Now that my family is registered, what do I do next?”

Good question!

First, read For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay.
Although somewhat dated, this book lays out the “why” behind the philosophy. It is easy to read and convincing. All the pieces come together in her explanations and you will come away with that “Ah, ha!” moment where everything makes sense. Our recommendation: buy a physical copy because you will circle things, write in the margins, and sticky-note your favorite pages.

Second, register with a Homeschool Association in South Carolina.
There are many and their requirements vary widely. Find one with strict reporting if you feel you need the accountability or find one with minimal requirements if you know you and your children will definitely be doing a lot of school this year. To see South Carolina’s homeschool laws, a fabulous summary can be found on the HSLDA website.

Third, have Michelle Breuker place you on the school’s iCal date tracker.
You will know of every Off-Site, meeting, and event the second it is posted if you are signed up for our iCal.

Fourth, watch the DVD titled “Laying Down the Rails” by Sonya Shafer.
Seaside’s library has a few copies available to borrow. The DVD is Sonya’s seminar on Habit Training. How to do it well and why it is important. The best 45 minutes you’ll spend this year!

Fifth, ask Amy Ryan to give you the email addresses of the other families.
That way your children can meet their new classmates over the summer and the first day of class won’t seem so scary.

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