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How to Homeschool 101

If you are considering trying to homeschool your profoundly gifted or twice-exceptional child, watch this:


Over the past year and a half, traditional school has been quite uncertain. Unfortunately, the cloud of uncertainty is carrying over to this school year as well. More parents than ever before are seriously considering homeschooling as a viable and more stable option for their family.

The BRIGHTLinks Team and BL Community of parents and Home School Legal Defense Fund are here to help.


  • 1:09 - Introductions

  • 2:58 - Dispelling Myths About Homeschooling

  • 23:18 - Getting Started-NC Laws and requirements

  • 29:39 - Curriculum Options 55:18 - Homeschooling 2e and Special Needs

  • 1:10:58 - Local Resources and Co-Ops, Art/ Music/Sports in Homeschooling

  • 1:33:22 - Dual Enrollment

  • 1:45:00 - Annual Testing Requirements and Resources

  • 1:59:48 Q&A

Our speakers for this event are:

Lisa Johnson,, one of the co-founders and directors of BRIGHTLinks. A Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS) who became a homeschooling mom after her son experienced multiple school failures. School failure was an unexpected gift. She now homeschools her 14 year old son and 12 year old daughter.

Deb Fillman is the founder of The Reason We Learn. Deb has her MSed from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a homeschooling mom of three girls age 13, 15 and 17.

Darren A. Jones,, has worked at HSLDA since 1996, first as a legal assistant and then as an attorney in various capacities. He spends his time at the office talking to members in legal difficulties, persuading them that it’s not as bad as it could be and HSLDA has got their back, advising homeschool group leaders about everything from crafting statements of faith to designing policies to protect children at co-ops. He also helps HSLDA and its sister organizations stay in compliance with the charitable solicitation laws of way too many competing jurisdictions. Darren and his wife Sara homeschool as a team and have graduated the two oldest of their four children.

Monica Moodhe,, the Marketing and Customer Experience Specialist at HSLDA Online Academy. In this role, she crafts the Academy’s messaging, coordinates marketing strategy, and stays informed on what homeschooling families want from online education. She also plans the Academy’s annual guest lecture series, which connects Academy students with eminent speakers around the country. Monica was homeschooled for all 12 grades and loved the individualized approach to her education, which allowed her to pursue her passion for writing and reading uninhibited. She and her husband, Kyle, live in beautiful Loudoun County, Virginia.

Allison Coates has been homeschooling her 3 gifted sons (ages 10,13, and 15) for the past 5 years. She is a co-founder of BRIGHTLinks and is our mathematics lead and curriculum specialist. She is an author and editor of math textbooks as well as the former founder and head of the Middle School Mathematics Institute (MSMI). She has an S.B. in Mathematics from MIT and an MS in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Elisabeth Oldmixon is one of the newest additions to our BRIGHTLinks organization. Elisabeth has been homeschooling her 3 gifted children, 14 year old son and 9 and 10 year old daughters, from the beginning. Her background includes an A.B in Urban Affairs, and M.A. in History, and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia. Elisabeth brings a valuable perspective to homeschooling the twice-exceptional student.

Meghann Reder,, is a member of the BRIGHTLinks Team and has been homeschooling for 8 years. She has 4 gifted boys ranging from age 4 to age 12. Meghan has her PhD in Biology/Developmental Biology and has been BRIGHTLinks' go to mom for all things life science. She is also the queen of curriculum differentiation as she has an exceptional gift to be able to teach to multiple abilities across multiple age ranges all at once.

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