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Ultimate Guide to Columbia Homeschool Activities and Resources Outside the “Home”

Ultimate Guide to Columbia Homeschool Activities and Resources Outside the Home | Columbia SC Moms BlogAbout three years ago, and after a lot of deliberation, I made the decision to homeschool my children. My oldest was only four then, so I had some time to do a great deal of reading and research. I was able to work out the details of my approach to educating my children. 

One of the things I learned was that there are endless resources to help get you started and support you as you move through the school year. Homeschooling can be as exciting, adventurous, and adaptive as you make it! Now that I am a few years into this journey, I am grateful to find so many fun ways to teach my children not just at home, but in and around Columbia. 

Here are some excellent resources around the city to expand your homeschool outside of your home: 

 Museums

Visit Eddie, the World's Largest Child! Take your homeschool field trips here!

EdVenture offers classes for homeschool students on the first Friday of every month.

Classes for Homeschool Students

  • Arrows Academy – A twice-a-week “school for homeschoolers” in West Columbia and an Option 3 accountability group.
  • Excelsior – A once-or twice-a-week homeschool program in West Columbia for ages 4-high school; parents drop of kids for the day and they participate in a variety of classes.
  • Classical Conversations – A support organization for homeschooling parents using a classical approach; numerous campuses around the Midlands offer classes once a week for grades PrK4-12; parents participate and receive support from other parents.
  • Principia Center – Meets on Mondays at Northeast Presbyterian Church, offering classes to grades 7-12.
  • Chapin Academy
  • YMCA Homeschool swim & gym – Columbia area YMCA’s offer weekly athletic programs to homeschool students age 5 to 14. 
  • IT-oLogy – This non-profit group offers a variety of learning opportunities. These include: classes, field trips, and summer camps, to K-12 students interesting in learning about working in the IT field. 
  • Co-ops – These are general grass roots groups that are organized by parents around the interests and needs of member families. Ask around, even search on social media, and you are sure to find one!

Library and Arts

Homeschool resources are easily found at Richland County Public Library.

The Richland library has resources available to help round out your homeschool curriculum for free (pictured here is the Main Branch located in downtown Columbia).

Local Conferences

  • Classical Conversations offers several Parent Practicums in the Midlands (and across South Carolina) every summer. They also offer free parent webinars throughout the year. 

Other Resources

  • SCAIHS – The South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) in Cayce, has a bookstore open to the public. If you choose to homeschool through them (option 2), their offices are right there.
  • Local Option 3 accountability organizations – There are six of these organizations in the Midlands. REACH has a calendar of events for homeschool activities in and around Columbia. 

If you are an experienced homeschooler, what other Midlands resources have you found?

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3 Responses to Ultimate Guide to Columbia Homeschool Activities and Resources Outside the “Home”

  1. Jeffrey Angstadt March 9, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    Wow! This is a wealth of great information for anyone interested in home schooling. If I were at the front end of this decision, this article would make the answer very easy. Knowing there are so many great resources is surprising, and comforting. Excellent and well presented Hannah.

    • Hannah Gunning March 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

      Thanks 🙂

  2. Paula Billingsley
    Paula Billingsley September 3, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    Columbia is a great place for homeschoolers. This article is a very organized, excellent resource. Saving it and sharing it!

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