D. 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
6 Nov 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, Unschooling
30 Oct 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.

23 Oct 2013
Alice Guthmann
Fall 2013
Homeschooling and Adoption

Do you love children? Of course, you do. That is one of the reasons you are homeschooling. Is there a nagging thought in your head or a tugging in your heart that you should grow your family through adoption?

Family Life
16 Oct 2013
Diana Waring
Fall 2013
Learning in the Autumn

One of the freedoms I cherished most about homeschooling was that my kids could discover the adventure of learning rather than the boredom of school.

Practical Helps, Encouragement
9 Oct 2013
Kevin McClain
Fall 2013
Kevin’s Kluge: Toward a Culture of Learning

Last issue I introduced myself to you as NCHE's new president. Prior to the presidency, I served as the education vice president, and my responsibilities were focused on the education and publications committee, which produces this publication and works to keep the website current.

From the President, Homeschool History
2 Oct 2013
Spencer Mason
Fall 2013
NCHE Supports Cooperation with Voluntary Requests by DNPE

North Carolina homeschools began receiving email requests from the NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) this fall to go to the DNPE website and provide some information about their homeschool.

Law & Policy
25 Sep 2013
Mari Fitz-Wynn
May/June 2004
Balancing Act

How important is balance in your life? On a scale of one to ten, I’d have to give it a high ten! We all have a need for balance—we even expect balance in our lives, and why not? We serve a God of balance.

From the Archives, Methods, Perspective, Practical Helps
18 Sep 2013
Hal & Melanie Young
September/October 2004
Three Goals for Your First Year of Homeschooling

I have noticed that successful new homeschoolers generally accomplish three goals in their first year.

From the Archives, Beginner, Methods, Goals
11 Sep 2013
Kevin McClain
Summer 2013
Kevin’s Kluge: What’s in a Name…?

Greetings readers! My name is Kevin McClain, and I am NCHE's newly-elected president. Previously, I served as the organization's education VP, who oversees publications, including this magazine. So, some of my writings have appeared here before.

From the President
4 Sep 2013
Sally Matheny
Summer 2013
Summer Fun with Family Filmmaking

Searching for something fun (and shhh...educational) for your family to do this summer? Why not try filmmaking?

Activities, In the Spotlight
28 Aug 2013
Lorie Codispoti
Summer 2013
Surveying the Sites

Not everyone has the time to surf around the Internet to find informative, fun and educational websites for their family to enjoy. That’s why we offer this column.

Helpful Websites
21 Aug 2013
Alexa Carter
Summer 2013
The Math around You: Helping Young Children Learn to Think Mathematically

Despite popular opinion, math is not a creation of evil masterminds plotting the demise of students and mothers everywhere.

Math, Practical Helps, Methods
14 Aug 2013
Justin and Crystal Nale
Summer 2013
Why We Love Classical Education

Classical education is distinguished from other models of education in at least three ways. First, classical education recognizes and embraces three stages of learning and seeks to teach in accordance with those stages. Second, it values history, especially the great conversations of the past, and places a priority on helping students benefit from and engage with those great ideas. Third, classical education values education for its own sake and seeks to develop students who are well-rounded with a wide breadth of knowledge across many disciplines.

Practical Helps, Methods
7 Aug 2013
Mary Freeman
Summer 2013
Why I Am Passionate about Charlotte Mason

Many factors may influence our decisions on educational curriculum, including our own journey through life.

Practical Helps, Methods
31 Jul 2013
Amanda Wares
Summer 2013
Scholarship Committee Announces Winners

“If I homeschool my child through high school, will they be accepted into college?” This is the most common question parents ask regarding homeschooling through the upper grades. As scholarship committee chair, I can say with confidence, yes, homeschooled students are accepted into colleges and universities. This year, the applicants for the NCHE and HINTS scholarships will be attending a multitude of colleges and universities. 

24 Jul 2013
Tracy Klicka
Summer 2013
Ten Fundamental Reasons to Homeschool

Each year at this time, I think about why I homeschool my children. It helps me remember the benefits and blessings when I am prone to feel most like a failure.

Reasons to Homeschool