Who Doesn’t Love a Good Sale?

I’m so excited to share this post. I’ve literally been waiting about two months to share this with you. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! It’s the biggest, best book sale I’ve every attended. It’s Scholastic’s Warehouse Book Sale!


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Get Your Meal Prep Game On (Fridge Edition)

So a while back I shared how easy and helpful it is to create meals to fill your freezer with to keep you out of the kitchen. It’s so helpful on busy days to go to the freezer and pull out a meal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three! Well I’m here to tell you that not only can you prepare meals for the freezer, but you can also prep snacks and meals for the fridge as well.


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What is the Plan?

I am not a type A person, I do not stick to schedules well, and I am a very spontaneous person sometimes. I used to think that these qualities worked against my ability to properly plan but the problem was really my perspective of what “proper planning” was.


To get right to it, proper planning is a relative term. It solely depends on the person who is planning as to what is proper. For me, what works best is more of a rhythm of a day, versus a schedule. I do not plan out time slots for specific subjects and I do not have to keep things on a tight schedule. Instead,

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(video) The question: To follow the public school grade state education standards or not to follow the public school grade state education standards?

When I first began homeschooling in Virginia the state standards for education were my life line.

I went to the Virginia Department of Education and located their state education standards FOR EACH GRADE LEVEL.

Unsure of what my children needed to learn and unsure of the curriculum I should use I began using their guidelines and the knowledge I knew along with paper and pencil.

And our homeschooling journey was on the way.

Later that year I learned of Abeka and included that into our studies.

My oldest then turned four years old and would use Abeka for all subjects along with her siblings until I was able to cut the ‘apron strings’ of the state standards.

More experienced, I only choose a few subjects from Abeka that I felt were worthwhile and mixed up my curriculum. Oh my!!!

What I was finding is that my children were passing the state standards for education at an alarmingly fast rate while using Abeka. (www.Abeka.com)

In many subjects they were on 3rd grade level at 4 and 5 years old.

Sooooooo…..I just stuck with Abeka until I expanded my wings to learn about other curriculum and homeschooling resources.

Check out this video release regarding following state standards of education or not to follow them.

(Be sure to share with a friend or family member or on your social medial or all resources. You just never know who needs to know this information and be released from the heavy weight of ‘MUST MEET THE STATE STANDARDS.’)



Angela Jordan Perry, is a life partner 27 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, host of Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling with Angela Jordan Perry show, podcast host of Girlfriends Chat with Angela Jordan Perry, founder/Executive Director of Educating Our Own, founder/director of STEAM Co-Op of the Upstate, Mocha Homeschooling Moms-SC founder, owner/director/administrator of United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited Option 3 Accountability Association, founder of  The Homeschool Upstart; direct marketer, mad’am farmer,  Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist.  Angela and her family make their homestead in Campobello, SC.

Simple. Easy. Quick. Daily record keeping for South Carolina Homeschoolers.

Just today and frequently I have families who are homeschooling in South Carolina inquiring about ideas on how to stay on top of their record keeping which is required under Option 3 law.

While there are so many ways to do this:

*Excel spreadsheet

*Automated google sheet

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What you need to know to homeschool in SC with my association, United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited-Accountability Association? (YouTube video)

For the past month my virtual calendar schedule has been FULL scheduled phone calls from families in SC desiring to get started with homeschooling in SC but just unsure what to do and how to get started.

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2 days Left!!! Transcripts and Ranking Forms deadline approaching.


UCHU-AA is well underway with calculating transcripts.

(That would be ME!! ha. ha. ha)

How many is that……well that would be just a little over 100 transcripts, plus report cards AND plus a host of ranking forms.

Where am I majority of my days this week?

Yeah…you’ve guessed it.

Living on my computer.

Though I did take a moment for my weekly datenite with my husband tonight.(sweetness) And before I left the restaurant many of you were contacting me with questions.

Guess what? I love it!!

I love that I’m touchable, reachable and in good relationship with many of you that you will give me a text late at night. ((insert ‘heart’ here))

Well….the deadline is just TWO DAYS AWAY.

Midnight, May 31, 2018 is the cut off to turn in your high school students transcript forms and ranking forms for completion.

If you DON’T make it by deadline….. no worries.

You may still submit your transcript request/report cards after May 31, 2018. They will be minus ranking but will be calculated with your student’s gpa.

If you have any questions and actually need to talk directly with me schedule a time on my virtual calendar.  Choose a day and time that will work best for you. www.calendly.com/uchuthirdoption/15min

Otherwise, email me at UCHUThirdOption@gmail.com

The next few days I’ll be having my rondevous with UCHU-AA members transcripts, report cards and ranking forms. I may not be easily accessible.

I simply adore what I do.

My purpose driven life is to make a positive impact on 1000s of homeschoolers worldwide. I do that in part by serving YOU MY HOMESCHOOLING  UCHU-AA COMMUNITY!!

Thank you!! ((insert heart))


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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, host of Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling, podcast host of Girlfriends Chat, direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool co-op director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist. Angela and her family makes their homestead in Campobello, SC.


SC Legislation Update for Homeschool and Public school families

UCHU here are new state legislation affecting homeschool and public school.


Last update: December 20, 2017
S 611 Summary: Homeschool Recognition Month


S30 Summary: High school graduation requirements

Requires a on-half credit course of study in personal finance with an end-of-year test as a requirement for high school graduation beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

S 31 Summary: Special education diploma
The state can award a special ed diploma instead of the certificate of attendance to handicap high school students.

S 43 Summary: High school study of U.S. Constitution
Provides that each public high school must provide instruction concerning the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers and the Declaration of Independence to each student for at least one year.

H 3350 Summary: School attendance requirements
Increases from seventeen to eighteen the age of the child at which a parent or guardian no longer has responsibility to cause the child to attend school.

S 231 Summary: Driver’s license
Provides that, in addition to other requirements to obtain full licensure, a person at least fifteen years of age and under twenty-one years of age who has never held a form of license evidencing previous driving experience must enroll in and successfully complete a driver training course conducted by a driver training school.

S 339 Summary: SC Promise Scholarship Act
Promise Scholarship offers another state run scholarship for students in public, private, or charter school and to home school students who use Option 1 or Option 2, but NOT Option 3.

S 241 Summary: Income tax credit
Authorizes a deduction from state of South Carolina taxable Income up to two thousand dollars per child per year to a parent or legal guardian for home school-related expenditures. This deduction is limited to a total of two thousand dollars per child per year regardless of the number of taxpayers incurring home school instruction-related expenses. The deduction allowed by this subsection is fully deductible for the calendar year in which the home school term begins provided the qualifying student completes the school term for that school year.

S 462 Summary: Uniform high school diplomas
Revises the requirements for diplomas to provide “personalized pathways” to education (something most home schoolers are currently doing anyway). This bill passed and was signed by the Governor on May 19th.

H 3583 Summary: Palmetto Fellows
Allows the Palmetto Scholarship to be deferred for 2 years after high school graduation. It has passed the House and is now in the Senate, with the change from 2 years to 1 year.

H 3663 Summary: Healthy Youth Act
Called the “Healthy Youth Act” requires all health standards to be “evidence based.”

H 3934 Summary: Income tax credit
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, a parent or legal guardian who home schools may claim a credit of up to five thousand dollars for instruction-related expenditures.

H 4032 Summary: Life scholarship eligibility criteria
Beginning with School Year 2018-2019, an entering freshman at a four-year institution to be eligible for a LIFE Scholarship must be in the top thirty percent of his high school graduating class. For home school students and students whose high school graduating class is less than fifty students, the Commission on Higher Education may define alternative criteria for students to meet the requirement of item. This would require ranking in accountability groups by eliminating the other two criteria possibilities.

Contact Us for More Information
SCHEA PO Box 2707, Irmo, SC 29063
Email: schea@schea.net
Phone: 803-772-2330

Serving you and yours,

Angela Jordan Perry




Homeschooling In SC: Educational Records Shall Be Maintained by Parent-Teacher

Under Option 3 law there are pertinent records that each parent-teacher must maintain.

Today we discuss ONE of the THREE required things that each parent-teacher must maintain.


Take 10 minutes of you day and be informed about maintaining records in your Option 3 homeschooling with UCHU-AA.

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Serving You and Yours,


Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, Young Living direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool Academy director, President of Women’s Empowerment Toastmaster-Greenville and follower of Jesus Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

Homeschooling History in our State in which we live

This is a long read.

So please, please, please take the time to read it thoroughly.

It will be a treat to know and learn that our freedoms to homeschool was with a great price in which we all have the privilege to *eat the fruit* of *now.*

The below information was supplied by SCHEA  (South Carolina Home Educators Association)  which is a state organization that works to maintain the homeschooling freedoms and rights for home schoolers in SC.  SCHEA was around at the start when our freedoms for homeschooling became a reality particularly under Option 3.

SCHEA is NOT to be confused with SCAIHS (South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools) which is a great group that provides schooling under Option 2.

Today while at a SCHEA meeting I had the privilege of meeting a representative from SCHAIS. And though against the views and thoughts of many misinformed homeschoolers (and against a few biases that I had always had of SCHAIS) SCHAIS is a friend to Option 3 and to Option 3 homeschoolers. 

I learned today, once again that you must go to the *horses mouth* to gain the truth about a subject else you receive 2nd hand information that may not be true. Just someone’s bias. 

I’ll be sharing more about SCHEA and SCHAIS at a later date maybe. 

For now here is the HISTORY OF HOMESCHOOLING IN SC!! :)

Sit down and drink a cup of coffee or tea while you read this 🙂


Angela P.


A History of Homeschooling in South Carolina

Prior to June 1988, the doctrine of “substantial equivalence” was the law that governed homeschools in South Carolina. Under this doctrine, parents had to prove to the complete satisfaction of a local school board that their proposed homeschool would provide as “substantially equivalent” a learning environment as that of the local public or private school. While some districts’ school boards were willing to approve homeschools, others were not. Even the friendly districts required home visits, approval of teaching texts, and other, sometimes intrusive, requirements. In some districts, good relationships existed between homeschooling families and the district officials. In a large number of districts, however, homeschoolers had a difficult time proving “substantial equivalence” to highly critical, and sometimes even hostile, school boards. The result in these situations was almost predictable: permission to homeschool denied. For families living in hostile districts, and who believed that God had called them to homeschool, the choices included moving to a new, more receptive, school district or homeschooling under threat of legal action.

As a result of this unequal treatment from district to district, families that homeschooled in South Carolina prior to June 1988 sometimes did so at great risk of facing criminal truancy charges. These families were not rebellious; they were politely but firmly asserting their God-directed responsibilities and telling those in government (public) schools, “No thank you, teaching my children is my responsibility, not yours.” Most were simply trying to teach their children in the way that they should go and were convinced that home education was God’s call for their life. They were willing to go to the statehouse, the courthouse, and even the jailhouse if necessary to obey this calling. What they were not willing to do was to surrender their children to the State. Nor were they willing to back down from unjust government bureaucracy.

Slowly, these homeschooling parents banded together and formed small support organizations. The organizations they formed had a variety of names and some are still in existence. One such group was the Carolina Family School Association. This group, which was originally located in Goose Creek, South Carolina, became the statewide homeschool support group; its name was changed to the South Carolina Home Educators Association (SCHEA). SCHEA was formed to obtain a legislative solution for homeschools, and to provide support and encouragement to homeschools at the state level. Originally, SCHEA had approximately ninety members.

During the time of “substantial equivalence,” the homeschool movement continued to grow, and an increasing number of local school boards began to hesitate in their challenge of homeschooling families. This was especially true for those families represented by Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). It was during this era, however, that the State Department of Education (SDE) began to quietly take on the task of suppressing homeschooling. In December 1985, the SDE drafted a proposed regulation that would force homeschooling parents to have an accredited B.A. (or B.S.) Degree, and for all homeschooling programs to use state-approved texts. Homeschoolers were not aware of these proposed regulations’ existence until they were being considered by the General Assembly in April 1986. With only a few weeks to react, homeschoolers went on the offensive. They prayed, they planned and they acted. All conventional wisdom (as well as friendly politicians), said, “You can’t win. This regulation is going to be enacted.” But, on May 12, 1986, nearly four hundred homeschool supporters gathered at the public hearing of this regulation to hear Dr. Raymond Moore and other supporters speak on behalf of homeschools. The questions asked, the material presented, and the voters counted caused consideration of this regulation to be delayed until the following legislative year. This delay gave homeschoolers time to mount a sustained offensive, and in February 1987, the proposed regulation was defeated and sent back to the SDE.

All was quiet for a few days until a SCHEA board member was notified by a young member of the State House of Representatives that the SDE had new plans for homeschools, and that those plans would not be acceptable to homeschoolers. Working with the legislator, a committee was formed with the SDE and SCHEA to hammer out a draft homeschool law. Each side had issues on which they would not budge, and the compromise bill which was introduced was distasteful to both sides. Positives on the homeschool side were that the requirement for a Bachelor’s degree was dropped and the ability to choose homeschooling texts was obtained. However, after the committee work ended the SDE suddenly claimed that its own representatives on the committee were “not its representatives after all,” and immediately began fighting the bill. During this entire time, HSLDA provided much-needed legal support both at the state level and for individual families faced with legal threats.

The homeschool bill was battled throughout the rest of the 1987-88 session. The final showdown came on the last week of the session. Hostile House members offered amendment after amendment to kill or further weaken the bill. Supporters defeated each one until an Education Entrance Examination (EEE) test amendment was proposed. The amendment would require that homeschooling parents without a college degree take what was known as the EEE test for prospective schoolteachers. There was a one-year grace period prior to this amendment being enacted. The law passed, and governor signed it during June 1988. This statute, 59-65-40, allowed (and still allows) homeschools to operate under the supervision of a local school district. Homeschoolers found this law to be burdensome, but overall, this law was a major victory for homeschoolers because, for the first time, all local school districts in the state were forced to approve any homeschool that met the new requirements.

During the summer of 1988, a period of calm settled in as plans to homeschool under the new law ensued. More local school districts chose to become relatively unconcerned about homeschools. In fact, some local school districts became very helpful, using pro-homeschooling interpretations of the new law. For homeschoolers living in those districts, working with the local schools was, and in some cases continues to be, a positive experience. However, some at the SDE and some local school districts had difficulty accepting this turn of events. In non-friendly school districts the new law was tediously interpreted with long and detailed application processes, and in some cases, bureaucratic harassment. As soon as the one-year grace period on the “Triple E” lapsed in 1989, parents without college degrees felt the full weight of the SDE and local school boards. Applications were denied, including applications from those families who had homeschooled successfully, but where the teaching parent did not pass the EEE.

Home School Legal Defense Association brought a class-action suit on behalf of non-college-degreed parents in South Carolina. The case went all the way to the State Supreme Court, where the EEE test was ruled invalid in 1991. After this ruling, another period of relative calm returned to those under the homeschooling law, as long as the homeschools continued to adhere to tedious application processes and to school district reviews of homeschoolers’ academic work.

Concurrent with the EEE lawsuit, homeschooling leaders began exploring a provision in the law which might allow for a homeschool supervisory organization to be formed under the umbrella of the private school portion of the compulsory attendance law, Section 59-65-10. With much prayer and consultation, the decision was made to try to create a homeschooling supervisory organization operated by homeschoolers under the umbrella of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA). This was then changed to be a stand-alone organization. In 1990, the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) was formed and modeled after the private schools’ association. SCAIHS originally required its members to join HSLDA in preparation for the expected legal battles. They did not have long to wait.

At the beginning of the 1990 school year, eleven families in Lexington District 5 were charged with criminal truancy as a result of homeschooling under SCAIHS supervision. Some were awakened as early as 5:00 A.M. by law enforcement officers serving them papers and demanding to talk with their children. This resulted in two court cases, one in Lexington County and one in Richland County. All other school districts in the state agreed to wait on completion of these two cases before beginning any action against SCAIHS members in other jurisdictions. Both cases were lost. The judges maintained that this was a legislative matter and needed to be resolved in the state legislature. As preparations for appeal were being made, the leadership of SCAIHS was contacted by the SDE. They were informed that the SDE was “tired of fighting homeschoolers.” They indicated that not only did homeschoolers have lawyers, they had very good (HSLDA) ones. Representatives from the SDE stated that they would not block legislation to grant legal status to SCAIHS. The SDE refused however, to accept SCAIHS’s and SCHEA’s request to allow for other private supervisory organizations. The SDE would not budge on that issue. After more prayer, planning, and action, the next chapter in South Carolina’s homeschooling freedom became law on April 8, 1992. Now, homeschoolers at SCAIHS could supervise homeschools under Statute 59-65-45.

With the passage of the SCAIHS law, even more local school districts adopted a somewhat relaxed view of homeschools, while others maintained a somewhat adversarial climate. With this newer law a large number of homeschoolers were very satisfied, and many continue to be so, as SCAIHS meets a variety of needs for homeschools in the state. Some homeschoolers found that the original law was working well in their individual school districts. Still others prayed and pursued greater options and freedoms.

In 1996 the time had arrived. A group of homeschoolers working with the State Senate were able to attach a third homeschooling law to an existing bill. The original wording of this proposed law sparked concerns. The debate which ensued between homeschoolers and legislators, and homeschoolers themselves, once again presented growing pains as the details of this “third option” law were worked through. Bill language changes were made and on June 20, 1996, Statute 59-65-47 went into effect. This law created the opportunity for any number of private homeschooling accountability associations to exist. Since passage of 59-65-47, several accountability associations have provided many different services and have met the needs of many homeschoolers across the state. This most recent legal option gave South Carolina homeschooling parents additional choices, thus increasing their freedom to homeschool as they saw fit.

It is our desire that this brief overview will help your understanding of the development of South Carolina’s homeschooling laws. It is due to the sacrificial efforts of the early pioneers in the homeschooling movement in South Carolina that we have the wonderful freedom, which we all now enjoy. To them, we are truly grateful.

– SCHEA ( South Carolina Home Educators Association)