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Kids: Homeschooling

School Choice Option

School choice means giving moms and dads the opportunity to select the best K-12 education environments for their individual kids. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling. During National School Choice Week (January 24-30, 2016), millions of Americans celebrate these effective education options for children. This page is designed to provide answers to questions that many parents have about school choice and National School Choice Week.

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Homeschooling Resources

Welcome all Homeschool Parents and Youth! Whether you are currently homeschooling or just starting out, this is the place for you.

Please explore these Homeschool Resources and feel free to offer any suggestions you think could be helpful to our homeschooling community.

Online Curriculums

Once you've made the decision to homeschool, one of your major decisions is which curriculum to use.  This list should be used as a springboard to find the resources that best fit your child.

  • Oak Meadow (Oakmeadow.com)-Oak Meadow's approach focuses on delivering academics for preschool through high school using imaginative, child-centered methods with a strong emphasis on the creative arts: drawing, painting, music, and handwork.
  • Moving Beyond the Page (movingbeyondthepage.com)-This curriculum offers packages with a focus on critical thinking and comprehension for ages 5 through 12.  It takes into account the student's strengths and learning style, and delivers project-based instruction that meets or exceeds state and national standards.
  • K12 (k12.com)- For those who want to know that their kids are meeting state standards while still enjoying an individualized approach, this site offers a complete, integrated curriculum as well as online support and assessment tools.
  • Homeschool Reviews- Before spending money on a curriculum, it is helpful to hear from those who have used it.  Sites like this one and cathyduffyreviews.com have extensive, unbiased information on hundreds of curriculum options.

Homeschooling Blogs

One of the best ways to learn about homeschooling is to peek into the living rooms of parents already doing so.  These blogs provide comprehensive snapshots of the homeschooling lifestyle.

  • Simple Homeschool (simplehomeschool.net)- Nine contributing writers teach a variety of age groups at home, from preschoolers to high school seniors preparing for graduation.  The blog provides direction and encouragement for those beginning to consider homeschooling and offers practical advice and curriculum reviews.
  • Special Needs Homeschooling (specialneedshomeschooling.com)- Parents who have a child with disabilities sometimes turn to homeschooling to meet the child's unique needs.  Written by a mother of five children with special needs, writes about her experiences and suggests other special needs resources where parents might find support.
  • The Happy Housewife (thehappyhousewife.com)- A mother of seven is the author of this popular blog.  She writes on diverse topics, including recipes, budgeting, curricula, and school projects.
  • Confessions of a Homeschooler (confessionsofahomeschooler.com)- This blog offers many free printables as well as crafts throughout the year.  The writer of this blog not only homeschools, but was a homeschooler!
  • The Homeschool Classroom (hsclassroom.net)- This collaborative blog features more than 15 contributors and publishes posts that highlight parenting ideas, child development, organization, planning, and other homeschooling areas of interest.
  • The Magic Onions (themagiconions.blogspot.com)- This blog features posts in line with the Waldorf philosophy of education.

Where Do I Start?

The North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) is authorized by state law to receive home school notices of intent to begin initial operation and to terminate operation, and to annually inspect the school's student attendance and nationally standardized achievement test result records. Here's how to get started-

  • Decide who will be the Chief Administrator of your homeschool. This person must have at least a high school diploma or it's equivalent.
  • Choose a name for your homeschool. 
  • Send to DNPE a Notice of Intent to Operate a Home School. The notice must include the name and address of the school along with the name of the school's owner and chief administrator. This can be submittted electronically online. For anyone you list as a teacher in your homeschool, fax or mail a copy of their diploma to NCDNPE. 
  • If your child is in public school, wait until you receive approval from NCDNPE before withdrawing your child.

Website for Online Learning

The Internet has transformed educational possibilities.  Homeschoolers now have access to many online tools to aid their learning experience.

  • Khan Academy (Khanacademy.org)- Free online learning is available in a variety of subjects, including math, biology, chemistry, physics, finance, and history.  There are short video clips on each subject as well as interactive exercises that allow students to practice new skills.
  • Starfall (Starfall.com)- On this site, started as a free interactive way to teach young children to read using phonics, kids can play games, watch short videos on letters and sounds, and flip through "books" of stories.
  • Clickschooling (Clickschooling.com)- Free web-based curriculum ideas can be emailed directly to you six days a week.  Children can also take free virtual field trips to tour places such as the Museum of London and a Kentucky Farm where monks make fruitcakes.
  • Time4Learning (time4learning.com)- If your kids enjoy computer games, this is a great resource! For a fee, children can access learning games to improve reading, math, science, and social studies skills.
  • Reading Eggs (readingeggs.com)- Looking for a way to teach your young children to read?  On this site, kids progress through a series of fun lessons on their road to reading and accumulate online rewards along the way.
  • Academic Earth (academicearth.org)- This site, chosen by Time magazine as one of the 50 top websites of 2009, provides advanced-level lectures in dozens of subjects at no cost.

Twitter Feeds & Facebook Communities

The explosion of social media has rapidly increased the ability for homeschoolers to find support through online communities. Listed below are helpful homeschooler and hashtags (#) to follow on Twitter and find on Facebook.

  • twitter.com/hiphmschoolmoms- Homeschool moms can connect to have fun with Twitter parties and free giveaways.  Visit facebook.com/hiphomeschoolmoms to interact with more followers.
  • twitter.com/simpleschool- The simple Homeschool mom blogger tweets about the simple ways to homeschool.  An active, popular Facebook page can also be found at facebook.com/simplehomeschool
  • twitter.com/TOSMag- The Old Schoolhouse magazine, one of the most popular homeschooling magazines, shares inspiring stories.
  • Twitter hashtag: #homeschool- Search this hashtag to find all the tweets that have mentioned homeschooling on Twitter at any given moment.
  • Twitter hashtag: #hsblogger- Use this hashtag to discover new homeschool bloggers.