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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
My dh and I are both very interested in HSing, but I need to get a feel for how much we can expect to fork out, from low end to high end of the scale. Not that it's going to deter us, but it's nice to have a rough draft, kwim? If there are links to other posts, I'd welcome them.

I suppose through APing that we've been "unschooling", though that's not really been our aim, it's a nice side-effect. Our dd is 21 mos and a real firecracker with a good brain. I LOVE to watch her "connect the dots" as I call it. What a treasure!

I am also interested to know, if anyone can direct me to links, what the requirements are in GA for hs'ers. Is it a paperwork nightmare? (I'm not the MOST organized person in the known universe, so....)

I know there's some groups here, and am investigating that as well, but sometimes folks don't care for a phone call at midnight.

TIA!
post #2 of 12
http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp?State=GA
that link is to the state law, it requires more then my state IL, but not so much that it would overwhelm anyone

http://www.ghea.org/
the georgia home educator page (Christian)

http://www.homeschoolmedia.net/regis...l?locale=15288
the georgia page of the homeschool social register, I would look here for a family the says they are eclectic, relaxed, unschooling etc.. and just email asking them if you could have some ideas on which homeschool groups might fit your needs and family. Also you can find out if there is someone in your school district homeschooling to ask about how friendly the super is to hsers.

http://groups.yahoo.com/search?query...&submit=Search
join a few of these email group lists to lurk and read about the things going on in the day to day life of other folks hsing there, you can set up a seperate email address for free on yahoo. Many moms use the lists to share ideas on local field trips, conferences/conventions upcoming, as a watch dog for harrassment by local officials, and just for moral support. You can search the archives at any time of day or night too
I reccomend getting the catalogues from Rainbow Resources and Elijah company to see what folks pay for curriculum, there are some reviews there as well. There are also websites devouted to frugal living and some of the moms that put them up are hsing and share wonderful tips on saving money.
I wish you the best of luck!!
Mary
http://www.dbmen.com (my homeschool bookmarks)
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

WOW! knock my socks off, will ya?!
I LOVE the web. (hugging my laptop)

One thing I forgot to ask everyone, which maybe I should start another thread altogether, is what have you found to be the biggest hurdle in your hsing endeavors?
post #4 of 12
Here is a website that has links for everything!

http://www.gomilpitas.com/homeschooling/

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One thing I forgot to ask everyone, which maybe I should start another thread altogether, is what have you found to be the biggest hurdle in your hsing endeavors?
Other people
post #5 of 12
I thought it would be my kids attitudes, my own work ethic, the cost of me at home, figureing out how to comply with the law etc.. that would the hardest part of homeschooling. I was wrong, it was other's attitudes towards our family. Bear in mind that I nurse my 2 plus years old kids in public, don't spank, don't get a sitter if we can help it, we co-sleep, and all other kinds of shocking things but for many of our extended family and neighbors, our homeschooling was the 'end all horror of horrors' sealing the fact that the kids were not going to grow up normal.
post #6 of 12

Re: Thanks!

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Originally posted by alixzara
...what have you found to be the biggest hurdle in your hsing endeavors?
By far, the biggest hurdle has been getting the idea of "school" out of my head. When we first started, we began with texts and workbooks and a schedule and desk. It didn't last long at all because I quickly realized that I was just duplicating what had been in the classroom. Although our style has changed drastically in the past two years, I still have to fight thoughts of what the children "should" know at such-and-such an age. Deschooling myself is the most difficult task.

As to costs, it is amazing how much a public school can cost! (There is a thread here about that, but I don't know how to link--look around, I believe it's a recent thread.) You still need to send supplies to school, and of course have supplies at home for homework and projects. There is the cost of backpacks, lunch boxes, school lunches (or convenience-packs for bag lunches) field trip costs, fund raiser costs (don't underestimate this one!) Money spent on class parties, gifts for teachers, etc. It really adds up.


Here's another link for you: http://www.nhen.org/leginfo/detail.a...teCode=Georgia
post #7 of 12
At the low end, you can homeschool for the cost of paper and art supplies as long as you have a good library. On the other end, you can spend hundreds each year on curriculum, classes, music lessons, etc. We are somewhere in the middle. I try to focus our spending on things that both kids can use over and over. We've bought children's encyclopedias, math manipulatives, etc. The little curriculum we use is very inexpensive (Singapore Math for $30 for first grade, Explode the Code phonics books at $5 each).

For me, the best thing about homeschooling is being with my kids all the time. My biggest hurdle is.....

being with my kids all the time.
post #8 of 12
We're unschoolers, so we don't use a curriculum, workbooks or any of that sort of stuff, and I'm sure that keeps costs down. But honestly, I think the bottom line is that people will spend what they can afford. The main things we use on a daily basis are: the library, office paper my dh brings home (printed on one side), pens, pastels, clay, the garden, the wading pool, the kitchen, and weekend hikes. In the winter I usually enroll the kids in some art classes, and some enrichment classes through the homeschooling assoc. in our city... I guess I'd say it would average out to maybe $35. a month total for a 7 yr. old and 3 yr. old.
post #9 of 12
We're unschoolers, so we don't use a curriculum, workbooks or any of that sort of stuff, and I'm sure that keeps costs down. But honestly, I think the bottom line is that people will spend what they can afford. The main things we use on a daily basis are: the library, office paper my dh brings home (printed on one side), pens, pastels, clay, the garden, the wading pool, the kitchen, and weekend hikes. In the winter I usually enroll the kids in some art classes, and some enrichment classes through the homeschooling assoc. in our city... I guess I'd say it would average out to maybe $40. a month total for a 7 yr. old and 3 yr. old.
post #10 of 12
another thing....

It is very hard for me to say what we spend on homeschooling because the line between life and homeschooling is very blurred. My kids like taking classes (dance, pottery, swimming etc.). They would take some if they went to school, but not as many. We would still have lots of art supplies around if they went to school, but I think that with them being gone so much of the time, things would last longer. A lot of things are like that -- memberships to zoo and museums, books, and so on.
post #11 of 12
My son is 22 months and we're going to homeschool too.

We just bought some Crayola paint, brushes, and construction paper. Total: $10 (This stuff should last at least a couple of months.

I got notebooks on sale at the grocery store. 5 spiral bound notebooks. Total: $1

A year long student membership at our local art museum. Total: $22.

If I see anything else for this year, we'll ask the collection of grandparents to make it a Christmas or birthday present.
post #12 of 12
alixzara .... Hi neighbor, I'm in Canton too. You didn't happen to go to the Expo this week/weekend? If not try to go tomorrow (Sat 8/10/02) It is at the Galleria (cobb parkway and 285). Admission is 11 at the door. Southeast homeschool expo . the free classes are wonderful.
Have you been to any of the local stores? The Tree House in Downtown Canton is good especially for history/government and art. Home school University on Hwy 5 (south of the dairy queen, north of Butterworth Rd) is a great store. Both stores offer classes.
Have you checked out any of the groups? There are many to choose from around here depending on your beliefs and you teaching style. LLG is great. There is a link on their site for GA laws. Really all you need to do is call (or go by) the school system office downtown and pick up a free packet of info. It has all the forms you need to fill out. They will then send you your monthly attendence reports. GA is a pretty easy state to HS in. You must have them tested every 3 yrs. You can do this at home (through a testing company that deal with homeschools), through a group, or at Holly springs Elementary in the spring when the county gives the test.


Ok back ot the subject of cost ... Well you can spend from next to nothing up to several thousands of dollars. So far this yr I have spent about 1500 for grades K and 8. This includes a private school that will keep records for the 8th grader, Spanish software for both, Math manipulatives, text books and an art video program, just to mention a few thing. The only other money I could see spendign this year is for Hooked on Phonics and then the monies for field trips to local educaitonal attractions.

Please feel free to e mail me. I can help you find a group in this area that is right for you. I know of several Christian groups, nonreligious groups, and a wonderful Pagan group.

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One thing I forgot to ask everyone, which maybe I should start another thread altogether, is what have you found to be the biggest hurdle in your hsing endeavors?
Either
Getting my nerve up to pull DS out of school at the end of 6th grade (1+ yr ago)
or
Standing up to friends and family that think the only career DS will have is asking would you like fries with that? since he can't possibly learn anything at home
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