South Carolina Homeschool Groups & Co-ops
Deciding to take your child’s education into your own hands is a big step. Having a support system, though, can make the transition much smoother and remove much of the anxiety you feel. One of the best resources for new homeschoolers is a homeschool support group. These social groups for homeschoolers are made up of families who have decided that home education is the best choice for them.
Many of these homeschool support groups are local or regional, but for families who live in an area with few other homeschoolers, a virtual homeschool group is an option as well. Time4Learning’s South Carolina parent homeschool forum is a great place to seek out virtual support — particularly if other local homeschooling families are few and far between.
South Carolina Homeschool Groups
If you homeschool via Option 3 in South Carolina, you may already have a homeschool support group connected with your accountability association. If you don’t, or if you homeschool using one of the other two options, you are likely curious about how to find other homeschooling families near you.
To help kick off your search, we’ve put together a list of active Facebook groups for homeschoolers in South Carolina:
South Carolina Homeschool Co-ops
In addition to local homeschool groups that may meet for playdates, field trips, and general socialization, another type of support group is more focused on providing group learning opportunities. Homeschool cooperatives (also called “co-ops”) are structured groups, usually led by parents, that have regular meeting times and opportunities for collaborative learning.
No co-op is exactly the same, and each one will usually have different ways of operating, different requirements for participation, and different areas of focus. An example of a homeschool co-op in South Carolina is the Explorers Homeschool Co-op in Greenville. It is a faith-based cooperative that meets the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 11-3. Parents are required to volunteer weekly as well as to help with clean-up of the meeting facility. Classes and offerings are for enrichment purposes.
Benefits of Joining a Homeschool Group or Co-op
When you ask families what has most inspired their decision to continue with homeschooling, they will often give a similar response: SUPPORT. Having the opportunity to connect with other families who’ve made the choice to homeschool can be empowering. Getting advice from other parents in your state or local area who have already carved a path in the homeschooling world can keep you motivated and make you aware of some of the potential pitfalls.
In addition to support, though, there are so many other perks of being involved in one of the homeschool groups in South Carolina, including:
- group field trips
- park days and/or p.e. days
- organized clubs such as geography club, 4H, chess, robotics, etc.
- book and curriculum exchanges
- dedicated email loops or Facebook groups for sharing information
- organized athletic opportunities
- the opportunity to make new friends!!
Additional Resources for Homeschooling in South Carolina
Have other questions about homeschooling in South Carolina? You may find the following pages helpful.