Scholarship Alert: March 12 Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association

For twenty nine 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 12, 2017.  

My Little Home School

When I first started homeschooling, I lived in an 1100 square foot home.  We had just enough space with nothing left over, the kitchen was not even big enough to have a table set up.  As a result, I set up our home school in the hallway.  There were only 2 kids then and we had their cute little table which fit nicely.  We had the wall space for posters and the alphabet mat on the floor.  We made it work but I could not help thinking, “I wish there was somewhere I could go to home school besides the quiet library”.

This was the beginning of EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc..  Please take a moment to complete this survey to let us know what services you would like as a homeschool parent: .  As a thank you, you will receive a complimentary gift to be distributed once the survey closes.

Thank you for your support.

Meal Express

Home educators are teachers on steroids.  Not only are home educators responsible for the education of their children, but they are the cafeteria workers, the custodians and much much more.  So how do you balance all of this in 24 hours?  Planning… lesson planning and of course meal planning.

One of the ways I keep my meal planning to a minimum is to create a system of special days.  A disclaimer… I am vegetarian so add meat to your pleasure :-).

Mondays are my rice dishes days.  These are the days I do my family favorite, rice and beans with a vegetable (okay, this is actually only my favorite).

Tuesdays are Taco Tuesdays.  Our Tacos consists of soft tacos, vegetarian re-fried beans, diced tomatoes, onions, salad, cheese, sour cream and salsa.

Wednesdays are Wacky Wednesdays.  On Wacky Wednesdays we do breakfast for lunch so our lunch consists of  waffles /pancakes, eggs and fruit.

Thursdays are  my pasta dish days or my sandwich days if we have a field trip.  Thursdays are my flexible days.  It is the day that I have reserved for field trips so my menu on these days changes the most.

Fridays are Haystacks.  Haystacks are truly a family favorite and by far the quickest meal to throw together.  After a long week it is nice to look forward to this day.  Haystacks is a term used to describe a meal that consists of layers.  On the first layer (the bottom) you place plan corn chips; on the second layer you place salad;  on the third layer you place your choice of beans (we use baked beans).  Finally you put on your toppings, as you like them: cheese, sour cream, salsa, onions, black olives, tomatoes.

Having special days during the week makes meal planning and grocery shopping a lot easier.  Do you have special days in your family?  What is your family’s favorite meal?

2017 Standardized Testing Administration

standardized-testing-2According 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) April 24-26, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..

The cost for materials (including a practice), results AND administration of the test is listed below.  EPIC HSN members receive a 25% discount on all testing.

  • K5–3rd grade students- $100 for the first child, $50 for each subsequent child.
  • Grades 4–12 students- $80 for the first child, $40 for each subsequent child.
  • Special Needs students must be administered separately – $135 each child.

If you would like to purchase a practice test you may purchase one for $10 for each child. For the answer key for the practice test there is an additional $15 fee.

To register please complete this form 2017 Standardized Testing Application and email it to Andrea Hall at or fax it to 470-308-0861. You many also call four zero four-644-eight391 for additional information. Registration must be received by April 1, 2017.

EPIC Homeschool Resource Fair

EPIC HOMESCHOOL NETWORK, INC. has joined with the South Cobb Regional Library to host our annual EPIC Homeschool Resource Fair featuring local resources for the homeschooling community as well as for parents of any school aged child.

This event will take place during on Tuesday, January 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Cobb Regional Library located at 805 Clay Road, Mableton, GA 30126.

This fair will feature door prizes, workshops as well as exhibitors from Cobb, Douglas, & Paulding Counties featuring home school groups/ co-ops, as well as other education resources.

Our workshop topics include:

  • Many Pebbles to Make a Difference, Inspiring Ways You Can Improve Children’s Lives by Making Connections
  • Parenting with Purpose
  • Pathways to College for Homeschoolers
  • Ten Days to Homeschooling: Curriculum, Records, Etc.
  • Learning at the Library

This event is free and open to the public. However, we encourage attendees to register at Eventbrite because some of the workshops have limited seating. To learn more visit 2017 Homeschool Resource Fair . To register go to

Homeschooling in Georgia

So you want to homeschool and you don’t know where to start.  Here are 5 things to help you get up and running if you live in the state of Georgia.  Please note that these are suggestions!

  1. First, think about the reason you want to homeschool.  What is your vision?  Do you want to homeschool because you don’t like the school’s curriculum, environment, or all of the above?  If you like the curriculum and not the environment you might want to consider Public Virtual Charter Schools which would NOT require for you to complete a Declaration of Intent.  Click here to read more about Public Virtual Charter Schools
  2. If you are still inclined to homeschool and not go the Public Virtual Charter School route, the next step is to complete the Declaration of Intent from the Georgia Department of Education (Click Here) – Make sure to print it and safe the form.  You can use this to get discounts, etc. and you will also need it for your records.
  3. Go to your child’s school and show them your printed out version of the Declaration of Intent and formally withdraw your child from school.
  4. Now what?  Write your vision for your homeschool and choose your curriculum.  See below for different options.
  5. Find a homeschool support group.  EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc. services students in the metro Atlanta Area.  Join us.  We have monthly meetings and field trips. We even have a yearbook. Click here to learn more and join!

Choosing a Curriculum

Option 1:  You can choose to “Do It Yourself” and continue using your child’s syllabus.  If so then check out the Curriculum Guidance links.
    1. All Georgia Curriculum Standards –
    2. World Book Typical Course of Study –
    3. Georgia Mathematics Educator Forum: Grades K-5 –
    4. Georgia Mathematics Educator Forum: Grades 6-8 – English Language Arts Educator Forum: Grades K-5 –
    5. Georgia English Language Arts Educator Forum: Grades 6-8 –
Option 2:  Use supporting websites such as the following.
    1. Starfall – has curriculum for pre-K to first grade and only costs $30 for the YEAR (they also have FREE stuff!)
    2. Time 4 – has curriculum for Pre-K to High School and costs from $20 per month for elementary to $30 per month for high school.  This is the best deal I have found for a complete curriculum.  If you use them tell them Andrea Hall sent you!
    3. Study Island has curriculum for kindergarten through twelfth grade and only cost $59 for elementary school.
    4. Georgia Virtual School Open Education Resource has curriculum for middle school and high school FREE of charge.
Option 3:  One-stop shop curriculum!  One-stop shop curriculum include traditional homeschool programs which require you to pay for their curriculum and resources such as Griggs University & International Academy ( and A Beka Book Homeschool ( ) to name a few but there are other options that are even more inexpensive and/or free. Check out the Rainbow Resource Center. It is by far the most comprehensive center which offers a review on almost ALL the homeschool curriculum out there.  You may even email them and ask for a free catalog to be shipped to your home.  It is thicker than the Bible…. I kid you not.

Time 4 Learning – – could be considered a one-stop shop curriculum for Pre-K to High School and costs from $20 per month for elementary to $30 per month for high school.  This is the best deal I have found for a complete curriculum.  If you use them tell them Andrea Hall sent you!

Not Back to School Party

Who? Homeschoolers

What? Not Back to School Party

When? On Thursday, September 1 at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Where? Joe Jenkins Park, next the to Austell Police Station located at 2721 Joe Jerkins Boulevard, Austell, Georgia 30106. We will bring the Popsicles, you bring the fun!

This is FREE but RSVP is requested!

Thursday, September 1 at 11:00 a.m. – Not Back to School Party