Johnston County Home Educators of North Carolina (JCHEnc) 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
 

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NC HOMESCHOOL INFO
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.
HOMESCHOOL ADVICE
5 Must Knows BEFORE Selecting Curriculum
First Steps in Homeschooling
3 Goals for 1st Year Homeschooling
Melanie Young, one of our homeschooling moms who lectures and produces materials in the homeschooling arena, gives her expert advice in this article. Dated 18 Sep 2013.
Curriculum Comparison Charts
Rainbow Resource Center features curriculum, comparison charts for Math, History, Science, Language Arts, Phonics, Handwriting, and Unit Study.
Finding Balance in Your Homeschool
Reflections of Retired Homeschooler
Embracing Technology in Homeschool
Home School Enrichment Magazine
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (TOS)
HOMESCHOOL METHODS
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
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.
HOMESCHOOL DAYS-FIELD TRIP
Alamance Battleground
Friday, May 19
9 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Homeschool Day

Alamance Battleground will host it’s first annual homeschool day on Friday, May 19, 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
This year, Homeschool Day is Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. During this event, all children in the immediate homeschool family are invited to attend. This includes children who are not school age, and two adults (additional adults will still have to pay general admission). Proof of homeschool status is also required during Homeschool Day.
Biltmore Estate
Take Part in the 16th Annual Homeschool Festival
"Field-to-Table"
September 21 & 22, 2017
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 Biltmore’s practices in agriculture and our Field to Table program!

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 and open July 3, 2017; 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
During Homeschool Days, students and their families can enjoy hands-on activities and revolutionary experiences designed to make colonial dramas come to life in a way that is educational and interactive. Plus, visits can be tailored to make your trip unforgettable with on-site lodging, 18th-century tavern dining, entertainment, and much more! Inspire the next generation of dreamers with a Colonial Williamsburg experience.
JC Raulston Arboretum
October 24, 2017 (Fall Homeschool Afternoon from 1-3) or October 25, 2017 (Fall Homeschool Morning from 10-12). 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
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center would like to announce our Home School Day for the Fall Semester 2017! On Thursday, October 5, we will have dedicated programming for Home Schools ONLY from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Tickets for Home School day are being sold in advance through the online form. Payment is accepted by credit/debit card only. Groups must pay at the time of registration. Please determine your number of students and adults attending PRIOR to making a purchase, as refunds will only be offered in the event that the programs are cancelled. If you require additional tickets to Home School Day after making your purchase, please make an additional purchase.? Your tickets will be available at check-in on the day of the event. Registration will be open until Wednesday, October 4 at midnight as long as tickets remain available.

For questions regarding the online form, payment etc., please contact 919.843.3522 or email your questions to mpsc_reservations@unc.edu.

Confirmed registrants will be contacted on the week of the event for information about check-in, arrival, and flow for the day. However, we encourage all interested groups to visit our website for general information on accessibility, directions, and parking ?for your visit.
NC Museum of History
NC Museum of History Programs, Classes, & Resources for Homeschoolers
Old Salem
Homeschool Days
August 24 and 25, August 31, and September 1, 7, and 8, 2017
Special hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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.

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.

Tickets will go on sale for this event on August 1, 2017.
The Homeschool Mom - Field Trips
Venues from around the state for field trips
HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE CLASSES
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
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.
HOMESCHOOL SPORTS
Homeschool Baseball, Basketball, Swimming
Raleigh Hawks Boys Homeschool Basketball and Baseball; Seahawks Homeschool Swim Team and swim lessons. Matt Finneran 919-404-4948 or Finneranmc@aol.com
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
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 ependleton@nc.rr.com
Homeschool Open Gym/Gymnastics
Homeschool Skating
Homeschool Skating – 1st Fridays from 1-3 pm at Interskate 5300 Fayetteville Rd. Raleigh 27603 — (919) 977-0458
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.
FREE ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES
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.
CHRISTIAN CHARACTER/LEADERSHIP
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.
HIGH SCHOOL
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
HIGH SCHOOL - DRIVER'S ED
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
919-581-5100
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
Learn2drivedriving@gmail.com
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.
HIGH SCHOOL - SERVICE
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.
HIGH SCHOOL - COLLEGE PREP
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.
Comparison of ACT vs. SAT
Resume Help
Transcript Preparation
Sample Transcript
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!
SCHOLARSHIPS
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
HOMESCHOOL DISCOUNTS
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.
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.
Michaels
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.
Staples
After you sign up, you'll start earning up to 5% back in rewards, plus 10% back on teaching and art supplies.
HOMESCHOOL LEGAL SUPPORT
North Carolinians for Home Education
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
COMMUNITY ARTS
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 kmclayton@mindspring.com 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 kmclayton@mindspring.com or 919-359-3473.
COMMUNITY CLUBS
Johnston Co. 4H Clubs
Listing of all the Johnston County 4H Clubs with contact information.
COMMUNITY EVENTS & PROGRAMS
Fun 4 Raleigh Kids
Family events, kids activities and parenting resources in the Raleigh, North Carolina area!
COMMUNITY SPORTS
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.
Roller Skating - Garner
Homeschool Skate - 1st Friday of Every Month; $4 Admission includes Skate Rental
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)
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
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 NRRCinfo@gmail.com
COUNTY PARKS & TRAILS
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.
NATIONAL PARKS
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.