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How to Start Homeschooling
If you are considering homeschooling that is GREAT! Welcome to the growing ranks of homeschoolers. There are a few things you need to think about and consider before you begin your journey homeschooling.
1. Know the law. To find out the Ga home study laws there is a page on this site that gives you the basics. More info can be found on a quick web search using the phrase Ga home study laws.
2. Are your kids in school now? If the answer is yes. Have they been in school for more than 30 days? If the answer is yes then you will need to file a DOI (Declaration of Intent) to homeschool. Even if they are in a accredited PreK or K you will have to file a DOI if they have been in a program for more than 30 days. If you child has been in a "school" setting less than 30 days for prek, k or just starting 1st grade then you will not have to file a DOI (unless they are of age to declare). This is very simple. Click on this link. Heir.org It will take you to HEIR site. There you will see on the right hand side of the page called Quick Links. Go to the 2nd one down that says DOI and print it and mail it to your Superintendent's office.
To find out the address to yours if you are not a Paulding County or Cobb county resident then click here and it will give you the contact info(be aware I do not know how often this site is updated or if all the addresses are correct).
Ga DOE info
If you are a Paulding County Resident then mail your DOI and monthly attendance sheets to:
Paulding County Superintendent, 3236 Atlanta Highway, Dallas, GA 30132.
If you are a Cobb County Resident then mail your DOI and monthly attendance sheets to:
Cobb County Superintendent, 514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA 30061
All you have to do is go to the school office and you can give them a copy of the DOI that you will file with the Superintendent's office and take your children home.
Keep a copy of your DOI in your vehicle or on your person at all times. You never know when it will come in handy.
3. Make copies of monthly attendance forms. Again you can go to theHeir.org
Once you are there click the Monthly Attendance form on the quick link and mail it in to the address (after you completed your first month of schooling) of the Superintendent's office and that is it.
4. Once you have explored all that then you decided that homeschooling is for you and your family then you will need to find a curriculum. This does not require a lot of money. Find out what your kids know and don't know. Go to a book store or Library and find the series of books What Every ___Grader Needs to Know by E. D. Hirsch Jr. Read it and see if your kids have the basics down. If they don't then start there first and catch them up. If they have the basics down then you will need to find either a box curriculum or put one together yourself. It isn't as hard as it sounds. We have complied a list of our favorites here on the site. Look under curricula under the website navigator tool bar in the upper left hand corner of the site.
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