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Joy Capps is a homeschool bookworm residing in the mountains of western North Carolina. The only one who loves books more is her 16-year-old daughter. They both enjoy perusing old bookstores for treasures and sniffing books. Her son who is 18 has special needs, is the social butterfly of the family and has never met a stranger. Although she is originally from South Dakota she now calls North Carolina her home and she and her family love exploring the great outdoors. Her family has been homeschooling since 2005.

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Organizing Your Homeschool Calendar

Whether you do your yearly planning at “back to homeschool” time or if you plan your year in January it is very important to step back and first look at goals on the big scale. Especially once your students are in high school it is important to keep track of all the comings and goings […]

More than a Dozen Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Teens

Are you scrambling around looking for just one more gift for a special teen? Maybe family gatherings have shifted and you have one more teen that you are in search for the perfect gift for. Look no further. Listed below are just over a dozen teen gifts that vary from as simple as a gift […]

Using MOOCs for Your Homeschool High School in the New Year

What in the World is a MOOC? If you are like some (ME) you may be wondering what in the world MOOC even is. Others may wonder how a homeschool parent that has made it through the high school years wouldn’t know what it is. For those of you that do not know what this […]

Trending Gifts that Homeschool Teens Will Love!

Before you know it the holidays will be upon us and the rush to find the perfect gift will be on everyone’s mind. Take the guess-work out of gift-giving with this list that is sure to please every teen homeschooler on your list. It includes something for everyone, whether you have a techie, bookworm, an […]

30 of The Absolute Coolest Stocking Stuffers For Teens in 2019

The season for cheer is approaching and sometimes finding the perfect stocking stuffers for a teen can be a challenge. Rather than throw away your money on junk that they most likely won’t enjoy – look over this list that was created with your special teen in mind! You’ll end up being the star gifter […]

Tough Love: Teens and Setting Boundaries on Technology

There is really no way around it, technology is everywhere! When used constructively it can be a phenomenal tool in just about every facet of your life. When used in excess the negative consequences can far outweigh the benefits received through the use of technology. There can be psychological effects, social withdrawal, safety concerns, and […]

Why the PSAT really is a big deal!

Testing can strike fear in the mind of any student but if your homeschool student especially isn’t accustomed to test taking it can be an even bigger deal. Yet, if your student dreams of attending college then test taking is a necessary step in the process. A good way to start is with the PSAT. […]

Scholarships Ending In October, November, December 2019

Scholarships Ending in October 2019 4-H Youth in Action Amount: 4 Students, $5,000 per student Closing Date: October 21, 2019 Description: The 4-H Youth in Action Program recognizes four confident young leaders who are 4-H members or alumni between the ages of 16-19 in our core pillar areas of Agriculture, Civic Engagement, Healthy Living & […]

How To Use AP Courses in Your Homeschool

First off, what are AP courses? AP/Advanced Placement courses is a program that is run by College Board. This program gives high school students the opportunity to take college credit courses while they are still in high school. These classes will earn your student college credit and/or qualify them for more advanced classes when they […]

Tips for Homeschooling a High Schooler with Special Needs

Can I homeschool my high schooler who has special needs?  YES! It will not always be the easiest undertaking but the effort put forth by you and your child will reap innumerable long time benefits. Here are some stories of parents that have homeschooled their children with special needs. Life with a Child with ADHD […]