2020 Annual EPIC Scholarship Application is 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.
  • 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 Annual EPIC Scholarship.  The deadline is April 30.

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.

 

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.

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.