For an overview of general homeschooling questions and those related to North Carolina’s homeschooling law, please see the "How To" page on North Carolinians for Home Education’s website. Another good place to read about homeschooling is found here.
You may also wish to look at the North Carolina Home Education Law at the Division of Non-Public Education.
What kind of group is GHE?
GHE is a Christian group. We do ask that you sign a statement of faith to join. We are also a real life group with meetings that you can attend rather than an email only group.
How do I contact GHE?
There is a tab on the left that says Contact Us. There you will find the information to do so.
Why should I join any support group?
Not every family will need a support group nor will they all need the same sort of support, but we believe that most families need some kind of support group. There should be a place for the teaching parent to be able to talk with other parents about struggles in teaching or choosing materials or other issues as they arise. There should be a place where homeschool children can meet with other children who are homeschooled. And some families may desire outside resources and classes to make up for deficit areas of their own teaching.
Why should I join a live group when I could simply participate in an email or other web based group?
Sometimes email and other web based communications don’t adequately serve someone. Either information is lost or not communicated due to a lack of other visual or auditory clues in speech or the physical contact is lost. (Although, “hugs” are often sent by email, would you like to be a spouse or child who only got email hugs?) Because of this we urge you to find a group where you can make connections with others in person. For more see this article from NCHE.
Why should I join GHE?
GHE provides a lot of support for your family and your school. Please look at the link under about us for the benefits of joining GHE.
Are there events held in my area of town?
Most events are scheduled by GHE members and are held around Greensboro. We strive to make sure there is a balance of locations for events.
Are there events that my family will be interested in?
Individual members schedule field trips and other events. We encourage members to schedule field trips and events that their family is interested in so that they can share their interests and meet others who share them.
How can I make contact with other GHE members?
GHE has a directory which list members. It includes information such as age of children and curriculum used. From it you could easily create a list of other members with similar aged children or using similar materials. The directory is on this website under the Members only section.
Can GHE help me meet my state required testing?
Yes, each year GHE has a group testing date. To participate you will need to sign up in advance and plan to volunteer to help with the testing.
What if I can’t test with GHE?
You have many other options. First, go to the DNPE’s web page which lists sources for standardized tests. There is also a local source for the Woodcock Johnson test not listed at the DNPE’s website: http://www.aplustutor.us/pages/testinfo.htm
What about sports for homeschool children?
There are many opportunities in Guilford County. There is a homeschool basketball team that competes with other teams statewide. There is also a homeschool football league.(http://www.homeschoolfootballleague.com/).
Many homeschoolers also organize their own sports activities by participating at local gyms or on teams from the “Y” or the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department.
What kinds of support groups are available in Guilford County?
Well, of course there is us. We have around 100+ families join us each year.
However, GHE may not be the right group for you or you may wish to join more than one group.
We urge you to join at least one group that offers regular face to face meetings for both you and your children and that you attend those meetings. Email and web support are not enough in times of crises or doubt.
How do I decide what support group to join?
This is a personal decision and may include several factors. We suggest you think about each of these factors before reviewing support groups and then investigate each group as much as you can before joining. If cost is not an issue, you could join a couple of groups so that you can sample what kind of group they are. Try to go to a variety of events and meet people.
A list of possible factors to consider are:
Location of events
Friendliness of the group
Size of the group
Type of group events and services