Lowcountry Homeschooling: Socialization

Socialization a problem in the Lowcountry?!?  Read further for: Things for Homeschoolers to Do in the Lowcountry


One of the biggest issues before starting to homeschool is the whole question of socialization.   According to Merriam-Webster socialization is “the process by which a human being beginning at infancy acquires the habits, beliefs, and accumulated knowledge of society through education and training for adult status.”

In my opinion, homeschoolers have just as many socialization opportunities as any student attending public or private school.  It all comes down to one’s understanding of what socialization is and the parent/guardian’s preference in how & from whom they’d like their child to learn these “habits, beliefs, and knowledge of society.”  If you don’t agree with what is being taught to your child, folks, we live in America and have the freedom to choose how we want our children to be taught. 

Long before schools, families learned from their parents & relatives. The girls learned cooking and home-making skills while the boys learned a trade that their father would teach directly. If the boy were to learn a different trade he would be an apprentice to another. I am sure for the function of a community this worked well. Only the wealthy and royal had teachers "back in the day."  Homeschooling has been around for a long, long time.

I personally am a product of the public school system; ain’t nothing wrong with me.  lol My older daughters went to private school and one graduated from an all-girl private high school.  Homeschooling for us is our personal preference now.

Whatever your reason for homeschooling, rest assured you’ll have many opportunities for socialization here in the Lowcountry!   To get started:

Join a homeschool co-op or homeschool community. 

The Homeschool Exchange is a fairly new Christian Homeschool cooperative located in Bluffton/Okatie area.  

Classical Conversations is a community-based homeschool program in the form of a support group that follows the Classical Method of Homeschooling. 

Community Bible Church Christian Academy is an “Option 3” accountability association in Beaufort restricted to Community Bible Church members only.       

Get connected to a local support group.

Lowcountry Homeschoolers Association, a new support group, plans events and field trips on the Yahoo Group forum: Low Country Homeschooling.      

 Last month LHA had a "Fun-Field Day" at a park and over 50 Homeschoolers showed.  That number is not including their parents!   We had activities like a hula hoop contest, three-legged relay, egg-spoon relay, tug-o-war, facepainting and more!  Join us next time!



When: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at 10:45

Where: Lifecare Senior Home

Join us to decorate the doors for Christmas! All you need to do is have your children make or purchase some decorations, bring some tape and hang them on the doors. Last year some children cut Christmas trees out of poster board and decorated them. Some children made wreaths, snowmen, or nativity scenes. The seniors there really love it. Please let me know the number of doors you can decorate at janicemagnin@yahoo.com. I'll meet you at the entrance and tell you your room numbers to do.

The Lifecare Center is located behind the hospital near the entrance to the emergency room. There are approximately 48 doors to decorate and we need to do them all. So we would really appreciate your help! It will only take you about 15 minutes to hang your things up.



Experience life the night Christmas began.

When: 6-8 p.m., nightly, Groups depart every 5 minutes 

Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 4 & Dec. 7-11 

Where: Henderson Campus of Savannah Christian Church
55 Al Henderson Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419

Tickets are $5 each and are available at The Source bookstore at Savannah Christian Church or online below. The Source will be open to sell tickets during the event.

Children age five and under are free and the maximum cost per family is $20 (immediate family members only.) Please purchase $20 family max tickets at The Source bookstore (not online.)

Hero Passes ($5 total for all immediate family members) are available to active-duty military, fire and police personnel. Hero Passes must be purchased at The Source bookstore with ID.

A 20% discount for groups of 10 or more is available. Please purchase these at The Source bookstore.

The Source – 912-629-4730 Website: http://sccjourney.com/



Lowcountry Homeschoolers Association (LHA) hosts this event.

When: Once a week (email lowcountryhomeschool@gmail.com for details)

Where: Bluffton Library

Be sure to look for me and say Hi.  I love meeting y'all!  We begin with Storytime & Craft (ages vary, average ages are 4-6) then the Book Club meets for a "book talk."   The ages for this group also varies from 7-12, average age I'd say is: 8-10.  Basically the participants share a book they liked or didn't like and briefly shares about it.  I leave it up to the parent if they want to   



The Senior Group at the Salvation Army has their Christmas breakfast and party on the 6th.We will help Santa and Mrs. Claus pass out gifts and also pass out the candy that we made prior.

Two events:

1-Make & Bag Candy on Thursday, December 1st at 11:00AM, RSVP for candy making by Tuesday, Nov 29th.

2-Deliver Candy on Tuesday,December 6th at 9:00AM, RSVP for delivery to the Senior Group by December 1st.

 If you plan on attending the DELIVERY, I would ask all children to wear a red or green shirt and a Santa hat or reindeer ears, so we can look like Santa's helpers. Also, practice Silent Night and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer so we can sing.

Please RSVP Teri at dewitt@hargray.com. We have done this for several years, and the kids have an awesome time. 



 Low Country Community Church is offering child care on:

When: December 3rd from 6-9PM

This is for ages 0-11.The cost is $10.00 for the first child and $5.00 for each additional child.Pizza will be served for an additional $1.00 per slice.You must register online to reserve a spot so sign up early.Register at lowcountrycc.org.Deadline is December 1st.



When: Friday, December 9th from 10am to 1pm

Where: Bluffton, address upon RSVP

I need a list of who is coming, so if you can make it, please list who will be in attendance!!  RSVP Veronica at skylady123@yahoo.com. 

Make one batch of cookies, most recipes yield 3-4 dozen cookies.Have the kids help you, if they are like mine they will want to do it all.Bring some copies of the recipe to share with everyone.  Also bring an empty container to fill with the cookies. 

For the kids, I will have a small craft for them to make, we will play a few fun games, and we will have a gift exchange. (Every child can bring a wrapped new or gently used book). We will have hot coco and snack!!



Who: Teens 13+

When: 7:30pm-9:30pm Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

Where: Bluffton, address upon RSVP, lowcountryhomeschool@gmail.com

Please bring a wrapped "White Elephant" gift new or used with a cap of $5.  Also, please bring a plate of your favorite Christmas treats to share. 



When: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 3:00 til 5:00pm

Where: The Home in Bluffton (Address provided upon RSVP.

The Scoop: Please bring your gingerbread house, tree, train, or sleigh. Make sure you put it together a couple days before you come. Bring any candy or sprinkles you have to decorate your gingerbread with. If you do not have decorations, no worries, there will be a large supply of fabulous candies and frosting provided. You must bring your own gingerbread house, they WILL NOT be provided.

We will supply drinks a small snack.

Please RSVP, Teri at dewitt@hargray.com by Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Your RSVP will help us set up enough tables/chairs for all the children. Directions will be sent upon RSVP.



When: Friday, December 16, 2011 11:00 am til whenever

Where: Beaufort  (Info provided upon RSVP to lowcountryhomeschool@gmail.com)

We will meet for some games and party snacks.

BRING YOUR LUNCH. Each family should bring drinks to share and a Christmas treat to share.

Please bring a small gift for each of your children, wrapped and tagged: “To: (Your Child’s Name), From: Santa.”  Please keep the gift under the price of $5.00.We will keep this a 'secret' from the kids, especially the ones who still believe, and Santa comes with his great big toy bag passing out gifts to all the children.

I will be collecting gifts from now until the party date. Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 14, 2011 so that I can give Mr. and Mrs. Claus approximate head count of children.


Homeschoolers keep real busy as you can see! Did I mention the field trip to the Bluffton Police Department on Friday?! 

Ultimately, we all do our best to take steps to teaching good habits, beliefs & values for our children.  They are the next generation of whom we will entrust our future, and take over the leadership in our society. 


Donna Cartwright


Donna Cartwright is a proud military chaplain’s spouse, mother, and homeschool teacher to her three children ranging from age 4 to 16. She has four children and two grandchildren. She resides in the beautiful Lowcountry. Donna is the driving force behind Lowcountry Homeschoolers Association, a new support group. She is one of the few homeschooling moderators for popular homeschool resource group site: Low Country Homeschooling. Donna is the creator and webmaster for a homeschool website mainly focused on helping others to start homeschooling; she calls it her hobby: Mama & Company.  Media experience includes weather reporter, teleprompter operator, and production assistant for KUAM-TV8 and production volunteer for Public Radio KPRG98.3.