Session #1: Introduction — I will introduce myself, this class, and how I got into homeschooling. Everyone in class will be invited to make an introduction: Why are you thinking about homeschooling? What would you like to learn in this class? I’ll touch on different homeschool philosophies, and we'll talk about what you really need to homeschool.
Session #2: Creating Homeschool Priorities — I’ll discuss what homeschool priorities are and how they can take the stress out of homeschooling. I will help you think about your own priorities. Participants will be invited to share their priorities, if they feel comfortable doing so. Please have some paper and pen.
Session #3: Project-based Homeschooling (PBH) & the homeschool environment — What is it? How did I do PBH? How can you incorporate it into your homeschool? I’ll show you my home, how I set up our learning spaces, and how I used project-based homeschooling techniques in my homeschool.
Session #4: Academics — How did I approach this? At what age did I start more formal work with my boys? I’ll share some of my favorite secular resources with you as well as other resources that I know to be quality curricula. I'll talk about what I'd do differently now, if I did it again.
Session #5: Record Keeping — Am I organized or not? You’ll have to be the judge of that. I’ll share with you all my overzealous record-keeping failures and successes. We will discuss what we will focus on in our last class as well.
Session #6: Your Q & A. Please submit questions and topics you’d like to discuss. We may pick one of these to focus on during this session, or maybe we’ll discuss a variety of topics. Everyone who completes this course is invited to join my biweekly homeschool support group where we can continue to chat and support each other with our individual needs. (Info on support group to come in Fall 2022. Cost will be nominal.)
Note: Class sessions might be tweaked as I receive feedback from participants. My goal is to create a class that is highly useful for parents seeking more information about home education.