At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, 11.1% of families decided to homeschool their children. While the pandemic kicked the concept into high gear, homeschooling has been an increasingly popular option for decades.

If you and your family have considered switching to homeschooling this year, we highly recommend joining a homeschool association that can alleviate some of the challenges and responsibilities parents face in this process. Homeschool associations can help families in countless ways:

Is Homeschooling A Good Option?

First of all, is homeschooling beneficial for your children? The answer is: absolutely!

Consider just some of the benefits of homeschooling:

  • Academic flexibility tailored to your child’s special needs and your family’s values
  • More quality time together in a warm home environment
  • Flexible schedules for military families or others that travel or move frequently
  • Prioritize your child’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health
  • More time for community involvement, volunteering, and leisure activities

Homeschooling also shields your children from potential harm, whether it’s exposure to illness, physical violence, bullying, or discrimination.

What Do I Need To Know To Homeschool Effectively?

Each state has its own laws that govern homeschooling. In South Carolina, for example, parents must document 180 days of learning each calendar year and cover essential subjects including reading, writing, science, math, and social studies.  South Carolina homeschooling families are also required to be a member of a homeschool association; we at SCAIHS would love to be your choice!

Our counselors can guide you as you choose curricula and prepare lessons that meet state requirements, but you have full control over where, when, and how you teach your children. You’re always free to conduct science experiments, spend time in nature, or incorporate your faith-based values into the education program.

What Are The Benefits Of A Homeschool Association?

Under Option 2 of the South Carolina Home School List, you’ll find the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS). What homeschool association benefits can you expect if you choose us for your child’s educational journey?

First and foremost, our experienced staff is dedicated to helping you be the best teacher you can be. From Pre-K to high school, we’ll help you choose the materials, techniques, and strategies that will be most effective for your child. Twice a year, you’ll submit academic progress reports through a secure online portal.

Homeschool associations also understand that learning happens all the time — not just in the classroom. That’s why we provide you with other ideas to help you teach your children something new every day. This includes ideas for field trips, computer games, travel experiences, and educational TV programs.

With SCAIHS, you’ll have access to:

  • Nationally recognized transcripts and high school diplomas
  • The option of AP, Honors, and Dual Enrollment courses to foster advanced students and prepare them for college
  • Custom curricula for students with special needs
  • Ongoing counseling and support to all students and parents

We’re always here to help, but remember — you are the one in control of your child’s education. If you need to adjust your teaching methods or make changes to your lesson plans, we’ll be right there to provide the support you need.

Your Child Can Thrive In A Homeschool Environment

Homeschooling can be a blessing to your entire family, but you’ll need expert guidance to make it a successful endeavor. That’s why partnering with a homeschool organization like SCAIHS can make a world of difference.

Since 1990, we’ve been helping families like yours receive the best possible education without the worries that come with the public school system. We’re here to help you every step of the way as you help your little ones learn, grow, and excel.

Click here to learn more about homeschooling with SCAIHS.