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Homeschool Friday

The SCCRRMM’s “Homeschool Fridays” are a FREE program offered on the second Friday of each month during the academic year. Sessions are at 10:00AM and 11:00AM (the same lesson is taught, both hours). The programs are geared toward students of all ages, and include lectures and activities.

Please note: from September through January, we are offering an additional lecture, a biographical sketch of a military hero (or, in one case, villain), focusing on character qualities. The biography lectures will be held on third Fridays, at 11:00 only.

Session Schedule:

Wade Hampton III, Commander and Statesman
Date: 01/10/2020

Wade Hampton III’s statue stands tall at the state house and his name looms large in our history.  Who was he really?  Come learn about the SC leader whose followers called him “The Chieftain.”

An 1860s Valentine’s Day
Date: 02/14/2020

Come in to be re-introduced to a familiar holiday, 1860’s style, with true stories of love and war, and engaging Valentine activities from the distant past.  Is it really so distant from today, after all?

SC Rough Rider Micah Jenkins Jr.
Date: 03/13/2020

“That gallant South Carolinian...courteous and soft spoken, a man upon whom danger acted like wine.”  Micah Jenkins Jr., the son of a Confederate general, won his own glory in the Spanish-American War.


Iron Men, Canvas Wings: SC Aviators in WWI
Date: 04/17/2020

1st World War “Flyboys” have been popular subjects of films, novels and even comic books.  Learn through South Carolinians’ first-hand accounts and photos, what it was like to fly for the Allies in WWI!

Military Flags: Traditions and Stories
Date: 05/08/2020

We’ll wrap up the year with a talk about the customs and traditions surrounding military flags, as well as exciting stories about the original flags in our own Collection.  A great preparation for Memorial Day!

How to Study A Battle
Date: 08/14/2020

We’ll start the year with a basic overview of military concepts to help you get the most out of history lessons involving leaders and military forces – and yes, we’ll give you a template for just how to study, any battle you choose to emphasize.   Enriching for any time period!

Rally ‘Round The Flag
Date: 08/21/2020

An introduction to military flags and the history and customs surrounding them, including a special artifact close-up session with a historic flag and a gallery activity.

Charles Pinckney and the Savannah Siege
Date: 09/11/2020

Charles Pinckney of South Carolina is largely a “Forgotten Founding Father”, and before that, was a rather unfortunate Revolutionary War soldier.  Find out more about how his military misfortunes and his Constitutional insights were related.

Comparison: The Swamp Fox and the Lion of Africa
Date: 09/18/2020

Perhaps you know the story of Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, very well.  You may never have heard of WWI guerilla leader Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, at all.   In this session you’ll learn about both,  and consider what the two warriors in different centuries, on different continents,  have to teach us about leadership and strategy.

Charleston’s Privateers
Date: 10/09/2020

In both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, privately-owned ships made a profit fighting the nation’s enemies.  Patriots, pirates, or some combination?  And how well did the strategy work? 

Comparison: Confederate and World War Commerce Raiders
Date: 10/16/2020

In another globe-spanning session, we’ll consider some exciting sea stories, and how a lone ship and her crew could have make a huge strategic difference. 

The Alamo
Date: 11/13/2020

One of our nation’s most famous battles had very strong SC connections.  We’ll study the strategy behind the battle, the tactics and leadership involved, and the South Carolina connections.  When we’re done with the Alamo, you’ll remember it!

Dueling and Dancing (10:00 Only – 2 Hr Session)
Date: 12/11/2020

A holiday break  for an interactive session of 19th century customs!  We’ll have real dancing, and “sort-of-real dueling”, so that your students will know how to comport themselves properly on such occasions.

The Chieftain: Life and Legacy of Wade Hampton III
Date: 01/15/2021

Wade Hampton III, Confederate cavalry general, went on to become one of the state’s most pivotal governors.  His equestrian statue dominates the state house grounds.  Why, though, does he also have a chapter devoted to him in a book about bear hunting? We’ll examine Wade’s life experiences, his accomplishments and his character. 

Three Captains in the Carolinas Campaign
Date: 02/12/2021

Stories of the spring of 1865 in South Carolina, from the experiences of three men: a leader of the “Boys Brigade”, a Union prisoner-of-war who made a daring escape in downtown Columbia, and a naval Captain with an unusual mission. 

Father and Son: Micah Jenkins and Micah Jenkins Jr.
Date: 03/12/2021

“That gallant South Carolinian...courteous and soft spoken, a man upon whom danger acted like wine.”  Micah Jenkins, honor graduate of The Citadel, became an educator and then a Confederate brigadier general.  His life was cut short at the Battle of the Wilderness, but his son Micah Jenkins Jr. , won glory as a Rough Rider in the Spanish-American War.  Learn about these two brave South Carolina soldiers. 

Tigers Over China
Date: 04/09/2021

It’s a terrific World War Two adventure story – American fighter pilots secretly travelling overseas long before Pearl Harbor, to help defend China from the Japanese invasion.  The “Flying Tigers” were legends in their own time; in our time, their stories have much to teach us!

Memorials and Memory
Date: 05/14/2021

In-between Confederate Memorial Day (May 10) and our national Memorial Day, we’ll look at the history and meaning of local war monuments, and the stories behind them.  You might pass by them every day, so it’s worth some time to learn more about them; consider this your Intro to Memorial Appreciation.