A number of groups exist which are comprised exclusively or primarily of CHARM members, but are not affiliated with or subsidized by CHARM. These groups are made available to CHARM members, but their governance is independent of CHARM’s leadership. Specific rules, guidelines, and additional dues may apply. The following is a list of some that may be available:
4-H is a county youth program sponsored by the Nash County Agricultural Cooperative Extension office. Homeschoolers have formed their own club, the Tigers, which is divided into 3 separate groups by ages. Children ages 5-8 are the Tiger Cubs; the 9-12 year olds are the Tigers; and the 13+ group are the Tiger Teens. These groups meet monthly at the same time on the 2nd Monday of each month (September through May) at a predetermined location. Each club has different leaders and parents take turns teaching a variety of age-appropriate topics. Registration is in January and a small registration fee will apply. The clubs benefit the students in many ways.
Envirothon is an environmental education program for middle and high school students. Students study soil science, forestry, aquatic biology, wildlife, and current environmental issues. Students may take related field trips, have presentations by guest speakers, and study resource materials. Students may compete as a team against other public, private, and homeschool teams in the region and possibly the state.
Tar Heel Junior Historians (THJH)
The Tar Heel Junior Historian Association is an organization that encourages the study of local and state history by students in grades 4 through 12. Our homeschool chapter meets monthly and enjoys a variety of field trips to historic sites and has even participated in historic preservation projects. Participants receive free issues to the THJH magazine, have the opportunity to compete in a variety of state-wide contests, and may participate in the annual convention.
Joyful Sounds Music Program
The Joyful Sounds Music Program offers beginning and intermediate band classes for students in grades 4 and up and elementary music classes for students ages 5-8. The groups meet on Wednesday mornings at First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount from September to May. Participating band students are required to provide their own instrument and students in both groups must pay a participation fee. No musical experience is required to join this program. The program is directed by Jennifer Harris, a homeschool parent and former band director of the Nash-Rocky Mount School system. Interested parents may contact Mrs. Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit the program website:
Simple Gifts Homeschool Co-Op
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.”
1 Peter 4:10
Purpose: To use our gifts as Christian homeschool families to support and encourage each other in our homeschool journey.
Beliefs: Simple Gifts Homeschool Co-Op is a Christian-run organization that embraces Biblical principles, looking to God to lead and guide as our community grows. We do not limit our membership to those who hold to the same beliefs, nor is it our goal to force these beliefs on others, but we want to be open in letting families know the position from which we come. We ask that all participants agree in writing to be respectful of this position in behavior, speech, and dress while attending Simple Gifts Homeschool Co-Op events. Please see our Statement of Beliefs in files folder.
Meeting Schedule: Meet once per week for 30 weeks of the year. First semester classes begin in mid-August and end the week of Thanksgiving. Second semester classes begin the first of January and end in April. Participation is for the entire year and for both class sessions in order for the co-op to work effectively. Classes meet on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30-4:00pm
Age Groups: Simple Gifts Homeschool Co-Op is a family setting and seeks to provide activities for homeschooled children of all ages, K-12th grade, and their younger siblings.
Instruction: Simple Gifts Homeschool Co-Op encourages families to use their God-given gifts to glorify Him through homeschool group activities. Enrolled families manage this organization and contribute to its success, so parent participation is mandatory. If your child is at co-op, then you must be too, serving as a teacher or assistant. One parent from each family is required to serve in 2 positions—one as leader, one as assistant.
Contact Information: Marcy Hoggard, 252-459-6434, email@example.com
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