August 2017

TSCHAA August Newsletter

Welcome to TSCHAA!

Thank you so much for choosing TSCHAA as your 3rd option accountability association.TSCHAA's goal is to provide accountability and support for SC homeschoolers without requiring anything above the law. 

You are free to homeschool as you choose as long as you are 
following the Third Option Homeschool Law. Please keep in mind that you are the teachers. You can choose what curriculum and how much of the curriculum you want to cover. You have the freedom to create your own curriculum and the power to decide each school year. The law does not specify specific content in each grade or subject. 

As you plan your homeschool journey,  make sure you have the end in mind.  Whether your child will be attending college, entering the military, or going straight into the workforce, you will need to make sure you are choosing courses that will open the doors of opportunity for your children. 

Homeschooling is an amazing journey, and I hope that each of you enjoys every moment of it. If you ever need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. Happy Homeschooling!

TSCHAA's director here.

Phone (call/text): 864-939-8341
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30 - 12:00

TSCHAA Handbook

Did you know that TSCHAA has a handbook that may answer many of the questions that you have? You received a link to it in your membership email. You can also access it on theApplication/Forms page of the TSCHAA website or click here.

TSCHAA Website

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the TSCHAAwebsite. The Application/Forms page of the website has request forms for transcripts, report cards, diplomas, DMV or compliance letters, and free record keeping sheets. The most recent newsletter is linked on the main page, and blog posts are on the Blog tab. There is also a FAQs page that answers many questions that you may have about homeschooling and TSCHAA.

Upstate Back-to-Homeschool Jamboree

TSCHAA will be at the Upstate Back-to-Homeschool Jamboree in Spartanburg, SC August 5th from 9:00 until 12:00! Stop by our table and say, "Hi!" while your kids try out a few Tangram challenges. We hope to see you there!

New to Homeschooling?

If you are new to homeschooling, take a moment to check outThird Option Homeschooling for information on the Third Option Law and extra resources for record keeping, scholarships, curriculums, and homeschooling high school. Then, test your homeschool knowledge by taking this QUIZ sponsored by The SC Homeschooling Connection. 

Homeschooling High School

If you are homeschooling high school students this year, check out these links:

TSCHAA's Guide to Homeschooling High School

Scholarships and Grants

TSCHAA Field Trips

TSCHAA is excited about the field trips being planned this year! So far, we have the following set up with more in the works:

~ Rocket Building in Columbia - Sept 19th at 9:00 (registration opening soon!)
~ Canal Tour in Monks Corner - October 20th at 10:00 (registration opening soon!)
~ Swamp Rabbits Game in Greenville- Nov 1st
~ Archery Class in Laurens - November
~ Saluda Shoals Ecology Class in Columbia- March 28th, 2018
~ Estuary Tour in Charleston - May 2018

Registration for each will open about a month or two before the event. You will get a newsletter letting you know that registration will be opening and reminders will be sent out in the support groups. Your spot will not be reserved until payment is received because space is limited. Do not register unless you know you are able to attend and plan to pay within 7 days of registration. 

Since TSCHAA is state-wide, I cannot guarantee that I will have a field trip in your area. However, if you are interested in setting up a field trip in your area, please contact TSCHAA. I am happy to assist you.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Did you know that public schools get funding to help all students with disabilities? This includes homeschoolers! Your local school district can help you with testing and educational services for free. If you need more information, please contact TSCHAA.

Support Groups/ Homeschool Classes

Are you looking for a co-op, support group, or homeschool class in your area? Check out the following lists to learn what is available in your area.

Guide to Columbia Homeschooling

Guide to Homeschooling in the Upstate

Upcoming Homeschool Days and Discounts

Columbia Ballet Outreach (Columbia, SC)

SC State Museum Homeschool Thursdays (Columbia, SC)

Edventure Children's Museum (Columbia, SC)

Riverbanks Zoo Homeschool Classes (Columbia, SC)

Upcountry Museum Homeschool Days (Greenville, SC)

Bob Jones Art Gallery Homeschool Days (Greenville, SC)

The Children's Museum of the Upstate (Greenville, SC)

Peace Center Pops! Performances Discounted Theater Tickets(Greenville, SC)

Greenville Zoo Homeschool Classes (Greenville, SC)

Art Haven Homeschool Class (Mauldin, SC)

Brookes Center Tri-Art Discounted Theater Tickets (Clemson, SC)

South Carolina Aquarium Explorers Club (Charleston, SC)

Charleston Museum Homeschool Days (Charleston, SC)

Charleston Stage Discounted Theater Tickets (Charleston, SC)

Ripley's Aquarium Homeschool Discount and Classes (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Nature Explorers (Fort Mill, SC)

Biltmore Educational Days (Biltmore, NC)

Discovery Place Homeschool Classes (Charlotte, NC)

Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta, GA)

Dollywood Homeschool Days (Pigeon Forge, TN)

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