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Announcing the Re-Opening of “The Relaxed Home Schooler’s Resource Center”

Announcing the Re-Opening of “The Relaxed Home Schooler’s Resource Center” Where:  Hopewell Baptist Church (old building)

Where: Hopewell Baptist Church (old building)

On the corner of Bells Ferry Rd and Ridge Road

75 Ridge Rd, Canton, GA 30114 (between Woodstock & Canton)

Opening September, 2016

Academic Classes for Teenagers T, W, and Th

Elementary Programs on Mondays

Support Group Fridays for Younger Families

Lending Library

Curriculum Counseling

Art, Drama, & Music Programs

We are currently seeking people to either teach (paid positions) or volunteer. If you are interested, please contact Mary Hood, Director:


If you leave a phone message, please indicate you have questions about the center. Please do NOT call the church with questions.

As the semester progresses, we may add additional classes and activities, such as clubs and organizations in areas such as robotics, drama, and music. We intend to be a full service resource center, with curriculum counseling, a lending laboratory, a mentoring program, testing services and a curriculum lab, as volunteers and staff show up and help us grow our programs.

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About the Cherokee County Resource Center

About the Cherokee County Resource Center General Information

General Information

We are a resource center that is here to help people who want to homeschool and need or want a little assistance. We have a Christian environment and consider parents to be the primary educators and decision-makers. Grade levels given are flexible and are listed to help parents make decisions.

We do not intend to become a university model school, and expect that parents remain the primary teachers of their children. We are run by common sense, not common core. We are not interested in accreditation and prefer to preserve our freedoms. We ran a large program for nine years in the Acworth/Kennesaw area of Cobb County ,GA, and are now re-opening in a church in the Cherokee County area. We hope to eventually have our own facilities, with room for additional programs, including athletics.

Teachers are selected on the basis of their Christian character, experience with homeschooling, passion for teaching, and expertise in an area of the curriculum. They are required to pass a background check and sign a statement of faith.

Participants will be asked to sign a statement of faith. In some instances, people will be allowed to participate in the programs if they are not prepared to sign the statement of faith, but in all cases, the behavior, dress, and deportment of the children and families will be expected to fit into the Christian environment that they are entering by choice. Nevertheless, we believe children are unique individuals, and do not expect everyone to conform rigidly to a specific “look” or all have the same abilities or needs. We try very hard to individualize all instruction and help create an atmosphere where your children are valued and feel loved and worthwhile.

For more information on our organization, explore our website,, or join our facebook group, relaxedhomeschoolers-ARCHERS. We also have a facebook group for the center,

All new students will need to meet briefly with one of the ARCHERs board of directors or teachers for an orientation sometime before September.

Link: How to Register

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Class Schedule

Resource Center 2016-2017 Calendar

August 15 Deadline for waiver of registration fee for Monday program.

Deadline for payment of September tuition and any lab fees for the following ONLY

-Those who had their registration fee waived or have not yet paid it.

-Anyone who has been informed by Mary Hood that their class has developed awaiting list and that they need to pay Sept tuition to hold their place.

All others may pay September tuition and any lab fees due at the first class.

August 18-31 Move In. Lots of help needed! Please contact Mary Hood if you or your teens would like to help.

September 6 Tuesday; First Day of classes

October 10-14 Fall Break

November 24 & 25 Thanksgiving Break

December Elementary programs on Mondays are off the entire month of December

December 19-30 Christmas Break

January 2 First Day of Second Semester

April 3-7 Spring Break (Coincides with Cherokee County break)

May Elementary programs on Mondays don’t meet in May. Finish end of April.

May 19 Last Day of Middle and High School Programs

May 22-25 Standardized Testing

Note: Elementary students sign up by the semester; middle and high school programs are meant to be a commitment for the entire year, barring unusual/unforeseen circumstances, such as a job transfer or unemployment.

Standardized testing for grades 3-12 will be available if there is sufficient interest and if teachers are available for proctoring the tests. Some testing may commence earlier than the last week of May, using time slots that are not taken by other programs.

An SAT prep class may be offered starting in January if there is sufficient interest.

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Mondays: Elementary Enrichment Classes, grades 3-6

Mondays:  Elementary Enrichment Classes, grades 3-6

Note: Unless marked otherwise, all elementary classes are $40/month. If students take more than one class, there will be a $5 discount per additional class taken. Elementary classes will be meeting for the first semester, Sept-November, have December off and may switch topics starting in January. Commitment is for first semester.

Creative Writing & Illustrating (gr 3-6) 10:30-11:20 (Mischa Holt)

Come and tell your stories! Write about the places and characters you develop and share your work for feedback to help strengthen your writing skills and develop your style. Learn to write narratives in an encouraging environment that will culminate with your story and illustrations in written form; your own book!

Art & Art History (grades 3-6) 11:30-12:30 (Casey Malik). Short supply list required.

This class will focus on doing hands-on art experiences in various media as they learn about artists, styles, and periods of art history.

Physics for Kids (gr 3-4) 1:00-2:00 Mischa Holt

Hands on exploration of how simple machines are used to make work easier. We will also learn about force and motion. This class will make some of their own machines and take apart everyday items to see the machines inside that make them work.

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Wednesdays: Junior High/High School Classes:

Wednesdays: Junior High/High School Classes:

These are designed for roughly grade 7-9. Some may count as high school credit. These classes meet all year, September through May, with the typical holidays off. Students who take more than one class will have a $5 reduction on additional classes after the first one.

Physical Science (9:00-10:00) Hood. $45/month, no additional lab fee. Textbook required.

This course will use the Apologia Physical Science book, including doing the experiments and lab work and can count as a high school lab. Open to students from age 13 and up.

Note: The Wed program, except for the physical science course, has been removed from the schedule. A few classes or workshops may be added in later.

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Tuesdays and Thursdays: High School Level Classes

Tuesdays and Thursdays: High School Level Classes

Note: Students who take more than one class will have a $5 reduction off each of the additional classes. These classes are intended to be a one year commitment barring extreme situations, like unexpected moves or lay offs.

Geometry: Tues AND Thurs 9-10 $50/month (Hood) textbook required

Will use text associated with Chalk Dust video program. No common core. Intended as a complete course, with homework. Students should have completed Algebra I. The class is instructor taught, with occasional use of 10 minute bits of video program.

British Literature Tuesday 10:15-11:15 $40/month (Hood)

This high school level course is intended as a complete course, as long as the student does the assigned reading. The reading will be adult-level, including English poets and the typical English curriculum, including Shakespeare, Beowulf, and part of the Canterbury Tales. The students will perform at least a partial Shakespearean play as a part of the course.

Japanese Tuesdays, 10:15-11:15 $40/month (Emily Alexander-Peach)

This class focuses on the basics of the Japanese writing system, grammar, and vocabulary development, both "useful" and academic. We will also apply what we learn towards experiencing Japanese culture, including everything from origami to the use of chopsticks to eating authentic Japanese cuisine, using Japanese etiquette.

Drawing & Painting Tuesday 11:30-12:30 $40 month (Emily Alexander-Peach)

Small supplies list required

In this art class, each student will learn everything from proper pencil and brush technique to color theory and relevant art history. First time students will begin with graphite pencils and work up to prismacolors and art or acrylic painting, or an alternate medium of their choice. If the class would like, we can do a landscape with Bob Ross!

Beginning Spanish Tuesday 11:30-12:20 $40/month (Davila) (Homeschooling mom, native Spanish speaker) $40/month

Opportunities for vocabulary development, grammar exercises, and hearing/speaking the language for an hour a week. If parents intend for this to be counted as Spanish 1 they will need to be doing homework at home during the week, since this class only meets one hour a week and further study would be required.


Algebra I 1:00-2:00 Tues AND Thursday (Hood) $50/month

Uses textbook associated with Chalk Dust video program. Instructor taught with very occasional clips from video. Not common core. Intended as a complete course with required homework.

History of the Modern World Thursday 10:15-11:15 Hood $40/month

This is my thinly disguised speech class, and is the one that many ex-students have said prepared them the best for college and work. Students will select topics of interest to them and give substantial oral reports several times in the year. Parents can either call this speech OR history on their transcripts. If it is history, it is recommended that parents supplement with some additional reading using any textbook or library materials as they follow along with the course outline.

Political Science Thursday 10:15-11:15 Lee $40/month

This is intended as a political science and civics class, involving the teaching of the Constitution and American government. It will last through the fall term and will be followed by an economics class in the spring.

Intermediate French Thursday 11:30-12:30 Hood $40/month

This is a continuation of a course taught last year. It will focus on the continued development of conversational skills, as well as additional vocabulary and grammar development. Students should have been doing some vocabulary study in French in order to fit in. If anyone wants to join who is a beginner, it is suggested that you spend a minimum of four hours a week during the summer doing duolingo or similar to be prepared.

ASL (Sign Language) for high schoolers11:30-12:30 Terri Jackson, $40/month. Textbook required.

Biology (complete course plus laboratory) Thursday 11:30-12:30 Chris Lee, homeschooling dad & nurse. $45/month plus $25/semester lab fee

This will use the Apologia, Biology 2nd edition textbook. The student will be expected to read the materials at home and will be doing the lab work in class. It is intended as a complete class if the student does the assigned homework.

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Fridays: Support group

Fridays:  Support group (In planning stages for younger families.)

(In planning stages for younger families.)

Hopeful plans include one park day a month, one field trip a month, and two Fridays making use of the facilities for co-op style activities. Occasional mom’s night out activities if desired. If interested, contact Mary Hood to stay in the loop as plans are made. Email her at

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How To Register

Download the Registration Packet in the blue box, below, or just click here.

It contains the following forms:

1. Sign Up Sheet

2. Legal/Medical Liability form for ARCHERS

3. Liability form required by the church.

4. Signed statement of faith or signature on alternative form provided.

There is a registration fee of $50 for one child or $75 for more than one in a family. This fee is necessary to pay for our insurance and purchase some items that are needed at the start of the school year. HOWEVER, those just taking elementary classes on Monday will have their registration fee waived if they register by August 15, fill out all four forms, and pay September tuition at the time of registration.

Please send the registration fee, checks made out to ARCHERS and the 4 forms, filled out properly, to ARCHERS, P. O. Box 2524, Cartersville, GA 30120.

Classes will start the day after Labor Day. Tuition is due at the first class meeting of each month, or if sent by mail, it must be postmarked by the 5th of the month to avoid a $25 late fee.

Tuition and fees are not refundable unless ARCHERS shuts down a class due to insufficient enrollment or for any other reason, or unless the student’s spot can be filled immediately by someone on a waiting list.

Remember that when a student takes more than one class, each additional class has a $5 reduction per month in tuition. Unfortunately, due to our fee structure with the church, we cannot give a reduction for the second child in a family in a single class.

If you have any questions, email the director, If you’d like to call her instead, her home phone is 770-917-9141, but you are more likely to have a quick reply via email.

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