Educating Exceptional Children at Home

ADHD, Autism, learning disabilities, struggling and gifted learners all present additional challenges for families that are homeschooling.

You have probably had people assure you that your choice to educate your exceptional child at home is a mistake. They may point out the resources that they will be missing out on if you don’t send them to public school, or may say things that make you feel inadequate to teach your child at home.

More Families Than Ever Are Teaching Their Children at Home.

The 2015 Summit for Teaching Exceptional Children may be just the encouragement you need to take your child out of the system, or to keep on teaching them at home. Find help and support at the Summit workshops this weekend.

Register by Wednesday November 11 2015, to attend this Friday and Saturday in Matthews NC.

Speakers include Kristen Eckenwiler, Heather Laurie, and Kathy Kuhl – all educators and homeschool parents who have experience teaching children with special needs in a home environment.

Visit the Special Needs Homeschooling website or the NCHE website to get all the details and register today.


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Posted in Classes and Workshops, Conferences, Mecklenburg County, NCHE, Statewide Interest

Guilford County Homeschool Sports Are Heating Up!

Guilford County Heat – Homeschool Basketball

“Sign ups” are on – for the GC Heat homeschool basketball teams. They are recruiting athletes for the 2015-2016 season. 
Their sports teams are made up of players from all over the region, but the team has a home base in Greensboro, NC at the St. James Gymnasium where they regularly practice and host home games. 
The Heat competes in the North Carolinians for Home Education league (NCHEAC), but also plays teams that are not part of that league. For more details about the league and the teams that participate you can go here.
For more information about GC-HEAT, let them know about your interest with their online form  or check out their website at  
For questions, contact Bill McCutcheon or if you know you are interested in participating on a middle school, JV or Varsity team, send your information to Keith Feather including: parent(s) or guardian’s name, phone number, email, player’s name and age and whether you are inquiring about a guys’ or girls’ team.
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Posted in Greensboro Area, Guilford County, Homeschool Sports, NCHE, Piedmont Area, Sports Information

Information for Davie County Homeschoolers About Driver’s Education

Updated Information for Davie County Home Educators

I heard back from County Commissioner, Mark Jones. He spoke with Dr. Hartness this afternoon about his requested information, and according to Mr. Jones, Dr. Hartness indicated he got the information on homeschools in Davie County in order to communicate to our families about the issue of driver’s education.

Because of the temporary defunding he felt there was a lot of confusion and wanted home educators in our community to know the program was available to homeschool families again!

Mark mentioned that his conversation with Dr. Hartness was very positive.


Homeschoolers in Davie can expect further communication about the availability and scheduling of Driver’s Education for homeschool students at some time in the near future.

Don’t forget to thank Commissioner Jones for being proactive in getting this information for us so quickly and for being an advocate for home educators in Davie County.

Sig Fallish

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Posted in Davie County Activities, High School, Homeschooling in the News

Davie County Home Educators – Important Update

Update on the Superintendent of Davie County Schools Request


10330331_787727437935290_7907216141877576468_nDavie County Homeschoolers – Mark Jones, County Commissioner and Home Educator, is looking into the reason for Public School Superintendent, Darrin Hartness’ request for the public information about families that are homeschooling in Davie County.

Mark has contacted our County Manager for the details and will update us about the reason for the request.

I have been assured by those who know the Superintendent well, that he is a friend to home educators.


Stay Tuned for Updates!

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Posted in Davie County Activities, Homeschooling in the News, Parent Education, Piedmont Area

King’s College Invited to Speak With Prospective Students

Calling College Bound,  Homeschooled Juniors and Seniors!

Admissions Officer, Noah Hunter, from The King’s College in New York City, will speak at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 30 2015. He will be there at 6 p.m. and is interested in speaking with all prospective students in the area.


Portrait of cute teen students in casual sitting on stairs of college

The school is a Christian college located in the Financial District of NYC. The King’s College mission statement includes their intent to transform society by educating leaders in the center of the world’s most global city.

To find out more about the school, please check out their website at and visit with Noah at Calvary Baptist Church. He will be there to speak casually with students at 6 p.m. and will remain for “Statik” the Calvary Baptist Youth Ministry.

Contact Karen Graham for more info at

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Posted in Davidson County, Davie County Activities, Forsyth County Events, Guilford County, High School, HighPoint, How to Home School High School in NC, Iredell County Area, Lewisville/Clemmons Area, Piedmont Area, Rowan County Area, Winston-Salem, Yadkin County

Homeschool Visit Day at Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb University wants to invite home educated students to discover their school.

Homeschool Visit Day is Friday, October 2, 2015.  The visit will include admissions information, a chance to attend class on campus, campus tours and a “Club Fair” so that high school students can get an idea of all that Gardner-Webb offers.

Originally founded in 1905, Gardner-Webb has steadily grown its academic programs, student body, physical campus, and community relationships to become a nationally recognized leader in Christian higher education and now offers programs of study in the Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences, Business, Education and Psychology as well as a Divinity School.

Gardner-Webb also offers opportunities for students who wish to obtain their degree online and convenient satellite campus areas as well.

Use the online registration form to sign up!


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Posted in Cleveland County, College and College Fair Info, Colleges and College Fair Info, Helpful Online Resources, High School, How to Home School High School in NC, Statewide Interest

College Fair in High Point

Christian College Fair


Wesleyan Christian Academy  in High Point is hosting a Christian college fair at their high school gym from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29.

This event is sponsored by NACCAP and will include a financial aid workshop from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the same location.

Thirty-seven or more colleges are expected to participate.

The campus is at 1917 N. Centennial St. in High Point, NC 27262.

If you have any questions, contact Michelle Ledbetter, Director of College Counseling for Wesleyan Christian Academy at 884-3333 ext. 245 or at

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Posted in College and College Fair Info, High School, HighPoint, Piedmont Area, Scholarship Information, Statewide Interest, Winston-Salem

Don’t Miss Out – Last Day to Register !

Well-Trained Mind Academy’s Registration Date Has Been Extended

  • Is your teaching style “classical”?
  • Are you looking for secular homeschool materials for the upper grades?
  • Teaching high school or middle school at home this year and want to check out online resources to help your kids learn tough subjects?
  • Started the school year, but this year’s curricula or co-op is just not working?

00349607You may want to examine the Well-Trained Mind ‘s website for online classes Well Trained Mind Academy.

In keeping with the philosophy set forth in The Well-Trained Mind, the academy affirms that parents have the responsibility to teach their children in their faith and thus, instructors do not proselytize for Christianity or any other faith, and do not assume that all students share a common religious tradition.

The academic structure of the live courses is classical and online recordings of the classes are available when missed, but the classes are teacher led and not self-paced. The academy’s instructors partner with parents to provide an interactive learning environment.

Today, Friday September 11th, is the last day to register for online classes with The Well-Trained Mind Academy.  If you have been looking for some help with your home education program, this may be just what your family needs, so check out their course offerings and see if these online classes will help you and your child succeed in your homeschool.

One of the great things about teaching our kids at home is that if a group, or curriculum is not teaching our kids what we want them to know, or is frustrating them, we can switch it up and try something else. Since the goal is education, and not just a good grade, we can find another tool to help us reach that goal.

I hope that NC Homeschool-ology is helping you to locate support and tools that will help you and your kids learn at home this year!

Happy Back to School 2015-2016!

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Woodside Learning Center Online Classes

Woodside Learning Center offers small, personal educational opportunities for homeschooled & traditional students.   Most students complete courses online, but those who live in the Charlotte, NC area can enroll in regular courses at their location.

Here is a listing of some classes they offer:  

Personal Narratives (College Admissions Essays) (Online)
This course offers rolling admission – enroll whenever you desire
Grades 10-12 ($100 online)
At the end of the class, students will have a polished essay ready to submit with their college application.  This course is appropriate for all college applicants, whether homeschooled or not, so tell your friends!

Study Skills (Online)
This course is offered several times throughout the year
October 26-December 20, 2015
January 4-February 28, 2016
March 14-May 8, 2016
Grades 7-12 ($88 online)

SAT Prep (Online)
This course is offered several times throughout the year
(Anticipated 2015/16  test dates: Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 23, Mar 5*, May 7*, June 4*)  *New SAT
 (Students intending to take the October SAT should enroll in the summer course)
October 26-December 20, 2015
January 4-February 28, 2016
March 14-May 8, 2016
Grades 9-12 ($88 online)

Creative Writing: Pet Stories
October 26-December 20, 2015  (No f2f Nov 26 Students work online)
Grades 2-5 ($88 online/$110 F2F)

Writing Research Papers and Essays (online)
October 26-December 20, 2015
Grades 6-12 ($88 online)

Personal Finance (online)
January 4- February 28, 2016
Grades 8-12 ($88 online)

Magazine Creation: Fiction & Non-Fiction Writing
January 4- February 28, 2016
Grades 4-10 ($88 online/$110 F2F)

All About Me: Fiction & Non-Fiction Writing
March 14-May 8, 2016  (No f2f March 31,  Students work online)
Grades 4-10 ($88 online/$110 F2F)

Classes are online and asynchronous.  Students do not need to be online at the same time; however, courses are not self-paced.

There are dues dates and deadlines for most courses (other than College Essays). As you can see, they keep costs very reasonable.

Visit their website for more details about each class, and for registration forms:

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Rural Hall Branch – Homeschool Open House

Homeschooler’s Library Open House

Youth Services Librarian, Lara Crews,  is hosting a Homeschooling Open House, Tuesday, September 15, at 4 p.m. for home educators. She will review the many resources that the library has to offer online and on location. This is a great chance for new homeschoolers to meet up with each other and find out about all the great things going on at the library!


Girl Browsing Books at the Library 2003

There will be fun activities for the kids.

She would also like to take some time to get to know the homeschoolers in the area and to get some input from students and parents about the types of programs they would find helpful so that the  library can play a vital role in the education of all the students in the community.

Email Lara Crews for more information or call 703-2970.

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Join the Movement – Make Your Own Tech!

This is really amazing  – I love the digital age!



Raleigh “MakerTech” workshops is a series of classes that not only teaches computer programming, but teaches you to make your own electronic devices using the inexpensive Arduino microcontroller circuit board.

Kids, adults, and educators will enjoy these “hands-on” classes. MakerTech will teach you to program and  even create your own devices.  The cost is $60 plus materials.

Workshops for beginners will begin October 6 and classes will meet Tuesdays, 6-8 pm at the NC State McKimmon Center in Raleigh.  Advanced workshops will be available in January.

You can register online or get more information at their Facebook Page.

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Invitation to the Opera


You Are Invited to a Free Production of Dr. Siggy for Home School Students !

Piedmont Opera will present a mini-opera production of Dr. Siggy’s Fantastic Plan for homeschool students in grades K-5.

Join Yum Yum, Despina and Figaro as they learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices with Dr. Siggy and his friend Brunhilde in this fun opera written for children!

The event is free with a food donation to Crisis Control of Winston-Salem.

The presentation will be on Tuesday,  August 25, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 357 Old Hollow Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.

Enjoy the fantastic sounds of the Piedmont Opera – Free!

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Posted in Extracurricular and Fine Arts Education, Forsyth County Events, Health & Fitness, Just for Fun!, Piedmont Area, Winston-Salem
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