Piedmont Home Educators Association

Getting Started

Getting Started


Families choose to homeschool for many reasons. Some feel that homeschooling fits their religious convictions better than public or private school. Others find that by teaching their child at home they are better able to fit their educational needs either by providing additional instruction in the areas where the child struggles or by providing a more accelerated curriculum for a motivated student. Others home school because health issues keep the child from attending school on a regular basis.

Regardless of your reasons for homeschooling, there is some basic information you should know before you begin the great adventure of teaching your child at home. In this section of the website we answer the following questions:

Is this legal?

The Homeschool Laws page lays out all the options for homeschooling in South Carolina. This section also deals with the options for homeschooling a kindergartener.

What kind of records do I need to keep? 

The Record Keeping page deals with the various things you need to do to document your homeschool.

How do I know what to teach?

Legally you must provide instruction in the basic subject areas: Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies. The method and curriculum you choose can be greatly affected by your student’s needs and your personal preferences. Our Educational Philosophies section provides some guidance.

Where do I get my books?

Our Curriculum Providers section offers information about national curriculum providers as well as local sellers.

What opportunities are available to homeschoolers?

As more families choose to home school, more and more options become available for homeschoolers, from field trips to support groups to classes to enhance your student’s learning. Our Resources page offers a lot of great information.

Finally we offer some Practical Tips for making your homeschool an enjoyable experience for the whole family.

If you have a student who is in high school or who will be soon, we encourage you to check out our High School section which has a wealth of information for older students.