Johnston County Home Educators (JCHE) You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,  with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deut. 6:5 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matt. 6:33 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Prov. 22:6 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24 Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done . . . Psalms 40:5


NC Home School Requirements
Open a New Homeschool
DNPE Recommendations
Attendance Record Template
NC Standardized Testing Requirement
Testing FAQ
Provided by Triangle Education Assessments. Pay attention to #3, 4, and 5 which detail test differences, who can administer and which test to choose.
Retrieve Your Home School ID
Log into your account in order to see home school id number.
Official Homeschool Registration Card
Home School Updates
Log into your account in order to update your information.
Spice-Line Yahoo Group
Christian based loop which provides information and encouragement to homeschooling families in the Triangle area and surrounding counties of NC.
Homeschool Gathering Place
A local store in Raleigh selling new and used homeschool materials.
5 Must Knows BEFORE Selecting Curriculum
First Steps in Homeschooling
Curriculum Comparison Charts
Rainbow Resource Center features curriculum, comparison charts for Math, History, Science, Language Arts, Phonics, Handwriting, and Unit Study.
Home School Enrichment Magazine
Reflections of Retired Homeschooler
Science Curriculum
This is an article provided by Apologia, so they will be promoting their curriculum.
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (TOS)
Charlotte Mason
"Charlotte's philosophy of education captured my heart with the gentle approach to learning, treating a child as a person and not a vessel to be filled with facts—facts that would soon be forgotten. Education should be treated as a lifelong journey, encouraging the child's God-given desire to learn and building character along the way with the overseeing power of the Holy Spirit." -- excerpt from NCHE article
Find Your Homeschool Philosophy
Taken from HSLDA's blog "Homeschooling Now"
Overview of Methods & Curriculum
Unit Study - Description
Unit Study - Method
Unit Study - Resources
The unit studies approach is designed to give both in-depth and broad understandings of subjects revolving around some entire theme that interests the child. This integrated approach includes science, math, geography, art, music, history, language, literature, drama, and creative movement. It is often referred to as a multi-disciplinary or a thematic approach. It is an experiential, hands-on approach to learning. It is believed that when children go into such depth, and spend a generous amount of time on each theme, their retention of the subject is higher than in traditional methods.
Alamance Battleground
Friday, May 18, 2018
9 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Homeschool Day

Alamance will host it’s second annual Homeschool Day on Friday, May 18th, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Colonial life comes alive as historical interpreters demonstrate such skills as period cooking, musket firing, and blacksmithing. Cannon firing will take place at noon.

Admission is $2 per child and registration is required
Appalachian Ski Mtn.
The goal of this program is to provide an affordable and effective means for homeschoolers to learn skiing and snowboarding. Learn a lifetime sport, and start looking forward to winter. Program is designed for ages 5 to 18 and family members.
Aquarium - Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Boulevard
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
(252) 247-4003
09/13/2018, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Homeschool families are invited to the fourth annual Homeschool Day Sept. 15. Crafts, activities and live animal programs relate to this year’s theme of “Conservation at Home.”

“We’ll focus on activities and practices that people can do at home, in their backyards, in their communities, to help wildlife and the environment,” said Aquarium Educator Jeff Harms. “The classroom will be open and we will be focusing on different citizen science topics like Frogwatch, sustainable seafood, how to certify your backyard habitat, rain barrels, how to be a conscious consumer.”

Behind-the-scenes tours and other special activity programs require fees. Otherwise, Aquarium admission and Homeschool Day activities are free for homeschool families. Please bring identification. The day is a special event in addition to the one free admission per year allowed for homeschool families.
Biltmore Estate
Take Part in the 17th Annual Homeschool Festival
"The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad"
September 20 & 21, 2018
Cost: $23 plus tax per person 4 years old and up due at time of reservation. Lunch and accommodation options are available.

Join us for hands-on activities and demonstrations that highlight the Vanderbilt’s travels and life at home.
This is a one-day event. Your choice of Thursday or Friday includes a morning or afternoon time at the Homeschool Festival area. You will then enjoy the rest of your day with a self-guided visit in Biltmore House, Gardens, Conservatory, Antler Hill Village and Winery. All Homeschool activities will be held near the Antler Hill Farm area.

Reservations are required; call 866-851-4661 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Capital Area Field Trips
Capital Area Visitor Services provides scheduling for groups to either the Executive Mansion and Gardens, Legislative Building, North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Nature Research Center and State Capitol.
Colonial Williamsburg
Spring: February 23 – March 3, 2019
Fall: September 7 – September 22, 2019

Homeschoolers and their families can enjoy hands-on activities and revolutionary experiences designed to make colonial emotions and dramas come alive in a way that is educational and interactive. Inspire the next generation of dreamers with a Colonial Williamsburg experience.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site
September 8, 2018: 10 am - 2 pm
2828 Duke Homestead Rd
Durham, North Carolina 27705
(919) 627 - 6990

We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to play and learn at Duke Homestead. On September 8 we will focus on inclusive activities several ability levels, as well as easier access to our historic area. Bring your family to learn all about life at Duke Homestead in the 1800s. Make and take a craft of your own. If you would like to make sure that we can meet your needs, we encourage you to call (919-627-6990) or email (
Historic Stagville
October 19, 2018 at 10 a.m.
5828 Old Oxford Highway
Durham, NC 27712
(919) 620-0120
Historic Stagville invites all local home school students to a day of hands-on activities for all ages! Students will get to participate in these activities, not just watch.

Activity schedule for the day will be updated here ( when the event gets closer.

Activities run all throughout the day, but we recommend you arrive by 2 p.m. to experience ALL possible activities.

Admission is $4 per student, payable by cash or check only, please.

Call us at 919-620-0120 for more information.

Wear clothes that you don't mind getting a little dirty, and good walking shoes to get around our large site.

This event is a good fit for any group studying American History, plantations, historic trades, slavery, sharecropping, and African-American history and culture in North Carolina.
JC Raulston Arboretum
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – 10:00 am–2:00 pm). It's a Fall Homeschool Day at the JC Raulston Arboretum!

Recommended for K-5th grades. Register online.

Participate in hands-on activities to learn about leaves and other fun fall topics. Connect with other area homeschool families. Enjoy time in the JCRA's beautiful fall gardens!

Hands-on learning stations will be open during the chosen time. Stop by the Visitor Center for directions to the garden location where the program will be.

Parents are FREE. $5 per student.

Located at Southall Garden, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Morehead Planetarium
Requests for tickets for Fall 2018 Home School Day will open on Friday, August 17, at 8AM.

Before you request tickets, take note of our schedule for Home School Day below. Each program links to a page about that particular program, where you can learn more about recommended age & grade levels, and the content of the program.

Please also review some of the helpful links below, particularly regarding parking. UNC Chapel Hill owns the lot in front of our building, so we cannot guarantee that parking will be sufficiently available in that lot on Home School Day.
NC Museum of History
Friday, Aug. 17, 2018: 1–4 p.m.
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1011

$5 per person; free for MOHA/museum members
Do you know about the resources and regularly scheduled programs offered by the museum that are ideally suited to homeschooled children and their teachers? If not, drop in on a short class to get a taste of on-site program offerings, pick up information about materials and kits available for self-directed learning, and find out how to start your own club of Tar Heel Junior Historians.
For information, call 919-807-7979.

Register here:
Old Salem
September 7 and 14, 2018
Historic District
(900 Old Salem Road)
Join us for our annual Homeschool Days for home educated families! You will be able to tour the historic district and learn what life was like in the Moravian congregation town of Salem. The day is interactive for the whole family with hands-on activities, demonstrations and costumed interpretation.

Additional details to come.

Home educated families will receive our group tour rate of $11 per child (ages 4 through 18) and $23 per adult. Children under 4 are free for tickets purchased in advance. Admission is free to Members of Old Salem.

Phone inquires: 1-800-441-5305.
The Homeschool Mom - Field Trips
Venues from around the state for field trips
United Skates STEM Field Trip
STEM Field Trips - Grades K-12
2901 Trawick Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 790-3808

FUN Physical Fitness!
1 Hour of STEM Education
2 Hours of Physical Fitness through Roller Skating!
10 Great Lessons including:
The Science of Roller Skating
Motion & Rink Design
Music, Math & Roller Skating
Super Sound! Acoustics & Rink Design
Engineering Magic & Lighting
Clemmons Educational State Forest
Ranger conducted classes are available to groups of ten or more visiting the Forest. These classes have been designed to meet various science and social studies curriculum guidelines.

Special study sites are available to assist teachers or other group leaders in using the forest as an outdoor classroom.

There are NO FEES for any programs or to visit Clemmons Educational State forest
Imagination Station
This monthly homeschool program, located in Wilson, is for students 7–12 years old. The workshops cover a variety of topics from motion to matter and all the fun, messy science in-between. Come ready to explore hands-on science and learn with other families.
Museum of Life & Science
The Museum of Life and Science offers a variety of 10-week classes for homeschooled elementary, middle and high school students. Each class meets once a week for two or three hours.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Monthly (Sept – May) science classes related to Museum research that reinforce curriculum goals and cover topics in ecology, paleontology, geology, and biology.
White Deer Park
Flat fee of $25 for educational program for up to 20 children. Topics include Beginning Birdwatching, Build a Beaver, Home Sweet Habitat, Insect Adventures, Insect Investigations, Landforms, Lifecycles, Meet the Animals, Native Animal Adaptations, Oh Deer!, Owl Odyssey, Soil Sleuths, The Story of the Trees, Water Quality, and Wonders of Water.
Homeschool Baseball, Basketball, Swimming
Raleigh Hawks Boys Homeschool Basketball and Baseball; Seahawks Homeschool Swim Team and swim lessons. Matt Finneran 919-404-4948 or
Homeschool Baseball
Our mission is to provide a Christ-centered environment for home schooled young men to play baseball at the highest competitive level.
Homeschool Basketball
The South Wake Sabres is a homeschool basketball program that is based in the southern part of Wake County, NC. Our goal is to provide a Christ-centered environment for homeschooled young men and women to develop in character and skill while playing basketball at a highly competitive level.
Homeschool Bowling League
Home Educators Youth League Starts 8/6/18 -- meets every other Monday at 12:30/1:30 pm
For more information, contact Rainbow Lanes at (919) 553-4386. Address is 850 NC Highway 42, Clayton, NC 27520
Homeschool Football League
Flag Football, Full Contact Football. Earl Pendleton
Homeschool Open Gym/Gymnastics
Homeschool Volleyball
JCHE's own homeschool volleyball team for girls ages 10-18!
NCHEAC - Team Locator
Various homeschool sports teams and leagues throughout North Carolina.
Ambleside Online
Ambleside Online is a free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason's classically-based principles to prepare children for a life of rich relationships with everything around them: God, humanity, and the natural world. AO's detailed schedules, time-tested methods, and extensive teacher resources allow parents to focus effectively on the unique needs of each child. Grades K-12.
Annenberg Learner - Teacher Development
Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home. All Annenberg Learner videos exemplify excellent teaching.
CK-12: Math, Science, English
The Site is designed to serve as both an information resource and an application platform for K-12 teachers, educators and students. It is owned and operated by CK-12 Foundation, a California non-profit corporation.
College - Academic Earth
Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, we built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities.
College - Hillsdale Constitution Class
Hillsdale's course, Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution, features the same professors who teach this course on Hillsdale College's campus. The course is delivered via email, with one lesson per week for 10 weeks. Each lesson features lively teaching and discussion boards, suggested readings, weekly quizzes, and more.
College - Massive Open Online Courses
MOOC List is an aggregator (directory) of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by different providers.
MOOC List is a website where you can find free online courses (MOOCs) offered by the best universities around the world.
EasyPeasy All-In-One (K-8th)
EasyPeasy All-In-One Homeschool. Complete, all free curriculum. Grade levels and individual courses include 180 days of homeschool lessons and assignments. It covers reading, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, math, history/social studies/geography, science, Spanish, Bible, computer, music, art, PE/health, and logic. It uses only free materials found on the internet. Grades PreK - 8.
EasyPeasy All-In-One High School
This curriculum is intended to be college preparatory. It is complete with four years of courses for all the core subjects and several electives. Every course does have some guideline for grading. Many courses will have very specific grading criteria to guide you in giving your child a grade. Most courses have tests, quizzes, assignments, etc. that will be graded. Many also have a final exam. Parents have the final decision on what assignments and assessments are used and how they are graded. It uses only free materials found on the internet. Grades 9 -12.
Filmography for Homeschoolers
Homeschooler’s Filmography is a 16-week curriculum that examines some of the greatest American films. The goal of the course is to help give your child (and you) an appreciation for a handful of films that have been universally recognized as classic American films.
Homeschool Links List
Massive list of all kinds of subjects.
Interactive Art Lessons
If your children want to immerse themselves in art, check out the free Art Through the Year lessons with Sharon Jeffus.
Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard covering math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Grades K - College.
Lesson Planet - FREE 10 day trial period
Lesson plans on all subject areas. Includes COMMON CORE.
Teach with Movies
TWM is an ideal resource for homeschool curriculum materials because each of the movies we recommend have strong ethical and life lessons, in addition to their contributions to the homeschool curriculum. Yet another benefit to using movies to supplement homeschool lessons is that your kids will learn critical viewing skills. After all, screens are the literature of today's youth and they need to know how to evaluate what they watch. But the most important assistance that TWM Leaning Guides and lesson plans provide is to supplement the homeschool curriculum in history, civics, science, health . . . . in fact, movies can add to the curriculum in just about every subject.
Virtual Homeschooling
Online Homeschool Co-op with FREE courses provided by volunteers
American Heritage Girls Troop
A club to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.
Girls ages 5-18.
iGovern Leadership Camps
Teen Pact Leadership Schools
TeenPact is a dynamic, hands-on leadership school for Christian students. Our mission is to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things.

We believe that God gives every young person a great spiritual capacity as well as a scriptural mandate to cultivate and use their talents – even before they are old enough to vote! TeenPact trains these young people to embrace their call as the next generation of leaders by giving them the tools, teaching and opportunities to do so.
Trail Life USA
A Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men (K-12th grades.
DNPE Recommendations
High School Brochure
How to Plan an Awesome Senior Year
If you are planning to graduate one of your kids this next school year, then let me be the first to say, ”Congratulations! You are almost there!” Now get a date on the calendar to plan for making this a great school year. When May rolls around, you’ll be glad you did.
Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!
GPA Calculator
FREE GPA Calculator designed specifically for do-it-yourself homeschoolers
Sample Transcript
ACT Test
The ACT is a national college admissions examination (achievement test) that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Optionally, you may include the Writing test, which adds a 40 minute essay.

This test satisfies the DNPE requirements for annual testing as long as the Writing portion is included. Use the 969999 homeschool code. Many of us choose to take the ACT at Smithfield Selma High School.
AP - Online Courses
AP Homeschoolers was one of the first online providers for AP test preparation courses for homeschoolers. From just a few courses and a website programmed by Howard and Susan's teenage son, these online courses have grown through word of mouth into a well-organized extensive roster of high-quality courses, fueled by passionate teachers and satisfied students.
CCP - Johnston Community College
CCP allows eligible high school students to enroll in college classes at JCC. Students who successfully complete college courses earn college credit they can take with them after graduation. In many cases, students can also earn dual credit - meeting high school graduation requirements with college courses. Career & College Promise offers high students options to pursue educational and career goals of their choice. A distinction of JCC is its focus on the biotechnology field.
CCP - Lenoir Community College
Located in Kinston, this community college offers a number of options different from JCC or Wake, one of which is the Center for Aviation Education.
CCP - Wake Tech
Career and College Promise, or CCP, allows eligible high school students to take college courses at Wake Tech. It is sometimes referred to as dual enrollment. One of Wake Tech's hallmarks is their art program.
CLEP For College Credit
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is examined in this article which compares it to the other college credit test -- Advanced Placement (AP). A chart is included detailing the 34 different CLEP exams.

CLEP is a series of 33 tests in five academic areas offered by the College Board throughout the year. CLEP exams are structured to mirror the types of courses taken during freshman and sophomore year. The CLEP exam covers subject areas like Composition and Literature, World Languages, Business, History and Social Science, and Science and Mathematics.

Your student can begin taking CLEP exams as soon as he or she is ready. There are no specific age requirements, and testing is open to homeschoolers. The tests are pass/fail, and each one costs roughly $100 after fees. (If your student does not pass a CLEP, he or she must wait a minimum of three months before re-taking it.)

Each test takes approximately 90 minutes and is administered via computer. While most of the tests are multiple-choice, some subjects (like composition) involve essay questions. Your student may prepare for CLEP exams through the official CLEP Study Guide.
College Application Help
As a one-stop resource, this ACT eBook will inform you on:
When to apply to college
How many applications to complete
Which college application deadline is best for you
The parts of a college application – and how to make them stand out
What to do after you submit
College Application Resume
Comparison of ACT vs. SAT
Resume Help
Transcript Preparation
Sample Transcript
Sample Transcript2
SAT Test
The SAT is an aptitude test which covers Reading, Writing & Language, and Math. You may add an optional Essay portion.

The SAT does NOT meet the DNPE annual testing requirements. The homeschool code is 970000. Many of our students take the exam at Smithfield Selma High School.
Testing Options
There are many types of tests available to teens. The tests your teens need to take will depend on their post high school goals. For more information about College Testing, click on the link.
Rate My Professor
Read about a particular teacher/professor at colleges BEFORE signing up for the class!
Driver Education - Johnston Co.
Student Eligibility Requirements for Driver Education and information including link with JCS schedules.
Driving Eligibility Certificate Request
GPS Driving School
Driving school catering to teens seeking their North Carolina learner's permit and to adults desiring private lessons.

401 E. Main St., Suite 200
Clayton, NC 27520
Learn 2 Drive
Driving school catering to teens seeking their North Carolina learner's permit and to adults desiring private lessons.

11760 NC Hwy 210 Suite 140
Benson, NC 27504
Phone: 919-805-2181
Practice DMV Test
Teen Defensive Driving Program
The B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School is a free, defensive driving program. The school is designed for teenagers (aged 15-19) who already have a learner’s permit or driver’s license and have at least thirty hours of driving experience.
Carolina Capital Homeschool Prom
Praise Prom
Triangle Homeschool Prom
National Home School Honor Society
Registration for the Theta Nu Chapter (JCHE membership required) of Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society is open. Our honor society focuses on leadership, integrity, networking, community service, and scholarship. For grades 9-12. A test score of 88 (CLT), 1200 (SAT), 26 (ACT), 1200 (PSAT), 1200 (PSAT 10), 1200 (PSAT 8/9), a 90% composite score on the Iowa,  90% on the total battery (the score listed under the National PR-S column) on the Stanford, or 90% total score (listed under the NPR column) on the Terra Nova 2 (CAT 6) 2nd Edition nationally normed standardized achievement tests is required for ESA membership. The test score must come from one test. Test scores should not be more than 1 year old. All tests must be administered in a group setting.
NC Governor's Page Program
Established in 1973, the Governor’s Page Program gives high school students from all over North Carolina the opportunity to come to Raleigh for a week of hands-on participation in their state government. We want our Governor’s pages to represent North Carolina’s diverse communities and help inspire a new generation of leaders.
NC House Page Program
This program offers young men and women the opportunity to learn about, and participate in, the legislative process of our state. It is a four day long experience that allows high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 (or 14 if already in the 9th grade) to observe firsthand how our laws are made. It provides them the unique privilege of working in the House Chamber in the midst of legislative action.
NC Senate Page Program
This program offers young men and women the opportunity to learn about and participate in the legislative process of our state. It is a week-long experience that allows high school students between the ages of 15 (or 14 if already in the 9th grade) and 18, to observe firsthand how our laws are made. It provides them the unique privilege of working on the Senate Chamber floor in the midst of legislative action.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7–12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.
Where to Find Scholarships
Apple iPads & Computers
Apple currently offers Homeschool Educators a discount through the Online Homeschool Store.
Barnes & Noble
Enroll in the Educator Program at the retail store and save 20% off publisher’s list price on purchases for classroom use as well as 25% off the publisher’s list price during Educator Appreciation Days.
Book It Program Thru Pizza Hut
Set a reading goal for each child (K-6th grade) in your homeschool. When they meet their monthly goal, you get to recognize them with a Reading Award Certificate, good for a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® at Pizza Hut.
Home School Buyer’s Co-op
GroupBuys and special offers for homeschool curriculum, programs and material currently available through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op.
Home Science Tools
Home Science Tools has a rewards program to earn 5% back (credit) on all purchases. If you sign up, you will be notified when they have 10% off and/or free shipping.
Jo-Ann Fabrics
Sign up to save 15% with your Jo-Ann Teacher’s Reward Card.
Marbles Kids Museum
During the week, admission for teachers is FREE to Marble's Museum in downtown Raleigh. Bring your Official Homeschool Registration Card.
Bring your Official Homeschool Registration Card to Michael’s and present to a store associate to get their discount of 15% off your entire purchase.
NC Aquariums - Fort Fisher
Registered North Carolina home schools are offered FREE general admission for a self-guided tour at EACH of the Aquariums once per year. Bring your Official Homeschool Registration Card to present to visitor services for ALL of the Aquariums. Two adults plus children ages 6-17 are FREE. Ages 3-5 and additional adults (18+) are $10.95 each.

At Fort Fisher, bring a completed registration form along with your DNPE card in order to qualify for free admission.
NC Aquariums - Pine Knoll Shores
Registered North Carolina home schools are offered FREE general admission for a self-guided tour at EACH of the Aquariums once per year. Bring your Official Homeschool Registration Card to present to visitor services for ALL of the Aquariums. Two adults plus children ages 6-17 are FREE. Ages 3-5 and additional adults (18+) are $10.95 each.

Pine Knoll Shores only requires the DNPE card plus a photo ID. In addition to the one free visit, the Aquarium holds a special Homeschool Day event. This year, Homeschool Day is Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. During this event, all children in the immediate homeschool family are invited to attend FREE.
NC Aquariums - Roanoke Island
Registered North Carolina home schools are offered FREE general admission for a self-guided tour at EACH of the Aquariums once per year. Bring your Official Homeschool Registration Card to present to visitor services for ALL of the Aquariums. Two adults plus children ages 6-17 are FREE. Ages 3-5 and additional adults (18+) are $10.95 each.

For Roanoke Island, you will also need to give at least a two week notice using the online registration form.
NC Zoo
If your North Carolina Home School is registered with the state and you would like FREE admission, please contact the ticket office at 336-879-7700 or 1-800-488-0444 at least 15 days prior to the date you would like to visit the zoo.
After you sign up, you'll start earning up to 5% back in rewards, plus 10% back on teaching and art supplies.
North Carolinians for Home Education
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
Carolina Dance Productions
Dance classes for ages 18 months to Adult (boys & girls).
Christian Music Lessons
What: Weekly private lessons in a Christian environment.
Who: Ages 5+ for piano, strings. Grades 4+ for wind instruments.
Where: Faith Baptist, Church, 2728 Marks Creek Rd, Knightdale 27545.
REF: 919-266-0455
Christian Theatre & Acting
Spiritual Twist Productions is a non-profit organization just outside of Raleigh, that gives children and youth ages 4 to college level, the opportunity to experience the performing arts in a Christian context and as a medium for Christian ministry.
Clayton School of Dance
Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and Pointe for Boys and Girls ages 2 and up.
Homeschool Pottery
Ages 8-12. In these 6 week sessions, participants will create unique projects that are different each time. Mrs. Joan creates new projects with art history and creativity in mind.
Kindermusik of Clayton (& Smithfield)
What: Music classes for Early Homeschoolers.
Who: Infant through age 7.
Where: Neighborhood Academy of Music, 112 Butternut Lane, Clayton 27520 and Sharon Baptist Music Academy, 116 Britt Street, Smithfield 27577.
Cost: Special discounts to homeschool families
Ref: Julie Stewart at or 919-359-3473.
Pottery Classes (max 4 students)
Small studio in Johnston County, Flowers Township offering classes (4 students at a time) in pottery and art.
Voice of Clayton (& Smithfield)
What: Private individual voice lessons.?Who: Ages 8 to adult. Voice students will have many opportunities to sing in the community.
When: Weekly. Summer voice camps available.?
Where: Neighborhood Academy of Music, 112 Butternut Lane, Clayton 27520 and Sharon Baptist Music Academy, 116 Britt Street, Smithfield 27577.
Ref: Julie Stewart at or 919-359-3473.
Clayton Community Center
Clayton Community Center
715 Amelia Church Road
Clayton, NC 27520
Fun 4 Raleigh Kids
Family events, kids activities and parenting resources in the Raleigh, North Carolina area!
Johnston Co. 4H Clubs
Listing of all the Johnston County 4H Clubs with contact information.
Kids Town - Area Events
Kid events around Raleigh
Macaroni Kid - Area Events
Events in Clayton-Smithfield-Selma-Four Oaks-Zebulon, NC
Partnership for Children of Johnston County
Partnership for Children has a lending Library, with a small sliding scale membership fee, full of books and developmentally stimulating toys, targeted to your child’s age group.

They strive toward early childhood education and school readiness for all of JoCo’s children.

Selma Resource Center
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
1406-A S. Pollock Street
Selma, NC

Benson Resource Center
Monday & Wednesday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm for Lunch
319 S. Elm Street
Benson, NC
Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center
Address: 600 Booker Dairy Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: (919) 934-2148
Baseball (5-17)
Registrations held in January; Season runs April through June.
Basketball (7-17)
Registrations held in September; Season runs November through February.
Clayton Parks & Rec 2018
Winter/Spring 2018
Colonial Sports Ministry
Colonial Baptist Church (Cary) offers archery, baseball, basketball, developmental soccer, flag football, martial arts, soccer (6-18 yrs), special needs, summer camps, table tennis, t-ball, and track & field as part of their sports ministry.
Gymnastics - Clayton
Gymnastics - Smithfield
Horseback Riding
Ice Skating - Garner
Johnston County 4H Target Sports
The major disciplines of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program are archery, hunting, rifle, pistol, shotgun, and muzzle loading. Discipline instruction is provided by volunteer adult 4-H leaders who are trained and certified through state and regional workshops.
Martial Arts - Clayton
Dr. James Parker is the head instructor of Parkers Martial Arts Academy, a Christian based school of Martial Arts. It is a modern academy featuring 4000 sf. They will offer a group discount if several families go in together.
Preschool Open Gym
Bring you 0-5 year old and come play! We will provide the toys and space. Parent participation required, no pre-registration required. Free for Community Center Members, $1 for Non-members.
Wednesdays September-May 9am-11am.
Sandhill Titans Football Team
A distinctive, Christ-centered athletic organization focused on building young men and teams with strong character, who reflect Christian values on and off the field.
Smithfield Parks and Rec
Soccer (ages 5-7) - Clayton
COED Soccer Ages 4-5 and 6-7 as of July 31st of current year; Season runs August through October
Schedule generally consists of one weeknight at 6:30 PM (typically Tuesdays and Thursday) and Saturday mornings
All games/practices at East Clayton Community Park
Costs: $25 for Town of Clayton Residents and Clayton Parks and Recreation Annual Members, $60 for Non-Residents
Soccer (ages 4-10) - Zebulon
Fall Soccer is available for all children ages 4-10 years old. This basic form of soccer is designed to encourage soccer players of all skill sets to join in on the fun.

The age groups are 4-5-year-old coed, 6-7-year-old coed, 8-10-year-old coed. All games are played at Wakelon Elementary School Fields. All age groups are determined by August 1st of the current year.

Soccer Registration Fee: $45 (Residents) $65 (Non-Residents)

Registration Ends July 27th, 2018
Softball (Girls ages 7-14)
Spring season registrations held in January; Spring season runs March through June.

Fall season registration held in June; Fall season runs August through October.
Swim Lessons - Clayton, Knightdale, Smithfield
H & L Swim Academy will be offering swim lessons from beginners through advanced at Riverwood, Lionsgate, Tralee, and Mingo Creek.
Swim Lessons/Team - Smithfield
Smithfield Recreation & Aquatics Center -- Indoor pool for swimming, swim lessons, and the SRAC Sharks Swim Team.
Tennis Lessons
Dawn & Glen Kitner can develop private, semi-private, or group lessons for homeschoolers. They are the new owners of Neuse River Racquet Club at 45 Summit Overlook Dr., Clayton 27527. You can call them at 919-550-0300 or email them at
Upward Sports
Our Recreation Division offers basketball, soccer, cheerleading and flag football programs for young athletes K5-8th grade. The focus is to teach the game through healthy competition while building athletic foundations that prepare athletes for the next level of play.

Our Performance Division, known as Upward Stars, was created to provide the opportunity for young athletes to further develop their athletic skills and participate in a higher level of competition. Upward Stars programs of basketball and volleyball offer a unique format that aid in developing the needs of each athlete regardless of experience.
Clemmons Educational State Forest
North Carolina's system of Educational State Forests has been developed for use as a living outdoor class room.

Their purpose is to teach children and adults about the complex, interdependent ecosystems which make up a forest and that can be managed for a multitude of uses.

Ranger conducted classes are available to groups of ten or more visiting the Forest. These classes have been designed to meet various science and social studies curriculum guidelines.

Special study sites are available to assist teachers or other group leaders in using the forest as an outdoor classroom.

There are no fees for any programs or to visit Clemmons Educational State forest
Howell Woods
The Rudolph Howell & Son Environmental Learning Center, or Howell Woods, is a unique 2,800-acre natural resource designed to provide excellent educational experiences while fostering environmental stewardship. At Howell Woods, you can experience a variety of environmental education programs and recreational activities. Go hiking, camping, canoeing, bird watching, hunting, fishing, and more!
Johnston Co. Bike Routes
The Johnston County Sports Council has completed four NCDOT adopted Bike Routes in the county for residents and visitors to enjoy. There are four bike routes to span the four corners of the county, north, south, east and west. The routes connect cyclists to several key visitor attractions as well as the Mountains to the Sea Trail in both Clayton and Smithfield.
Johnston Co. Heritage GeoTrail
Geocaching is a family-friendly activity for people of all ages where participants find hidden containers using GPS coordinates. Many geocaching participants use a handheld GPS device or a mobile phone. Once the container is discovered a log book located inside is signed by the finders of that particular cache – almost like a guest book. The container can also include items placed there by other participants for gift or trade to other participants.
White Deer Park
There are park trails as well as multiple sports amenities. Located in White Deer Park, the Nature Center offers a variety of exhibits to explore. Say hello to our resident animals, Poppy the corn snake, Sheldon and Sally our yellow-bellied sliders, or peep in at Naveen the tree frog. An assortment of critters live at the nature center and we will continue to expand our collection. You can also learn about local North Carolina species through our mounted specimen and skulls collection or visit one of our hands-on and educational programs. We offer a variety of fun programs throughout each month.
Free Admission to National Parks
Thanks to the Every Kid in a Park program from the Department of the Interior, any family with a U.S. fourth grade student (or homeschool equivalent) can get FREE admission to national parks. 

The Pass is good for ALL children under age 16 and up to three adults who visit with the fourth grade student.  It covers entrance fees to the park whether the fees are charged by person or by vehicle. 

Your fourth grade student will need to complete an adventure diary game to get the Pass.  You will need to print out your Pass and take it with you.
4-H Summer Camp
4-H Summer Fun offers hands-on enrichment classes for ages 5-18. You do not have to be in 4-H at attend Summer Fun.

4-H Summer Fun is a collection of fun educational workshops and hand-on activities planned especially for Johnston County youth. This program is designed to give youth positive learning opportunities and focus on developing life skills.

4-H activities are open to all youth ages 5-18 (as of Camp Date), but please pay close attention to specified class ages, descriptions, fees, dates and times.
Acting Camp for ages 7-11
The Little Studio for Big Dreamers is excited to offer Acting Camp for ages 7-11 this summer! Check out our website listing and register online!

Sessions run June through August for one week at a time.

WHERE: 10217 Creedmoor Rd. Raleigh 27615

First session is June 18-22 1 PM- 4 PM with a show Friday at the end of Camp.

Tuition is $125/ student. Scholarships are available.

Email any other inquires to:

Mary Beth Wright
Little Studio for Big Dreamers
Animal (Noah’s Landing)
Camp runs from 9am - 4pm Mon.- Fri - with flexible drop-off and pick-up times for those that need.
Campers bring Lunch - we provide snacks and drinks

Prices for Camps:

Junior explorers - (ages 6-8) 5 full days $200.00 – (sibling discount $20 off total)

Junior Zookeeper (ages 9-11) and Zoo-teens (ages 12-14) – 5 full days $235.00 ($20 off for siblings)
Basketball Camp - Midway Baptist
Basketball Camp 6/11/18 - 6/15/18
Ages 8 - 14; $75

Midway Baptist Church
6910 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh 27603
(919) 772-5864

Girls camp time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Boys camp time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Coach Chad Robins from Wake Christian Academy will be leading camp along with Pastor Hinton.

A Summer Camp T-shirt will be provided. All kids need to bring a water bottle each day.
Campbell University-Pharmacy/Health Sciences Camp
The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Campbell University would like to let you know about our upcoming Discovery Days in June. Discovery Day is an interactive workshop for rising 9th – 12th graders to explore careers in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, clinical research and nursing.

We would love to see your high school student at one of our Discovery Days!
Clayton Parks & Recs Camps
Art Camps: Elementary & Youth (ages 9-12)
Girls Volleyball Camp, ages 9-14.
Pottery Camp, ages 9-12.
STEAM Camp, 2 sections 1st-3rd grades & 4th-6th grades
Clayton Youth Theatre
JULY 30-AUGUST 3, 2018
LOCATION: The Clayton Center
ELIGIBILITY: Rising 3rd-6th graders
INSTRUCTORS: Stephanie Benner & Regan Chuhran
TUITION: $200 per student
Contact Nikki Dyke @
Colonial Sports Ministry Camps
The basketball camps for children 5-14 (the age cut off is June 1st). There are two --beginner/intermediate and advanced camps.

For soccer, there are three sessions for players ranging from 4 -18 years old.

The tennis beginner camp is for children 5-10 (the age cut off is July 30). The camp is intended to be an introduction to tennis.
CSCA Music & Art Summer Camps
Music & Art Summer Camps. Located at 427 E. Main Street, Clayton 27520; Also have lessons in Piano, Digital Keyboard, Guitar, Violin, Voice, Flute, Rock Band, Drums, Bass, Sax, Clarinet, Brass, Intro to Art, Anime, Illustration
Dean's Farm
Pre-K/School Aged Kids
Farm To Table Chef’s Camp- 9:00 Am -1:00 Pm (June 18-22, 2018) ;
Colonial Adventures Farm Camp- 9:00 Am-1:00 Pm (July 30 – Aug. 3)
Duke Environmental Science
Rising 10th-12th graders

Interested in Environmental Science? Want to experience Duke University’s state-of-the-art facilities and the Duke Forest? Want to build a professional resume with Duke’s career development experts?

If so, apply here for the Environmental Science Summer Program at Duke. Best part yet: It’s FREE to all students

Questions? Email Dr. Nicolette Cagle, nicolette.cagle (at)
Duke Gardens
For grades K-8th
CAMP HOURS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Extended care for K-5 summer camps available from 1-4 p.m.?? No extended care for Spring Break Camp or camps for grades 6-8.

COST: $200 per camp week; $170 for each additional sibling or camp week; $100 per week for extended care. A non-refundable $100 deposit per child per week is required to reserve a spot. Full payment is due 2 weeks before each camp.??
A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. Scholarship application available upon request; contact
Duke Lemur Center
The Leaping Lemurs! Summer Science Camp is a co-ed camp designed for grades 3rd through 8th that includes a mixture of classroom learning, fun interactive activities, and of course plenty of time with the lemurs!
$380 per student.
Fascinate-U Children’s Museum
116 Green Street
Fayetteville, NC
(910) 829-9171
Mmorning, afternoon, or all day camp. Classes r9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
Pricing PER WEEK for the general public is: $90/Morning or Afternoon class OR $170 for all day camp.

Mid-session snacks and all materials and supplies are included in June & July. Additional $20 fee required to purchase materials for August science camp. Full payments are required at the time of booking. For more information call 910-829-9171.
Howell Woods Summer Camp
Ages 8-12. Team building, geocaching, fishing, kayaking, and more . . .
Imagination Station
Located in Wilson. Ages 5-14

Give your kids a summer of fun and exploration! Sign them up for camps designed to ignite interest in science, technology, nature, and history. Each camp provides hands-on, entertaining, and fun projects that will challenge their creativity!

* Register before March 1 and get the early registration discount of 10%. Members qualify to get the early registration discount off their special member pricing!

* If you are not already a member, you have the opportunity to become one and get all the benefits when you register!

* If you have questions about which camps will provide the best experience for your student, please email or call us (252) 291-5113.
JC Raulston Arboretum
Preschool to rising eighth graders.
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC 27606
Summer Garden Camps are a great way for your child to spend more time outdoors exploring nature. Campers participate in hands-on science lessons; garden investigations; arts and crafts; and fun, engaging games and activities all while gaining a deeper appreciation for the environment that surrounds them.
Historic Oak View County Park
Fee: $140 per child, for ages 8–11
Join us for this year's Farm Camp to catch a glimpse into the life of a farmer and much more. Campers will learn through games and hands-on activities about the farm's animals (including our goats!), the history of the farm and the crops grown here and, finally, what the kids did for fun on the farm.

Select from two different dates offered. You may register or waitlist online! Questions? Contact us by phone at 919-250-1013 or by emailing

Oak View Farm Camp–Session One (Track 4, Traditional)
July 9–13 (5-day camp) 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Oak View Farm Camp–Session Two (Track 3, Traditional)
July 30–August 3 (5-day camp) 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Historic Yates Mill County Park
$170-180; Ages 6-14
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
Mill Theater & Art Camp
Monday–Friday, June 25–29, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
This is a drop-off program for ages 6–12; fee: $180/child

Park Adventures
Monday–Friday, July 23–27, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
This is a drop-off program for ages 7–14; fee: $170/child
JC Raulston Arboretum Camps
Camps range from preschool to rising eighth graders.

Summer Garden Camps are a great way for your child to spend more time outdoors exploring nature. Campers participate in hands-on science lessons; garden investigations; arts and crafts; and fun, engaging games and activities all while gaining a deeper appreciation for the environment that surrounds them.
JCC - Summer Enrichment
Johnston Community College offers CONNECT, Summer Enrichment Programs for 5th-12th graders. Activities focus on arts, sciences, music, critical thinking, and academic enrichment.
Kindemusik of Clayton Musical Theater Camp
Sing! Sing! Sing! Voice/Musical Theater Camp
$160 plus book and CD June 25-28
For ages 7 through 12 years. No previous singing experience required.
Monday - Thursday 1:00pm-3:30pm with a short performance on Thursday at 3:00pm for parents and friends. $50.00 must accompany registration, remainder of $110.00 is due the first day of camp. Afternoon snacks and crafts provided. Music Book extra purchased at Neighborhood Academy of Music.
Lego Summer Camp in Cary
Marbles Kids Museum
Ages 3-10.
201 East Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 834-4040
Sign up for morning or afternoon sessions or register for one of each and build a full day's schedule.
Morehead Planetarium
Grades K-8
250 E Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 962-1236
Summer Science Camps
NC Museum of Art
Ages 6-13
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC
(919) 839-6262
Art Camps
Neuse Little Theatre Summer Camp
Acting, Lighting, Set Design & Construction, Sound... Interested? Neuse Little Theatre is looking for students (ages 8-18) to participate in the annual summer drama program.

When: June 18 – June 29, 2018 10am - 2pm
Polar Ice House Garner
103 New Rand Road
Garner, NC 27529
The Polar Ice House of Garner is a premier ice skating facility offering a summer camp program focused on athletic activities and child development in a peer group atmosphere.
Polar IcePlex
Ages 5-13
2601 N Raleigh Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 878-9002
Camp Chillin' is a week-long activity camp emphasizing sports-based activities in a non-competitive environment organized by a professional staff. Students will be able to take basic skating or hockey lessons!
Raleigh Little Theatre
Ages 4-18
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC 27607
Our one-week and two-week camps focus on the process of creating theatre through fun, imaginative, nurturing creative play and ensemble building. Our summer conservatory for ages 14-18, Teens On Stage / Teens Backstage, give the serious theatre student the opportunity for in-depth exploration in theatre performance and production.
Rush Hour Karting
Kids ages 8-14.
Camp goes from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
5335 Raynor Rd.
Garner, NC 27529
(919) 662-9101
Between racing, great food, and all kinds of sports and activities, there’s never time to be bored at our track. Each session is capped at 32 kids.
Solorzano Spanish Camp
Ages 4-11
Connect Church
112 E. Jones St Fuquay Varina

What: A Spanish camp filled with fun and adventure for your elementary-aged child. Camps will be split by age, 4-7 yr olds (Spanish Rock) and 8-11 yr olds. (Global Adventure). In Spanish Rock, we will focus on various themes using songs, crafts, movement, and games. Global Adventure will travel to various countries, learning Spanish as they build the number of stamps in their passports.

Global Adventure July 23rd- July 27th 1:00pm -3:00pm
Global Adventure July 30th-Aug 3rd 10:30am-12:30pm
Spanish Rock July 30th-Aug 3rd 1:00pm-3:00pm
Spanish Rock August 6th- August 10th 10:30am-12:30pm
Global Adventure August 6th- August 10th 1:00pm-3:00pm
Spiritual Twist Productions
Ages 12+
1250 Aversboro Rd,
Garner, NC 27529
SRAC Athletic Summer Camps
Basketball Camp Ages: 7-14 yrs.
Spartan Football Camp Ages: 6-14 yrs.
Spartan Soccer Camp Ages: 5-16 yrs.
Spartan Tennis Camp Ages: 5-10 yrs.
Tennis Camp Ages: 5-7 yrs.
Volleyball Camp Girls Ages: 8-14 yrs.
SRAC Summer/Pottery Camps
Pottery Camp is for ages 8-15 years old. Summer Camp is ages 5-12 years old.
Summer Rocks - Art Camp
SummerRocks! art programs are for rising 2nd to rising 8th grades, and run weekly from June 4th through August 17th. The Afternoon session (1pm-4pm) is our Artist Studio Camp, where campers will get to work with in various mediums like oils, acrylics, watercolors and more. Students can learn to draw Anime and Manga, or paint their own version of classics such as Van Gogh's Starry Night. At our Clayton studio, students will get the chance to paint "en plein air" in the amazing Main Street Garden which is attached to our studio.
Clayton School of Creative Arts
427 e. Main St.
Clayton NC 27520
Summer Rocks - Music Camp
SummerRocks! programs are for rising 2nd to rising 8th grades, and run weekly from June 4th through August 17th. The morning session (9am-12pm) is a music immersion camp where campers will learn: piano, digital keyboards, guitar, drums, voice and more. This is an ideal program for students who are just beginning or simply want more time to improve their skills. Most weeks, we will even put together a rock band and have a performance on Friday.
Clayton School of Creative Arts
427 e. Main St.
Clayton NC 27520
Wake Tech Teen Summer Camps
Young Innovators Program
High School Students
Chapel Hill, NC

The Young Innovators Program is an eight-week paid summer internship offered through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. The program offers high school students the opportunity to participate in an immersive experience designed to engage students in cutting-edge and innovative research in STEM as it relates to the pharmaceutical sciences.

The 2018 Young Innovators Program will run from June 18, 2018, through August 10, 2018.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2018 Young Innovators Program on December 1, 2017.

Zaniac STEAM Summer Camps
Grades K-8
Zaniac Parkside
1206 Parkside Main Street
Cary, NC 27519

NEW Summer Camp themes include: Exploring Electronics, Tech Design, and Engineering & Robotics! Zaniac Summer Camps are the perfect combination of learning and fun, featuring our many engaging programs that nurture your K–8 grade child’s love of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math!
Zebulon Parks & Rec
Summer Camp Fees: $50 - residents (must reside inside town limits) $60 - non-residents.
All children must meet the age requirement (ages 3-13) BEFORE that camp begins to be eligible.