If you have chosen to homeschool in North Carolina, you may need information, resources, and curriculum that will help you get started. This page aims to help guide you through the process of homeschooling in the Old North state. Take a few minutes to read through it, and feel free to share this page with other new homeschoolers in your state.
To find out more about the legal requirements for homeschooling in North Carolina, Time4Learning recommends that you visit your state’s Department of Education website. Each state in the U.S. has different requirements for homeschooling families, and these requirements can frequently change, so we suggest doing thorough research to make sure that you are complying with your individual state regulations. You can also visit one of these sites:
- The Homeschool Mom’s North Carolina support page
- Homeschool World North Carolina support groups
- High School Homeschooling Laws by State
Legal disclaimer: This page provides suggestions and information on how to meet the mandatory school attendance laws in North Carolina. It is not intended and should not be used as definitive legal advice. In most states, parents find a variety of legal methods to pursue the educational approach that they prefer for their child.
Resources in NC
Cary Homeschoolers is a local group of support and resources for families who homeschool. As a group, they offer different classes, park days, game days, etc. to make sure members are getting support from other families and the children are being socialized.There are other local chapters with the same basic support in almost every city or county.
The original Spice-line is a fully moderated, Christian-based loop. This resource has, for more than a decade, provided information and encouragement to homeschooling families in the Triangle area and surrounding counties of North Carolina.
Homeschool Buyers Co-op is a great site for getting deals on books and curriculum. Members receive group prices on great homeschool products.
Many homeschooling families also find that visiting local homeschool conventions is beneficial in deciding which books would work best for their school year. Not only can parents browse through the curriculum, they can also ask questions and receive useful information and suggestions. First-time homeschoolers often find it very helpful and encouraging to be around so many other homeschooling families. Not only that, but the guest speakers are usually very knowledgeable.
After his first day using Time4Learning, my son looked over at me and said ‘I’m really smart mom!’ That statement is priceless!
Time4Learning started out as a supplement, but has now become more of a center piece to our homeschooling. I wasn’t expecting that at all!
A Typical Homeschool Day
While homeschooling styles and schedules vary, here is an example of what a “typical” homeschool day might look like in NC.
Perhaps your day begins when you wake up at 8:00 a.m. Everyone gets dressed, has breakfast and does their morning chores. By 9:00 or 9:30 a.m., you start your homeschool. You might like to do a lot of one-on-one with each of your children — this is where Time4Learning comes in handy. The program helps you accomplish all the things you need to get done each day.
Say you start with math or language arts. While you are teaching a new concept to one of your children, the others get a head start by using Time4Learning to go over what they will be doing with you. You may like to do two to three activities in each subject a day from Time4Learning.
You will probably continue on with lessons until you break for lunch at 11:00 a.m. In the afternoon, you’ll start back up with lessons — perhaps history, science, or Spanish. Once you are done with the guided lessons, your children will finish their individual work. You might even have Tae Kwon Do class and music lessons each week.
In second grade math, Sam learns about different units of measurement in the lesson Tipping the Scales.
In this lesson, students are asked to use a scale to compare the weight of a watermelon to a pile of apples.
Homeschooling with Time4Learning
Time4Learning’s experience shows that there is no single, best homeschool material. Rather than feeling torn between homeschool resources, parents should select a diverse blend of materials and activities.
For families with more than one child, choosing a homeschool curriculum can be more problematic. What works for one child may not work for another. What works for one subject may not work on the next. What works one year, may fall flat the very next year.
Some of the features that make Time4Learning so successful include:
- Time4Learning appeals to a wide range of learning styles. Our online learning materials are especially well-suited to children who are visual or kinesthetic learners. These children can take advantage of Time4Learning’s interactive, multi-media materials.
- Children like using the computer to learn. It’s a convenient, interactive homeschool resource that provides a welcome change each day to paper-and-pencil workbooks and textbook-based lessons.
- Parents like that it tracks progress and helps children advance by clearly presenting and reinforcing each lesson.
- Time4Learning’s self-paced, modularized lesson plans allow you to move forward and back through the materials whenever you want. You can skip lessons that teach concepts your child has already mastered and repeat those he or she has not. The choice is yours. With Time4Learning, you are always in control.
Time4Learning is proven effective with homeschoolers, has a low monthly price, is easy-to-use, and provides a money-back guarantee so you can make sure that it works for your children!
Sign up for Time4Learning as part of your overall homeschool curriculum.
If you have any more questions or comments about homeschooling in North Carolina, head over to the North Carolina Parent Forum.
Some Helpful Tools and Resources
Welcome to Homeschooling Guide – Are you new to homeschooling?This guide was written by seasoned homeschoolers to answer some of the difficult questions new families often struggle with.
Curriculum Lesson Plans – An overview of what’s available for each grade and subject.
Homeschool Portfolio Information – Answers common questions about homeschool portfolios and evaluations. It includes tips on organization methods, what to include and how Time4Learning can be used as part of your homeschool portfolio.
Online Parent’s Forum – Reach out to homeschoolers in your area, join discussions, ask questions and trade ideas on our online community of homeschooling parents. Having the support of seasoned homeschoolers can really help make your homeschooling journey a success.
Hints & Help Section – Whether you’re new to Time4Learning, a long term member, or a future member with questions about how the program works, this section answers questions about navigation, lesson planning & previewing, how the teacher guides and worksheets work, and more!
Puffin Academy App – Learn how to use Time4Learning on most mobile devices with the Puffin Academy app for iOS and Android! Get details on this kid-friendly app, including how to download and use it on the go with Time4Learning.