We’re so excited for this fantastic list of vendors coming for our 3rd Ever Midlands Homeschool Expo! It’s shaping up to be a great deal of useful information. Whether you’ve been homeschooling for a long time or just getting started–there’s something NEW for your homeschool!
Plan ahead for your day of shopping and learning. We have practical workshops going on throughout the day, and lots of great vendors to meet.
Would you like to be a vendor or sponsor too? Scroll to the bottom of the page to find out how!
EXPO Sponsors 2019:
BookShark’s fully planned, 4-day homeschool curriculum flexes to match your busy lifestyle. The detailed Instructor’s Guides lay everything out so clearly that you are prepared to teach in mere minutes each day—open your guide, gather your resources (which are all included in your package), and go! Curriculum for ages 4-16 is available in All-Subject Packages or by individual academic areas: Reading with History, Language Arts, Science, and Math. With BookShark’s literature-rich programs, your children will read (or have read to them) 35-50 engaging books each year! Visit bookshark.com to browse curriculum, download samples, or request a catalog.
Two lucky winners will receive one hands-on kit: World History I – Lap Book Kit (1 winner) and Hands-on History Kit: World Cultures (1 winner)
Click here–> Enter now ONLINE (must be present at Expo to win!)
EXPO VENDORS 2019:
This Expo is hosted by REACH homeschool support group. We are Resources, Encouragement and Activities for Columbia Homeschoolers. If you need assistance during the event, look for our volunteers wearing REACH T-shirts and buttons. REACH is an inclusive support group. New homeschoolers, please stop by our booth for general information about the Expo and about Homeschooling, too.
American Red Cross offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and community service programs. There’s something for all ages–so you can help out together as a family. Ask about the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, Hands Only CPR, Pillowcase project, disaster preparation and relief. Your homeschool group could write cards for Service men and Veterans. Or consider starting a Red Cross Club!
At ATA Martial Arts in Columbia, SC we make a difference. We go way beyond just improving your families’ fitness and self-defense skills. We Change Lives using proven methods of instruction and mentoring of life skills. We will create the leaders of tomorrow—today.
Our school offers a balance between traditional martial arts and reality-based self-defense. We utilize programs designed to develop the decision-making and leadership skills that are required for today’s world; and Self Defense training that actually works, “reality based”. We offer real world knowledge.
One of the few things we can prepare our children for is to make good decisions.
At the Table, LLC offers Healthy Hands Cooking (HHC) and Nutrition Classes for all ages. There are a variety of classes including: 8 Hour Core Cooking Program, Kids Cooking Club, Summer Cooking Camps, Little Sprouts Preschool Classes, Girl Scouts Cooking for Badges, Cooking for Your Child Athlete, College Cooking 101, Nick Jr. Butterbean’s Cafe Cooking Classes, Birthday Parties and much more. Classes can be held on site at your location or at our Cooking Studio located in Irmo, SC. Students can explore their culinary skills and establish a foundation of healthy cooking and eating Real. Good. Food.
Bank of America has partnered with Khan Academy to offer financial literacy resources. Better Money Habits® is a free resource that enables everyone to understand finances through objective videos and tools. We want to ensure all consumers have access to all the information and resources you need to have informed conversations with your financial institution and make the best decisions for your situation.
BJU Press HomeWorks By Precept exists to provide you with the best homeschool educational resources to help your child become a creative, adaptive thinker with a strong biblical worldview. Complete curriculum for preschool through 12th grade with both traditional textbooks and video courses available. Come by to get a discount on your purchase!
Bonnie Smith Photography offers classes for teens. Basic Photography classes, Advanced Photography classes, Photography 3 (Lightroom), Art classes. Also does senior photos.
Break through Homeschooling is a blog resource to encourage, equip and inspire you for homeschooling high school. And now support for retired homeschool moms, too!
Carolina College Prep has been helping parents and students reduce the rising cost of college by increasing SAT & ACT Test Scores (leading to more scholarship dollars). 10-hour Classroom courses are offered locally in the evenings 9 times per year, and in close proximity to every SAT/ACT. Effectively helping students increase SAT and ACT test scores since 1999.
The average SAT test score improvement for a typical student in our course is between 100 – 190 points on average, and we guarantee a score improvement or we will refund your money.
Charleston Southern is a Christian liberal arts university and is South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent university, enrolling 3,650 students.
Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the university’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.
The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and a doctoral degree.
Classical Conversations is a once-a-week program for homeschoolers. The program is designed to teach parents and students the classical tools of learning so that they can discover God’s created order and beauty— and as a result— enable others to do the same.
Columbia International University is Christian college here in Columbia. CIU strives to educate students from a biblical world view to impact the nations with the message of Christ.
The Confederate Relic Room offers free field trips and a free annual lecture and class series, “Homeschool Fridays”. Come explore this important piece of South Carolina history.
Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library provides all South Carolinians access to 40+ online databases and resources at no cost. Come by the Discus table for a free demo of K-12 resources! Discus is a service of the South Carolina State Library and funded by the SC General Assembly. You’ve gotta try Discus!
Dr. Sydney Chiropractor is Certified Advanced Proficient in Torque Release Technique, a technique that was developed completely from research. Offers Health Screenings and Chiropractic Education.
Dyslexia Resource Center mission is to help beginning and struggling readers by: *Raising awareness of dyslexia, *Offering affordable and accessible direct services, *Training educators in evidenced-based reading instruction
Environmental Educators Association of SC is a non-profit organization with a variety of resources and information to help teach environmental lessons and find field studies. The world is our classroom–and EEASC is here to help you explore and learn all about nature! Note: REACH is a proud participant with lots of EEASC programs too! You can get involved in EEASC as an individual family or as a group/co-op.
Envirothon: Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) are subdivisions of state government under the local direction of a board of elected and appointed commissioners that promote the wise use of soil and water. SC Department of Natural Resources coordinates and supports SWCDs. SWCDs provide educational workshops, classroom visits, scholarship opportunities, poster, essay, and photo contests, among other educational opportunities. One environmental education opportunity offered by SWCDs is the Envirothon which is an outdoor environmental competition for high school students to compete for scholarships.
SC Garden-based Learning Network provides teacher-training and student workshops in outdoor, nature and garden education. We utilize gardens as the context and content for instruction and learning.
Exodus Mandate Project (Under the auspices of Frontline Ministries, Inc.) encourages parents to remove their children from the public schools. Exposes what is being taught in public schools (i.e., Socialistic worldview, revisionist history, etc.) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Filter Chiropractic is a family practice, many of which are homeschoolers. We offer affordable rates for families and children (babies are free!).
Firefly Toys & Games is your local family game store. Conveniently located on St. Andrews Rd in Columbia, SC. Stop by and join us for Homeschool days, Pinball meetups, family game night, Pokemon league, and more! Schedule your own meeting in our space, too.
Garnet Squadron Robotics is a 4-H club for high school students in the South Carolina Midlands area interested in robotics, science, and engineering. Working with mentors from the University of South Carolina, College of Engineering and Computing, we participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge, where students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. Each year, FTC teams are faced with a different challenge and must use their designing, engineering, and programming skills to build a robot to compete against teams from all over the world. Teams also raise funds via marketing and community outreach.
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Homeschool Books for Less is a local homeschool consignment store. Serving HomeSchoolers since 2001. Over 7,000 items in stock. If you have leftover used books after the Expo or if you didn’t have enough used curriculum to get a table this year, consider becoming a consignor. Contact: email@example.com for a consignor’s contract
Susan Blackwell of Homeschooling the Special Needs Child is an approved Special Needs Consultant for Families and is available for curriculum counseling and special needs testing. She also can make referrals for psychological evaluations, help implement accommodations in the daily school routine, construct IEP’s (known as Service Plans for homeschoolers), as well as provide practical assistance to parents for their students.
Home Science Support provides engaging and comprehensive online science courses for high school students. All courses are self-paced with engaging lessons, labs, videos, and supplementary materials that will prepare your students for college. Try a free Biology Unit
Are you a home educator of a middle or high school student? Are you overwhelmed by transcripts and course design? Are you finding that the cookie cutter guides don’t work for your individual student’s needs? Homeschool Transition Coach provides the opportunity to glean insight from a coach with over 20 years experience as a home educator and 30 years experience in higher education admissions offices. Learn what colleges are looking for when they see your student on paper and what questions to ask to figure out the best path for your student and their passions.
Interfaith Partners of SC (IPSC) fosters understanding and cooperation among the religious groups of our community, our state, and our world. We are offering Homeschools the opportunity to participate in an art/photo competition, as well as an interfaith festival that will be held in September, and will exhibit how our interfaith calendar can enhance Homeschool curriculum.
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of South Carolina is operated through the Attorney General’s Office and works closely with law enforcement around the state, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and several other state and federal agencies. In addition to investigating and prosecuting child sexual exploitation, the S.C. ICAC Task Force also provides statewide training to law enforcement and prosecutors in various practical investigative and forensic areas, as well as distribution of materials such as mouse pads, cups, pencils, etc. to various community and law enforcement groups. These materials promote this web site which, in turn, serves as a resource to parents, children, teachers and law enforcement to find information on how everyone can promote online safety for children.Kids Love Life Skills Homeschool Edition: We offer a character development program for the homeschool community. Our system offers life skill instruction for the entire family through the use of support materials based on over 17 years of development.
Jennifer Piszcz Parent And Baby Services LLC offers: Birth Doula Services, Newborn and Postpartum Doula Services. Birth Preference Planning. Lamaze Childbirth Classes, Breastfeeding, Infant CPR, and Newborn Care Classes, and Car Seat Installations and Checks.
Mary Kay is one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the world. Come see what’s new…and stock up on your favorite products too.
Contact Morgiana: JeMor@aol.com
Midlands Archery Center offers various archery opportunities for students and adults. Available programs include the popular National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), an in-school archery program for students in grades 4 – 12 with the original homeschool team of the Midlands, the Capital City Eagles. New and exciting opportunities also include a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) club, Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA), and adult archery. Archery is a sport the whole family can enjoy!
Midlands Technical College has a variety of opportunities for homeschoolers and homeschool grads to know about. Dual Enrollment, Quick Jobs, Certificates and Degrees. You can get anywhere from here!
Moments of Magic is a travel agent specializing in Disney Destinations (Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, Adventures by Disney, Aulani). The world is your classroom, so take a big field trip this year!
Musication Adventure offers a year, 2 semesters, of online music instruction complete with lesson plans, videos, assessments, and activities. This first series in the curriculum is titled “Music Appreciation through Storytelling” with more to follow. Cindy is a retired music educator from the Beaufort County School District. Contact Cindy: firstname.lastname@example.org
My SC Education is passionate about equipping parents with understandable information about available education choices. We are confident that armed with good information, parents are in the best position to find the right education fit for their child’s future.
North Greenville University provides each student with an exceptional education in an authentic Christian environment for a successful life of service. NGU has 2,500 undergraduate, online, and graduate students not only strong academic programs, but also opportunities for spiritual growth, cultural enrichment, and hands-on service you expect from a Christian university.
Norwex is a company of real people making real impacts with a global mission to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes. Norwex offers safe, effective, and sustainable microfiber and cleaning products. Contact Randi: email@example.com
PalmettoPride offers a number of free educational resources for all students across South Carolina to take part in and be active in preventing litter where they live. Litter-Free SC. That’s the goal. Check out how you can get involved!
Providence Athletic Club (“PAC”) is an organization that provides competitive high school level sports opportunities for home educated athletes in the Columbia, South Carolina region. PAC competes against local area public, private, and home educated athletic teams. Come find out about Football and Cheer Squads.
The South Carolina Aquarium offers a comprehensive Homeschool Explorers Club with 4 activity-packed days specifically for homeschooling families. Register now to secure your spot for education and fun with homeschooling families at the South Carolina Aquarium.
South Carolina Assistive Technology uses technology devices and services to help people with disabilities live, work and learn more independently. We are federally funded and part of a national network of technology related assistance programs that provide the devices that increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities.
South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools: SCAIHS: The mission and ministry of SCAIHS is to provide educational counseling and encouragement to parents as they shepherd their children through their educational journeys. SCAIHS seeks to assist parents to provide the best education possible, equipping their students to serve the Lord in whatever capacity He leads. SCAIHS services will reflect moral, ethical, and Christian values in the programs, publications, and services offered. The SCAIHS philosophy is to promote and protect homeschool freedoms for all homeschoolers, regardless of religion, race, color, national, or ethnic origin.
As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its largest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. Guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology.
The Suzuki Strings at USC Program began in 2010 and was renamed The Suzuki Academy of Columbia & USC in 2018. The Suzuki Academy is a community music program who uses the Suzuki Method and Philosophy to instruct children as young as three years old on the violin, viola, cello, and classical guitar. Currently the Suzuki Academy has about 110 students and instructs students through the high school years.
The South Carolina Homeschool Accountability Association: TSCHAA offers third option homeschool accountability for South Carolina Homeschoolers. My goal of TSCHAA is to provide outstanding, affordable service and support to all members throughout their homeschool journey.
The SC Homeschooling Connection is a resource hub for all things homeschooling in South Carolina. Encouraging, equipping and empowering homeschoolers in SC and beyond! Check out the blog: The South Carolina Homeschooling Connection
Trades of Hope is a Fair Trade Certified company with a mission to empower women out of poverty and human trafficking by marketing our partner artisan’s jewelry, accessories, and home goods through independent consultants. Partner with our artisans by hosting a home, catalog, and/or Facebook, fundraiser, or Artisan Experience.
Contact Sara: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thyme and Play is a nonprofit organization in South Carolina, that is exclusive to creating a social opportunity for the atypical community. We connect veterans, adults, and children with different abilities through a social integration platform that helps them feel like they are a part of a community again.
USC Upstate is developing the next generation of globally competitive workers by providing an accessible, rigorous, career-relevant education. We offer more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, business administration, nursing, and education, as well as unparalleled opportunities to engage in research and service learning. Come see what possibilites await you!
Usborne books are the most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. They are high-quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated, and best of all, they are the books kids love to read. Choose from over 1,800 bright, colorful, and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects. Kindergarten through high school fiction and non-fiction books
Viva Phonics helps students learn to read through convenient online lessons. With a proven system and an expert reading teacher, your reader will gain the skills and confidence they need to be successful in and out of school.
While Raising Arrows is a collective of holistic wellness and natural birth stories. Information and resources about Natural Birth Classes, Placenta Preparation and Birth Photography. We also sell vinyl stickers related to that topic.
Wild Goose Books and Prints has journals and notebooks featuring great art work from classic Pooh to Classical Art. We also have nature journals and our own line of children’s book featuring beautiful art work and animals. Also, we also help with fundraising needs.
The motto of The Writers’ Block, LLC is “Literacy. Creativity. Purpose.”
We are IN LOVE with the written word and with helping people. We are dedicated to enriching lives through quality programs built on integrity. Our multifaceted literacy program is dedicated to growing communities and families. The Writers’ Block, LLC offers year-round tutoring, private schooling in-home, and after-school homework help during the school year.