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Best Resources For Homeschool Families In Atlanta

January 18, 2013 8:00 AM

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Rather than pay hefty tuitions at private schools or enroll in government-funded public schools, more and more families are opting for a non-traditional, parent-led education for their children. As parents begin to entertain the leap into homeschooling, they’ll want to do their research to make certain it’s the right fit for their family. Luckily, Atlanta has a number of valuable resources for new inductees to the homeschool culture, as well as sources of inspiration and socialization for veteran homeschoolers.

Atlanta Homeschool Magazine
www.atlanta-homeschool.com

This quarterly publication – available both in print and digital – is a must for homeschool families in and around the Atlanta area. The best part is, there’s no need to wait every three months for the latest news, tips, study ideas and encouragement. Atlanta Homeschool Magazine’s Facebook page and blog are also jam-packed with helpful advice and upcoming events, including homeschool days at area attractions such as Zoo Atlanta, High Museum of Art, Georgia Aquarium and more. Subscriptions to the print magazine are available for purchase online.

Atlanta Homeschool Cooperative (AHC)
Brownwood Park
602 Brownwood Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30316

Woodland Hills
1084 Woodland Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30316
(678) 861-4242
www.atlantahomeschoolcoop.org

The Atlanta Homeschool Cooperative (AHC) is a “community of like-minded families who share activities, ideas and resources.” Group classes are available at Brownwood Park and Woodland Hills, and include subjects like Mad Scientist Lab, History Through the Eyes of Artists, Stories & Snacks from Around the World and much more. This cooperative also supports socialization of its members through park days, outdoor adventures, family game nights and field trips. For the most up-to-date information on AHC activities and events, interested parties are encouraged to visit the website or “like” the Facebook page.

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Home EDucators Resource Directory
www.homeeddirectory.com

In the event that gatherings of the Atlanta Homeschool Cooperative are not conveniently located for some CBS Atlanta readers, the Home EDucators Resource Directory proves a helpful source of other groups and cooperatives throughout Georgia. Other groups in and around Atlanta include the Athens Cooperative Experience, Atlanta Alternative Education Network, Catholic Homeschool Connections, Central Savannah River Area Home Education Association, Homeschoolers of Alpharetta, Northeast Georgia Homeschool Association and many more. The directory provides important data such as contact information, geographic areas served, benefits, requirements and costs making it easier for homeschooling families to narrow down their search for a group.

Homeschool Hangout
162 Marietta St.
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 569-4977
www.hshangout.com

Established in 1996, this self-proclaimed Christian Education & Resource Center sells “rugged gear for the homeschool adventure.” In addition to books for homeschool students and their parents, the bookstore sells software programs with curriculums featuring history, geography, math, language arts and science. Homeschool Hangout also occasionally offers classes in subjects like art, math and English. The bookstore’s Facebook page often announces sales, specials and new arrivals. 

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Southeast Homeschool Expo
Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339
(888) 264-7763
www.southeasthomeschoolexpo.com

Atlanta plays host to the Southeast Homeschool Expo on July 25-27, 2013. Families interested in homeschooling will definitely want to make plans to attend this three-day “fun & education focused” event. On top of motivational speakers, beneficial workshops and educational exhibitors, the Southeast Homeschool Expo will feature a fun Kids Zone, Worldview Teen Track and College Fair. The Kids Zone includes a rock climbing wall, obstacle course, batting cage and LEGO® build zone. Those interested in attending should visit the website for ticket pricing and information.

Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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