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    Hi, all. We are moving to London for a year and since we will be coming home, Georgia will remain our primary residence and I need to submit intent to homeschool here. I've never homeschooled before. I have rising 2nd and 5th grade girls. I'm overwhelmed at the number of programs and looking for a little help from Georgia folks narrowing it down. Can anyone suggest programs to look at that will fulfill Georgia requirements or go along with Ga standards? I'm not sure if, this being new for us, it's better to find a cohesive program vs me picking and choosing? Is the 4 1/2 hours of required daily curriculum realistic for high learners? I'd love to chat with some Georgia parents. I'm excited at the prospect, but daunted, and a little community hand holding might be in order! LOL!

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    Dear Kabkiley, Please dont panic. This will be alright, your kids will be fine and have a wonderfully expanding experience living in London next year.

    Im not in Georgia, but Im telling you that youre trying to overthink this.
    Your kids will not be falling behind if theyre not chained to the kitchen table 4.5 hours a day doing bookwork.
    Homestly, my 5th grader does maybe two hours of schoolwork a day, and is ahead of most of his public school peers.
    Yes, you should pick out the curriculums you are going to be using. You can ask their current teachers if you can borrow the next years mathbook, if theyd recommend that, so the kids will be in the same math system.
    For the rest of it..... YOURE IN LONDON FOR PEETS SAKE! You venture into Shakespeare, and see the theatre! You talk about the Romans, and visit their ruins! So what if the GA standard says learn about the war of northern aggression? They will have plenty of time to do that later.

    Is there a particular site that has you worried about keeping up wih "Georgia Standards"?
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome to the site! State standards are, honestly, just a "buzz word" that basically means "able to pass a state standardized test." And just about any focused curriculum will help you accomplish that overall goal, no matter what state you are in. The bigger question would be figuring out what type of curriculum would appeal to each of your kids best. Do they prefer hands-on learning? Online learning? Literature-based learning? If you can determine what approach will work best with each of your kids, you'll be well on your way to narrowing down the curriculum to use.

    You'll be AMAZED, once you really start getting into the "home learning mindset" how easy it is to fill 4 1/2 hours a day with activities related to learning. Don't forget that educational discussions, educational videos, educational field trips, activities, and classes all count toward the time recommendation.


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    Thanks for your reply! There is nothing, in particular, that has me worried about standards. My kids are both high achievers in school and I know they will be fine. My main issue is that my husband is not wholly supportive of this. He thinks this should be our back up to international school (he also thinks our kids have to drink milk to get healthy bones! lol). Other than the milk thing, he's the smartest man I know and I want him to be on board with this idea. I am just trying to come up with all the facts needed so that he also feels this is our best choice, not a back up plan if the schools are full.

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