What does it take to begin homeschooling in South Carolina? Let’s look at a few questions….
Do parents need to be state certified?
No. Parents are neither licensed nor certified in South Carolina. Further, if you choose to become involved in a co-op education program with other parents, you are permitted to teach their children as well, so long as the primary oversight of the education remains with the child’s actual parents. Many studies have been performed which prove that teacher certification has little affect on the educational outcome of the children. Your convictions to homeschool and your personal involvement in their education will do far more toward advancing your children’s education than any certification.
How do I get ‘permission’ to home school?
In South Carolina, parents do not need special permission to begin homeschooling their children; it is your right. Therefore, you do not need to ask nor receive anyone’s permission. You must, however, choose one of the three legal homeschooling options available to South Carolina residents.
Naturally, since both parents should be involved in the home school, it is advisable to reach a mutual understanding with your spouse. You should, however, anticipate a certain level of opposition to your decision. Many well-meaning people will question your decision; some will even try to interfere.
Does homeschooling really work?
Yes. Numerous studies and the success of many prior home school graduates prove that homeschooling really works. In homeschooling, the parents are intimately involved in the child’s education, the education progresses at the child’s actual comprehension rate, and the child understands the material more thoroughly. Also, the majority of negative education factors are non-existent thereby providing a more encouraging environment in which the children are able to excel.
If you would like to see specific research and statistics regarding the effectiveness of homeschooling, please click here.
Does ‘how my child is educated’ really matter?
Yes. Your child will form his or her opinions and beliefs based on the content and manner of information being taught. Within a homeschool, the parent is able to teach using the curriculum of their choice, as well as instill their biblical convictions without unwanted contradiction or causing the child to encounter unnecessary ridicule. Further, since the parent is directly involved in the child’s education, the natural relationships are positively re-inforced, the child receives loving attention & encouragement, and the child’s personal learning styles & interests can be accommodated.
Any educational institution which attempts to instruct a diversity of children using a repeatable pattern technique, eliminate the intense parental involvement, or bypass the faithful adherence to biblical convictions will naturally be incapable of producing graduates or alumni who hold these family tenants.
What if I, as the parent, don’t feel qualified to teach?
Unless they have received a traditional education which culminated in the acquisition of a teaching certificate, most parents feel somewhat inadequate. This inadequacy is frequently enforced by their focus on the difficult higher level education courses and by the comments offered by ‘well meaning’ friends. The feelings are natural, but they are not insurmountable.
Today’s curricula are designed specifically for parental use in the homeschool. These curricula include all of the guides and instructional materials that the parent will need; many also include special access to experts.
Finally, if homeschooling is begun while the child is still very young, you will be able to acclimate & progress slowly. By the time you encounter the courses which originally worried you, you will have developed the confidence necessary as well as a complete support network.
Where can I find someone to homeschool my kids?
Homeschooling is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. You can cooperate with other parents; and, you should most definitely be in agreement with your spouse. But, no one else can do the job; they can only assist you.