2020 EPIC EDUCATION RESOURCE FAIR

RE-CHARGE YOUR HOMESCHOOL

EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc. and the South Cobb Regional Library have joined forces again to host the 4th  Annual EPIC Education Resource Fair featuring local education resources for the community as well as for parents of any school aged child.

 

This event is FREE and will feature door prizes, local exhibitors as well as FREE workshops.

Here’s what the attendees had to say:

Very well organized
well done!
This was a first for me.
This was an excellent event. I learned a lot.
Very nice, I like how it was not overwhelming.
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you!

 

DATE AND TIME

January  22, 2020

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST

 

LOCATION

South Cobb Regional Library

Located at 805 Clay Road, Mableton, GA 30126

 

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION

https://epichsrf2020.eventbrite.com

 

EXHIBIT/SPEAKER INTEREST FORM

Click here if you are interested in exhibiting or speaking.


2020 WORKSHOP TOPICS

STORY TIME

FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS

11:00 a.m. to  11:30 a.m.

 


LEARNING AT THE LIBRARY

WITH DANA PETERSON

11:30 a.m. to  11:55 a.m.

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Dana Peterson is the Youth Services Librarian II at South Cobb Regional Library. She has worked in library services for ten years in various role including teen services with an emphasis on youth programming and literature. She earned her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science in 2017. 

Did you know your child can learn a second language for FREE online? Come learn about the myriad of resources available at the Cobb County library to help homeschoolers. Membership to the Cobb County Library system for out of county homeschoolers are available!

You can visit Cobb County Library System at http://www.cobbcat.org/


 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: THE ULTIMATE IN HOME EDUCATION

WITH RAISING A MOGUL

12:00 p.m. to  12:50 p.m.

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Raising A Mogul believes that entrepreneurship is a valuable right and an instrument in creating wealth and being change-makers within the community.  The global vision of Raising A Mogul, is to help parents, guardians, and youth mentors help build world-class, state of the art businesses and business leaders that impact their community, while leaving legacies. 

When you decide to homeschool you do it because you want more for your child. More opportunity, more exposure, more hands on experiences…just more! What better way to provide your child with more than to expose them to entrepreneurship? Join us as we share the highs and lows of entrepreneurial education in the homeschool environment and meet some truly remarkable young moguls!

You can learn more at https://raisingamogulacademy.podia.com/ 


5 BENEFITS OF PROJECT BASED LEARNING

WITH JENNIFER HENN

1:00 p.m. to  1:50 p.m.

 

Jennifer Henn

Jennifer Henn believes you need to have fun with homeschool, but is also serious about learning. A heavy load of textbook work isn’t necessary. She keeps math and language arts as the highest importance. Then, combines learning styles and grade levels by reading great books, working through extended projects, hands-on activities, and field trips. That’s how Jennifer brings a balanced approach to homeschool. She can’t wait to show you how!

5 Benefits of Project Based Learning: Learn how to teach multiple levels of learners as they study several subjects at once. Projects build self-managing skills and give every child a chance to shine. Jennifer will walk you through the process and show you several examples.

You can learn more by visiting https://www.jenniferhenn.com/

 


HOMESCHOOL Q & A PANEL

WITH ANDREA HALL & FRIENDS

2:00 p.m. to  3:00 p.m.

Homeschool Q & A Session

Join Andrea Hall & Friends for a panel discussion as they answer your questions on homeschooling and other alternatives to the classroom.  If your child is not succeeding in the classroom OR if the classroom is not challenging your child enough, come and learn about all the options out there to support your learner and ask questions. The panel will feature veteran homeschool parents who have graduated students to college, have backgrounds in dealing with students with special needs, former homeschoolers who are now homeschooling themselves and more. 

Hear from speakers such as Judy Sarden and Jennifer Henn who have spoken at large homeschool conferences around the nation. Or from published author, former homeschooler and now homschooling parent Fred Bussey. Ask questions with the experience of Tameika Meadows, who has over 15 years experience providing Applied Behavior Analysis treatment to children and adolescents with Autism and related Developmental Disabilities, across home, school, and clinic treatment settings. Glean from the experience of Tanya Spann, a former homschool mom of four.

Homeschool Q&A Panel

Homeschool Q & A SessionHave you been thinking about homeschooling but you still have questions?  Are you already homeschooling but are wondering if you are doing enough?  Do you wonder if your kids will get into college or wonder about their future?  Do you have a list of questions but no one to ask?  This Homeschool Q & A Panel is just for you.

Join Andrea Hall & Friends for the Homeschool Q&A Panel discussion on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 2 p.m. at 2020 Annual EPIC Education Resource Fair.   During this time we will answer your questions on homeschooling and other alternatives to the classroom.  If your child is not succeeding in the classroom OR if the classroom is not challenging your child enough, come and learn about all the options out there to support your learner and ask questions. The panel will feature veteran homeschool parents who have graduated students to college, have backgrounds in dealing with students with special needs, former homeschoolers who are now homeschooling themselves and more. 

Hear from speakers such as Judy Sarden and Jennifer Henn who have spoken at large homeschool conferences around the nation. Or from published author, former homeschooler and now homschooling parent Fred Bussey. Ask questions with the experience of Tameika Meadows, who has over 15 years experience providing Applied Behavior Analysis treatment to children and adolescents with Autism and related Developmental Disabilities, across home, school, and clinic treatment settings. Glean from the experience of Tanya Spann, a former homschool mom of four.

The best part is, it’s free!  Register here to attend: https://epichsrf2020.eventbrite.com

On the Panel

Andrea Hall

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Andrea Hall is the founder and executive director of EPIC HOMESCHOOL NETWORK, INC. as well as a certified math teacher. She is a busy, working, homeschooling mom of three who has been homeschooling since 2012.

You can follow Andrea Hall online at http://www.savvystudents.info

Fredrick Bussey

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Fredrick D. Bussey is a writer, speaker, coach, creative, serial entrepreneur and… a product of home education. He just published his first book, Breaking Orbit: Rip Out Of The Regular By Unearthing The Power Within! 

Fredrick has worked for more than 15 years in the Music Entertainment industry as a Songwriter, Producer, Publicist, Marketing Director, and Artist Manager, spanning the Hip-Hop, Gospel, R&B, and Pop genres. Having launched several businesses, including IconStatus, a digital marketing and branding agency, he is currently developing several other ventures as well.

He has a strong passion for working with youth – especially those in underprivileged circumstances. Passionate about helping others to develop the skill sets to become successful, while attaining the freedom that entrepreneurship provides, Fredrick is a frequent speaker & presenter at schools and events. It is his belief that his purpose in life is helping others to discover and master their gift for their ultimate purpose.

Currently, Fredrick resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three children.

Learn more about him at http://fredrickbussey.com/

Freya Fitzpatrick

Freya 2Freya Fitzpatrick is one of the home school teachers at The Homeschool Consortium in Kennesaw, GA.  With a Masters in Education, Freya has 38 years’ experience in education, including bilingual instruction in Sweden, public and private education in the US, running a daycare, tutoring, substitute teaching, and homeschooling her two children from Kindergarten through 12th grade. One daughter is a police officer in Kennesaw and the other earned her PhD and runs her own research lab at Rutgers University, NJ.

Freya is a private pilot, fluent in four languages, and has lived and worked in the United States, South Africa, Sweden, Germany and the Ukraine and now lives in Marietta with her husband.

You can find her here: https://thehomeschoolconso.wixsite.com/website

Jennifer Henn

Jennifer Henn

Jennifer Henn believes you need to have fun with homeschool, but is also serious about learning. A heavy load of textbook work isn’t necessary. She keeps math and language arts as the highest importance. Then, combines learning styles and grade levels by reading great books, working through extended projects, hands-on activities, and field trips. That’s how Jennifer brings a balanced approach to homeschool. She can’t wait to show you how!

You can learn more by visiting https://www.jenniferhenn.com/

Judy Sarden

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Judy Sarden has been a corporate attorney and entrepreneur for over twenty years.  After feeling the need to home educate her children, Judy left her corporate legal job and began working for herself at home as a contract attorney, entrepreneur, business advisor, writer and career coach.  She is passionate about families developing an entrepreneurial spirit and teaching kids to think entrepreneurially.

An avid supporter of home education, Judy encourages all families, and especially those with African American children, to consider educating their children at home.  Recognizing that many families need two incomes, Judy works with parents to help them discover how best to use their talents to generate income.  Judy is a wife and mother of 2 children, who have been homeschooled since the oldest began kindergarten.

During her 8 years of homeschooling, she has changed homeschool styles and curriculum several times, but after a couple of years, discovered what works best for her family and loves the adventure.

Judy is author of Sarden’s Practical Guide: How to Start Homeschooling. She has been a featured speaker at the Great Homeschool Conventions in Dallas, Greenville, S.C., Cincinnati, St. Louis and Ontario, California.  She will be speaking at their Cincinnati (Midwest) and California conventions in 2020.

You can find Judy at www.judysarden.com/homeschool, in her Facebook group “How to Homeschool,” on YouTube at www.youtube.com/judysarden, and weekly on her podcast, “The How to Homeschool Podcast,” available here – www.judysarden.com/homeschoolpodcast – or on iTunes and wherever you listen to podcasts.    

Tanya Spann

A former homeschool mom of four children, three of which have graduated and are in college or grad school, one of which just returned to the traditional classroom.  She provides a balanced approach to homeschooling while reinforcing that every child is unique.

Tameika Meadows, M. Ed., BCBA

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Tameika Meadows, M.Ed., Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, resides in the Atlanta, Georgia area and has over 15 years experience providing Applied Behavior Analysis treatment to children and adolescents with Autism and related Developmental Disabilities, across home, school, and clinic treatment settings.

Ms. Meadows obtained her graduate degree in School Psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2008, and she currently specializes in early intervention services, Functional Communication Training, as well as intensive parent training/family support.

Ms. Meadows is the creator of the blog & resource website www.ILoveABA.com, which is accessed daily by thousands of people all over the world. Through her website Ms. Meadows provides simple and practical information, strategies, and tips, designed for ASD children, but also helpful for any child with behavioral or learning challenges.

Ms. Meadows has also authored multiple Applied Behavior Analysis books and manuals, such as: “101 Ways to do ABA”, a resource guide for parents and therapists; “From A to Z: Teaching Skills to Children with Autism”, a resource guide for educators; and “A Manual: Creating an Autism Intervention Program”, a resource guide for practice owners.

 

 

Register for free to attend: https://epichsrf2020.eventbrite.com

Thanks to Our Sponsors

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Spring 2020 EPIC Homeschool Running Club

EPIC HOMESCHOOL RUNNING CLUB

The EPIC Running Club is a twelve week program.  We are proud member of Atlanta Track Club’s Kilometer Kids, a free, game oriented running program designed to get kids active! The mission of Kilometer Kids is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle to area youth through a running-based program, empowering children with the knowledge they need to make smart lifestyle choices.

We meet weekly at a park in Cobb County on Tuesdays starting January 21 – April 28, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. Location details are on our membership site.

You must be a registered member of EPIC HSN to participate (www.epichsn.org). If you are interested sign up and you will be contacted regarding membership.

The cost is free or $14 per person depending on your insurance preference.

Learn more here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSde7Kh3IjRpXhq0wOKN4Zdvs1nDjBQu-CpT4q_G1zr3_gZSYA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Reflect, Imagine, Assess and Set

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This is the time that families are looking at their homeschool year.  While you have set your homeschool goals at the beginning of the year, this is also a good time to take a second look.

Here are some steps to help.

Step 1: Reflect

Reflect on the last homeschool year and answer the following questions.

  • How did you see the past homeschool year going?
  • What were your plans or goals for the past homeschool year if you had any?
  • What disappointments/regrets did you experience in your homeschool this past year?
  • What did you feel you should have been acknowledged for in your homeschool but weren’t?
  • What did you accomplish this past year in your homeschool that you were most proud of?
  • What were the major lessons you learned this past year in regard to your homeschool?

Step 2: Imagine

Now let’s take some time to imagine the new homeschool year.  Set your timer (use your cellphone, etc.) for five minutes. For the next fifteen minutes complete this statement: “This homeschool year would be great if….”

Next, think about what you would like to accomplish in your homeschool…

  • in the next 3 months?
  • in the next 6 months?
  • in the next year?
  • in the next 3 years?

Step 3: Assess

Looking at each child individually and your homeschool collectively.  What would you like to accomplish by the end of your child’s homeschool career?

Step 4: Set Goals

Choose three goals that would have the MOST positive impact in your homeschool. What are they? As you plan your new goals, don’t forget to look at your regrets and see if there are hidden opportunities in them.  Make your goals S.M.A.R.T Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

Click here to download a free annual goal sheet.

 

Save the Date

Make Homeschool Great Again!

On Dec. 3 , our community will come together for 24 hours of unprecedented giving day to support the amazing work of EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc. through GAgives on #GivingTuesday .

EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc., a nonprofit that is dedicated to providing free field trips and resources to homeschoolers is one of the charities participating in GAgives on #GivingTuesday.

Help us raise awareness and funds for EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc. by saving the date and making a donation online on Dec. 3 at https://www.gagives.org/organization/Epichsn/.

Find out more by visiting https://www.gagives.org/organization/Epichsn/ and remember – Dec. 3 is the day to give!

Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/epichsn and Follow us on Twitter @epichsn.

Tell your friends!

Forward this calendar invite! Share it on Facebook and Twitter. Help us get the word out about GAgives on #GivingTuesday or as we like to say #EPICGivingTuesday

 

October Thank You

Did you know EPIC Homeschool Network has started a Patreon Community to help us continue our mission to enrich, enhance and empower home education in the community?

We have three tiers:

  1. Line Leaders
  2. Homeschool Helpers
  3. Teacher’s Pet

Each tier has a different benefit but they start for as little as $1/mn as goes up to $15/mn. Learn more about them here. ALL of the proceeds goes to EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc. and are tax-deductible.

This month we would like to acknowledge our teacher’s pets, line leaders and homeschool helpers.

Become a Patreon Supporter today!

Thank You Line Leaders, Homeschool Helpers and Teacher’s Pets

Did you know EPIC Homeschool Network has started a Patreon Community to help us continue our mission to enrich, enhance and empower home education in the community.

We have three tiers:

  1. Line Leaders
  2. Homeschool Helpers
  3. Teacher’s Pet

Each tier has a different benefit but they start for as little as $1/mn as goes up to $15/mn. Learn more about them here. ALL of the proceeds goes to EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc. and are tax-deductible.

This month we would like to acknowledge our teacher’s pets, line leaders and homeschool helpers.

Become a Patreon Supporter today!

Have you done your Declaration of Intent?

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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!