School of the Minds, located in Irmo, S.C., is a leading homeschool support group committed to quality high-level secular education and to developing a dedicated inclusive homeschool community.
We focuses on STEAM subjects. Some popular classes have been How to Make Money in the Stock Market, Engineering is Elementary, Engineering is Art, LEGO, Mandarin, Sequential Art, Science on Stage, Debate, and Irmo DIY Club. We have monthly Project Fairs: the most popular being The Secrets of Scientists (Science Fair) and Notables After Noon (Historical Figure/ Biography Fair). Our most recent SOTM TED-Ed Club allowed our students to create TedX style videos. We have also been chosen to be a TEDx Youth Columbia’s Ambassador for homeschoolers in the area.
Our group has evolved with our families. We have discovered that our children’s projects flourish when they take the lead in pursuing their own passions. Not only do they find joy, self-motivation, and collaboration in their work, but their confidence also grows in sharing their knowledge with their friends and community. Today, School of the Minds distinguishes itself from other coops in the area in that it is less an “instructional” coop but more a “passion” based homeschool center. Not only do our children discuss ideas with their peers, but we allow them access to converse with the community in which they live, and even with others worldwide. This semester, we are focused on our weekly Irmo DIY Club, Physics and Engineering Classes, and monthly Project Fairs. We also hold a Pokemon Club once a month.
We also provide our state’s only regional Gifted Homeschoolers Forum support group. Our Facebook Group Page is here. Free Range Park Days, Field Trips, and a Facebook Group Page encourage camaraderie among our homeschool families.
Interested in School of the Minds? We are a FREE group, but require that our homeschool families maintain a high level of responsibility, diligence, devotion, and involvement in their education and our community. Our politically and religiously diverse families also vary in homeschool styles from unschoolers to very structured homeschoolers, but our camaraderie is unparalleled. Our children are a mix of asynchronous/ accelerated/ independent learners who enjoy delving deeply into their interests. Project based learning, unlike instructional learning, requires a different approach to education. There is much less explicit teaching coming from parents/facilitators, but more exploration inspired directly from the children themselves. This project based learning makes classes at School of the Minds more meaningful to the children because we provide them with a space to share their interests with their peers and with a bigger community. Unlike instructional based coops where learning ends at break time, you will find many of our students continue with their “work” even during break. If you think this is the right fit for you and your family, check out our schedule and join us!
Some photos (please click titles below) and video clips of the things we have done: