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Homeschooling in South Carolina

Here are some useful resources that may be helpful as you are getting started. 

Power Homeschool’s Homeschooling in South Carolina site highlights resources, helpful tips, support groups, and so much more!

Homeschool Laws and Requirements in South Carolina

Each state has different rules regarding a parent’s ability to homeschool their children and all the laws that they must follow.

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Homeschool Groups and Support in South Carolina

Some of the best resources to help homeschool families be successful are homeschool associations, support groups, and co-ops.  

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How to Start Homeschooling in South Carolina

If you have decided that homeschool is a good fit for your family, you are probably wondering how to get started with the whole process.  

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Field Trips Available to Homeschoolers in South Carolina

The flexibility to go on more field trips is one of the many perks of homeschooling.  

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Homeschool Laws and Requirements In South Carolina

Many states have rules and guidelines regarding parents homeschooling their children. Here are some links to help you find information regarding South Carolina.

 

 

Important Considerations for Homeschooling Success

Create a Study Plan

When homeschooling in South Carolina, it is important to establish a clean environment where distractions are limited for your child to study on a regular schedule.  Study routines are valuable for learning discipline. They also help your child stay on track with weekly, monthly and yearly academic goals. Create a schedule and expect your child to stick to it. Modify the schedule when necessary to help your child stay challenged while still able to achieve your expectations.  

Read more: 10 Tips to Effectively Homeschool Online

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Build Foundational Knowledge

As your child progresses in their studies, addressing gaps in their foundational knowledge will be crucial to their future success.  For example, if your child struggles with basic math, it may become nearly impossible for them to master more advanced math concepts until they get help with their basic math challenges.  In Acellus courses, Vectored Instruction automatically takes into account a student’s existing knowledge gaps and provides targeted interventions to bridge those gaps.  If a student lacks the foundational understanding required for the new concept, the system automatically provides relevant remedial content before proceeding further.

It is crucial that students achieve early success with online learning so that their confidence will grow. Sometimes it may be necessary to place your child into an earlier course so they can begin experiencing success before they are ready to start moving forward with their learning.  

Read more: Helping Your Student Excel in Acellus

KEEP RECORDS AND DOCUMENTATION

You should keep thorough records of your child’s education. This will be beneficial when they apply for colleges or jobs after high school. Power Homeschool’s online parent portal automatically makes it easy to track progress, download coursework examples, attendance, and keep transcripts of classes taken.

It is also a good idea to get student ID cards and parent/teacher ID cards. Many retailers and venues offer teacher or student discounts that can be claimed by showing ID cards. A professional student ID card with a good quality identification photo included is also an good way to show that your student is enrolled is a reputable homeschool program.

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Homeschool Support & Groups in South Carolina

The level of support for homeschooling families has dramatically increased in recent years. The resources and support groups in South Carolina can make getting started a lot easier for many families.

South Carolina is home to numerous homeschool associations, co-ops, and support groups.

Homeschool accountability groups are common in South Carolina because some families choose to homeschool their children under these organizations. With around 40 different homeschool accountability groups in the state, there is bound to be one that your family jives well with. These groups often have membership fees and require families to fill out applications.

In addition to homeschool accountability groups, the state is also home to a number of support groups and co-ops. These groups can help families with homeschooling support, legal advice, resources, and other information. Here are a few options:

Usually created by parents, these networks allow parents to share information, advice, and resources. Homeschool support groups may offer regular activities for parents and students, such as field trips, book clubs, and other special events.

Co-ops are typically more focused on academics; they may offer weekly learning opportunities. In co-ops, parents often alternate teaching either general subjects or have a more specific focus like STEM or fine arts.

Both types of groups can help you educate your child based on their age and interests. Family values often come into play as well. While many groups are secular, others are based on religious beliefs.

Check out our Power Homeschool Parent Support groups!

How to Get Started Homeschooling in South Carolina

If you are considering homeschool for your child, you are probably wondering how to get started. The first place to start is obviously researching the regulations in South Carolina that you will be required to follow as homeschool parents.

Choosing a curriculum is also a big step. Power Homeschool aims to make homeschooling as easy as possible for parents, and we provide families with as much information as possible to get started on the right foot.

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South Carolina Homeschool Field Trips

Field trips are a big part of the learning experience. Students who are homeschooled have the flexibility to go on even more field trips than those in public or private schools. South Carolina is rich with history and wildlife that your homeschoolers can explore.

Here are a few of the field trip options you might wish to participate in with your student in South Carolina.

 

NORTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville: Taking a field trip to the Roper Mountain Science Center allows students to learn about animals, planets, and more.
  • North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum in North Myrtle Beach: The North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum features art and historical pieces from the area. You can even become a member of the museum for free admission to the museum and a discounted rate for ticketed events.
  • Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach: Known as the “Reptile Capital of the World,” Alligator Adventure is home to some of the fiercest reptiles in the world. In addition to reptiles, there are mammals, amphibians, and birds at this park.
  • Ninety Six National Historic Site in Ninety Six: Visit an old Revolutionary War site at Ninety Six National Historic Site. Entrance to the park is free, and the park is open from Wednesday to Sunday each week.
  • Cowpens National Battlefield in Chesnee: The Cowpens National Battlefield is regarded as the location of the only successful double envelopment in the American Revolution. This is the place where Daniel Morgan overtook the British army. Take a guided walk through the battlefield and see the Historic Green River Road.

COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston: Take your students on a tour through the Gibbes Museum of Art where they can see works from the eighteenth century through the present day. There are even classes available and an activity-filled area that is free to the public.
  • Powder Magazine in Charleston: The Powder Magazine is the oldest government building in the state. Completed in 1713, the building was used as an arsenal for 45 years. The building was also used during the American Revolution. Now, it is a museum where you can explore military history in Charleston.
  • South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston: The South Carolina Aquarium offers daily programs and tours. At the aquarium, you can watch feedings and learn about the animals at the aquarium.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach: At Ripley’s Aquarium, you can interact with stingrays and view all kinds of sea creatures, including various species of jellyfish, turtles, eels, and sharks.

CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA

  • EdVenture Columbia in Columbia: The interactive exhibits at EdVenture Columbia are designed to spark imagination and excite children of all ages. Many of the exhibits at EdVenture are geared around STEM fields. The seasonal exhibits change frequently, meaning that each trip you can experience something completely new.
  • Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia: Explore various animal exhibits and zipline through the zoo at the Riverbanks Zoo. There is also a botanical garden and ropes course.
  • Hitchcock Woods in Aiken: The 2100-acre longleaf pine forest is home to trails that hikers, runners, and equestrians use. The woods are also home to the Aiken Horse Show in each April and the Festival of the Woods each September.

We hope this provides homeschool parents and students with resources and information to get started with homeschooling in South Carolina. If you have any questions about Power Homeschool’s online curriculum, contact us today!

 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this web page is for general information purposes only. The information provided does not constitute legal advice and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

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