Nikki Massey Hall

Homeschooling in Columbia

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I'm new to this , and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't terrified. I'm almost certain I'm not doing much of anything correct. I'd love to get to know some other families around the Columbia area that homeschool, too. We just moved here and I don't know anyone.

 

 

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Hi Nikki, and welcome! :)

 

I don't live in the Columbia area, but many of my members do. I'll round up the troops and ask them to post in here.

 

Warmly,

Dianna

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Hi Nikki!  I am in the NE area of Columbia.  I don't think any of us feel like we're doing it "right" at first.  The great thing about homeschooling is that there's really no right or wrong way to do it, you just have to figure out what works for you and your child(ren).  

 

If you're interested, we have a small group of homeschoolers in the NE area that I'm a part of.  As long as it's ok with Dianna, I'd be glad to give you the link to our facebook page if you're interested!  Good luck!

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We're in REACH for support - inclusive group.

 

You can also meet people at the state museum's homeschool classes (check out homeschool Fridays & be sure to preregister) and Columbia Historical Society's classes.

 

There are also classes at Riverbanks Zoo and the Art Museum, although there have been changes to them & I'm not sure how good they are anymore.

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Kristie, it's fine to post the link - please do!

 

Warmly,

Dianna

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I have a 6 year old girl. We haven't found anything that fits us nor do we know anyone in the Columbia area either.

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I'm a somewhat longterm homeschooler (my oldest is finishing 6th grade), but we are moving to Columbia in May, and the SC rules are making my eyes pop out.   I'll be a doctoral student at USC in the fall, but of course I know no one in Columbia at all and I am feeling a touch overwhelmed....I'll be happy to meet some other homeschool families when we arrive.  We have a 6th grade girl, a 1st grader girl and an 8 month old boy...

 

Dot

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I'm a somewhat longterm homeschooler (my oldest is finishing 6th grade), but we are moving to Columbia in May, and the SC rules are making my eyes pop out.   I'll be a doctoral student at USC in the fall, but of course I know no one in Columbia at all and I am feeling a touch overwhelmed....I'll be happy to meet some other homeschool families when we arrive.  We have a 6th grade girl, a 1st grader girl and an 8 month old boy...

 

Dot

 

What are you studying?

 

The rules really aren't that bad. No one has ever asked to see my records (and I've got lots of them!!). We school year round (June - April, taking May off) because that's what works for us. You can do all sorts of different options.

The REACH group I linked above has been a good support group for us.

Depending on where you live, the Richland County Public Library is the best library I've been a part of (much better than the public libraries I had access to in CA).

 

My son is in 6th grade this year. Feel free to send me a PM with questions about the Columbia area as well.

 

Welcome to the state!

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With Josie being 6 and with special needs, she has adhd andb is on the autism spectrum. We're hoping another evaluation will give us our diagnosis. I haven't had an issue with rules since we're 3rd option. My issue has been the feeling of lack of direction and support. I've gotten her involved with church activities for the socialization and next year we're buying curriculm so I can feel we have some direction.

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Thanks to those who shared links.  I was an educator, in public education (mostly elementary school), for 21 years, but this will be the first time I will be homeschooling one of my children.  My youngest daughter was taken out of school due to increasingly worse health issues.  I have two older children, who have completed school, so I am familiar with what they did through middle and high school, but that doesn't keep me from being a little apprehensive about going it alone with a sixth grader.  My daughter has been state identified for AAP since the end of second grade and a Duke TIP participant since fourth grade.  I want to keep her on the accelerated path...any suggestions?  I am looking forward to getting to know some of the other homeschool parents and getting together for some outings.  Wish us luck!

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Hi Frank,

 

I've asked Dana, a member with Duke/TIP experience, to come in and share her experiences. Both of us have a background in education (I'm an ex-school psychologist, and Dana is a math professor), but we approach homeschooling from different perspectives. I'm on one end of the spectrum, where I promote letting children take control of their education as much as the children and parents feel comfortable with. It's worked well in my family. My children have been able to really focus on their interests in high school and afterwards (college-wise, career-wise, etc.) and are successful. Dana is more on the other end of the spectrum (parent-led track), and it's been working well for her. (We've had great discussions about our different educational/homeschooling philosophies.)

 

Anyway, she's great about helping parents with math-related and Duke/TIP/AP questions, so I'll wait for her to chime in.

 

Warmly,

Dianna

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Dianna,

Thanks.  Lilli was in a Montessori program located within a traditional school from K4 through 5th grade.  So, she is used to things being student-led.  I have been in the public education field for 21 years.  So, I am used to things being mostly teacher-led.  I am sure we will come to a compromise that works for us.  I am sure I will work toward her interests, after all, she has been able to do fairly well (AAP and Duke TIP identified, even in Montessori) choosing her lessons and moving forward.

Frank

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Yup... you should listen to Dianna and me talk about educational philosophies.  ;)

 

The cool thing is that with homeschool there isn't one "right way" (although I would argue...and do!... that there are wrong ways to teach math....)

 

I'll start another thread on just gifted education in the Talk About Homeschooling thread since it applies to everyone.

 

I'll have links too!

 

Frank, feel free to send me a PM if you want to talk more specifically about anything as well.

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Frank - also, remember that with homeschool, you aren't tied to what the school does - in almost every way.

So that can really be an adjustment mentally - but it can also be incredibly freeing (with some time!).

 

My son has severe food allergies and that's what got us started homeschooling (and what kept us going when we had some major conflicts).

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I'm late to this thread. We are starting homeschooling this fall and we are new to it. I have 6th grade and 3rd grade girls. Dot...I'd love to meet up with you sometime! Our girls are the same age. :)

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FYI, Reach has just updated their website so it should be easier to join. Membership is only $15 for the year for a family and it runs from July-June.

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I noticed we have some SC local homeschoolers here and with registration opening soon and classes being planned for the Fall I wanted to spread the word for those interested. I know two years ago I could not find anything like this and would have loved to have heard about it then and this is the highlight of my kids week without a doubt!  So I hope this will be the answer others may be looking for as well.   :)  

 

Midlands Homeschool Co-op

                     is

A secular HS co-op located in West Columbia, SC

 

Come Like us here on FB!!

https://www.facebook.com/midlandshomeschoolcoop

 

Registration for the Fall semester is fixing to open contact us through our FB page!!

 

What makes us unique?

 

AFFORDABILITY- Our co-op is the best HS co-op deal in the area! We

strive to keep our budget as low as possible & we are able to do this by

working together as a team…with all the moms teaching something.

 

COMMUNITY- We have a variety of classes each semester & the students enjoy the different experiences they are able to have through this. To continue the bond we have ongoing field trips, park days, MNO.

 

PARENT PARTICIPATION- Where one may be weak in one area another

mom may be stronger in & this is a great benefit for students.

 

Contact me on FB or email me at midlandshomeschoolcoop@gmail.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/midlandshomeschoolcoop

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Hey,

I haven't been on the site this school year so I am going through, reading posts this morning.

I hope everyone is having a great year.

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