Have you done your Declaration of Intent?

DOI September (1)

It’s that time of year again.  As a reminder, you must submit a Declaration of Intent by September 1st or within 30 days after a home study program is established… and EVERY YEAR AFTER THAT. This is an annual process so don’t forget to file every year.  To complete your declaration of intent in Georgia, click here.

Looking for a group?  Join EPIC today!  To join click here https://www.homeschool-life.com/2453/signup

2019 Not Back to School Party

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EPIC HOMESCHOOL NETWORK, INC. is hosting our annual Not Back to School Party and this year it’s going to be EPIC! Our Not Back to School party will take place during on Thursday, August 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Seven Springs Water Park located at 3820 Macedonia Rd, Powder Springs, GA 30127.

The Seven Springs Water Park features 2 water slides, a lazy river and a splash pad area with zero depth entry.

Not Back to School Party is a chance for local homeschool families to hang out and get to meet one another while learning more about EPIC Homeschool Network and other resources in the community for homeschoolers.

This event is free and open to all homeschoolers. However, attendees MUST register at  https://notbacktoschoolparty2019.eventbrite.com and bring their ticket as well as a copy of their Declaration of Intent to Homeschool. Please note that outside food or drink are not allowed. By purchasing food at the water park you help to support this non-profit.

If you would like to sponsor this event please email epichsn@gmail.com. We have something for every level of sponosorship.

Visit Us at the Southeast Homeschool Expo!

2019 SEHS Expo Booth #402

Are you going to the Southeast Homeschool Expo next week at the Cobb Galleria?  If you are new to homeschooling it is a great opportunity to see what homeschooling is all about and get to talk to homeschoolers from across the Southeast.

Our president, Andrea Hall will be there and so will we!

We invite you to visit our Booth #402 on Friday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..  We will be giving away planners and a few more surprises.

We would also like to invite you to three special workshop sessions:

10:00 A.M. Working Homeschool Moms: How you can be a Working Mom Pro
Andrea Hall
Room 115/116

You want to homeschool, but you need to work too. Can you do it all? Yes you can! In this session you will discover how a mom of three, teaching at two different online schools, director of a nonprofit and owner of a learning solutions company finds time to balance work, home and school. Buckle your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

3:30 P.M. Start Strong: How to Start the Homeschool Year Right
Andrea Hall
Room 106

Are you new to homeschooling? Are you tired of going round and round in circles with no clarity or direction in your homeschool? Join us as we talk about 10 steps to starting the homeschool year right with Andrea Hall, M.Ed. a veteran homeschool parent of three, a certified educator and learning solutions specialist.

6:00 P.M. How to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum
Andrea Hall
Room 106

Do you need help planning or creating your own homeschool curriculum? Join us as we dive into curriculum with Andrea Hall, M.Ed. a veteran homeschool parent of three, a certified educator and learning solutions specialist.

To see what other sessions are coming up visit https://www.southeasthomeschoolexpo.com/workshop-schedule/.

Hope to see you there and don’t forget to visit our booth #402!

What is EPIC Homeschool Network?

Epic Homeschool Network, Inc. is a nonprofit group.  Our mission is to enrich, enhance and empower home education in the community.  We are primarily a social group.  We do not offer structured classes, however, we do like to have educational themes for each month wherever possible.

  • We enrich by offering scholarships to our members for things like materials.
  • We enhance by offering field trips to extend learning beyond the classroom.
  • We empower through parent workshops – this year there will be more emphasis on this point.

We would like to invite you to join EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc. for the 2019-2020 school year!  Membership runs from July 1st – June 30th .

What We Do

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Last year we had a number of efforts toward our mission to enrich, enhance and empower home education in the community including:

  • Scholarship awards to homeschool families
  • The Annual EPIC Resource Fair to provide resources to homeschool families and the community
  • The Annual Awards Ceremony where we recognize the work of our homeschool students
  • The Annual Yearbook
  • Snacks for Homeschool Hangout
  • Science Club and a Running Club
  • Science @ the Park
  • Painting @ the Park
  • Biz Kidz 101
  • Music with Legos
  • International Festival/Geography Fair
  • Out of Town Field Trips –  For example in 2017-2018 we went to the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center and we provided free transportation or free tickets for the kids.  In 2018-2019 we paid for all the kids to attend Ruby Falls & Rock City in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This year, we hope to accomplish even more!

We invite you to join our organization for another successful year for only $40 per family.

Benefits of Membership

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Benefits of membership include:

  • Teacher Identification Card for Discounts with local service providers (printed from our website)
  • One Complimentary Yearbook
  • Weekly Email Newsletters
  • Eligibility for EPIC Scholarships
  • Participation in the Annual Awards Ceremony
  • Access to webinar recordings
  • HSLDA Membership Discount
  • Annual Resource Fair
  • Standardized Testing Discounts
  • Teen/Tween Activities
  • Annual Not Back to School Party
  • Weekly Meet Ups
  • Monthly Field Trips
  • (Out of State) Annual EPIC Field Trip (Free or Discounted for Member Kids)
  • Friendships!

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Testimonial

Here’s what one of our members had to say:

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To sign up for your family membership today click here.

If you have any questions about membership please don’t hesitate to contact Andrea Hall at 404.644.8391 or ahall@epichsn.org.

10 Ways to Avoid Homeschool Stress

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Are you running around with your head chopped off?  Have you found yourself wondering “What did I get myself into?”  Have you recently asked the question “Am I stressed or blessed?” when it comes to homeschooling?

I was at a GHEA Conference a few years ago when I heard a speaker Sharon Grimes talk about how to avoid being stressed out. As I reviewed my notes I realize that this was something I needed to revisit and share with everyone.

10 Ways to Avoid Homeschool Stress

  1. Don’t neglect your morning manna.
    • No Bible then No Breakfast/Facebook/TV
  2. Keep the right relationship with your family
    • Your Spouse- have a regular date time together and be creative NOT expensive, have a “weekend to remember” once a year.
    • Your Children- remember that children ARE your MOST important work.
  3. Remember WHY you are homeschooling.
    • Deuteronomy 6:4-7- If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them NOT to.
  4. Choose curriculum that will work for YOU and for EACH child.
    • There is no such thing as the “PERFECT” curriculum.  Pray and ask God to help you
    • Jeremiah 33:3.
    • What are your homeschool goals?
    • What is your child’s learning style?
    • What is your budget?
    • Control your curriculum and don’t let it control you!
  5. Schedule your priorities FIRST; Then just say NO!
  6. Discipline your children.
    • Proverbs 1:7,8
  7. Discipline YOURSELF!  Get Organized!
    • Plan your menus a week in advance
    • Homeschool year round
    • Plan in pencil.
  8. Be Flexible!
    • Don’t be so structure and organized that you don’t put people first.
    • Only Christ was perfect
  9. Don’t let your housework become overwhelming.
  10. Find Support!! Don’t isolate yourself.

As I typed this up I was reminded that I am blessed to homeschool my children.  They are God’s gift to me and I will appreciate it everyday!

How do you avoid being stressed out in homeschooling?

Face to Face Homeschool Academy Options (Georgia)

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There are many online options to support homeschooling but what about some good ole fashion face to face options?  While EPIC Homeschool Network offers field trips and enrichment activities, we do not offer formal classes (right now).  So if you find yourself needing some face to face Georgia homeschool academy options, we have compiled a simple list below.  If we missed one, please let us know in the comments and we will update the list.  Our favorite pick is Inspire Homeschool Academy, the others are listed in alphabetical order.


Inspire Homeschool Academy

(Cobb County & Surrounding Areas)

https://www.inspirehomeschoolacademy.com/

Inspire Homeschool Academy

Call 678-675–7240 Website: http://www.inspirehomeschoolacademy.com

Inspire Homeschool Academy is a one day a week (Tuesdays) non-denominational Christian program dedicated to meeting the needs of the traditional homeschooling family.

Inspire comes from the Greek word theopneustos

Word Origin – from theos and pnéō

theos – God  pnéō – breathed-out
Definition: God-breathed, inspired by God

 


Amplify Homeschool Enrichment

(Cobb County)

http://amplifyhomeschool.com/

Amplify Homeschool is a resource for families looking for their homeschool tribe. We offer an immersive unit study and project-based learning model in our classes and a welcoming, inclusive community for you and your family.

Arrows Academy

http://arrowsacademy.org/kennesawga/

Arrows Academy provides two full days of classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, covering a variety of subjects.   Students complete assignments at home the rest of the week under parental supervision.  Please see our curriculum maps under Classes to find out more about subjects and curriculum for each grade level.

Artios Academies

(Multiple Campuses)

http://artiosacademies.com/

For over 30 years, the leadership of Artios has been partnering with parents to guide every student to his or her fullest potential in Christ.  From the youngest ages through high school, we emphasize the development of a Biblical worldview, especially as it relates to cultural literacy in the arts and encourage awareness of how the arts have impacted society.

Cornerstone Preparatory Academy

https://www.cornerstoneprep.org/

Cornerstone Preparatory Academy is a unique educational model, a University-Model® school, which is designed to bring together the best attributes of traditional public and private schools as well as independent study and integrate them into one model.

Eagles Nest Christian Home Educators Association

https://enchea.com/

Eagle’s Nest Christian Home Educators’ Association is a support group for home educators in Coweta County and surrounding counties in Georgia.

Eagle’s Nest has a membership of approximately 330 home school families. Members participate in a wide variety of activities. Eagle’s Nest parents have also coordinated their talents to form weekly co-ops, which offer an even greater variety of activities for their children.

Hearts Academy of Excellence

https://www.heartsacademy.org/

The mission of  Hearts Academy of Excellence (also known as Trinity Home’s Cool Depot) is as follows: to equip home school families, community, parents, and students with the requisite tutorial classes, support groups, resources and enrichment programs.

Home of Fine Arts Connection

(McDounough)

https://www.homeschool-life.com/939/

HOME of Fine Arts Connection, better known simply as HOME, meets weekly on Thursdays from August through the end of April.  HOME provides those students who are home educated,  the opportunity to explore the many areas of fine arts.

The Homeschool Consortium

(Kennesaw)

https://thehomeschoolconso.wixsite.com/website?

A secular co-op serving NW Metro Atlanta.  A community of people, from a wide range of worldviews and religions, all committed to learning to treat each other with respect.  Meets on Tuesday and Thursdays.

Konos Academy

(Tyrone)

https://konos.org/

Konos is a hybrid education program supporting home schooling families by offering classically rich, accredited academic classes within the context of God-honoring community. At the core of Konos is a one-day classical education program taught by experienced and invested teaching staff.

Master’s Academy

https://www.mariettamastersacademy.com/

Serving the homeschool community since 1997, Master’s Academy Arts & Academics in Marietta, GA, offers programs in fine arts (music, art, history and drama) on Mondays and classical academics on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Metro Academic Studies

https://www.metroacademicstudies.com/

Metro Academic Studies offers à la carte classes Mondays and Wednesdays to 6th-12th grade home-educated students. Classes are led by qualified, experienced instructors teaching within a Christian worldview.

Paragon Cooperative Learning Academy

(Covington)

https://www.paragon-k12.com/

PCLA offers classes for homeschool students in Newton, Rockdale, Henry Counties, and the surrounding area. Our program is designed to enrich your homeschool environment. Our goal is to not only promote learning through academic excellence and achievement, but also provide the opportunity to develop lasting friendships between home-educated students.  Paragon Academy offers Accreditation with PCLA classes or Accreditation only for homeschoolers.

Summit Academy

(Multiple Campuses)

https://www.summitacademy.net/

Classes to supplement your work as home educators, provided in a safe, friendly, convenient place for your students to learn from instructors you pay directly.

Tandem EDU

(Multiple Campuses)

https://tandemedu.org/index.html

TandemEDU takes the fear out of home schooling high school for Georgia parents. Our unique educational approach allows students to complete four years of coursework while achieving a high school diploma, a college degree, strong friendships, and a Godly worldview. TandemEDU students meet weekly and receive quality instruction in high school classes and course proctoring for college courses.

True North Homeschool

https://www.truenorthhomeschool.com/

True North School’s commitment is to parents who believe in Christ and a good education. We want to unite these families with a qualified teaching team who have a heart for the Lord, what they teach and the children they teach. Instructors share their knowledge in various core and elective courses.

Vantage Point Education

(Suwanee)

https://vantagepointeducation.com/

We provide a unique academic concept to complement, enhance and support an individualized education for each student.   Our students receive a comprehensive superior-quality educational experience.

Still looking for more resources in Georgia?  Click here

Don’t forget to let us know if we missed one in the comments below!