How to Homeschool
Curious about homeschooling but not sure how to get started?
Ready to dive into the wonderful world of home education but need some direction?
Feeling stressed and overwhelmed after late-night "homeschooling" Google searches?
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These links will get you started with how to homeschool in Georgia:
STEP 1 - Learn the laws and requirements for homeschooling in Georgia
- Summary of Georgia Homeschooling Laws
- Declaration of Intent to Homeschool - Must be completed by September 1st or within 30 days of the start of your homeschool progam. Be sure to save and print a copy to carry with you for discounts and admission to homeschool deals and activities.
STEP 2: Consider your homeschooling "style"
- A good SHORT overview of the most popular styles of homeschooling
- A good LONG overview of the most popular styles of homeschooling
- One more LONG overview of the pros/cons of each homeschooling style
STEP 3: Learn the lingo
STEP 4: Plan to attend a local homeschooling conference
- Teach Them Diligently: April - Atlanta, GA Cobb Galleria
- Southeast Homeschool Expo: July - Atlanta, GA Cobb Galleria
- Great Homeschool Convention: March - Greenville, SC
Attending the breakout sessions at these conferences will likely be quite helpful for you, but even just going to the vendor expo is extremely informative. A TON of vendors with homeschooling materials have booths where you can actually see/touch things and ask questions before you buy. You can purchase on-site (often with a discount or even just to avoid the shipping fees), or go back home and order online after you've had more time to think about the direction you'd like to take.
STEP 5: Evaluate various curriculum options
- Read homeschool curriculum reviews: This website is the "go to" resource for reading comprehensive reviews on all sorts of available homeschool curriculum. So if you read about something and want to learn more, or you want to search for new options, you can search on this site.
- Visit the Homeschool Hangout Bookstore in Alpharetta, GA: This is a local one-stop-shop bookstore with tons of curriculum, classes, and free expert curriculum advice.
- Lists of popular curricula:
- 10 Most Popular Homeschool Programs
- 10 Best Christian Homeschool Curriculum Programs
- 8 Best Online Homeschool Programs: https://schoolhouseteachers.com/8-best-online-homeschool-programs/ (You will have to copy & paste the link as it won't connect directly from our website.)
- The Ultimate Charlotte Mason Curriculum List
- Ultimate List of Literature-Based Homeschool Curricula
- Top 5 Secular Homeschool Curricula
- Ultimate Guide to Secular Homeschool Curriculum
- Note: Sonlight and Bookshark are essentially the same curriculum/company but Sonlight is Christ-centered and Bookshark is secular.
STEP 6: Determine if you need or want professional help
If you've read through these materials and still have questions, you may want to consider working with a professional homeschooling consultant. Here are a couple of options:
- Judy Sarden, a local homeschool mom with a consulting business that helps parents who want to homeschool. Judy has also written a great book about how to homeschool.
- Kendall Watkins, a local former homeschool mom who has graduated two students (homeschooled K-12) and started a consulting business. Kendall is a former member of Heritage Homeschoolers, and we now consider her a mentor mom.
STEP 7: Get Connected!
- If you're looking for community, we'd love to have you! Heritage Homeschoolers is a local in-person support group for black homeschool students and their families in Cobb County, Georgia. We strive to create a sense of inclusive community, belonging, and relationship for black homeschooled children, their parents/caretakers, and other homeschool families who share this vision. Our group meets regularly for enrichment activities, field trips, play dates, family events, Mom's Nights Out, and more. New member registration is available in August and January of each year.
- Residency is not a requirement for membership, but if you live too far outside of Cobb County to build community within Heritage, there may be a support group in your area. Consider joining the "Black Homeschoolers of Atlanta" FB page for further networking opportunities. Search for a post on "diverse homeschool support group" and you will find a list of other options for groups in the area. Note: You will have the join the FB group before being able to view the post.
- In addition to support groups, there is a plethora of co-ops and homeschooling hybrid schools across the city and suburbs that may meet your need for community in addition to providing academic support in one or many subjects. Become an official member of Heritage Homeschoolers for a comprehensive list of options and other "in the know" information on homeschooling in our area.
We hope that this guide has given you a jumpstart on homeschooling, and we look forward to welcoming you into the homeschooling community!