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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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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 […]


How to Help Your Teen Be an Inventor

Do you know who invented a test to detect early on if someone has pancreatic cancer? (Jack Andraka) What about the iCPooch, a remote way to give your dog a snack and check up on him while you are away? (Brooke Martin) Another inventor, Maria Elena Grimmet, found a way to filter harmful antibiotics out […]


8 Tips For Homeschooling High School

1. Give them a voice in their curriculum. An important part of homeschooling is knowing what curriculum works best for each of your students. Once your student gets to be high school age they probably have a pretty good idea of how they learn best. When you are planning out the new school year get […]


Back to Homeschool Curriculum Awards 2019!

It’s time to see the results! Thank you to all that participated in this year’s Back to Homeschool Curriculum Awards! What better way to help you in your curriculum shopping than to compare your “want” list with the Back to Homeschool Curriculum Awards list! Each July homeschoolers from across the country get the opportunity to […]


How to Assign High School Grades

To Grade or Not to Grade? The age-old homeschool question, to grade or not to grade? While in the early learning years mastering material is the key goal before moving to new material it is a different situation when your student is in their high school years. If your student plans on attending college it […]


Let Your Voice Be Heard-Back to Homeschool Awards 2019!

The Back to Homeschool Awards is an amazing opportunity to help other homeschoolers just like yourself navigate the vast amount of curriculum available. There are so many wonderful choices out there and when you choose to vote for what has worked for you, it can help take the guesswork out for new homeschoolers or those […]


STEM Fair Project Ideas for High School

What is STEM and why is it important? STEM is the acronym for the educational disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The science in STEM concerns two of the three branches of science; natural sciences, (which includes biology, physics, and chemistry) with the formal sciences with mathematics along with logic and statistics. STEM is […]


Keep Your Mind Sharp with Summer Reading

What are your teens summer days like? Hopefully, they include all things sunshine while hanging out with friends but does summer also include some good reading? Unfortunately, sometimes summer can cause some loss in skills and knowledge over the long and lazy days of summer. There are many benefits to including some good books during […]