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

Learn More About the Spanish Language and Culture

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Forsyth County Homeschoolers (and the surrounding areas)

Homeschoolers near Clemmons are fortunate to have an opportunity this year to learn more about the the culture and language of Ecuador!

This just in from our friend, Veronica, homeschool support group leader for the NC Adventurous Home Educators:

Spanish classes will now be offered in Clemmons beginning the first Tuesday of September! My friend, Zandra Martinez, will be teaching these classes. Zandra is native to Quito, Ecuador. She is very excited about teaching not only her language, but some fascinating facts about Ecuador and Spanish culture. Her classes will be fun, engaging, and highly educational! Classes will be for all ages and parents are welcome to attend as well.

Beginner classes will be held starting Tuesday, September 1st from 9:00 am – 10:00 am. These classes are for persons with no prior Spanish knowledge. The goal for these classes will be that children will leave knowing basic conversational Spanish. This will include: Greetings, Numbers, Colors, Alphabet, Days of the Week, Months of the Year, Seasons, Foods, Feelings, Members of the Family, and Clothes. Additional material may be covered, depending on the academic progression of the class.

Intermediate classes will be held starting Tuesday, September 1st from 10:15 am – 11:15 am. These classes will primarily focus on the written language of Spanish, as well as provide greater in-depth conversational Spanish. The goal for this class is for students to master basic writing in Spanish. This will include, but not limited to, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Phrases. Students will be able to carry on a short conversation in Spanish after completing these classes. Some Spanish knowledge is required to enroll in this class.

Advanced classes will be held starting Tuesday, September 1st from 11:30 -12:30 pm. These classes will be conducted primarily in Spanish. These classes will continue to focus on writing and conversational Spanish, but in greater depth. Students completing these classes will be able to write and speak Spanish for every day use. Prior knowledge of both written and conversational Spanish is required for this class.

Every class, Beginner through Advanced, will also be taught some Spanish culture. No textbook will be needed for any class. Mrs. Martinez will be providing all class material. Please do come with a pen/pencil and a notebook. Each student will be expected to practice Spanish and complete any assignments that the instructor may give during the week. Classes will be taught according to the Forsyth County public school schedule. Additionally, there will be an immersion opportunity next summer to Quito, Ecuador for those families that are interested.

Class size is limited to 10 participants and parents are included in the class size, if attending. If classes meet the maximum capacity, Mrs. Martinez will open alternate days and times for extra classes. The fee for these classes will be $50 per month for one student or $100 a month for a family. All payments are due at the beginning of each month.

If you are unsure which class your student may fall into, please let Mrs. Martinez know this and she will be able to help you.

Please private message me for Mrs. Martinez’s contact information. Thank you!

Veronica Wright
NC Adventurous Home Educators

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Posted in Classes and/or Co-ops, Davidson County, Davie County Activities, Forsyth County Events, Lewisville/Clemmons Area, Piedmont Area

Swimming STARS


The STAR Aquatics Homeschool Program provides teaching and training for swimmers eighteen years and younger – of all levels and backgrounds!

The program is designed to help improve efficiency in the water and thus become a more effective swimmer. Students are taught proper stroke mechanics and fitness. The Homeschool program is offered at a time of day that allows for smaller group sizes.

To begin, children should be able to swim freestyle and backstroke. The program meets at two locations; Greensboro Aquatic Center during the school year and in Mount Airy at the Reeves Community Center.

Class Schedule:

Greensboro: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Mt. Airy: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Registration is $35 and includes STAR Cap, team shirt, and a car magnet. There is also a monthly fee. Please check the STAR Aquatics Website for the details.

Online registration is required annually and there is a 15% sibling discount. If you have questions, visit their home on the web, or email

And if the homeschool program won’t work for your family, there are lots of other options, so check out their website.

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Posted in Guilford County, Stokes and Surry County Events and Activities

New to Homeschooling? Greensboro Home Educators Q&A Time


Greensboro Home Educators Meeting

Are you new to the teaching your kids at home this year?

Did you just move to the area and are looking for information and connections?

Do you have a friend who is considering homeschooling?

Ask questions and gather information:

Greensboro Home Educators (GHE) in conjunction with the Greensboro Public Library is sponsoring a meeting to share information about NC requirements for homeschooling and to suggest program resources:

Date: Tuesday, August 11th
Time: 7-8:45pm
Location: Benjamin Branch LIbrary
1530 Benjamin Parkway, Greensboro

Please RSVP to Amanda at

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Posted in Greensboro Area, Guilford County, Homeschool Support Group Meetings/Info, Parent Education, Statewide Interest

The Charlotte Stampede – Baseball


The Carolina Home Educators Sports is a Christian organization which provides homeschoolers in the greater Charlotte area a competitive baseball program. The Charlotte Stampede is focused on developing players both physically and spiritually.

They have middle school, varsity and junior varsity teams and students from The Stampede pulls players from all over the Charlotte metro area. Players come from Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan, Union, Iredell, Stanley, and Gaston counties and from South Carolina.

The teams each play a full schedule of regular season games. Their varsity team attended the 2014 Home School World Series, (HWSA) in Auburndale, Florida where they reached the final four of the Division I bracket!

The coaching team is headed by Varsity Head Coach, David Darwin, whose experience includes six years as a
professional baseball player and fifteen years as a youth baseball camp instructor.

Junior Varsity Coach, Charles Weber is currently a Baseball Instructor at Core Athletics in  Concord. He is also Core Athletics’ Youth League Director and oversees the development of young players. He played college baseball at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC where he holds the record for most career starts and games played.

These dedicated coaches provide instruction, and leadership with the goal of equipping each athlete with the skills necessary to succeed in a team environment, and as an individual. Their students have gone on to obtain scholarships and to play at the college level. You can see tips about getting recruited to play college ball and a listing of their current alumni at the website.

If you are looking for a team to call “home” you should check out the Charlotte Stampede Baseball. You can reach them at 704-989-4676 or email or take a look at their website at

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Posted in Cabarrus County, Charlotte Area Events, Gaston County, Iredell County Area, Mecklenburg County, Scholarship Information, South Carolina Resources, Sports Information, Stanly County, Union County

Cabarrus Stallions High School Football



Cabarrus Stallions football is a competitive eleven man high school and junior high football program which draws homeschool, private school, and public school students ages 12 to 18 from Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly, Mecklenburg, Union and Davidson counties.

The Stallions are fierce competitors and their success is based on the hard work and dedication of parents, players, coaches, and community. It is truly a team effort. To be a Cabarrus Stallion is to be a part of a team that works together and stays together.

Outside of his family, church family, and teammates, a Stallion’s biggest fans are former Stallion players. A Stallion has a full high school football experience. Homecoming, night games, souvenir programs, halftime events, concessions, crazy’s all a part of a Stallions season. Come see what the excitement’s about!

For more information, please contact or Coach Whichard at or visit our website at

Thank you Natalie for this wonderful post about this football team! What a great opportunity for homeschool athletes to compete with a top-notch team!

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Posted in Cabarrus County, Davidson County, Homeschool Sports, Mecklenburg County, Rowan County Area, Stanly County, Union County

Art at High Point YWCA



The YWCA is having an Open House on August 11, 2015 to introduce all the new programs coming up, including their amazing opportunities for the creative and crafty!

They have a full Pottery Art Studio with four wheels and a Kiln. They offer many art workshop classes like acrylic painting, jewelry making, crochet classes, and more.

They can help you earn your Scout Merit badges with workshops for pottery and jewelry making.

This fall they are launching a new program for girls called GEMS ( Girls EMpower Self).

They are willing to offer one time art workshops, or even a series of workshops for homeschoolers. They will plan a great afternoon of learning and fun– especially learning pottery and making bowls and mugs and all kinds of creative things. They can tailor the workshop to the needs of the group, so contact the High Point YWCA   Studio Art Coordinator, Kathie. The YWCA is at 112 Gatewood Ave, High Point, NC. Email Kathie at, call 336-882-4126 or look for more details at their website:

Thanks so much for sharing with us about this event, Kathie!

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Posted in Davidson County, Forsyth County Events, Guilford County, HighPoint, Randolph County

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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Posted in Camps, Classes and Workshops, Sports Information, Statewide Interest, Summer Fun!

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
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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Posted in Classes and Workshops, Helpful Online Resources, Statewide Interest

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 or 336-776-8290 (text preferred).
Thanks~ Angie
Download Angie’s Brochure here:
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Posted in Camps, Classes and Workshops, Extracurricular and Fine Arts Education, Forsyth County Events, Piedmont Area, Summer Camps, Winston-Salem

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

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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Posted in Cumberland County and Fayetteville Area, Forsyth County Events, Guilford County, Homeschool New and Used Books In NC, Piedmont Area, Raleigh Events, Statewide Interest, Summer Fun!, Used Books and Curriculum Resources, Wake and Johnston Area, Winston-Salem
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