YMCA Sports Camps Build Character and Skills


Michael at the Davie County YMCA asked me to share about the summer sports camps- they still have spots available- and about registering for sports in the fall.

Homeschooling families have long appreciated the benefits of YMCA ‘s facilities and programs.

Davie Family YMCA has some great activities coming up that you might want to check out on the web. And you can check out flyers and registration forms here, or go to their website for more information:

Fall Sports 2015

Sports Camp Flyer

Remember that the NC YMCA has lots of great resources so if you are not in Davie, check out your local YMCA for activities and sports that build character as well as skills!

Connect with the Y at YMCA of NorthWest NC, YMCA of the Triangle, YMCA of Western NC, or the YMCA Greater Charlotte.

The Y is having an impact on youth all over North Carolina-  I hope you have a YMCA in your area!

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Online Home Education Resources

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Online Resources

Online resources offer students educational opportunities that might not be available to them otherwise- and all from the comfort of home. Many courses that are offered online are free or low-cost because teachers have low overhead. Students can benefit from the wisdom and teaching ability of people from around the globe.
Remember to check out the “Online Home Education Resources” that are linked here on this website.
We want to highlight one of those resources on the blog today:

Blue Tent Online

Blue Tent Online  is a group of North Carolina Teachers, but students in their classes live across the country, from Alaska and California, to New York down to Florida, and internationally, in Canada, Australia and Malaysia!
Blue Tent online offers five advanced English courses and two science courses online to homeschoolers.

The Teachers

Irene Paine, an R.N. and long-time home educator with a B.S. in Biology, is offering two biology classes in 2015-2016: Honors Biology and Anatomy & Physiology. Irene homeschooled her own two sons from kindergarten to college, and she’s taught high school-level science classes (seated and online) to homeschoolers for many years.  Irene understands homeschoolers and how to help them enjoy and succeed in science.  Her asynchronous classes include a combination of hands-on labs and virtual labs, and Irene’s particular strength is helping students learn to write college-level lab reports.
Brigid Thompson and Christine Proctor teach Honors English 1 and 2, as well as two AP English classes.
Brigid Thompson is a home educator from Willow Spring, North Carolina who has a great deal of experience and training in teaching AP courses. She holds a BA in English, and an MBA, as well as being a College Board-Authorized Online AP Instructor. She and her family homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade. Her younger son, Connor, is now pursuing a chemical engineering degree at NC State, and her older son, Kyle, recently earned his masters degree in aerospace engineering and is pursuing his PhD. while working for NASA. Teaching to the test has never been a goal in Brigid’s classes. Rather, a solid foundation, with an appropriate amount of test-prep practice, leads to success on the AP exam and beyond.
Christine Proctor is a home educator from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, who has one son in college, one in the working world, and one still immersed in high school studies. Her degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina, as well as her work experience as a news reporter and as a copywriter for a national advertising agency, as well as her vast teaching and tutoring experience has helped her to communicate creatively and effectively to her students online.
You can find detailed information about all their English and science classes, testimonials and references at www.bluetentonline.com.
You can find their links, and links to additional resources in the sidebar right here on the NC Homeschool-ology website.
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Mini-Society Day Camp in Lewisville, NC

Mini-society Day Camp!
There is still space for your students (aged 8-12) to participate in the Mini-society Day Camp this year. Thank you Angie for sending this great information for Forsyth County Homeschoolers:
Are your kids more ‘hands-on’ than you are?  Do they learn best by doing, doing, doing? I’d love to tell you more about Mini-Society Day Camp- June 15-19!
All my boys LOVED it every year they could participate.  It’s designed for 8-12 year olds to LIVE OUT entrepreneurial skills, civics, government, teamwork and more.  The long-term rewards we’ve seen through the years (often LONG after camp is over) have been just amazing.  Laura Sailer led this in Lewisville for many years and she’s turned it over to me for the last few.
There is much more information in the brochure and I’d love to fill you in more if you are interested.  Normally, it’s already full by this time, but I haven’t gotten the word out very much this year since we took our once in a lifetime trip to Italy last month, so I still have some slots open.
You can contact me at hutchbunch@gmail.com or 336-776-8290 (text preferred).
Thanks~ Angie
Download Angie’s Brochure here:
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Free Concert in Winston-Salem


FREE Salem Band Concert

In Salem Square in Old, Salem Winston-Salem on June 9, at 7:30 p.m.  This concert will feature music from the American Old West: familiar folk tunes, and John Williams’ “The Cowboys.” Salem Band, established in 1771, is the oldest, continuous mixed wind ensemble in the nation and is directed by Eileen M. Young.

On concert day, you can also get your child’s photo taken with horse and rider in costume from Silverlin Farms!

Be one of the first to arrive and receive your free Salem Band schedule fan to stay cool.

The event’s rain date is August 18.

Visit the website for more details: http://www.salemband.org/ and for information on other free concerts this summer on Tuesdays in Old Salem Square!

Hope to see you at the “Cowboys” concert at Salem Square in Old Salem, Winston-Salem!

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Summer Reading from Barnes and Noble


Kids can earn a free book this summer!

Beginning May 19 through September 7, 2015, kids in grades 1-6 can complete their “Imagination’s Destination” journal by filling out the eight books they have read and then they will get to choose a free book from the listing once they turn it in at any Barnes and Noble Store.

Barnes and Noble has included Activity Sheets and Lesson Ideas  for teachers and home educators at their website as well.

Summer and FREE books – what could be better!

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Summer Reading Shines

Edward McKay Used Books Monkey Shines Book Club!

Edward McKay Used Books Monkey Shines Book Club!

Edward McKay’s free “Monkey Shines” summer reading program is for kids 5-12 years of age.

This summer, make sure your kids don’t stop learning or reading!

The Monkey Shines Summer Reading Program runs from June 5 to August 15 and will reward and encourage your summer readers.

For every ten books kids read they get Edward McKay trade credit!

To get started, ask for a Monkey Shines Sheet at the sales counter. As kids read, they fill up the sheet. After ten books, the sheet is completed. Each week, kids can bring their completed Monkey Shines Sheet to the check-out counter at any of the four store locations and receive $5 in trade credit.

You don’t have to purchase the books they read from Edward McKay, but they have some amazing books at great prices.

There is a turn-in limit of one sheet per child per week, so let your fast readers know up front!

Mark your calendars for August 15, 2015 and attend a Monkey Shines Celebration all day long!

Hope you have a summer full of learning, reading, and outdoor fun!


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Online Classes Are Groovy


The fall 2015 class schedule has been posted at the Online Classes for Groovy Kids website. If you are looking for secular enrichment and quality core classes for your middle-school aged child, consider “Online Classes for Groovy Kids”.

Classes include literature units, Spanish and “hands-on” classes. Each five-week course is $50, but your first course is $25.

Visit their website to find a class and register.

While you are there, be sure to check out their essay contest. Students 10-14 can enter to win $100 Target Gift card!

For now – Peace out!

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Homeschool High School Tips – Graduation

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Homeschooling High School Tips

More and more North Carolina parents are teaching their children at home. And statistics show that more of them are homeschooling for high school as well.

This year I graduated my second student from the Creative Learning Academy. We homeschooled them all the way through their elementary, middle school and high school years. It has been a great experience for our family.

There is just nothing like the excitement of seeing your kids achieve and seeing them honored publicly for the hard work they have done all through their high school years.

Our homeschool support group organized a wonderful graduation ceremony and reception for the Forsyth Home Educators Class of 2015!

If your homeschool group doesn’t have a ceremony, you might want to participate in the NCHE Graduation ceremony next year.

Once you have done all the paperwork the colleges want, course descriptions and transcripts, it is great to celebrate. One item you may not have thought much about is the diploma. In North Carolina each homeschool decides the requirements for graduation and keeps transcripts based on the student’s coursework. Once all your requirements have been met, you can issue their final transcript and the diploma.

Where Can I Get a Diploma?

There are places you can order printed custom printed diplomas and accessories like the diploma cover, honors medals and ribbons. We used Jones Awards  for ordering the extras, but I printed out our own diplomas from our high school on a nice linen paper using Microsoft Publisher.

A couple of people have asked me how I did that, so I thought I would share how here:


If you still don’t feel brave enough to try to create yours on your computer, try one of the online websites that offer printable certificates such as Creative Certificates, Documentic, or Certificate Fun.

You can also use this template I made in Word:

Diploma Template

I hope that if you are entering your high school years, or if you have a new graduate, you have a chance to enjoy being a little creative with your high school diploma!



Congrats Class of 2015!

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Fun and Educational Summer Camps

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From Cultivate Education Group ~ ¨Where Learning Grows¨

It is almost time for summer fun!

Check out some of these fun (and educational) summer camps offered in King, North Carolina:

  • Spanish Immersion Camp: Travel through Mexico, experience culture, people, places, and food, building Spanish vocabulary and fluency. Grades K-6th, July 13-17, from 8:45 am – 12 pm
  • Time Travel History Camp: Jump into the time machine with “hands on” history learning, fun and exploration! Grades 1st – 5th, July 27-31, from 8:45 am – 12 pm
  • Musical Theater Camp: Vocal, musical and dramatic instruction with a final family friendly showcase of Broadway Classics Grades 1st – 8th, July 27-31, 12:45-4 pm

Each camp is $115 per student/ $75 for each additional child.

Check out this special offer: Now through July 1: Enroll your children in two or more camps and receive $10 off the cost of each camp!

For more information, or to register, contact Charissa Graham at charissa.graham@gmail.com,  or Paula Sitterlee at paula.sitterlee@gmail.com.

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Carolina Pride High School Football

Thanks to Carolina Pride Coach, Paul Jackson, for sharing about this football program which is open to homeschoolers:


Practices have recently begun, so be sure to check out the website right away for registration forms.

The Carolina Pride High School Football Program is a tackle football team for homeschool and private school students grades 9-12, who don’t have a football program at their school.

They are based out of Charlotte, NC and are a member of the Coastal Athletic Conference. The Carolina Pride spring practices will begin April 28 through May 21. These pre-season spring practices are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 6-8 pm and Saturdays, 9- 11am.  See webpage for updates to the spring schedule.

Players attending spring practice must complete all required forms prior to participating (forms can be found under the forms tab on the team’s website).

Contact Coach Paul Jackson at 757-403-0818 or Athletic Director Bryce Friesz at 704-575-3956 or visit http://www.carolinapridefootball.org for more information.

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Another Chance to Win

I promised I would post about another chance to win a FREE family registration for the NCHE Homeschool Conference May 21-23- so here is the link to “Plaid Dad’s” blog so you can leave him a comment to be registered for his drawing!

Plaid Dad Blog

And while you are there, check out all the manly musings!

Here is a little of what we have been up to: field trips, Prom, making a new movie, Graduation, Birthdays, a rock band (in my basement) choir recitals, book sales and lots more…Homeschooling in North Carolina has never been better (or busier!).

Anyone who asks you “How will they socialize?”  probably doesn’t really know very many homeschoolers!

Spring 2015 Collage

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Winner of the Drawing for Free Family Registration – NCHE Thrive! Conference

NCHE Giveaway Winner

The Winner of the Drawing for the NCHE Family Registration

for the 2015 Thrive! NCHE Homeschool Conference

…will have their family registered for the conference- Free! This is NCHE’s 31st annual conference, and it promises to be full of speakers who will encourage and educate, fun activities and the chance to view thousands of books and curricula in one place!

The conference is May 21-23 2015, at the Benton Convention Center and I hope to see many of you there.

I am so happy to be part of the team of NCHE bloggers who will be posting about events and workshops throughout the conference.

I am also excited since North Carolinians for Home Education  has sponsored this “Giveaway” of a free family conference registration to one of my readers.

Thanks to all of you who shared in the comments about your desire to benefit from the conference this year!

The winner of this random drawing is commenter, Sally Matheny. It is not too late to register for the conference at the website and there is also another giveaway on another NCHE blogger’s page. I will post about that giveaway  too, so you will have a chance to win again.

Thanks for entering – Merit K


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Free Family Registration 2015 NCHE Conference

Conference Giveaway

2015 Thrive! Conference Giveaway

The 2015 NCHE Homeschool Conference is coming up May 21-23, and I hope you are planning to attend! My family and I have learned a lot from previous conferences we have attended, but the NCHE conference has become one of our favorites.

The speakers this year have something for everyone:

  • Considering homeschooling? Debra Bell, will discuss Eight Reasons Kids Learn Best at Home.
  • Homeschooling High School? Debbie Mason, Homeschooling High School, will cover what you need to know
  • Struggling Learner? Angela Wilkinson, Learning Differences: Teaching to Your Child’s Unique Learning Style, will help you learn how to teach to their strengths

All that and tons more: college fair and social activities for teens, topics that will encourage you, worldview, and John Erwin on the future of Christian Film. The Family Registration is worth $80 dollars. That gives you a lot more to spend at the Vendor Hall if you win!

To be entered for my drawing for a FREE Family registration to the conference, take a look at the workshops schedule and leave me a comment below about what you would like to learn at the conference this year, or what you need to get out of the teaching.

I will draw one name at random on Sunday May 3, and will post about it here.

Check back on Sunday to see if you are the winner of the FREE family registration.

Gold Seal Red Ribbon Winner

Don’t forget to leave a comment about the conference to enter the drawing!

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