Meet the NICHE Board

Your state homeschool organization, NICHE, is led by a terrific team of dedicated board members. Since its inception in 1992, NICHE has been served by an amazing roster of homeschooling parents who were willing to offer their time and talents to promote and protect home education in Iowa. Our current board is no exception to that past standard. 

It Only Takes One Small Thing

It Only Takes One Small Thing

Anymore, I don’t run errands during the daytime with my children, mostly because schoolwork and activities have increased as my twins have gotten older. I have also become more conscious of the attention we draw. If I am with only one child, it seems that onlookers assume my child is out of school for the afternoon because of a doctor appointment or … Read More

Homeschooling the Next Generation

Homeschooling the Next Generation

While scrolling down the Facebook news feed recently, an old, familiar image appeared. It was a grainy photo of the first NICHE graduation in 1995.

Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments

I reacted with surprise when I saw the name appear on my phone as I reached to answer it. The call was from a homeschooling friend – one who had started homeschooling when I had, back in the 1980’s. I hadn’t seen her or talked to her in years. The Invitation   She sounded just the same as she cheerfully … Read More

Taking the Step of Faith

Taking the Step of Faith

As I prepare to resume our homeschooling life adventures after Christmas break, I’m reminded of the thoughts that ran through my mind almost 30 years ago when I first considered home education for our oldest child. TAKING THE STEP WITHOUT CERTAINTY   Homeschooling was unusual back then. Homeschooling was an unknown back then. In fact, homeschooling was essentially illegal back … Read More