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)


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)


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)


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


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)


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


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


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


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



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



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



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


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


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



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)


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)


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


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



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!

Quizzes, Tests, Grades, Oh My!

Quizzes, tests, grades, Oh My! is right!  How do you keep track of it all?

Homeschool requirements and reporting vary from state to state.  For example, in Georgia parents are required to “write an annual progress assessment report in each required subject area for each student. These reports shall be retained for at least three years.”  This assessment could just be a description without grades or it could be a formal.  However, if you are planning to send your child back to public school, or your state has additional requirements here are some options to help you meet your requirements.

Five J’s Free Gradebook

Gradebook+ is a free gradebook and record-keeping spreadsheet template for homeschool. The mom created Gradebook+ to use for her own high school son, but it can be used for any grade level. It’s easy-to-use and customizable to fit your own homeschool, and detailed instructions for using the spreadsheet template are included.


ThinkWave is a free online gradebook that is intuitive, easy-to-use interface. Flexible grading with points, letter, and custom grades. Custom reports (like attendance) produce beautiful .pdf documents. Student & parent access.

Homeschool Tracker

Save time and stay organized with Homeschool Tracker. A flexible, online tool for homeschool record keeping, planning, and reporting. (approx $65 per year – 20 students, 3 teachers)

Homeschool Minder

Homeschool Minder helps you organize lessons, assignments, and grading so you can focus on what’s important, education.  (approx $39 per year- unlimited students, 1 teacher)

How do you handle grading, attendance, etc?  Comment below.  We’d love to hear your ideas.

SPED Homeschool

Name of Support Group: Sped Homeschool

Email: office@spedhomeschool.com

Website: http://spedhomeschool.com/

Description: We at SPED Homeschool believe every child can succeed when provided individualized instruction and that homeschooling is one of the best options a family has for providing this type of education for a unique learner.

Counties (Georgia): Online

Dues/Fees Required: Yes

Participation Required: No


The 2019 Asa Tuten Memorial – GFSA Essay Contest 


The 2019 Asa Tuten Memorial – GFSA Essay Contest Is On! 1,000 words may be all that stand between a student and up to $1500 in scholarship funds!

For thirty one years, the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association essay contest has exposed thousands of high school seniors and their families to the life safety and property protection attributes of fire sprinklers.

The Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association awards scholarships annually in the amount of $1500$1000, and $750 to high school seniors through an essay writing contest.

The link for complete information and details is:


The deadline for entries is March 18, 2019.

Scholarship Alert: 2019 EPIC Scholarship Applications are Now OPEN!


The goal of EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc. is to provide resources and encourage students to achieve academically.  By providing an academic scholarship, students are extrinsically motivated to do well in school.  By providing a materials scholarship, we help to provide resources to families in need.  By providing an entrepreneurial scholarship, we provide resources to encourage students to pursue their dreams beyond the traditional classroom.

To apply for any EPIC Scholarship, the applicant must:

  • be a current and active member of EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc. (Current and Active members are considered first. Please still complete if you are not a member.)
  • be a resident of the state of Georgia (we will look to expand to other states in the future).
  • complete the application specific to the award.
  • provide a professional (digital preferred) photograph for use in EPIC HOMESCHOOL INC. press releases.
  • submit additional documents as required by the specific scholarships:
    • Academic Scholarship –be between the ages of 16 and 21 and submit a home school portfolio or transcript and a 100-word essay describing your future college and career goals.
    • Materials Scholarship – provide a copy of the materials he/she needs for the family, proof of homeschooling (Declaration of Intent to Homeschool, etc.), demonstrate financial need and a 100-word essay describing how the materials scholarship will benefit your family
    • Entrepreneurial Scholarship – be between the ages of 10 and 21 and submit a business plan along with milestones.

This year we will offer one academic scholarship, one materials scholarship and one entrepreneurial scholarship awarded in the amounts of $100 each.   Please complete the application by clicking here to be considered for the 2019 EPIC Scholarship.  The deadline is April 30, 2019.

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FREE Homeschool Expo THIS Thursday night February 28, 2019

Feb 2019 flyer for Beech Bazaar
FREE Homeschool Expo THIS Thursday night Feb 28th at the Cumming Parks & Rec Center (437 Pilgrim Mill Rd).  We now have OVER 55 Local N. Metro Vendors coming to this event!   It’s one-stop shopping for all your homeschooling needs for the upcoming year.  Hybrids, A la carte classes/activities, Sports, Extracurricular activities, Enrichment, music, coding, dual enrollment, reading assessment/vision therapy, nature centers, dyslexia specialists, executive function/ADHD tutors, hands-on science classes, field trips, veterinary classes, art, and so MUCH MORE will all be in attendance.    We have plenty of colleges attending for dual enrollment for your teens – including Embry Riddle from FL (yes – you can DE there for FREE) – and also driver’s ed for those soon to be driving teens!
Usborne Books and Homeschool Hangout will both be there and selling books.  If you have something special you want to buy or look at you may want to contact Peggy ahead of time at HSHangout so she can bring it for you.
Please help us spread the word and post on all your social media and share with your homeschooling friends!  We want to be able to offer this event every year so we need good turnout so the vendors want to come back!  We hope you can make it!!  Powerpoint Flyer attached below.  

BEECH Bazaar Homeschool Expo
Free & open to the Public 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. February 28th
New  Bigger Location – Better Parking.
City of Cumming Parks and Recreation Banquet Rooms
437 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA  30040

The “A” Word

by Kendall Watkins


Accreditation in the homeschool community is often misunderstood and sometimes controversial. Many families opt to have their student’s transcript accredited. Many do not. Still, some families choose accreditation for one student and not another. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to accreditation. Each family must evaluate its own philosophical, practical, and financial considerations when deciding whether or not to go the accredited route. There are no wrong or right decisions.

Many factors go into making this personal decision. Consider the following when making your choice:

  • The Georgia Home Study Law does not require accreditation.
  • All colleges and universities in both the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia accept unaccredited transcripts. Note: Evaluation of applications of unaccredited homeschool students may differ from that of accredited students. For example, standardized test scores may be weighted more heavily than GPA. Inquire.
  • Unaccredited homeschool students are eligible for HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships as entering freshman, not retroactively as was the case in years past.
  • Record keeping is required for both accredited and unaccredited transcripts.
  • The vast majority of private Georgia and out-of-state colleges and universities accept unaccredited transcripts.

In addition to the above considerations, peruse several college websites to determine whether accreditation would be of any practical benefit to your student. Many college websites contain pages dedicated specifically to homeschool applicants. In the event information that will help you make an informed decision is unavailable, speak with an admissions representative.

If you need help determining how to evaluate whether you want your student to have an unaccredited or accredited transcript, or need help creating a transcript for your student(s), contact Kendall Watkins at kendallwood@comcast.net .

Disclaimer: This article does not provide legal advice and may not be relied upon as such. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney directly.

DIY Scholars Consulting

Email: kendallwood@comcast.net Call: 404-375-5434 Website: www.DIYscholars.com

Live Deliberately Essay Contest


Introducing…the 2018-2019 Essay Contest Prompt!  PLEASE NOTE that this year’s deadline is February 15!

“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? If you can not tolerate the planet it is on? Grade the ground first. If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him…he will be surrounded by grandeur.”*

H.D. Thoreau, Correspondence to H.G.O. Blake, 20 May 1860

With the quotation above as inspiration, respond to the following in 750 words or fewer

What is a change you are passionate about seeing in the world? How can you “grade the ground first” to cultivate that change within yourself? How do the changes we make within ourselves make the world a better place?

*It was common practice in the 19th century to use masculine pronouns when describing the entirety of humankind.  We use Thoreau’s quotation as it was written with the understanding that he was referring to all people.  We encourage youth of all gender identities to participate in the Essay Contest.

Essay Contest Information and Timeline

Each year, the Live Deliberately Essay Contest invites youth around the world, ages 14-21, to consider a selected Henry David Thoreau quotation and accompanying prompt. Contestants are asked to write a thoughtful essay that uses personal experience and observation to demonstrate how that year’s quotation and prompt relate to their own lives and to the world around them. Like Thoreau, these young people use the power of their words to convey vivid stories, personal conviction and human compassion.

The contest has three age groups: 14-16, 17-18, and 19-21. One winner will be identified in each age group and will receive a $250 cash prize, plus an autographed special edition of Walden.  Essays may also be selected to receive Honorable Mention in each age group, which will be awarded with an autographed special edition of Walden.

The deadline for essay submission is February 15. Each essay is reviewed by at least two readers and results are announced by the end of April.

Please read the Contest Guidelines for more information about the Contest and some tips to help you write your essay.

For information about past contest winners and to read their essays, click here.