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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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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 […]

Is the CLT a Good Alternative to the SAT or ACT Test?

College may be on the horizon for your homeschool student and testing is one of the first steps in getting accepted into the college of their choice. The two most recognized tests being the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) and the ACT. (American College Test) A third test option is becoming more and more accepted by […]

What You Need to Know to Homeschool High School

Are you a seasoned homeschooler and are now facing the fact that your once small children are almost or already taller than you? Where did the time go? You may be questioning if you have what it takes to teach these “almost adult” kids everything they need to know to go out in the world […]

28 Essential Life Skills Your Teen Needs to Know to “Adult”

  One of the ultimate goals of homeschooling high school is sending your child out in the world to become independent adults. A key to that is preparing them to handle all life throws at them. Fortunately, as homeschoolers, many of the items from this life skills list are things that do not necessarily have […]

13 Homeschool Science Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

© Greg Landry 2019 As homeschooling parents we give our children so many advantages as they move into the middle and upper grades and then to college. But, I believe there is one area where we can significantly improve the way we prepare them. That area is science. Having taught science to several thousand homeschooling and […]