Homeschool Happenings

Happy February, homeschoolers! There are several things going on in and around the High Country for homeschoolers in the next few weeks and months. If I leave anything out, feel free to put it in the comments or email me with details so I can add it!

  • PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (not just for homeschoolers!) is February 11, 6pm-9pm, Harvest House. Parents can enjoy a night out and support a great cause.  Proceeds will benefit efforts to build a classroom and buy textbooks for a school in Uganda. There will be fun activities and crafts. Snacks will be provided. As a bonus, parents will receive discounts at local businesses that they can use during their night out.  Cost is $10 per child/ $25 max per sibling group. For more information or to register, contact Tiffany Christian at
  • The Apologia Live Retreat for homeschooling moms will be held in Atlanta, GA March 23-24. Not exactly local, is it? But I’m going, and Apologia Live will be giving away a free ticket to one Get Along Home reader! Keep an eye on the blog for details this week.
  • The North Carolinians for Home Education  Annual Conference and Book Fair will be held May 24-26, 2012. For parents of preschoolers who are considering beginning homeschooling, registration is FREE. Register by April 20 if your oldest child is four years old or younger to get in free and come see what homeschooling is all about!
  • Testing time will be rolling around soon. There are several ways of getting your homeschooled child tested in accordance with NC law. You can, of course, order tests online and administer them yourself. If you’re more comfortable getting someone else to do it, there are a couple of other options I’m aware of. Amy Schaffner, of High Country Educational Services, conducts individually administered Woodcock-Johnson tests. Visit the HCES website for more details. Also, Grace Academy will be administering Standford Achievement Tests for kindergarten through 8th grades during the week of April 30. For more information and to register, email Grace Academy.