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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Posted in College and College Fair Info, Conferences, Forsyth County Events, Homeschool Conference, Homeschool Vendors and Resources, NCHE

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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Posted in Classes and Workshops, College and College Fair Info, Conferences, Forsyth County Events, Statewide Interest

Top Ten Reasons to Attend a Homeschool Conference

Homeschool conferences and conventions are a great time for learning and connecting with others who homeschool too. There are some great ones in our state and I post about them here.

The NCHE Thrive! conference is coming up soon (May 21-23) and I  have a “giveaway” coming up for a FREE FAMILY REGISTRATION. My giveaway is the week of April 27-May 3, so be sure to stop back by and sign up during the week for my drawing!

So…these are my top ten reasons to attend a homeschool conference.  Please share yours with me too!

Top Ten Reasons to Attend a Homeschool Conference…

  1. Without the kids, you might actually enjoy a hot meal or even a cup of coffee and uninterrupted conversation with your friends…


  1. …or bring the kids, and see their excitement over new educational materials and books- brief though the joy may be!


  1. Find “out of the box” solutions to learning and parenting issues.


  1. Hear from experienced homeschoolers who can give you a new perspective on teaching your children at home.


  1. Fellowship and encouragement from speakers and other attendees will help you “stay the course” and make you a better home educator, spouse and parent.


  1. Reap the benefit of all those great tips for organization and scheduling, all year long.


  1. Get answers to your questions about important topics like homeschooling high school, special needs learning, preschoolers…is my child normal? Etc.


  1. Learn about different homeschool philosophies, and solidify your own teaching style.


  1. Curriculum- see it before you buy it. Or, purchase it at a convention book fair, and save all those shipping costs. Which of course leaves you more cash to spend on (what else) books at the book fair.


…and the number one reason to attend a homeschool conference (drumroll here):


  1. When you attend homeschool workshops you will be modeling for your children of a love of learning and showing them the value of learning for a lifetime!
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Posted in Colleges and College Fair Info, Conferences, Parent Education, Statewide Interest, Winston-Salem

Greensboro Home Educators’ Used Book Sale

Greensboro Home Educators will host their annual used book sale on Friday, May 8th from 10 am until 1 pm.  It will be held at Lawndale Baptist Church.  This sale is always a lot of fun, and can be an informative way to learn about curriculum options.  You can sign up to sell your used curriculum there and clear out some space in your home for new things.  Of course you can always find a good deal on used homeschool books and resources!

Thanks to NC Homeschool-ology contributor, Deana, for this! #triadhomeschoolers

Deana Head Shot NC BlogDeana is a homeschooling mom of 3, who lives in North Carolina. A follower of Christ, she is passionate about helping others homeschool on a budget, and inspiring others to help those in need within their community. She blogs at The Frugal Homeschooling Mom and is the creator of the charitable organization, Homeschool Curriculum Free for Shipping. In addition, she serves as a ghost writer and contributor for several other websites/blogs.

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Conference Registration Giveaway

The Frugal Homeschooling Mom is Giving Away a Free Conference Registration

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May 21-23, 2015
Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem

Registration is open for Thrive! The NCHE 2015 Conference, May 21-23, 2015, will again be at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem. Some scholarships are available for single parents.

The NCHE annual conference will have lots of activities and workshops for all ages. Register now for the conference and sign up your children and teens for programs that they will enjoy.

Don’t miss the College and Camp Fair, the curriculum hall, the teen dance, and NEW regional meetings to help you connect with other home educators in your area.

The conference schedule is now available at

Register at the conference website at

AND remember to stop by Deana’s website to See the Giveaway Details and Register for a chance to win a FREE family conference registration!

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Davie County Classical Conversations Meeting

Classical Education with a Christian Perspective

Are you homeschooling and want more interaction and fellowship for your family?

Are you interested in homeschooling beyond elementary?

Join us for an information meeting on how to homeschool through high school within a Christian Classical Community.

Classical Conversations offers Christian community and resources using the classical method of learning for students grades K-12. At Classical Conversations, the parent drives the curriculum at home while the student meets once a week in community for great conversations and active skill building adventures under the guide of a trained homeschool mentor.

Hear more about it and get your questions answered:

When:  April 9, 2015

7:00 -8:00 p.m.

Where:  Blaise Baptist Church

134 Blaise Church Rd

Mocksville, NC 27028

Please RSVP to Linda Tomkinson

Thanks to Gwyn for sending the information about the meeting!

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Randolph County Homeschool Prom 2015

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The 2015 RCHS Prom will be April 18, 2015 at the “Exchange” in Asheboro.

This event is open to all 9th–12th grade homeschool students and their guests.

This year’s theme will be “Enchanted Forest.”

Tickets are on sale now. Please send your permission forms and your payment made out to RCHS Prom. You can find all the details and contact information by joining the Yahoo group or check out this pdf file which includes the requirements for Prom attendees.

Ticket prices:

March 16th–31st:        $40.00

After April 1st:            $45.00

There is also a Middle School Dance being held in April – so join them and check out all the great support and activities in Randolph County!

For other questions and to RSVP contact Lisa at

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Stokes County Homeschool Field Day


Homeschool Field Day

A great day of fun to be had at the Stokes Family YMCA competing in traditional field day games just for the fun of it!

This event is exclusively for children of all ages who are homeschooled in Stokes county, Forsyth county, Surry county or any other neighboring counties.

Program Date & Details:

May 8th from 8:45am- 12pm

8:45 a.m.- check in & warm up

9 a.m. – festivities begin!!!

12 p.m.- dismissal for optional picnic lunch or departure

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.- open swim- optional

Cost  for Field Day is $1 per child. Registration and money due no later than MAY 1ST! Anyone registering after May 1st will pay $5 per child!!

The optional “Open Swim” is free for YMCA members and $2 per child for potential members from 12:30pm- 2:30pm!

What to Wear & Bring: Please wear tennis shoes, comfortable clothing that you can run, jump and play in that will keep you cool in the sun and heat. Bring sunscreen and bug spray just in case!! And be sure to bring a water bottle, swim suit and towel if swimming, and a bagged lunch for picnic.

Register online at or complete registration form & turn in at Stokes Family YMCA membership desk.

Questions? Please Contact: Misty Cummings at

Many thanks to Jana for passing this information on to us at NC Homeschool-ology !

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Greensboro Homeschool Informational Meeting


Information About Home Education for New Homeschoolers

Greensboro Home Educators (GHE) and the Greensboro Public Library are sponsoring a meeting to share information about the requirements of homeschooling in North Carolina. They will review NC laws regulating home education and suggest resources.

Veteran homeschoolers will facilitate and share their experiences.

There will be a time for Q&A.

Monday, May 11, 2015
7-8:45 p.m.
1901 West Florida Street
Greensboro, NC   27403
So if you are considering homeschooling, new to homeschooling, or new to homeschooling in this area, this is your opportunity to ask questions and gather information.
For details or questions, contact
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Posted in Classes and Workshops, Guilford County, New NC Homeschoolers, Piedmont Area

But If You Homeschool, Your Kids Will Miss Out On Sports

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Many of us have heard comments like this when we have shared with friends and family that we plan to teach our kids at home:

If you homeschool, your kids will miss out on Prom…

If you homeschool your kids will miss out on Choir/Band/Music…

If you homeschool, your kids will miss out on Sports…

But is it really true?

You want the best for your kids-that is why you want to give them the freedom to learn at home. So is it “madness” to homeschool, since your talented or sporty children could miss out on those types of opportunities that “real” school can provide?

If you have heard the words of all those “doubting Thomas’s” and still believe that teaching your kids at home is for your family, then you should take heart. Just a short search of the pages of this little blog can assure you that homeschoolers have Prom, music, choir, drama, band, science, and sports. In fact…

An ABC article highlighting the Homeschool March Madness of 2015 states:

Today, North Carolina has what may be the second-largest home school sports network after that of California, with about seven sports, including fencing.

So yes, homeschoolers do have good sports teams- many of the players at the  2015 East Coast Homeschool Basketball Championships at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia will go on to play ball at the college level.

And no, your students will not miss out on all the great lessons they can learn from participating in team sports and other activities.

If your North Carolina Homeschool support group would like information on getting their teams involved in sports leagues and tournaments, you can contact Ernie Hodges at NCHE Sports .

You can check out the full article on ABC News.

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Carolina Capital Homeschool Prom


Homeschool Prom 2015

The Carolina Capital Homeschool Prom will be Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Sutherland Estate & Gardens in Wake Forest NC.

The theme this year is the “Enchanted Forest” and any homeschooled student or alum, age 14-21 can purchase tickets. Homeschooled students may invite one non-homeschooled guest.

This is the 6th annual Carolina Capital Homeschool Prom – and tickets are going fast!

Ticket prices increase from $80 to $90 on March 15. Tickets will be sold through April 15 or until maximum attendance is reached (300).

Students are coming from all across North Carolina as well as from South Carolina and Georgia. Students can come solo, with a date, or with a group of friends.

Donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

This year the Prom will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and attendees will have the opportunity to enter drawings for great prizes when they bring a donation of at least $5.

More info can be found on their Facebook page and website or register online and purchase tickets.

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Summer Art Camp Discount Extended


Early Bird Registration for Art Camp Extended to

March 15, 2015.

Little Blank Canvas offers unique camp experiences for your little camper. They will explore different art mediums, techniques, and projects. Each week’s activities incorporate different elements of art, famous artists and art history.

It’s a fun, creative and hands-on art exploration with age appropriate projects.

Painting, drawing, 3D-sculpture, “upcycled” art, collage, assemblages, modeling clay and printmaking are some of the hands-on techniques your child may experience.

Our camps are organized to inspire children’s creativity!

They provide nut-free snacks and refreshments, and avoid repeat projects so campers can enjoy multiple days/weeks of camp experiencing something new every time.

Spring Break Camp


  • 9AM TO 12PM


  • Fee $180.00 per week – All materials, snacks and refreshments included

  • Fee $40.00 per day – All materials, snacks and refreshments included

  • 10% discount for siblings

 This camp is appropriate for children aged  4 and up!

Visit the Little Blank Canvas Website or find them on facebook to follow all their discounts, special events and updated camp and art class schedules.

Summer Camp

  • Weekly from June 22 through August 28 2015
  • Two sessions:

Morning 9pm to 12pm
Afternoon: 1pm to 4pm


  • Fee $180.00 per week – All materials, snacks and refreshments
  • Fee $40.00 per day – All materials, snacks and refreshments
  • 10% discount for siblings or multiple camps

Register your children aged 4 and up for this fun camp this summer. Register before March 15, to receive a $30 discount on the cost of your camp.

LBC has a student/teacher ratio of one teacher for every 8-10 children, and are kept to small well supervised groups.

Camps are geared for children ages 4 to 14 years, and students are organized into groups to work on age-appropriate projects, or they may work on the same open-ended project with modifications for each age group.

Register online or contact them at 336-887-6133. Little Blank Canvas is at 3735 Admiral Drive, Suite 105 in High Point NC, 27265.

To get $30 off your Summer Camp or Spring Break Camp Registration, use code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

The Discount Code is good until March 15, 2015.

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Forsyth County Homeschool Field Day

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Sponsored by Forsyth County Home Educators, and open to all area homeschoolers:

FREE-  FHE Field Day on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Jerry Long Family YMCA, 1150 S. Peace Haven Road in Clemmons, NC 27012.

There will be field day events for k-8 homeschoolers and a soccer/volleyball tournament for high school students.


12:30-2 p.m. Game Time

2:15 p.m Water Balloon Fights!


This FREE event is open to all homeschoolers in Forsyth County and the surrounding areas, as well as those who might be considering homeschooling. FHE is our host, but you do not have to be a member to come.

The YMCA is MARVELOUS to share their facilities with us at a minimum cost.

Volunteers Needed!

We need parents to volunteer to help and supervise each age group OR to be on a rotation with games.

There will be one field for pre-schoolers – we also need volunteers for this area.

There will be four fields for 20 min rotations of the K-8th grade games.

The groups will be organized by grades: K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7 -8, based upon the grade they are finishing this year.

SIGN UP: Sign up using this Google Spreadsheet:


OR  find the event on facebook at the FHE Field Day page.

WHAT TO BRING: your own water bottles, sunscreen, towels  for after water balloon fight…PLUS whatever items you signed up to bring (use the Google spreadsheet)


Items We Will Need

Soccer balls, water balloons (50), cones, hula hoops, prize box goodies (like happy meal toys or dollar store things for the littles). Sign up for whatever you can bring. When we all chip in and help we can keep it free!

Expect fun, crazy, competitive and silly good stuff.  It’s great to be part of the Body of Christ working together and sharing the journey. According to Angie, that also means sharing the cleanup :)

So sign up for the Field Day (and clean up crew!) and feel free to share this information with your homeschooled friends.

Many thanks to FHE and to the event’s organizers; Angie and Diane, and thanks also to all the volunteer team!

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