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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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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 […]

The Key Questions Your High Schooler Should Ask at College Visits!

Is your student gearing up to visit some prospective colleges that they are interested in? A college visit goes beyond just taking in the sights. Students should be ready to learn more about the college than can be found on the college website so that they may get some idea what life will be like […]

Homeschool Friendly Colleges in Washington

Homeschooling allows students to get the education they need, tailored to their interests and real life. It is becoming increasingly popular for colleges and universities to accept homeschoolers because of their uniqueness and ability to stand out amongst traditionally schooled students. Why? Homeschoolers are using what is around them to make it their classroom and […]

What Foreign Language should my High Schooler Study?

What Foreign Language should my High Schooler Study? There are many things to consider when deciding on a foreign language to study. Here are seven things you should keep in mind during your decision making process. 1. Motive– Help your student determine what their main reason is for wanting to learn a particular foreign language. […]

Top 5 Most Useful Languages to Study in High School!

Top 5 Most Useful Languages to Study in High School!   Why would you want to have your students learn a foreign language in high school? First off, you are able to speak to a wide variety of people beyond your own language. Learning a second language can open a student up to a lot […]

Homeschool Friendly Colleges in Oregon

Many homeschooling families tend to get nervous about the thought of their child not being able to get into a college. As homeschooling is growing around the U.S., more and more homeschoolers are being accepted into universities and colleges. Although this is no easy task, colleges and universities are very intrigued on how homeschoolers are […]

7 Tips for Creating Your Own High School Poetry Study

April is National Poetry Month. What better time to head to the library with your teen in search of poetry to inspire their own inner poet or even your own? You may also find local events that are happening to celebrate poetry in your own community. Listed below are 7 tips for studying poetry with […]

Making Current Events a Part of Your HS curriculum

There are many benefits to keeping up with current events in your homeschool and plenty of creative ways to do it. It’s a good way to teach your own values and beliefs about local and world events but also can be a way to introduce the opinions and beliefs of other people. Newspaper Some may […]

Homeschool Friendly Colleges in Texas

As the saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas” and if you are homeschooling in the state you are joining just one of the hundreds of thousands of other homeschooling families. Homeschooling families are growing rapidly, especially in Texas. Do you have high schoolers with college on their mind? Many universities and colleges are welcoming […]