Whether you are new to homeschooling or have been in the trenches for awhile, you can benefit from this course! When I received the opportunity to review Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course, I was starting my annual burnout routine. You know the one – you are tired, the kids are tired, no one is motivated to do anything except enjoy spring weather and have fun!
About the Product
Successful Homeschooling Made Easy is an online course that will help you develop your own style of homeschooling. Each week, Stephanie Walmsley will send you a lesson. Following each lesson, is a short assignment. Don’t worry, you don’t have to turn it in. It’s a way of digging deeper and realizing what you want. As you work through the lessons, you will develop a vision for homeschool.
For this review, I received access to the full course. It’s a twenty-six week course and I am currently on lesson nine. The lessons come each week in my email. All I have to do is download the PDF, print it out and find a nice, quiet place to read through the lesson. That last part is the hardest! 🙂
In the Trenches
Although I’ve been homeschooling almost since the beginning of time (okay, finishing up my nineteenth year), the dynamics are always changing. Right now, I am finishing up my third graduate. Two more weeks, and we’ll be officially done. Then I will have two left. It’s been a looonnngg time since I’ve only had two students. But honestly, the reason I wanted to review this course, was somewhere along the road, I’ve lost my joy. And that is why, with even my experience, I started right from the beginning and read every word. I didn’t assume that I already knew it all, or even any of it. And you know what? I’ve learned new things. And most importantly, I am reminded of the passion that I had when I very first started homeschooling many years ago.
The course starts at the beginning. What better place to start? I think that is very important for new homeschoolers. Right away you start doing something. You don’t have to wait until you have it all figured out. You start off making a schedule. A very, very simple, doable schedule. And you learn to make it work with what works for you. And do know why it’s doable? Because you include fun things – reading with your kids, hobbies, even tea time.
Gradually, you add to the schedule. It’s not overwhelming. Not for you. Not for the kids. And it’s a great way to restore peace, and even a little joy back into your homeschool.
Stephanie even addresses what is the biggest fear of most homeschool moms – math. As a veteran, I will say that her “12 Questions to Ask When Choosing Curriculum” was very insightful and even showed me where I’ve made some mistakes.
I realized that my homeschool was not meeting my own goals. In fact, I know what is most important to me and what I want most for my family; however, it’s what is usually pushed to the bottom of the list. I am learning to rearrange our schedule and focusing more on where we really need it.
I’m learning to fine tune my style. I’m learning how to hold tight to things that we need. And I’m learning how to let go of things that hinder us. I don’t want to be busy. I want to be intentional. I’ve learned how to take care of me. And I’ve learned all of this step by step, each week, in a conversational lesson that has challenged me to answer some tough, and some not so tough questions.
I would definitely recommend this course. It is excellent for all new homeschoolers but it’s also good for us that’s been doing this for so long that we’ve gotten in a rut even when that rut is not what’s working. I would think that the first thing a new homeschool mom should do after withdrawing their student, would be to start this course!! You can download the first lesson for free.