Best Homeschool Advice for Newbies

I’ve been homeschooling a loooong time. I wish I had a time machine to go back to the beginning and tell myself some advice. I can’t though…I write this blog so I can tell you all my best homeschool advice for getting started. I also thought it would be interesting to find out what advice […]

Homeschool Progress Report in South Carolina

What’s a homeschool progress report in South Carolina? I’ve seen a variety of explanations. Most of them are busy-work without a meaningful purpose. Write out a formal report card with A in Reading, B in Math…and so on. Or just write out a little vague sentence or paragraph that everything is progressing just fine.  Just […]

School Choice Rally for Education in South Carolina

The School Choice Rally in South Carolina is Wednesday, January 23th at 10 am. We’re meeting at the Metropolitan Convention Center and marching up to the State House for the rally. It’s the state’s biggest celebration of the educational choices parents have available. Many local celebrations are going on all over the state and around […]

Getting Started: Curriculum Ideas

You’ve suddenly decided that you’re going to homeschool. You’re looking for getting started curriculum ideas, so you can hit the ground running. Especially if you are making this transition mid-year–you want to find a curriculum that’s quick and easy to start right now. Many new homeschoolers seek out a curriculum that follows a more traditional […]

What Does 180 Day Requirement Mean?

What does the 180 day requirement mean? Your accountability association verifies that you have completed the days. So you should also complete the 180 day report for your association. Be sure that you comply with their policies, procedures and deadlines. In South Carolina, compulsory attendance is 180 days. When we choose to homeschool, we are […]

Grade Level Guidelines and Standards

What sort of grade level guidelines and standards should homeschoolers follow? As you take on the responsibility of educating our own kids, some of you are wondering what you should be doing at each grade level. How do you know if you’re “keeping up with the schools”? There are not any specific objectives in homeschool […]

Lesson Plan Examples

Let’s take a look at some lesson plan examples. In a previous post, I explained about homeschool record-keeping requirements. Now, let’s see more about the details and format of lesson plans (or journals). Homeschool law in South Carolina requires you to do lesson plans or a journal. But, what should they look like? What details […]

Online Course Programs For Teens

Online Course programs for high schoolers are a great way to cover subjects that you don’t feel qualified to teach or don’t want to learn. Some of these programs are self-studies, while others have teachers/tutors included. As your student moves toward high school level, you find some of the online courses are useful supplements to […]

How do Unschoolers Document Learning?

Homeschool law in South Carolina mandates some basic record-keeping requirements. So, what if you are an unschooler and you don’t actually plan ahead? This is how one unschooler does her journal. How do unschoolers document learning? How do we maintain the records required by law?  These are the most frequently asked questions I hear when talking with other […]

What’s NOT Required by South Carolina Homeschool Law?

What’s NOT required by South Carolina homeschool law? It’s important in know what homeschool parents ARE required to do and are responsible for according to South Carolina Homeschool Law. In previous posts, we’ve covered lots of topics about Getting Started Homeschooling. But, it’s also really important to know what’s NOT required by the South Carolina Homeschool Law. Where ever […]