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. Watch the newsletter and email loop for more details.
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. Watch for more information in the newsletter and email loop about how to become involved the Envirothon club.
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. Watch the newsletter and email loop for more details.
Joyful Sounds Music Program
The Joyful Sounds Music Program offers beginning and intermediate band classes for students in grades 4 and up, recorder classes for students ages 7-8, and elementary music for students ages 5-6. The groups meet one morning per week at
. 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 former band director of the
system. Interested parents may contact Mrs. Harris at email@example.com.