Meet the Contributors 4

The Editor:

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Merit Kirkpatrick is the creator of North Carolina Homeschool-ology  and editor of the  FHE Homeschool Journal. She is a WAHM and a home educator committed to serving her community. She serves as President of  Friends of the Davie County Library, a 501 (c) 3, and is the adult advisor for youth led groups including the Wardrobe Warriors, and Piedmont Future Filmmakers Club. She holds a B.S. in education and is a writer and editor whose articles have been published in print and online.  Read about all the stuff she does when not sitting in front of the computer at Creative Jumble.


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Deana Head Shot NC Blog

Deana 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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4 thoughts on “Meet the Contributors

  • Elissa

    My husband and I are moving to NC in the next month. We have a 5 year old (Kindergarten) and a 7 year old (2nd grade). I am looking into homeschooling them for the remainder of the school year, or until we are settled and in our permanent location. I have just begun looking over your website, which is very helpful, thank you. I was wondering if anyone has ever homeschooled for less than a year … are the same records and testing required?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. My email is

    Thank you so much!

    • Merit Kirkpatrick

      Hi Elissa – you can definitely homeschool for just part of the school year. You will need to file your Notice of Intent to Homeschool with the NCDNPE. You may find different opinions on testing, but in my opinion, testing in NC is not due until one year after you file your NOI. So if you are not homeschooling for an entire year, annual testing will not be needed. The schools your kids will attend in the fall may have placement testing they want done, so I wouldn’t stress my kids out by giving them any more testing than I had to. If you do decide to continue homeschooling, you can always do testing during the school year to ensure that you are meeting your “annual testing” requirements. Let me know if you have other questions I can help with and welcome to North Carolina!!!!

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