It’s Testing Time!

Testing

According to the GDOE : “Students in home study programs shall be subject to an appropriate nationally standardized testing program administered in consultation with a person trained in the administration and interpretation of norm referenced tests. The student must be evaluated at least every three years beginning at the end of the third grade. Records of such tests shall be retained.”

To aid home school parents in the administration of this test EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc. in conjunction with The Study Hall Education Consulting Company will be administering the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) during the week of  October 23 – 25, 2017.  Please see the specific time and dates below for your child’s age group and register today!

  • October 23 – 25, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – 3rd – 8th Grade
  • October 23 – 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – 9th – 12th Grade

The cost for materials (including a practice), results AND administration of the test is listed below.  EPIC HSN members receive a 10% discount on all testing.

  • Grades 3–12 students- $100 for the first child, $50 for each subsequent child.
  • Special Needs students must be administered separately – $135 each child.

If you would like to purchase a practice test and answer key you may purchase one for $25 for each child. 

To register please complete this form 2017 Fall Standardized Testing Application Form and email it to Andrea Hall at ahall@thestudyhalledu.com or fax it to 470-308-0861. You many also call four zero four-644-eight391 for additional information. Registration must be received by October 6, 2017.

$10,000 Scholarships to Clemson University – Deadline December 11

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The Lyceum Scholars Program at Clemson University, is a new and unique $10,000 scholarship for incoming freshmen to study the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society.  They have found that homeschool students are excellent candidates for the Lyceum Scholars Program and many of their current Scholars come from a homeschool background.

Lyceum Scholars take eight classes together as an intellectual cohort during their undergraduate career. They read the Great Books of Western Civilization and discuss timeless questions such as:

  • What makes a society free? 
  • What makes a society prosperous? 
  • What are the principles of the American Founding?


The Lyceum Scholars Program recreates the substance and value of a traditional liberal arts education, which is sadly missing from many of today’s colleges.

More information about the Program is available on their website and students may apply here.

Starting the Homeschool Year Right!

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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.  This online only event is hosted by EPIC Homeschool Network and is FREE.  Register today at https://homeschoolworkshop2017august.eventbrite.com

Not Back to School Party

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While everyone else is celebrating going back to school, how about we homeschoolers get together and celebrate with a Not Back to School Party.

All Homeschool Families are invited on  Thursday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to our Not Back to School Party.  This will be held at Collar Park located at 2625 Joe Jerkins Boulevard, Austell, Georgia 30106.

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, Inc.

We will bring the light snacks, you bring the fun!

This is FREE but RSVP is requested! Go to https://notbacktoschoolparty2017.eventbrite.com to register!

2017 EPIC Materials Scholarship Winner

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Meet Cassandra, the first winner of our annual EPIC Materials Scholarship.  Cassandra won our annual $100 scholarship offered to members of EPIC Homeschool Network. To learn more about membership go to www.epichsn.org.

Cassandra decided to apply for the EPIC Materials Scholarship because she thought it would be quite helpful in providing resources for homeschooling her children.

She is using the EPIC Materials Scholarship to create a school room for her children to use. She expressed how she would use the scholarship to purchase some book shelves for her children. This would allow her to store their supplies and organize their books. This would also open up the opportunity for her to get more books since she would have the space for them. She used the remaining balance to purchase some educational posters for the walls.

Her goal was to provide a more exciting and organized environment for her children to be able to learn.

Upon receiving her scholarship Cassandra expressed her deepest thanks:

Thank you so much for the scholarship. It has allowed us to start getting some excellent resources for the coming year.

If you would like to learn more about the EPIC Scholarships visit https://epichsn.com/scholarships/. 

If you would like to support the mission of EPIC Homeschool Network, please consider joining or making a donation.

 

Free Fun in the Sun

EPIC Summer Bucket List

Are you looking for some free, fun ways to have fun in the sun this summer?

EPIC Homeschool Network has come up with a fun family activity to help you decide what you should do this summer with a game within a game.  Here’s how it works.  Print the EPIC Summer Bucket List game-board and play Tic-Tac-Toe as you normally would.  One person is “X” and the other “O”.  Try to get three in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.  Whichever three activities are in a row at the end of the game are the three activities you will do as a family.

Click HERE to Download the Game-Board

Don’t let the summer pass you by without having some fun!

How to NOT Have a Boring Summer

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School is almost out for a lot of homeschoolers and traditional students and whether you homeschool year round or take the summer off, one thing you don’t want to do is have a boring summer.  You remember those summers as a kid!  I know I do.  I remember being in my home from sun up to sun down watching television all day long.   It was… boooooooring not to mention mind numbing!

So how do you overcome the pitfalls of a boring summer when you yourself are exhausted from a long school year (or might even have to work)?  Here are 5 simple steps.

 

Make a Plan

Talk with your kids (not at them) and find out what they want to do for the summer.  As you talk with them listen and negotiate as necessary around your budget of money AND time.  For example, one of my children wants to learn to swim, play the violin, learn to sew and… well after that point I kinda tuned out.  While my budget of time and money did not allow for everything she wanted to do, we made a compromise.  We will go to the pool twice a week so she can get comfortable in the water and I will teach her to swim and I will find a sewing class.

Schedule It

Unless you schedule the activities you will not execute it.  Let’s face it, it’s summer, who wants to schedule anything in the summer but this is key to not having a boring summer.  Schedule the FUN!

Be Balanced

Don’t take on more than you can chew.  There’s a reason I zoned out when my daughter kept going on and on about what she wanted to do.  Yes the days might be longer but your endurance is not so be balanced and don’t over-schedule.  Allow wiggle room, after all it is the summer.

Be Consistent

Whatever you say you’re going to do, do it.  By practicing consistency now it will help as you transition back to the school year in the fall.

Be Present

Put the phone down during your time together with your children doing whatever it is that you planned to do.  I have found that when I have my phone in my hand while doing something my kids wanted to do it was as if it never happened.  I was not really present with them so it did not really matter.  So don’t cancel your time by using your phone, tablet or other smart handheld device.

So there you have it.  Five tips on how to NOT have a boring summer.  What are some of your tips?

In our next post  we will discuss some ideas of low cost fun things you can do to not have have boring summer.  Stay tuned!!

 

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

As we pause to celebrate Memorial Day, remember the families left behind by the sacrifice of men and women who died in active duty while serving our country.  Thank you for their service.  Thank you for their sacrifice.  We salute you!