Homeschool Grade Levels

In another post, we discussed various grade level guidelines. Now, let’s consider how to determine your homeschool grade levels. You’re standing in line at the grocery store. The clerk begins making chit-chat with you and your kids. And then she asks your child: What grade are you in? It’s the dreaded question many homeschoolers do […]

How to Document Unstructured Playtime

In a previous post about best advice for new homeschoolers, we encourage you to play more. But how do you document unstructured playtime? Our culture suffers from chronic busyness. We feel the pressure to schedule assignments and activities for every waking moment. Plus, we’re required to document the school activities. The weight of responsibility feels […]

Is Kindergarten Optional?

Is Kindergarten optional in South Carolina? This is a discussion that has come up several times recently. I’ve talked before about compulsory attendance law, but several inaccuracies are still lingering. Let’s talk about what we mean by “optional.” My husband says that the stop signs that are outlined in white are optional. It’s kind of […]

What is the Best Homeschool Curriculum?

This is a frequent question from new homeschoolers: What is the best homeschool curriculum? How do you choose the right curriculum? You want to keep your kids on track and there’s so many curriculum choices out there. Which one should you choose? Homeschool curriculum is big business. There’s so many curriculum choices and methods. It’s […]

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 […]

How to Start Homeschooling Mid-Year

How do you start homeschooling mid-year? There’s a variety of reasons that families make the switch to homeschooling mid-year. Whatever the reason–you’ve got the hit the ground running with a new plan. NOW! What does the law require? What does your daily schedule and pace look like? How do you pick a course of study […]

3 Reasons You Should Keep Good Homeschool Records

You should keep good homeschool records. Not because the law requires you to do it. Ok, yeah. Here in South Carolina, the law does require you to maintain good homeschool records. But, that’s not the reason you should. This post contains affiliate links. Any purchases thru the links will pay me a small commission. If […]

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. >>> Check out our guest post “Can a Home Educator Take a Sick Day? at […]

Discus–A Resource for Homeschoolers in SC

Move over Google Search Engine. It’s time to try this instead: Discus. The SC Discus resource is one of my favorite homeschool tools. And it’s FREE for all residents in South Carolina! It’s like some kind of secret that nobody seems to know about. But, I’ll shout it from the rooftops–you’ve got to know Discus! […]

eLearning Tools for Homeschoolers

In another article we provided some quick start curriculum ideas.  Here’s some suplemental eLearning tools for homeschoolers. Whether you’re just getting started or needing to switch up your routine, I’ve found some more eLearning tools and resources to try. Games and self-paced courses are great for students to occupy themselves too. Especially during unstructured times, […]

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