Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

Are you considering homeschooling? Are you new to homeschooling? Or are you a veteran homeschooler, who may be facing burnout? You will want to check out the Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course, from Successful Homeschooling Made Easy.

The Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course is a 26-week course. You'll receive an email once a week, with a pdf lesson attachment, which can be downloaded to your computer, or printed directly. Each week's lesson is about 12-15 pages.

Throughout the course, you will learn how to homeschool in a simple, easy way. You'll learn how to make a schedule that works. You will learn how to fit in a variety of subjects to teach your children. You'll also learn how to balance homeschooling, housework, and family life, and being able to complete all you need to do in a timely way.

By the end of the course, you will know how to homeschool your child, fashioning your teaching toward your child's learning style. You'll be able to homeschool a group of children of several ages. You'll know how to choose curriculum that will best suit your children and your family as a whole. You'll know how to homeschool successfully and happily, while avoiding homeschool stress and burnout.

Stephanie Walmsley began her homeschool journey back in 1985, a few years before we began our own homeschool journey. In her conversational, concise style of writing she provides many tips and suggestions for being successful in your home educating.

Even though we are finishing up our 18th year of homeschooling, I am still able to learn things from Successful Homeschooling Made Easy.

Before even setting up a schedule, we had to determine what time of day we concentrate better for academic learning. That gets tricky, sometimes. My youngest and I are "morning people." The teenager prefers getting up a bit later. When my oldest two were still homeschooling, I guess I can say they definitely preferred afternoon!

I really liked her suggestions for filling in the schedule, writing in meals and meal prep time, breaks, etc. I especially liked her terms for the language arts (Literacy Hour) and mathematics (Numeracy Hour). Later you will add in history and science, even the fine arts.

Another aspect I appreciate is her encouragement for mom to take care of herself. Take time to work on your own hobbies, self-education, something you are keenly interested in doing or learning. What might that be, in your life? Taking music lessons? Preparing for a marathon? Photography classes? Quilting? Hiking the Appalachian Trail, or running in the Iditarod? Learning to fly a plane? Take some time to dust off your dreams and desires, and fit one in to your life now.

Since I wish something like this were available when I began homeschooling my kids, I certainly would recommend a new homeschooler to subscribe to this course. It will make your initiation that much smoother, and less overwhelming.

You can connect with Stephanie Walmsley on Facebook, and her blog, Homeschool Family Life.
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