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Homeschooling in Georgia
Hi, my name is Katie and I homeschool in Georgia! I am a computer loving, iPhone addicted, video game playing, TV watching soccer mom. I am happily married to my best friend and we are parents to two amazing boys, ages 11 and 6. Even though I consider myself to be a kind of "anti-June Cleaver" (you won't find me standing at the stove with a clean house behind me every evening at 5:30 pm on the dot), my children and my family are my life.
To find out more about the legal requirements for homeschooling in Georgia, articles, and state-specific resources, you can also visit one of these sites:
Legal disclaimer: This section is one family's story and how they meet the mandatory school attendance laws in Georgia. It is not intended and should not be used as definitive legal advice. In most states, parents find a variety of legal methods to pursue the educational approach that they prefer for their child.
Local Library and Other Support Systems
My family belongs to a local support group where we get together and have play dates, go on field trips, do special events/parties for holidays, etc. This is strictly for support and play and is not a co-op, although there are some great co-ops in the area. I find a lot of information online, from sites like:
Honestly, the one resource that I relied on very heavily when we started homeschooling was the local libraries. They were able to provide me with local groups that met there; they knew popular reading trends for young children and were excellent in helping me obtain reference books that I needed; even if they weren't available in our local regional library system.
Fortunate to be Homeschooling in Georgia
Homeschooling in Georgia is quite comfortable. I find that I am able to provide a wonderful homeschooling environment for my children without having to stress myself out over a great number of legal concerns. When I hear about legal struggles in other states, and I research the more stringent requirements that some other states have for their homeschoolers, I feel very fortunate to be in Georgia.
Georgia does not require for parents (or "teaching parent" as they refer to you) to have an educational degree. You do have to have a High School Diploma or GED. You can also obtain a private tutor for your children, provided that the tutor has a High School Degree or GED. In Georgia, the compulsory attendance ages are 6-16 years old. Some additional requirements by law are:
Time4Learning is vibrant, engaging, educational, and funny. It sure beats our previous homeschool curriculum which was textbook/workbook based.
Time4Learning is so effective that very little intervention is required. This works great if you're homeschooling multiple children.
Our Laid Back Homeschooling Days
We are a very laid back homeschooling family. Strict schedules were a lot of added pressure to all of us, and we found that if we let the day simply plan itself, we got much more accomplished! We enjoy flexibility. This means that if we want to go bike riding at the state park on Wednesday (free parking day at all Georgia State Parks), we can easily make up school for that day on Saturday. Our homeschool day revolves heavily around our computers. Each of us have our own computer (children had computers before they knew how to hold a crayon!!) and we try to utilize them to the fullest. T4L is our core curriculum and it has worked very well for us for more than four years. We are a definitive example of "accidental homeschoolers" and we were seriously struggling before I stumbled upon T4L. My oldest son is in sixth grade and my youngest son is in first grade. We supplement our T4L with another online program called BigIQKids, as well as some workbooks for things like handwriting and arts and crafts. We do experiments, whether it's something we got out of a handbook or from watching Mythbusters, as often as possible. We do make sure to incorporate reading time each day with books of their choosing. My oldest son has decided to institute a "Google-a-day" program for himself. This means that each day, he will Google (supervised googling of course!) something that has peaked his interest.
Homeschooling with Time4Learning
Time4Learning's experience shows that there is no single, best homeschool material. Rather than feeling torn between homeschool resources, parents should select a diverse blend of materials and activities.
For families with more than one child, choosing a homeschool program can be more problematic. What works for one child may not work for another. What works for one subject may not work on the next. What works one year, may fall flat the very next year.
Some of the features that make Time4Learning so successful include:
Time4Learning is proven effective with homeschoolers, has a low monthly price, is easy-to-use, and provides a money-back guarantee so you can make sure that it works for your children!
Sign up for Time4Learning as part of your overall homeschool program.
If you have any more questions or comments about homeschooling in Georgia, head over to the Georgia Parents Forum.
Some Helpful Tools and Resources
Welcome to Homeschooling Guide - Are you new to homeschooling? This guide was written by seasoned homeschoolers to answer some of the difficult questions new families often struggle with.
Curriculum Lesson Plans - An overview of what's available for each grade and subject.
Homeschool Portfolio Information - Answers common questions about homeschool portfolios and evaluations. It includes tips on organization methods, what to include and how Time4Learning can be used as part of your homeschool portfolio.
Online Parent's Forum - Reach out to homeschoolers in your area, join discussions, ask questions and trade ideas on our online community of homeschooling parents. Having the support of seasoned homeschoolers can really help make your homeschooling journey a success.
Hints & Help Section - Whether you're new to Time4Learning, a long term member, or a future member with questions about how the program works, this section answers questions about navigation, lesson planning & previewing, how the teacher guides and worksheets work, and more!
Puffin Academy App - Learn how to use Time4Learning on most mobile devices with the Puffin Academy app for iOS and Android! Get details on this kid-friendly app, including how to download and use it on the go with Time4Learning.